“Being conscious of the eternal self, one should give up association with women and those intimately associated with women. Sitting fearlessly in a solitary place, one should concentrate the mind on Me with great attention. Of all kinds of suffering and bondage arising from various attachments, none is greater than the suffering and bondage arising from attachment to women and intimate contact with those attached to women.” SB 11.14.29-30

The eternal self is that which lies outside of the consciousness of the body, the mind and it’s collective consciousness  (awareness, memories etc.) of things and events, the intelligence and so forth. The eternal self is that which has never not existed and that which continues to exists after the body is annihilated. Though desires may follow one into the next life, the eternal self is that which supports this karma, and is also separate from it. To become one again with that pure self, one must give up all association and identification with those things that one fears, holds dear, or simply desires. For men, this may mean letting go of one’s strong attraction for the opposite sex. In this verse Krishna is instructing Uddhava, a man, and so he is using this example. When Krishna instructs women, He instructs them that they too must let go of all attachment for family, home etc. and reestablish one’s eternal relationship with the Divine. When someone is ready, it is time to find a solitary place, and concentrate only upon God with rapt attention.

“Attraction and repulsion for sense objects are felt by embodied beings, but one should not fall under the control of senses and sense objects because they are stumbling blocks on the path of self-realization.” Bg. 3.34

“The Personality of Godhead answered: That yoga system which relates to the Lord and the individual soul, which is meant for the ultimate benefit of the living entity, and which causes detachment from all happiness and distress in the material world, is the highest yoga system.” SB 3.25.12

“When one is completely cleansed of the impurities of lust and greed produced from the false identification of the body as “I” and bodily possessions as “mine,” one’s mind becomes purified. In that pure state he transcends the stage of material happiness and distress.” SB 3.25.16

“In that position of self-realization, by practice of knowledge and renunciation in devotional service, one sees everything in the right perspective; he becomes indifferent to material existence, and the material influence acts less powerfully upon him.” SB 3.25.18

“Every learned man knows very well that attachment for the material is the greatest entanglement of the spirit soul. But that same attachment, when applied to self-realized devotees, opens the door of liberation.” SB 3.25.20

“Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 1 Corinthians 7:1

“Therefore, one should reject all material processes of elevation, which are like the mental creations of a dream, and should completely absorb one’s mind in Me. By constantly thinking of Me, one becomes purified.” SB 11.14.28

Spiritual life, one’s realizations, the process of becoming self-realized, God conscious, all require that one give up their material identification, the mind’s projections and the urges of the body and surrender to “that which is”. Whatever the name that we use for the Supreme Absolute, the highest good in us knows that Supreme controller as part of our own soul, and by surrendering to the Cause of All Causes, we are able to liberate our own mundane consciousness and become one in Spirit once again. By absorbing our consciousness in that of the Lord’s, by hearing about, thinking about, speaking about, praying to, meditating upon, chanting the Holy names of, etc., we at once awaken our own Divine awareness of all That Is and slowly become purified.

“After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.” Bg. 7.19

“He who meditates on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his mind constantly engaged in remembering Me, undeviated from the path, he, O Partha [Arjuna], is sure to reach Me.” Bg. 8.8

“And when you have thus learned the truth, you will know that all living beings are but part of Me–and that they are in Me, and are Mine.” Bg. 4.35

“Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt.” Bg. 12.8

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

“Being purified by his intelligence and controlling the mind with determination, giving up the objects of sense gratification, being freed from attachment and hatred, one who lives in a secluded place, who eats little and who controls the body and the tongue, and is always in trance and is detached, who is without false ego, false strength, false pride, lust, anger, and who does not accept material things, such a person is certainly elevated to the position of self-realization.” Bg. 18.51-53

“If one’s hairs do not stand on end, how can the heart melt? And if the heart does not melt, how can tears of love flow from the eyes? If one does not cry in spiritual happiness, how can one render loving service to the Lord? And without such service, how can the consciousness be purified? A devotee whose speech is sometimes choked up, whose heart melts, who cries continually and sometimes laughs, who feels ashamed and cries out loudly and then dances — a devotee thus fixed in loving service to Me purifies the entire universe.” SB 11.14.23-24

To become an associate of the Lord or His or Her representative or lover, we must leave our false ego at the door. The body is a vessel for the soul only as long as there are remnants of leftover karma. When the majority of gross karma has been worked off, the subtle senses will emerge in a highly emotional state, and ecstatic symptoms, like those described in this verse can be expressed in full joy in the association of the Supreme. One’s hairs may stand on end, tears flow from the eyes, voice choked up as the heart melts, and the humble servant of God, sometimes laughs or cries uncontrollably. He may dance in ecstasy, madly call out holy names of the Lord, or speak incoherently in love. These symptoms also  deepen one’s love and purify the entire universe. Jesus cried tears of blood, St. Teresa and St. Joseph levitated and Caitanya Mahaprabhu exhibited numerous ecstatic symptoms such as crying uncontrollably in separation from his beloved Krishna, as his body changed it size and shape. Five hundred years ago he opened the storehouse of love of God and distributed it freely to the masses of India, in what in modern times has become known as the Hare Krishna movement.

“The bhāva [emotional mood or devotional state] stage is manifested by eight transcendental symptoms, namely inertness, perspiration, standing of hairs on end, failing in the voice, trembling, paleness of the body, tears in the eyes and finally trance. The Nectar of Devotion, a summary study of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, explains those symptoms and vividly describes other transcendental developments, both in steady and accelerating manifestations.” Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami

“And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.” Luke 22:44

“I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.” Psalm 6:6

“The characteristics of Krsna (God) are understood to be a storehouse of transcendental love. Although that storehouse of love certainly came with Krsna when He was present, it was sealed. But when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came with His other associates of the Panca-tattva, they broke the seal and plundered the storehouse to taste transcendental love of Krsna. The more they tasted it, the more their thirst for it grew. Sri Panca-tattva themselves danced again and again and thus made it easier to drink nectarean love of Godhead. They danced, cried, laughed and chanted like madmen, and in this way they distributed love of Godhead.” Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila chapter 7 verse 20-22

“What bliss was in the devotees” hearts! The devotees floated in an ocean of happiness.” Sri Caitanya-bhagavata chapter 23 verse 157

“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

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