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What is religion?-SP

740109SB.LA                    Lectures                  
   So what is that religion? That is also explained in the
Bhagavad-gita. Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam. This is religion, to
surrender to God. It doesn't matter what religion you profess. It
doesn't matter. But you must learn how to obey the Supreme Lord. That
is religion
. Religion does not mean that you stamp some stereotype
religion, "I am Christian," "I am Hindu," "I am Muslim," "I am
Buddhist," and then fight. That is not religion. That is fanaticism.
Religion means how one has become devoted to God. That is religion. Sa
vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje. You claim to be
religious, or you claim to be Hindu or Christian or Buddhist. That's
all right. But do you know what is God? Oh, everyone silent.
Everyone,
all nonsense rascals, silent. He does not know what is God. And what
is his religion? If you do not know what is God, a vague idea, that is
not religion. You must know what is God. Just like to become American
citizen, it requires to know something of the history of America. So
if American citizen, if you ask him, "What you are?" "Now I am
American." "Who is your president?" "I do not know
." What is this
nonsense, American? Would you like to hear from him that "I do not
know who is president"? Similarly, a human being professing some
certain type of religion, but you ask him, "What is God?"

Religion must be in relationship with God, any religion. But ask him, "What is
God?" No answer. But religion means,

sa vai pumsam paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhoksaje
ahaituky apratihata
yayatma suprasidati

This is religion, first-class religion. What is that first-class
religion? Yato bhaktir adhoksaje, by practicing which one becomes a
devotee of the Lord. That is religion. That is religion. So instead of
becoming devotee of the Lord, we are devotee of dog. This is our
position.

Anybody ever had REAL raisins? I mean the kind you dry from grapes? 

below are some of the raisins we dried here--they taste like grapes-not store bought raisins

As Prabhupada said-anything grown in the garden is "100 times better" than store bought

photo by my wife who makes high end fashion hats--see any similiarity?


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