Why The Heavy Reliance On Analogies To Explain Vedic Concepts

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna deity]“First a child is shown the branches of a tree, and then he is shown the moon through the branches. This is called shakha-chandra-nyaya. The idea is that first one must be given a simpler example. Then the more difficult background is explained.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 21.30 Purport)

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Friend1: I receive this question every now and then from people. In reading books by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada there are so many analogies used.

Friend2: Well, to be technically correct here, the analogies are in the Vedas themselves. The genuine acharya does not invent anything. They simply take the baton and pass it on.

Friend1: Another analogy!

Friend2: Just for you [eye wink]. It’s membership in a team. The founder is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan. The Vedas are like the instruction manual for living. I know what…

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