Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Everything will be purified (Srila Sridhar Maharaj)

Excerpt from Awakening to the Absolute

We find this verse in Srimad Bhagavatam:
        avismrtih krsna-padaravindayoh
        ksinoty abhadrani ca sam tanoti
        sattvasya-suddhim paramatma-bhaktim
        jnanam ca vijnana-viraga-yuktam
                                             (SB 12:12:55)

["For one who remembers the lotus feet of Krishna, all inauspiciousness soon disappears, and one's good fortune expands. In other words, one becomes free from all material contamination, one attains liberation from repeated birth and death, and one's real spiritual life begins. As one's heart becomes gradually purified, one's devotion for the Lord within the heart awakens, and one realizes the Paramatma. Thus one gradually develops knowledge (jnana), realization (vijnana), and renunciation (vairagya)."] 

Krishna consciousness, remembrance of the divine feet of Krishna – krsna-padaravindayoh – will dissipate, destroy the abhadra, what is undesirable, what is not good in us. That which is nasty, which is impure within us, will be destroyed by the continuance of Krishna consciousness. In any stage of its development, even in its lower stage, its slightest, 'negligent' connection can destroy our undesirable connection with things of lower nature. And, it will promote goodness within us: sattvasya-suddhim, the substantial character of our existence will be improved; our soul-existence, that will be purified. Our stand-point, our understanding, our aspiration – everything, will be purified. And, paramatma-bhaktim: we shall attain devotion, attachment to the supersubjective realm; and our knowledge, our conception about that – jnanam ca – will improve. And that knowledge – the conception about Him – will develop to vijnana, a proper connection, and will effect in us viraga-yuktam, apathy to this mundane world.

At any cost, we are to maintain our Krishna consciousness. The advice is: try to maintain Krishna consciousness, it is the medicine. 

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