False Conception of the Living Entity

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

The following is an extract from one of Srila Prabhupada's audio lectures. The Yamadutas speak the following words to the servants of Vasudeva:

SB 6.1.55
eṣa prakṛti-saṅgena puruṣasya viparyayaḥ
āsīt sa eva na cirād īśa-saṅgād vilīyate

Since the living entity is associated with material nature, he is in an awkward position, but if in the human form of life he is taught how to associate with the Supreme Personality of Godhead or His devotee, this position can be overcome.

The word viparyaya means an awkward position or a situation of forgetfulness. puruṣa, here, means the living entity. But, actually, the supreme puruṣa is Krsna. He is paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān puruṣaṁ The living entity, due to illusion, is in a false understanding that he is puruṣa when his position is the only prakṛti - superior prakṛti In reality, he is only a part and parcel of Krsna- like the uncountable atomic particles in the sunshine. The real enjoyer or bhokta is Krsna. The only occupation of the living entity in the material body is to fulfill his desire. But he tries to imitate Krsna thinking that he is puruṣa and that he is the enjoyer when he is only being enjoyed. Even after passing through millions of bodies he still is under the same misconception.

The Supreme Lord Krsna is the only controller, and all living entities are controlled by Him. These living entities are His superior energy because the quality of their existence is one and the same with the Supreme, but they are never equal to the Lord in quantity of power. While exploiting the gross and subtle inferior energy (matter), the superior energy (the living entity) forgets his real spiritual mind and intelligence. This forgetfulness is due to the influence of matter upon the living entity. (BG 7.5 Purport)

This disease can be rooted out only through īśa -saṅga or association with Krsna. But, as Kunti says, even though You are existing both within and without everything, yet You are invisible to all (alakṣyaṁ sarva-bhūtānām antar bahir avasthitam). This is due to the Maya energy of Krsna and it controls the vision the limited vision of the foolish living entities. It is the spiritual master who opens one's eyes through the torch of knowledge.

The Supreme Lord can be seen only through association. Everything associated with Krsna is Krsna Himself-His name, form, qualities, etc. The Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam are Krsna Himself and therefore, by reading these books we directly associate with Krsna. And through this association, we will realize our true position.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,

Moderator's Note: Bharadwaj is the younger son of HG Purna Prajna Prabhu from Abu Dhabi. Bharadwaj is doing his higher secondary school in Chennai, India. He is very shrewd in his studies and also very intense in his devotion.