My Musings – 4: IF I AM GOD, THEN I MUST BE OMNISCIENT, OMNIPOTENT AND OMNIPRESENT


By Niraj Bidawatka

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead being worshiped by Lord Brahma, the demigod who creates the universe.

The Mayavadis say that everyone is God. But this is a faulty theory.

If I am God, then I should be omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, which are the inherent qualities of God. I should be able to deduce the thoughts, which are going on in your mind. I should be able to remain in my office as well as in my home at the same time. But, when I’m in my office, l cannot remain simultaneously at my home. So how can I be God? Thus, I’m neither omnipresent nor omniscient. I’m also not omnipotent, which is another quality of God. I am always fearful that some strong person may come and attack me.

When I bring this to the notice of the Mayavadis, they propose that if I meditate, then I shall acquire all these qualities and then I’ll become God.

But I have heard from Srila Prabhupada, that God is always God. He never becomes God. When Krishna was barely a newborn baby, He killed Putana, the gigantic demoness. So, God never becomes God by meditation. He is always God. Hence, I reject their theory that we can become God by meditation.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada with His Disciples

Now, the Mayavadis put forward another fallacious theory. They say that Continue reading

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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IF YOU GIVE CHARITY TO KRISHNA, YOU CAN PURCHASE KRISHNA


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

As soon as you have got money. Best thing is, as soon as you get money, immediately you spend it for Krishna. Tyāgena means charity. Not that you starve. No. You keep yourself fit to execute Krishna consciousness, but don’t keep much money. Immediately give in charity to Krishna. Krishna can take your charity as much as you can give.

Just like Bali Mahārāja. Bali Mahārāja, he secured the whole three worlds. He became the master of the three worlds, i.e. the upper planetary system, lower planetary system, middle planets. But he was a devotee also. Therefore Krishna came to him as Vāmana.

Lord Vamana, the dwarf incarnation of Krishna

chalayasi vikramane balim adbhuta vāmana

pada-nakha-nīra-janita-jana-pāvana

keśava dhrta vāmana śarīra

jaya jagadīśa hare

So, because he was very proud of his possession, therefore Vāmanadeva came to Bali Mahārāja: “Mahārāja, you are ksatriya. I have heard that you are very charitable. If you can give me a little land?” So Bali Mahārāja was very much pleased: “Yes, I will give You. How much land do You want?” ‘Now, three feet.’ “Three feet? For this you have come to me?” ‘Yes, yes.’ So, “All right, I will give you three feet.”

So by one feet He covered the whole sky, and the other feet, he covered the whole lower planetary system. So Bali Mahārāja understood that what kind of beggar is He. (laughter) Yes. So Vāmanadeva said, “My dear Bali Mahārāja, you promised three feet, but by two feet you have finished all your possession. So what about the other feet?” Continue reading

BASIC PRINCIPLE OF MATERIAL LIFE IS SEX – THEIR ULTIMATE GOAL IS SEX


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The whole world is working so hard. They are going to the office, working hours to earn livelihood, but what is the pleasure? The pleasure is sex. That’s all. Their ultimate goal is sex. yan maithunādi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham [SB 7.9.45]. So, one should consider, “The sex indulgence is given to the hogs and dogs, and for the same enjoyment I have to work so hard?” This is knowledge. “For same enjoyment? I have got this human form of life for understanding Krishna, for understanding God, my position, what I am. I am not this body. I am spirit soul. I have been put into this body, and because I have been put into this body—the body is material—it must finished. It must be finished.” Continue reading

Although Modern Philanthropic Physicians Open Gigantic Hospitals, There Are No Hospitals to Cure the Material Disease of the Spirit Soul


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chaitanya Charitamrita

Adi Lila | Chapter 10 
Text 51

cikitsā karena yāre ha-iyā sadaya

deha-roga bhava-roga,—dui tāra ksaya

TRANSLATION

As Murari Gupta treated his patients, by his mercy both their bodily and spiritual diseases subsided.

PURPORT

Murari Gupta could treat both bodily and spiritual disease because he was a physician by profession and a great devotee of the Lord in terms of spiritual advancement. This is an example of service to humanity. Everyone should know that there are two kinds of diseases in human society.

The entrance of Murari Gupta's house in Mayapur-Navadvipa Dhama, West Bangal | Sri Murari Gupta was an intimate associate of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

The entrance of Murari Gupta’s house in Mayapur-Navadvipa Dhama, West Bangal | Sri Murari Gupta was an intimate associate of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

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PEACE AND UNITY IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH AN UNCLEAN HEART – THEREFORE CLEAN YOUR HEART BY CHANTING HARE KRISHNA


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Rupa Gosvami says auspicity means that which spreads for everyone, in all parts of the world. That is auspicity. Not partial. In politics or sociology or humanitarian activities, there is partiality for a certain section of human being, or certain section of living beings. But this chanting of Hare Krishna mantra, awakening of dormant Krishna consciousness, is meant for all living entities. Even birds, beasts, insects, they can also awaken. This is the recommendation of Haridasa Thakura – that if we chant loudly, the trees will hear, the birds will hear, the insect will hear, and they will be liberated. Therefore chanting of Hare Krishna mantra and awakening of dormant Krishna consciousness is the auspicious, welfare activity, for every living entity all over the world.

deity-worship

Unity and Peace is possible only when everyone accepts Krishna, or God as the Supreme Enjoyer

At the present moment, groups of people are engaged in welfare activities in terms of society, community or nation. There is even an attempt in the form of the United Nations for world-help activity. But due to the shortcomings of limited national activities, such a general mass welfare program for the whole world is not practically possible. The Krishna consciousness movement, however, is so nice that it can render the highest benefit to the entire human race. Everyone can be attracted by this movement, and everyone can feel the result. Now the human welfare activities are now developed in the form of United Nations. They are trying for the last twenty years, but still, even the nations have not become united, what to speak of other welfare activities.

prabhupada delivering lecture

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

It is just a comparison, a little comparison, but this Krishna consciousness movement was started, practically, from 1967. I went there in 1965, and for one year I could not do anything. In 1966 this movement was registered in New York, and from 1966 it is spreading. So within four or five years it has spread all over the world. We have got branches in every part of the globe. And at least, people know there is a movement, Krishna consciousness, and we are welcome everywhere as Krishna conscious people. Our name is “Hare Krishna People.” So people may take note of it that within a short period, it has spread so widely. In comparison to United Nations, what we are? We have no money. We have no means. We have no influence. We have no government support. Nothing of the sort. But still, it is spreading. Continue reading

I might have sold about half a million copies of this “Easy Journey” – My Krishna books are selling more than that!


Letters of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

Toronto

7 August, 1975

 

 

To,

Dr. Y. G. Naik, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Retired Principal, Gujarat College,

66 Hemdeep, Sharda Society

Ahmedabad, 7 INDIA

 

 

Dear Dr. Naik:

Please accept my greetings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated July 11, 1975. After long years it is pleasing and surprising to receive an affectionate letter from you. I think I met you sometimes in the year 1958. Since then in 1965 I came to America and started this missionary activity from New York in 1966. Now the Society has got about 100 branches all over the world. And, everywhere we have got Deity worship; Guru Gauranga, Radha Krishna, and Jagadisa.

Srila Prabhupada cooking a feast

Srila Prabhupada cooking a feast

Prasadam in this country means a full meal. From the very beginning even when I was alone, I was cooking myself for at least one dozen men, and I distributed full meals. According to Caitanya Mahaprabhu philosophy, prasadam should be taken up to the neck, akantha. In Jagannatha Puri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s only occupation was holding Sankirtana at least four hours every day and distributing prasadam to the devotees. It is stated in the Caitanya Caritamrta that the Lord was so liberal that He would give to every man prasadam quite sufficient for being eaten by two or three men. So we are trying to follow by distributing prasadam very liberally, and we invite everyone without any discrimination. Everywhere we have got temples we distribute prasadam especially to the poorer men. I am enclosing one issue of our “Back to Godhead” magazine which contains photos of our prasadam distribution starting on page 12. This prasadam distribution is going on all over the world.

Regarding the free distribution of books, there is no need in this country. They have sufficient money and sometimes they pay more than the price. Here in this country if literature is given free of charge, they throw it away. In most cases, we offer our books and ask for a contribution. And, sometimes they pay three rimes or four times the requested price. So about money matters they are very liberal. Krishna has given them money, and they spend it very liberally. Continue reading

My Musings – 3: How do I control my mind?


By Niraj Bidawatka

Lord Chaitanya has descended with the medicine of the Holy Name to cure our disease of material attachment

Lord Chaitanya has descended with the medicine of the Holy Name to cure our disease of material attachment

mana eva manusyanam karanam bandha moksayoh

bandhaya visay asango muktyai nirvisayam manah

The above verse from the smrtis, states that the mind is the sole cause of a human being’s bondage and liberation.

The mind, which is engaged in sense enjoyment, becomes the cause of bondage, whereas the mind, which is not attached to sense objects, leads us to liberation.

Thus, in order to control the mind, we need a mantra. Manah trayate it mantra.

Mantra means that, which delivers (trayate) the mind (mana). The mantra, which is especially prescribed for this age, is the Hare Krishna mahamantra. This is the verdict of the Kalisantaran Upanishad.

Hare Krishna Mantra

Therefore, if we want to go back to Godhead, we must chant Hare Krishna at all times (kirtaniya sada hari).

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says that, “I have descended with the sole purpose of taking you back to Godhead. So please accept this medicine of the Hare Krishna mahamantra, which I am distributing to one and all.”

So, at least for Lord Chaitanya’s sake, Who has very benevolently appeared to take us back, we should at once start chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Continue reading

MEMBERS OF ALL RELIGIOUS SECTS REFER AND READ SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS


By Niraj Bidawatka

Some six months back, when I was out on book distribution, one woman came to me and asked me to give a nice book of Prabhupada because she had just finished reading Bhagavad Gita As It Is, which she has bought from me some six or seven years back. I gave her the “Science of Self Realization”, which she happily bought.

Last month, when I saw her on the street, I stopped her and asked her to come to our Bhagavad gita lectures.

Srila Prabhupada also used to read his own books

Srila Prabhupada also used to read his own books

She politely declined stating that since she was already following the “BrahmaKumaris” (a religious organization in India), she did not want to attend our programs.  Continue reading

The Chanting of Krishna’s Holy Name is far above all mundane pious activity


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

koti aśvamedha eka krishna nāma sama

yei kahe, se pāsandī, dande tāre yama

SYNONYMS

koti—ten million; aśvamedha—horse sacrifices; eka—one; krishna—of Lord Krishna; nāma—name; sama—equal to; yei—one who; kahe—says; se—he; pāsandī—atheist; dande—punishes; tāre—him; yama—Yamarāja.

TRANSLATION

One who says that ten million aśvamedha sacrifices are equal to the chanting of the holy name of Lord Krishna is undoubtedly an atheist. He is sure to be punished by Yamarāja.

PURPORT

In the list of the ten kinds of offenses in chanting the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hare Krishna, the eighth offense is dharma-vrata-tyāga-hutādi-sarva-śubha-kriyā-sāmyam api pramādah. One should never consider the chanting of the holy name of Godhead equal to pious activities like giving charity to brāhmanas or saintly persons, opening charitable educational institutions, distributing free food and so on. The results of pious activities do not equal the results of chanting the holy name of Krishna.

krishna-deity

The Vedic scriptures say:

go-koti-dānam grahane khagasya

prayāga-gangodaka-kalpa-vāsah

yajnāyutam meru-suvarna-dānam

govinda-kīrter na samam śatāmśaih

“Even if one distributes ten million cows in charity during an eclipse of the sun, lives at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamunā for millions of years, or gives a mountain of gold in sacrifice to the brāhmanas, Continue reading