Personhood as a Basis of Reality


CC Adi 14.6 

balya-lilaya age prabhura uttana sayana
pita-mataya dekhaila cihna carana

In His first childhood pastimes the Lord turned upside down while lying on His bed, and thus He showed His parents the marks of His lotus feet.



The bodily concept of life is a seduction.

There are different sensations of pleasure. Some pleasures are just ”cheap thrills” and other pleasures give deep satisfaction. We have a hierarchy of faculties and lust can lodge itself in these different parts of our existence. There is pleasure of the senses, of the mind – like intellectual enjoyment and ultimately spiritual pleasure).

Happiness is an objective state of consciousness, even if people use the same word and refer to different experiences. The subjective claim tells us more about a person’s psychological state.

So pleasure can be objectively rated. There are also different states of happiness. Why does it give pleasure to watch children or experience justice or singing and dancing? These are all things that people do and qualities that people have. From an impersonal point of view all these pleasures don’t exist, but the personal idea is that all these aspects are eternal and the essence of life. All the gross physical elements are extensions of Krsna’s energy. Krsna plays all these roles so that we get a higher taste. One can remember baby Krsna when one sees one’s own child. In every aspect of life we can be centered around Krsna.

Ultimately every mechanism and all energy which appears to be impersonal is an extension of personal creativity and power. It is has a purpose. Selfishness is mechanical. It is the real cause of impersonalism.