By Niraj Bidawatka
This morning I received Dussehra greetings on Whatsapp from one of my friends. In his message, my friend also included a quote from a famous bearded so-called transcendentalist. The quote stated that Dussehra is all about conquering the 10 vices, namely kāma (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), mada (pride), moha (illusion), mātsarya (envy) and mana (mind), buddhi (intelligence), citta (consciuosness) and ahaṅkāra (ego) and went on to further wish that may all these vices vanish from our lives.
Not going into much details, because a detailed analysis will run into at least 1500 words, I am keeping this post very short as people don’t wish to read long write-ups. I myself tend to ignore long messages.
Vices cannot be removed simply by wishing. They can be removed only through the chanting of the holy names of Krishna. This chanting of Hare Krishna is the only way to cure the disease. This is the essence of all bonafide sciptures. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu confirms this by stating “harer nāma, harer nāma, harer nāma eva kevalam.” Here Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has specifically clarified that “only” (eva) the chanting of Krishna’s name (harer nāma) can deliver us. The names of other demigods, such as Durgā, Shiva, etc. cannot stop the cycle of birth and death.
Another point to be noted is that mind, intelligence, consciousness and ego have been included as vices by the so-called “holy man”, who is a very famous person at the present moment, both in India and abroad. But, these are not vices. They are an essential part of our existence. The Māyāvādi philosophy is that they want to get rid of their subtle body, namely the mind, intelligence, consciousness and ego. Whereas, the devotees, instead of getting rid of them, want to purify their mind, intelligence and ego.
Without the mind, intelligence and ego, we cannot enjoy. Our aim is to enjoy eternally with Krishna in His eternal abode by rendering loving service unto Him. The gross body and the subtle body, which is made up of mind, intelligence and ego, is essentially required for enjoyment.
The mind, intelligence and ego can be purified by chanting the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra. If there is a cataract, the cataract should be removed – plucking out the problematic eye is not the solution. The māyāvadis, or impersonalists want to get rid of the mind, intelligence and ego because in their present impure state, they are giving us miseries. But this is not the solution. The solution lies in purifying them. They have no knowledge of purifying the gross and subtle senses. They are ignorant of the fact that the holy name of Krishna can purify our existence. Therefore Chaitanya Mahāprabhu has warned us to not to listen to māyāvādi philosophy (māyāvādī bhaṣya śunile haya sarva nāśa).
All glories to Srila Prabhupada for giving us authentic knowledge, which has saved us from falling prey to spurious holy men.