Many a times Krishna consciousness movement is criticized for not being open and propagating only worship of one god – Lord Krishna.
So today we will explore why only Lord Krishna is worshipped. A very well-known shloka from the scriptures says
kṛṣṇaṁ vande jagat-gurum
The Lord who was born as the son of Vasudeva, who killed Kamsa and Canura and who gave lot of joy to Mother Devaki, that Krishna is the only Guru of the universe.
Have you come across situations where you don’t know what to do?
It’s not just simple humans but also prodigious leaders sometimes won’t know what to do? Maharaja Yudhisthira was known as Dharmaraja, the one who has mastered religious principles. Despite being the foremost followers of religious principle, he was very very sorry when for his sake sixty-four crores of men were killed in the battlefield of Kurukñetra. We cannot even imagine how much grief he had in his heart while killing so many people which would disturb lives of many more who were dearly related to those 64 crore people. He was an ideal king and for an ideal king entire population is his dear family and he bothers for everyone’s grief. In any family if one person dies we know how much grief one experiences.
So taking a decision is not easy. And once we do something we have to reap the result of our deeds.
So what is the solution?
In Srimad Bhagavatam it is said
dharmaṁ tu sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītaṁ
na vai vidur ṛṣayo nāpi devāḥ
na siddha-mukhyā asurā manuṣyāḥ
kuto nu vidyādhara-cāraṇādayaḥ [SB 6.3.19]
Real religious principles are enacted by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although fully situated in the mode of goodness, even the great åñis who occupy the topmost planets cannot ascertain the real religious principles, nor can the demigods or the leaders of Siddhaloka, to say nothing of the asuras, ordinary human beings, Vidyädharas and Cäraëas.
In spite of this reality, we humans have manufactured many religions. What is religion? It’s basically rules of conduct. How one should behave. What one should practice, What morals should one follow, What should be his worldviews etc
If people follow different man made religion there will be contradiction. When this way manmade religion fails people become whimsical or impulsive.
But Bhagavad Gita warns
yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya
na sa siddhim avāpnoti
na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim
He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination. (Bg16.23)
So we should follow not man made religion but god made religion to be happy, to get perfection and to reach supreme destination after death.
Just like we cannot make any law at our home but law can be made only by government, the supreme government is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is why in Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ [Bg 18.66]
Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.
Someone may ask why I should believe Krishna. For this question the Lord answers –
ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo
mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate
iti matvā bhajante māṁ
budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ [Bg 10.8]
I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.
mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat
kiñcid asti dhanañjaya
mayi sarvam idaṁ protaṁ
sūtre maṇi-gaṇā iva [Bg 7.7]
O conqueror of wealth, there is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.
This concept that there is no other way for our liberation from the stringent laws of material nature but to follow the instructions of Lord Krishna are so true that Krishna Himself came as a devotee, in the form of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, to teach how to surrender to Krishna perfectly and asked us to chant His holy name.
We should be in full knowledge of who is Krishna, not that accepting Krishna as something fictitious. The Katha Upanisad says:
nityo nityānāṁ cetanaś cetanānām
eko bahūnāṁ yo vidadhāti kāmān
tam ātma-sthaṁ ye ‘nupaśyanti dhīrās
teṣāṁ śāntiḥ śāśvatī netareṣām
(Kaṭha Upaniṣad 2.2.13)
“Among all the eternal, conscious beings, there is one who supplies the needs of everyone else. The wise souls who worship Him in His abode attain everlasting peace. Others cannot.”
The very first shloka in Srimad Bhagavatam says “Lord Çré Krishna is the Absolute Truth. He is the primeval cause of all causes of the creation, sustenance and destruction of the manifested universes. He is directly and indirectly conscious of all manifestations, and He is independent because there is no other cause beyond Him. It is He only who first imparted the Vedic knowledge unto the heart of Brahmäjé, the original living being. By Him even the great sages and demigods are placed into illusion, as one is bewildered by the illusory representations of water seen in fire, or land seen on water. Only because of Him do the material universes, temporarily manifested by the reactions of the three modes of nature, appear factual, although they are unreal. I therefore meditate upon Him, Lord Çré Krishna, who is eternally existent in the transcendental abode, which is forever free from the illusory representations of the material world. I meditate upon Him, for He is the Absolute Truth.”
One should be in full knowledge of who is Krishna and not accept Lord Krishna as fictitious.
Therefore Krishna consciousness movement strictly follows only Lord Krishna and our leader is only Krishna.