Meaning of Life | Purpose of Life | Love and Life

Hello, Hare Krishna, Welcome to this session
with ‘The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal’. In this video we are going to ask a few serious
questions. We are going to discuss about what is life, what is the purpose of our existence,
who are we ? What is it all about ? The answers to these questions has puzzled
man since time immemorial. The search for life’s meaning has produced much scientific,
theological and philosophical explanations throughout the course of human history. The
answers to these questions are critical in determining one’s approach towards life
and motivating one to Live. And the very fact that you are watching this
video and that man keeps searching for these answers even in this 21st century, conclusively
prove the fact that we are yet to figure out the puzzle of life.
Teachings of Lord Chaitanya : In order to find the answers to these questions,
we are going to briefly discuss about the life and the teachings of a fifteenth century
bengali saint…an Indian saint..who had preached about a religion of Love.
His life and teachings has been instrumental in uniting people across different nationalities,
across different backgrounds – be it social,economic linguistic, cultural. His teachings have been
an example of such unity that the United Nations would be very proud of. Sri Chaitanya’s
teachings have inspired men and women all across the world, to be united in this common
cause, to forget their external differences and help each other out in this journey of
life – a journey which is as important to the rich as it is to the poor…which is as
important to an American as it is to an Indian; a journey which is as important to a chinese
as it is to a australian. It is not too uncommon these days to hear the chants of ‘Hare Krishna’
‘Hare Krishna’ in the streets of London, Paris, Tokyo or New Delhi. Congregational
chanting of ‘Hare Krishna’, by the way, finds its roots in the teachings of Sri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu. The reputed international spiritual organizations like
ISKCON, Gaudiya Math, gaudiya Mission, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, pure Bhakti, etc,
etc …Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s teachings form the very basis of these spiritual organizations.
Eminent personalities have concluded that Sri Chaitanya’s life & teachings have no
parallel in human history. Sri Chaitanya’s pastimes defy the investigative and the descriptive
abilities of phenomenologists and psychologists of religious experience. Being a practitioner
of his teachings myself for the last twelve years , I am pretty much convinced that it
addresses the root cause of all life’s ailments. First of all, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explains
that we are not our bodies; instead we are spirit souls who are entrapped in these bodies
of matter. In this precarious condition that we call life, we are actually striving to
satisfy our innate spiritual desires while interacting with this world of matter through
our material senses. The senses of our material body are prone to be attracted to matter.
However our identity being spiritual, our satisfaction and fulfillment lies in interacting
with the world of spirit. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu goes onto explain that living entities are
part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, the supreme spirit and it is his natural tendency to render
selfless devotional service unto his eternal spiritual Lord. It is due to the absence or
forgetfulness of this natural tendency to render selfless devotional service unto the
Supreme Spirit, that the living entity gradually develops innumerable material hankerings by
pursuing which or by enjoying which, a living entity foolishly thinks that he can obtain
the unadulterated spiritual bliss that he had been searching throughout.
Hence a materialist who aspires to indulge or who indulges in gross material sense gratification
has no escape from this quagmire of unending sensual desires which only serve in complicating
his life and further deteriorates his consciousness. He only ends up being frustrated though because
he does not obtain what he has been originally and eternally searching for – which is unadulterated
spiritual bliss which can be obtained only by rendering selfless devotional service.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gives an analogy…he compares pure devotional service unto the
supreme Lord as the sun..the all illuminating sun; and he compares one’s service unto
his own senses as the shadows… He explains that where there is sun there cannot be any
shadows. Krishna surya sama, maya haya andhakara, Yahan
Krishna, tahan nei mayara adhikara Further, one who indulges in harmful politics,
enviousness, in sinful activities, and works only for his own name and fame – gets preoccupied
with gross sensual pleasures and drifts further away from his natural tendency to render selfless
service unto the Supreme Lord. Such a living entity develops a sense of false pride.. a false
ego.. which further encourages him to work for his own name and fame. This hardens his
heart and pushes him away into the realm of committing spiritual suicide. Falsely identifying
himself as the doer and the supreme controller , the living entity gets entangled by his
own habits. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has hence stressed that one gets rid of his or her false
pride to have any hope of making any significant spiritual progress. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
has preached about the equality of men and their equal rights in approaching the divine.
He taught universal fraternity and inspired a spirit of brotherhood amongst devotees.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had taught that human thoughts should never be shackled with sectarian
views. Sectarianism , by the way, is a product of one’s own bodily conception of life.
Sri Chaitanya mahaprabhu preached that even the varnasrama system which existed or exists
in the Hindu society ..aahh..even till this day… which is the division of society into
an order of castes… He had preached that this varnasrama system should not become an
impediment towards one’s spiritual progress. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had once sent Pradyumna
Misra, a rigid brahmana, to obtain spiritual knowledge from Sri Ramananda Raya, who though
being an exalted vaishnava, a great devotee..he was a shudra by birth. By this example Sri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu wanted to demonstrate that a person can become a spiritual master, he can become
a Guru, irrespective of whichever caste he belongs to.
kiba vipra, kiba nyasi, sudra kene naya ,yei Krishna tattva-vetta, sei ‘guru’ haya So how do we overcome our sinful tendencies
? Our false pride ? Or material hankerings ? and be situated in our constitutional position
as the servant of the Supreme Lord. Is there any hope for us to obtain our long cherished
desires of spiritual fulfillment. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explains that the holy name of
the supreme lord is exceedingly powerful and by chanting them regularly is the primary
means to obtain our supreme objective. The holy name of the Lord is actually non different
to the Lord Himself and when we chant the holy name we are actually calling upon Him.
This point has been stressed throughout the vedic has been stressed in
Srimad Bhagavatam, in Narada Brhan Purana wherein it is mentioned time and again that
chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari is the primary means of salvation in this age
of quarrel and hypocrisy. Harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam, kalau nasty-eva
nasty-eva nasty-eva gatir anyathaa. There is no other way, there is no other way,
there is no other way. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has instructed us
to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. This Hare Krishna Mahamantra finds its mention
in the Kali santarana upanishad. It has been described as the supreme deliverer of the
living entities in this day and age. Repeated chantings of this Hare Krishna Mahamantra
cleanses the dust accumulated in our consciousness for millions and millions of lifetimes and
helps evoke the essential spiritual emotions that form the very basis of our existence.
So though the supreme Lord has innumerable names, the Vedic scriptures conclude that
the name ‘Krishna’ is the sweetest of them all. The word ‘Krishna’ refers to
the ‘anointed one’ or the all attractive supreme. So following in the footsteps of
Sri Chaitanya mahaprabhu let us all chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra together – Hare
Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
By the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu this Hare Krishna Mahamantra has spread all over
the world today. The sixteen syllables of the ‘Hare Krishna Mahamantra’ which is
the ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare
Hare’ are not ordinary sound vibrations. They are fully endowed with the power and
the qualities of the Supreme Lord. Regular chanting of this Hare Krishna mahamantra cleanses
the impurities from our heart and helps bathe soul, body and mind in divine bliss. Hence
one should not consider that the chanting of this Hare Krishna is an ordinary material
activity. Mahaprabhu’s teachings are universal in
nature. The most learned and the most ignorant are both entitled to embrace it. The learned
men would understand his teachings with an understanding of the ‘sambandha gyan’
or his relationship with the supreme. He will understand that he is constitutionally a servant
of the supreme Lord. He will understand that the problems in his actually begins when he
or she assumes that they are the supreme..they are the enjoyer of all that they survey…
they are the enjoyer of all the fruits of their actions.
The ignorant ,on the other hand, have the same privilege by chanting the holy names
of the supreme Lord and associating with the devotees. The practice of Kirtana, or the
congregational chanting of the holy names of Krishna, invites all classes of men, irrespective
of their nationalities, their backgrounds, their castes, their creed to the highest cultivation
of spiritual consciousness. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stresses upon his
devotees to delve deep into the spirit of the scriptures , not confining themselves
to just the words. The life and teachings of Sri Chaitanya are unique… Never has the
world been witness to such acts of immense magnanimity.The pure devotee of the Supreme
Lord who has attained his spiritual perfection following in the footsteps of Sri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu does not care for the flickering temporal pleasures of this material world. Instead
his only desire is to engage in selfless devotional service towards his supreme Lord, life after
life. Being humbler than a blade of grass and exhibiting greater tolerance than a tree,
such a person engages himself in incessantly chantings of the holy names of Lord Krishna
and glorifying the Supreme Lord who is the source of bliss. trnad api su-nicena taror
api sahisnuna amanina mana-dena kirtaniyah sada harih.
So thank you very much for watching this in this video we tried to briefly describe
the various teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu …though one video is very short for covering
the various facets of the Gaudiya vaishnava philosophy. Please make sure to visit our
website where we have discussed in great depth regarding
the various pastimes of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu..His various teachings..and there is also a bookstore
that we online bookstore…aahh..our books are delivered all over the world. So
thank you again, thanks a lot for watching this video. We hope that this session was
useful. See you in our next video. Thank you very much..Hare Krishna.

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