It is a fact that we were with Krsna

Krishna1Prabhupada: …you are part and parcel of Krsna; that is our original state. Now by contact with this material nature we have forgotten. Just like I come from India. Suppose I remain here for many years, so I may forget about my home. But it is a fact that I was Indian, my home was India; therefore I am called Indian. I may forget. Similarly, actually we were with Krsna, but we do not know when we have left our home, or that Krsna, and come to this material contact; that is another thing. But it is a fact that we were with Krsna. Because we have got little independence. Just like a very rich man’s son, sometimes gives up home life, his father and mother, he loiters in the street — that is his choice. Similarly, from sastra we can understand that originally we were in Krsna, with Krsna. But somehow or other we have come to enjoy this material world; therefore we have been entangled. Now get out of this entanglement and go back to Krsna. That is our proposition. Guest: If we had been in the state of perfect Krsna consciousness, then surely we would have been able to have the awareness to know that material existence would have been no good for us. So why then would we have gone into…

Prabhupada: That is ignorance. That is ignorance. Because we are very small particle of Krsna, we are subjected to ignorance also. We are not fully in knowledge. Therefore just like a child out of ignorance does something wrong. Similarly, krsna bhuliya jiva bhoga vancha kare. We thought that by giving up Krsna’s association, we shall be happy remaining independent, and then when we came here, we became entangled.

From Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture – March 5, 1973

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