JARASANDHA-VAISNAVA

JARASANDHA-VAISNAVA
compiled by Mahesvara dasa [Mahesh Raja UK]

Srila Prabhupada: Yes. He, he was worshiping Visnu at home, and he was trying to kill Krsna. SIMILARLY, THERE ARE MANY VAISNAVAS LIKE JARASANDHA–APPARENTLY WORSHIPING VISNU–BUT TRYING TO KILL KRSNA. JARASANDHA-VAISNAVA.
Devotee: So what is the value of such worship of Visnu?
Srila Prabhupada: Eh?
Devotee: SO WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF SUCH WORSHIP OF VISNU? JARASANDHA WORSHIP?
Srila Prabhupada: THEY WILL GET MATERIAL OPULENCE. ASURAS, THEY WANT MATERIAL OPULENCE. THEY, THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS SPIRITUAL LIFE OR SPIRITUAL HAPPINESS, WHAT IS DEVOTIONAL SERVICE. NEITHER THEY’D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND. Which way?740302mw.may              Conversations

Srila Prabhupada: (chants japa) (break). They’ll talk of Krsna, so many things but they’re not devotees. Just like Kamsa. They may talk of Krsna or think of Krsna, but they don’t accept Krsna as the Supreme. Therefore they are demons. This is the test. They’ll read Bhagavad-gita, but they’ll not accept Krsna as the Supreme. And that is the demonic. mayayapahrta-jnana asurim bhavam asritah. Because they are demons, therefore their so-called knowledge is useless. Apahrta-jnana. And apparently, they seem to be very learned scholar, but there is no knowledge. There is no knowledge. This is the demonic… Just like Ravana. He was very much advanced student in Vedic literature. But he was a demon. So simply by studying Vedas one does not become out of the jurisdiction of demons. JUST LIKE JARASANDHA. HE WAS ALSO WORSHIPING VISNU. BUT HE WAS A DEMON. HE WAS A DEMON. HIS PURPOSE WAS DIFFERENT. The yajnic brahmanas, they also could not understand Krsna. So this is the crucial test. If one does not understand Krsna and become submissive to surrender, he remains a demon, however big scholar he may be.
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 Adi 8.8 T The Author Receives the Orders of Krsna and Guru
          
            purve yaiche jarasandha-adi raja-gana

              veda-dharma kari’ kare visnura pujanaust

Just like Kamsa. They may talk of Krsna or think of Krsna, but they don’t accept Krsna as the Supreme. Therefore they are demons. This is the test. They’ll read Bhagavad-gita, but they’ll not accept Krsna as the Supreme. And that is the demonic. mayayapahrta-jnana asurim bhavam asritah. Because they are demons, therefore their so-called knowledge is useless. Apahrta-jnana. And apparently, they seem to be very learned scholar, but there is no knowledge. There is no knowledge. This is the demonic… Just like Ravana. He was very much advanced student in Vedic literature. But he was a demon. So simply by studying Vedas one does not become out of the jurisdiction of demons. JUST LIKE JARASANDHA. HE WAS ALSO WORSHIPING VISNU. BUT HE WAS A DEMON. HE WAS A DEMON. HIS PURPOSE WAS DIFFERENT. The yajnic brahmanas, they also could not understand Krsna. So this is the crucial test. If one does not understand Krsna and become submissive to surrender, he remains a demon, however big scholar he may be.
 SYNONYMS
   purve–formerly; yaiche–as it was; jarasandha–King Jarasandha; adi–heading; raja-gana–kings; veda-dharma–performance of Vedic rituals; kari’–doing; kare–does; visnura–of Lord Visnu; pujana–worship.
 
TRANSLATION

   Formerly kings like Jarasandha [the father-in-law of Kamsa] strictly followed the Vedic rituals, thus worshiping Lord Visnu.
 
PURPORT
 
  In these verses the author of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, is very seriously stressing the importance of worship of the Panca-tattva. IF ONE BECOMES A DEVOTEE OF GAURASUNDARA OR KRSNA BUT DOES NOT GIVE IMPORTANCE TO THE PANCA-TATTVA (SRI-KRSNA-CAITANYA PRABHU-NITYANANDA SRI-ADVAITA GADADHARA SRIVASADI-GAURA-BHAKTA-VRNDA), HIS ACTIVITIES ARE CONSIDERED TO BE OFFENSES, OR, IN THE WORDS OF SRILA RUPA GOSVAMI, UTPATA (DISTURBANCES). One must therefore be ready to offer due respects to the Panca-tattva before becoming a devotee of Lord Gaurasundara or of Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
 

TEXT 9
 
            krsna nahi mane, tate daitya kari’ mani
            caitanya na manile taiche daitya tare jani
    krsna–Lord Krsna; nahi–does not; mane–accept; tate–therefore; daitya–demon; kari’ mani–we accept; caitanya–Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; na–without; manile–accepting; taiche–similarly; daitya–demon; tare–to him; jani–we know.
 
TRANSLATION
 
ONE WHO DOES NOT ACCEPT KRSNA AS THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD IS CERTAINLY A DEMON. SIMILARLY, ANYONE WHO DOES NOT ACCEPT SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU AS KRSNA, THE SAME SUPREME LORD, IS ALSO TO BE CONSIDERED A DEMON.
 
 PURPORT

 FORMERLY THERE WERE KINGS LIKE JARASANDHA WHO STRICTLY FOLLOWED THE VEDIC RITUALS, ACTED AS CHARITABLE, COMPETENT KSATRIYAS, POSSESSED ALL KSATRIYA QUALITIES AND WERE EVEN OBEDIENT TO THE BRAHMINICAL CULTURE BUT WHO DID NOT ACCEPT KRSNA AS THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD. JARASANDHA ATTACKED KRSNA MANY TIMES, AND EACH TIME, OF COURSE, HE WAS DEFEATED. LIKE JARASANDHA, ANY MAN WHO PERFORMS VEDIC RITUALS BUT DOES NOT ACCEPT KRSNA AS THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD MUST BE CONSIDERED AN ASURA, OR DEMON. SIMILARLY, ONE WHO DOES NOT ACCEPT SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU AS KRSNA HIMSELF IS ALSO A DEMON. This is the conclusion of authoritative scriptures. Therefore, both so-called devotion to Gaurasundara without devotional service to Krsna and so-called krsna-bhakti without devotional service to Gaurasundara are nondevotional activities. If one wants to be successful on the path of Krsna consciousness, he must be thoroughly conscious of the personality of Gaurasundara as well as the personality of Krsna. Knowing the personality of Gaurasundara means knowing the personalities of sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda. The author of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, pursuant to the authorities, stresses this principle for perfection in Krsna consciousness.

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