Peace Of Mind Through Krishna Consciousness

23 Apr

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“One cannot remain in the quality of Brahman, the Absolute, until one’s mind is fixed on the lotus feet of the Lord.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.6 Text 27 Purport

What is most desired by the jiva is to be at peace with itself, and for this to happen, the mind must be kept free from the many so called important distractions. Happy because of discovering the Supreme, the alienation from Godhead as the Absolute Integer is no more; for the mind which resides in the mellow of peacefulness knows that the Supreme is the principle of detachment from distress. When innumerable worries plaque the mind with what it should or should not be doing in relation to itself, the best remedy for this whirl wind like mind is to soothe itself through the calming power of remembrance of the Supreme. While able to remember the Godhead in His full glory, the Absolute Truth becomes apparent and readily available to the mystically elevated and inquisitive jiva in search of his own source of being. The mind, when separated from the false ego and its false memories of a false paradise on earth, is finally prepared to meditate on and unify with the thoughts of Godhead. The Lord’s pastimes become a part of the jiva’s original nature, for a mind which is established in Brahman or Spirit can see what no eye has seen and hear what no ear has heard. Mystery upon mystery and wonder upon wonder, all devotees of the Lord have to at one point in their life experience the astonishment of Arjuna by beholding His mystically opulent universal form. For this purpose, fixing the mind on the Godhead’s activities as revealed in the scriptures and in the heart is the preparation or training that is necessary for the finite to grasp the infinite in a sublime moment of eternal bliss and knowledge. Alas! When will that day be mine?

“After being liberated, or being situated in the Brahman position, one’s devotional service begins.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.9 Text 2 Purport

Devotional service is naturally superior to Brahman realization because it makes the experience of God dynamic and personal in a way that is as vast and simple as the Super Soul residing in every heart while remaining completely hidden from most of the fallen soul’s desires for name, fame, power, prestige and everything that makes the jiva appear to be something other than an ordinary conditioned soul. This move away from wanting to be God to wanting to serve God is the point in eternity at which the jiva is faced with its own inadequacy to be God; for he quickly realizes that nothing can compare to the Supreme Living Being because everything was already created by Him so as to make the jiva’s contribution to the material energy practically non-existent. Countless suns and moons are there floating in the infinite sea of space, but there is only one God to bring everything together into one seamless robe of absolute perfection and harmony among the spheres. What can the jiva do to affect the course of billions of planets and stars all waiting to be liberated from their position so that they can begin to serve Krishna face to face in a personal relationship of transcendence? The mind which is liberated sees Krishna everywhere and in everything, yet does not mistake the creation for the Creator because of having developed a relationship of trust with the Supreme that is at once filled with the bliss of devotional service; so much so that the joy derived from Brahman realization is reduced to the smallness of a calf’s hoof print.

“One who is in the brahma-bhuta condition is joyful; he never laments, nor does he desire anything. That is due to confidential knowledge.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.18 Text 63 Purport

Krishna is so generous with His opulences and with His wisdom that there is no need to worry over whether He will provide everyone with the confidential knowledge needed to soar above the lamentations of the fallen conditioned souls. Illuminating every square inch of the creation with sunlight and moonlight and countless other light based phenomena, in a similar manner, He never fails to give His devotees everything they require to penetrate through the darkness of matter and the semi spiritual light of Brahman. Raising an alarm whenever we are not spiritually strong enough to grasp this simple truth, Krishna comes to our aid with the torchlight of knowledge and sends His self realized devotees to guide and instruct the rest of mankind looking for something superior to its own clever devices. Even more joyful because of having intimate contact with Krishna, Krishna-Katha is the real cause of celebration because it brings that which is lacking in the jivas to a complete perfection. This profound emptiness within the soul is forgetfulness of Krishna. The way to flip this unwanted situation around is to associate with Krishna whenever the chance arises; for Krishna is bound to respond to our prayers and our desire to be with Him as He engages in His daily eightfold pastimes while immersed in transcendental ecstasy day and night without interruption. A perfect consciousness is that which is mindful of the mystic opulences of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

“Without being one with the Supreme, the Absolute, one cannot render service unto Him. In the absolute conception, there is no difference between the served and the servitor; yet the distinction is there, in a higher spiritual sense.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.18 Text 54 Purport

Oneness is desirable when it is in conjunction with the Godhead. Some want to be one with matter and others with spirit, but those who are one with Krishna are His eternal servitors. Transcendent to the cycle of creation, maintenance, destruction, and the long periods of dormancy or the state of being unmanifest, the Supreme is never forgotten by the jiva who is Krishna conscious because of the peace of mind experienced through the pure chanting of the holy name. Service to the Godhead is a gift that cannot be replaced by remaining in trance within the brahmajyoti or within the limitless planets of Vaikuntha; for only in Goloka as an eternal servant of Radha Madhava can the jiva conceive of that which is inconceivably one and different. One in its joy and different in its original nature, the Godhead is eternally the Godhead and the jiva is eternally the jiva. In this act of kindness and supreme benevolence arises the desire to serve Him in full rapture, and out of this inclination to serve Him, Krishna, in turn, makes Himself the servant of the devotee so as to prevent His devotee from falling down into something that is not worthy and wholesome to soulful eternal living. Krishna is your life and soul, and is the perfection of your existence. In a spirit of detachment, become firm in the conviction that Krishna is Godhead, and that the jiva is a part of His eternal shakti, Radha. Floating in a universe of blissful oneness and difference, Krishna is one with devotional service and the jiva is most wise when Krishna is on its mind; for wherever the mind is, there is Krishna looking for the jiva to come back to Him. Redirected and reoriented towards eternity when able to hear about the Supreme, listen to the pastimes of the Lord with rapt attention, and the heart will go directly to His lotus feet; the crown of creation and the source of all spiritual strength.

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Life Is A Perpetual Battle – Fight The Good Fight

2 Apr

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“Humility means that one should not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.13 Text 8-12 Commentary

One of the primary causes of anxiety is, with all of one’s will, attempting to please every whim and speculation which arises in every unthinking and thinking person; for what is not eternal is not worth striving for with all of one’s might so as to acquire something that is tasteless from the beginning. Transcendental humility gives one the strength to stand up to the enemy, facing ignorance right in the face, in order to fight the good fight; for that is the only fight that is of God since it pertains to overcoming the pride and envy of the living entity with the shining knowledge of Godhead. Humility is in relinquishing everything that is not of God in order to receive the transcendental exchange that is the pure eternity of the grace of the grace of the pure devotees who are purified due to telling the truth as God sees fit. The Godhead is the one who imputes or installs the nature of humbleness to the soul who is proud of itself otherwise because of possessing a minute amount of independence from God’s providence.  The mind can be a reflection of the Lord’s essential being when it mirrors the selflessness of God’s decisions throughout the cosmic manifestations by emptying itself of all notions of self importance in a universe where billions of particles of God are situated in but one square centimeter within an eternity of infinities upon infinities that are but a spark of God’s opulent glorious beginnings and endings.

People are very anxious to be famous for their religion, and consequently sometimes it is found that without understanding the principles of religion, one enters into some group, which is not actually following religious principles, and then wants to advertise himself as a religious mentor.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.13 Text 8-12 Commentary

To be a teacher of religion, being humble, that is, not believing in oneself but in God, is what erases the stain of sin from the character of the eternal soul who has found what is transcendental to his or her tiny understanding of everything that be.  Those who want to be famous because of belonging to a certain religious sect ought not to dare show themselves before the Sublime Height of Primeval Ecstasy; for the truth is impartial just as the Lord is when having to deal with our shallow mindedness which posits that it can surpass God’s understanding when the jivas have revealed little that God has not already known since before the beginning of all beginnings. Whatever one does or says is incomplete so long as one does not renounce the idea that one is the doer or the cause of the events related to the broader life which includes one’s own; for only the body and senses are acting, and the soul is acting as a wise impartial witness.

“Ksama, forgiveness, should be practiced, and one should excuse the minor offenses of others. Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are for the benefit of others. Facts should not be misrepresented.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.10 Text 4-5 Commentary

Transcendental truth is recognized as such when it shakes one’s entire being to its essential root like structure, making everything that one thought one knew utterly useless because it is not related to genuine God consciousness which does not flinch when challenged and does not cower away when accused of being another form of subtle illusion. The world wanting to destroy our faith at all corners and moments of our existence, truthfulness is our only weapon not only in this age but in the eternity of eternal becoming. Forgiveness is an advocate in one’s conscience when the Super Soul is listened to over the backstabbing opinions of whirlwind like minds that knows no peace and is bereft of a pure consciousness that does not regret linking up in eternal union with God.

The truth should be spoken in a straight and forward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief and if people are warned that he is a thief, that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it.” Bhagavad Gita Ch.10 Text 4-5 Commentary

Prayer In Its Simplicity And Grandeur

17 Mar

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“That understanding which considers irreligion to be religion and religion to be irreligion, under the spell of illusion and darkness, and strives always in the wrong direction, O Partha, is in the mode of ignorance.” Srila Prabhupada – Bhagavad Gita Ch.18 – Text 32

Prayer ought to direct our intellect in the right direction and ought to reform the sullen heart so that no protest is met by the individual jiva when the Godhead asks the soul for more than a few moments of its life. The religiously minded, who strive to be good people, often are in danger of mistaking what is transcendental with what is corporeal, thereby confusing real religious principles that are equally applicable for all with the darkness of empty rituals and social conventions whereby ancestors, ghosts and demigods are petitioned instead of the Source of infinite universes all filled with the light of God. Artificially thanking God for whatever boon has come one’s way, real gratitude and prayer in the mode of goodness acknowledges that the individual jiva is poor even if rich and weak even if strong; thus throwing upon God the responsibility of listening attentively to the soul who is looking for real religion that is distinct from the many man made religions of gluttony and the like where man is glorified without any real mention of God’s grace upon everyone.

Material goods can be prayed for in order to relieve the mind from its initial turbulence upon recognizing a lack of envy in others, yet why pray for what makes us irreligious when we can pray for much better things such as God Himself? Seeking comfort in Him is the path of religion and seeking comfort in ourselves is the path of irreligion. Ignorant because of wanting others to be envious of you, switch this desire around and become envious of the pure devotees, but in a way that drives you to be more and more like the pure devotees in the manner of piously praying to God. The simplicity of prayer is that there is no one else to pray and talk to except for the Godhead. The grandness of prayer is that it enables you to commune with God in a way that cools down the burning heart which rarely experiences real peace of mind because of carrying so many fruitive desires here and there and everywhere it goes.

“And that determination by which one holds fast to fruitive result in religion, economic development and sense gratification is of the nature of passion, O Arjuna.” Srila Prabhupada – Bhagavad Gita Ch.18 – Text 34

Passionate for keeping company with those who are also run by passion, the pure devotee is our mediator since he is, like God, free from passion and envy, and thus can see clearly without the dense haze of competition and fear of not being number one in the race of mad men conducting themselves furiously in a mad fallen civilization where impiety is justified as piety so long as economic development thrives for a select few. The cheaters and the cheated equally treat religion, economic development and sense gratification on the same level of engagement, thus making use of religion and civilization to further such mundane plans which brings both facets of society closer to the obscurity offered by pointless and redundant sense gratification. Making no distinction between praying and working, the temple is used to collect funds instead of finding God and civilization is also used to collect funds under the banner of taxes and so called careers where everyone is fanatically attempting to chew that which is already chewed, unable to tell the difference between working for God and working for man.

Such a travesty is automatically diverted through becoming even minded. This evenness of mind enables the soul to properly discriminate between what is eternal religion and what is nothing more than fashion crazed duties. Once having sorted through this great mess created by a passion governed mind, meditating on Krishna in the heart becomes as natural as remembering to pray for what is always good and eternal. Goodness is distinguished from passion by seeing how goodness does not concern itself with the self and how passion is primarily all about the self. Krishna is neither concerned with goodness or passion, but is uniquely interested in transcendental loving affairs. Bringing the soul out of its secondary nature by removing its consciousness from the material covering, the three modes of nature do not belong to the soul, but are rather the governing principles of inert matter. With this understanding, take to prayer and its use in religion to petition God for its original nature above the modes to be revealed to that part of itself which knows no birth and no death. This is the beginning stage of self realization, and is the provider of peace for the living entity. With such an understanding, give thanks to the Lord and commune with Him from this day forward.

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