“Even when reflected in various objects, the sun is never divided, nor does it merge into its reflection. Only those with dull brains would consider the sun in this way. Similarly, although the soul is reflected through different material bodies, the soul remains undivided and nonmaterial.” 11.7.51

Like the sun in the example given in this verse, the spirit soul throughout its sojourn has seen unlimited expressions and reflections within its consciousness and yet knows that nothing “outside” is its Self, nor is the mind’s reflection of it Self should be accepted as the original person. The way that we experience life and creation is similar to how we dream. Our dreams constantly change and are not actually who we are, and disappear upon our awakening. When we have deep dreamless sleep, and we awaken, though we may not have had any dreams, we know whether we had good sleep or not. Therefore it can be understood that the soul is eternally separate from the material mind and body. In our material pursuit for knowledge we are being educated in the temporary material creation and not the eternal science of the soul and its relationship with the Supreme Absolute Truth. If one wants to fully understand who they are, and their relationship within the cosmos, then they first have to understand the soul which is the activating force of the body, and its relationship with the Divine.

“An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kunti, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.” Bg. 5.22

“One whose happiness is within, who is active within, who rejoices within and is illumined within, is actually the perfect mystic. He is liberated in the Supreme, and ultimately he attains the Supreme.” Bg. 5.24

“The total material substance, called Brahman, is the source of birth, and it is that Brahman that I impregnate, making possible the births of all living beings, O son of Bharata.” Bg. 14.3

“Just as the sun evaporates large quantities of water by its potent rays and later returns the water to the earth in the form of rain, similarly, a saintly person accepts all types of material objects with his material senses, and at the appropriate time, when the proper person has approached him to request them, he returns such material objects. Thus, both in accepting and giving up the objects of the senses, he is not entangled.” 11.7.50

Every living entity is only here for a short time; moving through the creation, accepting this, rejecting that, hoping to discover that which will bring them pleasure, working to avoid experiencing pain and ultimately death. A saintly person has no need for anything material and may accept what comes his way, only to pass it on to a qualified person when the appropriate time arises. In the end, all things are returned from once they have originated, and the spirit soul is left only with their experiences and realizations, and will move onto the next incarnation, moving closer in spirit within their realization to the Absolute Truth. All beliefs, attitudes, values etc. will drop away and in time the truth will be revealed to those who are not entangled.

“When, however, one is enlightened with the knowledge by which nescience is destroyed, then his knowledge reveals everything, as the sun lights up everything in the daytime.” Bg. 5.16

“A person who neither rejoices upon achieving something pleasant nor laments upon obtaining something unpleasant, who is self-intelligent, unbewildered, and who knows the science of God, is to be understood as already situated in Transcendence.” Bg. 5.20

“The flames of a fire appear and disappear at every moment, and yet this creation and destruction is not noticed by the ordinary observer. Similarly, the mighty waves of time flow constantly, like the powerful currents of a river, and imperceptibly cause the birth, growth and death of innumerable material bodies. And yet the soul, who is thus constantly forced to change his position, cannot perceive the actions of time.” SB 11.7.49

The dancing of a flame, like the flowing of a river is constantly changing, yet they both appear present to our eye. Flames are constantly changing their shapes, and the river that we see has moved on before we start to contemplate it. Like the spirit soul who has assumed a body, thinks that this is their permanent identity, the soul takes on a new body at conception, and likewise it will take a new identity at death, though the soul himself will never change and is eternally situated in within the Supreme. Our outward dress, like the illusion of time will constantly change until the spirit soul learns to see things as they are.

“And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.’ Bg. 8.5

“Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.” Bg. 8.6

“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 further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The various phases of one’s material life, beginning with birth and culminating in death, are all properties of the body and do not affect the soul, just as the apparent waxing and waning of the moon does not affect the moon itself. Such changes are enforced by the imperceptible movements of time.” SB 11.7.48

It is only our perception of the time factor that keeps us running here and there in fear of the temporary creation. Nothing is able to destroy the imperishable soul, but since we have taken birth and have become identified as the person in charged of the creation, through the false ego, we are haunted by death. Like an actor upon a stage, we are kept aware that there is a beginning and an end, but after the final curtain, we walk off stage, to continue in our original forms. 

“The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities, which are in actuality carried out by nature.” Bg. 3.28

“I do not set my life at a pin’s fee; And, for my soul, what can it do to that,
Being a thing immortal as itself?” Hamlet, William Shakespeare 

“Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul.” Bg. 2.17

“A saintly person, just like fire, sometimes appears in a concealed form and at other times reveals himself. For the welfare of the conditioned souls who desire real happiness, a saintly person may accept the worshipable position of spiritual master, and thus like fire he burns to ashes all the past and future sinful reactions of his worshipers by mercifully accepting their offerings.” SB 11.7.46

In the way that fire is concealed within wood, in a similar manner, there are many saintly devotees who keep their transcendental ecstasy hidden from public view; but may on occasion when directed by God, take the position of a guru to help a conditioned soul find real spiritual happiness. Instructions given on the spiritual platform will release a receptive mind from all past and future bondage. This is possible because on the absolute platform, the soul is actually residing with the Lord.

“But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:26-28

“When, however, one is enlightened with the knowledge by which nescience is destroyed, then his knowledge reveals everything, as the sun lights up everything in the daytime.” Bg. 5.16

“Saintly persons become powerful by execution of austerities. Their consciousness is unshakable because they do not try to enjoy anything within the material world. Such naturally liberated sages accept foodstuffs that are offered to them by destiny, and if by chance they happen to eat contaminated food, they are not affected, just like fire, which burns up contaminated substances that are offered to it.” SB 11.7.45

A saintly devotee’s consciousness is immersed in spiritual realization. His or her consciousness is linked with the Supreme. It can be said that they are actually living in the spiritual world. All thoughts and outside activities are done in God’s service. There is no false ego remaining due to purificatory rituals and austerities performed for the pleasure of the Lord. All food and water is offered to the Lord before it is consumed; therefore they are only eating the remnants, mercy (prasad) of such offerings. Because they don’t try to personally enjoy anything outside of the Lord, they are fully protected.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-18

“O King, a saintly person is just like water because he is free from all contamination, gentle by nature, and by speaking creates a beautiful vibration like that of flowing water. Just by seeing, touching or hearing such a saintly person, the living entity is purified, just as one is cleansed by contact with pure water. Thus a saintly person, just like a holy place, purifies all those who contact him because he always chants the glories of the Lord.” SB 11.7.44

The words of sages with their lofty vibrations, like water, wake our spirit with their purity and by their deep realizations. Water from its source, pure like spirit, flowing down from the heavens, making its way back to the sea, touching every living thing, nourishing the soul and quenching our thirst. Great souls like Krishna, Rama, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad and many others have been the lifeblood of our consciousness, purifying the world of ignorance since time immemorial, dispelling the darkness. 

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35

“Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” Psalm 119:89

“Whoever drinks from my mouth shall become as I and I shall become as he and hidden mysteries to him shall be revealed.” – Gospel of Thomas, verse 108

“For one who explains the supreme secret to the devotees, devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. . . And one who listens with faith and without envy becomes free from sinful reactions and attains to the planets where the pious dwell. Bg. 18.68,71

 

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

“Although the mighty wind blows clouds and storms across the sky, the sky is never implicated or affected by these activities. Similarly, the spirit soul is not actually changed or affected by contact with the material nature. Although the living entity enters within a body made of earth, water and fire, and although he is impelled by the three modes of nature created by eternal time, his eternal spiritual nature is never actually affected.” SB 11.7.43

*“Never was there a time when you and I did not exist, nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.” Thus Lord Krishna instructs is friend and disciple Arjuna. When our eternal nature is reawakened, we can understand that we are not our bodies, nor the elements that make up the material creation. We are pure spirit soul, part and parcel of the Supreme Absolute, and nothing can change this fact or affect our constitution. It is only our mind and its false ego identification that cause one to identify with that which is temporary. Though we are one with the Original Absolute, we do not become the Supreme.

“And yet everything that is created does not rest in Me. Behold My mystic opulence! Although I am the maintainer of all living entities, and although I am everywhere, still My Self is the very source of creation.” Bg. 9.5

“As the mighty wind, blowing everywhere, always rests in ethereal space, know that in the same manner all beings rest in Me.” Bg. 9.6

*Bhagavad Gita 2.12

“A thoughtful sage, even while living within a material body, should understand himself to be pure spirit soul. Similarly, one should see that the spirit soul enters within all forms of life, both moving and nonmoving, and that the individual souls are thus all-pervading. The sage should further observe that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as the Supersoul, is simultaneously present within all things. Both the individual soul and the Supersoul can be understood by comparing them to the nature of the sky: although the sky extends everywhere and everything rests within the sky, the sky does not mix with anything, nor can it be divided by anything.” SB 11.7.42

The Lord is one and all expressions (individual souls) whether human, angle, animal, tree etc. are expansions of the one Supreme Absolute. Within each individual soul is seated the Lord Himself, the Supersoul (Paramatma) who is the eternal witness. Outside of all living beings, like the unifying universal sky, is the all-pervading Absolute, untouched, and the Original Cause of All Causes. 

“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

“The sky, due to its subtle nature, does not mix with anything, although it is all-pervading. Similarly, the soul, situated in Brahman vision, does not mix with the body, though situated in that body.” Bg. 13.33

“Two birds of beautiful plumage, who are inseparable friends, reside on the self-same tree. Of these, one eats the fruits of the tree with relish while the other looks on without eating.” ~ Svetasvatara Upanishad

“Man is my mystery and I am his mystery, for I am he himself and he is also I myself”- Muhammad, Hadith Qudsi

“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:58″The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21

 

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

“Even a transcendentalist is surrounded by innumerable material objects, which possess good and bad qualities. However, one who has transcended material good and evil should not become entangled even when in contact with the material objects; rather, he should act like the wind. Although a self-realized soul may live in various material bodies while in this world, experiencing their various qualities and functions, he is never entangled, just as the wind which carries various aromas does not actually mix with them.” SB 11.7.40-41

Just as in our dream state, the soul transmigrates through different types of bodies, experiences different varieties of life, learning lessons, gaining knowledge, increasing in realization, working off karma, until it approaches the Absolute Truth and starts its journey back to the spiritual world. At that time, it is transcendental to all material activities and can clearly understand the difference between material and spiritual consciousness. When the atomic spiritual soul has shed its material body and subtle emotional/mental thought-feeling form casings, it is free from all misidentification with material nature and is free at last. Like the wind, whether carrying a body or not, the liberated soul can wonder freely throughout unlimited universes and serve eternally in the spiritual world as a direct associate of the Lord.

“As the mighty wind, blowing everywhere, always rests in ethereal space, know that in the same manner all beings rest in Me.” Bg. 9.6

“The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas.” Bg. 15.8

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