TRANSLATION: On the
birth of the two demons there were many natural disturbances,
all very fearful and wonderful, in the heavenly planets, the
earthly planets and in between them.
Prabhupada from Srimad Bhagavatam 3.17.3]
were earthquakes along the mountains on the earth, and it
appeared that there was fire everywhere. Many inauspicious
planets like Saturn appeared, along with comets, meteors and
PURPORT: When natural disturbances occur on a planet, one should
understand that a demon must have taken birth there. In the
present age the number of demoniac people is increasing;
therefore natural disturbances are also increasing. There is no
doubt about this, as we can understand from the statements of
Prabhupada from Srimad Bhagavatam 3.17.4]
TRANSLATION: There blew winds which were most uninviting to the
touch, hissing again and again and uprooting gigantic trees.
They had storms for their armies and clouds of dust for their
PURPORT: When there are natural disturbances like blowing
cyclones, too much heat or snowfall, and uprooting of trees by
hurricanes, it is to be understood that the demoniac population
is increasing and so the natural disturbance is also taking
place. There are many countries on the globe, even at the
present moment, where all these disturbances are current. This
is true all over the world. There is insufficient sunshine, and
there are always clouds in the sky, snowfall and severe cold.
These assure that such places are inhabited by demoniac people
who are accustomed to all kinds of forbidden, sinful activity.
Prabhupada from Srimad Bhagavatam 3.17.5]
TRANSLATION: Marking these and many other omens of evil times,
everyone but the four sage-sons of Brahma, who were aware of the
fall of Jaya and Vijaya and of their birth as Diti's sons, was
seized with fear. They did not know the secrets of these
portents and thought that the dissolution of the universe was at
PURPORT: According to Bhagavad-gita, Seventh Chapter, the laws
of nature are so stringent that it is impossible for the living
entity to surpass their enforcement. It is also explained that
only those who are fully surrendered to Krsna in Krsna
consciousness can be saved. We can learn from the description of
the Srimad-Bhagavatam that it is because of the birth of two
great demons that there were so many natural disturbances. It is
to be indirectly understood, as previously described, that when
there are constant disturbances on the earth, that is an omen
that some demoniac people have been born or that the demoniac
population has increased. In former days there were only two
demons--those born of Diti--yet there were so many disturbances.
At the present day, especially in this age of Kali, these
disturbances are always visible, which indicates that the
demoniac population has certainly increased.
To check the increase of demoniac population, the Vedic
civilization enacted so many rules and regulations of social
life, the most important of which is the
garbhadhana process for
begetting good children. In Bhagavad-gita Arjuna informed Krsna
that if there is unwanted population (varna-sankara), the entire
world will appear to be hell. People are very anxious for peace
in the world, but there are so many unwanted children born
without the benefit of the garbhadhana ceremony, just like the
demons born from Diti. Diti was so lusty that she forced her
husband to copulate at a time which was inauspicious, and
therefore the demons were born to create disturbances. In having
sex life to beget children, one should observe the process for
begetting nice children; if each and every householder in every
family observes the Vedic system, then there are nice children,
not demons, and automatically there is peace in the world. If we
do not follow regulations in life for social tranquillity, we
cannot expect peace. Rather, we will have to undergo the
stringent reactions of natural laws.
Prabhupada from Srimad Bhagavatam 3.17.15]
forbidden, sinful activity.
At present, for
want of Krsna consciousness, or God consciousness, the entire
world is in darkness, having been covered by the four principles
of sinful life--meat-eating, illicit sex, gambling and
intoxication. Therefore there is a need for vigorous propaganda
to educate people to refrain from sinful activities. This will
bring peace and prosperity; the rogues, thieves and debauchees
will naturally decrease in number, and all of human society will
be God conscious.
Prabhupada from Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 9.41]
The people are
taking care of mother land, where he is born. That is good. But
by the by they should take care of mother cow also. But they are
not taking care of mother. Therefore they are sinful. They must
suffer. They must have, there must be war, pestilence, famine.
As soon as people become sinful, immediately nature's punishment
will come automatically. You cannot avoid it. Therefore Krsna
consciousness movement means solution of all problems. Teaching
people not to become sinful. Because a sinful man cannot become
Krsna conscious. To become Krsna conscious means that he has to
give up his sinful activities. No illicit sex life, no
meat-eating, no intoxication, no gambling. These are the four
pillars of sinful life. So people are not ready to give up this.
But we do not make any compromise, that you go on with your
sinful life, at the same time I sanction that you have become
Krsna conscious. No, that we cannot do. There is no compromise
on this point. You must give up all this sinful life. Because
there is no chance of becoming Krsna conscious. Why you shall
make a show? There is no benefit by making a show. Just like
Arjuna. Arjuna is trying to make a show of Krsna consciousness.
He has good attachment for other things. And the whole
Bhagavad-gita is taught to Arjuna to give up that attachment.
Prabhupada from a Bhagavad-gita Lecture, 1.31, London, July 24,