Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-6. Part -8.

Chapter-6. Lord Sri Krishna – The Purna-Avataram


There is a difference between contact and communion.

You can never commune with any object in this world, but you can only come in contact with it.

What is the difference between contact and communion?

In contact you really do not imbibe the characteristics of the object, and you are not really in possession of the object.

In contact, again, you do not receive into yourself the power of the object, and, therefore, you cannot also enjoy that object or have control over it.

This would also give an idea of the generally unknown fact that our daily efforts at coming in contact with things, including persons, with a desire to possess and enjoy them, is a futile effort.

It will not bring any fruit at all, except pain.

The Gita says, "Ye hi samsparsaja bhogah duhkhayonaya eva te":

The pleasures born of sense-contact are wombs of pain.

Every contact brings pain and suffering and ultimate ruin of oneself.

But the religious aspiration of the soul does not long for contact with God, but a communion with Him.

In that communion which we try to establish in our spiritual moments of worship and meditation, we simultaneously commune ourselves with the whole of creation, because creation is the cosmic body of God.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ....

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