Road Kill Revelation

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Sometimes it is said that “beauty is only ‘skin deep’”. One meaning of this expression is that we are attracted to the outward beauty of the body without understanding its' inner components and that it covers the soul or the true beauty within. When the inside of the body---“blood and guts”---becomes visible, the soul remembers that the person or creature is not their body.

The world we live in speaks to us loudly, boldly, in no uncertain terms, according to our interest or necessity. What we want from life we notice and pursue. Other things we rarely notice due to lack of awareness. Krishna (after revealing himself as God) in the 4th chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita tells his disciple Arjuna (and thus all souls) in verse 11 that he reciprocates with our approach to him (whatever we think he is), and he gives us the faith to pursue our conceptions (BG 7/21). Or as the Bible says: “Ask and it will be given. Seek and ye shall find.” This principle said another way is the reason materialists have no time for spiritual inquiry, and pure devotees (bhakti-yogis) no interest in the so-called charms of the world. “What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.” (BG 2/69)

Everyone is ultimately, though ignorantly and indirectly, searching for God (or Krishna, whose name means the all-attractive, irresistible person) through their pursuit to become happy. Our desires and attachments define us materially, fueling our material interest and keeping us in the world. Our mind is expert at dangling the proverbial carrot of possible future enjoyment before our nose. What we want is just up ahead. We only have to work a bit harder, and then after we obtain our heart’s desire, there is this other thing which needs to be obtained or accomplished to make our life even better. And so we go birth after birth, in search of the holy grail of fulfillment and lasting happiness.

For those aspiring to be on the spiritual path, we are recommended to keep death or the temporary nature of “life” always in our mind. Not in a morbid or depressed sense, but as an impetus for our spiritual endeavor to achieve the true positive soul platform of our loving relationship with Krishna.

Sometimes it is said that “beauty is only ‘skin deep’”. One meaning of this expression is that we are attracted to the outward beauty of the body without understanding its' inner components and that it covers the soul or the true beauty within. When the inside of the body---“blood and guts”---becomes visible, the soul remembers that the person or creature is not their body.

While driving to and from work, I can’t help but notice the fate of many creatures who meet their end by contacting the march of so-called progress. The modern day “predators" called automobiles create “road kill” by the side or in the middle of the road. A squished body is plainly visible for all to see, bright with red blood for emphasis, in various stages of decomposition. In the countryside sometimes they are called even more to my attention by other creatures---the world’s sanitation department---like vultures or crows who have been given the assignment by Krishna to consume dead bodies.

People become “shocked and awed” by this naked form of matter, especially if a most dear relative is seen in parts after a ghastly accident. In our society when the mechanical arrangements of the body are on bloody display, traumatized people often need some kind of counseling to deal with this stark reality usually hidden from our sight (interest). The real philosophy to help people deal with death and dying—and the realization of the ugliness of the components of the body separated from the soul--is contained in Bhagavad-Gita and other Vedic texts.

Unfortunately, other than with yogic or transcendentalist (like Krishna devotee) therapists, they are not used in most counseling offices. If they are consulted, people can use this knowledge to see the body for what it is---a temporary covering for the eternal soul. Then they will have a different relationship with “road kill”. They and we can come to see it as a positive demonstration that we are all, “not our body”. Along with saying “yuk” and feeling sorry for this poor creature’s untimely death, we can be inspired that Krishna has so kindly and graphically demonstrated that the soul is what is attractive in the body.

The body when the soul leaves is just material elements that decompose, and become physically disgusting. Material bodies and things are “here today, and gone tomorrow”, while the soul is eternal, and what is really valuable. For the devotees, Krishna kindly teaches us this basic fact in our everyday life. There are many reminders which are plainly visible, but only properly understood to those on a spiritual path.
(BG 15/10-11: "The foolish cannot understand how a living entity can quit his body, nor can they understand what sort of body he enjoys under the spell of the modes [qualities] of nature. But one whose eyes are trained in knowledge can see all this." // "The endeavoring transcendentalists, who are situated in self-realization, can see all this clearly. But those whose minds are not developed and are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try to.")

Combined comments from old site

Thu, 05/01/2008 - 06:25 — Karnamrita.das
A lesson in everything

One of the points of this blog is to remind us all that within every experience or thing that we observe, there is a lesson. Depending on our consciousness we will be able to receive different levels of messages. The materialist will be just grossed out by roadkill or ignore it, while a transcendentalist will question if there is anything to learn from this. "What does this mean?", rather than walking aimlessly through life.

Although it is said that the human body (compared to other species) is a good boat for crossing the material ocean, it is very gross and inferior to the soul. Both sides are there to remember. We can be grateful for the facilities of a human body, while taking reminders from life (or death) about its' shortcomings, and becoming convinced that the real solution to life's problems is spiritual attainment by absorbing ourself in service (seva) to Krishna.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Sat, 04/26/2008 - 21:32 — MahaVishnu
Them Bones

"gonna end up a
Big ole pile ah them bones"


Sat, 04/26/2008 - 07:53 — Hari kanta
Reminding us

Many thnks for reminding prabhu about body and raw state of it. it keep us reminded about the bad condition of material world