Mayavada Philosophy erroneously believes that Krishna assumes a Material Body


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Vyāsadeva, under the instruction of his spiritual master, Nārada, he meditated in bhakti-yoga, and he saw the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Apaśyat puruṣaṁ pūrṇam. Pūrṇam means complete… Pūrṇaṁ puruṣaṁ māyāṁ ca tad-apāśrayam. And he saw māyā also, but māyā is not conquering over him. Because Kṛṣṇa is pūrṇam, māyā cannot conquer. In full light there cannot be darkness. Any amount of darkness you put before the sunshine, there is no possibility… It cannot stand. Within the sun globe, within the orbit of the sun, any amount of… Because the sun globe is so big and the orbit is so big that the whole universal darkness you bring there, there will be no darkness. Just imagine. It is not imagine; it is fact. The universal darkness, all the darkness of the universe, you bring before the sun, it will not effect. It cannot effect. Because the sun is full light. It is not that imitation light. Here we have got this imitation light. The big amount of cloud is there. Immediately it will be dark. But sunlight is full light. Similarly, Kṛṣṇa is pūrṇa-puruṣam.

The Māyāvādī philosophers, they think that when Kṛṣṇa comes, He reduces His energy; therefore He also becomes covered by māyā. This is called Māyāvāda. Māyāvāda means the māyā has covered everything, so māyā has covered Kṛṣṇa also. This is Māyāvāda philosophy. “Because māyā has covered me, you and everyone, therefore māyā has covered Kṛṣṇa. Unless Kṛṣṇa, or the Absolute Truth, Brahman, becomes covered by māyā, He cannot take a form.” This is Māyāvādī philosophy. As we have taken form, because the prakṛti, material nature, has helped us to take this form, similarly, their philosophy is, even the Absolute Truth, Brahman, He incarnates, He accepts a body of this material nature.

But that is not the fact. Kṛṣṇa said, sambhavāmy ātma-māyayā (BG 4.6): “I am not external energy. I come in My own energy.” And the Māyāvādī philosophers, they do not understand. Avajānanti māṁ mūḍhāḥ. Therefore they have been described as mūḍhāḥ, asses, fools, rascal. Avajānanti māṁ mūḍhā mānuṣīṁ tanum āśritam (BG 9.11): “Because I have come here in the form of a human being, they take it for acceptance that ‘Kṛṣṇa is another human being.’ ” But that is not fact. Here, if one sees Kṛṣṇa through bhakti-yoga as Vyāsadeva saw, bhakti-yogena manasi… (SB 1.7.4). Mind must be saturated with bhakti-yoga. Then you can see the Supreme Person pūrṇam, not affected by māyā. Apaśyat puruṣaṁ pūrṇam. And so far māyā is concerned, although māyā is very influential, that’s all right… Apāśrayam: standing at the background, cannot come in front. Just like the same example: the darkness cannot come in front of… You stand before, facing your mouth towards the sun, the darkness will be the background, not in front. Similarly, the darkness, māyā, cannot stand before Kṛṣṇa. She is always behind. Māyāṁ ca tad-apāśrayam.

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Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha were Saktyavesa Avataras – Empowered Incarnations


In Conversation With His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Revatīnandana: I have a question. One of my prabhus told me that you once said that your Guru Mahārāja said that Jesus Christ was a śaktyāveśa avatāra. Is that correct?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Because he said it, it must be correct. Muhammad also, śaktyāveśa avatāra. Śaktyāveśa avatāra means a living entity is especially empowered to preach the glories of the Lord. Lord Buddha is also śaktyāveśa avatāra. They are not ordinary human being. They are especially empowered personalities.

Devotee (1): Lord Buddha is not an incarnation?

Prabhupāda: Incarnation. Avatāra means incarnation.

Devotee (1): So that means incarnation also?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Śaktyāveśa avatāra means incarnation with special power.

Revatīnandana: It’s stated in the Bhāgavatam that there are two kinds of incarnations. One is a plenary portion, and the other is an empowered living entity. They’re both incarnations. Continue reading

LORD BUDDHA CHEATED THE ATHEISTS BY STATING THAT THERE IS NO GOD


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

About Lord Buddha is also mentioned in the śāstra that Lord Buddha will appear in Gayā Pradesh, in the province of Gayā, and his business will be to cheat the atheists. That is described. Now, how he is cheating? He is the incarnation of God, but he is preaching amongst people who don’t believe in God. So he is cheating in this way, that “Yes, there is no God. You hear me.” But he is God.

The people amongst whom he is preaching, they don’t believe in God, but they accept Lord Buddha. But he is God. So by cheating, he is making others to worship God. God is there. But superficially they think, “We don’t believe in God. We believe in Lord Buddha.” And Lord Buddha is God. Therefore, in the Bhāgavata, it is said that his business will be to cheat the atheist class of men. Sura-dviṣām. Sammohita-sura-dviṣām. Sammohita means bewilder. But his philosophy is that to make the people sinless. Ahiṁsā. “Don’t kill.” That is the greatest sin. So he is propagating that “Let these people be saved from the greatest sinful activities.”

Lord Buddha appeared in India. Why? He was also Hindu. He was kṣatriya, king. He promulgated this philosophy, ahiṁsā, when there was unnecessary killing of animals. According to Vedas, animals can be killed in sacrifice. That also to give a new life. But people misinterpreted and they began to kill animals like anything with the evidence of…, “In the Vedas animal killing is sanctioned.” So Lord Buddha appeared, just being compassionate to the poor animals. Sadaya-hrdaya-darśita-paśu-ghātam. Sadaya. He became very compassionate, that “All these poor animals are being killed unnecessarily.” Continue reading

Sins, Sufferings and the Power of the Holy Name


By Niraj Bidawatka

Prabhupada has given a very simple definition of religion. Srila Prabhupada, in one of his lectures. defines Religion as “Law of God.”

When we violate the laws of God, it is called sin.

As the proportion of sins increases, suffering increases.

Our inherent nature is to remain happy. No one wants unhappiness.

But due to the stock of our past and present sins, we are forced to suffer.

This suffering can be stopped by chanting Hare Krishna because the holy name of God has the power to destroy our sins. Continue reading

Bhagavad Gita Tutorial: Chapter 8 Verse 16 – One has to Die right up to the Planet of Brahmā


By Niraj Bidawatka
Right up to the Satya-loka one has to die. Satya-loka is the highest planetary system within this material universe, where the four-headed Lord Brahmā, the creator of this universe, stays.  This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita (8.16):
Translation:
From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kuntī, never takes birth again. (Bhagavad Gita 8.16)
Even Brahmā has to die at the end of his 100 years. Even though his 100 years run into trillions of our earth years, but still he has to die. Lord Brahmā’s 12 hours are equal to our 4.32 billion years.

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Sensualists are Never Prepared for Death – They simply want to live on and on


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The word yoṣit means “woman,” and priya means “dear” or “pleasing.” Death is not very much welcome for those who are too much attached to material enjoyment, which culminates in sex. There is an instructive story in this connection.

Once when a saintly person was passing on his way, he met a prince, the son of a king, and he blessed him, saying, “My dear prince, may you live forever.” The sage next met a saintly person and said to him, “You may either live or die.” Eventually the sage met a brahmacārī devotee, and he blessed him, saying, “My dear devotee, you may die immediately.” Finally the sage met a hunter, and he blessed him, saying, “Neither live nor die.”

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WHY WE INFER THAT THE SOUL IS PRESENT WITHIN THE BODY?


By Niraj Bidawatka

You switch on the lights.

If the bulb glows, what do you infer?

We infer that there is presence of electricity. Isn’t it?

Although we cannot see electricity but still, because the bulb is glowing, we infer that electricity is present. Continue reading

Appearance Day of Balarama, the Elder Brother of Krishna


Today is Balarama Jayanti, the appearance day of Lord Balarama.

Without the mercy of Balarama, we cannot achieve Krishna. (heno nitāi bine bhai radha krishna paite nai)

Balarama is the source of all happiness. Rāma means the reservoir of happiness.

Bala means strength. Balarama give us spiritual strength so that we may steadily make progress on our way back to Godhead. (nāyam ātmā bala hīnena labhyah)

The spiritual master is an expansion of Lord Balarama. Thus Lord Balarama is the ādi-guru, the original Spiritual Master

Balarama is also known as Haladhara because he carries a plough (hala).

Rāma in the Hare Krishna mantra stands for Balarama.

For those who may object to the averment that Rāma stands for Balarāma, the following verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.2.13) makes the subject matter crystal clear: Continue reading

RAKSHA-BANDHAN IS NOT OBSERVED BY VAISHNAVAS


Letters of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

San Francisco
26 March, 1968

 

My Dear Mukunda,

Please accept my blessings. I am sorry I am delayed to reply your letter dated March 14, 1968, which I received over a week ago. I am very glad that you are repentant even for some action which is not sanctioned by me. This attitude is very nice and improves one in progressing on the path of devotional service. The Rakhi Bandhan ceremony observed by you under instruction of Prasad isn’t approved by our Vaisnava rituals. Of course, such ceremony is observed among the Hindu community as a socio-religious convention. But in our Vaisnava community there is no such observance. Now, forget the incidence, and in future don’t be misled by some unauthorized person.

Our next ceremony is Lord Ramacandra’s Birthday, on the 7th of April. It should be observed in the same way as Lord Caitanya’s Appearance Day, namely, fasting up to evening and then accept Prasadam, and all our ceremonies should be performed with continuous Kirtana, of Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. That will make all our functions successful. Continue reading

WHY IS LORD BUDDHA CALLED ATHEIST?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lord Buddha decried the Vedic principles. Therefore He is calculated as atheist. Anyone who does not agree with the Vedic principles, he is considered as atheist. Just like one who does not believe in the Bible, they are called heathens, similarly, those who do not accept the Vedic principles, they are called atheists. So Lord Buddha although incarnation of Krishna, He said that “I do not believe in Vedas.” What was the reason?  Continue reading