The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, is called Sat-Chit-Ananda – Vigraha, or the form of bliss, knowledge and eternity. Vigraha refers to His personal form, sat means He is eternal, chit means He possesses complete knowledge, ananda means He is full of bliss. As the individual spirit-souls are also persons, so the Supreme Personality of Godhead is also a person, but He is the greatest person, being omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, whereas the individual spirit-souls are very small and insignificant in comparison. Nevertheless, as the spirit-souls are created from God’s spiritual nature, they also possess the same sat-chit-ananda qualities. Just as God is anandomaya, or always jolly, always cheerful, and full of transcendental love, the jivatmas, the individual spirit-souls, who are Meditation and parcel of God, are also eternally joyful, cheerful, and full of love. Constitutionally, the spirit-souls are not material but completely spiritual entities and are therefore ‘anandamayo-byasat’, meaning ‘eternally blissful’.
However, when the spirit-souls fall from the Kingdom of God into the material world, their pure transcendental love turns into pure lust and thus they remain captivated by mundane sex, which is also the cause their suffering. This is because the material world is only a shadow reflection of the spiritual world and therefore, if one lives in a shadow, he cannot see anything clearly and is bound to bump into things and get hurt. That is the nature of material life, it is not perfect, but a mixture of happiness and distress, and a place of repeated birth and death. In the material world, the spirit-souls are in an alien environment and thus experience great suffering, just like a fish out of water, or a spark or cinder that shoots out from the fire and then slowly dies out. The spark must be put back into the fire in order to regain its fiery nature. When the living beings go back to home, back to the Kingdom of God, they will again become a glowing spark and revive their original nature of being anandomaya, blissful, cheerful, and full of transcendental love.
All the living entities in the spiritual world are enjoying loving pastimes with the Supreme Lord, and their existence is always joyful. The residents of the Kingdom of God are fully absorbed in devotional service and enjoying ecstasy at every moment, due to their transcendental relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, through the exchange of rasa or loving sentiments. The five types of rasas or relationships are known as dasya-rasa, sakhya-rasa, vatsalya-rasa, and madhurya-rasa. In the spiritual world, which is called Cintamani-dhama, the land, the trees, the animals, the residents, everything is of the same spiritual nature as the Lord, because the spiritual world is an expansion of the Lord’s internal potency, hladini-shakti. The word cintamani means transcendental gem. Just as the material universe is created from five material elements, earth, water, fire, air, and ether, so the spiritual world is created from the spiritual element called chintamani, or cit potency. Chintamani is compared to a transcendental gem, and the entire spiritual world is composed of this gem-like chintamani element.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rajasekhara was born in England in 1948. From the age of seven he began his inquiry into the meaning of life, after realizing that although death seemed inevitable for everyone, it also appeared completely illogical, as the life-force and will to exist appeared far too dynamic to simply cease to exist at the point of death. As he grew-up, he became disenchanted with what he saw was a world full of cruelty and suffering. His ambition was to discover the answers to life, and not wishing to be involved in the mundane affairs of material existence or raising a family, he began to study philosophy and religion. In 1970 at the age of 21, he became a vegetarian and a follower of Buddhism, and began to practice hatha-yoga and kundalini meditation. In 1972, Rajasekhara adopted Krishna consciousness and bhakti-yoga as the best means for self-realization, and in November that year, he joined the Hare Krishna Movement. In May 1973, he received initiation from Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Hare Krishna founder, at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, the Tudor manor near Watford, donated by George Harrison of the Beatles, where he served as the manor’s first temple commander. The name ‘Rajasekhara’, given by Swami Prabhupada at the time of initiation, means ‘king of kings’ and is pronounced as ‘raaja-sheykhaara’.
In January 1975, desiring to make further advancement in spiritual life, Rajasekhara moved to India and the holy city of Vrindavana, where he became a temple priest at the Krishna-Balarama Mandira. Since 1975, Rajasekhara has lived in India, where he has continued his practice of yoga while studying Vedic philosophy and metaphysics. During his long sojourn in India, Rajasekhara has visited all the important holy places of pilgrimage in the sub-continent from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari, including such famous places as Badrinatha, Yamunotri, Haridwara, Rishikesha, Dwaraka, Tirupati, Rangapatnam, Tiruvanantapuram, Madurai, Kumbhakonam, Tanjore, Navadwipa and Jagannatha Puri, to name just a few. Due to his extensive travelling, he has gained a treasure-trove of knowledge while imbibing the very essence of India’s ancient Vedic culture. His understanding of Vedic philosophy has been acknowledged by all those who have read his books and heard him speak on Vedanta philosophy and Gaudiya Vaishnava siddhanta.
Rajasekhara is presently considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Vrindavana Dhama and its holy places, his numerous books about Vrindavana are read the world over by those interested in understanding the deeper mysteries of Lord Krishna’s spiritual abode, where the Lord performed His transcendental pastimes on Earth over 5,000 years ago. Rajasekhara is also known for his exquisite photography of Vrindavana Dhama, featured throughout his books and which perfectly capture the transcendental atmosphere of Lord Krishna’s transcendental land. His personal experience and spiritual realizations, after having lived in India and the holy land of Vrindavana for so many years – is adequately conveyed through his writings, and those who read his books find themselves immediately transported to the transcendental spiritual platform.
In 1991, on reaching the age of 42, Rajasekhara, established Vedanta Vision Publications, for the purpose of writing and self-publishing transcendental literature that propagate the glorification of Vrindavana Dhama, the holy land connected to Lord Krishna transcendental pastimes. In 2001, on reaching the age of 52, Rajasekhara, inaugurated the Vedic Heritage Foundation, to expand the awareness of Vedic culture, philosophy and traditions, and to continue his research into the Vedic scriptures.
Amongst his upcoming publications, Rajasekhara is working on the highly anticipated Bhu-mandala Tattva-darshan – a five part summary study based on the 5th canto of the Vedic classic Shrimad Bhagavatam – which deals with the subject of Vedic cosmology, the fabled Mount Meru and the island of Jambhudwipa, the kingdom of demigod’s, the heavenly and hellish worlds, and the position of the planets in the solar system as revealed in the Vedas.
Another important book now being prepared, concerns the hidden facts regarding the death in 1977, of the Hare Krishna founder, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, which Rajasekhara personally witnessed, and the deviations that took place in the Krishna movement after the demise of its founder who was regarded as the world’s foremost Vedic acharya.
In 2015, in his 66th year, Rajasekhara released a truly dynamic and forthright presentation based Vedic sex education entitled ‘Kama Sutra-Dharma Sutra – The Yoga of Pure Sex’, for those who wish to understand the true essence of yoga practice, that enables one to cross over the great ocean of material suffering and achieve liberation from the shackles of sex-desire that is the root cause of the living beings reincarnation and repeated birth and death in the material world.