Saturday, February 27, 2016

India's Secular Nationalism On The Rise

[PADA: Srila Prabhupada says Nationalism is an extension of bodily identification. We are ultimately spirit souls and we are not part of any material "upadhi" or temporary designations.]

Bhagavad-gita As It Is Lectures

Bhakti means you have to get yourself free from this designation. Designation. Sarva upadhi. Upadhi means designation. Lecture on BG 8.20-22 -- New York, November 18, 1966:

This is the definition of bhakti: sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam (CC Madhya 19.170). 

Now we are encumbered with so many designations, designation. This body is Indian—this is a designation. Your body, American body — it is a designation. You are not this body, not these designations. 

Suppose if your university gives you one degree, M.A. or B.A., Ph.D., oh, that degree you are not. It is a designation. So bhakti means you have to get yourself from this designation. Designation. Sarva upadhi. Upadhi means designation. So somebody, if gives me title, Sir Anatole, or this or that, oh, I become very happy: "Oh, I have got this 'sir' title." 

But I forget that this is not my actual designation. It will exist so long I have got this body. But the body is sure to vanquish, so this designation will also vanquish. When you get another body, then you get another designation. Suppose in this body I am American, and in the next body you are in China. Then you become Chinese designation. 

So we are simply changing our designation. We should stop this business of designations. You see? So sarvopadhi-vinir... If one is determined to get out of all these nonsense designations, then he can attain bhakti.

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