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'I am the Controller'


If a person becomes controlled by another person, then he cannot be God. tarn isvaranam paramam mahesvaram "The Supreme Lord is the controller of all other controllers." 'Ishvara' means controller. Even an ant may be the controller of a long queue of ants. A person may be the controller of a family, school, college, industry, state or country. But our range of control is very limited like the range of movement of a cow tied to a pole. We cannot control even the ageing of our own body or the troubles of our raging mind. All of us are controlled by somebody above us, but God is the controller of all controllers: ' ishwara parama krishna...'


Once when Srila Prabhupada was at Honolulu, USA, many small fishing and tour boats were in the harbor, and directly overhead large jets, both arriving and departing, flew over the island. "As man wonderfully manipulates the material elements to make airplanes," said Srila Prabhupada, "there must also be a Supreme Being who has made the material universe. A plane, for example, is not created accidentally or automatically. It is produced and piloted by man. Similarly, God creates and controls the material universe. But the atheists deny God by saying that nature works on its own. They have lost their intelligence." Speaking for the opposition, one disciple gave what he thought was a feasible argument, "Prabhupada, the atheists believe that they can control nature, and therefore there is no need for God. After all, they are able to fly their planes." He gestured to the 747 jet overhead as evidence of man's power to control. "They have some control," Prabhupada replied, "but some control means no control. They are unable to control death, birth, disease and old age. So what is the value of some control?"


The point that Srila Prabhupada wanted to make was that even if man succeeded in flying in the sky or surfing on the ocean or doing any other seemingly remarkable thing, he eventually has to succumb to old age, disease and death. No matter what he does, he has no control over these. Suppose a person is given a million dollars for a day with the condition that it will be taken away from him at the end of the day. He can claim to be a millionaire and can even show his wealth to others, but he is going to lose it all at the end of the day and he can do nothing about it. Similarly we have been given youth, intelligence, abilities, wealth etc and we can proudly strut about with them, but old age, disease and death are going to strip it all away from us and there is nothing that we can do about it. Therefore Srila Prabhupada declared emphatically that little control meant no control.