Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Absolute Truth"

"The Absolute Truth is realized in three phases of understanding by the knower of the Absolute Truth, and all of them are identical.  Such phases of the Absolute Truth are expressed as Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan." (Bhag. 1.2.11) 

These three divine aspects can be explained by the example of the sun, which also has three different aspects, namely the sunshine, the sun's surface and the sun planet itself. 

One who studies the sunshine only is the preliminary student. One who understands the sun's surface is further advanced. And one who can enter into the sun planet is the highest. 

Ordinary students who are satisfied by simply understanding the sunshine -- its universal pervasiveness and the glaring effulgence of its impersonal nature may be compared to those who can realize only the Brahman feature of the Absolute Truth. (one with our soul energy)

The student who has advanced still further can know the sun disc, which is compared to knowledge of the Paramatma feature of the Absolute Truth.(the supersoul).  And the student who can enter into the heart of the sun planet is compared to those who realize the personal features of the Supreme Absolute Truth. Therefore, the transcendentalists who have realized this Bhagavan feature of the Absolute Truth, are the topmost transcendentalists, although all students who are engaged in the study of the Absolute Truth are engaged in the same subject matter. 

The sunshine, the sun disc and the inner affairs of the sun planet cannot be separated from one another, and yet the students of the three different phases are in three different states of realisation.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Gaura Purnima Festival - Lord Caitanya's appearance day

Happy Birthday Lord Caitanya, born on the day of the full moon in Feburary 1486. He was also known as Gaura (the golden one). It was he who started chanting Hare Krishna. Read about him here

My dear friend, Krishna Balaram Das, a deeply knowledgeable and pure young bramacari from Vrindavana - sent me this beautiful verse in honour of Caitanya Mahaprabhu's special day.

"All glories to that inconceivable Lord who descended to bestow the gift of perfect love for His own lotus feet. He is an ocean filled with many kinds of sweetness, and He always bears the fragrance of fresh youth. In His form as Çré Caitanya He has realized the last extreme of transcendental experience, the love residing eternally in the gopés."
brhad bhagavatam 1.1.1