kanyare kahe,--ama puja, ami diba vara
ganga-durga--dasi mora, mahesa--kinkara
kanyare kahe—addressing the girls, the Lord would say; ama puja—"Worship Me"; ami—I; diba—shall give; vara—nice husband; ganga—the Ganges; durga—Goddess Durga; dasi—maidservants; mora—My; mahesa—Lord Siva; kinkara—servant.
Addressing the girls, the Lord would say, "Worship Me, and I shall give you good husbands or good benedictions. The Ganges and Goddess Durga are My maidservants. What to speak of other demigods, even Lord Siva is My servant."
There is a misconception about the Hindu religion among people who profess other religions, such as Christians and Muslims, who say that in the Hindu religion there are many Gods. Actually that is not a fact. God is one, but there are many other powerful living entities who are in charge of different departments of administration. They are called demigods. All the demigods are servants who carry out the orders of the Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu disclosed this fact in His childhood. Out of ignorance, sometimes people worship the demigods to receive some particular boon, but actually, one who becomes a devotee and worshiper of the Supreme Personality of Godhead does not need to go to the demigods for any benediction because he obtains everything by the grace of the Supreme Lord. The Bhagavad-gita (7.20, 28) therefore condemns such demigod worship:
kamais tais tair hrta-jnanah
tam tam niyamam asthaya
prakrtya niyatah svaya
"Only persons whose intelligence is lost and who are mad with lusty desires worship the demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures."
yesam tv anta-gatam papam
bhajante mam drdha-vratah
"But persons who are freed from all sinful activities and the duality of delusion engage themselves in the worship of the Supreme Personality of Godhead with determination." Only the less intelligent worship the demigods for their various purposes. The most intelligent worship only the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna.
Sometimes we, the members of the Krsna consciousness movement, are accused of not approving of the worship of demigods. But how can we approve of this when it is condemned by Lord Caitanya and Lord Krsna? How can we allow people to become foolish and hrta-jnana, bereft of intelligence? Our propaganda is simply meant to enable intelligent people to understand the distinction between matter and spirit and understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the whole spiritual identity. That is our mission. How could we mislead people into worshiping so-called gods in material bodies within this material world?
Our position of not allowing worship of the many hundreds of demigods is confirmed by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu even in His childhood. Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has sung in this connection:
ei bhakti parama karana
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