Sacrifice of God’s own promise

This means that the Lord was voluntarily defeated out of affection for His devotee. He was defeated voluntarily, because no one can defeat the Supreme Lord. Concerning this, the words of Bhīṣma in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.9.37) are important:sva-nigamam apahāya mat-pratijñāmṛtam adhikartum avapluto ratha-sthaḥdhṛta-ratha-caraṇo ‘bhyayāc calad-gurharir iva hantum ibhaṁ gatottarīyaḥ“Fulfilling my desire and sacrificing His own promise, […]

Significance of kurma kshetra

This Kūrma-sthāna is a well-known place of pilgrimage. There is a temple there of Kūrmadeva. In the Prapannāmṛta it is said that Lord Jagannātha took Śrī Rāmānujācārya from Jagannātha Purī and one night threw him to Kūrma-kṣetra. This Kūrma-kṣetra is situated on the line of the Southern Railway in India. One has to go to […]

Who Can Understand God?

Even big scholars cannot understand Kṛṣṇa, yet they dare comment on the Bhagavad-gītā. Reading the Bhagavad-gītā means understanding Kṛṣṇa, yet we actually see many scholars making blunders in trying to understand Kṛṣṇa. In the Kaṭha Upaniṣad (1.2.23) it is stated: nāyam ātmā pravacanena labhyo na medhayā na bahunā śrutena yam evaiṣa vṛṇute tena labhyas tasyaiṣa […]

Can a devotee talk to God ?

In the Bhagavad-gītā it is said: ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham. There is a responsive cooperation between the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa and His devotees. The more a devotee sincerely loves Kṛṣṇa, the more Kṛṣṇa reciprocates, so much so that a highly advanced devotee can talk with Kṛṣṇa face to face. Kṛṣṇa confirms […]

Does God eat the offerings given by His devotees?

Although Lord Śrī Gopāla eat everything offered, still, by the touch of His transcendental hand, everything remains as before. The atheists cannot understand how the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appearing in the form of the Deity, can eat all the food offered by His devotees. In the Bhagavad-gītā (9.26) Kṛṣṇa says: patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ yo […]

Remembering God and Forgetting God.

There is a common saying in India that everyone goes to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead when he is in distress, but when a person is in an opulent position, he forgets God. In Bhagavad-gītā (7.16) this is also confirmed: catur-vidhā bhajante māṁ janāḥ sukṛtino ‘rjuna ārto jijñāsur arthārthī jñānī ca bharatarṣabha “If backed […]

Can God be compared to a beggar.

   To describe a man as an incarnation of God, or Nārāyaṇa, and at the same time present him as poverty-stricken is contradictory, and it is the greatest offense. The Māyāvādī philosophers, engaged in the missionary work of spoiling the Vedic culture by preaching that everyone is God, describe a poverty-stricken man as daridra-nārāyaṇa, or […]

Can some magic make you God.

To draw the attention of common men, sometimes saintly persons, ācāryas and teachers exhibit extraordinary opulences. This is necessary to attract the attention of fools, but a saintly person should not misuse such power for personal sense gratification like false saints who declare themselves to be God. Even a magician can exhibit extraordinary feats that […]

Why is God difficult to understand even among thousand endeavouring men.

There are various grades of men, and out of many thousands one may be sufficiently interested in transcendental realization to try to know what is the self, what is the body, and what is the Absolute Truth. Generally mankind is simply engaged in the animal propensities, namely eating, sleeping, defending and mating, and hardly anyone […]