Chakra Discussions

Bhagavatam inconceivable but true

by Ananta Purusottama das

Posted May 21, 2005

I am not entirely sure what the gist of Subhadra Mayi prabhu's article is ("Are we in darkness", Nov. 1, 2004), but as far as her example of the story of Rahu, I can offer my own realisation on such seemingly far-out events.

The Srimad Bhagavatam is written by Srila Vyasadeva, and within it are many wonderful prayers and pastimes of the Lord. It is not written by fools, and they would have no time for stories.

By Lord Krsna's various potencies, many wonderful phenomena occur in the world, such as a spider weaving a web, a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, and countless other wonders.

Whilst I don't fully understand such wonders, still I have no real good reasons not to accept them, except my own conditioning, partly influenced by atheists who cannot accept what they cannot see. I think we all know the arguments to defeat that, however. What gain is there for me not taking the Srimad Bhagavatam as it is, 100 percent, and accepting only the parts I like? What will I lose by accepting every word of Srimad Bhagavatam as it is? Nothing but my pride and vanity.

I can't explain how it is Lord Brahma has four heads, but centipedes have 100 legs, so we can see many amazing things already. I listen to recordings of Srila Prabhupada a lot, and I like the way he said, regarding those who do not believe in so many incredible stories: "They should disprove; we do not have to prove," or words to that effect. In other words, the scriptures were written before I was born in this body. What use is my intellect in trying to fully comprehend them? What audacity do I have to say they are not true, but only myths written by some uneducated people from times gone by.

Taking a closer look, what about the wonderful verses contained within scripture, predictions, wonderful prayers, great characters and so forth? How could all that be written by some third-class fools?

At the end of the day, I guess it's up to us what we are able to accept. On one morning walk, Srila Prabhupada told the devotees that they have to accept "acintya-sakti", inconceivable power, as they cannot understand the Lord's potencies. I think it is only faith to accept or not accept, but perhaps it is not right even to try to guess what might be meant by some event or pastime.