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Friday, June 8, 2007

Laws of God

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Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! We have to understand that unless we agree to abide by the laws of God, we can never achieve peace of mind. This can be understood from an example. Suppose a person wants to break all the laws of the government; he wants to steal, he wants to harm others etc...

And he comes running to you and asks you, "I want to be peaceful. But I also want to break the laws of the state. Please tell me how I can still have peace of mind." What solution can you offer such a person? An intel­ligent person will advice him, "My dear friend, first of all you follow the laws of the country. Then when you are living as an ideal citizen, you can be free from persecution and anxiety and can live peacefully."

In a similar way, the whole world is the state of God; after all, He has created it. And He has also made many laws for those who live in the world. These laws of the divine government are given in the bona fide scriptures of the world. So an intelligent person should hear the scriptures from the saintly people and, based on scriptural  knowledge, he should discrimi­nate between the right and the wrong, the good and the bad, and act accordingly. And in this way, when he carefully follow the instructions of God given in the scriptures throughout his life, then he can have peace of mind. (Adapted from an article compiled by Radheshyam Dasa, Jaigopala Dasa, Chaitanya Charana Dasa, Sundara Vara Dasa, etc.)