A Christian theologian predicted that Christianity is on the verge of a Copernican revolution. Prior to Copernicus, it was believed that the earth was at the centre of the universe and that the sun and other planets orbited the earth. Until recently, in the Western world it has been thought that Christianity was the central conception of Divinity in the theistic universe. But as Western man has begun to gaze Eastward, he has discovered a plurality of theistic conceptions orbiting the Supreme Truth.

Accepting that plurality, we must also accept the accompanying gradations of theism, superior and inferior. As the planets are situated according to their gravitational attraction for the sun, the varieties of theistic conception are situated higher or lower according to their attraction toward the Absolute Centre. The Krishna conception of Divinity is one of being irresistibly drawn in attraction toward the infinite centre of all love, beauty, and harmony.

The Infinite can make Himself known to the finite, and the divine agent through whom this function manifests is Sri Guru or the divine guide. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami is an agent of Divinity and a messenger of that supreme reality. He has reminded us that we are all «sons of nectar», and that we shall have to «die to live», «dive deep into reality», and enter the «land of dedication». As much as we sacrifice ourselves in this plane, we shall become released from its influence and be drawn through dedication into the higher plane of reality where the divine Pastimes «move in a crooked way». And there we will find the «hidden treasure of the Sweet Absolute» in the service of Srimati Radharani.

His Divine Grace has informed us that the heart’s inner hankering for ecstasy, charm, and sweetness leads it in the search for Sri Krishna — Reality the Beautiful. The Krishna conception of Divinity is so irresistible that even Krishna Himself becomes overwhelmed by His own potency and is madly engaged in tasting His own sweetness, ecstatically dancing, and thereby distributing that sweetness to others. In Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta, Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami describes that while dancing at the Ratha Yatra, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would sometimes fall in an ecstatic swoon and appear like «a golden mountain rolling on the ground». Srila Sridhar Maharaj describes that, «In the agony of separation from Krishna, ecstatic eruptions of ecstasy flowed like lava from the heart of the golden volcano of divine love, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.» And now in The Loving Search for the Lost Servant, we find that the Lord’s heart is such that He also feels the agony of separation from His fallen devotees, and as they are engaged in searching for Him, He is also engaged in a loving search for His lost servants.


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