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Prabhupada Analogies

Experience through examples
Srila Prabhupada brings us the knowledge of the Vedic literatures with his hard hitting analogies.

Analogies - He imitates parts with which He has nothing to do

The activities of the incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are a kind of imitation of the activities going on in the material world. He is just like an actor on a stage. An actor imitates the activities of a king on stage, although actually he is not the king. Similarly, when the Lord incarnates, He imitates parts with which He has nothing to do.

Analogies - A bubble comes out

In the present material condition, our heart is covered with so much garbage of different types of body, just like all of a sudden something comes to your mind - it has no connection - just like a bubble comes out.

Analogies - A good citizen

One must know God, and one must know what God desires. That is religion. Just like you must know your government, and you must know what government wants, expects from you. If you do that, then you are a good citizen.

Analogies - A green bird entering a green tree

Just like a green bird entering a green tree. So when the bird enters the tree, nobody can find out where is the bird, because the leaves of the tree are green and the bird is also green. Nobody can trace out. But that does not mean the bird has lost its individuality. The individuality is there.

Analogies - A shadow resembling You

The material world is just like a shadow resembling You. Indeed, one accepts this material world as real, because it gives a glimpse of Your existence.

Analogies - A snake has its poison removed

The acquisition of wealth by a devotee is not a source of anxieties, as is the case for a worldly man. And because a pure devotee accepts everything in the sense of serving the Lord, the poisonous teeth of accumulation of wealth are extracted. If a snake has its poison removed and bites a man, there is no fatal effect. Similarly, wealth accumulated in the cause of the Lord has no poisonous teeth, and the effect is not fatal. A pure devotee is never entangled in material worldly affairs even though he may remain in the world like an ordinary man.

Analogies - A tree whose roots are up and branches down

It is stated in Bhagavad-gita that this material world is just like a tree whose roots are up and branches down. This means that the material world is the shadow of the spiritual world.

Analogies - Absorbed in thoughts of Krishna

Haridasa Thakura was always absorbed in thoughts of Krishna and the holy name of Krishna. Therefore the feminine poses the woman exhibited were just like crying in the forest.

Analogies - Accept service not for himself

accept service from my disciples on behalf of Krishna. Just like a tax collector must collect for the treasury, not for himself.

Analogies - Act as spirit

The spiritual body is developed through the practice of Krishna consciousness. This material body is spiritualized by this bhakti-yoga process. If you place an iron within fire, the iron becomes so hot that it also becomes fiery. When the iron is red hot, it acquires all the qualities of fire. If you touch something with that iron, that iron will act as fire. Similarly, although this body is material, it can become spiritualized through Krishna consciousness and act as spirit.