Transmigration from Godhood to Doghood after Death

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

They will never be God, but we see so many persons, who by the influence of the illusory energy, they think, “I am God. I shall become God by pressing my nose like this, doing this.” So this is going on. They will never be able. That is not possible. Otherwise, there is no meaning of God. If everyone can become God, then there is no meaning of God.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

But by influence of… Just like karmīs are saying “I shall become millionaire. I shall become trillionaire. I shall become head of the state. I shall become prime minister.” This struggle, this is another struggle: “I shall become God.” This is another struggle. But it is illusion. So Krishna gives them opportunity, some yogic success.

Just like in India there is a rascal. He makes like that, and there is immediately some gold. And people become after him: “Oh, he is God. He is God.” By producing a little gold, he becomes God. Another yogi, he gives immediately two rasagullā. So by producing two rasagullā, four annas’ worth, he becomes God. You see? This is illusion. These rascals, they do not know that, “What is this rasagullā, two rasagullā? I can purchase from the market for four annas. So he is becoming God by four annas?” But they have no sense. “Oh, he is God. He can produce rasagullā.” Rasagullā I can produce in our kitchen. But they are so rascal. “Oh, wonderful.”

So the yogic siddhis… So Krishna gives him some power of yogic siddhi and he thinks that “I have become God,” and some flatterers, they also think, “Oh, you are God.” The same dream. And as soon as death comes, everything finished, your Godhood and everything finished. Now becomes doghood, come to the stage of doghood. Again, another dream: “I am dog.” First of all “I am God,” then next stage, “I am dog.” This is going on.

Therefore Bhaktivinoda Thākura said, keno māyār bośe jāccho bhese‘: “Why you are being washed away by the waves of māyā? Just fix up. Stand up.” Jīv krishna-dās ei viçwās korle to ār duhkho nāi. You simply remain fixed up on this standpoint, that, “I am eternal servant of Krishna.” Then there is no more dream. And if you allow yourself to be washed away, Krishna gives you facility, “All right, come on. Be washed away.”

{An excerpt from a lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.1 delivered on April 20, 1972 in Tokyo]

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