In the BG. Lord Sri Krishna says, “My dear Arjuna, there are different classes of men. One class of men, they are sleeping. And another class of men, they are awake. They are not sleeping.” To read Srila Prabhupada’s books is the awakening process. tamasi mä jyotir gama – “Don’t remain in this darkness. Go to the light.” This call and other similar Vedic aphorisms are meant for everyone without any discrimination.
07. Srila Prabhupada’s books educate us in seeing the spiritual unity of all living beings.
People are longing for the unity of all people, for one human race. “We are all brothers and sisters” are slogans in songs and prayers. Especially in the 60’s this concept had been embraced – “No restrictions between man and women”. Human beings had been perceived as one broad family. But in time these ideals had been scattered apart by the cruel reality of material nature. The basis of that concept was rather shallow and so disappeared over the years.
The fundamental basis for the unity of not only human beings, but rather all living beings we find described in Srila Prabhupada’s books. The Bhagavad-Gita is the most essential scripture on atma- tattva, knowledge of the soul. The soul is of the same spiritual nature in whatever body it temporarily resides in.
vidyä-vinaya-sampanne – brähmaëe gavi hastini çuni caiva çva-päke ca – paëòitäù sama-darçinaù
“The sages, by their true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brähmaëa, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].” (Bg., 5.18)
sama-darçinaù—who see with equal vision
This equal vision we find throughout Srila Prabhupada’s books described in philosophy, stories, and culture, Vedic culture. The more people read Srila Prabhupada’s books, the more they begin to understand the central point, the pivot, of everyone’s existence.
08. Srila Prabhupada’s books inform us about our lost, eternal relationship with Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
“If there is a cause of all causes, if there is a God, how am I related to it?” Any rational person wants to know this.
Probability and statistics merely tell us how things happen, but we learn nothing about the causes which lead to these events. In science “causality” has always been a fundamental notion.
It is not unusual to hear people suggest that time plus chance accomplished the evolution of simple or- ganisms into more complex entities. There is a logical error in such statements. There is no such thing as chance. Chance is not an entity which causes things to happen.
Tossing a coin example: The odds are 50/50. What we forget is that one flip of the coin involves a whole chain of causal factors. The weight of the coin, the shape of the coin, the upward impulse of the toss, air resistance, spin–the initial conditions–all interact on each toss of the coin. It is a mathematical conven- ience to say that the probability of heads is 50% and the probability of tails is 50%. Every individual toss of a coin is controlled by the laws of physics. There is no mechanism called “chance” determining the outcome of any toss of the coin.