Srila Prabhupada ki jay!
This morning we were meditating in a text of Srimad Bhagavatam which is in line with what we have been discussing these days in Vrindavan.
The design and appearance of the Absolute Personal and Impersonal appearance. There is also another aspect: the omnipresent substance of the Lord, which includes all particles of this universe. In other words, we are all parts of the Creation and the Divine Plan.
Within this Divine Plan we have some independence and free will, and what is the purpose of free will? The conclusion is that we have this independence for one reason: Surrender to Divine Love, nothing more. We have not received the Sweet Divine to become a famous painter.
The world of religion is not free from this phenomenon. There are also deceivers and deceived, and if you want to save yourself from this you have to give your love and service with sincerity.
Everything has a sequence: Man proposes, God disposes. If you have a material proposal God will accept proposals, but we must have spiritual proposals, that is the sense of free will. For example, you can be attracted to another person, it is natural for men and women, but if you marry and have children, you have to work hard and choose one person. Then convince this person to make a family together and then see that all is well, karmically. From the day when one forms a family, there is nothing else to do, no turning back. All cars have reverse, but in this case there is none. Marriage is hard so there is no turning back.
The real meaning is to go straight to God, back home, that is the purpose that free will was given and we are able to surrender to Him with love This is what you have to do and if you do, you can reach the perfection of life and begin to meditate on the Lord, about your service, on His sweet presence in your life, etc..
In Krishna Consciousness we protect the conception that one seeks to rely at all times but sometimes we deposit our confidence incorrectly. Again I give the example of marriage: a man must see his wife as a gopi of Krishna, as someone who does not belong to you. Even he has to plant his seed in her to have children but he cannot see her as a machine to create life.
In the life of the ghastras, sex is an offering to Krishna. Just as offering a beautiful plate of food or a beautiful decoration to Krishna. So when you're a ghastra offer this to Krishna. The pleasure lasts only 5 minutes but the account you have to pay the rest of your life. People should understand that sex is not a separate issue from having children. The most elevated is to analyze who owns the soul, as it does not belong to any man or woman. The issue is not being in love, but a man is in charge of a gopi of Krishna and a woman accepts a man as the Guru, as the guide of her life. In the culture of India, women love their husband but in the West women do not accept this because we are trained not to trust. We must trust in the Guru, the Sadhus and not impostors. If you surrender to a saint, you are saved, but if you surrender to the deceivers then you are lost. That is religion.Then make sure you know very well who you are following and who you are trusting. If you put your trust in someone who is only interested in money, fame and sex, then you are lost, because those are not the goals of life. And this is the reason why many people become atheists, because there are many deceivers in the world of religion. But we cannot think that because many people have been killed by a knife, this tool should not be used for cooking anymore. It is not about religion, guns, knives, etc .. It is about the utilization of things and that is what how you define something as good or bad. It's very easy to understand but people complicate it because they are not sincere and accept being deceived and all the deceivers will also be deceived.
Who is Krishna? A demigod? A mystic? Someone who is connected with everyone? He who knows the past, present and future? Better answer these questions yourself because if you do not convince yourself it makes no sense.
Prabhupada says: "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is speaking to you." If you do not read the Bhagavad Gita you'll never find out about this. And of course, everyone reads being influenced by their own modality, if you're in the mode of ignorance, then everything you read or do will be understood within this mode. But if you're in the mode of wanting to love God, you can see it all with this same intention.
santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti
yam syamasundaram acintya-guna-svarupam
govindam tam aham purusam bhajami
I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Syamasundara. Krishna Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, and whom the pure devotees see in their hearts, with eyes of devotion anointed with the ointment of pure love.
The Bhagavad Gita says that one is looking for money, success, etc.. But they are not doing yoga to reach the Supreme. There are many schools of yoga today, where all they do is find a wonderful yoga teacher who wants to be with the students, and today this is very common. What kind of school of yoga is that? What kind of benefits one can achieve by it? It is a place of promiscuity and deceit.
To read the Bhagavad Gita in the true sense of the words you have to understand what Srila Prabhupada said initially, that theoretically the Bhagavad Gita is God talking to you. With this one should start their reading, with an awareness and not with a consciousness of multitasking. "Bhagavan uvaca" means that God is speaking. So we must keep quiet and pay attention to what God is saying.
Sometimes we see the trend, mainly in the disciples, to exaggerate the glories of something or someone. Is Krishna the God of the exaggeration of India? What is what and who is who? It's interesting but it is something that cannot be resolved with the brain, only one with a heart full of faith. You can be the greatest thinker in the world or the greatest scholar, but at the time of death you have to trust in something.
Everyone relies on their food and you have to trust over life many things many times.There is no way around it to think, "I do not trust anyone."
In spirituality you have to trust, but you have the ability to reflect from the depths of the heart. People often ask me what to do in life and you know what I answer? Do the best you can that way you can receive proper guidance. But if you don’t then how can you expect to find what's right and what is not appropriate? You only fool yourself. As soon as you turn the T.V. on to entertain yourself with materialistic propaganda, you're fooling yourself. When you go to college you begin to fool yourself because they just want to money.
Once a teacher friend told me he wasn’t very well because all his life he had been devoted to convincing young people to be part of this system and dedicate their lives to sell lies to others. He said it with such conviction that I was shocked at the heart and thanked Srila Prabhupada for giving me this spiritual freedom to preach.
We are not independent of God, or His creation. You can see that God is the Original Consciousness, and your consciousness and you're also part of the Consciousness of God. What does this mean? God is the superconsciousness, but you are not superconsciousness. You depend on the earth and water. You do not even know what will happen today. You are conscious and that's a big responsibility. Where is the superconsciousness? We can see from the scriptures that superconsciousness is ready to comfort you. You can find solutions in your interior Master and realize that the Lord is always ready to take you and make you an instrument of His love. But you have to give up, surrender.
We already established that Nature is above us and we settle behind the superconsciousness. This may have been manifested as Krishna and steal the hearts of His devotees. Is this correct or am I dreaming? Am I crazy? Could it be? God can be born in Chicago, Machipichu or elsewhere?
We never hear that but many people say that God appeared in Vrindavana. Could it be that they are all dreaming or did He actually appear in Vrindavan and execute His pastimes? How to know?
There are three ways: Read the Bhagavad Gita, be inspired and guided by a spiritual master (or someone who has touched your heart and your confidence), and finally, ask your own heart. Besides that, you have to get away from people who do not have this clear. Stay away from the criminals who want to destroy spirituality.
With that I leave.
Today we go to the annual Ratha Yatra in Delhi Gaudiya Math.
We continue to work these days in Vrindavan.
Srila Prabhupada ki jay!
With great affection
Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti