His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(founder of the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(founder of the Hare Krsna movement)
by Purujit Dasa
But the idea of Carvaka Muni is actually not completely condemned because that is what spiritual life truly is–pleasure without work. Enjoy and don’t worry about the consequences is exactly how a servant of Krsna lives, because Krsna takes care of Him. When a soldier kills in war on the order of the government he gets a gold medal. However, when he comes back from war field and kills someone on the street he is arrested. Similarly, while an atheist so-called enjoys the interaction between his senses and the objects of the senses and suffers the reactions, a servant of Krsna is going on about his service to the Lord and because he surrenders the results of his service to Krsna, he is not subjected to the reaction to his action. He’s basically enjoying but there are no consequences. Krsna says:
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah
Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.
Visakha: Srila Prabhupada, they will accuse us of being parasites.
Prabhupada: No, I am not parasite. Your master. How do you say parasite? I am not going to beg from you. Parasites?
Brahmananda: Parasite lives off another.
Prabhupada: No, parasites means if I take others' property, others'. If I enjoy others'..., that is parasite. But we are not enjoying others' property. We are enjoying our father's property. Isavasyam idam sarvam [Iso mantra 1]. Krsna is the proprietor. Why do you say parasite? And we are good children of Krsna. Krsna says, "Don't work, I shall give you everything." (laughter) Actually, Krsna says that, that "Why you are working so hard?" Sarva-dharman parityajya mam...: [Bg. 18.66] "You just under Me, I shall give you protection, whatever you want." And we are getting everything. Why parasite?
Morning Walk -- June 29, 1975, Denver
Atheism is based on seeking pleasure without responsibility, but the seeking of pleasure itself is ironically also God consciousness, because God is the reservoir of all pleasure (Krsna), we just don’t see it. While the true theist understands the source of pleasure being God and serves Him, the atheist is simply trying to be God and gets illusion in return. Lover of God however understands very well that serving God is itself the pleasure. This can be understood in the following way.
In the relative world, there is a difference between name and substance. For example the word “water” relates to the substance water. In the absolute world however the name and substance are non-different. The name Krsna is therefore not a representation of Krsna, but it is Krsna Himself. Similarly, in the transcendental sphere the master and servant are non-different. Service in the transcendental world is therefore non-different from pleasure derived from it.
One should not think that his service in the material world and his service in the spiritual atmosphere are the same. We may shudder to think, "Oh, after liberation will I still be a servant?" This is because we have experience that being a servant in the material world is not very enjoyable, but transcendental service is not like this. In the spiritual world there is no difference between the servant and the master. Here, of course, there is distinction, but in the absolute world everything is one. For instance, in Bhagavad-gita we can see that Krsna has taken the position of servant as the chariot driver of Arjuna. In his constitutional position, Arjuna is the servant of Krsna, but in behavior we can see that sometimes the Lord becomes the servant of the servant [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. So we should be careful not to carry materialistic ideas into the spiritual realm. Whatever we have materially experienced is but a perverted reflection of things in spiritual life.
OWK 2: The Way of Chanting and Knowing Krsna
Ultimately lust and love is the same energy manifested differently according to the desire of the individual.
When a living entity comes in contact with the material creation, his eternal love for Krsna is transformed into lust, in association with the mode of passion. Or, in other words, the sense of love of God becomes transformed into lust, as milk in contact with sour tamarind is transformed into yogurt.
Therefore it is only after the atheist becomes truly sincere about his ideal- pleasure without service and refuses to serve even the illusory “self”, which pushes him to the atheistic dogma, when his true knowledge begins. It is a conscious realization: I have been trying to enjoy the so-called “myself” for so many lives, still I am not happy. How come?
The Supreme Personality of Godhead expanded Himself into many for His ever-increasing spiritual bliss, and the living entities are parts and parcels of this spiritual bliss. They also have partial independence, but by misuse of their independence, when the service attitude is transformed into the propensity for sense enjoyment, they come under the sway of lust. This material creation is created by the Lord to give a facility to the conditioned souls to fulfill these lustful propensities, and when they are completely baffled by prolonged lustful activities, the living entities begin to inquire about their real position.
As opposed to material adaptive so-called education, which is indoctrinated, the science of self-realization therefore necessitates that one by his own free will makes the choice to try to understand the subject matter. It’s called surrender.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Is it possible to reform a person against their will?
Prabhupāda: No, not possible. [break]
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: ...sign, Śrīla Prabhupāda, that someone is actually having change in heart?
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: What is the sign that someone is actually having change in heart?
Prabhupāda: By his action. [break] ...kasipu tried to make Prahlāda atheist. He failed. And Prahlāda tried to make his father theist. He failed. Don't you see?
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Yes.
Prabhupāda: So unless one agrees you cannot turn him. It is not possible. Five-years'-old boy, staunch devotee, and the powerful Hiraṇyakaśipu, father, who is threatening with his life and so many ways he tried that "You become atheist, godless. Otherwise I shall kill you." He did not agree. And similarly, the son also solicited the father that "You have got so much power by the grace of God. Why you are becoming atheist?" Both of them could not turn to their side. Prahlāda remained Prahlāda, and Hiraṇyakaśipu remained Hiraṇyakaśipu. [break] ...can expect that without agreeing, conceding, one can be reformed. No, that is not possible. Impossible.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Not simply by rubber stamp.
Prabhupāda: No, that is not possible. He must agree, "Yes." Therefore guru is required. Guru means, accept guru means, "Whatever you say, I will accept." That is guru. Otherwise friendly talk. Friendly talk will not do. To accept guru means "Now I accept you, guru, my instructor, without any argument," and that is acceptance. "Whatever you say, I shall do." That is agreement. Then he can be reformed. Śiṣyas te 'ha śādhi mā prapannam: "I surrender unto you. I become your disciple. Now you train me." Then he can be reformed. Otherwise not possible.
Devotee: When we were at school we accept a teacher and he teaches us mathematics or something like this, but when it comes to spiritual life and we accept a guru, people criticize by saying, "Oh, you're not thinking for yourself anymore."
Prabhupāda: Yes, you have surrendered. You say, "Yes, we have surrendered. That is the way." Tad viddhi praṇipātena [Bg. 4.34]. The first term is "surrender," praṇipāta. Otherwise it is not possible. If one does not surrender, there is no question of reformation. He must voluntarily surrender: "Yes. Whatever you say, I shall do." Then things can be advanced. Otherwise not possible.
Morning Walk -- October 17, 1975, Johannesburg
Because the atheists want to keep their illusory independence so they can try to satisfy themselves by themselves, they cannot understand anything about the confidential knowledge of self-realization. The reason for this is that without understanding our own mortality, or in other words that me and my body are different, I am an animal. My consciousness is so much engrossed in the illusion of bodily pleasure that I do not even bother to protect myself from death.
Prabhupada: ...animals. The animals... You keep the animals here, and take one of them, slaughter—they will think, "I am safe." This is animal. All of them will think, "Oh, I am safe. He is being taken. That's all." This is their dull brain, the modern animals.
Morning Walk -- June 7, 1975, Honolulu
yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātuke
sva-dhīḥ kalatrādiṣu bhauma ijya-dhīḥ
yat-tīrtha-buddhiḥ salile na karhicij
janeṣv abhijseṣu sa eva go-kharaḥ
"A human being who identifies this body made of three elements with his self, who considers the by-products of the body to be his kinsmen, who considers the land of birth as worshipable, and who goes to the place of pilgrimage simply to take a bath rather than meet men of transcendental knowledge there, is to be considered as an ass or a cow."
Prabhupāda: The context is that if you cannot separate the living force, or the soul, from the body, then you are on the same position as the dog is thinking, "I am the body. I am a big dog. I can bark very loudly." And he's showing his capacity. And if we are talking big, big assembly, and in the same conception of life, that "I am this body," then where is difference?
Mike Barron: I cannot argue against that.
Prabhupāda: That is the point. That is the point. We have to understand this point. If we want to become more than the dog, you must find out in which sense we are more than the dog. That sense is understanding.... That is.... In Sanskrit word it is said, ahaṁ brahmāsmi: "I am Brahman. I am not this matter." That is knowledge.
Room Conversation -- April 20, 1976, Melbourne
Indian man (3): What is the harm if I become an animal also?
Prabhupada: You are already animal. There is no question of becoming animal. You are already animal. (laughter)
Indian man (3): So what is the difference between animal and a man?
Prabhupada: Because you do not know, therefore you are animal. Therefore you are animal. You do not know what is the difference between man and animal; therefore you are animal.
Morning Walk -- November 16, 1975, Bombay
It is for this reason Lord Krsna instructs us at the end of the Bhagavad-gita:
This confidential knowledge may not be explained to those who are not austere, or devoted, or engaged in devotional service, nor to one who is envious of Me.
People in bodily conception of life are checked from understanding the spiritual science by Krsna’s material energy. Maya dhaksena praktri, which is not so easy to overcome.
srotram caksuh sparsanam ca
rasanam ghranam eva ca
adhisthaya manas cayam
The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, tongue, and nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.
For each of our 5 senses, namely smell, touch, sight, taste, sense of hearing Krsna has created 5 corresponding material elements: earth, water, fire, air, sound. We smell the earth, we see the fire, we feel the air, we hear the sound and we taste the water. While we think we are “satisfying ourselves” we’re simply identifying with the interaction which goes on between the senses and the material elements by a powerful force described in the following section of the Bhagavadgita:
Arjuna said: O descendant of Vrsni, by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force?
The Blessed Lord said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material modes of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring, sinful enemy of this world.
As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, similarly, the living entity is covered by different degrees of this lust.
Thus, a man's pure consciousness is covered by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is never satisfied and which burns like fire.
In India there is the story of a man who did not know what sugarcane was and was told that it was very sweet to chew. "Oh, what does it look like?" he asked. "It looks just like a bamboo rod," someone said. So the foolish man began to chew all kinds of bamboo rods. How can he begin to experience the sweetness of sugarcane? Similarly, we are trying to get happiness and pleasure, but we are trying for them by chewing this material body; therefore there is no happiness and no pleasure. For the time being there may be some little feeling of pleasure, but that is not actual pleasure, for it is temporary.
OWK 1: Throughway to Happiness
An atheistic man who is trying all kinds of “bamboo rods” in the form of cinemas, intoxication, illicit sex, etc is doing so because he is being impelled by lust, which kills the urge for self-realization. Just like throwing oil in the fire cannot decrease the fire, the more we serve lust, the more unsatisfied we are. Artificial needs cannot satisfy anyone. And no satisfaction ultimately leads to wrath.
While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.
So there is no intelligent class of man. That is the difficulty. Who is trying to control his mind, control his senses? This is the first condition to become a first-class man. As soon as a man sees a beautiful woman, immediately his mind is agitated. Where is the control? And as soon as the mind is agitated, the senses are agitated. And this is the first condition of the first-class man, that he should not be agitated in his mind, and agitated by senses. This is the first condition. So where is that school who is training to, how to control the mind, how to control the senses, how to become truthful, how to become cleansed, internally, externally. These are the signs of first-class men. So we are trying our little bit to make some men as first class. This is our teeny effort. We are not patronized by any interested person, neither by the government. By our own effort we are trying. So far big, big man, leaders, they are thinking, "This is all useless." And because they have taken these things are useless, now they are facing problems, "Crime. Why? What to do?"
Room Conversation with writer, Sandy Nixon -- July 13, 1975, Philadelphia
Therefore when atheism comes to extreme it turns into aggression. Just like a tiger does not hesitate to attack in order to eat his flesh and will not hear any pleading for mercy, aggressors do not like to exactly have peaceful philosophical discourses on the aim of life. They don’t care. The senses are pushing them to act and to act fast. The government’s duty is therefore to protect the citizens from such unreasonable aggressors and not to artificially equalize the so-called knowledge of the aggressor, which serves as merely a justification device for their atrocities with the real science as described in the Vedic literature.
The animal cannot understand reasoning, so you have to take the stick. Then the animal will agree. If a dog entering room, you don't want him in, so you say, "Dog, don't enter." He'll not hear. And if you show a stick, it will go away. So for the dogs, for the animals, stick is required. That is war. And there is logic. You know this, argumentum vaculum. In logic there is. So when logic fails, you have to take to war. Not whimsically. You try to avoid war. And when the other party does not agree to logic, then there must be fight. So that is also necessary because all men are not abiding by logic. So everything is necessary if it used for good purpose. Just like surgical operation. The patient is crying, "Don't operate me, surgical." So it is necessary. Otherwise he'll not be cured. So war is not always bad. War is meant for good purpose. But if you use it.... Everything you can use for bad purpose. That is another thing, another side. But don't think that war is itself always bad, no.
Room Conversation -- April 22, 1976, Melbourne
The ksatriyas [administrators]should always be very strong to be able to give protection to the weak. They should not pose themselves as nonviolent. If violence is required, they must exhibit it.
Bg 16.1, Bg 16.2, Bg 16.3, Bg 16.1-3
A king should also be strict in chastising the atheists. In other words, an atheistic or godless government should never be supported by a king or governmental chief. That is the test of good government. In the name of secular government, the king or governmental head remains neutral and allows people to engage in all sorts of irreligious activities. In such a state, people cannot be happy, despite all economic development.
Those who will not hear logic and reason must be educated by punishment.
Experience is gathered by hearing and seeing. One who is less intelligent gathers experience by seeing, and one who is more intelligent gathers experience by hearing. When an intelligent person hears from the lawbooks and sastras, or scriptures, that stealing is not good and hears that a thief is punished when arrested, he refrains from theft. A less intelligent person may first have to be arrested and punished for stealing to learn to stop stealing.
NoI: verse 1
Those who violate the rules of the sãstras must be punished by the laws of nature.
Attaining repeated birth amongst the species of demoniac life, such persons can never approach Me. Gradually they sink down to the most abominable type of existence.
It is known that God is all-merciful, but here we find that God is never merciful to the demoniac. It is clearly stated that the demoniac people, life after life, are put into the wombs of similar demons, and, not achieving the mercy of the Supreme Lord, they go down and down, so that at last they achieve bodies like those of cats, dogs and hogs. It is clearly stated that such demons have practically no chance of receiving the mercy of God at any stage of later life. In the Vedas also it is stated that such persons gradually sink to become dogs and hogs. It may be then argued in this connection that God should not be advertised as all-merciful if He is not merciful to such demons. In answer to this question, in the Vedanta-sutra we find that the Supreme Lord has no hatred for anyone. The placing of the asuras, the demons, in the lowest status of life is simply another feature of His mercy.
Punishment by a righteous government is therefore actually an act of compassion. If the criminal is punished by the government he does not have to undergo a more severe punishment by the laws of karma and is thus saved from degrading into lower species of life.
Everything has its proper utility, and a man who is situated in complete knowledge knows how and where to apply a thing for its proper utility. Similarly, violence also has its utility, and how to apply violence rests with the person in knowledge. Although the justice of the peace awards capital punishment to a person condemned for murder, the justice of the peace cannot be blamed because he orders violence to another person according to the codes of justice. In Manu-samhita, the lawbook for mankind, it is supported that a murderer should be condemned to death so that in his next life he will not have to suffer for the great sin he has committed. Therefore, the king's punishment of hanging a murderer is actually beneficial.
Unfortunately, in the modern days those who are supposed to be protectors are actually the aggressors themselves. Rogues and thieves take government posts and plunder the citizens of their hard earned money and spend for their sense gratification. When the resources run out and there’s a danger of rebellion from the citizens, the modern politicians declare war and they steal from other nations.
One does not have to be qualified with knowledge to be a leader, simply to show his strength is enough. Everyone is therefore gathering weapons and bombs, just to show off like dogs barking at each other and showing teeth. When bombs are made, someone has to be attacked though, so the money is not wasted. Therefore the program of the politicanos is based on finding an enemy. Without an enemy politicano has no meaning. Finding an enemy is a life-force for a clever strategy of how to establish oneself as the illusory “saver” from the enemy. Unable to resolve the problems created by the nonsensical propagation of the unscientific religion of branch watering, this is the only thing a rascal politicano can do right- create conflicts. Because he does not recognize God’s existence, he cannot see other living beings as His parts and parcels. He sees them only as possible threats to his false godhood.
idam adya maya labdham
imam prapsye manoratham
idam astidam api me
bhavisyati punar dhanam
asau maya hatah satrur
hanisye caparan api
isvaro 'ham aham bhogi
siddho 'ham balavan sukhi
adhyo 'bhijanavan asmi
ko 'nyo 'sti sadrso maya
yaksye dasyami modisya
The demoniac person thinks: "So much wealth do I have today, and I will gain more according to my schemes. So much is mine now, and it will increase in the future, more and more. He is my enemy, and I have killed him; and my other enemy will also be killed. I am the lord of everything, I am the enjoyer, I am perfect, powerful and happy. I am the richest man, surrounded by aristocratic relatives. There is none so powerful and happy as I am. I shall perform sacrifices, I shall give some charity, and thus I shall rejoice." In this way, such persons are deluded by ignorance.
Bg 16.13, Bg 16.14, Bg 16.15, Bg 16.13-15
The theory of the survival of the fittest and the theory of overpopulation therefore come in handy. We have a right to attack a small nation, because it’s smaller. Those who are fit survive, those who aren’t die off. It’s just nature, sorry guys. And we do have a right to kill the innocent, because it’s overpopulation anyway. So why not? This is the logic of a demonic brain.
Vietnam, send all the men to fight and kill them. As soon as there is overpopulation, they declare war so that people may be killed.
Morning Walk -- February 12, 1976, Mayapura
There is no question of overpopulation. This is a false theory. If God can create, He can maintain also. And actually, this is the fact. I am travelling all over the world. There are so much vacant places upon the surface of the globe that, that ten times more than the present population can be easily maintained. But we, we, we do not know how to use it. In Africa, in Australia, in your America, enough land still lying. But because we have encroached upon the land of Krsna, the difficulty's there. China is overpopulated. India is overpopulated. But we, if we take to Krsna consciousness, these difficulties will be over within a second.
Krsna consciousness means to take everything Krsna's. I am also Krsna's. That is Krsna consciousness. Actually, that is the fact. Everything... Krsna means God. Everything belongs to God. I also belong to God. Isavasyam idam sarvam [Iso mantra 1]. Everything belongs to God. That's a fact. But we do not not accept the fact. We take something illusory. Therefore, it is called maya.
Just like the Americans. They are claiming this land is for the American group. Similarly, other nations, they're... but the land actually belongs to God. The land, the sky, the water, and the products in the land, in the sky, in the water, everything belongs to God. And we are children of God. We have got the right to live at the expense of father. Just like we live, small children. They live at the cost of father. Similarly, we also live by the arrangement of God. Why should we claim that this is our property?
Bhagavad-gita 4.13 -- New York, April 8, 1973
To figure out who is the enemy is not that difficult. It can be anyone as long as he can be defeated easily. Powerful dictators such as Hitler were able to channel the frustration felt by the unsatisfied citizens into the persecution of the made up enemy, a scapegoat, namely Jews and thus justify tremendous horrors. By blaming the made-up enemy for the misery of a nation, the politicanos cleverly hide the fact that they themselves besides plundering the people’s money through taxes have no program at all.
This is the civilization, cheating, bluffing. That's all. They don't care for the citizens. And as soon as there is some agitation, they declare war, so that they can be engaged, attention is diverted. This is going on.
Rome, May 25, 1974
Morning Walk At Villa Borghese
to be continued...
by Purujit Dasa
sadrsam cestate svasyah
prakrter jnanavan api
prakrtim yanti bhutani
nigrahah kim karisyati
Even a man of knowledge acts according to his own nature, for everyone follows his nature. What can repression accomplish?
People will hanker after knowledge as long as they have a need for pleasure. Who would be interested to acquire mundane education without a diploma and a promise of a nice job promising sense gratification? Unfortunately, in a secular society, instead of deriving unlimited pleasure from Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the reservoir of all pleasure, we become diverted to hallucinatory pleasure supplied by exploiters.
Just as a religious leader used the concept of hellfire to invoke more commitment towards the church in the past, the business brains of this age create the atmosphere of incompleteness in order to make the citizens devote their lives to the illusory pleasures of the body. Just think of the last time you saw the evening news, or read the morning news papers-murders, catastrophes, rapes, tornadoes, economical doomsday predictions, etc. Intelligent person asks: Why do I need to know all this? What is the use of this information? What is the benefit? Why are we being flooded by so much information about the horrors of this world?
The answer is that the TV News broadcast is how we now understand the “reality of the world”. The tube took the place of a scripture and portraying the world as “doomed” is actually an indirect blasphemy of God. Look at the monster God has created! He must be less intelligent! Look, it’s all mess and cut, now commercial break and all of a sudden you see an ideal life- man on a super duper nice car, with elegant clothes on and with a beautiful woman on his side, everything super awesome. If you put black and white next to each other, the contrast is stronger. Similarly, juxtaposition of “horrifying reality” and the ideals pushed by the shiny “commercials” makes the “reality” look worse and commercials better. They are the hellfire and heaven of the commercial gurus.
Because every living entity oscillates towards pleasure not suffering, after a while people naturally start to think of the commercials and movies as reality worthy of shedding tears about and the sufferings of others seen on the “news” as a fantasy we should not get too much emphatic about. They don’t know that the two are intimately connected. The advertised irresponsible life of sense gratification is the very cause of the suffering we see on the evening news.
Hayagriva: Mill concludes that the existence of evil in the universe, or what he considers to be evil, pain and death, excludes the existence of an omnipotent God. He sees man in a position to aid the intentions of providence by surmounting his evil instincts. So God is not all-powerful, infinite in His power. If He were, there would be no evil, according to Mill.
Prabhupada: No. God, evil is created by God undoubtedly, but the, it was necessary on account of the human being as, misuse of his free will. God gives him good direction but when he is disobedient, then naturally the evil power is there to punish him. Therefore the evil is not created by God but still it is created. It is necessary. Just like the government constructs the prison house. So this prison house creation is not the government's intention. Government wants that university is sufficient, people may be educated and highly enlightened, but because some, not all, misuses the independence, little independence, he creates evil circumstances, and he is compulsorily put into the prison house. Similarly, we suffer on account of our own evil activities but God, being Supreme, He punishes us for our evil activities. For God there isn't... When we are under the protection of God, there is nothing evil, only good thing. There is no evil. So God does not create evil but man's evil activities obliges God to create an evil situation.
Discussion on John Stuart Mill
One can only imagine that if cannibalism was made legal, people would probably not even protest, instead they would support it as long as it’s nicely advertised. So the media and modern entertainment is another way how the citizens are made to be dull-headed and if people are dull-headed, enslaving them in mindless jobs or even world wars is just a piece of cake.
to be continued...
by Purujit Dasa
Krsna begins His explanation of true freedom, when He presents logical explanation about how we are not the bodily dress, but an eternal spirit soul:
dehino 'smin yatha dehe
kaumaram yauvanam jara
dhiras tatra na muhyati
As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.
This is not a dogma, nor blind faith. It is something very obvious which we can observe on daily basis with our very eyes. In the past I had a tiny body of a toddler, but all the material elements of that body are already gone. I am still here though. Although at the present moment I have a grown up body, my consciousness remains. From that we can understand that my consciousness is not affected by the death of the body.
nainam chindanti sastrani
nainam dahati pavakah
na cainam kledayanty apo
na sosayati marutah
acchedyo 'yam adahyo 'yam
akledyo 'sosya eva ca
nityah sarva-gatah sthanur
acalo 'yam sanatanah
The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind. This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, all-pervading, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same.
The soul is eternal and not even atom bombs can destroy it. If we understand this, no one will be able to enslave us. “Us” is the soul. The purpose of materialistic education is therefore to teach people that they have no soul. In order to see this more clearly, let us start from the very definition of what intelligence actually is. The modern psychologists for define “intelligence” as “the ability to adapt to change“. According to this definition, those who are “intelligent” should not question their perception of reality. Whatever I perceive is the truth and I should adapt to it as effectively as possible like a chameleon instead of trying to figure out whether it’s true or not. But, if I am constantly adjusting my angle of vision according to things which I’m seeing, it is impossible for me to objectively observe anything for what it truly is. Quite the opposite, adapting to things I perceive is a distraction from actually perceiving them. Just like a thief who wants to distract our attention in order to steal something from our pocket will say: look, look, over here. No here, over here look here, no here, no here! look look! No here! No here!, while he pickpockets our golden watch. The development of such a school-imposed many- branched intelligence is distracting the student from self-realization and thus robs him of his own self.
The bona fide acaryas teach that perception of things around us comes from the soul. If the soul was also changing along with the objects of his observation, how could we observe? The fact, that we can observe change means that we, the spirit soul, or consciousness are not changing. If the aim of modern education is to develop “intelligence” then whatever knowledge we gather by such intelligence serves more like an intoxicant. After drinking alcohol people loose discrimination and sometimes instead of walking into a door walk into a wall. The materialistic so-called education similarly intoxicates one with the ever-changing “facts” and makes the student a slave who is constantly entering all kinds of doors of different departments of so-called knowledge so he can forget who he is in order to become who he is not.
The ludicrous concept of “adaptation to change” has its firm base in the theory of evolution. The popular theory claims that the different species of life on earth evolve one from the other through the above mentioned adaptation process. In this way, step by step starting from primitive forms such as bacteria the species develop throughout the ages into a complex human being. Those species which can adapt to change survive and develop more sophisticated body, those who can’t, die off. Although the word evolution implies two points in time, namely the non-evolved state and the evolved state, the evolutionists provide no explanation as to what exactly is the beginning of the evolutionary cycle, nor do we get to know from them what the different species are ultimately evolving towards to, which makes it incomplete.The original and perfect science of evolution as it is however, is coming from the 5000 years old Vedas.
asitim caturas caiva laksams tan jiva-jatisu
bhramadbhih purusaih prapyam manusyam janma-paryayat
tad apy abhalatam jatah tesam atmabhimaninam
varakanam anasritya govinda-carana-dvayam
"One attains the human form of life after transmigrating through 8,400,000 species of life by the process of gradual evolution. That human form of life is spoiled for those conceited fools who do not take shelter of the lotus feet of Govinda [Krsna].''1
jalaja nava-laksani sthavara laksa-vimsati
krmayo rudra-sankhyakah paksinam dasa-laksanam
trimsal-laksani pasavah catur-laksani manusah
"There are 900,000 species of aquatic life; 2,000,000 species of plants and trees; 1,100,000 species of insects; 1,000,000 species of bird life; 3,000,000 species of beasts, and 400,000 species of human life."
Besides, these references from the Puranas, the Vedic literatures give us elaborate information about the origin of the universe and how the universe will be destroyed in the distant future.
avyaktad vyaktayah sarvah
When Brahma's day is manifest, this multitude of living entities comes into being, and at the arrival of Brahma's night they are all annihilated.
The less intelligent living entities try to remain within this material world and are accordingly elevated or degraded in the various planetary systems. During the daytime of Brahma they exhibit their activities, and at the coming of Brahma's night they are annihilated. In the day they receive various bodies for material activities, and at night these bodies perish. The individual souls remain compact in the body of Visnu and are manifest again and again at the arrival of Brahma's day. When Brahma's life is finally finished, they are all annihilated and remain unmanifest for millions and millions of years. Finally, when Brahma is born again in another millennium, they are again manifest. The activities of the different species of living entities are begun from the very moment of the creation. It is not that all is evolved. The different species of life are created immediately along with the creation. Men, animals, beasts, birds-everything is simultaneously created, because whatever desires the living entities had at the last annihilation are again manifested. We are therefore changing the different forms of bodies according to how we evolve our consciousness. It is the consciousness which evolves, not the bodies.
We say that there are different types of bodies always, just like different types of apartment. But the living entity, the soul, is transferring from one apartment to another just like we change. We are in this room, we may go to another room—but that room is already ready. But I am entering a certain type of apartment according to my means. If I can pay more rent, I can get very nice apartment. If I do not pay, I cannot pay, then that is not possible. Similarly, according to our karma, nature is offering us different apartments, and these apartments are already there, fixed up, 8,400,000 species of life. So as you make yourself fit, you enter accordingly. It is not fixed up that because you are now in a very nice apartment you cannot go down or go up. If you are fit for entering into better apartment, that is also ready. And if you are unfit for entering a better, then lower class of apartment, that is also ready. So these things are already there.
Discussion on Bertrand Russell
Darwin says that the species evolve from lower to higher and by natural selection the weaker species are extinct, but we can challenge: if it is so, why are the lower species still here?
Syamasundara: Well, according to these men like Russell, the evolution of bodies, the changes from one body to another, those are simply physical.
Prabhupada: That is nonsense. That is nonsense. That we have already discussed, that if evolution of bodies, then just like this Darwin says that some monkeys, eh? So where is the direct proof that a monkey body is changing to a human body?
Discussion on Bertrand Russell
Let’s just use common sense, monkey might resemble human, but does it mean monkey is a human? A son might resemble father, but still son is son and father is father. They have separate identities. So we have to conclude that this is most certainly a lack of discriminative powers on the side of the Evolutionist. Because the theory of evolution is so widely indoctrinated, it is of no wonder that people have difficulty understanding the science of transmigration when Krsna explains it in the Bhagavad-gita (dehino smin yatha dehe). Due to the influence of this irrational concoction of bodily evolution, instead of realizing that the soul is changing different bodies from childhood, to youthhood, to old age, in general less intelligent class of men tend to think that it is the same body, which only evolves, which by itself is a complete contradiction.
With reference to your statement that you are concerned with this life alone, I could not follow what you mean by this. In this life also, you take care of educating your children. So if the child is not educated for the next stage of life, then how do you account for the child's youth-hood age. Life is a continuation. The baby grows to become a child, the child grows to become a boy, the boy grows to become a young man, the young man becomes a middle-aged man, and the middle-aged man becomes an old man. So with which stage of life are you concerned? I shall be glad to know in which stage of life you are interested.
9 May, 1976
The lack of discrimination can be seen also in the way of how the materialistic civilization evaluates knowledge. In the modern days one who can quote from as many sources as possible, or in other words has a roundabout view is considered more intelligent than someone who might quote only from the Bhagavad-gita. Because a modern word juggler can change his conclusion swiftly from one to the other, he’s recognized as an expert, no attention however is given to what actually he is saying.
Amogha: Usually in modern education they have the idea called "well-rounded point of view." They want to take some from here, from there, from that one and that one, that one, and then think about them all, and come up with a conclusion. So he is thinking it doesn't fit with their pattern of reasoning, how we take from one source and get the proper conclusion. They think they have to get from many sources and compare.
Prabhupada: How... I can reply that if you want to know who is your father, then you will have to take the knowledge from many sources, by votes, that who is your father?
Dr. Copeland: (laughing) It's not the same thing.
Prabhupada: Now he says, "not the same." You cannot offer reason. You have to take from one source, from the mother. That's all. You cannot take votes, "Can you say who is my father?" He will say this... He'll say, "He is your father." No, it is not the way. The way is to take the information from the right source, not take the votes of rascals and fools. That is not the way. One source. Even from scientific point of view, mathematics, "two plus two equal to four," you have to take from one source. Any mathematician will say like that. Nobody will say, "No, two plus two equal to five." "No, two plus two equal to three." Nobody will say. "Two plus two equal to four," everyone will say. This is not the way of securing knowledge, from here, there... Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not approve. And our Krsna, He said, imam rajarsayo viduh, evam parampara-praptam [Bg. 4.2]. That is the recommendation. And because that source is now missing, therefore it is lost. This process of knowledge, that we take knowledge from anyone and everyone, his opinion, what is that?
Not that everyone is in knowledge, but everyone can give his opinion. That is a different thing.
Dr. Copeland: That was my point, only that. Everybody should have an opinion.
Prabhupada: Everyone has got his opinion, that is different thing. But not that everyone has got the knowledge.
Dr. Copeland: Well, that's why we come to you, for knowledge.
Prabhupada: Yes, yes.
Dr. Copeland: But I come to you for knowledge, and then I go to other people for knowledge too.
Prabhupada: That you go, but if you want real, right knowledge, then you must approach the man who knows right, not that you find out anyone and everyone and find out.
Room Conversation with Dr. Copeland, Professor of Modern Indian History -- May 20, 1975, Melbourne
In fact, no one can really explain the difference between knowledge and a belief. In this way, any fool can come, present his fanatical beliefs and if he’s a little skilful and is able to use sophisticated words, his belief will be accepted as “science”.
Prabhupada: But these rascals, they are simply placing some bogus theory without any authorized statement: "All of a sudden monkey once gave birth." And where is that authority?
Prabhupada: "Monkey gave birth to man, all of a sudden, millions of years..." Now, what is the support of your statement? Then anyone can say anything and it becomes science. You have no support. You are the first man. You are saying like this, nonsense. Where is your support? You are support of your statement? Then everyone will say, "I have got some statement, and I support. I am the support."
Room Conversation -- October 14, 1975, Johannesburg
Because our perception is always limited by the laws of material nature, it is not a specialty of a certain religious group to have a belief because everyone has some kind of belief. So far he’s not omniscient, even an atheist must believe there is no God. What distinguishes intelligence from foolishness is to discriminate between those beliefs which are nonsense and those that make a little sense. There are many different beliefs, but ultimately because I am an individual I want to make a decision which belief suits me the best and which does not. This is called freedom. This is what distinguishes me from an animal.
Prabhupada: Education means to do the right thing, not the wrong thing. That is education. Education means enlightenment, to know what is right, what is wrong. That is education…..
On the street there is sign board, "Keep to the left," or "Keep to the right." This is education. This is education. One must know how to run the car which side. Education means enlightenment. If you foolishly do something, immediately you become criminal. So education means to enlighten them to know what is right, what is wrong. That is education. But people do not know that.
Morning Walk -- January 6, 1976, Nellore
So although the theory of evolution has been elaborately supported by many scientists and there are tons of researches in this connection available, we should not be blind to the conclusion of such a theory. It is not sufficient to say that because they have done lots of study on the subject matter, it makes their conclusion automatically correct. If the conclusion is nonsense, than their research is also nonsense.
Because the Darwin’s concocted version of evolution, we have been conditioned to think that ultimately we are doomed to either be an animal, follow if we want to survive and if we don’t have a suitable body we cannot do anything about it. Materialistic knowledge therefore condemns people by indoctrinating them with the idea that thinking too deep is a waste of time.
They are gadha and they are creating gadhas. That is the song of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Jada-vidya jato mayara... It is expansion of maya's illusory energy. The so-called scientific advancement is simply expanding the influence of maya's illusory energy. They're already rascals and fools, and still they are being made rascals and fools. So they're forgetting their real purpose of life and the whole human life is spoiled. This is the result of so-called scientific advancement.
Brahmananda: Bhaktivinoda Thakura also says that the modern education makes men just like an ass.
Prabhupada: That is, I am explaining. (pause) Just like this, what is called, anthropology?
Svarupa Damodara: Astrology?
Svarupa Damodara: Dar, Darwin? Oh, naturalists.
Prabhupada: No, No. There are...
Svarupa Damodara: Oh, archaeologists?
Prabhupada: No, no. Anthropology. There's a department...
Svarupa Damodara: Anthropologists study with the skulls and...
Prabhupada: Oh, oh. This is...
Svarupa Damodara: Yes.
Prabhupada: Anthropology. It is a false theory, and upon this so many universities are spending money, professors. Thousands. Rascal theory. You see. In this way, they're wasting money. Srama eva hi kevalam [SB 1.2.8]. Avisuddha-buddhayah [SB 10.2.32].
Morning Walk -- April 20, 1973, Los Angeles
Pusta Krsna: Actually our theory, even taken as a theory, that the soul is there and enters the body, and when the soul leaves, the body is finished, it's very palatable, very palatable. Very few people argue with it. It's simply that they've been miseducated. Therefore they are cheated. They accept.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is the difficulty, that, wholesale people have been miseducated. That is our protest. And this miseducated is ruling the whole world, all rascals
Room Conversation -- October 14, 1975, Johannesburg
to be continued...
by Purujit Dasa
When we neglect to water the root of a tree, all the branches dry up. Similarly, when satisfaction of Krsna is neglected, the whole world suffers due to calamities. Politicians at this point want to blame all the natural disasters on nature or God, but we should understand that God has nothing to do with it.
oḿ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaḿ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
The complete whole Personality of Godhead is perfectly complete. And because He is completely perfect, all emanations from His energy, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as a complete whole. Whatever is produced of the complete whole is also complete by itself. And because He is the complete whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explains in the purport to this verse: “The complete whole Personality of Godhead has immense potencies, and all of them are as complete as He is. Therefore this phenomenal or material world, in which we are now placed, is also complete by itself. The twenty-four elements of which this material universe is a temporary manifestation are completely adjusted to produce complete things necessary for the mainte-nance and subsistence of this universe. No extraneous effort by any other unit is required for this maintenance.” (Iso Inv. Purport)
Krsna has created this world complete and any sort of incompleteness is only due to our incomplete understanding of how to manage it properly. For example, the world as it is now has so much free land that according to scientific calculations it could feed the whole world’s population 12 times. What we need is simply to grow grains. Instead people are working on unnecessary jobs such as advertisement, tele-marketing, entertainment, media, which are nothing, but a propaganda tool for the atheistic ideal of senseless sense gratification. Srila Prabhupada states:
Why you produce so much razor and scissor? And then find out market, and when there is competition, there is anger, there is enviousness, there is fight, one after another, one after another. Where is peace? Why do you produce so many unnecessarily? Why do you produce so many cars, when there is scarcity of power, and fight with Arabians? Anartha. Therefore it is called anartha, unnecessary. Anarthopasamam saksad bhakti-yogam adhoksaje [SB 1.7.6]. As soon as people will be devotee, they will not require unnecessary things. They will be satisfied, simply bare necessities of life. That is peaceful condition. You create unnecessary needs of life, and then there is competition, there is hellish life, the factory, and then the factory man requires wine to forget his hard labor, so on, so on. Then he become thieves. He become rogues. This is your society. How you can expect peace?
Morning Walk -- October 16, 1975, Johannesburg
Krsna has given enough food for everyone and the proof is that in some nations there is so much surplus grain that extra foodstuff is thrown into the sea, and sometimes the government even forbids further production of grain or the distribution of grain is restricted due to trade regulations and a desire for profit. Consequently in some places there is scarcity of grain and in others profuse production. In other words, instead of distributing the grains to the poor, they throw it into the sea in order to keep the price of the grains intact. This is the actual problem –not lack of resources, but lack of brain. Not overpopulation, but over-consumption.
The aim of Vedic civilization is to connect everyone with Krsna, who is the reservoir of all pleasure and who is supplying us all the necessities of life without any charge. In other words, the Vedic system is the exact opposite of the modern cult-like states, where the citizens are being slowly cut off from godly and natural way of free living in order to serve various editions of false gods in the form of bosses, politicians, businessmen, or pseudo-religionists who are all expert in selling them the stolen property of God. A good example of this cheating are the Communists. The Communists say: "You are poor, so why you are going to the church? Beg the bread from us." And when the poor men beg, they give them lots of bread. In this way the poor men become atheists. They think: "Well, we are getting bread from the Communist leaders. Why shall I go to church?" Because they are poor in knowledge, they do not know that the bread is not coming from the Communist factory. It is coming from God. The wheat is not manufactured in the factory. But they have no intelligence. They think that their Communist friend is giving them the bread.
Krsna and His various servants, sons and associates therefore come here into this world on regular basis to update the innocent masses on this valuable instruction of individual freedom and try to liberate them from the rascal self-interested politicians. The last advent of Lord Krsna on this earth some 5000 years ago for example, was summoned upon, when due to the burden of unnecessary defense force of different kings, who were actually demons, but were posing themselves as the royal order, the predominating deity of Earth came to ask Lord Brahma for relief. Krsna promises:
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanam srjamy aham
Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion-at that time I descend Myself.
This is the whole purpose of religion. It is the instruction of the creator on how to utilize His creation effectively for self-realization without getting implicated by exploitative personalities, or shortly demons, who suck out the vital force from a human being engaging him to fulfill their hallucinatory visions. For the politicanos, an idea of serving God directly is a threat, because in this way, their power would completely diminish. Sometimes less intelligent persons ask: if everyone was chanting Hare Krsna, how would the society go on? They do not realize that the society they live in is nothing but an unnecessary tumor of various voluntary slavery programs. Just like experimental rats, the innocent are induced to work on mind-less jobs which serve no purpose while their children are being constantly injected with a propaganda aimed to completely turn them away from the ideals of spiritual culture. If the people were educated about the real aim of life, namely to satisfy the Supreme Lord yajna-purusa, this whole voluntary slavery system would fall apart. Developing love of Krsna is the method for satisfying the source of all happiness, but the demon wants to uproot this source. If the root, God, were to be checked, the activities of the Lord and the devotees would automatically stop. The demon would be very much satisfied by such a situation in society and is always anxious to have a godless society for his sense gratification.
Demoniac leader therefore supports the production of artificial necessities such as lipsticks, cigarettes, tires, I-pods and tripods etc. which are not at all required for survival of the body. The human energy is thus spoiled and diverted from its real purpose –liberation from the laws of material nature and revival of our original loving relationship with Krsna. The question is not how will the society go on if everyone is engaged in glorifying Krsna, but how can we go on in such a foolish society devoid of Krsna any longer?
The reason why the common man remains in ignorance is because the politicanos, in order to justify their existence of illusory protectors from harm create the atmosphere of incompleteness. They say: There’s no God, no one is there to look after you, if you don’t work on a job, you will die of starvation. Krsna will not take care of you. Krsna will not supply. Don’t count on Krsna. Krsna is dead, everything is going on by accident, therefore you have to now take charge of every single aspect of the creation and save the world! You are a superman! You are God! Just work hard like an ass and work yourself up to be the master of the whole creation.
One is engaged in the material activities when he's not enlightened by knowledge. Therefore they are called mudhas. The karmis who are working for sense gratification day and night, they have been called as mudhas. Mudhas means asses. The ass works very hard, the washerman's cloth loaded on the back of the ass to the greatest extent so that he cannot move. But what does he get in exchange? A morsel of grass. That's all. He knows it, that in exchange of... "None of the cloth belongs to me; still, I am carrying so much burden, and in exchange I'll get a few pieces of grass," which is available anywhere. But he's thinking that "This washerman will supply me grass." This is ass, ass-mentality. Therefore they are called mudha.
Bhagavad-gita 4.19 -- Bombay, April 8, 1974
to be continued...
by Purujit Dasa
Why should we satisfy Krsna? Because Krsna is the proprietor of all that we are trying to enjoy. Whatever is in the state has a proprietor –the house we live in, the land upon which the house is built on, cars parked on the street, etc. The natural conclusion is therefore that the very material elements which create everything above mentioned also must belong to someone. If they do not belong to anyone, then things which we build from them also should not belong to anyone. From the Bhagavad-gita we learn that these are all Krsna’s energies:
bhumir apo 'nalo vayuh
kham mano buddhir eva ca
ahankara itiyam me
bhinna prakrtir astadha
Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego-altogether these eight comprise My separated material energies.
Because these energies belong to Krsna, they should be used for Krsna’s purpose. It is not a crime if a servant enjoys the property of his master with the master’s permission, but if we use these energies unauthorized, we become thieves. For example Americans say: “This is America, my land.” But is it their land? Have their forefathers created this land? They have stolen the land from another party, namely the Red Indians and they claim it is their land now. That means they are nothing but thieves and because they have ultimately stolen he property from Krsna, they must consequently steal from each other. A thief can never give up his bad habit. For this reason we are facing so many conflicts, wars, disturbance and crimes. The disease continues despite our futile attempts to establish just, honest and peaceful society. In this connection we may mention a story, which illustrates the point. A gang of thieves, after plundering booties from some gentleman's house, came outside the village, and they wanted to divide the stolen property, when one of the thieves said, "Sir, let us divide the booty honestly." The basic principle of this gang was dishonesty, and still they wanted to divide honestly. Similarly all the rascal politicians are dishonest, and they are trying to adjust things honestly. But according to the verdict of the scriptures, there cannot be honesty in this way. Harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-gunah. Anyone who is not a devotee of the Lord, he cannot possess any good qualities. He must be dishonest.
The true religion is not a dry ritual. It is a practical activity which benefits the citizens materially autoimatically. Krsna explains:
annad bhavanti bhutani
yajnad bhavati parjanyo
All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rain. Rains are produced by performance of yajna [sacrifice], and yajna is born of prescribed duties.
According to the Vedas, to satisfy God, everyone’s work in the society should be aimed towards the performance of yajna, because by yajna, rain is produced. Without rain, there’s no grain and without grain there’s no food. We might be very much satisfied with our secular arrangement, but without food we will die.
Once there was a meeting of all the bodily senses, who complained, "We are working, and the stomach is sitting idly, and he is simply eating. So let us get into strike. We shall not work." So, all the hands and legs and all parts of the body decided that they will no longer work for the stomach. Gradually the hand became weak, the eye could not see, the ear could not hear. So naturally they inquired: "What is going on? We are becoming weaker and weaker." Then they understood, "It was a mistake not to supply foodstuff to the stomach. It was good for us."
Similarly, by establishing a godless civilization we cannot be happy. We want to be happy just the different bodily parts who decided to stop supplying foodstuff to the stomach, but that cannot be. If the parts of the body want to become happy, then they have to supply foodstuff to the stomach. Similarly, if you want to be happy in this world, there is no alternative without performing sacrifices. Yajna is a polite “Thank you, Krsna” for all the gifts You are giving us for free. Sun, water, foodgrains, fruits, vegetables –none of these can be manufactured by man. All these are given to us by Krsna. If someone gives us only a small gift, how much it is pleasing to us? Immediately, we feel obliged and want to reciprocate the gesture, therefore one who is giving us everything should also be given everything. Instead, the secular state gives Krsna nothing and expects everything, but everything is in chaos. For example, in several provinces in India, especially Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and other adjoining states, there is sometimes a great scarcity of foodstuffs due to lack of rainfall. So-called scientists and economists cannot do anything about this. Therefore, to solve all problems, one must seek the good will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead by becoming Krsna conscious and worshiping Him regularly in devotional service.
to be continued...
by Purujit Dasa
When we speak of state laws, they are meant to facilitate smooth running of the society and sometimes they are re-evaluated in the face of new changing circumstances. What might have been legal 100 years ago, might not be legal today and what was illegal 100 years ago, might be quite legal in present times. Times change by the law of nature and our mundane laws change accordingly. The principle of being subjected to the law of the government however remains. Similarly, the law of nature as it is designed by God remains the same in all circumstances and if we follow the laws of nature, nature will become our friend and supply all necessities. A logical conclusion is that the two, namely the state law given by the government and the law of nature given by Krsna (God) should therefore work in symbiosis for the benefit of everyone. For this reason we can find that in the by-gone ages, the Vedic scriptures besides being the source of spiritual knowledge served also as law books. Even up today, the laws of inheritance and other legalities are derived from the Manu-samhita. The brãhmanas, or in other words the intellectual class of men would study the Vedas in order to clearly understand how the natural laws of God work and the ksatriyas, the administrators would then organize the society according to their advice. In this way a perfectly natural society would function. At present times however people no longer believe that religion and state law should cross their paths and there is a great inclination to make religion a mere hobby. And it is of no wonder. There have been many false preachers in the past who in the name of religion cheated the masses and enjoyed at their expense by preaching: “Now you renounce for God’s sake and you shall be rewarded after you die.” People at present times no longer want to follow such a cheating type, time-serving religion. Instead of believing in the future happiness, they want to enjoy now even at the expanse of completely violating the established order of peaceful co-existence with other living beings. The Vedas, however, define religion (sanatana-dharma) differently and we should pay attention to this point in order to avoid misunderstanding about the purpose of the Krsna consciousness movement. Generally, the word religion conveys the idea of faith, but faith can change. One may have faith in some particular process, but he might change this faith and adopt another one. The sanatana-dharma however refers to that activity, which cannot be changed under any circumstances. For example, no one can take away the quality of liquidity from water, nor can heat be taken from fire. And similarly no one can take away the eternal function of the living entity as it exists eternally integral with the living entity. Therefore, when we speak of religion in the Vedic conception, it is applicable to everyone never mind what faith they profess.
The sanatana-dharma, or the eternal characteristic of every living being in the universe is that he wants satisfaction. This is not an imposition, it is natural. We all want to be satisfied. All we do in life is trying to satisfy ourselves and for this reason we work, construct big cities, study at universities, earn money, set up families, do charity and even help others.
The question we should ask ourselves though is that if the aim of life is to find satisfaction for myself, how can I satisfy myself if the “I” am “myself”? If “I” and “myself” is one and the same person, how can the satisfier be the satisfied as well? If I’m satisfying myself, who is it that is satisfying myself? “I” or “myself”? Isn’t this schizophrenia?
The Srimad Bhagavatam gives a more practical suggestion:
yatha hi skandha-sakhanam
evam aradhanam visnoh
sarvesam atmanas ca hi
When one pours water on the root of a tree, the trunk and branches of the tree are automatically pleased. Similarly, when one becomes a devotee of Lord Visnu, everyone is served, for the Lord is the Supersoul of everyone.
By watering the root of a tree, the whole tree is nourished without separate endeavor. Similarly by serving Krsna, everyone is satisfied including myself, who is His part and parcel. But if one pours water on the branches and leaves directly, the water stays on the outside and does not actually nourish the leaves. Similarly, our endeavor to satisfy ourselves by ourselves does not give satisfaction to our self nor others but ends up wasted on the outside to produce an illusory pleasure of the material body. We can never satisfy ourselves, because we ARE ourselves, so trying for satisfaction of the self by my self is just like one hand trying to clap itself–complete absurdity. For satisfaction we need help from other conscious being.
to be continued...
by Purujit Dasa
Krsna describes the demoniac mentality as follows:
They believe that to gratify the senses unto the end of life is the prime necessity of human civilization. Thus there is no end to their anxiety. Being bound by hundreds and thousands of desires, by lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification.
To some, Carvaka Muni’s suggestion that in order to enjoy sense gratification, we should even steal and not worry about consequences because we are going to die anyway might seem appealing. The problem however is that although seemingly logical in theory, such a concept is a little difficult to practice while living in a society with other people. The reason for this is that if I steal as he proposes I will be interfering with the sense gratification of someone else and most likely will get arrested too, which is exactly the opposite of what Carvaka Muni is aiming for (enjoying life). And as most of us are not yet “zen” enough to be ecstatic over being confined to the bright future in prison, the staunchly faithful atheist, who takes Carvaka Muni’s suggestions seriously, is still hard to find. There are some who find such a belief attractive though, want to experiment with it, commit crimes, go to prison and suffer. They’re the most unfortunate.
So we should not get confused by such whimsical propositions. State law is actually a mere reflection of the law of nature and this can be obvious when we try to observe the world a little bit more carefully, because everything around us has some kind of an order. The sun is rising in the morning every day, the flowers are growing each from corresponding flower seeds, parents have children, and every animal has food of his liking. So far we have no experience that the sun would, all of a sudden, arise in the evening, or that a cherry seed would produce a human being, neither do we see a tiger munching on fruits and milk. In the Vedānta-sūtra it is said, janmādy asya yataḥ [SB 1.1.1]. The absolute truth is that from where everything emanates. The human law has therefore come from God. It might be an imitation, but the principle is the same. Just as a criminal is given prison uniform when he violates the state law, the living entity is getting a material body to suffer birth, death, old age and disease, when he violates the law of God. Being in conflict with the state law is therefore a tiny replica of our position in the large scale conflict with the law of God.
to be continued...