Preaching The Human Body is a Machine

Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Madhudvisa dasa | Full size image

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“I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

The body is a machine, like a motor car is a machine. I am within this body as the driver is within the motor car.

Now the motor car has many needs. It needs gas, it needs oil, it needs to have it’s tires pumped up and so on. But if one forgets the driver in the car and simply concentrates on the machine and the needs of the machine the driver will not be satisfied.

He will be sitting in the car starving. Because the food of the driver is different from the food of the car. You can not feed the driver gas. His food is different.

So we are the driver of this body. This body has so many needs, but these bodily needs are different from our needs, we are the driver of the body, the soul within the body, “the ghost in the machine…”

So our idea is to satisfy the bodily needs only as much as necessary to maintain the body in a healthy condition and spend the rest of our time and energy in spiritual activities which help us to reawaken our original spiritual consciousness, these are our real needs, the needs of the soul.

It is not that we do not eat, or sleep, or have sex or defend, but these things are done in a regulated way to maintain the body in a healthy condition. But as the motor car is simply a vehicle which is meant to transport the driver to his destination, we see this material body as a vehicle which can be used to transport the driver–the soul–to his ultimate destination: back home, back to Godhead.

If we spend all our time trying to satisfy the senses of our body we will waste all our time and energy in this way and become completely distracted from the real purpose of life which is to get out of this material world and get back home to the spiritual world where we will get an eternally youthful spiritual body full of knowledge and full of pleasure… Then we will really be happy…

Please let me know what you think.

Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

Madhudvisa dasa

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638 Responses to “I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

  1. Anup says:

    Loved the analogy. Thanks.

    • ankit says:

      hare krsna danvat pranam prabhu m glad for u that u takin trouble for reviving the fallen soul by given ur mercy thank u

      regarding the above verse i agreed with u that we r the spirit soul and the body is material, this body belongs to this material world and we spirit soul r part and parcel of super soul that is krsna himself this body is like driver (soul)siting in a car(body) we have to maintain this body to spread hare krsna movement worldwide. we r maintaining this body by various material ways,,

      jai radhe……….

    • VARUN GARG says:

      Hare krishna .
      prabhu g…..
      thanx for enlightning me. you are absolutely right , we
      are waisting our energy to maintain our body . we r just maintaing the car but not the driver..
      thank you very much…
      Hare Krishna

  2. sujata says:

    Hare Krsna

    It is abstract though the end is justified. what do you advice those who have committed mistakes when they fail to check the doings related to the body? i have read that maya is strong. how is one suppose to move on when all he thinks is guilt

    thank you

    • sumit says:

      If one is able to realize that one has committed mistakes that realization will prevent him or her from committing those mistakes again .Look forward to life and think of making our self strong enough to get over the feeling of guilt.If we cannot take care of our body and ourselves then ask yourself, who you can take care of .

    • anil kumar says:

      Hi JAIGURUDEVA(HARE KRISHNA).Forget all the mistakes which u have made before.U came to know that I had done a mistake.At that time u dont know that u r doing the mistakes,that means u have mixed up with it.But now u came to know that this is a mistake.So by this u can understand that u are differenr from it.So from now onwords forget all the things which u have done and be sharanam(surrender)to one and only god.It is really true which has been told by Lord SRI KRISHNA in “bagavat-gita-18th adyayam,66th slokam” “sarva dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja aham tvam sarva papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah”.This is the true words told by Lord Krishna.So we should not fear for the things which happened sofar.From now onwards we should not do such things and always we should surrender(saranam) to god.

    • lakshmanan says:

      your suggestion more observe thankyou

  3. Anand says:

    Right you are as usual. If you look at all the worldly books out there, you will see the tendency to force the body to give you as much pleasure as you can squeeze out. There are many books out there on improving sex life, seduction, etc. Even the “good” self improvement books, though they may contain some gold, have this general tendency and don’t include God in the process of self improvement.

    I think that the main key to success is, of course, Lord Krishna. We must endeavor to practice Brahmacharya in our personal lives and become examples to society. This can be done if we regulate our lives around Krishna by chanting His name, reading His words, and serving Him.

  4. sskumar says:

    well.
    We first need to recognize and realize by continuously practicing the truth in our life.
    The truth is “I am the Spirit-Soul and not this body”.
    Also the Spirit is self contained and has no need. If we start living with the self instead of the body we will really experience this truth.
    If we can realize this truth we will never follow the body nor the world.

    When you look at a dish you liked so much, you will not be attracted since you will be aware of the truth that you are not the body but you are the spirit soul.

    You are completely filled. There is no want or desire for the spirit soul since you are unlimited just as god.
    You are entire and part of the GOD.

    You will truly live with the self if you start practicing this.

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      You have made some very nice points in your article and in principle I agree with you to a certain point.

      However, your description is not complete. You are saying that if we are aware we are not the body, but we are actually the soul, that will be sufficient to free us from all wants and desires since we will be “completely filled.”

      Actually if we are siimply aware that we are not the body, but that we are the soul, we will not be satisfied, we will not be completely filled, and we will not be able to rid ourselves of our material attachments.

      We are all persons eternally and we need to have relationships and activities. In the material world these relationships and activities are a source of so many problems and troubles for us. Therefore there are many philosophers who suggest, like yourself, that if we give up these attachments and relationships, with the understanding that we are not the body but the spirit soul, then we will be completely filled and have no want or desire.

      This simply does not work in practice. We, as spirit souls, will always have want and desire. This can not be eliminated, it is an integral part of our existence. You may be able to supress it for some time by performing austerity, the the want and desire will remain.

      In Krishna consciousness we accept that this want and desire and our relationships with others will continue, and the process of Krishna consciousness is to transform everything so it is connected to Krishna. You mentioned a nice dish, some tasty food. You can not avoid food. The body needs it for it’s maintenance. But the philosophers with the idea you have presented try to avoid eating tasty food and try to minimize their eating, but they still have the desire to enjoy the tasty dish…

      The real solution to this is to cook the tasty dish not for ourselves, but for Krishna. Then we can offer Krishna the tasty dish, and after He enjoys it we can take prasadam.

      So our eating can not be eliminated actually, but our eating can be spiritualized if we cook for Krishna and only eat the prasadam of Krishna.

      Relationships will continue, but as devotees we develop relationships with Krishna and Krshna’s devotees.

      We can never be impersonal, we can never be desireless, we can never be free from wanting something. So in Krishna consciousness we have relationships with Krishna and Krishna’s devotees, we are always desiring to serve Krishna by serving Krishna’s pure devote, Srila Prabhupada, and we want to see this Krishna consciousnes movement spread all over the world because this is the only thing that will make people happy.

      So as devotees we have relationships, we have desires, and we want things, we even enjoy the nice foodstuffs after they have been offered to Krishna. So for us everything is there and this is the real state of being completely filled.

      As for your last point, that we are unlimited like God. That is insanity.

      We are limited in so many ways. You get a toothache and have to run off to the dentist to get it fixed. But you are claiming that you are unlimited like God? God has to run off to the dentist to get his toothache fixed? I don’t think so.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • srikant says:

        It is very easy to say I am not this body, but we have to realize that we are not this body, We are really spirit soul.

        When the whole world is revolving around enjoying the body, to become realized that i am not this body and stay in that consciousness all the time is not so easy.

        It is only possible when we become Perfect in our chanting of Hare Krishna Mantra and by the grace of Sri Guru and the mercy of Sri chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that we can realize, i am not this body and stay in that consciousness all the time.

        Somehow if we can come to this point of realization that i am not this body, then it is a great achievement on the path back home–Back to godhead.

      • Gayathry says:

        How can it be said that God and Jiva are one ? Where does that oneness come from ? At one point we are limited to the activities of the body …. But if I start thinking then also my mind is limited to the imagination of the world … What is the space and darkness which I see when I close my eyes ? Why do I see light only when I open my eyes ? U can’t call that darkness inside my eyes as ignorance as I get many ideas to get along in the world or you may …. but I need explanation …

        HARE KRSNA
        Gayathry

  5. Anurag says:

    Hi,

    I completely believed in the analogy so far. However we also have to understand and accept what we experience because what we experience is the real teacher and cant be wrong.

    My personal experience has disappointed me and actually says there is nothing like spiritual world. The reason……I prayed a lot to GOD everyday for my mother who was only a little ill. She was just 47 and suddenly passed away in Dec’08 when no one was expecting this to happen. I had earlier gone to Shirdi (I believed in Sai Baba and Hanuman also). As such I have been praying to GOD for last 10-12 years and always believed in what you are saying.

    Even my mother did but what result. She couldn’t even see her grand daughter who was also born 20 days before she passed away.

    I have some questions: Why did GOD didnt even give her some time to enjoy when it was her time to enjoy especially after my father abandoned us some years back? Why doesnt GOD help people who beg for crust of bread everyday? If duration of life is fixed why do we go to doctors? If we are incarnations why have we forgotten our previous lives? Where are souls and GOD, who has seen them?

    I am unable to accept that there is no GOD but this incident actually says that there is nothing as such.

    Please help me with above questions.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Anurag

    • Athidena Krishna Dasa says:

      Dear Anurag,
      Indeed it is sad that your mother passed away at a very young age.Kindly note one thing very clearly that this life is very temporary and when death comes nobody will be knowing.In Mahabharath we see the episode of Abhimanu, who is closely related to Krishna, dying at such a young age and in such adharma way.The destinies are fixed we can’t help.
      So for everyone death is a thing which cannot be avoided .
      This life is meant for realizing that we are not body but “Athma”, the spirit and the body is a means to realize the God, who has created this universe, whole universe.
      Krishna says in the Bhaghavat Gita, You surrender to me, I will take care of you. Taking care includes evrything. We should have undeterred faith in Him.While praying if we keep on asking for fulfillment of desires, for satisfying our senses, there is no end to our miseries because desires do keep on increasing.
      Leave everything to God and we should come to stage when we say we live for Krishna and our life is to get His mercy, then automatically all miseries even if are present, they will not bother us. Practically we will not care for the materialistic things in such conditioned minds. Because we take everything as the mercy shown by God.
      Pl start to realize why God has given this body to us? Is it for eating, drinking and enjoying? or something else.
      Hare Krishna,
      Your Servant
      Athidena Krishna Dasa

      • Yanushka Gupta says:

        How effective is chanting the Mahamanthra in the fast approaching Golden Age ?Is it as effective as silent meditation ,the awakening of the third eye ?

      • Venkatesh S.Deshpande says:

        Hare Krishna,
        Thanks for your E-mail,

        The example given by you of motorcar for explaining the needs of body & needs of soul(Atma) is very appropriate & very convincing.It is the simplest way that you have explained that food of body & food of soul is different.
        To maintain the physical fitness of body one needs to nurture the body. While nurturing the body one should not forget soul of the body & it needs also to be nurtured by doing spiritual activities daily & consistantly.
        It is also important that one should do spiritual activities without putting ahead any material desires.Simplest Spiritual activity is to surrender completely to Krishna & do remember krishna every moment,pray him regularly without asking any faours from him.

  6. forouz says:

    Dear Sir

    The example you have given about the soul and the body is fantastic. It makes me understand precisely about my functions in this world. It is amusing to know that we are not these bodeis. I have come to realize this fact through reading “Bhagavadgita as it is”, also through the teachings of my spiritual teacher. I hope by reading your newsletter I can have more pracatical ways to remember god in all moments of my daily life.
    Thank you

  7. Ashish says:

    I have been reading the newsletters sent by you regularly that too not once but two-three times. However, I need to know one thing. Can’t the explanation in the article be accompanied with the chapter number and the paragraph/verse number, so that I can also ready that part from the Bagwad Gita that I have with me. I have told you earlier that I have the copy of ‘Bagwat Gita as it is’ both in English and Hindi. It will be of great help. Please do let me know on this.

    • It is a very good idea, I will do it in the future. So far all the newsletters are just based on the Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita As It Is by Srila Prabhupada. I think there will be one or two more from the introduction and then I will start going through the Gita systematically from the first chapter to the eighteenth chapter. I will make sure to note the verse numbers as you suggest.

  8. abhishek says:

    I liked the way you make me understand with a very simple yet very powerful example. I am chanting Mantra not every day on the beads, but almost every day while taking bath and driving my bike towards the office and while coming back from office. It gives me confidence and peace to chant the mantra and what I have felt once I start chanting the name I enjoy it too much. I just cannot stop it, it keeps repeating in my mind and keeps coming back on my Tung. I want to progress more in this direction I please keep guiding me through your newsletters
    Hare Krsna
    Abhishek bhardwaj

  9. subramanian.p.s. says:

    very nice explanation about the soul and the body.As you explained, one must feed food to the body to keep healthy,so that we can think about the lord by chanting his nama without thinking about the body needs.In my opinion before we do anything like taking food or even when we start anything in this material world, offer that to the lord and start.

  10. Arun kumar says:

    HARE KRSNA prabhuji.
    Thank u so much for sending me mails about BHAGAVAT-GITA.
    They r really very interesting and inspiring.
    I know abt KC and im trying to follow it.
    I came to know abt KC with the help one pure devotee by name vamshi prabhuji who stays at ISKCON temple in Abids.
    Im feeling very happy that LORD is showing so much mercy on me.
    I will definitely read ur mails daily so that i can advance quickly in KC

  11. Rahul Awasthi says:

    JAI SHRI KRISHNA

    Thanks for sending me mails Madhudvisa Dasa JI… Pls sending me mails…

    JAI SHRI KRISHNA…….

  12. Gabriel says:

    I have actually realize this after analyzing very objectively.Thank you very much for reminding me.Hari om tat sat.

  13. kunaldutt says:

    hare krishna Madhudvisa dasaji, thanks for the third letter wherein stress has been laid on satisfaction of the soul by being a servitor to lord rather than gratifying our senses.jai shri krishna.

  14. gianni says:

    hare om everyboby and everysoul special tanks to Madhudvisa for find time to interact with our soul and to send me back this message which make me think about us body”a car”, and our soul”the driver”livin together on the same planet sharing the same time.We need to callout the driver is in all of us before we can disinstall the autopilot we all equiped with. we all got one driver even if they all come from different position on the universe.i feel the key of success is to reconize us driver and let workout together in armony for all of us.tanks to all yours driver,is very good feeling to drive together.hari om Krishna

  15. sakthipratheep says:

    Its very useful prabhu.. thank you prabhuji.. hare krishna

  16. Aruna says:

    Dear Prabhu Madhudvisa Ji,

    Hare Krsna!

    Many thanks for your wonderful emails regarding B.Gita. May Lord Krsna Always Bless and Guide you to help people at large become Krsna Conscious. I know ISKCON since 11 years but I’m still facing obstacles regarding Bhakti Life because my husband is not 100% Krsna Conscious. I feel happy only in the Loving Service of the Supreme. Sometimes I feel like giving up family life and serve only Krishna. What will you advise me Prabhuji?
    Thanks a lot for your help.
    God Bless You!
    Best & Kind Regards,
    Aruna

    • 100% Krishna conscious is not so easy. You should stay with your husband and family and serve Krishna like that, with your family. There will always be obstacles in the path of devotional service. Don’t think that if you leave your family magically all obstacles will disappear. No. It is not like that. By your nice service to Krishna, by you cooking nice foodstuffs and offering them to Krishna and then distributing to your family, your family will make spiritual advancement. Woman needs to be with her husband. And no husband is perfect. Of course Krishna is perfect husband, but for the time being you have your duty with your family and you should become Krishna consciousness in the position that you are in. There is no need for us to change our position to become Krishna conscious.

      • vivekananda says:

        What if your family is divided? if the wife is a christian and she hates every thing about Krishna, then WHAT the husband should do?

        • Hare Krishna Vivek.

          We are in Kali Yuga. Kali Yuga means “the age of quarrel and hypocrisy.” So we have to expect that if we want to take to Krishna consciousness seriously there will be so many objections even by the family members. The answer to all these problems of what to do is always the same. We have to become Krishna conscious. So in any condition of life, inspite of all opposition and difficulties from many sources, we have to go on with our regular business of serving Krishna by chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krsihna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, and by reading Srila Prabhuapda’s books and by following the regulative principles. Krishna consciousness is very powerful and if we actually do this chanting and follow the regulative principles and read Srila Prabhupada’s books gradually we will see Krishna working wonderfully in our lives to adjust everything so we can serve Him very nicely.

          We have nothing against Christ or Christians, so you can also encourage your wife in serving God in the way she understands Him, and she will gradually realize that the “God” who the Christians speak of but have no actual idea about who He is or where He lives or what He looks like is actually Krishna. There is no harm that she is praying to Jesus and to God in the Christian way and you should encourage her also in this way, and simply remain firm and fixed up in your chanting of Hare Krishna and reading Prabhuapda’s books. And by the power of Krishna through your chanting your wife will also benefit and she will gradually relize that it is Krishna that Jesus is speaking about when he talks of his father in heaven…

      • anubhav says:

        Dear Madhudvisa all my friends are Atheists and they persist that there is no self and after death there is only eternal oblivion.How could this be?we are taught we have only one Goal as human beings “moksha” from material world but unlike other schools of Hinduism Gaudiya vaishanivism teaches that the final goal of souls who have attained moksha is Vaikunta the eternal abode of Krishna/Vishnu.I chant 1000 names of Vishnu everyday and consider myself a vaishnava but could you please explain me the nature of the spiritual world and the meaning of moksha? Regards. Anubhav

  17. sudip says:

    hari krishna

    i read of your mail i am very thanking you

    soory my engish is very poor

  18. ramu says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji
    Thanks you for sending mail again
    I read it and enjoyed
    I waiting next letter
    please don’t stop for sending mail
    Thanks you very much

  19. alex says:

    Dear Prabhu,

    Many thanks for your e-mails. Most of us live in christian countries, wherein preaching the message of Srila Prabhupada becomes a little difficult specially with fundamentalists. Their argument is basically based in many passages of the Bible (New Testament) in which Jesus’ sacrifice is described as the only way to God, or “only Jesus saves”, “Jesus is the way”, “Jesus died for our sins”,etc. He commanded also to spread his message to the whole world (Matt.28:19,20), and that includes of course India.

    Srila Prabhupada and some devotees have written more or less on the subject. We can not deny the historical and spiritual influence of Jesus in the whole world even 2009 years after he came to this planet, so I think these are the main reasons why most people do not get interested in “other gospel”.

    Anyway, I would like to hear your opinion specifically on the bible passages which claim exclusiveness for Jesus.

    Haribol,
    Alex.

    • Hare Krishna Alex Prabhu

      Preaching to the fundemental Christians is not very important and not a very good idea. There is no point in preaching to someone who is not interested in what you have to say and will not accept anything you say. You have to find people who are at least a little bit interested in understanding something about Krishna and who are prepared to consider what you have to say.

      These fanatical Christians have reduced a great deal over the years. I joined ISKCON in 1986 and back then there were a lot more than there are now. So they are dwindling, dying out, because for all their talk about Jesus, they are not actually serious about following the instructions of Jesus in the Bible.

      We do not preach on the Bible. The Bible is written 2,000 years ago, the Vedas are written down 5,000 years ago but have existed since the beginning of time. Whatever is in the Bible we have it in far more detail in Bhagavad Gita and in Srimad Bhagavatam. And any thoughtful person will realize this if they simply read the Bhagavad Gita. That is why Srila Prabhuapda stressed this book distribution so much. So there is no point talking about the Bible, rather we should spend our time introducing people to the Bhagavad Gita.

      Any sincere Christian, upon reading the Bhagavad Gita, will see that this it the original pure message that Jesus Christ was presenting. In reality the message of Jesus Christ is lost in the Christian world, but thoughtful Christians can have access to the real message of Jesus Christ in the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

      Fanatical Christians we simply ignore. They will not listen when they are fanatical like that. So give them some prasadam, you can say “Dear Sir, it is a pleasure to meet you and I am so inspired you are so dedicated to Jesus Christ, have one of these sweet balls and chant Hare Krishna,” and let them go on their way and talk to someone else about Krishna who is actually interested in hearing about Krishna.

      There are no “Christian countries,” there is no country that is following the teachings of Jesus Christ at all. And the people in general are not very fanatical about Christianity any more, any thoughtful person, even in these so-called “Christian countries” is prepared to consider what Krishna has to say in the Bhagavad Gita if it is presented to him nicely.

      So yes, we have all respect for Lord Jesus Christ, but his “followers” are not following him actually. That is the problem with Christianity, and also any thoughtful Christian can see this.

      Overall there is so much potential for preaching Krishna consciousness in these “Christian countries” particularly when they Christrians realise we are not preaching another gospel. What Lord Jesus Christ preached was Krishna consciousness, presented in a way the people of his time could understand and appreciate. But over time Christrians have lost the plot.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • Bob says:

        Thank you for such a thoughful reply! It’s so refreshing to hear the truth that so many Christians have lost the essence of Christ’s message. I also love the way the Krisna movement accepts the teachings of Christ and equates him with Krishna. Jesus was just another incarnation of the divine, wether it be Brahman, God as the christians depict him, or Krisna as his father and the source of his divinity is really not important. What matters is that the origins of these avatars is the Godhead itself and the Godhead can be celibrated in any form.

  20. Alex says:

    Thank you.

  21. alex says:

    Dear Madhudvisa,

    Many thanks for your response on christianity. I see that devotees of Krishna do not consider the whole Bible as revealed scripture, perhaps only parts of it.

    Regarding some devotees who live with people who hate everything about Krishna, I think this situation causes anxiety or difficulty on each other and it reminds me what Srila Prabhupada said in the purport for Chapter 12 verse 15 in the Gita that ” no one is put into difficulty, anxiety, fearfulness or disatisfaction by such a devotee”.

    Don’t you think that the safer course is to separate if a husband, mother, father, or wife, etc. hates everything about Krishna????

    Hare Krishna,
    Alex.

    • Dear Alex

      Hare Krishna! We have nothing against the Bible, but the Vedic scriptures do give a more comprehensive description of the science of God for sure.

      You know in the material world most people are trying for sense gratification. So when a devotee tries to serve Krishna these people who are working for sense gratification may become a little disturbed. What can be done about that? But someone who is a family man, he has his wife and his children, he has his responsibilities. It is not good for him to just leave his responsibilities like that.

      Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is very merciful. He is called “Patita Pavana,” it means the deliverer of the most fallen. So everyone is eligable for the mercy of Lord Caitanya. So if one has family members who are against Krishna, then over time that can change also. By the power of sankirtan, by the power of prasadam, by the power of good association, by the power of Krishna, anything is possible.

      So we should not be to anxious to leave an apparently difficult situation. Most probably Krishna has put us into that position for a reason and we have some service to do there.

      This idea that the material world can be a happy, comfortable, peaceful place is not really a realistic understanding of the nature of the material world.

      Actually everywhere we go we will find difficulties. So there is no guarantee that on leaving this situation he may not find himself in an even more difficult situation.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • ananya says:

        Pranam guruji, all glories to our sri. Guru HIS DIVINE GRACE AC BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA MAY YOU ACHIEVE perfection in this life and go back to your home guruji i have one question , is it ok for me to share the book, BHAGAVAT GITA AS IT IS IN PDF FORM ??? Sometimes i feel inferior whn sharing. With them ,i feel lik they are happy without it. I feel lik i am unnecessarily sharing with them,because i am giving them without. Their asking,overall i am feeling inferior pls guruji help me,

        • Hare Krishna Ananya

          Thank you very much for your blessings. I need them very much..

          As far as sharing Bhagavad-gita As It Is PDF file, yes, certainly you can share it. But best thing is not just to send it but to first talk with the person about Krishna consciousness and Srila Prabhupada and the Bhagavad-gita and try to get the person to become curious and interested to read the Bhagavad-gita. This is the art of book distribution. Not that we just throw the books out on the street. But we have to talk to the people and try and get them interested in reading the books. And then once you have given someone the PDF then later on you can mention to them if they have started reading and what have they read and what they think about it, etc. It is a nice way to engage in some Krishna katha, talks about Krishna, with them.

          So I think there is not so much point of trying to give Prabhupada’s books to people without asking them, without talking to them first. It may be occasionally successful in some very rare cases, but I think generally if you just send someone a PDF file of Gita like this, they will usually not read it. But if you personally talk to them about it and can somehow convince them about the importance of the book and can let them know what sorts of benefits they can get by reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is, etc, then I think many more people that you send the PDF file to will read it. And that is what we want. We want the people to actually read Srila Prabhupada’s books.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  22. Jarle says:

    Haribol ,Prabhu.
    In my younger days when I was fit and healthy and going out on the sankirtana book distribution carrying a bag of Shastras on my shoulder and a pile of books in my hands(I found that carrying a big pile was very effective to impress the public people so they’ll take some books), I took to exercise my inner belly muscles with situps and a method called Pilates. Then an older sankirtan devotee told me to stop and do that as to not get too attach to my body. I did follow his advise. I stopped doing all exersice. So after some years my back and left knee started to hurt a bit.Later after some more years one day my back just gave in and got what the doctors call a prolaps in the lower spine. My left knee got all stiff too. A very painfull and slow healig condition that I still struggle with. I know this is my own karma from the past coming back to me. As it is today,I cannot walk around with anything heavy in my hands, nor can I walk for long on flat roads. I get a bit sad about it sometimes and thinking I should not have listened to that devotee and what he told me even when he was only wishing me well. Than still my muscles would have been strong enough to carry a full grown fat man, not to speak of a pile of books. I have accepted my condition and I am not complaining about it, but I do think about this devotee sometimes and I feel I am making offence when I think like that. Anyway I do regret that I didn’t close my ears only for that certain moment and kept on doing my training thing. So it is important to think for oneself sometimes and not only follow blindly the advice of wellwishers. Krishna has special lessons for everyone in person, no doubt.
    Ki Jay . All Glories to Srila Prabhupad.
    Jarle

    • Hare Krishna Jarle Prabhu. All glories to Srila Prabhuapda! All glories to your service!

      It is not that stopping the pilates caused your problems. Your body is getting old. It happens to every body. We like to imagine that we can stay young forever in this material body but it is not possible. I guarantee that if you had kept up the pilates that would not have stopped your body from gettting old. You would still be having so many problems with your body. So please do not blame your old age on your fellow devotee.

      Krishna consciousness is full of very good exercise but it should be done also not recklessly. We have to consider that our bodies are not ours actually, they are Krishna’s and they have been given to us by Krishna to serve Krishna, so we do need to look after them. So it is better on sankirtan to be practical about these things and organize it so we don’t have to carry around huge weights all day that may in the long run cause problems with our bodies. But still our bodies will get old. There is no stopping that.

      But you are very correct that “It is important to think for oneself sometimes.” Actually we should not blindly accept anything. We should always be checking with Srila Prabhuapda and checking with Krishna if this is actually the right thing. Of course if we find actually a pure devotee of Krishna it is safe to accept whatever he says as the absolute truth, even then we have to think about it and try to understand it and put forward intelligent questions to help clear our doubts.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  23. christina bandy says:

    I liked to hear and be reminded of that we aren’t our bodies because as a woman we are trained to believe that only our bodies really matter. I feel accepted or rejected at the slightest weight gain or loss and that is really sad. Sometimes I forget that there is more to me than how I appear to others. I make it a goal to read the Bhagavad Gita every day to nourish my soul.
    Thanks for reminding me how important that really is.

  24. Guru says:

    Are doing poojas and keeping food in front of krishna’s statue are spiritual progress?

  25. Dr Aatish says:

    very true!

  26. vedavathy says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    Your message gives a core idea of the human life and the very purpose of our existence and i do agree with whatever you have said in this article.Its so easy to say, i am not this body. It is also a fact that one has to realize in this birth. But, do we really accept it?? is my question.

    The other day, one of my relative passed away.. In a spiritual way, i know that she is no more because the sole has gone out of her body and it takes birth somewhere else as something or somebody else, i mean its the time for the spirit sole to shift itself from the old body to the new one, just like how we change our clothes…is my understanding as i have understood the same from the reading of bhagwad gita…

    But, the impact of material entanglement is so much on our life that we just don’t want to accept the reality and keep doing many things recklessly..
    Rather than accepting the fact that the sole is eternal, we keep crying in front of the dead… why do we do so, why are we so attached, Is there a way to come out of this? If there, what is that and how one can control the thoughts.. please let me know..

    Awaiting for your spiritual support!

    Vedavathy..

    • Yes. It is difficult. It takes time to get over these things, even we know it philosophically, when it actually happens naturally we feel distressed. But we can take comfort in the fact that the soul is eternal and she is not dead… This is the nature of the material world, we come together with a group of other people and become attached to them and then by the force of time we are separated and that is very painful. But this is the reality of the material world. Painful. So it also should be an impetus for us to take to the spiritual part seriously so we do not have to return back to the material world after the death of our body.

  27. Anubhavananda dasa says:

    Pranams Madhuvisa prabhu,

    Very nice explanation prabhu of the teachings of Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita. You nicely explain how Krishna consciousness is a most practical way to take care of our body and soul. We don’t have to neglect our bodily needs niether can we. We need to gradually cultivate the knowledge from the Bhagavad-gita that our soul is us and therefor more important than our body so we must do what we can to keep our soul progressing back to Godhead. And Krishna definitely gives us practical instructions how to do that. Ultimately Prabhupada said the only hope for society as a whole is to be guided by a Krishna conscious national leader, in this way even very foolish people who just don’t care for spiritual life would also make agyata sukrti simply by cooperating with the Krishna conscious king or president. No one would be able to help but make very positive progress back to home back to Godhead.
    This is part of the reason Prabhupada stressed mass book distribution and prasadam distribution. Because just a small part of the population becoming Krishna conscious could save the whole future of a nation.
    So we desperately need such potent preachers that can convince very influencial people in society to become Krishna consciouse. Because people tend to follow such people like George Harrison did so much even though he wasn’t the strictness model of a ideal vaishnava.
    So the power of Krishna conscious propaganda is like this when practiced in the form of public broadcasting of the philosophy and holy names of the Lord. When it is by a very famous person in society. So nothing we do in Krishna consciousness ever goes invane. So in this way we need to study the Bhagavad-gita to understand very scrutinisingly what progresses us on the spiritual path. Ultimately nothing is more potent than just repeating what Prabhupada preached to us. Most importantly the chanting should never stop for ourselves and others on the streets. And distributing Prabhupada’s books is the most powerful way of spreading Krishna’s names and Krishna consciousness.

    your eternal servant,

    Anubhavananda dasa

  28. srividya says:

    Dear sir,
    There are many people around us who make fun of the 80,000 wives of srikrishna and write him opff asa womanizer. There are siddha doctors, who read verses from ancient siddha texts to prove that krishna himself prepared potions called manmada rasayaman to retain his youthfulness and couple with many women on the same day. Out of our inability to retaliate, we keep quiet and listen to all this. What answer do u have for such people?

    • Hare Krishna Sri Vidya. It is very difficult to understand Krishna. These pastimes of Krishna in the Tenth Canto are very confidential. And mundane men will misunderstand them. The only way they can be understood is by being heard submissively from the lips of a pure devotee. There is really no way these people can understand Krishna. It is not so easy to understand Krishna. When they hear that Krishna had 16,108 wives they will naturally be surprised. But Krishna built each wife a separate palace and in the evening time He entered into each wife’s palace simultaneously. We need to become pure devotees of Krishna and actually not discuss the confidential pastimes of Krishna with these people who can not appreciate them. India is full of “Swamis” discussing Krishna confidential pastimes and turning them into sex literature. So all meaning of spiritual life and Krishna consciousness is lost to these people. It isa gradual process to become Krishna consciousness and if people are to understand Krishna they have to accept the process of saddhana bhakti and follow it. Otherwise you can not convince them by some argument of the true nature of Krishna.

  29. Karen says:

    I have been aware of Krishna consciousness since 1967. Srila Prabhupada came to Rochester NY and I met him and some of the Krishnas at that time. I became very serious about it. I was 17. An attempt was made to force me apart from it by school and mom but came back to realizatrion in 1997. No one will ever take away Krishna once he has presented to you. He claims his own. I know about “I am not this body”. I have most of the literature. I have Bhagavad Gita and have read the life of Lord Caitanya and Srimad Bhagvatam. I have read many of the other works of Srila Prabhupada.I have been aware of Krishna since childhood but Maya’s veil is thick and obstructive. It is too much to say. It can only be lived and experienced.

    Hari Krishna!

  30. william says:

    I HAV JUST COME BACK FROM A CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE VICAR SAID THAT IF A MAN IS A DRUNKURD HE SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH,,,SO WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE AND SELL ALCHAHOL,SHOULDNT THEY BE PUT TO DEATH ALSO,,,?…NOW, I AM AN ALCHAHOLIC AND ONE OF GODS CHILDREN,,SO SHOULD I BE PUT TO DEATH? I HAVE HAD BOOZE IN MY LIFE FOR MOST OF MY LIFE THANX TO MY FAMILY AND FREINDS AND THE SOCIETY I HAVE LIVED IN,SO IS THAT MY FAULT? I HAVE TRYED TO STOP BUT I AM PHYSICALY DEPENDANT ON IT:::::::I HATE THIS WORLD SO MUCH THAT I DRINK TO NUMB THE PAIN…IS THAT A CRIME? AND EVEN IF I AM PUT TO DEATH FOR SWALLOWING SOME LIQIUD WELL HEY THEN I WILL BE FREE FROM THE DEVILS WORLD….AND IF IF IS GOOD TO KILL ONE OF GODS CHILDREN FOR DRINKING ALCHAHOL WHEN JEHOVAH HIMSELF SAID IT ISNT A CRIME THEN SO BE IT….HOW CAN A VICAR HAVE MORE POWER THAN GOD?

    • Hare Krishna William. Yes. Drinking is a sin certainly. But really what would be the point of putting drunks to death? That is not the solution to anything. If your child is very sick and suffering and you take him to the doctor and doctor says, “I can immediately stop his suffering by killing him,” then what sort of a doctor is he. He is not a doctor at all, he is murderer. The same goes for your priest. The real business of a priest is to give the people who come to him good advice and guide them in such a way that they become purified and are able to give up all their bad habits like drinking. We all have bad habits, we all perform sinful activities, so if we are to take this philosophy of killing sinners then practically we will have to kill everyone. And what would that achieve? So this idea that your priest is speaking about is complete nonsense.

      These days there are a lot of priests and gurus who are completely bogus. They are speaking on their own authority, not simply repeating the messages coming from God. But they do not realise they have no authority to speak like this.

      Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Krishna Himself, in a different mood, appeared in India 500 years ago. Lord Caitanya is described as patita pavana gaura hari, it means He is the friend of the most fallen, the friend of the most sinful. So really, now, to become a devotee, a follower of Lord Caitanya even the biggest sinners are qualified. But on the condition that they agree to give up their sinful ways and engage in the service of Krishna.

      There are two things here. One is giving up the sinful activity. But it is not possible to give up these things unless we have something better to take their place. So we need to become attached to Krishna, become attached to chanting Hare Krishna, become attached to serving Krishna, become attached to eating Krishna prasadam. This is the positive side. The more we become attached to Krishna the less we will be attached to maya. So even if we are the most fallen if we simply try to become attached to Krishna under the direction of Krishna’s pure devotee, then automatically we will become detached from all sinful things. This is really the only way to give up completely these addictions like drinking alcohol. We need a higher taste, we have to experience something better, and really the spiritual taste you can experience from serving Krishna is truly amazing. There is no comparison to it in any activity at all in the material world. So we need to get that spiritual taste, and automatically our taste for material things will disappear..

  31. chandrasekhar says:

    dear sir

    the example of car and driver is apt but to my mind appears an over simplification.

    the car & the driver can easily be seen with our own eyes as two seperate identities with differing needs etc.

    but the body & soul , for a lay man , is one & the same . Even though numerous examples are traditionally given to prove the point that body & soul are different, to realise this and practise it on a day-to-day basis appears daunting. SriKrishna, has perhaps , intentionally kept this shrouded in Maya. But why has He done this ? What is the joy He gets by keeping people hopelessly under the influence of His own Maya. Is this called His Leela ?

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Chandrasekhar. It is not Krishna who is keeping us covered by maya. We are covering ourselves by maya. We are covered over because of the unlimited sinful activities we have performed life after life. Krishna is giving us the process, in the form of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, how we can get uncovered very simply just by chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. But generally we are not really very interested in chanting Hare Krishna. So Krishna is being very merciful. He is giving us a very simple way to become free from maya, but we refuse to accept this way and continue with our sinful ways. This is not Krishna’s lila. It is nothing to do with Krishna. It a result of us misusing our independence and coming to the material world to try and enjoy separately from Krishna. So please do not blame Krishna for our mistakes. Krishna is always trying to help us. But that help is giving us information that we all have an eternal loving relationship with Krishna, and Krishna is asking us to surrender to Him, to serve Him, but He is not forcing us to do it. He has given us limited independence. So we are covered and suffering in maya not because Krishna wants us to be, but because we have turned our backs on Krsihna and do not want to listen to His advice…

      • ananya says:

        Pranam guruji,all glories to our gurudev HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C BHAKTIVEDANTA SRILA PRABHUPADA ,guruji i have one question – originaly we are all pure, then why do we come down to earth ?? And is it true that the moment. We come down to earth we get contaminated,then al these -false ego lobhah,kama krodhah comes to existence??guruji u said that it is we who are bewildered by Maya but father Maya is the external energy of Krishna according to BHAGAVAT GITA AS IT IS,Then Krishna is indirectly bewildering us – so it is He who is helping the butcher to cut meat because he has that much intelligence,he cannot perform any higher task ,and again it is KRISHNA only who is helping the pujari to perform devotional service??,actually this question was asked by my clg teacher, a swami Vivekananda fan ,so pls kindly explain

        • Hare Krishna Ananya

          Yes. You are correct, originally we are all pure. We are all the same quality as Krishna, Krishna is param-brahman, and we are also brahman. So we are the same substance as Krishna, we have the same qualities as Krishna, but the difference is that Krishna is unlimited in every respect and we are unimaginably tiny in every respect.

          So, as we are like Krishna, and Krishna is supremely independent, we also have independence, but as we are very small, our independence is also limited. But we do have a certain amount of independence. Krishna is the Supreme Controller, the master. So although we are very tiny, and our natural constitutional position is to engage in the service of the great, or Krishna, because we do have a little independence then we can misuse that independence and instead of wanting to serve Krishna we can want to become the master, like Krishna. Of course this is not possible actually, because constitutionally Krishna is always very great and we are always very small. Krishna is always the master and we are always the servants of Krishna. That can not be changed. But still, as we are constitutionally the same as Krishna, by misusing our minute independence we may have the desire to reject Krishna and become the master ourselves.

          There is no place in the spiritual world for such rebellious souls. In the spiritual world everyone is serving Krishna in unlimited different capacities. So Krishna has created this material world to simultaneously allow us to fulfill our material desires to some extent and at the same time to educate us, to reform us, to teach us, that our only business is to serve Krishna.

          We, the jivas, the tiny living entities, are called the tatastha-shakti, it means the marginal energy of Krishna. The example given to explain this is the section of the beach that is sometimes covered by the water of the ocean when the tide is in and which is not covered by the water when the tide is out. So we are like that, we have the tendency to fall down. We have the tendency to be covered by the material energy.

          So because we are very small we always have this tendency to fall down. And you are right of course, maya is a servant of Krishna, she is a devotee. But her task is very thankless. She is like the policemen and we are like the criminals. The criminals are never happy to see the policemen. But still the policemen are employed by the government, even though they are not at all liked by the criminals.

          So we are criminals and this material world is a prison and we have been sent here, on one hand to get some facility to exercise our impossible desire to become happy without serving Krishna. But even though the illusion of this happiness is here in the material world we can never find the actual happiness here. The actual happiness is only available in the spiritual world. So whatever grand plans we make to become happy in the material world we make will all end in only suffering and frustration. That is the nature of the material world. We simply suffer here and an intelligent person, after enough suffering, will come to the conclusion that the only solution is to surrender to Krishna. And that is the purpose of the material world, to ultimately rectify us, the criminals, so that eventually we will again surrender to Krishna and go back home Back to Godhead.

          Yes. Krishna is sanctioning everyone’s actions. It does not mean that Krishna is the cause of everyone’s activities. We are not independent in the material world. We are acting under the direction of the three modes of material nature, and we are forced to act in a particular way by the three modes of material nature according to our karma, we get the reactions to the activities we have performed in this and in previous lives. So we have a big stock of karmic reactions stored up in our heart and they all have certain times when they will become ripe. It is like planting a seed. Different seeds have different periods of germination. So we have all these seeds of karma in our hearts and they are all growing and bearing fruits at different times so at those times we have to experience the reactions to these activities we have performed in the past.

          So although Krishna is sanctioning all our our activities, there is an English saying, “Not even a blade of grass moves without the sanction of God.” And that is true. And also it is Krishna is the one who is giving us remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. So all knowledge is coming from Krishna. Even for the atheist, if he wants some philosophy to explain how there is no God, then Krishna will give him that knowledge, Krishna will give him that philosophy. But Krishna is giving him what he wants. If one likes to eat meat then in the next life Krishna will give him a tigers body so he can very easily kill and eat animals.

          But you need to understand Krishna is fulfilling our desires. We are individuals, like Krishna is an individual living entity. Krishna is very great and we are very small, but we are individual living entities and we do have our own limited independence and desires. There is another English saying “Man proposes, God disposes” and that is very true also. We really can only desire something, the actual fulfillment of that desire is up to Krishna. So the butcher may want to kill an animal. That is the butcher’s desire. It is not Krishna’s desire. But the butcher is a butcher because of his karma and the animals he is killing are animals and are being killed by this butcher because of their karma. The whole thing is a very great complicated tapestry of karma. No one is independent in that sense. Once they are caught up in this web of karma. The butcher is forced to kill by his karma and the animals are forced to be killed by their karma. No one is in control. They are being controlled by the three modes of material nature.

          So in reality our independence comes down only to the choice between serving Krishna and serving maya. We are servants eternally. We can never be the master. Maya in this material world gives us the illusion that we can become the master but that is only an illusion. Materialists are never independent, they are completely controlled by the three modes of material nature. The butcher is forced to kill and the animals are forced to be killed. There is nothing they can do about it. That is their destiny.

          However they can at any point take to Krishna consciousness, surrender to Krishna, and that changes everything. So the only way out, the only escape from the control of the three modes of material nature, from the bondage of our karma, is by becoming Krishna consciousness. So even though Krishna consciousness means surrendering to Krishna, Krishna consciousness is really freedom…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • ananya misra says:

            father pranam
            all glories to our gurudeb his divine gace a.c bhaktibedanta swami prabhupada

            father pls tell me krishna says that- this soul is eternal this doesnot have past present and future, but i have a doubt our krishna is eternal but he has a past i mean i n past he came to this earth in different incarnation right in the same way the soul also take different bodies eachh time so how is it that it doesnot have a history??pls kindly explain also whn the soul is in the body what is its form is it male or female??

          • Krishna does not take material bodies like us. When Krishna appears in the material world He appears in His original spiritual body. Krishna does not have a material body like us. All of Krishna’s pastimes are going on constantly. It is called nitya-lila. It means right now in some universe Krishna’s birth, Janmastami is going on. To understand Krishna we have to become devotees of Krishna. Then these things are automatically revealed to us. So if you just chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day then you will become Krishna conscious and automatically you will understand everything. This is the way, this is the process. You have to surrender to the process and follow it and then you will understand everything. The process of becoming Krishna conscious is not asking me questions on Krishna.org. All I am trying to encourage you to do is chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, strictly follow the four regulative principles and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. And if you will just surrender to this and do it then by Srila Prabhupada’s mercy you will understand everything very clearly.

            We can know it for sure that if we are not chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly following the four regulative principles and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books daily then we are in maya, we are not in Krishna consciousness, and in maya it is not possible for us to understand anything about Krishna consciousness. But if we surrender to Srila Prabhupada and follow his instructions then automatically we will understand all these things and many more…

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

  32. Giri says:

    Hare Krishna Madhuvisa-dasa,

    I have recently signed up for this newsletter and it is such a pleasure to read your letters. I have read Sri Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita and immensely enjoyed it. I like your simple analogy of body with car and soul with the driver.

    Hare Krishna,
    Giri.

  33. santosh ghadi says:

    thank you maharaj for your wonderful letters. you said we are spirit soul wth spiritual bodyn we have came in this material worl with material body. so matrrial body as a car n soul as driver car has diffrent food driver has different food. whats food require for spiritual soul n how do we attain our spiritual body how bdoes spiritual body look like waiting for your reply

  34. RAKESH ARORA says:

    HARE KRISHNA
    I READ MAIL SEND BY PRABHU THROUGH YOU .GOD KNOWS SOMETHING ENTERED IN MY MIND IT IS OPENENIG OF SEARHING GOOD THINGS .ONE THING I WANT TO KNOW HOW WE CAN DO EVERY THING IN FAMILY LIFE COMPARING OUR PERENTS DID TIME HAS CHANGED TOO MUCH SEEING NECESSTIES OF LIFE NOW GENERATION IS COMPLETLY DIFFERENT THEN OUR TIME HOW TO PERFORM DUTIES
    RADHET RADHEY
    RAKESH YOUR DAS

  35. Meenakshi says:

    Hare Krishna Madhuvisa-dasaji,
    A very simple & easy to remember points to observe ourselves by moving apart from our body whenever our mind starts thinking of the body.
    Thank you so much
    Hare Krishna
    Meenakshi

    • sumit says:

      car is non living object and I feel that to move a non living object we need a living thing otherwise it cannot move .Same is with human body without soul it cannot move .what happens to human body when soul leaves the body it cannot move .So soul helps to move human body .

      HARE KRISHNA

      SUMIT

  36. Pan Bahadur Kshetry says:

    Sri Madhudvisa Dasa Prabhuji, Namaskar.

    You are absolutely right that the body is like a machine and I also believe on that. The body is changing every second i.e. the body before a second is not exactly what is it right now. There is no doubt that it is perishable. But to maintain it we have to give some fuel for it. But more importantly, as you have said, we have to feed our mind too. The real food for the mind is nothing other than the spirituality. Our sacred scriptures also declare that the mind is the cuase of salvation and bondage. So untill and unless we do not purify our mind we will not get salvation from the cycle of birth and death which is the cause of suffering.I strongly believe in the life after death and that is determined by our actions (Karmas). Therefor we are responsible for our next birth. Hare Krishna.

  37. ishwar says:

    Hare Krishna
    What u r saying Sir I m not understanding. What is the real purpose of our life tell I dont know & which home u r asking to go & how do u say that there is more happiness than there What thing u want to tell pls. reply clearly & pls also give me the re[ply of my previous question why is Arjuna so dear to Krishna
    Hare Ram

  38. khushboo says:

    hare krishna
    i hav understood so far and its really interestin to learn all this to stop oneself distracting from the world of demands…car and body is good example but still v being a living object,that is obvious k lookin at any things we are bound to attract to taht thing..so how can v stop ourself from that…

  39. Dianne says:

    Yes. I have been looking at my own life, my motives, actions, inner feelings, thoughts, in fact all aspects of my life, and looking at myself I can agree completely with the analogy given. If ‘feels’ right.

  40. Digbijay Paul says:

    I have been facing lots of problems in my life and happiness also. There was a time when I was not a believer in God at all. But do not how I started believing in God and became his devotee? Actually I had looked upon my life very annalyticaly. I found when I was happy I did not care about anything having not thought for a moment that this happyness is temporary and will vanish all of a sudden. It has been happening always with me and it happens with every living being also. It was then I realized when my girlfriend left me alone and unhappy. I wondered I love her very much why did she leave me? Then I started reading Bhagavat Gita and I am getting the answers. As I am finishing the chapters one by one I am getting all the answers easily and now I am getting relief from my pains gradually. Whenever I am free I am chanting his name. Almost most of the day I pass chanting or reading about him and I am trying earnestly to practise the Bhavagvat Gita in my personal life. I believe everything whatever has been said in Gita to be absoutely true without any doubt at all. This is the very right fact that we are not this body but we are the spirit souls. Though knowing all these things I get entangled in this material world and sometimes think why my most beloved person my girlfriend left me. But whenever it happens I chant his name, turn the pages of Bhagavat Gita and it gives me peace.

  41. JULIE says:

    DEAREST MADHUDVISA DAS

    U write and explain so well. I will definitely use this piece in future lectures as all the academics in our Namahatta are responsible for discourses given. pse send me more. I am from South Africa, Kwazulu Natal, Newcastle.
    Krsna be with u always.

    hare krsna.
    bhaktin julie

  42. Don says:

    Thanks for the message. Do you have any advice for how to change some of the habits we should avoid?

  43. Ian Lubsey says:

    Hare Krishna I agree that it is easy to say that we are not the body. I recall reading a quote that education starts when we realise that we are not the body. Where do we go from here when this age of Kali is full of so much faults and most of our universities are catered towards materialism? We need to critically look at developing a balance between that which is Spiritual and that which is Material.Ultimately based on the instruction of Sri Krishna we must give up all kinds of engagements and surrender unto Him. In addition we should remember that being expert in material propensities only is not enough. It ends with our departure from this material world. Thanks for the ability to comment. Hare Krishna

  44. Madhusudan says:

    Hare Krishna !

    Thanks for all the efforts you are taking to send me the mails. It is really fantastic to know about Bhagvat Gita.

    It is really fantastic. Do keep on sending your valuable mails.

    Thanks again

    Madhusudan R. Pillai

  45. Josh says:

    Dear Madhudvisa dasa,

    Just wanted to let you know that I have been reading all of the newsletters you have sent out thus far and are finding them very informative and helpful, thank you very much for your important service.

  46. nilesh pawar says:

    i suggest we should give more graphic examples of how body is different from soul.

  47. ashok says:

    Hare Krishna prabhuji,
    First of all I am very thankful to you for sending me the news letter regularliy. Two three points I want to know about Bhagvat Gita. As it was written in Gita that this spritual knowledge was first given to Brahma by Lord Krishna and then its passes through discipleic successions. Then where it became lost during this process, so that Lord Krishna came himself to gave this knowledge again to the people? And why he choose only arjuna instead of his other devotee. I am fully conviced that we are not the body, but even than we have material desires, we suffer, why?

    Please clarify me these doubts.

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      These are nice questions.

      Krishna spoke to Arjuna instead of speaking the Bhagavad Gita to other, seemingly more qualified persons, because Arjuna was Krishna’s friend and dear devotee. It is because of this friendship that Krishna choose Arjuna to be the receiver of the Bhagavad Gita.

      As far as being convinced that we are not the body. I am also convinced that I am not the body. But I am still not out of the bodily concept of life. To know theoretically and to be convinced that we are not the body is a very simple thing. To practically realize that we are not the body, that is another thing altogether.

      There is a scientific process to actually realize that we are not the body and that is saddhana bhakti. It means strictly following the rules and regulations under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master. That means a pure devotee of Krishna. So we can not actually realize we are not the body unless we follow Krishna’s instructions in the Bhagavad Gita:


      tad viddhi praṇipātena
      paripraśnena sevayā
      upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
      jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ


      Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.

      The path of spiritual realization is undoubtedly difficult. The Lord therefore advises us to approach a bona fide spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession from the Lord Himself. No one can be a bona fide spiritual master without following this principle of disciplic succession. The Lord is the original spiritual master, and a person in the disciplic succession can convey the message of the Lord as it is to his disciple. No one can be spiritually realized by manufacturing his own process, as is the fashion of the foolish pretenders. The Bhāgavatam says: dharmaṁ hi sākṣād-bhagavat-praṇītam-the path of religion is directly enunciated by the Lord. Therefore, mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help one progress in spiritual life. One has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the knowledge. Such a spiritual master should be accepted in full surrender, and one should serve the spiritual master like a menial servant, without false prestige. Satisfaction of the self-realized spiritual master is the secret of advancement in spiritual life. Inquiries and submission constitute the proper combination for spiritual understanding. Unless there is submission and service, inquiries from the learned spiritual master will not be effective. One must be able to pass the test of the spiritual master, and when he sees the genuine desire of the disciple, he automatically blesses the disciple with genuine spiritual understanding. In this verse, both blind following and absurd inquiries are condemned. One should not only hear submissively from the spiritual master; but one must also get a clear understanding from him, in submission and service and inquiries. A bona fide spiritual master is by nature very kind toward the disciple. Therefore when the student is submissive and is always ready to render service, the reciprocation of knowledge and inquiries becomes perfect.

  48. Bhoomika says:

    hi tahnks for sending me so nice emails as i need it now as i m pregnent i use to read it bhagwad gita also at home and in ur mails i receive more knowledge so plz keep on sending me thank you very much.

  49. Subramanian Mahadevan says:

    HH Swami Madhudvisa dasa,

    That ‘Parabrahma Prapthi’ or attainment of unity with the Parabrahma is the ultimate goal of our life in this earth is well understood.

    Being aware of this ultimate aim in life itself is a blessing.

    In Srimad Bhagavad Gita – Bhagavan Sri Krishna advises us to look for the path of life which will free us from the cycle of repeated births and deaths.

    This is possible only by taking to the spiritual path early in life and continuing till the very end. This way the distance to be covered before Parabrahma Prapthi is reduced and we humans get a more suitable birth the next time around so that we may pursue our ultimate goal with renewed vigor in the new birth.

    Your analogical illustration of the car and its driver brings out the needs of the human body as different from the human mind excellently.

    I prostrate in front of you,

    Hare Krishna Subramanian.

  50. krishna ch mukherjee says:

    if soul is the driver and the ultimate owner of the body then every action of the body is worked under its supervision. in your article of car food and the food of soul is differnt it is known to us by the soul then soul should know and able to find its own food . if soul is the ultimate in human body who control us and responcible for every actevites during our presence in the materialistic world . so how soul is not able to feed itself by its own giving instruction to this body whome it can instruct and control for car driving.prabhuji this is the only answer i personaly wondering till date.simply if soul is the part of god and present in our materialistic body so it is the soul is ultimate enjoyer of the materialistic world and definately know and collect its food.

    your das
    krishna

    • The problem is the soul is bewildered. It is misidentifying with the body and it is thinking the food of the body is his food. That is the problem. The answer is Krishna consciousness…

  51. Radhika says:

    I understand you are saying that we need to concentrate on the spiritualities and spend only those time and energy only to make vehicle drive… agreed… but the world is full of illusions and temptations…how to divert our path and aims from these illusions and concentrate on spiritualities???

    • It is a very nice question. How to divert our path and aims from these illusions and concentrate on spiritualities? Actually this is the whole subject matter of the process of Saddhana Bhakti. If we want to actually divert our minds away from materialism then we must attach our minds to something positive. There is no possiblility of our minds becoming void or empty. We have to fill our minds and our life with Krishna. And the way to do that is to engage all our senses in the service of Krishna under the direction of the bona fide spiritual master. Srila Prabhuapda has written over 80 big books, and much of what is written in these books is the science of how we can concentrate on Krishna. It is not some impersonal thing. We need to develop a personal relationship with Krishna. This is a big subject and it has to be studied in the mood of submission and service from a bona fide spiritual master and one must be prepared to use his or her energy in the service of Krishna. This Krishna consciousness is devotional service. It means because we love Srila Prabhuapda and Krishna we are prepared to give up our time and energy and serve them instead of serving maya…

      There are only two things. Serving Krishna and serving Maya. So if we want to become Krishna conscious we have to stop serving maya and start serving Krishna…

    • SANJEEV PUNJ says:

      We must look into the nature of our mind, in relation with the activities we perform for Krishna, on one hand, and for the worldly affairs, on the other hand.

      Around 40% of our mind is always engaged outside (eyes and ears) and that leaves 60% idle(smell, touch and taste). We must also draw back the 40% inwards, and it is possible by serving Krishna (by seeing the deity always, lovingly, and by hearing Kirtans always, with concentration). We can eat prasadam, we can smell flowers offered to the Lord, we can smell the incense, the chandan oil offered to Lord, we can taste the prasadam and we can touch the feet of the Lord. Thus our entire senses are engaged 100% in Krishna’s service.

      Once I lived for a month in a Temple. It was a beautiful experience, and I will always cherish the memories of rising early at 3:30 AM, cleaning up by 4 AM,then offering Mangal Arati, Morning Japa,reading Gita,then Darshan of deity (Lord Lakshmi Narayan, in Pune’s famous Temple). After deity darshan we would have prasadam, and then go out for preaching. We would return, have Darshan,perform afternoon Pooja,go for prasadam again-lunch, continue Japa, and then rest a couple of hours, and then we would offer evening Pooja, then go for kirtan, and then read Gita, have night darshan, and wind up with Japa. Sleep early after prasadam dinner. This life style for more than a month was so inspiring,I want to go back to it again, when I am retired from office work. With some variations, this lifestyle is followed by almost all members of ISKCON. I wish at that time there were cameras, O would have recorded the daily schedule. I think a devotee can do that today, and post such a video on the youtube.

      All glories to Lord Sri Krishna!

  52. Madhu Matti D.D. says:

    DANDAVATS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR REMINDING ME OF THE MISSION WE HAVE TO COMPLETE.

    I´LL TRY TO REMEMBER THAT THE SOUL IS WHAT MATTERS AND THAT EVERITHING I DO HAS TO BE FOR KRISNA AND BEACUSE OF HIM AND THAT I HAVE TO RETURN HOME.

    HARIBOL!!!

  53. ajay says:

    hare krishna,

    hari bol, thans for given a very nice topic i would like to send this message to maximum people. yes this a very good example, if we can follow it we can closed your god krishna & we got our mission of born as a human out of 48 lackh generation, i will request to you please menssion relation& responsbility between got & human beacause who is not connescted to any organsion or krisna connection. then some new devotee will understand mission of guru parbhupad.

    thanks.
    daso ka das
    ajay

  54. Narendra says:

    Hare Krishna
    Dandavat pranam

    This newsletter is really wonderful. It has put light on the most vital question of our life. The Question is: What is our ultimate destination in our life? No, doubt those who are spiritually inclined or have received mercy from Lord Krishna must be aware about the Ultimate destination in their life. But many a time these bodily requirements act as an hindrance in our way to spiritual progress.

    I have myself experienced this hindrance many a times in my life. At times I really feel very bad when I see myself moving downwards from my spiritual progress. Because I know what Krishna has told all of us. He has said: “Ever strive to elevate, not lower yourself. Thus be your own friend and not your own enemy.”

    Your newletters on Krishna Connect help me to elevate in my spiritual progress. Thankyou so much for being so kind towards me. Request you to continue with such good work.

    Hari Bole.

  55. Krsna Jivana devi dasi says:

    Why is it that I can remember what I have read in a karmi book years ago, but when I read a KC book it is so difficult to remember what I have just read. Are there any special excises to help remember what I have read?

    • Hare Krishna Mataji

      Yes. Special exercise is chanting “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare” and engaging in practical service under the direction of a bona fide spiritual master. I remember feeling exactly this way when I joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1986. Our Bhakta leader was telling me I should learn Bhagavad-gita verses but I thought it was impossible. And he just told me that if I chant Hare Krishna and sincerely engage in service and just simply read the books I will remember the verses. Of course I did not believe him. But I tried it and it does work. Now I know a lot of verses and I know a lot of the things that are in Srila Prabhuapda’s books.

      It is not simply studying the books. This is realized knowledge. So we need to read the books and then put what we read in Srila Prabhupada’s books into practice in our lives.

      And the realization of the knowledge in the books actually comes from service. Not scholarship. The best service, most pleasing service to Srila Prabhuapda is to distribute his books to others. And the best way to remember the philosophy is to read it and then preach what you have read to others. So if we read it and then speak it that will solidify the knowledge and we will get a lot of practical realizations from this.

      So basically please make a serious plan how you can read all of Srila Prabhuapda’s books. And if you read them aloud that will be much more powerful than reading them in your mind. Because Krishna consciousness is more about hearing than anything else. So if you hear yourself reading the books that will be much more powerful than just reading…

      So it is a few ideas, hope it is helpful. I wish you all success in understanding the teachings of Srila Prabhuapda and please speak about whatever your read to others and that will be very good for you and very good for whoever you meet.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  56. zanny says:

    i am very much enjoying these essays, a good refresher of philosophy, and concisely written.

  57. Sunny says:

    Hare Krsna Hare krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare !
    Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama rama hare hare !!!!1

    Really nice topi prabhu ji….& very thoughtful.It answers lots of queries about life .Life is full of myth & rumours & Bhagvad darshna is real mantra to get rid of these dellimas.

  58. carolina says:

    only just have faith….can not just have a faith has to be proof too…rite…we talking a lot how is it about body,soul etc…the question,where is that come from?

  59. inderdnagpal says:

    its true the body requires meditation more than food to sustain it even medical experts say that meditation is better than medicatiion. so 16 rounds of chanting the holy name keeps the body and mind healthy and wise, and keeps the doctor away.

  60. uma shankar says:

    how can a common people indulge in daily routine can change into devotee of shrikrishna

  61. pradeep vaish says:

    hare krishna, very perfect example is given to make the difference of this body and the sprit.read you more in near future.thanks hare krishna.

  62. carolina says:

    We believe in one God……no one can deny it…if it coming to U soon…Hope everybody find their way…but believe me,God is not the one U can described it, we can even face it…we just receive it to understand His Power….find one..but please not human act as to be our God….

  63. Sanjeev says:

    I have always tried to make this body into a perfect machine, realising that I am not this body helps me a lot in acheiving this goal.The are where I need to focus is to use this machine in the service of Krishna, somehow.

    HARE KRISHNA

  64. raghav says:

    I am highly inspired by these lines.

    “Therefore Krishna recommends in the Bhagavad Gita that we satisfy the bodily needs only as much as necessary to maintain the body in a healthy condition and spend the rest of our time and energy in spiritual activities which help us to reawaken our original spiritual consciousness. It is this spiritual consciousness which is a our real need, the needs of the soul.”

  65. Tara says:

    Sir,

    I feel very happy to go through the subject as well as the comments by the devotees.

    Thanks for giving this opportunity to Hare Krishna.

  66. Adrian Carr says:

    hare krishna Madhuvisa dasa,

    Your analogy to the car is truly excellent. Many thanks. Like many people I find that balancing the needs of the body and the soul is difficult…especially in these economic times where most of my time goes to just trying to earn enough to pay all the bills….But just by your clarification of needs, I have a better understanding of where I need to go.

    om shanti
    Adrian

  67. Swati Iyer says:

    Namah Shivay !!!
    Very illumining explaination from Bhagavad Gita indeed , really boosting my faith , that repeating our Ishta Devata’s Mantram , given by our Sadguru , abiding by the simple spiritual discipline , will make us more nearer to our Real Goal !!

  68. Vinie says:

    Hare Krishna everyone. I totally agree with the above article. We all have to remember that we are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey and we need find our way back home. The truth and the knowledge is within us, we just have to concentrate in the right direction in order for all the knowledge to reveal itself. And for sure Bhagavad Gita is a really good start. Bhagavad Gita gives us the chance for all this knowledge to come back to us(to be awaken within us) and to start practicing all this wisdom and knowledge in our everyday lifes.

    Thank you for giving us this opportunity to learn and grow.

    Hare Krishna Madhuvisa dasa.

  69. Achuthan says:

    I thought mind was the driver, body the vehicle and soul the engine.
    Will sim;ly chanting the mahamantra feed the soul? Are there no preparations needed ?such as conditioning the mind to concentrte on the Paramathma ?

  70. sushmita says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Dearest Madhudvisa-Dasa ji
    I am sure enough that you are very very dear and loving to Shri Krishna and I consider myself fortunate to get your mails for Krishna Consciousness.
    i will read your messages regularly.
    i feel that even trying to remember Krishna makes me absolutely peaceful. I feel that he is my parent, my mother, my father, and He is the one I am missing in my life, he is the essence and he is the one to be worshipped and to be love. very recently i lost my mother, who is my first Guru. she has handed me over to Lord Shri Hari because she loved me and she knew that He will save everyone who remembers him all the time, she herself was taken care of by Shri Krishna at the end.
    i think Prabhu also loves me that has given me various oppurtunities like your newsletters to know him & his love for all creatures in this universe

  71. Sanjeev Punj says:

    I am not the body nor am I the mind.Who is this I?
    Ask whom? who is asking?silence answers.Am I Silence?
    I am spirit soul,says a voice.who hears?Have I seen myself?
    Who knows?Krishna knows.I therefore surrender to the guru
    who brought me closer to Krishna.I humbly bow down this mortal
    body at His Lotus Feet

    • Hare Krishna Sanjeev

      Guru has to be qualified and disciple has to be qualified. Guru needs to be a pure devotee of Krishna. He has to be free from the clutches of maya, a liberated soul. If he is then he can guide you to the correct path so you can also achieve the same result. And the qualification of the disciple is that he must surrender to the bona fide spiritual master and accept the order of the spiritual master as his life and soul.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  72. vinod arora says:

    Gita teaches us to be bold in our karamkshetra. but as a management student, it is taught to play different tactics to achieve so called success in career. such success life is ostensible for all and the person is termed as a good person for the achievements he made in one’s career.

    complying with Gita Gyan, if one does not compromise with ethics or does not play foul or work as a simple fellow, without desire for fruit, and he does not reaches to the higher posts for one’s such behaviour, then such persons fall in what category….failure, satisfied, attained or nincompoop..

    i am waiting for your reply impatiently..

  73. Shanel says:

    Hare Krishna.

    I understand in India Ganja has been made illegal,I am wondering is Ganja maya & is India subjecting herself to maya by allowing western alcohol saturation policy?

    ji.

    • Hare Krishna.

      Yes. Any type of intoxication is maya and will prevent us from making advancement in spritual life. So both ganja and alcohol are maya and both will fustrate any attempts we may make to advance in Krishna consciousness. That is why one of the regulative principles is “No intoxication.” This principle bans all types of intoxication even cigarettes, tea and coffee.

  74. sunil pankhania says:

    Hare Krushna
    Our Soul is perfact driver of our body. But body’s demands never completed, one demand we fulfill and many more are waiting. Soul has no connection with body’s demands. Soul always stand as vitnees of all the things which happning with us.
    My question is I want forget my body and I’m hungry to satisfy my soul, a drop of god which go left in us.

  75. sunil pankhania says:

    Hare Krishna
    Internally I feel total sanyasi, but as u say need of body I’m living in society
    I’m computer lecturer. My soul always wants krushna and coz of this my hungerness i’m thinking I devote my rest of life with is iscon but how it’s possible please guide me.

  76. Miky says:

    Hari Bol!

    Thanks for the explanation and analogy of the body to car and different types of fuel. I needed that. I don’t have much to say other than that is beautiful and I try to better myself everyday but it is very difficult. Read the Srimad Bhagvag Gita many times and really trying to apply it to myself is not easy…buy trying and will continue to do so.

    Jai Sri Radhe Krishna!

    Love,
    Miky.

  77. Shanel says:

    Haei bol,Madhudvisa.

    You say,”Any type of intoxication is maya and will prevent us from making advancement”,is not Krishna the supreme intoxication,& if Krishna is absolute how then can we make advancement?

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      There is no problem if you are intoxicated by Krishna… I think you know we are talking about material intoxication here. The regulative 4 principles are: “No illicit sex, no meat eating, no intoxication and no gambling.” When we say “no intoxication” it means no intoxicating substances like alcohol, cigerattes, ganja, other drugs, even up to coffee and tea. These are all addictions and if we are addicted to these things there is no chance of becoming addicted to Krishna, which is the ultimate goal.

      So yes, the goal is to become addicted to Krishna and to become intoxicated in Krishna consciousness. And this is not possible if we are addicted to any form of material intoxication.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  78. Gaurang says:

    Hare Krishna , Swamiji
    I went through your latest newsletter about the body being a machine and I completely agree with it . Its absolutely upto us, how to carry this machine by controlling its senses. And as Shrila Prabhupad says that the body is also God’s energy, and the God’s energy should be utilised for God and his service.
    Please do keep on sending me more installments and I will be surely responding them as soon as I read them.
    Thanking you
    Yours unfeigned servant
    Gaurang Patil

  79. Prof. Dr. Maung Maung Soe (Economist ) says:

    Our human body is totally different with machine, I agree that machines need fuel, water, oil, air and other inputs for operation. but you know that that machine size is constant in size, constant in working operation. finally it’s man-made.
    when we talk about our body, we have physical and soul, without physical only soul cannot be called body, and only soul without body is like a material as a stone.
    Machine is only the material, this is only man-made. you cannot compare with your body. Our body is not made by you and me,not made by human being. we are the products of God. Don’t look so insight as micro-thinking, look to the universe, look to the other planets, looks to the Suns, there are so many Suns in our universe. and what about glaxies who made it, who create it. So wonder.
    You can examine just only what you are, but you cannot able to do as in single atom. Who decided you. Who create you. you are not a motor car. your life span is total different with motor car’s lifespan.
    If you say that you are like a machine, who create you? Very wonder who is your Creator, who is the Greatest Creator of Heaven and Earth and Universe?
    My Friend, your are not a machine, you are Human. Your value is more than a machine. Machines are made by Human, but you are created by Greatest Creator, You know that Who is the Greatest Creator of everlasting?
    Some people say that we are the greatest of this world, if we use the “we” than you cannot be the greatest, only one will be the Greatest, not We
    even God is the greatest of this world, who is the greatest of this UNIVERSE.
    Behold that, you are NOT A MACHINE

    • Hare Krishna Doctor,

      The human body is a machine. It is made of the material elements. The soul, however, the driver of the bodily machine, is not material. We are the spirit soul and the spirit soul is for some time trapped in this body which is like a machine. When this bodily machine is old and useless the soul will be forced to change into another bodily machine.

      You are right, we are not the motor car, we are the driver of the motor car. That is the exact point. This body is like the motor car. A motor car is useless without a driver. It will never go anywhere or do anything without a driver. Similarly this bodily machine is useless unless the driver, I, the soul, is present within it to control it and direct it.

      So the body is like the motor car and the soul is like the driver.

      You are also completely correct when you say “you are not a machine.” We are not the body, the body is a machine, we are the spirit soul, the driver, who is present within the bodily machine “driving” it.

      Hope this clears up the point.

      Madhudvisa dasa

  80. Subrajeet Mohapatra says:

    Hare krishna prabhu dandavat pranam

    I want to ask that in prabhupadas book it si wriiten to adhire to 3 things
    1. no illicit sex
    2. no gambling
    3.no meat eating

    how pandavas did gambling in mahabharata and lost. All of them were krishna conscious but how can they do that. Is there any learning from that or it was lesson for generation to come.

    I am a sudra please forgive me for such question.

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Subrajeet

      In Kali-yuga everyone is born as a sudra. But if we want to make a success of this human form of life we can not remain sudra’s. We need to elevate ourselves to the brahminical platform. So Srila Prabhuapda is training us to come to the mode of pure goodness, suddha-sattva, that is even transcendental to the Brahmanical platform.

      Pandavas were devotees, friends of Krishna, and they were acting as ksatriyas. So a ksatriya is required to fight when challenged and also if he is challenged to a gambling match he has to accept this challenge. So for a ksatriya this gambling and fighting is part of their duty.

      But gambling will not help us advance in spiritual life. To advance in spiritual life you need to accept and surrender to a bona fide spiritual master and surrender to his instructions. So Srila Prabhupada is instructing us to follow the four regulative principles [you missed out "no intoxication" in your list] and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily.

      If we want to make spiritual advancement we must follow these instructions.

      We can only make advancement by pleasing a pure devotee of Krishna. And Srila Prabhuapda will not be pleased if we do not even follow his very basic instructions [follow the four regulative principles and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily]

      Madhudvisa dasa

  81. Richard says:

    LOve

    I agree for sure that we are not a body. Yes we are not
    We are the tiny light in chest inside : )
    To be honest I do realize that, but i still got the doubt. What part of one do not want to accept that?

    LOve Love Love
    Richard

    • sudheer says:

      Dear Richard,
      The one who do not want to accept that, is the ‘lust’ residing in our mind, senses and intelligence.The soul although a spiritual body is attracted by the intelligence next door which is acting as a servant to lust.Lust any how wants material enjoyment.’Lust’ is the illusionary energy of God Krishna and the soul is trapped in it.{soul once resided in heaven,
      [goloka vrindavan]was thrown out because of its desire to enjoy seperated from Krishna}
      Body does everything with the help of the soul but can’t see the prisoner and doesn’t know his struggle to reach its true home.The soul on the other hand can do this only with the help of mind, senses and intelligence which is now captured by the lust. So,the soul wants to purify them with Krishna consciousness and obtain a visa to re-enter the heaven with the qualities Krishna demands.

  82. Niroop says:

    Yes I accept it.We are not body.And all the things what we are seeing is not right.What is right is our self.And what is right is our soul?Actually the soul is the only thing in this universe.By wearing the dress or mask of human body,we forget ourselves and we think that we are humans and the things around
    us are real.Am i right sir?

  83. swathi says:

    jai guru datta
    jai shri krishna
    jai shri man narayan

    i deeply express my gratitude for expalining in simple words about the car and motor concept relating it to body and soul.
    i have a doubt if so plz reply to it!!
    Q, How can one differentiate between soul and man?
    are they different in many aspects?
    kindly clear the above doubt?
    jai guru datta
    jai shri krishna
    jai shri mannarayan

  84. vipul says:

    I have come to know one important secret that if we want to control our mind we first need to control our breath as both are interconnected. Our thoughts depends on what we eat and it is essential to eat the right food satvic food and how we breath as most of people are breathing in wrong way thats why they are suspicious and unsatisfied with everything in life. The best and correct way to breath is when one inhales one should chant radhe e y (inhale breath in 3seconds and while inhaling chest and abs should come out in equal proportion and while exhaling one should chant krishna (exhale in 2 seconds where chest and abs come back to natural position) In this way one can chant as well as do his daily activites as we breath in for 24hrs and 365 days till we are alive and easiest and best way to get connected to lord krishna. As this is rhythm is of nature, start with 5mins and go increasing every week by 5mins.
    vipul

  85. visweshwar rao potula says:

    Respected Sir,

    last few years, i am going through meditation and concentrating breath as instrcuted by yoga guru, thoughts never coming to an end throut the meditation time, started meditation to my soul and ultimate satya, till the date I am unable to achieve my goal, please guide me in this regard.

    Thanking you
    Yours faithfully

    visweshwar rao potula

  86. Shanel says:

    Hey,madhudvisa.

    If alcohol & ganga are maya does that mean jesus & shiva are really satanists

    thanks.

  87. Marsha Myers says:

    Greetings;
    Several years ago I was going thru a spiritual crisis (another one!) in my Christian faith. I was a “born-again” Christian and loved our Lord dearly. I was led to the Catholic Catechism and began to take lessons to be baptized into the church. I had a mentor and had shared some questions I had about some of the practices. She told me I was listening to Satan; thus ended my look into the Catholic church. I was very disheartened and got down on my knees in prayer. I was led to a scripture in the old testament that told me to “seek the ancient of days”, and so I prayerfully did. A few nights later I began to dream of a Blue Being who was teaching me and driving me in my car.
    I did not know who this was, but my mom and sister are devotees of Sathya Sai Baba. They told me they were sure it was Lord Krishna. HE took all fear and gave me love!! May HE be forever loved! He turned my life around and has been my Beloved Lord since that day.

    Thank you for your devotion to the truth and your message relating our path and our vehicles to cars.

    I still do not have all the correct words; just Bless you all on your journey.

  88. shanel says:

    hi,madhudvisa.

    If alcohol & ganga are maya does it mean Jesus who apparently enjoyed a glass of wine & shiva who apparently enjoyed a spot of ganga are mayavadis?

    thanks

    • Hare Krishna Shanel

      You have not quite grasped what a “mayavadi” is. A mayavadi is one who thinks that when Krishna appears in the material world His pastimes are an exhibition of the external material energy. A mayavadi does not accept the personal form of Krishna. He thinks this personal form of Krishna is simply a temporary manifestation of the material energy covering the supreme eternal formless brahman enengy. And he is thinking after Krishna’s pastimes are finished in the material world the Krishna form no longer exists. Because of this the mayavadi thinks all of Krishna’s pastimes are simply exhibitions of maya.

      So a mayavadi is envious of Krishna and Krishna’s devotees.

      Shiva may or may not smoke ganja but Shiva also drank an ocean of poison and if you tried to drink even one drop of that ocean you would be killed. So the instruction is not to imitate the isvaras, or great controllers, but to follow their example. You can not do what the great can do. For example the sun has the power to evaporate or “drink” water from any filthy place, and in the process the sun will purify that place. If you go to some filthy place and drink the water there you will get very sick and the place will not be purified. So you can not imitate the powerful.

      As far as Jesus he was preaching in a different society where all sorts of sinful activities like drinking alcohol and eating meat were performed by the people as a regular daily thing. It is not possible to change the habits of the people overnight. But that does not mean that eating meat and drinking alcohol are good. These are sinful activities and are obstacles on the path of spiritual advancement that will be given up by any sincere seekers of the truth.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  89. gary clarke says:

    hi madhudvisa. once again thankyou for the studys you send. in my intellect i can understand i am not this body.it is indeed very easy to say.for myself however life is often the opposite.each day i pray and try to do service to god.i try to remember him but endlessly it seems get distracted by worldly things.though i want to be perfect and make god happy im in the habit of forgetting him and remembering what is in comparison unimportant.if god loves us then why did he send us here?

    • Hare Krishna Garry

      Thanks for the nice question.

      God did not send us here to the material world. God loves us and does not want us to come here to this miserable place full of suffering and death.

      We have a certain degree of independence. And we have misused that independence. Originally we were in the spiritual world with God. In that place God is supreme and everyone there is serving God in some way or other. We were also there but somehow we thought that it would be nice if we could also become god, if we could also get others to serve us.

      That is not possible in the spiritual world, because there God is the center of attention and everyone is serving God. But because we also have all the same qualities as God, even though we have them in a very small quantity whereas God has them in an unlimited quantity, and God is the supreme controller, we sometimes to become the controller also.

      But constitutionally we are servants, not controllers. So Krishna has very mercifully created this material world where we can be deceived by maya (the material energy) into thinking that we can become the controller. If you look around in this would you will see that basically everyone is trying to become the controller, everyone is trying to become God.

      This desire to become God is the material disease and Krishna has created the material world to cure us of this disease. To a certain extent you can fulfill the desire of becoming the controller here. But this material world is constructed in such a way that everything you do will ultimately end in frustration.

      So a thoughtful person, after many births in this material world, will come to the conclusion that there is no point in trying to become the enjoyer and controller, and he will understand that the best course of action is to surrender to Krishna and to go back home, back to Godhead.

      So you see all the problems and suffering we endure in this material world are actually the mercy of Krishna, reminding us that this material world is not a nice place, and inviting us to go back home, back to Godhead.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa das

  90. gary clarke says:

    hi. i have posted three questions to you .one on each of the first three studys. i assume you are very busy.are you unable to answer all questions due to your workload. i have today ordered the gita offer.thanks.gary

    • Hare Krishna Garry

      I did get behind on these postings over the past few weeks. I have answered a lot of questions today. Hopefully yours are among them. If not please post again. I receive so many emails and questions and can not reply to them all. I do try to answer all serious questions posted in this forum.

      Madhudvisa dasa

  91. Pete says:

    Hi

    I get that we must nourish the operator but how much nourishment is required? I need to work to make a living and obviously there are different standards of living I can acquire.

    What is deemed a suitable standard of living to pursue? Then do I only pursue this standard of living for the now or do I plan for the future? Ultimately they both have a bearing on the facilities available to me to engage with the operator. For example…. I rent an apartment now, if I work harder I can save money and maybe buy a house. In the short term my ability to pursue god is diminished but in the long term it is increased, so what to do?

    Outside of work then there is all the other stuff that comes with living in a society. Do I give up hobbies, interests and socialising to just pursue spiritual matters? Are not all of these a part of the creator?

    Thanks

    Pete

    • Hare Krishna Pete

      Thanks for the nice questions.

      We should live as simply as possible. Simply supplying the body with the minimum bare necessities so it is healthy and strong and able to serve Krishna nicely.

      Of course if you are married and with family then that is a different situation and you will need to supply a reasonably comfortable arrangement for your wife and family. If you can not make your wife a little comfortable and provide here with a nice place to stay and nice clothes and jewelry she will not be happy and if she is not happy you will not be happy also. This is the problem of married life. To satisfy the wife you have to work so hard and spend so much time and energy and this distracts you from the spiritual path. Still marriage is a valuable and necessary experience for most men.

      There is some “fairy story” out there that a lot of young men believe. They think there is some beautiful women out there, their “soul mate,” and they are thinking, “When I meet her we will be so happy…” But the reality is even if you marry the most beautiful girl will all good qualities then the result will be so much work and so much suffering. But generally one has to experience this to believe it. A beautiful women is such an attractive thing…

      So the idea in the Vedas is marriage is one of the Samskaras, or purificatory processes. So by responsibly going through married life and looking after a wife and some children the man becomes purified of the desire for family life and at some point when the family is grown up he can then seriously take to spiritual life.

      So my point is that in family life you will need to have money to support the wife and the family so then you need to work… But still you and your wife should be determined to live as simply as possible. The reality is that the higher standard of life you live the harder you have to work to maintain it. So what is the point of having a very nice house if both you and your wife have to work two jobs, putting the children in the child care centers, and you only come to the house at 10:00 pm in the evening to sleep and leave the house at 5:00 am to go to work?

      It would be better if you had a simple, inexpensive house and you could work one job and the wife can stay home and look after the family and you can come home at a reasonable time and spend time with your wife and children…

      So the idea is to keep everything as simple as possible.

      As far as all the other stuff that comes with living in society like hobbies, interests and socializing, these things should all be transformed so the central point is Krishna. You should take up worshipping Krishna as your hobby, you can become interested in studying the Bhagavad Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam, you can socialize with other devotees of Krishna…

      It is not actually possible to become a devotee of Krishna and have one’s life go on exactly the same as it was before. Some things will change…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvsia dasa

  92. sudheer says:

    Dear Gurudeva,
    The analogy is absolutely true.
    Waiting for more truths.
    your servant
    sudheer

  93. saurabh says:

    Madhudvisa dasa ji, Hare Krishna!

    I can intellectually grasp to some extent that this body is machine & I am the driver and in reality also I would like to have this much dispassion & discrimination so that I can experience that my body is different from me.

    But in present reality & experience this concept does not appeal to be true 100%. When my body is hurt, I don’t feel that a machine which I am driving has been damaged but I & in fact everybody feels the pain of that injury. Sometimes the gravity of pain overwhelms us. Why would it be so if we are just drivers of our bodies.

    Take an example. I see a beautiful girl & I want to become her friend. Is it a requirement of my body or is it my own need & desire. I would say that it is my desire because I myself feel it. We can say that we are different from our bodies only if we can differentiate where the boundary of our bodies end & domain of our real self begin but in experience I find that body is nothing but an extension of my soul & all the needs of my body are in some way or the other related to my very personal needs which I can’t say are my body’s exclusive needs.

    How to differentiate between my real self & my body? Isn’t my mind also a part of my body because a person because of a bodily defect becomes mentally retarted. Then in that case what I am if not this body(which includes mind).

    Please enlighten me with some insight which can make things very clear & bright.

    Anyway I like Krishna very much & I like Hare Krishna mantra too. It is so soothing.

    regards

    Hare Krishna!!!!

  94. SUKRUTEE says:

    Haribol Thanks for your wonderful newsletter on body and soul. I have a question Can you give ma a graphic example of Bhagvad-Gita verse 2.13 other than given by Srila Prabhupad. I will be very grateful to you if you replLY. Hare Krsna.

    • Srila Prabhuapda’s explanation is fine. If you can let me know which part you do not understand I can try to expand on it. But there is no need for a different example. I am not sure what you mean “Graphic example…’

      As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.

      Since every living entity is an individual soul, each is changing his body every moment, manifesting sometimes as a child, sometimes as a youth, and sometimes as an old man. Yet the same spirit soul is there and does not undergo any change. This individual soul finally changes the body at death and transmigrates to another body; and since it is sure to have another body in the next birth-either material or spiritual-there was no cause for lamentation by Arjuna on account of death, neither for Bhīṣma nor for Droṇa, for whom he was so much concerned. Rather, he should rejoice for their changing bodies from old to new ones, thereby rejuvenating their energy. Such changes of body account for varieties of enjoyment or suffering, according to one’s work in life. So Bhīṣma and Droṇa, being noble souls, were surely going to have either spiritual bodies in the next life, or at least life in heavenly bodies for superior enjoyment of material existence. So, in either case, there was no cause of lamentation.

      Any man who has perfect knowledge of the constitution of the individual soul, the Supersoul, and nature-both material and spiritual-is called a dhīra or a most sober man. Such a man is never deluded by the change of bodies. The Māyāvādī theory of oneness of the spirit soul cannot be entertained on the ground that spirit soul cannot be cut into pieces as a fragmental portion. Such cutting into different individual souls would make the Supreme cleavable or changeable, against the principle of the Supreme Soul being unchangeable.

      As confirmed in the Gītā, the fragmental portions of the Supreme exist eternally (sanātana) and are called kṣara; that is, they have a tendency to fall down into material nature. These fragmental portions are eternally so, and even after liberation, the individual soul remains the same-fragmental. But once liberated, he lives an eternal life in bliss and knowledge with the Personality of Godhead. The theory of reflection can be applied to the Supersoul who is present in each and every individual body and is known as the Paramātmā, who is different from the individual living entity. When the sky is reflected in water, the reflections represent both the sun and the moon and the stars also. The stars can be compared to the living entities and the sun or the moon to the Supreme Lord. The individual fragmental spirit soul is represented by Arjuna, and the Supreme Soul is the Personality of Godhead Śrī Kṛṣṇa. They are not on the same level, as it will be apparent in the beginning of the Fourth Chapter. If Arjuna is on the same level with Kṛṣṇa, and Kṛṣṇa is not superior to Arjuna, then their relationship of instructor and instructed becomes meaningless. If both of them are deluded by the illusory energy (māyā), then there is no need of one being the instructor and the other the instructed. Such instruction would be useless because, in the clutches of māyā, no one can be an authoritative instructor. Under the circumstances, it is admitted that Lord Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Lord, superior in position to the living entity, Arjuna, who is a forgotten soul deluded by māyā.

    • Prabhupada’s example is fine. If you do not understand it let me know exactly what you do not understand and I can try and expand on this.

  95. Manoj Chawla says:

    Thank you very much for reminding me.Hari om tat sat.

  96. Pamindha Harikrishnan says:

    Sir (Madhuvisa Dasa),

    I have a question for you: In one of your subscription: “”I am not this body” Easy to say….,” you have said like “the soul within the body, the ghost in the machine”. Why do you say ‘ghost’ in the machine(Why not- “soul in the machine”. When we say the word ‘ghost’ usually we don’t mean it positive.). I can’t understand; please answer me Sir.

    Thank you.
    Pamindha Harikrishnan

  97. Nat says:

    what can one do when spreaded by friends who are in reality enemies, and such people act in such evil ways that are not imaginable to a simple person, how to protect oneself and overcome such people?

    • Hare Krishna Nat

      We are very much influenced by the people we are always associating with.

      The best thing is to live in the association of devotees of Krishna. But that is somewhat difficult to find now. But you can personally associate with Srila Prabhupada by reading his books. That is what you need to do. The knowledge of Krishna consciousness will protect you and the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra will protect you:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      So in this way please take advantage of the protection of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.

      Madhudvisa dasa

  98. Rushikesh says:

    Pranam,

    It is a fact that we are not this body. And although I have not completely realized this fact I believe this fact. But I want to convert this belief into a clearity. That is I would like to see (may not be necessarily with eyes but with whatever senses that are capable of seeing this truth). How?

  99. Subir Das says:

    Hare Krishna Respected Prabhuji,

    It is really wonderful. You have explained so nicely. I am awaiting eagerly for more messages from you. I humbly request you to enlighten me why the driver of the body i.e. the soul within the body does not protest when we try to engage ourselves in all sorts of worldly acts which are not required? Does the soul have the power to protest when soul is not satisfied? What is the science?

    With regards,

    Subir Das

    • Hare Krishna Subir

      Ultimately the soul is the cause of the performance of all these worldly acts. It is only because the soul wanted to misuse his independence that we are here in the material world. The soul is me. I am the soul. I have come here to enjoy separately from Krishna. And that is my mistake. Actually it is not possible to enjoy separately from Krishna. That is why this material world is a world of suffering.

      The soul will never be satisfied here and the soul can always decide to serve Krishna instead of serving maya and get out of here and go back home back to Godhead…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  100. RACHANA PORWAL says:

    Hare Krsna,
    Gurudev

    I found this newsletter very interesting. I want to learn more of SLOKAS of bhagvad gita. How do I start? Please guide.

    HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE
    HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE

    • Read the book aloud… Get it from http://www.KrishnaStore.com

      If you are chanting Hare Krishna at least 16 rounds a day and strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and you read Bhagavad-gita As It Is aloud on a regular basis you will automatically learn so many slokas. It is done by hearing. We learn by hearing. You have to chant Hare Krishna and hear it and you need to read the Bhagavad Gita aloud and hear it.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  101. Dwayne says:

    Dear madhudvisa-dasa,

    Greetings To you.

    Earlier You said, That one cannot give up the desire to eat tasty food, But one can purify the desire by offering the food to Lord Krishna.

    I have Two Questions.

    1. If I want to taste a palpable dish, that desire first originates in my mind. But i then realize, the only way it would be right, is to offer that food first to Lord krishna. So, whilst i prepare the food I SO DESIRE to eat , my mind laments that i am indulging in a hogwash self deluding exercise; that IT IS ME WHO WANTS TO EAT IT AT FIRST PLACE, i am actually at the end of it preparing the food for myself since the ORIGINAL DESIRE AROSE IN MY MIND, I AM WAITING when it will touch my tongue, all i care is WHEN will i have it; Krishna is just a ‘sanctifying excuse’ to saTisfy the spirtual in me. Though, it is said, one should do for ‘krishna’s pleasure’, here, i know i am ultimately preparing this food, because I WANT TO EAT IT, and Krishna is a stop-over.
    What is your view on this? I hope, i have been able to portray it correctly. I mean, It is ultimately MY DESIRE to have that food, and i just cannot wait its preparation and its aroma, and it touching my tastebuds. Lord krishna is a ‘purity seal’ to satisfy my spiritual side and obligations. I am making the dish at the FIRST PLACE, BECAUSE I NEED IT because i cannot live without it, and Offering to krishna comes as a COSNEQUENCE of it, as routine secondary. This makes me feel guilty, and not genuine in my endeavours in offering the food. :(

    2. What prayers are to be said while offering food to Lord Krishna. What is the way, to offer the food to Lord krishna. Is there a mantra, or special prayer?

    Please do reply and Help,
    Appreciate much your time and Guidance,
    Thankfully,

    Dwayne

    • Hare Krishna Dwayne

      In the beginning it may be as you say, a little false. You are really cooking for yourself. And just offering it to Krishna.

      But as a devotee makes spiritual advancement he develops a real loving relationship with Krishna and he really cooks for Krishna. When he goes out shopping there is no consideration of what he likes or what he wants to eat. He is thinking of getting some fruits and vegetables and grains and milk products with the idea of making a nice offering to please Krishna.

      In the beginning Deity worship is important. The Deity gives us the idea that Krishna is a person and if we serve the Deity as a person, waking Him in the morning, bathing, dressing, offering Him food at regular times, performing kirtan in front of Him, etc, then gradually we will realize Krishna is a person and He is accepting our offerings and we will begin to actually cook for Krishna’s pleasure and just take some remnants of Krishna’s prasadam to maintain our bodies.

      Of course there are food offering mantras but you can say all the matras in the world, but what really matters is that we are cooking it for Krishna and not for ourselves. You can simply chant the Srila Prabhupada pranam prayers [both 3 times], the Panca Tattva maha-mantra [sri krishna caitanya prabhu nityananda...] three times and the Hare Krishna maha mantra three times.

      The consciousness is the most important thing to work on. We have to try and not be cooking for ourselves but to be cooking for Krishna. Really you have to learn all these things from a devotee in person. It is a whole process, cooking for Krishna, and if you follow the process you will end up actually cooking for Krishna…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  102. Ashish says:

    PAMHO
    prabhu jee! I wany to know one thing for my mother. She tells me to worship Lord Ganesha before I start praying to LORD. Is it really a condition. Should we pray t Lord Ganesha before praying LORD KRISHNA

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Ashish

      The instruction from your mother to worship Lord Ganesha before praying to Krishna is very common practice among Hindus and it is not a bad thing. The understanding is that Lord Ganesha takes away any obstacles in approaching Krishna. So if you pray to Lord Ganesha “Please take away any obsticles that may be there in my worshiping Lord Krishna,” that is OK.

      It is not that we are against the demigods. But we understand that they are not on the same level as Krishna or his Visnu-tattva expansions like Rama, Nrsimha, etc.

      If you read Brahma Samhita you will see many prayers there by Lord Brahma mentioning the different demigods, but in their relationship with Krishna. So it is not bad to go to a demigod temple and pray to the demigod appreciating his relationship with Krishna.

      Although it is not necessary to worship the demigods that does not mean we have anything against the demigods and does not mean that we should not offer them respects. Demigods are all devotees of Krishna and deserve our respect and if they can give us some blessing that will help us to approach Krishna then that is very good.

      So I do not think there is any problem in accepting your mother’s advice, but you have to be careful not to worship Ganesh thinking that He is God. He is not God, he is a servant of God. But he may be able to assist you or give you some blessings in approaching Krishna.

      It is not necessary, but also it is not bad.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • sathya prasad says:

        i want to develop my spiritual consciousness how much time it will take to become a pure devotee

  103. dheeraj dheer says:

    that is true but this is the real challange of life.senses are very powerful and once you give them fuel they it starts controlling you and your mind,therfore it is imperative on our part not to forget the real purpose.we all are in a state of forgetfullness that is why we all behave like ordinary mortals therfore chanting hare rame hare krishna mahamantra keeps us immune from maya and help us to realise ourself,our potential as well as give us the sense of well-being and most important fill our heart with Love (Bhagti is the most pure form of love , make no mistake)

  104. Hare Krsna James W Blount, Jr says:

    Hello, My Name is James. Well I am a cross-roads of my Life.
    I have successfully stopped eating meat. My Brain feels a bit odd, however,
    I notice my body odor smells good. I have also successfully stopped eating
    Sugar too. That seems to have something to do with how often I become angry.
    I find myself full of smiles and happy and eveything seems to be funny now.
    I am distrube about why so much death in this universe. Whats all the
    Transending is about. Question, where are we going. Is there more to life.
    Is the Spirit life better? My self knowledge has grown to the point where I do not fear death. I wonder why does God keep us so far apart in this univese.
    And I wonder why does Humans appear to continue life passed death. Why we all continue to live life on and on, whats that all about. The human spirit appears to be something like pure energy. With the same laws of nature, “Energy is never distroyed just changed from one form to another”.
    Well in a nutshell thats what on my Mind, that how I think, with a bit of science and fact finding, looking for the truth.
    Since I have started reading your writing I have come to understand, that, “The Supreme Personality Of Godhead” in the “One and Only God”!
    In my belief I call this Power, “Jehovah”!
    Wanting to be your Brother “James”. With love and understanding.

  105. Dip Pramanik says:

    My dear prabhu

    Hare Krishna

    i Had enjoyed reading your letter, i have few questions regarding the eternal spiritual body or we can say the eternal soal,
    1) our body is a machine like thing which is very materialistic, like your example of the car driver, when driver gets out of the car before he reaches its destination, the car crashes, when the soal comes out of the body through the way of meditation (samadhi), what will be the condition of the body? did the soal can again be returned by its own desire?
    2) our body is materialistic, and we too think materialistically, how to think spiritually? anyhow we read a book which is again a material, how to get that krishna conciousness without involving in the material world? is there any other media to reach god greater then a information of books?
    is there any secret knowledge to get that conciousness? please tell me, if you want it as confidential i can meet you too, i will not use that in any unfair means!!!
    3) if we get a spiritual body, do you know how it should be? no desire nothing! how it will be? is that body be more stronger than the body we presently have?
    4) why body were made?
    5) why body is full of desires?

    overall i enjoyed it, and i m curious about your reply, please reply me as soon as possible, you can mail me the secret knowledge to my mail ID:

    thank you alot
    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Dip

      There is no secret. And it takes some work, tapasya, austerity, to make spiritual advancement. There is a process one has to follow and that process requires surrender and actually requires a complete transformation of the way one thinks and lives.

      Generally in the material world everyone is working for their own personal or extended sense gratification. But a Krishna conscious person never does anything for his own personal or extended satisfaction. A Krishna conscious person only works for the pleasure of Krishna. His concept of happiness is pleasing Krishna. If he has something that is very nice for his sense gratification but that thing is not pleasing to Krishna he will reject it, but if there is something that is pleasing to Krishna but very distressing for him he will immediately accept that and when Krishna is pleased he will be happy. He does not care for his own so-called happiness or distress. His happiness is seeing Krishna happy.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Mahesh Sharma says:

        Hare krishna, Madhudwisa dasa

        I have just started reading your mails which i find very illuminating. I would separately respond to the recent mail about body being a car and the soul being the driver and the need to realize this concept.

        Confining to this response, Could you kindly clarify whether the Bhagwat Gita explains in details what things please Krishna such that day to day activities could be brought in line. I am quite sure the Bhagwat Gita cannot possibly cover all that one has to face and act. Surely, there would be some broad guide lines. In that case, the individual would have to judge for himself, according to his own understanding level, what pleases Krishna and that may end up in tricky situations. I would rather not use the CLOAK of Krishna’s pleasure to hide my own weaknesses
        Could you kindly guide me on this point
        Thanks
        Mahesh

  106. Chandrasekar says:

    Many thanks for your great and wonderful Mail. I will continue to read your mails.

    Thanks

  107. Anshul says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Sir,
    I dont know from where I feel like writing something to you .I have no
    words .And neither i want to get into “web of words” .
    I just want to say “A SIMPLE THANK YOU”
    and wish that you become witness to my message to krishna and an oath in his
    name
    “Krishna ,You be my inspiration .Now I will defend my existence and thats the only way . And u will see that I will fight with all my force .You be my teacher, my guide, my friend.Those all are my problems and so they need to be solved by me . Till now the question “why” was there.Now thats diminished . All is for you as you are for me .Next few years wont be easy but they wont remain tough either .This is my reality and I will defend it .I know you see everything
    but I promise that everyday I will write digit 1 or 0 on a paper . And
    1 SIGNIFYING that I could do what I wanted to do for you .
    0 SIGNIFYING that I couldnt .”

    Thanks Sir . I am sorry if this isnt a good place to take my oath .
    But I wasnt able to find a better place.I have many questions to ask .But none of them are in concrete form for now.

    Harey Krishna,
    Anshul

  108. S.Ravichandran says:

    Hare krishna,

    I have read that article. it is true, yes, we have to concentrate on krishna concisiousness. I have some doubt about the food habit. To maintain healthy body, we need to eat vitamin rich foods,I mean balanced food, to take balanced food doctor’s are advising for egg, fish oil, fish etc., I belive that according to food habit, gunas (three gunas ) also change, In that case what can we do? Please clarify

    Servant of krishna,

    S.Ravichandran

    • Dear Ravichandran

      We’d better take Krishna’s advice. Then we won’t go wrong. Krishna recommends a diet from these four food groups:

      Grains
      Milk Products
      Vegetables
      Fruits

      So many delicious and nutritious preparations can be made from these four food groups.

      Ultimately we have to develop some faith in Krishna and believe that what He recommends for us is good for us.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  109. Mahesh says:

    Hare Krishna Sir,
    I am very greatful to you for sending me these mails which teach us so many important things.
    Madhudvisa Ji I just want to know what are the spiritual activities and how can we connect with Krishna? Is Spirituality just Meditation?
    And if this material world is not important then why is everybody going after money and fame?
    And if Spirituality is more important then why do we have all these relations with our friends, relatives, and why do we work if death has to come any way? I think all the work that we do is waste.
    Sir I also want to know that did Krishna tell Arjuna in the end to forget all that Krishna told Arjuna in the Bhagwat Gita and just come to HIM.
    I hope you will clear my doubts sir.
    Jai Shri KRISHNA !!!

  110. Helene says:

    This was a great metaphor and really put things into perspective for me. Things such as not only my needs, but the things I want as well. It is very easy in a materialistic society to get confused that which one desires with that which one needs. “I need steak,” or “I need a new car…” Steak can easily be replaced with something more nutritionally and spiritually healthy, and investing in a new car when the current one runs fine is simply foolish.

    This article has a very good message.

  111. Ali says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Only by serving self-realized souls and their mercy, the realization that I am not this body can be felt. Also, it can only be given by guru and Krishna. Getting and maintaining this realization is a basic and very important step in self-realization. Doing our duty nicely and as long as we are in the material world, remaining in association of vaishnavas is equally important. That is the only hope.

    Hari bol!

  112. forrest walters says:

    What connection does my future “eternally youthful spiritual body” have with my present personality?

  113. preety says:

    HARE KRISHANA

    Please accept my humble obeisances……
    thank you so much for sending the articles. i have just started the chanting & try to understand the lord krishana. i am realy very serious about krishana. i have recently signed up for newsletter n it is great….

  114. nandagopal says:

    HARE KRISHANA PR, I AGREED WITH U OK, I CAN’T MAKE ANY COMMENTS ON THIS ISSUES, CHATN HARE KRISHAN MAHA MANTRA AND ALWAYS HAPPY, HARI BOL, PLZ ACCEPT MY RESPECTFUL OBEISANCES AT UR LOTUS FEET AND OTHER VAISHANAVAS IN UR TEMPLE AND CONVEY THIS , VANCHA KALPA TARU BHASCHA KRIPA SIDHU BHAY EVACHA PATI TAANAM PAVANEBHYEO VAISHANAV VEBHYO NAMO NAMAH

  115. Yanushka Gupta says:

    Hare Krishna

    Does the Bhagavad Gita tell us when the Kali Yoga ends and when the era of enlightenment begins.I once dreamed of a little blue skinned kid with little curls and he told me that the world is a living entity and our souls form its nervous system.So our souls are essentially one.A year ago I came across pictures of Lord Krishna as a and was pleasantly surprised to have recalled the dream from a time when are new barely nothing of him .
    I also need to find out if meditation is as effective as chanting the Maha -Mantra?

    May the love of Lord Krishna
    Light up your lives forever,

  116. bindu says:

    hare krishna prabhu, all glories to srila prabhupada. please accept my humble obeiscences. I completely agree with what you said prabhu.That we need to focus on going back to godhead. we all need a spiritual master , parampara system to try to achieve the higher goal.what about us who do not have a guru and are aspiring to reach our destinations?

    • We all have a guru Prabhu.

      His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

      We are all reading his books and listening to his classes. Our relationship with Srila Prabhupada is very real and it is based on submissive hearing and service. So please do not feel like this, that you are without a guru.

      This is a very dangerous position to be in. Some bogus person will come and take advantage of you claiming to be a guru and will simply mislead you.

      Do not be fooled.

      Prabhuapda is your guru. You can not find a guru qualified like Srila Prabhupada anywhere else. So please do not reject Prabhupada thinking he is not your guru. Prabhupada is your guru. Please take full advantage of his instructions by reading all his books and try to put what you read into practice in your life and your life will be very successful.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  117. Bidya says:

    Jai shri Krishna
    I am reading Bhagwad Gita nowadays and I am fully convinced to whatever is published. But I have a Question please clear it to me. After reafing Bhagwad Gita I left eating non-veg so my friends use to ask me why did you left eating non-veg I say them one should not kill any one and eat it. But then they reply that whatever vegitable we are eating they are also living things,are we not killing them and eating?.So what should be the exact convincing answer.

    • Hare Krishna Bidya

      Thank you very much for becoming vegetarian after reading Bhagavad-gita.

      This is the right thing to do and please do not let your friends convince you otherwise.

      The point is not that we become vegetarian because of not killing actually. We become vegetarian because we want to eat Krishna prasadam only. Krishna prasadam means the remnants of the foodstuffs that have been offered to Krishna.

      Devotees do not want to eat anything that has not first been enjoyed by Krishna.

      Krishna states in the Gita “patram,pushpam plalam…” That you can offer Me with love and devotion some fruits, flowers, vegetables, milk products, grains, and I will accept such an offering made with love.

      So Krishna is clearly telling us what He likes to eat. So the consciousness of a devotee when he is cooking is to make a nice offering for Krishna. Not that he is cooking something for his own enjoyment. So if you are having an important guest coming to your house and you know that he does not eat non-veg then you are not going to cook non-veg food and offer it to him are you? That would be a great insult.

      So the point is as devotees of Krishna we are vegetarian because Krishna is vegetarian. And we are cooking for Krishna, not for ourselves. So if we want to please Krishna we can not offer Him non-veg food.

      So really the idea of not killing is not why we are vegetarians. In the Vedas there is the verse “jivo jivasya jivanam…” that one living entity is living by eating another living entity. So we are also eating vegetables and vegetables also have life. That is true.

      The point is we are cooking for Krishna and Krishna only accepts offerings from the four food groups: grains, milk products, vegetables and fruits…

      It does not matter so much about convincing your friends. If they are in maya and attached to eating meat they can not think very clearly and will not be convinced. They are attached to eating meat out of lust and that clouds their intelligence. So an intellectual argument with them will not be very successful. Rather if you can get them to read Bhagavad-gita As It is, chant Hare Krishna and eat Krishna prasadam that will purify their hearts and naturally, as you have, they will also decide to give up the non-veg diet.

      You can not force people or convince them on the basis of logic. There has to be some lover for Krishna awakening in their hearts. And if that love for Krishna is there then naturally they will develop all good habits including accepting a diet of only Krishna prasadam.

      Hope this is of some help. Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  118. RANGANATHA.RAO says:

    Dear Sri Madhudvisa Dasa,
    Thank you very much for the message I AM NOT THIS BODY. I am the Atman occupied in this body similar to a driver occupying the car. Just like the driver wouldn’t feel that he is the car,but clearly knows that he is separate from the car,I too should know that I am not this body,but separate from this body.
    But how to approach it practically? The driver of the car is able to come out of the car whenever he wishes,knowing this fact confirms him that he is separate from the car.Whereas I am always seated inside this body and I can not come out of this body. When this be the case how to practically experience that I AM NOT THIS BODY?
    Regards,
    Ranganatha.Rao.

  119. J says:

    Hare Krishna,

    What an enlightening article, it has really helped me to understand the position that we all have found ourselves in.

    Thank you very much for the article, i look forward to the next one.

  120. Ashok Goel says:

    Hare Krishna..
    Prabhu Ji,
    Thanks a lot for your kind mails & knowledge about Geeta.
    Prabhu ji I want to know that how to do togather, keep happy Krishna along with family & society.
    You are therefore requested to please give your opinion.
    Thanks & Regards.
    Ashok Goel

  121. Hare Krishna prabhus,

    I just wanted to make the comment that Madhuvisa is completely correct when he asks us to know that we have a spiritual master and there is no need for looking for another guru than Shrila Prabhupada. I have been dedicated to Shrila Prabhupada since 1971 and I am feeling his presense in my life more than ever before. We just need to try our best to do as Prabhupada asked us and we are his disciples. The fact is all Bonafide sampradayas preach that our guru never dies and lives forever in his instructions and with those persons who follow them, even those just trying to follow them and are having alot of difficulty of coming to the perfect standard. Simply because we have this human form of life now after traveling through countless bodies since time immemorial we have now achieved this greatest boon of a human form of life, therefor who ever we are, it is our duty in this human form of life, ETERNAL DUTY, to just dedicate our lives to understand and obey Shrila Prabhupada who no one can come close to on this planet, physically manifest, Shrila Prabhupada is our doubtless guru of the universe, Jagat Guru, so please I beg you all with straws in my mouth to surrender to his divine grace Shrila Prabhupada,

    your eternal servant,
    Anubhavananda dasa

  122. Hare Krishna prabhus,

    I need to make a correction from my last letter. No one should really think he is a disciple of Prabhupada unless they are chanting 16 rounds everyday and following the regulated principles and life style Prabhupada prescribed to us for our spiritual lives and indeed he promised those who stuck to those principles would go back to home back to Godhead after leaving their physical bodies. So, we definirtely can not take what he said cheaply but as soon as we are sincerely reading his books we are most definitely on the path Prabhupada said. The sad thing is we no longer have really Prabhupada centered temples with fired up devotees in them like there was when Prabhupada was phuysically present on this planet especially in the mid 60s to mid seventys and then we can see after he departed this world physically anyhow he remains with us as much as we please and follow him and we can practically percieve that just like Prabhupada said he never felt seperate from his guru. Anyhow presently like Madhuvisa prabhu most properly pointed out we can experience Prabhupada’s presense in his books and when we are linked to him by doing as he asks. But I beg that no one becomes discouraged at their inabilities, we don’t have really fired up Prabhupada here in america anyhow, there is the Bangalore temple that is practically doing more than any otherf Prabhupada centered temple ever did right now to prove what happens when Prabhupada is the center of our lives, even President Obama praised their prasadam distribution program in a letter that’s at the Bangalore website. But anyhow I am just begging as my sevice for no one to become discouraged, what ever we can do that Prabhupada recommended in the books, is a foward step back to Godhead which is never lost therefor,we need to just do what we can and gradually, very gradually we will be able to do more and more, but we should never give up at any rate like the sparrow who despite all impossible odds strived to get her eggs out of the ocean when they were blown away in a storm. It was only Garuda Lord Vishnu’s most confidential bird carrier that ultimately took compassion on the bird and threatened the ocean to return the birds eggs. So in this way we must just understand all the succcess in our lives rest on the most confidential servitor of God Shrila Prabhupada and just like that sparrow never give up our endeavor to get back our spiritual lives and souls for this is the only satisfaction for our souls to be fully engaged in the service of Shri Shri Guru and Gauranga!!!!
    your fallen servant,

    Anubhavananda dasaA

  123. Parveen says:

    yes, you can say madhudvisa das jee that body is a car and soul is a driver but most of the times the people like the car only and not the driver because the aximum population want the outlook and not the inner qualities of a man.
    This driver also needs to be very strong and full of energies of the god itself to catch the eyes.

    parveen

  124. Parveen says:

    yes, you can say madhudvisa das jee that body is a car and soul is a driver but most of the times the people like the car only and not the driver because the maximum population want the outlook and not the inner qualities of a man.
    This driver also needs to be very strong and full of energies of the god itself to catch the eyes.

    parveen

  125. haresh says:

    hare krishna ,Dandvat pramnam, iwill always remember ur instruction & try to preach people by giving the example of car & driver.

    your servent
    haresh

  126. urmila devi dasi says:

    wonderful,amazing and very clear thannks hari bol

  127. Yanushka Gupta says:

    Is chanting the Hare krishna manthra as effective as third eye meditation in the fast approaching Golden Age?How does Krishna consciousness address the changing vibrational frequency within sacred geometry ,the merkerba around the earth and around every living being.Surely the changes around the earths magnetic field effects changes in our aura.Is chantinting effective for our ascension?

    • Hare Krishna Yanushka

      All these new age nonsense ideas are hopless. They will not help you.

      The only thing that will help you in the Kali-yuga is chanting the Hare Krishna Maha mantra.

      The things you have mentioned are all infulences on the material body. They may be there of course. But the solution is to chant Hare Krishna mantra. Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra will gradually take us out of the material bodily concept of life and when we are no longer in the bodily concept of life the infulences on the body no longer infulence us, the atma, the soul.

      So the earths magnetic field, our aura and all the other stuff are irrelevant. They can all be transcended by chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  128. Gaurasundara Das says:

    Hare Krishna.
    AGTSP.
    PAMHO.

    All this is corroborated by scriptures as follow:

    “The individual is the passenger in the car of the material body, and intelligence is the driver. Mind is the driving instrument, and the senses are the horses. The self is thus the enjoyer or sufferer in the association of the mind and senses. So it is understood by great thinkers.” (Katha Upanisad 1.3.3–4)

    “The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.” (Bhagavad-Gita 18-61)

    “As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” (Bhagavad-Gita 2- 22)

    Accordingly whit the teachings of Srila Prabhupada: “This is the basic problem of human society. I am not this body but a spiritual soul in the body. The body is a dress for the soul, but people are too much worried about the dress and don’t feed the spirit. If I have a very elegant dress but if I don’t eat, I die. Basically we are spiritual souls but we are very concerned in the body and not in ourselves. So the whole world is identified with the body, no one is identified with the spiritual soul.

    This is a wrong sense of ego. There are two kinds of ego; aham-mameti I am the body, and aham-brahmasmi I am spirit. False ego is the sense of identify the self with what we are not; a body that is temporary, illusory. The body is made of five inert material elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether.) That has no life or consciousness. The spirit is sensitive, while the mater is insensitive, so the body never is really alive, because matter is inert by nature; it is only because of the spiritual soul that the body apparently lives.

    In addition to the gross material body, we also have a subtle energy body that consists of three elements: Mind, intelligence and false ego. The subtle body is like a mask for the soul, which takes the soul form one body to another while inside the material world.

    The true ego, the soul, is made of three elements: eternity, knowledge and bliss. The soul is spiritual, its nature is contrary to the matter, and matter is always changing is temporary while the soul is unborn eternal. In its natural position the soul is the consciousness of eternal life filled with happiness. Happiness means reality, but the soul because of illusion is identified with the suffering, the ignorance and the temporality, so that today we are like a fish out of water.

    The mind is enjoying the senses of the body. When the senses are uncontrolled, drag the soul into the well of material conditions. All our wishes to control material nature are not more than the product of our false ego that wants to be the centre.

    The Lord is covered by the curtain of illusion; therefore, one should by all means tolerate the duality of happiness and sorrow, leaving the body identification or occupation in the complacency of senses, as a turtle retracts its senses into the shell. This will elevated one to the platform of knowledge and eliminate the false ego, free from ignorance forever.

    Similarly as the man who runs the car when the car is stationary or going well, he is disinterested because he knows he is not the car. When someone who is intelligent and wise understands that the body is a machine, so no doubts at any stage of the body.

    Every seven years all the cells in our body change, but consciousness, which is the symptom of the soul, is something permanent that never changes. A material body without conscience is a dead body and nobody can revive this awareness with any amount of chemical combinations; thus, consciousness is only because the presence of the spiritual soul. The spiritual soul is situated in the area of the heart and its atomic dimension is beyond the power of appreciation of materialistic scientists who claim that there is not soul: but although they admit that the heart is the source of all energies of the body, do not know where that energy comes from.

    Consciousness of being is different from the body, when I say: “I have a body” there are two aspects: the –self- which is the subject, and the –body- which is the object, I do not say: “I arm” but: “I have an arm” “I have a mind, “I have an intelligence” then the person is the consciousness that is beyond what he has. That is the cause of the dissatisfaction. That nobody has spiritual practices, we are only concerned by the external costume of the soul by the crust: pure form, as mannequins, or ceramic pieces, empty by inside, because nobody has a moral principle whereby live or some spiritual value that makes you feel that you are not a zero to the left.

    He who has no information about the bliss obtained from association with the Supreme Lord will not do any penance, but will remain absorbed in the animalistic tendencies of eating, sleeping, mate and defence, caged in material conditioning, looking for a pleasure which is affordable to dogs and pigs that eat excrement. Addressing only in economic development for complacency of the senses is a loss of time, as walk behind ghost or decorating dead bodies. Due to the ignorance nobody knows what is the own interest, the true profit or what is right for you, and are only dedicated to chew the masticated. Your constitutional position is that you are a pure living soul. You must not identify this body or mind as your true self. Your true identity is not your body, your mind, your intelligence, nor your false ego. Your position is that you are transcendental and you have the power to get rid of the material energy and avail you of spiritual energy. Currently identify the body with the self, this false identification is called “false ego”. The living being enchanted by this false ego changes his different bodies and is subject to the miseries of the material world.”

    One must be identified as an eternal servant of Lord Krishna. Bhaktivinoda Says: “When someone is considered guilty of aversion in service to Krishna, God, then Maya, the illusory material energy, condemns you to pursue mundane happiness and find misery as punishment.”

  129. Harinama says:

    Dear Madhudvisa prabhu.
    Pamho. AgtSP.

    I would like to humbly ask you for help. I heard two different info regarding wearing Tulsi neck beads. Someone says that non devotees can wear them and they get benefit (agyata sukrti). The other opinion is that only Vaisnavas who follow 4 regs are allowed to wear Tulsi. Therefore non devotees who wear Tulsi and do not follow 4 regs create offenses towards Tulsi devi and have to suffer future reactions.

    Has Srila Prabhupada mentioned anything on that matter? Or is that any sastric evidence that proves what is correct?

    I have lots of respect towards you and am grateful for your advice.

    Hare Krsna

    ys Harinama

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      Tulsi beads are only for devotees. Non-devotees will just think they are beads and will have no respect for Srimati Tulsi Devi and will create many offenses which will be bad for them.

      This is a very basic point that was once known by all devotees in ISKCON. Now “modern” devotees are confused and incorrect on so many points.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  130. Felix Ramon says:

    Dear Madhuvisa dasa

    Harebol
    I’m a follower of Krishna way back on my college day and up to the present, also I wear a tulasi neck beads. Every day i’m also chant the hare krishna maha-mantra.

    I respect all the devotees and am grateful for your advice.

    Hare Krsna

    Felix Ramon

  131. Ed says:

    I am thankful for the message given, and I agree with the ego-driven car/body concern, as it has also been said that one cannot have two masters.

    My concern regards Mother Earth and nature. Does moving into a higher state of spirituality include developing a reverence for and a kinship of the miracles of nature as manifested in the flowers, trees and animals, or is that, like oiling ang washing the car, feeding the false ego? Thank you.

  132. GANAPATI M.G. says:

    HARE KRISHNA
    This article gave me a chance clarify my …may be a silly doubt.If body is a car and soul is the driver, that means all mistakes are executed by soul ie drivingover the people,animals,breaking traffic rules etc.So punishment will be given to body or soul?If soul has taken all decisions using brain..intelligence…five senses etc.., how can soul can be punished?bcase it is immortal.I can understand soul carries the penalties/punishments from one body to other body.
    Can clarify …please
    Thanks

  133. Tiffany says:

    Happy Day Hare Krsna!

    With many gracious thank yous Hare Krsna! In the NOW I will meditate upon the needs of my soul and the needs of my body will be met in my food, thought and action with love,peace,joy,abundance & smiles to share ;-) ;-) ;-)

    Hare Krsna!
    Hare Rama!
    Hare Hare!

  134. Hemchandra says:

    Dear Madhudvisa dasa

    Hare Krishna,

    I am very much thankful to loard krishna for enlighting me through you. I am enjoing reading ur mails.

    Just as anything which come in the vicinity of black hole, it attracts them, I am feeling that The loard Krishna(which means Black)is attracking me towards him.

    Thank you for sending me a divine knowledge.

  135. Parmjeet says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu Ji

    Thank Prabhu Ji for sending these Divine Words to us, i always wait for your mails and whenever i read them they gives me real happiness & also advancement to my spiritual knowledge and also helps me to get rid off from matrialistic problem that how to handle them; to ignore them so that they we can make them more & more effectable to us.

    I feel really very happy whenever i recevied anything related to Lord Krishna & us.

    Hare Krishna

  136. JAGMOHAN GOYAL says:

    what is the theory to remian in this state always ?

  137. Dilip says:

    Hare krsna
    I want to know one thing whenever i try to concentrate in spiritually,
    i get divierted to negative thought with double fource, i experience many time,
    last sunday i went in isckon and next two three day i try to concentrate krisna ,i also read book of krisna conciousness but thought toward negative is becaming more…, i usally start chanting also

  138. Dhirendra says:

    How do I get the meanings of Gita slokas?
    Thank you very much for everything.

  139. Sanghmitra says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
    Thank you for sending emails regarding Bhagwat Gita.Prabhuji,sometimes I really cannot believe how certain things have changed in my life.Actually some 10 years before Bhagwat Gita was purchased by me and at that time when I tried to read, I really could not understand and the taste was not further developed.
    But, in November ’09 my father-in-law , nearly 85 years old ,was seriously ill and the medical reports stated that very few days were left for him to survive.
    One evening , I really don’t know ,but I thought of reading Gita.So I searched Bhagwat Gita and started reading the 2nd chapter loudly,after completing,somehow i felt peaceful.And the same night,he expired.
    After his death,sudden urge of understanding Gita made me read,but could not understand correctly.After two days, I saw an advt in front of my house about “Self Realisation “course being conducted.I immediately enrolled and from that day onwards,my thoughts,my actions and my deeds are Krishna Conscious.
    First thing I started consuming only VEGETARIAN food.(Impact of moods)
    Our Swamiji Jagannath Priya Das,whom we are really grateful,very descriptively described all the modes and their impact in our lives,
    Secondly,without offering meals to Lord Krishna,nothing is oonsumed and believe me the veg food suddenly found to be tasty and delicious.Thirdly,eating in hotels completely stopped.Next,incessant chanting of Mahamantra and complete surrender to the will of Lord Krishna has made my life extreamely peaceful and relaxed.

    Hare Krishna

  140. saraswathi says:

    hare krishna prabhuji
    thanks for mailing about bhagavad gita principles im really happy to follow ur mails.pls send me mails in detail about the bhagavad gita and the rules to observe. actually im chanting the mahamantra daily and offering what im cooking to lord and having it as prasadam along with my family.one thing reg prasadam if its cooked today can consume tommorrow or nt? coz i dnt want to waste anything and its moreover prasadam.pls confirm me.thank u once again for sending mails.keep sending.
    haribol!!!

  141. swapnil says:

    Yes my almighty your are absolutely right,
    But I believed that there is a particular reason behind every birth & we should find the reason. But instead of finding a reason people are too busy to satisfied their physical as well as luxurious wants, wants, wants? & not needs (now there is difference between needs & wants u know), A person can easily get his basic needs but he gives more effort, energy & more than that he forgets his soul or the teaching of your holy books & gurus just to fulfill his “UNWANTED” luxurious wants & for having pleasures in his life,rather than to worship almighty “prabhu” for giving life in this Beautiful world. He is busy in profit & loss.so Because of which he has lost his main aim & beautiful creature of god “Human Beings” has turn into machine. And Frankly speaking “prabhu”I am misanthrope person but love humanity.

    • Gaurasundara Dasa says:

      Hare Krishna,
      “Mr” Swapnil
      There is a history about Gopala Chapala, maybe will be interesting for you, he really don’t needed to do such thing but by envy he critique a devotee.

      Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu regularly led congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra in the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura every night for one full year.
      This ecstatic chanting was performed with the doors closed so that nonbelievers who came to make fun could not gain entrance.
      Thus the nonbelievers almost burned to ashes and died in envy. To retaliate, they planned various ways to give trouble to Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura.
      One night while kīrtana was going on inside Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura’s house, a brāhmaṇa named Gopāla Cāpāla, the chief of the nonbelievers, who was talkative and very rough in his speech, placed all the paraphernalia for worshiping the goddess Durgā outside Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura’s door.
      On the upper portion of a plantain leaf he placed such paraphernalia for worship as oḍa-phula, turmeric, vermilion, red sandalwood and rice.
      He placed a pot of wine beside all this, and in the morning when Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura opened his door he saw this paraphernalia.
      Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura called for all the respectable gentlemen of the neighborhood and smilingly addressed them as follows.
      “Gentlemen, every night I worship the goddess Bhavānī. Since the paraphernalia for the worship is present here, now all you respectable brāhmaṇas and members of the higher castes can understand my position.”
      Then all the assembled gentlemen exclaimed, “What is this? What is this? Who has performed such mischievous activities? Who is that sinful man?”
      They called for a sweeper [hāḍi], who threw all the items of worship far away and cleansed the place by mopping it with a mixture of water and cow dung.
      After three days, leprosy attacked Gopāla Cāpāla, and blood oozed from sores all over his body. Incessantly covered with germs and insects biting him all over his body, Gopāla Cāpāla felt unbearable pain. His entire body burned in distress.

      Since leprosy is an infectious disease, Gopāla Cāpāla left the village to sit down on the bank of the Ganges underneath a tree. One day, however, he saw Caitanya Mahāprabhu passing by and spoke to Him as follows.
      “My dear nephew, I am Your maternal uncle in our village relationship. Please see how greatly this attack of leprosy has afflicted me.
      “As an incarnation of God, You are delivering so many fallen souls. I am also a greatly unhappy fallen soul. Kindly deliver me by Your mercy.”
      Hearing this, Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared greatly angry, and in that angry mood He spoke some words chastising him.
      “O sinful person, envious of pure devotees, I shall not deliver you! Rather, I shall have you bitten by these germs for many millions of years.
      “You have made Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura appear to have been worshiping the goddess Bhavānī. Simply for this offense, you will have to fall down into hellish life for ten million births.
      “I have appeared in this incarnation to kill the demons [pasandis] and, after killing them, to preach the cult of devotional service.”
      After saying this, the Lord left to take His bath in the Ganges, and that sinful man did not give up his life but continued to suffer.
      Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 17. 34-54

      Gaurasundara Dasa

  142. Bianca says:

    Would be like watering a dead flower..watering the ground doesn’t make the flowers grow,neither gets them back to life..but simply keeps alive a flower that’s already there.The flower,our soul..is the manifestation of the ground’s (our fisical body)original and only true purpose and meaning.
    Thank you for guiding us..throughout finding ourselves..our only and true meaning.
    May love triumph over all material things.

    Hare Krishna

  143. Ieva says:

    Hello,
    I am interested in this not for a long time yet. I am carefully reading letters and some books of A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Pradhupada. Those books changed life of my friend, he is happier than early. So, I want to understand this science – religion. I understood that only our body die, our soul is eternal, and we have to seek spiritual happiness. Now, I have many questions about all this things, but I want to read and understand in my self. Only one question, I think, not have the answer: if the God Krishna made all the world, from where Krishna came from?

    Ieva

    • Hare Krishna Leva

      It is a good question. Because in our experience everything we see comes from somewhere, is created by someone etc. So when one hears about God questions like “Who made God” or “Where did God come from” are quite natural.

      But these questions come from projecting our material, bodily consciousness on God. We are thinking that this body I have came from my parents, so where did God come from?

      But, God does not have a material body like us that changes or comes from somewhere. The nature of God is that He has an eternal, blissful spiritual form. Because God’s form is eternal there is no question of Him coming from anywhere. He has no beginning and no end. So God does not come from anywhere. He is always there, that is what eternal means. No beginning and no end.

      We also, on the spiritual level, share this same eternal, spiritual nature of God. But He is unlimited and we are very small. That is the difference between God and us. He is great and we are small. But our spirit and the spirit of God is the same, qualitatively.

      Because, in this material world, our eternal, spiritual soul is covered by this temporary material body, and we are identifying with the material body, not the soul, and this material body comes from somewhere and will go somewhere when it is finished, it has a beginning and an end, so naturally these questions about where God comes from come up. But I think you can see that it is only due to our misidentification with the material body that these questions come. God is eternal and we are also eternal, our spirit soul is eternal, so we do not come from anywhere and we do not go anywhere. We exist eternally.

      In the conditioned state of life we are travelling from one body to another. One birth I may be in an American man’s body, the next birth a dog’s body, the next birth a bird’s body, etc, but “I” the spirit soul am eternal… Like God I have no birth and no death. We only seem to take birth and die because we misidentify with the material body…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Hare Krishna Prabhu,

        I feel so lucky to get this sacred knowledge in my e mail account everyday and i always go through it very deeply.

        I am a regular reader of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita but to actually read it through your help by excellent examples is so satisfactory and pleasing.

        I pay all my humble obesiences to yourself and to Divine Grace Shri Prabhupada.

        Please send me more information as much as possible so that i could bath myself in this sacred knowledge everyday.

        I live in Australia but i will be visiting Vrindavan and Mayapur very soon within few weeks.

        Would love to meet such a great devoted soul like you.

        May Lord Krishna bless all of us with his devotional bhakti

        Take care Prabhu

        Radhe Radhe

  144. Rachana says:

    Hare Krsna, I do chanting everyday but still i am not able to concentrate. My mind keeps on wavering here and there. Can any one guide me how do i concentrate on my chanting.

    • sarva says:

      Hare Krishna Rachana,
      Concentarting on the process of chanting Harinama, namely hearing the sound vibration and focusing our mind is certainly challenging for all of us from time to time. Arjuna said to Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, “chanchalam hi manah krsna pramathi balavad dridham… (Bg. 6.34), the mind is more difficult to control than the wind, it is obstinate, strong, tubulent and restless. Thus when we pick up japa beads and begin to chant, the mind trypicaly wants to think about anything else besides chanting. But with practice and detachment it is possible to conquer the restless mind and focus on the task at hand. This is actual yoga for the age, just to focus on the sound of Lord Krishna’s holy names. Some devotees also find it helpful to gaze at a favorite picture of the Lord or a poster with the Maha Mantra written on it. Hope that helps. Hare Krishna.

  145. karen says:

    Hare Krishna

    I agree, but finding the right fuel has been difficult to sustain.
    When I do find something that feels right something comes along to take it away. Even though the fuel was good for my soul and for others. I have found there are always obstacles to happiness that are grinding me down.
    It`s as if happiness is a luxury.

    Respectively – karen

  146. Tiffany says:

    Happy day! Obstacles are veiled opportunities with smiles 2 share ;-) ;-) ;-)

  147. tomaž says:

    hari-bol . dear madhudvisa prabhu , everithing you said about the body and the driver of the body it’s true . what is the protectione of the soul .

  148. Elizeu says:

    All glories to Sri Radha Krsna!!
    I heard anywhere , years ago the same points about a bird living within a coop. As servents we take care of the coop, but forget to take care for the bird’s needs. At the end , the bird will suffer starving up to death.

    I heard too: The most we know about Krsna philosophy after studying it hard, is in our mind. And there will be a time when we’ll have to live the philosophy but not only think of or meditate on it.

    Living our day by day Maya’s world it is almost impossible to overcome the bad predicted future. Inside,I can behold how the pure devotional life is supposed to be. I feel that I have to listen to spiritual preaching overtime, because I am very stupid, ignorant and forgetful.

    Thanks for sendind me this.

    Dandavat
    Haribol

  149. vijayshree says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for sending me mail,First of all i don’t know much English but i can read and understand now I am 59 years old lady I have reading habits and that is in my language My Mother tongue is marathi ok for writing these things I have few questions but how can i write?in my language? can u understand?I reading BHAGVAD GITA everyday but not getting peace of mind I am not counting the malas but i am doing japas but can u write me how to do japa? pease I am eagerly waiting for your reply thank you
    HERE KRISHNA

  150. avnish chauhan says:

    hare krishna

    very well said, but this is an good example for people those are a bit Krishna cons. for the materialistic people so called Drs, Scientists etc. this will be nice if we can get explanations which are more near to the living world.

    Hare Krishna
    Avnish

  151. jiwan says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu JI
    Danda Pranam

    From last6 months I was regularly attend the ISKON for pray chanting & listen speech from prabhu ji I have a copy of Srila Prabhupada BG also with me I am go through it even though I need more conciousness about Krishna,I am grateful prabhu ji faith me & send newsletters regularly Please!

    Jiwan
    Haribol

  152. Rakhee says:

    Hare Krishna!
    The passage talks of material things such as the body and eternal, such as the soul. What I wanted to ask is what about love? In the Bhagavad Gita, it is said that to have too much attachment in the world is wrong and that is what keeps up from reaching the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But is it really wrong to love and care for loved ones?

    Another question I had in my mind, was that if people are not religious or spiritual, but they do good things with a pure heart; is that ignorance or not?
    Many thanks.

    Hare Krishna!

    • Hare Krishna Rakhee

      Love in the material world is based on the body and bodily relationships. These loving relationships in the material world bind us to the material world. So for one who wants to advance in spiritual life he needs to develop his loving relationship with Krishna. So a devotee will develop loving relationships with others who are interested in serving Krishna and they will serve Krishna together and support and encourage each other in this way. The real love and care that one can extend to the family members and other “loved ones” is to educate them in Krishna consciousness, to give them Krishna prasadam, but if they are not interested, there is no point in being attached to them.

      We have no permanent relationship with our so-called “loved ones.” We only have a relationship based on this body. And when this body is gone that relationship will also be gone.

      It is important to develop our relationship with Krishna and our relationships with the devotees of Krishna. But unless our “loved ones” are interested in Krishna, there is not much point…

      People who are not religious or spiritual can not do good things. Everything belongs to Krishna. Everything should be used in the service of Krishna. So if one does not believe in Krishna then he will not be using Krishna’s things for the pleasure of Krishna, therefore he will be a thief. He is not doing good things. He is a thief. He is using Krishna’s things for his own, or others’ benefit.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  153. Jesse Valencia says:

    I have trouble seeing the body and the soul as being separate.
    Two distinct things they are, yes, but in this estate of life
    they are very much conjoined…the body is needed for the soul
    to recognize, understand, and build it’s spirituality. If we
    were only spirit, and no body to learn with, then we could not
    advance as effectively. The body, for me, is necessary, and there
    is much joy that can be found in that.

    What I was trying to get to with that is the idea that because we
    are currently in a state of material form, perhaps the maintenance
    of the body could in itself be made into a spiritual act, rather than
    being separate from spiritual activities. Scientists have linked
    exercise and health to happiness. Yes, it is material happiness, but
    how effective would it be for someone feeling good about themselves and
    healthy to engage in spiritual activities over someone who feels sickly,
    weak, and is depressed to try to engage in them?

    Take the analogy of the car. If we are careless with it, we could wreck
    it and thereby injure the driver, or if we run it into the ground without
    taking care of it, we may leave the driver stranded.

    Thus I feel, in conclusion, that maintaining the body in a healthy and
    well-moderated state will benefit the soul in this life, so long as one
    does not become attached to the things which the body engages in. It is
    largely a will of the mind, and will require much thinking, learning, and
    action in life. The body, as the car, must be maintained, or else it will be deadlined and will provide no service to the driver.

    • sarva says:

      Nice thoughts Jesse. allow me to suggest some furter ideas based on the wisdom of the Vedas
      I have trouble seeing the body and the soul as being separate.
      Two distinct things they are, yes, but in this estate of life
      they are very much conjoined…the body is needed for the soul
      to recognize, understand, and build it’s spirituality. If we
      were only spirit, and no body to learn with, then we could not
      advance as effectively. The body, for me, is necessary, and there
      is much joy that can be found in that.
      We all have this trouble, seeing the soul and the body as distinct from one another. We have been embodied, riding in the vehicle of the body for many lifetimes and thus it seems natural. But we should understand the characteristics of the soul in relation to the body in the light of scripture. If we live according to scriptural advice, that knowledge and experience will dawn in our life. We call this self realization, the ultimate “joy”.

      What I was trying to get to with that is the idea that because we
      are currently in a state of material form, perhaps the maintenance
      of the body could in itself be made into a spiritual act, rather than
      being separate from spiritual activities. Scientists have linked
      exercise and health to happiness. Yes, it is material happiness, but
      how effective would it be for someone feeling good about themselves and
      healthy to engage in spiritual activities over someone who feels sickly,
      weak, and is depressed to try to engage in them?
      Take the analogy of the car. If we are careless with it, we could wreck
      it and thereby injure the driver, or if we run it into the ground without
      taking care of it, we may leave the driver stranded.
      Very true. Lord Krishna recommends in Bhagavad-Gita, “yuktahara viharasya, yukta chestasya karmasu…” (Bg. 6.17), that one should regulate their habits of eating, sleeping, working and recreation. Indeed by doing so, “yogo bhavati dukhaha” we can greatly minimize the distress associated with having a material body. The body is a machine and as any machine requires maintenance, so our body requires care as it is a vehicle for the soul and the vehicle with which we serve God while in this world.

      Thus I feel, in conclusion, that maintaining the body in a healthy and
      well-moderated state will benefit the soul in this life, so long as one
      does not become attached to the things which the body engages in. It is
      largely a will of the mind, and will require much thinking, learning, and
      action in life. The body, as the car, must be maintained, or else it will be deadlined and will provide no service to the driver.
      Yes, no doubt the body requires proper care but don’t make the mistake of thinking that doing so benefits the soul. The soul is described in Bhagavad-Gita as, imperishable, indestructible, immutable and inconceivable. The process of self realization is to wake up and experience our eternal identity as soul or spirit. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu likened the process to cleansing a mirror. When a mirror is covered by dust we can’t see our reflection clearly. Similarly, when our consciousness is covered with the dust of material identification we conceive of ourselves as matter, as the body. That misconception is cleansed by the easy awakening process of chanting the Holy Names of Lord Krishna. If you do this sincerely there is no doubt you will experience the truth of the matter directly. Hare Krishna.

  154. Varinder says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji, I feel great sense of pleasure when I read Bhagwat Gita written by Sri Krishna and he made you the medium to spread this valuable knowledge to humankind. I am very thankful to you for sending me this abundance knowledge From Sri Bhagawat Gita. I have few questions that my mind is asking from me and I hope it will get answers.
    As we know that our body is a medium or a vehicle that helps us to take to our real destination that is ‘MOKSHA’ OR ‘Enlightenment’. It is same like a material vehicle that helps us to take us to our material world destinations.
    But sometimes a person maintain his/her body in a best way and devote his time for “Bhakti” but suddenly he/she met with serious bodily accidents that make him/her unable to perform spiritual activities or sometimes human beings lost their lives and didn’t get chance to perform spiritual activities and bind themselves with Sri Krishna.

    It is in the same manner like a materialistic vehicle(car) that is being maintained by it’s owner in a best possible way but unfortunately met with accident due to the fault of impaired drivers.

    My question is that is this already determined by Sri Krishna for different human bodies to perform overall activities including bodily and spiritual. Can a soul blame god that he(God) didn’t give him/her(soul) a chance while in body to try hi/her best for getting enlightenment or Moksha since body is only a medium to achieve this goal.

    I beg your pardon for any mistake that i did in asking my questions. I always look forward for your knowlwgeable comments on my silly questions.

    Hare Krishna.. Hare Krishna.. Krishna Krishna Hare Hare..
    Hare Ram.. Hare Ram.. Ram.. Ram.. Hare.. Hare..

  155. Archana Kapani says:

    Hare Krishna

    PAMHO, All glories to Srila Prabhupada

    very nicely explained the differance between the body and the soul.

    thank you so much

  156. kt says:

    hare krishna,

    i have a question which always haunts me,
    is spitituality is the only need of our soul if so then what are our responsibilities like we are sons/daughters of our parents we need to look after them, we need to work for that to earn daily food what abt tat

  157. NEHA GOYAL says:

    HARE KRISHNA MADHUDVISA DASA…. PAMHO… THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR NEWSLETTERS.. I REALLY LIKE THEM,,PLZ KEEP ON SENDING….
    I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS….
    How can I Spend our life on the level of soul? In first newsletter u said that we should not think that LORD KRISHNA is not a great personality, why?

  158. Sonal says:

    Hare Krishna prabhuji,
    No doubt we are souls,
    I have read many chapters of Bhagvad gita as it is,
    prabhu ji i want to ask u,we cant leave this material world,thats true
    we cant leave these relations,we should talk ,eat ,think and do things for krishna but many in our families are not the same as we think.

    Its said we should behave as an artist in front of such people as if we are in some kind of play.

    My question is : Are we doing justice to such souls residing in such bodies by doing drama in front of them?
    Aren’t they also part of GOD ,so why behave like an artist?
    Shouldn’t we be extra loving to them since they are not feeling same as I do?
    Hoping for reply,
    Hare krishna.

  159. Ashwini says:

    Hare Krishna.
    I agree with you. that we are not this body.And it is also true that we must only accept that which is in our share to maintain the body. not more than that.

  160. Raghuveer Singh says:

    I am fully agreement with your views. Thanks for citing elaborate and appropriate example. Gita gives answers of spiritual problems. Jai Shree Krishna.

  161. Sangram Jadhavrao says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Its nice to know the relation between soul & body. As explained by you our objective in life should be advancement in spiritual life. One should eat, sleep have sex in a regulated way only to maintain the body. I wonder how this world would appear if every human being alive at this point realizes this and starts working towards spiritual advancement.
    Its confusing me what is actually important. If you look at the body only to maintain it not much is needed. Todays advancement in material things like computers, mobile phones , emails , and many other high tech inventions our these not necessary. There our so many faculties in colleges/ universities today our these different fields not necessary.Is working hard to advance in material world absolutely useless. Please enlighten me.

  162. kaushil says:

    yes, of course we are driver of the our car.
    yes good one. but thing is that we should first understand what way we want to select more out of three yoga’s.
    bhaktiyoga, karmayoga or gyanyoga’s. we have to depends on all but we should identify our supreme yoga’s in our lives like we selected krishna as our father god.

    and rest should be left on god. god do whatever feels suitable depends on our past karmas, but we can urge god sometimes for our negative intuitions to god that you have created the same, can you pls change the situation.
    then we need to say , tari ichha ma mari ichha samamyeli che.
    tu aagal ne hu tari paachal.

    & thanks to god for giving good life & stayed within us.

    thanks god.

  163. sekhar vemuri says:

    hare krishna prabhu
    This is Sekhar Vemuri from Manchester. I regularly visit Iskcon Manchester centre with family. I follow 4 regulatory principles and chant 16 rounds every day.I feel like fortunate person to have the association of the devotees all the time.
    This is the real opportunity to have the association of Krishna devotees like you and we utilise for the progress of service to Krishna.

  164. SRIRAM says:

    Hare Krishna!
    We should not waste our time in satisfying sensual pleasures. Rather we should engage in the awakening of the spiritual consciousness. In Bhagavad Gita, in many places it is emphasized that I am not the body I am the atman. The sole purpose of the bhagavad Gita is to make to realise that I am chat chith ananda atma.When this atma merges with the supreme soul, it becomes paramatma. In that divine sky, there is no thirst, there is no hunger, there is no heat, there is no dualities, there is no disease, there is no death but only ananda (bliss). Such a state is full of bliss, full of knowledge and full of consciousness.

  165. sriram says:

    Hare Krishna,
    The whole purpose of the Gita is to make us realise that I am not the body but I am the soul. I agree with your elaborate views. We should not waste our time in satisfying the senses rather we should utilize our energy in the dedicated service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna

  166. Vikrant says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu G,

    i’m agree with this all…but plz. let me know what is the solution if someone love krishna and and get happiness beyond the happiness of this material world and then later mistakenly start loving some other person and divert all that love to that person and then get the sadness…and now unable to chant properly bcoz. of those sad thoughts come again and again…what is the proper solution to come out from this life…

  167. isha says:

    yes its true tat ”its easy to say tat we are atma n not tis body.tat we are god,tat our purpose is to delearn and meet our destination ”god”…’
    its even easy to say tat our body is diffrent than us…the requirements are diffrent..cause this is wat we learn from d very moment we are born’MATERIAL’

  168. isha says:

    if we feel love for some body.. is it d need of body or of the soul??
    does it mean tat we should cut off from all worldy relations tat we have?
    should we not love or be loved ?
    be ignorant and inconcerned??
    love is also ‘food’
    but i m not sure of body or of soul..!!
    please clearify

  169. i find it completely true that our soul is eternal and needs to be taken care of more than our body….this body is temporary ,soul is eternal….may lord rama bless us all,a nd bestow his love upon us…jai srirama!!

  170. Sunil says:

    Thank you sir. This is very helpful.

  171. Derisha says:

    Hare Krsna!!! :)

    I loved the metaphor used here! It explained so wonderfully the relationship between body and soul… Thank you!!!!!

  172. meenu says:

    Hare krishna

    Thanks for the suggetion. prabhu ji DAMODAR PRIYEDASA prabhu ji said that the BHAGTO KA SANG is very easy to Know about Lord Krishna. but i can join the BHAGTO KA SANG in my class and only in temple and ISKON is so far from my house that’s why rarely i can join the BHAGTO KA SANG. And in my family members they easly understand what i want but they don’t give me permission for doing anything in home.i left the tea since 3 years and know i left the onion also since 6 months when i started the spiritual classes. my brother scold me for making food without onion and becoz that my mother is so worried becoz i want make BHOG in my kitchen by my brother shout on us. how can i understand him.

    sorry Prabhu ji becoz i m not able to write proper english. i hope u understand.

    Thanks.

  173. Vrindavand das says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhu,

    It is a peculiar thing that we need to remind ourselves daily that we are not this body, it is not an easy concept for us to remember. Every sense of this body is experienced by our souls, so the attachment is there. I do have a few questions regarding the needs of the body.

    You mention above that we are advised that we should do the minimum to meet the needs of our bodies. In this you include eating, sleeping and sex, and defending in a regulated manner. What does regulated mean, especially when it comes to sex, in particular if one is not in a traditional relationship? Is sex used to keep the mind and body fit, especially if one is not ready to give up sex? Is that then considered “illicit sex”? Is keeping bodily healthy through the use of regulated but moderate sex if unmarried considered illicit?

    Another question. Above there was a letter from a prabhu, who was questioning about the changes his body had gone through as he aged, but was inferring that he might now have had these condition has he continued to exercise and do pilates work. Why is exercise not good for the body and soul? Are these bodies not considered the temporary temple of the soul, and in being so, don’t have the responsibility to keep them in reasonably good condition, so that we may prevent avoidable diseases?

    I know and completely understand that some may consider exercise a means toward becoming too attached to the body, but my position is, what is wrong with maintaining the temple of the Lord’s healthy? Old age, disease and death will come to all of us. but why should we expedited the demise of this vehicle, if we could use it to continue to serve the Lord and guru, for as long as we can in a healthy body?

    Thank you for this service, may God place many mercies on you.

    Hare Krnsa,

    ys,

    Vrindavand das

    • Hare Krishna Vrindavand

      There are five important points for one who seriously wants to make advancement in spiritual life.

      That is following the four regulative principels: no illicit sex life, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily.

      These things must be done if one is serious.

      Even if one is married there is no “sex for pleasure.” Sex is also very limited within married life. It is only allowed once a month if the couple wants to have a child.

      So the thing is this is impossible for a materialist. He is thinking that sex is a great pleasure and he does not want to give it up. But for a devotee who has made a little advancement in Krishna consciousness it becomes possible because he experiences a greater pleasure, a higher taste, from serving Krishna.

      If we are still addicted to sex life we have to know that we are not very much advanced in Krishna consciousness. And like any addiction it can not be cured by indulging in it. Therefore if we want to make advancement in Krishna consciousness then we have to undergo the austerity of giving up these things that we would normally do, like illicit sex, to make advancement in Krishna consciousness.

      You can of course do anything that you want to. But if we break the regulative principles and don’t chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily then we can not expect to make very much spiritual advancement and we can’t consider ourselves devotees. How can we be devotees if we are not even devoted enough to do these five basic simple things?

      If we are trying to do these things and find ourselves falling from the standard then that is also not a very big surprise. If we can not follow we should at least try to follow and continue chanting Hare Krishna. If we keep chanting Hare Krishna that will purify us and give us strength and ultimately we will be able to follow the regulative principles.

      But we should never try to make excuses like you seem to be doing and try to make out that having illicit sex is OK. That is very dishonest. If we are fallen we should just accept that and try and rectify ourselves. Not try to make some excuse and think that “I am not fallen, I am a great devotee…” That is a very dangerous trap to fall into.

      We have to accept we are fallen from the standard and strive to raise ourselves up to the proper standard.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  174. govardhan.gb says:

    Dear Prabhu, Your explanation about Body & soul is simple & clear.By this i came to know what need especial soul.

    Please accept my humble request to send more about Krishna conscious so i can awaken up Krishna conscious by your mercy.

  175. amit guleria says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji,all respectful obeisances at ur lotus feet. I fully agree with u that we r just the spiritual soul and not the material body inside which we r entrapped,may be because of our longlasting desire of enjoying the fruits of this material world. I was in totally confused state because of my personal troubles before I encountered ‘BHAGAVAD GITA-AS IT’ written by His Divine Grace Srila PRABHUPADA.I feel very glad to tell u that I got solution to my whole problems just by obediently accepting all the divine words of LORD KRISHNA in the GITA. I sincerely recommend to all to gracefully accept the words of LORD KRISHNA and note sea changes in ur attitude and mentality towards ourself & this whole world. Hare Krishna.

  176. NARAYANASWAMY says:

    HARE KRISHNA.

    Very apt comparison with a motor car and driver. The soul is different from the body. The body is nothing without the supreme GOD inside controlling all the activities. So the I is the soul and not the body. Thanks very much for the enlightenment.

  177. debasis says:

    jai sri krishna..
    really i got a very nice example of our body and soul…specially on today…(in the auspicious of janmastami)..i am new to this site..so i will be very glad if i will get this type of things so that i will be motivated..

  178. luxmi says:

    Hare Krishna
    I really appreciate all the newsletters you take the trouble to send. i feel closer to the Lord now. as you said, even if we read the Bhagvad Gita every day of our life, we will always find a new inspiration every time itis read.
    i just wanted to thank you.
    God Bless

  179. Abhinav says:

    Jai Shri Krishna!

    I recently became a member of the Krishna Connect mailing list. It is quite enlightening. Actually I am a student in a college. Previously at home, I used to read a lot of literature concerning the Gita including the Gita itself. But here I feel a lack of such spiritual thoughts though I desperately need to be spiritually conscious. If you could please tell me how to maintain spiritual consciousness in college life, living two persons per room and lack of people having the same thoughts a as you, I would be extremely grateful to you.

  180. Jaydeepsinh says:

    Thank you Sir for your enlightened message.

    Scriptures say that the purpose of life is freedom form the upheaval and limitations of worldly life or in other words liberation or knowing one self. This can be done through devotion, unattached work -offering the work done to God,yoga. You have rightly said that neglecting the world or body does not lead to spritual growth. Some ascetics and hypocrits who torture themselves become more attached to worldly life or objects for the senses. The right path is the middle path. When pricked by a thorn, we use another thorn to remove it. When it is removed we throw away both the thorns. Similarly, we use and promote Satvic tendencies of love, compassion, cherfullness, alertness, fearlessness,health etc. to uproot and rout rajasic and tamsic tendencies.

    May Krishna enlighten us.

    Regards,

    Jaydeepsinh

  181. Ramesh says:

    Haire Krshna!!!!!!!!

    Thank u for the effort in resurrecting Our great culture (Guru Shishya Parampara)

    My simple question is!!!!!!

    1. Every thing is conceived and convinced!!!!Yet Man / Woman commit mistakes..How is it possible????????

    2. Why there should be fixed time and set of rules for God worship??? (Eg: Chanting for prescribed number of times etc etc)

    Humbly request not to feel offended by my questions…

  182. Renuka Sodha says:

    I subscribed to this newsletter recently and found it very good. I do listen to the Bhagwad gita lectures every day with my husband. But it is important to grab knowledge from all fronts so you are immersed in this thought all the time. “I am not this body” it is easy to say than done because it requires our own effort to feel the need of Paramanand which can be achieved by spiritual practice. Once we are in contact with the higher knowledge, which is done daily and think about it and contemplate on a constant basis as soon as you open your eyes in the morning till you go to sleep. At the back of your mind always try to realise you are not this body but the pure soul. Try to feel what is happening around you and realise how every day is important to live to the fullest evolving spiritually, as a little achievement gives satisfaction and that is real bliss. I need to get a long way to see the divine.

    Hare krishna.

    • Angie Bose says:

      I find all the newsletters very inspiring and informative. It helps in the development of spiritual growth. I have recently started reading the Bhagavat Gita and these kind of newsletters really help in the though process and makes things a little clearer. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these and make our days more enlightened.

  183. Cesare says:

    Om namo nama iti Madhudvisa dasa. Jai Krishna jai. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of all Krishna’s devotees.

  184. Stritama dasi says:

    Hare Krsna

    Yes Aham bramashmi After 35 years of chanting I still need to hear this, it gets easier as the body gets older, what we really need to remember is WE ARE NOT THESE MINDS!!!!!!!!

    Radhe Radhe

    ys
    stritama dasi

  185. Corinne says:

    Thank you for posting this article. I agree with you totally.
    I am going to share this article with a friend of mine, who just got started on her spiritual path.
    I feel like you have made my life a bit easier with this explanation. Now I don’t have to talk so much.
    Thanks again.

    Hare Krishna

  186. vidhya says:

    HARE KRISHNA
    Well i trully understand that this body is a machine and the driver is the soul of the body..and we must get out of this material world and get back to the spiritual world where we will get an eternally youthful spiritual body full of knowledge and pleasure. my question is that god created the univers and created human being…earth is so beautiful and if we want we can really see its inner beauty and find inner peace,so why should we try to get salvation in any way? Are we not supposed to live on earth and enjoy the beauty god created?

  187. Dileep says:

    hari:ohm
    i think you are right.i heard this from my uncle,and then from you.
    thank you for your support.
    keep send me news letter
    hari:ohm

  188. shilpa says:

    Hare krishna sir,
    I just love all the articles u have sent me so far.Very easy language that any one can understand.Thanks a lot for that and please keep sending me all the articles in future as well.I have a question,Please guide me.I have heard that mantra should be alwayes taken from the guru who is a siddha guru and then only it works.Is it true?
    -shilpa

  189. Sridhar Kumar, M says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Really the information about Bhagavat Gita is very informative. The way he is writing any novice also easily digest the information which he is giving to us.
    thanks hare krisha
    yours in lord

  190. balvant says:

    i like very much that you give the information with example
    i hope always explain us with example

    thanks
    hare krishna

  191. heenaa krishna krishna says:

    hare krishna prabhuji,
    the article was very nice n ur view towards others reply is also very nice specially this line -”People who are not religious or spiritual can not do good things. Everything belongs to Krishna. Everything should be used in the service of Krishna.”
    i am not a great devotee like all the above , so i can just thank u for your enlightening words n i can just say
    HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
    KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
    HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
    RAMA RAMA HARE HARE.
    HARI BOL.

  192. stef729 says:

    First I want to thanks to Madhudvisa dasa, who links me again to this old literature, especially Bhagavat Gita.
    Of course, we are not this body, I feel this since 1982, when I was perfoming yoga.
    Later on, I performed bhakti yoga with devotees in the temple but unfortunatelly I was attracted again to material life.
    I chant every day 6-8 rounds of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra,so I can support dailly the rough of the life.
    I will never forget Krishna with His different forms, I want to go out from these prisons as body and material world.
    Thank you for your lecture.

  193. s sridharan says:

    Thanks for the email. I find that in your tradition you consider body maintenance at minimum level is adequate. But the fact remains that if human life is to be utilised to the fullest extent in the service of God, then our body should be vibrantly healthy and fit. Otherwise, the body will distract you from discharging your Krishna conscious activities properly. It is not clear why Prabhupada and other acharyas don’t emphasise this point sufficiently. It is one thing to associate ourselves with the soul inhering our body and quite another to maintain the body well through exercise etc., perhaps chanting Mahamantra. Merely because BG doesn’t explicitly recommend it , it doesn’t become less important. There are other accepted vedic scriptures that approve of it. As you know , Bhima, also known as Vrugodhara, was a glutton, athlete, and wrestler.

  194. Prem Rag says:

    Which one came first: the Body or the Soul? Before we were born, what were we? Were we mere souls or embodied soul as we are now? What does Bhagavad Gita talk about the future of our life, if our life has to be determined by every action (Karma). By this do we assert that Karma (action) is as important as consciousness? With the given analogy of Car and the driver, should we need to depend only on car to reach our destination? Why not by walk even if takes time or even by our day dreaming?

    Needing reply if any one could enlighten on these matters based on Bhagavad Gita and the Saving figures like Yesu Christ or Lord Krishna.

  195. ” Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare ”

    These are the words taught to me from my childhood. I lived up to these words. I lived my life the best way I could. As far as belief in GOD was concerned, I never had a second thought. I would enjoy my prayers. Every time something good or bad happened in my life I thanked HIM. I would enjoy my trips to vrindavan with my family. Learning about the existence of ThakurJi, Krishna, Keshav, Nand Kishore and so on. My belief was ultimate. I felt like I was blessed to be in a family that believed in HIM so faithfully.

    But today my own knowledge seems to shatter me from inside. Everyday I wake up my regret fills me up so much that I cant even think of what to do or even what to think.

    I am a student of BTECH final year National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. I prepared hard for what I am today. I was in top 7 lac students of India. I was never boastful of my success. I was always modest. Every day that came by me I thought of it as a new day, a new opportunity to prove myself. I never gave up. A shortcoming would come to me, I would get up and fight. And thank HIM for being with me.

    But today, i dont know what I am, what is my ultimate aim. I am always finding an obsession to do something. Something that will be ultimate. Bhagvad Gita says your ultimate aim is to join ME. I always knew this. But today my faith seems to lost. Just because someone from the history claims to be he is the lord and u will come to me if your life was successful and fulfilling and you were best at your duties, makes me think if I am living in a dream. I know someone who was taught to believe, says these words might seem to you that he never actually believed might seem awkward to you. But this is how I think. I am tired of doing. Every thing I do has some or the other effects.

    Every day, I feel that these 7 sins Pride,wrath,lust,hunger,envy,sloth and greed are taking over me and have taken over others. Everybody is made up of these to a degree and this is what is causing things to happen. If all that matters is my soul existence then why give this body a place in material world .Taking over these everyday is so much encapsulating me today that I am lost what to do.

    Its like my intelligence is lost. Cause and effects drive this world. Then why don’t we eliminate the causes of so-called wrong effects.

    Arjuna was ordered to fight by HIM on the basis of the argument that you duty as a fighter is very important. Arjuna had the guilt of killing his own people. GOD says they are nothing more than bodies. The soul will live on. Arjuna says I don’t want to kill. I will live someway else. What’s wrong with that? If everything is happening around me because of materialism why even care to live in this material world. If the soul lives on, why not kill ourselves. Now all this implies only if you believe in what HE has said.

    Today, I am not doing the duties allocated to me. Because I am so much tired of life and the effects and results of actions, I just feel like what’s there to life. What life is all about.

    I know, either I have lost myself or lost the connection to this world or both. My thinking seems to be so unsystematic to me because what ever I say people find it so hard to listen that I feel so lost.

    Everyday I try to do my duties, gather up the courage but I get so much bogged just because I cant think of what ultimately I have to do.

  196. gopal says:

    yes you are correct instead of giving enough time to bodily satisfaction,we should take out time for spiritual enlightenment and if we do that bodily care will be taken automatically.

  197. Lulu says:

    Love the analogy. Lovely post.

    Thank you for the newsletter.

    Blessed Love.

  198. uma kumar says:

    an eye opening explanation of the body and the soul. it is very difficult to satisfy the needs of the body and rise above this to attend to the needs of the soul. but this explanation clearly tells us where to draw the line. there is never an end to our bodily needs and desires but as we near the dusk of our lives, we must realize and satisfy the cravings of the soul which is elevating ourselves to a higher spiritual platform.

  199. archana says:

    First of all i would like to thank you for your regular newsletter.yes it is true that soul is different from the body but they are interconnected. I have one question in my mind that we all are suffering here in some or other way;we all want to live in peace, want to go back home and as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself is so powerful and loves all of us equally, then why doesn’t He take us back to Goloka with HIm? I apologize if my choice of words are wrong but I simply want to know the reason behind our sufferings and how can we get out of this material world.I have faith in Him. I have faith in Krishna.

    thank you

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Archana

      Krishna would love to take us all back home, back to Godhead with Him. But we do not want to go. And He is not going to force us.

      In the spiritual world everyone is in their natural constitutional position and they are all acting as servants of Krishna in many different ways. But we don’t want to serve Krishna. We want to serve our senses. We want others to serve us. We want to be the master, we want to be god, we want to be Krishna. So in such a state of mind we can not go back to Godhead.

      The only way we can go back to Godhead is if we cure this material disease and get rid of our desire to be the master, to be the lord, and surrender to Krishna and serve Him. Then we can go back home, back to Godhead.

      In the meantime we have to suffer more and more in the material world life after life…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

    • SRIRAM says:

      This cycle of birth and death continues until we develop detachment for material desires. At this point we reach mukthi or liberation.We are all suffering here in one form or other because of our samskaras good or bad which determine the fate of our life. When all samskaras (driving force for actions )are destroyed by brahma gnana we can get out of this material world

  200. Emmanuel says:

    Thank you for this wonderful enlightenment.As for me before reading this news letter i was already leaving with that conception that the soul is different from the body and any physical manifestation is depending on the state of the soul.That is,our spiritual side of life influences our physical life whether positively or negatively depending of the state of our soul whether healthy or ill.Meaning the driver in the vehicle the soul if hungry or have some defects he will not be able to drive well and by so doing the car will go in the wrong direction.Meanwhile if he is in a good state he is going to drive well and the same apply to the vehicle.So it means the soul and the body are two inter connected entities but the soul controls the body.Implying both of them need to be feed but the soul need to fed more.But what i want to ask is how can one knows of what to do to uplift the soul?

  201. basudev kaphle says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Respected Gurudev I want to know
    1) who guides the activities and events of human being ? when we observe the world some are working hard but difficult to join hand and mouth? some are lazy and overmaterialistic but have lauxirious life? How does this happen? Either kriyaman karma, Prarabdha or Sanchit karma guides us? Does the present event is based on prarabdha (fruits or punishment from past life)?

    BASU DEV KAPHLE FROM NEPAL

    • It is happening because of karma. Because of our actions in this and previous lives we are destined to enjoy a certain amount and to suffer a certain amount. If we have performed a lot of pious good activities in the past, in this life and in previous lives, then we will experience good things. On the other hand if we have performed many sinful activities we will suffer the bad reactions from these.

      So that is why different people have different destinies. Karma. The reactions to our actions in the past will act on us at the appointed time and bring us auspicious or inauspicious results. That is fixed up and we can not change it except by chanting Hare Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • Vinay says:

        What is the need to have sex? I completely hate sex.

        • Vinay says:

          What does the book Easy journey to other planets contain?

          • Vivek H Bora says:

            Hare Krishna

            By reading your article I felt en caged in body and tried to experience organs as parts of motor car .

            If I am spirit the driver then why its hard to keep this knowledge when eyes are open in this world ?

            Thanks and regards –

            Vivek H Bora

      • Himanshu says:

        prabhu very nice topic..:):)

      • david says:

        hare Krihna I would just like to know how many times aday I should chant yours david

        • You should be chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. One round is the mantra:

          Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
          Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

          chanted 108 times.

          So you chant the mantra 108 times, that is one round, then you do this 16 times. It takes 2-3 hours and you may not be able to do this immediately. It may take you a little practice. But if you practice you can easily chant 16 rounds a day and that is the minimum amount. You can chant more of course, but you can not chant less than 16 rounds and expect to become Krishna conscious.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  202. N.U.SRIRAM says:

    Hare Krishna

    Thank you for your teachings. I learnt from you that Lord Krishna is the Supreme personality of Godhead and he is the supreme controller and he is
    Purushottama. I am being enlightened and made conscious by your teachings.
    I am a student who is eager for your teachings. How can i comment on my teachings. I want to learn and follow what iam being taught by you. I only have
    gratitude and love for my Guru.

    Hare Krishna

  203. Edan says:

    Hare Krishna,
    A couple of questions related to this article: Lets say we are maintaining the body well, how do we advance spiritually? What does that mean exactly? And Don’t we all go back home to the spiritual world when our bodies die, our life on planet Earth ends? How do we strive to get a “youthful spiritual body full of knowledge and full of pleasure?” Is it really possible in this life? And how exactly is it possible?

    Thanks.

  204. Ratan says:

    What is spiritulity? Is it bhakti(devotion),knowledge (gyan),or karma(work,service without expectation) or is it combination of all? Is it possible/practical to practice all the three at the same time? I am not an enlighten person,my intinct says karma is appropriate for me because karma is dharma,if nar(man) is narayan(god)why not to serve mankind.To serve intellectually or physically we need to use our body.To keep our body fit we need keep to have peace of mind apart from physical fitness.I pray for this.
    Am i confused? Is my conception vague? Please comment.
    Ratan

    • Sai Siddharth says:

      “Spirituality” the name is derived form the root, “spirit” -to do with it.

      so a spiritual person associates himself with the soul, and so this knowledge about the detachment of the body form the mind, is one of the things in jnana yoga.

      There are four stages in a mans life.
      kama, artha, jnana and sannyasa.
      beyond these is the yogi.

      <lust/desires,,duties,,wisdom,,renunciation)

      so, first, a person after devotional practice, realizes
      paratma, i.e god in every being and so serves the lotus feet
      of krishna by service to mankind.
      in his mind, service to both is same.
      its called karma yoga.
      i.e : do ur duties, and serve, leaving the rest to krishna.

      jnana yoga, is the knowledge about yoga.

      bhakti yoga, is fundamental, without which everything is lame.
      unconditional true love of godhead is bakti. here he strives to realize the ‘bhagvan’ aspect, i.e complete and beyond the effulgence.

      a true yogi, is an amalgam of bakti, karma,jnana and raja.

      he is always in love with krishna.(bakti)
      he serves krishna(karma)
      he strives to know krishna(jnana)
      he is calm and silent(raja)

  205. Derisha says:

    Hare Krsna! :)

    Its very interesting to know others’ views on the article and aides greatly in my understanding! I’m just curious about karma… It is true that we dont remember our past actions for which we are currently suffering the consequences… How does one nullify ill-effects of past actions? And if we were able to find Krsna and surrender to Him in this life, past actions cant have been that bad, right? Then, why so much suffering?

  206. Sara says:

    Thank you so much. It is good for me to be in constant contact with devotees; I sometimes fall on the way, feeling that I see so much ugliness and feel so much emotion that I forget that God is there. I then see everything as beautiful, as coming from God.

  207. thank you very much to make me to understand better
    so i want you to advise me more and more detail about lord krishna the personality of Godhead.

    regard
    mr pius ikukute

    hare krishna.

  208. Nagender says:

    hare krishna…..
    hare krsna prabhuji…
    Yes ji we r not body this body is helpfull to go to our home(back to godhead) only not for our sense gratification.
    let me know onething prabhuji,, in this material world people does nt accept our supreme krsna y prabhu? when they ll accept? Even they accept false baba like in india Puttaparthy saibaba….. and moreover even my roommate also devotee of him… while im praying supreme they and some people are observing me they think like im a fool and mad how prabhu when they ll change?
    And prabhu let me know one thing prabhu ji how can i explain them regarding recarnation ? can u explain me prabhu…. and tell me what we have to do means how we have to pray (process) in this Damodara(Karthika) masam,this month was very like to Krishna?
    Kindly request prabhu
    thank u prabhu

    Hare krishna
    yours servent
    Nagender

  209. Daniel says:

    Thanks

  210. ambika says:

    Experienced bliss while reading ur article.
    The DRIVER is really worth knowing
    Attachments r so much &realisation has been achieved very late,but still happy because of my infant krishna.
    Hope i reach LORD KRISHNA, one fine day.
    HARE KRISHNA

  211. Vijay Pal says:

    Hare Krishna Pr!

    Thank you for teaching me.

    I want to know that how I can realize in real life that body is different than me. I feel that both are mixed.

    Thank you

    Hare Krishna

    • The soul is present within our current body. But our body is changing. We can remember that we had a child’s body but that child’s body is now gone. Then we were thinking we were a child. Now we are in a man’s body and thinking we are a man. But we are the Sam person who was in the child’s body and we are the same person who will be in an old man’s body. So even in this life we can experience practically that we are not the body. Death is just another change of body.

  212. sara tzeggai says:

    I have ample time please send me four to five articles daily if possible. I want to know more of our Beloved Lord Krishna. Thanks.

  213. Harekrishna, bol hari bol
    Above the desire is the senses above the senses is the mind above the mind is the intelligent and above the intelligent is the soul.

    All the jiwa atma is marginal energy of god although it’s said that the atma is tiny drop of the ocean same in quality & not in quantity.There of course the the atma has difficulty because we are only anu and only Sri Krishna is vibhu.
    Krishna is all attractive & pervading thus although the atman has the same quality,but only krishna is the belonging of everthing and in relation,but yet the atman are illusion by God’s external energy,thus this atma act to lord over the material and for sense gratification. Therefore only rarely soul become mahaatma because of their pure realization. But yet Krishna mercy is upon everybody and not envy even that atma took many births & field of nature,and yet only krishna shall award His mercy to any soul that He like to be in His abode, thus the soul management is His right’s and no body shall question it…. And the driver of the body is get to wicked when they think this body as them self,yes when they identify them self,thus one should realize that he is only atma,then it’s shows about personatily not impersonality, thus God is a person not impersonal,when we realize it,we will simply turn our mind/action towards HIm gradualy although there is slipage.So the mind is the charioter of this body,because Sri Krishna is very well-wisher & fostering father,He will full fill the atma’s need in terms of Karma/Akarma/vikarma as regard to a person’s mind needs at that time,and also we cannot blame this material live also as we all are encaged,but still we do need to thank HIm and keep on our duty in GOD services in what ever religion we are, untill we achive the award $ perfection in many birth and finally reach the God ‘s abode.That’s why soul management is GOD’s right and no body shall question it.Sri Krsihna shall award anybody he wanted either materialy comfortness or spirtually progress or both or none of it’s as regard to our Karma/Vikarma/akarma. And Sri krishna love all the atma very-very much & uncomparable to any person.Then we do need to pray evertime to achive all the Goodness and trancend the three modes of material nature & also the threefold of miseries.So the question is,there are unlimited number of atma and when this atma shall achive vasudeva ? but in eternal all atma bear a witnesess there is no God to be pray except the Onenesess,the omnipresent,the all pervading,the absolute truth,the all attractive…We all are forgotten of this realization that’s why we cannot become a ” good driver “and we should Know that only God is antimaterial character whom was the causes of all the causes,thus from now onwards we shall become a “good driver” if we realise so,untill we all achive HIS causeless mercy :-) harekrishna

  214. sara tzeggai says:

    What is the difference between Bhakti and Sanatana-Dharma?

    • Bhakti is sanatana dharma. Sanatana dharma means our eternal occupation. And our eternal occupation is to serve Krishna, and that is Bkakti yoga.

  215. sara tzeggai says:

    The body is the temple/vehicle where the spirit use it for its work.
    Your lecture got it all. No need of further description on the body.

  216. James Joseph says:

    Hare’ Krsna! All glories to our guru deva Srila Prabhupada!
    After chanting, reading, hearing and associating at temples and groups since the 70′s I decided to subscribe to your BG study because I really know so little. I thought I would start from the beginning again. Thank you. Today as I ready about our true spiritual body in our true spiritual home, for the first time I “got it”. I actually was so excited about going Home. It seemed more real than ever.
    I am not initiated into ISKCON. This is for a number of reasons. But now I know why. I belong to Srila Prabhupada. Whom may I contact so as to get initiated on his behalf? I understand that this is not necessary. The real initiation happens when one accepts SP through association with his books. But it is a step I wish to take. I am sincerely hoping you will help me in this regard.
    With sincere gratitude, your servant, Hanuman (James Joseph)

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      There is no system at the moment. Krishna knows everything, devotional service means we have to serve. So the main thing is to be actually engaged in serving Srila Prabhupada and therefore Krishna.

      Then everything will happen automatically.

      We have to be enthusiastic and patient at the same time.

      Madhudvisa Dasa

  217. Sushil Jalan says:

    In the material consciousness we tend to identify ourselves with car itself. Its like the Supreme Godhead has given us a house to live in and after sometime we start considering ourselves as the house itself rather then being its owner.
    For the spiritual advancement constant vigil on this principal of Shri Bhagwat Gita is of foremost importance.
    Hare Krishna.

  218. Kimberly says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Thank you for your wisdom! It makes much sense to not pay to much attention to the needs of the body. However, having said that, how do we eat well so as not to add any more bad karma to ourselves?

    • Hare Krishna Kimberly

      It is a very good question. We do need to maintain the body, but for a devotee he does not cook for himself, he cooks for Krishna. Then he offers the food to Krishna and after Krishna has accepted the offering he takes the prasadam, or the remnents of the meal offered to Krishna. By Krishna’s eating of the food He transforms it into something completely spiritual and by eating that food that has been offered to Krishna there is no karma and as is spiritual it purifies us, removes all our material contamination.

      So this is the secret. Cook for Krishna, offer to Krishna and only eat [devotees say 'respect' not eat] Krishna prasadam.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  219. Jaso says:

    It seems one must devote minute time to eat etc. and the bulk of the time etc is for spiritual endeavoursetc. Who will then advance the world and provide the wealth and means – consider how the world stands now. I envisage we are required to have a blank land and no progress. Why are all the gods so richly dressed who invented their fineries. Explain the words “godhead” and “truth”. I cant relate “truth” If these words have special definitions for spiritual purposes then please go into a relevant explanation. I see truth as oppose it lie! Thank you Jas.

    • Hi Jaso

      Don’t worry. Most people will not seriously take to Krishna consciousness. Most are completely entangled in the material world and will not get out of it.

      And anyhow there is no reason why a devotee can not be having a family and running a business and at the same time be a Krishna conscious person.

      So even if everyone was Krishna consciousness the world would go on nicely. It would be a more simple life. Because devotees are not interested in unnecessary material things. But devotees would work and farm and run businesses to supply the necessary things to the society.

      There will always be farmers and businessmen and they can be devotees and farmers or busnessmen at the same time.

      There is no need for one to give up his position to become a devotee.

      Krishna is richly dressed because He is God. Actually Krishna is not richly dressed when He is in Vrindavan. In Vrindavan He is a simple village boy with a flute and He is just looking after the cows and calves with His friends.

      So Krishna is not so attached to this rich dress. But some of His devotees worship Him in this way. When Krishna went to Dwarka He was the King there so He was dressed very richly with gold and diamonds and jewels. These things are all belonging to Krishna, so they should be used for Krishna’s service.

      In the temples the devotees try to offer the best, most opulent things to Krishna. Because He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So He should be offerend the best things.

      Godhead that is a long definition. And truth. The material world is a place of misery and we should chant Hare Krishna and get out of it and go back home back to Godhead… That is the truth…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  220. Navakrishnan says:

    Thank you so much for emailing me your Teachings. I always love to hear the Teachings about God and I always love the people Who teachs about the God.

    • herbert says:

      Thank you so much for sending me newsletter and teaching of our great, all attractive God/Krsna. I look forward to every message you will send.

  221. Bbi says:

    All glories to KRSNA,thank you for your wisdom

  222. sukumar says:

    Hare Bol,

    your wonderful email on body and soul.

    We are trying to practice our mind into krsna consciousness thro satsung,chanting,kirtans,arthis,nagara sankirtans,parikarma and so on but as soon as we come to maya we are defeated our mind gradually going for sense ratification. I have joined Iskcon since dec 2006 onwards, but bhakti wise i am totally defeated by maya every step, i understand that my sadhana is not sincere to krsna , naturally i am defeated. However i am keep trying to concentrate more on krsna consciousness, i hope my guru maharaj will bless me to get more mercy to get krsna consciousness constantly.

    Thank you for your wonderful newsletter, Kindly keep post me as soon as possible.

    hare bol,

    your most fallen devotee
    sukumar

  223. nanditha says:

    Firstly i am grateful for the article.
    All i want to say is you have explained complicated terms in such easy means.
    Even the most stubborn people can pass through this and attain some positive thinking as to how they need to mend their ways.

    I appreciate this effort from bottom of my heart.
    Please publish works like this again and again.

    Thank you.

  224. Prabin says:

    Hare krsna! I agree about the aricles on the topic
    “I am not this body”. But I want to ask a question
    that if I had to ask any spiritual question beyond
    the topic you had sent by email,in which address
    should I send?

    • Hare Krishna Prabhin

      You can find some related article on Krishna.org and ask your question there and I will do my best to answer for you.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  225. mudunuri sree harsha says:

    Why is sanyasi taken for?
    cant the work done through sanyasi be done through family life?

    • Hare Krishna Mudunuri

      The whole Vedic system is to gradually free oneself from the entanglement of family life. Sannyasa is meant for detachment and dedicating one’s life to the service of Krishna. Actually a householder can do this also. And in this age there are so many bogus sannyasis that you are probably more likely to find real devotees amoung the householders than the sannyasis.

      You know Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu said repeatedly: kiba vipra kiba sudra nasi keni…. “Whether one is a vipra, a greatly learned man, a sudra, if he knows the science of Krishna he can become the spiritual master. So also a grhastha, a family man, if he knows the science of Krishna, he can be the guru, which is generally the job of the sannyasi.

      So yes, Kali-yuga is a very difficult time and we are not seeing many qualified sannyasis in this age. So householders can preach and live in their family life in a detached way and perform the duties of a sannyasi. Of course they have to be qualified…

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • mudunuri sree harsha says:

        i no the answer,
        i wanted to no in different way.

        thx a lot for spending your time in explaining me

        !Hare krishna!

        • mudunuri sree harsha says:

          one more thing is i think
          if a family follow’s krishna path,
          then can influence the society better than
          influencing the society through sanyasi.

          “prabhupada says in bhagavt gita that if anyone says they can reach krishna through family is fool he can attaion only through sanyasi”
          can you explain me this

          • Hare Krishna Madunuri

            Srila Prabhuapda never says anything like this!

            Of course devotees in a family can preach very nicely. Actually Srila Prabhupada established temples all over the world and in most cases the temples were run by Grhasthas, family men and their wives.

            You have completely misquoted Srila Prabhuapda here. I suggest you please actually study Srila Prabhuadpa’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is and you will see he never says such a thing anywhere.

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

          • Mudunuri Harsha says:

            i have read it,

            what you said is correct,
            its my understanding which was wrong.

            when he says family i thought he is speaking spiritually,
            he meant about the present family behavior.

            I WILL CORRECT IT

            i am sorry about it.

            Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
            krishna krishna hare hare
            hare rama hare rama
            rama rama hare hare

  226. Sunil says:

    Namaste Madhudvisa Dasa,
    I am an East Indian from Trinidad, I have been exposed to other religious beliefs my whole life, I currently teach at a Catholic school. I am Sanatana Dharma, but my whole life called myself a Hindu because it is the doctrine/dogma adopted by many. I came across a document which uncovered the true meaning of the words hindu/hinduism and it was mind blowing to me. Firstly to be baffled by people labeling themselves as hindu, which is the Persian/Arabic meaning for black, slave, dog, unwanted etc.And that Hunduisum is not a religion, but a word used to compile all the multiplicities of worship/duty that is an Indian’s way of life.
    I am a bit angry because the so called educated Sanatana Dharma is not doing enough to enlighten the masses of this horrific stigma that has in some way become accepted by most,and when you speak to your fellow Sanatana Dharma they are either ignorant or considers it faith or does not bother with such unnecessary headaches. I have only started to become more enlightened by Sanatana Dharma, and i know that it is only your soul that matters and your connection with Lord Krishna. Please continue to send me more info. so that I may become one with god.

  227. Vinesh says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Thank you for your e-mails. May I put these on my facebook Prabhu?

  228. swati says:

    Namaste Madhudvisa dasa,
    I want to know, when i hear or watch or read some bad news, that bad news sometimes comes in my dream. But i frequently chant and hear Hare krisna mantra and gita, these never comes in my dream.

    • It takes some time. We have been in the material world for so many lifetimes and also that bad news in the Kali-yuga is so much surrounding us. But as you stick to chanting Hare Krishna and serving Krishna Krishna will more and more take over your waking and your dreaming thoughts also. We have to be a little patient and understand we have to undo many lifetimes of conditioning in the material world. But if we continue with Krishna consciousness we will get to the point where we will be always thinking of Krishna, in both our waking and sleeping times.

  229. pam says:

    Greetings Lord Krishna! Thank you for you divine presence. A devotee am I, a seeker of truth, and an honour to surrender the personality of the mind of sense organs and pleasure do not exsit in purity. Purity alone does not affect the body, or the soul. The mind is takes refuge in surrending all actions, thoughts and deeds to you Holy divine father Lord Krishna. Ignorance to be born in human is englightment to lead and know the way of our Lord. I ask forgiveness for the past and all emotional attachments to the many lives I have lived and compassion for my wrong deeds have been blessed by the knowledge that being human is the only way to seek the lord. Knowing that we are made of a personality and a body, how else would the lord do his divine work to teach self realization of the true nature of the self. Indeed we are not two selfs as the lord resides within it his nature that what ever we do, it his will therefore what a man seeks he or she will become. Thought alone creates many misery and healing begins within. Once the arrow of purity is pierced the heart opens to the blessings of the unexpected. Our lord does not judge the children who he himself has created but whom is not form. He is the knower of everything we do and everything we need, therefore what we need is never what is expected by the process of wanting and thinking. Knowledge that is pure can only be that. Offering everything that is created by the mind affects the body too, so all that is offered in a blinker of an eye, becomes pure. Surrender does not leave a person passive but the work is constant. Our lord knows who we are and what we are, forgiving, and forgiveness are the highest spiritual qualites of our Lord, and knowing his children are born to experience the makings of thier mind, through beliefs, and values, we are perfect in his eyes. No one can escape the mind, and it’s endless emotions. Whatever we do, we take responsibility for our actions and what we feel is equal to our actions. Be it good or bad, we can not run away from what we ourself create. Our lord knows this thus how we can learn to become spiritual without first learning how to be human? learning to be human is the first path to knowing the lord and his divine presence within. Indeed knowing this, I am not this body. Blessings.

  230. bap001 says:

    I have an aunt who is suffering from cancer . She is in deep pain. All her life she has served God and others selflessly. Now she is suffering and we know that she will not live long. Agreed that it’s her karma – easy to say that. But, why can’t Krishna ( to whom she has prayed so much all her life) just ease her suffering? If God cannot help now, what’s the point?
    Any comments/ suggestions/answers would be appreciated.

    • Hare Krishna Prakrish

      This is the true nature of the material world Prabhu. It is a place of suffering and we have to know that. If we want to be comfortable we can not expect that in the material world.

      Krishna says in the Gita that this material world is dukalayam asasvatam, a temporary place full of miseries and suffering. He calles it “martyaloka,” the planet of death, because everyone is dying here. So we need to take these things seriously and not have unrealistic exceptions of happiness and comfort in the material world.

      The best thing you can do for your aunt at this time is to help her remember Krishna at this time. You can spend time with her and read from Srila Prabhuapda’s “Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead” and I am very sure she will very much appreciate this.

      At this time you can see the body is finished but her soul will go on and if you help her to remember Krishna at that time of death that will be very good for her and very good for you.

      This death and suffering will come for all of us. We have to expect it. That is the real test, if we can remember Krsihna at the time of death.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  231. sweatha says:

    I consider myself to be very close to Krishna for a long time now. I regularly listen to BagavathGita and Bagavatham discourses. Regularly speak pray and totally connect to Krishna. I am currently struck with deep sorrow and finding it very hard to fight it. I know Krishna says we should pracitce taking happiness and sadness in the same level, its practically so hard to put into use. But I am chanting Maha Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranamam several times a day for HIM to give me strength. Any comments will be highly appreciated and will be considered as coming from the mouths of Krishna himself.

  232. Jaykishor says:

    Hare krishna,
    I didn’t get hare krishna news letter since last two weeks.

  233. ANIL KOTHARI says:

    THE WORDINGS OF SHASTRAS ALWAYS ENTICED ME LOT.I ACCEPT THE PRESENCE OF LORD KRISHNA EVERYWHERE.
    I MEDITATE DAILY AND I BELIEVE ON LORD KRISHNA.
    ACTUALLY SOUL IS WITHIN BODY BUT TOUGH TO REALIZE.
    AND SPECIALLY I WANT TO IMPLEMENT THE RULES OF SHASTRAS REGARDING AWAKENING OF SOUL.
    I BELIEVE ONLY ONE THING THAT I WILL NEVER BORN AGAIN.
    DOING LOT..
    AND ALSO I WANT TO JOIN THE COMPANIES OF KRISHNA’S BHAKTS.
    LATER CARRY ON….

  234. harekrishna,
    Nitai Gaura Premananda hari hari bol
    Yes , i do agree also, Matha Pitha Guroh Deivam(Purusha)
    The parent’s it self is a real sannyasa for their Kids as regard to vedic culture.
    from there only that kids identify Guroh & then Deivam when they progress
    or growth up.
    But nowdays which parents is real in sannyasa practise (always renounce), self steadiness, self realised, controlled sense(only work for Krisna),unity,calm,pity,detachment & etc.But we can see Grhasthas or Vanaspratha or Sannyasa (the least).That’s why we should always thanks to krishna, because of His causeless mercy + our past deeds we shall devote our self to Him. Now the real sankirtana & sutsang shall goes on as Sri Prabhupada aleady strenghtened to make succeed the future vedic culture practice whereby to devote the entities to attain Supreme Personality of God Head. If we all can fight againts the maya illusion & understand what is our constitutional post for sure we all shall gradually attain Govinda !!. It’s only because of Maya illusion, only the devotion is a medecine for everybody even the lowliest of low. Sri Acychuta Astakam Strotam.
    Harekrishna..

    and very simple if I said my father is a doctor should i said i ‘m the Doctor also, no way
    unless i took 5 year MBBS then after many2 years of experience then only can be said, ahh ! here is good a doctor as his father also.
    That’s a material example : )
    But in spiritual example can i said i’m also great devotee or mahatma.or same quality as Krishna,no way !!(By living in this world many human are falsifying the statement ;) “The tiny drops of ocean has same quality as the vast ocean ” we are make that truth by our false ego & demoniac character.
    What i can said is we are contaminated soul, not an unalloyed person, from the point of view of the Great scholars or Mahatma.
    Great devotee or mahatma means that person has Godly nature which against the demoniac nature, that’s why, this is about learning process how to get a ” Degree in Krishna Conciousness or Master as well, but here in this materal world we are very busy to get a material pleasure of Dip. Degree or Master to ensure a better future job/salary, but which not realy used for Devotion purposes but more or merely for sensual pleasures only ,that’s a fact. I’m also scared to answer that, worried others might miss understood or angry with me.” The Gigantic Industrial Enterprises is A Godless Civilization”.Material or Spiritual both is Sri Krishna energy nothing is separated, so the conditioned soul should use for devotion purpose not for sense gratification by killing the nature.The more we are devoted the more we are elevated & vise versa.And Sri Krishna is All pervading, fostering Bhagwan, thus He just full fill what ever the entities desired in full free will manner, but the reaction need to be bear by that entities, this is a fact which cause a repeated cycle of Birth & Death.But we do not Know how the material nature is works & keep punishing. The real material example is a State Goverment Law which punishing the citizen whom act in unlawful manner, yet all citizen also can be said” conditioned citizen” so shall that citizen act so freely !, no way at all, then what to talk about God’s law whom conquer the whole universe, that’s why the renounce & devotion so strongly recommended to overcome the Maya illusion, i shall make pardon if anything wrongly or senstively said, Harekrishna, & my Humble obeisances

  235. naveen says:

    give some pastimes of caitanya mahaprabhu

  236. Radha says:

    HK Prabhu!
    your podcast link didnt work for me… ???

    Kind Regards
    RadhaKanta das

  237. manmath nayak says:

    Very nicely presented for easy understanding.Gives the perspctive of life in a way that common people without much scriptural knowledge or encounter with own spirituality can understand.Good communinication skill without diluting the content.

  238. Jagat Joti says:

    Wonderfully said! If we took this approach more often of our bodies, the self-hatred that is so prevalent in today’s society would disappear. If one considers the body as one’s self, then every rude thing that is said about the body, every illness, and every failure to meet society’s standard would be thought of as a personal attack on one’s character. We have forgotten the driver in today’s society.

  239. Shalone says:

    Lovely. This is exactly what most people completely miss in their lives. And on another note, the problem with a lot of religions. No I am not judging anyone, but most people, including myself, are told to praise God only to receive some material gifts such as; money, a wife/husband, new car, good health etc. We falsely chase these things, like Jesus says, we are shining the outside of a cup. We should shine the inside of the cup to drink purely. If we do that everything else material will follow. I wrote a lovely poem on this very subject a long time ago. It sounds almost exactly the same as this article. Here is a little part of my poem entitled “I am not the Machine.”

    I operate the machine
    I fuel the machine
    But I am not the machine
    The machine’s sight is
    calibrated
    But I calibrate the machine
    The machine craves
    premium fuel
    But I am not the machine
    The machine collects oil
    and grime
    But I keep myself clean
    Because I am not the
    machine
    The machine craves things
    of machine
    I can be a machine, if I too
    crave things machine
    If I forget, that I am not the
    machine
    The machine feels like me
    Because I operate the
    machine
    The machine is only an
    extension of me
    Because I am not the
    machine
    The machine is fuelled
    from without
    But I am fuelled from within

    • Hare krishna ! prabhuji, to all vaisnavas, Srila Prabhupada ki Jai.

      Each of us of cause is a individual soul, as Lord krishna is a person also , we all are a person too, individualy.
      Thus, the body is a covering shirt for the soul, whereby when the soul desired the body facilitate. For example we try to unwear one site of car tyre and drive it, it’s still can move but very abnormal.

      Thus the person or driver in side the car/body whom desired cause it(body/car)to move/facilitate our journey/desires…….

      Thus as we all whom born in the form of Human, we should engage our duty as regard to Krishna law or as regards to each persons religion understanding to attain higher conscious in spiritual life as well. Haribol ! Jay Srila Prabhupada A.C. Bhakti Vedandanta Swami.

  240. kandakumarrattanam says:

    Hari Bol !
    Nitai Gaura Prema Nande Hari hari Bol !!
    Actualy we are all(atma) is complete quality as our father Sri krishna except in quantity & we are all modified as regard to genders,race,color & etc in bodily life,even in spiritual lokha we are all male&female are the same degree only Krishna as Purusha & we are all as Prakriti, thus we all shall show the pure obeisances in unalloyed way of devotional life,this is a truth sanatana dharma if we really realise even we are all living bodily.We all should realise who is Govinda, when Lord krishna, wacked by mother Yashoda don’t you eat soil again,but when Lord Sri krishna open His mouth shown 14 planes, who can question the Lord,Ohh my Extol Govinda !!!& in further there is nothing to possess in this life which is so impermanent practicaly, is it i do need to possess lust,greedy,angry,illusion & etc which will cause a wrath by repeated passion & ingnorance where by i lost my pure love on Krishna, which is transformed into lust & etc,thus we all shall transcends our self via bhakti yoga to againts this 3 pillars(goodness,passions&ignorance)
    which cause an entanglement & repeated of birth & death.

    The body itself is a disease for the dormant soul, for instant a jaundice may taste a sugar(spiritualism) as a bitter
    but not for a self -realized one he whom taste sugar(spiritualism) as sweetness & vise-versa. This is the symptom of level
    of bhakti as regard to each individual realization. This body is just a lump for those materialsm but will be as a temple
    of Lord Maha Visnu for self-realized one.This is what Sri Caitanya Maha prabu emphasized, and Lord Sri Caitanya as” Patita Pavana Hetu ” added
    after even if we took many2 birth doesn’t care of what body we took but still remain blissing in servicing the lord,this means the pure devotees does not realy hanker for any award from the Supreme Lord, they just satisfied of servicing the Lord in any form of body untill
    Sri Krisna heart is been so “PURCHASED” BY the tiny drop of the ocean ===> same in quality(unalloyed) untill we all shall one day
    reach Goloka Vrndavana to receive unimagined & unlimited causeless mercy from prema of Radhakrishna………………Hari bol !
    Hare Krishna, Maharaj & all vaisnavs
    Jai Srila Prabhupad ki Jaya

  241. Jaya says:

    Hare Krsna!!

    First of all thank you for the email…I have one small question..sometimes after reading Srila Prabhupad’s book or chanting I get horrible and vulgur dreams..can u plis enlighten me as to why I’m getting these dreams..I feel as if i’m lacking in something..

    Hare Krsna..

    • Hare Krishna Jaya

      We have been in the material world for unlimited lifetimes, millions and billions of lifetimes and in all those lifetimes we have committed so many sinful activities. And the karma or the reactions to all of those sinful activities are stored up within our hearts. So when we start chanting Hare Krishna we can not expect instant spiritual bliss and instant purification of our whole existence.

      It is a process and will take some time and for the best results we also have to follow the process properly. We have to learn it, how to actually become Krishna conscious, what is the process of saddhana-bhakti, devotional service. That is why Srila Prabhupada has written so many books. To teach us how to become Krishna conscious. So we really seriously need to read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books. Otherwise how can we expect to become Krishna conscious?

      The main thing is we have to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and strictly follow the four regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication). Unless we are prepared to surrender to this our progress will be very, very slow.

      Of course no matter what we do in Krishna consciousness is to our eternal spiritual benefit, but if we want to see results in a reasonable time we have to strictly follow the process given to us by Srila Prabhupada.

      We need to become a little serious and determined and the more we are serious and determined and the more we strictly follow the instructions of Srila Prabhupada the faster we will see the results.

      We can become Krishna conscious in an instant if we simply surrender. But we do not want to surrender. That is the problem.

      So this surrender is a process. And that is all described in Srila Prabhupada’s books in tens of thousands of pages. We have to read all those pages and chant Hare Krishna and put the teachings of Srila Prabhupada into practice in our life and we will see wonderful results..

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  242. Sai Siddharth says:

    Hare krishna prabu…

    loving krishna is my raison detre.
    to serve him, and be with him for all
    eternity.

    hare krishna,
    beloved members of krishna conciousness,
    may we all bask in the love of our
    supreme lord, hare sri krishna.

  243. sara T says:

    We are in the era of Kali Yoga – Darkest Age.
    However, we are the most fortunate individuals that we don’t have to learn meditation, penance, etc. Simply by chanting the Maha Mantra, we can engage in Krishna consciousness -
    The Science of God Realization; the highest spiritual gift bestowed to humanity for salvation of all souls.
    What are missing? discipline and Patience in following Lord Caitanya/Krishna’s precepts.
    Have to have the beads in order to do the chanting easily and accurately.
    Read the “Gita as it is” daily. Lord Krishna will take you to his retreat at night and will tutor you to the best of your understanding and you will become very sharp in grasping, understanding, analyzing things. We have to leave aside our ego, pride, knowledge and engage with Lord Krishna constantly as lay out for us by Madhudvisa dasa.
    Dreams, anxiety, frustration, illness, poverty are mirages of Kali Yoga. Once engaged in Krishna Consciousness will evaporate but we have to have humility otherwise, they will persist.
    The video on the Holy Cow – I was unable to comment – rejected when I tried.
    How can I help. Where can I donate?
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

  244. Amen says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Here is an excerpt from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanti, in the purport of text 34 of chapter 6(Dhyana-yoga):
    “In the Vedic literature (Kaṭha Upaniṣad 1.3.3-4) it is said:
    ātmānaḿ rathinaḿ viddhi
    śarīraḿ ratham eva ca
    buddhiḿ tu sārathiḿ viddhi
    manaḥ pragraham eva ca
    indriyāṇi hayān āhur
    viṣayāḿs teṣu gocarān
    ātmendriya-mano-yuktaḿ
    bhoktety āhur manīṣiṇaḥ
    “The individual is the passenger in the car of the material body, and intelligence is the driver. Mind is the driving instrument, and the senses are the horses. The self is thus the enjoyer or sufferer in the association of the mind and senses. So it is understood by great thinkers.”"

    Also, here is an excerpt from the introduction, “There is īśvara, which means the controller, and there are jīvas, the living entities which are controlled. If a living entity says that he is not controlled but that he is free, then he is insane. The living being is controlled in every respect, at least in his conditioned life.”

    And in Chapter 2, Text 17:
    “…the individual particle of spirit soul is a spiritual atom smaller than the material atoms, and such atoms are innumerable. This very small spiritual spark is the basic principle of the material body, and the influence of such a spiritual spark is spread all over the body as the influence of the active principle of some medicine spreads throughout the body. This current of the spirit soul is felt all over the body as consciousness, and that is the proof of the presence of the soul. Any layman can understand that the material body minus consciousness is a dead body, and this consciousness cannot be revived in the body by any means of material administration. Therefore, consciousness is not due to any amount of material combination, but to the spirit soul.”

    Thanx Madhudvisa dasa, for this service to our Lord.
    All glories to Sri Bhagavan…

  245. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa dasa

    The Body is matter and the Soul is Sprit
    The Soul is the part and parcel of the Supersoul – the Spark of Lord Krishna.
    Human bodies function with the presence of the spirit only. – as mentioned above.
    The Supersoul and the individual soul are eternal while the body perishes as the spirit moves from the body.
    The body is a machine who is made by material nature under the direction of the Supersoul to fulfill desires – either for happiness or for distress due to the bodily constitution.
    “The mind is generally addicted to sense-gratifying process; but when the mind turns to the Supersoul, one can become advance.”
    The self ( Individual Soul) unlike the body doesn’t participate in bodily activities. However, The soul provides energy for the body functions.
    Likely, the soul can advance by just engaging in Krishna consciousness, and attain the supreme goal – the transcendental destination.
    The first and foremost purpose of our life is to engage in Krishna consciousness and manifest our humility.
    We should study Humility as a topic, if possible.
    The information of the above is from the Gita As It Is – chapter 13- pp 473. Thanks.

    Hare Krishna,
    Sara T

    Supersoul, one becomes advanced in spritual understanding.

  246. amar says:

    i want to ask a question.if someone has done some perverted acts in past. he is a person who is afraid of god and is under severe depression because he continued to do those perverted acts as an addiction and each time saying to god that please this is his last time and then he will reform himself.and sometimes when he felt that perhaps god does not forgive somebody so much time even then he continued to do those perverted acts.but now he is under severe depression, almost on the verge of nervous breakdown because he thinks that god had forgotten him forever.i tell you that in those perverted shameful acts he did not harm anyone except himself.now he has given up those acts by god’s grace but he is unable to cope up with fear that he will be destroyed by god.please help and respond.

  247. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa dasa

    Many of my friends do have interest in reading the Gita As It Is and chanting the Maha Mantra.
    I have to answer few questions that pose by my friends. Chanting 108 times 16 rounds. who initiated it and its purpose (Was it initiated by Lord Caitanya?- please respond – So far 5 of my friends got the Gita and 2 will get soon.
    If you have information on Humility please forward it for me. Thanks.

    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

    • Hare Krishna Sara

      Yes. This chanting a fixed number of rounds and counting them like this was introduced by Lord Caitanaya. Lord Caitanya is the Yuga-Avatar. There are four Yugas and in each one there is a different system recommended for making spiritual advancement. In the satya-yuga it was meditation, in the tretya-yuga it was performing sacrifices, in the dvarpa-yuga it was temple worship, but now, in the Kali-yuga, we are very fallen and unqualified. We are unable to properly perform the meditation because we do not live very long. In Satya-yuga people could live for 100,000 years so it was not unusual for someone to meditate for 60,000 years. And the atmosphere was very pure and spiritual and very conducive to meditation. But now we are only living for 100 years max, not even that usually, so this type of meditation is not practical. Similarly for the sacrifices qualified brahmin priests are needed. There are many tests for a qualified brahmin priest. He should be able to light the fire by chanting mantras, he should be able to prove that he is chanting the mantras correctly by offering an old animal into the fire and by his proper mantra chanting the same animal will come out of the fire rejuvenated in a young body. But none of the so-called brahmins can do this now. They are not qualified. Also for these sacrifices so much gold and ghee and grains were needed and no we do not have much gold and ghee and grains. So sacrifice is not possible for us. And for the proper Diety worship in the temple also there are so many requirements and rules and regulations and we also can not do this.

      So Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the most merciful incarnation of God, appeared and gave the yuga-dharma, the chanting of:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      It is very easy and very simple and very powerful. Simply by the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra we can get all the benefits that were available in previous ages by meditation, by yajna [sacrifice] and by Deity worship.

      Lord Caitanya introduced this system of chanting with numerical strength. Of course they were not chanting 16 rounds. Normal chanting was 64 rounds minimum and some devotees were chanting up to around 180 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily.

      Even Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual master, Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, said that his disciples were fallen if they were not chanting at least 64 rounds a day.

      So Srila Prabhupada has been very merciful and given us only a small number of rounds to chant. It is very easy to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra. It only takes 2-3 hours and there are 24 hours in the day. So if one can not find 2-3 hours out of 24 for Krishna then he is not very serious about spiritual life.

      Of course Prabhuapda is not teaching us to chant 16 rounds and then forget Krishna. The idea of reducing the number of rounds to only 16 is that Prabhupada’s mission is a preaching mission. We have to do so much preaching, so much service, so the idea is to be engaged in serving Krishna 24 hours a day. Krishna consciousness is ultimately a process of complete absorption in Krishna…

      So this small number of rounds, only 16, must be chanted every day if we are really serious about making spiritual advancement.

      This human form of life is a very rare opportunity and we should not waste it. It is only in the human form of life that we have this opportunity to question, “Why am I here?” “What is the purpose of life?” In the human form of life we can ask these questions and we can find the answers also by the mercy of Krishna and His pure devotees. But if we waste this valuable human form of life living like the animals: eating, sleeping, mating and defending, then there is no guarantee that we will get a human birth again in the next life and we will be stuck in the material world suffering birth, old age, disease and death practically forever.

      It is very, very rare to come in contact with a pure devotee like Srila Prabhupada. So we should take full advantage of his association and by his mercy we can get the mercy of Krishna and go back home, back to Godhead…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  248. balaji says:

    hare krishna…….
    thanks for making me understand the soul distination by an wonderful example.now iam likly to know fully about lord kapila can you please tell me what ever you know about lord kapila.thanks for updated messages to me and i hope you will send me more news lettrs and i inform you that i am really want to know about lord kapilaand four kumaras.e.mail me to my e.mail adress that i can notice

  249. mahen says:

    The truth is that al of us are conscious of the fact that we need something special for the soul; the mundane reality is unfortunately centred around the physical needs.

  250. Hemant says:

    Dear Gurudeva
    How do I know what my ‘Karma’ in this life is? At times I feel so directionless.

    • We are always giving this answer. The purpose of your life is to surrender to Krishna and serve Krishna. But you will not be able to surrender to Krishna and serve Krishna unless you have a bona fide pure devotee of Krishna who is your guru and who can guide you.

      Practically all gurus you will find today, including gurus in ISKCON, are not pure devotees of Krishna and therefor can not direct you in a way that you can surrender to Krishna and serve Krishna. They are cheating. They want some followers, some money, some prestige, some position. This is the “guru business”.

      But we have Srila Prabhupada, a pure devotee of Krishna, and you can take advantage of his personal association by reading his books which you can get at http://www.KrishnaStore.com and that way you can get the real information about Krishna. Then you will have a very good aim in your life.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  251. xyz.. says:

    Hi,

    Is it wrong to love some human and get same love in return? I think that when i was young, i used to worship Krishna and that is the cause why every person I loved is away from me. But still i wish to get married and live happily ever after. I don’t think it will be possible for God won’t let that happen. Is it true?

    • Hare Krishna!

      It is not possible to get real love in the material world. The material world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world. The real love is there in the spiritual world with Krishna and with the other devotees of Krishna also. But here in the material world there is only a reflection of that love, no reality at all.

      It is like if you go into the desert you can sometimes see a mirage in the distance that looks like a big lake full of water. It looks like water but actually there is no water there. It is only an illusion. So love in the material world is like that. It appears that there is love in the material world but as soon as you get close to it it vanishes, just like the mirage in the desert.

      So it is most certainly not possible to “live happily ever-after” in the material world. Forget about this idea. Just try and make an arrangement so you can marry some man who is at least favorable to Krishna consciousness and you can live with him and server him and together you can serve Krishna and that will be the perfection of your lives.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  252. kusuma says:

    namaskar prabhujii,
    i have a doubt dat what is life? and why god created dis life with lots of happiness and sadness why we have to lead this life.

    • It is a big question, Read the Bhagavad-gita and find the answer and come back here and tell us the answer…

  253. gajendra says:

    hare krishna ji prabhu. Today i am going to tell u something plz read it considering ME ur servant.
    prabhu ji first time my parents took diksha from Guru maa UMASHAKTI. she is also disciple of prabhu shri Ramlal ji maharaj and shri Chandra-mohan ji maharaj.After that i joined gayatri parivar and did havan etc. after that i joined brahmakumaris for some time then i went jalandhar for my mtech degree. there were a lot of krishna bhakta. during my course i started fastin ekadashi and chanting also. in jalandhar there was a good preachers shri suneet prabhu ji conducted one camp in our college nit jalandhar.after that he guided us too much . some time we went in vace to attend sankirtana and having prasadam also. sir told me to be there for atleast one year for my spritual advancemant but some problems and home sickness and other family problems i didnot stay there. now just i am having only cantact on mobile rarely. He guided me alot he always helped and blessed us but i have come back to home he told me also if you want spritual developement than u must have assocition of good people of krishna concious people.prabhu ji i also want to do chanting and sankirtana but there is no association and i also want to do the service of lord krishna…….but without guru it is not possible . in this time i have spolied bcz of maya. i am not able to speak as i should speak to my family members. some types of frustration and iiritation i am facing now. plz sir guide me what should i do …. i am in morena just 134km from vrindavan mathura……plz bless me and prayers for me to lord…..
    thanks

  254. gajendra says:

    please prabhu ji tell me how we can find real guru or when will real guru meet us or bless on us…….i heard when we will ask about guru to krishna then he will make some arrangements to find the guru………..plz bless me …..thanks

  255. balaji says:

    hare krishna i am great ful to have your sangathya as you are student of prabhu padh

  256. suryakumari says:

    My humble obeisances to the lotus feet of lord krishnq,
    I agree this body is just made of flesh and blood, and the supersoul within of hearts is the real spirit, the rest is illusion. Please prabhu ,i would be pleased to read u r articles , it is enchanting.

  257. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa Dasa
    My dear friends, Krishna’s web site is a Guru by itself.
    Make time and read the Gita AS It Is and read all books of our Guru Swami Prabhupada. To unlock the mystery of life, one has to Chant the Maha Mantra and read the Gita continously.
    The Maha Mantra of Lord Krishna – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna – Krishna Krishna – Hare Hare. Hare Rama Hare Ram – Rama Rama – Hare Hare 108x 16 rounds daily even more if you have time. You must have faith in Lord Krishna and will give you wisdom to understand life and your mission in this life. All your problems will be answered if you follow all the precepts of Lord Krishna and take refuge in His Lotus feet.

    Hare Krishna and be Happy,
    Sara Tzeggai

  258. b p taneja says:

    Prabhu ji
    HariBol
    most of the people are trying to understand Gita through BRAIN only & less of “SADHANA i.e.Practice”
    to really understand GITA one has to come in contact with sri Krishna or chaitanaya Mahaprabhu or Arjuna or Sanjay or so or PRACTICE as per the guidelines of great saints so that the SPEED required to understand GITA is achieved
    Swami TulsiDas ji says
    BUDDHI HEEN TANU JAAN KEY
    SUMIRO —–
    HariBol

  259. Jagadananda Gauranga dasa says:

    I think it is obvious by the state of the world that many are identifying solely with the body and its demands. Note that I say demands and not needs. Being covered by material nature we are given to the excesses of the body, rather than the things it needs to be maintained well. Thus we see all manner of illness associated with overeating,drug use, etc. We also see the abuse of the body because the mind is restless and cannot find rest merely in material sense enjoyment. Thus it makes escape plans through drugs. Sexuality is abused as well, thus we see sexual diseases and promiscuity, leading to broken homes, single parents, welfare states, etc.

    The body is the source of much misery if we do not understand the Science of Self Realization. Once we have truly realized Self through Bhagavad Gita and the teachings of the pure guru, Srila Prabhupada, we find that attachment to these material illusory notions of who and what we are drop away, as do the excesses of bodily demands.

    Hare Krsna!

  260. Soul says:

    Guru ,

    Why Not lord Venkateswara/ balaji not listen in ten incarnations of lord vishnu??.

    ten incarnation is lord kalki which is yet to come, thn who is lord venkateswara .Everybody says he is kali yuga god came to destroy.

    and one more doubt is : lord shiva also came to destroy bad people.then lord venkateswara and shiva are same

    im little confused

    • Hindus are very confused Prabhu,

      It is because of so much bogus philosophy being preached in India for so many years.

      You just turn on the guru channel on your satellite TV and see what the Indian gurus are saying. It is such confusion. Everyone has his own idea. Some are saying “worship the light, the one.” Some are saying “you are god, everyone is god…” Some are saying Shiva is god, many are recommending worshiping the demigods to fulfill material desires. It is a mess, a very confusing mess.

      So many cheaters. So it is very difficult. So if you are born in India then you will naturally be very confused when it comes to spiritual knowledge. There is no standard. In India every guru is preaching his own ideas and to find anything bona fide at all is very, very difficult.

      So we are suggesting that you hear the Vedic knowledge as it is from Srila Prabhupada. He has the unique position of simply being a messenger and purely passing on the message which has come to him through the disciplic succession without any changes, without any additions, and without any subtractions.

      You will never be able to clear your doubts and confusions unless you have a bona fide guru who can guide you on the right path. And you will never be able to understand anything about the Vedas in truth by following the modern hodge-podge which is called “Hinduism”.

      So without a bona fide guru and unless you surrender to him and serve him and hear from him and inquire from him submissively you will remain confused forever.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  261. Jyotsna says:

    Hare Krishna,
    First of all, i would like to thank you for the teachings given by you.I sincerely appreciate your teachings.
    I need your help, I have a query in my mind.
    As our body is like a motor car, but body has emotions and feelings.Intially when we born, we start loving our parent, then friends then husband and like this family keeps on increasing. And in this love we forget our originality (soul)
    I want to know, why we forget our main objective.
    Even after knowing that our(souls) destination is back to home( back to Godhead).But i still having a special love for my family and friends. Does this love hinders after going back to our ultimate destination.
    Please help me.
    Regards
    Jyotsna

    • Hare Krishna Jyotsna

      Yes. All this entanglement with family and friends is based only on the bodily relationships. And we are not the body, we are the eternal spirit soul within the body. We have no real connection with these people we call our family members other than this body we are currently in took birth in relation to them. But as soon as this body dies then we will take birth again and our relationships with all these people we call our family members now will be broken and will will take birth again in a completely different situation with a completely different group of family and friends around us.

      So as you have nicely stated as our life goes on we become more and more entangled in different relationships with these people around us and that generates a lot of karma. Karma means work really and when we do any work at all which is not meant for the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, then that creates a reaction–either good or bad–that we will be forced to experience in the future. So the more of these karmic reactions that we create due to our interaction and activities with friends and family and others the more our original Krishna consciousness becomes covered and the more we forget the real purpose of life.

      Actually we have had millions of mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters, every time we take birth in a different body we get a different set of family members and as you have hinted at when we get attached to them that increases our entanglement in the material world more and more.

      But as you say you do have a special love for your family and friends and that is natural. Krishna consciousness is not about giving up our attachments very suddenly like this. Rather Krishna consciousness is about developing our love and our attachment for Krishna. And as we become more attached to Krishna we will automatically become detached from friends and family members. Not that we will not care about them. But our caring will be different. We will become concerned for their spiritual advancement and try to assist them in this way.

      A devotee is always the best friend and well-wisher of all living entities–what to speak of family members–but he realizes that he is not the body and has no real connection actually with these people that we call family members–but still he feels compassion and wants to help them advance in spiritual life. Of course if the family is not interested in Krishna and if they become a hindrance to his practice of Krishna consciousness he may give up the family connection.

      But for a women it is not very practical to give up the family connection as a women needs protection so generally it is best to just become a very nice devotee of Krishna and cook for Krishna and offer the bhoga to Krishna and distribute it to the family members and to give the other family members your good association and they will in this way gradually make advancement in Krishna consciousness by your good association.

      Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not recommend suddenly giving up one’s position and taking to the renounced order of life. No. Rather He suggested that one stay in his position, whatever that may be, and practice Krishna consciousness in that position. And yare daka tare karo krsna upadesh amara ajnya guru hana tara ei desh: “Stay in your position and there speak to the people around you about Krishna and in this this way you become the guru for the people in that place.” So every place needs a guru. Every village, every city, every family. So big or small, it does not matter, but you can hear from Srila Prabhupada and talk about the things you hear from Srila Prabhupada to your friends and family members and in this way become a guide for them in their spiritual life.

      The real love for family and friends is shown if you can help them advance spiritually. That is actually the greatest gift….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Jyotsna says:

        Hare Krishna,
        Thank you so much. You have so wonderfully expressed all the things.
        Hare Krishna.
        Regards
        Jyotsna

  262. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    There is two kinds of love. Human love which is always up and down no permanence – full of pride and attachment – my dad, my mom, my brother, my son and so on. They are mine and belong to me.
    Divine love is eternal love without attachment. Here, relationship is at the highest stage. You and I are one spirit – too many bodies but one spirit. All of us came from one spirit. Therefore, every father/mother/brother/sister/son belongs to everyone. We should love all humans regardless of their position.
    One has to come to Krishna Consciousness to understand the agony and suffering of human love. Only with Krishna consciousness, one can see clearly the path of human life in relationship with every thing.
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

  263. YEATESH says:

    GURUDEV PRANAM,
    RADHE RADHE

    I M THE TRUE DEVOTEE OF KANHA SMETIMES MY HEART AN MY MIND ARE IN OPPOSITE CONDITION WHT SHOULD I DO AT THAT CASE

  264. Jagadananda Gauranga das says:

    Sara,
    Divine Love does indeed have attachment, but to Krsna alone. It is not material attachment, thus it is divine.

    Hare Krsna

    • sara T says:

      Dear Jagadananda Gauranga das,

      Thank you for your clarification.

      Hare Krishna,
      Sara

  265. Gíta says:

    Haribolo!!!!

    Beautiful! I really like your mails. It’s so nice, when devotees devote time to tell the truth for others… We live in a hindu farm in Hungary. Respects from here. :)

  266. Ishwar says:

    Hare Krishna devotees

    Hope u all r fine.
    I am not able to divert my mind from this worldliness how can i abstain from it.
    Thanks
    ram Ram

  267. pradeep says:

    because of my desire, karma or ignorance, i born in this matarial world?

    Where and whom i was with?

    If it is krishna , how it could be possible to desire other than Lord krishna?

    If it is my karma , when my first karma started?

    i humbly request you to reply back to clear my ignorance

    • Hare Krishna Pradeep

      We are born in this material world because of our karma, our desires and our ignorance. It is ultimately all driven by our desires. We are all part and parcel of Krishna. Krishna is great and we are small but we have the same qualities as Krishna. So Krishna is the Supreme Controller–we also have a small controlling ability. So we sometimes want to be the controller also. As soon as we have this idea–to become the controller like Krishna–then we can not stay in the spiritual world–because there Krishna is the Supreme Controller and everyone else is a servant of Krishna. So Krishna creates this material world for us to “play god” in.

      So it is not Krishna who causes you to come to this material world, it is you, it is your desire. And as soon as you desire to do something separately from the service of Krishna that is the beginning of your karma. And once this network of karma has started it gets more and more entangling and is very, very difficult to break out of…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • pradeep says:

        Thanks for your reply..Now i understood How and why i am suffering in this material world. Now i am in a situation like i have to ride two horses. one of them is maya(relations,karma..etc) and the other one is the true horse (service to krishna).

        How can i ride two horses at a time and my ultimate aim is to break the chain of karma and i always want to be the servant of my krishna.

        • Hare Krishna Pradeep

          Actually you can not ride two horses at once. That is not possible. So you just become Krishna conscious and deal with the relations and friends in an official but polite way.

          You can just agree with them and say “yes, yes, very good…” and keep on chanting Hare Krishna. Basically politely ignore them and get on with your real business of Krishna consciousness. But you can not completely ignore the material world and your material responsibilities. You know Krishna does not instruct Arjuna to give up the fighting in the battlefield of Kuruksettra and go to the forest and meditate. No. Krishna is very practical. He instructs Arjuna to do his duty but do it for Krishna.

          So you need to have some occupation, you need to earn some income, you need to support a wife and a family–so obviously you need to maintain and develop the material side of your life as well. But that should not be done in the mood of “riding two horses”–rather this should be done as service to Krishna. What Krishna recommends is not that you give up your work be that “You work for Me.” So you can do some business, raise a family, etc, but your purpose with your work is to make the money you need to worship Krishna and your purpose with your family is to train them as nice devotees of Krishna and together in your family you can install the Deity of Krishna and worship Krishna together and in this way it is only one horse that you are riding but still you are maintaining both the material and the spiritual sides of your life–you are doing both things for Krishna…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  268. William says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I offer my humble obeisannes to His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivendanta Swami Prahupada and to you, Mahudvisa dasa, as my spiritual gurus and guides.

    Please, is it acceptable to consume unfertilized eggs (eggs that will never produce a chicken)?

    My sincere thanks.

    William

    Namaste

    • William all eggs that people consume are unfertilized. The egg is the chicken’s period. It is very dirty and not meant to be consumed by any human being. Many diseases come from eating eggs. A fertilized egg has a little chicken inside it…

      You have to understand the point. It is not that we are vegetarians–we are Krishnatarians. We only eat Krishna prasadam, food that has been prepared by devotees with love and offered to Krishna–after Krishna tastes the offering it becomes Krishna prasadam and a devotee will not eat anything except this Krishna prasadam–the remnants of the foods what have been tasted by Krishna.

      So the point is Krishna only accepts offerings of foodstuffs in the mode of goodness and that is only the foods from the four groups: grains, milk products, fruits and vegetables. HE DOES NOT ACCEPT EGGS!

      So we can not offer eggs to Krishna therefore a devotee will not eat anything which is not Krishna prasadam, therefore he does not eat eggs.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  269. balaji says:

    hare krishna prabhu ji i am 15. from 2 year si am regular visitor of iskon shreyas programme on sundays with un willing ness of my mother but today in one of the insident my mother became serious and she is know strong to not to send me iskon but my strong deisire is to go back to my god head krishn a in vikunta and his home golok vrundhavan i am sure that only iskon make my disire possible and krishna is in the form of sravana and i can have it in only in my mother womb iskon and shreyas if i think what ever5 it may be i can chant krishna in heart but i miss my real spritual friends ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! how i should make my se4lf convenced of this sorrow please give me answer it would be better if you send me replay to my e.mail adress.hare bo0l

    • Hare Krishna Balaji

      You can chant Hare Krishna and serve Krishna anywhere and you have to become self-sufficient like this. Get Prabhuapda’s books in your home and read them and start chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily in your home and strictly follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication]. Just do this seriously wherever you are. You do not have to be in a temple to be Krishna conscious.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  270. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa dasa
    Egg and Milk are the only food that are complete in protein – meaning they have all the essential amino acids that the body requires. Beans are also the source of protein. However they are incomplete unless they are eaten with rice or other cereal products. If egg is forbidden by Krishna and can have milk which is complete, comparable in protein to egg even better than egg why do we have to have eggs of any kind. Lets stay with the foods that we are given because they are good in nurturing our body, mind, spirit and soul. Besides, by avoiding eating eggs and meats, we are protected from many harmful contamination effects and body complications/illnesses from eggs and meats.
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

  271. samyuktha says:

    THAnk you so much for teaching me..Iam jus a beginner i dont even knw what to comment..but I thing i can say that am on a right path of god…

  272. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa dasa,

    We should have a list of foods that we are not suppose to eat.
    I thought we are to avoid meat, egg and alcohol.
    But I learned recently that we are not suppose to have garlic, onion and may be coffee and tea.
    Please give us detail information of foods that are forbidden to eat by Lord Krishna. Thanks.
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

    • Hare Krishna Sara

      We can offer to Krishna foods in the mode of goodness and that is: grains, milk products, fruits and vegetables. We can not offer garlic and onions because they are in the mode of passion. Eggs do not come in the categories of grains, milk products, vegetables or fruits. Tea and coffee are intoxicants like alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs. You get addicted to tea and coffee just like you get addicted to other drugs. We do not want to get addicted to tea and coffee, we want to get addicted to Krishna.

      Mushrooms also we will generally not offer to Krishna because they grow in the dark, they are a type of fungus and are in the mode of ignorance.

      Otherwise grains, milk products, fruits and vegetables when prepared with love and devotion by devotees can be offered to Krishna and after Krishna has accepted the offering the food becomes prasadam, “Krishna’s mercy” and devotees are very happy to accept the remnants of Krishna’s meal.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • sara T says:

        Thank you Madhudvisa dasa for the information on food. I started Krishna’s diet couple months ago and my appetite curbed to one half from my usual appetite. Krishna’s diet concur with 80% Alkaline and 20% Acidic foods. Food combinations which are safe and healthy to our body. Fruits, Vegetables, Milk and Milk products are Alkaline foods. Cereals/Starches and Meats are Acidic foods. Too much acidic foods are harmful and degenerate the body.
        The majority of people eat more acidic foods (Bread and Meat)and less alkaline foods (fruits/vegetables/milk). Almost all foods served in Fast Food Chains, and Restaurants are Acidic foods. Drinks (except pure fruit/vegetable juices)and desserts (except fruit) are acidic. Because of poor choices in food selection, chronic illnesses (such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, obesity, arthritis, stroke and many others) are rampant everywhere. Over all, quality of life is poor despite advance technology is increasing life span by medicine, which is costing billions of dollars to the nation.

        We Are Our Father’s Bussiness but no one else. Because our father loves us, He bestow us – the mantra, the diet and the Gita.
        Lets continue to engage in our devotional service to our Beloved Lord Krishna – whose devotees are dear to Him.
        Hare Krishna And Be Happy,
        Sara

  273. Badrie says:

    Hare Krsna, First i like to thank his Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Thus people born on the earth in the future could easily cross over the ocean of birth and death by those glories, which compare to a strong boat. In fact, those who are now enjoying the glories of Krsna through the transparent medium of the Bhaktivedanta purpurts to Srimad-Bhagavatam, by the mercy of of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, are the fortunate recipients of the mercy of Krsna, who was merciful even to persons yet to be born. Hare Krsna

  274. Karan says:

    hare krishna,
    i am very happy to read krishna from bhagwat gita,i really like the stories and truths of life which i came to know after reading bhagwat gita articles sent by you.i am very thankful to u for spreading Krishana Sandesh in all over the world.thanks for enlightening my mind my thoughts which really change my life style.
    Thanks once again.

  275. Claire says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,

    I wanted to thank you for the Krishna Connect newsletters. They are most helpful and resourceful and a great great help for me. I am discovering ISKCON’s wonderful work and currently reading The Science of Self-Realization by his Divine Garce A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda. Also I am finding so much wisdom in the extracts from the Bhagavad Gita that I purchased it online and I am waiting for it to be shipped. I apologize if I am in any way addressing you in a disrespectful manner and hope to correct my ignorance very soon.

    Humbly,

    Claire

  276. Patrick says:

    Hello and best wishes to all.
    I’m afraid I may be like a bull in a china shop stomping and crashing into all manner of precious and beautiful things. I have read only a little of the “Bhagavad Gita as it is” so let me now beg for your pardons for any and all ignorant misconceptions.
    “I am not this Body”
    I can picture Madhudvisa dasa thoughts on this in my mind and I feel a distant excited recognition of something somewhere far off. When I read some passages and purports from the Gita its like I am temporarily connected in some small or tiny way to I don’t know what, but once the Book is closed the connection grows dimer till I’m back in what feels like being enclosed in very old thoughts, trapped if you like. How can, and is it possible to remain with this feeling of connection?.
    I could be barking, and one step away from the men in white coats, but it doesn’t feel so. Any thoughts or pointers?.
    Patrick.

    • Hare Krishna Patrick

      Krishna consciousness is about absorption. So you can keep reading the Bhagavad-gita and Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and Srimad-Bhagavatam and so many other books, you can keep chanting Hare Krishna… The start is to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and following the four regulative principles. Somehow we have to stay in the fire of Krishna consciousness…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Patrick says:

        Best Wishes to you Madhudvisa dasa and thank you for directions on how to absorb myself in Krishna Consciousness.
        Patrick.
        Hare Krishna.

  277. Gautam Kaltia says:

    HARE KRISHNA,
    I am very much grateful and thank You for your teachings. I like the Madbhagawat Gita too much and I can not express with my words. In my level it is impossible to know the meaning of this Great creation of Lord Krishna and now from your teachings I understand something about Gita.

    Thank you very much for your teachings.

  278. anand says:

    THANKS FOR THE EMAILS………..HARE KRISHNA!!!!!!!!

  279. john says:

    Thanks for the e-mails, very good, looks like your going to help me on my journey.
    Hare Krishna.

  280. vishva says:

    ya I do understand all this things very much because I am ” Hindu Brahmin” so
    but it like these mails are pumping my spiritual sense in to right directions..

    I am just stuck in this material world after coming in Australia…like making money..
    working..alone from my family..

    Thanks for your support from far away..

  281. Yogesh Dewang says:

    Dear Sir,

    I totally agree with you.I awakened my soul recently 5 months before,when I got the golden opportunity to read the book named after “Aatma-shakshatkar ka vigyan ” authored by Srila Prabhupada in hindi.I have got the collection of his books in hindi and started reading those daily.Besides,I am listening hare krishna mahamantra by srila prabupada and trying to chant and follow srila prabhupada by that video.Presently ,I have not reached the stage of chanting it number of times in morning and evening.Hopefully,I will be able to chant hare-krishna mahamantra regularly.But I request you to please send me mails to inspire and encourage for my spiritual development and progress.I have realized all the truth behind this material world.So plz help me.

    Your Servant

    Yogesh Dewang

  282. kirti says:

    Hare Krishna….Madhudvisa dasa!!!!
    Thank you very much for sending me great knowledge about “Geeta Gyan”…
    you said that we are not the body,we are soul but how can we recognise it.
    Please give me some advice.
    Thank You

    • We can realize we are not these material bodies by becoming Krishna conscious. And to help us to become Krishna conscious Srila Prabhupada has written 80 books for us. You need to read these books. The answers to all your questions are in Srila Prabhupada’s books.

  283. rajesh kumar says:

    Nicely written and very good comparison of a car with human bady.I am a mechanical engg. and after reading this article I want to say it is one of the best comparison explained by u.

    your sewak cum das
    Rajesh kumar

  284. SANJAY says:

    It is very true. The soul need some other food to satisfy its hunger. This thirst can be quenched by something else.i.e. God or Krishna consciousness. Then why we always forget the same & our mind diverts even if we know it??What is the solution to it??

    • The solution is to always chant:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      If you are always chanting Hare Krishna then even if your mind wanders away from Krishna the chanting of Hare Krishna will quickly bring it back to Krishna again.

      We need to take this seriously. Always remember Krishna, never forget Krishna. Kirtanyea sada hare: Always chant Hare Krishna and nitya bhagavata sevaya: Read the Bhagavatam 24 hours a day. So in this way either by chanting Hare Krishna or reading Srila Prabhupada’s books we need to keep ourselves engaged in Krishna consciousness, always remembering Krishna 24 hours a day.

      I know it may sound a little difficult but this is the process and the achievement of Krishna consciousness is the greatest achievement and like all great achievements one can not attain it without seriously working for it.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  285. raghavendran says:

    If,as you say,the “real purpose of life is to get out of this material world …” where is the need for one to be born in this world at all? You say, one has to “get an eternally youthful …. body”. Does not “getting” an eternal body contradict the very meaning of “eternal”?

    I am sorry if I sound cynic but these are doubts that naturally comes to me on reading the above posting.

    Will be greatly obliged if you can enlighten me without getting upset at my questions?

    with regards

    Raghavendran

    • Hare Krishna Radhavendran

      Thank you very much for the questions and of course I will not get upset. They are very good questions.

      We are born into the material world because we misused our independence. We have a little independence. We can choose to serve Krishna or we can choose not to serve Krishna. So we can only be in the spiritual world if we choose to serve Krishna. So Krishna very mercifully has made this material world for us rebellious spiritual souls who do not want to serve Him.

      That is why we take birth in the material world. Because in the spiritual world everyone is a servant of Krishna, but in the material world everyone wants to be the master, everyone wants to be god, everyone wants to be Krishna. You just have to look around and you will see that is true. Everyone wants power, fame, strength, beauty, fame, knowledge because these are the attractive qualities of Krishna. Everyone here is trying to become Krishna–the all-attractive person. Of course in the material world everyone will fail and all their attempts to become the controller will fail. And ultimately, after millions and millions of such births, one thoughtful person by the mercy of a bona fide spiritual master will realize that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and surrender to Him.

      So as soon as we reject Krishna we are born into the material world and we keep on taking births in the material world time and time again in different species of life suffering birth, old age, disease and death, until we again come to the point of surrendering to Krishna.

      Actually my wording is not really correct when I say we “get” or original eternally youthful body. As you are hinting at if something is eternal there is no question of getting it because it has no beginning and that is correct. Actually we already have our eternally youthful spiritual body–it is currently covered by this material body. So it is not that we ‘get’ it actually, we already have it, but it is uncovered. In this material world our spiritual body is covered by the gross material body of earth, water, fire, air and ether and by the subtle body of mind, intelligence and ego. But underneath the material covering our eternally youthful spiritual body is already there. That is our natural condition, sat cit ananda–an eternally youthful body full of knowledge and ever-increasing bliss. So when we identify with this material body, thinking that “I am a man,” “I am an Indian”, etc, and then when we find our Indian man’s body getting old and sick and on the verge of death we feel very uncomfortable and feel ourselves in a very painful and unnatural position. Because we are identifying with the material body, thinking we are the material body–but actually we are the spirit soul that is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss…

      Hope it is a little clearer.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  286. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa Das,

    Soul and Matter
    WE are not of material creation as many believe. We are souls covered by gross material body which is called Maya. Once we are enlightened ( By continously reading Prabhupada’s books and chanting Maha Mantra), we can uncover from these material body or inferior energy and liberate our selfs. The Material body functions with the presence of the soul. Once the soul seperates from the body, the material body loses its energy and dies out. Therefore, the soul is the life giver to the body which is eternal and infinite and the material body which is marginal and finite.
    Our spirit soul is a part and parcel of the Supersoul. Thus, we understand that we are not matter but we are spirit soul,the living entity who engage in the loving transcendental service of Krishna.
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

    • vishva says:

      I agree with you SARA T …

      I believe that you are having amazing knowledge of krishna’s concious ..more advanced.

      but i like your comment,
      open mine eyes can see the difference.

      cheers,
      vish

      • sara T says:

        Dear Vishva,
        I am not more advanced in my knowledge of Lord Krishna than you. It is my desire and fate in Lord Krishna make me surrender to His Lotus Feet. Until recently, I thought Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu are all Gods with the same power. However, when I read the Gita from Swami Prahupada, I was amazed that Lord Krishna is God himself, immediately I joined Krishna.org and begin to read comments by Swami Prahupada and Madhudvisa dasa and start watching Lord Krishna’s past time DVDs – Ramayana, Krishna, Mahabaratha, Vishnupuran. If we follow the precepts of Lord Krishna daily (read the Gita and 16 rounds of Maha Mantra daily), as given by our Guru Prahupada and Madhudvisa dasa, Lord Krishna will play his miracles on us beautifully. Let’s give unalloyed love to Lord Krishna to receive his mercy and read Prahupada’s books daily.
        Hare Krishna and Be Happy,
        Sara

  287. Erjet says:

    Nice! , Thanks for the email, very nicely explained.

    Victory to the greatness in you.= Jai Guru Dev
    Erjet

    Tirane, ALBANIA.

  288. vishva says:

    Thanks, SARA T
    VISH

  289. K.V.Rangaswamy says:

    Hare Krishna
    Madhudvisa Das
    Motor vehicle works well if every aspect is perfect and in the same way our body also works well to chant Hare Krishna. I am really very much attracted to the sayings in your articles and my mind will mature to think of God after studying more and more. I can visualize that body is temporary and the soul is permanent and have no changes. But if so why we have to give more care for this body. I think it is only to pray God we need health and we have to keep our body healthy till we breathe last. One must understand that he has not brought anything with him when he comes to this earth and not going yo take anything when he leaves.

    Th not going to take anything back when he leaves.
    Thank you Guru
    Your servant
    K.V,Rangaswamy

  290. SANJAY says:

    Hare Krishna
    We understand that ” I am not this body”. I have a question. If the spirit soul doesnot understand the importance of Supreme God head, how many billions of life he will live or then also he does not understand what will happen to it??

    Is this human life a opportunity to know about God??? If a spirit soul doesnot understand in this life then he will come to the world say as a animal. again he will come to this world as a minuscle insect. Does it go back to Godhead after so many births automatically??

    Kindly enlighten me.

    Sanjay

    • Hare Krishna Sanjay

      No. No one goes back to Godhead automatically. Practically speaking we are trapped here in the material world in the cycle of birth and death eternally. Generally speaking there is no escape. This material world is called ‘durga’ — it is a very strong prison or fort and no one can get out. The only chance of getting out is by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. If we have the great fortune of associating with a pure devotee of Krishna like Srila Prabhupada if we surrender to him and serve him then by his mercy we can get from him the ‘bhakti-lata-bija’ which is the seed of the plant of bhakti. And if we water that seed we get from Srila Prabhupada with chanting and hearing the name, fame and glories of Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, that plant of bhakti will grow within our hearts and eventually become fully mature and produce many flowers and fruits and ultimately seeds as well.

      But that seed is only available from a pure devotee of Krishna and if we do not have the seed then the watering process is useless. We will only grow weeds. And it is very rare indeed to get the opportunity to have the association of a pure devotee of Krishna. So that is the only hope the living entities have of getting out of the cycle of birth and death. Otherwise they are stuck in the material world eternally.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  291. SANJAY says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,

    I understand that the cycle of birth & death is eternal. We just cannot escape out of the durga. Krishna consciousness is above arguments & we just have to accept & follow the path shown by a close devotee of God.

    But I have a question.

    A spiritually enlightened person or devotee takes birth in this material world. He may have passed so many lives before this or comes to this world for the first time.What is the guarantee that he does not take birth again?? I have read in some books that some god in Indian Mythology take birth as they wanted to come to this material world to enjoy.Don’t they really enjoy in their home which is much more better than this material world. Is it the same in case of devotees?

    In Bhagvad Gita it is said that he whoever thinks of God at the time of death does not come to this world again.But say god has given chance as a human to understand the real purpose of life / soul. Suppose he doesnot understand & lives a million of lives. The human life is the best than any other think living entities because he has the brain to think or call it realization. But an animal cant think. So it will never be free from this material world. Right!!.What is the chance that the animal would be born as a human & undergo self realization.

    Could you please enlighten me something on Life Before Birth??Is is the life of a close devotee for the first time or had he engaged himself in spiritual activities in his last birth?? He has come to this world again to fulfill the balance work??? Kindly enlighten me.

    Sanjay

    • Hare Krishna Sanjay

      Everyone is guaranteed to take birth in the material world again and the birth they take will be determined by their consciousness at the time of death. The only way to avoid this is to be thinking of Krishna or Visnu at the time of death and the only way you can achieve this is to spend your life as a surrendered servant of Krishna and the only way we can serve Krishna is by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. So it is a very rare opportunity to be able to get out of this cycle of birth and death, this prison of the material world. And that opportunity is only available to us by serving and pleasing a pure devotee of Krishna like Srila Prabhupada. Otherwise we will continue to take birth again and again.

      There is no guarantee that a ‘spiritually advanced’ person will not take birth again in the material world. He may be spiritually advanced but if he still has even some small material desires then he will have to take birth in the material world again to fulfill those desires. There is a guarantee, however, that a person who has stated the process of Krishna consciousness, even if they have only become a small percentage Krishna conscious, will take birth again in the human form so he can continue his spiritual advancement. So that is a great blessing. He will not be born in an animal or plant body, he will get a human birth and will be able to continue his Krishna consciousness from the point where he left off in this life.

      As far as people who are very much attracted to Krishna consciousness in this life we can understand that generally they must have performed some devotional service in their previous lives because they are naturally attracted to it in this life. Also sometimes it can be simply because of the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna that one is able to commence on the path of Krishna consciousness. But generally speaking those who are interested in spiritual life in this life were also cultivating it in previous lives. We carry our consciousness with us from one body to the next in the material world, although we forget the details of our previous births, our state of consciousness is carried on from our previous life. So whatever we were interested in in our previous life when we come across that again in this life we will be naturally attracted to it and when we start to practice it we will advance very quickly. That is why they say people have ‘gifts’ and different people have different gifts. One person may be very musically inclined and at a very young age may be able to play classical piano very naturally and very perfectly without much effort, but another person of the same age may be completely unable to learn how to play the piano but may be skilled in some other area. So these interests and the results of our experience in our previous lives is actually with us but we can not remember the details.

      So at least for someone who has practiced spiritual life in his previous births he will have a natural attraction to Krishna consciousness and will be able to make quick advancement.

      You want to know about ‘life before birth’ but there is no mystery there. Life before birth is just the same as life now. Death and birth is simply the body changing. Really it is just the same as going to sleep and waking up in the morning. Imperceptibly every morning we wake up and our body has changed, our consciousness has changed. So death is just like that. This body dies and the soul is transferred into the womb of your next mother and that mother is selected according to your consciousness at the time of death. If your consciousness is animistic then your next mother will be an animal, if you consciousness is human consciousness then you will get a human body again and if you are fortunate enough to have completed the process of Krishna consciousness and have been able to give up all attachment to your material body and everything related to that and all the desires of the material world and if you are able to remember Krishna at the time of death then you will not have to take birth again in the material world but instead you will be transferred back home, back to Godhead… So this is rather rare, otherwise everyone is going to take birth again and again in the material world and suffer eternally.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  292. Sourabh says:

    if it so then why we always in need of everything..how to control wasteful thoughts….

  293. SANJAY says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvida dasa.

    Thank you very much for this answer & knowledge. I am accepting this blindly. This seems something very true. This is really a spiritual solution to this material world.

    Please dont stop to send me articles as always.

    Hare Krisha!!

    Sanjay