Mano Dharma vs Real Dharma explained by SP

October 29, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Bombay Jan 8 1977

Indian man: Swamiji, I get two thoughts. Number one: having acquired a family, I am willing to renounce, but would I not be running away from the responsibility, in the name of Lord Kṛṣṇa, for the bringing up and educating the children? And second thing…

Prabhupāda: You cannot educate, neither you bring. This is māyā. Do you think… Do you think that only in your presence your children will be happy? There are… Just see here in the corner, the father, mother, and the child is always, twenty-four hours, crying. The father, mother, is there. They are poor men, they are taking care, but still, the child is unhappy; it is crying twenty-four hours. There are many you’ll find. So does it mean that in the presence of father, mother, a child is happy? Everyone is being conducted by his destiny. The father, mother, may be there or may not be there; his destiny will go on. This is the law of nature. You see here. Do you mean to say, because that man is poor, he’s not taking care of the child? Why the child is crying twenty-four hours? So if one child is made to cry by his destiny, even in the presence of his father, mother, he has to cry. Nobody can make him happy. So this is called illusion, that “I am doing.” Ahaṅkāra-vimūḍhātmā kartāham iti manyate [Bg. 3.27]. A rascal, he thinks like that. But it is not the fact. The fact is prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni guṇaiḥ. His destiny or her destiny is to suffer. So even though father, mother… Suppose a rich man’s son is sick. He has engaged good physician, good doctor. Does it mean that he will guarantee life? Then what is the principle? Bālasya neha śaraṇaṁ pitarau. Prahlāda Mahārāja said that “It is not a fact that when the children are under the protection of father and mother, he’s secure.” Tvad-upekṣitānām: “If You neglect, that ‘This child must cry; this child must die,’ then even by the greatest care of the father and mother, he will die.” So what is the use, saying that your duty…? Duty? That is māyā.

Indian man: Second thing is…

Prabhupāda: No, first of all you understand this. Then bring second thingThat you have no duty. Your only duty is to surrender to Kṛṣṇa. Sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam [Bg. 18.66]. That is your only duty. But because you are under the mental platform, you are creating duties, so but that also must be finished after certain age. That is compulsory, that “You are very good, responsible man. All right, do your duty up to this. No more duty. No more duty.” So this “duty, no duty,” this is our creation. We are under fully control of the nature. But we have created our mental concoction: “This is duty. This is good. This is bad.” That is our mano-dharma. Real dharma is sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja [Bg. 18.66]. This is real dharma. And everything is mano-dharma, mental creation. Therefore the Bhāgavata in the beginning it is said that dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo ‘tra: [SB 1.1.2] “This false dharma is rejected.” These are all false dharmas. Real dharma is to surrender to Kṛṣṇa. But it takes time. Therefore sat-saṅga is required. But actually real dharma is to become Kṛṣṇa conscious and do everything… Ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānuśīlanam [Cc. Madhya 19.167]. What Kṛṣṇa wants, we must know it and do it. And this is real dharma.