Purifying the Polluted Aim of Life - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

The following is a transcription of a wonderful lecture by our beloved Guru Maharaj spoken in Durban, South Africa on 19th December 1994. In this discourse, Maharaj starts explaining how we are in search of the reality, the way to understand the reality, the basic unity among all the living entities and the way to come to the purified goal of existence by simple living.

1. Our Search for the Eternal Truth
We are very eager to find out the reality and that is our eternal search and the root of the search is, the life which we are leading now may be very pleasing but it is temporary. That we know. In front of our eyes, so many jivas are dropping their bodies every day, every second of our existence and this sets us thinking and beyond thinking. Then we want to take some concrete step to find out what it is all about and we roam about all over the planet, all the book shops, everything which gives us a glimpse of what is lying beyond the end of this body and if we are extremely fortunate, we come to some of the qualified living entity who has searched it out and if we are unlucky, the search goes on for not only one life but lives together to come. Eventually we are bound to come to the conclusion and the conclusion has got to depend upon the real knowledge. If the knowledge is false, if the person is not sufficiently qualified, then we are being cheated everywhere and this cheating propensity is very common in kali yuga. We try to cheat each other as soon as we have some opportunity to do it. Because everywhere we go cheating is the main thing, that is why we lose the faith in the process and it is very difficult to find out the real process which will give you the answer to our queries and drag you to the right path wherein we can go ahead spiritually, and attain the spiritual aim of our existence.

Fortunately our founder acharya of the movement, ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada, he left Vrindavana at the age of seventy, and travelled all the way to America to give the fundamental knowledge. In the beginning of his life, he was a householder like us. Whatever be our situation in life, we must have the intense desire to hear about the Supreme Absolute Truth whom we correctly call Krishna because He is all attractive.

2. Cleansing the Consciousness by Hearing about the Absolute Truth
The hearing is very important and you will be surprised to know that the sense of hearing develops in the womb of our mother when we are only three months old. The third month the child starts hearing and that is why Prahlada maharaj who is a celebrated devotee, learnt everything about the spiritual knowledge in the womb of the mother, when his mother Kayadu was taken by Narada muni to his ashram and enlightened there. So before the birth, he knew this science. Ordinary children also, including us, they all learn from the third month of our conception and they keep on learning till they are born and as soon as they are born, their sense of hearing is very very active. Before any other sense manifests, the sense of hearing works, and we know that throughout our life, the sense of hearing is very important. From the beginning of our life, we learn millions of things from our mothers by hearing. Then again we go to school and by hearing we learn. Again we go to the college and by hearing, we complete our courses. Again we want to stay settled in our material life. That is again by hearing and till our death bed, we may stop speaking but hearing is the last sense which goes away. This way hearing is very important, but the thing is instead of hearing the right material, we hear so much scratch and because of that our life is completely misdirected.

We remember that before fifty years, there was no entertainment other than the dramas performed of the pastimes of the lord. In our village, there was no cinema theater. There were no radios. In our wildest of dreams we did not think about the television what to speak of all these computers? Completely impossible. This way the society was very pure. The purity of the society is kept intact if you daily hear about the pastimes of the supreme absolute truth Krishna, which are the greatest cleansing agent. Our life has got to be cleaned every second of our existence. If the life is not clean, if the consciousness is not brushed every second, then it gets dirty and as soon as the consciousness is dirty, the reality becomes completely hazy. And as soon as the reality becomes completely hazy, we lose the real existence of our life and that is why hearing is very important.

Krishna willing, Maharaj’s explanation on the basic spiritual unity among all and the other points shall be posted in the ensuing mail.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.