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The Not So Holy Warsby His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
WorldNetDaily - June 17, 2006 - Exterminating Religion from the Culture
In the explanation for Muslim terrorism offered by Canada's liberal commentators, a curious underlying assumption is becoming evident. Terrorism is caused, they imply, not because some men believe in a false religion, but because they believe in any religion at all.
By TED BYFIELD
The error lies not in what religious teachings a person believes true, but in believing any of them true. The terrorist is dangerous because he has embraced the idea that ultimate truth can be known.
Therefore, the only way to abolish terrorism is to abolish the claim of any religion to teach the truth...
Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam (SB 5.5.35), Vrindaban, November 22, 1976
means to agree to serve Krishna. That is oneness. There is no
disobedience. "Whatever You say, I accept"—that is oneness. Anukulyena
krishnanushilanam [Chaitanya-charitamrita Madhya
19.167]. That is oneness. At the present moment we differ. We make
differences. "Here is the opinion of the American. Here is the opinion
of Indian. Here is the opinion of the German. Here is the opinion of
the shudra, and so on, so on. So here means disagreement,
always disagreement. Because I am envious of you, you are envious of
me, so how there can be agreement? So wherefrom this enviousness has
begun? Because we are envious of Krishna. Because we are envious of
—"Why Krishna become God? I am also God." This is the beginning of
enviousness, this rascaldom, that "Why Krishna shall become alone God?"
He said, mam ekam sharanam. "Why Krishna alone?" They
say, the rascal philosophers say, 'This is sophistry. It is demanding
too much. Mam ekam sharanam vraja. Why? Why shall I
accept You as the Supreme?" This enviousness begins. This is the
beginning of envy.
One who has become sama-darshinah, he is perfectly learned. And that is very difficult. It is meant for them. Dharmah projjhita-kaitavo atra paramo nirmatsaranam [Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.2]. [Translation: "Completely rejecting all religious activities which are materially motivated, this Bhagavata Purana propounds the highest truth, which is understandable by those devotees who are fully pure in heart. The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. Such truth uproots the threefold miseries. This beautiful Bhagavatam, compiled by the great sage Vyasadeva [in his maturity], is sufficient in itself for God realization. What is the need of any other scripture? As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhagavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart." ] It is not meant for such a one who thinks that "My Hinduism is better than your Muhammadanism," or he thinks, "My Muhammadanism is better than your Hinduism." The matsaratam [envy], it is in religious platform... There is matsara. That matsarata dharma, that kind of religious system... Just like there are everywhere the same thing. In Ireland the fighting is going on between the Protestants and the Catholics. Is it not? Going on continuously. Now it has become so dangerous that you cannot walk on the street. At any moment there will be bombs. Last time when I was in London I had the experience. All of a sudden our car was diverted. The police came: "There is bomb. You cannot go there." So this is going on. In London, in Germany, and other places it has become a terrible place. At any moment there can be bomb. And what is the bombing? The fight between the Roman Catholics and Protestants. Just like we have got experience, Pakistan and India, in 1947. Calcutta itself became divided into two, Pakistan and Hindustan. Nobody was going. There is one big road, Chitpoor Road. So up to Hanson Road, it is Hindustan, and after that, it is Pakistan. The Pakistanis did not dare to come to this side.
So this is matsara. The matsarata, enviousness, that is the nature of this material world. Therefore Krishna consciousness, krishna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita-matih, it is very, very rare. Rupa Gosvami said, "This rare thing, if you can purchase, do it immediately wherever available." Krishna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita-matih kriyatam yadi kuto 'pi labhyate: "If it is available, if you can purchase it, you do it." "So purchase it? I can try, but what price I have to pay?" Tatra laulyam ekalam mulyam: "The price is simply you must be very, very eager to have it. That's all." "Oh, that I can do. It is not very difficult. I am so much eager after money, after woman, and so I shall transfer." So Krishna..., Rupa Gosvami says, "No, no. It is not so easy."
sukritibhih [millions of births of pious
activities]. If you become pious... Because pious is the good
position. Yesham anta-gatam papam jananam punya-karmanam.
So to become pious is good because there is hope of understanding
Krishna. Otherwise, if you remain impious, na mam dushkritino
mudhah prapadyante naradhamah [Bg. 7.15]. If you remain sinful,
then you'll remain always rascal. You'll never understand Krishna.
You'll never understand. Therefore we must try to become pious. And
that pious means no sinful activities. Therefore we proscribe four
sinful things, the pillars of sinful life: no illicit sex, no
meat-eating, no intoxication, no gambling—four pillars. If you break
these four pillars from the very beginning of your spiritual life, then
you stand on the platform. But if your, these four pillars are there,
you stand on a false platform, not on the spiritual platform. That is
yogic siddhi. Yesham anta-gatam papam jananam.
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