Q&A with Hridayananda Maharaja on “Approaching Krishna”

Question: At the beginning of the purport of SB 1.6.21, Srila Prabhupada talks about not being able to approach Krishna if there is any tinge of material affection. I guess the question would be, what does he mean by approach?

Answer by Hridayananda Maharaja:

Prabhupada is using ‘approach’ here in a special sense, of actually coming directly into the association of Krishna with full consciousness.

The general rule is ‘ye yatha mam prapadyante…’ As I often explain, the verb prapad[yante] literally means ‘approach.’ In English, approach can mean ‘to come near’ or ‘to come nearer’. Generally, we use the 2nd sense, but Prabhupada in this special case uses the 1st sense.

With best wishes,

Hridayananda das Goswami

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One response to “Q&A with Hridayananda Maharaja on “Approaching Krishna”

  1. pustakrishna

    Jayate Srila Hridayananda das Goswami, old friend and Godbrother. In the final analysis, Krishna knows you and knows where you are. He will find you as you search for Him. Once in that transcendental environment of love exchange and ecstasy, everything else will melt away, being replaced by Sri Krishna’s beauty and mercy. We often worry too much, trying to save our selves, but Krishna will save us, fully and mercifully. It is His lila to save the fallen souls devoted to Him. Pusta Krishna das

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