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The Paramatma: The Supreme Proprietor
Because the living entity identifies himself with the body, he thinks that the body as well as everything connected with it belongs to him. But actually everything belongs to Krishna. If I claim that something belongs to me, then it necessarily implies that I should have control over it. We claim this body to be ours, but do we have complete control over it? Leave alone having complete control, or, for that matter, having any control at all, over the body, we don't even know what is happening in its different parts. We only put food in the mouth, but what about the rest of the activities like its digestion, its conversion into blood and waste, circulation of blood by the heart to different parts of the body etc? We are not 'doing' all these activities; they are all being 'done.' We are only 'witnessing' through the knowledge of medical science, that these things are 'taking place' in the body. If we don't even know what is going on in the body, where is the question of controlling it? If our heart stops beating, can we control it? (If we could, cardiologists would go out of business!) And if we can't control the body or its activities, then how can we claim to be its proprietor?
If we are not controlling the body, who is controlling it? As we discussed it, Krishna is the controller of the material nature and the body is a product of material nature. Therefore Krishna is the controller and hence the proprietor of the body.Our position in the body is like that of a tenant in a rented nouse. Just as the owner is the supreme proprietor of the house and the tenant is its secondary proprietor, similarly the Paramatma is the supreme proprietor of the body and we are its secondary proprietor. Just as the tenant pays the necessary rent and the owner allows him to stay in the house, similarly we have paid the rent of karma and the Paramatma is allowing us to stay in the body. And just as the owner has the right to ask the tenant to vacate the house at any time, the Paramatma has got every right to ask us to vacate the body at any time.
If someone foolishly challenges you, "You say that you are not the body, you are the spirit soul. And further you say that you are not the proprietor of the body either. Then why do you become fearful and defend yourself when I come to stab or kill you? After all, you being the soul will not be harmed and, moreover since the body is not yours, you will not be at any loss either." You can politely reply, "If somebody comes to set fire to your (rented) house, will you not immediately stop him? Why? You are not the house, nor are you its primary owner. Then why will you stop him? Because, although you are only a tenant, still the owner has entrusted the house to you and so you are accountable to him. Similarly, although the body doesn't belong to me, it belongs to Krishna (the Paramatma) and He has given it to me to serve Him. And as it is under my care, it is my duty to defend it and you have no right to destroy it."
Because the Paramatma is the owner and the supreme proprietor of our body and because He resides in it, the body should be considered to-be a temple of God. It should therefore be sanctified by decorating it with tilaka and should be maintained purely like a temple by chanting the mahamantra— Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare and by abstaining from the sinful activities of meat eating, gambling, intoxication and illicit sex.