Persons who are engaged in the worship of demigods are not very intelligent, although such worship is offered to Me indirectly,” Krishna says. For example, when a man pours water on the leaves and branches of a tree without pouring water on the root, he does so without sufficient knowledge or without observing regulative principles. Similarly, the process of rendering service to different parts of the body is to supply food to the stomach. The demigods are, so to speak, different officers and directors in the government of the Supreme Lord. One has to follow the laws made by the government, not by the officers or directors. Similarly, everyone is to offer his worship to the Supreme Lord only. That will automatically satisfy the different officers and directors of the Lord. The officers and directors are engaged as representatives of the government, and to offer some bribe to the officers and directors is illegal. This is stated here as avidhi-purvakam. In other words, Krishna does not approve the unnecessary worship of the demigods
What is this consciousness? This consciousness is “I am.” Then what am I? In contaminated consciousness “I am” means “I am the lord of all I survey. I am the enjoyer.” The world revolves because every living being thinks that he is the lord and creator of the material world. Material consciousness has two psychic divisions. One is that I am the creator, and the other is that I am the enjoyer. But actually the Supreme Lord is both the creator and the enjoyer, and the living entity, being part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, is neither the creator nor the enjoyer, but a cooperator. He is the created and the enjoyed. For instance, a part of a machine cooperates with the whole machine; a part of the body cooperates with the whole body. The hands, legs, eyes, and so on are all parts of the body, but they are not actually the enjoyers. The stomach is the enjoyer. The legs move, the hands supply food, the teeth chew, and all parts of the body are engaged in satisfying the stomach because the stomach is the principal factor that nourishes the body’s organization. Therefore everything is given to the stomach. One nourishes the tree by watering its root, and one nourishes the body by feeding the stomach, for if the body is to be kept in a healthy state, then the parts of the body must cooperate to feed the stomach. Similarly, the Supreme Lord is the enjoyer and the creator, and we, as subordinate living beings, are meant to cooperate to satisfy Him. This cooperation will actually help us, just as food taken by the stomach will help all other parts of the body. If the fingers of the hand think that they should take the food themselves instead of giving it to the stomach, then they will be frustrated. The central figure of creation and of enjoyment is the Supreme Lord, and the living entities are cooperators. By cooperation they enjoy. The relation is also like that of the master and the servant. If the master is fully satisfied, then the servant is satisfied. Similarly, the Supreme Lord should be satisfied, although the tendency to become the creator and the tendency to enjoy the material world are there also in the living entities because these tendencies are there in the Supreme Lord who has created the manifested cosmic world.
Proper understanding of one’s constitutional position in relationship to Krishna is so nice that it can at once lift one from the struggle for existence which goes on in the ocean of nescience. This material world is sometimes regarded as an ocean of nescience and sometimes as a blazing forest. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe. If someone comes forward and lifts the struggling swimmer from the ocean, he is the greatest savior. Perfect knowledge, received from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the path of liberation. The boat of Krishna consciousness is very simple, but at the same time the most sublime.
Q. I too believe that GOD exists. But very recently I have been experiencing
very bad moments, whatever I think it doesn’t happen, whatever I touch it
gets postponed, wherever my name is involved the work some how
mysteriously gets cancelled. So I started checking my numerology and
astrology online, people tell me that our present life karma is based on
past life deeds. Is it true? Is our fate is already written by Brahma? Are
we just puppets in God’s hands. I checked my last life jyotisha in some
astrology website, it says that in my past life I was a big cheater and also
based on my name numerology I carry my past life karmic debts to this life.
I don’t understand why should I be responsible for my past life which I have
no clue about, why can’t God punish people in the same life itself for their
misdeeds and give everyone a fresh new life. My main question is can’t we
change our fate written by Brahma.
A. Yes, one’s karma is based on one’s deeds, not only of one past life, but of many many past lives.
Everything is calculated very precisely.
The nature of this material world is such that there are always some reversals and challenges to face.
It depends upon us as to how one takes it, positively or negatively.
Everyone has a baggage of good and bad deeds. And we have to nullify it, positive for the positive and negative for the negative.
If something good happens, one must know that one is exhausting our good deeds. Similarly, when bad things are happening, we must know that bad deeds are getting nullified. So one has less to suffer in the future.
If one remains steady in both happiness and distress, then one can transcend the dualities of this material world.
We cannot change the circumstances, but we can certainly change the way we perceive it.
Real positivity means to turn any difficult situation into an opportunity.
We may not remember our previous bad deeds and the sufficient punishment is not given in the previous life.
Because we may not have sufficient karma to suffer.
Therefore, karma is very inconceivable and difficult to understand.
The message of Bhagavad Gita explains how to not get affected by the karma.
It is possible to change the karma and the destiny.
Q. Can I choose to be Krishna conscious or is that decided by fate?
And do I have the freedom to choose Krishna or is that decided by fate?
I want to be Krishna’s servant, can I choose that or is that decided on fate?
A. Thanks for posting this question.
You have full rights to exercise your free will.
If you desire to serve Krishna or you want to become Krishna conscious, it is your free will.
It is not decided by your fate or predetermined activities.
Our present is the result of our past actions and our future is the result of our present actions.
As soon as you decide to choose Krishna, you are going closer toward him.
The moment we forget Krishna, we again suffer.
It is fully dependant upon your strong will.
Fate can be changed.
Q. I have recently moved from Tucson to Bellingham to help my father work on his new house. Since I’ve moved here however, I’ve been totally blown away by the bald eagles living on his neighbor’s property. Working on this house has taken a back seat to simply observing these birds, for hours and hours, day after day. What’s even stranger about this whole thing, is that prior to
moving here I had little interest in birds, but now sometimes they’re all
that I can think about. I’ve even had dreams and visions involving them. I
was just wondering why this all came on so suddenly and intensely? I feel
like I have some kind of connection to them.
A. Thanks for sharing this interesting incident.
Eagles have a special transition at certain phase of their lives.
Especially at the age of 40 when their wings and beak have become weak and worn out, they deliberately remove all the feathers and break their beak.
And wait till their new wings and beak grow up again.
It is very painful change for them, however they tolerate through this entire painful transition.
Once their new wings and beak, are grown, then the eagles can live for another 30 years.
In this second phase of their lives, they are more stronger and catch the prey very easily, because they have now renewed strength.
There is a great lesson to be learnt from this.
This is also compared to our lives.
We may have some abilities in the first phase of our lives and we become successful and develop many things around that.
The test comes when we become failure in those fields or abilities.
If we wish to survive and live further, we need to give up our previous conditionings and develop higher understandings.
This is very painful, but it is worth going through such transition.
If you are getting attached to these eagles, there is nothing wrong in it.
There is divinity in all species of life.
We are all connected to the Supreme Divine and that Divinity exists in all species.
It may be insects, birds, animals, trees, aquatics, human beings.
We can connect with the Supreme Divine by connecting with the parts of His creation.
Q. First of all, thank you very much for the work that you are doing. I
sincerely appreciate it.
I have a question. For example, if a person takes a loan of Rs 1 lakh and
then never returns and cheats me. Diplomatic ways are not working. What
should be my response in Kaliyuga, 2015? I would like to consult Lord Sri
Krishna. But, for me now, you are as good as Lord Krishna, having understood
his preachings so deep and wide. So, I am asking you now, Sir. My options
1. I might have cheated him in my last incarnation. So, he cheated me in
this incarnation. So, I got rid of my sin. Forget it and move on.
2. He cheated me in this incarnation. God will see to it that, he will
return the money to me in the next incarnation. So, forget it and move on.
3. He has done a cheating, which is wrong. But, I am not God to punish him.
So, leave him and let God punish him. Though it looks like a loss for now,
God will somehow pay me for that loss.
4. He has done cheating which is wrong. So, I need to take legal action. Let
me approach a lawyer. Let me fight it out till the end. I may end up losing
more money, time and energy doing this. But, I need to do this because, I
need to restore dharma/truth. It is a dharmayuddha. So, I need to keep
fighting till the justice is restored like Mahabharatha.
5. He has done cheating which is wrong. But, legally if I approach, I will
never win. So, I need to take law in my hand, use goondas if needed and
do whatever I can and get the money and restore dharma/justice. He cheated
me and so, I can also cheat him. Because, in Mahabharatha, Karna cheated
once. So, it is okay to cheat him and kill him as per Lord Krishna.
My sincere appreciations for your time and guidance in advance. Please
forgive me for the illogical reasoning that I may be making here.
Awaiting your/Lord Krishna’s response,
A. First of all, I am very sorry to hear that someone took money from you and is not returning.
Usually friendly loans are not returned.
You need to be careful.
If there is no document proving this, it becomes difficult to retrieve such loans.
Your various options of understanding this case are all valid, except the last one.
If he has dealt unfairly, according to the law of karma, he shall get similar reaction.
No one is spared from the law of karma.
You need to elevate your understanding by not getting too much affected by such incident.
Yes, this is Kaliyuga and people shall behave unethically.
Even he is punished for his sins, if he does not stop committing further sins, his punishment is like bath of an elephant.
Elephant goes in the water and takes bath with water.
And when he comes out, it throws dust all over his body.
So what is the use of taking bath.
Similarly if someone is punished for the sins, but if that person does not give up his tendency of committing sins, it is simply like bath of an elephant.
The real atonement is taking shelter of the Lord and rising above such lower tendencies.
Q. Okay, so my great-grandmother was put into a nursing home due to a broken leg in July. Well, she stayed in there until she was starting to act funny.
So they put her in the hospital. (This is all in Indiana by the way). But I
ended up moving in with my father in Rhode Island, and never got to tell her
goodbye because one of her wishes was that people never saw her when she
lost it. And nobody ever told her I left until after about a month I was
gone. But then in September of this year (2015), I was told she suddenly
started feeling better. And I knew that this was a bad sign, I knew that I’d
be getting bad news soon. And sure enough, about 3 days later, “Gramma just passed away,” my father told me. Absolutely devastating. I’m not going to go on a huge, long story about it, but her and I were extremely close. She was
my absolute best friend and a lot of the time all I had. But the hardest
part has been that I never got to say goodbye, that I never got to stay at
her house one last time and know that it was the last.
But anyway, I’ve never been one to be into spiritual things and that kind of
stuff. I mean, as a kid I was, but growing up, I just kinda forgot how to
believe. But it’s just always been something that I found interesting
though. But last night, I was about to start a video for YouTube, and I
always start my videos by “Hey guys! Yes, it’s me Eli.” But after I said
that, I heard a “hi.” In reply coming from the living room. And nobody was
home. And all of a sudden I just went quiet. And I began to feel an immense
feeling of sadness and a feeling of lost. And I started to cry
uncontrollably. But I wasn’t frightened by the talking in the other room.
And I felt this way the rest of the night and all I could think about was my
great grandmother. And then I read an article “How To Know if Your Deceased
Loved One is Trying to Contact You.” And even though it might be fake, it
did describe some of the hugs that been happening. And now I wonder.. Could
I try to contact my great grandmother despite the 1,000 mile difference from
where she died?
Please no one be rude about this either, don’t try to put me down because
you believe something different. I want answers from people who believe in
this stuff. Thank you.
A. Thanks for sharing this incident.
Yes, there is a science of astral journey of the person, after his/her passing away.
And it is possible to contact spirits, after they are gone from this physical dimension.
There are different levels of dimensions of existence.
Our real ‘self’ is different from this gross body.
It is eternal. It always exists.
By nature it is spiritual and has an existence on eternal dimension.
The gross body, which is made up of skin, muscles, blood, bones exists on temporary dimension.
It has a beginning and it has an end.
The eternal ‘self’ does not die, even if body dies at death.
After death it reaches to different levels of dimensions.
This is decided by the higher agencies of universal administrators.
If someone has performed pious activities in one’s life, the ‘self’ is elevated to higher levels of dimensions and if someone has performed sins, then ‘self’ may get degraded to the lower dimensions.
If someone commits suicide and forces the ‘self’ to come out of the body before its natural time, then it may remain in-between.
Just like a person’s house is broken and he does not have another house.
Sometimes, this may also happen in case of accidents or unnatural deaths.
Regarding contacting spirits, after they have gone, there have been many experiments performed.
And there are people, who are able to connect with them.
Especially this may happen, when one is very much attached to the person.
If there are unfulfilled desires, then that person may hover around and try to connect.
And because he/she does not have a gross body, it tries to contact through subtle ways.
One may not be able to see grossly, but on subtle, invisible (to material eyes) dimension he/she is existing.
It does not matter physical distance.
Through subtle ways, one can travel very fast (or superfast)
But, there is no need to worry.
Q. I have ocd, so I cannot stop myself from having unwanted bad thoughts. Can God forgive me for this unwanted mental sin? Please suggest what to do?
A. God helps them, those who help themselves.
It may happen because of previous conditionings.
Try to become more determined by taking shelter of the Supreme Lord.
Avoid staying awake in the night and surfing the net.
Best is to switch off everything by 9:00 – 9:30 pm
Take proper rest.
Do not mix with those people, who are also having such difficulties.
Read Holy Gita to make your mind more stronger.
Remember, intelligence is higher than the mind and soul is higher than the intelligence.
If you become more determined, you shall be able to overcome it.
If you need any help, please send email.
I hope this helps you.
Q. Thanks for the support. I shall be determined to overcome those thoughts. My mother said mental sin is not sin in Kali-yuga. But is this Kali-yuga or we are in Dwapara-yuga because if Kali-yuga is 1200 years long then we had already crossed it. Again Kali-yuga as 432000 long is also proposed. Which one to believe please clarify.
Furthermore if I want complete sharanagati to Lord Krishna what are the steps please tell me.
I do japa of mahamantra 108 times or more daily, is it ok? or I have to increase the time?
A. Yes, in Kali-yuga, mental sin is not considered.
However, one should be determined to keep mind busy with higher thoughts.
Otherwise, mind may drag back to the previous conditioning. And those thoughts may come back to the gross level.
According to Srimad Bhagavatam, Kali-yuga lasts for 4,32,000 years.
Of which only 5,000 years have passed.
Complete Sharanagati to the Lord comes from the heart.
From heart, if you pray to the Lord, He shall certainly help you and protect you in all circumstances.
In one sense everything belongs to the Supreme Lord.
One needs to remember this all times.
If you offer whatever in your possession, to the Supreme Lord, in your heart, you shall achieve complete sharanagati very quickly.
Also, one should make special efforts to offer fruits, flower and nice foodstuffs to the Supreme Lord.
If you are chanting 108 times, it is good.
Please try to chant more attentively.
If you wish to chant more, it is all right, but do not reduce your chanting.
While chanting, the quality of chanting is important.
One should try to chant in complete dependence of the Supreme Lord.
I hope this helps you.
Q. I cannot control my thoughts. Can Krishna forgive me for having bad
thoughts? What to do to get His forgiveness? I maintain fasting every
Ekadashi as Prabhu says it burns all sins. I want to be spiritual and a good
person, What to do? Please suggest.
A. The nature of the mind is to think.
Thoughts may come and try to overpower, but you should not get carried away.
Keep yourself busy with positive activities.
Lord says in Bhagavad Gita, “Even if someone has committed most sinful action, if he /she is engaged in His devotional service. That person is considered to be saintly.”
If you want to become free from certain difficulties, then help others who are suffering from such difficulties.
Try to create awareness of living a simple and pure life.
It shall help others and you personally.
Try to become positive in all aspects.
You have not lost the battle.
Take complete shelter of the Supreme Lord.
There is nothing impossible for Him.
He is like Sun, wherever there is Sun, darkness cannot remain there.
Whenever such thoughts come, continue chanting little loudly.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare