Q&A WITH LILA PURUSHOTTAM DAS

🤔Reflected and pure consciousness what are these two kinds of consciousness and how they exist simultaneously in the same body?
That is because reflected consciousness is much grosser than the pure consciousness. That latter is as subtle as the soul. Subtle body becomes depraved when separated from Krishna. And so it becomes very violent. Clouds cover the suns rays. Similarly, reflected consciousness covers the puny pure consciousness of the soul. That is by the will of the Supreme lord. Matter exists in subtle form as pradhan or mahat tattva. The soul brings in individuality or feeling of I-ness. Mahat tattva doesnt have that individuation on its own. Thus, material energy is cleavable and therefore becomes varieties of individuation. Although it is inert.

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MAYAVADA: A FICTITIOUS PHILOSOPHY

Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.12.02: How was the great emperor Parīkṣit, who was a highly intelligent and great devotee, born in that womb? How did his death take place, and what did he achieve after his death?

Mercy is received through shabda brahma in the form of holy name. The holy name is purna brahma. By associating with the hoy name, the seed of ego, which perturbs everyone, is removed. Maharaj Parikshit as a king did not deserve to die the way he was cursed to die. But he was cursed by a brahmana. So the fall down of brahmanas indicated the start of Kaliyuga. As brahmana means he must be highly tolerant. A king who cares for his citizens and is the true well wisher of them must never be cursed. Although Parikshit was innocent but still he was cursed to die by a snake bite. When sages came to know that the king had been cursed that way, they therefore inquired Suta Goswami about what had happened.

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KRISHNA: THE PERFECT ATMARAMA

Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.11.36: Although the queens’ beautiful smiles and furtive glances were all spotless and exciting, and although they could conquer Cupid himself by making him give up his bow in frustration, and although even the tolerant Shiva could fall victim to them, still, despite all their magical feats and attractions, they could not agitate the senses of the Lord.

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WILL OF KRISHNA IS FINAL: EXECUTE IT BY CHOICE OR BY FORCE

Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.11.34: The Lord was pacified after killing those kings who were burdensome to the earth. They were puffed up with their military strength, their horses, elephants, chariots, infantry, etc. He Himself was not a party in the fight. He simply created hostility between the powerful administrators, and they fought amongst themselves. He was like the wind which causes friction between bamboos and so sparks a fire.

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SHIKSHASHTAKAM: TOPMOST DEVOTEE PRAYING TO THE TOPMOST LORD

Lord Chaitanya (Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) appeared in Navadwip in 1486 AD at Mayapur (Antardwip). He appeared in the form of devotee although he is Krishna himself. Lord is called triyugi because he doesnt appear in kaliyuga. In kaliyuga, he appears in the form of his devotee. Lord Chaitanya performed pastimes for 48 yrs and taught the process of Krishna bhakti. Lord Chaitanya didn’t compose much literature. Rather he instructed his followers to read Shrimad Bhagavatam. The only literature composed by lord Chaitanya is Shri Shikshashtakam, a set of his teachings composed in 8 verses. These verses sequentially explain the process of Krishna bhakti. These 8 verses should be the garland in every devotee’s neck. If lord himself has written something, we need not read anything else.

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REINCARNATION: A MATTER OF CHANCE OR A MATTER OF CONSCIOUSNESS

A conditioned soul has certain consciousness and according to that consciousness, the supersoul brings it to the semen of a man and guided to the womb of a woman. Thereafter there is formation of a single cell and from that single cell again by the guidance of the supersoul starts to multiply. So if there is the consciousness of a dog, the soul would go to a dog’s body. So the subtle body consciousness is very important. The consciousness has a form which depends on whether one has performed piously or sinfully in prev births. And therefore it gets guided to a particular species where it gets a form accordingly. The body creates a restriction on the consciousness. So if one is a rich man but has consciousness of a dog, his subtle body would then carry the soul to the body of a dog. Similarly, in a certain body one commits sinful activities alone lile family of butcher.

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The Purpose of Life

The Purpose of Life

Introduction

Although not many of us question our existence and the purpose of our life, we ultimately reach a point where consciously or unconsciously we have to decide what we plan to do with it. As humans, we have been given only a limited time on this planet and almost all of us have the desire to do something meaningful out of it. For each individual, this ‘meaning’ might vary but everyone will have something that is their calling. Be it achieving monetary success, fame, family, spirituality etc. The importance of a purpose is therefore very high because we are not machines who just follow a certain code but are sentient beings with the ability to think about our actions unlike the animals which follow the instincts of the senses.

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The Change of Heart

The Change of Heart

Introduction

When we look around our present society, we find there is a constant rise in violence, rape, murder, suicide, unemployment, drug addiction, divorce, corruption, mental stress and so on. The reason is very simple. The heart of the people is contaminated with lust, anger, greed, illusion, madness and envy. In order to have a pure atmosphere around us, we need a revolution to change our heart. The whole process of spiritual culture is aimed at changing the heart of the living being in the matter of his eternal relation with the Supreme Lord as subordinate servant, which is his constitutional position. The change of heart takes place when we associate with saintly persons, hear from them and live by the teachings of Bhagavad Gita imparted by them. 

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What is Sanatana Dharma?

What is Sanatana Dharma?

Introduction

Very often we come across the word ‘Sanatan Dharma’ and we connect it with some particular sect or religion but hardly do we take out time to understand the true meaning of ‘Sanatan Dharma’. It is very interesting to understand the true meaning of ‘Sanatan Dharma’. Such understanding if developed with faith and conviction can clear our misconceptions about the various religious systems and raise our consciousness beyond the boundaries of caste, color, creed and nation.

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