Preaching The Human Body is a Machine

Published on December 18th, 2015 | 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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734 Responses to “I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

  1. Neeraja Ganti says:

    Hare Krishna

    Bhagavad Gita is the only epic that realizes body is different from Soul

    I am very blessed to get mercy og krishna to read this literature

    Hope for being always in life with devotees

    Hare krishna

    Neeraja

  2. Swetha says:

    Thank you for the newsletter. It means a lot .
    Hare Krishna

  3. bakosi says:

    HARE KRISHNA PRABHUJI, I love this posting of yours that says I am not this body and I know that we are soul but my concern is on this body why has this body is been design with thousands of desires pushing away man from reaching his spiritual destination is there no another body that we can take that is more lesser from this desires body of I want this and I want that,

    • All material bodies are full of material desires. We get a material body according to the desires of our soul. So our material body is an expression of the consciousness of our soul. So to get a body that is more conducive to Krishna consciousness we have to elevate our consciousness. And in this age of Kali-yuga the recommended process for elevating our consciousness is chanting:

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

  4. John says:

    Hello
    I hope your keeping well,
    Thanks for the e-mails very good and interesting.
    As someone who isn’t sure whether there’s a god or not I lean more to there isn’t, but I do feel there is something don’t know what? But I do like the mantra and always have don’t know why.
    Anyway thanks for the e-mails and look forward to reading them.

    All the best
    John
    Hare Krishna

  5. Ankit says:

    Hi,
    I liked today’s post it was a good lesson.

  6. T.k.Lalitha says:

    Namaste
    I am not the body.Ofcourse i am not the mind.But we are dragged by the wordly activities.It is very hard to remove the fetters .It is difficult to controle the taste and words we utter. Any how i am reading gita and other upnished to divert my mind.

    Thanks a lot for sending correct advice through Krishna’.

    Lalitha

    • Hare Krishna Lalita

      The process of Krishna consciousness as Srila Prabhupada is teaching us in his books completely frees us from being dragged around by worldly activities. So if you are being dragged around by worldly activities that is a sign that you are not Krishna conscious. So please concentrate on becoming a pure devotee of Krishna by reading and following Srila Prabhupada’s books and by chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day and by strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication].

      Once you become Krishna conscious you will no longer be dragged by material activities. You will be free and very happy and you will have the power also to free others from the shackles of the modes of material nature.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  7. Aditya Nath Jha says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji

    Thanks So much for sending this buityfull massage. Please send this type of massage again.

    Thanks
    Aditya Nath Jha

  8. Ajay Kumar says:

    Hare Krishna…
    Many thanks for enlightened me to the spiritual sensational attachment with the supreme personality of Godhead Srikrishna. Really the life is nothing without Lord Srikrishna.

  9. shivakumar says:

    Hare Krishna

    This human life by the grace of Krishna is a chance for the soul to reach back to Krishnaloka.

    After reading this I am anxious to know what are the ways to satisfy spiritual spark in me, and along with the love that I have towards Krishnas lotus feet, what should I do to reach krishnaloka my original living place.

    hare Krishna.

  10. Prof. Rajendra Yadav says:

    Hare Krishna !!!!
    Dandvat Pranam Prabhu jee.

    I had gone through your e-mails dated March 31 and April 2, 2016.I understood the followings:
    1. The essence of vedic literature.
    2. Purpose of Bhagavad Gita
    3. The subjects of Bhagvad Gita and
    4. I am not this body, I am a spirit soul.

    Now you wanted to enlighten us on Sanatana Dharm. I am waiting for your next mail.

    Hare Krishna!! Dandvat Pranam!!!

  11. manju says:

    Please send these newsletters everyday!
    Want to find out more.

    thank very much…

  12. manju says:

    It’s very easy to understand with eg. Is there anything for children. My 7 yr old finds it hard to concentrate…

    • First you become a pure devotee of Krishna and children naturally follow their father. So when you become a pure devotee of Krishna you child will naturally follow in your footsteps.

      Krishna consciousness is for everyone. Children can chant Hare Krishna, children can respect Krishna prasadam, children can appreciate the stories about Krishna from Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

      So everything in Krishna consciousness that is for adults can be also appreciated by children.

  13. S. Das says:

    Does your organization have any programme to serve the widows of Brindaban. The widows of Brindaban requires mental and social and economic support. Why does ‘women’ suffer so much in this world.What does Gita say about women’s suffering and its solution. Our society neglects our women. Why is this happening?

  14. S. Das says:

    Encouraging words. Please continue with the messages,

  15. SUNANDO DAS says:

    Sometimes I feel extremely lonely. What is the solution ?

    • Hare Krishna Sunando

      The solution to loneliness is Krishna consciousness. When we are in Krishna consciousness we are in contact with Krishna and through Krishna we are in contact with everyone else. So there is no loneliness in Krishna consciousness. The trick is how to become Krishna conscious and that Srila Prabhupada has written so many books to help us advance in Krishna consciousness so we have to read them.

      Of course ideally one should associate with the devotees but you may already be doing that and still feeling lonely. So we can not expect to get real satisfying association within the material world. In the material world ultimately everyone is trying to satisfy his own senses. He does not care about anyone else except in connection with satisfying his own senses. So in the material world everyone is lonely actually. No one is getting the real loving relationships they desire.

      Love does not exist in the material world actually. In the material world one person is exploiting another person for his sense gratification only. So we can only experience real love if we reestablish our dormant relationship with Krishna. So the solution to loneliness is Krishna consciousness.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  16. Anil says:

    Hare Krishna,
    I agree that we are not body.and our real destination is different. But why we are in this material world??

    • Hare Krishna Anil

      We are in the material world because of our desires to enjoy separately from Krishna. In the spiritual world everyone desires to serve Krishna, everyone wants to see Krishna enjoy. But we are not like that. We don’t want Krishna to enjoy, we want to enjoy ourselves.

      But we are not the enjoyers, Krishna is the enjoyer and we are meant to help Krishna enjoy. So that is our purpose. It is not possible actually for us to be the enjoyer. But because we want to imitate Krishna and become the enjoyer Krishna has created this material world for us, the rebelious living entities who have rejected His service and who want to imitate Him.

      The material world is like a prison. It is for our rectification. So there is suffering here. And after many lives of suffering some intelligent living entities realize they are servants of Krishna and surrender to Krishna and go back home back to Godhead…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  17. Rajat Chhettri says:

    Please keep sending more.
    May all be blessed with pure love,

    Jai Govinda!

  18. Tanmoy Banerjee says:

    Sir,
    I am really great full to you for providing me such great knowledge of GOD.

  19. madan says:

    Thank u!!
    Iam devotee of lord krishna…nd I love to hear anything about Krishna…

  20. Gopal says:

    Just humans are soul or all living entities?. …
    If so then what is difference between us and them ..why they do not undergo puja, and all rules?

    • All living entities are spirit souls. There is no difference between me and the spirit soul in a tree or in a worm. The soul is the same. The difference is only consciousness. The consciousness of the soul in the tree or in the worm is lower than my consciousness. This human form of life is the highest form of life on this planet and in the human form of life we have developed consciousness and we can go beyond the basic animal instincts of eating, sleeping, mating and defending. In the human form of life we can question: “Why am I here?” “Who am I?” And Krishna appears within the human societies or sends His representatives to teach us the purpose of life. So it is because of this more advanced consciousness we have in the human form of life that we can perform puja and worship Krishna and the animals and trees are not aware of Krishna.

      But in the human form of life we can either elevate or degrade our consciousness. If we live like animals, only concerned with eating, sleeping, mating and defending, then we will degrade our consciousness and our next life will be in an animals body.

      So we need to use this human form of life for worshiping Krishna and remember Krishna at the time of death and then go back home back to Godhead…

  21. Pramod M.Sawant says:

    Pramod says

    January 05/01/2016

    Hare Krishna.

    I liked your post.As the driver of the car goes through his basic learning from a Training institute under a guidance of a Trainer, same way an individual who is a disciple of a Spiritual Teacher should learn the spiritual lessons religiously, surrender with his body, mind and intellect at his feet and follow on the path shown by his spiritual teacher to attain the grace of Lord Krishna.Krishna says in Geeta that a true spiritual teacher is his form and every disciple should respect, love his spiritual teacher and obey his commands.No disciple can attain the Consciousness until he or she is a true disciple. This is what I learnt from my spiritual teacher and I am following on that path.

    Please reply.

    Swami Ho.

  22. Moreshwar Sapre says:

    Shri Krishna….

    I agree & accept your thoughts, it gives me insights to look differently. I would like to know more about Bagavad Gita & want to lean the same. I tried many times but failed, please guide me in this regards also

    Shri Krishna..

  23. Sujatha says:

    Hare Krishna, Yes very good meaning in this article. We have to utilize our body in correct manner. Then we will feel happy in our life.more upload sir.

  24. Sathi says:

    Iam so happy to read and enjoy the messages.i learn so many things before I don’t know exactly about from geetha. So thank you so much.every day I learn some thing better than before and spiritually grow for everyday.thanks for hare rama and Hare Krishna.

  25. ian guignet says:

    hi Madhudvisa dasa – i really like the analogy of ‘ghost in the machine’ so oftern do we forget we are driving a vehicle though life.

  26. Deepti harish says:

    Hare krishna
    I found every word of the newsletter useful nd meaningful…I m willing to learn more from you…I m thankful fr guiding us through these newsletter nd this is your unconditional act of goodness nd service to lots of ppl who seek spirituality…
    Thank you sir

    From
    Deepti Harish
    Hare krishna

  27. Vamanadev das says:

    Thank you for the well written articles.
    Harihari ~

  28. B S Sree Shailan says:

    Well compared and very useful for convincing. Thanks.

  29. Madhu says:

    HARE KRISHNA
    IT IS A GOOD ARTICLE AND RIGHTLY SAYS THAT JUST AS A CAR HAS A UTILITY VALUE FOR THE DRIVER , SO THIS BODY HAS A UTILITY VALUE FOR THE SOUL.
    THANKX
    REGARDS
    YOUR SERVANT
    MADHU

  30. Chhaya Thakore says:

    Hare Krishna .. It’s really nice to read your post .. Thanks

  31. valli says:

    i really liked the analogy of the motor car and our body. it was very striking and easy to get a clarity. Thank you.

  32. Sairam,

    A wonderful way of explaining the spiritual need of a man. Highly enlightening

    Prof.Balakrishnan

  33. True but when u have tried for 2 years and u do not reach ur goal . U feel frustrated.
    I have been trying for a global career for the past 2 years without any success.

    • Hare Krishna

      Our success or failure from the material point of view is predestined. We can not change it. If we are meant to succeed materially we will, if we are meant to fail we will. So there is no point working very hard, trying to improve our position in the material world. It has no effect. We get what we are destined to get.

      Instead of wasting our time like this we should spend our time reestablishing our spiritual, Krishna, consciousness.

      The only way to change our destiny in the material world is to advance in Krishna consciousness. Otherwise we will get our destiny. That is all. We can not change our destiny with any material endeavor.

      You can see it very practically. Everyone wants to be rich and famous and so many people are working so hard to become rich and famous. But still there are only a few rich and famous people. And if you research it you will find many of them did not work particularly hard to become rich and famous. They just were. It was their destiny.

      So this is the core of the Vedic civilization. The understanding of the unimportance of so called success and failure in the material world. A transcendentalist accepts his material position in the world and does not try to change it. Rather he spends his time and energy to advance in spiritual life.

      Another example for this is so many people are praying to God to have a happy life and to be healthy. But still the distress and disease comes to them. So if distress and disease comes even though we do not want it, we do not ask for it, also the happiness and health we deserve according to our good karma will come to us. There is no need to pray for it or to work for it.

      Our destiny will come to us. No matter what it is, good or bad. We can not change this by any material method.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  34. Padmini says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,

    “We are not this body”- though we hear this a lot, we need to keep reminding ourselves about this concept with multiple examples. And your car example above is simple and very easy to understand. The driver’s food is different from the car’s food – ahh- so simple to understand. This sentence should awaken any fallen soul.

    Dandavat Pranams,
    Padmini

  35. Hare Krishna Prabhuji Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thanks for your detailed information about the different between the soul and the body. This is the perfection of our real devotional service. However, I don’t need to think about it, because this is directly the words of Krishna as it is, and whatever He says is absolutely the ultimate truth. If one wants to succeed, he has to accept it as it, that all. But I have one question, it maybe a little bit personal, but please never mind ‘cos it will help to make me to understand fully the subject. The question is, ”when you celebrate your birth date?
    Thanks
    Hari Bol!

    • Devotees do not celebrate the birthdays of their bodies. The whole idea of Krishna consciousness is to realize that we are not these material bodies but are eternal servants of Krishna. So we celebrate the appearance days of Krishna and the pure devotees of Krishna.

  36. Apeksha says:

    Hare KRISHNA!!
    According to Srila Prabhupada’s teachings I’ve learned that pure devotees do not wish for any kind of material benefits, not even liberation!
    So, is it more important to stay Krishna conscious in this material nature or to first get rid of the material body and to attain the spiritual body?

    • If we remain in Krishna consciousness automatically our material body will be converted to a spiritual body and we will become transcendental to the modes of material nature. And we will obviously be more than liberated. So the point is to become Krishna conscious. That is all. All other good things will automatically come to us if we just become Krishna conscious.

      • Apeksha says:

        Prabhu! I have one more question..
        I’m not initiated, I stay far from the local Iskcon temple and I have zero Krishna conscious friends.. I have only non-devotee company.
        I try not to talk about mundane stuff,i avoid the media,i read Prabhupada’s books daily but I don’t even regularly Chant a round! I promise to make changes and Chant 16 rounds soon.. I’m scared of falling back into Maya’s clutches.. Do you think I can do it?

        Also.. Do you think Srila Prabhupada loves his disciples? Will he care to accept me as his disciple? Like Krishna, does Prabhupada currently know about everything..about his movement and his disciples?

        Please accept my humble obeisances prabhu!

        • Hare Krishna Apeksha

          It is very good you are reading Srila Prabhupada’s books every day. Please continue this and that is your devotee association. When you read Srila Prabhupada’s books you are directly and personally association with Srila Prabhupada who is a pure devotee of Krishna. So you can not get better devotee association that the devotee association you get while reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. It is not just Prabhupada you are associating with but you are also associating with Krishna and Lord Caitanya and all the other devotees that appear in Srila Prabhupada’s books. So never think like this. That you are without devotee association. All you have to do is open Prabhupada’s books and you are directly and personally associating with Krishna and all the great devotees.

          We may not be able to appreciate this association in our conditioned state. But it does not matter if we can not perceive the power of associating with Prabhupada by reading his books. It is like fire. If you somehow come close to a fire you are going to get warm. Even if you do not understand what fire is or how it acts from a scientific point of view. You just have to come close to the fire and you will get warm.

          Obviously there is no question of being out of the clutches of maya if we are not even chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra a day… So it is better not be be feeling so confident that we are out of the clutches of maya. Maya is very strong… So obviously if one does want to get out of the clutches of maya he has to strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and he has to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. So you are reading Prabhupada’s books and that is very good, now you have to do the other things also.

          Yes. Of course Srila Prabhupada loves his disciples. But his serious disciples. There are stars and there are moons. Srila Prabhupada loves the moons. There are so many stars. There is not really any difference between the millions of pious Christains, Muslims, etc, and the millions of ‘devotees’ who are not very serious. These not very serious devotees are like the stars in the sky. There are so many of them, millions of them, but they have no potency to give any useful light. On the other hand there is only one moon in the sky but it is so brilliant and illuminating that it can flood the whole world with light. So Prabhupada loves his moon-like devotees, there are so many star-like devotees, but they can never do any practical preaching work. So for all practical purposes these star-like devotees are useless. They are not very strong themselves and can be swept away by maya at any time and they have no potency to impart Krishna consciousness to others.

          So Srila Prabhupada does not care very much about the hordes of star-like devotees. He loves the moon-like devotees and is hoping that at least one of his disciples will become a moon-like devotee.

          Star-like devotees are useless for all practical purposes.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  37. Amit Gandotra says:

    It is true that we are soul and not this body and if we will life life at the concept of Soul then we will not be entangled in the hands of illusion and that will only be possible by trying to serve the Lord Krishna!

  38. aditya says:

    HARE KRISHNA MADHUDVISA DASA JI.THE EXAMPLE GIVEN BY YOU TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOUL AND BODY IS APPROPRIATE.LIFE IS NOT TO SATISFY BODY BUT TO SATISFY SOUL AND IT CAN ONLY BE POSSIBLE THROUGH KRISHNA CONCIOUSNESS.THANKS FOR SENDING ME EMAILS!

  39. Aditya says:

    Hare krishna sir. THE EXAMPLE GIVEN BY U TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOUL AND BODY IS APPROPRIATE.THE GOAL OF OUR LIFE IS NOT TO SATISFY BODY BUT TO SOUL AND IT IS POSSIBLE ONLY THROUGH KRISHNA CONCIOUSNESS.

  40. pooja says:

    Sir its difficult to imagine thatim soul but ill try. I love hare Krishna hare rama mantra n all songs

  41. Sudip Mazumder says:

    Hi
    Thank you so much for these beautiful spiritual writing.
    You are absolutely correct and I also have the same feelings.

    Regards

  42. Indrajit Paul says:

    Off course our objectives of life is not only satisfied our scenes rather than reach to our spiritual goal. If we want to get internal peace we have to spend our time to develop our Krishna consciousness.
    Thanks for your newsletter.
    Hare Krishna
    Indrajit Paul

  43. Apeksha says:

    Madhudvisha dasa prabhu! Thank you so much for putting in so much effort to help fallen souls like me! I eagerly wait for your email everyday! I’m so sick of material life and I feel I can’t connect with people around me anymore, it’s hard because no one understands.. No one understands Krishna consciousness . they don’t take spirituality seriously! And if you do, they thinks it’s weird. I don’t know if what I said makes sense but I just need to thank you and I hope Krishna and Srila Prabhupada show all their mercy to you! Hare Krishna! Please accept my respectful obisences!!

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      Thank you very much for your blessings.

      Yes. It is true, most people do not take spiritual life seriously. We have to expect that. Krishna conscious preaching means that most of the people we talk to will not be interested. But some are very interested. When distributing books to the general people we find that usually you have to ask about ten people before someone will buy a book. So it is a bit like that. One out of ten people will be interested in hearing something about Krishna and will be prepared to spend some money to purchase a book and read about Krishna. So I think there are more people interested in Krishna than you think there are. We just have to become more pure ourselves. If we are more Krishna conscious ourselves then more of Krishna’s qualities will be reflected through us. So as Krishna is all-attractive if we become Krishna conscious then the people will be able to see a bit of Krishna in us and they will be attracted. So ultimately it all depends on how Krishna conscious we are ourselves. So it is very essential that we become very serious and actually really chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, that we strictly follow the four regulative principles, and that we read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. Then we will have the strength and realization and spiritual intelligence to understand how to inject Krishna consciousness in to the minds and hearts of the people of the world…

  44. amulya y.s says:

    i sacrifies myself to krishna..but during these days bcz of heavy work i’m not getting lots of time to chant krishna’s name..i feel very bad for dat so sometimes i thought of left watever i’m doing nw..but later i recall d wordings of krishna as he told in bagavadgeetha dat again put me in dat work.i’m in midst of confusion..can u pls show d path to sacrifies myself to krishna..

    • You have to just find the time to chant Hare Krishna and read Srila Prabhupada’s books. That is the main point of our lives, Krishna consciousness. We have to work everything else around Krishna consciousness. Not neglect Krishna consciousness in any situation.

  45. prashant says:

    hare krishna prabhu….!
    thanks for such enlighten articles based on teaching of Bhagwat Gita n elobrated by Srila Prabhupada……

  46. Prashant dewashi says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu….!
    I have read your all mails about spiritual topics based on teaching of Bhagwat Gita as it is elabrotaded and explained by Srila Prabhupada . Thank you very much for giving such enlighten articles every day . Since last five years i am reading Prabhupada books and hearing lectures . I begin my spritual activites by hearing this mahamantra audio kirtan on 17th oct 2009 provided by my brother . Then on 24 th i first time went to HKC CENTER JAIPUR with my brother . On 29th dec 2009 i started chanting 16 rounds . Then some SP lectures n kirtans , original KBI books , some book distribution …….. gradualy in april 2011 i took Hari naam ( Ritvik) inition. But after that night when I took initation i wake up after 20 days in a mental hospital by some ill arrangement by my father . Then they took me home and never let me go to HKC , and medicines were going on . But i everyday pray to Srila Prabhupada that Prabhupada you definately have some plan for this fallen soul . I started chanting 16 rounds by counting with the help of hands . Then Gradually my parents gave me a smartphone with an intention so that i would talk with the girl who is my wife now . But i remembered that NIBANDE KRISHNA SAMBANDHE UKKTA VARAGYA UCCHATE….. I started listening Prabhupada lectures n kirtans on yourube considrably and preaching to that girl a bit ,,, then i come to now about site prabhupadabooks.com and then started reading again from begining and read almost all books except SB n CC . Now just before marriage i started SB with Prabhupada lectures . Then i got married on 22 april this year . My father then send us to some hill station for so called ” honnymoon” but we went to VRANDAVAN DHAM without knowing my father . We stayed for 3 days there in Iskcon guest house . I inteoduced My wife to Prabhupada whole day . We took many books(both KBI n BBT) n 2 beads for us . Basic photograph acrelics . Now we are in jaipur both chanting in morning after mangla aartik , read books . My father is also some leanint now . I know from whatever has happened with me Srila Prabhupada’s guidance is always with me and now by some arrangement he introduced you and some other good devotees like Nimai Pandit Prabhu….. Now you people can guide this fallen soul………..
    PRASHANT DEWASHI
    ( pradyumna dasa )

  47. Kelvin Mandala says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji ^^
    Thanks for sending to my e-mail
    Very good explaination

  48. Samson Anand says:

    What a beautiful quote and examples comparing our body n soul to a car & driver..Really it woke my senses up and gonna start concentrating as taught.Thank you so much for the knowledge. Hare Krishna

  49. minnie says:

    Hare krishna. Thanks a lot for sharing such a delightful and devine knowledge of bhagwat gita with us. Keep posting more to bless us more with the enchanting glories of shri krishna… hari bol.

  50. kiran kumar epari says:

    Hare krishna prabhu. Wonderful and very easy to understand, explanation of this very important first step in spiritual realisation and awakening, so that the seeker of truth can easily start his journey towards the ultimate spiritual realisation. hare krishna

  51. Chris.desaever says:

    I’m very interested in your comment of the bhagavad gita ! I’m studying the gita since nearly 30 years now, I’m also looking at the sanskrta words to be able to penetrate the verses a little more, and i’m really happpy with your e-mails elaborating a bit more !
    Chris Desaever (Mrs.)

  52. rohit says:

    i want to ask…as one of my friend was saying that we want to enjoy separate from krishna thats why we r here..but sir please tell when u give someone ocean of enjoyment why he want to get separated..there was something lacking there in enjoyment ,people were not able to enjoy there that why they have demanded for the separate world.(though i dont believe in this all).and my second question is what kind of enjoyment u all r talking about…lots of children r not getting food,people go for worshipping kedarnath and suddenly flood came from the top of mountain and thousands were killed in that accident..if someone is comming to meet u and u r all powerful, wont u save those who r comming to meet u….

    • Hare Krishna Rohit

      The living entities have the nature to fall down into the material world. You can understand it, if you are the favorite servant of a very great King and you are living very comfortably as his servant and he is providing for you everything. But everyone is worshiping the King. No one is worshiping you. So you may become envious of the position of the King. You may desire to be in the position of the King. So that is what happens.

      It is this misuse of the little independence that causes one to think that he does not want to serve Krishna, rather he wants to get people to serve him. So it is Krishna’s great mercy to us that He has created this material world and His illusory energy maya who gives us the illusion that we can be happy separate from Krishna. At the same time every attempt we try for enjoying in the material world is frustrated at every step.

      All those people going up the mountain to worship in Kedarnath were not going to worship. They were going to beg the Lord for happiness in the material wold. They want money, they want beautiful women, they want material pleasure. And they were going up the mountain to as the Lord for material pleasure. So Krishna has no interest in providing material pleasure. There is no material pleasure. In the material world there is only anxiety, suffering and death. That’s all.

      Even if some of them were going up that mountain actually to worship the Lord, actually begging Him to be engaged in His service, they would be happy with whatever the Lord does. A devotee knows he is not the material body but the spirit soul. He knows the spirit soul is eternal and is never killed. So if someone was actually going up that hill to see the Lord they would be very happy that their material body was destroyed when they were thinking of visiting the Lord, when their consciousness was completely on Krishna. For Krishna says if one thinks of Me at the time of death he will attain Me without fail. So it is Krishna’s mercy that so many devotees were able to leave their material bodies while they were trying to go to the Lord.

      So you have completely materialistic ideas and you will continue to have completely materialistic ideas unless you surrender to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna and believe the knowledge that Srila Prabhupada is bringing to us from Krishna.

      The nature of the living entities is they tend to fall down. We can fall down from any position. We even see the personal associates of Lord Caitanya have sometimes fallen down. So there is no difference, material world or spiritual world, if you are with Krishna it is the same. The tendency to fall down is everywhere.

      There is a verse in the Bhagavad-gita that once reaching the spiritual world he never returns. But it is not that we originate in the material world. No. We are spiritual eternally. We are spiritual by nature. We are not material. We do not belong in the material world, we do not come from the material world. No we come from the spiritual world. So we were originally in the spiritual world. We are spirit, spirit comes from the spiritual world. So the only way we can get here is from the spiritual world.

      Matter does not move without spirit. And spirit is foreign to the material world. The spirit souls have to be imported. And they come from the spiritual world.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • rohit says:

        thanks for replying…i m trying my best to become a good man..and u have clear all my doubts by such a wonderfull and well justified explaination…may god help evryone to realise for what purpose they r on this earth and spread peace all around the world!! hare krishna!!

  53. shanmugamsundram says:

    It is known that the God gave me this body to reach him then why a lot of diseases being killing the people. I wanted to reach but how? Doing Meditation, helping or feeding poor people.
    But those sitthars just do thabas for years and they get what they want. Do we have to follow the same footstep to do thabas to reach the Unknown God or live our life as we wish or follow the heart what it says? God is unknown to our mind and beyond everything. The creator himself living within me according to Thirumular but I cannot feel or taste of him within me.
    When I was a young boy, my heart was so pure that I can feel the pleasure within me but now my mind and heart is impure due to our surroundings and modern living of our life. I wanted my childhood heart back.

    • Hare Krishna!

      Yes. The whole nature of today’s world is very sinful and very disturbing for the practice of spiritual life. But still we have to practice spiritual life. That is the only purpose of the human form of life and the only way we can get out of this mess and go back home back to Godhead to serve Krishna in the spiritual world.

      Almost all the ideas of today’s Hinduism are actually totally materialistic. They know, for example, that by performing pious activities like feeding the poor and opening schools, hospitals, etc, they will get ‘good karma’ and this good karma will give them pious credits that means when they take birth in the material world again they will be born in a good family with good material facilities, etc. But that is no good. Because the material world is a place of misery and death, even if we are born in a relatively good position in the material world we still have to suffer so much.

      So this idea of performing pious activities to generated good karma is not accepted by the devotees. Birth in the material world is miserable and a suffering condition and ends in disease, old age and death, even for those who have “good karma”. So this good karma is no protection from the sufferings of the material world.

      So devotees do not care for good karma or bad karma. Because any kind of karma [good or bad] binds us to the material world. It forces us to take birth in the material world again and suffer. So devotees act in such a way that they do not generate any karma, good or bad. This is called akarma.

      The science of how to live in such a way that we do not generate any karma, good or bad, is elaborately explained by Srila Prabhupada in his books. Please read Srila Prabhupada’s books and learn this science and make your life perfect. Then you will get your childhood heart back, even better than your childhood heart…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  54. Priyanka Singh says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji
    Dandavat Pranams
    I really like the way you are explaining the topics.. Simple and clear.

  55. BIKRAM KESHARI SAHOO says:

    Hare Krishna .. Prabhu ji…wonderful !!!! very very awakening…Hare Krishna

  56. C NAGESWARA REDDY says:

    Hare Krsna. … Prabu you r absolutely right. … thanking u for enlightening me.

  57. Nagesh says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhuji
    Very good article on verily attachment with body and senses but as title rightly says it’s easier said than done. I thank you for your efforts in bringing out vital topics.
    Thank you

  58. K V Jain says:

    Happy to receive inspiring e-mails. All the best for all of you.

  59. rajesh singh says:

    Prabhuji Dandvat pranam
    thanks for enlighting me with krishna’s geeta but you marked the body as machine and Lord krishna took the responsibility of DRIVING the machine ” yantra rudani mayaya” then why you hold soul responsible for the acts?
    you seem to be contradicting in your statements clarify
    hare krishna

    • The soul is responsible for driving the machine of the body. It is not Krishna driving our body. We drive our own body. Of course we can only drive it by Krishna’s mercy. Actually we can not drive it ourselves. The English saying is “Man proposes and God disposes”. So we desire and that desire is sanctioned and made possible by Krishna. Actually the body is going on by the workings and interactions of Krishna and many demigods. But the point is our body is going on as a result of our desire. The actual way that desire is transformed into the bodily actions is a bit complex. But our body is acting on the basis of our desires. So we are responsible for the activities of our body. As they come from our desires.

      Of course in many ways we are simply acting as puppets under the influence of the three modes of material nature. So to explain all these things fully is not possible in a couple of paragraphs. But the principle is that our body is acting on the basis of our desires and we are responsible for our desires and therefore also responsible for the actions of our body.

      Krishna has no responsibility for our actions. Krishna has given us a limited amount of independence and we can either use that properly by surrendering to and serving Krishna or we can misuse our independence and do something else. So if we misuse our independence that is not Krishna’s responsibility. That is our limited independence. That is our responsibility.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  60. Raja Gopala dasa says:

    “I am not this body” of course refers to the ignorant material mind only.

    • What is this nonsense? “I am not this body” means “I am not this body…” It means exactly what it says. We have absolutely nothing to do with this material body. We are not male or female, we are not men or monkeys, we are not Indians, Americans or Australians. These are all just temporary designations related to our material bodies only. We are not these material bodies. Even in this life our material body is chanting: from a child’s body to a boy’s body to a man’s body and an old man’s body and then death is just another change of body. We are none of these different material bodies. We have nothing to do with the material bodies at all. It is just like a set of clothes that we put on and take off. The clothes cover our body, but we are not the clothes. We are the person. Not the clothes, not the body.

      As far as the mind, that is a different thing again. We have three different bodies. The gross body made of earth, water, fire, air and ether; the subtle body made of mind, intelligence and false ego; and the spiritual body. We are actually the spirit soul, the spiritual body, and that spirit soul is covered by the subtle and gross bodies like we put on sets of clothing to cover our material body.

      So this “ignorant material mind” you speak of is part of the subtle body and that mind is carried from one material body to the next. Your subtle body goes with you from one material body to the next, but the material body obviously is destroyed.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  61. Brijesh Dani says:

    Hare Krsna Madhudvisa Prabhu,

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada !

    Suppose we become liberated and become situated in our
    constitutional position as servant of Krishna and keep on serving him
    and experiencing bliss.

    My question is what then constitutes “spiritual advancement” ?

    What I mean to ask is that once we have reached the spiritual world i.e.
    our eternal home – back to godhead then what then is our purpose of life ?
    because we have achieved the supreme goal of krishna.

    What is the progress that we will make if we perform activities in serving
    Krishna apart from experiencing ever increasing bliss ?

    I mean in the material context in the current kali yuga on planet earth there is
    advancement in material sciences and other fields and technology over
    a period of time.

    So is there new things being invented and discovered in the spiritual world ?

    I hope you get the gist of my question which is that what does progress mean
    in spiritual life once you have reached the spiritual planets ?

    I thank you for finding time to answer my questions.

    Hare Krsna
    Brijesh Dani

    • Hare Krishna Brijesh Dani

      There is no advancement in the material world. There is degradation in the material world. Over time in the material world things get worse.

      For example there are four ages: satya yuga, treata yuga, dvarpa yuga and kali yuga. So in the beginning, in Satya-yuga, humans lived for 100,000 years, the atmosphere of this planet was almost completely in the mode of goodness and practically everyone was a self-realized transcendentalist. Everything has degraded so much that now we are in the Kali-yuga, not even living for 100 years, and the whole world is deeply submerged in the modes of passion and ignorance with practically no mode of goodness to be seen anywhere. And people today are suffering so much. So much violence, so much anxiety, so much suffering of all sorts.

      So nothing advances in the material world. Everything is going backwards. This sort of technology we are seeing is a symptom of the Kali-yuga, Kali-yuga is also known as the ‘age of machines’. So this technology of Kali-yuga was predicted in the Vedas but this technology is not advancement. It is not helping the society advance at all. It is helping to drive the society more into the modes of darkness and passion.

      The spiritual world is not like the material world and you are trying to transpose your experience of the material world on the spiritual world which does not work. It is a completely different thing. Time as we experience it in the material world does not exist in the spiritual world. In the material word time destroys everything. The passing of time causes everything material to get out and to decompose. This does not happen in the material world.

      There is no actual progress in the material world. “Progress” in the material world means progressing towards Hell, which is not progress. The only way you can progress in the material world is by taking to Krishna consciousness, then you can elevate your consciousness off the material platform and onto the spiritual platform. That is progress.

      To understand how wonderful life in the spiritual world is serving Krishna we have to make a little advancement in Krishna consciousness. When we are still in material consciousness, still enamored by the tiny so-called achievements and so-called progress of the material scientists we can not conceive of what the spiritual world is.

      Many aspects of Krishna consciousness have to be experienced, and this is one of those. Life in the spiritual world is so different from our life here in the material world. Although Krishna comes here to the material world and manifests His Vrindavan here and appears there and shows us His transcendental pastimes. So if you read Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, you will get a good idea about what life in the spiritual world is like. Vrindavan is the spiritual world. But of course in the spiritual world there are no demons to kill. That is a special feature of the Vrindavan here.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  62. Jayaraman says:

    I enjoyed thsi article, fascinated by the details of Jawaharlal Nehru. We, in India keep politiicians on a high pedestal, above all and this is aclear example.

  63. RAMACHANDRA VASSAN says:

    radhekrishna haribol pranams dasa i have gone the text received about vehicle and the driver. really it is appreciable to exchange views that v r taking and going ahead of life as the body equivalent to vehicle but never v take interest of the driver. without driver v cannot transport ourselves to anywhere in the world similarly now i find myself at the edge of changing to concentrate on the driver with the mahamantra japa and taking minimum requirement of the vehicle.please exchange the views often with us similar to this so that illiterate can also became scholar. Boost the reciting of mahamantra purpose in all your letter to all the devotees so that the mahamantra recitation is done and heard all over the material world in heart of every human being.

    radhekrishna haribol guruji pranams
    ramachandra

  64. Mandar says:

    Hare Krishna !

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada !

    Until one month ago, I always lived a life full of anxiety , distress, worries and stress. This ‘MAYA’ is very very strong and only Krishna can help us become free from this illusion and go back to Godhead.

    Maya makes us believe that everything is OK. No need to worry. Who is Krishna ? Are Krishna conscious people mad.. just chanting and dancing ?

    Maya always tries to strengthens our ego which ultimately is BIG ILLUSION.

    I guess mankind’s two biggest enemies are EGO and FEAR. Both are interrelated.

    I was always interested in philosophy and I read lots of impersonal and advaita philosophies by Osho but none of them worked in my own practical experience as by simply chanting Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.

    This mantra is really powerful and it has capacity to bring you closer and closer to Krishna. So, thank you Madhudvisa Dasa for establishing my faith in Krishna Consciousness and I finally found what I was looking for !!!

    Eternal peace. Eternal service to Krishna. Chanting Hare Krishna all the time is my only goal in life…..

    ‘ HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE

    HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE ‘

    Thank you thank you….. My heart is full of gratitude..Love and peace.

  65. Mandar says:

    Hi.

    Loved your post. I started chanting Maha Mantra about a month ago and I can say with certainty that my life has changed completely for the better.

    I was not focused in whatever I used to do.. but after chanting maha-mantra and reading Swami Prabhupada’s books… I do find myself concentrated, within full control of the senses ( which used to drive me crazy earlier ) and most importantly, truly happy !!

    However, I do find it difficult sometimes to be completely detached from situations.. I mean, I love my family and my friends and I want to spend good quality time with them. Though I know this world is temporary, it doesn’t mean we can’t be creative and do some good to the world before dying. That is my point of view and I guess Krishna agrees with me !! 🙂

    • Hare Krishna

      There is no good guessing that Krishna agrees with you. That is not the process. You have to find out what Krishna wants and agree with Him… And you can find out what Krishna wants from His pure devotees. Not by guessing that Krishna agrees with you. So read Srila Prabhupada’s books and find out what Krishna wants. Forget about what you want and what you think Krishna wants. That is totally useless. You have to find out what Krishna actually wants from Krishna’s pure devotees.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  66. Abdullah Aslam says:

    Dear brother in faith,

    Thank you very much for you kind correspondence, yes I agree with everything that you have said about the relationship between the body/mind & soul – the body and physical mind are extremely mechanical and abide by apparent physical and psychological laws – take for example my heart – it needs to be put to work everyday so as to function is an optimal way just like a bike if you stop using it – starts to rust up and it components will start to jam!!

    My heart also needs the right particles from the food to replace cells and keep it oiled – hence a good healthy diet not too much meat or sugar or unhealthy oils/fats lots of fruit and vegetables and healthy oils from natural sources that haven’t been chemically modified or ruined.

    And if I continue to apply this formula of healthy eating and exercise then my body should serve its purpose in the way it was created – to successfully house the spirit or essence which is you and me!!!

    And then as you mentioned we are going in a particular direction which people of religion believe there is purpose behind this mission – yes as you have mentioned to return back to God (Allah)

    But how do we do this without getting “lost” ? we may ask ??

    Simple…

    Accept the fact that there is only one creator (Allah) and he created all the creations – this universe with all the beautiful astronomical things within including this blue planet and everything on its surface – humans & plants & animals right.

    But we are not simply animals because God (Allah) has created us for a very noble and high purpose.
    ..

    God (Allah) says in the Holy Quran the he hasn’t created anything for vain sport…

    and in another narration he mentions are destiny and purpose – “That he has not created The Jinn (spirits) or Ensaan (Humans) except for His Service..

    So there we are that is our purpose…

    Please write back if you would like to correspond brother…

    Brother abdullah

    • Hare Krishna Brother Abdullah

      You have written very nicely about Krishna from the Koran. It proves that Krishna and Allah are the same person. “Krishna” is not exactly a name, it is a Sanskrit word that means “The All-Attractive Person”. So if you understand this meaning of the word Krishna I am sure you will agree that the word Krishna refers to Allah.

      We can understand something of Allah by studying ourselves. God is great. Allah is great. We are not great. We are very tiny, very small. But still our spiritual nature, our soul, is made of the same substance as that of Allah. The difference is in quantity. We are spiritual and Allah is spiritual. But He is the Supreme Spirit. He is unlimited in every way. And we are tiny, insignificant. We are small and Allah is great. So as you have very correctly stated “That he has not created The Jinn (spirits) or Ensaan (Humans) except for His Service.” This is the correct conclusion. This is the only purpose of our lives. To render service to God, Allah, Krishna. We have no other purpose.

      And also your point that “He hasn’t created anything for vain sport” is also absolutely correct. Our only purpose is to serve God, Allah, Krishna, there is no purpose of these sports like football, etc, for serving God. It is all for our personal sense gratification only. And when we work for our own personal so-called pleasure, that is what we call ‘maya’, or illusion. It is not our purpose to work for our own pleasure. Our purpose is to work for the pleasure of Allah. And actually that will give us real pleasure ourselves. We understand that we are all part and parcel of Allah in the same way that the leaves and fruits and flowers are all part and parcel of the tree. So as if you supply water to the root of the tree all the parts and parcels of the tree, all the leaves, fruits and flowers, automatically become nourished similarly Allah is the root of the entire creation, we are all part and parcel of Allah so therefore if we satisfy Allah then as we are part of Allah we will automatically become satisfied ourselves.

      In fact pleasing Allah is the only way we can become happy ourselves. There is no other way we can become happy. ‘Maya’ is the illusion that we can become happy by satisfying our material senses. But this is not happiness. It is illusion. The idea that we can be happy by sex or drugs or sports is all maya, all illusion. The actual ultimate result of all material activities aimed at satisfying our own personal senses is suffering, frustration and anxiety. We can never be happy in this way. The only way we can be happy is by serving and pleasing Allah.

      You are correct of course also in regard to our bodies. They are machines, mechanical machines that require the right food and exercise to remain healthy. We need to remember that these machines, the human bodies, have been given to us by Allah, they actually belong to Allah and we should realize this and use these human bodies to serve Allah. As they are not our bodies actually but Allah’s bodies, it is our responsibility to look after them so we can use them effectively in the service of Allah. So we should not eat too much or too little, not sleep too much or too little and take and form of intoxication like alcohol, cigarettes, other drugs, etc. The main point is the human body is a great vehicle that we can utilize to advance spiritually and to engage in the service of Allah. We need to use our human bodies for this purpose and not become bewildered by the maya [illusion] that is covering the intelligence of practically everyone on this planet and not be tricked into thinking that we can be happy in some way separate from the service of Allah.

      If you just replace Allah for Krishna in whatever you see on krishna.org I think you will find that you agree with practically everything and practically everything we say is completely inline with the teachings of Allah in the Koran. Of course there will be some small cultural differences because when God appears or sends his prophets they have to explain the science of God in the local language and implement religious practices that are suitable for the particular people in that place to practice. So it happens sometimes that different followers of God develop slightly different understandings of various philosophical points and come to think that their God is different from the God someone else is worshiping. But God is one person. The differences in understanding God are our human misrepresentations. It is like if you see a hill from different angles it may look like a different hill. But is not. It is the same hill. Only your angle of vision has changed. So similarly different groups of people mistakenly think that their God is different from someone else’s God. But this is wrong. The difference is only their angle of vision. God is the same person for everyone.

      Chant Hare Krishna [or the names of God, Allah] and be happy.

      Madhudvisa dasa

  67. sourabh r.chiploonkar says:

    Though I chant n follow d principles of iskcon to d best of my ability I’m nt advancing much.please guide me

    • Hare Krishna Sourabh

      You have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. You will find all the answers to your questions there. And if you follow the instructions that Srila Prabhupada will give you as you read his books you will advance very quickly in spiritual life and feel very, very happy.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhduvisa dasa

  68. ugoman says:

    i know who i am. not this body or it materials. but a been a soul thatb live forever.changing from one body to the other

  69. teja says:

    hare krishna
    sir how can we satisfy our bodily needs and as well reach to the spiritual destiny in the same way.
    you said concentrating on spiritual awakening of soul is more important than on outer body changes can u tell me how can we do both at a time and have the mighty blessings?

    • There is no need to concentrate on satisfying the bodily needs. That is the way to Hell. We have to concentrate on satisfying Krishna. And if we can successfully satisfy Krishna then automatically we will be satisfied. We are all part and parcel of Krishna. Like the leaves on the tree are part and parcel of the tree. There is no need to try and satisfy all the individual leaves on the tree. If one simply supplies water to the roots of the tree then automatically the energy will be spread out throughout the entire tree and all the leaves will be immediately nourished. So Krishna is the root of everything. If we simply satisfy Krishna then everyone will be satisfied including ourselves.

      So a devotee never works to satisfy his bodily needs. His only business is to satisfy his bona fide spiritual master and Krishna. Then automatically his bodily needs will be satisfied. This is a great science and Srila Prabhupada has written meany books describing how we can actually live in this way–never doing anything for ourselves, only working for the pleasure of Krishna. So if we want to learn this science then we have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  70. Dr. Vinod Kumar says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu JI

    i am very gratefull to you . Your article is written such a way that concept concerned to spritual life is easily understandable. These article are very good for devottee who just associated with hare krishna movement recently.

  71. Vinod Kumar says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji
    Thanks for sending beautiful articles. It is very simple to understand it. Kindly send article related to our soul. How it symptoms can be realized.

  72. Girija Shankar Soni says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji.
    Thank you so much for this news letter. I have a one question from i m not this body, then who i m and who control to me for body maintain.

    Hare Krishna.

  73. viji vasudevan says:

    Excellent very neat and easy to understand. Tanks a lot

  74. upender says:

    Sir, I am hundred percent agree with your today’s writ. Please kindly keep on writing such articles.

    God’s servent
    Upender Singh

  75. Siksastaka devi dasi says:

    Hari Bol, yes it is easy to say and will take a lifetime to realize. Thank you for the article I am trying to read these as you send them.

  76. SANDEEP NAGAR says:

    Agreed… Jay Shri Krishna….

  77. Chris says:

    Hare Krishna. I very much agree .

  78. rupika chandel says:

    Harey Krishna,
    Thank you for your such kind lessons.These are helpingvme to re-establish a new direction in my directionless life.
    Thank you ,once again

  79. Shiyam Sunder says:

    Hare Kirshna,

    I have a qustion. I don’t have guru so people called me “Nugra” mean without guru. However, we have many guru since the time of school college and universities.

    Still i need guru?

    • Yes. If you want to make spiritual advancement you need a guru. But guru is only for those who are serious about spiritual life and who are actually prepared to surrender to the guru and make the mission of the guru his mission in life. Most people are not prepared to surrender to a guru so for them accepting a guru is a useless waste of time.

      Before accepting a guru you have to consider if you are actually prepared to surrender to the guru, if you are prepared to accept the words of that guru as non-different from the words of Krishna. If you are prepared to worship the guru on the same level as Krishna. If you can not surrender then do not accept a guru and make a fas.

      Of course this is complicated because nowadays 99.99% of the ‘gurus’ are completely bogus and even if you did surrender to them they have no potency whatsoever to help you advance in spiritual life. They will take your money. That’s all… So we live in a very difficult time. Even if you want a guru an are prepared to surrender to a guru it is very unlikely that you will be able to find a qualified guru but thousands of cheaters and bogus gurus are there very anxious to accept you as their disciple…

      Real qualified guru is very, very rare and also finding a real qualified disciple is very, very rare. No one whats to surrender and without surrender there is no guru and no disciple. Only the cheaters and the cheated.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  80. vasu says:

    Almost every day, all of us hear the news a death of any one around us. Hardly we try to analyse the fact that the vehicle and driver are different entities. After death the vehicle is framed for garlanding which has nothing to achieve of its own and the driver of the vehicle has a destination. None of us worrying about ” does the driver could reach the destination “. Luckily in our hindu tradition we do some after death karmas for his eternity.

  81. madhav subedi says:

    when i read this i was really happy and this mantra really change me

  82. Sarala Baliga says:

    Hare Krishna ! Your article is so well written covering the subject matter in it’s entirety. Thank you very much. Yes, we have to be constantly aware of this fact on a day to day basis that we are spirit souls , not the inert matter which constitutes this physical body. When the devotees act in Krishna Conciousness , they have absolute faith in this basic fact & also that they do not possess this material body. The devotees know that they themselves belong to Sri Krishna & that the body is the property of Sri Krishna to be engaged in His service , an instrument in His hands. So let’s all joyously walk this glorious path hand in hand back to Godhead to be in the company of our beloved Sri Krishna , Srimathi Radha Rani , His Gopas & Gopies !

  83. bhakta Mark says:

    Strive to do what we the soul think…

  84. the driver and the car which come first? and under whose guard are shelter to you.

    • There is no point having a car if there is no driver. So obviously the driver comes first.

  85. bakosi says:

    hare krishna he
    re on this earth we have two kinds of people those who are spiritual conscious and those that are not the man lives a regulative life and he knows that he is a spirit soul man that live in the material body while the unconscious lives in the mode of ignorance depending entirely on the material body without making spiritual progress

  86. Mayor says:

    You have explained in a very lucid manner the function of the various parts of the bodies who embody the real resident of this human being i.e. SOUL.
    But how do you find out what the SOUL wants to do to reach his ultimate abode.

    With regards,

    Mayor Kumar

  87. ila ghei says:

    we are always consious of the body never about the soul biy the time we realise this our life is almost over

  88. amit says:

    Pranam prabhuji, i am verymuch confuse and tense i dont know what to do…
    Please guide me prabhuji.

    • I have only one suggestion and that is chant the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a 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. If you actually surrender to and do these things that will solve all your problems.

      There is no other solution to your problems. If you are not prepared to surrender to this Krishna conscious solution then there is no way of solving your problems. They are symptoms of life in the material world and these problems can only be solved by getting out of material consciousness and elevating yourself to the transcendental platform. And the only way to do that is to become Krishna conscious, and the beginning of Krishna consciousness is reading
      Srila Prabhupada’s books so please do it. That is the way.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  89. Aditya Kashi says:

    Nice article – the analogy makes sense. However, there’s one thing I don’t understand – why is the spiritual world full of pleasure? How do we know this is the case?

    • We do not know anything. We can not know anything about the spiritual world through our senses, by our own strength. That is because the spiritual world is avan manasa gocara, it is beyond the ability of our minds to imagine and beyond the ability of our senses to experience. So there is no way, on our own strength, we can understand anything about the spiritual world. The only way we can know is to find a perfect authority, someone who knows, and hear it from him. Such a person is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. So if we hear about the spiritual world from him then we will know about that spiritual world. That is the only way. Hearing about it from someone who actually knows about it.

  90. Richa Patel says:

    Why can’t I see the driver?
    How you know Bhagavad Gita since you don’t look like Indian

    • You can not see the driver because you are blind spiritually. Your real vision is covered by maya. If you take to chanting Hare Krishna then gradually your spiritual vision will be uncovered and you will be able to see the driver of the body and you will also be you able to see Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

      Krishna and Bhagavad-gita have nothing to do with Indians. Krishna and His Bhagavad-gita are for everyone. Of course the Indians are fortunate because Krishna appeared in India. So you should take full advantage of this great fortune. But anyone can understand Krishna and His Bhagavad-gita As It Is by the mercy of Krishna’s pure devotee His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Richa Patel says:

        What is maya and what is spiritual vision ?

        But Lord Krishna is from India and worshiped mainly in India only abroad people don’t respect Indian God or religion hence I asked you that your are worshiping Lord Krishna but don’t look like India (not to offend you)

        • Krishna is not from India. Krishna is not an “Indian God”. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna is worshiped everywhere, not just in India.

          Maya means, “that which is not”, illusion. Maya is the illusion that we can be happy in the material world. Spiritual vision is the ability to see through the illusion of maya. To understand these things properly you have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. You can purchase them at http://www.KrishnaStore.com, read them online at http://www.PrabhupadaBooks.com and download PDF files from http://www.Krishna.org

          • Richa Patel says:

            But definition of Maya and Spiritual vision may depend on person to person what I might think as spiritual may be maya according to you and vice versa

            If I live in India I become Indian so Lord Krishna also lived in India so don’t he become Indian?

            How can you say he is not an Indian God? Yes he is Supreme Personality of Godhead but its as per Bhagavad Gita a religious text of Hindu and not of other religion?

          • Hare Krishna Richa

            The example to understand how Krishna is not Indian. The sun rises in India, but that does not make the sun Indian. The same sun also rises in all the other countries. You can not say the sun is the Indian sun because it is the same sun that is seen from every other country also.

            So Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he is God, the one Supreme Lord who is worshiped by everyone, all over the world. Krishna has appeared also in all the other countries by sending his representatives: prophets or spiritual masters, and in some cases incarnating Himself in various forms. It is not that Krishna only appears in India. Krishna appears everywhere. Krishna is within everyone’s heart, He is not just in the Indian people’s heart.

            Of course India is very special. India is Punya-Bhumi, the land of pious activities. And India has Vrindavan, Mathura, Dvarka, Jagannatha Puri, Ramesvaram, and thousands and thousands of tirthas, or places made spiritual by the presence of the Lord. So in India Krishna appears in Vrindavan, He does not revel His original form as Krishna and His most confidential pastimes anywhere else in the world. Also in India the Vedas are there which contain knowledge, both spiritual and material, in a far more complete and comprehensive manner than is available anywhere else in the world. However in other countries they also have spiritual books and the genuine ones are also given by Krishna or Krishna’s empowered representatives. They do not explain things in anywhere as much detail as they are explained in the Vedas, but they do given the general principles of spiritual life and if the people actually follow them they will make spiritual advancement.

            You also are not an Indian. That is your illusion. If you think you are an Indian you are in maya, in illusion.

            You are an eternal spirit soul who is currently in an Indian body. But you are not that Indian body. You are the spirit soul who is currently living in that Indian body. As a spirit soul you are eternal. You existed before this Indian body in a different body and you will continue to exist as a spirit souls also after your current Indian body is dead and gone. Your previous life and in your next life may not be in Indian bodies. So it is not you that is Indian. It is your body. And you are constantly changing bodies. Just like every day you put on different clothes. One day you wear blue clothes. That does not mean you are blue man. The next day you can wear red clothes. So if you think you are blue or red that is a mistake, that is misidentifying yourself with your clothes. Similarly thinking you are an Indian is a mistake of identifying your body as your self.

            Realizing that we are not the material body but we are the spirit soul who is the controller and driver of the material body is the first step in making spiritual advancement. This is a very important point to understand so we must try to understand that we are not the material body but we are the eternal spirit soul who is controlling and driving this material body.

            Your Indian body is a machine. Just like a motor car is a machine. Your body has no ability to act on it’s own. Like the motor car it is a machine, it needs a driver to control it and direct it. And you are the driver, you are not the motor car.

            All other religious texts are describing Krishna, but not in such a complete way as Krishna is described in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam…

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

  91. Sriraman Balaji says:

    Swamiji what you said here is right and Sri Krishna also says the same. But we feel very tough to get this knowledge.

    When some one scolds us(me), we are unable to tolerate it, even though we know that they are not scolding me but this sharir(body). So how to develop this knowledge..?

    Please help me in this matter.

    • Chant Hare Krishna and read Srila Prabhupada’s books. The knowledge is already there in your heart. It is not something new that we learn from outside. Krishna consciousness is within all of our hearts. We simply have to awaken it…

  92. Yogesh says:

    Thanks for this great Article – very illuminating. I am faith less and unable to move always full of doubt what is what. But deep desire to see the ONE.

  93. Avinash says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Thanks for the wonderful association.
    My best wishes you go back to krsihna and prabhupad 🙂
    And help all other fallen souls on the way…

  94. Rachna says:

    I have a question for you:

    In the Bhagvad Gita it says that ‘ Service in Krsna consciousness is, however, best practiced under the able guidance of a spiritual master who is a bona fide representative of Krsna, who knows the nature of the student and who can guide him to act in Krsna consciousness’

    Does this imply some kind of initiation or can everyone automatically accept Srila Prabhupada as our spiritual master?

    Thank you.

    Hare Krsna

    • We have to be accepted by Srila Prabhupada as his disciples. It is not that we can accept Srila Prabhupada as our spiritual master and that he will automatically accept us as his disciples. So no. It is not possible for everyone to automatically accept Srila Prabhupada as their spiritual master.

      Srila Prabhupada has very, very high standards as to who he will accept as disciples. It is not that difficult, one has to surrender to Srila Prabhupada, he has to follow all of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. We see that most people refuse to even chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day and refuse to strictly follow all of the four regulative principles and refuse to read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books. So these people will not be accepted by Srila Prabhupada as his disciples.

      So you see we have to be accepted by Srila Prabhupada as his disciples. We can not force Srila Prabhupada to accept us as his disciples.

      This idea that everyone can just say they are Srila Prabhupada’s disciple is completely bogus. It requires actual surrender and service to Srila Prabhupada, and if we actually please Srila Prabhupada by our genuine surrender and service then if Srila Prabhupada chooses he may accept us as his disciples. It is not a very easy thing, it is only possible for the actual surrendered souls…

      They do not even seriously read Srila Prabhupada’s books yet they claim to be Srila Prabhupada’s disciples. It is complete nonsense.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  95. Brianna says:

    Hare Krishna, Madhudvisa dasa

    For some reason, I can’t post a comment on the Spirit of the Bhagavad Gita page, so I am typing it here. I had trouble typing a reply to your comment on the other page and would just like to know if you received the message including the questions I would like to ask. If not, I’ll be happy to type them here. Thank you!

    • Hi Brianna

      I have answered your questions. Sorry for the delay.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Brianna says:

        Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa, and I would like to humbly thank you once again for taking the time to answer my questions. I truly appreciate it.
        Also, I own one of Swami Prabhupada’s books presently and enjoy it very much and hope to obtain The Bhagavad Gita As It Is very soon. And of course, I always look forward to the newsletters.
        Hare Krishna!

        • Nice to hear from you Brianna

          I would suggest you get the “Prabhuapda Library” at:

          http://krishnastore.com/prabhupada-library-h-krishna-1734.html

          It is a great collection of Srila Prabhupada’s books worth over $100 for only $49. If you get and read these books then you will have so much knowledge about the spiritual and material worlds. It will so much expand your consciousness and horizons and options for the future.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  96. sweety says:

    very true article, thanks so much prabhu ji

  97. manish kumar says:

    jai shri krishna..my humble reqest is to help me find the bridge(pramanik guru) . between lord and soul.sos. Jai shri krishna,..

    • He is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. And the disciple sees the bona fide spiritual master not as a ‘bridge’ to Krishna. He sees the bona fide spiritual master as directly Krishna. When we hear Srila Prabhupada speak we are hearing Krishna speak. That is the nature of the bona fide spiritual master. He speaks for Krishna.

  98. Jorge Buela says:

    hi , I agree completely , when the time comes to us leaves the body and the spirit stays

  99. n s nair says:

    I want to be a part of contributing knowledge about Krishna. According to me He is only God of the Universe and no one else. We need to inculcate his teachings and the lessons of Righteousness among the people

  100. mandakini says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu Madhudvisa Das.
    I really appreciate above example…but in real life is not possible how to do and what to do..?

    • Hare Krishna Mandakini

      I am not really sure what you are saying is not possible to do in real life? It is certainly possible in real life to realize that we are not the material bodies and that we are eternal servants of Krishna and engage ourselves in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. That is what we have to do in real life…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  101. mayank kumar says:

    WHAT SHOULD BE THE DUTY OF THIS BODY (MOTOR CAR) TO THE SOUL(DRIVER) ??

  102. Amit says:

    Hare Krishna,
    dandwat pranam ,
    very nice article

  103. Saksham anand says:

    Hare krishna……..Madhudvisa dasa ji… I want to ask that it is somewhere mention in bhagvada gita that “whoever remembers me in death comes to me “?what does this mean……..Is it like that soul will never come into this material world again……..How then His/Her soul can enjoy in this material world again….Will krishna god will send that soul again in this material world………

    • Hare Krishna Saksham

      Yes. Saksham you have to realize that this material world is a place of misery only. There is only suffering here followed by old age, disease and death. So no one can enjoy in the material world actually. Everyone is suffering here in the material world. The idea that we can enjoy in the material world is maya, illusion. So these points you have to realize. This is the beginning of spiritual life. Understanding that this material world is not our home, that it is a miserable place full of suffering, distress, anxiety and death, and that therefore we want to get out of this material world. We want to go back home, back to Godhead. And we never want to come back to this miserable material world.

      So if we can think of Krishna at the time of death then we will go back home back to Godhead. We will go to Krishna’s planet, Goloka Vrindavan in the spiritual world where we will regain our eternal spiritual body which is eternally youthful, full of knowledge and ever increasing transcendental bliss. There we will be actually very happily engaged in the service of Krishna. So we will not want to come back to ‘enjoy’ in the material world…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  104. hosein says:

    this body is a temple and we must engage all activity in this life.maybe witnessing is final
    destination.

  105. veva bhat says:

    In this material world our body is jst working bt we have forget about spiritual life…. i started goin to iskcon about one n half years before n i chant daily n also go there on weekends….it feels really nice to have such spiritual life

    hare krishna

  106. Brijesh Dani says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Prabhu !

    Is Maya a Pure devotee of Krishna ?
    If she is a pure devotee then why is it disgusting to serve maya ?

    Brijesh Dani

    • Hare Krishna Brijesh

      No, maya is not a pure devotee. The demigods and controllers in the material world are not pure devotees of Krishna. They are within the material world in positions of power because they have material desires. They are materialistic devotees, not pure devotees.

      The result of serving maya is that you will trapped eternally suffering birth, old age, disease and death in the material world, and that is disgusting.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  107. Brijesh Dani says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Prabhu,

    In your comments above you said the following in one of them that

    “At any moment we can choose either to serve Krishna or serve maya. But in either case we have no power actually.”

    Why do you say that in either case we have no power actually ?
    Wouldn’t the soul in liberated condition in full krishna consciousness have greater strength and power that in material conditioned life ?

    Brijesh Dani

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      I mean we have no independence. We are a servant either way. Either a servant of Krishna or a servant of maya.

      In either case we have no power. If we are surrendered to maya then maya has the power, not us, and if we are surrendered to Krishna then Krishna has the power not us. So in either case we are powerless. Our power is only to surrender to maya or surrender to Krishna.

      A devotee is not in illusion, thinking that he is very powerful. He knows it correctly that he has no power, that he is simply an instrument in the hands of Krishna.

      So we never have power. We can only act as conduits for the power of Krishna or the power of maya.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  108. Govinda says:

    The knowledge in your post is profound and so needed to be re-enlivened in the world collective consciousness. Thank you for embodying this … and speaking it out.

    I only want to say that I do not find the end of your post as true as the rest of it. The goal as I experience and understand human life is not to get out of being human … but to experience FULL spiritual restoration of memory WHILE still in the human body … or in whatever body one finds oneself.

    I am not spiritually advancing so that I may be somewhere else at some other time, I am evolving so that I may remember fully Who I AM, … now … here.

    • Hare Krishna Govinda

      You have missed the whole point. You are not the material body, you are the spirit soul who is trapped within that material body. And your actual desires and aspirations are completely different from the desires and aspirations you have when you are misidentifying yourself with your body. So naturally when we wake up to the reality that we are not this material body but that we are spirit souls and when we realized we are eternal servants of Krisha then certainly we develop the desire to be with Krishna in the spiritual world. So it is a symptom of one who has even the slightest advancement in spiritual life that he wants to be some place other than the spiritual world. No one who has any spiritual realization at all want to remain who they are [identifying with their material body and considering that they are an Indian, a man, a woman, an Australian, a member of a particular family, etc, etc, etc.] They want to be somewhere else. And that somewhere else depends on their spiritual realization but for the devotees of Krishna we want to go back home, back to Godhead.

      You have to realize that you can never remain “who I am …now… here.” There is no ‘now’. Time is constantly moving so there is the past and there is the future. And your material body is constantly changing. It is getting old, getting sick and dying. So if you are identifying with your material body then that is a constantly changing identity and and identity that will soon be destroyed with the death of your body. So your philosophy is completely materialistic, completely possible to actually implement, and you can not stay ‘who you are now’, that is not possible in the material concept of life.

      So you are proposing materialism and that is what 99.999 percent of the population are perusing with full force. But they are all failing. They are all full of anxiety at every moment, they are all facing so many disappointments when the reality invaluably never matches up with their dreams, and they are all getting old, sick and their material bodies are dying, but they are dreaming of staying young for ever and enjoying forever. But there is only suffering and repeated birth and death in the material world. The material world is not a nice place. It is not intelligent to want to stay here, and if you do stay here then that means horrible suffering eternally…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  109. Pankaj Goyal says:

    Hare Krishna MadhudVisa,

    Thanks for your response.

    I Want to be Krishna Conscious and want to serve Krishna, But again same Maya covered my intelligence.This is the only reason I asked you the way to join Isckon or some other Ashram permanently, so that I can be Krishna concious and can leave Maya.Could you Please help me on this. As you are already Krishna Concious, so I hope that You must provide me some way or chance so that I can be Krishna Concious.

    And Yes Tomorrow is Shree Krishna Birthday, So Just Chant Shree Krishna and stay Happy.

    Hope will surely get help from you.

    Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Pankaj

      I am not aware Prabhu of any ashram at the moment that is not completely contaminated by the influence of maya and will be able to help you actually become Krishna conscious. If there was such a place I would be living there myself. Because like you I also very much hanker for living in the association of the devotees.

      But as I answered you before you do not need to live in an ashram to become Krishna conscious, although of course the feeling of devotees to want to live in the association of other devotees is very strong and it is actually quite essential to get the association of other devotees to make advancement in spiritual life. So your feelings are correct of course. But we have to face the reality that at the present point of time the asharms that do exist are no longer following the teachings of Srila Prabhupada on so many essential points that they will only be able to distract and confuse you and will not be able to give you Krishna consciousness.

      So at the moment we really only have the option of taking shelter of Srila Prabhupada by reading his books and from Srila Prabhupada we can understand everything about Krishna consciousness. In time of course there will again be ashrams of the followers of Srila Prabhupada that are actually following the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. So that time will come and we are hoping for that time.

      But my advice to you is that for the time being you simply become Krishna conscious wherever you are. Just add Krishna consciousness to your current life. I do not know any ashram that I would recommend you to join at the present moment.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  110. Pankaj Goyal says:

    Hare Krishna Ishan and Madhudvisa,

    I am agree with most of your statements.

    But still have some doubts in my mind may be silly ones:

    1) You are saying or According to Veads, Everything is predecided, then Nothing is in our hand whatever we are doing, So why we need to think so much on what we are doing and what we should do.?

    2) Second You explain the purpose of human being life very well, Up to some extent I am agree with both of you, But Question in my mind is that How you are so much sure about the purpose of human being life. So, if real purpose is to chant Hare Krishna then Why Shree Krishna send us here on this Planet, We can stay there and Chant Shree Krishna.And Please I need some more clarification on this part.

    3) Third and last is that I read your comments and I am agree with your most of statemets and About most of them i was aware of, But the problem with me is that I read it now, It will be in my mind But tomorrow morning or day after tomorrow again when I would be in my circle , Again the race will begin and these things will get wash up from my mind. and again will move behind all that illusion (Maya) stuff. So Could you please suggest me something on this. This is the biggest problem with me and i think most of the people around.

    I know, In this comment, There may be some bad statements, But This is approximate clear picture of my heart and brain, Please help me out!!

    Thanks

    Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Pankaj

      You have not read what I am saying. Everything is not per-destined at all. We have independence but that independence is very limited. Our independence is limited to choosing our master. We are servants eternally. We can never become the master. And we can only choose between serving Krishna and serving maya. So that is our independence. At any moment we can choose either to serve Krishna or serve maya. But in either case we have no power actually. But the difference of course between serving Krishna and serving maya is very great. Serving Krishna is our eternal natural constitutional position, in that position we will be very happy. But serving maya is not our natural position and we can never be happy serving maya.

      So it is not predestined, we have the independence to choose to serve Krishna or to choose to serve maya. But if we choose to serve maya of course we have no independence and we are completely under the control of the three modes of material nature.

      So to make this choice to serve Krishna we actually have to follow the instructions of Krishna and follow the instructions of Krishna’s pure devotees. So in this way we have to be very careful how we act and what we do.

      As far as your second question Krishna did not send us to the material world. We choose to come to the material world because we misused our independence. We can use our independence to serve Krishna or we can reject the service of Krishna and instead of working for Krishna we can try to become a controller, a lord, a master, just like Krishna. So we, the population of the material world, are those living entities who have rejected the service of Krishna and who are effectively trying to become Krishna ourselves. Of course that is not possible. Krishna is great and we are tiny and nothing will every change that. We will always be tiny and Krishna will always be great. Still we are bewildered and we are trying to be like Krishna, even though that is impossible and even though all our attempts in this direction will always end in failure and frustration. So Krishna has created this material world and maya so we have a place to try to fulfill our impossible dream to become the lord and master, just like Krishna. So that is what the material world is. It is a place where everyone is in illusion, everyone’s intelligence is covered by the two energies of maya. Maya does two things, she covers our real intelligence so we no longer know the purpose of our life is to serve Krishna and covers our intelligence so we believe that somehow we can adjust things in the material world in such a way that we can live happily here. Which is of course not possible. Everyone in the material world is constantly suffering from the three miseries: miseries from his own mind, miseries caused by other living entities and miseries caused by the demigods. And everybody is getting old, getting sick, dying and then taking birth again in another body to suffer all these things over and over and over again… So the power of maya is so great that even though it is very obvious that no one can be happy in the material world, even though we see around us people suffering and dying all the time, somehow we think it will be different for us. “I will be happy here.” This is maya. Maya also has a throwing potency. When someone does make some material advancement and does get in some relatively comfortable position in the material world maya has the power to throw him down again into a very low position. So maya is not a very nice master. It is of course far better to surrender to Krishna and serve Krishna. We are always servants. We can only choose our master.

      As far as your third point you are talking about maya’s covering potency that I have already tried a bit to explain above. You are completely correct. We can hear all these spiritual things and even get some realization that we are not the material bodies, that we are spirit souls, that our business is to serve Krishna. And we may even become engaged in the service of Krishna, but then maya covers our intelligence again and we forget everything. This forgetful nature is very strong and the only way to overcome it is by very seriously following the process of Saddhana-bhakti as it is being taught to us by Srila Prabhupada in his books. It is not very easy actually. Because what you have written is the natural way in the material world. It is natural in the material world that we will forget Krishna and that our intelligence will be covered by maya and that we will trapped in this never-ending cycle of birth and death, samsara. The only way out of this trap is the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. There is one verse: brahmananda brahmanate kona bhagavayan jiva guru krsna prasadi paya bhakti lata bija. It means we are wandering life after life all over the universe in different planets, even in different universes, and occasionally one fortunate soul gets the opportunity to associate with a pure devotee of Krishna and from him he gets the bhakti-lata-bija, the seed of the plant of devotion. So you see it is generally impossible to get out of maya. Generally we are trapped in this endless cycle of birth and death with no hope of ever escaping. It is only those very rare fortunate souls who get the opportunity of associating with a bona fide spiritual master who have any hope at all of getting out the material world and by the mercy of the pure devotee of Krishna going back home, back to Godhead. So we are those greatly fortunate and very rare souls. We have got the incredibly rare opportunity of associating with a pure devotee of Krishna: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. So if we take advantage of Srila Prabhupada’s association, if we surrender to and serve Srila Prabhupada, then we will be able to very easily overcome the material energy and return back home, back to Godhead, back to Krishna.

      So it simply requires surrender to and following Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada is teaching us in such a way that if we follow his instructions it will be absolutely impossible for us to ever forget Krishna. So we have to follow Prabhupada and if we follow Prabhupada we will never forget Krishna.

      Of course many get this great opportunity of associating with Srila Prabhupada but they do not want to surrender to him, they do not want to follow him, so they can not escape from the clutches of maya. Most people are hopelessly addicted to maya and even if they understand intellectually that this is not good for them, they refuse to give up serving maya. And you can not have it both ways. You can not have two masters. You can not be serving maya and serving Krishna. Krishna consciousness can not be accepted in a half-hearted and insincere way. It requires total surrender. And that requires, in the beginning, faith in Krishna’s pure devotee Srila Prabhupada. We have to have the faith to surrender and follow Srila Prabhupada even though following Prabhupada means we have to give up so many things that otherwise we would be thinking are our great pleasure like illicit sex, intoxication, meat eating, gambling, etc. We are addicted to these things, but these things completely block our advancement in spiritual life. Unless we can completely give up these four sinful habits we will not be able to advance in spritual life at all. And in the beginning it is painful to give these things up. So one has to be strong and determined. Therefore it is actually rare for someone to become Krishna conscious. But becoming Krishna conscious is the only way to escape from the eternal suffering, the eternal hell, of this material world…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

    • Ishan das says:

      Hare Krishna Pankaj!

      This may sound like strong language, but by reading your thoughts and doubts it is clear, that you are lacking a basic understanding of or Krishna conscious philosophy. Actually this kind of discussion can go forever without any conclusion.

      So it is not (as you have suggested) our view versus your view. It is Krishna’s view versus your view. And that is your choice, your eternal choice. Everything we are writing here is taken directly from Krishna’s instructions.

      So if you are serious in your desire to understand, then you have to obtain Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita and begin to read page by page. If you do so, all of your questions will be answered. spiritual life for the most part is for those who really want to make a solution to the problems of life. So your desire has to be strong, and according to your sincerity, you will be able to embrace these teachings.

      Also, this web site provides access to Srila Prabhupada;s lectures, at no cost. So everything is available to you. Then after hearing and reading seriously, if there are still questions, Madhudvisa Prabhu will certainly provide you with answers. But the ability to hear is the first qualification.

      We are taught that one of the first steps is that we have to give up our tendancy to speculate on these matters. So in this case you are dealing with people who simply don’t play that game. But that is your freedom. Krishna also does not force anyone to accept this philosophy. But we try to encourage you to first try to understand and then make up your own mind.

      Blind faith is useless. It will not carry you through. but we are finding that by trying to understand and then taking up the practices that are recommended, that we are gradually feeling satisfaction and conviction entering our hearts, so that we become steady.

      So, as they say in the west, “The ball is in your court”. We are not here to chase you, only to share what we have found to be very nice. Krishna consciousness is very nice.

      Hare Krishna! Ishan das

  111. Pankaj Goyal says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I am agree with you that our body is a machine.and we need to satisfy the senses of our body and we need to move on the track of our real purpose of life.But I am really sorry may be a silly question, But I personally dnt knw that real purpose of my life.

    Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Pankaj

      We only need to satisfy our senses as much as is absolutely necessary to maintain the body and soul together. It is a mistake to think that we can be happy or become satisfied by trying to satisfy our senses. Our actual happiness and satisfaction can not be achieved by any amount of sense gratification.

      The Vedanta Sutra starts with ahato brahma jijnasa: “In this human form of life one should inquire into the Supreme”. So this is the summary of the mission of human life. We have to use this human form of life to inquire into and ultimately discover the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. The purpose of the human form of life is spiritual advancement. It is not material sense gratification. Material sense gratification is available to the animals also. Every animal is able to have sex, and to experience a range of pains and pleasures through their senses. But the animals are not able to inquire into the nature of the Supreme Lord. That is the special facility available to human beings. So in the human form of life we should not waste our time trying to fulfill the base animalistic desires of eating, sleeping, mating and defending. Of course these things have to be there to some extent to maintain our bodies, but they have to be minimized. And we need to spend our time inquiring into the Supreme. And the best and most practical way to do this in this age is by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra:

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

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

    • Ishan das says:

      Hare Krishna Pankaj!

      This propensity to seek sense gratification is the great disease of the people of our small planet. Everyone without exception is seeking fulfillment in his or her heart. And that desire for fulfillment is the driving force behind every thought, every emotion, every plan we make, and all the activities that we engage in.

      But the basic mistake of all of us is that because we under maya’s influence we mistakenly accept the feeling that we are these material bodies and these material minds. Most, almost all people will never question this orientation.

      And because of this illusion, people are driven to engage in sense gratification and mental gratification. The activities of sense gratification are obvious. Eating, sleeping, so many kinds of defence (to insure our sense gratification) and sex life. The mental gratifications are more subtle. People aspire for a good social position. They want to acquire wealth and power, not only to use them directly for gross satisfactions, but because they want to feel that they are superior to others, and they want the respect and adoration of others. Similarly people strive for high education and learning. And they want to make their bodies very beautiful with treatments and physical culture and gorgeous clothing. And they want a beautiful house and a very attractive car. All of this is simply because they are convinced that this will bring them satisfaction, satisfaction of the heart.

      So that is called maya. Illusion. It is an illusion because it cannot provide satisfaction of the heart. Also there are so many pains to ourselves and others in acquiring these things. And further, we are forced to relinquish all of it very quickly because when we grow old and have to give up our bodies everything is simply taken away from us. Therefore all of our struggles for these acquisitions is fruitless.

      It is further pointed out by our Vedic philosophy that whatever is coming to us because of past karma in previous lives – all of that is already decided. And therefore no amount of struggle on our part in this life can change that. The amount of happiness and distress, success and failure, from a material point of view, that is already decided. Our present activities along these lines cannot change this, but will only serve to determine the kinds of lives that we will experience in future births. Therefore the present struggle for material happiness is actually the cause of our bondage to the cycle of samsara, birth, old age.disease and death. In other words, as we struggle in this way for sense gratification, we are simply creating untold suffering for ourselves. To have this understanding is to see clearly.

      However, people do not see clearly. And the culture that we live in is encouraging us in the opposite direction. People, even in India, are educated in such a way that they are mad after the western standards of life, from fast cars to the nonsense cinemas, to intoxication and so on.

      In Bhagavad-gita our Lord Krishna explains that this desire for sense and material mind gratification is like a fire. And the more we feed this fire, the greater it becomes. Instead of becoming satisfied, we become more filled with increasing desire. Therefore it is like a kind of madness. And people who are driven by this madness are completely out of control. In this way they become capable of any degree of sinful activity. Therefore we have the conditions of the earth as we are faced with today. There is pollution of the air, the earth, the water, etc. And diseases are increasing. There is war and dispute on every front, very often simply for the purpose of exploitation of natural resources, or war profiteering. All of this madness is the result of people feeding the fire of material desire until they become totally destructive to themselves and to each other. And this is the world that we live in today.

      Therefore one has to become sober. One has to see this for what it is and not be swept away in this great current of madness, thinking that we must also get our share of all of this. And one has to understand that the best course of behavior, even from a material point of view is to live as simply as possible. This is the instruction of our Sri Isopanisad. And when we live in this way we use our time an energy for the real way to become happy, which is by cultivating our love for Lord Krishna.

      As we rekindle our love for Krishna, all of these material desires fall away from us like a snake shedding it’s old coat of skin. As our love for Krishna increases we become happy in a way that no materialist can understand. This is called ananda. Ananda is what we experience when we implement a platform of loving exchange with Krishna in the core of our hearts. And when that love is mature, then we are qualified to go to live with Krishna in the spiritual realm, where everyone is filled with spiritual bliss, where there is no more birth and death. That is the purpose of life that we are referring to. That is the real career orientation. Our career is to attain an eternal life of loving exchange with Krishna. And that is why we have a very dim view of the pursuit of sense gratification.

      I hope, Pankaj, that this helps to bring into focus an understanding of the pitfall of the quest for sense gratification on the one hand, and the sober and higher intelligence that encourages us to pursue a life of spiritual progress.

      How to proceed is the subject of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      Hare Krishna!, Pankaj.

      Ishan das

  112. Rupmita says:

    Thanks Prabhu i have got your mail .Let me Know how mony times i chant HAREE KRISHNA in a day.
    Take my pranam and lov.

    • Hare Krishna Ruomita

      We have to chant the Hare Krishna mantra on beads each day at least 16 rounds. One round is chanting the whole mantra:

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

      108 times. So that is one round and we have to chant at least 16 rounds like this every day. It takes some practice in the beginning but it is not difficult and the result is your consciousness will be spiritualized and raised to a level so much higher than before. Actually the result really is that if we are successful in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra we will be able to develop pure love of God which is the perfection of life…

      It generally takes 2-3 hours. For me I chant Hare Krishna a bit slower than some devotees so it generally takes me around 3 hours a day to chant 16 rounds. It may take longer in the beginning but once you are accustomed to it it will not take more than 2.5 to 3 hours. Which out of 24 hours is very little really.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  113. Ishan das says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,

    I respect your request to finish this conversation at this point.

    I only wish to add my thanks to you for responding to me so openly and generously in terms of your time and sincerity and open-hearted honesty.

    Also I wish to express my admiration and appreciation for the service you are doing here on this web site. You are serving so many of us in different parts of the globe, always keeping us on track back to Krishna.

    If there is is any way that I can ever be of service to you, that would be my pleasure, so please feel that to be a standing offer.

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    Your humble servant,

    Ishan das

  114. vidhya shettykind says:

    thanking u for sending me the mails with different topics every time i have read 2 of the mail want to still read the first mail u send would only request u to send such nice mail

    thanking you

  115. Ishan das says:

    Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    Prabhu, thank you for your straight-forward and open-hearted reply. I feel that I understand you better now. As another godbrother of mine, who is constantly engaged in preaching work, and nothing else, said to me, “Some of us seem to hit the ground running.”

    As you have said, this tends to indicate some degree of previous merit or sukriti from other lifetimes spent developing Krishna consciousness. And so as soon as you come in touch with Krishna consciousness, the taste is there, the love is there, the enthusiasm is there. It is just like when a hungry devotee who comes in touch with some wonderful prasadam. He immediately delights in it.

    So from what you are saying, you seem to be that kind of very fortunate devotee. You delight in Krishna consciousness, so it is not a struggle to be always engaged, because you want nothing else. You are so fortunate, and of course you have created this good fortune by engaging, perhaps over many births. It is wonderful to behold what you are doing, and what you have accomplished, all by yourself, swimming upstream against the current of GBC hypocrisy and nonsense, and standing firmly in maya’s storm alone.

    Srila Prabhupada once said to me, “You have seen this?”, and he made the motion imitating someone who is injecting drugs into his arm with a hypodermic needle. When I noded, yes, that I knew what he was referring to, he said, “Krishna consciousness is like that.” So what you are saying overall is exactly what he was saying. There is never any difference between you and the letter of the law as it has been given to us by Srila Prabhupada. As far as I can understand who you are in terms of your stability, determination and enthusiasm, you are 100% sannyas material, because sannyas is a matter of the heart, and not some official rubber stamp.

    Still, Srila Prabhupada would describe different ways of being Krishna conscious, like when we drink a glass of water, we can think that this is the taste of Krishna ( as Krishna instructs in Bhagavad-gita). And then Srila Prabhupada would say, “There are so many ways.” Of course what you are saying is most direct and in line with Srila Prabhupada’s teaching.

    Yes, I am a house holder with so many duties. And my wife is not a devotee although she will chant Hare Krishna with me with mridanga and kartals when we are offering bhoga on our little altar. So I am always hoping that gradually she will become purified. And I am practicing to do my daily tasks while hearing Srila Prabhupada’s recordings. And I am slowly developing the habit of doing these tasks in a mood of service, saying, “Dear Krishna, please accept this sweeping or dish-washing as service. And every day I am reading and chanting, because I cannot live without it. I am not like you in my level of enthusiasm. But if I do not engage in Krishna consciousness with focus, my life becomes an unbearable hell of confusion, frustration and anxiety. So in this way I am being prodded by maya to stay engaged.

    It is said that “a word to the wise is sufficient”. And for those who are not wise, there is another kind of teaching that is called “the school of hard knocks.” I am feeling that you are in the first category and myself in the second. Whereas you are spontaneously attracted to devotional service, from the front, I am beaten to engage in devotional service from behind. Of course when I am nicely engaged I feel relief, peaceful, happy and fortunate. But I am still at the stage of cranking the model-T Ford of 1910, and you are driving the 2013 BMW of Krishna consciousness. You just immediately accelerate towards Krishna consciousness.

    Still, I am feeling that there may be others like myself, who are emotionally troubled, who are plagued with feelings of unworthiness, who feel perhaps that they are not lovable and therefore how could Krishna love them, whose father’s rejected and abused them, and therefore feel that Srila Prabhupada is always somewhat displeased with them, and who expect rejection from the universe at every turn in their lives. I can understand that this is all maya of course. But it is very powerful opposition to contend with. Therefore I am finding that the kind of meditation I am describing can be very helpful for becoming more capable of enthusiastically approaching Krishna for one who tends to be troubled in that way. Certainly in Gita Krishna says, “Do like this, and if you can’t do this, do like this, and if you can’t do this, do like this….etc.” So I cannot argue with you because you are preaching to the letter of the law, the straight sauce, so to speak. But I have found that when I wake up in the morning, in my mind and heart, I feel like I am a filthy wretch crawling out of the worst dumpster and how could Krishna want anything to do with a person like me. And, surely He will never accept me. But if I sit for a few minutes and find that way of feeling in my heart that we are all inherently beautiful, bright spiritual beings, inherently lovable, then immediately I can see Krishna’s smiling face in my mind’s eye and I move happily into my sadhana. So this has become a wonderful support for me, and has become part of my life. In a letter to Satsvarupa Maharaja (when he was still house holder) Srila Prabhupada has referred to me as a somewhat crazy who is very sincere. And he instructed Satvarupa to give me shelter in the temple in spite of the fact that I was a bit crazy at times.

    It is hard to know where other people are at on a scale of 1 to 10, from a material point of view in terms of their personal feelings of self-esteem, emotional dificulties etc. I can only guess that before you were devotee in this lifetime, you were a healthy, progressive person who could take the bull by the horns an tackle most any challenge in a successful way. So when coming to Krishna consciousness, you simply enlisted and went forward like a house on fire, burning your path to Krishna.

    In conclusion, I think that you are correct in all that you say. But I also think that you have not experienced, in this life, the kind of challenges that some of us have. And so when I read some of your straight-forward advice to some who write you who have a truckload of challenges, I feel that, where you are talking from, and where they are at, is universes apart, and for them to just take up your instruction would be like Prahlada Maharaja facing Hiranya Kashipu. But most of us are not on the level of Prahlada Maharaja yet, and cannot see our way to acting like pure devotees.

    But now I can understand your hard-core approach to Krishna consciousness, because you are a hard-core devotee, almost like a marine in the military. Your business is straight ahead, no looking left or right, nothing but one objective to accomplish. I respect and bow down to your level of development and wonderful example. Thanks for your wonderful contribution to all of us. You are the man for the job.

    Sincerely,

    Ishan das

    • Hare Krishna Ishan Prabhu

      Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

      I hope you did not get the wrong idea Prabhu. It is not that I do not have to struggle or that everything is easy. It is a often a struggle and I am always failing and always falling so short of what I should be doing and I achieve only a tiny fraction of what I could achieve if I wasn’t always spacing out. I can fall down at any time and I have fallen down many times, I always manage to pull myself back up by Srila Prabhupada’s unlimited mercy and always pray that these things will never happen again and I do have the faith that one day I will be steady in Krishna consciousness but really for me at the moment that is some sort of dream way down in the future. Krishna consciousness is like a razors edge. You know if one is shaving with one of those cutthroat razors it is very easy to slip and then you cut yourself and there is a big mess everywhere. I am like that and I understand most of us are all more-or-less like that. But there is absolutely no question in my mind, I have complete faith in Srila Prabhupada and Krishna and I have experienced the power of Krishna consciousness. It is not that I have faith in Krishna and Srila Prabhupada, I know Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and I know that Srila Prabhupada is Krishna’s very confidential pure devotee. So it has gone past faith. Faith is when you believe something, but I know Krishna is God.

      I have not done anything except repeat what I have heard from Srila Prabhupada. Krishna consciousness is a very natural thing for all of us but it is covered and we have to uncover it by chanting:

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

      It is not always easy, maya is so very strong, she is always putting obstacles in our way but anything so valuable as Krishna consciousness is worth working for, actually it is not worth working for anything else other than Krishna consciousness.

      We are all in different circumstances and we have to practice Krishna consciousness from whatever position we happen to be in. And we can only do the best we can do. And we should actually always be lamenting that we are so hopeless an useless. And at least in my case I am so hopeless and useless. But still Srila Prabhupada can use any of us in Krishna’s service if we are prepared to surrender to him and follow his instructions very strictly.

      Anyhow I can slip and fall down spectacularly at any moment so I do not like to talk about these things. I want to talk about Prabhupada and Krishna. So hopefully we can finish this conversation here.

      All glories to your service.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Your servant

      Madhudvisa dasa

  116. Ishan das says:

    Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu,

    Please accept my sincere obeisances. I do not possess great humility. I am proud, arrogant, and unaware of Krishna’s wonderful grace and power that surrounds me at every moment. Perhaps one day I will be able to say please accept my humble obeisances. That is my aspiration.

    I wish to thank you for the wonderful work that you are doing. I thank you for taking such a firm stand on issues that will incur the wrath of Iskcon. I know in my heart that you are correct. I have left that association in the early 80’s, always hoping that my critical mind is not getting the best of me. But I have seen too much to close my eyes. And I feel that you are correct, especially with regard to the farce of GBC appointed gurus. Like the Catholic church. They vote who will be pope. As if to say that we will vote and decide who is a confidential associate of Krishna. Krishna’s confidential associates do not require anyone’s votes. There is so much to say. But you have said most of it already.

    Prabhu, I have been doing sadhana practices for some 40 odd years, as I was initiated by Srila Prabupada in 1968. For all of these years I have been doing my sadhana with the hope that someday I would be hit by a bolt of spiritual lightening (so to speak) and I would have some sense of a living reciprocation with Krishna. Just a small sense of that reciprocation, I felt would be sufficient to sustain me.

    Of course when I did sadhana as seriously as I could, I always felt a degree of liberation from my baseline materialistic mentality of doubts and fears, frustrations and desires. Yes, that sense of liberation was always available to me through serious sadhana.

    But I wanted more than that. I wanted to feel Krishna’s loving reciprocation. Our philosophy is great. It is strong and clear and miles ahead of any cosmology that any other lineage has to offer, east or west. Our practices are more beautiful. We even have the darshan of the Supreme Lord. And we can serve Him personally in the temple, by bathing and dressing and offering bhoga and puja. There is nothing like it anywhere on planet earth. Srila Prabhupada would say, “It is simply a matter of understanding and accepting. It is simple for the simple.”

    But one time someone asked Srila Prabhupada, “How does one love Krishna?” And Srila Prabhupada said, “By loving Him!”

    That that was a puzzle for me, and perhaps for others. I was thinking that if I could really see Krishna, because he is all-attractive, I would naturally love Him, just like the residents of Vrindavan. And if I loved Krishna I would naturally see Him, because He would reveal Himself to me in response to my love…….”Premanjana cchruita bhakti…..”. If I could see Krishna, I could love Him, and if I could love Him I could see Him. It seemed like a “catch 22”. Because I did not see Him in all of His splendor as do His intimate assocates and I did not feel spontaneous love for Him. Perhaps some respect was there. Respect for some intellectual understanding of Who Krishna is.

    Soon I will be 70 years old. So I have been thinking that perhaps I have another 10 years ahead of me, maybe less. And still I am not having a sense of loving reciprocation with Krishna. I have faith in what I have learned from Srila prabhupada. But my realization is so tiny.

    I prayed a lot, Prabhu. I tried to understand what was wanting in me. What does Krishna want from me so that He will reciprocate with me? And somehow, little by little I began to understand the simplest thing. And this simple thing is changing my life.

    We use the phrase, sadhana bhakti. But there are two words in this phrase. I am not a sanskrit scholar. But to me sadhana means the prescribed forms of service – hearing, chanting, praying, offering obeisances, puja, etc. That is sadhana, prescribed forms. These are the activities. But then there is “bhakti”. And bhakti means devotional love, devotional affection.

    So sadhana bhakti doesn’t mean militaristic performance of the prescribed forms (although that in itself is good). But sadhana bahkti means practicing these prescribed forms with a soft and loving heart. Practicing these forms with a loving feeling.

    So I continued to turn it over in my head. I am my only association. Of course I have Srila Prabhupada here with me in hisbooks and CD’s. But sometimes …… In any case I began to experiment with my consciousness in different ways. And I began to understand that within myself, in the depths of my heart (and there is fear in making this statement), without even thinking about krishna, I could feel into a place in my desert-like heart where there was a profound feeling of love. It was not love for myself. It was not love for anyone else. it was simply love. It was soft, and calm, and pervasive. In that loving feeling there was no anxiety, no timetable, no to-do list. And I could return to it. It would always be there. I just had to let everything go and feel into it. Just love.

    Srila Prabhupada had a very loving and indulgent father who was I believe a pure devotee. The way that he grew up in such a loving atmosphere became the baseline for his emotional life. This I hope is not offensive. We, on the other hand grew up in a different atmosphere. I grew up with so much self-hatred and feelings of unworthiness. My heart was like a desert. I was not a loving person. I did not know what it meant to be a loving person. I was cold-hearted and alienated, cynical, judgmental of everyone and hardly had affection for anyone at all.

    Prabhu, I think that I am not the only one who is like this. And I believe that there are hundreds or thousands of neophyte bhaktas like myself who are mechanically doing their sadhana and wondering when they have a sense of loving reciprocation between krishna and thenselves, perhaps sometimes loosing heart.

    As time went on, I became gradually more adept at accessing that loving feeling, and then at a certain point I knew it was time to integrate this with my sadhana bhakti, to learn how to hold this loving feeling in my heart while approaching Krishna, in my japa and on my little alter.

    At first is was difficult, elusive. But gradually I could bring them together, and focus this loving feeling on Krishna, on my alter. And Prabhu, Krishna began to smile at me. I could feel His love. Krishna loves me.

    Now every morning when I wake up, I am back in arid desert heart as I have been all of my life. And the first thing I do, even before I begin my japa, is go deep inside my heart and stir up that loving feeling that has hidden away in my heart over the night. And when i find it, I direct it towards my Krishna, and Krishna is there and I can feel that He loves me.

    It is not not about siddha deha, understanding my spiritual identity in the spiritual realm. Perhaps that is many lifetimes ahead in the future. It is simply a knowing that Krishna loves me, and that is all I need to know to go on, to face life in a whole new way.

    Therefore I am very much convinced, that all of us, as much as we are feeling a lack of reciprocation from Krishna, we should learn, somehow or other, to develop, bring forth, cultivate and learn to harness this capacity to feel love, and approach Krishna with a loving heart. Sadhana bhakti. Directing our loving feeling towards Krishna through the prescribed forms of devotional service.

    There are several extrapolations. One of them is, that this is Krishna’s world, His material energy. We know the philosophy. There is nothing but Krishna, because it is all His energy, and he pervades every atom of it. But until I could have that feeling of loving reciprocation with Him, that was just that. Philosophy. But when I could have a sense of loving reciprocation with Krishna, even that tiny sense as I am having, when I see that earth and water and fire around me and remember to hold on to that sense of contact – it changes everything. I cannot move that object with my foot. I marvel at how he moves the wind in the trees.

    I wish not to prolong this. But my real objective in sharing this with you is that nowhere in our literature is there guidance on this point. We simply love Krishna by loving Him. Or as Srila Prabhupada would say, “What is the difficulty?”

    So, this all may sound a bit off center, especially perhaps to someone like yourself who is hard-core reactionary. But I also know that you are very sincere. And Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhupada has advised to accept whatever is helpful. All the rules and regulations are intended to help us develop our love for Krishna. Srila Prabhupada used to say that the loving propensity was already there, and simply we had to transfer it to Krishna. But what if we don’t carry love in our hearts as a way of being?

    Therefore my heartfelt recommendation is that there be instituted lessons, classes, focus, on how we can learn to cultivate our capacity to find, carry and cultivate a profound loving feeling in our hearts, so that we can begin to focus our love on Krishna. There are actually so many ways to do this, as I have discovered, some classical and some contemporary, some “new age”. Some of them are by impersonalists, and some by atheists. But they are having a loving experience and sharing the ways and means for bringing this into focus. It is all about becoming a more healthy and whole-hearted human being.

    I was hoping to bypass the human aspect and simply go direct to Krishna Loka. But I suspect that it doesn’t quite work that way. Not that we should engage in nonsense. But if we can learn how to love – then as Srila Prabhupada used to say, we can simply transfer our loving propensity to Krishna.

    Perhaps, we can continue this conversation.

    Hoping this finds you well and blissful in Krishna consciousness,

    Your admiring godbrother,

    Ishan das

    • Hare Krishna Ishan Prabhu

      Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

      Devotees naturally become humble. But still that does not mean that devotees can not strongly preach the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. When we speak we are not speaking on our own behalf. We are speaking for Srila Prabhupada and Prabhupada is speaking for Krishna. So if we do it right and if we are really actually surrendered and really actually following Srila Prabhupada then there is some transcendental magic and it is not us speaking at all. Krishna speaks through us. So you know what can we do? We just have to pass on the message. That’s all.

      Krishna consciousness is simple if one happens to have natural attachment for it. Fortunately for me I was able to quickly awaken a sense of love for Srila Prabhupada and through that love for Krisha. It did not take very long for me. Maybe a month or two. That’s all. So personally I have no experience of what you are talking about. Of course I have gone through difficult times and been in and out of maya. But I know that by chanting Hare Krishna and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and of course most importantly we have to do devotional service Prabhu. The symptom of our love for Prabhupada and love for Krishna is we will be working for Prabhupada and Krishna 24 hours a day. That is the secret I think. I read this in Prabhupada’s books in the beginning and from then at least I am half-heartedly trying to be always engaged in serving Srila Prabhupada and Krishna 24 hours a day.

      It is out of this service that the love develops. There is no love without service.

      And it’s not just chanting and reading. Chanting is “Please Krishna engage me in your service.” So we have to be ready to actually serve Srila Prabhupada and Krishna 24 hours a day. We have to be prepared to surrender. These are the key points, surrender and service.

      There are so many things that can hinder this love for Krishna developing. There are the ten offenses, there is association with non-devotees. You know Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that he would prefer to be locked up in a cage with some tigers rather than have to associate with non-devotees. So this non-devotee association is so horrible, and of course the worst thing is hearing the Mayavadi philosophy: Mayavadi bhasya sunali haya sarva nasa. “If one hears from the Mayavadis his spiritual life is doomed.”

      So Prabhu when I get into this feeling of having no taste from chanting Hare Krishna and serving Srila Prabhupada I know I am doing something wrong and I try and find out what that thing I am doing wrong is and try to correct it. You know we have to actually follow the process. Getting out of bed before 4:00 AM every morning, chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly following the four regulative principles, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and not reading anyone elses books. You know the real thing is Krishna is unattainable really. The only way we can attain Krishna is by the mercy of Krishna’s pure devotees. There is no way of directly approaching Krishna. So we have to actually please Srila Prabhupada by our service. I am a little fortunate I guess because my devotional service has been fighting for Prabhupada. Fighting to preserve his audio and video recordings, fighting to preserve and print his original books, you know, so much fighting. But Prabhupada loves this, and Krishna loves this, that we are trying to stick up for Srila Prabhupada in a world full of demons. So you know I get real tangible practical reciprocation with Srila Prabhupada and Krishna and I think anyone can get this. There is nothing special about me. Actually I am the greatest demon from the material point of view. But I love Prabhupada and really have surrendered my life to serving Prabhupada. There is nothing else in my life but trying to please Srila Prabhupada. Of course sometimes I am in maya, but I can say that at least every day since I joined ISKCON in 1986 I have chanted 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily at least. Even if I am in maya I still keep chanting Hare Krishna. Actually I really like chanting Hare Krishna. It is my favorite thing. There is a line in that Sri Nama Kirtan by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur: amala harinam amiya-vilasa: “Chanting the Lord’s name is my pastime.” So that is me really. That is my hobby, that is what I like to do, chant the Lord’s holy names. It is so nice.

      So honestly Prabhu it is not very difficult. One just has to surrender. But you know as I have written many times we do not want to surrender and if we do not surrender then we are not going to be able to taste any transcendental bliss from Krishna consciousness…

      Some devotees have an advantage over others because of previous things we may have done in previous lives. Srila Prabhupada writes that one who has a natural attraction to reading the Srimad-Bhagavatam for example is very fortunate. So somehow I got this blessing. As soon as I came in contact with Srila Prabhupada’s books I became addicted to reading his books. I was traveling all over the world and visited about 60 ISKCON temples within the first two years of my devotional life. And in every temple I would be searching through all the bookcases trying to find books by Srila Prabhupada that I had not read yet. And I was so happy when I found one. That is my nectar, reading Prabhupada’s books, chanting Hare Krishna. And I never get tired of chanting Hare Krishna and I never get tired of reading Prabhupada’s books. Like Bhagavad-gita, I have read it hundreds and hundreds of times. But Prabhu every time I read it it is better than when I read it the previous time.

      So really Krishna consciousness is wonderful Prabhu. There is no problem. It is great. What can I say really?

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  117. shivani says:

    all glories to srila prabhupad… hare krishna prabhuji …prabhuji what is the procedure for guru diksha in isckon (hari naam diksha)

    • Hare Krishna Shivani

      You have to find a pure devotee to accept diksa from. Otherwise the cheating guru will not have the potency to give you diksa. And currently this is not the philosophy of ISKCON. They claim that any rascal can be guru, there is no particular qualification, they claim it is just a ‘service’ like washing the pots in the temple is a service, so to ISKCON guru is just another ‘service’ like that. So they think that the GBC can delegate anyone as ‘guru’ and he will then be able to give diksa. But if anyone takes the time to read Srila Prabhupada’s books they will find out guru is not at all like this. Guru is a pure devotee of Krishna. The whole idea of accepting a guru is that we have to find a pure devotee of Krishna, a liberated soul, someone who can guide us in such a way that we can also ultimately become pure devotees of Krishna and so that at the end of this material body we can remember Krishna and as Krishna says: “Whoever remembers Me at the time of death will come to Me.”

      So taking initiation is not some sort of formality. Taking initiation means surrendering everything to the spiritual master you are taking initiation from. You have to be prepared to fully surrender and from the time you take initiation your whole life has to be lived according to the orders of your spiritual master. So it is a very, very serious thing, choosing a spiritual master.

      The most dangerous thing for one’s spiritual advancement is accepting a spiritual master who is not qualified to guide you back home back to Godhead.

      And these days ISKCON have put into place many policies that mean their ‘gurus’ must be surrendered servants of the GBC, not surrendered servants of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. And in so many ways the orders of the GBC contradict the orders of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada. So real bona fide gurus who are surrendered to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna will never be approved of by the GBC and will never be appointed as gurus in ISKCON. The only people who will ever be appointed as gurus in ISKCON are those cheating rascals who agree to surrender to the GBC, knowing well that the orders of the GBC conflict with the orders of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna in so many ways.

      So you will not find an bona fide guru in ISKCON. You should not take diksa in ISKCON. Rather you need to educated yourself fully as to what a bona fide spiritual master really is. For this purpose Srila Prabhupada has written more than eighty big books and he wrote them for us to read. So we have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. All of Srila Prabhupada’s books. And as we read Srila Prabhupada’s books we will find that Prabhupada is giving us direct and personal instructions. So we have to surrender to Srila Prabhupada and follow these instructions he is giving us as we read his books and that is actual real diksa from a real bona fide spiritual master.

      Diksa is not some official ceremony with a fire yajna and throwing of grains and bananas in the fire. That is only and external thing. The real initiation only happens if the spiritual master is bona fide and the disciple really surrenders to him. Diska means the transmission of divyam-jnanam, transcendental knowledge. It does not mean fire yajna, etc. So this diksa, transmission of spiritual knowledge, actually happens as we read Srila Prabhupada’s books, and if we submit to Srila Prabhupada, if we surrender to Srila Prabhupada, if we accept what he is telling us without questioning it, without doubting it, then the flow of divyam-jnanam, transcendental knowledge, from Srila Prabhupada to us will go on unhindered. This is real initiation.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  118. shivani says:

    hare krishna prabhuji……thanxx for ur reply….

  119. shivani says:

    all glories to srila prabhupad hare krishna prabhuji……. Ur articles are awesome very inspiring…thanxxxxx……prabhuji plzz solve my one query that how to tell mayavadis to surrender to lotus feets of krishna ..when they believe that only way to god is meditation only…….

    • Hare Krishna Shivani

      Mayavadis are very, very, very poisoned and very, very, very poisonous. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu says mayavadi sunali haya sarva nasa, “if one hears from the Mayavadis his spiritual life is finished.” and mayavadi krsna aparahadi, “the Mayavadis are offenders to Krishna”. So really the Mayavada ideas are so diametrically opposed to Krishna consciousness and their association is so poisonous it is better to avoid them.

      For preaching the most important thing is we have to find people who are prepared to listen to us and who are prepared to at least consider the things we are saying. A little faith is essential to start in Krishna consciousness. So these Mayavadis are opposed to Krishna consciousness, they have no faith in Krishna or in Krishna’s devotees, and they refuse to even consider things like “Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” So you can not preach to Mayavadis really. Only a very, very advanced personality like Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu pondered over this problem and came up with some ways to convert Mayavadis like Praksananda Sarasvati, his followers and others.

      But the general principle for preaching is to avoid the envious and preach to the innocent. And the Mayavadis are envious so the general principle is we should avoid them and instead find some innocent people who are actually interested in hearing what we have to say and spend our time and energy preaching to them rather than wasting our time and energy and risking getting contaminated ourselves by trying to preach to Mayavadis. They are just not going to listen to us. It is a waste of time…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  120. Ramya says:

    This, to me, seems like the ultimate calling to reality about all that we decide we ‘need’ and ‘want’ in our lives. And it is the difficulty in disciplining the small things (how much time we watch TV, what we eat daily, even the time we spend online, or the latest ‘spiritual’ gift we buy ourselves) that gives us a sign of how it can all build up so that then we have major decisions in life (wars, food for the hungry, illness, human rights) our minds are so calcified and habituated in systems of rationalization and self-‘pleasing’ that we then decide we ‘need’ things that are abominations–war, genocide, class prejudices. So the rational mind is no longer able to respond; it is captive, slave, to the ego-master. When the ego was to be the willing servant in the first place. Eve tempted by the snake in the garden…it happens every day with every one of us, regardless of religion or creed or culture. ‘Krishna mind’ or the willing surrender of our egos and body-selves to union with Krishna, all-loving union with the Divine ONE…is a decision that we must make every single day, every single moment. And if on our path we have accumulated layers and bulk of unnecessary things, habits and ways, I am finding that it is in the slow releasing and letting go, that I am made softer and more silent…compassionate and slow to speak and judge, in my awareness of my fragile humanity and recognition of my reflection in everyone I see.

  121. Michelle says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada,
    I am very new to Krishna consciousness although I’ve been a devoted Christian for years. I’ve only recently(since April) heard of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is and have read through it twice and am on my 3rd reading and am absolutely in love with it. This particular subject I have spent many hours contemplating. I am understanding from reading BG 6.34 that the mind and intelligence are two separate entities. The mind being controlled by the senses and intelligence being mercifully given by Lord Krishna. My question is how is it that we can determine which thoughts and ideas are directed at us by Lord Krishna (spiritual platform) and which thoughts and ideas are by our own conditioned minds (material platform)? I have noticed also when chanting my 16 rounds, I can chant but I notice my mind flickering and unsteady, how do you control that?
    Humbly seeking answers,
    Michelle

    • Hare Krishna Michelle

      As you advance in Krishna consciousness you will be able to detect when Krishna is giving you some message or if it is just your mind trying to disturb you. But it happens in time automatically as you advance in spiritual life so you have to go on with your devotional service and wait for this time.

      In the meantime the important thing is to chant the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day and if your mind wanders then just keep chanting and the chanting of Hare Krishna will drag your mind back to Krishna. As you chant more and more the mind will become more under control. But it is perfectly normal that in the beginning it may sometimes be difficult to concentrate on chanting Hare Krishna. In those times you just have to force yourself to chant Hare Krishna anyhow and you will see that soon the mind will again come under control.

      It is something like we have declared war on maya. And she fights back. So as we try to advance in Krishna consciousness maya will always try to disturb us. So we have to be ready for that and become determined to continue with our Krishna consciousness no matter what disturbances maya comes up with.

      In addition to chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily we have to follow the four regulative principles and of course read Srila Prabhupada’s books. You can get all of Srila Prabhupada’s other books also as well as the Bhagavad-gita [you can get from http://www.KrishnaStore.com] because it is important that we read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books. And the more you read Prabhupada’s books and put into practice the instructions you find Srila Prabhupada giving you as you read his books into practice in your life the more you will find your mind is becoming automatically under control and the more you will be able to understand what Krishna is saying to you also.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  122. K S JAYASANKAR says:

    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna , Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

    Your narrative mail is very interesting to read , hope to receive further enchanting mails in days to come .

    Thank you Sirji

  123. shyamal says:

    Dear Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,
    I have read very carefully the newsletter on “I am not this Body.” Easy to say…..
    I disagree with you because I believe that I am not the driver of the body.
    I believe that ‘I’ am the only special passenger of this body. ‘I’ am special because , if ‘I’ remain in this body, body is alive but if ‘I’ leave this body, I am dead.
    Further I would like to mention that mind with the senses is the driver of this body.
    Please be kind to reply on my comment.
    Yours truly,
    Shyamal

    • You are completely wrong. You, the spirit soul, the living entity, are eternal. You are of the same quality as Krishna. Krishna is sat-cit-ananda-vigraha, He is eternal, full of knowledge, full of ever-increasing transcendental bliss, and He has an eternally youthful spiritual form. So do you. But Krishna is unlimited and you are tiny. That is the difference. It is a difference of magnitude, not of quality. Krishna and the living entities share the same qualities. But Krishna is great, Krishna is the master and we, the living entities are tiny and our business is to serve Krishna.

      But we have the same quality of eternality that Krishna has. This is a very basic point that is very clearly explained by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita so if you disagree with it is not not me that you are disagreeing with, you are disagreeing with Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and all the great sadhus and sages who have ever preached Krishna’s message. Everyone agrees on the spiritual, eternal nature of the soul. There is no disagreement on this. You will find in India some are impersonalists and some are personalists, and there are so many different ideas which the different groups argue about. But everyone knows the soul is eternal and continues to exist after the death of the body…

      So you are terribly wrong and I suggest that you study Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  124. Daanish gaur says:

    Hare krsna pr ji,
    AGTSP!
    pls accept my humble wishes.
    Pls clarify why a person after entering spiritual life still in enjoying mood despite accepting bonafide spiritual master??
    It is coz of past karmas or some thing else??
    Pls also tell how to overcome this n advance further in devotion.
    Yhs daanish.

    • It is because either the spiritual master is not bonafide, which is probably the case if your spiritual master is not His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, or because you did not surrender to Srila Prabhupada and follow all his instructions. One of these two things…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  125. Brijesh Dani says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    I have some very important questions which are central to the krishna
    consciousness philosophy.

    Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that every living entity is an eternal
    servant of Krishna.

    My question is what should be the attitude or mental makeup while
    performing activities in relation to krishna?

    I have experienced in material life that people dont want to be
    servants.They think it is a degrading fallen position.What is the
    opposite of servant ?

    What is the difference between being a servant in material life and
    spiritual life ?In both cases one has to serve a “MASTER”.Which one
    should be preferred and why ?
    What is the meaning of Master ?

    What should be the qualities one should look for in a MASTER in
    spiritual life and material life ?

    What is the difference between a slave and a servant ? Are there
    slaves in spiritual world and spiritual life ?

    I will be very grateful if you can enlighten me on these questions
    because right now in my life I am in such a position that I have to
    choose to work under somebody so I would like your guidance as to whom
    should I work under ?

    Thanking you.

    Brijesh Dani

    • Hare Krishna Brijesh

      Yes Prabhu, every living entity is nitya krsna dasa, eternally a servant of Krishna. That is what we are and that is all we can do, serve Krishna. And yes, some do not like to be servants. But we are servants, there is no other alternative. We, in the material world, are those rebellious living entities who have chosen not to serve Krishna. But we are servants of Krishna, that is what we do, so how can we not serve Krishna? So to fulfill our perverted desires Krishna has created this material world for us where we can ‘play god’. Krishna has created maya who gives us the illusion that we can be the master or that we are the master. So that is what is going on here in the material world. Everyone is trying to become the master, everyone is trying to become god. So that is why there is always a struggle for existence and that is why this material world is always a hellish place. Because everyone is trying to become the master and lord it over and exploit everyone else… A nasty, nasty place…

      There is no question of us looking for a ‘master’. If we find someone who wants to be a master then we have found someone who is deeply in maya. We have to find a servant, a pure devotee of Krishna who’s only purpose in life is serving his spiritual master and Krishna.

      There is no difference between a slave and a servant. Except the idea that a salve is forced to serve by the master with some threat that if he does not serve then he will be punished but the idea of servant implies that the servant has voluntarily agreed to surrender to and serve the master. So we are willing slaves of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. There is no question of force. Service to Krishna has to be done out of love.

      Krishna consciousness is a great science which is impossible to explain in a few paragraphs in a blog comment… If you want to understand Krishna consciousness then you have to READ SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS!!!

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  126. jushmi says:

    hare krshna madhudvisa
    yes you are right that our body is just like a machine.We daily work hard to maintain,to enjoy to fullfill our desires but at the mean time we really forget what we are actually,for what we are running?
    after doing lots of hard work we are still not get the real satisfaction in our life.
    thank you for making me to understand through this mail to understand where is our fault.
    Maduvidvisa ji please guide me
    hare krshna
    jushmi

  127. Arjun Singh Rawat says:

    yes i am agree body is like a car or machine, but not worked exactly motor cars, it has own senses, feelings, directions, question is how we can achieve prmanad, God, and at the time every one is working on physics, not spiritual, so sir how we can practice to maintain our goal, and how we can reject social bonderies.

    • Hare Krishna Arjun

      You have to become Krishna conscious, that is all, that is the solution to everything. And it is a great science and you have to learn the science. And Srila Prabhupada has written over sixty books on this subject of how to become Krishna conscious. So you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books and become Krishna conscious. It is not a one paragraph answer. You need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books and follow the instructions you find Srila Prabhupada giving you as you read his books. All your answers are there.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  128. dr pretty says:

    hare krishna, guruji i feel really out of world after reading your newsletter in the morning. i have read BHAGWAD GITA AS IT IS and it touched my soul. your newsletters are vry inspiring. we need your gr8 guidance as u r the sole messenger of krishna to me.jai shri krishna!

  129. amadu ishark says:

    hare krishna dandvats
    you teach me that the body is just like house, any time the tenat can move from it. so we must work one tenat more than house

  130. Vedagiri Venkataraman says:

    I agree with the concept ” body is a machine “. We travel in a car to reach a specific destination, which we know the dIrection and route. We choose the best route. short route, a good road, etc. Regarding the spritual, we read many books , to understand the easy way to take. When we travel in a car, we can check and confirm whether we are in the right track. Here we see to believe.
    I have strong faith in God. I am looking for getting hold of some path to keep checking my path and to apply correction wherever or whenever I am wrong.

  131. d;sankaragururaman says:

    hare krsna.
    pranams today i learnt

    a very emotive heart filling wonderful term on
    reposing krsna consciousness namely,UNALLOYED LOVE TOWARDS KRSNA.still it is reverberating in my heart
    to attain such consciousness ,yes,one has to support required feed to transport the driven(soul)to his ultimate destination to spend more time and energy in spritual conscience.i realise the body is not me
    since i am a joiner i always spend more time to understand the concept and try to scrupulously follow the directions
    i really enjoy reading many thoughts and i pray to realise this janmas duties
    pranams again i request to be guided further
    in the lotus feet of lord krsna
    yours sicere student
    D.Sankaragururaman

  132. chetan says:

    hare krsna 🙂
    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…

    Can u give me more descriptions about the spiritual world??

    • Hare Krishna Chetan

      Very detailed descriptions of the spiritual world are available in Srila Prabhupada’s books. I would like it very much if you would read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books and find these descriptions yourself.

      Of course it is rather difficult for us to comprehend the spiritual world because all our experience is in the material world and we only have that material world experience to understand things with. So realistically we will only really understand the spritual world as our consciousness becomes purified and we become more Krishna consciousness and of course when we actually go back home, back to Godhead we will be able to see and experience the spiritual world. But a pure devotee can experience the spiritual world even while still apparently in the material body.

      In the spiritual world everything is eternal and there is no time as we experience it here in the material world. In the material world time acts to destroy everything, that destructive force is not in the spiritual world. In the material world everything is made of the five material elements but in the spiritual world there is nothing material, everything is spiritual, and everything is made from cintamini, spiriutal gems. The material world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world so everything we experience here is there in the spiritual world in its original, pure and perfect form. So there are rivers, tress flowers, grass, mountains, people, animals, birds, bees, insects. But the atmosphere is different in the spiritual word. There everyone is motivated by the desire to serve Krishna in unlimited different relationships with Krishna. So this Krishna-centered nature is the natural, eternal, constitutional position of every living entity so everyone is very happy in the spiritual world cooperating together to serve Krishna…

      As I said it is best if you find out about the spiritual world by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  133. Swarnendu Dutta says:

    hare krishna
    please help me find my purpose in life…??
    M confused…

  134. A.AVINASH says:

    Hare Krishna..!! but how can we realise our soul and meditate upon it ? please suggest me…Hare Krishna .

    • Hare Krishna Avinash

      The idea is to realize Krishna and meditate on Him and serve Him. We do not meditate on our own soul.

      And the only way this is possible is by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. So you need a pure devotee of Krishna as your spiritual master and you need to surrender to him, offer him obeisances, inquire from him, serve him, and if he is pleased with you, by his mercy it will be possible for you to realize and understand and serve Krishna. It is only by the mercy of the bona fide spiritual master that we can get the mercy of Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  135. Wanda says:

    Hare Krisna!! It is so true is easy to involve yourself in others things, I now what I what to do is to learn about Krisna and help theres, I have t be stronger bec I still like to play games, I know is a disturbance for what Im supposed t do and it feels good to read it and acknowledege it, thank you.

  136. A.AVINASH says:

    hare krishna madhudvisaji,
    i need your advice on a matter for which i couldnt find a permanent solution.i recently completed my studies and now am on a search for a good job.presently every person is so involved in finding a good job and earning money that they neglect their parents and their wellfare.in their old age,the parents live alone without any assistance for their livelihood.this is the present trend of jobs and people.i have seen in many cases,even when the parents are on death bed, their children dont find time even then.its mentioned in our ancient scriptures that neglecting parents in one’s life is a sin.a son should take up their responsibilty properly and clear off his rinaanubandh.so i decided to live with my parents and find a job here itself.but my parents are forcing me not to think for them and get myself settled in a good job even out of my state.if that happens i fear i would do the same thing like any other person because then the circumstances will come in the way.my parents want me to earn money for my livelihood without caring for them.is that correct?wont i incur the sin of not supporting my parents physically and financially when they are in need?am i thinking the right way?should i listen to them?

    • Hare Krishna

      It is better to forget this idea of making a lot of money. Money does not bring happiness. If your parents want you to leave home then leave home. It is great mercy of them to you. The biggest entanglement in the material world is the family. And if your family doesn’t want you that is a great blessing. Take advantage of this and leave the family.

      It is true that the son has a responsibility to look after the elderly members of the family when they get older. But that means that the elderly members of the family pass on the family business and so on to the younger son. But these are all material responsibilities and as you explain these days everything is completely mixed up and no one is following the proper Vedic way. So we are living in crazy times.

      Your life will be useless unless you become Krishna conscious. So your main concern is how to become Krishna conscious. So you need to make an arrangement in your life so you can practice Krishna consciousness. You need to earn something of course particularly if you want to get married and have a family yourself, then you have to be able to support your family. And there is nothing wrong with that, you can be Krishna conscious and a family man at the same time. So you just have to make your plans with Krishna and serving Srila Prabhupada in the center of your plans.

      And the only way you will be able to know what is the right thing to do is if you surrender to reading Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day, 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]. So your first priority in life is to situate yourself in such a position that you can easily chant Hare Krishna, read Prabhupada’s books and follow the regulative principles. Once you are properly situated like this you will find that Srila Prabhupada and Krishna will give you the intelligence and you will be able to understand what you should do to advance in Krishna consciousness and at the same time support yourself and your family.

      If your family is supportive in Krishna consciousness and interested in Krishna consciousness. Like if your mother likes to cook for Krishna and your father likes to worship the deity and offer the bhoga to Krishna and so on then all together you can help each other advance in Krishna consciousness and have kirtans and read Srila Prabhupada’s books together. This would be very nice. But if they are not interested in Krishna consciousness and are not very supportive of you becoming Krishna conscious then there is no point staying with them. Particularly if they are telling you to go…

      But Prabhu I do not understand your actual situation so I can not give you exact advice what you should do. That you have to understand yourself from Srila Prabhupada and Krishna and you will only be able to understand this by becoming very firmly fixed up in reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, chanting the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day, and strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication…

      So chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  137. A.AVINASH says:

    hare krishna madhudvisaji,
    what you said is very true…..but all time is engaged in maintaining the car for its fuel,air etc.and today we are going where the car takes us.this material world doesnt allow us to drive our own car to our destined place.all time and energy is consumed in maintaing our body and family.can total dedication to krishna possible only by renunciation?i feel a gruhasta is like a frog,sometime in water and sometime on land.can we attain moksha in today’s world becoming a gruhasta?

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      You can become a pure devotee of Krishna in any order of life. It is not required that one be a renunciate to become a pure devotee of Krishna. Rather these days the sannyasis and brahmacaries so-called tend to be quite fallen and a simple grhastha practicing Krishna consciousness with his family may be much better situated in Krishna consciousness than these so-called renunciates.

      Krishna consciousness is not about moksha. I suggest you seriously start reading Srila Prabhupada’s books to discover what Krishna consciousness really is and you will discover that you can be Krishna consciousness in any walk of life.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  138. radha says:

    hare Krishna
    guruji m v new to chanting I really feel great by chantin but it effect fade slowly when I stop chantin ,as I m into a service n seeing my family I cant chant whole day,but I hv personally felt it has a v nice n absorbin addiction ,but I want its effect not to b temporary but permanent what should I do?n from this stage now how much time it will take to hv a permanent n overlastin effect? n one more thing guruji sometimes I feel too lonely can chnatin has a power to eliminate my loneliness? if yes than how much time it will take as it is already 2yrs since m chantin
    thanku guruji jai shree krishna

    • If you are always chanting whenever you can you will not have time to be lonely. And also reading. If you read Prabhupada’s books you will be associating with Prabhupada and Krishna and all the other great personalities who appear in Prabhupada’s books.

      The effects of chanting Hare Krishna are permanent. It may appear that they fade but that is not what is happening. When we stop chanting we again get engaged in material activities and our Krishna consciousness starts to get covered again. But it is not fading. Whenever you chant Hare Krishna you increase your Krishna consciousness and that increase is permanent, you will never loose that spiritual advancement. It may become covered if you neglect Krishna consciousness, but it is not lost. As soon as you start chanting again you start from the point where you left off and advance from there. Any advancement in Krishna consciousness is permanent, you will never loose it.

      So chanting Hare Krishna has already had a permanent lasting effect on you and that effect will continue to increase as you keep chanting more and more. We tend not to notice ourselves as the advancement is gradual. But if you look back and try to remember how you were feeling three years ago and how you are feeling now I think you will find that actually you have made some very considerable advancement in spritual life.

      So just keep chanting Hare Krishna and keep increasing it and try to encourage the other people in your life, your family, etc, to join you in chanting Hare Krishna and serving Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. In this way, if you can engage others in Krishna consciousness also, that is preaching and Krishna likes it very much when the devotees talk to each other about Him. So you can try a bit in this direction and that will help reduce your loneliness also.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  139. sanjeevani says:

    HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
    HARE RAM HARE RAM RAM RAM HARE HARE
    Prabhuji,

    Very nice article!!
    I have one query whether we are suppose to recognize the other human machines around us as souls when interacting with them in daily life and if we do so what are its implications???
    I have been telling myself every time that I AM A SOUL , I AM A SOUL but this consciousness dosen’t stay for long , what can be done for that ?

    • Hare Krishna Sanjeevani

      Yes Prabhu, we should see the other living entities around us as spirit souls who are in varying degrees of ignorance of their eternal relationship with Krishna and we should help them to again revive their original, eternal consciousness which is Krishna consciousness. And we can do this by offering them Krishna prasadam, giving them Srila Prabhupada’s books to read, letting them hear the Hare Krishna mantra, and we can speak to them about Krishna.

      The way to keep the consciousness that we are spirit soul is only really possible by being constantly Krishna conscious. That means constantly chanting Hare Krishna and reading Prabhupada’s books and constantly engaged in devotional service under the direction of a pure devotee of Krishna. As soon as we stop our Krishna conscious activities we get back into maya and forget Krishna and again slip back into the bodily concept of life. So the idea is to be always engaged in Krishna consciousness 24 hours a day…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  140. Girish Limaye says:

    More than car and driver analogy , picture given in BG As It Is , chariot as body , atma as rathi , horses as senses and so on , is more appropriate . Harekrishna !

  141. Padma Charana Das says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu Madhudvisa Das.
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada

    If it is easy to say and understand that we are not this body, as in the Bhagavad Gita explains clearly and in detail (I’ve just read), but it is very difficult to do, because we took millions of lives in these material bodies and is difficult remove this conditioning.

  142. mohit says:

    Hare Krishna Sir,

    Sir, how is it possible to recognize oneself sitting within this body as a soul as all the activities are done by body? How one will be able to listen to the soul as the thoughts comes through mind which is a body’s sense and are expressed by mouth with is also a part of body?I, even can’t understand that if i am soul then why i am so much attracted to this body?

    • The process is simple. Chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly 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. If you are not prepared to at least surrender to these simple basic points you will not be able to understand anything. If you do surrender to this simple process and stick to it, gradually you will understand everything…

  143. Radha says:

    It is really well said.

  144. prabhu says:

    hare krishna ,madhudvisa ji,
    i have small doubt,i hope you can clear this. i thought of gifting
    bhagavatgita to one of my well wisher.but she is a women,my doubt is
    that can women read bhagavadgita,or are there any restrictions.i will
    be grateful to you for your reply

    • Yes. Anyone can read Bhagavad-gita. It is the introductory book and it is meant for everyone.

  145. partha sarathi swain says:

    hare krishna prabhu i now understand what is the use of body but iam driver means soul of body so i need different feed my soul needs spiritual advancmentbut prabhu give me tips that how i controll my mind while chanting mahamantra because while chanting my mind often wanders here and there.

    • Hare Krishna

      You control your mind by chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. If you refuse to do these things you will never be able to control your mind.

      If the mind wanders just keep chanting Hare Krishna, the vibration Hare Krishna will force your mind back in control. You just have to keep chanting Hare Krishna, that’s all.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  146. Amith says:

    Prabhuji
    Wonderful analogy! It clearly distinguishes the needs of body at physical level and spiritual level with a simple car and its driver.
    Please mention references for “who decides the destination” with reference to “freewill”, which would make the information more clearer.
    -Amith

    • The destination is Krishna if you surrender to Krishna, and the destination is eternal suffering in the material world if you refuse to surrender to Krishna.

      That is your only free will. The choice between surrendering to Krishna and not surrendering to Krishna….

  147. Hare Krishna Prabhu…
    I have tried alot to finally realize this fact.. but yet in a dilemma as to why is it not possible to come out of the materialistic pleasures truely… how can you control your mind in all aspects so that we cant be slave of it anymore.. people do no that life is not a permanent one.. yet there is no harmony among us… also.. presently there are lots and lots of I’s me.. rather than we.. ours… thinking about it and finding a solution is a never ending process.. so Prabhu i request to you to guide me in this aspect..
    Hare Krishna..

    • Hare Krishna Chandra

      We are always slaves. That is our nature. We will never be actually “free”, we are eternally servants. We have two masters to choose from only, maya and Krishna. So we have to make the choice. Will we be a slave for maya or will we be a slave for Krishna?

      If we are fortunate enough to get the association and blessings of a pure devotee of Krishna then by his mercy we can come to the clear intelligence that it is the best thing to be the slave of Krishna. That is the solution to all your problems, surrendering to Krishna, becoming a slave to Krishna. If you are a slave to Krishna you will no longer be a slave to your senses. But we will always be slaves… We will never be the master. We will never be god.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  148. Nivedita Ganguli says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Thanks for the beautiful articles. These articles makes me feel close to Krishna. I know that it takes a great amount of effort and brings great amount of joy.

    The way the relating of body with motor car is amazing- very simple way of explanation.

    Dr. Nivedita Ganguli, Psychologist

  149. aakriti says:

    hare krsna prabhu ji.. i read it… thank you”
    and your explanation about men n women, gave me new knowldge….
    hare krsna …. radhey radhey

  150. TOM GALLEGOS says:

    having joined a temple og krishna a few weeks ago, i find your e mails both complementary and inspiring.i can`t tell you how thankful i am.
    hare krishna

  151. Carlos says:

    Hare Krishna!!! 🙂

  152. Gunjal Verma says:

    hare krishna,
    Madhudvisa dasa ji,

    please accept my humble obeisance….
    guru ji, i have a doubt…as we all know, we are not this body, soul is everything..n we are here to make spritual or eternal relationship with supreme soul(paramatma). lord krishna gave this body to us as a gift so that we can do self realisation and be a devotee of lord krishna. that is why we should give priority to our soul not body, as u also told in newsletter by giving the analogy of driver and car.
    my doubt is…

    1)why it is writtern in bhagwad gita that women are less intelligent?? and i have also read interviews of swami prabhupadaji in which he said that women are subordinate to men…if both souls are eternal and pure in the same way…how these words can be used???? we all are subordinate to lord krishna…whether he is a man or woman…our dharma is sanatana dharma means our occupation is to serve god…so why there is difference? aren’t we talking materially…??? in bhagwad gita we are having spritual talks…we are learnt to understand about spirit…still we are talking materially….

    i kno this is my misunderstanding in some way….i respect you and every devotee or creation of god …so pls this is my humble request to clear my doubt…i am really very sorry if i asked a wrong question…

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Gunjal

      It is a good question, if men and women are both spirit soul and the spirit soul is equal then how is it that a woman is less intelligent than a man.

      It is true that every living entity is a spirit soul and in that sense every living entity is equal. But there is a question of consciousness. Even a tree is a spirit soul and is also equal with a man or a women from the spiritual point of view. But the consciousness of the tree is so covered by its material body that it can not exhibit any intelligence at all. Except maybe growing in the direction of the light. It is not really a question of the soul, it is a question of the material body that covers the soul. The living entity that is covered by the tree body is so completely covered and has so little ability to exhibit any intelligence because the body he is covered by does not permit much expression of intelligence.

      It is not that the living entity in the tree has no intelligence, it is that the body of the tree does not permit him to exhibit that intelligence. We get different bodies because of our consciousness. So the living entities in trees bodies have very low consciousness.

      So man, women or tree, there is no difference from the spiritual point of view, but the bodies are different. A man’s body and a woman’s body are different. So the living entity in a man’s body has a far better ability to express his intelligence than the living entity in a woman’s body who has much less ability to express her intelligence.

      You are correct that from the spiritual point of view there is no difference, but from the material point of view there is a difference, and materially a man is much more able to work intelligently and logically than a woman. Of course this is material intelligence and logic. Not spiritual. Spiritually they are equal. Of course a man will be able to understand and explain philosophy better, but really Krishna consciousness does not depend on philosophy, it depends on surrender and service to Krishna and His pure devotees. So a woman, even though she is less intelligent than a man, can become a very great devotee if she simply surrenders to Krishna and serves Him very sincerely… This does not require any great intelligence and in this way she can surpass so many so-called intelligent men who may get all caught up in debating the philosophy…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  153. Hare Krishna Madhudvisa prabhu,

    Please accept my humble obeisences….

    I really liked your article… I have some questions that are particular to me..

    I have been suffering from anxiety and fear for entire life.. Sometimes it goes very high to extent of having body chills and suffocation.

    When I talk about them to people they feel i am anxious for petty things and where I should actually anxious i’m bold.

    My questions are:

    – why do we feel anxious and fearfull? does it have impact fgrom past life?
    – is my body anxious or my soul?
    – what is mind? is mind different from soul?
    – Why does mind keep thinking ther same thing and be fearful?

    Will chanting help in getting relieved from the problems of Mind?

    • Hare Krishna Harish

      The fear is generally a material thing. It is fear for the material body. It is often ultimately connected from the fear of death. So as soon as you realize that you are not the body, you are spirit soul, and you are eternal, never dying and never taking birth then all the fear connected with the body immediately vanishes.

      Krishna promises that He will protect His devotees and tells Arjuna “Do not fear”. So devotees feel very comfortable under the protection of Krishna. They do not mind, they know Krishna is protecting them, and they are surrendered to the plan of Krishna. The do not mind if Krishna wants to kill them and they have no fear of death because they know that for the soul there is no death. So really Krishna consciousness means the platform of fearlessness.

      Actually the spiritual world is called “Vaikuntha”, it means the place where there is no anxiety. But this material world is the opposite. The place that is full of anxiety. So when you become Krishna conscious it means your consciousness is transferred to that “Vaikuntha” situation and you will be completely free from anxiety.

      All this fear and anxiety comes from the bodily concept of life. Misidentifying ourselves as or bodies. Krishna consciousness eliminates the bodily concept of life and in the process eliminates anxiety and fear completely.

      The soul is you, the spiritual force that pervades your body and the symptom of the presence of your soul is the consciousness that pervades your body. The mind and the intelligence and the false ego are the subtle body. They are material, not spiritual, but they are more subtle than the gross material elements of earth, air, water, fire and ether. So this ‘subtle body’ of mind, intelligence and ego you keep when you change from one gross material body to another. So when the body you are in dies it is this subtle body of mind, intelligence and false ego that carries you to another material body. But if you are fortunate enough to become Krishna conscious and go back home back to Godhead it is only the spiritual body that will go. Both the subtle and gross material bodies will be left behind.

      So the subtle body contains your false ego, that is the the bodily concept of life, the identification of yourself as your material body. The ideas that you are an Indian, you are a man, etc, they are products of this false ego. The mind is thinking feeling and willing, it is very closely connected to the senses. So when there is some demand from one of your senses the material mind processes that and thinks, feels and wills and tries to work out some way that your body can satisfy this demand of your senses. And the business of the intelligence is to accept or reject the proposals of the mind. So you may have noticed that you can actually seemingly have an argument with yourself. Your mind can be telling you to do something and your intelligence can be rejecting that demand…

      So it is a very scientific thing. The soul of course has a spiritual identity and a spiritual mind and spiritual intelligence so the soul does not require the gross and subtle bodies. They are coverings over the soul that are required in the material world….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  154. Sudeep Adhikari says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Dear Madhudvisa Jee,

    I found myself blissful to get close to Krishna Consciousness.
    I appreciate your emails and writings.
    Thank you for letting me ignorant, the way to happiness and purpose in life.

    Hare Krishna,
    Sudeep

  155. Dilasha says:

    Hare Krishna

    Thank You Madhuvisaji for sending me these useful information which allows me to see more clearly!!!!!

    Thank You 4 your Guidance..

    Hare Krishna

  156. priyanka sharma says:

    Hari krishna prabhu,
    i completely agree to the piece of this writing .

    But there are few questions in my mind that howers over my mind every time.
    Who really knows the life after death, how does the the driver knows that he has reached
    his destination, which was never before seen by him.
    I agree that it is really necessarxw to have great co-oridination between the mind body and soul
    which is really hard to achieve in this materialistic world.
    How do i knw that i am following the correct path.?
    How do i knw the real purpose of my life?

    • To know things you have to hear them from someone who knows. Krishna of course knows everything and Krishna’s pure devotee also knows everything because he is simply the representative of Krishna. He speaks what Krishna guides him to say. So hearing from the bona fide spiritual master, like Srila Prabhupada, is as good as hearing from Krishna directly. So that is the way to know things. You hear them from a pure devotee of Krishna or from Krishna Himself in the Bhagavad-gita and then you know things as they are…

      There is no way you can have any correct knowledge by your own strength or by hearing from some imperfect person. The only way you can get the real correct knowledge is by hearing it from Krishna and from Krishna’s pure devotees.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  157. Jeremy Stoltzfus says:

    I have a strange question. I have read the Bhagavad Gita many times but just recently started reading Bhagavad Gita as it is. One thing that has completely blown my mind is the purport on the atomic soul actually being inside the heart but microscopic in size. Does this mean that the soul is actually material?

    • No. The soul is not material. It is spiritual and can not be found with material instruments. The symptom of the presence of the soul is consciousness. It is like electricity. If there is electricity in the wire you can not see it but you can feel it and if you see the light is working then you know that there is electricity in the wire…

      The soul is generally seated in the heart but it can move around also. That is what the yogis do, they move the soul around on the different currents of air that are circulating within the body. The idea of the dimension of the soul is that it is so small that it is not possible to perceive it by any material instrument. But you can perceive the presence of the soul by the consciousness.

      The soul is actually the source of energy for the body. And as it is generally seated in the heart of the body that is why the heart is the source of energy for the body….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  158. Shashank says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    All glories to Srila Prabupada.

    All glories to Devotees.

    I am not this body is easy to say however is it easy to believe?

    Your servant,
    Shashank

    • It has to be realized and can only actually be realized by becoming Krishna conscious. So we have to become Krishna conscious to realize that “I am not this body” and the process of how to become Krishna conscious is described very nicely by Srila Prabhupada in his books. SO PLEASE READ PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS…

      • Shashank says:

        Thank you Prabhuji.

        Hare Krishna.

        Your servant,
        Shashank.

  159. Hari says:

    Hare Krishna,

    The body is a machine, just like a motor car is a machine. I am within this body as the driver is within the motor car. This is a very good statement. I practiced it whole day after reading this statement and found it amazing. My body is a car, it takes me wherever I wish to a different destination. Now I can understand this is a outer journey, this belongs to a material world.

    But I don’t know how to start our internal journey even I’m not aware of internal destination. Is there any internal destination? If it is, how will I come to know that this is my internal destination? What is spiritual consciousness and how it can be our real need, the needs of the soul?

    • The beginning is to understand that you are not the body. Then you realize that your destination and the body’s destination can be different. And you realize that although you want to take some service from the body and keep it in good working order, beyond that you have no real interest in the body. The spiritual journey and destination is very nicely described by Srila Prabhupada in his books. PLEASE READ THEM. It is not something that can be described in a little comment on the internet….

  160. tripura says:

    HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
    HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE!!

    Really excellent explanation guruji.
    Need topic like this every day!!

  161. kundan says:

    Since I came in contact to Krishna Consciousness I feel real improvement in my life. I got answers to almost all my problems. I am more happy than ever..
    Let Lord Chaitanya bestow his blessings to me that I shall be able to continue with this…
    “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare”

  162. Kirk Orndorff says:

    Hare Krishna! Hare Krishna! Krishna Krishna! Hare Hare! Hare Rama! Rama Rama! Hare Hare!

    And now I’m Happy!!…

  163. nikita says:

    Hare Krshna ,
    Thanks for your letters,You will glad to hear that recently I have completed SSR course from mumbai grandroad temple ,it was a blissfull experience to gain knowledge Their and currently I have also joined Bhgagwad gita advance course ,so I m updating myself with the knowledge .

    Thanks for your letters.
    Nikita
    Hare Krshna

  164. Nagesh says:

    Perhaps it may be due to prarabdha that we read and we understand Bhagavad Gita at different times in one’s life. Such articles are thought stimulating and helps to understand better. Thanks

  165. Khanjan says:

    Hare Krishna prabhu,

    I have 2 questions, its that why do we hanker for things? I know its Krishna conciousness but can you explain further. And whenever i am done chanting my rounds and reading, i somehow fall into material things again and can you tell me how to prevent it.

    • Hare Krishna Khanjan

      There are two activities of the materialists. One is that he hankers for the things that he wants but does not have and the other is that he laments for the things that he once had but has now lost. So if we find that we are still hankering for things and lamenting about things we have lost then we can know that we are still on the materialistic platform. As we advance in Krishna consciousness we will have the practical realization that these material things we are hankering after and lamenting about have no real value at all and what is really valuable is devotional service, Krishna consciousness. A devotee who is actually engaged in the service of Krishna and His pure devotees feels completely satisfied and has no desire for anything else except to be engaged in the service of Krishna and to live in the association of devotees. That is the perfection of life.

      We will always fall into material things if we do not have engagement in Krishna consciousness. Krishna consciousness is not just chanting our rounds and reading from Prabhupada’s books. That is our saddhana. And of course that is essential. But there is another aspect to Krishna consciousness and that is our service. So once we have finished our saddhana then we have to be engaged in our service. A devotee organizes his life so that he is engaged in the service of Krishna 24 hours a day. He does not want to leave even a second without some connection with service to Krishna.

      There is an English saying: ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And this is very true. As soon as we are idle, as soon as we have nothing to do, the mind will immediately drag us down into maya. So we have to keep busy 24 hours a day in Krishna consciousness.

      We need to develop a taste for Krishna consciousness and have to organize our lives so every aspect of our life is dovetailed in the service of Krishna.

      Srila Prabhupada practically teaches how to do this in his books so we should read them…

      Krishna consciousness is a way of life that effects our every moment. It is not a religion or some meditation that we do in the morning and then forget about. A devotee’s whole life is transformed. We should be ready to become a different person with a completely different outlook on the world and a completely different set of desires and aspirations after taking to Krishna consciousness. Otherwise if we want to stay the same and just add Krishna consciousness that will not work. We have to be prepared to change…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  166. Sara T says:

    Hare Krishna Yusuf,
    This is your greatest boon from Lord Krishna to come to Krishna web site, not only to learn about Krishna but also to find out your mission and your salvation. Lord Krishna is God Himself and He is The Supersoul seating in our hearts. He is I AM That I AM. The Lord knows what we need and guides us to Him. To know Lord Krishna easily, watch Mahabharatha, Krishna, Vishnu Puran and Ramayana DVD or youtube by Sagar/Chopra. Follow Madhudvisa dasa’s directions – Chant the name of God, read His pastimes and follow the precepts.
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara
    Sara

  167. Yusuf Carr-Rickwood says:

    Hare Krishna,
    This analogy of the car and driver to the body and soul is very good as it is something we can all relate to.
    I found this news letter very uplifting.
    One question I have.
    I feel a very strong attraction to come closer to our Lord Krishna. However, I’m also finding that I am resisting to some extent. I followed the Christian religion for most of my life trying to find answers. I followed Church of England, Baptist, Seven day Adventists, Jehovers Witnesses and others. A few years ago I converted to Islam.
    The end results were always the same. The teachings were always distorted to the extent that the distortions prevented me from learning the truth. Islam was a disappointment. Not so much from the teachings that contained similar distortions to those of Christianity but from the discrimination I suffered as an English convert at the Mosque which was most upsetting.
    I am now 68 years old and have still not found what I am looking for. As I say I feel a strong attraction to our Lord Krishna But I am also wary, because of my past experiences.
    I would appreciate your comments and advice.
    Hare Krishna
    Yusuf.

    • Hare Krishna Yusuf

      The problem is that demons are always attracted to the position of preachers. It is a very nice position for a demon because he can get fame, adoration, distinction, worship, etc. Of course there are probably some sincere preachers also, but most of them are actually demons and are in the ‘god business’ for some personal benefit, not actually to distribute pure knowledge about God and how we can engage in His service. And most of the sincere ones actually have no practical idea how to go back home back to Godhead even themselves, what to speak of having the potency to guide thousands of followers. So in either case, the outright demon who is just misusing the position of preacher for his own personal benefit and the sincere soul who is trying to guide his followers but does not really know the way himself, the followers are in the same position. They have no proper guidance and no proper direction and will, like you have become so many times, become frustrated and in the end not find what they are looking for.

      It is not strange that even though there are so many millions of preachers that almost none of them really knows the way. Because it is extremely rare to find a pure devotee, one who is actually a liberated soul who has no connection with or attachment to the material world. It is only such a liberated soul who can guide us and direct us in such a way that we also can become liberated.

      You could also go to an ISKCON temple and accept one of their bogus non-liberated gurus and be again misguided and have just as bad an experience as you have had with all the other religions. These bogus gurus and bogus preachers are everywhere, even in the Krishna consciousness movement. So you have to be very careful to find a pure devotee of Krishna who can guide you and then you will not be disappointed. You will finally actually find what you are looking for, pure love of God. That is our natural, eternal position. We are all eternal servants of God and we can only be happy if we can be reinstated in our position as servants of God.

      You need to take shelter of Srila Prabhupada. He is a pure devotee of Krishna, he will never disappoint or cheat you. So please make a serious program to read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books, you can get them at http://www.KrishnaStore.com, and really you will find everything that you are looking for there… It is the real thing…

      But continue to be very wary of these preachers and gurus and others in the ‘god business’. They are mostly all demons…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  168. partha says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Is karma controlled by God or we are controller of karma?

    • Hare Krishna

      The laws of karma and the interactions of the three modes of material nature, they are created and controlled by Krishna. But we have a little independence and that independence is basically only that we can choose to either serve Krishna or to serve maya. So when we decide to serve maya then all the actions we perform generate reactions. That is what we are calling karma. So these karmic reactions are a result of us misusing our limited independence and deciding to serve maya instead of serving Krishna. But we are not the controller of anything at all. We are servants eternally. The karma that we are getting is the result of our deciding to serve maya instead of serving Krishna. If we surrender to Srila Prabhupada and by his mercy engage in the service of Krishna then we will be able to stop generating karma and by the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra the karma that is stockpiled in our heart will be eliminated also.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  169. Jared says:

    Hari Bol !
    We are Spirit-souls, the Jivas, as we sit, as on a branch with The Param-Atma, The Supersoul, Lord Sri Krishna in The Isvara form. We now are to cry out in this human body form for Lord Sri Krishna’s mercy, that we may be forever re-linked to GOD/Krishna as we are his eternal servants lost in this material world without HIM & without our Devotional Service (Bhakti-Yoga) to HIM, we shall be forever lost.
    YHS,
    Jared

  170. Divakar says:

    We are trying to exist here in the material world but the atmosphere of the material world is nonexistence. Actually we are not meant to be threatened by nonexistence

    Can you please explain on this

    • I have already explained this, please read my other replies to the comments.

      • Jared says:

        HARE KRISHNA!

        All Glories To His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

        Thanks Madhudvisa Prabhu, Yes You have taught this, i studied Your teachings, for which i am grateful.

        Hari Bol !

        Your Humble Servant,
        Jared

  171. Divakar says:

    Hare krishna Prabhu

    We are trying to exist here in the material world but the atmosphere of the material world is nonexistence. Actually we are not meant to be threatened by nonexistence.

    Kindly explain what does it mean

    • Hare Krishna Divakar

      In the material world everyone is threatened by nonexistence. That is because in the material world the people are in the bodily concept of life, accepting their material bodies as themselves. So you know at any moment the material body can be killed and in that way become nonexistent. So that is how the people in the material concept of life are threatened by nonexistence. But actually we should not be threatened by nonexistence as actually we are not the material body, but we are the eternal spirit soul who is driving the particular body for some time and when that body ceases to exist the driver will be given another body to drive. So as soon as one realizes he is not the body but the spirit soul within the body he is no longer threatened by nonexistence.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  172. Himanshu Dixit says:

    Hare Krishna prabhu have a question which is been in me for many
    years but i never asked to any one. What is the purpose of life?? Is
    it staying happy or doing things which make us happy?
    And one more thing i wanted to know is i want the taste of KC. I want
    to do it better than now. How can i achieve that??
    It will be great help if u could answer these questions of mine.
    Hare Krishna.

    • How on earth can you be studying Krishna consciousness and not know the purpose of life? I can not believe that. You must not have read even one of Srila Prabhupada’s books. So please read Srila Prabhupada’s books Prabhu. The purpose of life is to reestablish our forgotten relationship with Krishna and to live in such a way that we will remember Krishna constantly so that at the time of death we will also remember Krishna and Krishna promises in the Bhagavad-gita that anyone who remembers Him at the time of death will not take birth in the material world again but will go back home, back to Godhead. As for getting the taste of Krishna consciousness you have to follow the process under the direction of a pure devotee of Krishna and the taste will develop. So again read Prabhupada’s books and find out what the process is and follow it.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  173. Nilesh says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,

    I want to get out of this daily frustration & want mental relief.I want to chant daily 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra but I am not able to do as my daily activities disturbing me.I am sales manager so I have to daily carry the burden of targets & achievements,I get so many calls in a day that I forget what to do,I get diverted from my actual task.And if I stop all my daily work & just concentrate on mantra which is also not possible as I have to take care of my family & daily expenses.

    Please Guide.

    Warm Regards,

    Nilesh

    • Hare Krishna Nilesh

      You just have to do it, chant 16 rounds. Get up early in the morning and chant Hare Krishna, that is the best time to chant. Go to bed a bit earlier. Obviously you have to work in the day, but the rest of your time you can spend in Krishna consciousness. Many great devotees have had responsible ‘day jobs’ and have been family men. So it is possible. You won’t get any relief unless you follow the process. And if you follow the process it will work. You will get relief and your material situation will change and you will be able to become Krishna conscious and somehow manage your material responsibilities even though that seems impossible to you at the moment.

      Becoming Krishna conscious is not easy. It requires tapasya, austerity. So we have to be prepared to undergo that tapasya… If you follow the process Krishna will give you the intelligence how to adjust things…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  174. Anusha says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,

    Thanks a lot for teaching me the great Bhagavad Gita daily from past one week, i have been reading it very patiently .

    Prabhuji recently i heard that we are all servant of servant of servant of Krsna , yes ofcourse i totally agree with that , but is there any chance of becomming a direct servant of the Lord Krsna who is present in Golok Dham, yes maybe not now but maybe after several yugas or so. Will there be some kind of promotion in the spiritual world,wherein all the servants of krsna who have reached him recently get a chance to serve him personally.
    Awaiting your reply prabhuji

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      We all have our eternal relationship with Krishna so we all have some sort of service relationship with Him, that is our svarupa, or our eternal constitutional position. So as we make advancement in Krishna consciousness our actual relationship with Krishna will be revealed to us. But that is a very advanced stage and we should not try to prematurely guess what is our relationship with Krishna. We simply have to become Krishna consciousness and gradually everything will be revealed to us. There is no ‘promotion’ in the spiritual world. There everything is eternal and everyone has there eternal relationship with Krishna and they do not want to change this.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  175. Umapathy says:

    It is good correlation of human body and soul with an automobile and the driver. One thing the driver knows the destination and commands the automobile. On the contrary in human the body which has the sensory organs which is seeing, hearing, tasting, preceiving, sensing through the body and hence does not understand the soul what is driving
    I want to know how the body can understand the soul needs. Soul as an automobile driver need to command the body
    Indirectly I can understand soul is driving. Body has tolerances and within that limits it cannot understand but instead does not accept. I can understand inorder for the body to accept, one need to alter the tolerance limits. Again how to know what are the toilerance limits for each individual

    Please tell me how Bagavath Gita would help each individual body to alter their tolerance limits and understand the soul – the driver

    Cheers

  176. Soni says:

    I had discussed this with my chinmaya saaket class, we had explained how we cannot stop when the car experiences road bumps because it is a part of the path. Instead we grow stronger after each road bump ready to conquer the rest.

    Hare Krishna

  177. Deepali says:

    Hari Bol

    I am totally agreed.

    Hare Krishna

  178. cliff says:

    I found this a really good description and explanation of balancing our bodily needs with our spiritual needs.
    Thank you.

  179. A devotee says:

    Hare krishna,
    I am chanting krishna almost every time of conscious breathing.
    i am forgetting my job related work and names and
    my recalling of certain events are becoming slow.
    It is decreasing my working efficiency.

    How should i improve on this area?
    Hare krishna !!
    A devotee

    • Just keep chanting Hare Krishna and read Prabhupada’s books. If you just chant without reading Prabhupada’s books then you will not get the full benefit because there is a science to the chanting and that science is described in Prabhupada’s books…

  180. Sara T says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Dasa,
    In the Bhahavad Gita, Lord Krishna said to Arjuna ” Among all the Mantras, I am the Gayatri”. The Gayatri Mantra :

    Gayatri Mantra Its Meaning
    AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA, – OH GOD! THOU ART THE GIVER OF LIFE,
    TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM REMOVER OF PAIN AND SORROW,
    BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI THE BESTOWER OF HAPPINESS,
    DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT. OH! CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE,
    MAY WE RECEIVE THY SUPREME SIN-DESTROYING LIGHT
    MAY THOU GUIDE OUR INTELLECT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

    Can we invoke this Gayatri Mantra to Lord Krishna. I would like to know if our Swami Prabhupada ever mentioned to invoke the Gayatri Mantra to Lord Krishna. Please shed light on this matter, if possible. Source http://www.eaglespace.com
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

    • Hare Krishna Sue

      Gayatri mantra is only for initiated brahmanas. So first one has to get hari-nam initiation and then after some time if he / she is very fixed up in devotional service then second initiation may be given and at that time the gayatri mantra is given.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  181. Gems says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
    first thankyou for such a great knowledge…
    now i understand we r not this body but if it is true than why if someone cut our hand we feel pain…

    • Actually if we know we are not the body if we cut our hand we will not feel pain. We will know that we have cut our hand and that the body is experiencing pain but that we are not the body, we are transcendental and separate to the body. It is only because of our false identification of the self with the body that we fell pain when the body is damaged. If we have actually realized that we are separate from the body then we will also be separate from the pains and pleasures of the body.

  182. ajaysardana says:

    Yest I agree that I am the Soul using the vehicle of the body , mind and senses to express itself . My food is divine love of Lord Sri Krishna and I have to express and manifest the energy of love using the vehicle of my body . when i focus my attention on my identity as the matter . I become a bhogi but in Krishna consciuousness i am with my Lord Krishna and able to serve the lord through the matter embodiment which i use as a vehicle .

  183. Naga Manjari says:

    HARE KRISHNA Prabhuji,

    Im glad to receive the nice messages from you Prabhuji, i think this was the time for me to know more about this Material Maya how to get out of this and to have a spiritual life by praying My Beloved RADHA KRISHNA and by chanting Hare Krishna Maha Manthra.

    I wish to have your blessings also prabhuji by showing me the correct way in leading this confused life.

    Thanking You,
    Hare Krishna

  184. akshay says:

    like its easy to say we are soul noth this body!!
    but what is the use of these statements??
    as i am student studenied 24 years did post graduate also in guidance of iskon temple devotey since last 3years and but placement in colg doesnt happen and only got a temporary training with 14 hour work along with traveling to the firm included and getting only 1/6 of what my friends getting in other firms who got placement by college ,collge took heavy fees and i took loan 5 lakhs now its upto me how to repay this loan to parents..
    but seems my mentor at iskon he also doesnt talks to me nowadays may be due to my sadness over placements and my ignorance in his told 0 rounds japa dailay and 1 hour book read scdules but i dont have time for all this ,i do 4 rounds and 10 min daily read that time only i can manage in k.c. but still i am tensed always and krishna book and geeta even give me no solace as job search then training temporary job work with anxieties of future all preoccupy me and iskon last function i missed also..so where k.c. can help me here ??life i dont know where is going ??
    any suggestions and since last month when college has ended and my training started i have started over sleeping 8 hours to 9 hours may be the work isnt that interesting or what somedays i get very tensed in evenings and feel to visit adult sites but thats is also not the solution to my career worries ..
    i thought of joining bace but my family dont approve this bace .my faculty are good ,college seemed good but still 50 percent are not placed and i am one of them ..so i dont know now where to go ,as still when i see advertsements of richness and cars ,i wonder do i ever buy them with my temporay training of 7 thousand only and the travel this training involves thats leaves my no energy to join gym or do japa or read geeta even and even i have to miss gopal krishna gosvami maharaj lecture for this hectic life ..
    i dont know where life takling me..
    what i do now? please give a solution as mentor at iskon almost has deserted me as he was annoyed with my sms of help to him and dad although he is yoga person but i find tough to talk to him ,as i left his yoga pranayma dhayna clases and started chanting
    so what i don now? pj as family respect is also i think is decresaing for me ,younger brother says i am getting only this money in training and he angers at me at me not getting any job by colg but i tried my best these 2 years of post graduate course ..no i dont feel like contuing this training but i dont have any alternative either at present and i need to submit my report to college to get a degree as this training is part of my college degree…
    so thats a worry ..also..
    what do i know sir ? i am ready to go attend morning programe 4 am to 7am of hear ,japa ,read in temple but my conscious then guilts me that i am not applying jobs and doing puja time spent in temple and leaving my karmas
    and my mentor at iskon told me to have only 1 hear class thats also not posible for me as i am iregular in that ..
    what do i pj? any help or solution
    hare krishna
    dhandvad pranam

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      There is an English saying “Man proposes, God disposes.” It means that you can make so many plans but they will only be successful if they are sanctioned by Krishna. Everyone is not the same. It is not that everyone can get a big job and earn a huge salary and live the “high life”. It is not possible for everyone. And actually a devotee takes these apparently difficult situations in the material world as Krishna’s mercy. Somehow what is happening to you is Krishna’s mercy and you have to see it like that.

      If you were ‘successful’ and earning a huge salary you would probably be completely distracted from Krishna consciousness. My suggestion is always the same Prabhu, and that is strictly follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna Mantra daily and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1 hour per day, preferably more. Even this is not enough really but that is the start and that is necessary. We should not fool ourselves that we can be Krishna conscious without chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily for example. It is not possible. You can not expect to transcend the modes of material nature if you are not chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily.

      You may know I do not really recommend joining the ISKCON temples at the moment because things are so messed up there but if there is a temple and you are attending it and it is nicely managed and there is a nice group of brahmacaris there then every young man needs to be trained as a brahmacari. It does not come ‘naturally’. Particularly not now, in this Kali-yuga with the atmosphere so surcharged with sense gratification.

      This life in the material world is getting more and more hectic and they are demanding more and more time and energy of the workers and paying them less and less money. That is predicted in the Bhagavatam that as the Kali-yuga progresses men will have to work very hard all day and night just to get enough money to purchase food. That time is coming…

      Devotees can be transcendental to this system. I do not think it is a great loss if you missed the Gopal Krishna Lecture with all due respect. These guys have made Krishna consciousness into something very fuzzy and indistinct. It is better for you to listen to Srila Prabhupada’s lectures which you can listen to and download at http://www.Krishna.TV and read Prabhupada’s books.

      The thing is unless you get a taste for Krishna consciousness somehow all this is dry and you will not be able to maintain it. And really that taste for Krishna consciousness comes by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna, you have to please, get the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. And a pure devotee of Krishna is very rarely found. The only person we can 100% guarantee is a pure devotee of Krishna and who has this potency to bless you with his mercy and by that blessing you will the taste for Krishna consciousness is Srila Prabhupada.

      So you need to get Srila Prabhupada’s mercy. You have to please him, you have to serve him. It is not that we have to try and serve Radharani and Krishna directly and please Them. That is not possible for us. We can not directly approach Krishna. We have to go through Krishna’s pure devotee. And the only pure devotee of Krishna I am aware of who is available now and ready to give you his blessings is Srila Prabhupada.

      That is the secret actually. You have to please Srila Prabhupada and get the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, then you will have a taste for Krishna consciousness and then you will naturally chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily because you will become attached to the chanting, you will feel something tangible, something spiritual, something real when you chant Hare Krishna and read Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      That taste is necessary. These days really 99% of ISKCON devotees have no taste for chanting Hare Krishna because they don’t have a pure devotee as their spiritual master and they have no real connection to Krishna. So it is mostly all theoretical. But this theoretical spiritual life can not be sustained. You need the taste…. The Higher Taste. And really you can only get that from Srila Prabhupada and if you can get that then all your problems will be solved…

      These theoretical ISKCON devotees will not be able to help you get the taste for chanting Hare Krishna because they don’t actually have any taste for chanting Hare Krishna themselves. They do it as tapasya, as an austerity, and many of them just pretend to chant 16 rounds but really don’t chant 16 rounds at all… It is a great problem. You need to take shelter of Srila Prabhupada, he can help you. I do not think ISKCON can help you.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  185. Iheayichi Jahziel says:

    “Hare Krishna“

    If the people of the World would know the difference between the soul & body as the formula for peace, i think is then & there that peace of mind will prevail here on earth. Even without further explaination, i think i‘ve Now gotten the need for spiritual realization & what it really means; aleast to be a liberated soul completely distinct from the material body.

    The analysis was indeed; indisputable. But my question is, how can one have power over the mind & its uncontaminated condition? Since the mind insist from resisting most material sensation & also when one tries to sactisfy the desires of the soul which says to be the real life giving force.

    Thanks for the Enlightment.

    • The mind can be controlled by chanting the mantra:

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

      In this age of Kali there is no other way, no other way, no other way…

  186. Steve says:

    Hi again. You related to Sara that ISCKON have rejected Prahbupada’s books. Then they have rejected Prabhupada? Is this true. Was not ISCKON established by Sri Prabupada. I find this amazing. But I have watched them on the internet via web streaming and they after singing to Krishna the Govinda Adi Purusham devotional song they then go and sing to Prabupada. I saw this happening at the temple in the UK, also at the Alachua webcam.

    • Hi Steve

      ISKCON worship Srila Prabhupada something like the Christians worship Jesus. They make a show of worship but they do not follow the instructions. Of course there are individuals who are trying their best to follow and serve Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON but the whole direction of the moment is away from Prabhupada and towards worshiping false gurus appointed by the GBC.

      It is a very great disaster.

      They chant “Jaya Srila Prabhupada!” but don’t care to follow Srila Prabhupada’s instructions in so many ways…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Jean-Francois Bergeron says:

        I Dear Madhudvisa Dasa,I tried hard to contact you for questions about Krishna Store…. First, Thanks to your service for Krishna, so many years and torments (not from you…)
        Second, I’m alone in my city of Québec to pray Krishna… I work on that.
        Can you tell me what to say to someone who may replies to me that Iskon abused so many children that they are discredited? By the grace of Krishna I Know Him by Aprakrita Dasa, a strict devotee from ritvik movement.
        But I will never send anybody to Iskon temple. GBC ARE CROOKS.
        Money eaters and sex molesters, that what they are. But…
        I worship the lotus feet of Krishna and Sri Prabhupada is my guru….

        • Hare Krishna Prabhu

          Yes. ISKCON has become very much corrupted by the agents of Kali in the disguise of gurus and sannyasis unfortunately.

          But we have Srila Prabhupada. And all the deviations of ISKCON are the result of them rejecting Prabhupada’s orders.

          I also do not advise people to go to ISKCON temples but also in some ISKCON temples you may find some sincere devotees. So it really depends who is in your local temple… But the problem is the ISKCON system and as you say the GBC is totally corrupt and totally independent of the authority and instructions of Srila Prabhupada. So they have disconnected themselves from Krishna.

          But still there are devotees in ISKCON who are reading Prabhupada’s books and following the instructions they find from Srila Prabhupada there. So in the beginning you may find some nice new bhaktas in ISKCON but they soon get corrupted by the leaders unfortunately.

          So best thing is to stay away and be Krishna conscious in your own place and preach to others also…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

        • ATKD says:

          Hare Krishna!

          Dear Jean,
          You are absolutely right…. So many bogus gurus have come and gone; fallen down..
          But a true spiritual master (Srila Prabhupada) never falls down.
          Hence, these bogus gurus were(and are continuing…) never spiritual masters.

          Jai Ritvik movement at Hare Krishna Hill, Bangalore, flourishing and increasing day-by-day by his Causeless Mercy..

          http://www.iskconbangalore.org

          Srila Prabhupada is the only diksha-Guru in ISKCON MOVEMENT, ALL OVER THE WORLD..

  187. Steve says:

    Hi, could you please tell me regarding your comment that we recieve a youthful body and knowledge in the next life; that is even if we should be so blessed to get there as having talked to a devotee from a math (church)I visited the other day. He told me there are many other planets we could end up on! So if I did love Krishna and obeyed all the rules to “make it”, what would I do with all this new youthfulness and knowledge? Ps I do agree though that “we” spend so much time in this life seeking only enjoyment and never consider a higher power. And then it is too late.

  188. Praveen sai says:

    Thanks For your Divine work , I want to learn a lot , now am in the first stage of spirituality, Send me Email daily …

    Hare krishna Hare Krishan Krishna Krishna Hare Hare , Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 🙂

  189. Anu says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji

    Thank you for giving me Your teaching. I feel very happy now. I want to learn more so please guide me always

    Hare Krishna

  190. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa das
    Thank You.

    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

    Sara

  191. Sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Madhudvisa dasa,

    Thank you for the beautiful explanation of purifying our senses.
    My question – Who are the devotees of Lord Krishna at present time that we have to be associate with beside you? There is a Temple of ISKCON in West Virginia. Are they the true followers of Swami Prabhupada?
    Where can I get Tilaka?
    I am visiting Mathura/Vrindavana/Ayodhya from January 22 till Feb 6, 2012.
    Any special place I should visit in addition to Mother Sudevi Holy cows in Radha Kunda. Do you have the exact address of Mother Sudevi and visitation time. I would love to visit Mother Sudevi and her Holy Cows.
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

    • Hare Krishna Sara

      You can get the tilak from http://www.KrishnaStore.com

      It is very difficult to find true followers of Srila Prabhupada at this time. Any ISKCON temple the devotees have to agree to reject the teachings of Srila Prabhupada in so many ways. Basically they train anyone who comes to them to reject Srila Prabhupada. That is what the modern-day ISKCON does. If you do not agree to reject Srila Prabhupada then you will be rejected by today’s ISKCON… So realistically you are not likely to find true followers of Prabhupada there.

      Also it is hard to find Vrindavan at Vrindavan… Of course it is here. I am living here at the moment. But finding it is not so easy… You have to actually surrender to the process of Krishna consciousness as it is taught to us by Srila Prabhupada. That is the only way to find Vrindavan and Krishna consciousness. You will not find it anywhere else. You really have to surrender to chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra daily and surrender to reading Srila Prabhupada’s books for 1-2 or more hours a day and actually follow all the instructions that you find Prabhupada giving you as you read his books. This is the way to find Vrindavan and this is the way to find Krishna consciousness. You can not go to Vrindavan by purchasing an airplane ticket.

      As far as Sudevi’s place you can ask anyone in Radha-Kund and they should be able to give you directions. Of course you may have to ask a few or many people. But eventually you will find someone who can give you directions… That is India…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • sara T says:

        Hare Krishna
        Madhudvisa dasa,

        Thank you for the information.
        Beside, garlic, onion, mushroom, which other vegrtables are not to be included in our meal.
        Is there any spices or nuts that we shouldn’t have in our meal?
        WE can have milk and yogurt what about cheese. Thank you for your understanding.

        Hare Krishna,
        Sara

        • Hare Krishna Sara

          It is not “our meal”. That is a basic misunderstanding that you have to drive out of your head. As aspiring devotees we do not cook for ourselves. So there is no question of “our meal”. We cook for Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. So you question should be what other vegetables are there that we can not offer to Krishna. That should always be in our consciousness we are cooking for Krishna and we will offer the meal to Krishna. It is Krishna’s meal, not our meal. And after Krishna and Srila Prabhupada have enjoyed the meal then we will accept the prasadam, the remnents of their meal. It is a very important point that we have to always be conscious of.

          These restrictions on the cooking are because Krishna does not accept everything. He accepts foodstufs in the mode of goodness in the groups of grains, milk products, vegetables and fruits. And garlic, onions and mushrooms are not in the mode of goodness and are not offerable to Krishna. I think this is basically it. Nothing else comes to mind really.

          We can offer Krishna milk products like yogurt and milk. The reason we can not offer hard cheese is that generally it contains rennet which is made usually from the lining of calves stomachs… Which is very horrible and as Krishna is Govinda, the friend of the cows and calves, we can not please him by offering him cheese mixed up with the stomachs of slaughtered calves…

          Generally any processed food should be avoided. It is really better to milk the cow and make the yogurt yourself. But if you can not then milk and yogurt without gelatine–which is very often used as a thickener in yogurt and is also meat–can be purchased and offered. But as you see even a large percentage of the yogurt that is on the supermarket shelves is not offerable to Krishna because it has gelatine in it. And when you are getting into cheeses then there is even more processing and most of it has rennet and there is so much chance of something not offerable in it so generally it is better to avoid the cheeses.

          There is nothing wrong with offering cheese to Krishna of course, the problem is in todays world they mix so many horrible things in with the processed foods. So we should avoid processed foods as they are generally no offerable to Krishna.

          You can very easily make cheese yourself from milk [curd]. You just boil the milk and put lemon juice in it and it separates into curds and whey and then you strain it and press it for about 1/2 hour under a not so heavy weight and you have cheese. And you can cut it into cubes and use it in dishes that you offer to Krishna like that or you can deep-fry it in ghee and put it in subjis and other wonderful preparations that you can offer to Krishna…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

      • ATKD says:

        Hare Krishna!

        How can one say that there are no true followers of Srila Prabhupada? Its not totally correct.

        The MAJOR DISOBEDIENCE to Srila Prabhupada is rejecting him and accepting some bogus ISKCON guru as the spiritual master, who is neither qualified nor being authorized by the previous Guru..

        Because of this MAJOR DISOBEDIENCE, ISKCON had to go through a dark phase post 1977; after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance.

        If this MAJOR MISTAKE in ISKCON is rectified, then everything else becomes negligible. That is why a lot of devotees throughout the world still practice and accept Srila Prabhupada as the ONLY DIKSHA GURU IN ISKCON. One of the big ISKCON Temples following this is Sri Sri Radha Krishna-chandra Temple, Rajajinagar, BANGALORE. Anyone can personally visit the temple; which is a landmark in the Silicon Valley of India; and can see the massive and glorious activities and huge preaching happening in Kali-yuga..

        • Hare Krishna Prabhu

          The question was where can he find the real ISKCON, not if there were any true followers of Srila Prabhupada or not, and my answer was that the only place that I know of that you can find the real ISKCON is in Prabhupada’s original books and here at Krishna.org. There may be other places of course but I do not know about those places. So I did not say at all that there are no true followers of Srila Prabhupada. There are many true followers of Srila Prabhupada of course. But the real ISKCON? That is very, very difficult to find today…

  192. kalanithi.k says:

    hare krisna prabu, i am follow in four years in madurai ISKCON.I have following chantings and Krisna books reading and so very useful of the material world.I like your message prabhu. you have sent many message of lord of spirimpersonality of God Head Sri Krisana.Thank you very much prabhu hare krisana.

  193. Naveenta says:

    Hare Krishna
    ur every word enlightens..and d manner in which u dictate is simply superb..Knowing all,tat wer d drivers simply,and being a devotee of Iskcon..still..cant control our senses..y cant we control ourselves from doing wrong?is it the body or the spirit tat makes us uncontrollable??y is it that we r bent in front our own greediness instead of bowing /bendind infront f Girdhar Gopal??

    HAri Bol!

    • Hare Krishna Naveenta

      There is a process to control the senses, and that is taught by Srila Prabhupada. And in Srila Prabhupada’s presence the devotees who sincerely followed the instructions of Srila Prabhupada had no problem controlling their senses. It is easy if we actually follow the path chalked out by Srila Prabhupada. But that path is a very serious thing. If we want to become Krishna conscious then we have to be serious about it. Otherwise it is not possible to control our senses or become Krishna conscious.

      “Devotee of ISKCON” means nothing these days. Prabhupada’s standard for devotee of ISKCON is someone who is actually a surrounded soul to Srila Prabhupada and who is really chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, every day without fail, and who is strictly following the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication. And who is following all the other do’s and do not’s that Srila Prabhupada mentions in his books. He is obviously reading Prabhupada’s books, rising early in the morning before 4:00 am to offer the Mangal Aroti and to be awake and chanting Hare Krishna during the Brahma Muhurta, the most auspicious time of the day. And he is doing practical service for Srila Prabhupada.

      The most common factor about today’s so-called devotees is it is very difficult to find anyone who is really doing much practical devotional service. Saddhna is only part of it. Of course we have to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra and we have to read Prabhupada’s books, but that chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is a prayer to Krishna “Please engage me in Your service.” So we can’t just chant and read. In the books Srila Prabhupada is always stressing the service. We have to be engaged in serving Krishna under the direction of a bona fide spiritual master 24 hours a day. That is the process. That is Krishna consciousness. That is devotional service. So Krishna consciousness without practical service is meaningless. How long can we go on chanting “Hare Krishna,” praying to be engaged in the service of Krishna, but not actually do any practical service?

      Of course chanting Hare Krishna is also service and reading Prabhupada’s books is also service. But our whole life, our whole existence has to be surrendered to Krishna and every action we perform has to be for the pleasure of Krishna under the direction of the bona fide spiritual master.

      So the process is there in Srila Prabhupada’s books and anyone who sincerely follows this process will have no problems controlling their senses. Of course maya is very strong and spiritual life is like a razors edge so at any time we can fall down and we have to be very careful. So due to bad association a sincere devotee may fall down from the proper standard sometimes, but he has tasted the transcendental ecstasy that comes from serving Krishna, so even though sometimes he may fall into maya due to bad association, he cannot forget Krishna, and he is not happy in maya, and he has no illusion that he can be happy in maya. So he wants to get out of maya and back into Krishna consciousness. And by Srila Prabhupada’s mercy and Krishna’s mercy once someone has done some sincere devotional service his spiritual life has begun and it will be completed. Even though their may be many trials and tribulations along the path, the sincere devotee will be successful in the end.

      But nothing happens until we surrender to a bona fide spiritual master and make his mission our mission in life…. Just bowing before Girdhar Gopal is not enough. It is very good, more than very good, to bow down before Krishna… But still we have to bow down before Krishna’s pure devotee and surrender to him and serve him. That is the process Krishna recommends in the Bhagavad-gita “You must approach a bona fide spiritual master, render service, inquire submissively, offer obeisances. Such a self-realized person can give you real knowledge because he has seen the truth.” So Krishna is not directly available. We can get the mercy of Krishna only by getting the mercy of Krishna’s pure devotees. So bona fide, liberated, self-relized, pure devotee spiritual master is essential. And we have to be surrendered to him and serve him. The secret to advancement in Krishna consciousness and controlling the senses is to please Krishna’s pure devotee…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  194. sara T says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Lila
    As a mother I understand your agony but with the strong faith in Lord Krishna, you will receive peace of mind.

    A child is a gift from God. No one is allowed to take a baby’s life. One will make the highest karma by killing the baby in the womb. A mother’s job is to nurture the baby with the love of God — Chanting the Maha Mantra and reading Lord Krishna’s past times. Usually, babies with no brain do have life in their mother’s womb. However, they don’t live long once they are separated from their mothers’ womb.
    Our children are not ours but God’s children and let Lord Krishna decide their fate.
    A friend of mine had a similar problem. Her baby daughter didn’t have brain and died after birth, soon, by grace of God, she became pregnant with twins and now, she has a beautiful girl and boy. Children should be loved by their parents no matter in what form they come and never shortened their life span by any means.
    Hare Krishna,
    Sara

  195. Umesh Kumar Singh says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Salutation to My Lord.

    I agree with what you say but at present I am so ensconsed my Grihasthashram activities that I am not able to concentrate much about it . I have started reading these scriptures now and do get ecstatic while singing Bhajans and Kirtanas.

    I will be in touch with you and definitely do everything possible to attain the spiritual height which this soul has come on this earth with your blessings.

    Hare Krishna

    Umesh

    • Hare Krishna Umesh

      Of course it is natural to get entangled in the actives of the grhastha ashram, but still, as you are doing, we must keep up the spiritual side of our lives also and keep chanting Hare Krishna, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and singing the bhajans and kirtans as you are doing.

      So please keep on chanting and reading Prabhupada’s books even in your situation in the grhastha ashram, it does not matter. In any position of life you can become a pure devotee of Krishna. Lord Caitanya did not very much encourage His followers to change their ashram or change their position in life, rather he encouraged them to become Krishna conscious in whatever position in life they were in. It is good advice. So you can remain in your grhastha life and perform the duties that you have in regard to that and at the same time chant Hare Krishna, sing kirtans and bhajans and read Srila Prabhupada’s books and you will be progressing very tangibly towards the ultimate destination.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  196. Lila says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu’s, please could you offer spiritual advice on an urgent matter. I was wondering if you could guide me toward finding quotes from the Vedas regarding pregnancy termination for severely abnormal foetuses.

    I am married and pregnant with a much wanted baby girl, I have just had scans which confirm that baby actually has no brain and half a heart (severe alobar holoprosencephaly caused by Trisomy 13 gene defect). What am I to do in this difficult situation? Is the mind located in the brain?

    It is 90% likely that I will not go full term without miscarriage / stillbirth or if baby is born will probably die shortly after, but in very rare cases baby might live longer.

    My husband thinks it is better to terminate now as per hospitals advice (because the baby is “not this body” and the soul cannot be slain etc…) but I know it is not right to abort according to the Vedas, the only exception being if the Mother’s life is at risk. I am already a mother so it is hard to even consider.

    I know that if I proceed I will certainly suffer more bad Karmic reactions that I will have to pay off sooner or later. But how do I go against my husbands wishes? either way I appear to lose…

    If you could refer me to any relevant scripture or offer some spiritual advice, that would help greatly.

    Thank you,

    Hare Krishna,

    • Hare Krishna Lila

      As far as I know there are no scriptures allowing the killing of a child in this way in any situation. In the Vedic times they did not have abortions nor did they have ultrasounds so they would not be in this position.

      The world is becoming a very difficult place with birth defects like this becoming very common. It is all the result of the increasing amount of sinful activities everywhere. I can not condone abortion, I have no authority to do that.

      My suggestion would be to just let nature take its course and if the baby dies in the natural course of things then that is the way it should be and if somehow she is born in some way not fully capable still she can hear the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and take Krishna prasadam and benefit in so many ways by living in the house of a Vaisnava family.

      So that is my suggestion. Simply let nature take its course. There is no point fighting against nature for example by huge and very expensive medical procedures to save a child that is going to die in the ordinary course of things. But we can not kill a child who may survive. If the child is going to die then let it live until then and in that time she will benefit by hearing your chanting of Hare Krishna and when you take prasadam the child will also take the prasadam and benefit.

      We don’t want to take anyone’s life. We want to give everyone the chance to hear the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and associate with devotees and take prasadam. If she is born and only lives for a few weeks but lives in the association of a devotee family that will be very, very good for her.

      So you can not kill your child for these reasons. It will not be a good thing to do. Let nature take its course and do not be too distressed if the child dies in the natural course of things but we can not speed up the process….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  197. Bharati Kavita says:

    Hare Krishna
    Salutation to My Lord
    I fully agree with this. But I find it difficult to shift from one way of life to another. May be laziness is encircling me. But if my Lord will have KRIPA on me, I hope I will communicate to HIM everyday without fail. I know I will have to concentrate on this real goal of life. Hare Krishna.

  198. ATKD says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,

    Great article..
    All glories to Sri Sri Guru & Gauranga..
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada..; the saviour

  199. 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

  200. Sourabh says:

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

  201. 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

  202. 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

  203. 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

  204. vishva says:

    Thanks, SARA T
    VISH

  205. Erjet says:

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

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

    Tirane, ALBANIA.

  206. 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

  207. 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

  208. 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

  209. 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

  210. 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.

  211. 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

  212. 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..

  213. john says:

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

  214. anand says:

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

  215. 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.

  216. 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.

  217. 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

  218. 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.

  219. 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

  220. 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

  221. 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…

  222. 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

  223. 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

  224. 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

  225. 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