THERE ARE EIGHTEEN PURANAS AND THEY ARE MEANT FOR CLAIMING ALL SORTS OF MEN INCLUDING THE MEAT-EATERS AND DRUNKARDS


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Yes, Padma Purāṇa. There are eighteen Purāṇas. There are, men are conducted in three qualities: modes of goodness, modes of passion and modes of ignorance. To reclaim all these conditioned souls in different varieties of life, there are presentation of the Purāṇas. The six Purāṇas are meant for the persons who are in the modes of goodness. And six Purāṇas are meant for the persons who are in the modes of passion. In Vedic rituals, you find so many differences of ritualistic performances. And the six Purāṇas – who are in the modes of ignorance, those Purāṇas are meant for them. This Padma Purana is meant for the persons who are in the modes of goodness. In Vedic rituals, you find so many differences of ritualistic performances. It is due to different kinds of men. Just like you have heard that Vedic literature, there is a ritualistic ceremony offering goat sacrifice in the presence of goddess Kālī. But this Purāṇa, Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, is meant for the persons who are in the modes of ignorance.

His Divine Grace A, C, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Just like a person is attached to eat meat. Now, if all of a sudden, if he is instructed that meat eating is not good… Or a person is attached to drink liquor. If he at once said that liquor is not good, he cannot accept. Therefore in the Purāṇas we’ll find, “All right, if you want to eat meat, you just worship goddess Kālī and sacrifice a goat before the goddess. And you can eat meat. You cannot eat meat or flesh by Continue reading

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SUPREME COURT OF INDIA FAVOURS ENTRY FOR EVERYONE INTO THE JAGANNATH TEMPLE AT PURI


By Niraj Bidawatka

Day before yesterday the Supreme Court of India asked the Jagannath Temple authorities to consider allowing entry to everyone. After this interim observation, there is hope of a favourable order from the Apex Court when it hears the matter finally next month.

Lord Jagannath’s Temple at Puri, India

Since the temple authorities of Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri did not allow Prabhupada’s American and European disciples to enter the temple, Srila Prabhupada also decided not to enter the temple. His Divine Grace spoke to the authorities that this type of a stricture is against the Vedic principles and urged them to abolish this practice. But the authorities did not relent. Therefore Prabhupada also never entered Lord Jagannath temple. Continue reading

YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING – YOUR BUSINESS IS TO UNDERSTAND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

In the Bhagavad-gītā it is said, manusyānām sahasresu [Bg. 7.3]: Out of many thousands, hundreds of thousands men, manusyānām,… Especially it is said manusyānām. Manusya means human being. Manusyānām sahasresu. God realization is not meant for the animals or persons who are almost animals, or animals in the shape of human beings. Animals. At the present moment, in the shape of human beings, the population is animals, an assembly of animals, because they do not know beyond the animal propensities.

The animal propensities: The animal is busy all day. The bird or any beast, rising early in the morning, they are busy: “Where there is some food? Where there is some sex? How to defend?” Then, at night, “How to take shelter and sleep?” They have got their own arrangement. In the morning they know that “In that tree there are some fruits. Let us go there.” So they fly. Āhāra: eating. As we go to office… In your, this New York City, thousands of people are coming from other islands by the ferry boat, waiting for the bus, going to the office. What is the purpose? The purpose is, “Where is food?” The birds are also going. You have made ferry boat and nice—so many not nice—very nice. It is crowded always. But you have to come. For your bread, you have to go fifty miles, forty miles. But the birds are free to fly from tree to another tree without any bus, without any ferry boat.

So these problems—eating, sleeping, mating—these problems are there amongst the living entities other than human being. Other than human being, they’re many. If you take a census of the living entities in different categories, how many human beings are there in this city, how many sparrows are there, how many pigeons are there, how many dogs are there, how many trees are there, how many insects are there—they’re all living entities—the number of other-than—human-being will be far, far greater. The votes will be smaller in number. If the municipality, city, or the government said, “Everyone can vote, all living entities,” then your vote will be lost, because you are very small in number. Continue reading

THE AIM OF SPIRITUAL LIFE IS TO GO BACK TO KRISHNA’S SPIRITUAL PLANET


By Niraj Bidawatka

In the above quote Srila Prabhupada gives us the most important message. It is the foundation of our spiritual life. Only a bonafide spiritual master can give this information.

Due to want of a genuine spiritual master, most of the spiritual seekers do not know what is the aim of their spiritual practice. Continue reading

WITHOUT SURRENDERING TO KRISHNA, THERE IS NO QUESTION OF ETHICS, MORALITY AND SACRIFICE


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Bile batorukrama-vikramān ye na śrṇvatah. They have decided, “There is no God. God is dead. God has no personality. He’s zero.” Therefore they have no opportunity to hear about God. Na śrṇvatah karṇa-puṭe narasya. This human form of body… These earholes are meant for giving aural reception to the message of God. But they’ll not do that. Therefore, your mission is to go home to home, village to village, town to town, and give them injection, “Hear.” Make such arrangement, nice dancing, nice chanting, prasāda distribution. Why? Just to inject in their snake holes the words of Krishna. This is your mission. Those who have taken sannyāsa especially, it is their duty. Sat-nyāsa, to sacrifice everything … Sacrifice means … Nothing to be sacrificed. But sacrifice the sense of “I am the Lord.” That’s all. What you have got, (which) you can sacrifice? This is simply a bluff, sacrifice. We cannot sacrifice. What we have got (that) we can sacrifice? There is no question of sacrifice, but sacrifice means (giving up) this doggish mentality that “I am the Lord, I am God, I am enjoyer.” This doggish mentality has to be sacrificed. Otherwise, what you can sacrifice? What have you got?

Renouncement. There is no question of renouncement. You haven’t got anything. What to renounce? When you come naked, and you go naked. Simply by false, illusory conception, you think: “This is mine, this is mine, this is mine.” Actually, when you take your birth, you do not bring anything with you. And when you go away, you do not take away anything. The things were there, and things will be there. You come and go. But then where is the question of sacrifice? Where is the question of renouncement? This is illusion. Īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam [Isopanisad mantra 1]. Everything belongs to God; nothing belongs to you. So what is the meaning of renouncement? And what is the meaning of enjoyment? You cannot enjoy others’ property, neither it is a very nice thing if you say, “I renounce it.” Suppose you are passing through Bank of America, if you say, “I renounce this.” Where, where? What is the renouncement? Bank of America belongs to you? This is craziness. You cannot enjoy the Bank of America. If you go and try to enjoy, then you’ll be criminal. And if you say, “I renounce it,” then you are a madman. This is your position.

But people are going on under two impressions. Somebody, the karmīs, they are thinking, “I am enjoyer. I am the lord of all I survey. This America is mine. You cannot enter.” So this is the karmī’s position. Falsely, they are claiming proprietorship, which does not belong to them. Thieves, rather; they are thieves, rogues. There is a story that a group of thieves, they plundered some booty, some property, somewhere, and then, out of the town, they were Continue reading

WHY IS SUICIDE SINFUL?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Because by committing suicide, one is interfering in the laws of nature. We have been given this gross body for a certain time period, wherein we suffer or enjoy in accordance with our stock of past karma. By committing suicide, we are depriving the soul of its gross body. For the remainder period of his life span, the soul has to remain as a ghost. That means that the person, after committing suicide, does not get a gross body but wanders here and there in a subtle body.

A person who considers himself happy will never commit suicide. One commits suicide only when he is suffering. That means he wants to escape from the suffering. If one escapes from jail, in order to avoid punishment, that is offensive. He will be punished even more if he is caught escaping. Similarly a person who commits suicide will be punished even more because he wants to escape the reactions of his bad karma. Therefore committing suicide is sinful. Continue reading

My Musings – 6: SUICIDE IS A FALLOUT OF ONE’S INABILITY TO TOLERATE ADVERSE SITUATIONS


By Niraj Bidawatka

Yesterday a top cop of Mumbai committed suicide because he was suffering from cancer. This shows that those who are too sensually attached, their tolerance level is very less. A few years ago this person was the Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Mumbai and he was regularly seen prominently on Page 3 of the Bombay Times despite being a policeman. Generally one finds film stars and socialites on “Page 3.” To find a police officer regularly on page 3 shows that he was too sensual and his committing suicide, conclusively proves it.

The first teaching of Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita is that everyone should learn to tolerate the dualities of life. But modern civilization is such, that there is no tolerance and there is no education about rebirth. One is simply taught how to earn money and how to enjoy. If things go wrong, then these so-called educated “high-fliers” cannot handle the situation and end up committing suicide. Continue reading

Bhagavad Gita Tutorial: Chapter 2 verse 2 – IF THERE IS NECESSITY, YOU MUST KILL


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

So Bhagavān is criticizing. Arjuna became a very good man: “Why shall I…? Oh, I cannot kill my kinsmen.” From material point of view, people will very much appreciate, “Oh, here is Arjuna. He’s so nice – nonviolent. He is foregoing his claim. He has given up his astra (weapons) – bow and arrows. He’s no longer fighting. He has decided not to fight with kinsmen, kill his own men.” So from material point of view, Arjuna is supposed to be a very, very good man. But the Supreme Person, Krishna, what does He say? Anārya-juṣṭam: “You rascal, you are speaking like anārya.” He’ll say rascal later on. He posed himself to be very good man, but when he comes to the test of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He refuses to accept him as a good man. He’s saying that “You are anārya.”

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

There are two kinds of men: anārya and ārya, or Āryan. Āryan means advanced in knowledge. He’s called Āryan. And anārya means uncivilized. So immediately He rebukes him, anārya-juṣṭam. “You are talking just like non-Āryan, uncivilized person.” People are very much, nowadays, eager how to stop war. But Krishna says there is necessity of war. Continue reading

THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE GURU MUST BE ACCEPTED AS ONE’S LIFE AND SOUL


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

We have to receive mercy both from the spiritual master and Krishna. We cannot jump over to Krishna. That is another nonsense. We must approach Krishna through guru. That is paramparā system. Krishna is not so cheap thing that you can jump over. Somebody says, “Oh, why shall I accept guru? I can approach Krishna directly.” No. Krishna does not accept such…

Mad-bhaktah pūjābhyadhikah: Krishna says that “First of all you become devotee of My devotee.” Caitanya Mahāprabhu says, gopī-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dāsa-dāsa-dāsānudāsah: “I am the servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna [Cc. Madhya 13.80].” This is called paramparā system. You have to learn how to become servant of the servant of Krishna. The more you become in the lower position—servant, servant, servant, servant, servant, hundreds times servant, servant—then more you are advanced. Here in this material world everyone is trying to be master of the master. Just opposite. And the spiritual world, the endeavor is to become servant’s servant. This is the secret. Continue reading

THE ACTIVITIES OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE SOUL


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

There is a class of men. They are very much anxious to serve the human society. But they are not anxious to serve the animal society. The animal society may be killed for the satisfaction of the human society. Therefore, unless you come to the point of ātmā (soul), whatever extended selfishness there is, it is selfishness. There is no broadmindedness. And broadmindedness (comes) when you come to the platform of ātmā. Īçāvāsyam idam sarvam [Isopanisad mantra 1]. When you come to the point of God, then you see, “Oh, everything belongs to God. Here is an animal. He is also as good as I am, because he is also soul.” So ātma-tattvam (needs) to be discussed, but they are not prepared. Therefore, grheṣu grha-medhinām. So what is their business, those who are blind to the ātma-tattvam? So that business is described in the next verse. Continue reading