Step 13

Overcoming problems

Sometimes we may dream that a tiger is chasing us and is about to kill us. No matter how hard we try, we can hardly move at all and the tiger keeps getting closer, closer, closer seconds away from devouring us. And then we wake up and breathe a sigh of relief that it was only a dream. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the problems that we are facing both individually and collectively as a global society could be so easily overcome? Well, the good news is that they can. Here’s how…

The first thing we have to understand is that each of us has an eternal spiritual identity that exists far, far beyond the constrictions of time and space. We originally lived in a blissful eternal existence with the Supreme Person in a wonderful, beautiful abode in which there is no birth, no death, no old age, and no disease. We existed there as eternal youths in pure loving relationships with that Supreme Person, the source of all existence, and His unlimited all-loving devotees. Practically no one ever leaves that all-blissful transcendental abode, but sometimes due to misuse of their minute independence some of those eternal living beings want to eat the forbidden apple of trying to imitate the Lord by being the center of all existence. Such a thing is not possible, but when the living being strongly desires to have the Lord’s position the Lord fulfills his desire by giving him the illusion that he is the center of existence. The Lord gives him a dimension, a world in which he considers himself to be the center.

That world, or dimension, is known as the material world. That’s where we are right now. This place is the hospital of God’s kingdom in which those persons who become infected with the disease of considering them to be God can be cured of this disease and return to their original healthy position in the kingdom of God. While in the material existence, the living being is given as many as ways to consider him the center of existence as he would like to explore. He can be a bird, a tree, an ant, a king, a heavenly demigod, a beggar, a philosopher, a musician, a wealthy businessman, etc. According to his acquired karma he acts out his foolish propensity to be the Supreme Enjoyer in many, many ways. He takes one body after another, lifetime after lifetime in his foolish pursuit of trying to be the Supreme Enjoyer. But he never achieves the happiness of supreme enjoyment that he so strongly desires because that is not his position. He is not the Supreme Enjoyer. He is instead constitutionally a servant of the Supreme Enjoyer. His foolishness is this. He does not realize that if he will agree to again serve the Supreme Enjoyer, he will experience a happiness equal to what is experienced by the Supreme Enjoyer.

If, when he is in the human body, he begins to seriously ponder his situation wondering why he is not able to enjoy here, the Lord will make a special arrangement for him to come into contact with a bona fide spiritual master, who will then carefully and compassionately guide him how to return to his original position of experiencing supreme enjoyment by rendering pure loving service to the Supreme Enjoyer. If he intelligently is able to put his faith and trust in the bona fide spiritual master to the extent of following his instructions, then by the combined mercy of guru and the Lord he will be gradually become a fully awakened spiritual being completely free from the nightmarish dream of material existence. He will become fully reinstated in his original eternity identity in the spiritual world and taste the highest happiness of supreme enjoyment at every minute.

So all we really have to do is wake up, come out of the dream and back into reality. This will perfectly solve all of our problems of existence.

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