Whole planet, I mean the population, they're so bright.
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[Posted June 9, 2006]

The Sun is Not on Fire

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Founder-Acharya of the world-wide Hare Krishna Movement, Brahma Sampradaya Acharya

Srila Prabhupada

Morning Walk with Disciples,  March 18, 1974, Vrindaban

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Prabhupada: [Speaking of the sun] The scientists say that it is a blazing fire, sun planet. Fire is generally red color with little yellow. Why it is white? We have no experience of fire, white. So how do they say it is fire? That is my question. [break] ...tell me what... blue I have seen. Red I have seen. Where is white?

Guru dasa: The sun is a reflection of the brahmajyoti?

Prabhupada: That is another. First of all, you answer whether it is fire or something else. [break] It is not fire. It is a brilliant body. It is not fire. [break]

Satsvarupa: ...body of Vivasvan [the sun god]?

Prabhupada: Whole planet, I mean the population, they're so bright.

Satsvarupa: Sometimes in your lectures you explain the living entities can live there because they have bodies of fire.

Prabhupada: Fiery. Not fire.

Guru dasa: Fiery.

Prabhupada: Because there is heat and brightness, therefore they can say fire. Just like, what is called, diamond. Diamond looks like, bright, like this beautiful. But that is not fire. Diamond, real diamond, you keep in dark room; it will be light. But that is not fire.

Devotee: Effulgent.

Prabhupada: Yes. Bright. Brightness.

Devotee: What about the stars?

Prabhupada: Stars? They are planets like this planet. Like moon planet, the moon planet. Nakshatranam aham shachi. The stars, they are so many moons, not suns. They say "sun." And we say, "No, it is moon." Sun is only one. In each universe there is one sun, but there are many planets like moons.

Tamal Krsna: Reflections.

Prabhupada: Reflection. We get it from Bhagavad-gita. Nakshatranam aham shashi. [break] ...due to the sun, reflect.

Guru dasa: Why does the moon reflect? They say the moon is sandy, but this sand here is not reflecting.

Prabhupada: That... They are not going to the moon planet. They are going to some other planet, Rahu planet.

Guru dasa: Rahu?

Prabhupada: Yes. There are many planets invisible. So there is a Rahu planet which comes in front of the moon planet, and that is called eclipse. So there is a planet rotating. I think they are going to that Rahu planet, not to the moon planet.

Hansadutta: How can they make such a mistake?

Prabhupada: Eh?

Hansadutta: How is it that they made such a big mistake?

Prabhupada: Their whole life is mistake. [laughter] They cannot do anything but mistake. Why you are so much confident about that? Their whole life is simply mistake.

Pusta Krsna: Prabhupada, they see a little fire, and they see that it has heat and light, and so they see a huge thing having heat and light, and so they conclude that that's also a fire. So if that's their deductive method, then if they see that whenever there's intelligence, there must be a person, then why don't they conclude that behind the universe, there's so many wonderful things, that there must also be a person?

Prabhupada: Yes, we say there are persons, combination of fiery persons. Therefore it looks so bright.

Aksayananda: Is the brightness of a diamond because of the presence of a jiva?

Prabhupada: Eh?

Aksayananda: The brightness...? No.

Prabhupada: Suppose you get a diamond body. Just like glow worm. Glow worm, it has a glowing body. That's all. But the glowing substance is different from the soul. Owner of the body is different.

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