Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What is the solution?

We are all struggling in this world. Spirits in the Material World is a famous song by the band, Police. Even Sting knew that we are spirit souls trapped in a material conception of reality. But what is the way out?

For that answer, we cannot get help from the dust of the feet of rock musicians or politicians or even from 3rd class neophyte devotees in the position of sannyasis. The only ones who can help us are the mahajans, great devotees who have no more material ambition.

Prahlada Maharaja says:
naisam matis tavad urukramanghrim
sprsaty anarthapagamo yad-arthah
mahiyasam pada-rajo-'bhisekam
niskincananam na vrnita yavat
 [SB 7.5.32]

And Srila Prabhupada commented on this verse when speaking on Narasinga Caturdasi in Los Angeles in May, 1972:

“Therefore one has to take shelter of a pure devotee. That is the only solution. So long one does not approach a pure devotee,’mahiyasam,’ ‘niskincananam,’ a great personality, who has no more any material interest, and takes the dust of his lotus feet on the head.... ‘Naisam matis tavad urukramanghrim': so long one does not approach such personality, there is no possibility of becoming Krsna conscious. As soon as one approaches the pure devotee and takes the dust of his lotus feet and puts it on his head, immediately, ‘anartha apagamah,' he'll be freed from all this nonsense. That means he'll forget this idea that ‘materially we can advance.’ This is the process.

So we have to approach a ‘niskincana,’ one who has nothing to do with this material world. His only ambition is to serve Krsna. And if somebody approaches him and takes the dust of his lotus feet, then he can understand.”

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