Self-Realization Means What?
Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das
Sometimes we hear someone say, “O so and so is self-realized” which is the goal of all spiritual practices. But exactly what does it mean to be a self-realized soul? There is a common saying, “it takes one to know one” which means that the self-realized one is the best person to answer this question.
Thus, we turned to Srila Prabhupada’s direct words describing self-realization because he is a perfectly self-realized soul, and liberated pure devotee of Sri Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. All the sincere Krishna bhaktas striving for self-realization and Radha-Krishna prema will greatly benefit by studying these words of Srila Prabhupada, and trying to embody these qualities and actions in their personal lives.
The following statements are taken from the BBT Folio collection of Srila Prabhupada’s personal words.
16 DEFINITIONS of SELF-REALIZATION
Srila Prabhupada said:
– Self-realization means understanding Krishna and one’s eternal relationship with Him.
-Self-realization means “I am dependent on Krishna. I am eternal servant of Krishna. Let me engage myself to the service of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.”
-Self-realization means becoming indifferent to the needs of the gross and subtle bodies and becoming serious about the activities of the self.
-Self-realization means becoming a pure devotee of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
-Self-realization means seeing one’s proper identity as the infinitesimal jiva. At the present moment, we are seeing the body, but we have no vision of the real person occupying the body.
-Self-realization means that energy should be transferred for Krishna.
-Self-realization means to know that “I am not this body. I am spirit soul. I am part and parcel of God.”
-One who is self-realized knows that all mundane emotions have nothing to do with the pure soul, whose natural propensity is to engage in the loving service of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
-One who is self-realized is not bewildered by the birth and death of the material body, knowing himself to be eternal.
-When one becomes self-realized, two things are conspicuous by absence: no more hankering and no more lamenting [for material things].
-A self-realized person knows that this material cosmic manifestation is a temporary, illusory representation appearing to be truth.
-A self-realized person knows quite well that material happiness is the very cause of continued material existence and forgetfulness of one’s own constitutional position.
-When one is self-realized he becomes joyful because he is free from the material contamination of lamentation and hankering.
-A self-realized person automatically gives up everything irrelevant to his spiritual advancement.
-A self-realized person sees all living entities equally.
-A self-realized person is always engaged in Krishna consciousness.
By the blessings of Sri Sri Guru, Nitai-Gaura Sitanatha and Sri Hari Nama Prabhu may we all very quickly become self-realized, pure loving devotees of Sri Sri Radha Govindadeva.
Giriraja Baba ki jai! Srila Prabhupada Pure Devotees ki jai! Jai Jai Sri Radhe!
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