On Becoming the Perfect Entity

by Aranyakananda

I used to think that the meaning of life was to become the perfect entity. And so I used to take life a little too seriously. I think I got that notion from a line in a song called “The Art of Dying” by George Harrison. I listen to him because he gives me the dose of rock n’ roll that I need, along with dharma-related themes. Harrison sang thusly:

There’ll come a time when most of us return here
Brought back by our desire to be
A perfect entity
Living through a million years of crying
Until you’ve realized the art of dying

He was talking about dying to our ego and  external triggers which previously infused our consciousness. The desire to be perfect is, then, the reason for our transmigration. Harrison also sang in this song thusly:

But if you want it
Then you must find it
But when you have it
There’ll be no need for it

What I now understand is that yes, we become perfect, but even though personal effort is essential to progress, true perfection comes in the shifted consciousness, and perfection will eventually manifest. This is an important distinction because, as Prabhupada-ji explained in the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is:

“One percent done is Krishna Consciousness bears permanent results.” He also states “One who is attached to the result of his work is also the cause of the action. Thus he is the enjoyer and sufferer of the result of such actions.”


Meaning even if we build up all kinds of “good karma” with the mundane consciousness of enjoying success and pleasure later, then we are destined to take a body once again just so we can experience those fruits. But it is still a trap, as even in taking a body because of left over “good karma” one takes the risk of coming face to face with new and more dangerous temptations and such. Perhaps you may once again get this notion in your head of perfecting yourself, and get caught up in yet another ego trip-trap.

The way out is a life of dharma, and God consciousness in all actions. “In doing so,” Krishna says to Arjuna, “you shall incur no sin.”

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