amaste, my name is Prakash, and I was born on the islands of Mauritius, Indian Ocean. I currently have a simple job, and on the side, I work freelance. I design things, objects, stuff, garden, artwork these are just material things one day or the other they will all vanish. I express myself here and write stories for serious seeker.
The subject matter regarding the established philosophical truths of the living entity (jéva-tattva) is very advanced. Still, it is essential to know, especially for those who actively share spiritual topics with others. Lucid knowledge of philosophical truths is the foundation of a strong spiritual life.
siddhänta baliyä citte nä kara alasa
ihä ha-ite kåñëe läge sudåòha mänasa
(Sri Caitanya-caritämåta, Ädi-lilä 2.117)
A sincere student should not neglect the discussion of such conclusions, considering them controversial, for such discussions strengthen the mind. Thus, one’s mind becomes attached to Sri Krsna.
Although this subject is elevated and profound, it gradually becomes easier to understand, and over time, to read or discuss it becomes relishable. Do not be disheartened and think, “Oh, it is such a lofty topic. My mind is not able to even touch it.”
Being purified by his intelligence and controlling the mind with determination, giving up the objects of sense gratification, being freed from attachment and hatred, one who lives in a secluded place, who eats little and who controls the body and the tongue, and is always in trance and is detached, who is without false ego, false strength, false pride, lust, anger, and who does not accept material things, such a person is certainly elevated to the position of self-realization.
BG 18 text 51-53
The main teaching of Lord Krishna is that our whole life and the whole manifested universe is His 'Maya'. He continuously tells His great disciple Arjuna to realize His presence underlying seemingly unrelated events and various living organisms populating the universe.
Even though Lord Krishna also manifested inside His own 'Maya', He was never controlled or disturbed by its powers.
The feathers of peacock exemplify Lord's Maya in a manner which human mind can try to grasp. The brilliant colors of peacock do not arise from the correspondingly colored pigments. Instead, they arise from the phenomenon called 'structural coloration'. The light waves entering the different thickness of keratin layers on peacock feathers get out of phase and undergo interference. The resulting light wave patterns give the beautiful play of colors which the human eyes see. The 'actual' color is just deep brown pigment which occurs in the background of these keratin layers.
Thus, Lord Krishna wears a brilliant example of His own Maya in His crown and stimulates our intelligence to understand the fact that the whole universe is a diverse manifestation of one single divinity. Thus, we are also supposed to understand the nature of Maya continuously during our life so that we do not get carried away and suffer due to its influence. If we also start wearing this idea in our mind, like Krishna wears its symbolically in His crown, then we can also enjoy this life in the manner Lord Krishna wants us to live.
However, only the divine being Himself can fully know His intentions.
Verse 1: I am sitting alone in Vṛndāvana-dhāma
In this mood I am getting many realizations.
I have my wife, sons, daughters, grandsons, everything, But I have no money so they are a fruitless glory.
Kṛṣṇa has shown me the naked form of material nature, By his strength it has all become tasteless to me today.
yasyāham anugṛhṇāmi hariṣye tad-dhanaṁ śanaiḥ
“I gradually take away all the wealth of those upon whom I am merciful.”
How was I able to understand this mercy of the All-merciful?
Verse 2: Everyone has abandoned me, seeing me as penniless, Wife, relatives, friends, brothers, everyone.
This is misery, but it gives me a laugh. I sit alone and laugh.
In this māyā-saṁsāra, whom do I really love? Where have all my loving father and mother gone to now? And where are all my elders, who were my own folk? Who will give me news of them, tell me who? All that is left of this family life is a list of names.
Verse 3: Like the froth on the sea water mixes again in the sea, Māyā’s saṁsāra’s play is just like that.
No one is mother or father, or personal relative, Just like the sea-foam they remain but a short time, Just as the froth on sea water mixes again in the sea, The body made of five elements meets with destruction.
How many bodies does the embodied soul take in this way; His relatives are all simply related to this temporal body.
Written by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami in 1958,
Published December of that Year in Gauḍīya Patrika,
The Magazine of the Gauḍīya Vedānta Samiti.
PURE LOVE AND AFFECTION
I’m very happy to be travelling and preaching in the Western countries, but I have not come to give anything new. I am simply following Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, and giving the same thing that he came to the West to give. Swami Maharaja is my bosom friend and instructing guru. He also did not come to this world to give anything new; rather, he has simply given what he received from his Gurudeva and from all the teachers in our disciplic succession, which goes back to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is actually the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna Himself. However, He came in the form of His own devotee to teach us the process of transcendental devotional service, by which we can develop pure love and affection for Him.
“WE CANNOT FIND HAPPINESS IN THIS WORLD”
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all the teachers in His line want us to be happy. Everyone wants to be happy, but generally we can only find a very little happiness and affection in this world, and even then it is mixed with sorrows and suffering.
Why is it that we are unhappy, even though we have so many possessions? We should consider this. Napoleon was not a street beggar, and neither was President Kennedy. Princess Diana was also not a street beggar; she was not at all ugly, foolish, or ignorant. On the contrary, she had name, fame, beauty and everything one could desire, and she was married to Charles, but she was still not happy.
We should reflect on the way that we are living at present, and look into the future, asking ourselves, “Will I be happy in the future, if I continue doing what I am doing now, and following the process that I am following now?” When we ask ourselves this question, we will see that we are going in the same direction as those people have gone. They were all unhappy, and if we go in that direction, we will also be unhappy.
There are many very rich people — for example presidents and prime ministers — who are unhappy, even though they have plenty of opulence, and facility for enjoyment. One day, they, too, will become old and die, and they will lose everything that they have in this world.
Nowadays we have become very advanced in material life, from the kitchen department to medical science. We have produced many wonderful inventions, especially in the areas of communication, transportation and medicine. If a limb or an organ is damaged, we can change it for another. A dead man’s eyes can be removed and given to a blind person, so that he can see. Surgeons can even replace a defective heart with a new one. Nonetheless, we still have to become old, and we still have to die.
As far as the advancement of material science is concerned, America is at the forefront, but are Americans happy? If they are, why are they all quarrelling with each other? Why do so many of them commit suicide? We should see that material advancement cannot make us happy.
Qualifications of Guru and Disciple
It is not written anywhere that Caitanya Mahāprabhu gave ‘goopi-bhāva,’ telling anyone and everyone, “Now you are a goopi, and I am now giving you the eleven kinds of moods. Your name is Lalitā, your birthplace is Varṣāṇā, you are married to such-and-such gopa, your dress is such-and-such, and you are a pālya-dāsī from today onwards.” He never did this.
Can one who is simply engaged in the animalistic propensities of eating, sleeping, mating, and defending, and in the three W’s of wine, woman, and wealth can he be given gopī bhāva? This sahajiyāism is the root of all evil.
Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism begins from the origin: from Brahmā to Nārada, Vyāsa, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, Madhvācārya and his paramparā, or disciplic succession, and then to Mādhavendra Purī, Isvara Purī, Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Rūpa-Sanātana, Jīva, Raghunātha, Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, Narottama Ṭhākura, and Śyāmānanda, and after that to Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. This is the line of our Gauḍīya guru-paramparā.
One who can see that all activities are performed by the body, which is created of material nature, and sees that the self does nothing, actually sees.
This body is made by material nature under the direction of the Supersoul, and whatever activities are going on in respect to one’s body are not his doing. Whatever one is supposed to do, either for happiness or for distress, one is forced to do because of the bodily constitution. The self, however, is outside all these bodily activities. This body is given according to one’s past desires. To fulfill desires, one is given the body, with which he acts accordingly. Practically speaking, the body is a machine, designed by the Supreme Lord, to fulfill desires. Because of desires, one is put into difficult circumstances to suffer or to enjoy. This transcendental vision of the living entity, when developed, makes one separate from bodily activities. One who has such a vision is an actual seer.
BG 13 text 30
OLD AGE WILL MARRY US BY FORCE
We don’t want to be old, and we don’t want our hair to become white. We don’t want our eyesight to become worse; and we certainly don’t want to become blind. We want to remain young and very beautiful forever, but after some time we will be forced to become old.
Generally, men do not want to marry women who are old and no longer beautiful. Old age is ugly, and who wants to marry someone who is ugly?
No one wants to marry Old Age, but she will force us to marry her, whether we want to or not. Old Age will take away your teeth, and you’ll have to use false teeth instead. We can make some artificial arrangement to make our white hair black, and our teeth beautiful. In the end, though, we’ll have so many wrinkles, like all other old people.
You’ll have to marry Old Age and become old. Perhaps you won’t be able to walk. Finally, many people will come and help you go to the last resting place of the body: to the cemetery or the crematorium. In India, thousands of people take the dead body to the crematorium, and there they burn it to ashes. Other people bury dead bodies; in that case, worms and insects eat some of the body, and the rest rots. If your body is not burned or buried, many wild dogs, jackals and hogs may come and quarrel over it: “Oh, that’s my piece. Why did you take it?” Then the body will become stool.
Ultimately, the body is bound to rot, or to become ashes or stool. This is the truth about the body, to which we are so attached. The body will die and disappear forever, but we don’t want to think that we will die and disappear forever.
One can obtain the results of renunciation simply by self-control and by becoming unattached to material things and disregarding material enjoyments. That is the highest perfectional stage of renunciation.
BG 2 text 62
While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.
BG 2 text 62