Devotee: Now the weather is starting to become hot!
Sridhara Maharaja: We should not pay much attention to that. It will come and go, come and go.
matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
tams titiksasva bharata (Bg. 2.14)
“O son of Kunti, only the engagement of the senses with their objects gives rise to the sensations of cold, heat, pleasure, and pain. But these effects are temporary; they come and go. Therefore, O Bharata, you are to endure them.” Regarding this verse of the Bhagavad-gita, one scholar, a Mr. Chatterjee, has explained this Sanskrit word matra to mean “what is measured by our senses, the result of our senses’ measurement.” In this way, the word matra comes near to the word ‘matter,’ it comes to mean matter or the world of material comfort. There are so many different views of the world. An ordinary man’s estimation of the world and a scientist’s estimation are different. An astronomer’s estimation of the world is of another type, the politician’s view is something else, the socialist’s, the humanist’s, the humanitarian’s views – they are all different. But if we can come to the plane of the soul – even the lowest conception of what is the real inner self – that will help us, and there will be a revolutionary change in our lives. All the things of this world will then seem to be trash, of no value, empty.Presently the soul is captivated by a great many things which produce mean consciousness, but the solution is given in Bhagavad-gita, how we can achieve control of our senses and gain control over the impulses of our mind. It is recommended there that step by step we try to rise up to the soul’s plane, eliminating the lower planes: first the field of experience of the senses; then the mental field, the impulse which works through the senses; then the intellect, that which drives the mental tendency – and crossing those, that we try to find that point of light which is the soul. If in any way, by the soul’s introspection you can perceive the soul, then whatever value you had assigned to this whole material manifestation will turn into ashes. You will see, “My real identification is here within! It is so wonderful, and valuable, and independent of all the hallucinations I was suffering from by coming in contact with the external world. The inner domain is so high, and my consciousness was focused so low, on such nasty things.” That is the highest way to control one’s senses, one’s charm for the world, for wealth, women, and popularity.
[Excerpted from the Chapter One: “The Conscious Sky” of “Golden Staircase.” From Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja’s Folio]