Lecture on SB 7.9.2 — Mayapur, February 12, 1977
Prabhupāda: So if we study the character of Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa, then we shall cease to manufacture such words as daridra-nārāyaṇa or this or that. No. We should therefore never follow this pāṣaṇḍi.
yas tu nārāyaṇaṁ devaṁ
sa pāṣaṇḍi bhaved dhruvam
(CC Madhya 18.116)
Pāṣaṇḍi means devil, or nondevotee. Abhaktā hīna cara. Be careful not to mix with nondevotee who imagines about God. They do not believe in God actually. This pāṣaṇḍi means who do not believe in God. They think that there is no God, but they simply say, “Yes, there is God, but God has no head, no tail, no mouth, nothing.” And then what is God then? But these rascals say nirākāra. Nirākāra means there is no God. Say frankly that there is no God. Why do you say, “Yes, there is God, but He has no head, no tail, no leg, no hand”? So what is there? So this is another cheating. Those who are atheist, they say frankly, “I do not believe in God. There is no…” That we can understand. But these rascals, they say, “There is God, but nirākāra.” Nirākāra means there is no God, but sometimes the word is used nirākāra. But that nirākāra does not mean God has no akāra. That nirākāra means that not this material akāra. Iśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇah-sac-cid-ānanda vigrahaḥ (Bs. 5.1). His body is sac-cid-ānanda. That is completely impossible to see within this material world. Our body is not sat; it is asat. This body which I have got now or you have got, it will remain so long this life… And when it is finished, it is finished forever. You’ll never get this body again. Therefore asat.
But Kṛṣṇa’s body is not like that. Kṛṣṇa’s body is the same, sat; always the same. Kṛṣṇa’s another name is narakṛti. Our body is imitation of Kṛṣṇa’s body, not that Kṛṣṇa’s body is imitation of our body. No. Kṛṣṇa has got His body, narakṛti, nara-vapu. These things are there. But that vapu is not like this asat. Our body is asat. It will not stay. His body is sac-cid-ānanda. Our body is asat, acit and nirānanda—just opposite. It will not stay, and there is no knowledge, acit, and there is no bliss. Always we are unhappy. So nirākāra means not a body like this. His body is different. Ānanda cinmāyā rasa pratibhavitabhis (Bs. 5.37). Ānanda-cinmāyā. Aṅgāni yasya sakalendriya vṛtti-manti paśyanti pānti kalayanti ciraṁ jaganti (Bs. 5.32). His aṅgāni, aṅgāni, parts of the body, are described, sakalendriya-vṛtti-manti. I can see with my eyes. My, this special function of my…, this part of the body is to see. But Kṛṣṇa: sakalendriya-vṛtti-manti—He can not only see, but He can eat also. That is import. By seeing, we cannot eat, but whatever we offer, if Kṛṣṇa sees, He eats also. Aṅgāni yasya sakalendriya-vṛtti-manti. So how we can compare Kṛṣṇa’s body with our body? But avajānanti māṁ mūḍhāḥ (BG 9.11). Those who are rascals, they think that “Kṛṣṇa has two hands, two legs; therefore I am also Kṛṣṇa. I am also.” So don’t be misled by the rascals, pāṣaṇḍi. Take as there in the śāstra, learn it from authorized sources, and be happy.
Thank you very much.
Devotee: Jaya Śrīla Prabhupāda!
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