Bhakti Science Surpasses Mechanistic Science

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.24.22-23 - Bhakti Science Surpasses Mechanistic Science (download mp3)
by Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.24.22
sattvam rajas tama iti
rajasotpadyate visvam
 anyonyam vividham jagat

The causes of creation, maintenance and destruction are the three modes of nature — namely goodness, passion and ignorance. In particular, the mode of passion creates this universe and through sexual combination causes it to become full of variety.

Anticipating the possible objection that a livelihood based on cows certainly depends on Lord Indra, who supplies rain, Lord Krsna here introduces a mechanistic theory of existence known as atheistic Sankhya. The tendency to attribute exclusive causality to the apparently mechanistic functions of nature is an old tendency indeed. Five thousand years ago Lord Krsna referred to a doctrine already well known in human society.

SB 10.24.23
rajasa codita megha
 varsanty ambuni sarvatah
prajas tair eva sidhyanti
 mahendrah kim karisyati

Impelled by the material mode of passion, the clouds pour down their rain everywhere, and by this rain all creatures gain their sustenance. What has the great Indra to do with this arrangement?

Lord Krsna continues His mechanistic explanation of existence, concluding mahendrah kim karisyati: “Who needs the great Indra, since the rain, sent by the clouds, which in turn are impelled by the mode of passion, is actually producing everyone’s food?” The word sarvatah indicates that the clouds magnanimously send their rain even on the ocean, rocks and barren land, where there is no apparent necessity for such sweet water.