Jun 13

The Evolution of Consciousness

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“We have this human form of life (body) to understand the purpose in life and gain spiritual realization. However, if we did not do any of those things but instead left this body and, let’s say for example, in our next life we became a cat – how, as a cat with lower consciousness can we become aware of spirituality?” Kushum asked. In response, Sripad Puri Maharaja asked Nila Madhava das Prabhu to respond. “For a devotee, or someone that is practicing bhakti (devotion), you will not become a cat in your next life because the spiritual advancement you make, it will always remain with you. It never goes away. Krishna says, ‘I preserve what they have and I carry what they lack,’ we just keep progressing and Krishna keeps giving us more. It is not likely that the devotees will take birth as a cat unless you become like King Bharat, who was on the plane of bhava (almost pure devotion), but his sadhana (spiritual practices) got distracted by a young baby deer. That baby deer’s mother passed away and King Bharat picked it up and took it to his ashram (hermitage) and became attached to it while taking care of that deer. So when he died he became a deer but as a deer he could remember that he practiced devotional service in his previous life. So as a deer he would go to the ashram where the sadhus(saints) lives. He would eat their remnants, whatever they will throw out, he would eat. He would sit close by and listen to Krishna katha (stories of Krishna’s pastimes) from the sages (enlightened souls), then in his next life he was again born as a human (Jadabharat). In this form he was an avadhoot, always behaving like he was crazy but internally he was always thinking of Krishna. So as long as you are practicing bhakti (devotion), there’s no reason you will be a cat in your next life,” Nila Madhava das Prabhu explained then interjected, “Krishna also said, ‘whatever you are thinking about at the time of death, you will achieve without fail.’ In case they are not thinking of Krishna they will have to go through the cycle of Karma (deed) to burn through all their negative karma.”

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Srila Acharya Maharaj ki jai
Sripad Puri Maharaj ki jai

Your humble servant
Kushum devi dasi
(New York)

Jun 04

The Varieties of Religion

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“Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita ‘ye yatha mam prapadyante, tams tathaiva bhajamy aham – As they surrender to Me, I reward them accordingly. I reciprocate with them according to their worship of Me.’ Those who want to relate to God in a certain way He gives them the ability to do that. Man proposes and God disposes,” Sripad Puri Maharaja responded. ”One cannot act without God’s sanction. Nothing works without God. Krishna says ‘aham sarvasya prabhavo – I am the source of everything. Everything is coming from Me. I am the cause of all causes. You are not independent of Me but I reciprocate with you,’” Sripad Puri Maharaja explained. “If it’s a spiritual reality that we want or need God provides that – reciprocation between Man and God.”

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Srila Acharya Maharaj ki jai
Sripad Puri Maharaj ki jai

Your humble servant
Kushum devi dasi
(New York)

Jun 01

The False Elephant and the False Ego: The Fallacy of Analysis

Apr 05

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From: Deepak Chopra
Sent: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 5:00 PM

Perceptions and minds are innumerable
Awareness is the common ground of all of them
Hence awareness is one
You cannot multiply or divide awareness
It differentiates into all knowers, all modes of knowing and all objects known-all sentient beings –in the same way a zygote differentiates into all the different cells and organs of a body

REPLY by BMP

Awareness or consciousness is not merely what is common to all perceptions and minds, it is what is universal essence for them. The difference between commonality and universal essence is a vitally important distinction.

The color white may be common to picket fences, clouds, and snowflakes, but it is not essential to those things. In other words fences can be any color, clouds can be gray as well as white, and snowflakes don’t really depend on their being white as far as their essence as water is concerned.

On the other hand, universal essence such as the fact that each and every cow cannot be what it is if we take away its ‘cowness’ which is shared by every cow. This kind of universality is essential to the innumerable different specimens under its species.

The fact that the universal is one does not mean that the many individuals under it are eliminated. That does not follow as a rational conclusion from the fact that many individual specimens exists quite happily within a single species.

To claim that awareness is one is also not justified by the evidence that the offspring of conscious living entities each have their own awareness quite different from one another. Experience tells us that when the mother feels hungry, for example, her offspring do not necessarily feel the same thing. So awareness is not the same for all.

Another example can be given. The flame of a candle can be used to light many other candles without losing its own luminescence. Thus many independent flames can be produced from one. IF this is true for fire, then how can an absolute of ultimate consciousness be restricted from producing many independent conscious entities from itself? How can the Absolute be restricted in this way?

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Apr 01

Reply to Dr Menas
Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri, Ph.D.
April 1, 2017

Dear Dr Menas,

Namaste. It is good to hear this interpretation of your position which is more aligned with philosophy’s rational idea of consciousness. There is indeed an entire spectrum of interpretations of Vedanta stretching from abstract monism to radical dualism. If these differences are not viewed from a religious perspective [as we typically find in India] but from a purely philosophical/logical framework the whole gamut of ideas that have historically occupied philosophers over the centuries both East and West can be found.

Abstract monism or kevaladvaitavad, represents reductionism in any of its historical forms from the Greek Parmenides (all is Being) and the Eleatics (One only) to the modern day materialistic reductionsits, or eliminativists. Your counterpart [Dr Chopra], if i understand him correctly, makes the case for an absolute consciousness existing abstractly without any object to oppose it. All apparent [“metaphorical”] objects, perceptions, thoughts, ideas, universes or whatever are contents of consciousness, which is like a pot that ultimately absorbs all content into itself, so that in the end all you are left with is the pot – consciousness.

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