September 2009

What is the absolute, ultimate good for everyone?

The ultimate good for everyone is pure love of God achieved by constantly hearing about, glorifying, remembering and worshiping the Personality of Godhead.

What is the essence of all scriptures?

The essence of all scriptures is to please Lord Krishna by all one’s activities.

Why did Lord Krishna appear Himself?

Lord Krishna appeared in order to attract the living entities to His original form and pastimes, so that the living entities may go to his own abode, called Goloka Dhama.

Please decribe the pastimes of Lord Krishna

The Lord appeared as the son of Devaki. He was nourished in the house of Nanda Maharaja. He killed many demons like Putana and Kamsa. He took the side of the Pandavas and enabled them to win in the Mahabharata war.

Please tell us the purpose of the ten best-known incarnations

1 – To save the Vedas – the Fish Incarnation
2 – To uphold the Mandar Mountain – the Tortoise incarnation
3 – To lift the earth – the Boar incarnation
4 – To kill Hiranyakasipu – the Half-man/Half-lion incarnation
5 – To show mercy to Bali Maharaja – the Dwarf incarnation
6 – To kill the sinful kings – Parashurama
7 – To kill Ravana – Lord Rama
8 – To kill the demons like Dvivida – Lord Balarama
9 – To stop animal sacrifice – Lord Buddha
10 – To kill the plunderers – Lord Kalki

Where has religion taken shelter now that Krishna has left this world?

Religious principles have taken shelter of the Shrimad Bhagavata Purana


In this lecture, Prabhupada speaks of how a group of thieves had stolen something and were dividing the spoils amongst themselves. He refers to how they were going to ‘morally divide’ their booty. Then he gave an example of the United Nations: ‘The association of the “honest men”. All plunderers, rogues, thieves and they have made association: United Nations.’

This also reminds me of a quote I gleaned from The Path Of Perfection: ‘A society of thieves cannot be happy, because they have no aim in life.’

‘The secret of success in understanding the intricacies of knowledge of the Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, is the causeless mercy of the Lord. Even in the material world, the father of many sons discloses the secret of his position to the pet sons. The father discloses the confidence unto the son whom he thinks worthy. An important man in the social order can be known by his mercy only. Similarly, one must be very dear to the Lord in order to know the Lord’

(His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.32 purport)

Krishna does not envy any living entity. If that is the case, then why does Krishna appear to have favourites? Prabhupada gives the analogy of a king. A king takes care of all the citizens, but has very familiar and loving dealings with his own family members. Similarly, Krishna loves and takes care of all living beings, but has an intimate relationship with His devotee. The potential for that sweet, intimate relationship of love, with Krishna, is there for all living beings. In the Bible it is said: God helps those who help themselves. Jesus Christ also explained this situation in his parable, ‘The Prodigal Son.’ The son (or living entity) could live in foreign lands with swine and prostitutes (the material world); or return to his father’s estate (the Kingdom of God) and be part of the family again.

Question: ‘In this time of Kali Yuga, is it possible, that a lay man could…uh…see the Paramatma with his naked eye? And if he can what he has to do? Or what?’

Prabhupada: ‘The Paramatma cannot be seen with your naked eye. You cannot see anything with your naked eye. You are very much proud of your eyes, but you do not see things as they are. Just like you are seeing daily this sun. You see, it is just like a disk, but it is not a disk: it is 400,000 times bigger than this planet. So, you cannot see God, Paramatma, by this eyes. This material eyes. That is said:

santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti
yam syamasundaram acintya-guna-svarupam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

You can see God, or Krishna, when you have developed love for Him. Otherwise, you cannot see Him. So this is the formula: you have to develop. That is explained in ‘Bhagavad-gita’ chapter seven. I was speaking yesterday:

mayy asakta-manah partha
yogam yunjan mad-asrayah
asamsayam samagram mam
yatha jnasyasi tac chrnu

This is practice how to see God. Uh…but…in this Kali Yuga, as we have mentioned, Kali Yuga, it is very simple thing. Uh…what is that? The simple thing is kaler dosa-nidhe rajann/ asti hy eko mahan gunah. In sastra it’s said this Kali Yuga is an ocean of faults. But, there is a very nice thing. Eka mahan guna. A very great quality. What is that? Kirtanad eva krsnasya/ mukta-sangah param vrajet. If you simply chant Hare Krishna mantra then you will become perfect. Is it very difficult? But we are so unfortunate, we are not prepared to chant. So, we have to make little determination that I will chant henceforward Hare Krishna mantra. The you will be free of doubt.’