“The non-fallen condition is Krsna consciousness. So long one can maintain pure Krsna consciousness he is not fallen down. As soon as he becomes out of Krsna consciousness immediately he is fallen down. It does not matter where a living entity stays. In the material world also there are different stages of living conditions, and to remain in the Brahman effulgence is also another phase of that fallen condition. Just like in the Bhagavad-gita it is stated that conditioned souls by their pious activities are elevated to the higher planetary system, but as soon as the stock of pious activities is finished he again comes down on the earthly planet. Similarly those who are elevated beyond the planetary system to Brahman effulgence, they are also prone to fall down as much as a living entity from the higher planetary system. As such those who are thinking they are liberated by being situated in Brahman effulgence are described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam as impurely intelligent. In other words, they are actually not liberated, and because they are not actually liberated they again come down to the material world as much as a living entity elevated to the higher planetary system comes down to this earthly planet. So we do not accept anyone elevated to the Brahman effulgence as actually liberated.”

(SPL to Revatinandana, 13th June, 1970)


 “The next question, about the living entities falling down in this material world are not from the impersonal Brahman. Existence in the impersonal Brahman is also within the category of non-Krsna consciousness. Those who are in the Brahman effulgence they are also in the fallen condition, so there is no question of falling down from a fallen condition. When fall takes place, it means falling down from the non-fallen condition.”

(SPL to Revatinandana, June 13th, 1970)

 “Regarding your several questions: Where are the spirit souls coming from that are taking microbe bodies? It is not a matter of any particular body. These spirit souls and all spirit souls are coming from Vaikuntha, but in these material worlds they are taking various grades of bodies according to their material activities. There is no ‘new’ soul. ‘New’ and ‘old’ are due to this material body, but the soul is never born and never dies, so if there is no birth how there can be new soul?”

(SPL to Jagadisa, July 9th, 1970)


 “Regarding your questions with reference to B.G. 3.5, and the Vedic hymn quoted in the purport to B.G. 5.14,15 and the statement, ‘When the living entity is bewildered in his desires, the Lord allows him to fulfill those desires.’ You have quoted, “The Lord engages the living entity in pious activities so he may be elevated. The Lord engaged him in impious activities so he may go to hell... So that is also originally the individual soul’s desire and as Supersoul the Lord is giving everyone the opportunity to go to heaven or hell, or to Vaikuntha if he so desires. For those who are hankering after material opportunities, the Lord as Supersoul is giving them the opportunities to enjoy the material nature and the facility is being supplied by the material nature. Similarly, a living entity who is desiring for spiritual upliftment, the Lord is giving him the opportunity of the Vedic literatures and the spiritual master. But His advice to all living entities is to give up all nonsense and everything else and surrender unto Him. The living entity by accepting one kind of opportunity is going to hell and by accepting the other kinds of opportunities he is going back to home, back to Godhead. So both opportunities are offered by the Lord.


Therefore, indirectly you can say that one being sent to hell and one is being sent to the spiritual world by the Lord—but He is simply supplying the opportunities to everyone as he desires. The intelligent person therefore does not desire anything—he simply surrenders unto the Lord or he desires to serve the Lord and that is his greatest opportunity. ‘Man proposes, God disposes.’ That is the sum and substance. But as a pure devotee of the Lord you should not propose—simply accept His proposal and surrender unto Him. So far the conditioned soul is concerned the same opportunities are there, but if he does not take advantage of the opportunity to elevate himself to Krsna consciousness and chooses to misuse his independence for taking the opportunity to enjoy some material happiness, then he will remain conditioned as the Lord will allow him to fulfill those desires. The opportunity is always there, just as we are offering so many ways to become Krsna conscious, but if you don’t take the opportunity, what can I do? That is purposeful negligence of duty. The example may be given of a man who is sleeping. If he is actually sleeping he may be awakened by various means, but there is no doubt that he must wake up. However, if a man is pretending to be asleep there is no way at all to rouse him up.”

(SPL to Jagadisa, 9th July, 1970)

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare