KRISHNA THOUGHTS Page Two

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ONENESS AND DIFFERENCE
Though we come in various forms and though we are all individual personalities, we all come from the same source and we are of the same spiritual substance as Krishna. “Tattva” means reality, principle, and truth. He is beginning less and we are all also eternal entities, one with Krishna in quality, and different in quantity, we are simultaneously one with and different from Him, we are eternal parts and parcels of God.

REALIZING OUR SPIRITUAL IDENTITY
Human life is awarded to the living entity the soul, to realize his spiritual identity and his permanent source of happiness. The human beings seek happiness because happiness is our original situation. But he is vainly seeking happiness in the material atmosphere. We are constitutionally spiritual by nature and therefore our happiness can be perfectly perceived in Bhakti Yoga

SAMADHI
In the stage of perfection called trance, or samādhi, one’s mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of bhakti yoga. This perfection is characterized by one’s ability to see the Self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the Self.

QUALITIES TO STRIVE FOR
Peacefulness austerity purity tolerance honesty knowledge wisdom and religious ness.These are the natural qualities by which the Brahmans work.

MATERIAL REALITY
Material life is non-eternal, and hence its impression of being substantive is an illusion in form of a super-imposition on the eternal spiritual self. Material knowledge is not real knowledge because it does not inform about real eternal life and latest at the time of death it is exposed as useless. Material so-called bliss is not real bliss because it is temporary, and when it ends, it results in suffering.”

IT’S PERSONAL
The heat and luminosity of the sun’s rays demonstrate to any rational person that the sun, the source of the rays, is not a dark, cold globe but rather a reservoir of almost unlimited heat and light. Similarly, the innumerable instances of personality and personal consciousness within creation are more than adequate to demonstrate the existence, somewhere, of an unlimited reservoir of consciousness and personal behaviour which is that of Krishna.

NOT MUCH TIME
This human life is very short. Therefore, like the traveller in a guesthouse, the living entity the spiritual soul, must diligently prepare for spiritual realisation during Its stay in this human body and its limited lifespan. Isn’t it foolish to waste time trying to improve arrangements at the guesthouse during one’s short visit, without concern for one’s destination?

A MOST IMPORTANT ANSWER
Who am I?’ This is the first question which arises in the heart of a person seeking the highest good. If one makes a mistake in assessing one’s true identity, then one will make errors when it comes to determining the ultimate goal of life. If one makes an error in determining the ultimate goal of life, then everything done, every effort made, will simply be wasted.

NOT THIS BODY
The teaching of the spiritual self beyond the material body solves the problems of racism (which has led to billions of war, slavery and genocide victims), nationalism, sexism, various psychological and sexual disorders and all other prejudices and problems arising from bodily identification. The practice of Bhakti yoga and chanting of Hare Krishna, in the right association, will bring about proof and direct realisation of ones authentic self

SKELETONISM
The big obstacle to human progress is skeletonism or the faith that ‘I am the material body and reality consists only of what the material body perceives’. In this way one blocks the path to the deeper truth which is perceivable only to the spiritual senses and not to the gross senses. The basic human misconception is that the physical body is the self, which naturally leads to an increasing crisis of the self.

THE LOVER AND THE BELOVED
The lover, the individual soul, is eternal; the beloved, the Supreme Soul, is eternal; and the loving relationship, bhakti, is also eternal, it is the original function of the soul. Thus, this Bhakti yoga re-establishes consciously, the original loving relationship between the Supreme Soul and the individual soul. It is our unfortunate predicament, that we have forgotten this wonderful truth, because we are falsely thinking ourselves to be products of this material plane.

AWAKENING OF THE HEART
As the sun begins to rise, even before it is visible it dissipates the darkness of night. With the first glimpse of sunlight, fear of thieves, ghosts, and demons immediately disappears, and when the sun is actually visible, everything is manifest and everyone begins performing his religious activities and regulative duties. Similarly, the first hint that offenseless chanting of the Lord’s holy name has awakened dissipates the reactions of sinful life immediately.

A GRADUAL PROCESS
The gradual process of elevation for self-realization is meant for those who have realised, that there must be an Absolute Truth. After repeated birth and deaths on this path, which is known as deva-yāna, one attains these consecutive stages. Finally one becomes completely situated in ones blissful self, and need not traverse the path of repeated birth and death anymore

MY LORD IS A PERSON
Although He is non-dual, infallible, beginningless, possessed of unlimited forms and the oldest of all, nevertheless, He is a beautiful person with everlasting, fresh youthfulness. Although He is incomprehensible through study of the Vedas, He is easily attained by spontaneous devotion of the soul (shuddha-prema) I worship that original personality, Shri Govinda, Krishna

OUR INNERMOST HANKERING
The innermost hankering of every soul is for Beauty, Love, Affection and Harmony; Not for knowledge, power belongings or anything else. Please chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This maha mantra cleanses the dust from the mirror of the mind and awakens us to a pure life of loving devotion to the Lord free from all anxieties.

ONENESS AND DIFFERENCE
Though we come in various forms and though we are all individual personalities, we all come from the same source and we are of the same spiritual substance as Krishna. “Tattva” means reality, principle, and truth. He is beginning less and we are all also eternal entities, one with Krishna in quality, and different in quantity, we are simultaneously one with and different from Him, we are eternal parts and parcels of God.

REALISING OUR SPIRITUAL IDENTITY
Human life is awarded to the living entity the soul, to realise his spiritual identity and his permanent source of happiness. The human beings seek happiness because happiness is our original situation. But he is vainly seeking happiness in the material atmosphere. We are constitutionally spiritual by nature and therefore our happiness can be perfectly perceived in Bhakti Yoga

SAMADHI
In the stage of perfection called trance, or samādhi, one’s mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of bhakti yoga. This perfection is characterized by one’s ability to see the Self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the Self.

QUALITIES TO STRIVE FOR
Peacefulness austerity purity tolerance honesty knowledge wisdom and religious ness.These are the natural qualities by which the Brahmans work.

FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET
The name Christ comes from the Greek word “Kristo” The words Christ, Kristo, Christos or Krsna” are variations of the word KRISHNA, one of the countless names for God in Sanskrit. Jesus said “Hollowed be thy name” He even advised, from sunrise onwards…So please chant “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare” and become happy.

LIVING IN THE LIGHT
The Vedas instruct us, “Don’t live in darkness; move toward the light.” “Light” refers to knowledge of our true spiritual form, or the Supreme Lord of whom we are minute parts and parcels, and of the eternal loving relationship we have with Him. He is known in the Vedas as Lord Krishna, meaning the all-attractive reservoir of pleasure, knowledge and eternal existence.He is the supreme person we generally call God. To serve Him in our constitutional or spiritual form is light, and this service ( bhakti ) brings full and eternal happiness.

THE TOPMOST MANTRA
Spiritual sound vibration is the most essential building block of all the five phases of matter, namely water, fire, air, sky and earth, it is the sustainer of the life-airs, 72,000 energy channels and the 7 Chakras. It is the foundation of good and healthy self consciousness and is the only way to fully awaken the soul’s deep rooted original nature. The sound of Hare Krishna mantra is the most effective tool to unleash our mind’s true potential. Mantra sound therapy and healing is known as Mantropathy and the Hare Krishna Mantra is the very origin and essence of all sounds in creation and known as the Rajnam Maha mantra, or the Great King Of All Mantras.

UNDESIRABLE WEALTH
Theft, violence, speaking lies, duplicity, lust, anger, perplexity, pride, quarreling, enmity, faithlessness, envy and the dangers caused by the other sex, gambling and intoxication are the fifteen undesirable qualities that disturb all people, because of greed for wealth. Although these qualities are undesirable, men falsely ascribe value to them. One desiring to achieve the real benefit of life should therefore remain aloof from undesirable material wealth and instead take to the path of self realisation and chant Hare Krishna.

WE ALWAYS NEED A TEACHER
When we are acknowledging a teacher in every sphere of material life, in order to learn the robes, it is absurd to say that we do not require the help of a Guru to know God, who is beyond human comprehension. Those who say this are really not serious about God. A person who has been in self-ignorance since time immemorial is not capable to know God or become self-realised by his own ability and therefore needs another personality, one who is in factual knowledge of the Absolute Truth and who can impart this knowledge to him.

MATERIAL MEDITATION vs SPIRITUAL CONTEMPLATION
As long as we are not free from the material mind, which by nature measures everything against its previous impressions, any effort of meditation will remain material, and thus nothing very special. Superior to that, is beholding, observing, witnessing, considering and being immersed in spiritual truths, gazing attentively and observing the beautiful form of the Lord and His eternal pastimes.This is transcendental contemplation, in which the filter of the material mind is excluded, and the object of contemplation is thus received undistortedly.

THE OCEAN OF LOVE FOR GOD
In the English language there is no distinction between material meditation of the mind and spiritual meditation of the spirit soul, because the two are falsely taken to be identical. One should distinguish the two, by understanding, that the activities of the spirit soul can only be understood, when we are fully and 100% released from the entire realm of material misconceptions and our attachments to it and blissfully bathe in the endless ocean of love for God

UNCOVERING THE REAL SELF
When the cloud originally produced from the sun is torn apart, the eye can see the actual form of the sun. Similarly, when the spirit soul destroys his material covering of false identifications by inquiring into the transcendental science, he regains his original spiritual remembrance. Once the real self is completely uncovered by the practice of Bhakti and chanting the Lords Holy Names, the Hare Krishna maha mantra, love for God and its original blissful happy state are naturally present, just as the sun and its warmth is naturally present when clouds are absent

WE CAN NOT LOVE SOMETHING IMPERSONAL
We can not love someone if we don’t know the name, form, attributes and pastimes of that person and our relationship with that person. We cannot point to a person at a distance and claim: “Look, there is my best friend!”, when we don’t even know that person. Therefore someone who is sincere about loving God must at all costs strive to know His transcendental name, form, attributes, associates and pastimes. This begins with chanting Gods Holy Names. Hare Krishna devotees therefore chant and sing

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

With great success

THERE IS ONLY ONE FAMILY
All of us are in the family of one God. It is not that there is one God in England, another in America, and still another in India. The Christians, Muslims and Hindus are not worshiping different Gods. The names Allah, Brahma, Jehovah, Krsna and Yahweh, Nityānanda and Gauraṅga refer to the same God, called by different names according to differences in language and culture.

THE HIGHEST CULTIVATION OF SPIRIT
The religious process given by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is universal and not exclusive. The principle of Kirtana, singing and chanting of Krishnas Holy Name, invites all classes of men without distinction of caste or clan to the highest cultivation of the Spirit. This does not mean that any temple, mosque or church needs to be closed. What needs to be erased is the fanatical and destructive sectarian spirit in the heart of all people to be replaced with true love for God. Under the banner of Kirtan and chanting Gods Holy Names, all people can unite practically and become true lovers of God.

KNOW YOUR FUTURE
Everyone is making big, big plans to adjust the miseries of the material world. Nonetheless, although people make elaborate political, social and cultural plans, they achieve happiness and distress according to the subtle laws of karma. One cannot obtain happiness by force, no matter how strenuously or how long one tries. If one wants to know what his future will be like, he only has to look at his present actions.

KRISHNA’S BEAUTY IS A FESTIVAL FOR THE EYES
Krishna was most wonderful when He appeared for His pastimes on this planet 5000 years ago and His most attractive spiritual form exhibited the most wonderful opulences, which are striking to everyone. His personal beauty was so great that there was no necessity for His wearing ornaments on His body. In fact, instead of the ornaments’ beautifying Krishna, Krishna’s beauty which is a festival of ever increasing delight for the eyes, enhanced the ornaments and everything around Him

GOING BACK HOME
This pathetic situation of trying to find permanent shelter in an ever-changing World, in relationships with a dead-end, results in constant anxiety. No material counteraction can solve this problem; they are like cosmetics for temporary life. The only solution is to approach a genuine spiritual doctor, A Vaishnava spiritual master, who can give actual health, pure love for Krishna and to then be reinstated in our Svarupa or original eternal spiritual nature.

YOU ALWAYS RETAIN YOUR INDIVIDUALITY
The jiva, the real self, does not become one with brahman or indeed anything, even after he has attained complete Liberation. The soul retains his individuality under any circumstance. After death or here in this World or hovering on the ghostly plane, existing in heaven or in the transcendental World. There is no situation anywhere, in which the soul can be destroyed or loose his eternal individuality, to think it can, is an illusion.

FREE FROM KARMIC CONDITIONING
Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita “You think that you are free, that you can do whatever you like and enjoy sense gratification as much as you want, but because of that, you are always limited, under karmic conditions, always struggle, that is something important for you to realise.” We are not free. We can either serve the Divine or we serve karmic designations and when we begin to serve the Supreme Lord, then we create no new karma and our karmic designations come to an end.

TRANSCENDENTAL BEAUTY
The attitude of submission to the Absolute (bhakti) is neither blind, nor fanatic nor slavish nor a gross form of superstition. It is the awakening (enlightenment) of the real rational and original function of the loving soul in which the beauty of transcendental consciousness makes all other mental activity into caricature.

YOU ARE NOT AFFECTED BY BODILY CHANGES
Within this body in the heart region, there lives You the spiritual soul, You are not the body which is made from earthly ingredients. You energise and You give life to the body, that is why it is changing shape from childhood to youth hood, then adult and later to an old persons body. Have you realised, that your consciousness remained the same throughout these changes? Similarly, after your body has changed so many times, You will accept another new body, because unlike this body, You are eternal This simply truth one has to understand first of all before understanding any other spiritual knowledge.

IN FULL CONSCIOUSNESS OF HIM
lord Krishna said “A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries.”

HIS BODILY FEATURES GLISTEN
The Lord’s beauty resembles a dark cloud during the rainy season. As the rainfall glistens, His bodily features also glisten. Indeed, He is the sum total of all beauty. The Lord has four arms and an exquisitely beautiful face with eyes like lotus petals, a beautiful highly raised nose, a mind-attracting smile, a beautiful forehead and equally beautiful and fully decorated ears.

ALL DESIRES FULFILLED
Faith is one of the building blocks of love for God. However, just having religious faith, is in no way guarantee for success. “Shradda” meaning faith is the initial important, but not the final stage. By the practice of Bhakti, faith begins to manifest into pure love for God, in which all the desires which the material World cannot fulfil, are fulfilled on the deepest level possible.

EVERYTHING ELSE IS LOST IN TIME
As God and His beautyful form is eternal and indestructible, so the trillions of individual spiritual souls in their various bodies, are also eternal and indestructible. We are equal with Him in quality, but we don’t have His power and ability. It is said that human life is a rare achievement within all the various species of life and that it is meant for becoming spiritually self realised and to attain love for God. That is the real mission of the soul in human species. Everything else is lost in time.

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
Often people laugh when I tell them that anyone of us could be born again in any animal species of life. But the evidence is visible right in front of us. Are there not millions of individual spiritual souls living in animal bodies and other creatures right now? Are they not very alive, moving about, eat, sleep, breath, procreate, suffer, struggle and defend themselves? Humans are not the only ones with souls, that is a very wrong idea. The universes are full of uncountable spiritual souls struggling with the bodily conception of life. But this is not a proper environment for us. In the human form only, we have a chance to stop this repetition of birth and death (reincarnation) and go back home back to God Krishna. The Hare Krishna Movement is giving all the information needed to leave this place of birth and death, Who would not want to take advantage of this golden opportunity?

A WORLD IN FEAR
In enjoyment, there is fear of disease; in social position, fear of falling off; in wealth, the fear of hostilities; in honour, there is the fear of humiliation; in power, fear of enemies; in beauty, fear of old age; in erudition, fear of opponents; in virtue, fear of traducers; in body is the fear of death; everything in this world pertaining to men is attended with fear; renunciation of these and loving God alone, leads to fearlessness

SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH THE MIND
The four faults of material sense perception, confusion, inattentiveness, cheating and sensory inefficiency do not exist in the transcendental words of The Lord as given to the World in The Bhagavad Gita. By transcendental sound vibration one becomes liberated from material ignorance and the cycle of birth and death. The transcendental sound of the Hare Krishna mantra ( man-mind, tra – to free) will soon convince a sincere seeker of its beauty and divinity.

A TRANSCENDENTAL SOURCE IS NEEDED
In order to experience the beautiful reality beyond incomplete material sense perception, about what is materially totally inconceivable, transcendental, and the shelter of everything, material sense perception and material speculation are not suitable means. For this purpose, a transcendental source is needed and the perfect suitable means in this age, is the chanting of The Holy Names, the Hare Krishna Maha mantra.

PURE LOVE FOR GOD
If we wish to know Him by any mundande reference, that would be like trying to send rays from the retina to the sun. Just as we receive rays emanating from the self-luminous sun and experience warmth and light, so by the mercy of the Supreme Lord, we will be able to know what He is, and and by practicing pure bhakti,pure love for God will manifest within our hearts.

ACHIEVING OUR DESTINY
Be fearless and pure; Always chant the Holy Names and never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve…Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your destiny.

THE GREATEST ILLUSION
All the powers in the universe are yours already, you are the centre of universe they say, you are God….and then one day, they die, so they lied

THE REAL GOAL OF LIFE
This Krishna Consciousness Society is meant to put before the struggling human society what the real goal of life is. Lord Krishna invites us… Turn round and You come back home to my abode, you live better, eat better, love better, play better, no more death or disease, boundless ever increasing happiness and always expanding pure unaltered love. All that is horrible here in this world of repeated death, is absent there…

WORLDLY WISDOM EQUALS DIM LIGHT
It is admitted on all counts that the powers of the mind depend upon the organs of the body, which alter over time. The mind, being inseparably connected with matter, cannot proceed beyond material phenomena. It therefore has no access to the spiritual world, the door to which is shut to all who want to enter with their prepossessions or dim light of worldly wisdom

GO TO THE SOURCE OF LIGHT
Do not stay in fleeting illusion; go to the eternal reality! Do not stay in the darkness of ignorance; go to the light! Do not remain bound by death; realize your immortal self!

AN SOLVABLE DILEMMA
In this World, the soul has got two kinds of coverings, the gross body, which is made of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether plus the subtle body which is made of mind, intelligence and ego. At the time of death, the subtle body will carry us to another new gross body. In this way we are continuously bound up by new false identities in new material gross and subtle bodies and more karma, this is our unnecessary dilemma.

GUESS WORK
The truth is, that what science observes is not the cosmos and life itself, but the cosmos and life exposed to their method of questioning with the help of the bodies limited and imperfect senses, viewed through imperfect instruments. The Absolute has His position apart from all guess work drawn from the material phenomena via such methods. Their speculative truths are castles built on the mind.

VEDIC CULTURE NOT BARBARIANISM
Vedic culture means no killing, no slavery, no hatred, no aggressors, no wickedness, no exploitation, universal brotherhood, freedom of speech and knowledge of God. Non-Vedic culture means killing, slavery, hatred, aggressors, exploitation, no universal brotherhood, no freedom of speech, and godlessness.

THE GREATEST SCIENTIST
We become amazed when we see a small rocket flying in the sky, trying to go to the moon planet, and we are giving all credit to the scientist, and the scientist is challenging, “What is God? Science is everything.” But if you are a cool brain, then you will see that in comparison to the flying rockets, Krishna has created millions and trillions of planets and stars, huge planets like the sun planet which are 1000s times bigger then Earth, just floating in the universe by His power. This is Krishna consciousness, to appreciate the greatest Scientist

A HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS
This World is full of uncertainties, and you can never change that. Therefore the intelligent person, rather then simply trying to adjust the environment, tries to adjust his own consciousness. For this reason the process of self realization has been taught by great saintly persons of Vedic tradition throughout ancient Indian history.

DEFECTIVE MATERIALISM
The much disputed theory of evolution is one of the cornerstones of modern materialism. For the philosophy of modern science is indeed the defective philosophy of materialism, namely that ‘matter is all that matters’ The idea that the sense of “I” and conscious awareness, is created by a combination of material elements is unscientific and is rejected by intelligent and thoughtful men.

A HIGHER NATURE
If science is to be concerned with trying to explore the true nature of reality, then to limit our conception to the dictates of our faulty senses which distort reality, is the most unscientific action to take. But it seems that science has reached many dead ends in the search for life’s origin, and now some scientists are ready to consider that there may be another nature operating behind the scene. However what that nature is, can only be validated and realised by genuine spiritual practice, not by material scientific experiments.

MATTER IS ALWAYS DEAD
The theory of evolution assumes that the motivational source of individual energy that animates every life form does not exist. It assumes that an inanimate object or a chemical concoction can suddenly become “alive” or animate accidentally or spontaneously. Or, perhaps an electrical discharge into a pool of chemical ooze will magically spawn a self-animated entity. All this is nonsense of course, because Life comes from life.

A WONDERFUL PERSON
lord Krishna said: “A saintly person is merciful and never injures others. Even if others are aggressive, he is tolerant and forgiving toward all living entities. His strength and meaning in life come from the truth itself, he is free from all envy and jealousy, and his mind is equal in material happiness and distress.

DIVINE REVELATION
Due to material desires, we are bound to our material body, which we believe to be the self. When we overcome material desires through bhakti, these illusions of material perception become clearly exposed, and when we attain pure bhakti, our real eternal spiritual self becomes manifest by divine revelation. The soul cannot directly access and perceive reality her self, but is bound to accept information from the bodily instruments that can only reproduce limited and distorted impressions of reality. This is the reason why there is a definite need for the guidance of a self realised spiriual master, someone we call “Krishnas Pure Devotee” Only an external agent of the Government can release a prisoner back to freedom and similarly only a Pure Devotee can effect the souls release from material bondage and guide her back home to Krishna.

FULL OF IGNORANCE
A civilization that does not consider the progressive advancement of the immortal soul, mearly fosters a bestial life of ignorance” Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.

SUPERIOR INTELLIGENCE
The harmony of natural law reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. Albert Einstein

REALITY
Complete agnosticism is self-defeating; it reduces to the self-destructing assertion that “one knows enough about reality in order to affirm that nothing can be known about reality”. This statement provides within itself all that is necessary to falsify itself. For if one knows something about reality, then he surely cannot affirm in the same breath that all of reality is unknowable. And of course if one knows nothing whatsoever about reality, then he has no basis whatsoever for making a statement about reality. It will not suffice to say that his knowledge about reality is purely and completely negative, that is, a knowledge of what one cannot meaningfully affirm that something is not that it follows that total agnosticism is self-defeating because it assumes some knowledge about reality in order to deny any knowledge of reality.

MATERIAL REALITY
Material life is non-eternal, and hence its impression of being substantive is an illusion in form of a super-imposition on the eternal spiritual self. Material knowledge is not real knowledge because it does not inform about real eternal life and latest at the time of death it is exposed as useless. Material so-called bliss is not real bliss because it is temporary, and when it ends, it results in suffering.”

IT’S PERSONAL
The heat and luminosity of the sun’s rays demonstrate to any rational person that the sun, the source of the rays, is not a dark, cold globe but rather a reservoir of almost unlimited heat and light. Similarly, the innumerable instances of personality and personal consciousness within creation are more than adequate to demonstrate the existence, somewhere, of an unlimited reservoir of consciousness and personal behaviour which is that of Krishna.

NOT MUCH TIME
This human life is very short. Therefore, like the traveller in a guesthouse, the living entity the spiritual soul, must diligently prepare for spiritual realisation during Its stay in this human body and its limited lifespan. Isn’t it foolish to waste time trying to improve arrangements at the guesthouse during one’s short visit, without concern for one’s destination?

A MOST IMPORTANT ANSWER
Who am I?’ This is the first question which arises in the heart of a person seeking the highest good. If one makes a mistake in assessing one’s true identity, then one will make errors when it comes to determining the ultimate goal of life. If one makes an error in determining the ultimate goal of life, then everything done, every effort made, will simply be wasted.

NOT THIS BODY
The teaching of the spiritual self beyond the material body solves the problems of racism (which has led to billions of war, slavery and genocide victims), nationalism, sexism, various psychological and sexual disorders and all other prejudices and problems arising from bodily identification. The practice of Bhakti yoga and chanting of Hare Krishna, in the right association, will bring about proof and direct realisation of ones authentic self

SKELETONISM
The big obstacle to human progress is skeletonism or the faith that ‘I am the material body and reality consists only of what the material body perceives’. In this way one blocks the path to the deeper truth which is perceivable only to the spiritual senses and not to the gross senses. The basic human misconception is that the physical body is the self, which naturally leads to an increasing crisis of the self.

THE LOVER AND THE BELOVED
The lover, the individual soul, is eternal; the beloved, the Supreme Soul, is eternal; and the loving relationship, bhakti, is also eternal, it is the original function of the soul. Thus, this Bhakti yoga re-establishes consciously, the original loving relationship between the Supreme Soul and the individual soul. It is our unfortunate predicament, that we have forgotten this wonderful truth, because we are falsely thinking ourselves to be products of this material plane.

AWAKENING OF THE HEART
As the sun begins to rise, even before it is visible it dissipates the darkness of night. With the first glimpse of sunlight, fear of thieves, ghosts, and demons immediately disappears, and when the sun is actually visible, everything is manifest and everyone begins performing his religious activities and regulative duties. Similarly, the first hint that offenseless chanting of the Lord’s holy name has awakened dissipates the reactions of sinful life immediately.

A GRADUAL PROCESS
The gradual process of elevation for self-realization is meant for those who have realised, that there must be an Absolute Truth. After repeated birth and deaths on this path, which is known as deva-yāna, one attains these consecutive stages. Finally one becomes completely situated in ones blissful self, and need not traverse the path of repeated birth and death anymore

MY LORD IS A PERSON
Although He is non-dual, infallible, beginningless, possessed of unlimited forms and the oldest of all, nevertheless, He is a beautiful person with everlasting, fresh youthfulness. Although He is incomprehensible through study of the Vedas, He is easily attained by spontaneous devotion of the soul (shuddha-prema) I worship that original personality, Shri Govinda, Krishna

OUR INNERMOST HANKERING
The innermost hankering of every soul is for Beauty, Love, Affection and Harmony; Not for knowledge, power belongings or anything else. Please chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This maha mantra cleanses the dust from the mirror of the mind and awakens us to a pure life of loving devotion to the Lord free from all anxieties.

ONENESS AND DIFFERENCE
Though we come in various forms and though we are all individual personalities, we all come from the same source and we are of the same spiritual substance as Krishna. “Tattva” means reality, principle, and truth. He is beginning less and we are all also eternal entities, one with Krishna in quality, and different in quantity, we are simultaneously one with and different from Him, we are eternal parts and parcels of God.

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