“…prove this
particular subject
matter, that the
soul cannot be
manufactured by
a combination of

Srila Prabhupada

lotus flower

Above Quote: Excerpt from a letter from Srila Prabhupada to Maharaja

Below: Letters from Srila Prabhupada to Maharaja

letters from Srila Prabhupada

drop cap Modern science proclaims that all aspects of life can be reduced to molecules and that through the manipulation of these molecules mankind will ultimately create life. Srila Prabhupada was extremely concerned that the students of the world’s colleges and universities were being misdirected by this materialistic conception. He felt that in the name of scientific and technological advancement, which is primarily motivated by mundane sense gratification and profiteering, society was drifting farther and farther away from its actual source of peace and happiness. He wanted to convey to the world’s students and intellectuals that the scientifically based “Life Comes From Life” Paradigm or Bhagavata Paradigm is the better model for attaining peace and happiness in this world. The Bhagavata Paradigm is based on the understanding that life is the ultimate non-material particle and is distinct from molecules or matter and that the Supreme Lord is the source of both life and matter. It is described in Bhagavad-gita, verse 7.6:

etad-yonīni bhūtāni
sarvāṇīty upadhāraya
ahaṁ kṛtsnasya jagataḥ
prabhavaḥ pralayas tathā

All created beings have their source in these two natures. Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both the origin and the dissolution.

Srila Prabhupada, through conversations and correspondences, gave many detailed instructions to Maharaja on this spiritual paradigm. He also instructed Maharaja how to present it scientifically. Srila Prabhupada once said, “The evolution theory is there in the Padma Purana. It is not Darwin’s theory.

Darwin stole it from the Padma Purana, and he presented it in a distorted way with his own imagination. The soul is wandering within the different species. This is Vedic knowledge.” For over thirty years, Maharaja has been presenting this Vedic paradigm of evolution of consciousness versus evolution of species, as per Srila Prabhupada’s instructions.

Maharaja at blackboard

Once, while Maharaja was doing his Ph.D. work at the University of California, Irvine, he attended a lecture on the origin of life by the world-renowned reductionist, Professor Stanley Miller. During the time allotted for questions Maharaja challenged Professor Miller on the basis of Srila Prabhupada’s ‘Life Comes From Life’ paradigm, “Suppose, if I were to give you all of the ready-made bio-molecules, DNA, proteins, lipids, sugars, etc., will you be able to produce life within a test-tube by combining these molecules?” Professor Miller replied, “That I don’t know.” When Maharaja narrated this incident to Srila Prabhupada during a morning walk on Venice Beach, California, Srila Prabhupada became very pleased. He used to narrate this

“Suppose, if I were to give you all of the ready- made bio- molecules, DNA, proteins, lipids, sugars, etc., will you be able to produce life within a test-tube by combining these molecules?”

Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja