Coming Out Of Illusion

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

In Srimad Bhagavatam, while explaining about the cosmic manifestation process to Brahma, Lord Krishna says in 2.9.34

ṛte ’rthaṁ yat pratīyeta na pratīyeta cātmani
tad vidyād ātmano māyāṁ yathābhāso yathā tamaḥ

O Brahmā, whatever appears to be of any value, if it is without relation to Me, has no reality. Know it as My illusory energy, that reflection which appears to be in darkness.

In this verse Lord is explaining what is reality. All the things in this universe and also on various universes have no value if there is no relation to the Lord. So practically whatever work we are doing or whatever we are thinking should be linked to Krishna only and no one else. This will happen only when we are in Krishna Consciousness. To develop Krishna Consciousness, we should always keep company with devotees, observe the regulative devotional principles, follow in the footsteps of the acharyas and in full obedience carry out the orders of the spiritual master. We can get Krishna only by devotional service and nothing else. We must understand Krishna is the Supreme and all the things seen in this world are His part and parcel. When we fail to understand this relation between the creator and His creation, we are in illusion.

Many a times it becomes our habit to see things separated from Krishna. We look at family as "my" family, "my" house, "my" office, "my" nation etc and completely ignore/overlook the true relation between Krishna and the Lord. This is illusion. The family in which we are born is Krishna's family, the house where we live is His house and the work we do daily is also His. Once we realise this absolute truth, our entire behaviour to other souls will change. We would not decry the people nor would we grumble about circumstance. We will have a sense of responsibility and care that this person belongs to Lord and so I need to behave properly with them. The house belongs to Krishna's and so it is utmost important for us to abide by His rules and use it for His pleasure.  

In his wonderful purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada has quoted a nice example.Misconceiving one thing for another thing is called illusion. For example, accepting a rope as a snake is illusion, but the rope is not false. The rope, as it exists in the front of the illusioned person, is not at all false, but the acceptance is illusory. He further says - In darkness no one can see the things in a room. Therefore a person in the dark is afraid of snakes and scorpions, although there may not be such things. But in the light the things in the room can be clearly seen, and the fear of snakes and scorpions is at once removed. Therefore one has to take shelter of the light of the Lord, as in the Bhagavad-Gita or the Srimad-Bhagavatam, and not the reflective personalities who have no touch with the Lord. No one should hear Bhagavad-Gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam from a person who does not believe in the existence of the Lord. Such a person is already doomed, and any association with such a doomed person makes the associator also doomed. 

Hence, to conclude that we can come out of dakness of illusion of our own independence only by taking shelter of the light of Lord which has been blessed to us in the form of Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam

Thank you very much.
Your humble servant,
Prabhupadananda das
Abu Dhabi.