Go to Vanipedia | Go to Vanisource | Go to Vanimedia


Vaniquotes - the compiled essence of Vedic knowledge


Chili is tama-guna; that is the symptom of tama-guna. As soon as you chew, it becomes hot, everything. You see? So ugra. And sattva-guna is sweetness, so sweet. Therefore, ordinarily in India it is stated that a brahmana is known who can eat more sweets

From Vaniquotes

Expressions researched:
"Chili is tamo-guṇa that is the symptom of tamo-guṇa. As soon as you chew, it becomes hot, everything. You see? So ugra, ugra. And sattva-guṇa is sweetness, so sweetness. Therefore, ordinarily in India it is stated that a Brāhmin is known who can eat more sweets"

Lectures

Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

Ugra-jāteḥ, "I am born of ugra, strong, strong qualities." Not strong quality. What do you call? Pungent. These rāja-guṇa and tama-guṇa is called pungent. Just like you take chili. Chili is tama-guṇa; that is the symptom of tama-guṇa. As soon as you chew, it becomes hot, everything. You see? So ugra, ugra. And sattva-guṇa is sweetness, so sweetness. Therefore, ordinarily in India it is stated that a brāhmaṇa is known who can eat more sweets.


Just like if a man becomes angry, so somebody tries to satisfy him. Just like somebody . . . sometimes our small child becomes angry and cries very loudly, and the parents satisfy, "My dear boy, you are so nice. Why you are crying? You can take this," just to pacify. Similarly, when Narasiṁha-deva became very angry for killing . . . because He was angry because Hiraṇyakaśipu teased his devotee, Prahlāda, so much. Therefore, He was very, very angry. Vaiṣṇava-aparādha. If anyone offends a Vaiṣṇava, a pure devotee of Kṛṣṇa, he is the greatest offender. Kṛṣṇa never excuses. That I explained yesterday. It is very . . . Vaiṣṇava-aparādha is the greatest dangerous offense.

Therefore, Caitanya Mahāprabhu, in His teaching to Sri Rūpa Goswāmī, He has especially, vaiṣṇava-aparādha hātī mātā (CC Madhya 19.156). You are doing everything . . . he has compared vaiṣṇava-aparādha as mad elephant. He has very nicely metaphorically explained this. Just like you have a nice garden, very good garden, you are watering, you are giving protection, giving manure, everything. But if in that garden a mad elephant enters, then it will destroy everything; all your labor will go to hell immediately. It will destroy everything.

Similarly, you may do anything very nicely; but if you commit offense at the feet of a pure Vaiṣṇava, then all your assets will be immediately vanquished. Vaiṣṇava-aparādha. Because Kṛṣṇa is very angry. Tān ahaṁ dviṣataḥ krūrān kṣipāmy ajasram yoniṣu (BG 16.19), in the Bhagavad-gītā it is said. Kṛṣṇa said, dviṣataḥ krūrān. Dviṣataḥ, those who are envious upon Vaiṣṇava and Viṣṇu, the more dangerous position is to be envious of a Vaiṣṇava. Viṣṇu-aparādha can be excused—God is very kind—but He never excuses vaiṣṇava-aparādha. That is His vow.

So because He was very angry, therefore all the Brahmās and other demigods offered Him prayer: "Sir, be pacified. The demon is now killed. Now You can become peaceful," but they could not satisfy. Hiraṇyakaśipu after killing, He was so roaring in anger. So Prahlāda Mahārāja was pushed on, "My dear Prahlāda," all the Brahmās and other demigods that, "you pacify your master. We have failed." So Prahlāda Mahārāja said that, "When these big, big stalwart demigods have failed . . . they are situated in sattva-guṇa, in the modes of goodness, and they offered so nice prayers, they failed. What I can do? I am born of a father who is full of rājo-guṇa and tamo-guṇa."

He therefore said that kiṁ toṣṭum arhati sa me harir ugra-jāteḥ (SB 7.9.8). Ugra-jāteḥ, "I am born of ugra, strong, strong qualities." Not strong quality. What do you call? Pungent. These rājo-guṇa and tamo-guṇa is called pungent. Just like you take chili. Chili is tamo-guṇa that is the symptom of tamo-guṇa. As soon as you chew, it becomes hot, everything. You see? So ugra, ugra. And sattva-guṇa is sweetness, so sweetness. Therefore, ordinarily in India it is stated that a Brāhmin is known who can eat more sweets. (laughter) Yes.

It is said that there was a king, he was giving shelter to all the Brāhmins. He had a guesthouse. Guesthouse, so any Brāhmin can stay there. So many non-Brāhmins also were coming. So the order was that the Brāhmin can stay there, and there was a store, he can take his supplies from the store and eat and live there peacefully. And the storekeeper was submitting bill to the king that "Your guest has taken so many things. Kindly pay." So he was paying. So he was testing by the bill. If he would see the bill contains more spices and chilis, he will ask immediately, "Drag this man. He is not a Brāhmin." (laughter)

"Drag this man. He is not a Brāhmin." So be careful, don't take much. I know you don't take much. But if you take too much chilis and spices, then you will be considered amongst the non-Brāhmins. You can take more sweets. (laughter) (laughs) So if the bill was submitted containing more sugar, then he would accept, "Yes, that man is Brāhmin." (laughter) (laughs) So these three guṇas means sweet, salt and chili. Sattva-guṇa is sweet, and rājo-guṇa is salt, and tamo-guṇa is chili.

So here it is said that, "All the siddhas, all these demigods, they are on the sattvaikatāna-gatayo, they are all situated in the modes of goodness, and they have offered their prayers but could not pacify the Lord, then what I can do? I am born of a person ugra-jāteḥ, born of chili father." (laughter) "What I can do, I mean to say, because I am born of a chili father." (laughter) Then he considers that gunair api, jam nārādhituṁ na pipruḥ tat purna saktai tyaktva sa harir me katham toṣṭum praptam arhati (SB 7.9.8). Sa hareḥ, "That Supreme Personality of Godhead, how He can be pacified by me?" Toṣṭum arhati.

In other words, that God consciousness, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, cannot be achieved by persons who are polluted by the chili quality and salt quality, or tamo-guṇa and rajo-guṇa , rajas tamaḥ. Rajas tamo bhāvāḥ (SB 1.2.19). If we are infected with . . . there are three qualities within this material world: sattva-guṇa, rajo-guṇa , tamo-guṇa . So generally people are infected with tamo-guṇa and rajo-guṇa . There are very few persons who are under the sattva-guṇa. But Kṛṣṇa says that one can overcome the influence of rajo-guṇa and tamo-guṇa by simply hearing about Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavad-gītā or from the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. That is the recommendation.