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Jail of Maya

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
7 January 2019, part 1


Actually, you must understand, you must think what for you attend some programmes—try to understand why we go door to door begging you: "Krsna bolo, sange chala, ei matra bhiksa chai—I am begging you for one thing only: come with us and chant 'Radha Krishna'!" I am always begging you to come with us, to say "Hare Krishna." What does 'come with us' mean?

It means so many fallen souls, so many jiva souls are attacked by illusory environment. You are living in a mundane family now, but one day you will have to leave it. You have passed so many births, so many millions and millions of years, and finally you have got a human body. It means you have some intelligence—then you can understand what we want to say to you.

There are so many jiva souls in this world, and all of them do not have the same consciousness—there is achchhadita-chetan (fully covered consciousness), sankuchita-chetan (closed, subdued consciousness), mukulita-chetan (budding consciousness), vikachita-chetan (blooming consciousness), and purna-vikachita-chetan (fully blossomed consciousness). However, the jiva souls that live in human bodies have purna-vikachita-chetan (fully blossomed consciousness). What does it mean?

I have seen many times that in some places where people sell chicken meat, while people cut hens one by one and sell their meat, the other cocks and hens in cages see it, but they continue eating at that time. I have also seen people offering goats at some Lord Siva temples or some other sakti temples—there is a big line and people cut goats one by one—it does not even take them thirty seconds to kill a goat and get to the next one, they take a goat, kill it and fifteen-twenty seconds later it is the next one. In the meantime, the goat standing next in line eats grass—it cannot understand that twenty seconds later it will leave its body, it is going to die. Even human beings understand this—if somebody is in jail for some big offence, when the judge sentences them to death, people stop eating worrying, "Oh, I am going to die!" They may get an opportunity to go to the higher court or supreme court, etc. but when they hear they are going to die soon they stop taking food.

A judge may pass judgement, but the ultimate judgement is given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead—it is already written that we can leave our body at any time now, we can die at any moment. Those who commit some big offence and get death sentence may have one-two months left, but actually we do not know that even those who are free from such mundane jail also live in a jail—in a jail of maya, illusion. There are many people living in jail—thieves, dacoits, murderers, rapists, etc. but you cannot judge the millions of people living in this world by these few people in jail.

There are some few persons in this world who are free from the jail of maya—persons who have got liberation. Such liberated souls worship Krishna, worship the Lord, and they think, "This is not our house. We live at a temporary address." How many percent of us think like this? Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur says that not so many people in this world in this age of Kali will follow Krishna consciousness—most people do not think about themselves, do not think about their own benefit, but Srila Prabhupad said that we must not be disheartened because of that.


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