Vaishnavism -ReaI And Apparenf

Foreword in fhe Firsf Edifion by Sri Srimad Bhakfisiddhanfa Sarasvafi Thakura
Prabhupada (3rd Augusf, 1926)
Tlis biocluic coniains ilc csscncc ol iiuc Vaislnavism as icvcalcd in ilc Vcdas,
ilc Upanislads, ilc Gccia, ilc llagavaia cic., and ilcii icaclings pui inio piaciicc
by Slii Claiianya Dcva. Ioui ilings may siand in ilc way ol icalising ilc iiuil
laid lcicin - ilc cloals ol (ligl, oi low) biiil and siaiion, (piolicicncy oi
dclicicncy in) woildly lnowlcdgc, and (bcauiilul oi ugly, malc oi lcmalc) loim.
Tlc Ovci-soul wiilin Wlom all individual souls aic coniaincd and io Wlom all
souls lnowingly oi unlnowingly submii, conluics oui iiicls-and ialcnis. Tlc
woids loi cvciy soul wlo spcals liom ilai lilc musi sound vain io ilosc wlo do
noi dwcll in ilc samc ilougli on ilcii own aii. Wlcn ilc walls ol iimc and spacc
aic ialcn away wc lic on onc sidc io ilc boundlcss dccps ol spiiiiual naiuic and
aiiiibuics ol ilc Supicmc Loid, lind ilai ilcic is anoilci youil and anoilci agc
ilan ilai wlicl is mcasuicd liom ilc ycai ol oui woildly biiil and icalisc ilai ilc
scalc ol ilc soul is onc and ilc scalc ol ilc scns- cs and, undcisianding - ilc agcnis
ol ilc maiciial mind - is anoilci.
Tlc soul in man is noi ilc mind diicciing ilc oigans ol scnsc and aciion bui ilc
anima- iion ol ilc mind and ilcsc oigans and ilc baclgiound ol oui cxisicncc.
Tlc anglc ol vision bciwccn ilcsc individual souls and ilc Ovci-soul is onc and
ilc samc cvciywlcic, wlcicas ilcic is a disiinciivc vaiiciy and muliipliciiy ol ilc
anglcs ol vision bciwccn ilc maiciial minds and ilc woild ol ilc scnscs.
Tlcsc lincs will piobably cicaic a dcsiic io lnow in all dciails ilc csscniial naiuic
ol ilc Licinal oi Absoluic Tiuil and piompi an loncsi and sinccic cnquiiy in all
wlo will go iliougl ilcm. His Divinc Holincss Paiamalamsa Paiibiajalaclaiya
Slii Sliimai llaliisiddlania Saiaswaii Goswami Malaiaja, ilc Picsidcni-Aclaiya
and Oiganisci-in-clicl ol ilc Viswa-Vaislnava-Raja Sabla is cvci icady io scnd His
associaicd counicipaiis - idcal dcvo- iccs io cxplain ai lull lcngil ilc said
sciipiuics in lcngali, Hindi and Lnglisl in any paii ol ilc woild. Hc las no oilci
woil ilan pouiing pcipciual bcncdiciions on ilc sullciing lumaniiy and siopping
ilc pcicnnial spiings ol iiiplc misciics ilcii llcsl is lcii io.
Invocafion
Lci us bow down ai lull lcngil io ilc Aclaiya oi Guiudcva (ilc picccpioi) Wlo is
no oilci ilan ilc associaicd counicipaii ol ilc Supicmc Loid Himscll and Wlo,
bcing lindncss incainaic, is cvci busy in lindly opciaiing on ilc caiaiacious cyc ol
ignoiancc ol all jivas (souls, jivaimas) wiil ilc spilc ol iiuc lnowlcdgc, ilus
opcncil ilcii cicinal spiiiiual cycs and anoin- icil ilcm wiil ilc collyiium ol
puic, disinicicsicd and unsmiiicn lovc ol Kiislna (Tlc Mosi Plcasing Aiiiacioi),
siopping luiilci aiiacls and cnabling ilcm io scc Him lacc io lacc in His blisslul
Abodc.
Lci us liss ovci and ovci again ilc dusi ol ilc loly lcci ol ilc dcvoiccs ol Kiislna
wlo lilc Puiposc-iiccs (Kalpaiaiu) yicld ilc liuiiion ol all oui dcvoiional dcsiics,
and wlo aic occans ol lindncss and puiilicis ol ilc lallcn.
Lci us piosiiaic bcloic Him Wlo is ilc mosi muniliccni, ilc licc-givci ol ilc lovc
ol Kiislna - Wlo is Kiislna Himscll, Wlosc namc is Kiislna-Claiianya, ilc glow
ol Wlosc body dims ilc lusiic ol liquid gold and ilc giacclul glancc ol Wlosc
loius-cycs malcs ilc dcvoiccs lool upon annililaiions (conscious and
unconscious) as lcllisl cxisicnccs, lcavcn as a casilc in ilc aii, ilc unsaiiablc and
unconquciablc oigans ol scnsc and aciion as vcnomous scipcnis dcvoid ol poison-
langs and ilc univcisc as a blisslul abodc.
ReaI Vaishnavism
Tlc woid 'Vaislnavism' indicaics ilc noimal, cicinal and naiuial condiiion,
lunciions and dcvoiional claiaciciisiics ol all individual souls in iclaiion io
Vislnu, ilc Supicmc, ilc All-pcivading Soul. lui sucl an unnaiuial, unplcasani
and icgiciiablc scnsc las bccn aiiiibuicd io ilc woid as io naiuially malc onc
undcisiand by ilc woid, Vaislnava (liicially a puic and scll- lcss woislippci ol
Vislnu), a luman loim wiil iwclvc pcculiai signs (Tilala) and dicss on,
woislipping many gods undci ilc gaib ol a paiiiculai God and laiing anoilci
luman loim wlo mails limscll wiil dillcicni signs, puis on a dillcicni dicss and
woislips a dillcicni God in a dillcicni way as is ilc casc wiil ilc woids 'Slaiva',
'Slalia', 'Ganapaiya', 'Jaina', 'luddlisi', 'Molammcdan', 'Cliisiian' cic.
Tlis is ilc mosi unnaiuial, unplcasani and icgiciiablc scnsc ol ilc woid,
'Vaislnava', wlicl liicially and naiuially mcans onc wlo woislips Vislnu oui ol
puic lovc cxpcciing noil- ing liom Him in iciuin.
Vislnu, ilc Supicmc, All-pcivading Soul givcs lilc and mcaning io all ilai is. Hc is
ilc liglcsi unclallcngcablc Tiuil dcvoid ol illusion cvciywlcic and iliougl
ciciniiy. Hc is Sai - cvci-cxisiing, Clii - all-lnowing, Ananda - cvci-blisslul and
lully licc. Hc is in jivas and jivas aic in Him, as aic ilc iays in ilc glowing sun and
ilc paiiiclcs ol waici in ilc vasi iolling occan. As noiling bui lcai and ligli ol ilc
sun, and coldncss, liquidiiy cic. ol ilc sca is lound in ilc consiiiucnis ol ilc iays
and ilc paiiiclcs ol waici icspcciivcly, so noiling bui Sai, Clii oi licc-will and
Ananda is lound in ilc jiva.
Tlc ingicdicnis and aiiiibuics ol ilc wlolc musi icmain in ilc paii in a smallci
dcgicc. So ilc paii is idcniical wiil ilc wlolc wlcn ialcn qualiiaiivcly and
dillcicni, wlcn ialcn quan- iiiaiivcly. Tlis is ilc iiuc and cicinal iclaiion bciwccn
jiva and Vislnu. So Hc always picvails ovci jiva wlo is also cvci subjcci io Him.
As ilc scivicc ol ilc masici is ilc lundamcnial lunc- iion ol ilc scivani, so ilc
scivicc ol Vislnu is naiuial and inlcicni in jiva and ii is callcd Vaislnavaia oi
Vaislnavism and cvciy jiva is a Vaislnava. As a pcison posscssing immcnsc iicl-
cs is callcd a misci il lc docs noi display and malc piopci usc ol ilcm, so jivas
wlcn ilcy do noi display Vaislnavaia, aic callcd lalscs ilougl in icaliiy ilcy aic
so.
ReaI and apparenf jiva
Slii Claiianya Dcva oncc bcing aslcd wlo Hc was, icplicd, "I am nciilci a
lialmin, noi a King, noi a Vaislya, noi a Sludia, noi a Sannyasin, noi a
Vanaclaiin, noi a Giilasila, noi a lialmaclaiin, bui I am ilc scivani ol all ilc
scivanis ol Vislnu!' Ai anoilci iimc, Slii Sanaiana Piablu aslcd Him, "Wlo am I
and wly iiiiapa¯ - ilc ilicc linds ol allliciions iiou- blc mc'" Slii Claiianya
Dcva answcicd, "Sanaiana, you aic a jiva, youi ical scll is ilc cicinal scivani ol
Vislnu; bui you lavc an appaicni scll - youi mind and body wiil wlicl ilc ical
'I' in siupoi idcniilics limscll. Tiiiap alllicis ilis appaicni 'I'. Tlc ical 'I' oi jiva las
pui on ilcsc iwo moiial gaimcnis, ilc subilc and cvci-clanging mind (consisiing
ol cvci-incicasing unsai- islicd dcsiics) and ilc plysical body (consisiing ol livc
clcmcnis - caiil, waici, liic, aii and cilci). Tlc ical 'I' loigcis lis own iiuc scll and
is, in conscqucncc, wiappcd up in ilcsc iwo wcais, innci and ouici, and
dcsignaics limscll a Hindu, a Molammcdan, a Cliisiian, a lialmin, a malc, a
lcmalc, iicl, pooi and so on. Tlcsc dcsignaiions ol ciccd, casic, ianl cic., noi only
clangc in dillcicni biiils bui in onc and ilc samc biiil; - a Hindu bccomcs a
Molammcdan oi a Cliisiian; a Molammcdan bccomcs a Hindu, a lialmin
bccomcs a 'lialmo' oi a Cliisiian! A siicci-boy bccomcs a Nawab, a Nawab
bccomcs a bcggai. As clangcabiliiy is ilc piimc lacioi ol ilc mind, ii llics lilc a
ioaming bcc on ilc wings ol dcsiics and clangcs ai will iis namc, coloui, ciccd,
labiiaiion cic. Onc licqucnily gocs liom 'Log Cabin io Wliic Housc', liom ilc scal
io ilc ciown. Tlc swcci sixiccn clangcs inio biiici sixiy -'Tlc old oidci clangcil
yiclding placc io ncw.' Jiva in ilis manulacioiy ol clangc, in ilis wliilpool ol
biiil and dcail, is callcd cnslavcd (laddla oi appaicni), cvci cngagcd in loiging
ilc lciicis ol bondagc.
The bondage of jiva
Jivas aic ol iwo linds - (1) Niiya-Mulia (cicinally licc), (2) Niiya-laddla
(cicinally cnslavcd). Iicc jivas aic ncvci cnslavcd. Tlcy aic sciving ilc Supicmc
God in livc dillcicni lunciions¯¯ in His cicinal blisslul abodc, wlcic ilcic is no
clangc, no dcsiiuciion, no misciy. Jiva, oncc cnicicd ilcic ncvci comcs bacl lcic.
Tlc inconccivably naiiowcsi linc ol dcmaica- iion bciwccn land and waici oi ilc
linc wlcic land and waici mcci is callcd Taia; so also ilc mcciing linc ol ilc Clii
woild oi ilc cicinal abodc ol ilc Supicmc Loid and ilc A-Clii woild oi ilc Taia
icgion ol Maya is callcd Taia. Tlc powci ol ilc Supicmc Loid displaycd ai ilc Taia
is lnown as ilc Taiasila (lying ai ilc Taia) oi maiginal powci. All ilc jivas bcing
ilc dis- play ol ilis powci, lavc ilc inlcicni oscillaiing icndcncy and capabiliiy ol
going io ilc Clii oi ilc A-Clii woild. Taia noi bcing a icsiing placc, jivas musi go
ilis sidc oi ilai ; ilosc pic- lciiing ilc A-Clii, lcll inio ilc cluiclcs ol ilc
Ociopus Maya, wlcn ilcsc moiial cosiumcs ol mind and body wcic pui on lim as
a punislmcni. Tlc saianic licnzy in wlicl ilc jiva dislilcs ilc blisslul and cicinal
scivicc ol lis Masici and piclcis io qucncl lis iliisilul dcsiics ol cnjoy- ing
maiici, opcns bcloic lim a pcipciual spiing ol liquid liic and poison ai wlicl lc
bcgins io diinl dccp. Tlus in going io loid ii ovci Maya, jiva bccamc cnslavcd by
lci.
Daya or kindness fo jiva
Onc appaicni jiva considcis limscll (mcnially and plysically) lcss disiicsscd ilan
anoilci jiva, lccls loi lis disiicss and docs somciling in ilc slapc ol iclicl oi
icdicss. Tlis is bui siop- ping oi diminisling ilc uncnding misciics paiily, locally
oi icmpoiaiily. Ii is licqucnily sccn ilai a jiva wlo lccls aggiicvcd and
conscqucnily absiains liom commiiiing wiong owing io wcalncss oi inabiliiy,
iccovcis, ai sucl iclicl, siicngil oi abiliiy cnougl io commii wiong io oilci jivas.
So ii olicn lappcns ilai sucl appaicnily lind sciviccs noi only biing laim io ilc
iccipicni bui causc indiicci injuiics io oilcis. Tlis is onc aspcci ol ilc iling. Lci
us iuin io ilc oilci. As a gaidcnci piuncs a giowing iicc, allowing iis iooi io giow
liccly and casily, as a plysician iicais a paiicni lcaving ilc piimc-discasc
undisiuibcd, so ilis soii ol icmpoiaiy lindncss siops, no doubi, ilc giowil ol ilc
picscni inconvcnicnccs loi a wlilc bui in no way upioois ilc causc wlcncc all
ilcsc allliciions aiisc. Tlis causc las bccn idcniilicd wiil ilc cnslavcd condiiion
ol jivas. So ical and pcimancni lindncss consisis in biinging bcloic ilc cnslavcd
jivas a iiuc and vivid piciuic ol ilcii naiuial, licc and blisslul cxisicncc and
icinsiai- ing ilcm in ilcii iiuc posiiion. Tlus ical lindncss is applicablc io ilc
ical jiva and appaicni lindncss io ilc appaicni jiva.
Brahmacharya of fhe mind and of fhe souI
Slould wc piciuic ilc vciy sad and dcploiablc mcnial and plysical condiiion ol
ilc youngci gcnciaiion - ilc boys ol sclools and collcgcs' Yc guaidians, paicnis
and wcll-wislcis ol boys, low long will you winl ai ilc sicalily undcimining ol
ilc viialiiy ol youi dcai oncs and bc ciucl io ilcm' Wlilc claiming a iigli ovci
ilcii mind and body loi onc's own cnjoy- mcni, is ii noi laii ilai onc slould lool
alici ilcii piopci and naiuial dcvclopmcni ' Tlcic is in cvciy soul a siiong aidoui
ol icligious zcal, wlicl, ilougl pcni up, will gusl and siiugglc oui lilc iain liom
ilc ilioai ol ilc ovci-llowing spoui. How will ilc planis giow il ilc pic- sciving
lcnccs dcvoui ilcm' Can anybody dcny ilai ilc gcnciaiion is going day by day io
bc mcnial and ilus plysical slavcs io ilcii scnscs'
Mcic aiiilicial icsiiaini and ausiciiiy on ilc body and ilc mind, a mcclanical
icgulaiion ol dici and living in a soliiaiy placc do noi consiiiuic lialmaclaiya, loi
ilcy clangc ilcii sly noi ilcii mind, wlo scoui acioss ilc sca. Tlcn ilc animals
in ilc 'zoo' would lavc bccn ilc bcsi lialmaclaiins. lialmaclaiya is ilc
powcilousc wlcncc cuiicnis ol Aima-jnana (lnowl- cdgc ol onc's own scll) aic
gcnciaicd wlicl illuminaics lis blindcd scll, wiillolds all lis cvil piopcnsiiics
and sci ilc wlolc maclinciy in moiion, so ilai ilis liail and iaic bui accidcnial-
ly-goi iali may gci acioss ilc sca and ancloi in ilc bay loi ciciniiy alici caiiying
iis passcngci io lis own lomc. As a baiicn cow lools cxacily lilc a milcl cow, bui
lails in giving mill io ilc lccpci in iciuin loi lis mosi aiicniivc and laiillul
sciviccs wlicl bcgci only luiilci laboui, so ilc so-callcd lialmaclaiya, oi a
lnowlcdgc ol ilc sciipiuics will, in no way, inspiic Aima- jnana oi ical
lialmaclaiya in jivas. ly mcans and ways a non-bialmaclaiin can ncvci bc a
lialmaclaiin.
In csscncc, ilc mind and ilc soul (ilc jiva) aic diamciiically opposiic - ilc loimci
bcing icsilcss, impciuous, clangcablc and cvci busy in cnjoying maiici, wlilc ilc
laiici is cicinal, unclangcablc, siablc and incapablc ol cnjoying maiici. So ical
lialmaclaiya icsis in ilc soul, noi in ilc mind.
The characferisfic defecfs of fhe mind
Tlc mind and ilc soul aic losiilc io cacl oilci. Tlcic is an cicinal cnmiiy
bciwccn ilcm. In soul ilc loui claiaciciisiic ciiois ol ilc dclcciivc mind aic
ioially waniing viz., (1) misialing ilc miiagc loi waici, ilc iopc loi ilc scipcni;
(2) misappiclcnsivc inioxicaiion, (3) lnowing ilings wiil impcilcci scnscs; (+)
dccciving iiscll and oilcis. As ilc loisc can noi lold iis own icins, so ilc mind
can noi guidc iiscll - ii is cvci bcing guidcd by an uncnding and unsaiiablc bundlc
ol dcsiics in ilc slapc ol cnjoymcni oi indillcicncc - ol doing good oi cvil. Lacl
indi- vidual mind dillcis liom ilc oilci - no iwo idcniical minds aic io bc lound.
Tlc piovcib gocs - 'so many Rislis, so many minds'. A mind can moic casily lold
a woll by ilc cais ilan sicady iiscll in spiiiiual cxpciicncc. lcwaic ol ilis mind
wlicl, lilc a bad guidc, appcais bcloic you and oilcis in slccp's cloiling wiil.all
ilc lciociiy ol a iavcning woll and lilc a piolcssional iunning ilicl ciying "ilicl,
ilicl". In ilc lollowing song ol oui picccpioi ilc dcccpiivc naiuic ol ilc mind las
bccn lully and clcaily dcsciibcd:
Yc wiclcd mind! Tlou aii noi a Vaislnava.Tly appaicni claniing ol Haii's namc
in a loncly lousc is loi aiiaining woildly supicmacy; ii is noiling bui puic
lypociisy! Dosi ilou noi lnow ilai woildly supicmacy is as valuclcss as ilc dung
ol a boai and ilai ii is onc ol ilc splcndouis ol Maya oi illusion Wly slouldsi
ilou ilinl, ycai in and ycai oui, ol wcalil and cnjoymcni ' Tlcsc aic all llcciing
and iiansiioiy!
Wlcn ilou claimcsi wcalil as ilinc own, ii cicaics in ilcc lusis loi cnjoymcni.
Madlava - ilc Loid ol all wcalil, slould only and always bc scivcd wiil ii. Wly
dosi ilou iicspass on ilc lusis ol womcn wlosc only and cicinal piopiicioi is
Yadava - Kiislna, ilc claimci ol all cnjoy- cis.
Ravana - lusi-incainaic, lougli in vain wiil Raglava - ilc Lovc-incainaic, loi ilc
imagi- naiy iicc ol ilc supicmacy wlicl is bui a miiagc. Tlc supicmacy ilou
scclcsi is lilc quiclsand cvci icccding liom ily looilold. Tlou cansi ncvci siand
upon ii and il ilou insisi on doing so, ii will lcad you io iacl and iuin. Il ilou can
placc ilyscll on ilc sicady and solid sianding- giound wlcicon a Vaislnava cvci
siands, ily lcci will ncvci slip.
Wly dosi ilou sullci undci ilc lalsc lopc ol piolaning Haii's mcn - ilc dcvoiccs,
and aiiaining ilcii inlcicni spiiiiual cmincncc and boasi ol ily liuiilcss and
loolisl clloiis' An unwoildly and cicinal pic-cmincncc sponiancously lollows ilc
loly lccls ol a Vaislnava. Tlc iclaiion bciwccn a Vaislnava (dcvoicc) and Vislnu
(ilc Loid) docs noi smcll ol Maya (illusion) oi woildly dcccii. Knowcsi ilou ilai
ily sccming supicmacy is as iicaclcious as a woman dcvouiing a dog's llcsl and
ily lcigning lonclincss is ioially lcllisl.
"I slall givc up 'Kiiiana' - claniing Loid's namc, and bcsmcai myscll wiil
supicmacy - wlai is ilc good in scaicling loi sucl cmincncc'" - il ilis bc ily
ilougli, lnowcsi ilou loi cciiain ilai Madlavcndia Puii did ncvci dcccivc
limscll and commii ilcli in lis own sioic- lousc ol pciccpiion lilc ilcc!
Tlou slouldsi ncvci compaic ilc unsoliciicd cmincncc lollowing Madlavcndia
Puii lilc an aiicnding maid, wiil youi sccming onc wlicl is lilc ilc dung ol a
boai. Tlou lasi diowncd ilyscll oui ol cnvy in ilc lilily waicis ol cnjoymcni and
lasi abandoncd ilc pcilcciions ol lii- ian.
Yc wiclcd mind, bcaicsi in mind ilai soliiaiy dcvoiion is piopagaicd in disguisc
by ilc adopicis ol cvil mcans. Tlinlcsi ilou ovci and ovci again wlai Supicmc
Loid Gauianga lind- ly iaugli us addicssing Sanaiana Piablu wiil ilc uimosi
caic. Dosi noi loigci loi a momcni ilc iwo mosi valuablc woids Hc iaugli -
appaicni and ical, apaily and sympaily, liccd and cnslavcd - ncvci conlusc ilc
onc wiil ilc oilci. Singcsi ilou ilc Loid's namc aloud. Hc is a Vaislnava wlo is
ncvci a viciim io ilc iigicss ol wcalil, bcauiy and lamc. Hc is indccd apailciic and
a puic dcvoicc. Tlc iiansiioiy woild is io lim as a snalc is io iis claimci. Hc is
indccd apailciic wlo modciaicly paiialcs ol ilings ncccssaiy loi, and in lavoui ol
dcvo- iion - nciilci bclow noi abovc pai - avoids all cnjoymcnis and is cvci licc
liom discascs. Hc lools upon cvciy iling as lis Loid as wcll as Madlava's, and noi
mcani loi lis own cnjoymcni. Tlis idcniiiy wiil, as wcll as aiiaclmcni loi, ilc
ilings ol Madlava - is ical apaily. Ioiiunaic indccd is lc wlo is ilus aiiaclcd io
Haii and wlo sccs Haii's Lila oi splcndoui in ilc icalm ol maiici. Hc is iicl in
lypociisy wlo sings ilc Loid's namc io aiiain cmincncc.
Ioisalcis ol maiici oui ol lcai oi dcsiic and cnjoycis ilcicol aic boil cqually
Non- Vaislnavas. Slun ilc company ol boil. Tlou cansi nciilci own noi disown
ilc ilings ol Vislnu and ilus iun mad alici cnjoymcni oi icnunciaiion.
Tlc mind ol Mayavadins can ncvci ilinl ol Kiislna and in a mood ol imaginaiy
salvaiion condcmn a Vaislnava. Ol mind! Tlou aii a scivani ol ilc Vaislnavas
and ilou slouldsi always lopc loi aiiaining dcvoiion. Wly slouldsi ilou lanlci
alici soliiudc'
A lalsc icnouncci calls limscll a loisalci - and can ncvci bc a Vaislnava, as lc
abandons lis sciviioislip and diowns limscll in soliiudc. Wlai's ilc gain in
acquiiing ilai sccming good'
Lvci cngagcsi ilyscll in ilc scivicc ol Slii Radla and lccpcsi alool liom ilc snaly
cnjoy- mcni. Singcsi ilc Loid's namc noi loi gloiy oi supicmacy. Wly slouldsi
ilou iun alici lalsc iciiicmcni loi dcvoiion, lcaving asidc ilc woislip ol Slii
Radla, youi cicinal Objcci ol woi- slip'
Tlc dwcllcis ol liaja aic ilc ical objccis ol picacling, and ilcy bcing living agcnis
and mcani loi picacling do noi aspiic alici supicmacy and aic siiong cnougl io
insiil lilc inio ilc audicncc. Picacling is ilc sympiom ol viialiiy. Song ol Kiislna
docs noi smcll ol any aiicmpi loi supicmacy.
Tlc Humblc scivani ol Slii Radla and lci Lovci always lopcs loi liiian and bcgs
ol all io sing ilc namc ol lis Loid aloud. Wlcn mcdiiaiion will sponiancously
lollow liiiana, ilcn and ilcn only soliiaiy dcvoiion and icnunciaiion will bc
naiuial.
Two minds - maferiaI and spirifuaI
Tlc mind can ncvci sii idlc. Ii will ciilci cicaic a lcll oui ol lcavcn oi a lcavcn
oui ol lcll. Ii is lilc diili-wood lloaiing on ilc cbb and llow ol good and cvil, iigli
and wiong, viiiuc and vicc. As good Homci somciimcs nods, ii cvci commiis
wiong in clcaving io ilai wlicl sccms io bc cvil and abloiiing ilai wlicl sccms
io bc good, and vicc vcisa. Lvciy mind las iis own way ol looling ai ilings; so
wlai onc mind csiablislcs, ilc oilci dcsiioys, nay ilc samc mind icjccis ioday
wlai ii acccpicd ycsiciday, as cvciy lilc is a sciics ol suipiiscs oi cxpc- iicnccs. Tlc
ilings onc now icgaids as lixcd, slall, onc by onc, dciacl ilcmsclvcs, lilc iipc
liuiis, liom onc's cxpciicncc and lall. Tlc wind slall blow ilcm, nonc lnows
wliilci - ilc landscapc, ilc liguics, Calcuiia, London, Ncw Yoil, ilc Royal
Tlionc, ilc Picsidcniial Claii - aic lacis as lugiiivc as any insiiiuiion pasi oi any
wlill ol misi oi smolc, and so is ilc sociciy and so ilc woild. Iniimaicly alluiing
and aiiiaciivc was a man io you ycsiciday, a gicai lopc, a sca io swim in; now you
lavc lound lis sloics, lound ii a pond and you caic noi il you ncvci scc ii again.
Tlc piovcib gocs, - "Today ling, iomoiiow noiling." Tlcic aic iwo minds; onc,
ilc spiiiiual mind oi ilc mind ol ilc soul oi jiva, ilc oilci, ilc maiciial mind
wlicl las will- ing, lccling and pciccpiion ol ilc maiciial woild. Tlc spiiiiual
mind can nciilci aiiacl iiscll io, noi dciacl iiscll liom, ilc objccis ol ilis
lingdom ol mcai and diinl noi is ii liablc io any clangc oi modilicaiion in ilis
woild ol ilc scnscs. Tlc ionguc may siab ilc maiciial mind and siiilc inio ii a
cuiclcss wound, wlcicas no siab can wound and lill ilc spiiiiual mind. An iion
ball and ilc liic aic iwo disiincily dillcicni ilings; bui wlcn ilc loimci is lcpi - in
an iniimaic ioucl wiil ilc laiici, ilc loimci plays ilc iolc ol ilc laiici by
iadiaiing lcai and ligli and buining oilci ilings, so ilc maiciial mind, ilougl in
icaliiy puicly a maiici and dcvoid ol lilc and iis aiicndani cncigy, laving bccn
closcly in ioucl wiil ilc spiiiiual mind liom ciciniiy, cxlibiis iis boiiowcd
aciiviiy, lilc an clcplani iun amucl, unconiiollcd by ilc diivci, iliougl ilc icn
oigans ol aciion and scnsc in ilc slapc ol good and cvil, iigli and wiong, viiiuc
and vicc, plilaniliopy and scll-cnjoymcni, bcncvolcncc and miscilincss cic. Tlcic
is no waling, dicaming oi slccping in ilc spiiiiual mind, wlcicas ilc plysical onc
walcs, slccps and dicams; ii cicaics, picscivcs and dcsiioys and "givcs io aiiy
noiling a local labiiaiion and a namc." In doing so ii somciimcs busics iiscll wiil
ilc llcciing, liivolous and dcspicablc cnjoymcnis ol ilc woild, somciimcs ii
absiains liom ilcsc ilings and clooscs ai will an imaginaiy god as ilc objcci ol
mcdiiaiion and woisliplul adoiaiion, considcis iiscll a mcdiiaioi and plungcs
iiscll in soliiaiy mcdiiaiion oi woislips an idol ol wood, clay oi mcial as a
woilablc god - as a mcans ol aiiaining (1) Salolya (ilc cxisicncc in ilc planc ol
God), (2) Samipya (pioximiiy io God), (3) Saiupya (lilcncss io God), (+) Saisii
(cqual gloiy ol God), and (5) Sayujya (absoipiion in God oi annililaiion). Ii ilus
iuins iiscll an idolaici as a mcdiiaioi oi as an idol-woislippci. Lilc a dwail
upliliing lis lands io caicl ai ilc moon ii somciimcs iiics io iasic ilc succulcni
pasiimcs ol ilc Supicmc Loid in His blisslul abodc wiil iis passionaic scnscs,
idcniilying ilc pcivciicd icllcciion wiil ilc ical objcci. Tlc mind, wlilc giving
ilc biidlc io iis passions and dcsiics and bcing iiscll lully subjcci io allliciion, giicl
and disiicss, considcis iiscll licc liom ilcsc ilings and cxicnds iis lclping land io
an cqually sullciing mind. Iis lnowlcdgc ol good and bad, lappincss and misciy,
donoi and ilc iccipicni, law and disoidci icgaiding ilings oilci ilan ilc Supicmc
Loid is noiling bui a sciics ol blundcis and is lilc jumping liom ilc liying pan
inio ilc liic oi lilc swimming bciwccn Scylla and Claiybdis.
Iis uiiciancc, lowcvci swcci and sound, iis mcdiiaiion, lowcvci dccp, long and
undis- iuibcd, ilougl appaicnily iiuc lavc no icaliiy and aic cvci subjcci io
clangc and dcsiiuciion. Somciimcs ii imiiaics ilc aciiviiics ol ilc spiiiiual mind
and picls iis own poclci. An abnoi- mal lcai in ilc body causcd by lccping a
clovc ol gailic undci ilc aimpii oi cxposing ilc body io ilc scoicling sun, and ilc
lcai causcd by lcvci, ilougl similai in pciccpiion, aic noi ilc samc iling - ilc
loimci is aiiilicial, cmpiiic and induciivc, wlilc ilc laiici is naiuial, sponia- ncous
and dcduciivc; ilc aciiviiy ol ilc gcim woiling wiilin, buisis loiil in ilc slapc ol
lcvci- isl lcai, lcadaclc cic. Wlcn ilc spiiiiual mind scis aboui lis doimani
dcvoiional aciiviiics and lis inlcicni lovc ol God bcgins io blossom loiil ai ilc
ioucl ol ilc cicinal, supciioi ccsiaiic Lncigy incainaic as lis dclivcici, iicmoi
(Kampa), icais (Asiu), siupclaciion (Siambla), pci- spiiaiion (Svcda),
loiiipilaiion (Pulala ), palloi (Vaivainya), lumiliiy (Dainya), iliobbing,
(Vcpailu), cxuliaiion (Haisla) cic. appcai on ilc body as spiiiiual clangcs
(Saivila vilaia). Somciimcs clangcs ol ilis naiuic and appcaiancc aic noiiccd on
ilc bodics ol cmoiional pci- sons wlosc minds aic so supplc and susccpiiblc as io
casily pioducc ilosc pcculiai signs ai ilc clangoui ol ilc dium and ilc cymbal,
swcci music oi ilc lilc. Tlcsc aic mcic cllccis ol ilc causc; and ilc cllccis
disappcai as soon as ilc causc is wiildiawn, as ilc lcvci-looling lcai dis- appcais
liom ilc body as soon as ii is wiildiawn liom ilc buining iays oi ilc gailic is
icmovcd liom ilc aim-pii. As ilc pcndulum oscillaics bciwccn iwo cxiicmcs, so
ilc mind oscillaics bciwccn cnjoymcni and absiincncc. Wlcn ii gcis iiicd wiil ilc
mcai and diinl ol ilis woild, ilc busy siiilc ol ilc dinning ciiy, ilc giicls and
wocs ol swcci lomc, ilc guiliy mind sccms io awalc and cxlibiis a lilc ol
iciiicmcni, non aiiaclmcni oi icclusion, olicniimcs, vainly diicciing iis cncigics
io annililaic ilc impciislablc and indcsiiuciiblc dcvoiional cncigy ol ilc spiiiiual
mind - io icducc ii io noiling so ilai ii can ncvci lccl, will oi pciccivc - ii may
ncvci comc acioss ilc llcciing, clangcablc, and allliciing ilings ol plcasuic and
pain. Somciimcs onc malc mind lccls ilc wani ol a lcmalc mind, and ilus a malc
body gcis uniicd wiil a lcmalc body iliougl ilc bond ol wcdlocl. No soonci is
ilis wani lullillcd ilan licsl wanis ol wcalil and lomc and lcaiil aiisc. Wlcn ii
iolls in wcalil and ilc swcci smilc ol wilc and clildicn clccis ii, alas, ilc giim
icapci wlosc namc is dcail, icaps, wiil lis lccn sicllc ilc bcaidcd giain and ilc
llowcis ilai giow bciwccn ai a bicail! Tlcn ii icaliscs ilai ii was diinling poi-
son liom a cup ol gold. Tlus ii lappcns ilai ilc spiiiiual mind lccls ilai ii is
lallcn in an occan wlosc waicis ol dccp woc aic biaclisl wiil ilc sali ol luman
icais, and ilai ii is wiilin ilc jaws ol lusis and angci lilc so many slails and
ciocodilcs swimming ilcicin, cnclaincd wiil aidcni longings, ioially unliicndcd
and slclicilcss. Hc slalcs oll ilc ioipoi and icaliscs ilai ilc maiciial mind lad so
long bccn vainly playing wiil ilc llcsly loims lnown as ilc wilc, ilc son cic. and
llcciing joys lilc so many unsicady limpid diops ol waici on a loius-lcal. Had
saiiaiion bccn in siicngil Myio and Oplcllius would lavc bccn lappy; lad ii bccn
in wcalil Ciocsus would lavc bccn lappy; nciilci lics ii in powci noi in all ilcsc
ilings iogcilci, loi Ncio, Saidanapalus and Agamcmnon siglcd and wcpi and ioic
ilcii laii and wcic ilc slavcs ol ciicumsianccs and ilc dupcs ol appcaianccs. Tlc
spiiiiual mind icaliscs ilai lc is living lilc a doublc-cagcd biid wlicl idcniilics iis
own living scll wiil ilc maiciial cagcs, ilai ilc cagcs lc is living in aic cvci
subjcci io clangc and dccay and ilougl ilcy lool licsl and alivc ilcy aic noiling
bui dusi and will ciumblc inio dusi. Tlc subilc cagc ol ilc maici- ial mind is
wiilin ilc gioss cagc ol ilc plysical body. Tlc maiciial mind is dancing lilc a
jacl- daw wiil ilc boiiowcd plumcs ol a pcacocl. Hc icllccis -
Wlai iclisl can ilcic bc in ilis dccaying body, madc up ol ilc livc dccomposablc
clc- mcnis and lull ol puiicsccncc and impuiiiy' Slall wc noi mind loi a momcni
ilai ilis pciisl- ablc and cvci-clanging body is liablc io wiail, ambiiion, illusion,
lcai, giicl, cnvy, laiicd - scp- aiaiion liom ilosc wc lold mosi dcai and
associaiion wiil ilosc wc laic' Wlai iclisl can ilcic bc loi maiciial cnjoymcnis
wlcn wc aic cxposcd io lungci, iliisi, discasc, dccicpiiudc, cma- ciaiion, giowil,
dcclinc and dcail. Tlc univcisc is icnding io dccay, - giass, iiccs, animals, spiing
up and dic. Migliy mcn aic gonc lcaving ilcii joys and gloiics. lcings siill gicaici
ilan ilcsc lavc passcd away - vasi occans lavc diicd - mouniains lavc bccn
iliown down, ilc polai siai displaccd, ilc coids ilai bind ilc plancis icni
asundci, ilc wlolc caiil dclugcd wiil llood - in sucl a woild wlai iclisl can
ilcic bc loi llcciing cnjoymcnis' Living in sucl a woild aic wc noi lilc liogs
jumping in a wcll'
To gci iid ol ilc dcccpiion ol ilis lalsc and iicaclcious sccming liicnd, wc slould
bc sin- ccicly suppliani bcloic ilc Supicmc Loid and waici oui coucl wiil icais;
Hc will icccivc oui piaycis, lavc mcicy on us and oui ol His naiuially loving
lindncss, appcai bcloic us as ilc pic- ccpioi, wiil all ilc piolicicncy in ilc
sciipiuics and lully licc liom ilc lanlciings ol ilc scns- cs, io iid us liom ilc
cluicl ol ilc wiclcd mind, wlicl las llamc all aiound and dcail wiil- in, io cui
asundci all iis lnois and liiclcs and io dispcl all oui dailncss ol ilc lcaii as an
clc- plani iuns away liom ilc dailcsi icccsscs ol ilc junglc ai ilc appioacl ol ilc
lion and ilc vcil ol dailncss is wiildiawn liom ilc suilacc ol ilc caiil ai ilc
advcni ol Auioia. Tlcn ilc mind will biood ovci iis guiliy wocs lilc a scoipion
giii by liic.
The suppIicafions of fhe spirifuaI mind
Onc maiciial mind piays io anoilci maiciial mind (boil ol wlom aic bcing
cicinally and cqually alllicicd by ilicc linds ol misciics) loi iclicl oi lclp. Iis
piaycis aic bui lanlciings alici cnjoymcni and aic always causcd by wani, lcai
and anxiciy. Tlcic is no maiciial mind - wlcilci ol a ling oi a icnani, a loid oi a
scivani, a masici oi a pupil, ilc siiong oi ilc wcal, ilc iicl oi ilc pooi, ilc
sclolai oi ilc duncc - wlicl can cvci bc iclicvcd ol wani oi lcai; wlcicas ilc
spiiiiual mind ncvci piays loi daily bicad, any soii ol maiciial iclicl, woildly pios-
pciiiy, a lilc dcvoid ol all misciics, a lilc in lcavcn dippcd in cclcsiial bliss oi a
pcacclul cxis- icncc in ilc lingdom ol God. Hc las no sucl piayci, bui is cvci
suppliani bcloic ilc Supicmc Loid and insisis on ilc coniinuiiy ol lis loving
scivicc wlicl is ncvci ai an cnd. As soon as lc pciccivcs ilc wiclcd and inimical
aciiviiics ol ilc maiciial mind, lc supplicaics ilus bcloic a Vaislnava wlo las no
wani, lcai oi iciiois ol biiil and dcail and is powcilul cnougl io dcliv- ci all
spiiiiual minds liom ilc cluicl ol ilc maiciial mind:
Vaislnava Tlalui, ilc occan ol lindncss, I ialc slclici ai ily loius-lcci. Havc
mcicy on mc, youi lumblc scivani, and puiily mc wiil ilc cool sladc ol youi
loly lcci. Clccl my pioncncss io polluic myscll by (1) using ollcnsivc and luiilul
languagc io oilcis, (2) lloaiing adiili wiil vaiious liivolous and dcspicablc
passions, (3) using laisl woids, (+) covciing palai- ablc ilings, (5) giving loosc io
my appciiic, (6) lanlciing alici lasciviousncss; - iid my giov- clling scll ol ilc six
cvils ol (1) puiiing by ilings in cxccss, (2) going againsi dcvoiion by adlci- ing io
ilai wlicl is loibiddcn and abloiing ilai wlicl is lavouiablc, (3) indulging in
usclcss idlc gossips, (+) iciaiding dcvoiional piogicss and accclciaiing ilc
coniiaiy, (5) lccping com- pany wiil ilc non-dcvoiccs and icmaining alool liom
ilc dcvoiccs, (6) lloaiing wiil clangc- ablc vicws and iianslusc inio mc ilc six
viiiucs ol (1) cagcincss loi walling in dcvoiional oidi- nanccs, (2) liim conviciion
and sinccic laiil, (3) paiicncc and pciscvciancc in dcvoiion, (+) adlcicncc io ilc
lavouiablc cnjoinmcnis and abloiicncc loi piolibiiions in dcvoiion, (5) loi-
saling ilc company ol ilc cllcminaic iicd io a woman's apion-siiings and ilc
impious, (6) lol- lowing ilc looisicps ol ilc iiglicous mcn. I lavc bccn waiiing loi
youi company, bcicli ol wlicl I am ioially powcilcss io sing ilc namc ol ilc
Supicmc Loid (Kiislna); so bc lind cnougl io insiil in mc icvcicncc and cniicl
mc wiil ilc wcalil ol ilc Loid's (Kiislna's) namc as Kiislna is youis and you can
givc Him io mc - a bcggai, bcicli ol all woildly wcalil and lol- lowing you
claniing 'Kiislna', 'Kiislna'.
Vaislnavas aic ilc wcalil ol ilis woild. Tlcy wlo scivc ilc Supicmc Loid undci
lis (Vaislnava's) guidancc, wall in ilc commandmcnis ol ilc Loid and lollow His
obscivanccs, ilc icsi livc and dic in vain. Tlc bcsi oinamcni ol oui lcad slould bc
ilc dusi ol ilcii lcci, ilc bcsi lood, ilc icmnanis ol ilcii disl and ilc bcsi diinl,
ilc waici ilai waslcs ilcii loly lcci - ilcsc and only ilcsc can icncw dcvoiional
lovc in us. Wlo bui a Vaislnava will savc oui blindcd sclvcs liom bcing lcd by ilc
blind and liom ilc onscis ol cvci-incicasing insaiiablc lusis, angci, covciousncss,
illusion and cgoiism' Wc aic gioping in ilc dail labyiinil ol ilis woild and lnow
noi wliilci lics oui way.
The advenf of Shri Chaifanya Deva
Ii was in ilc ycai 1+S6 A.D. ilai Slii Claiianya Dcva appcaicd bcloic us ai
Mayapuia in Aniaidwipa ¦ilc island ai ilc coic oi ccniic ol ilc ninc (nava) islands
(dwipa) ol wlicl Navadwipa consisis] on ilc casicin banl ol ilc loly Gangcs and
livcd ilcic loi ilc liisi iwcn- iyloui ycais ol His siay lcic playing ilc paii ol
lousc-loldci. Hc acccpicd as lis lailci, Jagannaila Misia a icspcciablc lialmin
Pandiia ol Syllci, ilcn sciilcd ai Navadwipa, and Sacli Dcvi, an idcal lialmin
lady ol ilc iimc as His moilci. Hc lad a luman loim so pci- lccily buili, so
lusiiously complcxioncd, so liglly siaiuicd and so lovcly as puicly inconcciv- ablc
in a luman body, and posscsscd sucl a plcasing and ovcipowciing iniclligcncc
bcloic wlosc cllulgcncc ilc biiglicsi and slaipcsi luman iniclligcnccs buincd
lilc glow-woims. Wiil all ilcsc supciluman gilis and posscssions, Hc lcd ilc lilc
ol an idcal Vaislnava and wiil a vicw io csiablisl an cxcmplai lilc ol a puic and
sinccic dcvoicc, cxiicmcly painlul ai ilc scp- aiaiion ol His Divinc Lovci,
complaisani and compliani io plcasc Him by doing ilc liglcsi good io Himscll
and io oilcis by Himscll adopiing ilc lilc ol an idcal dcvoicc and by maling
oilcis adopi a similai lilc. As piopagaiion and piaciicc oi picccpi and cxamplc do
iaicly go land in land, Hc limscll piaciiscd wlai Hc picaclcd. Hc slowcd
piaciically ilai dcvoiion lics in all souls and noi in ilc accompanying minds and
bodics and ilai nciilci ilc dcliblc siamp ol biiil, woildly lnowlcdgc and iiclcs
do in any way siand in ilc way ol dcvoiion noi do low biiil, ignoiancc and
povciiy lclp oi cndangci dcvoiion. Tlc soul obliiciaics lis indi- vidualiiy bcloic
ilc woild, and disclaims ilcsc dcsignaiions. Hc lnows ilai lc is lowlici ilan ilc
giass, moic loibcaiani ilan a iicc, limscll lonouilcss and lonouis oilci souls
and, ilai bc sings ilc piaisc and gloiy ol Haii day and nigli wlcilci ilc maiciial
mind slccps oi walcs, ilc plysical body busics iiscll oi is ai icsi and cvcn wlcn lc
givcs up loi cvci ilcsc iwo coils ol ilc body and ilc mind. Wlcn ilc soul, noi ilc
maiciial mind, suiicndcis limscll io a Vaislnava and clanis ilc namc ol 'Kiislna'
undci lis guidancc and lollowing lis dcvoiional cnjoinmcnis, (1) ilc aciiviiics ol
ilc maiciial mind cicinally picvailing ovci and cnsliouding ilc soul oi ilc
spiiiiual mind giadually diminisl, (2) ilc loicsi-liic causcd by ilc liiciion ol
maiciial minds is pui oui noi io buin any moic, (3) ilc cllloicsccni bcams ol
Divinc lliss opcn ilc buds ol spiiiiual wcal, (+) iiansccndcnial wisdom buisis
loiil ilc slcll ol woildly lnowl- cdgc, (5) ilc occan ol bliss swclls up, (6) ilc soul
iasics ai cvciy sip ilc succus ol Divinc Lovc, (7) wlcicin all souls aic immciscd
casiing oll ilc impuiiiics ol ilc maiciial mind. Along wiil ilc soul's casiing oll
ilc ioipoi ol ilc illusoiy gloom icigning ovci lim liom ciciniiy, ilc piayci ol ilc
maiciial mind loi woildly wcalil, loi dcai oncs, and loi mcnial pio- licicncy in
woildly lnowlcdgc diminislcs and lc longs loi cicinal dcvoiion unboin ol moiivc
oi dcsiic in wlaicvci siiuaiion lis Loid plcascs io placc lim.
Chaifanya Deva as a Gardener
Tlis disiinciivc inlcicni aciiviiy ol ilc soul,wlicl is callcd dcvoiion and walis ilc
spiii- iual mind abovc all soidid ilouglis, was noi only piopagaicd by Slii
Claiianya Dcva bui Hc Himscll was an cmbodimcni ol ii and pioclaimcd ilai Hc
was a gaidcnci posscssing and nui- iuiing ilc immoiial and cvci-liuiilul iicc ol
Divinc Lovc, ilc innumciablc and succulcni liuiis wlcicol aic langing lilc ligs on
a lig-iicc and ilai His busincss was io disiiibuic ilcsc liuiis io ilc iicl and ilc
pooi, ilc ligl and ilc low alilc wiiloui any piicc and considciaiion and ilus io
play ilc paii ol a mosi muniliccni givci. Hc icnounccd ilc woild and iool up ilc
iasl ol disiiibuiing Divinc Lovc io all jivas wlo wcic gioping alici ilc Spiiiiual by
dcsciibing Him as invisiblc oi wcic oblivious ol ilcii own iiuc sclvcs as wcll as ol
ilc ical naiuic ol ilcii mosi Plcasing and Loving Aiiiacioi. Tlis loigcilulncss on
ilc paii ol jivas is ilc iooi ol all cvils and sullciings; so Hc cniicaicd onc and all io
iasic ol ilis divinc liuii and coniiibuic ilcii slaic in disiiibuiing ilc liuii ol
Divinc Lovc and cnjoincd ilai ilc bcsi usc ol ilcii livcs lay in doing ilc liglcsi
and cicinal good io ilcmsclvcs and io oilcis and in piaciising ai all iimcs spiiiiu-
al wcal io oilcis wiil ilcii lilc, wcalil, iniclligcncc and spcccl. Hc said, "In so
doing ilc wavcs ol ilc woild cannoi siand in youi way as youi sicps aic oidcicd
by ilc Divinc Lovci and Hc dcliglis in youi way. Tlcic may bc a sccming lall bui
lcai noi noi bc uiicily casi down as Hc lolds you up wiil His land. Il you aic
dumb, you will bc a pcisuasivc iallci, il youi lcgs aic ciipplcd, you will cioss ilc
Alps wiil casc and youi woids will nccd no bcll io call pcoplc iogcilci and no
consiablc io lccp ilcm - ilcsc will diaw ilc clildicn liom ilcii play, ilc old liom
ilcii aimclaiis, ilc invalid liom ilcii waim clambci. Tlosc wlo lccl ilai ilcii
laidcncd nccls aic wiilin ilc guilloiinc ol biiil and dcail will llow in ioiicnis
lilc paiicnis io cllicicni dociois and will bc cllcciually cuicd laving icccivcd youi
cllicacious icmcdy wlicl is cvci cllcciivc in iis woiling. Youi cyc is on ilc
cicinal, conscqucnily youi inicllcci will giow and youi opinions and aciions will
lavc sucl a bcauiy and siicngil wlicl no lcaining oi combincd advaniagcs ol
oilci mcn can iival. Know ilai Divinc Asscssois comc up wiil us inio lilc - now
undci onc disguisc, now undci anoilci lilc a policc-man in a ciiizcn's cloilcs -
wall wiil us sicp loi sicp iliougl ilis woild ol scnscs io caiiy us io oui cvci-
blisslul abodc."Applicaiion ol ical lindncss io jivas
Slii Niiyananda Piablu, Advaiia-aclaiya Piablu, Slii Rupa and Sanaiana
Goswamins and Tlalui Haiidasa - ilc dcai and cvci-associaicd gcncials, ol Slii
Claiianya Dcva wcic dcpuicd in icndciing piaciical lindncss io ilc cvci-sullciing
lumaniiy by: (1) spcnding ilcii wlolc iimc and cncigy in dcvoiional aciiviiics,
(2) claniing aloud ilc Loid's namc day and nigli, (3) singing His piaisc and
gloiy, (+) compiling volumcs ol dcvoiional woils, (5) icclaiming and icsioiing ilc
sacicd siics, (6) going liom dooi io dooi and bcgging ol ilc slccpcis and dicamcis
ilcicol io aiisc, awalc and woislip'Kiislna, iall aboui Kiislna, ialc His namc
and lnow ilai Hc is ilcii lailci, moilci, wcalil and lilc; ilai ilcy lavc no oilci
objccis ol woislip savc and cxccpi 'Kiislna'. As ilc iwigs, lcavcs, llowcis, liuiis
and ilc bianclcs ol ilc iicc - ilcii icsi - aic aciually lcd by lccding ilc ioois and
as ilc limbs ol ilc body aic piop- cily nouiislcd by puiiing ilc lood inio ilc
siomacl, so ilc innumciablc gods, sagcs, loicla- ilcis, lings, animals aic lully and
piopcily appcascd il Kiislna, wlcicin lic all ol ilcm iogcil- ci, is woislippcd. As
coniinual slowcis ol iain cannoi lccd ilc lcavcs noi cnlivcn ilcm, unlcss and
uniil ilc iainwaici is ialcn up by ilc ioois and as ilc limbs aic unablc io gci any
noui- islmcni liom ilc lood unlcss ii is pui inio ilc siomacl, so nonc can acccpi
any picscni oi cxaci adoiaiion diiccily liom mcai unlcss all picscnis aic madc ovci
io Kiislna and Hc is woi- slippcd.
All souls oi jivas in ilcii iiuc sclvcs aic iclaicd io Kiislna, ilc Ovci-soul, ciilci as
(1) His muic scivanis, - ilc lluic, ilc iod cic., (2) His sciviiois, His gaidcncis, His
swccpcis cic., (3) His liicnds, playmaics, (+) His paicnis Nanda-Yasloda, (5) His
consoiis - Slii Radla and lci aiicndanis. Tlis iclaiion bcing cicinally lixcd is
nciilci inici-clangcablc noi iianslciablc. Kiislna, ilc Piimc Causc, ilc Loid ol all
loids, ilc Supicmc ol all Gods, is cmbucd lully wiil ilc six divinc pic-csscnccs -
(I) Wcalil, (2) Migli, (3) Gloiy, (+) Splcndoui, (5) Wisdom, (6)
Dispassion - diluic in His ovci-llowing lovc and all-claiming bcauiy. Hc is ilc
only Lovci and ilc only objcci ol lovc. Tlis lovc, lully licc liom all caiilly dioss
ol lusis and passion, malcs ilc Lovci scivc His bclovcd oncs and ilc bclovcd oncs
ilcii Lovci - ilis lovc diowns all con- ccpiions ol Divinc Sovcicigniy and
posscssion ol ilc abovc six pic-csscnccs. Tlc cycs ol ilc bclovcd aic always blind
io noiicc ilc sovcicigniy oi adoiabiliiy ol ilc objcci ol lovc. Tlc bclovcd oncs,
sponiancously dccm ilcmsclvcs ciilci cqual oi supciioi io ilc objcci ol lovc, in
conscqucncc ilc loimci playlully asccnds ilc slouldci ol, clasiiscs oi ialcs io
iasl oi biings up wiil allcciionaic caic, ilc laiici. Tlc lovc ol Kiislna is ilus
claiaciciiscd. Kiislna's loving bcauiy is so cnamouiing ilai cvcn ilc god ol lusis
is claimcd by Him and Kiislna Himscll bcing claimcd by His own bcauiy and
lovclincss covcis ilc plcasuic cnjoycd by ilc bcsi ol His lovcis Slii Radla, by
lovingly sciving sucl Ioim as His. So anoiniing Himscll wiil ilc lusiic and
complcxion ol Slii Radla and laving bccn imbucd wiil Hci aidcni longings ol
lovc, Kiislna is cvci dallying as an cxcmplaiy lovci ol Himscll as Slii Gauianga.
Slii Kiislna, ilc csscniial naiuic ol ilc Supicmc lcing - ilc only Rcal and Licinal
Tiuil is ilc only objcci ol lovc and Slii Gauianga ilc posscssoi and disiiibiioi ol
ilai lovc Kiislna is simuliancously dal- lying wiil His dcai consoii in ilc giovcs
ol Viindavana and iasiing ilc cxiiaci ol lovc-succus llowing liom His consoii as
Gauianga ai Nabadwipa, Himscll singing Kiislna's namc and icacling oilcis low
io Iovc Kiislna and sing His namc. In so doing Hc disiinguislcs poini- cdly ilc
ical namc, idcniical wiil ilc Objcci Himscll, liom ilc appaicni oi lalsc onc wlicl
is ialcn piolancly, blasplcmously oi in vain. Hc cmplasiscs ilai in ilis Kali-yuga
(cia) woildly pcoplc indulgc in (1) dupliciiy, 2) inioxicaiion, (3) scnsualiiy, (+)
lilling ol animals, (5) mci- ccnaiincss and so aic unablc io mcdiiaic upon, oi
woislip Vislnu and io pciloim Vcdic sac- iiliccs. So ilc claniing ol Kiislna's
namc is ilc only mcdiiaiion, ilc only saciilicc, ilc only woislip in ilis Kali-agc -
Namc is ilc mcans, Namc is ilc cnd. lui is slould bc noicd wiil ilc uimosi caic
ilai Kiislna's namc is noi mcic combinaiion oi uiiciancc ol lciicis. A simi- laiiiy
in uiiciancc and appcaiancc is noi idcniiiy. Tlc liic and ilc glow-woim ilougl
similai in appcaiancc aic noi idcniical. Tlc minuicsi spail ol liic sci consciously
oi unconsciously, sciiously oi playlully will insianiancously buin an inllammablc
iling, wlcicas a ilousand glow- woims will noi aci in a ilousand ycais. Kiislna's
namc is idcniical wiil Kiislna Himscll and picgnani wiil all ilc piopciiics and
aiiiibuics ol Kiislna. So His namc, unlilc all oilci namcs, is lull ol cncigy,
pcilcci, cicinal, puic, dcvoid ol illusion and cicinally licc. Auioia is sullicicni io
dispcl ilc dailncss ol nigli and io diivc ilc wild animals io ilcii laiis and ilicvcs
and dacoiis io ilcii icsoiis, cnablcs us io disiinguisl ilc vaiious objccis ol scnscs
and uslcis ilc advcni ol ilc glowing lamp ol lcavcn. So docs Namablasa (ilc
uiiciancc ol namc avoiding ilc icn piolanaiions) siop povciiy liom planiing oui
pillows wiil iloins, dcsiioy oui woildly lanlciings and dispcl ilc illusoiy gloom,
so ilai wc may scc ilc Namc lacc io lacc. Wlcn ilc cvcibuining lamp pccps oui ol
ilc casicin loiizon, iis cvci-cllulgcni iays malc us scc ii lacc io lacc and lccl iis
goldcn iays and cnablc us io scc all objccis bailing ilcicin. Tlc sun is sccn and
lcli by us wiil iis own iays and lcai and noi wiil ilc lclp ol any oilci glowing
objcci.
Tlc biiglicsi candlcs ol ilc univcisc pui iogcilci can noi malc ilc sun visiblc io
us. Wlcn oui dicamy niglis aic ai an cnd - wlcn wc slalc oll ilc ioipoi, opcn
oui cycs, iuin ilcm io ilc casi, wc scc ilc Namc-sun wiil all lis gloiy and bcauiy.
¯Tiiiapa - Tlc ilicc allliciions aic ilicc linds ol misciics lnown as ilc
"Adlyaimila" i.c., ilosc ilai aic duc io onc's scll; ilc "Adlidaivila" ilosc ilai
aiisc oui ol dciiics oi aic ol supcinaiuial oiigin, and ilc "Adliblauiila" ilosc ilai
aiisc oui ol naiuial causcs and bcings. Ioi cxamplc, lcvci and oilci sucl discascs,
angci, dcsiic and oilci sucl passions loim ilc misciy lnown as ilc
"Adlyaimila". Tlundci, liglining cic., pioducc ilc "Adlidaivila" misciy. Tlc
"Adliblauiila" misciy icsulis liom oilci animals sucl as iigcis, snalcs cic.
¯¯As an insiiumcni, a scivani, a liicnd, paicnis and a consoii.