Re: Sacrifice of Creation
Subject: Re: Sacrifice of Creation
From: email@example.com (Madhudvisa dasa )
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 06:34:39 GMT
>"Aboona,..It says in the Bhagavad Gita that God sacrificed of Himself when He
Where does it say that?
In the beginning of creation, the Lord of all creatures sent forth
generations of men and demigods, along with sacrifices for Visnu, and
blessed them by saying, ``Be thou happy by this yajna [sacrifice] because
its performance will bestow upon you everything desirable for living
happily and achieving liberation.''
The material creation by the Lord of creatures (Visnu) is a chance
offered to the conditioned souls to come back home--back to Godhead. All
living entities within the material creation are conditioned by material
nature because of their forgetfulness of their relationship to Visnu, or
Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Vedic principles are to
help us understand this eternal relation, as it is stated in the
Bhagavad-gita: vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah. The Lord says that the
purpose of the Vedas is to understand Him. In the Vedic hymns it is said:
patim visvasyatmesvaram. Therefore, the Lord of the living entities is the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Visnu. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam also
(2.4.20) Srila Sukadeva Gosvami describes the Lord as pati in so many
sriyah patir yajna-patih praja-patir
dhiyam patir loka-patir dhara-patih
patir gatis candhaka-vrsni-satvatam
prasidatam me bhagavan satam patih
The praja-pati is Lord Visnu, and He is the Lord of all living
creatures, all worlds, and all beauties, and the protector of everyone.
The Lord created this material world to enable the conditioned souls to
learn how to perform yajnas (sacrifices) for the satisfaction of Visnu, so
that while in the material world they can live very comfortably without
anxiety and after finishing the present material body they can enter into
the kingdom of God. That is the whole program for the conditioned soul. By
performance of yajna, the conditioned souls gradually become Krsna
conscious and become godly in all respects. In the Age of Kali, the
sankirtana-yajna (the chanting of the names of God) is recommended by the
Vedic scriptures, and this transcendental system was introduced by Lord
Caitanya for the deliverance of all men in this age. Sankirtana-yajna and
Krsna consciousness go well together. Lord Krsna in His devotional form
(as Lord Caitanya) is mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.32) as
follows, with special reference to the sankirtana-yajna:
yajanti hi su-medhasah
``In this Age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient
intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by His associates,
by performance of sankirtana-yajna.'' Other yajnas prescribed in the Vedic
literatures are not easy to perform in this Age of Kali, but the
sankirtana-yajna is easy and sublime for all purposes, as recommended in
Bhagavad-gita also (9.14).
[from Bhagavad-gita As It Is 3.10]
Chant Hare Krishna and be Happy!
Thank you. Hare Krishna!
All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!