Devamrita Swami: Spiritual understand and knowledge
We're originally a part of Krishna, but struggling like a fly that has landed in some jelly. I was the first regional secretary for the DDR.
Weimar is famous for its culture. One thing is going on in the world:
economic development, more money, more money, more money!
In times with material "good times", people need to do it out of their intelligence. Most people tend to come because of distress, but such motivation does not last. We need to develop attraction to Krishna and his service, just like people are attracted to money making.
People are into being spiritual, but not religious. People think being religious means focusing on specific rules and real spirituality is free from all that. That kind of false religion is something that people are afraid of. However, real religion means complete, definite understanding of what is God.
There is so many so-called spirtual paths and teachers. What to do? Go party! Make money! Those become people's religion. But as soon as the goal of understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead is known, everything makes sense. That is what is unique about Krishna consciousness.
Materially what is the benefit in trying to understand anyone? It has been going on for millions of years. But that desire to understand, focused on Krishna, is real religion.
Bhagavad-Gita already assumes some basic human intelligence: not belief in God, that's easy, kindergarden-stuff. Instead, a program for your senses to understand the Supreme is given. So don't be afraid of admitting you are trying to understand Krishna.
Please remember: you can eliminate all confusion, simply by understanding that the whole point of everything is simply to understand Krishna.
- People know, i.e. Have knowledge of what a cigarette does to the body, but still they smoke. So how does that relate to the faith and knowledge that is talked about in the BG?
- What is the missing link between reading Bhagavad-Gita and acting on that knowledge?
- Isn't gaining some interest in Krishna consciousness by devotee association also just faith as ordinarily known?
- Krishna is known to have the opulence of renunciation, but how does he display this?
- I once saw a person with a sign: "I am God and can answer all questions". I asked him "what is my name?" and he could not answer. He said he was just God wanting to experience "ignorance". This made me think: Why did Krishna need to come as Lord Caitanya to experience his own devotees' love?
- The yuga-dhama in this age of Kali-yuga is to chant the holy name, so what is the importance of, for example, deity worship?