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Sharks and Salmon
73) You have tried to tell me that just as there are many rivers flowing to one ocean, so all souls become God finally, despite any nonsense activity. This example is all wet. Dive beneath its surface, Nirvishesh.
74) Any intelligent man can see from an "in depth" examination of the ocean that it is plainly not "all one." Beneath the waves swims a vast array of aquatic life. Which deep sea diver who has seen sharks, whales, coral, crabs, oceanic plant life and schools of fish would you try to convince of this meaningless theory?
75) For example, sharks swim ever deeper and deeper into the ocean's depths. Similarly, Vaishnava acharyas dive deeply into the nectarean ocean of devotional service. They develop their spiritual uniqueness through an ever-deepening relationship with Shri Krishna.
76) On the other hand, salmon leave the ocean to spawn in streams. In the same way, a mayavadi leaves the ocean of Krishna consciousness for the various streams of liberation. Eventually the mayavadi is again attracted to the impermanent, for he cannot hold himself forever in a state beyond loving relationships. He again seeks love, but having rejected the true personal aspect of the all-spiritual Divinity, he falls down to seek but a reflection of true love in the material world once again. Such is his life of frustration. This is how mayavadis, though donning the garb of renunciation, have laid stress upon jmpermanence. Devotees, however, are exempt of this offense, because they repose the natural propensity to love and reciprocate at the twin lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna.
77) Even if a mayavadi merges into the impersonal Brahman effulgence for thousands of years, he may still become a victim of sex desire as Vishwamitra who fell for the celestial damsel Menaka after 60,000 years of meditation. And if the mayavadi actually achieves merging into the impersonal feature of God, then his fate is even worse. To the devotee who hankers after a loving relationship with Krishna, there could be nothing more abominable or painful than impersonal absorption. The impersonalist's so-called "bliss" is poison to the bhakta.
78) To the pure devotee, the mayavadi's word jugglery is rejected as mere masturbation of the mind.
79) As light passing through tinted glass takes on the color of the glass, so mayavadis may display devotional symptoms like bliss, but they are tainted with the desire to merge. Shrila Rupa Goswami says "one from whose eyes tears of genuine love do not flow upon chanting the name of the Lord has a heart encaged in steel."
80) If, as mayavadi's say, everyone is God, why then if one person is liberated, all others are not? If you put one red drop of water into the ocean, docs the entire ocean become red?
81) As Shakespeare said, "Of what use is it to gild refined gold, to paint the lily, or to throw perfume on the violet?" Similarly, what meaning can mayavadis add to Shrimad Bhagavatam, the beautiful story of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna? When the envious speak on the Bhagavatam, devotees cover their ears.
82) One who takes shelter of Krishna feels refreshed as though he has just bathed in the ocean. The nectarean ocean of Krishna consciousness is ever-increasing in spiritual depth unlike any ocean of our experience.
83) The mind takes pictures and the heart reflects these impressions like a mirror. Although the heart can thereby become covered with the dust of material longing, simply by saying Krishna's holy name even once, it can be cleansed and washed completely.
84) "Clouds and dust are carried by the air, but less intelligent persons say that the sky is cloudy and that the air is dirty. Similarly, they also implant material bodily conceptions on the spirit self." (SB 1.3.31)
85) "Living beings who are entangled in the meshes of birth and death can be freed immediately by even unconsciously chanting the holy name of Krishna which is feared by fear personified." (SB 1.1.14)
86) "Constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all..." (SB 2.1.11)
87) Shrila Shukadeva Goswami concludes, "It is therefore essential that every human being hear, glorify, and remember the Supreme Lord Personality of Godhead always and everywhere." (SB 2.2.36)
88) The so-called ocean of oneness which you describe is actually no ocean at all; it is as dry as desert sand. Truly "variety is the spice of life" even in the spiritual sky.
89) If someone were to describe you as being "void of any sense," would you take this as a compliment? All about us we see contirmation of the glories of God, yet you describe Him as being like a dumb stone. Where is your power of reason?
90) Do you still maintain your hackneyed "it is all one" theory? When you eat, do you satisfy the stomach by putting food into your ear or your rear? Do you wear your shoes on your head?
91) A fish dying on the shore can never be satisfied by the offer of a new car, a free lunch, or a hot date. He will only be happy when returned to the ocean. Similarly, if a fortunate soul through some great good turn of fate returns to the ocean of Krishna consciousness, he thinks within himself, "there could be no greater gain."
92) When we see a kite bobbing to and fro in the sky, we can understand that the hand of an unseen boy is controlling it. Why, therefore, when we see Nature at work do we fail to recognize the Supreme Lord's guiding hand behind it all?
93) Just as a child cannot understand the legerdemain of a magician, so the mundaner cannot comprehend the workings of Krishna who controls the universe.
94) There is a true story of a theistic astronomer who built a small model of the "solar system." While demonstrating it to an atheist friend, his friend inquired as to who had built it. The astronomer smiled and said, "Nobody built it, it just happened." The atheist became angry and said, "How can you insult my intelligence in this way?" The astronomer replied, "You are seeing the planets moving in perfect order in the heavens, yet you insult my intelligence by saying that there is no God behind the affairs of the universe.!" That theistic astronomer was Isaac Newton.
95) Though camphor be removed from a pot, its aroma remains. Similarly, we may try to remove ourselves from material life, but desires live on. Mere renunciation will not help. Real renunciation means removing impurities from the heart through the power of the holy name.
96) If one empties a cup of ink in an inky atmosphere, the cup only fills, up with ink again. But washing the cup and filling it with milk keeps the ink from re-entering. Similarly, you may empty yourself of all material desires, but as long as you remain "empty," you are sure to fill up with the same desires once again. Avoid regression by filling yourself with the milk of loving service to the Supreme Lord Krishna.
97) Although mayavadis often meddle with Bhagavad Gita, they seldom try to misrepresent the personal pastimes of Krishna as described in Shrimad Bhagavatam. However, your statement concerning the flute of Krishna reveals to what low depths these rascals will stoop to deny form and feature to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The sound produced from Lord Krishna's flute has such an intense spiritual vibration that rocks melt and begin to flow, and birds become stunned with bliss and fall from the sky. When the great hosts of angelic musicians hear Krishna's flute, they put down their instruments out of respect and awe.
98) Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said jivera svarupa hay a krishnera nitya das (CC Madhya 20.108): "The living entity is eternally a servant of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead."