True Eloquence

According to Krishnadas Kaviraja
in Chaitanya Charitamrita
“Essential truth spoken concisely
is true eloquence.”

Unfortunately brevity is
not one my best qualities,
though I love to write
hear, and speak philosophy.

Some people talk
to hear their own voice,
being full of themselves
they aren’t effective.

More important then mere words
the spirit of bhakti they convey
its purity, love, devotion and high purpose
can attract others to Krishna.

Lord Chaitanya playing
the role of acharya
wrote only 8 verses
not often speaking much.

Usually great acharyas write
many commentaries or books;
Shri Chaitanya taught mostly
through example and his disciples.

He converted the King’s guru
Sarvabhauma by remaining silent,
the prominent impersonalist
Prakasanda, with extraordinary humility.

Head priest Venkata Bhatta, was
attracted by the Lord’s joking
and many others by his
ecstatic chanting and dancing.

He demonstrated the ideal life
of a God intoxicated person
fully absorbed in love for Krishna
in the mood of Radha’s separation.

Those of us who have been
touched by Shri Chaitanya’s life
and teachings by the grace of their
followers, try to explain our experience.

This eternal knowledge is passed
down through the generations as
each person who takes it up
presents it according to their realization.

Only those who are empowered
with Krishna shakti can be especially
effective in presenting the essence
of scripture in a way to attract hearts.

Never-the-less I keep
trying to share the highest ecstatic
truth according to limited capacity
because even the attempt purifies.

Every day and every blog
a new opportunity for purification
to go deeper into transcendence
uncovering love for Krishna.

Combined comments from old site

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 10:04 — milan

Very nice! I'm delighted! Short and complete, a few words for full essentiality. Thank you!
Your humble servant,
Milan T


Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:05 — bhaktincarol
controlling speech

Hare Krsna!
I was reading about controlling speech, and then saw your blog, True Eloquence. This is from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Text One of The Nectar of Instruction:

"Controlling speech, however, does not mean self-imposed silence (the external process of mauna), as Mayavadi philosophers think. Silence may appear helpful for some time, but ultimately it proves a failure. The meaning of controlled speech conveyed by Srila Rupa Gosvami advocates the positive process of krsna-katha, engaging the speaking process in glorifying the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna. The tongue can thus glorify the name, form, qualities and pastimes of the lord. The preacher of krsna-katha is always beyond the clutches of death. This is the significance of controlling the urge to speak.

"...When we refer to the urge to speak, we refer to useless talking, such as that of the impersonal Mayavadi philosophers, or of persons engaged in fruitive activities (technically called karma-kanda), or of materialistic people who simply want to enjoy life without restriction. All such talks or literatures are practical exhibitions of the urge to speak. Many people are talking nonsensically and writing volumes of useless books, and all this is the result of the urge to speak. To counteract this tendency, we have to divert our talking to the subject of Krsna."

"...The conclusion is that only when we talk about devotional service to the Supreme personality of Godhead can we refrain from useless nonsensical talk. We should always endeavor to use our speaking power solely for the purpose of realizing Krsna consciousness."