The Moon of Reflective Light

Remembering Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Dev-Goswami Maharaja

With the setting of the sun of the manifest pastimes of our beloved preceptor, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the world became dark. He had with the intensity of the sun’s direct rays illuminated the entire world with the truth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead: Krsna “As He Is,” krsnas tu bhagavan svayam.

With his disappearance, the reality of the personality of Godhead remained, yet in the shadows of the night, the reflected light of the moon-like discourse of Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja focused for a few on another reality—sweet Krsna, lover of the gopis, Krsna “As He Feels.”

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The Poetry of the Bhagavatam

Q. You once said that sometimes poetic descriptions are used in the Bhagavatam. For example, a man with a thousand arms may be a poetic way of describing a big person. How then should we approach the sacred literatures: literally or symbolically?

A. How can a book of poetry be without this? We should try to find the philosophical message in each episode of the Bhagavata first. Later we may live in the poetic Bhagavata world. For preaching it is important to focus on the tattva of the treatise. If people are not able to fathom descriptions of persons with ten heads, and so on, we should not be concerned as much about convincing them of this as we are about other philosophical issues like sense control, the primacy of consciousness, etc.

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