It is written in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta (Madhya-lila, 19.151),
ব্রহ্মাণ্ড ভ্রমিতে কোন ভাগ্যবান্ জীব ।
গুরু-কৃষ্ণ-প্রসাদে পায় ভক্তিলতা-বীজ ॥
brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija
When the jiva-souls have unfortunately come into this material environment, which is not their real home, naturally they will try to return to their permanent home. Sometimes when they do not get the proper direction, still they try to go somewhere. They are always feeling like refugees who have come out of their own country, lived many years in another country, but cannot forget their own country. That is their situation.
The Lord has all power. Without power, creation is not possible, and without the Powerful, creation is also not possible. We can search in many ways, but finally we must go to the Powerful, otherwise success is not possible. And the rsis have searched in that way, to find that power and the Powerful. Through mundane knowledge it is not possible to get it. When they understood this, they tried to get it from the higher level, and they searched for the way in which it would be possible to get it. That transcendental knowledge has been given in Srimad Bhagavad-gita (7.14) by Sri Krishna.
दैबी ह्येषा गुणमयी मम माया दुरत्यया ।
मामेव ये प्रपद्यन्ते मायामेतां तरन्ति ते ॥
daivi hy esa guna-mayi mama maya duratyaya
mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te
«O My dear Arjuna, fortunately, if anyone will take shelter of Me, I will relieve him from the illusory environment. Otherwise, to get relief from this illusory environment is not so easy because maya is so powerful.»
We have come out from the marginal potency. Maya is ruling the shadow potency, but our home is existing in the transcendental potency. Unfortunately, we have jumped into maya, but it is not our real home. Our father, our mother, everything is transcendental. We are spirit, and we must live in our spiritual home, but unfortunately we have come into this situation. Which way will we go back to our country, our home? That is necessary to understand.
In this material world we can see so many species of life. The research scholars of transcendental knowledge have said that there are eighty-four lakhs of species (eight million four hundred thousand) in this material world.
जलजानवलक्षाणि स्थावरालक्षविंशतिः ।
कृमयो रुद्रसङ्ख्यकाः पक्षिणां दशलक्षणम् ।
त्रिंशल्लक्षाणि पशवः चतुर्लक्षाणि मानुषाः ॥
jalaja nava laksani sthavara laksa vimsati
krmayo rudra-sankhyakah paksinam dasa laksanam
trimsal laksani pasavah chatur laksani manusah
«There are nine hundred thousand species of aquatics, two million species of plants and trees, one million one hundred thousand species of insects, one million species of birds, three million animal species, and four hundred thousand human species.» Therefore, it is very rare to get this human body, but it has fortunately come to us and is of utmost importance. With this human form one can understand and find the way to study the spiritual world and seek the essence of transcendental knowledge. Thus the value of this human body is supreme.
The animals have brains; they have willing, feeling, and thinking, but not in an organised way. But in the human form, one who is not a madman has some organisational ability within his brain. Whoever feels, wills, and thinks is the spirit soul living within the body. When this spirit soul leaves the body, the body becomes useless, and within a few days it decomposes. Once that spirit soul has gone out of the body, it cannot enter into it again. That spirit’s sadness or happiness we cannot feel from here, but the research scholars, the rsis, they can feel it through their subtle or mental awareness. They can understand the situation, and through their research they have given us this knowledge. Believe it and search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful!
We want reality, and it is beautifully existing in our real home. There everything is transcendental, everything is beautiful, harmonious, lovely, and affectionate. Krishna said in Srimad Bhagavad-gita (15.6),
यद्गत्वा न निवर्त्तन्ते तद्धाम परमं मम ।
yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama
«Once you go to that abode, it is not necessary to come back. You will not want to come back; you will be extremely satisfied.» Those who are not satisfied in this material world are trying to get liberation through renunciation. We have many things, but we have no happiness. Maybe we have no family life, and even if we have family life there are so many difficulties. In this material world we cannot expect to find satisfaction or fulfilment; it is impossible. Then, we will try to search for the place where there is some possibility of eternity, where love, affection, ecstasy, and beauty are existing. If we try to understand this, we must go to the scriptures or the sadhu, who is the living scripture, whose experience, practising life, and knowledge will give some good nourishment to us.
With the sadhu’s association we will try to search, but when the searching spirit will come to us, we must be on faithful ground. Faith is the main basis. There is no other way. We may be a person of any religious mood, but if we want to make progress in religion we must first be faithful. In Christianity the first condition is that you must be faithful to the teachings.
I read on the dollar bill, «In God We Trust». This is a very nice expression: to trust in God. You must first come into the faithful plane. You want eternity, you want a beautiful world, you want everything transcendental, but you will not give anything to God? Not anything for God? How will you get everything beautiful from such a hellish position? Where you are living now is a hellish situation, but God is so merciful, He is giving so much love to you. His loving search for the lost servant is our wealth, not the wealth of God. His loving search for His lost servant is our property. But I must keep my faith in my religion, otherwise how shall I get it? It is impossible. In all the religions the basis is faith.
I cannot see the rsis and munis. I have not seen my own birth. My mother told me, «He is your father», so I believe, «Yes, he is my father», and I believe the government will give me my father’s inheritance. Why? My mother said he is my father, and a father’s property goes to his son. This is the rule, and we all believe it. Only when it comes to believing in God are we very unfortunate. Come to the faithful level and try from there. Srnvantu visve amrtasya putra: you are all the sons of nectar; you must search for Sri Krishna, Reality the Beautiful, and you will get everything.
If you can enter into that transcendental abode you will find five kinds of relationships with the Lord. There is a procedure, and it is an easy procedure. Many spiritual things are revealed to us. It is only necessary for us to have some searching tendency and chastity. Without chastity and without a searching tendency, how will we get it?
We can spend this life any way we choose. I sometimes tell people that they have some holidays but I have no holidays. I have a holiday when I can discuss Krishna consciousness. That is my holiday.
Krishna said in Srimad Bhagavad-gita (2.14),
मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदुःखदाः ।
आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत ॥
matra-sparsas tu kaunteya sitosna-sukha-duhkha-dah
agamapayino ’nityas tams titiksasva bharata
You have happiness, sadness, disease, and beauty. You have everything, but it is not eternal; only for the time being it will be with you. The sun is rising and then setting. Night is coming and then passing. Again the sun is rising. This is the nature of the material world. We see everything, but if we will give a little time to understand what is what, easily we can understand it. There are various paths in front of us; many religious personalities and books are existing in front of us. They do not want anything from us. What does Lord Jesus want for us? He wants us to submit to our Lord. That is his only expectation of us. «You are all the sons of God; give your obeisance, give your faith, give your love, give everything to Him.» He has shown us how to deal with each other. It is very near to Vaisnavism. Christianity is very near to what we are practising.
I read Solomon’s Songs, and I was surprised by what I found there. I read the Bible also, but Solomon’s Songs are very attractive. They attracted me because in our Vaisnava religion there are five kinds of relationship with the Lord and a similar idea is presented in Solomon’s Songs. This is not expressed so much in the Bible, but Srimad Bhagavatam, the other Puranas, the Vedanta, the Upanisads — all the Vedic scriptures — declare that the Lord has a sach-chid-ananda vigraha. He has an eternal, spiritual, cognisant form of ecstasy. His form is not like mine. My form is material. I cannot grasp what is material and what is spiritual, therefore real knowledge remains hidden from me. Many religions have manifested in this material world, but having seen our position, having seen how much we can conceive and how much we can digest, the religious teachers have preached accordingly.
From five thousand years ago the research scholars told us that the Lord has form; He has a sach-chid-ananda vigraha. He is the creator of all creation. He has a brain. He has a face. He has everything. His form is like our human form, but it is not human. He is Krishna, He is always attracting our mind. We can join His eternal Pastimes. We can have a relationship with Krishna as our friend rather than as our God. There are five kinds of relationships we can have with the Lord: santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, and madhura. We can play with the Lord through our love. If my Lord will play football with me, what sweet feelings will come to me? Such sweet feelings will come.