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One Who Follows Is Free.

How can we always remain in a state of consciousness liberated from illusion, doubt and suffering? Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual master of the Krishna consciousness movement, herein elaborates on the scientific method of staying always liberated, and that one who is not liberated can become very easily.

Anyone who is offering, rendering unalloyed devotional service to Krsna, he is already liberated. He has no other desire than to please Krsna or to please the representative of Krsna. One who has got only this desire he is liberated. He has no other desire for sense gratification. He is not doing anything with a motive. His only motive is how to please Krsna through His representative. He is liberated. He is liberated. Jivan-muktah sa ucyate. Iha yasya harer dasye. Jivan-muktah sa ucyate (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.187).

He is liberated even in this life. He hasn’t got to change, but change, changing this body, you do the same work. You do the same work. This is his apprenticeship. Just like apprentice, he is trying to, your assistant in the laboratory, when he becomes Professor he also do this, the, the, does the same thing, but more perfectly, and he knows how to do it. But when he is learning, it is the same thing.

Devotee: Practice.

Prabhupada: Practice. Therefore the action is liberated, and one who is engaged in the action . . . just like, the same example, rod, when it is burning it is fire, it is no more rod. So by the action one is liberated or conditioned. By the action. When the action is liberated, then he is liberated. When the action is conditioned, then he is conditioned.

Syamasundara: So it's a matter of realization.

Prabhupada: Huh?

Syamasundara: Realizing it . . .

Prabhupada: Yes.

Syamasundara: . . . practically.

Prabhupada: Not realization, but actual action. Fact. Just like the rod, it is not the question of realization. The rod being red hot it is burning. It is burning. It is a fact. It is, it is burning, it is both experience and observation. That is scientific. Is it not? Observation and experiment?

So observation is that the rod has become red hot, and experience is that it is burning. It is scientific. If you call it fire, then it is scientific. Because the both things are there, observation and experiment. One thing minus will not be scientific.

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