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1.1.4-17 Questions in the Forest

The introduction is over and the story now begins…

A host of learned sages and mystics, headed by Shaunaka, assembled in the Forest of He Who Does Not Blink, and engaged themselves in an arduous thousand-year long sacrifice for the benefit of both heaven and earth. But one morning, after they tended the sacrificial fire, the uncommonly wise and learned Suta entered their midst. The sages made Suta a respectful seat, and very thoughtfully presented him the following questions.

“You have carefully studied and taught the many branches of Vedic Wisdom – all the histories, accounts, and guidelines for morality. You yourself practice what you have learned and taught, being free from vice. You are fully conversant with the teachings of the foremost scholar Vyasadeva, and all other important teachers as well, and are therefore the most learned person. And equally important, you are a humble and receptive person. Therefore you fully absorbed all the blessings of your teachers and are now eager to pass those gifts on to others such as us. Considering all that you have learned, good and long-lived Suta, please answer this question in a simple, unequivocal way: What is the highest good for humanity?

“Specifically please tell us of the highest good for the current epoch of human history – the Age of Quarrel – during which time human beings become very meager in longevity, lazy, misguided and dull, unlucky, and surely always without peace of mind and free time.”

Here Suta Goswāmī may have humbly indicated that all of these learned sages and mystics assembled must surely know the answers to such question. Therefore the sages said that although they were quite learned, they were confused…

“We are learned, but we have learned so many branches of knowledge – each of which seems to say a different thing and put forth a different idea about what is best. We ask you to unify all these divergent teachings by pointing out to us what is the essence of all of them. Considering all the many divergent theories and philosophies, what is the singular best thing for humanity, by which their troubled hearts will be fully satisfied?”

Again Śrī Suta would now very likely look at them with some disbelief, as if saying, “none of you has any idea?” In fact many of the sages did know the answer, but wished to hear it expanded and gloriously explained by the greatly blessed Suta. Therefore they now indicate that they are aware of what the answer to this question most likely is…

“Suta! You are most blessed because you know the true purpose why the Supreme Entity, protector of the pure, appeared as Krishna – the son of Vasudeva and Devaki. That is what we are so eager to understand, for the incarnations of the Supreme are meant to protect and uplift humanaity! Please explain what you have learned about Krishna!

“The sound of his name – “Krishna,” even if inattentively heard, at once liberates even those completely entangled in the complex and frightening web of material life. Ah, fear itself flees in fear of that wondrous name! The Ganges river purifies after some use, but one immediately becomes far more purified just by being in proximity to those who merely serve Krishna’s feet. Is there anyone that desires their own purification who would not want to hear the auspicious poetry describing Krishna’s character and activities? Such poems are the only means of sanctifying the impure Age of Quarrel. All his activities are magnanimous, and broadcast by the gods and sages. We are very, very eager to hear about the pastimes he enjoys in all his incarnations – please speak to us about this!”