Purification Of Existence - Part 4

Purification Of Existence - Part 4

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Sajjanapriya Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev.

We are continuing on the topic of Purification of existence. This is the concluding part of Purification of existence. Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.6.34 gives the reasons of our contamination and the process of purifying the contaminations.

"All the conditioned souls are impure due to contact with the material energy in three modes of nature. Therefore it is necessary that they purify themselves under the guidance of the bonafide spiritual master, who not only is a brahmana by qualification but must also be a Vaishnava."

The purification of existence means and includes
1. Eating 
2. Body and senses
3. Mind 
4. Intelligence 
5. Speech 
6. Consciousness

We have submitted the process of purification of eating, body, senses, mind and intelligence in the previous three emails and in this we will go through Purification of speech and consciousness.

6.Speech and Consciousness

For purification of Speech and consciousness we have to refer to the wonderful verse spoken by Maitreya Muni in 3.6.36

tathaapi kirtayaamy anga / yathaa-mati yathaa-shrutam 
kirtim hareh svaam sat-kartum / giram anyaabhidhaasatim

"In spite of my inability, whatever I have been able to hear [from the spiritual master] and whatever I could assimilate I am now describing in glorification of the Lord by pure speech, for otherwise my power of speaking would remain unchaste."

Maitreya muni was so fortunate that he was personally present in front of the Lord along with Uddhava and heard the direct instructions coming from the Lotus mouth of the Lord . This statement expressed by him shows his wonderful quality of humility. Maitreya Muni starts speaking to Vidura from Third canto Fifth chapter and to the end of Fourth canto. But Maitreya Muni was emphasising one point that inspite of his inability he wants to glorify the Lord according to his intelligence (yathaa mati yathaa shrutam) and his submissive hearing or otherwise his power of speech would become unchaste.

Prabhupad in his magnanimous wonderful purport elucidates complete purification of existence by including speech, consciousness and everything by simply preaching the glories of the Lord.

The purification of the conditioned soul necessitates purification of his consciousness. One should not become unchaste by stopping the activities of pure consciousness. If the activities of pure consciousness are stopped, certainly the conscious living force will be otherwise engaged because unless engaged the consciousness has no standing. One must attempt to engage one's bodily, mental and verbal activities in the transcendental glorification of the Lord, otherwise such activities will remain unchaste and impure. The existence of the conditioned soul can be purified only by the method of engaging mind and speech in the service of the Lord.

In these days of instant food and instant cooking, we see Srila Prabhupad in this purport gives the complete purification of existence of body and senses, mind, intelligence, eating, speech & Consciousness by simply preaching about the glories of the Lord. If you have to preach for one hour then the following things has to be done by us inevitably.

1. You have to study for atleast 6 to 7 hours if not atleast nityam bhagavata sevaya is a must. Body and senses are purified.

2. You have to churn your mind and intelligence to understand and assimilate the studied content to give to the hearers nicely which implies mind and intelligence is getting purified.

3. Because of speaking in the class your speech is purified and in order to think and speak your consciousness also gets purified automatically.

4. Once you study Srimad Bhagavatam or Bhagavad Gita which emphasizes more on soul conception than bodily conception you will automatically eat only Krishna prasadam and eat frugally . So there is purification in eating.

So it is so important that we must attempt to preach the glories of the Lord and attain complete purification of existence. Also in the pages of Bhagavad Gita , Lord Krishna Himself says that no one is more dear than the one who preaches His message and also He guarantees Pure devotional service.

With all these offers by the Lord and His pure devotees if we don't attempt to preach then we are the ultimate loser. Our tendency is that I will retire from Service and study Srimad Bhagavad Gita/Srimad Bhagavatam in full and then start preaching. By the time we become 60 we may be alive or not and even if we are alive we may have the old age symptoms and disease and therefore it is become mandatory to take up the process of preaching immediately before we fall down dead ( turnam yateta na patet anu mrtyuhuh yaavan). Procrastination of preaching is a sign of ignorance and in no way we can enter vaikunta.

Prabhupad writes further about the glories of preaching in his wonderful purport to 7.6.24, 7.14.40 and 7.14.42 to guarantee our purification of existence.

SB 7.6.24

1.The Lord will immediately be extremely satisfied with one who engages in this service of preaching Krishna consciousness.

2.If one sincerely tries his best to spread Krishna consciousness by preaching the glories of the Lord and His supremacy, even if he is imperfectly educated, he becomes the dearmost servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

3.Preaching is the easiest way to realise the Supreme personality of Godhead.

4. By preaching without discrimination we do the best service to humanity and thereby mission of one's life is fulfilled.

SB 7.14.40 - If one wants to be recognized by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he must preach the glories of the Lord.

SB 7.14.42The brahmanas preach the cult of Krishna consciousness all around the world, and therefore, although they worship Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Lord also recognizes them as worshipable.

How much more the Lord and His devotees could emphasise on preaching and if we don't preach then we are the real losers. Our tendency is that someone will preach, someone will do various devotional service then someone will go to Vaikunta and we have to stay back. As our Maharaj says that preaching solidifies our knowledge and also we are out of the modes in vyasa pita. In order to preach we have to sit and study which is the most difficult part and we start envying the preachers and thereby our devotional service is becoming bankrupt. Instead of grumbling, envying and moaning, we should take up the process of preaching with firm determination and give up the contemplation of being unfit (vigata viklava) and start attempting to glorify in a puny way with sincerity and devotion.

I pray to the unlimited Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Sri Krishna to give me their special mercy so that I should nver give up the preaching desire at any point of my life so that complete purification of existence happens in this life time itself.

Thank you very much,
Your humble servant in Service of Srila Prabhupad and Gurudev,
Sajjanapriya Krishna das,
Abudhabi.