Bhagavad-gita Today January 24, 2020


Why things are the way they are, and what we can do about it.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.12

TRANSLATION



Why things are the way they are, and what we can do about it.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.12

TRANSLATION

Men in this world desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they worship the demigods. Quickly, of course, men get results from fruitive work in this world.

PURPORT (excerpt):

There is a great misconception about the gods or demigods of this material world, and men of less intelligence, although passing as great scholars, take these demigods to be various forms of the Supreme Lord. Actually, the demigods are not different forms of God, but they are God’s different parts and parcels.

God is one, and the parts and parcels are many. The Vedas say, nityo nityanam: God is one. Isvarah paramah krishnah. The Supreme God is one–Krishna–and the demigods are delegated with powers to manage this material world. These demigods are all living entities (nityanam) with different grades of material power. They cannot be equal to the Supreme God–Narayana, Vishnu, or Krishna.

Anyone who thinks that God and the demigods are on the same level is called an atheist, or pashandi. Even the great demigods like Brahma and Siva cannot be compared to the Supreme Lord. In fact, the Lord is worshiped by demigods such as Brahma and Siva (siva-virinci-nutam [SB 11.5.33]). Yet curiously enough there are many human leaders who are worshiped by foolish men under the misunderstanding of anthropomorphism or zoomorphism.