BG-C 04-V 09—-“Cheater Leaders”—–29-03-1974, Bombay
416) Whether I know what spiritual life is! Taught by Srila Prabhupada!
—————————–So spiritual activities means devotional service. Spiritual activities mean devotional service, activities in relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Bhakti-yoga. Bhakti-yoga means, as I have repeatedly explained, that you have to forget your identification with the matter, sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. You have to forget your body as American, Indian, brahmana, ksatriya, sudra, Hindu, Muslim. That you have to forget. Aham brahmasmi, “I am spirit soul.” That is real identification. And when the spirit soul is active, sometimes the Mayavadi philosophers, they think, “Now I’ve realized that I am not this body, I am not matter, I am spirit soul, so now I have become Narayana. I have become the Supreme.” But no, that is also mistake. When you realize that “Supreme is the Supreme Brahman, Parabrahman, I am part and parcel of the Supreme, I am also Brahman, but I am not the Supreme Brahman, therefore my business is to serve Parabrahman.” That is real spiritual life. That is the beginning of spiritual life. ——————————————–