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Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 11.15.

Chapter-11.The Sport of the Infinite-15.
  ( Rasa-Lila message given on the 22nd of October, 1972.)

The soul has gone crazy, as it were. It has gone mad in its pursuit of God who cannot be seen through the senses. To carry fire with a piece of straw is impossible. But the soul tries to contain Infinity in its finite mind.

The impossible attempt of the soul to limit the universality of God into the finitude of the mind is Samsaric activity and the pleasures of sense, the titillation of the nerves and the itching of consciousness. But these cannot satisfy us, because we will not be satisfied until we get what we are asking for. And the 'we', the real 'I', is the soul within which asks for the Soul without. The soul in the human being asks for the Over-soul, the Infinite.

We are asking for the Over-soul. The finite is asking for the Infinite, because the finite cannot be satisfied with any number of finite objects.

The riches of the whole earth cannot satisfy a single so…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 11.14.

Chapter-11.The Sport of the Infinite-14.
  ( Rasa-Lila message given on the 22nd of October, 1972.)

Again to reiterate, impossible it is to describe it. Yet it gives us an idea as to what God is and how God works and what the goal of our life is. The goal of the soul is unity with God, and restless is the soul until it has a vision of God. Though it is true that it is incapable of being understood, it is not impossible of attainment, because that is the only attainment which the soul is craving for.

 The insatiable longings and the endless desires of the human mind are demonstration enough of the fact that God cannot be contained in the human mind. What the soul asks for is God and not the tinsels of the earth. We are not asking for food, clothing, shelter, warmth or protection. The soul is asking for nothing short of God.

But this longing of the soul for the Eternal manifests itself as distorted asking and demands for temporal objects, which are the cravings of the soul in its incom…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 11.13.

Chapter-11.The Sport of the Infinite-13.
  ( Rasa-Lila message given on the 22nd of October, 1972.)

This was Bhagavan Sri Krishna's cosmic reply to the individual encounter of Arjuna with the Visvarupa. If the Visvarupa could not be beheld by a mortal eye, the Rasa Lila cannot be understood by a mortal intellect. It is not a temporal activity that took place but, as the Bhagavata tells us, it is a spiritual drama that was enacted by the Master of all powers. Time ceased to be and the stellar system could not move, says the scripture.

It was not a night's dance. It was a long, long-drawn play which hushed the movement of time itself. The stars began to gaze at it, as it were, and the celestials were looking at it with wonderment, not conscious of time, space and personality. All particularity-consciousness was completely obliterated. The consciousness of the personality itself was not there. It was not mortality, not humanity, not individuality, but Spirit dancing to the tune …

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 11.12.

Chapter-11.The Sport of the Infinite-12.
  ( Rasa-Lila message given on the 22nd of October, 1972.)

When God calls the human soul, what happens to it? This, the soul itself cannot understand, let alone the human tongue which is feeble in its expression. The great Veda Vyasa, in his majestic language, and his son, Sage Suka, in his brilliant exposition, try to give us a sort of intimation as to what it could have been. But poor is human understanding to understand its import, and poorer still is the human tongue.

Who can understand the Spirit but the Spirit itself! This was the pithy and the short answer given by Sage Suka to King Parikshit when he put a human question in respect of this transcendental matter. "Oh what is this!" exclaimed Parikshit. "How can I grasp this? How can I stomach this? What do you mean by this description which is not capable of being easily appreciated by the human mind?"

To this, Suka gave a divine answer in a divine manner, saying that…