If you want to love Krishna, you love the loved ones of Krishna. If you love Krishna’s cows and His calves, His cowherd boys, if you love His holy dhama, His devotees then it is very easy to love Krishna. Because they are with Krishna. If you are with them then you are with Krishna. When we leave this world, if we think of a devotee of Krishna, if we think of the holy dhama of Krishna, of the pastimes of Krishna, or the form of Krishna, or the name of Krishna, then we return back to Krishna, because they are not different on the absolute platform. How can we think directly of Krishna until we are already on the liberated platform, you see? Then we have seen Krishna, rather, we are thinking of Krishna’s sambandhi, those things which are related to Krishna. Some may say, “I like to see you Krishna, but I don’t want to see those smelly cows. I want you without the cows.” Well, then you can’t go to Goloka Vrndavana. Plus, the cows are not smelly anyway. They are scented, they are beautiful. But when someone has some prejudice like that then you see, he won’t be able to go back to Krishna. On the other hand, if someone is very appreciative of all the loved ones to Krishna, then immediately he becomes very intimate with Krishna.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 18th Sep, SB class @ New Orleans, USA