Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Equilibrium, Equanimity and Eventuality


The Bhagavad Gita states that we should not eat too much nor should we eat too little. We should not sleep too much and we should not sleep too little. We should not be too talkative and we should not be overly silent.

While doing service to Krishna we have to keep our body in good health and our mind sharp.

Evem though the ultimate goal of practice of Krishna consciousness is to become free from the bondage of material constraints the body must be maintained well while our soul is within it.

Except for some very rare souls most are wanting to have some pleasure to enjoy this life. The sakama karma mishra bhakti yoga to Sri Krishna is the stage of devotional practice where lusty desires are present within the servant of Krishna.

The sanskrit word sakama means with lust. With the tendancy to become lustful the karmas or actions of Krishnas devotee are mixed with the desire to serve God.

Karma mishra means that ones actions are mixed. A completely purified servant of God has one action only, the service to God. All day and everyday the pure devotee does not deviate. Constant and dedicated worship of Krishna is shuddha bhakti. Shuddha means pure.

Pure bhakti is not tainted with the desire for pleasure. Bhakti is sanskrit for service to God. When we say karma mishra bhakti this means that we do some service to Krishna and also we do some selfish indulgence in material life.

Most of the time material life is dominated by lusty desires. Most of us are controlled the strongest by our desire to enjoy sex and our desire to procreate. These desires are the hardest to avoid and the hardest to resist. 

The use of the word sakama emphasises lust as the primary karma that prevents us from attaining complete mercy by Krishnas benediction.

Krishna wants for us to be always in his service. At one point we decided to accept Krishnas offer that ws could be free to enjoy earthly material life.

The practice of balancing activities in our lives helps us to regulate our own faults. It is good to eat right and sleep well. To be happy and give benefit to others is the instruction of the Bhagavad Gita that we follow to gain foundation to regulate and conquer the most primal and instinctive human traits that stand before us as obstacles in our service to God.

Inevitability of Totalitarian Topple

For Those at the Top the Only Way to Go is Down

Being at the top is material destiny for downfall. Lord Brahma is at the top. If his service to Krishna is not good then he falls down.

Lord Brahma has been humbled many times. He also has transcended to the spiritual planets many times.

Without spiritual engagement one is limted to material conditioning. The nature of material existence is one against one.

High against low. Good against bad. Hot against cold.

The mentality of control and microcontrol originates from one in a position of superiority. Whether this superiority is assigned or self appointed there is no difference. The way that one handles this position of superiority is what is important.

Lord Brahma tried to control time. Kaleshwar is the controller of time. When after several failed attempts Lord Brahma finally submitted to the superiority of Kaleshwar Lord Brahmas humility and surrender gave him qualification to transcend material bondage.

Even though Lord Brahma is the creator of the whole material universe he is still bound by its constraints.

Without utilization of his position of superiority towards service to Krishna Lord Brahma doesn't receive the mercy of Krishna and is ultimately subjected to fall down from the top most position.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Futility of Habitual Resistance

Action in Non Action and Non Action in Action

Many feel that if they resist something that they will have freedom from that thing.

According to the Bhagavad Gita 4.18 this is not possible.

karmany akarma yah pasyed
akarmani ca karma yah
sa buddhiman manusyesu
sa yuktah krtsna-karma-krt

One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men, and he is in the tranecendental position, although engaged in all sorts of activities.

Simply the act of resisting is engagement in the very thing one is desiring to resist.

The only true way to cease engagement with anything is to become aloof from it or to transcend it.

As an example, one may ask "Do you like how the President issued that one particular veto?"

The other may answer "I don't pay attention to politics."

Transcendence means to elevate oneself beyond the dualities of any one scenario.

Duities exist in this material world.

One thing is hot. The way to make it cool down is by applying cold to the hot.

One thing is dark and light may be turned on to make the darkness more visible.

So these are two examples of the dualistic nature of material objects.

The one hot object is hot. If there is no need to cool it down simply walk on by. If the object must be cooled down it is a simple task that does not require much thought. Simply cool it down and move on.

If there is no need to turn on the light allow the eyes to acclaimate to see in the darkness. If the light must be turned on, turn on the light.

There is no need for reasoning or debate beyond this.

The act of resistance requires conscious thought applied to that which is resisted even while there is no material engagement in the resisted.

Conversely, indulgence can lead to inability to resist from the indulged.

One needs to know when to act, how to act, and at what times to alter ones actions.

At every moment and in every second sharp intelligence is nevessary to make decision on activity or resistance from activity.

When ones intelligence is guided by scripture and sheltered by God, one can transcend the effects of action and resistance.

Dedication is the prefered method.

At times dedication to a higher purpose involves resistance. At other times dedication to a higher purpose involves acting in surrender to the way of the action.