“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.