Even if someone is fortunate enough to ask this question, he or she is rarely given a
proper and correct answer. In my student life, our teachers used to ask, "Who are you?"
and they would teach us that the answer should be "I am a student," "I am an Indian,"
"I am Oriya," "I am Hindu," and so on. These are not our real identities. What is your
real identity? Who are you really? We identify ourselves with the body and the things
related to the body. But the question remains, are we really the body?
Born in Jagannatha Puri in 1957 he
became associated with ISKCON while in
his second year in college. He joined the
society in 1978 and was initiated by His
Holiness Jayapataka Swami the following
year during the Gaura-parnima festival
in Sridhama Mayapur. From then on he
served in various capacities, first as the
sankirtana leader in Kolkata, then on the
boat preaching party in Mayapur. Starting
in 1983 he served four years as the temple
president in Bhuvaneswar.
In 1987 he returned to Mayapur to become
the general manager. Under his supervision
the Gita correspondence course program,
college preaching and book distribution
were developed. At present Maharaja is
serving in Mayapur as co-director and one
of the GBC members.
There is a Bengali proverb that says, pradipera nice andhakara.
It means that there is darkness at the bottom of the pradipa,
or lamp. The light from a lamp shines in all directions, but
the bottom of the lamp remains dark. In a similar way, human
beings seek to know so many things. They educate themselves
about so many subjects, and yet they neglect knowledge of the
self. To know the self is not ordinary, but it is a science — the
science of self-realization. This science has been revealed in the
People mistakenly think they are the body and so identify
themselves with the body and everything related with the body.
Thus they remain in ignorance of the real self. This book will
explain how we are not the body, how we are not the mind or
the intelligence but rather something higher, something beyond
body, mind, and intelligence. According to the Bhagavad-gita,
the mind is higher than the body, the intelligence is higher
than the mind, and still higher than the intelligence is the soul,
which comprises our true identity. The soul is part and parcel
of Krsna. And each soul is an individual, remaining eternally an
individual part of the Lord, distinct from the Lord Himself. The
eternal individual soul never becomes one with God. It has its
own unique characteristics.
The main cause of our suffering in this material world is
ignorance of our real identity. Our suffering and enjoyment are
not real. In this material world, both suffering and enjoyment
arise from ignorance. It is for this reason we have to know our
real identity. Without knowing our real identity, we will never
be able to achieve real happiness. Through analysis based on
scriptural evidence, this book will reveal our real identity: We
are all eternal servants of Krsna, jivera svaripa haya krsnera
In its constitutional position, the soul is an eternal servant of
If we are once again situated in our constitutional position of
serving Krsna with love and devotion, then we will derive real
happiness, which is the goal every one wishes to attain in life.
In preparing this book, I have extensively quoted the books of
Srila Prabhupada. As a result, I hope the readers of this book
will come to understand their real identity and feel inspired to
engage in loving devotional service to God and His creation. In
so doing, they will achieve the goal of life - krsna-prema — and
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