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Title: Prabhupada about spiritual world

User: Igor     Date: 2006-07-23 20:33:24


Here is part of lesson given by Shrilla Prabhupada on Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila 1.16 -- Mayapur, April 9, 1975


You just have a glimpse of the spiritual world, how they are perpetually enjoying blissful life with full knowledge. That is described here. Divyad-vrndaranya-kalpa-drumadhah-shrimad ratnagara-simhasana-sthau. There the simhasana, the throne, that is also spiritual. That is not material. Everything spiritual. Simply in different capacity they are serving. There the water is also spiritual. So this spiritual realization, if we get the opportunity fortunate enough, then naturally we shall aspire to enter into the spiritual world. Bhaktivinoda Thakura said, krsnera samsara kara chadi' anacara: "If you want to enter into this association of spiritual kingdom, then practice here the family of Krishna." Just like here we are trying to be family members of Krishna. Here Krishna is sitting, Radha-Madhava is sitting on the throne. He is the enjoyer, and we are trying to serve Him so that He may very nicely enjoy. This is called Krishna family-center, Krishna. Just like in ordinary family the head man is there, and he is the chief man, and all other -- his wife, children, servants, and other friends, associates, even animals, cats, dogs, cows -- everyone is serving the center point, master. Similarly, our Krishna family means Krishna is the master, and He is the supreme enjoyer. Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram . And if we understand this point, that Krishna is the center, He is the enjoyer, and we are meant for serving Him for His enjoyment, that is Krishna family.


So we have to, according to the sastric injunction, according to the spiritual master instruction, everywhere we have to organize this Krishna family. So Krishna family does not mean starvation. Krishna family means to enjoy simply. Simply minus this material contamination. Chadi anacara. Anacara. Anacara means not proper behavior. Proper behavior means to remain always pious, and improper behavior means to become impious, sinful. If you become sinful, then you cannot enter into the family of Krishna; that is not possible. Krishna is described in the Bhagavad-gita by Arjuna -- param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan . Pavitra. Pavitra means pure, completely pure, without any material contamination. So if you want to enter into Krishna's family, then you have to become also completely pure. Otherwise, there is no chance. Completely pure of all material contamination. That can be done when we give up our designations. That can be done. If I think, "I am American," "I am Indian," "I am brahmana," "I am ksatriya," "I am vaisya," "I am white," "I am black," these are upadhi, designations. And if we think like Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that "I am not this, I am not a brahmana, I am not a ksatriya, I am not a vaisya, I am not a sudra, I am not a brahmacari, I am not a..., not, not this, not this..." Then what you are? Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor' dasa-dasa-dasanudasah:  "I am simply servant of the servant of Krishna." That is sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam . Then you'll remain pure. And as soon as you will think in the bodily concept of life, then you will remain impure. This is the process how to give up this bodily concept of life. That is called sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam.


So in this way, in one life we may practice how to become free from this material contamination and execute devotional service as it is prescribed in the sastra and by the instruction of spiritual master. If we keep ourself pure without material contamination, then we become fit to enter into the family of Krishna. This is the process.


Thank you very much. (end)


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