Angles of Vision

Krsna consciousness is multi-faceted. Srila Prabhupada has used the phrase, “angle of vision” many times. Even material truth is many-sided. It is said there are at least two sides to every issue, and another maxim says that the pursuit of truth is like picking raspberries. You miss a lot if you approach from only one angle. Srila Prabhupada wanted us to approach Krsna consciousness with an open mind. Krsna is the ultimate Truth, so this truth has an infinite number of facets. Being ‘independently thoughtful’ doesn’t mean joining the ‘herd of independent minds,’ and ‘mentally active’ doesn’t mean direction-less and endlessly speculating. Ultimately we have to arrive at Siddhanta (a definitive conclusion), considering “mahajana yena gata sva pantha.” However, like the great souled commentators in our line, including Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, and Sridhara Swami, we still need to carefully consider Krishna consciousness from all angles.