GK for PK - Part 2
In the previous article, we answered some of the questions raised by PK in the movie. In this article, we shall try answering some more of them. This is a humble attempt from us to answer the questions raised by PK from a bonafide perspective. Therefore, we hope, this article will clear people’s doubt. So, here are some more GK for PK.
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Get the Right Number
In the movie, PK claims, we have lost the connection with God and the method we are using is wrong. He claims that to be the Wrong Number. For him, God not answering his prayers is due to the wrong number. So, let us try to know the right number for this age.
How do we know that God is not answering our prayers? God is our well Supreme father (ref BG 9.17), and He knows what is good for us. Let us know with the help of an analogy.
- The child went to its mother and asked for chocolate; the mother did not give it.
- A guest who visited the house gave a bar of chocolate to the child. The mother forcefully took it away and kept it inside the refrigerator.
- The child insisted again and again. The mother started beating the child.
- The child cried for some time. Later the mother called the child and gave a little portion of the chocolate.
Can we say that the mother is wrong? Why did she punish the child and give only a little portion of the chocolate later? When the guest gave the chocolate, she should have allowed the child to eat it. Why did she take it away forcefully? We cannot question the behaviour of the mother. The mother is always concerned about the well-being of her child and whatever she does, it is for the benefit of the child. So, we do not know whether God is answering or not. Therefore, we should try to find out the right number for the connection to God.
We, have to first know, though God is our maintainer, he is not our order supplier. However, many of us go to Him for fulfilling our needs. But, many of us think that the prayers are not answered. We perform various rituals, keep mannats, etc. But the scriptures advise something different. The only sacrifice for Kaliyug is only Harinam Sankirtan. The scriptures mentions:
harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā – CC Madhya 6.242
Translation: ‘In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy names of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.’
But we are busy wearing stones, doing fire sacrifices, animal sacrifices, etc that are not recommended by the scriptures. These sacrifices are not meant for the people of Kaliyuga.
kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇuṁ tretāyāṁ yajato makhaiḥ
dvāpare paricaryāyāṁ kalau tad dhari-kīrtanāt – SB 12.3.52
Translation: The self-realization that was achieved in the Satya millennium by meditation, in the Tretā millennium by the performance of different sacrifices, and in the Dvāpara millennium by the worship of Lord Kṛṣṇa can be achieved in the Age of Kali simply by chanting the holy names, Hare Kṛṣṇa.
Therefore, from the scriptures, we come to know the right number for setting up a connection with God. It is none other than the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. This is also confirmed by Brahma in Kali Santran Upanishad.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
iti sodasakam namnam kali-kalmasa-nasanam
natah parataropayah sarva-vedesu drsyate
Translation: The sixteen names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra: hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare, hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare destroy all the inauspiciousness of the age of Kali. This is the conclusion of all the Vedas.
If God can hear our prayers directly, do we need to pray to a murti?
Along with this question, one more question is also raised analogous to this. If God is everywhere, why do we need an idol to worship?
First of all, it is not an idol, the correct term is deity. Deity is the authorized form of God formed according to the scriptures. An idol when installed properly following Vedic injunctions. Praying or worshipping such diety is direct worshipping God, as mentioned in the scriptures. Srila Prabhupada gives an example to help us understand this: We may find some mailboxes on the street, and if we post our letters in those boxes, they will naturally go to their destination without difficulty. But any old box, or an imitation which we may find somewhere but which is not authorized by the post office, will not do the work. Therefore, a deity is required to serve God directly.
And those who say, God is everywhere, why do we need to worship Him through a deity? Before answering them, here is a question for them. We know humidity is everywhere, which means water vapour is everywhere. Then why do you drink water through a glass? Why do you not suck water from the atmosphere itself?
There are signal waves for mobile, everywhere. But we need a device to connect with people. Similarly, for people like us, we need something to connect with God. Therefore, by God’s mercy, He manifested in the form of deity to us.
yo māṁ paśyati sarvatra sarvaṁ ca mayi paśyati
tasyāhaṁ na praṇaśyāmi sa ca me na praṇaśyati – BG 6.30
Translation: For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me.
Thus, we have found out some answers to the questions raised by PK in this part. We shall try to address the rest of the questions in upcoming articles.
Thank You for reading the article. The above translations and purports are taken from Bhagavad Gita as it is by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. Hare Krishna.
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