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.
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