Mayapur Voice wishes a very happy and enlightening Independence Day to our Indian readers. Let this memorable day bring you a new insight into the science of our real, although forgotten, eternal independence. Complete independence means a situation from where one has no fear of losing it. In the material world, our independence is dependent on our resources to protect it. In other words, it is a dependent independence. We are limiting our independence by identifying ourselves with a family, society, organization, or country. Our factual independence is much greater, sweeter, secure, and easily achievable. It just needs one to properly follow the process of surrender, which is the key to ultimate freedom. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:
sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam sharanam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisami ma suchah
Translation: Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.
In the purport Srila Prabhupada explains: “One may think that unless he is free from all sinful reactions he cannot take to the surrendering process. To such doubts it is here said that even if one is not free from all sinful reactions, simply by the process of surrendering to Sri Krishna, he is automatically freed. There is no need of strenuous effort to free oneself from sinful reactions. One should unhesitatingly accept Krishna as the supreme savior of all living entities. With faith and love, one should surrender unto Him.”
Explaining the science of independence, how we have lost it, and how we can regain it, Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Bhagavad Gita verse 15.7:
As fragmental parts and parcels of the Supreme Lord, the living entities also have fragmental portions of His qualities, of which independence is one. Every living entity, as an individual soul, has his personal individuality and a minute form of independence. By misuse of that independence one becomes a conditioned soul, and by proper use of independence he is always liberated. In either case, he is qualitatively eternal, as the Supreme Lord is. In his liberated state he is freed from this material condition, and he is under the engagement of transcendental service unto the Lord; in his conditioned life he is dominated by the material modes of nature, and he forgets the transcendental loving service of the Lord. As a result, he has to struggle very hard to maintain his existence in the material world.
Let us chant
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare