"Pada Seva means to serve the lotus feet of Guru and Krishna.You cannot serve Krishna without Guru, or serve just Guru without serving Krishna. They must be served or offered pada seva simultaneously." - Srila Prabhupada

  • "A highly advanced Vaisnava lives in such a way that no one can understand what he is or what he was." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.3.14, Purport)
  • "... there is nothing as profitable as the association of pure devotees." (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Page 341)
  • "By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement." (Sri Sri Gurv-astaka, Verse 8)
  • "A pure devotee cannot forget the Supreme Lord for a moment, and similarly, the Supreme Lord cannot forget His pure devotee for a moment." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.15, Purport)
  • "The Spiritual Master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. " (Srila Prabhupada letter, 12/01/73)
  • "I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torchlight of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him." (Sri Guru Pranama)
  • "My dear Partha, one who claims to be My devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee." (Lord Krsna, Adi Purana)
  • "Pure devotees of the Lord are more powerful than the waters of the sacred river Ganges. One can derive spiritual benefit out of prolonged use of the Ganges waters. But one can be sanctified at once by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.1.15, Purport)
  • "No one can approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly. One must approach Him through His pure devotees." (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 12)
  • "Real knowledge can be obtained from a person who is in perfect Krsna consciousness. Therefore, one has to seek out such a bona fide spiritual master and, under him, learn what Krsna consciousness is. The spiritual master can drive away all nescience, as the sun drives away darkness." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 5.16, Purport)
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Adi Shankara | Shankaracharya | Advaita Vedanta | Mayavad

Lord Shiva incarnated as an incredible saint and mystic named - Adi Shankara. He appeared in an area known as Kaladi, on the banks of river Purna (now known as  Kochi Kerala). He was born to a brahmin couple – Shivaguru and Aryamba.

Adi  Shankara | Shankaracharya | Advaita Vedanta | Mayavad

Adi Shankara

Setting the Stage - Appearance and Pastime of Lord Buddha

tataḥ kalau sampravṛtte
sammohāya sura-dviṣām
buddho nāmnāñjana-sutaḥ
kīkaṭeṣu bhaviṣyati

"Then, in the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Añjanā, in the province of Gayā, just for the purpose of deluding those who are envious of the faithful theist."
[Srimad Bhagavatam - 1.3.24]

At the time when Lord Buddha appeared, the people were mostly atheistic and preferred animal flesh. With an excuse of Vedic sacrifice, animal-killing was performed unrestrictedly. Thus Lord Buddha taking pity on the poor animals, preached nonviolence and established the rejection of Vedas. Less intelligent people, who were atheists, followed Him. Lord taught them moral discipline and nonviolence, which is the basic step for proceeding further on the path of God-realization.

The teachings of Lord Buddha

Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

Lord Buddha's intension was to stop animal slaughter. This is why therefore he preached that the greatest religious principle is nonviolence.

Denial of Vedic Scriptures and authorities

Due to misuse of Vedic injunctions and justifying violence based on misrepresentations of Vedas,  at that time it was necessary for Lord Buddha to reject the Vedas altogether. At least for the athesis people who didn't understand the true essence of Vedas.

Materialist Basis

Lord Buddha, based on his target audience, never taught or spoke about higher subject matter - soul, super-soul, God. Even if He didn't mention about Spiritual Knowledge, still, He advised stopping the material existence - Nirvana.


Nirvana is a Vedic concept of ceasing the process of material life which includes material desires, material activity, and the pains of material existence. Lord Buddha taught that the ultimate goal of life is nirvāṇa - to end the material cycle of existence. His idea was  - because of desire we are facing the troubles of material life, so our goal should be to make all your desires extinct. Thus there will be no more feelings of pain and pleasure. Become desirelessness or Make it Void or Make it Zero.

Because Lord didn't speak anything about the Higher Reality, God, the afterlife as per His philosophy was also Void.

That is why Buddhism Philosophy is called Voidism or Sunyavad.

Although Lord Budha was an incarnation of Vishnu, still the philosophy of Buddhism is atheism (as it didn't acknowledge the existence of God & His instructions - Vedas), which he had to preach based on the time, place & circumstances

With time, the authority and relevance of the Vedas have been severely undermined. Buddhism and atheism were becoming common and theistic philosophies were getting discouraged and suppressed. Thus the actual import of the Vedas was lost.

Instructions of the Lord

dvāparādau yuge bhūtvā kalayā mānuṣādiṣu
svāgamaiḥ kalpitais tvaṁ ca janān mad-vimukhān kuru

"In Kali-yuga, mislead the people in general by propounding imaginary meanings for the Vedas to bewilder them."
[Lord's Instruction to Shiva - Shiva Puran]

Just like we use sieves to filter out the unwanted material, Lord instructed Shiva to play the same role.

There were two intentions -

  1. Re-establish the Vedic Scriptures
  2. Filter out the atheist crowd from the theist.

Adi  Shankara | Shankaracharya | Advaita Vedanta | Mayavad

  Lord Shiva thus reported the same to Mother Parvati.
māyāvādam asac chāstraṁ pracchannaṁ bauddham ucyate
mayaiva kalpitaṁ devi kalau brāhmaṇa-rūpiṇā
brahmaṇaś cāparaṁ rūpaṁ nirguṇaṁ vakṣyate mayā
sarva-svaṁ jagato ’py asya mohanārthaṁ kalau yuge
vedānte tu mahā-śāstre māyāvādam avaidikam
mayaiva vakṣyate devi jagatāṁ nāśa-kāraṇāt

"The Māyāvāda philosophy," Lord Śiva informed his wife Pārvatī, "is impious (asac chāstra). It is covered Buddhism. My dear Pārvatī, in Kali-yuga I assume the form of a brāhmaṇa and teach this imagined Māyāvāda philosophy. In order to cheat the atheists, I describe the Supreme Personality of Godhead to be without form and without qualities. Similarly, in explaining Vedānta I describe the same Māyāvāda philosophy in order to mislead the entire population toward atheism by denying the personal form of the Lord.
[Shiva to Parvati - Padma Puran]

śṛṇu devi pravakṣyāmi tāmasāni yathā-kramamyeṣāṁ
śravaṇa-mātreṇa pātityaṁ jñāninām
apiapārthaṁ śruti-vākyānāṁ darśayal
loka-garhitamkarma-svarūpa-tyājyatvam atra ca
naiṣkarmyaṁ tatra cocyateparātma-jīvayor aikyaṁ mayātra pratipādyate

"My dear wife, hear my explanations of how I have spread ignorance through Māyāvāda philosophy. Simply by hearing it, even an advanced scholar will fall down. In this philosophy, which is certainly very inauspicious for people in general, I have misrepresented the real meaning of the Vedas and recommended that one give up all activities in order to achieve freedom from karma. In this Māyāvāda philosophy I have described the jīvātmā and Paramātmā to be one and the same."
[Shiva to Parvati - Padma Puran]

The advent of Adi Shankara

As instructed by Vishnu, Lord Shiva in the form of Adi  Shankara established countless facts proving the Buddhist Philosophy as Voidism and established the grounds and faith back on Vedic Scriptures. Adi  Shankara established four maths or monasteries on the four directions of India, to be held by his disciples who would be known as Shankaracharyas.

The philosophy of Advaita Vedanta or Mayavad

As we have seen Lord instructed Shiva to preach the philosophy of Mayavad, giving imaginary meaning to Vedic injunctions.

The principle messages of his philosophy were

- All / Everything / Everyone Is God. Hence this philosophy is known as Advaita (Non-Dual).

- The Absolute is  Supreme, all-pervading and hence has to be formless

- Everything is an illusion, only the Absolute Reality is Truth. Because it says everything is an illusion (Maya), this philosophy is called Mayavad and the followers are known as Mayavadi

- The perfection of Life is to merge back to that Absolute Truth

- The form, pastimes of Lord is all illusion

However, as we have seen earlier, these were false propagations to mislead the atheistic crowd.

The theistic crowd, or the, devotees of the Lord knows the bonafide knowledge,

- Reality is the philosophy of Achintya-bhedabheda-tattva which refers to the inconceivable oneness and difference of the Supreme Person and His energies.

- There is one Supreme Personality of Godhead, and we are His Part and Parcells, and this material world is His energy. Hence everything is real and not an illusion. Although the material world can be understood as temporary.

- The Vedic injunction is that the Supreme Person is spread all over the cosmic manifestation by His energy. This energy is spiritual, but because it acts in the material world it is called maya, or illusory energy.

- The Absolute Truth is understood in three phases—impersonal, localized, and as the Supreme Person. The Supreme Person's impersonal feature, brahman, is subordinate to His personal aspect, as the sun's rays are subordinate to the sun itself.

- The perfection of Life is not to merge back to that Absolute Truth, but, to return back to the Spiritual Abord.

- The form, pastimes of Lord is a reality

Adi Sankara's Mercy 

So as we have seen, his philosophy basically doesn't believe in the forms and qualities of the Lord. It believes the Nirguna Brahman to be an Absolute Truth. However, during his last days, he composed the following verses,

bhaja govindam bhaja govindam
govindam bhaja muudhamate .
naamasmara Naadanyamupaayam
nahi pashyaamo bhavatarane

Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda, Oh fool ! Other than chanting the Lord’s names, there is no other way to cross the life’s ocean.
[Stotram by Adi Shankra]

kadacit kalindi-tata-vipina-sangita-taralo
jagannatha svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me 

Who sometimes fervently plays His flute on the banks of the Yamuna river in Sri Vrindavana, who is like a bumblebee that blissfully tastes the lotus faces of the Vraja-gopis, and whose feet are worshipped by great personalities such as Laksmi, Shiva, Brahma, Indra, and Ganesha — may that Sri Jagannatha-deva be the object of my vision.
[Jagannathashtakam by Adi Sankara]

This is strange that someone whose philosophy is based on formless Brahman, who doesn't believe in the beautiful form of Lord, how can He compose such deep verses on Govinda (Krishna) or Jagannatha. The person who thinks Absolute is formless wouldn't have any faith or inclination towards any deity, let alone Supreme Personality of Godhead - Krishna / Govinda / Jagannatha.

The fact is Shiva couldn't hide his devotional heart even in the form of Shankara and composed following verses which clearly shows his devotional heart and gives a clear message - the ultimate epitome of spiritual practice and philosophy is Devotional Service onto Krishna.

This is the greatest mercy that Shiva did in the form of Adi Shankara towards his followers. He gave them a subtle hint about the fallacy of his Mayavad Philosophy. He offered them a gateway to escape the trap of the illusionary philosophy of Mayavad. 

This is why even though Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu warned everyone against the poisonous philosophy of Mayavad, he never blamed His dear devotee, Lord Shiva.

tāṅra doṣa nāhi, teṅho ājñā-kārī dāsa
āra yei śune tāra haya sarva-nāśa

Śaṅkarācārya, who is an incarnation of Lord Śiva, is faultless because he is a servant carrying out the orders of the Lord. But those who follow his Māyāvādī philosophy are doomed. They will lose all their advancement in spiritual knowledge.
[Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta - Ādi-līlā - Chapter 7.114]

The Conclusion

śūdrāḥ pratigrahīṣyanti
dharmaṁ vakṣyanty adharma-jñā

Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant’s dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.
[Srimad Bhagavatam - 12.3.38]

Although with the lights of scriptures, it is proven that Mayavad is like a terror in the land of God Consciousness, still there are innocent people falling into the trap.

There are many institutions and guru budding every year and they base their phylosophies on this Mayavad Theories. To make their business flourish, they try to present it in a way that is catchy for young and modern minds, they coin various terms like "Modern Religion", "Engineering", etc, but, inside is as void as ever.

We must be aware of the poisonous Mayavad Philosophy and keep ourselves safe.


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The six blind men & the elephant.

The Blind Men and the Elephant is a famous Indian fable that tells the story of six blind men that come across different parts of an elephant in their life journeys. Let us understand the deeper aspect of the story and avoid becoming one of them.

Six Blind Men and the Elephant 

A long time ago, in the valley of the Brahmaputra in India there lived six men who were much inclined to boast of their wit and lore. Though they were no longer young and had all been blind since birth, they would compete with each other to see who could tell the tallest story. 

One day, however, they fell to arguing. The object of their dispute was the elephant. Now, since each was blind, none had ever seen that mighty beast of whom so many tales are told. So, to satisfy their minds and settle the dispute, they decided to go and seek out an elephant. 

Having hired a young guide, Dookiram by name, they set out early one morning in a single file along the forest track, each placing his hands on the back of the man in front. It was not long before they came to a forest clearing where a huge bull elephant, quite tame, was standing contemplating his menu for the day. 

The six blind men became quite excited; at last they would satisfy their minds. Thus it was that the men took turns to investigate the elephant's shape and form. 

As all six men were blind, neither of them could see the whole elephant and approached the elephant from different directions. After encountering the elephant, each man proclaimed in turn: 

'O my brothers,' the first man at once cried out, 'it is as sure as I am wise that this elephant is like a great mud wall baked hard in the sun.

'Now, my brothers,' the second man exclaimed with a cry of dawning recognition, 'I can tell you what shape this elephant is - he is exactly like a spear.

The others smiled in disbelief. 

'Why, dear brothers, do you not see,' said the third man -- 'this elephant is very much like a rope,' he shouted. 

'Ha, I thought as much,' the fourth man declared excitedly, 'This elephant much resembles a serpent.

The others snorted their contempt. 

'Good gracious, brothers,' the fifth man called out, 'even a blind man can see what shape the elephant resembles most. Why he's mightily like a fan.

At last, it was the turn of the sixth old fellow and he proclaimed, 

'This sturdy pillar, brothers of mine, feels exactly like the trunk of a great areca palm tree.

Of course, no one believed him. 

Their curiosity satisfied, they all linked hands and followed the guide, Dookiram, back to the village. Once there, seated beneath a waving palm, the six blind men began disputing loud and long. Each now had his own opinion, firmly based on his own experience, of what an elephant is really like. For after all, each had felt the elephant for himself and knew that he was right! 


People who are attempting to understand The Absolute Truth, The God, on their own endeavor, by their mental speculation, are in no better situation than these blind men. Just as each one of the blind men grabbed one part of the elephant and assumed a shape for elephant, many time these mental speculators feel or grab one aspect of the Absolute Truth and hence they get bewildered,  confused and hence doesn't get a complete picture of the Absolute Truth.

Just as it happened with the blind men, each was firmly believing their assumption about the elephant, mental speculators also have a firm belief about their speculation about God. This is the prime reason for disrespecting other religions and hatred and intolerance. If the blind men were wise, they should have understood their limitations & approached their guide, Dookiram, the one who had eyes. Similarly, even we should give up fruitless attempt of mental speculation and surrender to a wise man, whose spiritual eyes are wide open.

This is why scriptures repeatedly insist on accepting knowledge in a proper disciplic succession.

The Supreme Self can never be known by any amount of argument, reasoning, intelligence, or by much hearing. 
(Katha Upanishad 1.2.23)

Only unto those great souls who serve the spiritual master and the Lord with implicit faith is the import of the Vedas fully revealed. 
(Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.23)

Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Surrender to him and inquire from him and render service at his lotus feet. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you, for he has seen the truth. 
(Bhagavad-gita 4.34)

In the Padma Purāṇa it is clearly said,

sampradaya vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah
atah kalan bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah

If one does not follow the four recognized disciplic successions, his mantra or initiation is useless. In the age of Kali there will be four sampradayas.

In other words, if one desires to take up spiritual life, it is imperative that one follows a genuine sampradaya. Otherwise, our condition will be like "The blind leading the blind".

Please read our article to know about Sampradaya.

Summary of lessons learned:
  1. We must Know & Understand our weaknesses.
  2. Approach a person who does not have that weakness,i.e, for the blinds: they should have approached their guide, Dookiram, the one who had eyes., for us, we should surrender to a wise man, whose spiritual eyes are wide open.


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Who is a Guru or Spiritual Master?

In general today everyone wants to become the  master and no one wants to be subservient to anybody. In this scenario when someone talks about accepting a guru or a spiritual master then no one is ready for it. Now the question comes to our mind is why no one wants to be under a master? This is because this material world is full of exploitation, almost everywhere we can observe that the master exploits the servants for their own benefit. This is the reason for many to not accept anyone as their masters, instead, there is always a competition to become the master of masters.

In contrast, the reality is that one has to be under a master to learn things in this material world and also if one wants the knowledge of the spiritual world.

Now the real problem is that we do have some knowledge about this world but how to find out the true spiritual master who has the knowledge of the spiritual kingdom. Especially when the world is filled with so many fake people and self proclaimed Godmen.

In the Caitanya-caritamrta it is said:

sarva-deśa-kāla-daśāya janera kartavyaguru-pāśe sei bhakti praṣṭavya, śrotavya
“It is therefore the duty of every man – in every country, in every circumstance and at all times – to approach a bonafide spiritual master, question him about devotional service and listen to him explain the process.”
(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 25.122)

In the Mundaka Upanishad it is said

tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchetsamit-panih śrotriyaṁ brahma-niṣṭham
“To learn transcendental subject matter, one must approach the spiritual master. In doing so, in doing so one should carry fuel to burn in sacrifice. The symptom of such a spiritual master is that he is expert in understanding the Vedic conclusion, and therefore he constantly engages in the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
(Mundaka Upanishad 1.2.12)

Also, the most munificent incarnation, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, gave a very simple definition of guru as

kibā vipra, kibā nyāsī, śūdra kene nayayei kṛṣṇa-tattva-vettā, sei ‘guru’ haya
“Whether one is  a  brāhmaṇa or a sannyāsī or a śūdra – regardless of what he is – he can become spiritual master if he knows the science of Krishna.”
(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 8.128)

By all these Vedic injunctions we can find out that based on one's mundane scholarship he can neither become nor to be considered as a guru or spiritual master. On this context Srimad-Bhagavatam states:

śabda-brahmaṇi niṣṇātona niṣṇāyāt pare yadi śramas tasya śrama-phalohy adhenum iva rakṣataḥ
“If through meticulous study one becomes expert in reading Vedic literature but makes no endeavor to fix one’s mind on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then one’s endeavor is certainly like that of a man who works very hard to take care of a cow that gives no milk. In other words, the fruit of one’s laborious study of Vedic knowledge will simply be the labor itself. There will be no other tangible result.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.11.18)

In regard to this transcendental knowledge of the Vedas was first spoken by God, Krishna, to Brahma (the creator of this particular universe). From Brahma, the knowledge descended to Narada, from Narada to Vyasadeva, from Vyasadeva to Madhvacharya, and in this way, it was transmitted to the others until it reached Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Lord Chaitanya although He was Krishna, posed Himself as a disciple in the disciplic succession of Sri Isvara Puri, to teach us the importance of Guru Parampara. In this way today we all are receiving this knowledge which is not different from the knowledge that God imparted it to Brahma in succession.

If one follows this system of disciplic succession one can become a guru for the whole world.

In a more simple way we can set up the criteria to accept a guru or spiritual master as follows:

1. A person who claims himself to be God cannot be considered as a guru or spiritual master.

2. A person who claims that he doesn’t have a guru or spiritual master, cannot be considered as a guru.

3.  A person who claims himself or his guru to be God / Incarnation of God (unless it is revealed in Vedic Literature), cannot be considered as a guru.

4. A person who proposes that you can worship any God that you want, can be rejected as a guru.

5. The guru or spiritual master should be in a bonafide disciplic succession if not can be rejected. For this age we have four  sampradaya or disciplic succession as follows:

     (i) Brahma-sampradaya, Acarya is Sri Madvacarya
     (ii) Rudra-sampradaya, Acarya is Sri Visnu Svami
     (iii) Sri-sampradaya,  Acarya is Sri Ramanujacarya
 (iv) Kumara-sampradaya, Acarya is Sri Nimbarkacarya

6. A guru must pass on the exact same message to his disciples as received from his guru, without addition or subtraction, thus preserving the original message.

7. The words of Guru must be verifiable against the previous bonafide acharyas and Vedic Scriptures.

8. A guru must follow the strict guidance of Vedic Injunctions and does not compromise the Vedic standards for getting more followers.

9. A guru must have control over his senses, he should not be indulged in sense gratification by strictly following the prescribed four regulations (avoiding non vegeterian diet, intoxication, gambling, illicit relation) 

These criteria mentioned above can be the litmus test to find out who is the actual bonafide spiritual master. By this time we all are now clear how to identify a genuine spiritual master in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy.

Hare Krishna to all.


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Who are we? | Our Identity as Revealed by Science

Sometimes, if not always, we get this question - “Who am I?”

This question has kept spiritualist, philosophers, poets, scientists engaged for a long time. And this is a very vital question for the human race.

The Vedanta-sutra (1.1.1) states, athato brahma jijnasa: "Now one should inquire about Brahman - The absolute truth, the transcendental, spiritual nature"

The first aphorism in the Vedanta-sutra is athato brahma jijnasa. In the human form of life one should put many questions to himself and to his intelligence. In the various forms of life lower than human life the intelligence does not go beyond the range of life's primary necessities--namely eating, sleeping, mating and defending. Dogs, cats and tigers are always busy trying to find something to eat or a place to sleep, trying to defend and have sexual intercourse successfully. In the human form of life, however, one should be intelligent enough to ask what he is, why he has come into the world, what his duty is, who is the supreme controller, what is the difference between dull matter and the living entity, etc. There are so many questions, and the person who is actually intelligent should simply inquire about the supreme source of everything: athato brahma jijnasa.
[SB. Canto 4, Chapter 25, Text 5, Text26, purport]


Is spirituality actually blind faith and superstition?

There is a common belief that spiritual people are having “Blind Faith” or are "Superstitious". How true is that?

Before we actually look into this let us understand the three terms Faith, Superstition and Blind Faith.

Definition of Faith

  1. Confidence or trust in a person or thing
  2. Belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.
Definition of Superstition 

  1. A belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
  2. Any blindly accepted belief or notion. 

Definition of Blind Faith

  1. Belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination


As we can clearly see, there is a very thin line separating the three worlds - Faith, Superstition and Blind Faith. 

However, there is a difference. 


Faith is always and always grounded on good, sound and strong reason.
It is synonymous to – 
acceptance, belief, confidence, conviction, hope, loyalty, truth, assurance, certainty, dependence, faithfulness, reliance, sureness, surety, truthfulness

Therefore faith is established confidence

A child who is thrown into the air by his father (or mother), smiles and laughs, because he has faith that his father (or mother) will never let him fall. He has faith because he has confidence in them, trust in them. He doesn’t require any scientist to prove him with any mathematical calculation whether his faith is justified or not. We have faith in our friends or life-partners because we say, we have known them for years: we have observed and mentally noted their principles of action, and have found them uniformly the same; they have always been just, true, benevolent and kind; for many years and under many tests we have observed their steady faithfulness to these principles, and so our confidence or faith has been so established that we never think of doubting them.

Blind Faith:

On the contrary, Blind Faith is a faith which we show on people (or object or anything) without actually trying to understand or know them. It is mostly out of sentimental conclusions hence superficial. Many times, mainly young couples say – “I have blind faith in him/her”. This is dangerous and many times proves to be fatal. 99% of these couple suffers breakups and then they say – “never trust (have faith in) Boys / Girls”.  It is an example of Blind Faith which pulls down the image of Faith.


But superstition, unlike faith, has no substantial basis; nor is its conclusions reached by logical deductions. It is generally an outcome of Blind Faith. 

Superstition is synonymous to –
fear, irrationality, notion, false belief, unfounded fear.


Ironically we always tend to associate Blind Faith & Superstition to Religious Practices. However, if we take a closer look at our own lives and around us, we shall find, each one of us (which includes the so-called rational, reasonable, modern and scientifically advanced class of human) are having Blind Faith.

Let us take a few examples – 
When we wake up in the morning, look into the watch, we believe that the time shown by it is correct. Some of us fall prey to this belief and get fooled by a malfunctioned watch which had stopped functioning in the mid-of-night, assumes that it is still night and sleeps longer.

When we get off the bed, we switch off the fan. Without a second thought, we touch the switch. We do not verify if there is a possibility of electric shock.

We then go for brushing our teeth with the best toothpaste, which we believe to be the best, based on the faith acquired by the ads.

We read the newspaper and believe the news printed. Nobody rushes to the incident venue and speak with the people to verify if the news printed was true or not.

We get dressed and get into a public transport – bus or train or tram or auto-rickshaw or airplane. How many of us go and actually verify if the driver or rider is drunk or in a proper sense or if the driver at all knows how to drive or if the brakes are working.

We get to the saloon and surrender our neck to a person with sharp instruments which can be used as fatal weapons.

Many times in science – especially physics – we come across the term – “let us assume that”. What is this assumption???

Scientists say so many things, tend to prove so many things, do we cross-verify? So many theories we have learned since school-days which tend to get obsolete eventually. Even then we show complete faith in their ever-evolving theories.

The list will continue if we really tend to think on.

So you see? Faith, Blind Faith & Superstition is part of our day-to-day life and not just spiritual people.


Therefore we should tend to understand the subtle difference between the two casually used words – Faith and Blind Faith.

Faith has a basis. Coming to religious aspects – the words of Gods, the Scriptures are not baseless. There are innumerable proofs that show the authenticity of these documents - like predictions, astronomical science, medical science, mathematics, trigonometry everything that defines modern science is encapsulated in the Scriptures. 

Acknowledging a Supreme Creator, Supreme Master and having Faith in his “proven” words and abiding by his instructions is nothing to be ashamed of and is not Blind Faith. 


However, there is a very subtle line which separates the three worlds - Faith, Superstition and Blind Faith. In fact, the transition of shades is so gradual that it is at times very difficult to understand when a Faith gets transformed into Blind Faith or Superstition.

What happens is, when a person thinks or says – my father worshiped, my grandfather also worshiped , my great-grandfather also worshiped – so I worship but I do not know whom I worship and why I worship, he is tending to reach the border of faith and crossing over to blind faith. Since he doesn’t know or understand who he is worshiping. There can be 4 outcomes:

(1) He will continue to follow rituals for the sake of following, with no interest or motivation and hence gain no fruitful spiritual outcome.  


(2) He will think, his Lord or religion is supreme and fight with others or even spread terror in the name of religion. Even if you show scriptural proofs to prove he is wrong or partially correct, he will disregard your proves or the scripture.


(3) He will become superstitious – fearful – if you do not do this God will become angry or if you do this God will become angry, worship X else he will be angry etc.


(4) He will lose faith completely and turn into an atheist – since he will not be able to enjoy the transcendental feeling of serving the divine.


So what is the Solution?
Having a doubt or raising Question is commendable; it is really what is expected out of a “functioning brain”. 

But there is a difference between “Question-to-Learn” and “Question-to-Challenge”. 

Normally whenever we get a wrong association, who teaches us everything about wasting time, energy, money and life at large, we are keen, we are eager at shooting Question-to-Learn. So the predominating question is – How. Example – go to any graduate hostel you can see young boys & girls eagerly learning & preaching how to smoke, drink, how to party, how to hang-out, how to adapt uncivilized lifestyle like live-in relation, illicit relations, gambling in casinos, pub, disco.

However, when we get a good association, who tries to awaken us and show us the path beyond the evident, we tend to ask - Why. Example – Why should I think about God now, I am too young for that; Why should I read scriptures; Why, Why Why.

This is where we are getting stuck. 

We should ask Question-to-Learn. Shoot questions – when scientists say there is no God, how can you be so sure there is God OR How can we see God OR How can we be so sure that whatever is stated in Vedas is correct etc.

These questions will subconsciously open up the windows of our mind so that we become receptive and may reasonably understand the answers. After that, we are always free to accept or discard whatever answer has been offered to us. 


Therefore, we must understand the difference between Faith, Blind Faith & Superstition. We should also understand to live normally – without getting crazy – each one of us (including scientist & atheists) are having (blind) faith in something or other. Again we must also understand our belief is Blind Faith or Superstition if there is no strong ground other than sentimentalism. Therefore even in spirituality, we must understand – what-we-do-why-we-do. 

Many times we find people getting mad at when informed – Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We must enquire. Instead of getting mad, we must enquire from bonafide spiritual leaders, enquire from great scriptures, we will get the answer.

Therefore we have a very bold statement – “Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation” [BG 3.3- Purport]


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Existence of God: Simple observation of the world.

A very common question asked by many "Does God exist?" can easily be answered if one "observes" the world closely.

When we look at some beautiful piece of man-made work around us (like painting, sculpture, monument, etc.), we always inquire about the person behind it, i.e, we ask about the "creator".

Few examples:

What we subconsciously know and understand is 
  • every Art has to have an Artist
  • every Beautiful Organization needs an Organizer
  • every Design has to have a Designer
  • every Law has to have a Law Maker
  • that means every Creation has to have a Creator

We call this logical or common-sense. If we come across anyone who says otherwise, we will not consider him very wise.

However our logic and common-sense suddenly goes for a toss when we come across beautiful natural objects.

We tend to ignore a Beautiful Art in Nature, we do not see How organized the world, viz, the solar system is. If for once we would have seen then we would have certainly inquired about the "Brain  / Mastermind Behind It"

We tend to discard the fact of an intelligent being behind everything, just on the pretext of the so-called advancement of material (modern) science.

So let us take some time to see what some of the most eminent scientists, who were the pioneers of modern science, had to say:

Albert Einstein: 
There is a perfect brain behind all the natural physical laws.

Erwin Schrodinger:
I am very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world around me is very deficient. It gives a lot of factual information, puts all our experience in a magnificently consistent order, but is ghastly silent about all that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us. It cannot tell us a word about red and blue, bitter and sweet, physical pain and physical delight; it knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains, but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.

Lord Kelvin:
 Overwhelming strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us.

I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism.

The more thoroughly I conduct scientific research, the more I believe that science excludes atheism.

The atheistic idea is so nonsensical that I do not see how I can put it in words.

Do not be afraid of being free thinkers. If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God, which is the foundation of all religion. You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion.

Sir Issac Newton:

This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being . . . This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God.

When I wrote my treatise about our system, I had an eye upon such principles as might work with considering men for the belief of a Deity, and nothing can rejoice me more than to find it useful for that purpose.

The true God is a living, intelligent and powerful Being . . . He governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done.

Max Born:
We, the atom and I, have been on friendly terms, until recently. I saw in it the key to the deepest secrets of Nature, and it revealed to me the greatness of creation and the Creator.

Srinivasa Ramanujan
An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God. 

Werner Heisenberg
There is a higher power, not influenced by our wishes, which finally decides and judges.

Michael Faraday
I bow before Him who is Lord of all, and hope to be kept waiting patiently for His time and mode of releasing me according to His Divine Word and the great and precious promises whereby His people are made partakers of the Divine nature.

We ought to value the privilege of knowing God’s truth far beyond anything we can have in this world.

Some of the misleading scientific "myth" theories

Before we look into the topic, let me share with you a true incident that happened with me. On the way to my office, I pass by a construction site, filled with sand, bricks, concrete, iron bars, kept ready for construction. Yesterday, as usual, on the way to my office, I was crossing the same site.

Suddenly bang!!!

A massive explosion happened. While my ears were still recovering the impact, I saw myself trapped amidst clouds of fiery smoke and dust. It took almost an hour to realize I was lying on the ground, covered with soot. Slowly as the air got cleared, I saw, miracle!!! There was a beautiful flyover, out of nowhere, at the site of the explosion. Wao!! Yes definitely, it was red hot then. But as it cooled down, it slowly revealed its beauty!!!

You don't believe me??!! Why??? Did I miss something??? What if I put in some jargon, some fancy names, let's call this incident Small Bang Theory of Construction!! Still, don't believe me? What if some scientists manage to "attach" a mathematical formula? Still, won't believe it? WHY? 

The simple answer is - Because it lacks logic. 

  • An explosion can result in devastation and not construction.
  • A sudden appearance of an object, with beauty and perfect design, can ONLY & ONLY happen in fairy tales.
  • Every law of physics and harmony getting applied by chance is not science

Again, we are logically intelligent so far. But what happens to our intelligence when we hear The BIG - BANG Theory, which states;
According to the Big Bang theory, the universe was born about 13.8 billion years ago. All the matter that exists today was once squished into an infinitely denseinfinitely tiny, ultra-hot point called a singularity. This tiny fireball then exploded and gave rise to the early universe.
Does it even sound like science?

From where did this single point/singularity come? How did the matter which exists today, came into this point of singularity? How and why was it squeezed in? So many questions that are never answered by any scientist so far, yet we believe in this theory.

Wrapping up
Today our society is turning Godless just on the pretext of "so-called" scientific advancement, but as Lord Kelvin said

If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God.

The purpose of this article was to emphasize on the fact that true science and intelligent scientists acknowledge a Supreme Creator and not refuses Him. When we look around us, we should try to be intelligent enough to understand that nothing happened by chance.


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Existence of God: See the magic around !!!

I was taking my morning walk when I noticed there were white fluffy bits of cotton strewn around on the grass in one corner of the park. I looked up and saw that there was huge silk cotton (semal) tree which had many open pods on its branches and these pods contained fluffy cotton. I picked up a pod lying nearby and looked at it closely; it contained a handful of soft, silky, cotton with few scattered black seeds within it. I thought for a moment, "cotton-growing directly on a tree how amazing!!". This triggered numerous similar thoughts. The banyan tree (one of the largest trees on earth) can spread over a few acres. This tree grows to a massive size just from a seed which is only a few millimeters in size, how is this possible?    

When a child is born, he grows for the initial few years, then stops growing and after some years gradually starts aging. All this happens in such an orderly, programmed manner this itself is a miracle.

I once attended a show on under-water aquatic life. Life underwater in the ocean is truly amazing. Despite spending millions on exploration and research; most of the information and facts remain unknown to us, unexplored. Nature – mountains, forests, deserts continually show us such breath-taking sights but do we ever think who designed this or how was this created?  Who is the creator? 

Because we see all these changes - day and night, change of the seasons, people growing up and then aging all happen before us right from childhood, day in-day out, year after year; we consider these as routine usual activities and take them for granted.

Lord Krishna tells us in the Bhagavad Gita: 
This material nature which is one of My energies is working under My direction O son of Kunti, producing all moving and non-moving beings. Under its rule, this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.                                         
Bhagavad Gita 9.10

Wherever we look, whether it is nature or the human body or our awesome universe; it is absolutely amazing. 

If we appreciate the beauty around us, we would certainly develop a sense of responsibility towards nature and also show gratitude towards our creator. We would then learn to use our natural resources responsibly, not just to satisfy our selfish needs. We spend hours in a queue to buy tickets for a magic show but fail to appreciate the magic and beauty around us happening every moment, each day.


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Wonderful answer to - Can we actually see God?

Have we ever paused to think who has created the wonders of nature we see every day in our lives?   - the beautiful flowers, variety of plants, so many types of birds and animals?    How is it that we have day and night, seasons, seasonal flowers and fruits, regularly with such precision?  How can water collect inside the coconut and that too at a height of about 100 feet? How can birds migrate to different lands crossing thousands of miles and return back to their homes with the change of season?  Are all these just a matter of chance?

The human body – both structure and function remain an intriguing mystery even today despite centuries of research. It is so very complex that it is not possible for one doctor to have detail knowledge of the entire human body. So today, we have specialists and super-specialists for every organ of the human body – the heart, the bones, and joints, the brain and nerves etc. Imagine someone who has complete knowledge of all the complex organ systems of the human body, as only then it could have been designed. Who is this? 

There are so many things in this world which are beyond our control. Can we choose our parents?  Why is it that someone is born in a rich family, while another is born in a poor home. Similarly; beauty, intelligence, health/disease are largely beyond our control. Who is the controller? We have all seen natural disasters - cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes. In a matter of a few seconds, there can be such devastation that suddenly life changes permanently and irreversibly. Who is the controller………who decides?

In science we have read the Laws of motion, Law of gravity, Thermodynamics laws and in Optics there are laws of reflection/ refraction. In Physics we have studied that phenomena involving light, sound, thermodynamics, gravity are all governed by laws. So there are specific laws governing various phenomena in nature. Similarly, in our routine lives, there is a silent INVISIBLE LAW……. someone is rewarded/gifted (good health, wealth, prosperity) and someone is punished (diseased, adversity, accidents). Now if we have laws, there has to be an administrator/lawmaker.  There certainly is someone (invisible to us with material eyes) who holds the law.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna clearly states that He is the controller of material nature, producing all moving and nonmoving beings.

The Lord says;

mayadhyakshena prakritih suyate sa characharam
hetunanena kaunteya jagad viparivartate.               

This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule, this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.
Bhagavad Gita 9.10

In our scriptures, we see that one of the proofs of the existence of God is the law of karma.  During a person’s lifetime, his karmic acts (actions) result in merits and demerits.  After death, the Supreme Lord recognizes the merits and demerits which he had earned. Then when he is reborn, it is ensured that in this life he might have karmically appropriate experiences. Thus, there must be an administrator or supervisor for karma, i.e., God.

If you say can you show me, God?

In this material world, we do not have direct evidence for many things. We all know that our senses are imperfect. When I send an email, I click on a button and it is sent ….can I see it travel? –no, I have only indirect evidence. Similarly, the electromagnetic radiations have a visible wavelength range; ultra-violet (UV)light and infra-red (IR)light is invisible. There is indirect proof that IR light and UV light does exist but can we see these directly? Sound waves have an audible frequency range of 20 Hz -20,000 Hz for human beings. The range beyond 20,000 Hz is audible to certain animals but not to man………. so can we say it does not exist? Similarly, our emotion, feelings, anxiety, thoughts are all subtle, invisible but have existence without a doubt.

So we must understand and acknowledge the limitation of our material senses. With these senses, we can not see Lord, unless He wants to reveal Himself to us. This is confirmed from the following statement of Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita

But you cannot see Me with your present eyes. Therefore I give you divine eyes. Behold My mystic opulence!
Bhagavad Gita 11.8

However, such a fortune is extremely rare when one is blessed to behold the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yet there is another vision which helps us to see God around us. This is called the Spiritual Vision. It is derived by understanding scriptures under the supervision of a bonafide guru (Sastra Chakshu). This is the minimum qualification a human being must have.

Srila Prabhupada has explained this by quoting Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, his spiritual master.
My spiritual master used to say that, "You do not try to see God. Just act in such a way that God will see you." Just try to understand. This is very nice. If I want to see God, and I make God as my order-supplier, that "Please come and I'll see You." So God is not so small that He, at once I call Him and He'll come. No. We have to qualify ourselves. We have to qualify ourselves. Therefore by the qualification, by your qualification, God will Himself come and see you.
Lecture on Bhagavad Gita 10.1 (New York, December 30, 1966)

My Guru Mahārāja used to say that "You don't try to see God." Just try to understand. "Just work in such a way that God may see you." This is the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Everyone is busy to see God. Of course, it is not so easy to see God. But a devotee is not busy to see God, but he wants God to see him.
Lecture on BG 12.13-14 -- Bombay, May 12, 1974

HENCE: Behind every creation, there must be a creator. The whole world is a wonderful creation, and God is the invisible silent controller. To realize and understand and in a way see His presence, one must have minium qualification of Sastra Chakshu.


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Incredible Veda

What is Veda or Vedic Knowledge? Who composed Vedas? When was Vedas composed? Is it authentic or fairy tale fiction composed for no reason? In today's modern scientific age, how relevant is Vedic Knowledge? Does it have any relevance for me if I am not into spirituality? So many questions come to our mind when we hear about Veda. 

This article is mainly composed to answer such questions.


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Sampradaya means "to hand down" or "to pass down" knowledge. It is also known as Parampara or Guru Parampara or Guru Shishya Parampara or disciplic succession.


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