By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
People are searching after God. They do not know God. They are asking this question, “Can you show me God?” So many questions are there about God, but here is God, pointed out by Arjuna, a mahājana. Mahājano yena gatah sa panthāh [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. Why should you not accept? That is our Krishna consciousness movement. “Why you are searching God. Here is God.” As Arjuna says, “tvam ādyah purushah: You are the original person.”
Purusha means enjoyer. God is not female. Sometimes they worship a female as God, like Durgā, Kālī, and so many others. But God is purusha (male). Everyone is prakrti. Prakrti means female. Everyone knows it. There are two things, prakrti and purusha. The purusha is the enjoyer, and prakrti is the enjoyed. Or, in other words, purusha is the predominator and prakrti is predominated. So we are prakrti. The Māyāvāda philosophy is that prakrti wants to become purusha. But that is not possible. Suppose a woman, if she dresses like a man, does it mean that she has become a man? No. Or a man dresses like a woman, does it mean that he has become woman? Simply by outward dress..? No.
The only purusha is Krishna. That is very nicely explained in the Caitanya-caritāmrta: ekale īśvara krsna, āra saba bhrtya [Cc. Ādi 5.142]. Only Krishna is purusha. He’s the enjoyer. All others are servants. This is the position. Never try to become the purusha or the master. That is very dangerous. Always remain prakrti. Prakrti means controlled, and purusha means the controller. So here is the supreme controller: tvam ādyah purushah sākshāt. Not that “You were made by some means.” Sākshāt – directly. And īśvara. Sākshād īśvarah. Not artificial īśvara. Sākshād īśvarah.
So where is the difficulty to understand God, īśvara, or the purusha? There is no difficulty. Krishna personally says that mattah parataram nānyat kincid asti dhananjaya [Bg. 7.7]. Aham ādir hi devānām [Bg 10.2]. Aham sarvasya prabhavah [Bg. 10.8]. So many things. Mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etām taranti te [Bg. 7.14].
Everything is explained sākshāt, directly. Where is the difficulty to find out God? They are searching after God, making research – all nonsense speculation. This is our Krishna consciousness movement, that “Why are you searching?” You say, “Can you show me God?” Why don’t you see, “Here is God”? Why, have you closed your eyes just like the owl, to not to see the sun? Sun is there! See! Open your eyes and see it! The whole world is going on that “There is no God” or “God is dead” or “Can you show me God?” And “I am God by meditation,” “This way,” “That way.” This is going on. Whole world – especially at the present moment – it is a great disastrous condition, godless civilization. They won’t accept the real God, and they’ll create some artificial God and become God, “Everyone is God,” like that. No.
Therefore if you want to be benefited, then you must take the shelter of mahājana, great personalities. Mahājano yena gatah sa panthāh [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. If you are perplexed that “Who is mahājana? How can I find him?” that is also explained in the śāstra. Mahājana, dvādaśa-mahājana:
So where is the difficulty? You follow the path of mahājana-Prahlāda Mahārāja, Janaka Mahārāja, Bhīshma. There are grhasthas, there are brahmacārīs, sannyāsīs. Brahmā, Lord Brahmā is mahājana; he’s grhastha. Nārada – he’s brahmacārī. Lord Śiva, he’s also grhastha. Prahlāda Mahārāja, he’s also grhastha. It doesn’t matter whether you are grhastha or sannyāsī or brahmacārī. You must become actual representative of Krishna. That is mahājana. And that is also not very difficult. How can you become representative of Krishna? That is explained by Caitanya Mahāprabhu:
[Cc. Madhya 7.128]
If you simply speak what Krishna says, then you become His representative. Don’t manufacture. Don’t be over good at (indistinct) manufacturing. Simply follow Krishna and His representatives, then you become mahājana. Otherwise you are nonsense. Mūdha. Na mām dushkrtino mūdhāh prapadyante narādhamāh [Bg. 7.15]. That is the test. One should be very very careful to follow Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s instruction.
Caitanya Mahāprabhu never said that “I am directly servant of Krishna.” No. gopī-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dāsa-dāsa-dāsa-dasānudāsah: “Servant of the servant of the servant of the…” The more you become servant of the servant, you are perfect [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. And as soon as you declare independence, you are rascal. This is the process. We should always remain most obedient servant of my master.
[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.23 in Vrindavana, India on September 20, 1976]