Guru means one who can deliver me from this duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam (BG 8.15). Māyā . . . We are in the duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam, but under the influence of māyā we are thinking we are living very, very happily, or we are not trying to solve the question. No. This kind of solution will not help you, because you have to die. Whatever you make solution, Kṛṣṇa says, mṛtyuḥ sarva-haraś cāham (BG 10.34). If you don't agree to surrender to Kṛṣṇa, "All right, make your arrangement. But at the time of death I shall come and take away everything, whatever you have got." Mrtyuḥ sarva-haraś cāham. Then your bank balance, your skyscraper building, your country, your family, your good name—everything will be taken away. And you have to accept another body, tathā dehāntara-prāptir (BG 2.13). Now whatever assessment we're given in this life, everything will be taken away, and we'll be forced to accept one body which you cannot deny.
Karmanā daiva-netreṇa jantur dehopapattaye (SB 3.31.1). According to your karma you have to accept another body, because you are under the laws of material nature.
- puruṣaḥ prakṛti 'stho hi
- bhuṅkte prakṛti-jān guṇān
- kāraṇaṁ guṇa-saṅgo 'sya
- (BG 13.22)
Puruṣa. This living entity, he's puruṣa. Factually he's not a puruṣa, he's a prakṛti. Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā,
- apareyam itas tu viddhi
- me prakṛtiṁ parām
- jīva-bhutāṁ mahā-baho
- yayedaṁ dhāryate jagat
- (BG 7.5)
This material world is matter, bhūmir āpo 'nalo-vāyuḥ (BG 7.4). They are described as prakṛti, prakṛti me bhinnā aṣṭadhā. And again He says that apareyam, "These are inferior prakṛti." But there is a superior prakṛti. Apareyam itas tv viddhi me prakṛtiṁ parām. Who is that? Jīva-bhūtam, the jīvas, living entities.
So we are prakṛti. We are trying to become puruṣa. Puruṣa means enjoyer. So our, I mean to say, endeavor to become puruṣa . . . Everyone is trying to be puruṣa, enjoyer. And at last he wants to become the supreme puruṣa: "I want to become God." When everything is baffled, then he wants to become God. So this puruṣa, when he's struggling, manaḥ ṣaṣṭānīndriyāṇi prakṛti-sthāni karṣati (BG 15.7), hard struggle for existence to become puruṣa, but he cannot become puruṣa. He's prakṛti. He's enjoyed. He's predominated, and the predominator is Kṛṣṇa. Bhoktāraṁ yajña-tapasāṁ sarva-loka-maheśvaram (BG 5.29). He is the enjoyer; we are enjoyed. We are not enjoyer. So that is mistake. That is our māyā. We are not enjoyer.
Therefore Caitanya Mahāprabhu gives us the direction, jīvera svarūpa haya nitya kṛṣṇa-dāsa (CC Madhya 20.108-109). Don't try to become puruṣa or enjoyer, artificially. Better instead of serving your senses, you become servant of the Supreme Lord. This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. We are trying to convince people that "Don't try to become master artificially. You'll never be successful. Just agree to become servant of Kṛṣṇa." Sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ (BG 18.66). That is your perfection.