Vedicsoc session #2.18 entanglement
5 people for this week's session, including one new visitor. We did some gentle slow-deep stretch yoga to help heal everyone's bad backs. The then did mantra chanting, as usual. The time passed surprisingly quick. Chanting for 10 minutes seemed like a flash.
We discussed: entanglement.
- What entangles us in the thorn bush of material world? (desires)
- Why it is difficult to escape? (the more we struggle, the tighter the vines/ropes/modes bind us)
- How to get free? (practice karma-yoga (BG4.14) (BG4.22))
- How to practice karma yoga? (offer the results of action to Krishna (BG5.12))
- How to learn how to sacrifice the results of action? (get help)
- How to get help? (surrender unto a bona-fide spiritual master (BG4.34))
Now, after the session, the following quote from a conversation with Prabhupada in the Science of Self-Realization comes to mind:
Mr. O'Grady: The problem is to find this spiritual master.
Srila Prabhupada: That is not the problem. The problem is whether you are sincere. You have problems, but God is within your heart. Isvarah sarva-bhutanam. God is not far away. If you are sincere, God sends you a spiritual master. Therefore God is also called caitya-guru, the spiritual master within the heart. God helps from within and from without. Everything is thus described in the Bhagavad-gita. This material body is like a machine, but within the heart is the soul, and with the soul is the Supersoul, Krishna, who gives directions. The Lord says, "You wanted to do this; now here is the chance. Go and do it." If you are sincere, you say, "Now, God, I want You." Then He will give you directions. "Yes, now you come and get Me like this." This is kindness. However, if we want something else, that is all right. We can have it. God is very kind. When I want something, He is in my heart directing me and telling me how to have it. So why should He not give directions on how to have a spiritual master? First of all we must again be eager to revive our God consciousness. Then God will give us a spiritual master.
One person revealed a significant source of entanglement for her: a property developer was in the process of dispossessing her of some land she owns. This kind of thing might be expected in a place like Kazakhstan, but not in a place as supposedly civilized as the UK. So, what to do? A long entangling bureaucratic legal fight to the death, or give up and let them have their way?
Any advice? What would you do?
Either way, this situation may be a special favor from Krishna. Krishna takes everything away from those devotees that he especially favors (SB10.88.8). And ultimately, as time, he takes everything away anyway (SB9.4.53).