Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami

The Fourth Dimension

Excerpt from a lecture on Cc. Ādi 5.84-86 given by
Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami on 14 September 1989, Bhubaneswar, India.
We are conditioned souls, we can only understand or we can only conceive such a thing that has three dimensions; length, breadth and height. We cannot conceive a vastu or thing that has four dimensions. This is very deep philosophy. Not an easy thing. We cannot conceive of such a thing that has four dimensions. How can we conceive? The Supreme Lord is in that sphere where there are four dimensions, so how can we conceive with our materially conditioned senses? We cannot conceive at all. A parabolic curve, or we may say two parallel lines cannot meet, generally speaking, but in that fourth dimension they meet. However, we cannot understand it, we cannot conceive of it because in our conditional state our knowledge is defective. There are four defects in the conditioned soul.* Our senses are defective therefore we cannot understand all these things so we cannot accept anyone as mahājana or ācārya, who is under this condition. Those who cannot understand things in the fourth dimension, they cannot be mahājanas or gurus, and we should not believe in their statements. By accepting a bona fide spiritual master who has this conception of the fourth dimension, then you can understand, through his mercy. Otherwise it is not possible to understand all these tattvas spoken here.


*Footnote: The four defects  are bhrama (the tendency to commit mistakes), pramāda (the tendency to be illusioned), vipralipsā (the tendency to cheat) and karaṇāpāṭava (imperfect senses).