Srila Prabhupada; The ultimate takeoff and crash
Well known author from India, prabhu srila prabhupada has written a book on the concept of birth and death. It is very exciting and captivating to read a book that has so much factual truth. Which is a relatable and very honest opinion of the spiritual master.
This fact is very captivating that the soul is atomic in size and therefore cannot be captured by modern machines in their analysis – for example the scanner.
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We cannot emanate a living entity even after assembling all the materials, because it does not work that way. The spiritual soul is very essential if we want to animate the body.
Krishna is the embodiment of pleasure, knowledge, bliss and eternity. we accept it or not but we all want to merge into the supreme consciousness. therefore, we have a natural tendency and habit to aspire to happiness. Because Krishna is the most real euphoria. Therefore, we must edify ourselves for it is rightly said,
indriyarzam hi caratam
a little asya harati prajnam
Jiyur navam ivambhasi
“As a boat on the water is carried away by a strong
wind, even one of the senses on which the mind
foci can take away a man’s intelligence. (Bg.
Because the two problems
1} The command we receive from our senses is very strong and encourages us to do things that are joyful in the short term but painful full of regret in the long term.
2} Material activities cause a lot of frustration and distress, they alienate us from Krishna and we get chained in the enigma of destructive negative thoughts.
solution to this interrelated problem is simply meditation, chanting of the sacred mantra the gift of Caitanya Mahaprabha,
whoever facilitates this process reaches a transcendental platform. This method is called bhakti-yoga or mantra-yoga. It is also not easy because the mind is very turbulent, but it has to be fixed on the Lord at the level of the heart nor is it just a step, just the first step. When the mind is fixed in the heart and the vital air is transferred to the crown of the head, one can attain the perfection of mantra yoga.
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This book also sheds light on how men yearn not only for the material earth, but also for the material universe. Of course, spending a lot of time, effort and money in the form of material means – spaceships, space suits, etc. – but it is a very cumbersome and impractical method because the four principles of birth, old age, sickness and death are present. Moreover, few men can reach other planets. This is also done because the senses perceive it as beautiful and worthy and for the attention of the globe. the duration of life may be longer than on this earth, but death is still there. Therefore, those who are intelligent do not attempt to ascend to any planet in the material universe.
Bhagavad-gtta. (Bg. 2.20)
“For the soul, there is never birth or death. And, once it has been, it never ceases to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existent, immortal, and primeval. He is not killed when the body is killed.
We are all the spiritual soul. We are eternal, so why do birth and death bother us? The vicious circle of material life includes birth, disease, decay, old age and inevitable death. Here we face the trials and tribulations of life and with them our goal is to unearth our Krishna consciousness. If we get the same, then we are elevated on krsnaloka. Krishna’s planet. Krishna is the embodiment of pleasure. So that’s where we free ourselves from the enigma and the pain of life. On the other hand, if we fail to do this again, the wheel of the life cycle will turn and keep turning unless we transfer to the spiritual planet.
Modern scientists have discovered things that satisfy the bodily senses and provide instant pleasure. But they are not able to solve the problem of quadruple misery (sickness, decay, old age and death) or of 3D (sickness, decay and death). They can make a machine that could speed up the start but not one that could stop it.
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In my opinion, holding hands and waiting for the right moment would not solve the problem rather than taking the initiative. Therefore, highly spiritual and learned people do not focus on quadruple misery, but rather on how to transfer to planet krsnaloka. One who is continually in a trance does not divert his attention to anything else. He is still in a trance. His mind is always filled with the thought of Krishna, without deviation (ananya-cetafz satatam). Satatam refers to anywhere and anytime. It would commemorate all atrocities and fill us with knowledge and pleasure.