Devotee and Materialist

The materialist is always contemplating the objects of the senses, he is always contemplating—how I can serve my different senses better. He is always rooting for how he can obtain a higher standard of sense gratification. That is his principle contemplation. The devotees are also always contemplating,but they are contemplating something different. The devotee is contemplating, “How can I become a better devotee? How can I serve the Lord a little better? How can I understand the Lord’s instructions better? How can I serve the spiritual master and thus the Lord better?” Because he is contemplating like that, he also develops an attachment that he should engage only in those activities, which will help him, realize the contemplation. The difference is only in the area of contemplation. The materialist is contemplating, “How can I increase the pleasures of my senses?‚” and the end result is anger and frustration, whereas the transcendentalist is always contemplating, “How can I serve the Lord better? How can I understand the instructions of the Lord a little better?” When the devotee is just contemplating how his devotional service can be enhanced, how he can become a better devotee then the Lord who is situated as the paramatama reciprocates.

“Those who worship Me with devotion and love, I make up what they lack, and I preserve what they have.” He is very merciful unto those who are surrendered unto Him. Our contemplation or the contemplation of the transcendentalist is always how one can become a better devotee of the Lord. Since the devotee has knowledge or jnana, he is not attracted to objects of sense gratification, though the opportunity may present itself. A transcendentalist is not attracted to areas of sense gratification, or any object that may give him some sense pleasure. To him, this is simply dirt. Just like, if you pass through a very dirty place, a very dirty house, you never want to go back to that house or that dirty place again. Similarly, the devotee realizes that sense gratification is dirt. It is filthy. Just like we say, “Oh that place is filthy, I do not want to go back there.” A devotee realizes that sense gratification is filthy. Therefore, even when the opportunity for sense gratification presents itself, he knows that it is but filth, and does not get attracted. Nobody gets attracted by filth. Nobody gets attracted by stool for example. When the devotee sees the opportunity for sense gratification, it is just like stool to him. Because he is jnani, he is not attracted by it. Whereas the materialist, he is attracted to it, just like a hog is attracted to stool. The devotee is always contemplating, “How can I serve the Lord better?” And a materialist is always contemplating, “How can I please my senses better?” So because of this contemplation, the materialist develops attachment to sense objects, whereas the devotee develops attachment to the lotus feet of the Lord. And the devotee, because of his jnana, wants to act by that knowledge also. Acting by that knowledge means complete conviction that sense gratification is just like stool. Nobody enjoys sitting next to stool. When somebody goes to a toilet, they want to rush out, similarly to a devotee sense gratification is just like stool. Whereas the materialist, who has the lowest standard of happiness and the lowest standard of enjoyment comparable to that of the hog, is attracted to garbage-like things.

A Dear Friend

Based upon the consciousness of the living entity at the moment of death, and based upon the different activities that the living entity engages in during one’s life, he obtains a body of that type. The Paramatma is such a dear friend of the atma that He never leaves the atma alone in the material world. We generally see that when a friend is in difficulty, the other friend just leaves him alone. But the Paramatma is such a dear friend of the individual soul that even if the individual obtains a lower species of body such as a dog, or a cat, or any animal, still the Paramatma stays with the individual. He does not leave him. He does not say, “Oh, you had a human body before, but now you have a body of a dog, so I am not going to stay with you‚”—No. The Paramatma is the best friend of the living entity.
Therefore‚ He accompanies the living entity all the time. If in the human form of life one utilizes his life correctly then the Paramatma makes sure that the next life is definitely in a higher form, maybe in the higher planets, or maybe a return to the original home—that is the kingdom of God, based upon the living entity’s activities. The Paramatma is just observing everything and based upon the desire of the living entity, guides everything. He is in everyone’s heart, and if the living entity develops a genuine desire to come on the right spiritual path, the Paramatma will make sure that He brings him to that path. Should the living entity desire to forget the Lord and His instructions, the Paramatma also makes sure that the living entity is able to forget.