2018-09-17 03:21:41 UTC
Anything that can be known can also be proven. For instance, belief in
God can be certified by knowledge. The idea that God cannot be proven,
that it's entirely a matter of belief, is an idiocy invented by the
Church. The Church has no knowledge of God, and so they are left with
mere faith. They have even taken faith in God and elevated it to some
kind of noble, holy state of being.
But seriously, all it takes to believe in God is logic, reason, and
common sense. Anyone with a functioning intellect can understand that
the world didn't just create itself, one day, out of a bunch of
Since the invention of the electro-microscope, scientists have even
established indisputable proof of intelligent design in a single cell.
So science has proven intelligent design in nature. IOW, science has
proven there is a supreme intelligence behind the creation of nature.
Science has proven God.
However, who God is and why He has created the universe, is not
something that can be proven empirically. That has to be revealed from
If there is a God, which is what all available evidence tell us there
is, it can be factually known. And if God doesn't exist, it cannot be
known for certain. Anyway, there is simply no good reason to assume,
God would not reveal Himself to mankind.
So God reveals Himself in the Bhagavad Gita. Note how God emphasizes
knowledge about Himself, rather than mere faith in Him. I mean,
really, who gives a hoot what you or I believe in? It's what we know
that counts, right?
Now hear, O son of Prtha, how by practicing yoga in full consciousness
of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from
doubt. -Bg. 7.1
I shall now declare unto you in full this knowledge, both phenomenal
and numinous. This being known, nothing further shall remain for you
to know. -Bg. 7.2
Whoever knows Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, without
doubting, is the knower of everything. He therefore engages himself in
full devotional service to Me, O son of Bharata. -Bg 15.19
Srila Prabhupada explains:
There are many philosophical speculations about the constitutional
position of the living entities and the Supreme Absolute Truth. Now in
this verse the Supreme Personality of Godhead clearly explains that
anyone who knows Lord Krsna to be the Supreme Person is actually the
knower of everything.
The imperfect knower goes on simply speculating about the Absolute
Truth, but the perfect knower, without wasting his valuable time,
engages directly in Krishna consciousness, the devotional service of
the Supreme Lord. Throughout the whole of Bhagavad-gita, this fact is
being stressed at every step. And still there are so many stubborn
commentators on Bhagavad-gita who consider the Supreme Absolute Truth
and the living entities to be one and the same.
Vedic knowledge is called sruti, learning by aural reception. One
should actually receive the Vedic message from authorities like Krsna
and His representatives. Here Krsna distinguishes everything very
nicely, and one should hear from this source.
Simply to hear like the hogs is not sufficient; one must be able to
understand from the authorities. It is not that one should simply
speculate academically. One should submissively hear from
Bhagavad-gita that these living entities are always subordinate to the
Supreme Personality of Godhead. Anyone who is able to understand this,
according to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, knows
the purpose of the Vedas; no one else knows the purpose of the Vedas.
The word bhajati is very significant. In many places the word bhajati
is expressed in relationship with the service of the Supreme Lord. If
a person is engaged in full Krsna consciousness, in the devotional
service of the Lord, it is to be understood that he has understood all
the Vedic knowledge.
In the Vaisnava parampara it is said that if one is engaged in the
devotional service of Krsna, then there is no need for any other
spiritual process for understanding the Supreme Absolute Truth. He has
already come to the point, because he is engaged in the devotional
service of the Lord. He has ended all preliminary processes of
But if anyone, after speculating for hundreds of thousands of lives,
does not come to the point that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of
Godhead and that one has to surrender there, all his speculation for
so many years and lives is a useless waste of time.