TEXT 99
bhattacarya tabe kahe prabhura carane
'ajna deha', yai' kari krsna darasane!'
SYNONYMS
bhattacaryaBalabhadra Bhattacarya; tabe—at that time; kahe—says; prabhura carane—at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; ajna deha'-please give permission; yai'-going; kari krsna darasane—I shall see Lord Krsna directly.
TRANSLATION
At that time Balabhadra Bhattacarya placed a request at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He said, "Please give me permission to go see Lord Krsna directly."
PURPORT
The puzzled people who visited Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were actually seeing Lord Krsna, but they were mistaken in thinking that Lord Krsna had come to Kaliya Lake. They all said that they had seen Krsna directly performing His pastimes on the hood of the serpent Kaliya and that the jewels on Kaliya's hoods were blazing brilliantly. Because they were speculating with their imperfect knowledge, they saw Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as an ordinary human being and a boatman's light in the lake as Krsna. One must see things as they are through the mercy of a spiritual master; otherwise if one tries to see Krsna directly, he may mistake an ordinary man for Krsna or Krsna for an ordinary man. Everyone has to see Krsna according to the verdict of Vedic literatures presented by the self-realized spiritual master. A sincere person is able to see Krsna through the transparent via medium of Sri Gurudeva, the spiritual master. Unless one is enlightened by the knowledge given by the spiritual master, he cannot see things as they are, even though he remains constantly with the spiritual master. This incident at Kaliya-daha is very instructive for those eager to advance in Krsna consciousness.

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