Just Like the Sparks
On this last day of our AGM I was asked to read this passage from a lecture by our guru, Srila Prabhupada, recorded on Feb. 22/1967, fifty years ago in San Francisco:
“So as soon as we are separated, that is our conditional state. How we are separated? Just like the sparks of the fire, as soon as he's come out of the fire and falls down on the ground, it loses its illumination immediately. Immediately. That illuminating spark which was dancing with the fire, as soon as falls down, it becomes black, charcoal. It is just like carbon. So [a]long with the fire, it is just like, as good as fire, illuminating.
“So our position is like that. We are sparks, energy. As from the energy of the fire, there are so many dancing, similarly, we are all sparks of the Supreme Lord. But as soon as we come out of the fire, as soon as we want to become independent of the Supreme Absolute Truth, that spiritual energy becomes almost extinguished. It is never to be extinguished, but it appears, it appears. Just like fire covered with ashes. So again, when ashes are removed, the fire comes.
“So our position is like that. We are now covered by the ash of this material energy and, as soon as this will be removed... The removal process is Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa—ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanam (CC Antya 20.12), cleansing process. As soon as we are completely cleansed, we are as good, I mean, as illuminating as Kṛṣṇa.
“So this is the process. We shall study again tomorrow. Thank you very much.”
May the Source be with you!