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From time immemorial there are so many religious systems. So many. But real religious system is what God says, or Krsna says

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From time immemorial there are so many religious systems. So many. But real religious system is what God says, or Kṛṣṇa says. Sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (BG 18.66). This is religion. Simple. You cannot manufacture religion.

Bhagavad-gītā, there are so many rascals, they cut short: "I like this; I do not like this." No. Arjuna says, sarvam etad ṛtaṁ manye (BG 10.14). That is understanding of Vedas. If a rascal makes cut, cutting, "I do not like this, I interpret," this is not Bhagavad-gītā. Bhagavad-gītā means you have to accept as it is. That is Bhagavad-gītā. We are presenting therefore Bhagavad-gītā as it is. Kṛṣṇa says, the speaker of the Bhagavad-gītā, He says, sa kāleneha yogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa (BG 4.2): "My dear Arjuna, this Bhagavad-gītā science," imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ proktavān aham avyayam (BG 4.1), "I spoke first of all to the sun god, and he spoke to his son," vivasvān manave prāha, "to Vaivasvata Manu." Manur ikṣvākave 'bravīt. Evaṁ paramparā-prāptam imaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ (BG 4.2). This is the process. Sa kāleneha yogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa. Anyone who does not come through this paramparā system, if he presents any interpretation of Vedic literature, it is useless. It is useless. It has no meaning. Yogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa.

So that is going on. It has no meaning. You cannot interpret on the words of God. That is not possible. And dharma means dharmāṁ tu sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītam (SB 6.3.19). You cannot manufacture at your home a kind of religious system. That is rascaldom, that is useless. Dharma means sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītam. Just like the law. Law means what is given by the government. You cannot manufacture law at your home. Suppose in the street, common sense, the government law is "Keep to the right" or "Keep to the left." You cannot say, "What is the wrong there if I go to the right or left?" No, that you cannot. Then you'll be criminal. Similarly nowadays . . . Not nowadays—from time immemorial there are so many religious systems. So many. But real religious system is what God says, or Kṛṣṇa says. Sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (BG 18.66). This is religion. Simple. You cannot manufacture religion.