Last week’s talk “Nature is not Spiritual” had some people objecting to that truth and insisting that ultimately nature is an energy of Krishna and so is spiritual and that it all “one”.
So, I thought I need to address these points as they are very important.
Some of the verses I quote are as follows:
‘Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego—all together these eight constitute My separated material energies.’ – Bhagavad-gītā 7.4
‘Besides these, O mighty-armed Arjuna, there is another superior energy of Mine, which comprises the living entities who are exploiting the resources of this material, inferior nature.’ – Bhagavad-gītā 7.5
‘All created beings have their source in these two natures. Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both the origin and the dissolution.’ – Bhagavad-gītā 7.6
One who is enlightened in self-realization, although living within the material body, sees himself as transcendental to the body, just as one who has arisen from a dream gives up identification with the dream body. A foolish person, however, although not identical with his material body but transcendental to it, thinks himself to be situated in the body, just as one who is dreaming sees himself as situated in an imaginary body. – Bhāgavata Purāṇa 11.11.18
vadanti tat tattva-vidas
tattvaṁ yaj jñānam advayam
bhagavān iti śabdyate
Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramātmā or Bhagavān. – Bhāgavata Purāṇa 1.2.11
“‘I, jīva soul, am of the same nature as Brahman.’ – Bṛhad-āraṇyaka Upaniṣad, 1.4.10
nityo nityānām cetanaś cetanānām
“‘The Supreme Lord is the one supreme eternal entity amongst all eternal entities, and the fundamental conscious being amongst all conscious beings.’ – Śrī Kaṭhopaniṣad, 2.2.13