Prabhupada tells us how we can understand Krishna (The Supreme Lord.) To understand Kṛiṣṇa is not such an easy thing.
manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye yatatām api siddhānāṁ kaścid vetti māṁ tattvataḥ(BG 7.3)
Krishna says, “Out of many thousands, millions of people, one is anxious to make his life successful. Nobody is interested. Practically they do not know what the success of life is.”
The modern civilization, everyone is thinking, “If I get a good wife and nice motorcar and a nice apartment, that is a success.” That is not a success. That is temporary.
Real success is to get out of the clutches of māyā, which means this material conditional life comprehends birth, death, old age, and disease.
We are passing through many life varieties, and this human form of life is an excellent chance to get out of this chain of changing body one after another.
The soul is eternal and blissful because part and parcel of Kṛiṣṇa, God, sac-cid-ānanda, eternal, full of bliss, full of knowledge.
Unfortunately, in this material, conditional life, we are changing different bodies, but we are not getting situated in that spiritual platform where there is no birth, no death. There is no science. The other day one psychiatrist came to see me.
And where is your education for understanding the soul, his constitutional position?
So practically, the whole world is in darkness.
They are interested with fifty, sixty, or hundred years of this span of life, but they do not know that we are eternal, blissful, and full of knowledge, and due to this material body, we are subjected to birth, death, old age, and disease. And this is going on continuously.
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So Śrī Chaitanya Mahāprabhu, out of his great compassion for the fallen souls, appeared.
Kṛiṣṇa comes also. But Kṛṣṇa is not so liberal. Kṛiṣṇa makes the condition that “First of all you surrender. Then he takes charge of you.”
But Caitanya Mahāprabhu is more compassionate than Kṛiṣṇa, although Kṛṣṇa and Chaitanya Mahāprabhu, the same thing.
So by Chaitanya Mahāprabhu’s mercy, we are so quickly understanding Kṛiṣṇa. Chaitanya Mahāprabhu is present here. You worship Him. It is not very difficult.
Yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtanaiḥ prāyair yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ. Kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ sāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadam, yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtanam(SB 11.5.32).
You simply chant Hare Kṛiṣṇa mantra, and whatever you can, offer Chaitanya Mahāprabhu. He is very kind. He does not take offense.
Rādhā-Kṛiṣṇa worship is a little tricky. We have to worship him with great awe and reverence.
But Caitanya Mahāprabhu has voluntarily come to deliver the fallen souls. Minor service, He will be satisfied. But do not neglect. Because He is very kind and compassionate, that does not mean we should forget His position.
He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So we should offer him very great respect, and as far as possible.
But the advantage is that Chaitanya Mahāprabhu does not take any offense. And to worship him, to please him, is very easy.
Yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtanaiḥ prāyair yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ.
Simply you chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra and dance, and Chaitanya Mahāprabhu will be very pleased.
He introduced this dancing and chanting, and this is the most effortless process for God-realization.
So as far as possible. If possible, twenty-four hours. If that is not possible, at least four times, six times, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra before Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and you will get success in your life. It is a fact.
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Q1. Is it easy to understand Krishna?
Ans. Prabhupada says that it is not easy to understand Krishna.
Q2. What is real success according to Prabhupada?
Ans. Real success is to get out of the clutches of māyā, which means this material conditional life which comprehends birth, death, old age, and disease.
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