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Re: Sacrifice of Creation

Al-chanan wrote:


>"Aboona,..It says in the Bhagavad Gita that God sacrificed of Himself when He

>created us."

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:

                         krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam


                        yajnaih sankirtana-prayair

                           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!

Madhudvisa dasa       

(      /sudarsana


All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!

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