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Mosquito and King
(44) A king sits upon his throne, and a mosquito sits beside him. Both are on the same throne, yet there is a vast difference. The king rules the entire country from his elevated seat,and the mosquito only bites the king. In the same way, insignificant mayavadis who try to elevate themselves to a platform on par with God only become a nuisance.
(49) Chanakya Pandit said, "There is poison in the head of a fly, in the tooth of a serpent and in the tail of the scorpion. But the envious man is covered with it." For example, a serpent can be controlled with mantras. But there are no mantras, no sweet words, to control a fellow enraged with envy. One should never envy the Supreme Lord who awards unlimited pleasures to His pure devotees.
45) It is said that living with a serpent or envious disciple is nothing but death. Samsaric entanglement is the symptom of those who have envied the Supreme Lord in trying to imitate His position. Now we must turn to the pure devotee who has been sent by Krishna to extricate us from samsara, the endless cycle of birth and death.
46) The devotee takes any reaction for his own misdeeds as a strong medicine to cure his attachment to meaningless material activity. But there are those who refuse to learn their lessons, and hold God guilty for any suffering which they have in fact brought upon themselves. For example, whenever there is a war, the soldiers' relatives pray to God that the lives of their near and dear ones will be spared. But when the soldiers are killed, despairing relatives turn to atheism in droves. This is the certain result of conditional surrender to God. It is like trying to be the Lord's "fair-weather friend."
(47) Once a carpenter mending the roof of a ten-story build ing slipped on one of the shingles beneath his feet. Unable to save himself he slid down the roof and over the edge. "O God, save me! Save me!", the fellow called out as he began what appeared to be a plummet to certain doom. Just as he tumbled over the edge his collar happened to catch onto a large nail. When he recovered from the shock of finding himself dangling there, ten stories above the ground, he pulled himself back onto the roof. "Good thing 1 saved myself by catching onto that nail,"he said patting himself on the shoulder. Then he went on withhis work.
(48) God is not an order-supplier or a paid servant who rnust appear before us at the tinkle of a bell. The conception of God as merely "the Father" can cause such a misunderstand ing, for a son usually approaches his father only for material needs. On the other hand, Krishna consciousness shows us that one can act as the father of God. The conception of service in devotion teaches that the fruits of our labor are offered to Krishna, not that Krishna is made to work for us.
(50) Consider the plight of the poor father who tells his mischievous son, "I must punish you, but it hurts me more than it hurts you." Similarly, the Lord feels far worse about the living entity's entanglement than the living entity feels. Indeed, the Lord has been forced unwillingly to create this material world in order to fulfill desires of we renegades who have asked of it!
(51) When a little girl sees her mother cooking, the child naturally also desires to cook. Of course, it would be a blunder to allow her baby to come near the gas stove. The problem is solved when the mother presents her child with a harmless toy stove with tiny electric bulbs that light in place of fires. In the same way, the Lord has allowed us to imitate His pastimes in this toy material world. Just as the child mentioned here is expected to someday stop playing with toys and begin her real work, so the Lord expects each of us to stop our foolish imita tion of Him through sense enjoyment and return to our natu ral position of devotional service in the spiritual sky.
52) The living entity has fallen from the spiritual sky in much the same way that clear rain water falls from clouds to mix with mud on earth.
53) When simple-minded villagers see scorpions crawling from rice, they mistake that the rice is the cause of the scorpions. Similarly, foolish people think that the inter-reaction of chemicals is the cause of life. As the scorpions are actually born from a mother, so the living entity has his origin in God.
(54) "As a person puts on new garments giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless one." (BG 2.22)
55) As a man while walking does not pick up his foot until his other foot is securely placed on the ground, or as an inch worm does not leave one branch until he has a firm grip on another branch, so a soul does not leave the body until another body has been decided for him by higher authorities.
56) Just as flames leap from one tree to another during a forest fire, so it is very difficult to understand what type of body we are going to get in our next life. For example, Maharaj Bharat executed all duties of self-realization and still fell down to become a stag due to a moment's forgetfulness of Lord Krishna.
57) When a trained pilot takes off, no other pilot can help him. Similarly, we may hear transcendental instructions in this life, but we must follow these carefully at death by remembering the Lord. No one can help us at death but ourselves. "God helps those who help themselves."
58) "The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas." (BG 15.8)
59) "When the moon is reflected upon the water of a pond it appears to ripple although the idea of the moon actually rippling is ridiculous. Similarly, the soul in touch with material nature also appears to change although it actually remains transcendental." (SB 3.7.11)
60) When awake we forget the bodies we had conceived for ourselves during dreams. In a like fashion we have forgotten our past lives.
61) "As a fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, similarly, the living entity is covered by different degrees ot lust. (B(j 3.38)
62) A jiva, or soul, that has been condemned to the body of a plant is indicated by the Gita's example of an embryo covered by a womb because his self-consciousness is almost totally obscured. Such non-moving forms of life are reserved for living entities who have lived very sinfully. Thus they are put in a state in which they can't harm others. Gradually, they will be granted the privilege of transmigrating to higher species of life until, after millions of years, they are awarded human birth again. Upon reaching this human form of life, there is no guarantee that they will not fall down again through sinful activity. (63) The second category, that of a mirror covered by dust, indicates the degree by which consciousness is covered in the animal kingdom. If a human being has made his consciousness cat-like or dog-like, then at the time of death he may be returned to a suitable animal body. Though dogs may eat from the gutter and mate in the street, they incur no karma. On the contrary, they may be working off sins incurred during misused former human births. An animal is forced by material nature to act in certain ways, but only human beings can choose between vikarma, karma, or akarma. Krishna conscious work is called akarma because it creates no material reaction.
(64) The human being's consciousness is described as "fire covered by smoke." The actual purpose of this human form of life is to clear away the smoke of may a letting the fire of Krishna consciousness shine forth. There is no measure to the value of each second of human birth, more precious than all the world's gold. Right now we must stop all nonsense and begin utilizing every moment towards our spiritual development. Otherwise we have no guarantee that we will have this golden opportunity of human birth again.
(65) "Both by rising and setting, the sun
decreases the duration of life of everyone, except those who utilize their
time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead."
(SB 2.3.17) Even a moment wasted can never be purchased back.
(66) Vikarma (work performed in ignorance or tamas) yields a wretched birth in the hellish regions; mixed karma and vikarma (work performed in passion or rajas) yields a birth on the middle or earthly planetary system; and work in goodness Uatya) merits a birth in the temporary heavenly planetary system (swarga) among the temporary demi-gods (devatas). In a nutshell this is karma-phal, the phal or "fruits" of our deeds. This is confirmed in the 14th chapter of Bhagavad Gita, verses 14 and 15. But work performed in the mode of shuddha-sattwa, or pure transcendence, is akarma, without any material reaction, and leads us to the eternal abode of God (Vaikuntha) where fortunate denizens reside in eternal knowledge and bliss—sat-chit-ananda. Shri Krishna says, "My devotees will live with Me." (BG 9.25) This earth is called martya loka wherein old age, death and rebirth rapidly take place. Considering carefully these facts, we should bear in mind that during these few short years of our human life, our eternal destinies can be decided and resolved.
67) As a sick patient moves about with great discomfort, so in this material world our efforts are continually thwarted by material nature. When the patient is cured, however, his activities are healthy. Similarly, work in Krishna consciousness is our real liberated state of activity in its highest, perfected form. Active work for Krishna is the cure for the material disease, and is our escape from the web of material entanglements. Trying to become a dead stone, a mayavadi, is no escape because none can stop work even for a moment. The heart must beat, the lungs must breathe, and the stomach must be filled.
68) When a man is bitten by a snake, he soon falls into a coma and dies. However, there are mantras prescribed in the Vedas that are so potent they can revive and cure him before he's claimed by death's cold hand. Similarly, the holy name of the Lord prescribed in the shastras has the potency to revive a poor soul to Krishna consciousness even though he's been bitten by the deadly serpent of materialism. Nirvishesh, transcend your disease of bodily attachment by chanting:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
(69) Once an outcast was gored to death by a wild boar. As he died, he screamed repeatedly, "haram haram" which means "condemned." Out of His causeless mercy, the Supreme Lord took it that this poor wretch was chanting His name "Ha Rama" (O Rama). Thus the mleccha was liberated. So what is to be said for the great good fortune of those mahatmas who cry God's name "Hare Krishna" or "Hare Rama" throughout their lives absorbed in a loving mood for Him?
(70) Shrila Prabhupada once told us a true story of an old lady on her death bed. Just as she gasped for her last breath, her children begged her, "Our dear mother, please chant Hare Krishna." The lady replied, "I can't say so many words. " She was asked to say only two words to achieve liberation, but she said a full sentence and died condemning herself to another birth.
71) Sometimes a condemned prisoner is taken off death row and is considered for parole. Upon proving himself worthy of release by his good conduct, he is returned to society. Similarly, we have been given a chance for release from the condemned species of life in which Krishna consciousness cannot be awakened. Now if we use this human form of life properly by becoming Krishna conscious, we can be released from the cycle of birth and death and someday return to the society of pure devotees in the Spiritual Sky.
72) Only less intelligent prisoners desire transfer to nicer cells where mattresses are cleaner and sinks have hot water. Intelligent prisoners want freedom. Similarly, only less intelligent men seek higher material facilities. They do not care for their return trips back to home, back to Godhead, out of the jail of this material world.
73) A prisoner may get a nicer cell irr jail if he bribes a dishonest warden. Similarly, demi-gods supplicated with sweet prayers can supply the worshipper with a more comfortable material situation. But bear in mind only Shri Krishna is Mukunda, the giver of mukti or liberation.
74) Sometimes the governor of a state or province visits a
jail in order to make an inspection. But only a complete dunce thinks that the governor has become a prisoner. Similarly, Lord Krishna may come to this material world, but only the foolish and dull mistake the Lord as another samsaric entity forced to accept birth here.
75) Where there is light there is no darkness. Where there is darkness, there is no light. The living entity is given perfect freedom to serve either the light of Lord Krishna or His nescient illusory energy called maya. There is no in-between ground. Thus Chaitanya Charitamrita says: krishna-surya soma; maya haya andhakara yahan krishna, tahan nahi mayara andhikara. (CC Madhya 22.31).
76) Lord Jesus said, "If a man tries to serve two masters, then as much as he loves one, to that extent he hates the other." Similarly, the extent of our freedom is whether we will serve Krishna or maya. We can know Krishna only in proportion to our freedom from the modes of material nature.
77) A rose cast upon the desert is certainly wasted. Similarly, he who does not use his hitman form of life to develop God consciousness has allowed a golden opportunity to slip through his fingers.