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Krishna's paraphernalia is also a Krishna Deity!!

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By Damaghosa Dasa (Seattle, USA)

Recently I had the misfortune of taking some of my arotika paraphernalia to a funeral ceremony and the ghee lamp got left behind. I don’t think anybody realized how much I was missing that ghee lamp. Most devotees would think it’s just a brass ghee lamp, you can get another one, or don’t worry; we will get it back to you soon, prabhu. So as it was going on towards a month of not having this particular ghee lamp that I had been worshiping Krishna with for about four decades, I was very attached to this Deity and definitely wanted Him back.


Below we have compiled a few quotes from Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and books where he nicely explains how EVERYTHING connected to Krishna IS Krishna. And what is not connected in some way, to Krishna? Nothing, it’s only when we do not see that connection - that we are under the influence of the illusory energy of Krishna.


Here is a picture of my simple ghee lamp that finally came back to me. He is worshipable, just as much as Krishna, and Lord Siva says, even more so than Krishna.



Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.12.29

Before getting aboard, Dhruva Maharaja worshiped the airplane, circumambulated it, and also offered obeisances to the associates of Visnu. In the meantime he became as brilliant and illuminating as molten gold. He was thus completely prepared to board the transcendental plane.



In the absolute world, the plane, the associates of Lord Visnu and Lord Visnu Himself are all spiritual. There is no material contamination. In quality, everything there is one. As Lord Visnu is worshipable, so also are His associates, His paraphernalia, His airplane and His abode, for everything of Visnu’s is as good as Lord Visnu. Dhruva  Maharaja knew all this very well, as a pure Vaisnava, and he offered his respects to the associates and to the plane before riding in it. But in the meantime, his body changed into spiritual existence, and therefore it was illuminating like molten gold. In this way he also became one with the other paraphernalia of Visnuloka.


Mayavadi philosophers cannot imagine how this oneness can be achieved even in different varieties. Their idea of oneness is that there is no variety. Therefore they have become impersonalists. As Sisumara, Visnuloka or Dhruvaloka are completely different from this material world, so a Visnu temple within this world is also completely different from this material world. As soon as we are in a temple we should know very well that we are situated differently from the material world. In the temple, Lord Visnu, His throne, His room and all other things associated with the temple are transcendental. The three modes, sattva-guna, rajo-guna and tamo-guna, have no entrance into the temple. It is said, therefore, that to live in the forest is in the mode of goodness, to live in the city is in the mode of passion, and to live in a brothel, liquor shop or slaughterhouse is in the mode of ignorance. But to live in the temple means to live in Vaikunthaloka. Everything in the temple is as worshipable as Lord Visnu, or Krishna.


Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta, Madhya lila, 12.38

When the King received the old cloth, he began to worship it exactly as he would worship the Lord personally.



This is also the conclusion of the Vedic injunctions. Since the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the Absolute Truth, everything in relation to Him is also on the same platform. The King had great affection for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and although he did not see the Lord, he had nonetheless already attained the conclusion of devotional service. Immediately upon receiving the cloth from Sarvabhauma  Bhattacarya, the King began to worship it, accepting it as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The Lord's clothing, bedding, slippers and everything required as an ordinary necessity are all transformations of Shesha, Visnu, the expansion of Sri Baladeva. Thus the cloth and other paraphernalia of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are but other forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everything connected to the Lord is worshipable. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructs us that just as Krishna is worshipable, Krishna's place, Vrindavana, is also worshipable. And as Vrindavana  is worshipable, similarly the paraphernalia in Vrindavana - the trees, roads, river, everything - is worshipable. A pure devotee thus sings, jaya jaya vrndavana-vasi yata  jana: "All glories to the residents of Vrindavana." If a devotee has a staunch devotional attitude, all these conclusions will be awakened or revealed within the heart.


yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah


"Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed." (Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.23)


Thus following in the footsteps of Maharaja Prataparudra and other devotees, we should learn to worship everything belonging to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is referred to by Lord Siva as tadiyanam. In the Padma Purana it is said:


aradhananam sarvesam
visnor aradhanam param
tasmat parataram devi
tadiyanam samarcanam


"O Devi, the most exalted system of worship is the worship of Lord Visnu. Greater than that is the worship of tadiya, or anything belonging to Visnu." Sri Visnu is sac-cid-ananda-vigraha. Similarly, the most confidential servant of Krishna, the spiritual master, and all devotees of Visnu are tadiya. The sac-cid-ananda-vigraha, guru, Vaisnavas, and things used by them must be considered tadiya and without a doubt worshipable by all living beings.


Lecture - Hyderabad, August 17, 1976

So Krishna-lila is going on in the spiritual world, but by Krishna's desire that spiritual world also comes down in this material world. Just like a big man, he lives in his palace, but if he likes he can go anywhere, and he has the same facility of his palace by arrangement. Similarly, when Krishna comes within this material world, He has all the paraphernalia of his Goloka Vrindavana lila. As such this Vrindavana is as good as the original Vrindavana. Aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa tanayas tad-dhama vrndavanam.  This Vrindavana is not ordinary place; it is the same Goloka Vrindavana. By Krishna's omnipotency the same Vrindavana is duplicated. It is possible. That is called nitya-lilaWherever He likes, He can bring in Vrindavana and He can have His pastimes. So this temple, do not think that it is Hyderabad place. No. It is Goloka Vrindavana. You should be very careful. Aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa, tanayas tad-dhama vrndavanam As Krishna is worshipable, similarly His place is also worshipable.  Not that His place is different from Him. No. Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says, sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-srngara-tan-mandira-marjanadau. As the worship of the Deity is important, similarly, sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-srngara-tan-mandira-marjanadau. To keep the temple very cleansed, very attractive, that is also Deity worship. Those who are here working, they should keep this temple as clean as possible. Then Krishna will be satisfied. Krishna's body - this temple. Do not think it otherwise. Temple should be worshiped in that way. Therefore I ask you not to come with shoes. Even the temple is not opened, it is still Krishna's temple. It is not different from Krishna. Sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-srngara. You should always remember that. The temple management very nicely means to render service to Krishna.


So we are going to open this temple. Those who are in charge, they must take care of the temple. Cleanliness. Tan-mandira-marjanadau. The more we have got men, engage them. And do not think that temple cleaning and Deity worshiping are different. Do not be envious, that "This person has been given the in charge of decorating the Deity, and I have been given to wash the temple where there are not Deity." No. It is the same thing. There is no difference. It is spiritual. Just like either you worship Krishna's lotus feet or you offer a garland to Krishna on His head, it is the same thing. It is no such thing as "This is head, this is tail." No. This is absolute conception of... So Bhagavan, His lila, His form, His pastimes, His place, they're all Bhagavan. Even higher, those who are highly elevated devotees, they do not see even this material world different from Bhagavan. Idam hi visvam bhagavan ivetara. That is described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Narada Muni says. The whole universe is Bhagavan, although it appears different from Him. Bhagavan ivetara. So actually everything is Bhagavan, but it is not this Mayavada philosophy, that because everything is Bhagavan, there is no  Bhagavan. No. Everything is Bhagavan, and still Bhagavan is there. Krishna says, maya  tatam idam sarvam [Bg. 9.4]. Maya, a person is there. Otherwise, there is no use of the word maya. Maya tatam idam sarvam. Vaisnava philosophy is that this material world is expansion of the energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And the Mayavada  philosophy is that because God has become everything, there is no more God.  That is called nirvisesa - without understanding the beauty.


In this way, try to understand Krishna and His paraphernalia, His form, His name, His quality, everything. There are so many things to understand about Krishna. That is called Krishna consciousness. The materialistic persons, they will think that "These people are wasting time. They are doing nothing." But the agnostic, the material person, he does not know anything. Because here is the study of Krishna. And Krishna  is so unlimited, what one life one can understand? It requires many lives.  Bahunam  janmanam ante jnanavan mam prapadyante [Bg. 7.19]. It is not so easy thing that we have understood immediately Krishna. Bahunam janmanam ante, after many, many births, if one is fortunate, he can understand Krishna. So don't lose a single moment.


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