DURGA HAS NO POWER TO AWARD LIBERATION – ONLY KRISHNA HAS THAT POWER


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Durga is working under the direction of Krishna – Without surrendering to Krishna, no one can get out of the clutches of Durga (Bg7.14)

But those who have no information how this Durgā is there, they think that by worshiping, by pleasing goddess Durgā, they’ll be happy. No. Pleasing means you have to abide by the laws of the durga, material world. Otherwise, Durgā will take her trident and pierce on the chest of the asura. Durgā is controlling. The asura is also a living entity within this durga (fortress). So those who are asuras – those who are not cultivating Krishna consciousness, they are asuras – for them, Durgā’s trident is on the chest of the asura. You have seen that picture.

So you cannot get out of this durga simply by bribing, by satisfying. You have to satisfy Durgā in a different way. Continue reading

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WAS KRISHNA BORN, AND IF SO, WHERE?


Answer By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Yes, Krishna was born, but you have to know how Krishna is born. That is your intelligence. Just like sun is born every morning. There is no sun now, but in the morning we will see sun and from the eastern side. So do you think that eastern side is the mother of sun? Because sun is born from the eastern side, you can take it for granted that eastern side is the mother of sun. Similarly, Krishna appears in similar way, but that does not mean that He is born. That is stated in the Fourth Chapter, Bhagavad-gita: janma karma me divyam yo jānāti tattvatah: “Anyone who understands in truth how I take My birth, how I work, how I am transcendental…” Simply by knowing these three things—how Krishna is born, and how does He work and what is His actual position—the result is tyaktvā deham punar janma naiti mām eti kaunteya: [Bg. 4.9] “My dear Arjuna, simply knowing these three things, one comes to Me after quitting this material body.” Punar janma naiti: “He never again comes back to…” That means, in other words, if you can understand the birth of Krishna, then you will stop your any more birth. You will be free from this birth and death. So try to understand how Krishna takes His birth. Continue reading

WHAT IS MAYAVADA PHILOSOPHY?


Answer by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Māyāvāda philosophy supports the impersonalist view that Nārāyaṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has no form. One can imagine impersonal Brahman in any form—as Viṣṇu, Lord Śiva, Vivasvān, Gaṇeśa or Devī Durgā. According to the Māyāvāda philosophy, when one becomes a sannyāsī  he is to be considered a moving Nārāyaṇa. Māyāvāda philosophy holds that the real Nārāyaṇa does not move because, being impersonal, He has no legs. Thus according to Māyāvāda philosophy, whoever becomes a sannyāsī  declares himself Nārāyaṇa. Foolish people accept such ordinary human beings as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is called vivarta-vāda.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu preaches to impersonalist Mayavadi Sannyasis

In this regard, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura comments that jaṅgama-nārāyaṇa means that the impersonal Brahman takes a shape and moves here and there in the form of a Māyāvādī sannyāsī . The Māyāvāda philosophy confirms this. Daṇḍa-grahaṇa-mātreṇa naro nārāyaṇo bhavet: “Simply by accepting the daṇḍa of the order of sannyāsa, one is immediately transformed into Nārāyaṇa.” Therefore Māyāvādī sannyāsīs address one another by saying oṁ namo nārāyaṇāya. In this way one Nārāyaṇa worships another Nārāyaṇa.

Actually an ordinary human being cannot become Nārāyaṇa. As the chief Māyāvādī sannyāsī, Śrī Śaṅkarācārya, says, nārāyaṇaḥ paro ’vyaktāt: “Nārāyaṇa is not a creation of this material world. Nārāyaṇa is above the material creation.” Due to their poor fund of knowledge, Māyāvādī sannyāsīs think that

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“TRUST IN GOD” IS NOT SUFFICIENT


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Meditation means to absorb your mind in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is meditation, real meditation. In all the standard scriptures and in yoga practice formula, the whole aim is to concentrate one’s mind in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is called samādhi, ecstasy. So that ecstasy is immediately brought by this chanting process. You begin chanting and hear for the few seconds or few minutes: you immediately come on the platform of ecstasy. Therefore, Caitanya Mahāprabhu recommended this process not only for India but for all the people of the world. He said that pr̥thivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma. Pr̥thivī means “on the face of the world”; ache, “when there is.” Nagar means “towns,” and grāma means “village” or “county.” So He said, “As many villages, towns, or counties, the human society, there are on the surface of the globe,” sarvatra pracāra haibe more nāma: “My name”- means Lord Caitanya’s name, because He introduced the simple method of chanting Hare Krishna – “will be celebrated.” That is His prediction.

Beatle George Harrisson chanting with the Hare Krishna devotees in London, circa 1968

So, we can see practically also that somehow or other, in your country this chanting Hare Krishna is introduced practically, since one year only, but it is getting popular. People are taking it very seriously. Even some places where I never visited, they are organizing centers. I have received information from Buffalo, from Atlantic City. One little boy, Terry, he is organizing. He has invited some of our brahmacārīs (celibate students) to go there. And I have received letter from Germany, from Holland. They also have begun chanting Hare Krishna. In England, the Britain, the Beatles, they are also chanting. So this is getting popular in the Western countries, and it will get, I am sure.

So this chanting process introduced by Lord Caitanya should be seriously taken up so that our aim of human life will be successful. We have forgotten. Na te viduh svārtha-gatim hi viṣṇum [SB 7.5.31]. We have forgotten… The modern civilization has… In your country I was reading a little history that in 1813 or some year the government introduced “We trust in God,” and that was declared by the secretary to be published on the coins or on the paper currency, and we see sometimes. Continue reading

STRUGGLE… A HEAVY STRUGGLE… A HARD STRUGGLE… THIS IS OUR ADVANCEMENT


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Human life is meant for tapasyā (austerities). We know in our Indian history all big, big kings, they went to the forest for tapasyā. King Bharata, Bharata Mahārāja, under whose name this planet is called Bhāratavarṣa, left his kingdom, young wife, children, everything, at the age of twenty-four years, and went for tapasyā. So also the Pāndavas. Everyone. The last stage of life should be especially meant for tapasyā. Not that up to the point of death we shall remain addicted to this worldly life. No.

Srila Prabhupada with Dr. J. Stilson Judah

This life is meant for purifying our existence. That means stop this cycle of birth and death. Janma-mrtyu-jarā-vyādhi-duhkha-doṣānudarśanam [Bg. 13.9]. We should always keep in front. We may be puffed up as very much advanced in material comfort, but, at the same time, you should keep in front, janma-mrtyu-jarā-vyādhi (birth, old age, disease and death). Continue reading

Is ISKCON doing a sinful activity by degrading other Gods?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

First of all this question is itself erroneous. There are no “other Gods”. There is only one God. This is the verdict of all authorized scriptures starting from the Vedas, to the Bible and the Koran. ekam brahma dvitīyam nāsti: There is only one God, there cannot be two Gods. When there is no existence of other Gods, where does the question of degrading “other Gods” arise? The Bhagavad Gita is the only scripture, which reveals the identity of that one God. Please bear in mind that the God of the Hindus is not different from that of the Muslims or the Christians. Nor is the Bhagavad Gita a book of the Hindus. It is book of knowledge which is meant for humans, notwithstanding which religion they follow. It is a book of transcendental knowledge which informs us about the name and address of that all-powerful God, whom the Hindus call as Bhagavan, the Muslims call as Allah and the Jews calls as Jehovah. The Bhagavad Gita reveals that the name of God is Krishna and that He resides in the spiritual realm, which is transcendental to this material world, where we are staying. Upon reaching that spiritual realm, one is not subjected to repeated birth, death, old age, and disease.

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Who is above Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Adi Parashakti, and Krishna?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Krishna is the greatest. He is greater than Brahmā, Vishnu, Shankara and Adi-Parashakti. No one is greater than or equal to Krishna. This is confirmed by the Bhagavad Gita (7.7): mattah parataram nānyat kincid asti dhananjaya: There is no truth greater than Krishna.

The proponents of the impersonal māyāvāda philosophy claim that the formless Brahman is superior than the personal gods and that the Bhagavad Gita was spoken by the formless Brahman within Krishna. But this is a false theory and this sort of fallacious reasoning is rejected by Krishna Himself. He states in the Bhagavad Gita (14.27) that “I am the basis of the impersonal Brahman (brahmaṇo hi pratiṣṭhāham).” Therefore the māyāvāda, or advaita-vāda philosophy, which claims that the impersonal and formless Brahman is superior to Krishna, is out-rightly rejected by the Bhagavad Gita in this verse.

Krishna further confirms in the Bhagavad Gita (10.2) that “I am the origin of all the devatās (aham ādir hi devānām).” This is conclusive proof that Krishna is the origin of all the devatās, including Brahmā, Vishnu and Shiva.

Now one may argue that, “This is the claim of Krishna Himself. How can I believe His claim. Anybody can claim that, ‘I am God’ but how do I accept that Krishna is Supreme.”

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A CLASSLESS SOCIETY WILL ONLY CREATE CHAOS AND CONFUSION


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

For a kṣatriya, killing is not sinful. For a brāhmaṇa, sacrificing an animal in the arena, that is not sinful. It is all explained in the Bhagavad-gītā: sa doṣam api na tyajet [Bg. 18.48]. Killing is bad, but a kṣatriya’s business is to kill. Without killing, one cannot become perfect kṣatriya. Because he has to give protection, and there are so many demons, rascals. So if the king becomes nonviolent, how other citizens will be given protection? No.

So the king’s business is that as soon as he sees an undesirable element, immediately he would kill him. That is real protection. Just like when Parīkṣit Mahārāja was going on tour, he saw one black man was trying to kill a cow. Immediately saw, “Who are you? You are trying to kill cow in my kingdom? I shall kill you.” He immediately took out his sword. This is king. Not that animals should not be given protection, only man should be given protection. No. Prajā.

Prajā means one who taken birth in the kingdom. That is called prajā. So animal is also American, man is also American, but there is no protection for the animal by the government. So that kind of government, rascal government, was not there. Equal right. Your country talks of equality. Why not equality to the animals? That is defect. It is due to the absence of Krishna consciousness. A Krishna conscious person will not distinguish like that.

The great Emperor Parikshit Maharaja subdues the evil Kali, thus protecting his subjects

For eating animal, they will philosophize that animal has no soul; therefore it can be killed. No. This is nonsense. Everyone has got soul. Even a small ant has got soul. But they have to kill. They have to eat. They are philosophizing in a different way. Lord Jesus Christ said, “Thou shalt not kill,” and now they are interpreting, “Killing means murdering human being.” But that is not in the Bible. So they are manufacturing their own ways of understanding Bible and ethical principles. Therefore it is becoming valueless.

One cannot change the words of the authority. If you believe in Lord Jesus Christ, you cannot make any change to your convenience. This is rascaldom. You cannot be a Christian if you violate the orders of Lord Jesus Christ. But they are doing so…

If kṣatriya becomes nonviolent… Just like our Mahatma Gandhi started nonviolence in politics. So that was a political policy, but in politics there is no question of nonviolence. That is foolishness. Actually, India gained independence not by nonviolence. That is a great history. India gained independence… Gandhi was fighting with nonviolence for thirty, thirty-five years; there was no result. But one of the leaders, when he ensued fighting, then within, I think, within one year the Britishers left. So in politics there is no question of nonviolence. So a king, a protector, kṣatriyaKṣatriya means kṣatKṣat means injury, injury. And tra means deliver. So a kṣatriya’s business is to deliver a person who is going to be injured. That is kṣatriya. Just like this cow was going to be injured, and as soon as Mahārāja Parīkṣit saw it, he immediately took his sword to kill him. So this is kṣatriya. Continue reading

SANKHYA YOGA IS USELESS LABOUR IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND OUT NARAYANA


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Big, big sannyāsīs, they are discussing sāṅkhya-yoga, metaphysics. Or analyzing what is spirit, what is matter. Neti neti: “Not this.” This is called sāṅkhya-yoga. And sāṅkhya-yoga, original sāṅkhya-yoga means bhakti-yoga. Because the sāṅkhya-yoga system philosophy was spoken by Kapiladeva, the son of Devahūti. That is purely bhakti-yoga.

Later on, one atheist, he also assumed the name of Kapila and discussed sāṅkhya-yoga. That is materialistic analysis. The sāṅkhya-yoga system of philosophy is very much liked in Europe and Western countries because it is a system of metaphysics, analyzing the whole cosmic manifestation. There are twenty-four tattvas (elements). Just like these five tattvas, material elements: earth, water, air, fire, ether. Then ten senses: five senses for acquiring knowledge and five senses for enjoying. Then five principles of enjoyment. Anyway, there are twenty-four elements, and mind, intelligence, ego, and the principal, soul. In this way there are twenty-four elements. The sāṅkhya yogis, they very much analyze this study. They are of the opinion that besides these twenty-four elements, there is nothing more. No. There is. The twenty-four elements, one who is combining and annihilating, that is the Supreme Lord, pradhāna, Vishnu.

So sāṅkhya-yoga, either you take this Kapiladeva’s philosophical principle or that Kapiladeva, that’s all right. But after analyzing, if you do not find out Nārāyaṇa, the creator of this material atmosphere, material elements, then it is useless laboring – so much hard (labour), for analyzing. Just like the chemist or physicist, they are also analyzing the material elements within the laboratory. But that does not mean they are going to be liberated at the end of life. No. Or if you want to be liberated… Because after all, you are spirit soul. You are entangled with these twenty-four elements. So your real business is how to get out of it. That is wanted. Suppose if you are a diseased fellow, or you analyze the disease. Just like in pathology – The doctor examines your blood and he finds out, “This is infection, that is infection, this is this, this is this.” That’s all right. But simply by understanding the blood analysis, pathology, does not mean it is cured. The cure is different. Continue reading

THE MIND, INTELLIGENCE AND EGO ARE NOT VICES


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.

Lord Chaitanya blissfully chanting Hare Krishna along with His associates

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 Continue reading