Shed Your Raincoat
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
We hear, "Please come together under one umbrella," but the main problem is that each of us thinks that we all have our own raincoat. Then, we must think properly about this. At present, education and science are progressing so much in this world, but what teaching Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and our Guru-varga have given us is that we must be humble, tolerant and give honour to others. This is Mahaprabhu's conception.
We always fight among each other for three main things—kanak, kamini, and pratistha; we fight for money, for ladies and for name and fame. When we fight among each other and cannot leave our ego, how can we ever make harmony? If we cannot leave our ego, how can we even live in harmony and peace?
You are all trying to create peace and harmony in this world, but we cannot leave our ego, we cannot sacrifice our life, we cannot give up anything, however small it may be, for the service of society. How much dedication do we have? Dedication means love and affection. This is the main thing everyone should think about, and this is the main conception that Sriman Mahaprabhu preaches. Sriman Mahaprabhu has brought and distributed these things—He has already shown how to make peace.
Another thing is that you want to create peace for others, but you yourself are always suffering from three-fold miseries of this world (adhibhautik, adhidaivik, adhyatmik, আধিভৌতিক, আধিদৈবিক, আধ্যাত্মিক: miseries caused by one's body, by the nature, and other souls). Sometimes we think and have so much hope to become something, but when we do not get it, we become angry. We think we want to be a big professor, we want to be a big doctor, but if we do not succeed, then so much anger comes, so much frustration comes, and so many problems come. But the main thing is that everything depends upon He who is above us—everything depends on the Supreme Controller,
ঈশ্বরঃ পরমঃ কৃষ্ণঃ সচ্চিদানন্দবিগ্রহঃ ।
isvarah paramah krsnah sach-chid-ananda-vigrahah
"Krishna, who is known as Govinda, is the supreme controller. He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, for He is the prime cause of all causes."
(Sri Brahma-samhita, 5.1)
This is written in Brahma-samhita—Brahma himself says this. Srimad Bhagavad-gita also tells lastly,
সর্ব্বধর্ম্মান্ পরিত্যজ্য মামেকং শরণং ব্রজ ।
sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
"Give up all kinds of religion and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins, do not despair."
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)
You think that we are Hindus, we are Muslims, we are Christians, we are Buddhists, we are Russian, we are Italian, we are Indian, but this is not our identification. We are tiny jiva souls who come from the Lord and who go to the Lord. We think that somebody is from Odisha, somebody is from Bengal, somebody is from the USA, somebody is from South America, but this is not so. We are all members of the same family, and the leader, or the guardian, of our family is the Lord. We are fallen souls who decide not to follow the guardian—we do everything, but we forget Him being under the influence of the illusory environment. Srimad Bhagavad-gita says,
দৈবী হ্যেষা গুণময়ী মম মায়া দুরত্যয়া ।
daivi hy esa gunamayi, mama maya duratyaya
"My alluring, 'trimodal,' illusory potency is practically insurmountable. However, those who take shelter in Me can overcome this powerful obstacle."
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 7.14)
Krishna Himself says, "I have created the illusory environment," and we forget who we are because of this illusory environment. That is why we have forgotten our identity. So, first you must think who you are.
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