Prabhupada

Hallucinatory Happiness

“When a person dreams at night, hallucinatory figures created by the dream are accepted as real, and the imaginary dream body is accepted as one’s real body. For the time being, one forgets that besides the body created in hallucination, there is another, real body in his awakened state. Similarly, in the awakened state also, the bewildered conditioned soul considers sense enjoyment to be real happiness.

(KRSNA, ch.84 – Sacrificial Ceremonies Performed by Vasudeva)

Realising God is Like Churning Butter

As from the wood the infested fire can be manifested by proper manupulation or as butter can be churned out of the milk so also the presence of the Lord as Paramatma can be felt by the process of legitimate hearing and chanting of the transcendental subject.

Matter antimatter proton neutron all are different sources of manifestation of the Paramatma feature of the Lord by proper culture only. As from the wood the infested fire can be manifested by proper manupulation or as butter can be churned out of the milk so also the presence of the Lord as Paramatma can be felt by the process of legitimate hearing and chanting of the transcendental subject.

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How to Rise Early Tip

This is compulsory, early in the morning. What is the difficulty? You go. Of course one who is engaged extraordinarily, that is a different thing. Generally if you go to bed at ten you receive six hours sound sleep. More than sleeping six hours is a diseased condition. Six hours you can get up. Of course, those who cannot follow, that those who cannot rise in spite of going at ten to bed. Then he should not eat at night. Then he will be forced to get up. There is no difficulty. Don’t eat at night then he’ll be. So why not [indistinct] belly? Because it makes him a bit sleep more. So you do not overwork, then you will be able to rise early. This is easy.

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.7.29–30 – March 21, 1971, Bombay)

You Have To Select A Spiritual Master

Just like, “Oh, so many people, they have got a spiritual master. Let me have also some spiritual master.” It is not like that. It is only jijñāsuḥ, one must be very much inquisitive of the transcendental subject matter. He requires a spiritual master. So here also, the Lord says that tad viddhi: “If you want to understand that transcendental subject matter, then you must approach a person, a bona fide spiritual master.”

And the process is praṇipāta, praṇipātena. Praṇipāta means full surrender. Pra means prakṛṣṭa-rūpeṇa, fully, and nipāta means completely becoming a blank slate. Blank slate. Nobody should approach a bona fide spiritual master just to argue with him and just to, with a desire that “I shall see what kind of spiritual master.” No. This is useless. You have to select a spiritual master…

My Guru Mahārāja, my spiritual master, used to say that you have to select a spiritual master not by seeing but by your ear, but by hearing. And you don’t select a spiritual master who has got a very good hair or beard or some very beautiful feature, “Oh, he is a very good, nice looking.” No. You must hear. Tad viddhi praṇipātena (BG 4.34). Śruti. The whole process is śruti. The Vedas are called śruti. The ear has to aural reception.

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lecture on BG 4.24-34, New York, August 12, 1966

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