Monday, 27 February 2012

Relishing Nectar at Every Step

Bhagavad-Gita 10.18, Translation and Purport:

O Janārdana, again please describe in detail the mystic power of Your
opulences. I am never satiated in hearing about You, for the more I
hear the more I want to taste the nectar of Your words.

A similar statement was made to Sūta Gosvāmī by the ṛṣis of
Naimiṣāraṇya, headed by Śaunaka. That statement is:

vayaṁ tu na vitṛpyāma
yac chṛṇvatāṁ rasa-jñānāṁ
svādu svādu pade pade

"One can never be satiated even though one continuously hears the
transcendental pastimes of Kṛṣṇa, who is glorified by excellent
prayers. Those who have entered into a transcendental relationship
with Kṛṣṇa relish at every step the descriptions of the pastimes of
the Lord." (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.19)

Thus Arjuna is interested in hearing about Kṛṣṇa, and specifically how
He remains as the all-pervading Supreme Lord.

Now as far as amṛtam, nectar, is concerned, any narration or statement
concerning Kṛṣṇa is just like nectar. And this nectar can be perceived
by practical experience. Modern stories, fiction and histories are
different from the transcendental pastimes of the Lord in that one
will tire of hearing mundane stories but one never tires of hearing
about Kṛṣṇa. It is for this reason only that the history of the whole
universe is replete with references to the pastimes of the
incarnations of Godhead. The Purāṇas are histories of bygone ages that
relate the pastimes of the various incarnations of the Lord. In this
way the reading matter remains forever fresh, despite repeated


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