By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
It is very common to find in today’s modern world, someone claiming himself to be the incarnation of God. One can find such imposters by the dozen in almost every alley of the world’s major cities. Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada tells us why we should reject such bogus, self-styled gods. (Editor)
“bile batorukrama-vikramān ye (SB 2.3.20) Urukrama means Krishna and vikramān means chivalrous activities or very brave activities. Those who do not hear about the brave activities of Krishna are satisfied with the tiny activities of this material world. Sometimes we give credit to an ordinary man to become a God. How? “By meditation”. Now, what are his wonderful activities? “Simply by meditation he becomes God.” This is the foolishness. God must be acting very wonderfully. Otherwise, how is He God? If one is just like an ordinary man, but because he has got a big beard, we accept him as God. How foolish it is? They do not know what is God because they have not heard about God, how powerful He is and how brave His activities are!
Just like Krishna, who lifted the great Govardhana Hill when He was just seven years old. That is why He is known as Giridhārī. And He kept it on His little finger for seven days. That is God. When He was a householder, He married sixteen thousand wives. Now who can maintain sixteen thousand wives? One cannot maintain even one wife. This is called urukrama – great activities. It is not that Krishna remained one, and He had sixteen thousand wives. No. He also expanded Himself into sixteen thousand forms so that no wife may be displeased. Suppose I am one, and if I have got many wives, then everyone will be displeased. He provided sixteen thousand palaces, and in each palace, there were many thousands of servants and maidservants, and each wife was blessed with ten sons. This is called urukrama – great activities.
Lord Rāmachandra killed Rāvana, who was so powerful that all the demigods in higher planetary systems were afraid of him. Rāvana’s brother reigned in Brazil, and there was a subway from Ceylon (Ravana’s kingdom) to Brazil. We get this information from Ramayana. They were such powerful demons! Who can now make a subway from one country into another country? They can make a subway from one city to another, utmost. But at that time, Ravana was able to make a subway from one continent to another. In Brazil, they say, there are still big stocks of gold. So Ravana utilized these gold mines for constructing his city, Svarna Lankā – Golden Ceylon. Even at that time he was so advanced in material science. He was also a good scholar in Vedic literature and a great devotee of Lord Śiva. And by the blessings of Lord Śiva, he got so much opulence.
Thus he became so powerful that he dared to kidnap the wife of Rāma. So such a powerful demon was killed by Rāmachandra. Lord Rāma approached his kingdom on a stone bridge. And the stones were floating on the water. Where is the law of gravitation? The law of gravitation, the so-called scientists’ imagination, does not act when Urukrama, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, acts. He wanted, “There should be no law of gravitation. Let the stones float on the water.” This is called urukrama.
So we accept Lord Rāmachandra as God, Lord Krishna as God, not these petty dogs and cats. We have no business with these petty dogs and cats. All are rascals because they are declaring, “I am God.”
[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.20-12 on June 17, 1972 in Los Angeles]