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Nonsense Sacrifice

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 25 October 2020, part 7


Question: Was it possible for the people in the ages of Satya-, Treta-, and Dvapara-yuga to attain Krishna-prema?

It was possible, but the method was very hard. Satya-yuga people are very truthful, they did not fight like Kali-yuga people (Kali-yuga people always fight), and in Satya-yuga they worshipped Narayan. There were mantras ("Narayana para Veda," etc.) and they would practise yoga during many thousands of years. In Treta-yuga, people's lifetime is ten thousand years, and people did huge fire sacrifices.

I saw today on television how people do Durga-puja. You know, five hundred years ago, when people did puja, they used to kill people and offer one man to Durga! Nonsense things. They used to cut people's necks, and now in lieu of that, since it is not possible to kill people, they kill a buffalo. I asked one of my friends (a very educated person but not a devotee), "Hindu people do not eat cows, but how do they eat buffalo's meat? What is the difference between cows and buffalos?" He told me, "No, no, no. Buffalo is like a goat." I said, "Oh really? Very nice!" This is the kind of answer they give me. I saw yesterday that they were cutting a buffalo at one temple at a zamindar's house in Koch Behar (near Siliguri)—and they showed it on television. They kill a big buffalo, offer it to Mother Durga, and then eat it themselves. They will suffer in the age of Kali! They were asked what bhog they were offering that day, and they said they were offering only some dry food (some chanachur, some sweets, etc.) and distributed it to people. They did not even cook that buffalo for Durga—they only cut it for their own enjoyment.

People cannot control their material desires, they cannot control their anger, and many other bad elements within. Instead, they cut a buffalo saying, "Oh, there is a demon in this buffalo, and I am cutting that demon!" Yes, they cut a 'demon' and then eat that demon's meat and enjoy! People do so much nonsense in the Hindu religion. That is why we are not Hindu. It is good for us.

One time, on the way to Bamunpara, Gurudev went to Jamalpur. You know that Gurudev is a son of Lord Siva, so he always had special regard to Lord Siva. One day, the day after celebrating Srila Sridhar Maharaj's appearance day in Hapaniya, Gurudev asked me, "Can we go to Jamalpur tomorrow?" I said, "Yes, Gurudev," and arranged for some devotees to go there. At that time, Gurudev told us that when they do Jamalpur mela (fair) there, they kill thousands and thousands of goats in front of Lord Siva, and Gurudev said: when people kill goats and eat goat's meat outside, they get some reaction for that and the goat does not get any relief from its birth; but if they offer goat's meat to Lord Siva (not Vaishnav Siva—Lord Siva is a Vaishnav, so he does not take any meat or anything like this; they worship Sakta-Siva), then the goat's soul gets some relief from the goat's birth and because the meat is offered to Lord Siva, the soul of the goat also gets some sukriti from Lord Siva.

Devotee: I remember when we went to Jamalpur, there is some wooden place there where they cut the necks of the goats, and I saw many people come to that place, take some blood-stained soil from there and tie it in their handkerchiefs to take it home...

Yes, they do this because they have some material desires. For example, some accident happens and they take that soil thinking, "If I keep this soil in my house, then my husband (wife, daughter, etc.) will not bleed any more." This is kusamaskar (superstition). It is all nonsense, actually. When you go to Nrisingha Palli, you can also see there a tree—people come and tie a stone to that tree. If you go to the place of Chand Kazi, I have seen even our devotees come and tie some stones to the tree's branch there. It means they have some material desire, "Oh, my son's wife cannot have a baby. I am giving a promise and keeping this stone here as a witness that if my daughter-in-law had a baby, I will come back and offer some worship." They do this in Nrisingha Palli all the time. They use Lord Nrisinghadev for their own material purpose...

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!


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