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God is Present in Deities

God is Present in Deities

The Deities in Vedic Temples are not idols, they are real. There is a life force in all the Deities in Vedic Temples which were properly installed following the Vedic scriptural procedures.

Durga, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman, and others in Vedic Temples are actually present in their Deity form in each and every Temple. This has been witnessed millions of times,

Those who bow down to stones with no proven life force are the idol worshipers, and those who worship an unseen, unknown, and unknowable, character as God are the imaginary or fake God worshipers.

In new Temples, after the installation of the Murtis (images). There is a “Prana Prathistha” ceremony, wherein mantras are chanted to infuse the Murtis with life energy or prana. The energy of the respective form of God or His devotees is invoked in the Murtis, making them alive and then called ‘Deity’. So all these Deities have the divine present in them in every Temple. Millions of times, the form of God or His devotees in the Deities have come out and given darshan, and performed a pastime,  for the pure devotees.

There are millions of accounts of God coming out from His Deity form to give darshan to His pure devotees. Here are some real accounts.

–    Durga Devi in form of Kali use to come out from her Murti and play and have prasadam with Saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa in Calcutta, Dakshineshwar Temple.
–    Durga appeared to Saint Bamakhepa as mother Tara in a place called Tarapith in Bengal.
–    Durga as Mother Baglamukhi appeared to the Pandavas at a place near Madhya Pradesh.
–    Durga as Mother Kamakhya appeared to Baba Bhoothnathji in Assam .
–    In Rameshwaram, Lord Rama installed the Shivalinga and Lord Shiva appeared from that Deity form.
–    In Kashi, Lord Shiva’s Deity form authenticated the Book “Ram Charit Manas” written by Saint Tulsi Das.
–    In Kashi, Shankaracharya had the Darshan of Ma Annapoorna and Lord Shiva.
–    In Gujarat, Lord Shiva appeared to the famous Saint Narsi Mehta . On the direction of Lord Shiva, Narsi became a great devotee of Lord Krishna.
–    In Maharastra, the famous AshtaVinayak or eight forms of Ganesha’s Deities at different places also has a history where Ganesha gave Darshan and guided the devotees.
–    Lord Hanuman appeared from his deity form to give darshan to Saint Tulsidas.
–    Sant Gyandasji saw Lord Krishna in Person right in front of him at Raman Reti Temple, Vrindavan.
–    Rupa Goswami saw Radharani at Ter Kabamba, Vrindavan.
–    Sanatan Goswami saw Lord Krishna, blissfully standing before Him
–    Saint Tulsidas saw Sri Hanuman, Sri Lakshmana, Lord Ram, Lord Shiva, and Lord Krishna.
–    Saint Bamakhepa saw Mother Tara at Tarapeeth, Calcutta.
–    Saint Ramakrishna saw Mother Kali
–    Sri Sankaracharya saw Lord Narsimhadeva, and Lord Shiva at Kashi.
–    Bharat Maharaj saw Mother Kali come out from her Deity form and appear before him
–    The Deities in some Temples of Lord Krishna are actual transformations of Lord Krishna Himself into a Deity form.

  • There are also billions of occurrences of flowers and jewelry falling from Deities to some distance away from them. In my own home, we saw a flower placed in the hands of Radharani Deity, which was 5 inches above the floor, moved at great speed to a distance of more than 17 inches, when I was doing arti. There were many flowers and only one moved. Radharani basically offered the flower to us and showed that she is actually present in her Deity form. This was a real miracle, because based on physics, if an item is dropped from a height of 5 inches, it’s impossible for it to fall 17 inches away, especially if it’s a flower, since flowers would instantly stick on landing due to it’s flat structure on one side.

The above are just a small number of accounts of God appearing from the Deity form and directly. There are millions of other accounts.

Does God eat food offered to Him?

Yes. The food that is offered to the Deities in Temples, is actually eaten by the Deities. The foolish will say, if the food is eaten then why is it still on the plate? The foolish will compare themselves with God. They fail to realize that God is great and we are not. God does not have to eat with His mouth like we do, He can eat simply by glancing at the food. God can also completely eat everything on the plate, but still it will appear to us that nothing has been touched, this is the greatness of God. He can eat everything but still the food remains. For us 1 minus 1 is zero, but for God 1 minus 1 is 1. On millions of occasions, God has also appeared from His Deity form and eaten with His mouth and physically removed the food at the request of His pure devotees. God proves that He is merciful by accepting the offerings of His pure devotees.

“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.26)

As recently as on 21 September 1995, millions of people saw Vedic Deities in Temples across the world, drinking milk offered to them. I personally witnessed this on live TV. This has happened millions of times to millions of people. Only those who are qualified can understand and see God in Person, standing in front of them.

For the owls who refuse to look up and for the narrow minded who cannot see anything outside their tiny well. God will be just a character in a book, completely unknown, unproven, unseen, and unknowable.

God wants to be worshipped in His image Form

“Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Krsna.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.7)

“But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form – to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.22)

Some religions preach against image worship, because they have ZERO description of God and thus it’s impossible for them to correctly make an image of God, thus they are advised not to try.

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.34)

“Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.  Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.65-66)

The most advanced devotee can see Lord Krishna in His spiritual flesh form everywhere, but for the others, He is seen in the Deity form in Temples. There is no difference between the Deity form and His flesh form, He is present in them both. Most people would be too bewildered if they saw Lord Krishna in His spiritual flesh form and thus He makes Himself available in the Deity form so people are not too much bewildered and distrubed.  If a famous person comes to see us, we get too excited and stop our normal life activites. In a similar way, if the Supreme Person is standing in front of us, most people would get too bewildered and their life would be completely disturbed. Thus Lord Krishna makes Himself available for worship in His Deity form, so as not to disturb us too much. If a person gets 100 million dollars in notes delivered to his home, he would be completely disturbed in anxiety for fear of thieves. But if he got a check instead, the fear of thieves would be zero. The cash and check are of the same value. In a similar way, most people would be completely disturted if they see Lord Krishna in His original spiritual form, but they would be less disturbed if they see Him in the Deity form. He is equally present in the Deity form and His original spiritual form, and He has appeared from His Deity form, millions of times to prove it.

In the material creation, most peole would be too bewildered to see the Supreme Person in front of them in His original spirutual form, but in the spiritual manifestation, everyone sees Lord Krishna, everyday, face to Face.

How can one understand and see God?

“My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 11.54)

For the foolish, God is not describe able and unknowable

“I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My internal potency, and therefore they do not know that I am unborn and infallible.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.25)

The foolish cannot understand God having a Form and appearing

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

Just like any property owner, God also visits His properties from time to time, in Person.

God is OMnipresent

He is present everywhere. A person who is present everywhere is greater than a person who is not present everywhere. Thus if one accepts that God is great, then one must accept that God is present everywhere, OMnipresent. If God is present everywhere, then He must also be present in the Deities.

Lord Krishna is present in the heart of all living beings as the super soul and He is also present in every atom. He is the witness to all our actions and thoughts.

“I am the supersoul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities, I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all beings” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

“Although He is present in His abode, He is all-pervading.” (Bhagavad-Gita 8.22)

“Indeed, the self-realized man sees Me everywhere.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 6.29)

“Although I am everywhere, still My Self is the very source of creation.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.5)

Vedic is the Best

Vedic is the Best

Vedic Culture – The richest of all cultures in the world

Vedic Sanskar – The highest morality

Vedic Scriptures – The vastest of all scriptures in the world

Vedic Knowledge – The only eternal and God realization knowledge

Vedic Traditions – The oldest of all traditions in the world

Vedic Civilization – The oldest civilization in the world

Sanskrit – The oldest and most systematic language in the world

Bhagavad-Gita – The only spoken word of God in Person

Vedic Mantras – The most beneficial for spiritual advancement

Vedic Music – The best heart softener

Vedic Spiritual Dance – The best spiritual entertainment

Bharat – The oldest country in the world

Why are Hindus so Peaceful?

Why are Hindus so Peaceful?

Have you heard of a Hindu mass shooter? NEVER.

Have you heard of Hindus hijacking  planes in the name of Krishna? NEVER

Have you heard of Hindus blowing them selves up in a market and killing many innocent in the name of Krishna? NEVER

Have you heard of Hindus in the American military or any military killing their fellow men in the name of Krishna? NEVER

Have you heard of Hindus flying aeroplanes into buildings and killing the innocent in the name of Krishna? NEVER

Have you heard of Hindus blowing up buses in the name of Krishna? NEVER

Have you heard of Hindus beheading people in the name of Krishna? NEVER

Have you heard of Hindus taking women captive and making them into sex slaves in the name of Krishna? NEVER

So why are Hindus so Peaceful and Non-violent?

The simple answer is that they follow the most merciful, loving, proven, and seen God, Lord Krishna. He orders His followers to love all living beings, and thus His followers are so peaceful and non-violent.

“He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kuntī, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.31)

“O scion of Bharata, surrender unto Him utterly. By His grace you will attain transcendental peace and the supreme and eternal abode.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.62)

In the above verses, the eternal, seen, and proven God, Lord Krishna is declaring that His devotees become righteous and attain lasting peace. This is 100% accurate based on the actions of the followers of Lord Krishna, the Hindus.

“I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him. ” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.29)

Lord Krishna is equal to all living beings, be it Hindus, Christians, Muslims, atheists, and even the animals. He loves everyone and He wants everyone to go back to the spiritual kingdom, called Vaikuntha, where everyone lives eternally in complete bliss.

The Hindus should consider themselves very fortunate and the others can also become very fortunate by following a God with a proven history of making humans peaceful and non-violent.  Lord Krishna is for everyone and He wants to take everyone back to the spiritual manisfestation, nobody is rejected by Lord Krishna.

“Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.30)

Even if one is very sinnful upto now, just  accept Lord Krishna, and He will erase all your past sins, provided you stop sinning from today.

 “Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.  Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear. ” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.65-66)

Statistics Don’t Lie

There are around 1 billion followers of Sanatan-Dharma in the world, assuming a world population of 7.5 billion, this represent 13.33% of the world population. Based on statistics, if the proportion of violent people in the world coming from a Sanatan-Dharma background is <13.33%, then there is a correlation between peacefulness and Sanatan-Dharma following. Since the number of violent actions carried out by Hindus in the world is <0.0001%. There is very significant correlation between peacefulness and Sanatan-Dharma following. Thus based on statistics, Sanatan-Dharma is by far the most peaceful religion in the world. The number of violent acts carried out by anyone in the name of Krishna is <0.0000001%, and thus Lord Krishna is the real most merciful and loving God, who makes humans also merciful and loving.

Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.  Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.65-66)

Drink Milk

Drink Milk

Cow’s milk is the best food.

Cow’s milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other nutrients that are important for healthy growth.

Cow’s milk is used daily by most humans

From our birth we drink milk from our mother who drinks cow’s milk from which she produces her milk. Milk is the main food for the children. Milk is used to create foods like ice cream, cheese, curd, yogurt, and many other food preparations from these.

Cow’s milk gives spiritual intelligence

Spiritual intelligence is needed to understand and know God. By drinking cow’s milk and appreciating the cows, one will develop spiritual intelligence and eventually know God as a real, seen and proven Person, rather than just a name in a book or as an invisible, unknown, and unknowable character. This is very much true, because only those who drink cow’s milk and appreciate her can describe God and His pastimes, these are the followers of Sanatan-Dharma. All others cannot describe God, for them He is unknown, invisible, unseen, and unknowable.

“The mercantile class is also required to give protection to the cows in order to get sufficient milk and milk products, which alone can give the proper health and intelligence to maintain a civilization perfectly meant for knowledge of the ultimate truth.” (Swami Srila Prabhupada SB 2.5.37)

Why we should appreciate the cows?

If someone gives us somehting, then we say thank you and we are grateful and offer our appreciation. Why should this only apply to humans? Why not to the animals also?

The cows give us milk and so we must thank and appreciate them.

Those who have higher consciousness will appreciate everyone, regardless of human or animal. Only the animals cannot offer their appreciation to others, because they have lower consciousness.

Become a Vegan?

No.

Based on the Vedic knowledge and the facts, by not drinking milk, one will not develop spiritual intelligence, which is needed to understand and know God as a real Person. Eventually in this life or along the generations, people will become atheistic due to loss of spiritual intelligence. If one wants to save the cows, then preach Sanatan-Dharma values instead of becoming a vegan and not eating dairy products and doing nothing to promote Sanatan-Dharma. The cow is considered a mother because we drink her milk, if we stop drinking her milk, then we cannot call her a mother. If there are too many vegans in the world, then the cows lose their motherly value, so eventually people will kill her, because she serves no purpose if humans are vegans and thus don’t need her at all. By first offering the cow’s milk or preparations made from milk to Lord Krishna, the cow will benefit and thus it’s better to drink milk then to become a vegan and deny the cows from being purified by not offering their milk to Lord Krishna. Preaching Sanatan-Dharma is far better for the cows than becoming a vegan and not preaching. Even if one does not preach, the cows will still be better off if their milk is offered to Lord Krishna and then drunk.

Follow Swami Srila Prabhupada

Swami Srila Prabhupada is an Acharya, he set examples for others to follow. He taught us by his example the importance of drinking milk by personally taking hot milk every evening as part of his standard diet. So milk is that very special food given by God that helps us to develop our brains for understanding the science of God (Krishna consciousness). Therefore it is recommended that all devotees should regularly take milk as part of their daily food intake and also preach Sanatan-Dharma values to others.

No Leather

The Vedic followers do not kill cows for food, but unfortunately they kill them to sit on them. Leather car seats, and sofas are very popular among Vedic followers. This is due to double standards, ignorance, and lack of knowledge. Please stop buying leather items from today.

How will saving the cows save the children?

Saving cows = More cows = More milk = Cheaper milk = More best food for the children = More children will be saved

How is human harmony related to cows?

The body of a cow is where the potency of the demigods (environmental controllers) who control the various functions in the universe reside.

Happier cows = Happier demigods= More potency for humans = Happier, healthier, and peaceful human beings

Saving cows means saving humanity. Most of the world is Godless, because most people cannot describe God, for them God is unknown and unkowable. Only by drinking cows milk and appreciating her, one has a chance to elevate his/her conciousness to eventually know God as a Person and not as a ghost.

The potency to know God (spiritual intelligence) is in the milk of a cow, but this does not mean anyone who drinks her milk will get the full potency instantly. If one accepts her as a mother, then the potency in the milk is more quickly released.

Everything is related to each other, each part of nature is working in sync. Only when the syncronization is disturbed, there is chaos for the humans.

What will happen to the cow killers?

Lord Caitanya, who was an incarnation of Lord Krishna states in the Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi-lila chapter 17, verses.165-167.

“Cow-killers are condemned to rot in hellish life for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of the cow.”

Those who kill cows in ignorance might be forgiven, but those who kill intentionally will not be forgiven.

Science and Fundamental Vedic Knowledge

Science and Fundamental Vedic Knowledge

The Vedic teachings are completely compatible with science and scientific logic, this is unique to Sanatan-Dharma.

1. The Laws of Material Science (Physics)

Time is Eternal
Matter is Eternal

What is time and matter?

These are the energies of Lord Krishna.

Why is Time, Matter, Living Entities (Souls) Eternal?

This is a question which the scientist cannot conceive. Time and matter are eternal, because these are the energies of the eternal God, Lord Krishna. Since Lord Krishna is eternal, His energies are also eternal.

“Material nature and the living entities should be understood to be beginningless. Their transformations and the modes of matter are products of material nature.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 13.20)

  “The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Time I am.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 11.32)

The living entities (souls) are eternal, because they are parts of the eternal God, Lord Krishna. Since Lord Krishna is eternal, His parts must also be eternal.

“The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.7)

“That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.17)

2. The Symptoms of Life

Have Consciousness
Have Form

There is no living being that has no form or no consciousness.

Does God have a Form?

If God is a living being, then He must have consciousness and form. Although His consciousness and form, will not be like ours, because He is Great and we are not. Our consciousness is lower and our form is temporary. Lord Krishna has the highest consciousness and He has the most beautiful form, which is eternal.

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

“My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 11.54)

3. Spiritual and Material Manifestations

If God is eternal and we are the eternal spirit soul, then there must be an eternal spiritual manifestation where the eternal God and souls reside. Based on the eternal Vedic knowledge, there are earthly planets, hellish planets, heavenly planets, and spiritual planets.

“I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.8)

4. The Law of Motion

For every action taken, there will be a reaction. This is Newton’s Law to the scientists.  This Law has been eternally known to the Vedic followers and is a fundamental teaching in the Vedic scriptures. This Law applies to matter based on the scientists, and based on the Vedic knowledge applies also to spirit souls (humans).  This is the Law of Karma, infallible justice for all living beings. For every action we take, we will face a reaction.

“Material nature consists of three modes – goodness, passion and ignorance. When the eternal living entity comes in contact with nature, O mighty-armed Arjuna, he becomes conditioned by these modes.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 14.5)

We can take good actions (mode of goodness), bad actions (mode of passion) or ugly actions (mode of ignorance). The result of these actions will be that we suffer or enjoy.

“O son of Bharata, the mode of goodness conditions one to happiness; passion conditions one to fruitive action; and ignorance, covering one’s knowledge, binds one to madness.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 14.9)

5. The Law of Conservation of Energy

Energy cannot be destroyed but it can change forms. We (the soul) are the  energy and the body is the form. When our current form (the body) is destroyed, we change into another form (another body). This is the fundamental teaching of the Bhagavad-Gita.

“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.13)

“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.22)

What Do the Abrahamic Scriptures Teach?

Based on the Holy Bible and the Holy Koran. We never existed before this life, this is our first life and the soul and the body were created together. Thus based on these scriptures, we are not eternal. These scriptures also mention creation and a beginning, and thus time and matter are not eternal. The Holy Bible mentions God having a form, and most Muslims completely reject the concept of God having a form. They only mention earth, hell, and heaven, which are all material, and thus they do not believe in a spiritual manifestation. The Abrahamic followers completely reject the Law of Karma, as this is not mentioned in their recently created scriptures.

Summary of World Religions – God is One and Human Like

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Above is the God of Sanatan-Dharma (The Eternal Religion), Lord Krishna. He has appeared, declared Himself, and proven millions of times that He is the One and only God, and He is completely described in the Vedic scriptures.

“The whole cosmic order is under Me. Under My will it is automatically manifested again and again, and under My will it is annihilated at the end.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.8)

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

“Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me, O son of Kuntī, but they do so in a wrong way. I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Therefore, those who do not recognize My true transcendental nature fall down.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.23-24)

Based on the Christian Holy Bible, God is not described. Thus God is not knowable based on Christianity. The useful information on Him from the Holy Bible is that He is a Person with a human like form.

“God said ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.’ ” (Genesis 1:26)

Based on the Islamic Holy Koran and Hadiths, He is not described. Thus God is not knowable based on Islam. The useful information about Him from the Islamic scriptures, is that He has a human like form with a Face, Eyes, and Hands. This is based on the Koran and Hadiths, although most Muslims believe He is formless.

“There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer” (Koran 42:11)

The above clearly implies that He has Ears, Eyes, and a Face. This is further confirmed in the below verses.

“So wherever you turn, there is the face of Allah.” (Koran 2:115)

“..I created with My hands.” (Koran 38.75)

“..under My eye.” (Koran 20.39)

“And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor.” (Koran 55.27)

The above basically means God has a human like form, just as stated in the Holy Bible above. This is furtherconfirmed by the Prophet of Islam.

“Allah created Adam in His Image.. ” – Prophet Muhammad (Al-Bukhari, 6227; Muslim, 2841)

Thus based on the Bhagavad-Gita, Holy Bible, and the Holy Koran. God has a human like form. He is only described in the scriptures of one religion, in the Vedic scriptures, and only one Person has appeared, declared Himself, and proved that He was God, because He is One, Lord Krishna.

The sooner we accept the truth, the better it is for us. Lord Krishna is most merciful and loving. He loves all of us (Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Atheists, and all other living beings), and He wants ALL of us back to His abode, the spiritual manifestation called Vaikuntha. Where there is no hatred, no envyness, no violence, no death, no disease, no taxes, no terrorism, no court casses, no old age, no misery of any kind. Everyone on the millions of Vaikutha planets live eternaly in complete bliss.

The Book of Life

The Book of Life – 180 Practical Questions & Answers Mainly Based on the Bhagavad-Gita Teachings

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What is Krishna Consciousness?

What is Krishna Consciousness (Bhakti)?

Krishna Consciousness is also called bhakti, devotional service unto Lord Krishna. Bhakti means to utilize one’s energy and resources for Lord Krishna.

There are 4 elements to Krishna Consciousness.

1.    Being Conscious of Krishna

Always thinking of Krishna.

“Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Krsna..” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.17)

 “Engage your mind always in thinking of Me..” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.34)

“Always think of Me..” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.65)

How can we think of Krishna?

There are many ways to think of Krishna and not just one way.

a.    Fix the mind unto Krishna all day. This can be achieved by living a secluded life in a remote place and meditating all day on Krishna. This is most difficult and not possible for most people.

“Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt.” (Lord Krishna, 12.8)

b.    If the above is not possible, then one can live as a single person in a Temple, doing service all day, through the principles of bhakti-yoga. These principles being to rise early in the morning, chant the Vedic mantras, do Deity service, cook foodstuffs and offer to Deity, take parsadam, distribute parsadam, read the Vedic scriptures, following principles of truthfulness, mercy, no intoxications, no meat, no relationships, no gambling, no materialistic actions, and no sense gratification.

“My dear Arjuna, O winner of wealth, if you cannot fix your mind upon Me without deviation, then follow the regulated principles of bhakti-yoga. In this way you will develop a desire to attain to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.9)

c.    If the principles of bhakti-yoga as described above are too difficult, then one can work for Krishna. Thus one can earn money by working in a job or engaging in business and giving donations in the service of Krishna, which can be to Temples and/or those who are engaged in preaching service.

“If you cannot practice the regulations of bhakti-yoga, then just try to work for Me, because by working for Me you will come to the perfect stage.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.10)

d.    For various reasons a person may not be able to give his/her money in the service of Krishna. In this case the earned money can be given to hospitals, feeding the poor, and general charity. In this way one will practice giving up the results of one’s work. This will purify the mind and with a purified mind, one becomes able to understand Krishna Consciousness.

“If, however, you are unable to work in this consciousness, then try to act giving up all results of your work and try to be self-situated.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.11)

e.    If one is not able to give up the earned money due to attachment to money or other reasons. One should acquire spiritual knowledge, because by knowledge, one will gradually be able to understand his real position (he is not the temporary body, but the eternal soul, part of the Supreme). Spiritual knowledge will eventually lead to meditation on the Supreme, and this will lead to renunciation and detachment from material objects and sense gratification.

“If you cannot take to this practice, then engage yourself in the cultivation of knowledge. Better than knowledge, however, is meditation, and better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action, for by such renunciation one can attain peace of mind.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.12)

f.    One can also think of Krishna by chanting or meditating on Him and performing Deity service.

“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.14)

g.    One can also think of Krishna by reading and/or listening to the Bhagavad-Gita and other Vedic scriptures. This is considered doing bhakti with intelligence, because one will think of Krishna and by acquiring spiritual knowledge, one will develop more understanding of Him and increase the attachment to Him.

“And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation worships Me by his intelligence.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.70)

“Such a yogi, who engages in the worshipful service of the Supersoul, knowing that I and the Supersoul are one, remains always in Me in all circumstances.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 6.31)

One of the realizations from acquiring spiritual knowledge is that one will know that the Supersoul is Krishna, and this understanding is considered as worship of Krishna, bhakti.

h.    Worshipping of Krishna is bhakti, and this is mentioned in many verses in the Bhagavad-Gita and other Vedic scriptures. Worshipping means service to the Deity form of Krishna.

“But those who worship Me, giving up all their activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, having fixed their minds upon Me, O son of Pṛtha – for them I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.6-7)

Some people worship God by bowing down to Him, and they believe He has no form and/or He is not present here. This is certainly good, but this is not service to Him, because He does not personally benefit from people just bowing down to Him. This is similar to government workers just bowing down to the President. This is of no benefit to the President. The government workers have to take physical actions to maintain the country and this is of benefit to the President and the country. A King with citizens who only bow down to him, are of no value to the King. The citizens must do some physical service in order to benefit the King.

Deity service is real service to God, who is manifested in the Deity form to enable us to worship Him with direct benefit to Him. Lord Krishna is actually present in the Deity form and when He is offered water, leaf, or flower, He actually accepts it.

“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.26)

i.    All of the above bhakti ways are for the benefit of the self only. The highest bhakti is to do something for the benefit of everyone.

“For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.68-69)

Preaching is the highest service unto Lord Krishna, because by preaching, many people will know about Krishna and how to serve Him (all the above items). Thus more souls will be saved and delivered back to Godhead, the spiritual manifestation called Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Krishna.

“Those who are beyond the dualities that arise from doubts, whose minds are engaged within, who are always busy working for the welfare of all living beings and who are free from all sins achieve liberation in the Supreme.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 5.25)

Those who preach are doing something for the benefit of others. They are constantly thinking of Krishna, because they need to explain how and why Krishna is the Supreme and His teachings.  Their minds are engaged in meditating on Krishna from within.

j.    The Bhagavad-Gita was spoken to Arjuna, and he did not chant on beads, but still he is a pure devotee of Lord Krishna, because he was utilizing his energy for Krishna. This is bhakti. Maharaj Pariksit is another example of a pure devotee who even though he was given notice that he had 7 days left to his life. He was only interested in acquring spiritual knowledge, this is bhakti.

“That very ancient science of the relationship with the Supreme is today told by Me to you because you are My devotee as well as My friend and can therefore understand the transcendental mystery of this science.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.3)

2.    Developing the Consciousness of Krishna

Good behavior is bhakti. Krishna consciousness is not just thinking of Krishna, but more importantly to develop the consciousness to that of Krishna to some degree. We can never become equal to Him, but we can increase our consciousness to a much higher level.

If everyone just aims to serve Krishna, then there is no consideration for how we behave among ourselves. We would be fighting and arguing over who can serve Him in Temples and there will be ego, pride, and envy between us. Krishna consciousness also involves developing our consciousness so we are well behaved with each other.

The Consciousness of Krishna that we must strive to develop are:

a.    Krishna is kind to all living beings, we should also become kind to all living beings
b.    Krishna shares all His belongings (the entire creation) with us, we can at least share some of our belongings with others who need them
c.    Krishna is the Supreme controller and owner of millions of universes, but still He is completely free from ego. We should minimize our ego and pride
d.    Krishna is equal to everyone in all situations. We should accept that there will be ups and downs in life and learn to be equal in all situations with others
e.    Krishna is completely self-satisfied with everything, we should be satisfied with what we have now and not be greedy for more
f.    Krishna is most humble, we should also become humble
g.    Krishna is non-violent, we must also become non-violent by not killing animals, not taking intoxications as  this leads to hurting others, not gambling as this causes suffering for women and children, and no relationship outside marriage as this causes suffering to women and children
h.    Krishna is most tolerant, He gives us unlimited chances to get it right via reincarnation. We should also become tolerant with others
i.    Krishna is most simple, His occupation is simply to take care of the cows. We should live a simple life and not make demands on others
j.    Krishna is most clean, we must take bath at least once a day, brush teeth at least twice a day, and keep our work area, home, rivers, and public places clean
k.   Krishna is very well organized, He maintains millions of universes with precision accuracy. We must also develop the skills and the attitude needed to be well organized, getting things done on time,  quality, proper planning, accountability, and responsiveness

“One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me – such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.13-14)

“Humility; pridelessness; nonviolence; tolerance; simplicity; approaching a bona fide spiritual master; cleanliness; steadiness; self-control; renunciation of the objects of sense gratification; absence of false ego; the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease; detachment; freedom from entanglement with children, wife, home and the rest; even-mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events; constant and unalloyed devotion to Me; aspiring to live in a solitary place; detachment from the general mass of people; accepting the importance of self-realization; and philosophical search for the Absolute Truth – all these I declare to be knowledge, and besides this whatever there may be is ignorance.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 13.8-12)

“A learned devotee who worships Me through yoga meditation certainly obtains in all respects the mystic perfections that I have described. ” (Lord Krishna, Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.15.31)

A pure devotee of Lord Krishna, can attain the 18 mystic perfections that He has, to some degree.

3.    Following the Instructions of Krishna

Following the instructions of Lord Krishna is bhakti. There are 700 verses in the Bhagavad-Gita, and out of these 573 were spoken by Lord Krishna. The aim of these instructions is not just so that people serve Him and that’s all. If this were the case, then there is no need for 700 verses, just a few is enough. He actually wants us to follow His instructions for our consciousness development for our own benefit.

The below is a summary of the main instructions that He wants us to follow:

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness; purification of one’s existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquility; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor – these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.1-3)

4.    Service to others

Service to others is bhakti. It is very clearly stated in the Vedic scriptures that service to devotees of Lord Krishna is also considered service unto Lord Krishna. Even service to non-devotees is important, because a devotee must be humble and tolerant. By serving others, one will gradually become humble and learn to tolerate. Good behavior from devotees will inspire others to become like them, thus become devotees. This is the ultimate aim of Krishna consciousness, to make everyone Krishna Conscious and fit for going back to Godhead, the original homeland for all living entities.

“I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.29)

A pure devotee of Lord Krishna will not make any distinction between other devotees, regardless of the Guru or group they follow. Lord Krishna does not state that only followers of one group will go to Him and all others are destined for hell. No. There is no mention of any Guru or group in the Bhagavad-Gita, and thus in the eyes of Lord Krishna, all devotees from all groups and all Gurus who follow one or more of the above bhakti items are bonafide and their service is fully accepted by Him.

  “He is a perfect yogī who, by comparison to his own self, sees the true equality of all beings, in both their happiness and their distress, O Arjuna!” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 6.32)

Naturally one may choose only to listen to Katha or serve Gurus from one group, and ignore others, because it’s not practical to run around and listen to all Kathas and serve everyone. This is fine, the point is that we have to respect all and disrespect none. Lord Krishna Himself appears many times in disguise to taste the service and love of His devotees. He may appear in any group at any time.

“The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brāhmaṇa, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 5.18)

Those who look down on devotees from other groups or refuse to serve devotees from other groups simply because they are from different groups, are committing offences. Offending a devotee of Lord Krishna intentionally is most sinful, because every devotee is very precious to Lord Krishna. Actually every living being is precious to Lord Krishna, but just like in a family, the children who serve the father are dearer to him than those who don’t. In a similar way, those who serve the Supreme father, Lord Krishna, are recognized by Him.

Conclusion

It is very clear that based on the Bhagavad-Gita and thus Lord Krishna Himself, there are many ways to perform bhakti (devotional service) unto Him, and not just one way.

People have different inclinations, abilities, resources, and are situated in different circumstances. But everyone can serve Lord Krishna in one or more of the above ways, as prescribed by Him directly.

“Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend. Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.65-66) 

What is the evidence for the existence of God?

What is the evidence for the existence of God?

The scientists and atheists say there is no God:

·         Can any scientist create life? Every second God is creating trillions of living beings in various forms. This is evidence of God

·         Everything on this planet is maintained by living beings, so who is maintaining everything beyond this planet? This is evidence of God

·         Can any scientist create trees that produce fruits and vegetables? This is evidence of God

·         The cow takes water and grass and turns it into milk. Can any scientist do this? This is evidence of God

·         According to the scientists, it would take over 400 billion nuclear weapons to produce the same amount of heat that the sun produces in just 1 second, and the sun has been doing this for at least 15 billion years according to the scientists themselves. Can the scientists replicate the sun, even for 1 second? This is evidence of God

·         The sun always rises and sets on time, and the seasons come and go on time. Is this by chance? This is evidence of God

·         The legs of trillions of living beings, including humans are 100% of the same length. Is this by chance? This is evidence of God

·         Why is there a variety of living beings? Can a manufacturing company produce anything without the input from a person? This is evidence of God

·         Every human face is unique, is this by chance? Can a manufacturing company produce unique products without any input from a person? This is evidence of God

·         The human body is symmetrical (both halves are 100% same). Is this by chance? This is evidence of God

·         Why doesn’t the donkey think like a human and vice versa? This is evidence of God

·         If you throw some bricks on the ground, will they form into a house? Without a spiritual being, the bricks cannot be formed into anything. Do the atoms combine to form certain molecules by chance? No. It’s Krishna (God) who is present in every atom who combines the atoms to form specific molecules

“Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being – moving or nonmoving – that can exist without Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.39)

“With a single fragment of Myself I pervade and support this entire universe.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.42)

Some people shout that God is great but they have absolutely no idea how great He is. Lord Krishna maintains the millions of universes in the material creation with just one particle of Himself. This is how great Lord Krishna (God) is.

Some facts to help you realize the existence of God.

a.    A barber says there is no God, because if there were a God then there would be no poverty, disease, and suffering. There are many long haired and unshaven people. Does this mean that there are no barbers? The barber agrees that there are long haired and unshaven people, but the problem is that they don’t go to him. In a similar way, people don’t approach God nor do they follow His teachings and thus there is material existence with poverty, disease, and suffering.

b.    A doctor says there is no God, because if there were a God then there would be no poverty, and suffering. There are many diseased people everywhere in the world. Does this mean there are no doctors? The doctor agrees that there are many diseased people in the world, but the problem is that they don’t go to a doctor. In a similar way, people don’t approach God nor do they follow His teachings and thus there is poverty, and suffering.

c.    A painter says there is no God, because if there were a God then there would be no poverty, disease, and suffering in the world. There are many unpainted buildings in the world, does this mean there are no painters? People can have their home painted but they need to find a painter. In a similar way, there is a God, but people need to look for Him.

d.    A banker says there is no God, because if there were a God then there would be no murders in the world. There are many people living in poverty. Does this mean there are no banks full of money? Why don’t the banks give out loans to all the poor? The banker says, we can only give to those who are qualified. In a similar way, there is a God, but only those who are qualified, will know Him.

e.    An Optician says there is no God, because I haven’t seen Him. There are millions who cannot see properly. Does this mean there are no Opticians? The optician says, we can only help those who approach us. In a similar way, God will eventually be seen, face to Face, by those who approach Him.

f.     A person living in the desert says he believes in God but He must be formless, because nobody around here has seen Him. Can anyone see waterfalls in the desert? No? Does this mean there are no waterfalls? In a similar way, God has a form but He cannot be Seen in places where even the animals cannot be seen.

g.    A person says nobody has seen God, and thus there is no God. Have you seen what the 7 billion people in the world today and the zillions who lived in the past have seen? No? So how can you say nobody has seen God?

h.    A pilot says there is no God, because I have not seen him. There are millions of people who have never flown in an airplane. Does this mean there are no pilots? The pilot says I can only take those who book through the airline company. In a similar way, God can only be known by those who approach a representative of God, a genuine spiritual master.

i.      A medical college professor says there is no God, because he hasn’t seen Him. There are millions who have never seen a medical college. Does this mean there are no medical colleges? The professor says only the most intelligent are qualified to see and attend a medical college. In a similar way, only the most intelligent can See and understand God.

j.     A sports personality says there is no God, because I have not seen God perform. There are millions who cannot perform. Does this mean that there are no sports? The sports personality says it takes time, effort, and luck to perform well and become a sports personality. In a similar way, it takes time, effort, and the will of God to know Him.

k.    A cleaner says there is no God, because if there were a God then there would be no chaos in the world. There are many dirty places in the world, does this mean there are no cleaners? The cleaner says we do clean but people keep messing up. In a similar way, God created a perfect world, but people keep messing it up.

l.      A blind person says there is no God, because he cannot seem Him. He cannot see anyone, does this mean nobody is existing?

m.  An atheists says I won’t believe in God unless He appears in front of me. A pig in Africa is saying he doesn’t believe in the existence of human beings, unless he sees the President of America, face to face. Will the President waste his time to visit a pig? In a similar way, God is not so cheap. Only those who are qualified can See Him face to Face. Millions have already Seen Him, and you can also, but first you need to become qualified and look for Him. You will only find Him in the Vedic scriptures. There are trillions of living beings, why should God visit you?

n.    A person says he can’t find the description of God in the scriptures he has read, and thus God is indescribable. If you want learn to construct buildings then you have to read books on engineering and not books on cake making. In a similar way, if you want to know God then you have to read the Vedic scriptures, the only scriptures where God is fully described.