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Concept of Evil/Satan and vaisnavism

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-01-14 06:54:29
Title: Concept of Evil/Satan and vaisnavism
User: Igor    Date: 2007-06-03 14:59:03

Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
I had opportunity to speak with one Christian monk and we discussed various themes about spirituality.  I noticed that he often uses terms Evil/Satan to describe modern situation in world.
So, I have several questions:
1. What is vaisnava view on Christian understanding that there must be some original evil - Satan
2.Many Christians think that in hinduism/vaisnavism Shiva is Satan
3.I just found similarity in Yamaraja and His position with that theory (death). But He is mahabhagavata, so there can not be any comperation
4.Is this understanding product of modern Christianity and how we should preach when we are speaking with persons who believe in this  ( most Christians)

Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

Title: Re: Concept of Evil/Satan and vaisnavism
User: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-06-16 17:30:41

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams  and Blessings !  Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura establishes in the supreme classic Jaiva Dharma that Satan is nothing but mythology and there is no such being as Satan.

Jaiva Dharma Chapter 11:

Mullah: the Supreme Lord is different from matter. It is said that Satan introduced the worship of material things in order to trap the souls in the material world. Therefore I think it is not good to worship material things.

Gorachanda: The Supreme Personality of Godhead is one without a rival. No one can possible compete with Him. Everything in this material world was created by Him and is dependent on Him. The Supreme Lord may be worshiped in many different ways. He is pleased by all these different kinds of worship. It is not that He will become an enemy if someone worships Him a particular way. He is all-auspicious. If you say that Satan does something, then I say that Satan does not have the power to do anything against the Supreme Lord's will. If Satan exists, then he must be an individual soul dependent on the Supreme Lord. However, I think that this Satan does not exist. Why not? Because in this material world nothing can ever be done to thwart the Supreme Lord's will. There is not a single individual soul who is not dependent on the Supreme Lord. You may ask, 'What is the origin of sin?' I reply: The individual soul is by nature a servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Awareness of this fact is knowledge. To forget this fact is ignorance. If an individual spirit soul forgets this fact, then he sows the seed of sins in the field of his heart. A person who always remains a liberated associate of the Lord does not plant the seed of sin in his heart. Instead of imagining this mythological Satan, one should honestly see the ignorance in his own heart. Therefore, even if one worships the Supreme Lord as present in the material elements, he commits no offense. Therefore Deity worship is necessary for the neophyte devotee and the source of great auspiciousness for the advanced devotee. Therefore the idea that Deity worship is not good is only a theory of some thinkers. It is not at all supported by the pure scriptures.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

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