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Krishna's Program for the Living Entities

 

Before we can understand the identity of our true friend, first of all we must understand our own identity. We are not these material bodies, as we generally think. Actually we are all spirit souls from  the spiritual world. That spiritual world is our original home. There, we are meant to eternally associate with God in loving reciprocation. In the spiritual sky, there are innumerable spiritual planets and innumerable spiritual living entities. As stated in the Gita, all the living entities are minute eternal parts and parcels of Krishna and are meant for serving Him eternally. And this loving service to Krishna is the eternal ecstasy of the soul. But when the individual spirit soul wants to be independent, he becomes useless, as can be understood from the following anal­ogy. In a push button telephone machine, suppose one of the but­tons wants to be independent. You remove it from the telephone and keep it aside. What is its value? It has absolutely no value. But when it is put back on the phone, it can be used in dialing a phone number. Similarly if we desire to be independent of Krishna, we become utterly useless; our life becomes miserable and mean­ingless. But if we again connect ourselves with Krishna, then our life gains meaning and happiness. It is important, however, to note that we cannot stretch this analogy beyond what it is meant to convey - the dependence of the living entity on Krishna. A  telephone without a button may be incomplete. But Krishna is not like that. Krishna is complete, perfect and supremely inde­pendent. As stated in the hhopanishad, Krishna remains a com­plete whole even if many, many complete units emanate from Him; He never diminishes. As Krishna's eternal parts and par­cels, it is we who need Him; He doesn't need us. But if we use our free will for surrendering to Him and to love Him, then, out of His great kindness, He reciprocates with us and our life be­comes complete and perfect. Thus we are perfect as long as we are connected to Krishna; otherwise we are useless.

 

So when a soul desires to enjoy independent of Krishna, He is sent to this material world. All the souls in the material world can be divided into two categories - the obedient and the rebellious. Those souls who are willing to surrender to Krishna by following the instructions mentioned in the revealed scriptures through a bona fide guru coming in parampara, are called devo­tees. Krishna personally takes charge of their protec­tion and maintenance. But for the ordinary rebellious living entities, Maya devi, Krishna's external energy, takes charge. Maya devi, also known as Durga devi, is Krishna's agent for pun-ishing the conditioned souls.

 

This situation is similar to what we see in the state: good citizens are taken care of by the government directly, while criminals are taken care of by the gov­ernment through the prison department. Even in the prison house, the government takes care that the prisoners get sufficient food, and that they get hospital treatment if they become diseased. Thus the government cares for them - but under punishment. Simi­larly, in this material world, Krishna has arranged not only for our care, but also for our punishment. "If you commit this sin, then take this slap." "If you commit that sin then take that kick." This is going on in the form of the threefold miseries— those caused by our body and mind, those caused by other living enti­ties and those caused by natural calamities under the supervision of the demigods. And just as when a criminal reforms himself and mends his ways, he is released from the jail and can return home, similarly when the living entity engages in devotional ser­vice to Krishna, he is freed from all unwanted misgivings and attains pure love for Krishna. Then he becomes eligible to return to the supreme abode of Krishna, Goloka Vrindavan .This is the complete program of Lord Krishna for the living entities.Krishna's Program for the Living Entities

 

Before we can understand the identity of our true friend, first of all we must understand our own identity. We are not these material bodies, as we generally think. Actually we are all spirit souls from  the spiritual world. That spiritual world is our original home. There, we are meant to eternally associate with God in loving reciprocation. In the spiritual sky, there are innumerable spiritual planets and innumerable spiritual living entities. As stated in the Gita, all the living entities are minute eternal parts and parcels of Krishna and are meant for serving Him eternally. And this loving service to Krishna is the eternal ecstasy of the soul. But when the individual spirit soul wants to be independent, he becomes useless, as can be understood from the following anal­ogy. In a push button telephone machine, suppose one of the but­tons wants to be independent. You remove it from the telephone and keep it aside. What is its value? It has absolutely no value. But when it is put back on the phone, it can be used in dialing a phone number. Similarly if we desire to be independent of Krishna, we become utterly useless; our life becomes miserable and mean­ingless. But if we again connect ourselves with Krishna, then our life gains meaning and happiness. It is important, however, to note that we cannot stretch this analogy beyond what it is meant to convey - the dependence of the living entity on Krishna. A  telephone without a button may be incomplete. But Krishna is not like that. Krishna is complete, perfect and supremely inde­pendent. As stated in the hhopanishad, Krishna remains a com­plete whole even if many, many complete units emanate from Him; He never diminishes. As Krishna's eternal parts and par­cels, it is we who need Him; He doesn't need us. But if we use our free will for surrendering to Him and to love Him, then, out of His great kindness, He reciprocates with us and our life be­comes complete and perfect. Thus we are perfect as long as we are connected to Krishna; otherwise we are useless.

 

So when a soul desires to enjoy independent of Krishna, He is sent to this material world. All the souls in the material world can be divided into two categories - the obedient and the rebellious. Those souls who are willing to surrender to Krishna by following the instructions mentioned in the revealed scriptures through a bona fide guru coming in parampara, are called devo­tees. Krishna personally takes charge of their protec­tion and maintenance. But for the ordinary rebellious living entities, Maya devi, Krishna's external energy, takes charge. Maya devi, also known as Durga devi, is Krishna's agent for pun-ishing the conditioned souls.

 

This situation is similar to what we see in the state: good citizens are taken care of by the government directly, while criminals are taken care of by the gov­ernment through the prison department. Even in the prison house, the government takes care that the prisoners get sufficient food, and that they get hospital treatment if they become diseased. Thus the government cares for them - but under punishment. Simi­larly, in this material world, Krishna has arranged not only for our care, but also for our punishment. "If you commit this sin, then take this slap." "If you commit that sin then take that kick." This is going on in the form of the threefold miseries— those caused by our body and mind, those caused by other living enti­ties and those caused by natural calamities under the supervision of the demigods. And just as when a criminal reforms himself and mends his ways, he is released from the jail and can return home, similarly when the living entity engages in devotional ser­vice to Krishna, he is freed from all unwanted misgivings and attains pure love for Krishna. Then he becomes eligible to return to the supreme abode of Krishna, Goloka Vrindavan .This is the complete program of Lord Krishna for the living entities.