The Divine Energy Gives Complete Protection
19th December 2015 • Illuminations on Bhakti
HH Candramauli Swami, BG Lecture, 9.13, July 1st, 2014, Chicago, USA
Material energy cannot give protection. Nothing in this material energy is stable. Only the spiritual energy can give protection because it is not under the influence of the changing three modes of material nature. So we need to connect to the spiritual energy. And what is the benefit of being connected to the divine energy? Under the influence of material energy there is simply unhappiness or disturbance, there is no peace. You can tell when you start feeling happy and peaceful in Krishna consciousness, you are accessing that divine energy. In the beginning it is intermittent, but as we practice it becomes more constant and finally it goes from the stage of concentration to absorption to meditation to samadhi. That is the complete stage. So, great souls they are absorbed in devotional service, completely under the influence of the divine energy. That is why one cannot know the mind of a great soul, why they do what they do, because they are acting under the influence of the divine energy.
There is an interesting story of when Srila Prabhupada was in Vrindavan. He would go from his little room to the temple. He had a pair of very simple little shoes that he would leave by the door of his room, when he would go in and when he would go out he would put the shoes on. One of his disciples was observing Srila Prabhupada and he thought, “I really want to get those shoes. To get Srila Prabhupada’s shoes would be great blessing.” So he went shopping and bought the exact pair, the exact size. He was thinking, “When Srila Prabhupada goes in the room, I will switch the shoes.” He was ready. This time Srila Prabhupada returned from the temple and instead of leaving his shoes at the door he walked inside his room with his shoes. First time he ever did that, just when the devotee was ready to switch the shoes. Next day Srila Prabhupada was giving a class and he said, “Please, do not try to play tricks on your spiritual master.” The devotee could not figure how Srila Prabhupada knew. Srila Prabhupada is completely absorbed in the divine energy therefore all knowledge is at one’s disposal. The divine energy always gives complete protection from material influences.