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SB 1.2 - Feeling the presence of the Lord

The Lord, as Supersoul, pervades all things, just as fire permeates wood, and so He appears to be of many varieties, though He is one without a second. The presence of the Lord can be perceived everywhere in the material world. Just as one fire situated in pieces of wood as its natural place of manifestation, blazes forth as many fires, the one Lord, situated in all living beings, manifests as many. As from wood, fire can be manifested, or as butter can be churned out of milk, so also the presence of the Lord can be felt by the process of hearing and chanting of the transcendental subjects in the Vedas. As fire is kindled from wood by another fire, the divine consciousness of man can be kindled by another divine grace. The spiritual master can kindle the spiritual fire from the wood like living being by imparting spiritual messages. And as fire burns up the pieces of wood from which it manifests, by practices of hearing and chanting, Paramātmā is made to appear, who removes the covering of māyā on the jīva.

The Supersoul enters into the bodies of the created beings, who are under the modes of material nature, and causes them to enjoy the effects of these modes by the mind. The gross material body of the living beings is based on the conditions of the subtle mind, and the senses are created according to the desire of the living being. The Lord as Paramātmā helps the living being to get material happiness because the living being is helpless in all respects in obtaining what he desires. The living beings are parts and parcels of the Lord, but still the sufferings and enjoyments of the parts does not affect the whole. Thus the Lord maintains all planets. Without the Paramātmā the jīvas cannot act as enjoyers. The Lord lets the jīvas enjoy the sense objects.