TEXT 33
maitreya uvaca
evam tam anubhasyatha
bhagavan pratyag-aksajah
jagama bindusarasah
sarasvatya parisritat
SYNONYMS
maitreyah uvaca—the great sage Maitreya said; evam—thus; tam—to him; anubhasya—having spoken; atha—then; bhagavan—the Lord; pratyak—directly; aksa—by senses; jah—who is perceived; jagama—went away; bindu-sarasah—from Lake Bindu-sarovara; sarasvatya—by the River Sarasvati; parisritat—encircled.
TRANSLATION
Maitreya went on: Thus having spoken to Kardama Muni, the Lord, who reveals Himself only when the senses are in Krsna consciousness, departed from that lake called Bindu-sarovara, which was encircled by the River Sarasvati.
PURPORT
One word in this verse is very significant. The Lord is stated here to be pratyag-aksaja. He is imperceptible to material senses, but still He can be seen. This appears to be contradictory. We have material senses, but how can we see the Supreme Lord? He is called adhoksaja, which means that He cannot be seen by the material senses. Aksaja means knowledge perceived by material senses. Because the Lord is not an object that can be understood by speculation with our material senses, He is also called ajita; He will conquer, but no one can conquer Him. What does it mean, then, that still He can be seen? It is explained that no one can hear the transcendental name of Krsna, no one can understand His transcendental form, and no one can assimilate His transcendental pastimes. It is not possible. Then how is it possible that He can be seen and understood? When one is trained in devotional service and renders service unto Him, gradually ones senses are purified of material contamination. When ones senses are thus purified, then one can see, one can understand, one can hear and so on. The purification of the material senses and perception of the transcendental form, name and quality of Krsna are combined together in one word, pratyag-aksaja, which is used here.

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