God’s presence in us make us temples, not the Deity in the temples

by April 30, 2013

A perfect devotee…does not make the mistake of

thinking that because the Supreme Personality of Godhead as Paramatma has

entered into the body of every living entity, every living entity has

become the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is foolishness. Suppose a

person enters into a room; that does not mean that the room has become

that person. Similarly, that the Supreme Lord has entered into each of

the 8,400,000 particular types of material bodies does not mean that each

of these bodies has become the Supreme Lord. Because the Supreme Lord is

present, however, a pure devotee accepts each body as the temple of the

Lord, and since the devotee offers respect to such temples in full

knowledge, he gives respect to every living entity in relationship with

the Lord. Mayavadi philosophers wrongly think that because the Supreme

Person has entered the body of a poor man, the Supreme Lord has become

daridra-narayana, or poor Narayana. These are all blasphemous statements

of atheists and nondevotees.

Srimad Bhagavatam 3.29.34 purport

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