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The Hammer For Smashing Illusion

Shankaracharya's famous "Bhaja Govinda"

By Hansadutta das

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Day and night, dusk and dawn, winter and spring come again and again. Time frolics and life passes by, yet man does not give up the whims of desire.

Old Age Coming Upon Us

Everyone is full of desires for material enjoyment, but that is a waste of time. We are wasting time pursuing temporary material enjoyment. We should utilize this time to understand things as they are. Time is driving us as the wind drives the clouds, scattering us hither and thither, and no one is ever satisfied in any position, however grand and comfortable it may be. We find everyone is unhappy. The reason? We belong in the spiritual atmosphere--not in this material atmosphere. The material atmosphere is temporary, whereas the living entity is eternal. He wants to be in an eternal situation. Krishna consciousness means to elevate one's self to that eternal life and become indifferent to temporary, material life. For some time only we are youthful. For some time only we can be wealthy and comfortable. We cannot be wealthy and comfortable all the days of our life. In old age, when disease sets in, wealth is of no use. There is no comfort whatsoever. We shall be always agitated and aggravated by bodily distress--liver ailments, stomach ailments, mental ailments. Then there will be no question of sex enjoyment. An old man cannot enjoy his senses. They are worn out and dull.

Pleasure is in Serving--Not Exploiting

A life in pursuit of sense enjoyment brings only frustration, lamentation, disappointment and unhappiness. But if we come to the spiritual platform, we shall find permanent happiness.

Brahma-bhutah prasannatma (Bhagavad-gita 18.54) No lamentation and no desire. Then what is there?Mad-bhaktim labhate param (Bhagavad-gita 18.54) Bhakti means devotion to Krishna, devotional life. We are devotees by nature. Our pleasure is in serving--not exploiting. No one can enjoy life by accumulating, but we enjoy when we give, when we serve. Serve whom? Serve my wife? My children? My neighbor? My country? No, because all these are also temporary. But when we serve the Eternal, we enjoy an eternal life of bliss and knowledge. Bhakti is the healthy life of the soul. When the living entity attempts to accumulate, exploit and extract so-called pleasure in material life, he is in a diseased condition. It is natural for us to serve, to submit, to follow.

Krishna consciousness is the science of the soul. The material sciences are dealing only with the symptoms of our misfortune and unhappiness. Our dissatisfaction in life is not due to unemployment, inflation, recession or anything like that. All problems stem from one root cause: godlessness. We have become godless. We are actually part and parcel of God, but we are trying to be godless. We are trying to be without God, and that is impossible. The symptoms of our disease are experienced in so many external features that we call unemployment, schizophrenia or energy crisis. The real problem is that we are without God.

We must re-establish our relationship with God; then every problem automatically will vanish, just as when a sleeping man experiences nightmares, the solution is to wake up. As soon as he is awakened from his sleep, his nightmare is solved. It cannot be solved by another dream, because dreaming, either good or bad, is unnatural. It is ignorance. Our natural, awakened state is Krishna consciousness, serving Krishna.

"Yes, What do You Want? I am Here"

By chanting the names of Krishna and Rama this consciousness is revived. It is not an intellectual adjustment or mental speculation. It is a practical experience which everyone can have simply by vibrating the transcendental sound: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. It does not cost anything. It can be practiced anywhere at any time. You can experiment yourself to see the effect of chanting the holy name of Krishna.

As I have my name and you have your name, so God, the Supreme, has His name also. He is a living being, like you and I, with the power of thinking, feeling and willing. He has His personality, His form, His activities, His place of residence and His friends. Similarly, He has His name. If you chant the name Krishna, Krishna will reciprocate--"Yes, what do you want? I am here." Then your spiritual life will begin. Hare Krishna.

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