“My dear Uddhava, the unalloyed devotional service rendered to Me by My devotees brings Me under their control. I cannot be thus controlled by those engaged in mystic yoga, Sāṅkhya philosophy, pious work, Vedic study, austerity or renunciation.” SB 11.14.20

God’s only desire is for our love. We have been given independence so that we can share our love freely, and make the Divine the recipient of our affection. In turn, we can experience the highest form of love in exchange for our devotion. To receive God’s love, we must give our love freely as we would in any intimate relationship. As we learn to surrender, God’s love is returned and our love and enthusiasm is increased. Loving exchange is the highest way to approach the Absolute Truth. Love Only is the path and the means. One may discover the mysteries of the subtle workings of the universe. Overcome all physical and mental limitations, gain the whole world, but loose their own soul. Jesus through love conquered the devil in the wilderness. Krishna overcame many demons, and gave Himself fully in friendship to Arjuna and the Pandavas. In unprecedented love to the Radharani. In parental affection to His parents. And as a king to to the Yadu dynasty. One who fully understands the philosophy of the Supreme Absolute and the material creation, still desires to experience loving exchange with the Most High, or there is no value in all of one’s obtained knowledge. Works alone cannot bring one closer to God, than the hearts longing. And mere renunciation only makes one long for the Eternal.

“The Personality of Godhead replied: The renunciation of work and work in devotion are both good for liberation. But, of the two, work in devotional service is better than renunciation of work.” Bg. 5.2

“And of all yogis, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all.” Bg. 6.47

“To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me.” Bg. 10.10

“O ocean of mercy, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu! Let there be an awakening of Your auspicious mercy, which easily drives away all kinds of material lamentation by making everything pure and blissful. Indeed, Your mercy awakens transcendental bliss and covers all material pleasures. By Your auspicious mercy, quarrels and disagreements arising among different scriptures are vanquished. Your auspicious mercy pours forth transcendental mellows and thus causes the heart to jubilate. Your mercy, which is full of joy, always stimulates devotional service and glorifies conjugal love of God. May transcendental bliss be awakened within my heart by Your causeless mercy.” Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 10.119

“And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. “Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.”Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” Luke 4:7

“O my Lord, O Supreme, because I was born in a family full of the hellish material qualities of passion and ignorance, what is my position? And what is to be said of Your causeless mercy, which was never offered even to Lord Brahmā, Lord Śiva or the goddess of fortune, Lakṣmī? You never put Your lotus hand upon their heads, but You have put it upon mine.” Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.26

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:25-26

“Too much of anything is dangerous unless it’s God’s Love.” ~ Reign

“Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away,but love stays with us. Love is God.” ~ Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur

“Those who are without any desire for personal gratification, whose minds are always attached to Me, who are peaceful, without false ego and merciful to all living entities, and whose consciousness is never affected by opportunities for sense gratification — such persons enjoy in Me a happiness that cannot be known or achieved by those lacking such detachment from the material world.” SB 11.14.17

We give up our personal desires, because the image that we accept as the self, is not the actual self, but a projection based upon our unfinished desires, as they have been expressed in the past and imagined for the future. Influenced by the modes (gunas) of nature (goodness, passion and ignorance) and influenced by the individual and collective consciousness of everyone that we associate with directly and indirectly. When one is able to fully let go the body and the mind’s desires for sense gratification, what remains is a natural longing and inspiration for “that which is”. At this point, nothing else is needed nor desired. Divine love is obtained and increases automatically in the association of devotees and God.

“Although the members of the Pañca-tattva (5 truths of reality or features of God) plundered the storehouse of love of Godhead and ate and distributed its contents, there was no scarcity, for this wonderful storehouse is so complete that as the love is distributed, the supply increases hundreds of times.” Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.24

“The stage of perfection is called trance, or samadhi, when one’s mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of yoga. This is characterized by one’s ability to see the self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the self. In that joyous state, one is situated in boundless transcendental happiness and enjoys himself through transcendental senses. Established thus, one never departs from the truth and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of greatest difficulty. This indeed is actual freedom from all miseries arising from material contact.” Bg. 6.20-23

“One who does not desire anything within this world, who has achieved peace by controlling his senses, whose consciousness is equal in all conditions and whose mind is completely satisfied in Me finds only happiness wherever he goes.” SB 11.14.13

Here on Planet Backwards, where things are not the way our senses perceive them, true happiness is found by regulating our desires, and approaching God as the absolute truth. Attachments to that which is material can never be fully satisfied because they are always increasing and therefore appear to be just out of reach. By establishing a relationship with God or the Absolute, one can very quickly discover that place that once we have connected with in mind and spirit, one is rarely shaken and one doesn’t have to return. That place is the spiritual world, our true home and source of our being.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

“A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires–that enter like rivers into the ocean which is ever being filled but is always still–can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.” Bg. 2.70

“Yet there is another nature, which is eternal and is transcendental to this manifested and unmanifested matter. It is supreme and is never annihilated. When all in this world is annihilated, that part remains as it is.” Bg. 8.20

“That supreme abode is called unmanifested and infallible, and it is the supreme destination. When one goes there, he never comes back. That is My supreme abode.” Bg. 8.21

“With steady intelligence you should develop unalloyed devotional service by careful worship of the spiritual master, and with the sharpened ax of transcendental knowledge you should cut off the subtle material covering of the soul. Upon realizing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you should then give up that ax of analytic knowledge.” SB 11.12.24

With steady intelligence you should develop unalloyed devotional service by careful worship of the spiritual master, and with the sharpened ax of transcendental knowledge you should cut off the subtle material covering of the soul. Upon realizing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you should then give up that ax of analytic knowledge.

Lord Krishna recommends that we take shelter of a spiritual master, a guru who is in complete  knowledge of the Absolute, as Krishna Himself is, surrender to him, and worship him or her as the representative of God. With the transcendental knowledge obtained in scriptures, such as Srimad Bhagavatam, the Bhagavad-gita, the words of Jesus and many others, one can learn how to approach the Supreme in love’ and the difference between the pure spirit soul and the material body and mind. Once one has obtained pure transcendental consciousness, (Krishna or christ consciousness), one should give up the process of analytical knowledge and simply increase and experience their pure love of God. It is not recommended that one give up their love and service to their spiritual master. The love that takes one across the ocean of material life, is the same love that one will share directly with  God in the spiritual world. However, material knowledge and philosophy that one used to obtain transcendental awareness, can be given up once material consciousness is transcended and spiritual or God consciousness has been obtained. When one receives a Ph.D., lower courses are no longer necessary.

“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.” john 10:30

“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” john 14:6

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.” Bg. 4.34

“In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has achieved this enjoys the self with himself in due course of time.” Bg. 4.38

“Therefore, one who has renounced the fruits of his action, whose doubts are destroyed by transcendental knowledge, and who is situated firmly in the self, is not bound by works, O conqueror of riches.” Bg. 4.41

“Unless one is engaged in the devotional service of the Lord, mere renunciation of activities cannot make one happy. The sages, purified by works of devotion, achieve the Supreme without delay.” Bg. 5.6

“For one who is a neophyte in the eightfold yoga system, work is said to be the means; and for one who has already attained to yoga, cessation of all material activities is said to be the means.” Bg. 6.3

“One who has accepted Me as the supreme goal of life should strictly observe the scriptural injunctions forbidding sinful activities and, as far as possible, should execute the injunctions prescribing minor regulative duties such as cleanliness. Ultimately, however, one should approach a bona fide spiritual master who is full in knowledge of Me as I am, who is peaceful, and who by spiritual elevation is not different from Me.” SB 11.10.5

“Just as woven cloth rests on the expansion of lengthwise and crosswise threads, similarly the entire universe is expanded on the lengthwise and crosswise potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is situated within Him. The conditioned soul has been accepting material bodies since time immemorial, and these bodies are like great trees sustaining one’s material existence. Just as a tree first blossoms and then produces fruit, similarly the tree of material existence, one’s material body, produces the various results of material existence.” SB 11.12.21

The internet and how we associate with it can be seen as a symbolic representation for how we see our part in the creation and how we approach and interact with the Absolute or God. In this example, God would be the World Wide Web, fully perfect and complete in itself. As in the example above, this Web or internet is expanded everywhere, and though one may not see the expansion of the internet, it’s lengthwise and crosswise threads, one knows that they exist and carry the life-force that enables all of creation upon the Web to exist. One in the early stages of understanding this World Wide Web, Matrix or Tantra, can immediately understand that they are connected to every other person upon or within the Web. Regardless if there has been an introduction or not, the connection has already been made and has been existing since time immemorial. We may have already been given a name in which we have become identified with, or take a new name, but the Web and our existence within it, has already been existing, and has never not existed. Connecting a new computer can be compared to taking another birth and taking a new name, like being born again. When we purchase a computer, smart phone etc. it is similar to receiving a new body. We may or may not have access to our old operating system and files, which was made up of the mind and senses, but access and a connection to our forgotten path continuously remains somewhere within the web. Like in the Akashic (sky, space, etheric) records, no energy is ever dissipated and no information is ever actually lost. Whatever thought or action that we take, can influence another, as we too may be influenced by every other user within the Web. We can chose to bypass or ignore unwanted information that clutters the Web with images and vibrations that we find negative. And we may search for those that which is alive in us, that we find inspiring and bring us joy. How we choose to view our life and our position upon the Web, will influence how others view us as well as how we see ourselves. We are invited to see what we want to see, and hear what we want to hear. Because we are intimately connected, our thoughts and actions, and even our dreams play an important role upon the web. And all of our desires are slowly being fulfilled. This Web of life, is being maintain by our own energy, and ultimately is being supported by the energy of the Lord. Because we understand that there may be unlimited operating systems that have access and unlimited programs that are running within the Web, we can understand that the intelligence that created the Web, and the energy that has been maintaing the Web, has been doing so since time immemorial, and that we are part and parcel of this World Wide Web Creator. And though we are able to create our own programs, share ourselves in unlimited ways, behind all of our contributions, we are merely a tiny parcel of energy helping to serve, and can never be greater than the Complete Whole (Web) itself.

“The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance.” Sri Isopanisad invocation

“Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.” Bg. 2.12

“This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” Matthew 13:13

“You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.” Isaiah 42:20

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Newton’s Third“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” ~ Albert Einstein

“By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.” Bg. 9.4

“Such a person must factually know the greatest of all, the Personality of Godhead, who is unembodied, omniscient, beyond reproach, without veins, pure and uncontaminated, the self-sufficient philosopher who has been fulfilling everyone’s desire since time immemorial.” Sri Isopanisad verse 8

“When many seeds are placed in an agricultural field, innumerable manifestations of trees, bushes, vegetables and so on will arise from a single source, the soil. Similarly, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who gives life to all and is eternal, originally exists beyond the scope of the cosmic manifestation. In the course of time, however, the Lord, who is the resting place of the three modes of nature and the source of the universal lotus flower, in which the cosmic manifestation takes place, divides His material potencies and thus appears to be manifest in innumerable forms, although He is one.” SB 11.12.20

When asked the greatest commandment, Jesus replied “Hear, O Israel! The Lord Our God Is One God.” For over 5000 years (based on the Hebrew calendar), these few words of inspiration has moved billions of people to approach the Absolute, understand their oneness, or separation, and create a nation of people dedicated to the realization that there is only one God, and that they are also one with their God. Jesus chose this as the greatest commandment upon which to build his own teaching. In most religions and spiritual practices there is a sense of single divinity, expressed in multifarious expressions and of our oneness with the them. This realization is the very beginning is one’s search for the Absolute.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Deuteronomy 6:4

“One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;” Mark 12:28-29

“For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” Psalm 86:10

“Your God is one God, there is no God but He, the Merciful, the Compassionate.” Quran 2:163

“I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who know this perfectly engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.” Bg. 10.8

“The Supersoul is the original source of all senses, yet He is without senses. He is unattached, although He is the maintainer of all living beings. He transcends the modes of nature, and at the same time He is the master of all modes of material nature.” Bg. 13.15

“He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone’s heart.” Bg. 13.18

“It is the living entity’s constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Krishna because he is the marginal energy of Krishna and a manifestation simultaneously one with and different from the Lord, like a molecular particle of sunshine or fire.” Caitana Caritamrita Madhya 10.108 (Vishnu Purana 6.7.61)

“The functions of the working senses — the organ of speech, the hands, the legs, the genital and the anus — and the functions of the knowledge-acquiring senses — the nose, tongue, eyes, skin and ears — along with the functions of the subtle senses of mind, intelligence, consciousness and false ego, as well as the function of the subtle pradhana and the interaction of the three modes of material nature — all these should be understood as My materially manifest form.” SB 11.12.19

Lord Krishna is sharing with Uddhava, that no matter how one looks at the material creation, from the most subtle cause that material scientist can currently comprehend, to our gross bodily awareness, all of it should be viewed and understood as only the material manifestation of the Lord, and ultimately has no relationship with the spiritual creation which the soul is actually part and parcel of. In the absolute sense, if one is to wake up to their Divine nature, none of their material understanding is going to serve them on this journey.

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature and My supreme dominion over all that be.” Bg. 9.11

“One who, at the time of death, fixes his life air between the eyebrows and in full devotion engages himself in remembering the Supreme Lord, will certainly attain to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” Bg. 8.10

“The yogic situation is that of detachment from all sensual engagements. Closing all the doors of the senses and fixing the mind on the heart and the life air at the top of the head, one establishes himself in yoga.” Bg. 8.12

“From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again.” Bg. 8.16

“When sticks of kindling wood are vigorously rubbed together, heat is produced by contact with air, and a spark of fire appears. Once the fire is kindled, ghee is added and the fire blazes. Similarly, I become manifest in the sound vibration of the Vedas.” SB 11.12.18

The process of awakening the Lord within the heart, through the ethers, within breath (prana) and beyond the material covering, starts with our intention. The Absolute is already fully present, our heart and mind must also be active and our inspired intention directed with the salve of love. Both Lord Chaitanya and Lord Jesus give the example of a devotional creeper or vine. When one plants the seed of love, a sprout of love will soon appear. From this small sprout a great creeper or vine will grow vary large and can attach itself to other larger vines already firmly established in the Divine.

“The creeper greatly expands in the Goloka Vrindanvana planet (highest spiritual realm), and there it produces the fruit of love for Krsna. Although remaining in the material world, the gardener regularly sprinkles the creeper with the water of hearing and chanting” Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya 19.155

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“The creeper of devotional service, so nourished, gradually grows, and the devotee, acting as a gardener, goes on pouring the water of constant hearing and chanting. The creeper of devotional service gradually grows so high that it passes through the entire material universe and enters into the spiritual sky, growing still higher and higher until it reaches the planet Goloka Vṛndāvana.” ~ Bhaktivedanta Swami

“Śrī Uddhava said: O Lord of all masters of mystic power, I have heard Your words, but the doubt in my heart does not go away; thus my mind is bewildered. The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Uddhava, the Supreme Lord gives life to every living being and is situated within the heart along with the life air and primal sound vibration. The Lord can be perceived in His subtle form within the heart by one’s mind, since the Lord controls the minds of everyone, even great demigods like Lord Śiva. The Supreme Lord also assumes a gross form as the various sounds of the Vedas, composed of short and long vowels and consonants of different intonations. SB 11.12.16-17

Since everyone is ultimately searching out the Absolute Truth, doubts arise within our hearts and mind, seeking that which is beyond all of our material conceptions. Since we know death is inevitable, we long for a relationship that is eternal. Uddhava too, even though a great devotee, is feeling this separation from the Divine and inquires again as to how one overcomes all doubts that those in temporary material bodies must face. Again Krishna assures Uddhava that He (the Lord) can be found (realized) within the heart, sound vibration, one’s life air (breath, prana), scriptures, and even within one’s own mind if one is attuned with the Lord. Lord Krishna goes on to assure Uddhava that even great demigods like Shiva are all under the influence of the Supreme Absolute (Krishna).

“O son of Kunti [Arjuna], I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.” Bg. 7.8

“This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.” Bg. 7.14

“Arjuna said, My dear Krsna, O infallible one, my illusion is now gone. I have regained my memory by Your mercy, and I am now firm and free from doubt and am prepared to act according to Your instructions.” Bg. 18.73

“Therefore, My dear Uddhava, abandon the Vedic mantras as well as the procedures of supplementary Vedic literatures and their positive and negative injunctions. Disregard that which has been heard and that which is to be heard. Simply take shelter of Me alone, for I am the Supreme Personality of Godhead, situated within the heart of all conditioned souls. Take shelter of Me wholeheartedly, and by My grace be free from fear in all circumstances.” SB 11.12.14-15

The Lord is explaining to His dear friend and devotee Uddhava that the rules and regulations presented in scriptures and other religious writings are to be used like a road map to awaken one to their original relationship with the Divine. Once the destination has been obtained, one can disregard the map. The Lord in His form as Paramatma, the Supersoul is residing in the hearts of all beings and can be contacted directly through love, devotion and surrender. If one is sincere, then no other process is required.

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” Bg. 9.34

“Yet in this body there is another, a transcendental enjoyer who is the Lord, the supreme proprietor, who exists as the overseer and permitter, and who is known as the Supersoul.” Bg. 13.23

“One can understand the Supreme Personality as He is only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of the Supreme Lord by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.” Bg. 18.55

“If you become conscious of Me, you will pass over all the obstacles of conditional life by My grace. If, however, you do not work in such consciousness but act through false ego, not hearing Me, you will be lost.” Bg. 18.58

“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.” Bg. 18.66

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