On the absolute platform, there is nothing but God. God is One. And we are part and parcel of God; and at the same time we have been given minute independence out of God’s mercy to share His/Her love with us. In other words, God has expanded His/Her own Self to increase this love. We are a product or expansion of that love, and though we are individual living entities, we remain one with the Lord. As Lord Caitanya pointed out, “we are inconceivably simultaneously one and yet separate from the Lord. The choice is ours whether we want to experience our oneness or our separation. One might ask why one would want to remain separate from the Lord; and the answer is, in separation we can experience loving exchanges with every other aspect of God. This enjoyment is experienced in our love for our children, friends, lovers etc. Of course, when we are in oneness with the Lord, we love all of creation, in the same way as the Divine. One may say that one type of Love is impersonal and the other personal. In personal loving relationships, though we strive to become intimately one with another, and merge in love with our beloved, we do not try to become our lover. As long as there remains some separation we are able to fully relish that love.
In the above two verses it is being pointed out that only those things that one is attached to is the real cause of their suffering and that the spirit soul is untouched by matter. The pure soul is obviously influenced by the mind, by nature, by other living entities, and even by one’s own body, but once one is able to give up such attachment to these outside influences and to the minds projections and reactions to such events, one becomes free and the soul’s true blissful nature will fully express itself in Love. The mind, like the senses are material like the body and are not a part of the soul. The body and senses are merely vessels or vehicles, and once their purpose has been fulfilled, they are discarded.
“Spiritually there are no differences between these five tattvas (reality, truth), for on the transcendental platform everything is absolute. Yet there are also varieties in the spiritual world, and in order to taste these spiritual varieties one should distinguish between them.” Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila 7.5
“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30
“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” Bg. 2.22