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Faith in the Lord and Scriptures


Faith in the Lord and scriptures is not opposed to knowledge. Rather it is precondition for knowledge, especially for the most confidential knowledge. If a child wants to understand the world around him, he can speculate and may never arrive at the correct understanding. But if he just asks his mother, he can get the right understanding at once. Similarly the seeker may speculate for lifetimes about the nature of the cosmos without arriving at the Truth, but if he just hears from the Vedic literatures, which are like the mother, he can at once be enlightened.When you speak with your relative on the telephone, you have faith that the voice at the other end of the line is actually coming from your relative, although you are unable to see him. Similarly via the transcendental wire of disciplic succession, which stretches beyond time, comes the immortal instructions of Lord Krishna. We should therefore have faith that the speaker of Bhagavad-gita is none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and that Srila Prabhupada is His representative in disciplic succession.


Out of many standard and authoritative revealed scriptures, the Bhagavad-gita is the best. In the Bhagavad-gita (4.40), Lord Krishna explains the different types of human beings according to their faith:


*Persons who are almost like animals have no faith in, or knowledge of, the standard revealed scriptures; they are called 'ajna'.

*And some, even though they have knowledge of. or can cite passages from, the revealed scriptures, have actually no faith in these words. This category is called 'asraddhadhana'.

*And even though others may have faith in scriptures like Bhagavad-gita, they do not believe in or worship the Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. They are called 'samshayatma'. Although such people have faith, they are swayed by the doubt, "I don't know whether this process will be effective in my case." Such persons cannot have any standing in Krishna consciousness. They fall down.


Men without faith in God and His revealed word find no good either in this world or in the next. For them there is no happiness whatsoever. One should therefore follow in the footsteps of great acharya who are in the disciplic succession and thereby attain success. Lord Sri Krishna has warned that "those who are not faithful in devotional service cannot attain Him, but return to the path of birth and death in this material world." {Bhagavad-gita 9.3) Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His form is fully spiritual, as stated in the Brahma Samhita (5.1) uhwara parama krishna sat-cit-ananda vigraha. Some think of Wrm to be a powerful man, great politician or a mystic yogi. here are others who think that Krishna has acquired this w°nderful form and qualities by good karma and tapasya, usterity. still others consider Him to be impersonal brahman incarnated in a corporeal form. To accept God as man or an ordinary man as God are both foolishness. Lord Kris;hna clearly declares in the Bhagavad-gita, "There is no truth superior to Me. I am the source of everything that exists. Just srurrender to Me. I will free you from all sins." But the foolish nom-devotees argue, "Why shall I accept Krishna? I have got my town God." In this way people manufacture some concocted God and worship them.


In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Sri Krishna affirms that less intelligent persons mistake Him to be an ordinary msan like us, and thus they deride Him. The less intelligent persons? are those who rebel against the authority of the Lord. Such pcersons are known as asuras (demons). The demons cannot recognize the Lord's authority. When the Lord Himself appears am<ong us, as Rama, Narasimha, Varaha, or in His original form ass Krishna, He performs many wonderful acts which are humanly impossible. Lord Sri Krishna exhibited His humanly impossible activities even from the days of His lying on the laip of His mother.


•He killed the Putana witch, although she smeared ber breast with poison just to kill the Lord. The Lord sucked hier breast like a natural baby, and He sucked out her very life also.


•Similarly, He lifted the Govardhana Hill, just as a boy picks up a frog's umbrella, and stood several days continuously just to give protection to the residents of Vrindavam. These are some of the superhuman activities of the Lord dlescribed in the authoritative Vedic literatures like the ffuranas,Itihasas (histories), and Upanishads.

    He has delivered wonderful instructions in the shap>e of the Bhagavad-gita.

*He has showrpwn marvelous caipacities as a hero,), as a householder, as as a teacher, and ass a renouncer.

*He is accepted ed as the Supreme Personality of Godhhead by such authoritatitative personalities? as Vyasa, Devala,, Asita, Narada, Madhidhva, Shankara, Ramanuja, Sri C^aitanya Mahaprabhu, J, Jiva Goswami,, Vishvanatha Caka-avarti, Bhaktisiddhantainta Sarasvati, and all other authoritiess of the line.

*He Himself has has declared the ssame in many placess of the authentic   literatures  like  Vedas,  Upanishads,   Puranas, Mahabharata etc.


And yet there is a class of men with demoniac mentality who are always reluctant to accept the Lord as the Supreme Absolute Truth. This is partially due to their poor fund of knowledge and partially due to their stubborn obstinacy, which results from various misdeeds in the past and present. Such persons could not recognize Lord Sri Krishna even when He was present before them.


Another difficulty is that those who depend more on their imperfect senses cannot realize Him as the Supreme Lord. Such persons are like the modern scientist. They want to know everything by their experimental knowledge. But it is not possible   to   know   the    Supreme   Person   by   imperfect experimental knowledge. He is described as adhokshaja, or beyond      the      range      of experimental knowledge. All our senses are imperfect. We claim to observe everything and anything, but we must admit that we can observe things under certain material conditions   only;   and   such material conditions are  also beyond our control. What is our    power    to    see?    For example we cannot see our own hands without the aid of the  sun,  although  we  may

have eyes. We cannot see our own eyelids or eyebrows with our eyes. Why should we be proud of our limited senses? The Lord is beyond the observation of sense perception. Just as a frog who has never gone out of his well cannot believe in the existence of the Atlantic Ocean, scientists who limit their knowledge to empiric research cannot understand the glories of the spiritual world described in the revealed scriptures.