Prema Rasa Siddhanta
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Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)
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The Internal Machinery
Part - 1

It has been explained so far that Shyamasundara [Shri Krishna] is the soul of every soul and that the individual souls constitute the body of Shyamasundara. Just as our material body constantly serves the soul by trying to give it happiness through every thought and action, similarly, the individual soul is an eternal servant of God. But since time immemorial, we have accepted the body to be the self and therefore have been constantly trying to gratify the senses with material objects. However, if we realise our true nature as eternal servants of Shri Krishna, there will be neither a delay in attaining Him, nor a need to practice further spiritual discipline. 

Next you were told who it is that has to accept Shyamasundara as his own, love Him and surrender to Him. The soul does not perform actions and the actions of the sense organs are not accepted as actions even in the material world, then what to speak of the spiritual realm! Even in the material world a person is not punished if it is proven that he did not intentionally commit a crime. Let us say you are driving. You are on the correct side of the road, you are within the speed limit and the brakes on your car are in perfect condition. Suddenly someone comes from the wrong side, crosses the road and gets hit by your car. You will not be held responsible although the accident may have resulted in death. Why? Because you did not kill anyone intentionally. Someone lunges at you with a knife and you punch him in self-defence and that blow results in his death. Again, you are not held responsible, since it was not your intent to kill him. You merely attacked him in self-defence, and he died. Even worldly courts judge a crime by motive. 

In the same way, the spiritual government is solely concerned with the motive behind our actions. Actions performed by the sense organs are not taken into consideration. Had they been taken into account, we would have realised God not just once but innumerable times by now. 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti

Part - 2

In infinite lifetimes, we have chanted the names of God countless times; we have touched the feet of innumerable Saints; we have seen innumerable descensions of God. With all this, we should have realised God not once, but countless times. But all this was just a physical drill; an external show. We chanted the names of God with our tongue, bowed our head before Him and the Saints, yet remained attached to the world from within. There is something within that has to surrender. It is the inner mechanism – the mind - that has to realise, "I am a servant of Shri Krishna."
 
It is not the soul that has to surrender, because the soul is not the performer of actions. If the soul were the doer then we would not have been in the bad shape we are in today. The soul merely passes judgement on everything grasped by the senses. Our eyes see something and report it to the mind. The mind likes what the eyes have seen, and passes the information on to the intellect. The intellect is unable to make a decision, so the soul gives the judgement. “No, this is not what I want.” Again, the senses go to work to present something else to the soul for approval.

In this way, we have spent countless lifetimes in infinite universes, seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling the world, and each time the soul has decided, “This is not mine.” “Then what is yours; what is it that you want?” “I do not know, but when I get it, I will immediately tell you, ‘Stop!  Stop! Now all you servants can go and rest.’” But until the soul attains what it is looking for – God – none of its servants can rest even for a moment.

The senses, mind and intellect will have to serve the soul each and every moment. They cannot resign or revolt. The performer of every action is the antahkaran, the internal machinery, which I have defined in detail as the mind, intellect and ego collectively. It is sometimes defined as the mind plus intellect and sometimes as just the mind. Everything depends upon this machinery.  


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3

Bondage and liberation; pleasure and pain; the goals we set for ourselves and the process to attain them all depend upon the mind. This mind is very intriguing. It will not leave you until you cross the bondage of the three types of bodies. These three types of bodies are the sthool shareer, the gross physical body, sookshma shareer, the subtle body, and kaaran shareer, the causal body. When the soul attains liberation from the bondage of these three bodies, it becomes eternally blissful. Let us briefly understand these three bodies.  

The gross body is made of the five material elements. This is the body we see; the body made of flesh and blood, comprised of hands, feet, nose, eyes and ears, etc. Next is the subtle body. This body, comprised of eighteen elements is the most powerful of all. Isn’t it extraordinary that the subtle body has eighteen elements, while the gross body has only five! The five elements of the gross body are ether, air, fire, water and earth. And the eighteen elements of the subtle body are the five vital breaths (praan, apaan, udaan, samaan, vyaan), the five senses of perception (eyes, ears, nose, skin and tongue) and the five senses of action (hands, feet, larynx, reproductive organs and organs of excretion). Then there are the mind, intellect and ego. Thus, the subtle body is composed of these eighteen elements.
 
This subtle body accompanies us after death. Regardless of whether you are born as a cat, dog or celestial and regardless of where you go after death, the subtle body consisting of eighteen elements accompanies you. It will remain with you until you transcend it. Jnanis, the impersonalists, attempt to destroy the subtle body and on the path of bhakti this subtle body becomes divine. However, this subtle body does not leave the materially-bound soul even after death. Sometimes when you are in great distress, you think, “If I die, I will be free of all this.” But you are mistaken, for even then you will not be free. The cause of your problem is the subtle body and that will accompany you even after death. Then how can death release you from your miseries? The gross body is not the culprit.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti



to be continued next week...
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