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Title: Separation

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-03-12 20:24:00


I have read in the texts of the acharyas that certain devotees after losingphysical assocation of the lord or guru have felt extreme distress andconsidered or attempted suicide?what is this?



i was alway taught that suicide is not proper conduct unless under militaryservice and surender is not an opition and/or revealing military secrets areimianent under physical or mental abuse to gain military secrets.


Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:




Yes there so many pastimes like that in the 15,000 verse great classic BhaktiRatnakara. Shrila Shrinivasa Acharya Thakura wanted to terminate his pastimesbecause wherever he went he saw that the great intimate associates of the Lordwere disappearing.



This cannot be imitated by an normal spiritual sadhaka. It is only in theadvanced levels of bhakti one feels intense grief on loosing the association ofother pure devotees and does not feel that one's life is worth living withouttheir sublime association. The separation from a pure devotee is greatest miseryin creation as per Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita.



The suicide mentality in this material world is on the materialistic bodilyplatform and that is why it is sinful and has tremendous reactions involvedbecause it means taking the law in our own hands.

But on the advanced platform of the soul, advanced souls cannot bear theseparation from other advanced souls as both of them are directly engaged in theservice of the Lord in the spiritual world even while remanining in thismaterial world. Thus they may also think of terminating their pastimes in thismaterial world and going back to join their departed devotee associates in thepastimes of the Lord.I hope this makes sense.



Yoursin service, Swami Gaurangapada.