Hare Krsna-The letter below written by Srila Prabhupada is one of the best descriptions I have ever read about our real position within this body of "clay' as he calls it, and how our dream like material consciousness can be removed by revival of our original consciousness, Krsna Consciousness.
“We never had any occasion when we were separated from Krsna. Just like one man is dreaming and he forgets himself. In dream he creates himself in different forms. Now I am the King discussing with my staff, now I am pounced upon by a ferocious tiger, like that. This creation of himself is as seer and subject matter or seen, two things. But as soon as the dream is over, the seen disappears. But the seer remains. Now he is in his original position. Our separation from Krsna is like that. We dream this body and so many relationships with other things. First the attachment comes to enjoy sense gratification. Even with Krsna desire for sense gratification is there. There is a dormant attitude for forgetting Krsna and creating an atmosphere for enjoying independently. Just like at the edge of the beach, sometimes the water covers, sometimes there is dry sand, coming and going. Our position is like that,sometimes covered, sometimes free, just like at the edge of the tide. As soon as we forget, immediately the illusion is there. Just like as soon as we sleep, dream is there.
We cannot say that we are not with Krsna. As soon as we try to become Lord, immediately we are covered by maya. Formerly we were with Krsna in His lila or sport. But this covering of maya may be of very, very, very, very long duration, therefore many creations are coming and going. Due to this long period of time it is sometimes said that we are ever-conditioned. But his long duration of time becomes very insignificant when one actually comes to Krsna consciousness. Just like in a dream we are thinking very long time, but as soon as we awaken we look at our watch and see it has been a moment only. Just like with Krsna’s friends, they were kept asleep for one year by Brahma, but when they woke up and Krsna returned before them, they considered that only a moment had passed.
So this dreaming condition is called non-liberated life, and this is just like a dream. Although in this material calculation it is a long, long period, as soon as we come to Krsna consciousness then this period is considered as a second. For example Jaya and Vijaya. They had their lila with Krsna, but they had to come down for their little mistake. They were given mukti, emerging into the brahma-sayujya after being killed three times as demons. This brahma-sayujya is non-permanent. Every living entity wants pleasure, but brahma-sayujya is minus pleasure. There is eternal existence only. So when they do not find transcendental bliss, they fall down to make a compromise with material bliss.
Just like Vivekananda founded so many schools and hospitals. So even Lord Brahma, he is still material and wants to lord it over. He may come down to become a germ, and then he may rise up to Krsna consciousness and go back to home, back to Godhead. This is the position. So when I say, ‘Yes, there is eternal lila with Krsna, that means on the evidence of Jaya and Vijaya. Unless one develops full devotional service to Krsna, he goes up only to brahma-sayujya but falls down. But after millions and millions of years of keeping oneself away from the lila of the Lord, when one comes to Krsna consciousness this period becomes insignificant, just like dreaming.
Because he falls down from brahma-sayujya, he thinks that may be his origin, but he does not remember that before that even he was with Krsna. So the conclusion is that whatever may be our past, let us come to Krsna consciousness and immediately join Krsna. Just like a diseased man, it is a waste of time to try to find out how he has become diseased, better to spend time curing the disease.
On the top of the tree there is a nice tall-fruit. A crow went there and the fruit fell down. Some panditas, big, big learned scholars, saw this and discussed: The fruit fell due to the crow agitating the limb. No, the fruit fell simultaneously with the crow landing and frightened the crow so he flew away. No, the fruit was ripe and the weight of the crow landing broke it from the branch—and son on, and so on. What is the use of such discussion? So whatever you were, in the brahma-sayujya or with Krsna in His lila, at the present you are in neither, so the best policy is to develop your Krsna consciousness and go there, never mind what is your origin. Brahma-sayujya and Krsna-lila—both may be possible, but when you are coming down from brahma-sajyuja or when you are coming down from Krsna lila, that remains a mystery. But at the present moment you are in maya’s clutches, so at present our only hope is to become Krsna conscious and go back to home, back to Godhead. The real position is servant of Krsna, and servant of Krsna means in Krsna lila. Directly or indirectly, always we are serving Krsna’s lila. Even in dream. Just like we cannot go out of the sun when it is day-time, so where is the chance of going out of Krsna lila? The cloud may be there, it may become very grey and dim, but still the sunlight is there, everywhere, during the day time. Because I am part and parcel of Krsna, I am always connected. My finger, even though it may be diseased, remains part and parcel of my body.
Therefore, we try to treat it, cure it, because it is part and parcel. So Krsna comes Himself when we forget Him, or He sends His representative. Awakening or dreaming, I am the same man. As soon as I awaken and see myself, I see Krsna. Cause and effect are both Krsna. Just like cotton becomes thread and thread becomes cloth, still, the original cause is cotton. Therefore, everything is Krsna in the ultimate sense. When we cannot contact Krsna personally, we contact His energies. So there is no chance to be outside Krsna’s lila. But differences we see under different conditions. Just like in the pool of water and in the mirror the same me is reflecting, but in different reflections. One is shimmering, unsteady, one is clear and fixed. Except for being in Krsna consciousness, we cannot see our actual position rightly, therefore the learned man sees all living entities as the same parts and parcels of Krsna. Material existence is impersonal because my real personality is covered. But we should think that because I am now covered in this clay, I am diseased, and we should think that I must get to business to get myself uncovered, not wonder how I got this way. Now the fruit is there, take it and enjoy; that is your first business. God is not bound by cause. He can change, He is the cause of all causes. Now don’t waste your time with this ‘kaka taliya nyaya’, crows and tall-fruit logic.”
(SPL, given to BBT Archives by Madhudvisa, exact date unidentified, 1973)