Beyond Birth & Death

Beyond Birth & Death

Upon hearing that there is a repetitive cycle of birth and death any sane person would be like “I have to do this all over again?!” The good news is that no. You’re meant to live forever as an individual and have a fulfilled life in an eternal blissful relationship with Krishna and His associates, in this life and the next. Srila Prabhupada explains how you’re not supposed to “do it all again”, in fact, you’re supposed to get out of this nightmare. Isn’t it an existential paradox how we like to say things like “love you forever”, “eternity”, “happily ever after”? It triggers the intrinsic eternal nature of the soul. So from reincarnation, dualities of the material world, threefold miseries, and misguiding bodily identification to sat-cit-ananda, Srila Prabhupada takes us on an extensive journey from material to the blissful, effulgent spiritual realm. The infallible Vedas, the instruction manual of the universe, delivered by a bonafide guru, His Divine Grace, will equip us all with all the knowledge, tools, instructions, and instruments to go beyond birth and death. 

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One of my favorite quotes

Beyond Birth & Death | Chapter 4

From Bhagavad-gītā we have to accept that there is a spiritual universe which is the kingdom of God. If somehow we are transported to a country where we are informed that we will no longer have to undergo birth, old age, disease, and death, will we not be happy? If we heard of such a place, surely we would try as hard as possible to go there. No one wants to grow old; no one wants to die. Indeed, a place free of such sufferings would be our heart’s desire. Why do we want this? Because we have the right, the prerogative, to want it. We are eternal, blissful, and full of knowledge, but having been covered by this material entanglement, we have forgotten ourselves. Therefore Bhagavad-gītā gives us the advantage of being able to revive our original status.
The Śaṅkarites and Buddhists claim that the world beyond is void, but Bhagavad-gītā does not disappoint us like this. The philosophy of voidness has simply created atheists. We are spiritual beings, and we want enjoyment, but as soon as our future is void, we will become inclined to enjoy this material life. In this way, the impersonalists discuss the philosophy of voidism while trying as much as possible to enjoy this material life. One may enjoy speculation in this way, but there is no spiritual benefit..