Spiritual Life - an essential subject
Ānanda means pleasure. Enjoyment. Spiritual life does not mean that void of enjoyment, no. It is full of enjoyment. We are seeking after enjoyment, but that enjoyment is hampered by our material existence. We do not know. We are trying to squeezing out the senses and trying to have material pleasure. This is nonsense because we do not know what is spiritual life. Spiritual life means service to Kṛṣṇa. If we do not serve Kṛṣṇa, where is spiritual life? Spiritual life does not mean go on increasing your material necessity and you become spiritual. No. Minimize, to have no more interest in material activities but only in the understanding of God, the Supreme, and His service. How the matter has been simplified, that for attainment of spiritual life people have to undergo so many years under penance and regulation, and here is only, only thing is, that you simply chant the holy name of the Lord.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Spiritual Life category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 16 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|Spiritual life aims at stopping this repetition of birth and death and entering into the spiritual world, where one can live eternally cognizant and blissful. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 11.8)|
|Everyone should try to avoid death and rebirth by cultivating spiritual life and should not submit to death without struggling to survive. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.1.48)|
|Becoming one with the brahma-jyotir does not represent mature knowledge. Only by surrendering unto the Lord completely and developing one's sense of spiritual service does one reach the highest perfectional stage. (Sri Isopaniṣad, Mantra 17)|
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