Wednesday, October 28, 2009

II: 59

Chapter 2, Verse 59

“Sense-objects fade for the abstinent,
Yet the craving for them continues,
But even the craving vanishes
For those who have experienced the truth.”

Srila Prabhupada:

“The process of restriction from sense enjoyment by rules and regulations is something like restricting an unwell person from certain kinds of eatables. The patient will neither like such restrictions nor lose the hankering for the eatables. But for one who has tasted the beauty of the Supreme Lord Krishna, in the course of advancing in Krishna consciousness, there will no longer be a hankering for material things.”

Daniel Clark:

The ‘higher taste’ concept became the focus of the psychology of detachment in ISKCON for some time - maybe today too. As we hear more and more about Krishna and serve him more and more, we grow closer and closer to his divinely intoxicating presence, and naturally lose our taste for the mundane pleasures of this world. For this reason we framed Krishna Consciousness as being essentially a positive process. On the other side of the coin, however, the smiling dos were balanced by an impressive list of scowling don'ts. I feel that both the positive and the negative are necessary for our spiritual development. But there is one more aspect, and thatis simple experience itself. We learn by doing. Nourished by association with Krishna, and chastened by knowledge of the limitations of the material world, we go forth and experience life.That field of experience is the soil in which the seed of our love-for-God takes root firmly. It pushes down deeper than the mind can go. Experience firmly establishes our residence at Krishna's lotus feet.”

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