This small powerful book gives the knowledge to help you break the cycle of reincarnation and enter into the spiritual world. Although we are not these bodies but are pure consciousness, somehow or other we have become encased within the bodily dress. In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies, and there is no hard and fast rule for chanting these holy names. How is it possible to conclude that other planets have no living entities? On the other hand, he indicates that if one dies at another time, he has to return. Similarly, this whole material universe is like a small, insignificant cloud in the vast spiritual sky. In this verse the word bhävaù means quot;nature,quot; and here another nature is indicated.
When any part of a machine breaks down, it can be replaced,and the machine will work again, but when the body breaks down and consciousness leaves the body, there is no possibility of replacing the broken part and rejuvenating the consciousness. Just as heat or smoke are symptoms of fire, so consciousness is the symptom of the soul. Beyond this material nature there is a superior nature, which is totally spiritual. If somehow or other we are able to give up this false dress, we can reach that spiritual kingdom. The company is authorized and the airline is authorized, so faith is created. This is because their enjoyment is in relation to the supreme enjoyer Räma , Çré Kåñëa. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda Chapter Two Elevation at Death There are different kinds of transcendentalists who are called yogīs—haṭha-yogīs, jñāna-yogīs, dhyāna-yogīs, and bhakti-yogīs—and all of them are eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world.
Whether one imagines Him or actually sees Him, one has to concentrate his mind on the personal form of Kåñëa. Is there life after death? We can see this demonstrated on this earth, for we know it is not possible for us to live in the sea, in a watery atmosphere, nor is it possible for aquatics to live on the earth. And also that, has been explained by him! Because these material activities have been a source of distress for us, they claim that we should actually stop these activities. By quot;material universequot; we refer to those planets where birth, old age, disease, and death reside, and by quot;spiritual universequot; we refer to those planets where there is no birth, old age, disease, and death. Kåñëa is the most attractive, the most beautiful, the most opulent, the most powerful, and the most learned. There is even information given that there are spiritual airplanes in the spiritual sky and that the liberated entities there travel about on these planes like lightning. Hare means energy, and Kåñëa is the name of the Supreme Lord, so when we chant Hare Kåñëa we are saying, quot;O energy of the Lord, O Lord, please accept me.
Their culmination of perfection is in a kind of Buddhistic nirväëa, in which no activities are performed. We have simply been entrapped by the material glitter, by skyscrapers, big factories, and political play, although we know that however big we build skyscrapers, we will not be able to live here indefinitely. Kåñëa hints of this in the Fifteenth Chapter of Bhagavad-gétä 15. God expanded into many, and we constitute those expansions. The body is composed of senses, and the senses are always hungry after their objects. A diseased man cannot enjoy himself properly; a man with jaundice, for instance, will taste sugar candy as bitter, but a healthy man can taste its sweetness. A typhoid patient cannot eat solid food, and if someone gives it to him to enjoy, and he eats it, he is further complicating his malady and is endangering his life.
These are symptoms of pure devotion. Under certain conditions the body and mind feel happiness and distress. Paramäà gatim—that journey is supreme. It is encased by the mahat-tattva, matter. If somehow we are diverted, it is not possible for us to establish our consciousness in its true identity beyond the body. If we actually want the happiness and independence that transcend death we have to establish ourselves and remain in our constitutional position as pure consciousness. The living entity is spirit, and as long as he is within matter, matter is moving, and as soon as the living entity, the spiritual spark, is out of the body, the body is immovable.
One of the major differences between the spiritual sky and the material sky is that in the spiritual sky the head or leader of the spiritual planets has no rival. As long as we are here on earth, we must learn to practice to love and serve Kåñëa, the Supreme Lord. Puruñaù sa paraù: in the spiritual sky, the Supreme Lord is present as the Supreme Person. If we cannot understand the material universe by experimental knowledge, what is the possibility of understanding God and His kingdom? In the world we see so many cities, highways, bridges, great buildings, monuments, and great civilizations, but who has done all this? Our whole life is examined at the time of death. Abandoning the endeavor to understand the Supreme by limited knowledge or mental speculation, we should become submissive and hear of the Supreme through the authoritative sources such as Bhagavad-gétä or through the lips of a realized soul.
However, Kåñëa is advising Arjuna to establish himself in his pure constitutional position as spirit soul, beyond the dualities of material nature. Beyond this combination of material elements, there is spirit, and the symptom of that spirit is consciousness. One of the differences between Kåñëa and an ordinary being is that an ordinary entity can be in only one place at a time, but Kåñëa can be everywhere in the universe and yet also in His own abode, simultaneously. Buddha maintained that due to a combination of material elements, this body has come into existence, and that somehow or other if these material elements are separated or dismantled, the cause of suffering is removed. But if one attempts to go to higher planets by means of the yoga system, he will acquire a suitable body for entrance.
The mahätmä's perfection is this: to utilize the human form of life and the resources of nature to extricate himself from the cycle of birth and death. For many reincarnation—leaving this body and taking a new one, over and over again—is a fact of life. We should not think that we are here and that all the other planets are vacant. We don't wish to die, because in actuality we are permanent. Of course Kåñëa is unlimited, and it is not possible to understand Him, but we have to accept what we can understand.