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65 -Desiring Material Objects


1. Is there any limit to material desires?


There is no limit to material desires. In fact, the path of material desires is filled with the thorns of dissatisfaction. The more you want to advance, the more your material desires grow. Desires cannot be killed, and neither can they discriminate between temporary or permanent objects. (Kalydna Kalpataru, Song 2)


2. How many kinds of godless people are there?


There are six kinds of godless people: those who are unfaithful to God and devoid of morality; those who are moral yet unfaithful to God; those who fear God but think He is under the control of morality; those who lie or are proud; impersonalists; and those who believe in many gods. {Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


3. What is it like to be an immoral, godless person?


Those who are immoral and godless are attached to sinful activities and impersonal ideas. Without morality one becomes whimsical.

{Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


4. Can a moral but godless person be trusted?


What guarantee is there that given the opportunity, a moral but godless person will not sacrifice his morality for his self-interest? If we analyze his character, we can confirm this possibility and thus realize the insignificance of the moral but godless philosophy. (Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


5. Are God-fearing karmis devotees?


The third kind of godless person is the God-fearing karmi. These karmis are divided into two categories. In the first category are those who consider their principal duty to express their gratitude toward God but who do not accept His existence. They believe that one should imagine God and then offer Him obeisance with faith. When as a result of a moral and God-fearing life one's good character develops, God is no longer necessary and faith in Him can be given up. In the second category of God-fearing karmis are those who believe that worshiping God by chanting His names and offering Him prayers purifies the heart. When the heart is purified, they think they will obtain knowledge of impersonal Brahman. At such time, these karmis become inactive. According to this philosophy, the relationship between God and the living entities is temporary, not eternal. (Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


6. How many kinds of liars are there?


Liars are the fourth category of godless persons. Liars are divided into two further categories, the hypocrites and the cheated. (Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


7. What is the nature of a hypocrite and what fate awaits those who follow them?


By cheating people, hypocrites clear the path to irreligion. Many fools are cheated by following hypocrites. Eventually such fools become adverse to God. Hypocrites display the external symptoms of Vaisnavism, chant the holy names constantly, appear detached from worldly objects, and speak sweet words; but internally they maintain a strong desire to accumulate gold and women. (Caitanya-siksamrta 3/3)


8. Do material desires award peace?


Abandoning the position of Lord Brahma, you will constantly think how to obtain Lord Siva's position. Upon attaining the position of Lord Siva, you will want to be one with Brahman, as is normally desired by followers of Sankaracarya. Therefore, try to destroy the chain of material desire and keep material desire away from your heart. Take shelter of the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya and always reside at Santipura in the mood of a beggar. (Kalyana Kalpataru, Song 2)


9. Does material desire have any place in pure devotional service?


In pure devotional service, we cannot have any desire other than to make advancement in spiritual life. If we wish to serve Krsna, we cannot worship any object other than Krsna. We do not worship Brahman or Paramatma but only Krsna. There can be no tinge of the performance of fruitive activities or the cultivation of impersonal knowledge.

(Commentary on Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 19.168)