Not This Cage
Q1.We observes that our body is changing
everyday, but is there something which remains unchanged?
Ans: Our body is changing everyday, this we
can perceive our self. But we are not changing. We remember some activities of
our childhood days and some of them we have forgotten. We had a body of a
child, and that body has changed into the body of a young man/woman or an old
man. The body is changing, but the proprietor of the body is constant.
If a person has seen us in our childhood and again he comes to meet us after 20
years. The person will not see the same childhood body of ours, but still he
can recognize us. He recognize because he is well versed with the changes that
are taking place in the body and he also knows the proprietor of the body who
has not changed in this 20 years.
Q2. What is the meaning of "Dehantara-praptih" ?
Ans: Our body is changing constantly with
the passage of time. But, the proprietor of the body is constant. At the time
of death there is major change and we change the body completely to start with
a new body.
Q3. What is "death"?
Ans: Death means we have forgotten our past
Q5. Do we remember everything?
Ans: No, we do not remember everything.
Forgetfulness is our nature.
Q6. Is there change in all types of body?
Ans: the change in the body that we
perceive in this material world is limited to the material world only. In the
spiritual world there is no change in the body.
Q5. What are the ingredients of the spiritual body?
Ans: The spiritual body is made up of
Sat-cit-annanda. It is eternal, complete in
knowledge, and full of blissfulness.
Q6. We are being controlled by maya
Q7. Krsna is the
controller of maya.
Q8. Krsna is the controller of
all types of energy, material and spiritual.
Q9. Lord Krsna has innumerable names and qualities. One of the names
of the Lord Krsna is Achyuta. Why Lord Krsna is known
Ans: Lord Krsna has innumerable names and
qualities. One name of Krsna is Achyuta, which means
He never falls from his position
Q10. The principal categories of Krsna's energies are internal energy, external
energy, and spiritual energy.
Q11. The living entities are the marginal
energy of the Lord Krsna
Q12. What kind of freedom does the individual soul has?
Ans: The soul is the marginal energy of the
Lord Krsna. He can remain under internal energy of the Lord Krsna or under the
external energy of the Lord Krsna. So the soul has the independence to choose.
Q13. What is the meaning of the
verse "vedaham samatitani" ?
Ans: The verse "Vedaham
Samatitani" refers to quality of Krsna. Krsna is
the knower of past, present and future.
Q14. What is Krsna Consciousness
movement with regards to this lecture?
Ans: We are having a material body which is
always changing with time. Therefore we have the birth, old age disease, and
death. The Krsna Consciousness movement means we want to stop this changing of
body and come to the permanent position of our original spiritual body which
does not under go any kind of change.
Q15. Why a person does cries when
he comes to know that he is going to die?
Ans: Every person knows imperceptibly that
if he will die he will have to take birth again, and
he knows the trouble of taking birth. So he cries.
Q16.What is the most important
question and what is the most important problem?
Ans: If we are eternal why we have been put
into this temporary life, this is the most important question. The
most important problem is how to get out of this temporary condition of
Q17. What are the problems of a
common man or people in general?
Ans: People in general always think about
the well being of their temporary body which will fail one day. So the main
problem of their life is to maintain the temporary body by meeting the
requirement of their body. Therefore, they are always thinking how to eat, how
to sleep, how to have sex, how to defend. But they forget that even if they eat
nicely, if they sleep nicely, ultimately they will have to die.
Q18. An intelligent man also thinks about the death, and a less intelligent
mans also thinks about the death, what is the difference between their view
Ans: An intelligent man knows that we are
always changing this material body and at the time of death we will have a
complete change of the body. So an intelligent man thinks about the body that
he is going to get after the death.
A less intelligent man is not aware about the
temporary nature of this material body so he does not know that after the death
we will change our body completely. So he always remains in perplexed situation
when thinking of death.
Q19. We are marginal energy of the Lord. Now we are in the contact of the
external energy of the lord and we have a temporary material body and thus we
are facing the different changes in the body in the form of birth, death, old
age and death. How can we stop the process of changing the body?
Ans: We can stop the activities of the
temporary material body i.e. birth, death, old age, disease, and death simply
by knowing or trying to understand that the Krsna's activities, Krsna's
appearance, Krsna's worship, Krsna's temple, Krsna's glories -- everything is
Q20. How can a sober man who wants
to stop the process of birth, oldage, disease, and
death know Krsna?
Ans: Simply by taking to Krsna
consciousness, simply by understanding Krsna. And for understand Krsna, the Bhagavad-gita is there, so nicely explained.
Q21. Everyone wants to become successful in his/her life. When will our human
form of life become successful?
Ans: Our human form of life will become
successful simply by understanding that "I am not this body. I am embodied
within this body, encaged. But I am not this cage."
Q22. We see that in an opulent country like America, enough food, enough
residence, enough material enjoyment, still they are becoming hippies, all over
the world. They are not satisfied. Why?
Ans: We are not this body, we are spiritual
entity and we are not performing any spiritual activity by becoming Krsna
conscious this is spiritual starvation. Materially we may be very opulent, but
if you starve spiritually, you cannot be happy.
Q23. So, spiritual
rejuvenation is required. Aham brahmasmi:
"I am not this body. I am Brahman, spiritual soul." Then you
will be happy.
Q24. What is the result of
Ans: As a result of spiritual rejuvenation
there will be equality, fraternity, brotherhood. Everyone will know that all
living beings are part and parcel of Krsna and they are individual soul. So
they will not think that human being has some advantage over the other animals
like cow, so they should kill it and eat.
Q25. Why the education, culture,
fraternity, in this material world, all these are bogus, humbug?
Ans: the human form of life will become
successful simply by understanding that "I am not this body. I am embodied
within this body, encaged. But I am not this cage." But in the present age
this information is not given in any of the educational institute or the
Q26. When does world will become happy?
Ans: The whole world will become happy by
understanding Krsna by taking to Krsna consciousness movement.
Q27. What can a devotee learn form this lecture?
a) A devotee can learn that "I am not this body. I am embodied within
this body, encaged. But I am not this cage."
b) A devotee should read Bhagavat Gita
daily to understand that "I am not this body. I am embodied within this
body, encaged. But I am not this cage."
c) A devotee can make his life successful simply by trying to understand Krsna.
d) Death means forgetting what we were in the past.
e) We have a spiritual body which does not under go any kind of change
Q28. What can a preacher learn form this lecture?
a) There are many examples that demonstrate that we are the proprietor of
the temporary material body which is always changing.
b) Death is not the end of life. We get another suitable body after death.
c) In this material world people are dependent on the external energy (earth,
water, fire, air ether etc) of the Lord Krsna, so we need to preach people to
come under the shelter of Lord Krsna's internal energy.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare