Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord

May 12, 2023 in Articles by Venkata bhatta dasa

compiled by Aprakrta dasa [vedaveda@vedaveda.com]

“Translation: Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one must not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.”

Prabhupāda: Now, here is a statement that everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. What you are, inanimate or animate?

Devotees: Animate.

Prabhupāda: Animate. Do you think you are controlled or not controlled?

Devotees: Controlled.

Prabhupāda: Is there any person here who is not controlled?

Devotees: No.

Prabhupāda: Or anywhere within this universe who is not controlled? Can anyone say that “I am not controlled”? Nobody can say. So, if you are controlled, then why you are going to declare yourself that “I am uncontrolled. I am independent. I am God”? Why this nonsense? If you are controlled… Is God, does it mean that He is controlled? They are claiming that “I am God.” Is there any meaning? If I am controlled, then how I can become God? This is commonsense affair. Therefore, this Māyāvādī philosophy that “Everyone is God. I am God; you are God…,” Just like the other, who was speaking, that Meher Baba’s… Yes. That he was speaking, “I am God, you are God.” So, God is never controlled. If somebody is controlled, immediately he is not God. This is simple definition, that God is not controlled. If somebody claims that he is God, then first of all question “Whether you are controlled or not controlled?” Common sense. Nobody can say that he’s not controlled. I have seen a rascal, he has got a society and he is preaching this, that “I am God.” But one day I saw him, he had some toothache, and he was doing, “ohhh.” (laughter) So I questioned him that “You claim that you are God, and now you are simply under the control of toothache. So, what kind of God you are?” (laughter) You see. So, these societies, those who are claiming that “I am God. You are God. Everyone God”—God has become so cheap that everyone is God—you immediately should know he’s a rascal number one. Immediately. As soon as he says, “I am God,” you must know that “Here is a rascal number one.”

So nobody is uncontrolled. Now, so many big, big planets, huge planets… This earth planet is only… It’s a minute, small planet, and still, you’ll see, on this planet there are so big oceans like Atlantic and Pacific, and so big mountains, and what to speak of your skyscraper buildings. With all this load it is floating in the air just like a swab of cotton. Who is controlling? Can you float even a small piece of grain in the space? You can say “Law of gravity” and so many other things, but you cannot utilize it. Or you can put it in… Your machine, airplane, is running on the space—but so long the machine is working. As soon as your petrol is finished, immediately it will fall down. Immediately. But these big, big planets… This is only one of the small. The sun planet is fourteen hundred thousand times bigger than this planet. So that is also… We can see the sun is floating in one corner of this big space. So how you can say that it is not controlled, it is floating out of its own self? No. The answer is there in the Bhagavad-gītā, that “I enter into this material planets, and then I keep it floating.” Gām āviśya aham [Bg. 15.13], dhārayāmy aham ojasā. Dhārayāmy aham ojasā. Something mak… Just like you float this airplane; so somebody has entered within it, that driver or pilot. So actually, he is keeping this airplane floating, not the machine. This is simple truth. So, if you take this analogy, then this planet is floating, there must be somebody entering here. Somebody must have entered. So Kṛṣṇa says, “I have entered.” So, what is the difficulty to understand how it is keeping floating? The analogy is there. Everyone can understand that this big airplane is floating in the sky because the pilot has entered within it. Similarly, if this planet is floating, then somebody, either you or somebody, God, has entered it. And that answer is there in the Bhagavad-gītā, that “I enter into these planets and therefore I keep them floating.” That is our answer. And the scientists, they say the law of gravitation… How far it is true…

This is a lecture from the book Sri Isopanisad (Mantra 1) that Srila Prabhupada gave on April 29, 1970 in Los Angeles.