The Sixth Morning Walk:
May 7, 1973
Recorded on May 7, 1973,
On the shores of the Pacific Ocean
Near Los Angeles
Çréla Prabhupäda is accompanied by Dr. Singh, Brahmänanda Svämé and other students.
Chemicals from Mystic Power
Çréla Prabhupäda. [holding a rose in his hand]. Can any scientist create a flower like this in the laboratory?
Dr. Singh. That is not possible.
Çréla Prabhupäda. No, it is not. Just see how wonderfully Kåñëa’s energy is working! No scientist can create a flower like this in his laboratory. They cannot create even a few grains of sand, yet they claim to possess the most advanced intellects in the universe. This is foolish.
Dr. Singh. They take matter from Kåñëa, manipulate it, and then claim that they have created something wonderful.
Çréla Prabhupäda. At least if they would admit that they have taken the matter from Kåñëa, that would be good. We understand that everything comes from Kåñëa.
Dr. Singh. But they will not admit that they are taking anything from Kåñëa. Instead they say that they are the creators.
Çréla Prabhupäda. How have they created anything? They take the sand and mix it with some chemicals and make glass. They have not created the sand or the chemicals; they have taken them from the earth. How have they created anything?
Dr. Singh. They say, “We have taken the materials from nature.”
Çréla Prabhupäda. “From nature” means from a person. They have taken from nature, but they are thieves because everything in nature belongs to Kåñëa. Éçäväsyam idaà sarvam: “Everything is God’s creation.” ( [Éço mantra 1]) In Bhagavad-gétä Kåñëa states that if one does not perform yajïa [sacrifice], he is a thief. Yajïa means acknowledging that things have been taken from Kåñëa. We should think, “Kåñëa, You have given us many, many things for our maintenance.” This much acknowledgement Kåñëa wants; that’s all. Otherwise, what can He expect from you? What are you in His presence? We should acknowledge Kåñëa’s kindness. Therefore, before we eat we offer the food to Kåñëa and say, “Kåñëa, You have given us this nice food, so first You taste it.” Then we eat it. Kåñëa is not hungry, yet He can eat the whole world and then again produce it exactly as it was. Pürëasya pürëam ädäya pürëam evävaçiñyate [Éço Invocation]. Kåñëa is so perfect that if you take from Kåñëa all of Kåñëa’s energy, all the original energy is still with Him. That is perfect conservation of energy.
The Origin of Mystic Power
Çréla Prabhupäda. Yogés are mainly concerned with developing different mystic powers. A yogé can walk on the water without drowning. The law of gravity does not operate on him. That is a mystic power called laghimä. Laghimä means that a person can become lighter than cotton and counteract the law of gravity. The yoga system simply develops the inconceivable potency already present in the practitioner. These boys are swimming [gesturing to surf bathers], but I cannot swim. Yet that swimming power is potential within me; I simply have to practice it. So, if yogic power is so potent in the human being, think how much more yogic power God has. Therefore, in the Vedas He is called Yogeçvara, which means “master of all mystic power.” In the Bhagavad-gétä (10.8) Kåñëa says, ahaà sarvasya prabhavo mattaù sarvaà pravartate: “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me.” Unless we accept this statement from God, there is no conclusive explanation to the origin of material nature. God cannot be understood without accepting the existence of mystic power, but if you understand God scientifically, then you will understand everything.
Dr. Singh. So do you mean to say that science has started from an intermediate point—not from the original point?
Çréla Prabhupäda. Yes, that is it exactly. They are ignorant of the origin. The scientists start from one point—but where does that point come from? That they do not know, in spite of vast research. One has to accept that the original source is God, who is full of all mystic powers and from whom everything emanates. He Himself says in the Bhagavad-gétä, ahaà sarvasya prabhavo mattaù sarvaà pravartate: “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me.” [Bg. 10.8] Our conclusions are not based on blind faith; they are most scientific. Matter comes from life. In life—in the origin—there are unlimited material resources; that is the great mystery of creation. If you drop a needle, it will fall immediately, but a bird weighing several pounds can float in the air. We must establish the origin of this floating. If we study nature, we find that every living entity has some mystic power. A man cannot live within the water for more than a few hours, yet a fish lives there continuously. is that not mystic power?
Dr. Singh. It is mystic power for me, but not for the fish.
Çréla Prabhupäda. Yes. That is because mystic power is not uniformly distributed. But all the mystic powers exist in God, the origin of everything. I derive some of His mystic power, you derive some, and the birds derive some. But the storehouse of mystic power is God.
There are eight basic types of mystic powers. Some of them are laghimä (by which one can become lighter than a feather), mahimä (by which one can become bigger than a mountain), präpti (which enables one to capture anything he likes) and éçitva (by which one can completely subdue and control another being). Another type of mystic power can be seen in the sun, because from the sunshine innumerable things are inexplicably produced. Unless the scientists accept the existence of mystic power, they cannot explain these phenomena. They are simply beating around the bush.
Dr. Singh. A clever scientist may say anything to prove his point, without actually proving it. A real scientist must reach the ultimate, original cause—the final analysis.
Çréla Prabhupäda. Yes, unless he finds the ultimate source, he is not actually practicing science.
Dr. Singh. Does understanding mysticism mean knowing that every day our bodies are dying?
Çréla Prabhupäda. Yes.
Dr. Singh. But the average man does not think he is dying.
Çréla Prabhupäda. That is due to foolishness. Every moment he is dying, but he is thinking, “I shall live forever.” Actually, death begins from the very moment of birth. Our analysis of the problem is that since people are dying, we should stop their death. But the so-called scientists are not only accelerating the process of death, but also refusing to take constructive advice to correct themselves.
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