The Real Technology of Life is the Study of Higher Consciousness

A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA – Vedic literature is a vast literature, and it is complete. Every religion, every human society accepts God, or at least appreciates Him and says God is great, but no one knows how great God is. That information is available in the Vedas. In school, children may use a pocket dictionary, which gives brief definitions, but if they use a big dictionary, just like the International Dictionary or the Complete Oxford English Dictionary of many volumes, they will see that the descriptions are more complete and vivid for any given word. So those who are actually interested in the science of God will find ample opportunity in this Krishna consciousness movement. It is not that we are decrying any other religion. No. This is a postgraduate study of higher consciousness or God consciousness. Therefore there is no objection to any religious group coming to Krishna consciousness. Many students from India come to America for higher study in technology, so we are offering the higher study of learning how to love God. That is our program. Sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje.

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Desire Is the Constant Companion of the Soul

The spiritual master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his disciple discuss the ideas of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) in terms of the philosophy of the Vedas.

Disciple: For Schopenhauer, happiness meant inactive satisfaction—nirvana. Since he thought that the will to enjoy the material world is the irrational urge that brings about all suffering, he advocated the extinction of the will. In his main book, The World as Will and Idea, he wrote, “The Indian Vedas and Puranas have no better simile than a dream for the actual [material] world, which they call ‘the web of maya,’ and they use none more frequently.” From this Schopenhauer concluded, “Life is a long dream….What is this world of perception but my idea?” He goes on to conclude that life is a projection of the will.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, material life is a projection of the material will, or material desire. And nirväëa means that material desires are finished. But the living entity cannot be desireless, because he is an eternal spiritual being. Thus, even when he finishes his material desires, he still has spiritual desires. In the materially conditioned state, these spiritual desires are covered by material desires, but in any case desire is the constant companion of the soul, or living entity.

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(1) Our bodies are made of material elements such as earth, water and fire. The red dot on the forehead represents the subtle body – mind, intelligence and false ego. But our consciousness is separate from these material elements. We are not the body. The soul, or consciousness, is seated in the heart of the gross body.

(2) The chariot of the body. The five horses represent the five senses (tongue, eyes, ears, nose and skin). The reins, the driving instrument, symbolize the mind. Above the mind is the intelligence, the driver. The passenger is the spirit soul, going along for the ride…

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A Deeper Aspect to Ahimsa or Nonviolence

Today I saw the news about the horrible bombing and shootings in Norway that left nearly 100 people dead. It really shook me because I’m originally from Finland, which is practically neighbor to Norway. I don’t think there is any other way to stop such senseless violence from happening except to really go to the root of the problem and work together to raise the level of our consciousness, individually and collectively. And I don’t think there is any more effective way to do that than to study spiritual wisdom and actually put those teachings into practice by mantra meditation, vegetarian diet, simple lifestyle, developing relationship with God, etc. — and then teach others who are willing to learn, even if just by your example.

At today’s Warped show in New York a girl complemented my shirt that says ‘Vegetarian’ on it. Prahlada was standing next to me and took the opportunity to show her the books where the culture of ahimsa, or nonviolence, originates from. She told me she was wiccan and really interested in reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Here’s something about ahimsa that stood out for me as I read the Gita recently:

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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare  ॐ हरे कृष्णा हरे कृष्णा कृष्णा कृष्णा हरे हरे। हरे रामा हरे रामा रामा रामा हरे हरे॥ ॐ