Krishna’s Holy Name is Transcendental Bliss

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Krishna’s energy known as maya-sakti is simultaneously one and different from Krishna. Maya-sakti arises from internal energy (cit-sakti) but is different from it. The maya-sakti, the shadow of internal energy, works through the three influences of nature, which are the cause of this material world. In the material world, ignorant living entities are chained to temporary activities.

Even though the spiritual soul and the material world are simultaneously the same and different from Krishna, He exists separately in His eternal form. Srimad Bhagavatam (2.9.35) states:


yatha mahanti bhutani

bhutesuccavacesv anu

pravistany apravistani tatha

tesu na tesv aham

O Brahma, please know that the universal elements enter the cosmos and at the same time do not enter the cosmos; similarly, I myself exist within every created thing and at the same time I am outside of it.

Knowledge of the form of Krishna’s name is given in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu:

nama cintamanih krishnas


purnah suddho nitya-mukto

‘bhinnatvan nama-naminoh

Krishna’s holy name is transcendental bliss. It grants all spiritual blessings because He is Krishna Himself, which is the source of all pleasure. Krishna’s name is complete, it is the form of all transcendental nectar, it is not a conditioned material name, and it is no less powerful than Krishna. It is out of the question that the name of Krishna, not being defiled by material qualities, is dealing with maya. It is always independent and spiritual and is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Krishna and Krishna are identical.


The Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu continues:

atah sri-krishna-namadi

na bhaved grahyam indriyaih

sevonmukhe hi jihvadau

svayam eva sphuraty adah

Since Krishna’s form, qualities and pastimes, etc., are all on the platform of the absolute, the material senses cannot appreciate them. When the conditioned soul awakens to Krishna consciousness and practices devotional service using its tongue to chant the holy name of Krishna and to taste the remnants of the food offered to the Lord, it becomes purified and gradually understands who Krishna really is.


This is a section of the book “Bhajana Rahasya”, by Bhaktivinode Thakura.

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