brother! What enjoyments have you not
already fully experienced here in this world?
And what fame and adoration have you not had
in the midst of this repeated birth and death
through your learning, charity and sacrifice?
My friend! From today on,
in matters of eating, accept whatever comes unsought;
even if you have all good qualities, keep yourself hidden
and wander constantly, completely free from all attachments,
in this beautiful forest of Vrindavan.
bhrātar bhogāḥ subhuktāḥ ka iha na bhavatā nāpi saṁsāra-madhye
vidyā-dānādhvarādyaiḥ kati kati jagati khyāti-pūjādy-alabdhāḥ |
adyāhāre’pi yādṛcchika uru-guṇavān apy aho saṁvṛtātmā
śrīmad-vṛndāvane’smin satatam aṭa sakhe sarvato mukta-saṅgaḥ ||
Prabodhananda Saraswatipada returns again from the meditation on the eternal Vrindavan to instruct his mind to adhere to an absolute commitment to the life of Braja vasa sadhana.
There is an expression, “deja vu”, which is the undefinable sense that you have experienced something before, even though there is no distinct memory of having done so. This is because, according to the Sanatan Dharma understanding, every living being has experienced so many births in which he has used the same ten senses to bring himself pleasure in life. The tastes may change slightly, the sexual partners may change, the other sensual experiences may have new variations, but variations on the same theme. Prahlad therefore calls it “chewing the already chewed.”
matir na kṛṣṇe parataḥ svato vā
adānta-gobhir viśatāṁ tamisraṁ
punaḥ punaś carvita-carvaṇānām
For those dedicated to pursuing the worldly life, a mind that is turned towards Krishna does not come about spontaneously, nor through the association of others like themselves. Entering the darkness of ignorance through the unbridled senses, they engage in repeatedly chewing that which has already been chewed. (7.5.30)
They say that madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. On attaining the human form of life, one should start to think about turning inward and understanding what is the self and the Supreme Self and coming to full knowledge of one’s identity as a spiritual being, looking to find satisfaction in the Self and not in the ephemeral pleasures of the senses and material phenomena.
nāyaṁ deho deha-bhājāṁ nṛ-loke
kaṣṭān kāmān arhate viḍ-bhujāṁ ye |
tapo divyaṁ putrakā yena sattvaṁ
śuddhyed yasmād brahma-saukhyaṁ tv anantam ||
This human body is not meant for undertaking all kinds of troublesome activities for the purpose of sense gratification, which are given to the stool-eating hogs also. O my sons! It is meant for divine austerity, by which one’s being is purified and one attains the infinite joys of God consciousness. (5.5.1)