The Material Nature - Part 3

Dear Prabhus and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "The Material Nature", wherein we learnt that,

1) The material world is an optional realm of existence for the living entities (jivas).
2) Purpose of creation of the material world.

We saw the first purpose in previous offering. Now let us proceed with the next. The second purpose of the material world is, simply put, to free us from the first purpose. In his prayers to Supreme Lord, Kardama Muni continues to pray in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.21.21,

taṁ tvānubhūtyoparata-kriyārthaṁ
sva-māyayā vartita-loka-tantram
namāmy abhīkṣṇaṁ namanīya-pāda-
sarojam alpīyasi kāma-varṣam

I continuously offer my respectful obeisances unto Your lotus feet, of which it is worthy to take shelter, because You shower all benedictions on the insignificant. To give all living entities detachment from fruitive activity by realizing You, You have expanded these material worlds by Your own energy.

In other words, the second purpose of the material world is to help ourselves to become detached from our material desires, by providing us training in spiritual life. "By realizing You", means that by developing in God realization or Krishna consciousness we come to the stage of desiring to be with Krishna instead of enjoying matters separated from Him. And thus, the material world functions as a reformatory institution for our wayward heart, bringing it eventually back to its spiritual home (Back to Godhead). But we can also stubbornly choose to stick to its first function only, that of material enjoyment. Because the Lord readily provides us forgetfulness if we really want to forget Him, we may simply go on trying to enjoy separately from Krishna forever and ever in the material world. As Srila Prabhupada writes in SB 10.1.69 Purport, "Man is the architect of his own fortune. In this human life one has the facility with which to understand one's real situation, and one can decide whether to wander around the universe forever or return home, back to Godhead.”

Now, a question may arise regarding the second function of material nature: how can it help us to become detached from material desires? Krishna willing, we will explore the answer to this question in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Amogha-drk Krishna das