ENLIGHTENING THOUGHTS FROM A. C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA – A MUST READ FOR THE AWAKENED SOUL

A. C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA – founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

An excerpt from his book: The Topmost Yoga System. (Page 14).

“As soon as you come to this point of being firmly convinced that you are not this body, that is called the brahma-bhuta stage of Brahman realisation. That is knowledge, real knowledge. Advancement of knowledge for eating, sleeping and mating is animal knowledge. A dog also knows how to eat, how to sleep, how to mate and how to defend. If our education extends only to these points (the dog is eating according to his nature, and we are also eating, but in a nice place, with nicely cooked food on a nice table), that is not advancement. The principle is still eating. Similarly, you may sleep in a very nice apartment in a six-story building or in a 122-story-building, and the dog may lie in a street, but when he sleeps and when you sleep, there is no difference. You cannot know whether you are sleeping in a sky-scraper or on the ground because you are dreaming something which has taken you from your bed. You have forgotten that your body is lying there on the bed, and you are flying in the air, dreaming. Therefore, to improve the sleeping method is not advancement of civilisation. Similarly, the dog has no social custom for mating. Whenever there is a she-dog, he mates on the street. You may mate very silently, in a secret place (although now people are learning how to mate like dogs), but the mating is there. The same principal applies to defending. A dog has teeth and nails with which he can defend himself, and you have atom bombs. But the purpose is defending,that’s all. Therefore, scripture says that human life is not meant only for these principles of life, bodily demands. There is another thing – a human being should be inquisitive to learn what is Absolute Truth. That education is lacking.

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THE PROJECT IS WITHIN US ALL

There’s more to this than you realize.

You’re part of a project that’s too vast for you to comprehend.

The impulses that guide your life

don’t come from you, but through you –

you’re a channel, not the source.

But the impulses aren’t flowing through you clearly –

you’ve let the channel become obstructed

by your self-doubt and fear.

So the force has been diluted, the message has been distorted,

and the river that should be rushing through you

is a halting, stuttering stream.

But this project is too important to interfere with.

There’s too much at stake to stand in its way –

to be distracted by your own fears and desires

to be afraid of failure or wary of success

to worry about looking foolish or loosing face

to wonder who’s watching you and what they might be thinking

and be discouraged if no one seems to be watching at all

or frustrated if they don’t seem to understand.

It’s enough to do what you’re meant to do

to express what you’re meant to express

without evaluating your effect

or considering results or reactions.

There’s too much at stake for you to become

anything less than you were meant to be,

to leave the smallest part of your potential unfulfilled

or the smallest piece of your message unsaid.

This is the time to be fearless

so that the force can flow through you freely.

This is the time to be empty

so that the source can fill you completely.

This is the time to step aside

and let the project unfold through you.

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PICTURE: NOELL S. OSZVALD

THE VOICE INSIDE YOUR HEAD

One day you’ll grow fed up with the voice inside your head

with its constant murmurings of discontent

its fearmongering thought of the future

and its questioning of every choice you make.

 

One day you will turn to it and calmly say, “I refuse to listen”

then stand back and look away

turning your attention to your surroundings

or to a quietness and spaciousness you can sense

inside you, just behind the voice.

 

The voice is so self-absorbed

that at first it won’t even notice it’s being ignored

and will carry on chattering away to itself.

You’ll still hear its complaints and criticisms

but they won’t convince you anymore –

you’ll doubt them, laugh at them, reject them.

 

And gradually, without the fuel of your attention,

the voice will become more hesitant

will stumble and slow down, leaving space;

until eventually that self-assertive drawl that demanded to be heard

and seemed to submerge the rest of reality

will be no louder than a whisper, like a gentle breeze

that seems to be part of silence.

 

 

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PICTURE – NAUM GABO

THE PERFECT PARADOX

When you can hear the silence behind the noise

and feel space among the crowd

when you can sense peace amid chaos and conflict

and see the beauty of the ugly and the drab

 

When solitude never leads to loneliness

and emptiness seems to overflow

when every stranger looks familiar

and every foreign place feels like home

 

Then you’ll know that duality is no more

that you’ve stepped beyond contradiction

into the place of perfect paradox

where everything makes sense.

 

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[PICTURE: ARTIST UNKNOWN]

DIVINE DISSATISFACTION

When you sense there’s something more

when the life that used to satisfy you no longer seems enough

and security seems suffocating and pleasures loose there taste

when dreams of success don’t motivate you anymore

and diversions don’t seem to divert you

when familiarity seems oppressive, like a coat that’s too old and tight,

and every repetition of the old routine

makes you feel more stale and weary.

 

When you find yourself aching

with a sadness that doesn’t seem to have a source

with a hunger that seems too subtle to satisfy

when strange energies are pulsing through you

like the tremors of an earthquake deep down inside

and you can feel the ground shifting

and are afraid of loosing balance

and you ask yourself. “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I be happy anymore?”

 

Have no fear – there’s nothing wrong with you.

This isn’t anxiety or depression,

it’s divine dissatisfaction.

You’re not breaking down but breaking through.

 

This is your awakening

the tearing of the veil

the opening of your soul.

Your real self is emerging, slowly, painfully,

through the hard skin of your chrysalis.

 

The old world is receding behind you

and you’re waiting at the threshold of the new, disorientated,

wondering how to make sense of this strange place.

But as long as you have the courage to move forward

a guide will appear and your path will form before you

and a glorious adventure will begin.

 

And soon the lushness of this landscape won’t startle you anymore

soon the brilliance of this sun won’t dazzle you

soon the vastness of this space won’t feel overwhelming

and the magic and meaning of this new world will embrace you.

 

 

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PICTURE – CELTIC SYMBOL FOR STRENGTH