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Re: Excerpts from Srimad Bhagavatam
« Reply #45 on: November 10, 2016, 05:25:40 PM »
King Citraketu Meets the Supreme Lord

Sri Shukadeva said:
'Oh best of the Kurus, the Supreme Lord Ananta Deva very pleased with the worship of Citraketu the king of the Vidyadharas, then replied.  The Supreme Lord said:

 'From directly seeing Me and with the prayer that Narada and Angira have disclosed to you, you now have attained perfection oh King.
 I as the Supreme Soul of all, as the cause of the manifestation, have expanded in different forms and exist in both the eternal forms of the spiritual sound vibrations and the Supreme Brahman.
 The living entity expanded into the world and the world expanded within the living entity. These two,the world and the living entity, are pervaded by Me as also made by Me. A person sleeping sees in his dream the entire world within himself, but upon awaking he finds himself lying down somewhere. Likewise one must consider the different states of consciousness and conditions of life of the living entities as manifestations of the illusory potency of the Self, knowing which one should always remember their Supreme Creator,the Source and Witness.
Know Me as that all-pervading Soul, as the Supreme Spirit free from the modes of matter by whom the sleeping bewildered person at that time is able to recognize what belongs to the dream and what to his happiness.
 I am the Knower of all the states of consciousness,and beyond all of them.

The living entity, having forgotten about this spiritual nature of My position, thinking he has separated existence gets immersed in a materially conditioned life and wanders from one body to the next, from one death to another.
 Achieving in this world a human birth offers one the chance to arrive at self-realization with the support of this spiritual knowledge and wisdom, but they who fail to pick up that knowledge will never find peace and happiness.
 Thinking of the trouble of toiling in this world and then achieving the opposite of what was intended - and then remembering how one is freed from fear by ridding oneself of one's desire for material things, one should, thus knowing better, desist from that karmic desire.
 Husband and wife being materially motivated perform activities for the sake of their happiness and to be free from misery, but these actions have no effect because they do not put an end to the transitory happiness and distress ,that follow one another.
 Those who consider themselves very smart but in the end get the opposite of what they wanted, find it extremely difficult to understand and hard to grasp what it means to be of progress with the soul and  to exist apart from the three states of unconsciousness, sleep and waking.
 Someone who personally experienced this Truth or has understood it from listening to others, should free himself from materialism, and by dint of his own power of judgment in spiritual knowledge and wisdom,fully satisfied, become My devotee.

 The realization of the of the oneness of the individual soul and the transcendence of the Lord, constitutes - all things considered - the ultimate goal of life for capable and intelligent human beings who unite in yoga.

 If you with faith, not concluding differently, accept these words of Mine oh King, you will soon find your perfection in the full awareness of spiritual knowledge and its wisdom.'

Canto 6, Chapter 16;49-64


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Re: Excerpts from Srimad Bhagavatam
« Reply #46 on: December 05, 2016, 07:06:56 PM »
On Distinguishing between Good and Bad
Sometimes, a virtue turns out to be a vice and a vice - by providence,or Vedic instruction - turns out to be a virtue. Respecting the regulative principles one is thus faced with the fact that the distinction between what is good and bad is factually effaced by them.

The same activities that would degrade an elevated person do not cause falldown for those who are already fallen. Indeed, one who is lying on the ground cannot possibly fall further. The material association that is dictated by one's own nature is considered good.

Whatever one desists from one is freed from - this is for human beings the foundation of natural pious living that takes away the suffering, fear and delusion.

When one presumes the objects stimulating the senses to be good, a person will develop attachment as a consequence, from that attachment lust originates and because of that lust,to enjoy at will,there is quarrel among people.

Because of quarreling there is the anger that is difficult to handle and because of anger there is ignorance; and thus someone's broad consciousness is quickly narrowed and overtaken by darkness.

Oh saintly Uddhava, a living being bereft that way of clear understanding becomes empty-headed so that, as a consequence having fallen away from his goals in life, he - just like dull matter - is as good as dead.

Going after the senses in this way, one, vainly living the life of a tree, fails in knowing oneself and others, so that one's breathing is nothing more than pumping air.

The awards promised in the [karma-kanda part of the] scriptures are for man not the highest good; they are merely enticements to create a taste for the ultimate good [upasana-kanda],it is simply like medicine.

From the moment they are born, mortals develop a mind of attachment to their family, their vital functions and the objects of their desire, because of which they loose sight of the interest of their Soul.

Why would the intelligent ones [the Vedic authority] encourage those, who on the path of danger blind to their real interest in submission to karmic actions land in darkness, to further engage in such attachments.

Persons with perverted intelligence do not understand this actual purpose of Vedic knowledge and instead propagate as the highest Vedic truth the flowery statements of the Vedas that promise material rewards. Those in actual knowledge of the Vedas never speak in that way.

Those who are lusty, miserly and greedy take the flowers of  karmic sacrifices for the fruit of realization; bewildered by the fire they suffocate from the smoke and do not realize their true identity.

Armed with their expressions My dear, they do not know Me who is seated within their heart and from whom this universe generated that is also Me. In their self-indulgence they are like people staring into fog.

Those who are sworn to sense gratification cannot understand the confidential conclusion of Vedic knowledge as explained by Me. Taking pleasure in violence, they cruelly slaughter innocent animals in sacrifice for their own sense gratification and thus worship demigods, forefathers and leaders among ghostly creatures. Such passion for violence, however, is never encouraged within the process of Vedic sacrifice.

In their hearts they all - like business men investing their wealth - imagine to achieve in a world as pleasing as it sounds, but which is as unreal as a dream.
Established in the mode of passion, goodness or ignorance they worship the gods and others headed by Indra who likewise delight in passion, goodness and ignorance, but Me they do not worship properly.

They think:
 'When we worship the demigods with sacrifices here, we will enjoy heaven, and when that has ended, turn back to earth in wealth in a fine family.' With their minds thus bewildered by the flowery words of the Vedas they nevertheless, as proud and most greedy men, are not attracted to My topics and the Truth.

The Vedas, divided into three divisions, ultimately reveal the true understanding of the soul,the true Self. The Vedic seers and mantras, however, deal in esoteric terms, and I also am pleased by such confidential descriptions.

The transcendental sound of the Vedas is very difficult to comprehend and manifests on different levels within the praṇa, senses and mind. This Vedic sound is unlimited, very deep and unfathomable, just like the ocean.

The groundless, changeless Absolute of endless potencies that is My nature, is represented within the living beings in the form of sound vibrations, the way a lotus stalk is represented by a single strand of fiber.

Just as a spider brings forth from its heart its web and emits it through its mouth, the Supreme manifests Himself as the reverberating primeval vital air, comprising all sacred Vedic meters and full of transcendental pleasure. Thus the Lord, from the ethereal sky of His heart, creates the great and limitless Vedic sound by the agency of His mind, which conceives of variegated sounds such as the sparśas. The Vedic sound branches out in thousands of directions, adorned with the different letters expanded from the syllable om: the consonants, vowels, sibilants and semivowels. The Veda is then elaborated by many verbal varieties, expressed in different meters, each having four more syllables than the previous one. Ultimately the Lord again withdraws His manifestation of Vedic sound within Himself.
The Vedic meters are Gayatri, Uṣṇik, Anuṣṭup, Bṛhati, Pankti, Triṣṭup, Jagati, Aticchanda, Atyaṣṭi, Atijagati and Ativiraṭ.

In the entire world no one but Me actually understands the confidential purpose of Vedic knowledge. Thus people do not know what the Vedas are actually prescribing in the ritualistic injunctions of karma-kaṇḍa, or what object is actually being indicated in the formulas of worship found in the upasana-kaṇḍa, or that which is elaborately discussed through various hypotheses in the jnana-kaṇḍa section of the Vedas.

I am the One enjoined, I am the object of worship.

It is I who am presented as various philosophical hypotheses, and it is I alone who am then refuted by philosophical analysis. The transcendental sound vibration thus establishes Me as the essential meaning of all Vedic knowledge. The Vedas, elaborately analyzing all material duality as nothing but My illusory potency, ultimately completely negate this duality and achieve their own satisfaction.

Canto 11,Chapter 21:16-43

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Re: Excerpts from Srimad Bhagavatam
« Reply #47 on: December 19, 2016, 01:41:34 AM »
About Prahlada, the Best Among the Exalted Devotees

Narada Muni said:
'Prahlada, even though he was but a small boy, considered every blessing that came with his bhakti yoga an impediment on the path and this he with a smile told the Lord of the Senses.

Prahlada said:
'Please do not allure me. Because of my Asura birth I have a propensity for lusting over all those material blessings. It was out of fear for such material association that I, desiring liberation, for the sake of complete detachment have taken to Your shelter.
 Oh Lord, You send Your devoted servant into this world of desire in order to put his character to a test, for this lust being the root cause of one's wandering around here, is found in the heart of everyone oh Master.
 It does not work differently with You oh Guru of the universe so kind to everyone, for is someone who desires any material benefits, not more a merchant than a servitor?
Someone who for himself expects material benefits from his spiritual master is not really a servant, nor is the master really of service who - for his own prestige - wants to bestow material benefits upon his servant.
 There is, as far as I am concerned in my full devotion for You, no question whatsoever of any desire, nor do You as a real master foster any further motive for our sake like a king might have with his subject.
And if You want to fulfill one of my desires, then I pray for Your benediction, oh Lord of All Blessings, that no desire for any form of material happiness will grow in my heart.
O my Lord, because of lusty desires from the very beginning of one?s birth, the functions of one?s senses, mind, life, body, religion, patience, intelligence, shyness, opulence, strength, memory and truthfulness are vanquished.
 Only when one gives up all the desires that one in one's human association finds in one's mind, one is fit for an opulence equal to Yours, oh Lotus-eyed Lord.
Oh Master of all Opulences, oh Original Person, oh Lord in the form of Nrisimha, oh Supreme One, oh Absolute Truth, oh Great Soul and Soul of all souls, let me offer You my respectful obeisances.'

The Supreme Lord said:
 'Those persons who like you are exclusively devoted to Me do not desire any benedictions from Me in this world or in the next. Nevertheless you may until the end of Manu's reign enjoy all the opulences of the Daitya rule out here.
 Devote yourself to My pleasing stories, be absorbed in Me who resides in your heart as the One present within all living beings, worship in [yoga] uniting your consciousness the Lord who is the enjoyer of all sacrifices and give up your fruitive activities.
By the means of pious actions forsaking your impiety, by forsaking the body attachment,after spreading your reputation throughout even the worlds of the gods, you will, freed from all attachment,rapidly, turn back to Me.
Anyone who chants these prayers you offered to Me, any human being who remembers both Me and you, will in due course of time become free from the bondage of his karma.

Prahlada said:
'I pray for the following benediction of You, oh Lord of Benedictions, oh Supreme Controller. My father, not knowing Your strength and supremacy, had because of a heart polluted by anger a false notion of You oh master and guru of all worlds.
He considered You the murderer of his brother and condemned You. Thus he was towards me, Your devotee, of the greatest sin.
 May my father be purified from that greatest and most difficult to overcome sin, even though he was immediately purified when You cast Your glance upon him, oh Father full of mercy.'

 The Supreme Lord said:
'With the purification of your father, twenty-one of your forefathers in total have been purified oh sinless one. Because you, oh saintly boy, took your birth from him in this dynasty, you are indeed the purifier of the dynasty.
Wherever and whenever there are My devotees who full of peace and equipoise, with the best qualities are equally graceful towards all, everyone will be purified, even when it concerns the worst of societies.
 They will never, in whatever way, act violently towards all the higher or lower living beings oh King of the Daityas, because they, in their love for Me, have forsaken all material aspirations.
 Persons in this world following in your footsteps become My pure devotees. You are of My devotees truly the best example.

Canto 7;Chapter 10-1:21


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Re: Excerpts from Srimad Bhagavatam
« Reply #48 on: December 27, 2016, 04:11:48 AM »

Your Self is your true teacher.
By the Self alone is realised the highest good.
I exist in all beings, but the human heart is my favorite dwelling place.

From Uddhava Gita


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Re: Excerpts from Srimad Bhagavatam
« Reply #49 on: January 02, 2017, 02:24:17 AM »

An intelligent person should therefore reject all bad association
and instead take up the association of saintly devotees,
whose words cut off the excessive attachment of one's mind.
My devotees fix their minds on Me and do not depend upon anything material.
They are always peaceful, endowed with equal vision,
and free from possessiveness, false ego, duality and greed.
Oh most fortunate one,
these greatly fortunate souls are constantly discussing My stories and My glories,
that have the power to completely eradicate all the sins.
They who, faithfully dedicated to Me, hear, chant and respectfully take them to heart,
will attain devotion and love.
What more remains to be accomplished for the perfect devotee
after achieving such Love and Devotion for Me,
the Supreme Absolute Truth,
whose qualities are innumerable and who am the embodiment of all ecstatic experience?

Canto 11,Chapter 26/26-30


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Re: Excerpts from Srimad Bhagavatam
« Reply #50 on: May 24, 2017, 08:28:28 PM »
The Dynasty of Bharata: the Story of Rantideva

The son of Vyasadeva said:

'From Manyu, the son of Vitatha [the name Bharadvaja carried because he was given to Bharata], there were the sons Brihatkshatra, Jaya, Mahavirya, Nara and Garga. Nara had a son called Sankriti.
From Sankriti there were Guru and Rantideva, oh scion of Pandu. The glories of Rantideva are sung in this world and the next.

Subsisting on that what fate provided he [Rantideva] took pleasure in distributing to others whatever grain of food he had. Being very poor he with all his family members lived most soberly and had to suffer a lot. One morning when forty-eight days had passed and he even was deprived of drinking water, he happened to receive water and different foodstuffs prepared with ghee and milk. While the family was shaky because of the thirst and hunger they suffered, that very moment a brahmin guest arrived who also liked to eat.
Rantideva conceived of the Lord as residing in each and everyone and thus he with great respect and faith gave him his share of the food. After the brahmin had eaten he departed.
 When he had divided the food for the family and was just about to eat, someone else arrived, a sudra(lowborn, laborer), whom he, thinking of the Lord, gave the food that was reserved for him, the king.
 After the sudra had left yet another guest arrived who was surrounded by dogs. He  said: 'Oh King, please provide me and my hungry dogs with food!'

He, the one in power, honored them with his obeisances and with great respect gave all the food that was left over to the dogs and their master.
 Of the food only the drinking water remained and that too had to satisfy some outcaste who, arriving there when the king was about to drink, asked him: 'I am just lowborn, but please give me some water!'

Hearing the pitiable words of the exhausted man he, being deeply moved, compassionately spoke the following nectarean words:
'I do not desire to attain the greatness of the eight perfections of the Supreme Lord,siddhis, or the cessation of repeated births. I accept all hardship in my staying among all the embodied living beings so that they are freed from their unhappiness.
 Handing over my water to save this poor soul struggling for his life, I am freed from all the hunger, thirst, fatigue and shaking of my body, as also from all the poverty, distress, lamentation, depression and bewilderment!'
Thus expressing himself that sober, kindhearted ruler gave the drinking water to the outcaste, even though he himself was on the verge of death because of his thirst.  Then the controllers of the three worlds, the gods who grant those who desire the fruits all results, manifested themselves before him in their true identities,because they in their previous appearances in the form of the brahmin, the man with the dogs, the sudra and the outcaste, all had been creations of the illusory energy of Vishnu. Being true to them as someone without material aspirations for any benefit or possessions, he offered them his obeisances while he concentrated his mind upon Vasudeva, the Supreme Lord and the Supreme Self as the ultimate goal. Having nothing in his mind but purely being of service,focussing his consciousness on the Supreme Controller oh King, the illusory energy of the [three] material qualities meant nothing more to him than a dream.
All the ones associated with his lead, all the followers of Rantideva, became first-class yogis fully devoted to Lord Narayana.

canto 9,chapter 21;1-18

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