(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture: Mayavada Part 2)

We are not at length going to study the Mayavada philosophy or the Buddhist philosophy because they are very extensive and academic philosophy. The Mayavada philosophy is basically appealing to the very root cause of the living entity being in the material world, namely the competitive spirit in relationship with the Supreme Lord, where the living entity wants to be the enjoyer and the controller, and this, in turn, causes lust and envy.  So it is said, as we are freeing ourselves from the maya of trying to enjoy the material energy, the last snare of maya is us trying to be the Supreme Lord. And just as we are trying to become free, the Mayavadis are also trying to become free from all ego. But actually, they are not succeeding. Rather, they have the biggest ego because they think that they are God. And that, of course, is not a small thing. It is a huge problem!

Without wanting to be judgemental, if an ordinary living being starts to consider himself as God and starts to tell everyone, “You are God”, then there is a problem. This is because the Vedic literature clearly establishes that, “No, we are not God. We are not losing all personality and becoming that impersonal energy and emerging into it. We are rather eternally the servant of the Lord.” So as the Lord exists eternally and as we, the servants, also exist eternally, there is an exchange of love through this service. And it is here that we experience love, and this love grows eternally too!

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