Manuṣya ki? (What is a human?)

Sādhu-vṛtti (Following in the footsteps of the previous ācāryas)Sādhu-vṛtti (Following in the footsteps of the previous ācāryas)
Brāhmaṇatva o Vaiṣṇavatva (Brāhmaṇism and Vaiṣṇavism)Brāhmaṇatva o Vaiṣṇavatva (Brāhmaṇism and Vaiṣṇavism)

In this short essay, Manuṣya Ki? (What is a Human?) from Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Volume 2, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura demonstrates the futility of modern science in understanding the subtle body and the spiritual body.

by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

Listen to this article:

How this question is answered by materialistic people, who have turned their faces away from the Lord, is indicated by the words found in the philosophy of a proud western scholar. He said that a human being is 1 pound of carbon, 2 pounds of lime, 20 ounces of phosphorus, 1 ounce of iron, potassium, magnesium, silicon, 5000 cubic feet of oxygen, 1000 cubic feet of hydrogen and 52 cubic feet of nitrogen gas, which are mixed together in a decorated form.

It is a pity that the aforementioned mundane scholar only saw the gross part of the body and nothing else. He simply concentrated upon those substances that comprise the human body. In addition, there is a liṅga-svarūpa – a subtle body of mind, intelligence and false ego. Again, apart from those two, there is another tattva known as the spiritual body. Since the respected speaker, while weighing the human being, could not find anything apart from the gross body, he did not accept the mind and soul as being included in a human being’s basic existence. Alas, the advancement of such materialistic science is the cause of our total destruction.

(‘Manuṣya Ki? – What is a Human?’ by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Volume 2 and translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri)

Sādhu-vṛtti (Following in the footsteps of the previous ācāryas)Sādhu-vṛtti (Following in the footsteps of the previous ācāryas)
Brāhmaṇatva o Vaiṣṇavatva (Brāhmaṇism and Vaiṣṇavism)Brāhmaṇatva o Vaiṣṇavatva (Brāhmaṇism and Vaiṣṇavism)

Share this article!

More Articles by Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Śrī Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhu

‘Śrī Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhu,’ first published by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.2. issue 8 in 1885, is a brief biography of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. The Ṭhākura gives a list of some of the literary achievements of Śrī Rūpa, and laments how various apa-sampradāyas make claim to many great ācāryas.

The Soma Prakāśa and Vaiṣṇavism (Soma Prakāśa u Vaiṣṇava Dharma)

Soma Prakāśa u Vaiṣṇava Dharma (The Soma Prakāśa and Vaiṣṇavism) was published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 2. Issue 11 in 1885. This essay by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura is in response to an article by the editor of the Soma Prakāśa newspaper who made derogatory statements against Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Vaiṣṇavism. At the conclusion of his article, Bhaktivinoda explains something about Hinduism and Vaiṣṇavism.

Bhakta Manovedanā (The Anguish of a Devotee)

In this short editorial, Bhakta Manovedanā (The Anguish of a Devotee) published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.10, issue 7 in 1899. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura decries the killing of animals in Jagannātha Purī, especially monkeys, and laments the local governments decision to build a latrine next to the sacred temple of Lord Jagannātha.

Go to Top