Would you accept Arjuna as God just because Krishna says “I am Arjuna”???


By Niraj Bidawatka

One argument that people very often put forward is that Krishna Himself says in the tenth and eleventh chapter that “I am Shiva”, “I am the sun among all planets”, “I am this demigod”, “I am that demigod “, Therefore, they conclude that by worshiping these demigods (devatā), we are worshiping Krishna.

Krishna says, “I am the taste of water.” So why don’t you worship the taste of water as God? Krishna says so many things. But without understanding the purport they misinterpret as they like. This is called the half-hen logic.

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

The uniqueness of water is its taste. The uniqueness of the sun is its ability to illuminate. Thus, the ability in any thing or person, is coming from Krishna. Similarly, the demigods also have unique qualities, which are actually bestowed by Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna also says that “among the Pandavas, I am Arjuna. (Bg. 10.37)” So, does it mean that Arjuna is God? No. Arjuna was the most able warrior among the Pandavas. Therefore, Krishna says that “whatever unique qualities that you observe in anybody, know that they are emanating from Me.” This is stated at the end of the tenth chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita (10.41). The verse is as follows: Continue reading

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FEEDING A PURE DEVOTEE OF KRISHNA IS THOUSAND TIMES GREATER THAN FEEDING ORDINARY BRAHMANAS


By Niraj Bidawatka

In the current fortnight, people, especially in India, are engaged in offering oblations to their forefathers as per the custom called “shrāddha.” It is a ceremony wherein one offers Vishnu prasāda, or sanctified foodstuffs to the forefathers (pitrs) through the brāhmanas. The Brāhmanas are considered the most intelligent class of men because they possess knowledge about God. Thus, through the aegis of such pure souls, the ancestors are fed.

The definition of a brāhmana is – “brahma jānāti iti brāhmana” – One who knows “brahma” (God), is called a brāhmana. But, now people are mostly inviting hereditary brāhmanas, who have no knowledge about God. No one cares to ensure whether the person, who is being invited, is a real brāhmana or not. People don’t care to test this essential ingredient of being a brahmana – whether he possesses knowledge about God or not.

Simply taking birth in the family of a brāhmana does not ensure that one is brāhmana. He should be trained up as a brāhmana. On the other hand, even if one is born in a family of dog-eaters, but still undergoes proper training about the science of God and thus attains and realizes genuine knowledge of God, then such a person is considered to be a true brāhmana. Simply taking birth in a lawyer’s family, does not make one a lawyer. He has to undergo proper training and only then will he be recognized as a lawyer. Similarly taking birth in a brahmin’s family does not make one a brahmin. He has to undergo proper training as a brahmin, says Prabhupada.

na me ‘bhaktaś catur-vedī mad-bhaktah śva-pacah priyah

tasmai deyam tato grāhyam sa ca pūjyo yathā hy aham

Lord Krishna says, “Even if a nondevotee comes from a brāhmaṇa family and is expert in studying the Vedas, he is not very dear to Me, whereas even if a sincere devotee comes from a low family of meat-eaters, he is very dear to Me. Such a sincere pure devotee should be given charity, for he is as worshipable as I.”

[Quoted from Srila Prabhupada’s Purport to CC Antya 3.222]

Srila Haridas Thakur, who was born in a Muslim meat-eater family, was a great devotee of Krishna. By dint of his exalted devotion, he was conferred the title of nāmāchārya by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Nāmāchārya means “the teacher of the Holy Name.” Continue reading

That’s a fact – Nobody is interested in Krishna


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

manusyānām sahasresu kaścid yayati siddhaye

yatatām api siddhānām kaścid vetti mām tattvatah

 [Bg. 7.3]

To understand God, to understand Krishna, is not a very easy job; it is a very, very difficult job. Therefore we don’t find anyone interested in Krishna. Anywhere you go, all over the world, you make a statistical study: nobody is interested in Krishna. Is it not a fact? Out of millions.

Krishna drives the chariot of Arjuna in the war of Mahabharata

Krishna says, manusyānām sahasresu, “Out of millions…” That’s a fact. Nobody is interested in Krishna. Manusyānām sahasresu. So therefore, to understand Krishna is not very easy job. But by the grace of Krishna, you can understand Krishna. Krishna is explaining Himself. That is Krishna – Great. You take.

And again, Krishna is coming as Caitanya Mahaprabhu to show us the way how to understand Krishna. Caitanya Mahaprabhu means Krishna Himself, present to teach us how to understand Krishna. So Krishna is so kind: He is coming Himself. He’s teaching Bhagavad-gétā. Again He is coming as Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as devotee, to become a devotee of Krishna. Krishna-prema-pradāya te [Cc. Madhya 19.53]. He’s not only teaching Krishna but love of Krishna.

Krishna, when He personally came, He did not teach how to love Him. He simply asked, “You rascal, surrender to Me.” That’s all. “You are all rascals. You have Continue reading

ONE GETS LIBERATED WHEN ONE IS FREE FROM SENSE GRATIFICATION


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

If you come here and dance and chant or ring the bell or anything about the ārātrika, if you see  anything you do, that is your permanent credit. Therefore, for the common man, this chance is given. This temple is meant for that purpose – that people will come to see the Deity.

Srila Prabhupada offering “aratrika”, a ceremony for showing respect and veneration to the Supreme Lord  

The Deity is Krishna. Don’t think otherwise. Krishna has agreed to be dressed by you. If you think of Krishna, about His virāt-rūpa (universal form), you will fail to Continue reading

OFFERING NICE FOOD STUFFS TO KRISHNA IS FOR YOUR BENEFIT


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

You must have sense gratification, eating, sleeping, mating—but as far as you can maintain your body very nicely. Not that voluntarily you shall starve. No.

Just like these boys and girls, we are not starving. But our eating krsna-prasādam means just to live nicely for executing Krishna consciousness. We are not meant for going to the cinema or for other sense gratification purposes, but because we have got this body, there is no question that we shall stop eating.

Hare Krishna devotees honouring prasadam, food which is first offered to Krishna

We eat prasādam, krsna -prasādam, and that is very palatable. Krishna should be offered first class preparations because Krishna is the Supreme Lord. But if we don’t have money to supply Him nice things, then Krishna will be satisfied, as Krishna says, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktyā prayacchati. Krishna wants that you offer Him something with devotional love, that’s all.

Krishna is not hungry. Krishna is ātmārāma. He is self-sufficient. He does not require (anything from us). He is producing food for us. That’s a fact. We get so many fruits and flowers. We don’t manufacture it in the factory; neither it is possible. It is manufactured by Krishna. Raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya prabhāsmi śaśi-sūryayoh [Bg. 7.8]. By the action of His different energies these things are produced. For whom are these things are produced? “For Krishna?” No. “For us.” Continue reading

USE YOUR MONEY PROPERLY – Part II: DON’T BUILD A SKYSCRAPER, BUILD A TEMPLE INSTEAD


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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That is Vedic civilization – if money comes, you don’t hate it. Welcome it. But it should be used properly. That is proper use. If you use your money properly, then you make your path parapavarga, clear. And if you misuse your money, then you become again entangled in the 8,400,000’s of species of life. Therefore, as recommended here: nārthasya dharmai-kāntasya. [This recommendation is for the] dharmaikāntasya – not for the irreligious demons, but for those, who are actually religious, dharmaikāntasya. Your money should not be free, should not be spent unnecessarily for sense gratification. Formerly, this was the civilization in India.

The Radha Madan-mohan Temple in Vrindavana. It was established 500 years ago by Srila Sanatana Goswa

We see so many big, big temples in South India, and in other places also, such as Vrindavana, but especially in South India. At the present moment, it is not possible to construct such huge, expensive temples. But actually, they were done by rich kings, rich mercantile people. That Madana-mohana temple (in Vrindavana) was constructed by a Sindhi merchant. He approached Sanātana Goswāmi, who was sitting underneath the tree, and his Madana-mohana was hanging in the tree. Continue reading

USE YOUR MONEY PROPERLY – DON’T SPEND IT ON SENSE ENJOYMENT


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Without artha, without money, how can we live? That is also explained here, nārthasya dharmaikāntasya kāmo lābhāya hi smrtah (SB 1.2.8). You require money, that’s all right, but not for sense gratification, not for going to the cinema. Here in Bombay city, people are earning money, lots of money. But we see there are lots of cinemas advertised — there are hundreds and thousands of cinema houses— and people go there and spend their money. They’re standing for three hours, four hours to take a ticket for going to the cinema. Therefore, actually those who are striving to be religious for getting relief from this hard struggle for existence, for them arthasya, you require some artha, money… Nārthasya dharmaikāntasya. If you are actually religious, then your artha should not be spent for sense gratification. Na arthasya dharmaikāntasya kāmo lābhāyo hi smrtah. Kāmah means sense gratification. It should be properly utilized. If you have got money, that should be properly utilized, not for sense gratification – wine, women, and hotel, and cinema. No. Then by your artha you are going to hell.

Chanakya Pandit, the great politician, he says… He was not a…, he was a religious brahmana, but he was not for salvation—he was more or less a politician—still he says, san-nimitte varam tyāge vināśe niyate sati. If you have got some money, it will be Continue reading

WHAT ARE TEMPORARY RELIGIONS AND WHY WE SHOULD GIVE THEM UP?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

In this material world, the so-called dharmas, Hindu dharma, Muslim dharma and Christian dharma and Buddhist dharma and so many… They are not sad-dharma (eternal dharma). They are asad-dharma (temporary religions). “Because I am born in the family of a Christian, I am Christian.” “Because I am born in the family of Hindu, I am Hindu.” And next time I may (be) born in the family of a dog, then there is no dharma. So these are not sad-dharma. These are all asad-dharma, for the time being.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna tells us to abandon all types of religions and emphatically demands that we surrender exclusively to Him. This is Real Religion

Asad means “that, which will not stay.” You are Hindu. How long you are Hindu? Say, fifty years. Or you are Indian. How long you are Indian? Say, fifty, sixty, hundred years. But again you have to become something else. That we do not know. We are working very hard, “I am Hindu,” “I am Muslim,” “I am Indian,” “I am American.” These are upādhi (designations). But the upādhi, or designation may be changed at the next moment. This is temporary dharma for the body. Continue reading

Inquisitive Persons like to Hear about Krishna because they know it is Beneficial


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

apasyatam atma-tattvam (SB 2.1.2): Those who are ignorant of the atma-tattvam, they indulge in nidraya hriyate naktam vyavayena ca va (SB 2.1.3). This is their night’s business. And what is the day’s business? Diva carthehaya rajan: During daytime, “Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Go here, go there, go there, go… All right, take money. Then how to utilize it?” Now, kutumba-bharanena va. ‘Then go to the shop. Purchase this thing for my wife, for my children, for this, for that.” So money earned and spent. And in the night: sleeping and mating. Then where is your time for cultivating Krsna consciousness? This is the position.

Those who are blind, who do not know what is the value of this life, this human form of life, they are busy in these things. Apasyatam atma-tattvam (SB 2.1.2). But actually, this life is meant for understanding atma-tattvam (nature of the soul). Athato brahma jijnasa. This life is not meant for living like cats and dogs: eating, sleeping, mating and defending. This is all cats’ and dogs’ business. Therefore those who are engaged only in these businesses: Continue reading

A SIMPLE LIFESTYLE IS HELPFUL IN REALIZING GOD


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The main problem confronting the conditioned souls is the repetition of birth, old age, disease and death. In the material world one has to work for the maintenance of the body and soul, but how can one perform such work in a way that is favorable for the execution of Krishna consciousness? Continue reading