These are the four most prominent objections raised by the movie PK, and we have tried to address them:
1.PK says it is OK to deride Vedic gods.
Poking fun at Vedic gods and goddesses:The Vedas teach that our material world is produced from intelligence.There is a concrete plan behind it. Vedic vision organizes all meaning andinformation in the universe into a hierarchy of consciousness and control.Living entities known as devas or demigods, direct all the activities ofmaterial nature. Far more advanced than us humans these devas reside ontheir own planets in the universe, with facilities, life spans, andpleasures far exceeding what humans can conceive of. Among the demigodgroups there are gradations of power and control. Some devas controlrelatively minute functions of nature, and some have massive portfolios.They have upadevas (sub-demigods) and many others under them too.“Who has seen the devas?”is the modern challenge. The Vedic reply wouldbe “Who today has the qualification to see?” Uniformity of observationalcapacity is never assumed in the Vedas. Knowledge, information isstate-specific; hence, the necessity of both acquiring the correct trainingand living the prescribed life style. Only then, is real knowledge revealed.In the present, Kali-yuga, the Age of Quarrel and Hypocrisy,the devas are notvisible due to the degradation of human beings and thus they keep themselvesout of human perception.
2. PK does not tell us the science behind Deity-worship.
The confusion created by Vedas telling us to worship stone idolsThe Vedas teach that whatever we see is energy. And this energy has itssource, the Supreme Energetic One, or God. In the Bhagavad-gétäLord Kåñëa explains how everything is manifested from His own energy. Therefore whenGod is worshiped in a form made of earth or stone, then theworship is of God, not of matter. Stone or metal is God’s energy and therefore nondifferent from Him. Furthermore, God isso powerful that He can present Himself fully in His energy. So the processof worshiping a Deity in a temple is not idol-worship or heathenism. It isactually worship of God, provided one knows the process. Does the deitybecome God because of worship? No. It never becomes God —it is always God, butonly to those who follow the process properly. Just like a live electricwire — one who knows the process can derive electricity out of it;otherwiseit is just a wire. God and His energies cannot be separated, just heat cannot beseparated from fire.But fire is still different from heat;if you feel heat, it does not mean you are touchingfire. Fire, in spite of emanating heat, keeps its identity. Similarlyalthough God creates everything by his different energies, He remains God.
3. PK states it is not proper to ask questions about religion and spirituality.
Current practice discourages one from asking questions.This may be an embarrassing fact for most Hindus today but the Vedic historyis just the opposite. The Gétä, for example, has this simple instruction:Search out a bona fide spiritual master who can lead you gradually to thestage of spiritual realization. You must submit yourself to such a mater, render service to him and ask relevant questions.In Vedic language it is called the guru-çiñyarelationship. A çiñya(disciple) must be intently inquisitive to understand the original essence,and guru(the spiritual master or teacher) must be a well-conversant personwho can answer the disciple’s relevant questions.
Just like before purchasing gold one must know how to identify it, beforecalling anyone a guru one must be aware of the qualifications of a guru. Inthe Çrémad-Bhägavatamit is described as to how Vidura asked all relevantquestions of MaitreyaÅñi because he knew well that Maitreya was the rightperson to reply to all the points of his inquiries.One must be confident about the qualifications of his teacher; one shouldnot approach a layman for replies to specific spiritual inquiries. Suchinquiries, when replied to with imaginative answers by the teacher, are aprogram for wasting time. One should approach a God conscious person withall humility, put relevant questions to him and not challenge him. If onewere to challenge him, such a highly elevated God conscious person would notbe available to receive any tangible service. A challenging, puffed-upperson cannot gain anything from a God conscious man; he simply remains inmaterial consciousness.
Arjuna took the role of disciple and student in order to receivetranscendental knowledge from Lord Kåñëa. In order to drive out allmisgivings which the gross materialists of the world may have, Arjuna askedall the right questions, and the answers were given by Kåñëain a manner anylayman can understand.
4. PK has no concrete idea about the real meaning of religion.
Is one religion better than another?Here is a litmus test for any religion:“The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men canattain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Suchdevotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completelysatisfy the self.”As there are two types of humans the paths they choose reflect theirchoices. One is the path of sense enjoyment and the other path is of renunciation. The path of enjoyment is inferior, and the path of sacrificefor the supreme cause is superior.The material existence of the living being is a diseased condition of actuallife. Actual life is spiritual existence, where life is eternal, blissfuland full of knowledge. Material existence is temporary, illusory and full ofmiseries. There is no happiness at all. There is just the futile attempt toget rid of the miseries, and temporary cessation of misery is falsely calledhappiness. Therefore, the path of progressive material enjoyment, which istemporary, miserable and illusory, is inferior.But devotional service to the Supreme Lord, which leads one to eternal,blissful and all-cognizant life, is called the superior quality ofoccupation. This is sometimes polluted when mixed with the inferior quality.For example, adoption of devotional service for material gain is certainlyan obstruction to the progressive path of renunciation.Renunciation is certainly a better occupation than enjoyment in thediseased condition of life. Such enjoyment only aggravates the symptoms ofdisease and increases its duration. Therefore devotional service to the Lordmust be pure in quality, i.e., without the least desire for materialenjoyment. One should, therefore, accept the superior quality of occupationin the form of the devotional service of the Lord without any tinge ofunnecessary desire, fruitive action and philosophical speculation. Thisalone can lead one to perpetual solace in His service.
Dharma in its strictest sense is defined as “occupation” because theroot meaning of the word dharma is “that which sustains one’s existence.” Aliving being’s sustenance of existence is to coordinate his activities withhis eternal relation with the Supreme God. God is the central pivot ofliving beings, and He is the allattractive living entity or eternal formamongst all other living beings or eternal forms. Each and every livingbeing has his eternal form in the spiritual existence, and God is theeternal attraction for all of them. God is the complete whole, and
everything else is His part and parcel. The relation is one of the servantand the served. It is transcendental and is completely distinct from ourexperience in material existence. This relation of servant and the served isthe most congenial and blissful form of intimacy. One can realize it as devotionalservice progresses. Everyone should engage himself in that transcendentalloving service of the Lord, even in the present conditional state ofmaterial existence. That will gradually give one the clue to actual life andplease him to complete satisfaction.