The rational intellect can’t make a person a better human being on this earth. It may be good for gaining material wealth but the qualities like unconditional love, self honesty, joy, humility and modesty in a human being are achieved only through the spirituality.
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India is an ancient civilization. Its culture and heritage is richer than all the nations that grace the planet Earth today. In fact it would not be an exaggeration to say that India is the cradle of civilization and the entire world in one form or the other owe their religious and cultural values to this ancient land. One gem that India produced and that went on to enlighten the whole world in a manner unique to itself was Srila Prabhupada. This holy man of giant stature did single headedly what millions of Krishna bhakts could not have done in their entire lifetimes.
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From long tiring working routine, where you need to refresh your body, it is also essential to refresh your soul that runs your body. To understand how to refresh or pamper your soul, you first need to understand the term “spirituality” in a broader way. Spirituality connects your soul to the God and helps in bringing peace, happiness, love, and compassion in your life. It has been found in some surveys that Americans are nowadays becoming more spiritual and thus, live a peaceful and happy life. Spirituality is linked to your soul as well as your physical health. Therefore, you need to understand the importance of spiritualism in your life. In this blog, you may learn the reasons and benefits of attending seminars on Spiritualism and how they influence your life.
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Only the distinction between the living soul and the dead body — anyone can perceive. What is the distinction between a living body and the dead body? When a man is dead, he, his relatives cry, lament: “Oh, my father has gone,” “My son has gone.”
But the father, as we have seen, he’s lying on the floor. Where he has gone? He’s lying on the floor. Why you are crying: “Oh, my father has gone away”? That means the person who has gone away, who has left this body, you have not, never seen. You have seen this body. So the body is lying there, and why you are crying, “My father has gone away”? So any intelligent man can understand that the real father, within the body, was a different thing. But our ignorance is so great that we accept this body, this dead body, as my father. This body is not only dead now, it was always dead. Because the living soul was there, within this dead body, it was moving. This is the fact. Just like a nice motorcar is running. But when the driver is not there, the motor is lying there, idle. If one identifies with the motorcar, the driver of the car, that is foolishness. Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke [SB 10.84.13]. Anyone who is identifying this dead body, or this material body, which is a composition of tri-dhatuka, kapha-pitta-vayu, some blood, flesh, and some secretion, and some bones — if anyone identifies the self with this lump of matter, then he is described as no better than cow and ass.
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“Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul.” (Prabhupada recites verse in Sanskrit)
Now it is very clearly enunciated, the nature of the soul. Any sensible man can understand. This is practical. Formerly, all the verses, they were more or less theoretical: dehino ‘smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara [Bg. 2.13]. This is, it may be taken theoretical. Not theoretically, but actually the fact, but still less intelligent cannot understand that there is a soul within this body. But here it is explained very clearly. Avinasi tu tad viddhi. Tat — that thing which is spread all over the body. Avinasi tu tad viddhi, tad — that, avinasi — imperishable. So what is spread all over the body? Consciousness. That is spread all over the body. Everyone can understand that if I pinch any part of my body or your any part of the body, you feel pain. Or similarly, if you get some other facilities, pleasure, so pains and pleasures are felt so long there is consciousness. Any man can understand. And as soon as the consciousness is not there, sometimes we are made unconsciousness by drugs, by chloroform and other anaesthetic medicine, or by nature, unconscious stage.
“Only the material body of the indestructible, immeasurable and eternal living entity is subject to destruction; therefore fight, O descendant of Bharata.”
Antavanta ime deha nityasyoktah saririnah. Saririnah, This is plural number. Saririnah. So saririn or sariri means the proprietor of the sarira, or body. Sarira means this body, and saririn, one who possesses the body. So plural number is saririnah. In a varieties of ways, Krsna is convincing Arjuna that the soul is different from this body. So this body, antavat, it will be finished. However you may try, so scientifically, applying cosmetic and other things, you cannot save the body. That is not possible. Antavat. Antavanta means, anta means end, and vat means possessing. So “You have got your duty to fight, and you are lamenting that the body of your grandfather or teacher or kinsmen, they’ll be destroyed and you will be unhappy. That’s all right, you’ll be unhappy, but even if you do not fight, their body will be finished today or tomorrow or say a few years after. So why should you go back from discharging your duty? This is the point. “And so far the soul is concerned, of your grandfather, teacher and others, they are nitya, eternal.” Already explained, nityasya uktah.