Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Because by committing suicide, one is interfering in the laws of nature. We have been given this gross body for a certain time period, wherein we suffer or enjoy in accordance with our stock of past karma. By committing suicide, we are depriving the soul of its gross body. For the remainder period of his life span, the soul has to remain as a ghost. That means that the person, after committing suicide, does not get a gross body but wanders here and there in a subtle body.

A person who considers himself happy will never commit suicide. One commits suicide only when he is suffering. That means he wants to escape from the suffering. If one escapes from jail, in order to avoid punishment, that is offensive. He will be punished even more if he is caught escaping. Similarly a person who commits suicide will be punished even more because he wants to escape the reactions of his bad karma. Therefore committing suicide is sinful. Continue reading



By Niraj Bidawatka

Yesterday a top cop of Mumbai committed suicide because he was suffering from cancer. This shows that those who are too sensually attached, their tolerance level is very less. A few years ago this person was the Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Mumbai and he was regularly seen prominently on Page 3 of the Bombay Times despite being a policeman. Generally one finds film stars and socialites on “Page 3.” To find a police officer regularly on page 3 shows that he was too sensual and his committing suicide, conclusively proves it.

The first teaching of Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita is that everyone should learn to tolerate the dualities of life. But modern civilization is such, that there is no tolerance and there is no education about rebirth. One is simply taught how to earn money and how to enjoy. If things go wrong, then these so-called educated “high-fliers” cannot handle the situation and end up committing suicide. Continue reading

Bhagavad Gita Tutorial: Chapter 2 verse 2 – IF THERE IS NECESSITY, YOU MUST KILL

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

So Bhagavān is criticizing. Arjuna became a very good man: “Why shall I…? Oh, I cannot kill my kinsmen.” From material point of view, people will very much appreciate, “Oh, here is Arjuna. He’s so nice – nonviolent. He is foregoing his claim. He has given up his astra (weapons) – bow and arrows. He’s no longer fighting. He has decided not to fight with kinsmen, kill his own men.” So from material point of view, Arjuna is supposed to be a very, very good man. But the Supreme Person, Krishna, what does He say? Anārya-juṣṭam: “You rascal, you are speaking like anārya.” He’ll say rascal later on. He posed himself to be very good man, but when he comes to the test of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He refuses to accept him as a good man. He’s saying that “You are anārya.”

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

There are two kinds of men: anārya and ārya, or Āryan. Āryan means advanced in knowledge. He’s called Āryan. And anārya means uncivilized. So immediately He rebukes him, anārya-juṣṭam. “You are talking just like non-Āryan, uncivilized person.” People are very much, nowadays, eager how to stop war. But Krishna says there is necessity of war. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

We have to receive mercy both from the spiritual master and Krishna. We cannot jump over to Krishna. That is another nonsense. We must approach Krishna through guru. That is paramparā system. Krishna is not so cheap thing that you can jump over. Somebody says, “Oh, why shall I accept guru? I can approach Krishna directly.” No. Krishna does not accept such…

Mad-bhaktah pūjābhyadhikah: Krishna says that “First of all you become devotee of My devotee.” Caitanya Mahāprabhu says, gopī-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dāsa-dāsa-dāsānudāsah: “I am the servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna [Cc. Madhya 13.80].” This is called paramparā system. You have to learn how to become servant of the servant of Krishna. The more you become in the lower position—servant, servant, servant, servant, servant, hundreds times servant, servant—then more you are advanced. Here in this material world everyone is trying to be master of the master. Just opposite. And the spiritual world, the endeavor is to become servant’s servant. This is the secret. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

There is a class of men. They are very much anxious to serve the human society. But they are not anxious to serve the animal society. The animal society may be killed for the satisfaction of the human society. Therefore, unless you come to the point of ātmā (soul), whatever extended selfishness there is, it is selfishness. There is no broadmindedness. And broadmindedness (comes) when you come to the platform of ātmā. Īçāvāsyam idam sarvam [Isopanisad mantra 1]. When you come to the point of God, then you see, “Oh, everything belongs to God. Here is an animal. He is also as good as I am, because he is also soul.” So ātma-tattvam (needs) to be discussed, but they are not prepared. Therefore, grheṣu grha-medhinām. So what is their business, those who are blind to the ātma-tattvam? So that business is described in the next verse. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Generally, the atheist class, they have no interest in God. The atheist class … long, long ago, thousands of years ago, there was atheist also. Because there are two classes of men always within this world, atheist and theist, asura and deva, devatā. So not that atheist class men have developed at the present moment. It may be the number has increased, but atheist class of men were long, long ago also.

Sri Sri Radha Gopinath, the presiding deities of ISKCON Temple in Chowpatty, Mumbai, India

There was Carvaka Muni, he was also called muni. Muni means mental speculator, or thoughtful. So this Carvaka Muni, he also presented his philosophy, atheism, that rnam krtvā ghrtam pibet yāvaj jīvet sukham jīvet: So long you live, you live very joyfully by enjoying your senses. This is atheistic principle. And in India, the sense enjoyment principle is Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The brāhmaṇas are the religious preceptors for all other castes, and the sannyāsīs are the spiritual masters for all the castes and orders of society. So also are the king and the public leaders who are responsible for the material welfare of all people. The progressive religionists and those who are responsible human beings or those who do not want to spoil their valuable human lives should refrain from all the principles of irreligiosity, especially illicit connection with women.

Srila Prabhupada giving spiritual advice to a government official

If a brāhmaṇa is not truthful, all his claims as a brāhmaṇa at once become null and void. If a sannyāsī is illicitly connected with women, all his claims as a sannyāsī at once become false. Similarly, if the king and the public leader are unnecessarily proud or habituated to drinking and smoking, certainly they become disqualified to discharge public welfare activities. Truthfulness is the basic principle for all religions. The four leaders of the human society, namely the sannyāsīs, the brāhmaṇa, the king and the public leader, must be tested crucially by their character and qualification. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

If you place your loving tendency to Vāsudeva, then vāsudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogaḥ. This can be done perfectly by bhakti-yoga, not by any other system. There are different yoga systems. Everything is mixed up with a little bhakti like karma-yoga, jnāna-yoga, dhyāna-yoga.. But the real yoga means loving Vāsudeva, Bhagavān. Therefore Bhagavān says in the Bhagavad-gita, yogināṁ api sarveṣāṁ [Bg. 6.47]. In all other yoga systems there is little tinge of vāsudeva-bhakti, but not cent percent pure. It is mixed, miśrā-bhakti. Miśrā-bhakti will not be immediately fruitful. It will take a long, long time. Bahūnām janmanām ante jnānavān mām prapadyate [Bg. 7.19]. Everything, there is some bhakti-yoga, but if it is not pure, then it will take very, very, very, very long time.

Bhagavan Vāsudeva Krishna – the son of Vasudeva

Bahūnām janmanām: One janma (birth) means hundreds of years. We are not talking of any other janma. Even human form of life. Because those who are advanced in spiritual life, there is every possibility for getting next life a human being. Otherwise nobody knows. Those who are ignorant, they do not know that there will be change of body: tathā dehāntara prāptir. That is a fact. But those who are in the sattva-guṇa, they are sure to get next life in the human society. Śucīnāṁ śrīmatāṁ gehe yoga-bhraṣṭo sanjāyate [Bg. 6.41]. śucīnāṁ means pure brāhmaṇa, and śrīmatāṁ means very rich vaiśya or kṣatriya. Kings and mercantile communities are rich, or śrīmat. Śrī means opulence, and mat means “one who has”. Śrīmatām. Continue reading


By Niraj Bidawatka

One day (12 hours) of Lord Brahmā is equal to 4.32 billion years. One full day and night (24 hours) of Brahmā is 8.64 billion years. Brahmā lives for 100 years. Thus the total life span of Brahmā is 8.64 (billion years) x 30 (days) x 12 (months) x 100 years. The resultant figure is 311 trillion and 40 million earth years. This is the life span of Brahmā.

This huge life span is equivalent to one exhalation of Mahā-Vishnu. As long as Mahā-Vishnu exhales, Brahmā lives, and when He inhales, Brahmā is annihilated. And this great Mahā-Vishnu is just a portion of Krishna’s expansion.

Brahma worships Lord Krishna

Therefore, just imagine how great Krishna is and how insignificant we are!!!

But still we have such high opinion about ourselves. This is called māyā, the illusory energy of Krishna. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Krishna says that everyone can be delivered simply by the process of Krishna consciousness. So whose duty is to enlighten them to Krishna consciousness? I was just talking with Gosvāmījī, Harijana Gosvāmījī. Whose duty it is to enliven people to Krishna consciousness? It is the duty of guru. We came to this conclusion. And who is guru? Śrotriyaṁ brahma-niṣṭham [MU 1.2.12]. That means perfectly learned in Vedic literature and firmly convinced in Brahman realization. That means first-class brāhmaṇa. So if the first-class brāhmaṇas do not take care of these pāpa-yoni, then who will deliver them? Continue reading