Can a cause exist without producing an effect?

The short answer is no. If there is no effect, there is no cause. Even in modern science it’s accepted that a cause can be traced through its effect. IOW, a cause is visible in its effect. The universe, for example, is obviously the effect of a cause. Some people say, God is the cause, others say, chemicals or matter are the cause. In any case, the universe has a cause. Of course, there are actually people who claim that nothing caused the universe, that the universe came out of nothing, but that’s not a very intelligent proposition, for the simple reason that nothing doesn’t exist.

Someone may believe there is such a thing as nothing, but that’s blind belief, since there is always something. Nobody in existence have observed nothing. Even people who are lost in thought, and stare off into empty space, observe something. They observe space, and space is something. It’s not nothing. Many years ago, a famous scientist, I forget who, maybe Carl Sagan, wrote a book in which the very first sentence read - in the beginning there was nothing, not even time or space. Seriously, that’s got to be the dummest thing I ever heard. No space? No time? Is that lame, or what? But because the guy who wrote it was a big ph.d, the mindless masses went - ooh, aah, oh wow, that’s so deep. In the realm of mathematics It could be said that the number zero produces no effect, but that’s theoretical mathematics, which has has nothing to do with the real world. In quantum mechanics, physicists are trying to come up with an equation of everything, but that’s just another nonsense, which has nothing to do with the real world. Anyhow, we can safely conclude that a cause always causes an effect. In fact, the human form of life is meant to seek out the first cause, the original cause of all causes. Since we are persons, our cause must also be a person, so God, who is by definition the first cause, must be a person. All effects, like this universe and everything and everyone in it, are ultimately produced by God. Lord Brahma says: Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes. —Brahma-samhita, 5.1 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur explains: Krishna is the exalted Supreme entity having His eternal name, eternal form, eternal attribution and eternal pastimes. The very name "Krishna" implies His love-attracting designation, expressing by His eternal nomenclature the acme of entity. His eternal beautiful heavenly blue-tinged body glowing with the intensity of ever-existing knowledge has a flute in both His hands. As His inconceivable spiritual energy is all-extending, still He maintains His all-charming medium size by His qualifying spiritual instrumentals. His all-accommodating supreme subjectivity is nicely manifested in His eternal form. The concentrated all-time presence, uncovered knowledge and inebriating felicity have their beauty in Him. The mundane manifestive portion of His own Self is known as all-pervading Paramatma, Isvara (Superior Lord) or Visnu (All-fostering). Hence it is evident that Krsna is sole Supreme Godhead. His unrivaled or unique spiritual body of superexcellent charm is eternally unveiled with innumerable spiritual instrumentals (senses) and unreckonable attributes keeping their signifying location properly, adjusting at the same time by His inconceivable conciliative powers. This beautiful spiritual figure is identical with Krishna and the spiritual entity of Krishna is identical with His own figure. The very intensely blended entity of eternal presence of felicitous cognition is the charming targeted holding or transcendental icon. It follows that the conception of the indistinguishable formless magnitude (Brahman) which is an indolent, lax, presentment of cognitive bliss, is merely a penumbra of intensely blended glow of the three concomitants, viz., the blissful, the substantive and the cognitive. This transcendental manifestive icon Krishna in His original face is primordial background of magnitudinal infinite Brahman and of the all-pervasive oversoul. Krishna as truly visioned in His variegated pastimes, such as owner of transcendental cows, chief of cowherds, consort of milk-maids, ruler of the terrestrial abode Gokula and object of worship by transcendental residents of Goloka beauties, is Govinda. He is the root cause of all causes who are the predominating and predominated agents of the universe. The glance of His projected fractional portion in the sacred originating water viz., the personal oversoul or Paramatma, gives rise to a secondary potency-nature who creates this mundane universe. This oversoul's intermediate energy brings forth the individual souls analogously to the emanated rays of the sun. This book is a treatise of Krishna; so the preamble is enacted by chanting His name in the beginning.

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