Srila Prabhupada, Bombay, December 5, 1974: [...] So ultimately God is person. He is not imperson. Impersonal understanding is imperfect, partial understanding, that if God, Krishna, is sac-cid-ananda vigraha… Sat, cit, ananda [Bs. 5.1] So impersonal understanding of Krishna means you understand only the sat portion. The two other portion, cit and ananda, you do not know. You do not know.
So if you understand Krishna, then you understand the impersonal Brahman realization and localized Paramatma realization. That is stated in the Vedas. Kasmin tu bhagavo vijnate sarvam idam vijnatam bhavati. If you simply understand Krishna, then you understand the other two features, because Krishna is ananda. You see Krishna’s feature.
He is not thinking, taxing His brain, “How to do this? How to do that?” No. He is anandamaya. Anandamaya, He’s playing on His flute, and Radharani is there. He is in ecstatic ananda, hladini-sakti. Radha Krishna-pranaya-vikrtir hladini-saktih. It is the transaction of bliss, transcendental bliss, hladini-sakti.
Krishna has got many potencies. Out of that, one potency is hladini-sakti, pleasure-giving. He is atmarama. He is full in Himself. When He wants to enjoy, He expands Himself, His pleasure potency. So Radharani is His pleasure potency, and the gopis are expansion of Radharani. Ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhis tabhir ya eva nija-rupataya kalabhih. Nija-rupa. The forms are Krishna’s, but ananda-cinmaya-rasa, just to taste the mellow of transcendental bliss.
ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhis tabhir ya eva nija-rupataya kalabhih goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami [Bs. 5.37]
This is a verse from the Brahma-samhita.
So Krishna is… We are seeing the form of Krishna. That is the ultimate understanding of the Absolute Truth. Brahmeti paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate.
vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvam yaj jnanam advayam brahmeti paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate [Bhag. 1.2.11]
So sac-cid-ananda. The Brahman realization is sat realization, Paramatma realization is cit realization, and Bhagavan realization means ananda realization. Sat, cit, ananda. And in the Vedanta-sutra it is said that the Absolute Truth is anandamayo ’bhyasat. Anandamaya. He’s always anandamaya. You read Krishna’s lila— He’s always full of transcendental bliss, especially in Vrindavana. Vrindavana, that is His original residence. There, simply ananda. Krishna is playing with His cowherds boys friends. Krishna is dancing with the gopis. Krishna is stealing mother Yasoda’s butter. Krishna is doing… All ananda, transcendental bliss.
So here it is stated that if you begin your devotional service as it is prescribed here, simply see the Deity, then gradually realize how Krishna is smiling, how Krishna is playing on His flute, how Krishna is enjoying the company of Srimati Radharani… We have to see simply. Simply by seeing. And if you hear about Krishna, just you are hearing now, these two processes will increase in such a way that one time, anicchato me gatim anvim prayunkte, you automatically become a great devotee, simply if you come to this temple, or any temple where Deity is very nicely worshiped. Full Lecture