dharma-badho vidharmah syat
para-dharmo nya-coditah
upadharmas tu pakhando
dambho va sabda-bhic chalah
dharma-badhahobstructs the execution of ones own religious principles; vidharmahagainst the principles of religion; syatshould be; para-dharmahimitating religious systems for which one is unfit; anya-coditahwhich is introduced by someone else; upadharmahconcocted religious principles; tuindeed; pakhandahby one who is against the principles of Vedas, standard scriptures; dambhahwho is falsely proud; vaor; sabda-bhitby word jugglery; chalaha cheating religious system.
Religious principles that obstruct one from following his own religion are called vidharma. Religious principles introduced by others are called para-dharma. A new type of religion created by one who is falsely proud and who opposes the principles of the Vedas is called upadharma. And interpretation by ones jugglery of words is called chala-dharma.
To create a new type of dharma has become fashionable in this age. So-called svamis and yogis support that one may follow any type of religious system, according to ones own choice, because all systems are ultimately the same. In Srimad-Bhagavatam, however, such fashionable ideas are called vidharma because they go against ones own religious system. The real religious system is described by the Supreme Personality of Godhead: sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. The real religious system is that of surrender to the lotus feet of the Lord. In the Sixth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, in connection with Ajamilas deliverance, Yamaraja says, dharmam tu saksad bhagavat-pranitam: [SB 6.3.19] real religion is that which is given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, just as real law is that which is given by the government. No one can manufacture actual law at home, nor can one manufacture actual religion. Elsewhere it is said, sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje: [SB 1.2.6] the real religious system is that which leads one to become a devotee of the Supreme Lord. Therefore, anything opposed to this religious system of progressive Krsna consciousness is called vidharma, para-dharma, upadharma or chala-dharma. Misinterpretation of Bhagavad-gita is chala-dharma. When Krsna directly says something and some rascal interprets it to mean something different, this is chala-dharmaa religious system of cheatingor sabda-bhit, a jugglery of words. One should be extremely careful to avoid these various types of cheating systems of religion.

Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/7/15/13

Previous: SB 7.15.12     Next: SB 7.15.14

If you Love Me Distribute My Books -- Srila Prabhupada