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We find it a vast ocean. But this vast ocean is nothing but a drop of water in the universe. There are so many, thousands or millions of vast oceans in the sky. So therefore the sky becomes the biggest

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1973 Conversations and Morning Walks

Just like we are seeing this ocean. We find it a vast ocean. But this vast ocean is nothing but a drop of water in the universe. There are so many, thousands or millions of vast oceans in the sky. So therefore the sky becomes the biggest.

Prabhupāda: Duality, not so expressive. Relative—in relation to other. That is the exact. Why duality? There are so many.

Svarūpa Dāmodara: Opposite. One opposite the other.

Prabhupāda: Yes, yes. Just the opposite. Yes. You cannot understand light without darkness. This is relative. Unless there is darkness, how you can say: "This is light"? So opposite. You can say opposite. Now this, this knowledge is there. Everyone knows. But where is that absolute where the bad and good, the black and white, everything coincide? That is absolute. Everything is there. That is not distinction. Everything is there. That is called absolute. Brahman. That means . . . Brahman means the biggest.

Now when you speak something big, so everything is included. Big means bad and good, everything is included. Otherwise, how it can, big? Big means . . . just like if you, when you speak of Los Angeles, so there are so many things, bad and good, in Los Angeles, all included. Is it not? So Brahman means bṛhattva, being the largest. The largest means it contains everything. Just like the sky, we have got the idea. The sky means it, it, it contains everything universal.

This is the idea of greatest. So athāto brahma jijñāsā means we are now studying the relative truth. I'm studying black. You are studying white. He's studying another, another. In this way. Partial. But what is that biggest thing which includes everything? That is called brahma-jijñāsā, to inquire about that thing.

Just like you are studying chemistry. We are studying Kṛṣṇa consciousness. But there is something which contains the chemistry, Kṛṣṇa consciousness and everything. That is called Brahman. Athāto brahma jijñāsā. The animal life, the subject matter, a small animal, he's concerned where to eat, where to sleep, where to find my food, shelter. This is their business; no other business. They're not concerned with the biggest thing. But this human form of life is to inquire about the biggest. That includes everything.

So next code is, janmādyasya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1). That biggest thing is the original source of everything, wherefrom everything has come. How to know that? Śāstra-yonitvāt (Brahma-sūtra 1.1.3). You have to learn it from the Vedas. In this way, sūtras are given, one after another. What is the nature of that thing? Ānandamayo 'bhyāsāt (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12). In this way, all codes are there. And go on searching, one after another, you get full knowledge of the greatest, Absolute Truth. This is Vedānta. What is that ship?

Karandhara: Tanker.

Prabhupāda: Tanker. Carrying petrol.

Karandhara: Most likely. Yes.

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Prabhupāda: Just like we are seeing this ocean. We find it a vast ocean. But this vast ocean is nothing but a drop of water in the universe. There are so many, thousands or millions of vast oceans in the sky. So therefore the sky becomes the biggest. Then again, if you try to find out what is the bigger than this universe, we get information that these universes are coming out from the nostrils of Mahā-Viṣṇu. Yasyaika-niśvasita-kāla . . . (Bs. 5.48). Just like with our breathing so many germs are coming out and going. To these all these universes are coming and going.

So long it is exhaling, the universes are coming out. And inhaling, all finished. Then He becomes the biggest. Then you search out wherefrom this biggest personality comes. Then you come to Saṅkarṣaṇa. If you come to Saṅkarṣaṇa, then you come to Nārāyaṇa. If you come to Nārāyaṇa, then you come to Baladeva. If you come to Baladeva, then you come Kṛṣṇa. And therefore Kṛṣṇa, the biggest.