A FOOLISH MAN CANNOT UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS OPERATING THIS MACHINE


In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Prabhupada: There is an operator. A child cannot think. Motor car is running. Child will think the motor car is running automatically. But a sane man will understand that there is a driver. So persons who deny the existence of God are like that. They see the machine. Nature is the machine. But behind the machine there is an operator. These rascals cannot understand. Nābhijānāti, mām ebhyah paramam, tribhir gunamayair bhāvair. Machine is working, nature is working, that much they can see. And behind the machine there is operator. That they cannot see. What is your answer? What the atheist will say? Has the atheist any experience that any machine works without operator? Has he got any experience?

Srila Prabhupada speaking to His disciples on a morning walk

Paramahamsa: No.

Prabhupada: Then why does he say?

Paramahamsa: But this whole universe—we cannot compare the whole universe with any machine created by man.

Prabhupada: Yes, yes. Why you bring man? This machine is created and being operated by God.

Paramahamsa: Well, we don’t have any experience of such a machine.

Prabhupada: Huh? What do you mean by machine. First of all define what is your idea of machine. Just like the other day we saw, we saw the Thompson place, being printed, being collected, and so many things are being done. It is like this. By machine the seasonal changes are going on, the sun is rising, the moon is rising, the water in the ocean, the waves are there. Everything, machine working. It is machine. Everything being systematically done. Such a big ocean, vast water, it is just on the brink, no more. It is so organized. The sun is rising exactly in time, astronomically. The astronomical watch is one ten-thousandth part of a second. It is so accurate. You’ll find everything is going on. Today is ekādaśī, eleventh day of the moon, the moon shall be like this. There one can see the moon and he can calculate. “Today is ekādaśī.” This is not machine? It is exactly, machine.

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By the Mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Even an Ignorant Child can Understand the Absolute Truth


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chaitanya Charitamrita

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 1

TRANSLATION

I offer my obeisances to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose mercy even an ignorant child can swim across the ocean of conclusions about the ultimate truth, which is full of the crocodiles of various theories.

PURPORT

By the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, even an inexperienced boy with no educational culture can be saved from the ocean of nescience, which is full of various types of philosophical doctrines that are like dangerous aquatic animals. The philosophy of the Buddha, the argumentative presentations of the jnanis, the yoga systems of Patanjali and Gautama, and the systems of philosophers like Kanāda, Kapila and Dattātreya are dangerous creatures in the ocean of nescience. By the grace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu one can have real understanding of the essence of knowledge by avoiding these sectarian views and accepting the lotus feet of Krishna as the ultimate goal of life. Let us all worship Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for His gracious mercy to the conditioned souls.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 2

TRANSLATION

O my merciful Lord Chaitanya, may the nectarean Ganges waters of Your transcendental activities flow on the surface of my desertlike tongue. Beautifying these waters are the lotus flowers of singing, dancing and loud chanting of Krishna’s holy name, which are the pleasure abodes of unalloyed devotees. These devotees are compared to swans, ducks and bees. The river’s flowing produces a melodious sound that gladdens their ears.

PURPORT

Our tongues always engage in vibrating useless sounds that do not help us realize transcendental peace. The tongue is compared to a desert because a desert needs a constant supply of refreshing water to make it fertile and fruitful. Water is the substance most needed in the desert. The transient pleasure derived from Continue reading

The Shastric process is the lowest stage of Devotional Service: We have to rise above it


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

You cannot enjoy with covered senses. Suppose I cover your tongue with some cloth and then I give you one rasagulla (a rich Bengali sweet). Can you taste it? If you cover the the real senses, and try to enjoy with that covering, what will you enjoy? That is not enjoyment. The tongue has to be uncovered. Then you’ll enjoy. That is indicated: sarvopādhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. These upādhis (designations) … Because I am in bodily concept of life, therefore I am thinking, “I am American,” “I am Indian,” “I am Hindu,” “I am Muslim,” “I am black,” “I am white,” “I am man,” “I am woman,” “I am tree,” “I am this,” “I am that.” This is called covering. How can you enjoy with these covered senses?

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So you have to uncover. You have to discover. That discovering process is devotional service. The more you are engaged in devotional service, the more your senses become pure or uncovered and when it is completely uncovered, without any designation, then you are capable to serve Krishna.

This is apprenticeship, or vaidhī-bhakti. Real bhakti, parā-bhakti, is rāgānugā-bhakti, or sponaneous loving devotion. This rāgānugā-bhakti is reached after Continue reading

DOES THE BODY BELONG TO THE WOMAN OR TO THE SOUL?


By Niraj Bidawatka

There was a headline in today’s newspaper which read, “Body of a Woman Found in Guesthouse.” There is syntax error in this headline. Since our aim is to discuss about the soul, I have specifically chosen this story. Those who are not interested in matters pertaining to the soul will find this post very boring and taxing. They might even dose off, if they were to be forcibly made to hear this discussion. But thankfully, since one has the liberty to close this webpage, there is no danger of falling asleep.

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Warning: This blogpost may strain and spin the brain of a person who has no interest in understanding the science of the soul

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What happens after we die? Where does our soul go?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

After death, the soul leaves the present body to occupy a new body. The body is like a car and the soul is its driver. Generally, an auto-mobile has a life of eight to ten years. When the car wears out, you buy a new car. Similarly, when the body gets old and is no longer fit and healthy, the soul leaves the body and assumes a new body.

Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, gives the example of a shirt, vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya. When your shirt gets worn out, you remove your old shirt and wear a new one. Similarly this body is like an outer covering of the soul. When the body gets old, the soul discards the old body to assume a new body.

So the answer to the first part of your question, “What happens after we die”, is that we take up a new body after death.

Now the second part of your question – Where does the soul go? – The soul remains in the material world and keeps transmigrating within the 84 lakh (8.4 million) species of life. This is called the cycle of birth and death. Please follow this link to get exact details about the transmigration of the soul within the 8.4 million species of life.

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However, if one devotes ones life to Krishna and completely surrenders himself to the will of Krishna, such a pure soul is transferred to Continue reading

How do I revive my spirituality?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

You can revive your spirituality by using your tongue in the service of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The tongue should be used for chanting the holy names of God, i.e. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
The tongue should be engaged twenty fours in the service of the Lord by chanting His holy names. Once you do that, your spirituality will be revived. The tongue should also be subjected to Krishna prasadam, divine food which is first offered to Krishna. So make it a habit to offer your food first to Krishna, or God before you eat it. Before eating your food, you must first thank Krishna for giving you the wonderful prasadam, which has the potency to revive your spirituality.
If you want to make quick progress in spiritual life, then you should associate with the devotees of Krishna. One such exalted devotee Acharya is His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the Hare Krishna movement. You must read his literatures and listen to his audio lectures, which are available on the Hare Krishna Revolution

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Is it true that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu defeated Advaita Vedanta?


Chaitanya-deva is said to have told Sarvabhauma at Puri – I understand the Brahmasutras, they are dualistic; but the commentator makes them monistic, which I don’t understand.” Is this true? Chaitanya-dev had a dispute with Prakashananda Sarasvati on the point, and Chaitanya-deva won.

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

Yes. It is true that Chaintanya Mahaprabhu summarily defeated Prakashananda Saraswati, who was a mayavadi sannyasi, or monist. The entire account of this episode is discussed in the Chaitanya Charitamrita, written by Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

Prakashananda Saraswati and his followers listen about real vedanta philosophy from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (seated in the centre)

Prakashananda Saraswati and his followers listen attentively to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (seated in the centre) about the real Vedanta philosophy

Prakashananda Saraswati, a renowned mayavadi sannyasi and scholar of Banares, heard that one young sannyasi called Krishna Chaitanya had arrived in Benares and was chanting Hare Krishna and dancing like a mad man. So a luncheon meeting was arranged between Prakashananda and Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Prakashananda advised Lord Chaitanyadeva that such chanting and dancing on the streets does not befit a sannyasi. He said that the duty of a sannyasi is to study the vedanta-sutras.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu replied that, “My Spiritual Master, seeing me as a fool, directed me to simply chant Hare Krishna. He told me that ‘You are not qualified to understand the Vedanta philosophy, and therefore you must Continue reading

If the soul exists, where is the soul exactly located in the body?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

The soul is located in the region of the heart. Along with the soul the Supersoul, or God is also sitting.

This is confirmed by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (18.61): “hrd-dese arjuna tistathi“. Krishna says, “Oh Arjuna, the Supersoul (ishvar) is situated in the region of the heart (hrd-deshe).

One may argue that this verse of the Bhagavad Gita mentions only about the location of the Supersoul and no specific reference is made to the location of the soul. This doubt may be addressed as follows:

The Mundaka Upanisad states: dva suparna sayuja sakhaya – the Soul and the Supersoul are sitting closely together like two good friends within the body.

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One bird (the soul) is eating the fruits and the other (Supersoul) is silently witnessing. We the souls, are engaged in karma and eating the fruits (good and bad) of our karma, whereas God is observing all our activities and accordingly gives us the results, or fruits, sweet or bitter, as the case may be.

Since the soul and the Supersoul are sitting closely together, if the location of the Supersoul is known, the position of the soul is automatically known. Thus the Bhagavad Gita’s above mentioned sloka is enough to understand that the soul is located in the region of heart.

One more pertinent point is the specific use of the words, “in the region of the heart”. It does not state – “within the heart”.

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If am doing devotion then also why am I facing lots of problem? Some different kinds of problems always stand to me when my bhakti increases


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

Congratulations! These are signs that you are making serious progress in bhakti. There could be two reasons for facing problems. Either maya is attacking you or Krishna is personally testing your resolve. So don’t get bogged down. Catch the lotus feet of your spiritual master tightly and you shall overcome all problems created by maya. Krishna will also be pleased when he sees that you have taken resolute shelter of your spiritual master. If you are part of the Hare Krishna Revolution, then catch the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada as tightly as you can.

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George Harrison chanting Hare Krishna with devotees in London

Once George Harrison, the famous Beatle, asked Srila Prabhupada that he was losing all his friends after he had Continue reading

What is the difference between Moksha and Mukti?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

There are five types of mukti – sayujya, samipya, salokya, sarsti and sarupya.

When you say moksha, it connotes or is generally understood to be sayujya mukti.

Otherwise, mukti and moksha are the same. But when you go deeper into its understanding, the connotation of moksha is sayujya mukti.

The pure devotees do not accept any of the five muktis: diyamaanam na grihnanti

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