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It can be seen that when a person is undergoing suffering or mentally distraught with some immediate problem, the mind is unable to grasp spiritual knowledge, though it is in moments of despair that man turns instinctively to God.
This predicament happened to Arjuna when he listened to the Gita, as he was in a mental dilemma overwrought with emotion facing his kith and kin on the battlefield. He sought advice from Lord Krishna about the course of action; instead His counsel touched on the existential truths about life and death. The Lord had to teach him spiritual knowledge to make him see that it was his ignorance that confused his mind about the right course of action.
In his discourse, Sri B. Sundar Kumar said the cowherd maidens (Gopis) were also privileged to learn spiritual knowledge from Lord Krishna directly because of their unalloyed devotion to Him. After Krishna left Gokul these devotees suffered from pangs of separation and comforted themselves by recalling the divine deeds of His childhood. So when He met them after a long time in Dwaraka they were so overcome with emotion that He had to first console them and then teach them, "I need not tell you that loving devotion to Me brings immortality to all who practise it. I am the beginning and end of all beings and pervade them both inside and outside."
It is needless to say that the state of oneness they had attained through love and devotion to Lord Krishna is difficult to attain even through contemplation on God. The Gopis' prayer to Him during this meeting, "Your feet alone serve as the support for people fallen into the abyss of mundane existence. Occupied as we are with our household duties, kindly bless us that Your lotus feet ever remain present before our mental eyes," is an inspiration to devotees.
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