bhaktyā tv ananyayā śakya
aham evaṁ-vidho ’rjuna
jñātuṁ draṣṭuṁ ca tattvena
praveṣṭuṁ ca paran-tapa
“My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding.”
(Bhagavad Gita 11.54, written in Sanskrit on Prabhuji's Gifts Shringara Incense Stick packages)
Lord Krishna can only be understood by the process of undivided devotional service and this is exactly what he explains in this verse. Krishna cannot be understood. For example, how can anyone understand how Krishna at once changed himself from a four-handed form to a two-handed form when he appeared as a newborn to two-handed parents?
These things are difﬁcult to comprehend both philosophically and by studying the Vedas. This is why it is clearly stated here that no one can see Him or enter into understanding of these matters. However, advanced students of Vedic literature can learn about Him. There are also rules and regulations to be followed for one who wants to understand Krshna. Austerities can also be performed in accordance with those principles, such as fasting on specified days. There is also charity that can be given to Krishna devotees who are engaged in His devotional service, spreading Krishna consciousness.
Krishna shows Arjuna his universal form, which is a temporary form. Pure devotees are not attracted to the universal form, and Arjuna actually felt fear at the sight, as devotees are in love with Lord Krishna in different transcendental relationships. It is in his original form of Krishna that he exchanges transcendental love and it is this two-handed form that is most dear to those who are engaged in devotional service.
The Bhagavad Gita means “song of the Lord” and is a Hindu scripture made up of 700 verses in Sanskrit, which is a part of the Mahabharata epic. The Gita is the narration of a dialogue between Arjuna, a royal warrior, and Lord Krishna, who took the role of his charioteer and guide on a battlefield. This scripture teaches the great truths of dharma, knowledge, devotional service, raja yoga, and the Sankhya philosophy.
Each of the 24 fragrances of Prabhuji’s Gifts Devotion Incense Stick line displays a verse in Sanskrit, with most coming from the Bhagavad Gita. The verse above is on the Shringara package.