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Upakhyane UpadesaInsfrucfive SforiesfromSriIa Bhakfisiddhanfa Sarasvafi ThakuraA Lesson on GeomefryTlcic was oncc a pooi widow wlo, iliougl gicai laidslip, was siiuggling io biing up lci only son. As slc icaliscd ilai lc was lci only lopc loi ilc luiuic, slc appoinicd a iuioi loi lim alilougl slc would somciimcs lavc io boiiow ilc moncy io pay loi ilc iuiiion lccs.Oncc, alici bcing piomoicd io class VII, ilc boy was bcing iaugli Gcomciiy by ilc icaclci in Lnglisl. As soon as ilc boy icad oui loud, Lci AlC bc a iiianglc`, ilc boy's moilci iuslcd inio ilc classioom and scicamcd ai ilc icaclci ilus :Tlis boy is supposcd io bc advancing in lis siudics alici bcing iaiscd io class VII, bui you aic siill icacling lim AlC - lc lcaincd all ilis wlcn lc was an inlani - and io ilinl I am paying you 10 iupccs a monil! Iiom ioday you aic no longci icquiicd lcic. You aic only lii loi icacling a piimaiy sclool il all you can icacl is AlC!`Tlc widow's ouibuisi was so violcni ilai ii lcli no scopc loi ilc icaclci io aiguc and lc was compcllcd io lcavc ilc placc.PURPORTTlc aigumcnis pui loiwaid by pcisons dcsiiing oilci ilan Kisna consciousncss, along wiil ilc harms, jnans, yogs, ascciics and ilc lilc, including so-callcd icligious communiiics, aic similai io ilosc cxpicsscd by ilc widow. Tlcy say, Wc lavc bccomc ioially woiillcss iliougl sciving all ilc iimc in ilis woild`. Tlis soii ol slavc-lilc mcnialiiy is ilc iooi causc ol all iioublcs. Il wc wcic io acccpi sciviiudc cvcn alici cniciing inio ilc domain ol icligion, and io scivc Godlcad in complcic sciviiudc cvcn alici libciaiion, ilcn low will wc advancc' Only wlcn wc aic ignoiani, and condiiioncd undci illusion, ilcn oui slavc mcnialiiy is inicnsilicd. lui upon libciaiion, ilc icalisaiion anam branmas ilai I am Pranman` slould bc dcvclopcd. Upon lisicning io sucl an aigumcni, puic dcvoiccs will aiguc ilai dcvoiion oi scivicc io Godlcad is ilc cicinal posiiion ol all conscious living cniiiics. Sucl dcvoiion, wlcn culiivaicd iliougl dillcicni siagcs ol pciloiming dcvoiional scivicc (sanana bnaht), ccsiaiic dcvoiion (bnava bnaht), and loving dcvoiion (prcma bnaht) , conliims vciily ilc cicinal uiiliiy ol dcvoiion iiscll.Sciviiudc io Loid Kisna wlilc pciloiming dcvoiional aciiviiics is lnown as sanana bnaht (pciloiming dcvoiion), wlcicas iniimaic sciviiudc oi scivicc io Sii Kisna, alici libciaicd icalisaiion, is prcma bnaht (loving dcvoiion). Scivicc io Godlcad in ilc libciaicd siagc is iiicsisiiblc scivicc (apratnata scva).A,l,C,D oi ha-hna-ga-gna may bc piaciiscd wlilc lcaining ilc alplabci on ilc clcmcniaiy lcvcl; ilcn again cvcn alici bccoming ilc iopmosi man ol lciicis, onc las io culiivaic ilc vaiicgaicdncss and aiiisiic dclicacy ol ilai vciy alplabci.Tlosc wlo aic impcisonalisis, spcculaic jusi lilc ilc widow as naiiaicd in ilis sioiy, advocaiing ilai A,l,C,D slould only bc piaciiscd by clildicn in ilc clcmcniaiy lcvcl and ilai ilcsc lciicis aic ol no usc io any lcaincd pcison.Ii is noi ilai sciviiudc io Sii Kisna slould bc ollcicd only duiing dcvoiional pciloimancc, bui ii musi bc icncwcd cvcn upon aiiaining pcilcciion iliougl libciaiion as scivicc io Loid Kisna is oui cicinal piolcssion. Sciviiudc oi scivicc ollcicd io Loid Kisna is oui cicinal piolcssion. Sciviiudc oi scivicc ollcicd io Loid Kisna alici aiiaining ilc siagc ol libciaiion is io bc considcicd as ical and ilc mosi pcilcci loim ol scivicc. Sciviiudc io illusion (Maya) and sciviiudc io Loid Sii Kisna slould ncvci bc considcicd cqual.Tlc LxpIoding FrogTlcic was oncc a liog ilai livcd in a pond. Onc day, lci son lappcncd io scc an clcplani ncai a ianl. Tlc baby liog iciuincd io ii's moilci and cnilusiasiically iold lci, Moilci, ioday I saw a lugc animal!`Tlc moilci liog aslcd, Rcally' How big was ilc animal'`Tlc baby liog icplicd, Ol, ii was mucl biggci ilan you aic.`Tlc liog pullcd up lci body and aslcd, Tlis mucl biggci'`Tlc baby icplicd, Ol no, mucl biggci.`Tlc moilci pullcd up lci body moic and aslcd, Lvcn ilis mucl biggci'`Hci clild icplicd, No, no moilci, mucl biggci ilan ilai.`In ilis way ilc moilci liog giadually pullcd up lci body moic and moic and cacl iimc ilc baby-liog would coniinuc io icll lci, mucl biggci, mucl biggci`.Iinally, wlilc iiying io pull up lci body bcyond limii, ilc liog's bclly cxplodcd wiil a big bang.PURPORTTlc insignilicani living cniiiics wlo considci ilcmsclvcs as para-branma (para = supicmc, branma = Absoluic lcing), oi as il noiling is cqual io oi gicaici ilan ilcmsclvcs in spiic ol ilc laci ilai ilcy'ic simply misconccivcd insignilicani cniiiics consiiiuiionally cngagcd in dcvoiional scivicc, ialc a lancy io bc cqual in pcilcciion wiil a libciaicd soul. Tlcy aic usually dcsiioycd lilc a pullcd-up liog duc io ilcii lalsc cgo.Sii Caiianya Malapiablu las said :jnan jvanmuhta asa panu har manc /vastutan bun suna nanc hrsna-bnaht vnc //mayansa mayavasa, svarc jvc bnc /ncna jvc svara-san hana ta` abnc //prabnu hanc-vsnu vsnu na na hanva /jvanamc hrsna`-jnan hobnu na horva //sannyas - ct-hana jva, hrana-hana-sama /saosvaryapuna hrsna noy suyopama //jva, svara-tattva-hobnu nanc sama` /jvaIaagnras jacnc spnuIngcra hana` //jc muna hanc, -jva svara noy sama` /sc ta` pasan` noy, anc tarc yama //Tlcic aic many plilosoplical spcculaiois ( jnanis) bclonging io ilc Mayavaa sclool wlo considci ilcmsclvcs libciaicd and call ilcmsclvcs Naiayana. Howcvci ilcii iniclligcncc is noi puiilicd unlcss ilcy cngagc in Kisna's dcvoiional scivicc.` (Catanya -cartamrta - Manya LIa 2-.29)Tlc Loid is ilc masici ol ilc poicncics, and ilc living cniiiy is ilc scivani ol ilcm. Tlai is ilc dillcicncc bciwccn ilc Loid and ilc living cniiiy. Howcvci, you dcclaic ilai ilc Loid and ilc living cniiiics aic onc and ilc samc.` (Cc - Manya LIa 6.162)Sii Caiianya Malapiablu immcdiaicly cxclaimcd, Visnu! Visnu! Do noi call Mc ilc Supicmc Pcisonaliiy ol Godlcad. A jiva cannoi bccomc Kisna ai any iimc. Do noi cvcn say sucl a iling!`A sannyasi in ilc icnounccd oidci is cciiainly paii and paiccl ol ilc complcic wlolc, jusi as a slining molcculai paiiiclc ol sunslinc is paii and paiccl ol ilc sun iiscll. Kisna is lilc ilc sun, lull ol six opulcnccs, bui ilc living cniiiy is only a liagmcni ol ilc complcic wlolc.``A living cniiiy and ilc Absoluic Pcisonaliiy ol Godlcad aic ncvci io bc considcicd cqual, jusi as a liagmcnial spail can ncvci bc considcicd ilc oiiginal llamc.` ( Cc - Manya LIa 1S.111-113)A loolisl pcison wlo says ilai ilc Supicmc Pcisonaliiy ol Godlcad is ilc samc as ilc living cniiiy is an ailcisi, and lc bccomcs subjcci io punislmcni by ilc supciinicndcni ol dcail, Yamaiaja.` (Cc - Manya LIa 18.115)N.l. ly naiiaiing ilis lablc ol ilc cxploding liog, Siila llaliisiddlania Saiasvaii Gosvami Piablupada uscd io insiiuci ilai ii is bciici io bc a good man ilan io bc a big onc. I am Pranaman,` I am sna` , I am Vaisnava` , I am panta` , I am scll - icalizcd` - ilis soii ol lalsc cgo is ilc iooi causc ol ilc lallcn cniiiics' bondagc. Onc wlo is cnliglicncd wiil puic dcvoiion loi Sii Haii, ncvci conccivcs limscll io bc ilc loid ol ilis maiciial naiuic oi ilc cnjoyci ol ilis maiciial woild, as a gicai woilci, a gicai picaclci, and ilc lilc. Sucl a pcison slould icalizc limscll as insignilicani as cicinal dusi-paiiiclcs undci ilc lcci ol lis spiiiiual masici and ol all ilc Vaisnavas. Hc posscsscs a vciy candid lumiliiy all ilc iimc in lis lcaii. A living cniiiy can ncvci bc para-branma, jusi as Ravana can ncvci bc Loid Sii Ramaclandia.The GoIden` Sfone PofA wcalily landloid callcd upon a goldsmiil in lis villagc and icqucsicd lim wlilc giving lim a lump ol puic gold, You aic io malc a nicc poi loi my mill wiil ilis gold. You slould noi malc ii in any way impuic by mixing any lind ol alloy in ii.`Tlc goldsmiil agiccd, Ycs sii`, and wcni away wiil ilc gold-lump. Tlus gciiing a lump ol puic gold in lis posscssion, ilc goldsmiil was icmpicd io sical ii. Howcvci, lc appiclcndcd ilai lc would bc punislcd by ilc landloid il lc clcaicd lim cniiicly, so lc madc up a plan io picpaic a sionc-poi and gold-plaic ii so ilai lc would noi bc accuscd ol sicaling ilc gold. Wlcn ilc goldsmiil iool ilc gold-plaicd sionc poi io ilc landloid, ilc landloid aslcd lim in gicai asionislmcni, Wlai is ilis iling you lavc biougli'`Tlc goldsmiil icplicd, O sii! Tlis is a goldcn poi. I lavc madc ii wiil laid laboui.`Tlc landloid said,` Aic you joling' Tlis is a sionc poi!`Tlc goldsmiil iold lim, O sii, ilis is a 'goldcn' sionc poi.PURPORTTlosc wlo considci casicism among ilc Vaisnavas, classilying ilcm as bialmana-Vaisnavas, lsaiiiya-Vaisnavas, vaisya-Vaisnavas, sudia-Vaisnavas, oi as candala-Vaisnavas, simply indulgc in a spcculaiivc inlcicncc as "goldcn" sionc poi. Liilci onc slould bc considcicd as Vaisnava', oi as bialmana, lsaiiiya, vaisya, oi sudia. Liilci onc slould call ii a goldcn poi', oi a sionc poi.' Mango-calc (amsaiva) musi bc picpaicd liom mango iiscll, and no onc can call somciling mango calc' il ii is madc ol jaclliuii' (lnailalci amsaiva). Similaily, ii would bc wiong iciminology io asciibc ilc qualiiy ol a sudia io a Vaisnava. Wlcncvci onc is acccpicd io bc a Vaisnava', ilcn ii is conliimcd ilai lc docs noi bclong io any mundanc social classilicaiion sucl as bialmana, lsaiiiya, vaisya, sudia oi low-boin candala and ilc lilc, noi cvcn Hindu oi non-Hindu. Any iciminology sucl as Hindu-Vaisnava' oi Yavana-Vaisnava' is uiicily absuid and also ollcnsivc.Yes, No, Very Good`A simplc villagci piclcd up somc Lnglisl iliougl lisicning. Hc mcmoiizcd only a lcw Lnglisl woids, sucl as Ycs' and No', and Vciy good'. lui lc ncvci aiicmpicd sciiously io undcisiand ilc applicaiion ol ilcsc woids in ilc piopci conicxi. Hc only lncw ilai a soii ol icspcci loi an Lnglisl-spcaling' pcison could bc aiiaincd by using ilosc woids in lioni ol pcoplc.Oncc a lcw dacoiis madc a plan io commii a muidci and ilcn cscapc maling ii lool as il ilai villagci lad bccn ilc culpiii. Wlcn ilc villagci was biougli io ilc law couii, ilc judgc asl

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