"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)
Showing posts with label 02. Modern Science vs Vedic Knowledge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 02. Modern Science vs Vedic Knowledge. Show all posts

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]


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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 which 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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Is Modern Science A Blind Faith?




Today we all are living in the world of science and technology and slowly everyone is getting accustomed to it without even thinking about the authenticity of it. But when it comes to the spiritual science every Tom Dick and Harry raise the question for its authenticity and also they have devised a new term called “Myth” which means a widely held but false belief or idea.

Now many would question here - can be believing in God be called spiritual science?

Actually, science is the real knowledge of the things as it is. Vedas means knowledge. The knowledge of everything in this material universe and beyond is contained in Vedas (or Vedic Scriptures). Everything a human brain can ponder upon is revealed in Vedic Scriptures. Hence Vedic Scriptures is the highest knowledge of everything. Everything has got the ultimate, the supreme summum bonum. That summum bonum of Vedic knowledge or Vedānta is Krishna, because Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita "vedaiś ca sarvair aham" which means - "By all the Vedas, I am to be known". Krishna being the summum bonum of entire knowledge, Krishna Consciousness is the topmost science.

But how many would accept this? Not many. Lord Krishna himself says in Bhagavad Gita

Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavour for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in Truth. 
Bhagavad Gita 7.3

Only a person who has the intelligence and pure heart, will have faith in Bhagavad Gita and accepts it as it is without a doubt. This unflinching faith can be achieved by only by hearing from a bonafide person from a bonafide sampradaya. After hearing from a bonafide source, if the person sincerely try to regulate his life, then gradually he comes to a stage where he clearly understands that The Supreme God none other than Lord Krishna, the speaker of Bhagavad Gita, as confirmed in Brahma Samhita

isvarah paramah krsnah, sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah,anadir adir govindah, sarva-karana- karanam


Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.

Now after reading this who cannot understand that Krishna is God? This can be answered as there are three types of ignorant people who cannot understand it.

(1)
One who is born in the human family but leading an animal-like life, interested only in eating-sleeping-defending-mating (ahara, nidra, bhaya, maithun). These four activities are the center of focus in every species life including human. But if a human engages his entire life in doing only these activities, then he is no better than an animal. At a gross level, today's modern civilization is engaged in ONLY these activities. A real human being is one who follows a dharma - Seeking The Higher Reality, searching God, as said in Mahabharat

āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithunaṁ ca
sāmānyam etat paśubhir narāṇām
dharmo hi teṣām adhiko viśeṣo
dharmeṇa hīnāḥ paśubhiḥ samānāḥ

Eating, sleeping, sex, and defense—these four principles are common to both human beings and animals. The distinction between human life and animal life is that a man can search after God but an animal cannot. That is the difference. Therefore a man without that urge for searching after God is no better than an animal.
Mahabharat, Shanti Parv, 294.29

So basically without God realization, a human is just a two-legged animal. Day by day the Godless civilization is increasing and how is it? Modern education is one of the root cause of this calamity. They are giving the knowledge to earn bread but missing the important aspect, God. Problem is many parents do not know by themselves about the science of God, so what can they imbibe into their children? Ironically, especially in India, we have accepted that we are secular and no religion-based countries. Thus becoming Godless has become a sign of progressive rational modern culture. But we should know this human life is too precious to be wasted like an animal.

(2)
The second type are the ones who know the scriptures but after hearing all the scriptures, they still do not have faith and thinks it to be imaginary / mythology. Krishna says;

Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of him as amazing, while others, even after hearing about him, cannot understand him at all.  
Bhagavad Gita 2.29

In fact these people have blind faith in their senses. However, the matter of fact is our senses in itself are imperfect and limited. Example: one cannot see the object very near or very far. Same is the case with all other senses. Most of the time, any speculation made based on these limited and imperfect senses becomes a fairy tale. Example the infamous Darwin’s Theory. Around 150 years ago Darwin thought about evolution and gave an atheistic explanation termed as the survival of the fittest. As per this theory one progenitor gives birth to another form of progenitor-like the future living beings are born with some new features which are different from their parents and the one who is fittest survives and life carries on and the weak perish in the span of time. In this way, Darwin thought that monkeys are the forefather of human beings and as time passed they have evolved. Similarly Darwin thought to himself and goes still backward in evolution like the scrolling animal and further, the trees, birds and aquatics should be their predecessors. Beyond that Darwin thought that single cell bacteria are the actual father of all the living entities that exist today. 

Don’t you think it is funny that when you visit a big palace you find pictures of one's forefather and slowly you can see a picture of bacteria? Ah! Here are my forefather bacteria. Darwin theory didn't stop at this, it further speculated some million of years ago some reactive materials collided amongst each other and the first life form appeared from it. Few so-called intellectuals supported this and slowly through propaganda it got accepted worldwide. Ironically even though Darwin's Theory has been scientifically proven wrong, school syllabus are still polluting the young minds with this fantasy theory

As Lord Krishna says about those who can actually accept the truth and not such propaganda.

Therefore, one who has renounced the fruits of action, whose doubts are destroyed by transcendental knowledge, and who is situated firmly in the self, is not bound by works, O conqueror of riches.   
Bhagavad Gita 4.41

People like Darwin come up with such concocted interpretation because they do not want to accept that everything is controlled by a controller. Anyone by the normal brain can understand that we are all controlled, like sleeping every day, similarly, no one likes old age but everyone is forced to become old with the time. So there should be some controller of all these and should be the Supreme among us which scriptures reveal to us.


O conquerer of wealth [Arjuna], there is no Truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.
Bhagavad Gita 7.7


Neither the hosts of demigods nor the great sages know My origin, for, in every respect, I am the source of the demigods and the sages.
Bhagavad Gita 10.2


I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me.
Bhagavad Gita 10.8



By these statement once again a normal person can easily understand who actually God is.


(3)
Finally, the third type people are the one who says that all the things written in scriptures are impossible to follow and it cannot be achieved. This shows their lack of faith in the words of scriptures, caused by ignorance. This weak faith can be strengthened with the sword of knowledge, which can cut through this ignorance by the constant sublime touch of the nine processes of devotional service as mentioned in scriptures.

sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanamarcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam

Hearing, chanting, remembering, serving, worship, prayers, becoming servant, becoming best friend and surrendering everything one has to Lord Krishna. This is the process explained by Prahalada Maharaj in Srimad Bhagavatam 7.5.23

So a request to every reader that please do come and associate withthe devotees nearby you and try to follow the instruction of The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, as spirituality is the science which can redefine ones way of thinking and live life happily amidst of all the hypocrisy.

With this request all readers to chant loudly with me Hare Krishna!
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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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