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A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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mani-gana iva. Just like you have got pearl
necklace, and it is woven in a thread. So all the pearls, they are
resting on that thread. There is no question of good or bad. Everything
is resting in God. There is no question of good or bad. Not that all
good men simply rest on that thread. Whatever we see within our
experience, everything is resting on God. There is another verse in the
Bhagavad-gita, maya tatam idam sarvam jagad
avyakta-murtina: [Bhagavad-gita 9.4] "In the
impersonal form, I am spread all over the manifestation, cosmic
manifestation, and everything is resting on Me, but it is not
necessarily I am in everything." That is the statement there. The
definition of God, first of all, if you take this definition, as the
root of everything, as the source of everything, however you like. It
is the definition given by the Vedanta-sutra, janmady
asya yatah: [Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1] the origin or
birth or emanation of everything. Now you take anything and find out
where is the original cause, then you come to God. Take anything on
this table. Your self, your body. Everything you take, if you go on
searching, searching, searching, what is, where is the origin, then you
come to God. That is the perfect definition of God,
janmady asya yatah: [Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1] the
origin or source of everything. What do you think?
Ambassador: Oh, I'm very impressed.
Ambassador: The last...
Prabhupada: This is the right... Another definition is God, God is all-attractive. Now, if you try to understand what is this attractiveness, just like your American country is very opulent, very attractive. If a man is very rich in the society, he is attractive. Then if a man is very strong, then he is attractive. If a man is very famous, he is attractive. If a man—man or woman—if a man is very beautiful, he is attractive. If a man is in the renounced order, he is attractive. If a man is very wise, he is attractive. These six features are attractive features. Now, these attractive features, every one of us have to some extent. Just like you are ambassador, representative of USA, so you are attractive. So this attractiveness you have got. Sometimes I have also got. Somebody comes to me, "Let me see this Swami speak," you see. So this attractiveness everyone possesses. But God means who has got all the attractiveness in full. That is God. You may be very rich, but you cannot say that "I am the richest person in the world." That is not possible. But God can say "I am the richest person in the whole creation." Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-maheshvaram [Bhagavad-gita 5.29]. He says, "I am the proprietor of everything." Just like in America, before the Europeans migrated to America, the land was there. It belonged to somebody. Now you are claiming you are proprietor. Say after five hundred years or something somebody may come. The land is there, we come here for the time being and claim: "It is my property." But actually who is the proprietor? Actually God is the proprietor. Therefore anything produced out of the land, that is also property of God. Just like if you have got a gold mine in your country. So I am not.... India will not go to claim that "It is my property." It is your property, because it is produced with your land. So if the whole land, whole sky, whole air, whole light, everything belongs to God, then where is your proprietorship? It is stated, bhumir apo 'nalo vayuh kham buddhih mano eva [Bhagavad-gita 7.4]. Now, nobody can say "The sky is my property," but there must be some proprietor of the sky. What do you think? If everything has got a proprietor, everything is made of these five elements—sky, water, air, earth—
Prabhupada: Fire, mind, intelligence, ego. These eight elements. Krishna says that "They are my energies." The things which are made by Krishna's energy, how you can claim your property? Suppose a carpenter comes, you give him money to prepare some chair. The money is your energy. Now when the chair is prepared, he cannot claim that "I have prepared this chair. It is my property." No. It has been made with my energy; therefore it is my property. So if you make analysis of this whole cosmic situation you will find that everything is made out of the energy of God. Then how you can claim that "I am proprietor"? This is false. This is called maya. Just like we have seen in Calcutta when there was a [indistinct] during the transition state. Britishers are going on. There was a great Hindu-Muslim riot. Now they fought, Hindus and Muslims, and they died. After death, there lying piles of dead body. No more Hindu and Muslim. It is simply lump of matter. But because they got a type of body, a type of mental situation, consciousness, they fought with one another, and then after death, no more claiming "Hindu" and "Muslim." This is called illusion. "I am American," "I am Indian," "I am Hindu," "I am Muslim," "I am this," "I am that"—these are all designation. Really what I am? I am pure soul, part and parcel of God. That is my identity. So people should be taught this science. As soon as one understands his constitutional position, his actual situation, then he says, "Oh, I am not this. I was struggling so hard under some misidentification."