“It is admitted even by impersonalists like Shankaracharya that Narayana is transcendental to this material creation. As such, when one actually engages in the service of the Lord in various forms, either Narayana or Radha-Krishna or Sita-Rama, he is understood to be on the platform of liberation.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 3.31.47)
You’ve decided to take up the science of self-realization in earnest. No longer will you identify solely with the body, which is nothing but a collection of elements. There are the five gross elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether. These are the ones that can be seen. Then there are the three subtle elements: mind, intelligence and false ego. We know that these exist based on external factors.
It’s difficult enough to break away from the bodily identification, which is the default mentality. The animals can never break free; they…
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