The Power and the Powerful

Krishna's Mercy

[Katyayani]“There are many hundreds of thousands of temples of Vishnu and Devi, and sometimes they are worshiped simultaneously. The worshiper of the power, Durga, or the external energy of Krishna, may achieve all kinds of material success very easily, but anyone who wants to be elevated transcendentally must engage in worshiping the Powerful in Krishna consciousness.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 2)

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Question: “What is wrong with worshiping Goddess Durga? I hear that there is controversy in this area and I don’t think there should be. Her position is very exalted. She is highly respected. Why should she be ignored? I don’t understand the difference between worshiping her and worshiping Krishna or Vishnu or Rama.”

The material world is like a fort that is difficult to overcome. The problem stems from illusion. Things are not what they…

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