-Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaja
Deception is like a serpent that stealthily comes to bite and kill. Ignorance comes stealthily and takes the soul down to the world of animal consciousness, and we are all moving under the deception of this heavy flesh and blood; therefore heavier ‘earth’ is necessary to lift us above, up onto its lap.
Diviva caksur atatam. . .marisyeti, pasu-buddhim imam jahi: “So do away with your animal consciousness that you are flesh and blood. No! You are not limited to flesh and blood, but you are a conscious unit, and you won’t die. You are not a member of this dying world, where everything is sure to die on account of its malidentification. This is forced upon you – ‘you must die, you must become infirm, you must be born, you must suffer from disease’ – but all these are misidentification of your self with your body. This is animal consciousness: consciousness that you are an animal. But you are not so. You are a conscious unit, you are spirit, you are soul.”
Not only is the soul immortal, not only does God exist, not only is He the Absolute Dispenser of good and bad – but we, ourselves, are units of the conscious world. So pasu-buddhim imam jahi – separate yourself eternally from that mania, from that misconception and false identification with this material aspect which is the result of your degraded life. Be reinstated in your glorious position as soul. And how is this possible? You are tatastha (marginal) by constitution, so you cannot stand on your own two feet. You must have some shelter – either mundane within your mundane identification, or above that, you must have some shelter above your head. O tatastha-jiva, you must have shelter in the Svarupa-sakti land, the final land”.