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CC Madhya 17.134

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT 134

ataeva kṛṣṇera ‘nāma’, ‘deha’, ‘vilāsa’
prākṛtendriya-grāhya nahe, haya sva-prakāśa


ataeva—therefore; kṛṣṇera—of Lord Kṛṣṇa; nāma—the holy name; deha—the spiritual body; vilāsa—the pastimes; prākṛta-indriya—by the dull senses made of matter; grāhya—perceptible; nahe—not; haya—are; sva-prakāśa—self-manifested.


“The holy name of Kṛṣṇa, His body and His pastimes cannot be understood by the blunt material senses. They are manifested independently.


Since Kṛṣṇa’s transcendental body, name, form, qualities, pastimes and entourage are all the Absolute Truth, they are as good as Kṛṣṇa Himself (sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha (BS 5.1)). As long as the living entity is conditioned by the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion and ignorance), the objects of his material senses—material form, taste, smell, sound and touch—will not help him understand spiritual knowledge and bliss. Rather, these are revealed to the pure devotee. One’s material name, form and qualities are certainly different from one another. In the material world, there is no conception of absolute; however, when we come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness we find that there is no material difference between Kṛṣṇa’s body and His names, activities and entourage.