The Absolute Nature of Krishna’s Love

Dr. Singh: In some Western theological literature, Śrīla Prabhupāda, they say that God is love.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: God is everything. Why do they say He is this or that? Anything is God because He is absolute. His love and His enmity are the same. In the material world, we distinguish between love and animosity. But God’s animosity and God’s love are the same thing. Therefore, He is called acintya. or inconceivable. God’s love for the gopīs and God’s enmity for Kamsa achieved the same result. Both Kamsa and the gopīs went to the spiritual world. Also, Pūtanā came to poison Krishna, and mother Yaśodā was always anxious to save Krishna, the naughty child, lest He be harmed. So mother Yaśodā and Pūtanā are opposite, but they both achieved the same results. Krishna thought, “I have sucked Pūtanā’s breast, so now she is My mother. She must reach the same destination as Yaśodā.” This is the absolute nature of Krishna’s enmity and Krishna’s love.

vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvam yaj jïānam advayam
brahmeti paramātmeti bhagavān iti śabdyate

“Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramātmā or Bhagavān.” (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.11)

God has His impersonal, all-pervasive feature (known as Brahman) and His localized Paramātmā feature. At the same time He is Bhagavān, which is His original, personal, transcendental form. The three are different but the same. This is the nature of God, acintya-bhedābheda-tattva—simultaneously one and different. One who has reached the personal conception of Bhagavān has automatically reached Brahman and Paramātmā. They are all Krishna, but there is a difference between them. They are simultaneously one and different.

Dr. Singh: Śrīla Prabhupāda, many people have difficulty accepting God.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: They are diseased, but they do not want to be treated. If they do not agree to be treated, that is their fault. One who is not Krishna conscious—God conscious—is a madman. Under the power of the illusory energy—the inferior, material energy—he talks only nonsense, just like someone haunted by a ghost. You must approach a person who is learned. You must find such a person, a guru, and surrender to him. Then question him, and whatever answers you get from him you must accept. That is the process for understanding God. You must first find the guru; then you must satisfy him by service and by surrendering unto him. The guru will explain everything. Krishna explains in Bhagavad-gītā (4.34):

tad viddhi pranipātena paripraśnena sevayā
upadeksyanti te jïānam jïāninas tattva-darśinah

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.”

[This conversation was recorded on December 10, 1973, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles – an excerpt from “LIFE COMES FROM LIFE” available at your nearest Hare Krishna Center.]


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