From time to time I get to have discussions, in association with my friends, about enlivening and enlightening subjects. Krishna consciousness is best learned and understood in association with others, and particularly with those ahead of you on the path.
Recently we were discussing Bhagavad gita, chapter 7, verse 19, where Krishna says to Arjuna: “After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.”
In his purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says that one who has further advanced on the path “realises that in everything there is a relationship with the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa. Thus he thinks of everything in relation to Vasudeva or Sri Krishna.
So Krishna is the cause of all causes. In material reality everything that is happening has a cause and behind that cause is Krishna. One who is actually in knowledge knows this to be the case and responds accordingly.
In the discussion we were having Sri Prahlada told us of a story about Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji that really struck a chord with me. Although very short, this story shines a bright light on what Krishna consciousness is and what it looks like in practice. In his book ‘The Heart of Transcendental Book Distribution’, Aindra Dasa uses this same story when discussing the perfection of Krishna consciousness.
As the story goes: Srila Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja is being taunted by some children whilst he is riding down the road on a bullock cart. Eventually the children take to throwing some stones at him.
Deeply saturated in Krishna consciousness Srila Gaura Kishora Dasa calls out: “I know who You are Krishna, and if You don’t stop teasing me, I’m going to tell your Mother, Yashoda, about Your nonsense misbehavior!”
Such is Srila Gaura Kishora Dasa’s relationship with Krishna that he knows that Krishna is the cause of all causes, and he chides Krishna for His behaviour, in causing the children to throw stones, by threatening to tell His mother. He knows that somehow, in this interaction with the children, there is a relationship with Krishna.
In the story, it seems to me, Srila Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja is teaching us how one acts who is in Krishna consciousness. Hopefully I will not be having children throwing stones at me, but I am having the experience of being in a relationship with the world moment after moment, all day long.
My usual response is to treat the world in what could only be described as an impersonal way. What struck me about this story is that Srila Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja is not having an impersonal relationship with nature he is having a personal one, personal enough to spontaneously recognise that Krishna is behind the experiences he is having, personal enough to threaten to speak to Krishna’s mother about it.
This puts a whole new perspective on what appears to be happening to me, and how I should consider responding accordingly in this relationship.