Thursday, 16 August 2012

Vyasa Puja Offering of Purujit dasa

An offering at the auspicious day of Vyasa Puja to my loving spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada 11th of August 2012
By Purujit Dasa (HARE KRSNA Center Montreal)

In the 15th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead describes a tree whose branches grow downwards and whose roots grow from upwards. It is the most befitting analogy of the Lord which explains the nature of the world we live in. In this connection, Srila Prabhupada often uses the expression "perverted reflection". Whatever we see here must be present in the spiritual or unlimited world. The difference is that in the spiritual world there's reality, whereas here we see only the reflection of that reality. One who wants to cut off his relationship with such temporary reflection, must therefore scrutinizingly study the nature of it. The impersonalistic philosophers realizing the futility of trying to enjoy the fruits of such a reflection give up and proclaim brahman satyam jagad mythia, or in other words that the only reality is Brahman or God and they try to convince us that whatever we see in this world is simply an illusion. In this way they embark upon frustrating path of stuborn denial of all varieties, all individuality, all forms and ultimately of all blissfulness as that can only come when the living entity serves another living entity. Such foolish speculators' theories fall apart though when we ask wherefrom the illusion is coming from if God is one? How can illusion be apart from God? And if God is real, how can illusion, which is one with God be false?All these wonderful challenges have been presented to us in the Western world by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the most prominent of all the acaryas of the present age.
Tormented by the hallucinatory utopic theories of evolution, hypocritical bodily equality, communism, fascism, post modernism and other fanatical isms, the Western world has struggled for ages and people have been literally turned into walking dead zombies, whose last remnants of individuality have been stolen by the identity-dictating commericals of the dogma spreading medias. Identifying identity as a mere illusion, the captains of Mayavada are ready to supply you theirs and in unlimited numbers. "You" don't exist anyway, so why not try the identity we're giving you for free in a meanwhile before you also become God like us? Srila Prabhupada as a true hero arrived in 1965 to the Mecca of this Mayavada civilization, United States of America with firm determination to kick on her impersonal face with shoes and because some of us have at least theoretically understood his divine kicks to be a true purification, the Hare Krsna movement created a crack, which no one will ever be able to mend. It's a crack at the root of our materialsitic Godwannabe thinking.
Srila Prabhupada explains:"Vaiṣṇava philosophy is, this world is not false; it is fact. But false when you think that "I am the enjoyer of this world." That is false. If we accept it, that it is Kṛṣṇa's, and you(it) should be utilized for Kṛṣṇa's service, then it is not false." Because the reflection is derived from reality, it is also reality. It is not that the reflection shows some other object than the tree. Although the reflection of the tree on the reservoir of water is not the actual tree, we can still get a pretty good idea of how the real tree looks like. Similarly, we can utilize everything in the material world as long as we do it in proper consciousness. And this is what makes the difference between the two worlds. The spiritual world means that Krsna is the enjoyer and the material world means that I want to be the enjoyer. This subtle change in consciousness makes the reflection perverted and thus unreal. Because we want to be the enjoyer or in other words Krsna, the Supreme Lord, we fall into the ever ongoing tabernacle of duality of bhog and tyaga -false enjoyment of the material energy and when frustrated false renouncement of such enjoyment. Because such false conceptions cannot last forever, the attractively looking impersonalistic tyagi is merely a materialist having a break.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the apostole of transcendental freedom has entered amongst us to expose the fanatical followers of such a mindless cycle and began to cure us by the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, or the divine chanting of the Holy names of Krsna. While in the illusion of being the enjoyer of this material world we fully depend on the agent of the Lord mayadevi to maintain such perverted consciousness through various allurements. The transcendental chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare however cannot depend on any material circumstance as the mahamantra is non-different from the Lord who descends in this form as the namavatar(incarnation of the holy name). Just as God can never be covered by illusion, similarly transcendental chanting of the Hare Krsna mahamantra cannot be checked by anything material as matter itself is nothing but yet another energy of the Lord. This is the true understanding of oneness of God and such understanding will become more and more realized when we simply persist with this transcendental chanting under the direction of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. I therefore offer my humble respects unto the feet of our spiritual master Srila Prabhupada, who has opened my darkened eyes with the torchlight of knowledge and i humbly pray that he may engage me in his transcendental service. Let us remember His divine appearance in this world by enlightening one another on his instructions. That is the true godbrotherhood- in the service of the spiritual master.

your servant Purujit Dasa

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