Question: I read in Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākur’s commentary on SB 6.2.10 that the Lord himself will cause the continuance of sin in order that other philosophies (karma-kāṇḍa etc.) will not be completely uprooted. Can you please explain why the Lord does not want the karma-kāṇḍa scriptures to get destroyed even while causing the devotee to continue to commit sin?
Answer: Kṛṣṇa says that he has propagated three types of yoga (SB 11.20.6):
yogās trayo mayā proktā
jñānaṁ karma ca bhaktiś ca
nopāyo ‘nyo ‘sti kutracit
Śrī Bhagavān said: I have given three types of yoga by which I desire to bestow the highest perfection on human beings—the path of knowledge (jñāna), the path of work (karma) and the path of devotion (bhakti). Besides these three there is no other means of elevation whatsoever.
According to the three types of eligibility of people (adhikārī), those people who are not qualified for bhakti, but are qualified for karma may lose faith/interest in karma-kāṇḍa scriptures by seeing such an effect of the name. They will not perform bhakti with sincerity because they do not have śraddha in it, and they will lose interest in karma śāstra also. Thus, they will be lost from both. This will only create havoc in society. The Bhakti Marga will be polluted and the karma path will also be destroyed. Actually, this is what is happening at present. Satam marga stabdhena dusitah. Kṛṣṇa makes some interesting statements in Gītā 3.26, 18.47, 18.67 and in SB 11.21.2. These are worth considering.
Question: Thank you, Mahārāja, for the reply. I still have a doubt. By seeing the immediate effects of chanting the holy name, will people not gain faith in the process of bhakti and thus become qualified to follow bhakti and lose interest in the paths they are following?
How can we say that one will not perform bhakti with sincerity and also lose interest in karma śāstra?
Answer: I see it happening all the time. This is the situation at present.
People have no interest/faith in karma and are not sincere about bhakti also.
Come to Vrindavan and you will have first-hand experience of this. You will see millions of people visiting Vrindavan, seemingly following bhakti, and not interested in karma. On close inspection, however, they do not have much sincerity.
Do you remember the word kali-chela used by Śrī Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura?
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