P. 7

“Anyone who has taken shelter of the lotus feet of Mukunda, the giver of liberation, giving up all kinds of
        obligations, and has taken to the path in all seriousness, owes neither duties nor obligations to the demigods,
        sages, general living entities, family members, humankind or forefathers.” Such obligations are automatically
        fulfilled by performance of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”  (SB 11.5.41)

        The recipients of the demigods’ benefits who worship them for material blessings are elevated to the higher
        material planets where the duration of life is very long and sense pleasures are vastly amplified. Unless they are
        purified of the material conception of life, they will return again to the lower planets. Lord Krishna explains:

                          te taṁ bhuktvā svarga-lokaṁ viśālaṁ / kṣīṇe puṇye martya-lokaṁ viśanti
                            evaṁ trayī-dharmam anuprapannā / gatāgataṁ kāma-kāmā labhante

        “When  they  have  thus  enjoyed  vast  heavenly  sense  pleasure  and  the  results  of  their  pious  activities  are
        exhausted, they return to this mortal planet again. Thus those who seek sense enjoyment by adhering to the
        principles of the three Vedas (Rig, Sama and Yajur Vedas) achieve only repeated birth and death.”  (Bg 9.21)
        By the allurement of material sense gratification, which is offered in the karma-kanda section of the Vedas,
        many pious people are duped to think that these heavenly pleasures are the end-all of spiritual life. There is a
        vast difference between material heavenly pleasures and spiritual joy experienced by love of Lord Krishna and
        engagement in His eternal pastimes. Lord Krishna explains:

                                        yām imāṁ puṣpitāṁ vācaṁ / pravadanty avipaścitaḥ
                                           veda-vāda-ratāḥ pārtha / nānyad astīti vādinaḥ

                                      kāmātmānaḥ svarga-parā / janma-karma-phala-pradām
                                          kriyā-viśeṣa-bahulāṁ / bhogaiśvarya-gatiṁ prati

        “Men of small knowledge are very much attached to the flowery words of the Vedas, which recommend various
        fruitive activities for elevation to heavenly planets, resultant good birth, power, and so forth. Being desirous of
        sense gratification and opulent life, they say that there is nothing more than this.” (Bg 42-43)

        Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada elaborates:

        “People in general are not very intelligent, and due to their ignorance they are most attached to the fruitive
        activities recommended in the karma-kāṇḍa portions of the Vedas. They do not want anything more than sense
        gratificatory proposals for enjoying life in heaven, where wine and women are available and material opulence
        is very common. In the Vedas many sacrifices are recommended for elevation to the heavenly planets, especially
        the Jyotiṣṭoma sacrifices. In fact, it is stated that anyone desiring elevation to heavenly planets must perform
        these sacrifices, and men with a poor fund of knowledge think that this is the whole purpose of Vedic wisdom. It
        is very difficult for such inexperienced persons to be situated in the determined action of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. As
        fools  are  attached  to  the  flowers  of  poisonous  trees  without  knowing  the  results  of  such  attractions,
        unenlightened men are similarly attracted by such heavenly opulence and the sense enjoyment thereof.”

         “In  the karma-kāṇḍa section  of  the Vedas it  is  said, apāma  somam  amṛtā  abhūma and akṣayyaṁ  ha  vai
        cāturmāsya-yājinaḥ  sukṛtaṁ  bhavati. In  other  words,  those  who  perform  the  four-month  penances  become
        eligible to drink the soma-rasa beverages to become immortal and happy forever. Even on this earth some are
        very eager to have soma-rasa to become strong and fit to enjoy sense gratifications. Such persons have no faith
        in liberation from material bondage, and they are very much attached to the pompous ceremonies of Vedic

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