“Without Guru We Are Simply a Street Dog”

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“Without Guru We Are Simply a Street Dog” His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari : Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 4.29.71
nehate 'ham iti jñānaḿ
mṛtyu-prajvārayor api

“When the living entity is in deep sleep, when he faints, when there is some great shock on account of severe loss, at the time of death, or when the body temperature is very high, the movement of the life air is arrested. At that time the living entity loses knowledge of identifying the body with the self.”

Purport: Foolish people deny the existence of the soul, but it is a fact that when we sleep we forget the identity of the material body and when we are awake we forget the identity of the subtle body. In other words, while sleeping we forget the activities of the gross body, and when active in the gross body we forget the activities of sleeping. Actually both states — sleeping and waking — are creations of the illusory energy. The living entity actually has no connection with either the activities of sleep or the activities of the so-called wakened state. When a person is in deep sleep or when he has fainted, he forgets his gross body. Similarly, under chloroform or some other anesthetic, the living entity forgets his gross body and does not feel pain or pleasure during a surgical operation. Similarly, when a man is suddenly shocked by some great loss, he forgets his identification with the gross body. At the time of death, when the temperature of the body rises to 107 degrees, the living entity falls into a coma and is unable to identify his gross body. In such cases, the life air that moves within the body is choked up, and the living entity forgets his identification with the gross body. Because of our ignorance of the spiritual body, of which we have no experience, we do not know of the activities of the spiritual body, and in ignorance we jump from one false platform to another. We act sometimes in relation to the gross body and sometimes in relation to the subtle body. If, by Krishna's grace, we act in our spiritual body, we can transcend both the gross and subtle bodies. In other words, we can gradually train ourselves to act in terms of the spiritual body. As stated in the Nārada-pañcarātra, hṛṣīkeṇa hṛṣīkeśa-sevanaḿ bhaktir ucyate: [Cc. Madhya 19.170] devotional service means engaging the spiritual body and spiritual senses in the service of the Lord. When we are engaged in such activities, the actions and reactions of the gross and subtle bodies cease. (end of purport)

om ajnana-timirandhasya
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah

So we are reading about three different types of body. There’s the gross body, this lump here. You see. Blood flesh, etc. Mustache, whatever. The gross body and there is the subtle body which becomes active in which we, we are very active in, in our dream state. Of course the subtle body is also active now. It’s the mind, the intelligence, and false ego. But now we are especially plugged in, in an awakened state of this gross body. And in the subtle platform, the dream state we are especially plugged into the subtle body, the mind, the intelligence and the false ego. But both states are dreams. This awakened state of thinking “I am this body” is a dream. The dream state of thinking “ I am this subtle body” that is also a dream state.

In both states there are so many anxieties. So many anxieties occur in both states. If we want actual happiness we must come to the spiritual platform. The spiritual body; hrsikena hrsikesa sevanam bhaktir ucyate [CC Madhya 19.170] We have to come to that platform where we are simply engaged in Krishna consciousness. This Krishna consciousness process is so nice it reconnects us with our actual identity. Do you realize why you are suffering in this material world? Do you know why you are suffering here? You are suffering due to false identification with the gross body and false identification with your subtle body. That’s why you are suffering here. If you want to get out of suffering all you have to do is engage yourself under the direction of the bona fide spiritual master in the service of the Lord and then magic happens. You actually become situated in your spiritual body. Your spiritual body becomes revived. It’s been in a dormant state for millions and millions of lifetimes. You see.

You have an original spiritual form. It is called svarupa. You have an original spiritual form in the spiritual sky. You are actually an eternal associate of Krishna. Did you know that? You are not a Gujurati. You’re not a woman. You’re not a man. You see. You’re not some American guy. You see. You’re eternal spirit souls. You have an identity in the spiritual world but, you forgot it. You wanted to play with fire so now you’ve got your hands burned. You’ve got stuck in this material body; lifetime after lifetime after lifetime. You’ve got yourself entangled in this karma chakra. Performing one activity having to take the reaction for that and then in doing that you’re performing more activities, taking more reactions. In this way you are just handcuffed, you’re, you’re, you know completely bound up in the modes of material nature. But if you can come into contact with a bona fide spiritual master;

Brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
Guru Krsna prasade paya bhakti lata bija
[CC Madhya 19.151]

After wandering through millions and billions of species; you see, sometimes a human being, sometimes a demigod, sometimes a dog, sometimes a pig, sometimes a monkey, sometimes a snake, sometimes a tree, sometimes a weed growing in the lawn that they cut. You see. So many species of life we’ve been through. Some how or the other we’ve come to this human form in due course of time and in that human form if you can come into contact with a bonafide spiritual master then by the grace of guru and Krishna the seed of bhakti will be planted within your heart. Now what you do with that seed, that’s up to you. Just like if I give you one very nice seed, Laxmi, to put in your garden. You see. You can neglect that seed. What will happen? It will die. Or you can water that seed very nicely and you can have a wonderful plant giving wonderful fruits and flowers. You see. So the spiritual master comes and he plants the seed of bhakti within your heart. Now what you do with that seed, that’s up to you. You can water that seed and what is that watering process? That is hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord. Especially chanting:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

How much water does it take to keep the plant alive? At least sixteen rounds everyday. You see. Anything less and the plant will die. If you can chant at least sixteen rounds everyday that’s enough water to keep the creeper alive. You see. You can chant more or you can engage in hearing and chanting in others ways by kirtan, by reading, by preaching and this will give more energy to that devotional creeper. But the minimum is you must do at least sixteen rounds everyday to keep the plant alive and you have to avoid the activities which will choke the weed up. They are called weeds. That’s why we have our principles; no illicit sex, no meat eating, no intoxication, and no gambling. Because these things if we indulge in them, they are weeds which will choke out that little creeper.

So therefore we strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication and gambling. And what else do we do? We build a fence around our garden. You know what that fence is? That’s to prevent us… that’s to prevent the mad elephant from coming into your garden. If a mad elephant comes into your garden he will go “Stamp, stomp ,stomp!” and you’re creeper is finished. They have those big feet, those elephants and they go (imitates sounds of elephants feet stomping) and everything’s finished. Your garden is finished if the mad elephant gets in. So you know what that mad elephant is? That’s when you criticize guru or you criticize Vaishnavas. You have a ….If you have a bad attitude against the guru, a bad attitude against the devotees then that’s the mad elephant that comes into your garden and just destroys everything.

So we have to always worship guru and we have to always worship the Vaishnavas. Anande bolo hari bhaja vrndavan sri guru vaishnave pade majiya man [Nama Sankirtan] Ecstatically chant Hare Krishna, worship the Holy dham, Sri Vrndavan and always meditate with love on the lotus feet of your spiritual master and the Vaishnavas because this will prevent us from having our creeper stomped out by the mad elephant. Hati-mata, the mad elephant offense. So if we do this simple program once we come into contact with Guru who will plant that seed of bhakti in our hearts. If we then will chant Hare Krishna mantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

at Laxmi’s house, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
on May 29th,2005


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