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Sunday, September 14th, 2003

Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India


Right of admission reserved

One thing we soon find out here in Vrindavan is that the right of admission is reserved. We cannot gatecrash our way into Vrindavan by means of our intelligence or extensive study of the Vedas (na medhaya na bahuna srutena). Entrance is by invitation only: (yam evaisa vrnute tena labhyah).

Krishna's divine play (lila) is so exclusive that we cannot even find the venue, what to speak of trying to gatecrash the party! We are told that even Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, and the goddess of fortune, Laksmi Devi, cannot enter there, so what to speak of ourselves. The only way that we can enter that plane is through surrender (saranagati).

To gain entry into that transcendental world (tad viddhi) we have to surrender exclusively (pranipatena) to a pure devotee who is connected to that plane of reality (jnaninas tattva-darsinah), and if we inquire submissively (pariprasnena) and serve him faithfully (sevaya), he will bless us by removing our blindness (upadeksyanti te jnanam) so that we too can have a clear vision of that supreme reality (tattva-darsinah) and be given entrance into that land of dedication by virtue of our humility and sincere mood of service and surrender.

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