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Title: Material & Spiritual Natures
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-13 13:16:00
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! One possesses many complicated varieties of nature, thought patterns, characteristics etc. on the material platform of the material subtle body which comprises of the mind, intelligence and false ego?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
This is due to the infinite karmic material impressions which have been carved on our material mind, intelligence and false ego for the past zillions of material births we have taken in this material world. All these factors determine our external and subtle material natures which actually have no relevance in Bhakti Yoga or Nama Yoga since they are temporary and not connected with the soul. These are the natures of the coverings of the soul not the soul itself.
Real Spirituality or Bhakti Yoga through Chanting of the Holy Names awakens and reveals the multifarious and variegated characteristics of the soul's nature and that of our spiritual body, mind and intellience in the spiritual world not of the gross and subtle nature of our mundane gross and subtle bodies. These spiritual characteristics are totally different and unrelated to the mundane characteristics and we can only have a very faint glimpse of them in the beginning stages of chanting but the realization increases more and more as our chanting progress to higher levels of meditation on the Holy Names.
In the neophyte stage, it is very easy to confuse the temporary subtle mundane characteristics of our mind and intelligence with the permanently characteristics of the soul because even the temporary material natures of the mind and intelligence are quite subtle so we don't understand the difference.
So the only way to separate the two is to become deeply absorbed in the chanting of the spiritual sound vibration of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna which will separate the milk from the water. The Holy Names will reveal to us our spiritual nature thus solving the puzzling question of the human form of life.