LCFL 9: The Ninth Morning Walk: May 13, 1973
The Ninth Morning Walk:
May 13, 1973
Recorded on May 13, 1973, In Cheviot Hills Park, Los Angeles
Evolution from Human to Dog
Destiny and Karma
guṇaiḥ karmāṇi sarvaśaḥ
kartāham iti manyate
"The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities that are In actuality carried out by nature." (Bg.
hṛd-deśe 'rjuna tiṣṭhati
In this verse the word yantra, or "machine," means that in any species of life, we are traveling in bodies that are like machines provided by material nature. Sometimes we are moving to higher species, sometimes to lower species. But if, by the mercy of the spiritual master and Kṛṣṇa, one gets the seed of devotional service and cultivates it, he can become free from the cycle of birth and death. Then his life is successful. Otherwise, he has to travel up and down the different species of life, becoming sometimes a blade of grass, sometimes a lion, and so forth.