To understand Krishna, stand under Krishna (Gita Daily)

Published on Jan 30, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Text 55
By H.G. Chaitanya Charan Das

Can we finite beings ever understand infinite Krishna?

By our capacity, no. By Krishna’s grace, yes. Let’s see how.

Krishna is like the sun, whereas we are like tiny sparks. Just as a spark cannot find the sun by its own illumination, the finite can never understand the infinite by its own efforts.

Of course, the spark has luminosity that can illumine many other things. Similarly, we have intelligence that can illumine many material things. But we usually understand matter by standing above it, that is, by subjecting it to controlled experiments, as we do in material science. We subject matter to specific stimuli in monitored environments and, from the patterns of the results, infer the nature of matter.

This approach of standing above doesn’t work with Krishna. Why? Because he is above us — we can’t conduct controlled experiments on him.

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