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Thursday, November 29, 2007

the building never sleeps...

I dropped off my wife early this morning around 5.15am at her college and she passed a comment looking at the building. She said "this building never sleeps", something similar to the slogan "the city never sleeps". This phrase stuck in my head for some reason. What my wife meant was that people were constantly using this building and hence always active.

But what actually is active, is it the external body or the internal soul that makes matter active? Krishna says to Arjuna in chapter 3 text 5 of the Bhagavad Gita,

na hi kascit ksanam api
jatu tisthaty akarma-krt
karyate hy avasah karma
sarvah prakrti-jair gunaih

All men are
forced to act helplessly according to the impulses born of the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment.

Srila Prabhupada’s purport
It is not a question of embodied life, but it is the nature of the soul to be always active. Without the presence of the spirit soul, the material body cannot move. The body is only a dead vehicle to be worked by the spirit soul, which is always active and cannot stop even for a moment. As such, the spirit soul has to be engaged in the good work of Krsna consciousness, otherwise it will be engaged in occupations dictated by illusory energy. In contact with material energy, the spirit soul acquires material modes, and to purify the soul from such affinities it is necessary to engage in the prescribed duties enjoined in the sastras
So it is actually the soul that attracts our minds and not inert matter. We run behind this illusion of matter thinking it will satisfy our mind and senses but in reality we are actually desiring the association of the soul since we seek life and not dead matter and the Supreme Soul is Lord Krishna who is patiently waiting for us to engage us in His loving devotional service in Goloka.

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