Irreligion , Opposite of religion

There are five branches of irreligion, appropriately known as irreligion (vidharma), religious
principles for which one is unfit (para-dharma), pretentious religion (abhasa), analogical religion (upadharma) and cheating religion (chala-dharma). One who is aware of real religious life must abandon these five as irreligious.

            Religious principles that obstruct one from following his own religion are called vidharma. Rrligious principles introduced by others are called upadharma. And interpretation by one’s jugglery of words is called chala-dharma.

            To creat a new type of dharma has become fashionable in this age. So-called swamis and yogis support that one may follow any type of religious system, according to one’s own choice, because all systems are ultimately the same. In Srimad-Bhagavatam, however, such fashionable ideas are called vidharma because they go against one’s own religious system. The real religious system is described by the Supreme Personality of Godhead: sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. The real religious system is that of surrender to the lotus feet of the Lord. In the Sixth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, in connection with Ajamila’s deliverance. Yamaraja says, dharman tu saksad bhagavat-pranitam: real religion is that which is given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, just as real law is that which is given by the government. No one can manufacture actual law at home, nor can one manufacture actual religion. Elsewhere it is said, sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje: the real religious system is that which leads one to become a devotee of the Supreme Lord. Therefore, anything opposed to this religious system of progressive Krsna consciousness is called vidharma, para-dharma, upadharma of chala-dharma. Misinterpretation of Bhagvat-gita is chala-dharma. When Krsna directly says something and some rascal interprets it to mean something different, this is chala-dharma—a religious system of cheating – or sabdabhit, a jugglery of words. One should be extremely careful to avoid these various types of cheating systems of religion.

            Religion consists of the orders of the Supreme Lord and one who carries out these orders is religious. One who fails to carry out the Lord’s orders is irreligious, and he is to be punished.

            In the sastra, the Vedic literature, it is said that religion and irreligion, which are complete opposites, are merely the front portion and the back portion of God. But is there any difference between God’s front and God’s back? God is absolute, and therefore a devotee, either in opulence or in danger, is undisturbed, knowing that both of these are Krsna.

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