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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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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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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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.

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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

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