In this world we are always playing with fire. Māyādevī is very powerful. She always wants to take our time for her service. But Śrī Chaitanya Mahāprabhu has shown us that the path of our life is the practising of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is necessary for our transcendental super-benefit. And we can cross over the illusion of māyā only if we practise Kṛṣṇa consciousness under the guidance of a good Vaiṣṇava who is giving twenty-four hours a day to Kṛṣṇa for His service—with his association we must get our super-benefit.
You understand ‘I am not this body.’ Further, ‘I am not man or lady.’ Still, in fact we are all of female nature in the sense that we are to be enjoyed by Kṛṣṇa. So the male or female bodies that we have at present are illusory. But it is necessary to cross over that illusion. We have some desire, but that desire is also illusory. Our potency, that is soul, is made of willing, feeling, thinking; it is transcendental. We come from the transcendental power of Kṛṣṇa. You will find tal-liṅgaṁ Bhagavān Śambhuḥ in Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā. Also in Śrī Gītā Kṛṣṇa says:
mayādhyakṣeṇa prakṛtiḥ sūyate sacharācharam
hetunānena kaunteya jagad viparivarttate
Kṛṣṇa throws His vision, and that vision is also transcendental. The place of that vision is Śambhu (Śiva). With the agency of māyā, that vision produces this mundane world. And the transcendental world is produced by Baladeva through Saṅkarṣaṇa.
tad anantāṁśa sambhavam
(Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā: 5.2)
And where Kṛṣṇa-līlā or the Pastimes of Kṛṣṇa are going on, everything is transcendental and full of ecstatic joy. And that, in general, is produced by Saṅkarṣaṇa. This means we should know that Saṅkarṣaṇa is the Guru of Lord Śiva. But Lord Śiva’s forms are in general two—one is Sadāśiva, and one is guṇāvatāra Śiva (incarnation in the modes of material nature). Guṇāvatāra Śiva is the vision of the Lord. His original form is Sadāśiva, but when he mixes with the modes (guṇas) of material nature, he takes the form of guṇāvatāra Śiva. In our present situation we cannot actually differentiate between the two. Sadāśiva is above māyā. He is pure Vaiṣṇava, and his highest position is in Paravyoma (Vaikuṇṭha), the spiritual world. And when the guṇāvatāras Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara incarnate here, Sadāśiva’s incarnation is as māyādhipati or the husband of Māyā; and the husband of Yogamāyā, the Divine Potency, is Saṅkarṣaṇa. Tad anantāṁśa sambhavam. This is the way in which the transcendental world and the mundane world are produced and flow.