By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
Avidhi-pūrvakam: Now Krishna says… Of course, in India there are different types of worship. That I have already explained. Mostly they worship Lord Krishna, mostly. At least 80% of the people, they are Vishnu worshipers. And 20% of the people, Hindus, they are worshipers of different gods and impersonalists, like that, still.
The Vedic literature… That I explained the other day, that worship of different gods, that is also along with Vishnu worship. Ārādhanānām sarvesām vishnor ārādhanam param: Vishnu is the central point. Without Vishnu worship, without Krishna worship, no other worship is successful. So here, those who worship other gods in this conception – that because God is everything – therefore any demigod…
People, those who are less intelligent, they worship the demigods to take immediate effect. Just like a man who is diseased, he is recommended to worship the sun. Now, that is effective. Because when sun is worshiped you have to go to the sunshine and offer something – water and some pradīpa (lamp). There are some paraphernalia. So if a diseased man goes to the sunshine, he is actually cured. Sunshine has got… scientifically also, it has got ultraviolet rays. So if one does not take any medicine, if he simply sits down in sunshine, he will be cured – nature’s way. So either you take this way or that way… But one thing is that those who are worshiping sun for cure of disease, for them the Bhagavad-gītā says, antavat tu phalam tesām tad bhavaty alpa-medhasām [Bg. 7.23].
Antavat tu phalam tesām: Now, suppose you are diseased and you are cured by worshiping sun, or by coming in the sunshine, do you think that is the solution of your life? You may be cured, but how long will you remain cured? There will again be disease. Again you worship sunshine. So this is called gatāgatam, chewing the chewed. The problem is why you shall be diseased at all? That should be the problem of intelligent person – not that I become diseased and I worship sun or go to the doctor and be cured and again become diseased. No.
Sukham ātyantikam. You should cure from all diseases. So long you have this material body, you have got life, you have got birth, you have got death, you have got diseases, and you have got old age, besides other miseries. This is a permanent thing. Now, your human form of life is meant for curing for good, all these inconveniences. You should not be satisfied by curing disease and again falling diseased. No. That is not your business.
Therefore Lord Krishna says, antavat tu phalam tesām: [Bg. 7.23] “Those who are worshiping other demigods for some immediate result, their result is antavat, it is to be ended at a certain point, it has got end. So such things are desired by alpa-medhasām, those who have got less amount of brain substance.”
Why one should be satisfied by temporary cure? He must see that “Why I shall die? Why I shall be diseased? Why I shall go again into the womb of the mother? And why I shall become old? This is my problem.” So if you want to solve all these problems, then you have to become to Krishna conscious.
Bhagavad-gītā is not being preached in the right way
Anyone who becomes Krishna consciousness, even partially, simply to know Krishna – that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, His activities are transcendental – simply by knowing this, you will solve your all these problems, simply by knowing this. Tyaktvā deham punar janma [Bg. 4.9]. These things are stated in the Bhagavad-gītā.
Therefore, in every way, if you make analytical study of Bhagavad-gītā, then you have to become Krishna conscious. Bhagavad-gītā is being preached all over the world in so many languages. But I am sorry they are not in the right way. Therefore we are very serious to preach this mission of Bhagavad-gītā all over the world so that people may become happy and people may take advantage of it. That is our mission, and we invite everyone, every gentleman, every sane man, to come and cooperate with us. This is a nice mission. We shall be glad to cooperate for the good of all people of the world.
Yad gatvā na nivartante tad dhāma paramam mama [Bg. 15.6]. The Lord says that if you transfer yourself to the kingdom of God, then you will no more have to come in this world of miseries, full of miseries.
[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the Bhagavad Gita 9.22-23 in New York on December 8, 1966]