The qualities of a real Hindu
Proof that God is present in Hindu Deities
What is the Hindu caste system?
Beliefs and facts of Hinduism
Questions and Vedic answers
The teachings of Shree Swaminarayan
Applying the Bhagavad-Gita today
A Vaisnava is one who has surrendered onto the one and only God, Lord Vishnu (Krishna)
Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja, the author of Caitanya-caritamrta, says that all good qualities become manifest in the body of a Vaisnava and that only by the presence of these good qualities can one distinguish a Vaisnava form a non-Vaisnava. Krsnadasa Kaviraja lists the twenty-six good qualities of a Vaisnava:
On 21 September 1995, the whole World witnesses the Hindu milk miracle in which Hindu deities, known as idols to the non-Hindus, were drinking milk offered to them. Never before in the history of mankind such a miracle occurred on such a global scale.
The Milk Miracle was reported Worldwide, from: Edmonton, Canada, San Francisco, USA, Los Angeles, USA, Trinidad, Guyana, Toronto, Canada, New York, USA, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Dubai, UAE, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Kenya, and many other countries.
The miracle took place in thousands of Hindu temples and was witnessed by millions of Hindus and many non-Hindus.
Many of the Media reporters (mostly Christians) held their milk filled spoons to the Hindu deities and watched with total surprise and excitement, the milk being drunk by the idols.
Scientifically it’s impossible for a statue made of stone or metal to absorb even one drop of milk. The Hindu deities made of stone and metal, and some of them smaller than the hand. Drank many gallons of milk within a few hours, absorbing the milk instantly on contact.
The non-Hindus and scientists have tried to explain what happened on September 21, 1995 in terms of science. Some have repeatedly said that this so-called “Milk Miracle” was caused by something as simple as capillary action.
If the milk miracle was attributed to capillary action, then why is it that the deities never drank a single drop of milk before 21 September 1995 and after? If you offer a Hindu deities milk today, it will not absorb even a single molecule. Please explain this first and then doubt later. Where is the capillary action gone today?
One should understand that the Vedic deities always eat or drink the offerings made to them but the foolish cannot understand this, they say "the food still remains so how could they have eaten/drank it?" When we base anything on our own perception this is called foolishness. Just because when we eat food it disappears this does not mean that when God eats it has to disappear. God can eat through his mouth or with his glance and thus the food may actually disappear as during this milk miracle event, but it may also not disappear although the food has been completely eaten by God. This is the greatness of God, he is not like us. For God 1-1 is not 0 but 1, this is the spiritual realm. There are many times when the food actually completely disappears, but this is dependent on the devotion of the devotee and so the non-Hindus, especially the cow eaters, can never understand how God has a form and he is omnipresent as they are too sinful for God realization. For the sinners and ignorant, God will always be unknown and invisible.
The Hindu milk miracle conclusively proves that Hindus worship God, who is present in the deities. It was God who was drinking the milk and not the stone or metal. The miracle also proves that God does take a form, which is totally rejected by other religions.
Read eyewitness accounts of many who witnessed the miracle and more at:www.milkmiracle.com
Based on the Vedic scriptures, there is a Vedic class/social order system but there is no such thing as a caste system which is based on birth. The word 'caste' means fixed but 'class' means it can change based on how a person develops his/her qualities. The class of a person can change from higher to lower or from lower to higher.
The current caste system in India is a complete corruption of the Vedic class system, because it's based on birth (caste from birth) and not based on behavior and qualities developed. The Vedic scriptures do not authorize a caste system which is fixed from birth, they authorize a class system.
"It is therefore to be concluded that humanity is essentially one, but distinctions of caste have been made according to a person's qualities and work. As far as general behavior is concerned, the entire human race is one. There is only a difference in people's occupations and attitudes. Those who divide society into castes according to birth cannot see that human beings are essentially one. After all, the birth, maintenance, death, and bodily activities are only of one kind." (Bhavishya Purana, 42.33-34)
It is very clear from above that the current caste system in India which is based on dividing society into castes from birth is completely rejected by this Vedic scripture and others.
"The caste system based simply on birth does not actually divide people according to their development of consciousness. It is one's envy and hatred or lack of it that allows us to place him/her in a higher or lower category." (Bhavishya Purana, 40.19-20)
As stated above, it is due to envy, hate, and personal ego that people in India have corrupted the Vedic class system and created a caste system. The Vedic class system as prescribed in the Vedic scriptures is based on personal characteristics and the caste system is based on birth in a particular family and has nothing to do with personal characteristics.
Definition of The Vedic Class System
We all work. At work we have a boss. Your boss is higher than you and you
are lower than your boss. Does this mean that your company is bad for making
you lower than your boss? No. You are lower than your boss, because your
boss deserves to be higher than you. He is better qualified and experienced
and thus he deserves to be higher than you. You are less qualified and
experienced and thus you deserve to be lower than your boss.
The Vedic class system is exactly like the above example, which is defined in the Bhagavad-Gita as follows:
ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras are distinguished by their qualities of work,
O chastiser of the enemy, in accordance with the modes of nature." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita
"According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me. And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.13)
"According to their nature and qualities, there are prescribed duties for brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras." (Bhavishya Purana, 42.24)
Once again the Vedic scriptures make it very clear that the current
caste system in India which is based on birth is against the Vedic
authority. The authorized Vedic class system is based on the qualities developed and the actions
taken by a person (behavior). A person will belong to one of four classes:
"Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, wisdom, knowledge, and religiousness--these are the qualities by which the brahmanas work." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.42)
Those who possess the above qualities should be the
Brahmanas, teachers and advisors to society.
"Heroism, power, determination, resourcefulness, courage in battle, generosity, and leadership are the qualities of work for the ksatriyas." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.43)
Those who possess the above qualities should be the Ksatriyas, military personnel and administrators in society.
"Farming, cow protection and business are the qualities of work for the vaisyas, and for the sudras there is labor and service to others." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.44)
- Those who posses good trading and farming skills, should be the traders
(business owners), farmers, and cow protectors.
Sudras - Those who don't
posses the qualities of the above three classes should be the general
workers and assistants.
Every corporation in the World uses the Vedic class system. For
example, in a corporation people are employed based on the qualities of work
they have developed. Some are vice presidents, some are managers, some are
admin clerks, and some are janitors.
It is a fact that everyone is not the same; this can be proven
by the fact that not everyone has all the good qualities or all bad
qualities. By following the Vedic class system, everyone will strive to
become the best among men. Those at the top (Brahmans) will strive to keep
their high position, and those below will strive to advance to a higher
position. At work, do you want to advance or would you prefer to stay in the
Everyone would agree that at work, there should be
opportunities for advancement for everyone based on the effort put in by
each worker. If there are no opportunities for advancement based on the
efforts of the workers, then everyone loses the motivation to work and the
quality of workers diminishes. This would result in the collapse of the
In a classless society, there is no motivation to develop good
qualities and everyone becomes degraded into the lowest class. This is the
case everywhere in the World today. The leaders in most countries around the
World are thieves, liars, and have no spiritual knowledge. The result of
this is that the public suffers with injustice, high taxes, inflation,
unemployment, and insecurity.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all the Politicians were peaceful,
self-controlled, pure, tolerant, honest, knowledgeable, and religious? This
is the aim of the Vedic class system. To ensure that suitably qualified
personnel are appointed suitable roles in society. This concept is already
used in corporations around the World. Just think if all the Politicians
were assigned according to the Vedic class system. How wonderful the whole
World would be. As only those who are truthful and caring would be qualified
to become Politicians. Currently the whole World is in a chaotic condition
as nearly all the Politicians are liars, ruthless, and thieves.
The current so-called caste system in India is a complete corruption of
the Vedic class system that is prescribed by Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita
and so it should be rejected. Currently the son of a Brahman is also called
a Brahman, even though the son only has the qualities of a Sudra. Can the
son of a high court judge also be called a judge? Can the son of a doctor be
also called a doctor? The simple answer is no. One can only be called a
judge or doctor, if one has developed the qualities of a judge or doctor.
Those outside India, often attack Sanatan-Dharma (the Eternal Religion)
due to the Vedic class system, without even understanding the facts about
the definition of the class system according to the Vedic scriptures. They
them selves have a history of human slavery,
hatred, and violence against those who don’t follow their recently created
religion. The Vedic class system is civilized. Slavery, hatred, and violence
How is the Vedic Class System Scientific?
The Bhagavad-Gita (4.13 and 18.41) and the Bhavishya Purana (42.24) very clearly define the Vedic class system/social order system which is known as Varna Ashrama, based on qualities and activities (guna-karma) and not birth in a particular family.
The Rig Veda (10.90.12) compares society to the human body. The four classes of people in society are like the four parts of the body. The head is represented by the Brahmins, the hands represent the Ksatriyas, the belly represents the Vaisyas, and the legs represent the Sudras. The body as a whole is completely useless without all four parts functioning properly. In a similar way, every society/nation needs all four classes of men to function properly.
Every person needs a good head, good belly, good hands, and good legs to function properly. In a similar way, every society or nation needs all four classes of men to function properly. When there is an in balance, the society/nation suffers. This is a fact as most nations today are suffering with corruption, violence, poverty, or wars. This is because unqualified personnel are doing the functions which require suitably qualified personnel, the result is chaos. Just like in a corporation, if unqualified personnel are placed in roles which require suitable qualified personnel, the whole corporation suffers with losses and eventually closes down.
It is a fact that not everyone will develop the same qualities, nor does everyone behave in the same way. Lord Krishna (God) realizes this fact and he created the Vedic class system so that everyone is placed in roles in society which are suitable for them, but Lord Krishna does not dictate who belongs to what class. This is our choice, we have free will. Which means we can develop ourselves to become Brahmins or Sudras or even lower the Mlecchas and Yavanas (out castes). It's our choice, God is not a dictator.
There are different Universities where people can go and become Doctors, lawyers, and clerical administrators. But the Universities do no dictate who is assigned to what course. It's based on the qualifications and abilities of applicants.
Just like in a family, one child may become a Doctor based on the qualifications acquired. And another child may become a waiter. Both children had the same opportunities and but due to the use of their free will, one did better than the other. However at anytime one can do down or go up, if they desired and worked to develop better qualities or become degraded in their work and thus degradation of qualities. Some Doctors do become waiters or lower and some waiters do become CEOs or better.
Are Some People Good from Birth or Bad from Birth?
The Vedic class system assigns people to appropriate roles in society based on the qualities/skills developed and their behavior. However, some people do have the good qualities already developed in them from birth and some have bad qualities from birth and do not change. Some people are just bad from birth and no matter what is taught to them, they do not change. And some people are naturally good from birth and no matter what situation they are put in, they remain good or pure hearted. Lord Krishna confirms this in the Bhagavad-Gita in the case of Arjuna.
"The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. Do not worry, O son of Pandu, for you are born with the divine qualities." (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.5)
In this verse Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that he has the good qualities from birth and so these are helpful in attaining liberation from material life which is a cycle of repeated birth, old age, disease, and misery.
Islamic Caste System
People may not know it but Islam has a caste system which is not based on the qualities of persons nor their behavior, but solely on their religion. According to Islam, Muslim men are first class, Muslim women are second class, non-Muslims are third class with no equal rights and have to pay tax for being non-Muslim, and the animals are for slaughter. This is million times worse than the Vedic class system which is based on the qualities and behavior of people and not their religion.
Based on the Islamic caste system, the terrorists are first class because they are Muslims and saintly persons like Gandhi are third class because he is not a Muslim. The terrorists will all go to heaven and enjoy. Saintly persons like Gandhi will go to hell and suffer. Muslims actually believe that all non-Muslims go to hell. This is Islam.
take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends. They are friends with one
another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their
numbers. Allah does not guide the wrong-doers." (Koran 5.51)
In the above verse the Islamic God is diving humans into 2 castes, the Muslims and Jews/Christians and orders the Muslim caste not to be friends with the other caste (Jews/Christians).
This is far worse than the Vedic class system and is unjust. The simple fact is that the real God has been creating the non-Muslims for millions of years and thus has been guiding the non-Muslims for millions of years. It's the Muslims who are misguided by the recently created man made ideology of Islam. The real God is guiding all the living beings including the animals. Without the will and guidance of God, no living being can exist for even one second. Thus the above and other verses from the Koran are the words of man who is not in control, and is an unbeliever of the real God who is full control and is guiding all living beings.
“Slay the unbelievers wherever you catch them.” (Koran 2:191)
“Fight them, until there is no more dissent and religion is that of Allah” (Koran 2:193)
The above verses from the Koran divides humans into 2 castes (Muslims and non-Muslims) and orders the Muslims to hate/fight/hurt the non-Muslims. This is barbaric.
God is creating the people of various religions every second and he has been doing this for millions of years. This is simple proof that the compiler of the Koran is clearly not in control, because he only wants Muslims to exist.
"Fight those who do not believe in Allah, until they pay the tax in acknowledgement of superiority and they are in a state of subjection." (Koran 9.29)
The above verse from the Koran divides humans into 2 castes, those who worship the invisible Allah and those who worship a visible God, and orders Muslims to fight the other caste and make them pay tax for their existence. This is unjust and barbaric.
It is God who is creating those who don't believe in Allah, the non-Muslims every second and has been doing so for millions of years. This is simple proof that the above and other verses from the Koran are the words of man who is very much against the will of the real God. There was no Islam before 1400 years ago and there is no Islam beyond this planet as the whole religion of Islam is based on one prophet, one planet, one off scripture (Koran), small period of existence (1400 years), and thus everything is based on one man and his own understanding and concoctions. The Muslims will claim that Jesus and others who existed before 1400 years ago were prophets of Islam. This is a completely ridicules claim and is another example of the wicked nature of Muslims. They steal from others, adulterate it and then claim it as theirs.
“I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their fingertips off them” (Koran 8:12)
Again the Islamic God is dividing the humans into 2 castes (Muslims and unbelievers) and orders the killing of unbelievers. This is completely barbaric. Would a loving, responsible, and mature person make these kinds of statements? The above and other statements in the Koran are clearly not the words of the all loving God.
God Gives Free Will and Islam Takes Away
The Muslims want freedom of religion everywhere in the World, but the non-Muslims have no freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia and at least 50 other countries which have been taken over by Muslims, called Islamic countries. This is the wicked nature of Muslims. They have no faith in the real God who is creating the people of various religions everywhere and allowing freedom of religion (free will), and thus those who are opposed to freedom of religion, are the unbelievers of God.
The Muslims fail to realize that it's God who is creating the non-Muslims every second and God has been creating the non-Muslims for millions of years. By the will of God, non-Muslims are eternal and the Muslims are not eternal, because they have only existed for 1400 years. Those who are against freedom of religion are against the will of God. Those who are against the will of God are called the unbelievers, the envious of God, and the atheistic.
The Vedic class system is civilized, religious, and just, because it's based on judging people from their qualities and behavior. The Islamic caste system is based solely on the religion and not based on qualities or behavior, thus it's uncivilized, wicked, unjust, and irreligious because it's against the will of God.
Those who have some intelligence and common sense will realize that God is for justice and he judges us based on the qualities we have developed and the actions we have taken in life (our behavior). It is God who is creating the people of various religions every second and thus it would be foolish for God to send people to hell or heaven based on their religion which is given by God himself. The fact is that God is not a fool. People who are narrow minded with no common sense are the fools.
The Bible and Koran Advocate Slavery
The Bible openly advocates enslaving human beings and the Christians have a history of enslaving humans. The Muslims also have a history of enslaving human beings. Is this not far worse than the Vedic class system? Slavery is barbaric and uncivilized.
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5)
Hatred, slavery, and violence towards others who follow a different religion is barbaric, uncivilized, and against the will of God who is creating the variety of living beings. The Hindus have never made other humans into slaves, nor do we go round cursing others. We wish for all living beings to be happy everywhere. This is the result of following the instructions of the real God, Lord Krishna.
The Christian Caste System
The Christians also have a caste system, which is not based on the qualities or the behavior of human beings. The Christian caste system is that the Christians will all go to heaven and the non-Christians will all go to hell. This is a million times worse than the Vedic class system and is unjust and barbaric.
The Real God is not a dictator/hater and is all Loving
The real God (Lord Krishna) is full of love and mercy, he is not a bully or dictator or hater of any living being. The real God, Lord Krishna loves all living beings including Muslims and non-Muslims and is guiding them all. He has already appeared at least 18,000 times right here on this planet and each time proved that he was God and delivered his message in each of his visits, the Bhagavad-Gita, which means the song of God. He has also appeared in millions of other universes.
The all mighty God is in full control and every second he is creating the Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jews and others. In the eyes of God, we are all his children. And just as a father would never order one of his sons to kill another of his sons. The real God would also never order such a thing.
The Bhagavad-Gita is the spoken word of God (Lord Krishna) in person and it was also written down by God himself in person. Thus there is no hatred or violence towards any living being. God is in full control and thus he is the creator of all living beings.
“I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all.” (Bhagavad-Gita 9.23)
“Nonviolence; freedom from anger; compassion for all living entities. These qualities belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.” (Bhagavad-Gita 16.1-3)
The above are words of a loving, responsible, and caring person, Lord Krishna (God).
The Real Religion of Peace
Sanatan-Dharma (The Eternal Religion), the religion of India, is the only real religion of peace, because it's the religion established by God himself at the beginning of creation in each cycle in millions of universes.
"Let us be in peace and harmony with our Earth and with the skies. Let us be in harmony with the waters and with the plant kingdom; Let us be in harmony with the forests. Let us be in peace and harmony with the Devas. May we dedicate this invocation for harmony everywhere. May the Lord make a gift of peace to us and to all men. May harmony be established by removing what is dreadful. May harmony be established by removing what is sinful. May peace and harmony reign everywhere." (Atharva Veda, chapter 19, hymn 9.14)
The above are the beautiful words of the real God, Lord Krishna, first spoken 155.522 trillion years ago in this universe. You will never find any teachings like these in the non-Vedic scriptures, because they are mad made and thus subjected to ignorance, bias, hate, selfishness, wickedness, and aggression.
In every Kali Yuga (the dark ages), the current age, people are very fallen and unfortunate. Due to this they will accept any religious system which makes God unknown and invisible. Only the most pious and most fortunate will escape from the fangs of ignorance and darkness. Such persons are considered spiritually intelligent and will follow the Vedic scriptures and know God (Lord Krishna) in full.
"Low-class people, due to their gross ignorance, introduce a system of religion that deviates from the Vedic principles. Following their own mental concoctions, they automatically fall down into the darkest regions of existence." (Srimad Bhagavatam 5.6.11)
Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world, dating back to millions of years.
Hinduism is the most peace-loving Religion of all. This can be proven by the fact that Hindustan (The Land of the Hindus) or India has never attacked or invaded another nation. The Hindus have never stolen land belonging to others. The Hindus have never used force to convert others. The Hindus have never treated other humans as slaves. The other religions certainly cannot say the same.
The Hindus have the richest culture of all.
The Hindu scriptures are the oldest known to man. There main scripture of Hinduism is the Bhagavad-Gita. The Bhagavad-Gita is the only word of God in Person. It is the conversation between a man called Arjuna and God himself in the human form, Lord Krishna.
Hinduism preaches that there is only ONE god, who has many different manifestations. Hinduism is the only religion based on following a God who was actually seen by millions of people in the past and who will be seen again by millions in the future. God appeared as Lord Ram about 2 million years ago, as Lord Krishna 5000 years, as Lord Buddha 2500 years ago, and will appear again as Lord Kalki in 427,000 years time.
Hinduism is the only religion, which clearly states that there is life on other Planets, and actually gives description of life and the names of other Planets with living beings. This information can be found in the Shrimad Bhagavatam.
Hinduism preaches that the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation and dissolution.
There are four ages (Yugas):
We are now 5000 years into the Kali Yuga, after another 427,000 years. The Satya Yuga will start, and true religion (Hinduism) will once again be the only religion of the world.
The soul passes from one body to the next. We never die we just keep changing bodies. What you will be in your next life will depend on your karmic actions taken in this and previous lives.
Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are branches of Hinduism.
Please note that the word Hindu on this site refers to a Vaisnava, one who follows the original unadulterated Vedic scriptures, thus one who is Krishna conscious.
No. There is only one God.
The Vedic scriptures clearly state that there is only one God, and his name is Krishna. But Krishna has many incarnations and so he is known with many names and descriptions. This is what confuses many people, including some Hindus.
Here are some quotes from the Bhagavad-Gita, which is the essence of all Vedic knowledge.
“The whole cosmic order is under me. By my will it is manifested again and again, and by my will it is annihilated at the end” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.8)
“Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being, moving or unmoving, that can exist without me” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.39)
“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)
“Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both the origin and the dissolution” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.6)
“With a single fragment of myself I pervade and support this entire universe” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.42)
“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” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.26)
“I enter into each planet, and by energy they stay in orbit” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.13)
As you can see above, there is only one person who is declaring himself and stating how he is God.
We don’t worship idols but deities of God. God is a person with a form and he wants to be worshipped in an image form. This can be proven by the fact it’s God who has been creating those who worship him in the image form for millions of years, the Hindus. And the same God has been creating those who don’t worship him in the image form, the non-Hindus, for only a few thousand years at most.
Thus it’s God’s will that those who worship him in the image form are eternal (the Hindus) and those who cannot understand God having a form or those who are against image worship are not eternal. if you read the history books, except for the Hindus, no other race or religious group has existed for more than a few thousand years. But the Hindus have eternally existed. This is by the will of God.
The Muslims face the black stone in the Kebba when they pray. The Christians face the cross when they pray or make an image of the cross while praying. The learned Hindus, pray to a deity of Krishna when they pray. Krishna is a real person who has existed and seen my millions. Which is better; to face a black stone, a cross, or a real person while praying?
Those who follow recently created, man made religions, cannot understand or know God. This is a fact as the Muslims believe that God is invisible. This basically means they cannot know God. Why should God be invisible? The humans have a form, the animals have a form, and the plants have a form. So why should God not have a form?
A Muslim once told me that, since we have a form and we are not great, and God is great. So God cannot have a form, as he is great. This is very foolish mentality. Just because you are not a brain surgeon, does it mean that a brain surgeon cannot have a form, as you have a form?
The Christians have to believe that God has a form, as Jesus declared himself as the son of God. And if Jesus has a form, then his father must also have a form. This is also confirmed in the Bible when it states that ‘man is made in the image of God’. This means that God has 2 hands, 2 legs, a nose and so on. The Bible does not say who this God with a form is.
The Muslims say God is great. If God is great then he has no limitations, and thus no limitations on where he can be present. He has to be present everywhere, otherwise we cannot say God is great. If God is present everywhere, then he has to be in every atom, otherwise we cannot say God is everywhere. Only the Vedic scriptures state that a person called Krishna is present in the atom.
It’s not just the non-Hindus who are forbidden to worship God in an image form. Hindus who eat meat are also forbidden to worship God in an image form. As animal killers are considered too sinful to worship God directly as a person. For this same reason that other animal killers (non-Hindus), are not allowed to worship God in an image form. The Abrahamic religions are recently created, man made religions and thus they cannot understand God as a person, as their knowledge is based on man’s perception and limitations. The Vedic knowledge comes directly from God, in person. The Bhagavad-Gita has eternally existed and is the word of God in person.
“The sastras of the yavanas, or meat-eaters, are not eternal scriptures. They have been fashioned recently, and sometimes they contradict one another. The scriptures of the yavanas are three: the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Koran. Their compilation has a history; they are not eternal like the Vedic knowledge. Therefore although they have their arguments and reasoning, they are not very sound and transcendental.” (Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi_Lila 169)
The Koran was created 1400 years ago. The Bible was created 2000 years ago. But the Bhagavad-Gita wasn’t created at some time point. It has always existed, it is eternal.
The Bhagavad-Gita was first spoken by a person called Krishna, around 120 million years ago on another planet in this Universe, and last spoken 5000 years ago on the Earth planet, in the current day of Brahma. Each complete day of Brahma is 8.64 billion years.
Krishna appears in his original form, once on this Earth planet in every day of Brahma and speaks the Bhagavad-Gita. Thus Krishna appears and speaks the Bhagavad-Gita on this planet, once every 8.64 billion years. There are cycles of creation and annihilation based on the life of Brahma. The duration of each cycle is 100 years of Brahma, which is 311 trillion Earth years.
In the current cycle of creation and annihilation, we have existed for 155 trillion years. This means Krishna has appeared on this planet, at least 17,939 times (155*1000/8.64=17,939 ) in the current cycle alone. And before this cycle there were trillions of cycles.
At the end of each cycle, there is complete annihilation of the Universe and all the material elements go back into the body of Maha Vishnu who is an expansion of Krishna. Krishna in the form of Maha Vishnu, is so BIG that when 311 trillion years pass on Earth, he just completes one inhalation or one exhalation. With every exhalation, millions of Universes come out of his body and with every inhalation, millions of Universes go back into his body. Just think how BIG and great Maha Vishnu must be. And Maha Vishnu is just a small expansion of Krishna.
The Bhagavad-Gita is not a one off created scripture. It has been spoken by Krishna millions of times, right here on this planet and it has also been spoken millions of times, beyond this planet in this Universe, and in other Universes. The material creation is ever expanding and Krishna speaks the Bhagavad-Gita in every Universe, in every day of Brahma, in every cycle. This is how great Krishna (God) is.
If this is the only birth, then why is everyone born in different situations?
Why are some people born with cancer in their one and only life?
Why do some people live for a day and die and some live to 100?
Why are some people born in miserable places like Sudan and some in places like the USA?
Why are some people born ugly, some good looking?
Why are some people born male, and some female?
Why are some people born to rich mothers, some to poor mothers?
If this is the only life, then surely everyone should be born equal as God is fair and equal to all?
The Bhagavad-Gita states that we are eternal. We have always existed and we will always exist. Just as the soul is residing in this body, when this body is finished. We will get a new body. This means that before this life, we existed in millions of bodies and after this body we will continue to exist in millions of bodies. The soul transmigrates from one body to another, life after life, reincarnation.
“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 sober person is not bewildered by such a change. ” (Lord Krishna, Bg. 2.12-13)
“As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” (Lord Krishna, Bg. 2.22)
Why should the all merciful God, give us only one chance of life?
The fact that God is all merciful is proof that he gives us unlimited lives and not just one (reincarnation).
When is the Judgment day?
Why should God keep the dead waiting?
Some people have been dead for millions of years, why does God keep them waiting for so long?
Why are some people living today, some lived millions of years ago and some will appear in the future. How does God determine when a person should live in their one and only life?
The Koran and the Bible does not answer any of the above questions.
The Bhagavad-Gita states that the Judgment day is immediately at death. God is very efficient, he does not keep the dead waiting. At death, based on the actions we have taken in our life (karma), we are instantly judged and the soul is immediately transferred to another body based exactly on what the person (the soul) deserves.
If after only one life, on some unknown Judgment day, a person is eternally sent to hell. Then how can God be called all merciful?
One of main qualities of God is that he is all merciful. Thus God cannot send anyone to hell eternally, and especially after only one chance. Someone who curses or threatens to send people eternally to hell cannot be God. As God is full of love and mercy.
Krishna has appeared so many times in the past, and in each incarnation. He is attacked by so many demonic and atheistic beings, and Krishna very easily defeats them. But none of them are ever sent to hell. They all get liberation. This is how merciful Krishna (God) is.
How many of these so-called followers of Jesus, actually follow his instructions?
Jesus said ‘thy shall not kill’ but they kill by millions everyday (cows, pigs, chickens..).
Jesus said ‘Love God with your heart’ but they don’t even know God.
Jesus said ‘Love thy neighbor’ but they go round cursing the neighbors (non-Christians) a life of hell if they don’t become one of them.
Jesus said ‘live without sin’ but they live in sin and expect Jesus to bail them out.
Instead of giving love to Jesus. They give him their sins so Jesus can suffer eternally.
These Christians who claim to follow Jesus, actually completely ignore the real teachings of Jesus.
By following the Vedic scriptures, one completely follows the teachings of Jesus:
Thy shall not kill – Vegetarianism
Love God with your heart – Worshiping Lord Krishna
Love they neighbor – Consider everyone as the children of God, thus we are all brothers and sisters
Live without sin – No illicit sex, no meat, no intoxication, no gambling
Give love to Guru – Serve the Guru by giving love, not pain
They have the mentality of bacteria.
The Vedic scriptures states that humans have existed for 155 trillion years in the current cycle of creation and annihilation and before this cycle there were trillions of cycles. The duration of each cycle is 311 trillion years. Beyond this planet, there are trillions of other planets with living beings.
On this tiny insignificant planet, many races and religious groups of people have existed, and their followers think that their way is the only way. The Romans thought they were the best, the Egyptians thought they were the best, the ancient Chinese thought they were the best and so many other races of people have existed. None of them survived for more than a few thousand years. Today we still have races of people who think their way is the best. But like the others before them, they too will become extinct.
Just think how foolish these people are for thinking that their way is the best. This is called bacteria mentality.
The life span of certain bacteria is only a few hours and they live their entire life in a very small area. These bacteria cannot even imagine that there are trillions of other bacteria stretching for thousands of miles. The bacteria cannot imagine that there are other livings beings who live for hundreds of years (humans) and some who live for thousands of years (some trees). There are also livings beings who’s life span is thousands and even trillions of years. The Brahma of this Universe, lives for 311 trillion years.
Also since a race or group of people appeared on this tiny insignificant planet. It’s impossible for anyone to be a follower of their way beyond this planet. So do the zillions of humans, living on millions of planets beyond this one, all live in ignorance as they don’t follow the way of those live here on this Earth planet?
God is all merciful and fair. This means he has to give everyone who is existing today, everyone who has existed in the past, and everyone existing beyond this planet. A chance to know, worship, and follow his teachings. The Vedic knowledge is given to the first created living being called Brahma, at the beginning of the Universe. Then Brahma passes the knowledge down to his children in disciplic succession, and in this way the teachings of Krishna (God) are passed down from generation to generation. Krishna also appears many times in different forms to establish religious principles. Thus God is merciful and fair as he gives all human beings living on any every planet, in every Universe, a chance and not just those who lived recently on one tiny planet.
Only the Vedic religion is existing on every planet, from the beginning of creation to the end in each cycle of creation and annihilation.
The Koran states that by following Islam, on judgment day. The soul will be eternally sent to Heaven. Where there are many virgins to enjoy sex with and wine for those who drink.
“In them will be bashful virgins neither man nor Jinn will have touched before” (Koran 55.56)
“(Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink” (Koran 47.15)
The Vedic scriptures state that the purpose of religion is to engage in devotional service onto Krishna. The result of this will be that we will go back to the spiritual realm called Vaikuntha. Where we all originally originated from. Krishna is the father of all living beings as stated in the Bhagavad-Gita and thus we are all his children. We are all brothers and sisters, including the animals.
The Vedic scriptures state that there is a spiritual and material creation. The material creation represents 25% of God’s creation. Consisting of millions of Universes, and within each Universe there are numerous planets. This Universe that the planet Earth is in is the smallest one. There are other Universes which are millions of times bigger than our Universe.
The material creation is made up of Heavenly, Earthly, and Hellish planets. On these material planets, there is birth, old age, disease, misery, death, and re-birth. This is very clearly stated in the Bhagavad-Gita as follows.
“From the highest planet in the material world down to the lowest, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place. But one who attains to My abode, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again.” (Lord Krishna, Bg. 8.16)
What this means is that even if we go to Heaven, we will still suffer, become diseased and die one day. Then we come back to this Earth or another similar planet again. The highest planet in the material creation is called Satyaloka, where the living beings live for trillions of years. But still there is old age, disease, misery, and death.
The other 75% of God’s creation is the spiritual creation called Vaikuntha. There are millions of spiritual planets in Vaikuntha and the humans beings living on these Vaikuntha planets, are full of bliss, full of knowledge. They have a body that is four handed and eternal, free from disease; old age; anxiety; death. Krishna is present on all the Vaikuntha planets in the form of Narayan who has four hands. God is so merciful and kind that that he gives us his opulence. A body that is four handed and eternal. The top most planet in Vaikuntha is called Goluka Vrindavan, and there the original form of God called Krishna resides. Krishna has 2 hands and so the humans beings on Goluka Vrindavan are also two handed.
Thus going to heaven is temporary and miserable like on Earth. Those with a higher consciousness will not want to go to Heaven or any material planet. They will aim for the spiritual creation, especially the abode of Krishna, Goluka Vrindavan.
The Teachings of Shree Swaminarayan – Krishna Consciousness
From the Shikshapatri, written by Shree Swaminarayan
“My followers who shall observe strictly the rules of the ethics as prescribed by the scriptures shall derive happiness here and hereafter; and those who want only transgress them and behave willfully shall suffer great distress here and in the life hereafter.” Shree Swaminarayan.
“One Should observe the codes of the Shikshapatri at any cost” Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Who is God?
The Paramatma – Shree Krishna who is supreme, Parabrahman, Bhagwan or Purushottam and who is the cause of all manifestations is the Lord of us all. He is to be worshipped for final redemption. (108)
Who Should We Worship?
All human beings on this Earth shall worship him [Lord Krishna] knowing that there is no other way for ultimate redemption than devotion to him. (113)
None shall practice devotion to Shree Krishna while disregarding religious tenets nor shall he give up the worship of Shri Krishna for fear of calumny by the ignorant. (39)
Who Should We Meditate Upon?
I meditate in my heart on Shree Krishna, Brindavan’s gay divine player on left is Radha and in whose bosom dwells Lakshmi (1)
Lord Krishna, his incarnations and his idols alone are to be meditated upon, but a human being or a deva even though he may be a devotee or knower of Brahman shall never be resorted to as an object of meditation. (115)
Who Should We Sing To?
All my followers shall go to the temple every evening and there they shall sing loudly songs in praise of Lord Krishna, the beloved of Radha. (63)
Who Should We Offer Food To?
They shall then offer food to God and take prasad only from the offered dish. Thus, in a spirit of supreme love and dedication they should serve Shree Krishna. (58)
Those votaries shall never drink water or eat roots, fruits or like without offering the same to Shree Krishna. (60)
Which Deity Should We Worship?
They shall worship Shri Krishna’s idol made of either stone or metal or a shaligram with offerings procurable within ones own means, and then chant his holy name. (56)
What Should We Do at the Beginning of Each Day?
They shall then reverently bow down to the images of Radha and Krishna and chant the holy name of the lord in accordance with their usual and normal procedures, only, after which they should start their daily routines. (54)
All my disciples shall awake before sunrise and after meditating on Shree Krishna shall proceed to discharge their bowels. (49)
Who Should We Give Donations To?
My disciples shall give in donation one tenth of their income or food grains, if that be their agricultural income, in the service of Lord Krishna. Those with insufficient means shall donate one-twentieth of their income, either in kind or money. (147)
Should A Wife Serve Her Husband?
The female followers shall serve their husbands, be they blind or ailing or poor or impotent in the manner in which they worship and serve God; and under no circumstances shall they speak harshly to them. (159)
The Final Prayer of Shree Swaminarayan
May Lord Shree Krishna, the destroyer of all miseries of his devotees, the defender of Dharma and Bhakti and the giver of all cherished objects, spread his goodness and glory every where. (212)
Why should I bother with the Bhagavad-Gita?
How does it apply to me today?
What is the Bhagavad-Gita?
The Bhagavad-Gita is the only word of God in person. It is the conversation between a man called Arjuna and God himself in the human form, Lord Krishna. The conversation took place in Kurukshetra (India), more than 5000 years ago.
Arjuna was a typical person in the material world. He was in a dilemma as he was forgetful of his real duties in life. Therefore Krishna spoke the sacred teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita for the upliftment and purification of Arjuna and all humanity.
Life is a War
This world is full of suffering for everyone, either today or tomorrow, know-one can escape pain and suffering. Especially in the current age, which is called Kali Yuga. Which literally means the dark ages. The age of ignorance and irreligion. The result of ignorance and irreligion is pain and suffering.
Suffering is caused by Nature in the form of natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, droughts, crop failures, and so on. Suffering caused by other humans, like terrorists. Suffering caused by personal relationship with others, like marital problems, brother/ friend/family problems and suffering caused by work/business problems and so on.
Whether you are Bill Gates, the President, or a dog on the street. Life is full of calamities and anxiety. And even if you get through this life with fewer problems. You have to go through the whole thing (life), millions of times. In one life you will be the CEO and in another life you will be a dog and so on for millions of life times.
Ignorance, materialism, lust, greed, and violence, represents the soldiers on the opposing side in our war.
Everyone is experiencing turmoil and confusion in their lives, the result of which is living a lusty, materialist, and ignorant life, a wasted rare human birth.
Everyday we are faced with decisions in our lives
Shall I do this or do that?
Will he/she be ok?
Shall I buy now or wait?
How much shall I spend?
When will I do it?
When will I go?
Which should I choose?
Who should I choose?
When will I retire?
Will it work out?
And so on…..
The real enemy of Arjuna was his mind rather than the soldiers on the other side. We are faced with the same situation. Our own mind is the greatest enemy, which is constantly tricking us into thinking that life is all about material enjoyment and sense gratification. Everyday we are faced with decisions, which will affect our future. Thus everyday is a battle with ignorance, materialism, lust, greed, and anger. If we can win the daily battles for some time then we have entered into spiritual life and the war over ignorance, materialism, lust, greed, and anger has been won. And at the end of this life we will enter into the kingdom of God with eternal spiritual life.
In order for us to win our war, we need the same knowledge that Arjuna was given by Lord Krishna. The Bhagavad-Gita.
By understanding the Bhagavad-Gita, the decisions we make in everyday life will alter our lives for the better and the result will be peace and happiness even in this life. And after this life there is guaranteed eternal peace for those who understand and practice the Bhagavad-Gita. If we don’t have the knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita than all our decisions are simply based on speculation and thus the result will be speculative. Sometimes the decision we made earlier will turn out to be correct, and sometimes incorrect. More often our speculative decisions will turn out to be wrong and we will continue with a life of ignorance, materialism, lust, greed, and anger. At the time of death if we have a materialist mindset then we will once again have to go through this hellish life with all the problems. We may even fall down again into the animal kingdom and then have to go through 8 million births before we get another human birth.
By understanding and practicing the principles outlined in the Bhagavad-Gita we can minimize the affects, control, and avoid some of the problematic situations in our life.
The Problems in Our Lives
Your spouse may be cheating you
Your spouse may not be happy
Your marriage may end at any time
You may lose your job at any time
Your business may go down at any time
You may be kicked out of your house at any time
Your savings will run out at any time
Your health may deteriorate at any time
You may develop cancer at any time
You may catch AIDS at any time
Your children may become diseased at any time
Your loved one may die at any time
And so on..
The above list of decisions and problems are real and affects everyone. The Bhagavad-Gita can truly help us all overcome the complexities of material life.
What Difference Will The Bhagavad-Gita Make?
Whether you understand and practice the Bhagavad-Gita or not will make a significant difference to your current lifestyle and the next. If you think life is all about mating, eating and enjoying, then your next body will be in the animal kingdom and then your life will be to simply eat, sleep, mate, and defend. If you like exposing your body to others then your next body will be that of a tree and you will be able to stand naked in one place for thousands of years, exposed to all. If you eat anything and everything then your next body will be that of a hog who eats anything and everything, including stool.