measure the soul, but that is not to say that it is without measurement.An object may seem to us to be no bigger than a point and may seem tohave no length or width, but when we perceive it under a microscope wecan see that it has both lenåth and width. Similarly, the soul also has itsdimensions, but we cannot perceive them. When we buy a suit or dress,it is made to fit the body. The piritual spark must have form, otherwisehow is it the material body has grown to accommodate it? Theconclusion is that the spiritual spark is not impersonal. It is an actualperson. God is an actual person, and the spiritual spark, being afragmental part of Him, is also a person. If the father has personality andindividuality, the son also has them; and if the son has them, we canconclude that the father has them. So how can we, as sons of God, assertour personality and individuality and at the same time deny them to ourFather, the Supreme Lord?
means that we have to transcend these material sensesbefore we can appreciate real happiness.
Ramante yogino 'nantesatyänanda-cid-ätmani:
whW are aspiring after spiritual life are also tasting enjoyment by focusing on the Supersoul within. If there isno pleasure, if there is no enjoyment, then what is the point of going toso much trouble to control the senses? What kind of pleasure are the
relishing if they are taking so much trouble? That pleasure is
endless. How is this? The spirit soul is eternal, and theSupreme Lord is eternal; therefore reciprocation of their lovingexchanges is eternal. One who is actually intelligent will refrain fromthe flickering sensual enjoyment of thiu m terial body and fix hisenjoyment in spiritual life. His participation in spiritual life with theSupreme Lord is called
We have often heard of Kåñëa's
with the cowherd girls inVåndävana. That is not like ordinary exchanges that take place betweenthese material bodies. Rather it is an exchange of feelings throughspiritual bodies. One has to be somewhat intelligent to understand this,for a foolish man, who cannot understand what real happiness is, seekshappiness in this material world. In India there is the story of a man whodid not know what sugarcane was and was told that it was very sweet tochew. "Oh, what does it look like?" he asked. "It looks just like a bamboorod," someone said. So the foolish man began to chew all kinds of