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Swagatam (Welcome)

As there is only one light in the whole Universe, the Sun. There is only one scripture that is the light of spiritual knowledge. The Bhagavad-Gita.

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Sarva Bhavantu Sukhina (May all be happy)
Sarva Santu Niramaya (May all be without disease)
Sarva Bhadrani Pashyantu (May all be safe)
Maa Kaschit Dukha Bhagh Bhavet (May none have misery of any sort)

The 'all' means all living beings and not just the humans. This is a Vedic prayer which is unique to Sanatan-Dharma (the Eternal Religion).

Vedic culture means no killing, no slavery, no hatred, no aggressors, no wickedness, no exploitation, universal brotherhood, freedom of speech/thought, and full knowledge of God.

Non-Vedic culture means killing, slavery, hatred, aggressors, wickedness, exploitation, no universal brotherhood, no freedom of speech/thought, and unknown/invisible God (godlessness).

It is very important to learn yourself and then teach the philosophy of the Eternal Religion (Sanatan Dharma) to your children and others. By not teaching the Vedic values to others, humans become degraded into following non-Vedic cultures. Thus become killers, slavers, haters, aggressive, wicked, exploiters, narrow minded, and godless.

It is the duty of parents to give spiritual knowledge to their children from early childhood so they can be slowly elevated to a higher consciousness and eventually to Krishna (God) consciousness so they don't come back to this miserable material creation and go back to the spiritual creation called Vaikuntha where everyone lives in the same body that is completely beautiful, full of bliss/love, full of knowledge, eternal, and with no trace of misery/suffering.

How do I know if I am the following the real God?

If you can describe God then you are following the real God, if you cannot describe God, then you are not following God but your imagination.

God is described only in the Vedic scriptures. So if you want to follow the real God, then you have to follow the Vedic scriptures. God can only be known to those who engage in His service, thus service unto Lord Krishna.

"My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 11.54)

Here is the description of God from the Vedic scriptures.

"His mouth expresses His happiness. His eyes spread like the petals of a lotus, and His garments, yellowish like the saffron of a kadamba flower, are bedecked with valuable jewels. His ornaments are all made of gold, set with jewels, and He wears a glowing head dress and earrings. His lotus feet are placed over the whorls of the lotuslike hearts of great mystics. On His chest is the Kaustubha jewel, engraved with a beautiful calf, and there are other jewels on His shoulders. His complete torso is garlanded with fresh flowers. He is well decorated with an ornamental wreath about His waist and rings studded with valuable jewels on His fingers. His leglets, His bangles, His oiled hair, curling with a bluish tint, and His beautiful smiling face are all very pleasing." (Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.9-11)

The above is the description of God, anyone who believes that God is all beautiful, opulent, and loving, would accept Lord Krishna as the Supreme person and immediately engage in His service.

God and Demigods

There are 33 crore (330 million) demigods and only ONE GOD, based on the Vedic scriptures. The demigods are very powerful humans who maintain the material creation, under the guidance of the Supreme, Lord Krishna. Just like in a corporation, there are many directors/managers, but only one CEO, who is responsible for the running of the whole corporation. Lord Krishna is addressed as 'the Supreme Personality of Godhead' in the Bhagavad-Gita. In the Vedic sense, the word 'God' means someone who is a controller, the 'Godhead' means the head of all Gods, the head of all controllers.

The Last Words of God

Just 500 hundred years ago, Lord Krishna again appeared in the form of Lord Caitanya and He once again very clearly proved that He was God and stated that Lord Krishna is the only God and only He should be worshipped.

 Lord Caitanya's message for humanity is to study and follow the Vedic scriptures especially the Bhagavad-Gita and thus:

  • Always think of Krishna (chanting and/or working for Krishna) 
  • Worship Krishna (deity worship)
  • Serve Krishna (offer water, flower, leaf)
  • Follow the regulated principles for civilized human beings - No meat/fish/eggs, No drugs/alcohol/tobacco, No gambling, No relationship outside marriage
  • Love and serve all living beings (become a servant - Das/Dasi)
  • Peach all the above to all the people of the World

"Lord Caitanya is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna Himself, full with six opulences. He is the Absolute Truth, and no other truth is greater than or equal to Him." (Caitanya-caritmrta Adi-Lila 1.3)

Read about the last words of God including proof of His divinity from the Vedic scripture Caitanya-caritmrta

Does God Order Us To Love All Living Beings?

“One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me-such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 12.13-14)  

The real God will instruct His followers to love all living beings. In the above verse, Lord Krishna is stating that all living beings should be loved. This is because He is the father of all living beings and He wants all His children to get along. This level of love cannot be found in the non-Vedic scriptures.

How Do I Determine Which Is the Truth?

Everyone says their way is the best.  So how do I decide? The answer is very simple, that which is eternal and universal is the truth.  Only the Vedic religion is eternal and universal. In the current cycle alone, the Vedic religion has existed for 155.522 trillion years. The non-Vedic religions are recently created and thus not eternal.

What is Spiritual and Material Consciousness?

One who thinks he is the body (dust) does not believe in karma and reincarnation and thus they believe everything happens by chance (no karma) and this is the one and only life (no reincarnation and the soul is not eternal). This is material consciousness and everything is based on the bodily platform.

One who realizes that we are the eternal soul within this temporary body and thus the soul transmigrates from one body to another life after life based on the actions taken (karma) is spiritually conscious. Spiritual means that which is eternal (soul) and material means that which is temporary (body). 

"Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.12-13)

Only the Vedic scriptures teach that we are the eternal soul and not the temporary body (dust) and life is an intelligent design, nothing happens by chance (karma). Thus if one wants to be spiritual then one must study and follow the Vedic scriptures.

"Life is an intelligent design, nothing happens randomly. [Karma]" (Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple)

Lord Krishna Is the Only Proven God

"Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me, O son of Kunti, but they do so in a wrong way. I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Therefore, those who do not recognize My true transcendental nature fall down." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.23-24)

In Kali Yuga, the age of darkness and ignorance (the current age) there are many wicked people who will cheat and deceive others in many ways including into thinking that God is unknown/invisible. Only the fools, less intelligent, and those with no real knowledge, will be deceived by such experts. Those with some intelligence will question why should God all of a sudden be unknown/invisible and will realize that only Lord Krishna is the proven God who has appeared more than 18,000 in His original form right here on this planet, and each time proved He was the one and only God and only He should be worshipped.

Which Scriptures are the Truth?

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That which is eternal and universal is the truth. The Vedic scriptures are repeatedly spoken and compiled and thus not one off and first delivered in the current cycle 155.522 trillion years ago and thus are eternal; existing in millions of universes and thus universal; and they contain vast knowledge covering all subject matters. The Vedic scriptures like the Bhagavad-Gita have already been spoken on this planet more than 18,000 times by the same person, Lord Krishna. It has also been spoken in millions of universes by the same person, Lord Krishna. The number of verses in all the main Vedic scriptures would come to more than 810,000, and the Vedic knowledge was last written down 5000 yeas ago. All the non-Vedic scriptures are recently created, one off, and have limited knowledge with less than 47,763 verses combined.

Are the Vedic Scriptures the Origin of All Knowledge?

All the truths found in the non-Vedic scriptures (Bible/Koran) are derived from the Vedic scriptures. This can be proven by the fact that the Vedic scriptures existed long before the non-Vedic scriptures and all the true knowledge that be can found in the non-Vedic scriptures can be found in greater detail, clarity, and depth in the Vedic scriptures. Lord Krishna is the compiler of the Vedic scriptures and thus the origin of all true knowledge and only he should be given all credit.

"By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.15)

Is God Unknown or Invisible?

“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be. (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.11)

God is great and thus He has no limitations, He is beyond our material conception. He appears in His original form which is human-like but the less intelligent and foolish cannot understand this. Only in the Vedic scriptures will you find a real tangible person who has appeared thousands of times and each time He declared and proved Himself as the supreme person, God. That person is Lord Krishna. In the non-Vedic scriptures God is completely unknown or invisible, godless.

Who Actually Says He Is the Source of Everything?

"I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.8)

“Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being-moving or nonmoving-that can exist without Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.39)  

If you read all the documents on the planet, you will only find one real tangible person who declares himself as God without any doubt and he also proved he was God without any doubt. All his details including his history dating back to trillions of years on this and other universes can only be found in the Vedic scriptures. The non-Vedic scriptures can't think beyond a few thousand years.

 Animal Killing

"Those who kill animals for food will be more prone than vegetarians to torture and kill their fellow men." (Pythagoras - Mathematician)

"People do not know how nature is working. If you kill, you must be killed. If you kill the cow, who is your mother, then in some future lifetime your mother will kill you." (Swami Srila Prabhupada)

Who Exactly Is God?

First we have to know the Qualities of God

God is the most powerful person, no one can defeat God in anyway.

God is the most beautiful person, no one is more beautiful than God.

God is the most loving person, He is the nicest guy around.

God is the most merciful person, He doesn’t send anyone eternally to hell.

God is the most forgiving person, He gives us unlimited chances (reincarnation).

God is the most caring person, He even cares for the animals like cows, pigs, chickens etc. (vegetarianism).

God is the most fair person, we are rewarded or punished based on our own actions (karma).

God is the most just person, He doesn’t make one suffer or enjoy for no reason (karma).

God is the most efficient person, He doesn’t keep the dead waiting (reincarnation).

God is the most responsible person, He doesn’t order His followers to hate others.

The Vedic scriptures, Srimad Bhagavtam and Bhagavad-Gita. Are the only scriptures on the Planet that completely describes a person who proved without a doubt that He has all the above qualities. That person is Lord Krishna.

Does God have a Form?

Some people believe that God is formless and thus cannot be seen. Does it make any sense to follow someone who has never been seen and who will never be seen?

You have a form, I have a form, even the plants and animals have a form, and so if God can give us a form, then why can’t he take a form for himself? Are we greater than God?

It is said that everything comes from God:

  • We have a form, because God has one.
  • We are beautiful to some degree, because God is all beautiful.
  • We are powerful to some degree, because God is all powerful.
  • We have some knowledge, because God has all knowledge.
  • We have some intelligence, because God has all intelligence.
  • We are merciful to some degree, because God is all merciful.
  • We are loving to some degree, because God is all loving.
  • We are peaceful to some degree, because God is all peaceful.
  • We are caring to some degree, because God is all caring.
  • We can remember some things from our childhood, because God can remember everything from everyone’s past.

God Is Great

People say God is great, but unfortunately they do not know how great God is. Lord Krishna in His Maha Vishnu form, has millions of Universes coming out of His body with every exhalation, and with every inhalation, millions of Universes go back into His body. There are trillions of Planets with living beings and the highest Planet in the material creation is called Satayaloka, where one single day is 8.64 billion earth years and the life span of the living beings on Satyaloka is trillions of years.

The Sun is situated in one place but the sunshine is everywhere in the Universe. Similaraly Lord Krishna is situated in one place, but He is also present on each of the trillions of Planets. He is present in the heart of every living being as the super soul and He is also present in every atom. This is how great God is.

What does God look like?

This question can only be answered by the Vedic scriptures.

  • Lord Krishna’s original form is just like a human being. Even the Christian Bible states that man is made in the image of God. This means that God is a person with two hands, 2 legs and so on. That person is Lord Krishna.
  • His complexion is dark-blue, like that of a rain filled cloud.
  • His eyes are like lotus petals.
  • He is ever youthful.
  • He is full of bliss and His beauty excels that of thousand of cupids.
  • He likes to play the flute.
  • He wears a peacock feather in his crown.
  • He wears the Kaustubha jewel around his neck.
  • He wears yellow garments.

Can God be worshipped in an Image Form?

For millions of years, humans have been worshipping God in an image form, so why is it all of a sudden wrong to worship God in an image form?

God has been creating humans who worship him in the image form for millions of years. Is God a fool?

God created the rules for humans to follow at creation, billions of years ago and not just a few thousands years ago.

The Vedic knowledge was passed down from Lord Vishnu (an incarnation of Lord Krishna) at creation to Brahma, the first living being. Then Brahma passed it down to his children and so on in disciplic succession down to the most recent prophet of God. Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. The Vedic religion is based on unlimited prophets and not just one. God is unlimited and all-powerful and so he can send unlimited prophets, and not just one.

It is important to understand that the Vedic scriptures authorize God’s image, thus Lord Krishna’s deity, to be worshipped and not any image.

There is only one living being who very strongly declared himself as the supreme. That person is Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna declared Himself as the Supreme Father:

“It should be understood that all species of life, o son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed giving father” (Bhagavad-Gita 14.4)

Lord Krishna declared Himself as the Supreme Creator:

“Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being, moving or unmoving, that can exist without me” (Bhagavad-Gita 10.39)

Lord Krishna declared Himself as the Supreme Controller:

“I give heat, and I withhold and send forth the rain” (Bhagavad-Gita 9.19)
“With a single fragment of myself I pervade and support this entire universe”(Bhagavad-Gita 10.42)

Lord rishna declared Himself as the Supreme Maintainer:

“I enter into each planet, and by my energy they stay in orbit” (Bhagavad-Gita 15.13)

Lord Krishna is Omnipresent: meaning He is present everywhere.

“I am the supersoul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities, I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all beings” ( Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

Lord Krishna is omnipotent, meaning He is the greatest:

“There is no truth beyond Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread”(Bhagavad-Gita 7.7)

Lord Krishna is Omniscient: meaning He knows the past, present, and the future:

“O Arjuna, I know everything that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet to come. I also know all living entities” (Bhagavad-Gita 7.26)
“Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot!”(Bhagavad-Gita 4.5)

Lord Krishna declared himself as the Only God:

“Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only me, O son of Kunti, but they do so in a wrong way. I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Therefore, those who do not recognize my true transcendental nature fall down.” (Bhagavad-Gita 9.24)
“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” (Bhagavad-Gita 18.66)

What’s the Proof that Krishna is God?

Anyone can claim to be God, but who can actually prove it?

In each incarnation, Lord Krishna proved without any doubt that He was God. Full details on all the miracles performed by Lord Krishna can be found in the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Lord Krishna performed miracles that no other being can perform:

  • When Lord Krishna was 7 years old, He lifted a mountain (26 miles in perimeter) and held it up with His one hand for 7 days. Witnessed by tens of thousands of people who were standing underneath the mountain.
  • Lord Krishna expanded His body into 16,108 forms. Which means he duplicated His body into 16,108 identical bodies.

The Purpose of Life

The purpose of human life is to enquire:

  • Who am I?
  • Where have I come from?
  • What will happen to me at death?
  • Why do I suffer?
  • Why do others suffer?
  • Who is God?
  • How can I serve God?
  • Why is there variety of living beings?
  • How can I get out this cycle of birth, old age, disease, and death?
  • How can I live eternally?

Only the human beings enquire, the animals do not enquire. Unfortunately at the present time many humans have become two legged animals.

Give up lust, greed, and anger. These force us to sin and the result is hellish life in this life and the lives after.

Give up the killing of animals, especially the cows. The animals are also our brothers and sisters. This means no meat eating and no leather (car seats, sofas, clothing).

Human birth is rare, we have to make the best use of it by not engaging in sinful activities. The sinful activities are being greedy, lusty, angry, and violence against other living beings (animals and humans).

Don’t waste this life by getting attached to the bodily platform of life (meat eating, lust, greed, anger, partying, discoing, bollywood and so on). This body is just one drop in the ocean of bodies that we are going through. A sword is hanging over y our head. It will fall at any moment. All your properties, cars, and big bank balance won’t help you at the time of death. Only your service to Lord Krishna will count at death. So make the best use of this precious life by serving Lord Krishna. All your physics, chemistry, math, computing, and business knowledge will be completely erased at death. Only spiritual knowledge will go with you, and the top most spiritual knowledge is the Bhagavad-Gita. So don’t waste precious time, read the Bhagavad-Gita, listen to the Bhagavad-Gita, and watch the Bhagavad-Gita.

We are the soul and not this body. The body is temporary but the soul is eternal and immortal. Our aim in life should be to escape from fangs of material life (birth, old age, disease, and death). This can only be done by humans, who have the higher consciousness.

We can attain an immortal spiritual body full of bliss, knowledge, eternal, and without a trace of calamity if we follow the Bhagavad-Gita with seriousness.

The main teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita are:

  • Be compassionate towards all living beings, thus love all living beings. This means don’t be envious or hateful of others. Be friendly to others, be nice to others, be kind to others, be generous to others, be merciful to others, be charitable to the needy. Don’t cheat others, don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t hurt others, don’t drink, don’t take drugs, don’t eat meat, don’t buy leather.
  • This body you (the soul) are residing in, is temporary, but the real you, the soul, is eternal. Just as we change worn out clothes, jobs, houses, cars, partners, and so on. One day you will be forced to change your body too. So don’t get too attached to this temporary body and material life. And just as a manufacturing company designs it’s products today for production in the future. Similarly you are designing your next body with the actions you are taking now. So if you think let me enjoy now and forget about the future. Thus if you think your next life is not worth thinking about now. Then your next life will be that of nothing. You will take birth among the 8 million species of living beings below that of human beings (animal and plant kingdoms).
  • There is only one person who without any doubt declared Himself and proved that He was the Supreme Personality of God, Lord Krishna. Always think of Him, worship Him, and serve Him. In this age of Kali, which means the age of ignorance, there will be so many godless people who will try to make you godless too. Surrender onto the only proven God, Lord Krishna. Do you know anyone who can lift a mountain, expand Himself into thousands of forms, show the whole Universe in His mouth, put out a forest fire by swallowing it, kill all the demonic and save people in this very life. Lord Krishna did all this.
  • In this age of Kali, the age of ignorance and irreligion. There will be many imposters who will claim to be God or prophet of God and cheat innocent people. These imposters can only cheat people, they cannot exhibit the potency of God. Only Lord Krishna proved Himself to be the one true God.

What Happens After Death?

Only the Vedic scriptures answer this important question. At death, the person (the soul) is judged according to the actions taken in life (karma). And based on what the person deserves, the soul is immediately transferred to another body. Some souls transmigrate to animal bodies, some to human bodies. Some are born in China, some in Africa. Some are born diseased, some are born in poverty, some are born ugly, some are beautiful and so on.. The theory of the transmigration of the soul (reincarnation) is the truth. One can see the proof of reincarnation. Simply by looking around. Some are born in China, some in Africa. Every second, animals and humans are dying and every second animals and humans being born. This is proof of the transmigration of the soul from one body to another. Some are born diseased, some healthy. Some are born black, some white. Some are born in poverty, some in wealth, and so on…

“The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas. The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, tongue, and nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects. The foolish cannot understand how a living entity can quit his body, nor can they understand what sort of body he enjoys under the spell of the modes of nature. But one whose eyes are trained in knowledge can see all this.” (Lord Krishna, Bg. 15.8-10)