Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ne Plus Ultra

ne plus ultra \nee-plus-UL-truh; nay-\, noun:
1. The highest point, as of excellence or achievement; the acme; the pinnacle; the ultimate.
2. The most profound degree of a quality or condition.

I just discovered this word at I think it properly defines the lives of the pure devotees and the pastimes of the Lord. Here in this material world, the melodramas are so predictable and mediocre. But the loving exchanges of devotees who experience bhava towards the Lord and the love in service they experience amongst each other— those dramas run the gamut of transcendental emotions. The spontaneous roles they play with each other and with the Lord are nothing short of ne plus ultra.

So, how do we go from the soap operas of our daily frustrated existence, to the surcharged dramas of ne plus ultra? Prabhupada, our teacher and our savior, summed it up exactly, concisely and effortlessly (as usual), in a class he gave in London on Radhastami in 1969. (London, 9/18/69)

“atah sri-krsna-namadi
na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau
svayam eva sphuraty adah

No one can understand the transcendental nature of the name, form, quality and pastimes of Sri Krsna through his materially contaminated senses. Only when one becomes spiritually saturated by transcendental service to the Lord are the transcendental name, form, quality and pastimes of the Lord revealed to him.
(Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.234)].

With our material senses we cannot see Krsna, we cannot hear about Krsna's name. But sevonmukhe hi jihvadau.
When you engage yourself in the service of the Lord... Where the service begins? Jihvadau. The service begins from the tongue. Not from the legs, eyes, or ears. It begins from the tongue. Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau. If you begin service through your tongue... How? Chant Hare Krsna. Use your tongue. Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama,
Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. And take Krsna prasadam. The tongue has got two business: to articulate sound, Hare Krsna; and take prasadam. By this process you'll realize Krsna.

Don't try to see Krsna. You cannot see Krsna with your material eyes. Neither you can hear about Him with your material ears. Neither you can touch. But if you engage your tongue in the service of the Lord, then He'll reveal Himself to you:
"Here I am." That is wanted. So feel separation of Krsna just like Radharani, as Lord Caitanya teaches us, and engage your tongue in the service of the Lord. Then, one day, when you are mature, you'll see Krsna eye to eye.”

Ne plus ultra is from Latin, literally, "(go) no more beyond", from ne, "not" + plus, "more" + ultra, "beyond."

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