‘Now, in the Bhagavad-gita you have read that mahad-yonir mahad-brahma tasam…it is stated there that aham bija-pradah pita: “I implant the seeds of living entities into the matter.”  So, in the matter the living, the seeds of living entities, as we are, they are impregnated.  As the father impregnates the mother, similarly, this material nature is just like mother, and therefore material nature is worshiped as mother, goddess, mother goddess.  Durga, Kali.  yes.  And this worship of the country, nationalism, that is also the same matter-worship.  Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke. So long we are not enlightened, we are worshiper of this matter, energy.  And when we are advanced in knowledge, then we are worshiper of the Supreme’

[A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrita M 20.255-281, 17 December 1966]

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