Don’t descriptions of Krishna’s form make us imagine as spiritual our material attraction to forms?
From Mrigank Sharad
ISKCON talks a lot about Krishna’s beauty! you may say that its a higher kind of beauty , having some spiritual connotation.But i hv seen ISKCON texts admiring God’s ‘physical beauty’, comparing it with that of thousands of cupids! When i first read prabhupad’s purport for Gita verse 18.65, where he describes Krishna as ‘bluish boy with a beautiful face’ and advises againt worshiping any other Vishnu forms, I was shocked!! Now whats in the face! Gita-verse 3.34 says : attraction for sense objects are naturally placed in sense organs’ , so under the influence of natural sense attraction , we feel certain shapes of nose, eyes, mouth, which are but holes on the face, to be beautiful. It sounds not very ‘spiritual’ to me. You may associate some kind of ‘spiritual notion to all this, but a common student who reads this kind of theory is unfortunately bound to feel repulsion.