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Follow the Sun
10) Shaking his head, Krishna das replied: How unfortunate are mayavadis, those who unceremoniously commit spiritual suicide through the vain attempt at denying their own eternal spiritual uniqueness.
11) If impersonalists are actually situated in spiritual consciousness, why then do they engage in nescient activities? Those who are awake should not pretend to sleep.
12) Does it benefit the ostrich to hide his head in the sand as a hungry beast approaches? A mayavadi may call his sinful activities as "God's enjoyments," but weak rationalizations do not save one from stern punishment at the hands of material nature, neither in this life nor the next.
13) Many mayavadis have become devotees of the Lord but we have yet to find one pure devotee become a mayavadi. Where is the devotee who drinks of the sweet ocean of nectar who will sacrifice it for the salty ocean of oneness you crave?
14) Nirvishesh my friend, unnoticed by you the devotee tastes nectar from the full jug of Krishna consciousness every moment through chanting the holy names of God, non-different from the Lord Himself. Shri Krishna makes His place of residence upon the throne of the heart of the bhakta chanting:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
(15) It is certainly true that a mother loves each of her children equally, but she is especially attentive to the helpless one crying for her affection the loudest. Similarly, Lord Krishna loves all His parts and parcels, but He takes pity upon the fortunate devotees who experience complete dependence upon Him by calling for His mercy with every breath.
(17) A boy once found a precious jewel and showed it to a bystander who, thinking it to be a cheap glass imitation, offered him only $1.00. Another, admiring its ornamental value, offered him $5.00. Before the boy could accept, a man stopped and offered him $20.00, explaining that it looked just like jewel that his mother used to wear. Then along businessman who, thinking he could make some profit from it, offered $100.00. At that moment a qualified jeweler noticed the bargaining and, coming out of his shop, examined the gem-stone closely. He said, "This is a very rare and valuable gem. I cannot put a price on it." Similarly, some people think that the chanting of Hare Krishna is a cheap imitation of spiritual life. Others chant for respect and personal prestige, wearing the holy name like a decoration. Many have some sentimental attachment to the Lord's holy name. Still others call on Krishna's name hoping for material reward. Yet the truly wise one develops his love of God by chanting Hare Krishna. Devotees
know that in the three worlds there is nothing more valuable than this.
18) But even if you maintain that any activity leads to your "desired goal," still you should chant Hare Krishna and by so doing attain spiritual fulfillment. Shrimad Bhagavatam says, "One who has not listened to the messages about the prowess and marvelous acts of the Personality of Godhead and who has not sung or chanted loudly the worthy songs about the Lord, is to be considered as possessing ears like holes wherein dwell snakes, and a tongue like that of a frog." (SB 2.3.20) Think about it, Nirvishesh. The croaking frog is the food of the snake.
19) When the sun rises, night must run and hide in the caves of the mountains. Similarly, when Krishna consciousness rises in the devotee's heart, all darkness born of ignorance must flee.
20) As this bright sun of the holy name rises, all sinful reactions melt away as in daytime frost dissolves upon the grass.
21) As the sun's bright rays clean all filthy places of the earth without the sun becoming contaminated, so the chanting of Hare Krishna, nondifferent from the Lord, cleanses one of all impurities. Arjuna says to Krishna, "You are the Supreme Purifier." (BG 10.12)
22) He who follows the sun will never meet darkness. Similarly, the mind should always be fixed upon Krishna in order to avoid maya's dark illusion of material life.
23) All the darkness in the universe cannot cover one candle. Rather, the candle eats up the darkness and spits it out as smoke. Similarly, a pure devotee renounces material ignorance. His brilliance purifies even the hearts of the wicked.
24) The sun is so bright that even if you look away from its glaring effulgence, you will still see it. In the same way, it is very difficult to forget Krishna, once having heard of Him.
25) My dear Nirvishesh, speaking of unmasking the "true self," you have unmasked yourself as a mere mental speculator with words such as "it might be," "I think," and "in my opin-ion." This is as valuable as holding a candle before the glorious summer sun for increased illumination. Brilliant and spotless knowledge has already been given us by sage Vyasadeva in the pages of Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita. What need is there to speculate?
26) In an occasional mental hospital one may find the rare fool who thinks, "George Washington was an American. I am also an American. Therefore, I am George Washington." Although such fools and rascals are scarce, the spiritual path is strewn with them. They speculate, "Krishna is brahman or spirit. I am also brahman. Therefore, I am God; I am Krishna. The world is my playground."
27) As the prodigal son was saved from a life of degradation after returning to his wealthy father, so the living entity becomes actually enriched when he returns to his natural life of service unto the all-opulent Supreme Enjoyer. Real pleasure means pleasing Him.
28) He who is actually enlightened knows that we are expanded from the Lord as sparks from a fire or, as Shri Ishopanishad says in mantra 16, as "rays from the sun." The sun's rays are certainly as old as the sun, but the sun is the undisputed source of the rays. Similarly, Krishna and the living entities are both eternal, but Krishna is the source of all His parts and parcels.
29) The sun produces many by-products, yet it is never reduced in size or temperature. Similarly, the supreme brahman, Krishna, is not reduced by generating innumerable living entities.
30) A drop of sea water is qualitatively the same as the sea, but quantitatively there is an ocean of diffeience, lileially. Similarly we are certainly one with God in that both God and the living entities are spiritual; but the Lord is infinite, and we are lruinitesimal. He is the supreme whole of which we are mere ^significant parts and parcels.
31) Actual merging with God can be compared not to rivers meeting the ocean, but to a grain of sand dropped upon the beach. Of course, as the sand regains its natural position with the other grains of sand, it does appear to "merge." But it nonetheless retains its individuality If you desire real oneness with God, my friend, then become one with His will, for your individuality can never really be annihilated in the white light of brahmajyoti.
32) A gold ring found in a filthy place should be cleaned, polished and restored to its original luster and value. However, the ring can never equal the value or quantity of all the gold found in the gold mine. Similarly, although the living entity is part and parcel of God, he sometimes becomes covered with ignorance and illusioned by materialism. The proper purification process is to chant Hare Krishna, for God and His name are one and the same. This will easily restore the sincere soul to his eternal constitutional position: servant of Krishna. But we can never become the Supreme Lord despite any amount of mental gymnastics or word jugglery which are so many varieties of confusion and contamination.
33) A good son can be considered one with his father if he obeys his father's instructions undeviatingly, although he never considers himself equal to his father. Similarly, through accepting our subservience to Krishna, the Supreme Father, and through carrying out His instructions, true oneness is attained. And what are those instructions? In Bhagavad Gita Krishna repeatedly requests, "become My devotee" (BG 9.34), "offer your homage unto me" (BG 18.65), "surrender unto Me" (BG 18.66).
34) Does a wife on her wedding day say to her husband. "My darling, I love you. Now don't disturb me." Rather she demonstrates her love through serving her husband. This is natural because sincere love is accompanied by an offering oi service. Unfortunately, the great flaw of trying to become God is that the sweetness of a loving relationship with the personal Lord is killed, and the chance for a loving exchange with Him is nullified.
35) As no two snowflakes are alike, so is each individual spirit soul unique. Spiritual life does not mean that the ego should be wiped out, but rather the true ego, or individual spiritual identity, should be uncovered in its glory.
36) Nirvishesh, there are two types of house flies. One seeks shelter of the sewage and waste, and the other enjoys sweets and honey. Similarly, there are two types of persons: one is attracted to maya, and the other to Shri Krishna.
37) As a bee longs to fly after honey only, so the pure devotee savors his sweet and unique relationship with Krishna and nothing else.
38) A group of devotees called the Prachetas, once prayed to the Supreme Lord, "Dear Lord, when a bee enters the boughs of the celestial parijata tree, it needs never leave its flowering branches. Similarly, when we have taken shelter of Your lotus feet, what other benediction need we ask of You?" (SB 4.30.32)