Contradictions in the Absolute Truth
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Often times I have come across, as have many others,
some contradictions in the books of Srila Prabhupada. Two
things will be stated and this leaves the reader in a confused
of mind.Not only is Krsna Himself a paradox for the mundane mind,
but His pure devotees, as well.Consider below, just this one point Srila
Prabhupada made once about what is really necessary
or essential. He says two totally different things on two
different occasions. Hari bolDamaghosa das ------------------------------------
1) SB 10.13.59 The Stealing of the Boys and
Calves by Brahma
Then, looking in all directions, Lord Brahma immediately
saw Vrndavana before him, filled with trees, which were the means of
livelihood for the inhabitants and which were equally pleasing in all
Janajivya-drumakirnam: trees and vegetables are
essential, and they give happiness all year round, in all
seasons. That is the arrangement in Vrndavana. It is not that in one
season the trees are pleasing and in another season not pleasing;
rather, they are equally pleasing throughout the seasonal changes. Trees
and vegetables provide the real means of livelihood recommended for
everyone. Sarva-kama-dugha mahi
(▼Bhag. 1.10.4). Trees and vegetables, not industry,
provide the real means of life.
Ravindra-svarupa: What is the advantage of a tree, Srila
Prabhupada: You see how they are standing there for five thousand
years. You cannot do it. You cannot do it even for five minutes.
Svarupa Damodara: Actually the trees are absolutely
necessary for the survival of animals.
Prabhupada: That is another thing. We say
nothing is necessary, simply Krsna is necessary. That is material
conception: "This is necessary.
This is necessary." But Krsna says,
"Nothing is necessary." Sarva-dharman parityajya. You are
simply planning and becoming entangled with so-called "necessary."
Svarupa Damodara: But that is on the spiritual platform.
Prabhupada: You can create spiritual platform immediately.
Sa gunan samatityaitan. If you fully engage yourself in devotional
service, immediately you are above this material conception.
[So in the above two conversations Srila
Prabhupada say two different things. One, that trees are
essential, and the other is that nothing , not even trees are
necessary or essential.So which one is true or which one do you pick? Both are
true and both contradict each other-seemingly.That is Krsna, in whom all contradictions are resolved.]
Adi 17.304 The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in
.. Lord, by His inconceivable character, may act like the
gopis and feel separation from Krsna, although He is Krsna Himself.
Such a contradiction can be reconciled only in the Supreme Personality
of Godhead because ... (acintya), which can make possible that which is
impossible to do (aghata-ghatana-patiyasi). Such contradictions are
very difficult to understand unless a devotee strictly follows the
Vaisnava philosophy under the ...
Devotional Service in Attachment
When Uddhava was asking Krsna about rules and
regulations according to Vedic injunctions, he asked, "Why is it that
the ... are supposed to be ordained by the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, but apparently there are contradictions, and Uddhava was
anxious to know how one could be freed from these contradictions. In
reply, Lord Krsna informed
him of the superexcellence of devotional service.
TLK Vs 25-26 Association with the Supreme Lord Through
... Absolute Truth, the Supreme Person, the Supreme Being. In
the Absolute, there are no contradictions. Krsna's name, form,
activities, paraphernalia and attributes are identical with Krsna.
This is the meaning of absolute. There is no difference between Krsna's
form and Krsna. Krsna's hands and Krsna's legs are nondifferent. In the
material world, there is a difference ... right hand, between the nose
and the ear, but these dualities do not exist in Krsna. This is the
meaning of absolute. As stated in ▼Brahma-samhita (5.32):
Tamala Krsna: "Therefore people in general keep the same
bodily idea in mind when they are informed ... who cannot understand
spiritual existence at all. Being embarrassed by so many theories
and by contradictions and various types of philosophical speculation,
they become disgusted or angry, and foolishly they conclude ...
Devotee: A Krsna
conscious person has realized knowledge by the grace of Krsna. Because
he is satisfied with pure devotional service. By realized knowledge,
one becomes perfect. By ... his convictions. But by academic
knowledge one is easily deluded and is confused by apparent
contradictions. It is the realized soul who is actually
self-controlled because he is surrendered to Krsna. He is
transcendental because he has nothing to do with mundane scholarship.
So to understand krsna-lila... So therefore we
have to understand Krsna-lila, Krsna, from these books, Bhagavata,
Bhagavad-gita, but not directly. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu
recommends, bhagavata giya ... from the professional man. So here:
kecid ahur ajam jatam. Ahuh ajam jatam. Contradiction. Now Krsna says,
ajo 'pi: "Although I am birthless, I do not take birth," ajo 'pi sann
... at the same time... Ajo 'pi... Here it is said, kecid ahur
ajam. God, or Krsna, is aja. He never takes birth. But again he (she)
says, jatam: "He has taken birth." This contradiction should be
understood. The Vedas, there are many such contradictions like that. Pasyaty acaksuh: "Krsna, or God, sees, but He has no eyes." Similarly,
God, Krsna, takes His birth although He never takes birth. These are
contradictions. Pasyaty caksuh. Apani-pado javano grahita: "He has no
leg, but He goes so fast,... He has no hand," but javano grahita,
"but if you offer Him something, He takes...
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