Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today SUCH PERSONS ARE LIKE KAMSA AND AKRURA


Srila Gurudeva:

Some persons say that vipralambha is higher than sambhoga. Only a neutral person can say this. Such neutral persons alone can say that it is good if the gopis only see Krsna in their trance. Such persons can say that although the gopis want to embrace Krsna, it is better if Krsna’s association comes to them by their mood of separation. It is better that they always meet Him in their mood of separation, as they close their eyes and remember Him in their hearts. Such neutral persons think that the gopis’ separation is very good, and such persons are like Akrura and Kamsa, who have no desire for the meeting of Radha and Krsna. Akrura can say, “Take Krsna from Vraja. Let the Vrajavasis feel separation; they should be always feeling separation.” And Kamsa will be very happy to say, “Bring Krsna to Mathura, and I will kill Him here.”

These two persons can speak in this way, but no Vrajavasi wants Krsna to be separated from Vraja. Not even a plant, creeper, or bird of Vrndavana wants Krsna to leave Vraja. No one there wants the Vrajavasis to feel separation. None of them think, “Separation is so high.” And what to speak of the gopis? What to speak of Lalita and Visakha, and Rupa Manjari and Rati Manjari?

Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, North Shore, Hawaii: December 25, 2006

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