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

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My Musings – 5: 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

ATHEISM MEANS EAT VERY NICELY, ENJOY YOUR SENSES AND FINISH YOUR LIFE


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Generally, the atheist class, they have no interest in God. The atheist class … long, long ago, thousands of years ago, there was atheist also. Because there are two classes of men always within this world, atheist and theist, asura and deva, devatā. So not that atheist class men have developed at the present moment. It may be the number has increased, but atheist class of men were long, long ago also.

Sri Sri Radha Gopinath, the presiding deities of ISKCON Temple in Chowpatty, Mumbai, India

There was Carvaka Muni, he was also called muni. Muni means mental speculator, or thoughtful. So this Carvaka Muni, he also presented his philosophy, atheism, that rnam krtvā ghrtam pibet yāvaj jīvet sukham jīvet: So long you live, you live very joyfully by enjoying your senses. This is atheistic principle. And in India, the sense enjoyment principle is Continue reading

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS WHICH A KING OR A LEADER MUST HAVE


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The brāhmaṇas are the religious preceptors for all other castes, and the sannyāsīs are the spiritual masters for all the castes and orders of society. So also are the king and the public leaders who are responsible for the material welfare of all people. The progressive religionists and those who are responsible human beings or those who do not want to spoil their valuable human lives should refrain from all the principles of irreligiosity, especially illicit connection with women.

Srila Prabhupada giving spiritual advice to a government official

If a brāhmaṇa is not truthful, all his claims as a brāhmaṇa at once become null and void. If a sannyāsī is illicitly connected with women, all his claims as a sannyāsī at once become false. Similarly, if the king and the public leader are unnecessarily proud or habituated to drinking and smoking, certainly they become disqualified to discharge public welfare activities. Truthfulness is the basic principle for all religions. The four leaders of the human society, namely the sannyāsīs, the brāhmaṇa, the king and the public leader, must be tested crucially by their character and qualification. Continue reading

REAL YOGA MEANS LOVING VĀSUDEVA BHAGAVĀN


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

If you place your loving tendency to Vāsudeva, then vāsudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogaḥ. This can be done perfectly by bhakti-yoga, not by any other system. There are different yoga systems. Everything is mixed up with a little bhakti like karma-yoga, jnāna-yoga, dhyāna-yoga.. But the real yoga means loving Vāsudeva, Bhagavān. Therefore Bhagavān says in the Bhagavad-gita, yogināṁ api sarveṣāṁ [Bg. 6.47]. In all other yoga systems there is little tinge of vāsudeva-bhakti, but not cent percent pure. It is mixed, miśrā-bhakti. Miśrā-bhakti will not be immediately fruitful. It will take a long, long time. Bahūnām janmanām ante jnānavān mām prapadyate [Bg. 7.19]. Everything, there is some bhakti-yoga, but if it is not pure, then it will take very, very, very, very long time.

Bhagavan Vāsudeva Krishna – the son of Vasudeva

Bahūnām janmanām: One janma (birth) means hundreds of years. We are not talking of any other janma. Even human form of life. Because those who are advanced in spiritual life, there is every possibility for getting next life a human being. Otherwise nobody knows. Those who are ignorant, they do not know that there will be change of body: tathā dehāntara prāptir. That is a fact. But those who are in the sattva-guṇa, they are sure to get next life in the human society. Śucīnāṁ śrīmatāṁ gehe yoga-bhraṣṭo sanjāyate [Bg. 6.41]. śucīnāṁ means pure brāhmaṇa, and śrīmatāṁ means very rich vaiśya or kṣatriya. Kings and mercantile communities are rich, or śrīmat. Śrī means opulence, and mat means “one who has”. Śrīmatām. Continue reading

THIS KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT IS KILLING OUR HINDU PRINCIPLES!!!


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Krishna says that everyone can be delivered simply by the process of Krishna consciousness. So whose duty is to enlighten them to Krishna consciousness? I was just talking with Gosvāmījī, Harijana Gosvāmījī. Whose duty it is to enliven people to Krishna consciousness? It is the duty of guru. We came to this conclusion. And who is guru? Śrotriyaṁ brahma-niṣṭham [MU 1.2.12]. That means perfectly learned in Vedic literature and firmly convinced in Brahman realization. That means first-class brāhmaṇa. So if the first-class brāhmaṇas do not take care of these pāpa-yoni, then who will deliver them? Continue reading

KRISHNA CAN EAT AND HEAR WITH HIS EYES – THAT IS CALLED ABSOLUTE


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Man is made after God. We are imitation of Krishna. Krishna is not imitation of us. The atheist class, they think that “They have painted a form of God according to one’s own feature of the body.” What is it called? Anthropomorphism. But that is not the fact. Here in this material world we are getting different types of forms of body, 8,400,000’s. When we get this human form of body, it is just an imitation of Krishna’s body. Krishna has got two hands; we have got two hands. Krishna has got two legs; we have got two legs. But the difference of this body and Krishna’s body is stated in this verse: angāni yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti [Brahma Samhita 5.32].

Here, with our hands, we can catch something but we cannot walk. But Krishna can walk with His hands. Or with our legs we can simply walk, but we cannot catch something. But Krishna can catch also. With our eyes we can see, but we cannot eat. But Krishna can see with His eyes and eat also and hear also. That is the explanation of this verse. Angāni yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti: [Bs. 5.32] “Each and every limb has got the function of the other limbs.” That is called Absolute. He is not dependent. He is not dependent. Just like if we have lost our sight, we become dependent; no more we can see. But Krishna can see with His hand, with His leg. Try to understand. Therefore He is Absolute. This is the meaning of Absolute. Everything is complete. Pūrṇam adaḥ. Pūrṇa means complete.

So atheist will say that “You offer foodstuff. Where Krishna eats? The foodstuff is still there.” But they do not know that simply by seeing, Krishna can eat. And because He is complete, He eats and again keeps the thing complete. Pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate [Iso Invocation]. He can take everything complete, again it remains complete. Just like when we take food, we finish it. But Krishna can eat; at the same time, the things may remain as it is. Otherwise where is the difference between ourself and Krishna? That is the difference.

Why it is so? Ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya: Vigraha, His form is not like our form. When in the Vedas it is stated, “formless,” that means Continue reading