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Title: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 17, 2012, 12:15:40 AM
bhakti

When all the powers of man' senses, which are ordinarily frittered away through external contacts, are purified through devotional practices and dedicated action, and they get naturally focused on IshwarA (sattvA) exclusively, without any extraneous and self-centered motivation, and with a firmness which no obstruction can overpower  that state of mind is called bhakti, or the highest form of devotion for the Lord. Such devotion is superior even to Mukti. It burns up the covering of ignorance in a person just as fire burns objects put into it.

Some endowed with such bhakti do not aspire for mOkshA or even oneness with My Being; for their delight consists in serving Me and in working out My will (and not in becoming one with Me). They therefore congregate together and honor Me by adoration and participation in My works. Such holy persons perceive and engage themselves in loving conversations with My enthralling spiritual Emanations, who possess beaming countenances and lotus-like eyes and have the power to grant all that the devotees may want.

Though their minds are thus captivated by and absorbed in My enchanting form-full aspect with its charming and sublime features, movements, smile, looks and speech, their devotion leads them in the end to liberation (mukti), though they themselves do not care for it.

(kapilopadEshA,  III, 25, 32-36)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 17, 2012, 12:33:37 AM
Supreme state of bhaktI

The practice of bhaktI takes many forms according to the differences of traditions. This is necessitated by the fact that people's attitude and tendencies differ according to the dominance of particular nature in them.

The man dominated by tamas imagines Me, at the bidding of his cruel nature, as a being entirely in separation to be propitiated from motives of vengence, ostentation, jealousy and other low propensities.

The man of rajas nature worships Me as an extraneous being in images and the like for worldy enjoyments, wealth and fame.

The man of sAtvikA nature, while still maintaining the attitude of separateness from Me, performs worships for liberation from the bondage of karmA (ie. for mOkShA), or as an offering to God, or as a scriptural injunctin to be obeyed.

When, by the mere hearning of My excellences, the mind streams forth like the waters in the sea, unmotivated, unrestricted, and onepointed towards Me, the purushOttamA and the Presence in the hearts of all, that kind of love is called bhakti that transcends the gunAs.

Such devotees do not accept, even when offered, any of the five forms of libration (mOkshA) - sAlOkyA (living in My sphere), sAmIpya (living close to Me) sAUpya (having a form similar to Mine), and sAyUjya (being one with Me). The only thing they wabt is the opportunity to render loving service to Me. Such is th greatness and glory of this supreme state of bhaktI that by means of it the jIvA overcomes the hold of the three gunAs of prakriti and becomes fit for My divine state.

(kapilOpadEsa, III, 29, 7-14)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Hari on October 17, 2012, 12:43:51 AM
I am so happy for this work of yours, Sri Nagaraj! Keep doing it! :)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 17, 2012, 01:13:41 PM
Thank you sri harI, Bhagavan willing, we would be able to keep it going :)

Title: Life lived without bhaktI
Post by: Nagaraj on October 17, 2012, 01:21:06 PM
Life lived without bhaktI is useless

A man has really lived only during those moments of his life that have been spent in the thought of the Lord. Vain are th lives of the rest, their life-span being merely food for time to swallow through its jaws of sunrise and sunset. Do not trees live their life span? Do not bellows take take in and send out air? Do not animals, domestic and wild eat and mate? Alas! What is human life worth, if it fulfills only these very same functions!

He into whose ears the Lord's name has not entered, he is a man in form, but but in fact only an animal, a dog, a pig, a camel, an ass, or the like. That ear in to which words dealing with the Lord's excellences have not entered, is a mere cavity and nothing more. He whose perverse tongue has never uttered the Lord's names and praises is verily as despicable as the tongue of a frog. The head of a man, though bedecked with silk turbans and diadems, is with all its adornments just a burden, if it does not bow down before the Lord. And a hand that never serves the Lord is verily a cadaverous limb worn on it. The eyes that are not accustomed to see the images of the Lord and holy men, are as purposeless as the eyes in the centre of peacock feathers. And the feet that never tread the way to holy centres of His worship, are no better than those of trees that cannot move. That man is a mere living corpse who has never contacted the dust of th feet of devotees; a breathing corpse is he who has never breathed the fragrance of the tulasi leaves with which the Lord's feet have been worshiped. A man whose heart is unmoved, whose eyes shed not tears, and hair stand not on end when the Lord's names are uttered, he verily is possessed of a heart of stone.

(Sage shaunaka)

(II, 4, 17-24)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Subramanian.R on October 17, 2012, 01:57:06 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

This is exactly what Sri Manikkavachagar says in Tiruvachakam, Tiru Sadakam, Verse 1:


மெய்தான் அரும்பி விதிர் விதிர்த்து உன் விரை ஆர் சுழற்கு என்
கைதான் தலை வைத்துக் கண்ணீர் ததும்பி வெதும்பி உள்ளம்
பொய்தான் தவிர்ந்து உன்னைப் போற்றி சய சய போற்றி என்னும்
கைதான் நெகிழ விடேன் உடையாய் என்னைக் கண்டு கொள்ளே. 5


My body should have sweat and it should wobble with melting love for you.
I should keep my hands over my head and pray to anklet wearing feet.
My eyes should copious tears. The mind should melt. I should avoid all lies and falsity.
I should say Jaya Jaya and praise your glories, I should not leave your feet., O Lord
my Master, please look at me and shower Grace.

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 17, 2012, 02:14:48 PM
Very beautiful verse Sir, "That One" has been seen commonly by all great sages. Simply reading the tamil words itself is a bliss, by default!

Title: reveal Thyself to us out of Thy infinite mercy
Post by: Nagaraj on October 18, 2012, 12:11:09 AM
Reveal Thyself to us out of Thy infinite mercy

O'Infinite Being! Thou, who, though present in the hearts of of all, art not experienced by evil-hearted persons, hast verily appeared today before our very eyes. This perhaps is not to be wondered at, since Thou hadst entered into our hearts much earlier through our ears when we received the instructions from our father, Brahma, about Thy mystic glory. We know that it is Thou alone, who art the Supreme Spirit, that has taken this form of pure sattvA, generating infinite joy in the hearts of devotees, Thou art realised as such in the hearts of sages who are endowed with renunciation and the knots of whose hearts have been cut asunder by the firm and devoted practice of the disciplines of bhaktI which Thou Thyself hast revealed to mankind out of Thy grace

O' Beloved Lord! Thou worshipful one! Thy devotees who have taken shelter at Thy feet and who are intelligent and sensitive enough to understand and feel the incomparable sweetness of Thy excellences, as revealed through Thy creative and redemptive activities, reject even mOkshA, considered as Thy highest gift, in preference to Thy service. How little will they then care for boons that bestow joys of the perishable world, which come and go at the movement of Thy brow.

Let us be born in any state of misery, due to our misdeeds. We do not care for the sufferings of it, if our minds would even then delight only in Thy feet as honey-bees do in flowers, if our ears would always be filled with nothing but the sounds of conveying Thy excellences and if, like the humble tulasI leaves, our words will derive any worth solely due to their connection with Thy feet.

O' Lord! O' Thou the all-renowned! Thy form now revealed to us can never be seen by impure minds. Thy revelation of it has brought to us the bliss of spiritual fulfilment. We salute Thee the Supreme Being who, though imperceptible to men without self-control, has beeen pleased to reveal Thyself to us out of Thy infinite mercy.

The Prayer of the kUmArAs, III, 15, 46-50)

Title: bhAgavata dharmA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 19, 2012, 04:24:42 PM
bhAgavata dharmA

For man suffering from the agonies of the life of samsArA, springing from the identification of the Atman with the body, the worship of the feet of acyutA, the immortal Being, is the only way to attain the state that is free from fear and suffering. For one attaining Him the fears of samsArA end for ever. For the easy attainment of the truth of the Atman by persons who are uninstructed, the Lord has Himself directly revealed a way. Know that to be the bhAgavata dharmA. O King! No obstacles can stand in the way of one adopting this dharmA. He will no slip or fall down while running on the highways of samsArA, even if his two eyes are blindfolded (ie. even if he is unable to derive knowledge from any source) What ever actions there are that a person does with his body, word, mind and all other sense organs by the prompting of tendencies generated by one's past karmA - all hat should be dedicated to nArAyaNA (in respect of fruits and agency)

For one whose mind is turned away from the Lord, there will be no awareness of his own true self. As a consequence he will feel identified with the body; from such identification will rise hankering and attachment for bodily objects; and from it, fear of their loss and of death. All this arises from the functioning of His mAyA (which none can overcome except by His Grace).

So let a wise man serve the Lord through while hearted devotion, recognising His presence in the Guru, in the deities and in all beings. The objective world, a second existence seems to exist, but it has no such separate existence in reality. Such existence as it has, is like that of the contents of a dream or of a reverie, which are entirely based on the dreamer's mind, and do not exist apart from the mind. So let a wise man control the movements of the mind, which is projecting itself through images and cognition over them at the prompting of desires. In order to gain such control, let a person move about in the world, without attachment for anything, constantly hearing about the sanctifying incarnations and the sportive actions of the Lord and chanting without any bashfulness His holy names indicative of His attributes and sportive actions.

In an aspired devoted to this discipline of chanting the beloved Lord's name constantly, there develops intense love that melts his heart As s consequence he laughs and cries in ecstasy, chants the names of his Lord aloud and sings about His deeds and excellences, and sometimes dances like one inebriated and entirely oblivious of the external world.

The sky, air, fire, water, earth, celestial luminaries, living beings, quarters, trees, rivers, oceans - in fact all such features of Nature should be recognised as the body of the Lord and greeted with prostrations in a mood of intense devotion to Him.

The efficacy of the practice of the bhAgavata dharmA is wonderful. Just as to one eating, every ball of rice gives pleasure, strength of body, and freedom frmo hunger at the same time, so does a devotee, who has surrendered himself to the Lord, obtain simultaneously three things - intense devotion to the Lord, experiences of Him, and detachment from all objects of the world.

Thus, an aspirant who is engaged in the constant service of acyutA, comes to have devotion, detachment, and realisation of Him at the same time. Afterwards he attains to the Supreme Peace of mOkshA.

(kavi, one of the the nine nava yOgIs, XI, 2, 32-43)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Subramanian.R on October 19, 2012, 04:49:09 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

Manikkavachagar says in Tiru Sadhakam, 7.3 : I pray to You, who even takes over the liar. I pray to Your golden feet.
O Master, I pray to You. I pray to You who is air, earth, water, fire and Akasam, and also the two shining objects, sun
and moon!   


போற்றியென் போலும் பொய்யர் தம்மைஆட் கொள்ளும் வள்ளல்
போற்றிநின் பாதம் போற்றி நாதனே போற்றி போற்றி
போற்றி நின் கருணை வெள்ளம் புதுமதுப் புவனம் நீர்தீக்
காற்றிய மானன் வானம் இருசுடர்க் கடவுளானே. 67

Arunachala Siva.
Title: karmAs are ordained in the vEdas
Post by: Nagaraj on October 20, 2012, 02:29:49 PM
karmAs are ordained in the vEdas

Ordained action, prohibited actions, and non-performance of ordained actions - what these are, has to be settled by vEdic authority only. They cannot be settled by any worldly means like custom, observation, or reasoning.

And, vEdA, being divinely inspired and not composed by any human agency, is difficult to understand even for great scholars. The words of the vEdA have often indirect and mystifying meaning. Just like the attractive speech of parents to persuade their children to take medicine, the vEdic sentences imply an indirect purpose, and not the heavenly felicities they seemingly offer. As a medicine is given to cure a disease, so the karmAs are ordained in the vEdas in order to free man from karmA and not to continue indulgence in them.

If an ignorant man of uncontrolled senses fail to perform the works prescribed by the vEda, he will be guilty of the sin of negligence of ordained duties and will go from death to death again and again, entangled in the trans-migratory cycle. If the vEdA-ordained karmAs are done non-attached and in a spirit of dedication to the Lord, karmA eventually will lead one to naishkarmya or the state of Atman-consciousness. The promise of worldly fecilities are only an incentive offered to the dull and the ignorant.


(Sage Avirhotra, XI, 3, 43-46)

Note: karmA ordained is universal. the dharmA is universal to all religions. Therefore, this injunctions has to be understood in the lines that a Christian adhere to his karmAs ordained in his scriptures (prayers, etc.) and a muslim adhere to his karmAs ordained in his scriptures (namAz, etc.)

Title: yamA and niyamA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 21, 2012, 03:42:22 PM
yamA and niyamA

yamA and niyamA consist in the observance of the following disciplines, internal and external:
       yamA
  • non-injury
  • truth
  • non-covetousness,
  • non-attachment,
  • conscientiousness,
  • non-hoarding,
  • faith in the scriptures,
  • continence,
  • moderation in speech,
  • constancy,
  • forgiveness 
  • fearlessness
                    niyamA
  • Cleanliness,
  • purity of mind,
  • japA (repetation of holy names),
  • tapas (austerity),
  • hOmA, pujA,
  • shradDhA (sincere faith in matters spiritual),
  • hospitality,
  • worship of the Divine,
  • visiting holy places,
  • service of others,
  • contentment,
  • service of the teacher

Men who follow these disciplines attain to what they want, material or spiritual.

(srI kRushna to udDavA, XI, 19, 33-35)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 22, 2012, 01:50:28 PM
What is not attainable if He, the master of all gifts and boons, is pleased with one? But who cares for these boons - these insignificant attainments? To those who worship with intense and motiveless devotion, He reveals Himself of His own accord. There is no blessing higher than that. Except a beast of a man, who having discrimination and a true sense of life's values would desist from consuming the nectar of the Lord's doing, selected from ancient tradition, if he had but once drunk  a little of it with the cup of his ears and come to know of its delectableness?

(Sage maitrEyA, III, 13, 49-50)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 26, 2012, 11:06:27 AM
nAradA's past

In my previous birth in an earlier kalpA (cycle of time) I was born as the son of a maid-servant in a community of vEdic ritualists. I was, therefore, from boyhood engaged in attending on yOgIs who gathered at the place for the chAturmAsyA (4 month retreat during rainy season) Those holy men, though even minded in their outlook, were mightily pleased with my services, especially seeing how I, thought a mere boy, was devoid of all fickleness and boyish playfulness, was disciplined and brief-spoke, and atteneded on them with dedication and understanding of their needs.

Permitted by these holy men, I once partook of the remnants of the food left by them Being purified in mind by this act, I developed a taste for the devotional life which these holy men followed. By their blessing I was able to hear every day their attractive recitals of kRushnA's life and actions. Hearing every syllable of those recitals with faith and attention, I developed the feeling of delight in the Lord, whose glories are charming to contemplate.

After I developed this delight in the Lord, my mind would never disengage itself from Him of endearing glory. In this mental state I experienced that the whole of the universe in its subtle as well as gross condition is generated y His power of mAyA in Himself, from whom my entity, the jIvA, too has no separate existence.

Listening continuously all through the spring and the rainy season, at the three sandhyAs of the day, to the recitals of the Lord's sanctifying glory by these holy men, there sprang up in me that powerful devotion which obliterates all traces of tamas and rajas.

When dispersing after the chAturmAsyA period, the kind-hearted and merciful holymen imparted to me the transcendent knowledge of the Supreme Divine (jnyAnam guhyatamam), whjich He himself had revelaed to them. For, though a boy, they found in me a fit recipient, as I was loving, humble, sinless, attentive, self-controlled and obedient.
(http://www.harekrsna.com/gallery/narada1/narada8.jpg)

By that knowledge I was enabled to obtain the grace of the mAyA of vAsudEvA, the omiscient and omnipotent Lord, by which the jIvA attains to His being.

(nAradA to Sage vyAsA, when vyAsA was discontent inspite of segregating the vEdAs, writing mahAbhAratA, etc.,)

(I, 5, 23-31)

Title: State of the Awakened One
Post by: Nagaraj on October 28, 2012, 04:06:57 PM
State of the Awakened One

Withdrawing attention from the false objective world, abandonment all ideas of enjoyment
 from any object of desire, and steeped in the bliss that is one's Self, the aspirant should
withdraw from all work and sit absolutely quiet. But the world of multiplicity rejected by him
will be experienced no and then owing to the strength of tendencies acquired in the past,
but it will not attract and involve him in any way, as he has lost the sense of reality for it.
The memory will persist but only as of a dream, all through life.

Such a man of realisation is not even aware of the body with the help of which he has
attained that state - whatever happens to it by the power of prArabdhA, whether it
comes or goes, sits or works - just as a heavily drunken man knows not whether his
wearing cloth is on or has fallen off. So long as the prArabdha-karmA that led to the
present embodiment lasts, the body will remain alive. But the knowing on who has
attained the state of samAdhi will view the body and the world connected with it only
as n awakened man views the body and experiences of his dream.

(Lord kRushnA to udDhavA)

(XI, 14, 35-37)

(http://igv-arkansas.webs.com/Krishna.jpg)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Subramanian.R on October 28, 2012, 05:03:21 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

Nice. Sri Bhagavan did all the work, cooked food and wrote poems with the power within. He had no mind, no vasanas, no ego
and His body was in a state of effulgence. Major Chadwick stays that His body emitted a light fragrance, though He never
used scented soaps. Another devotee said that He had some heat emanating from His body if one goes near Him. 

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Do not trust the senses
Post by: Nagaraj on October 29, 2012, 09:50:32 AM
Do not trust the senses

Though thought can no doubt thus reveal the hollowness and stupidity
of physical attraction, the reflective man should not keep the company of
women or of others who are enslaved by women. For the mind gets
agitated when the senses and their objects come into mutual juxta-position,
not otherwise. Mind cannot have any attraction for objects that have never
been seen of heard of. The mind of a man who never allows his senses to
dally with their objects, becomes gradually controlled and calm. So you
should not have physical contact with women or men who are "women's men".
For, even men of discrimination should not put too much trust in the senses
and their objects, believing in their capacity to stand their onslaught. Much
less should ignorant people like us do so.

(purUravas [aila] a famous emperor after he recovered from the terribly
distracted state of mind into which he fell on account of separation from
urvashi, became possessed of an intense spirit of dispassion and
expressed his feeling in a poem)

(XI, 26, 22-24)

(Picture: rAjA ravi varmA's painting on purUravas and urvashi)

(http://www.ravivarma.org/plog-content/images/raja-ravi-varma-paintings/mythological-characters/raja_ravi_varma_paintings_urvashi-pururavas.jpg)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 29, 2012, 08:57:43 PM
Birth of Sri Krishna

Now came the most auspicious and favourable time when the star rOhini was in the ascendant and all the other stars and panets were in a very beneficial disposition. Peaceful silence reigned in all the quarters. The stars shone clear in the sky. All the villages, cowherd settlements and mining quarries saw the dawn of a prosperous era.

The rivers flowed with pellucid water. The tanks were full of lotus-blossoms. The woodlands were resonant with the chirping of fluttering birds and the buzzing of bees from the trees and creepers heavy-laden with flowers.Soft blew the breeze, dust-free and fragrant, and gently glowed the fires in the sacrificial hearths of the holy. Excepting the minds of evil ones like kamsA, the minds of all good men felt peace within. In the heavens the kettle-drums) of the celestials sounded announcing the imminent birth of the Lord, who has no birth.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/4947626940_da80bb89c4.jpg)

The kinnarAs and gAndharvAs sang; sidDhAs and chAnarAs hymmed; the vidyAdharAs with apsarAs joyously danced. The Munis together with dEvAs showered flowers with delightl and the clouds roared gently in tune with the ocean. At such a time, in the pitch darkness of midnight, mahAvishnu, the resident in the hearts of all, was born of all, was born of the divinely beautiful dEvakI, like the full moon rising on the eastern horizon.

(http://www.dalsabzi.com/images/Mathura_Krishna.jpg)Lotus-eyed, four-armed, sporting the conch, mace and other weapons; with the luminous srivatsa mark on the chest and the shining kaustubhA on the neck; wearing a yellow cloth; possessed of the majecty and grace of a heavy rain cloud; with locks gleaming with the lustre of the diadem and ear-rings studded with precious stones; bedecked with splendorous ornaments like bracelets, armlets and waist girdle - such was the luminous form of the unique child that greeted vAsudEvA's vision. Looking with eyes wide-open with wonder at the form of hari born as his child, vAsudevA in the excitement of festivity of kRushnA's birth mentally gifted ten thousan cows to brAhmanAs. Realising the child to be none other than the Supreme Being and recognising his intellect purified and mind free from fear, saluted and prostrated himself before him who was illumining the whole of that lying-in room with his divine luster, and began to praise him with a hymn!

<--- This picture is supposedly the very place, jail (doors closed) It is here that dEvaki and vAsudEvA were jailed and Sri Krishna was born here.


Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on October 31, 2012, 05:51:20 PM
(http://www.harekrsna.de/artikel/bala-krsna/krsna-shows-yasoda-vishvarupa_s.jpg)       
One day yashOdA, sitting in her house with the child in her lap,
applied him to her breast, from which milk was overflowing
because of uncontrollable affection. As the mother was
watching the face of the child wreathed in smiles at the end of
the feeding, he yawned, and lo! the mother saw in it the whole
universe. The sky, the earth and the heaven, the celestial
luminaries, the quarters, sun, moon, fire, air, oceans, continents
and many other things, moving and unmoving, the mother saw
in the baby's mouth with awe and wonder on seeing the whole
universe in a trice and to shield herself closed her eyes.


(X, 8, 34-37)



Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Subramanian.R on October 31, 2012, 06:40:16 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

Self is all. It contains everything, the worlds, people, living beings, non living beings etc.,

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on November 01, 2012, 08:07:35 AM
Krishnas pranks

O' Mother! He comes and releases the calves before milking time. If anyone scolds him for this, he laughs at them. Then he makes arrangements for thieving milk products and consumes all he milk and curds he gets that way, and distributing good quantities of it among the monkeys that follow him. When he does no consume their contents, he breaks the containers. If he eats nothing in any place. he goes away in anger, pinching the little children there and making them cry. When he cannot reach the receptacles of milk products with his hands, he devises a stand with stools and mortars. Knowing as he does which pot contains milk and which butter or curds, he makes holes in the mud pots kept in slings, and drains off their contents. Where the slings are in darkness, the brilliance of his bedecked body provides, the brilliance of his bedecked body provides sufficient light for him. All this he does when the Gopis are very busily attending to their household duties.

(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSP8LlKxZBvfwWgSX16TF0FSG5DCJ8L9vZdcEl96owhpL3leeCBQWynhGsSJw)If questioned about his misconduct, he gives impudent replies, and answers calls of nature in the courtyards of the houses. Now look at him! He stands there, a picture of innocence after having done so much mischief! The Gopis presented all this to Yashoda, looking now and then at the face of Krishna that was all the more beautiful because of the signs of pretended fright at the charges brought against him. The only response of Yashoda was to laugh away the whole thing. She could no bring herself to scold her darling by any means.

(X, 8, 29-31)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6113/6325759261_e4e32d5b5e.jpg)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on November 01, 2012, 11:15:23 PM
Kishna Eating Mud

One day, while Krishna was playing in the company of Rama and other cowherd boys, some of them went to his mother and complained that Krishna had eaten mud. In the interest of his health, the mother caught hold of Krishna by his hand and scolded him while he stood with his eyes tremulous with fright. She said to him: 'O mischievous fellow! Why did you eat mud stealthily? your friends and even your bother testify to it.' Child Krishna protested: 'Mother! I have not done so. They are telling a lie. If you think they are telling the truth, please examine my mouth my mouth in their presence.' The mother said: 'All right, open your mouth.' And Sri Hari, who had become a human child out of sport without any loss of his divine powers, now showed his mouth to her.

She saw within it the whole universe of moving and unmoving entities - the sky and the quarters; the earth with its mountains and oceans, including the spheres of wind called PravAha and of lightning called fire; and the moon and the stars and all the other worlds. Besides, she saw the whole heaven with its luminaries, the surrounding girdle of the categories of water, fire, air and sky; the deities presiding over the IndriyAs (senses) and the Indriyas (sense powers) themselves; and the mind, the elements forming the objects of senses, and the gUnAS of prakRuti. She saw within her child the whole universe with all its diversities and distinctions caused by the jivA, Time (change), swabhAvA (nature), the impressions caused by karmA and the mind. What was more, she was filled with worry and doubts to see within his open mouth even that land of vrajA  with her self in it.

She then thought: What can this be? Is it a dream or the Lord's mAyA o the work of my deranged brain? or can this be due to some extraordinary powers natural to my boy? I salute that supremely mysterious Being by whom, out of whom, and on whose support, this world has its existence a world which stands as a puzzle to all the efforts of man to understand it through his intellect, mind, action and words. My only support is He by whose mAyA I have come to think perversely - 'I am yashOdA; nandA is my husband; this is my son; I am heir to all the wealth of this chief of cowherds; all these gOpAs and gOpis and cows are under my command!'
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The Lord thereupon cast the spell of vishnu's mAyA of parental affection on his mother who had come to glimpse the Truth. At once yashOdA lost even the memory of the experience she had, and she gathered up her son in her lap, overcome by intense affection fr him as before. He whom the followers of th vEdic karmakAndA speak of as Indra and other Deities, whom the vEdAntins call brahman, whom the sAnkhyAs speak of as purushA, whom yOgins call the Atmans, and whom the devotees call the Bhagavan - that Hari was considered as her own son by yashOdA!

(X, 8, 32-45)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on November 04, 2012, 03:20:44 PM
kRushNA breaking the Milk Pot

(http://api.ning.com/files/jI9yoYtgwrEditvE53CcdNHn-Zap65KSZMNytF8IN9Esyk838XanIJpsTsQsSr*kPgS1NBdBwCqvQmJrf1XCGwM2MuoQS5fg/varada01.jpg)   Once yashodA, the wife of nandA, had set her assisting housemaids to various items of household work, and was herself engaged in churning the curds. While churning, she kept on remembering and singing songs on the childhood plays of kRushNA that have been described heretofore. A silken cloth round her heavy hips encircles by a girdle; her breasts tremulous and shedding milk out of her overflowing affection for her child; her bracelets and ear ornaments moving with her exertion in churning; her face revealing drops of perspiration on itl her tresses shedding jasmine flowers - such was the picture of handsome yashOdA as she sat churdning.

Thirsty for milk, hari approached the mother engaged in churning, and stopped her churning operation by arresting the churning rod, thereby filling the mother's heart with great joy. Seating him on her lap, she suckled him with the abundant flow of milk that her intense affection was generating, watching all the while the charming face of her boy with waves of smile playing upon it. Just then she noticed that the milk kept on the fire for boiling was overflowing. She ran towards it, keeping oh the floow her child, who had still not had his full feed.

Angry at this, child kRuShNa's eyes became red, and his lips trembled and he began to bite his lips. He then took a stone roller, broke the churning pot and let go all its contents. With make-believe stage-tears in his eyes, he repaired to a solitary place in the interior of the house, where he sat eating a lump of butter that he took from the store. After taking down the boiled milk from the oven, yashOdA returned only to see the broken curd pot and the curd all split. She understood that this was her son's work, but only laughed at it. That boy, however, was not to be seen anywhere near. Soon she caught sight of him, sitting on an upturned rice-husking mortar and throwing lumps of butter stolen from the sling to monkeys. Occasionally, with the fear of discovery of his theft writ large in his eyes, he was glancing hither and thither. yashOdA approached him slowly from behins.(http://mgdas.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Mangal.preview.jpg)
(X, 9, 1-8)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on November 04, 2012, 04:46:13 PM
kRuShNA tied to the Mortar

On seeing the mother approach stick in hand, he got up in great haste, and ran away as if in mighty fear. The mother also followed him - Him whom even a yOgI's mind, well-prepared by practice and austerity, fails to reach with out His grace. Her pursuit of him was slowed by the heaviness of her hips, and in the course of the effort she put into the task, she was found to be followed by the numerous flowers that fell from her loosened tresses. Weeping from a sense of guilt, rubbing his collyrium-painted eyes with the hand, and looking now and then at the mother's face with terror-stricken eyes, he was caught by yashOdA by the hand and threatened and scolded.

As she saw her son frightened, she there away the stick (giving up the idea of beating him), and without any inkling of his powers, decided to tie him up to the husking mortar. He who has neither inside nor outside, who is yet the 'before' and the 'after', the 'inside' and the 'outside' of the whole universe, nay, who is the universe itself - Him, the Unmanifest and the Supreme sporting a human form, the master of the senses - Him, the gOpI, taking for her child, tried to fasten to the mortar. In tying her guilty child to the mortar, she found that the string in her hand was short by about two inches to complete the round. So she attached another string to it. When she found that even that was short by two inches, she attached another with the same result., Whatever attachment she made, it was all found to be short by two inches. yashOdA thus exhausted all the strings in her house, but still there was the shortage of two inches to complete the round. The gOpIs who were watching all this standing round her, began to laugh at yashOdA's predicament; and she too burst into laughter in utter astonishment. Finally, seeing his mother perspiring, with her hair dishevelled and flower falling from it, kRuShNA felt pity for her exertions, and allowed himself to be tied up out of kindness to her.

(X, 9, 9-18)


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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 04, 2012, 04:52:12 PM
Dear Nagaraj,

Why Krishna could not be tied to the pounding stone, with a rope around His waist. Anna Subramanya Iyer, in his commentary
said, the Self cannot be bound by any means, unless Self Itself comes around to be tied, because of bhakti and surrender.

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on November 09, 2012, 10:47:54 AM
shrI hari has thus shown how He subordinates Himself to His devotees, although He is eternally free and is the master of all the worlds and their guardian deities. Neither brahmA nor shivA nor even shrI who always clings to Him, could attain this measure of grace from kRuShNA, the bestower of liberation, as this gOpi did. The worshipful Lord, embodied as the son of the gOpi, is not as easy of approach to persons whose spiritual practices are based on body-consciousness, nor even to the jnyAnIs who have given up body-consciousness and who have become Atman-consciousness, as He is to devotees possessed of bhakti

After the incident, kRuShNA's mother was again busily engaged in her household duties. And kRuShNA, tied to the mortar, found nearby a pair of arjunA trees - formarly two guhyakAs, sons of kubErA, now become trees under a curse. They were formerly known as nala-kubErA and maNigrIvA, well-known and prosperous. They were cursed to become trees by nAradA to curb their pride and audacity.

(X, 9, 19-23)
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arjunA tree

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The picture above, claims to be the grinder to which kRuShNA was tied (Source:http://www.krishnafiles.com)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on November 16, 2012, 04:04:28 PM
About Death

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Krishna said to Uddhava thus about death:

The mind combined with 5 indriyas and tendencies derived from Karma which constitute the linga sharira (Subtle Body) transmigrates from one body to another. The Atman though different from the Linga Sharira, also seems to follow it because of the absolute superimposition between them.

The mind of the dying man, swayed by his own actions and their impressions, thinks intensely on experiences he had in life, on what he had seen, heard and passed through. Consequently he feels that he has entered a new body that has manifested by its intense thought, and left the old one. With the coming of the consciousness of the new body, there is complete oblivion of the old body, its history in the world.

On account of the intensity of attraction felt for the new body for whatever reason, the memory of the of one is completely effaced.

Death means this complete forgetfulness of the old body and its affairs by the Jiva.

The acceptance of the new body by the Jiva and his complete identification with it is called birth. How this happens is found in the examples of dreams and reveries. As in these states, the Jiva becomes completely oblivious of the old body and gets identified with the new one. The Identification is absolute that the Jiva forgets its pre-existence and comes to believe that he has come into being with a new body.

When Jada Bharatha saw the infant deer without its mother, he became its caretaker by becoming its mother. then when he realized his mistake, he left the old body as a mother - caretaker and also the infant deer and was born again as a pios Brahmana and attained the lord.

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: sanjaya_ganesh on December 20, 2012, 10:27:19 AM
I always wonder about the inimitable power of Maya when I read about Jada Bharatha in Bhagavatham. Look at Jada Bharata. He left everything and came to the secluded life in forests. He left family, children, his own kingdom, his people everything - but a simple deer was enough to pull him back into deep attachment. How well and so detailed is the explanation in prose in Bhagavatham about this explaining power of Maya. No wonder Lord said "Mama Maya Durathyaya".

Sanjay
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Post by: Hari on August 10, 2013, 12:02:52 PM
"Let there be the salutation of the original appearance of Him, Vâsudeva, the Fortunate One, from whom, being present here and in the beyond, for the purpose of recollection and full independence, the Vedic knowledge was imparted in the heart of the first created being [Lord Brahmâ]. About Him the enlightened [as surely also the ordinary] souls are, like with a mirage of water to the [fire of the] sun, in a state of illusion wherein, through the action and reaction of the modes of material nature, there is the [apparent] certainty of the factual. I meditate upon Him who is always self-sufficient, the transcendental [supreme and absolute] truth and the negation free from illusion."
[Canto 1, Chapter 1, Verse 1]
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on August 28, 2013, 05:32:15 PM
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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:00:14 AM
Dear Friends,

I always wanted to share this article "BHAKTI DEVI AND HER TWO SONS" from Bhagavata Mahatmyam, but since it is big article, it has been evading. i shall post this in series of posts. Those who have listened to Guru Nochur's pravahcam may be familiar. Devotees may assimilate the ambrosia herein.

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:06:19 AM
BHAKTI DEVI AND HER TWO SONS

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  Introduction

Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam: The first chapter is Srimati Bhakti Devi narrating her story to Sri Narada Muni, a story of despair at the current age of Kali and its effects, especially on her two sons, Jnana and Viragya. The second chapter is where Sri Narada Muni speaks about the glory of Bhakti and the one benefit of the age of Kali. Also the Sanat Kumaras instruct Sri Narada Muni to speak the Srimad Bhagavatam as the means for reviving Jnana and Viragya. The third chapter is where the Srimad Bhagavatam is glorified and Jnana and Vairagya are revived appearing in Badrikasrama with Bhakti Devi chanting the Holy Names of the Lord.

Suta Goswami had said to the rsis headed by Saunaka, "I'll tell you a story, bhakti-katha, a story full of bhakti. What I have heard from my Guru, Sukadeva Goswami in a secluded place, I'll will tell you."

The Age of Kali

Once in the Badrikasram the four Kumaras Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana, Sanat Kumara appeared there. They are always five year old boys, always naked. They are the first born sons of Bramha, not ordinary personalities. They appeared there in Badrikasram.
So at that time, they saw Devasi Narada looking very morose. The four Kumaras said, "Oh Naradaji, why are you so morose? Your face indicates that you are very much morose. Why? What is the reason for your moroseness? From where are you coming? Where are you going? It seems that you have lost a very valuable asset and therefore you look morose like that. What is the reason?"

Narada said, "I wandered everywhere in this material world and I cannot get satisfaction at all because this Kali Yuga has come, Kali yuga is the age of sinful activity. Such sinful activities are rampant, people are envious of each other, quarrelling and fighting, so much enviousness is there. All of these things are going on. What is the condition of Kali Yuga? "

This is Kali yuga, there is no truthfulness, everyone is speaking lies. All are affected by Kali yuga. There is no tapasya, no austerity, no penance, no sadachara. All human beings are only engaged in how to fill their belly, eating, sleeping, defending and mating, this is our activities in Kali Yuga.

Intelligence is bad, fortune is bad, manda-bhagya, suffering from disease, so many diseases are there. There are so called sadhus, pseudo sadhus. They are running after a woman and wealth, no krsna-katha.

In every grha, household women are predominating, not men. The brother of the wife is minister, gives instruction, do this, do that. Every human being has developed so much greed for the objects of sense enjoyment. They earn money, money, money. They are selling their own daughters. Only quarrelling goes on. Fighting between husband and wife. Fighting between father and son, fighting between friends. Everybody thinks I am great, I am great. This damba, pride is the measuring rod in Kali Yuga. Two persons quarrel and fight, two groups quarrel and fight, two communities quarrel and fight, two neighbors quarrel and fight, all are quarrelling and fighting. Aham bada hai! "I am great!" This is Kali yuga.

 

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In Bharata-varsa, India, all the ashrams headed by the brahmacari-asaram are polluted, all holy places, the holy rivers, all are occupied by melechhas and yavanas. This is Kali yuga. Many, many temples are broken down. It is very, very difficult to get siddha-sadhaka because everything is being burnt by forest fire, the Kali yuga is like a forest fire."

"In Kali yuga all the human beings are so greedy, so greedy. They are only thinking how to earn money, money, money. Brighter than sunshine, sweeter than honey, more money, more money, more money. They are selling rice, anna in the baazar. Anna should not be sold. Anna should be distributed, but they are selling! This is Kali yuga. In other yugas it is not done like that.

Those brahmanas are selling Vedas! Yes, they are utilising the Bhagavata like a mercantile commodity. They are selling it to earn their livelihood. Women are selling their hair and making wigs. Selling their body and becoming prostitutes to earn money. This is Kali yuga." In the Western world it is very, very true.


End of Part 1; to be continued
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Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:15:54 AM

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  Vrndavana Dhama

Narada Muni said, "Just seeing all this, wandering through all the world, I cannot get any happiness or any satisfaction. At last, I came to Vrndavana dhama. There Krsna played His rasa dance. Oh great sages! I saw a wonderful thing there, a wonderful incident. I went to the banks of the Yamuna River and there I saw one young lady, a devotee maiden, sitting there crying and crying. She was very, very unhappy. On her left hand side two old men were there, just lying there, very, very old and breathing heavily. This lady was serving them taking care of them, sometimes giving consolation, sometimes crying.

I also saw some sadhus and innumerable young maidens there. The sadhus and the young maidens were saying to the crying maiden, "Oh Devi, oh goddess, have patience, have patience, good fortune will come to you. Lord Krsna will definitely shower mercy on you." They were saying this again and again. I became amazed. I approached the maiden out of curiosity. Seeing me that young lady, who was sixteen years old, stood up and greeted me saying, "Oh sadhu, Narada Muni, you are a great sadhu, please stay here. Seeing you I feel some consolation, some solace in my heart. I hope you will definitely give me consolation and my distress will vanish, because when someone meets a sadhu, it is to be understood that good fortune has arisen for him. I think because a sadhu like you has come, some good fortune has come to me."

[ tatrapi durlabham manye
  vaikuntha-priya-darsanam

Even those who have achieved human life rarely gain the association of pure devotees, who are dear to the Lord of Vaikuntha. ]


End of Part 2; to be continued..
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:23:27 AM
Bhakti Devi and Her Two Sons

Narada said, "Oh Devi, O goddess, who are you? Why are these old men lying here? Why are these young ladies here? What is your tale of woe, please tell me?"
   
Then that young lady said, "I am Bhakti. I am celebrated by this name Bhakti Devi. These two old men are my sons, Jnana and Viragya, they have grown old, affected with old age." Mother is young, sons are old, it is the complete opposite. "All these ladies you see are all the holy tirthas headed by Ganga, Yamuna, etc. They have come here to serve me." They have come to serve the Goddess Bhakti. "Though I am served by them, still I have no happiness, I have no good fortune. I am very, very distressed and unhappy. Oh Narada Muni, please listen to my tale of woe. If I speak then I'll get some solace in my heart." Yes, if you speak your tale of woe to your friend then you will get some solace, yes.

Bhakti Devi continued, "My birthplace is Dravida bhumi, South India. I grew up in Karnataka and sometimes I stayed in Maharashtra [to the North] but when I went to Gujurat I became old. Kali reigns there in Gujurat, yes. Many pasandis reside there. They injure my body and I became old. My sons became old and morose lacking all vitality. They had no strength. So now I have come to Vrndavan. When I entered into Vrndavan I got back my youth. I am now young again, but my sons are not getting back their youth, they are still old.
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Bhakti Devi said: idam sthanam parityajya videsam gamyate maya, I want to leave this place to go to the Western countries, a foreign land, why I'll stay in this land? I am now young but my sons are old, therefore I am much distressed." Mother is young while her sons are old, have you seen this anywhere? It is completely opposite?

Narada Muni said, "This has happened to you but don't feel distressed. You are famous as Bhakti devi. Definitely Lord Hari will shower His mercy on you and you will find happiness."
   
Suta Goswami continued to narrate the story to the Rsis headed by Sanaka.

Narada Muni immediatley understood everything and said, "Oh Devi please hear from me. This is a very, very dreadful age now in Kali yuga, all sat-karma is completely destroyed and the yoga-marga, the path of yoga is completely lost. In Kali Yuga all are sinful persons: papis, cheaters and hypocrites. Their numbers are rampant, increasing and all of them are engaged in sinful activities as they are now all demons.

santo hy asmin su-duhkharta asanto hrsta-manasah
drsyate dhira-cittas tu pandito ’pi na ko ’pi ca
[Srimad-bhagavata-mahatmyam ch.1, vs.57]

In Kali yuga such pasandis are very happy, they are very happy, but those who are real sadhus are suffering.


End of Part 3; to be continued..
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:28:38 AM
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  The Burdon of Mother Earth

Narada Muni said, "Alright, please have patience, please have patience. Those who are patient are dhira, they are never bewildered, dhiras tatra na muhyati [BG 2.13]. The burden of the earth is increasing day by day in Kali yuga because her inhabitants are all demons. Demons are a great burden on the earth. Ananta deva who is carrying this earth is feeling her to be heavier and heavier. No auspiciousness is there in Kali Yuga, such a dreadful age.

No one is now taking care of your two sons, Jnana and Viragya. They are completely ignored in Kali yuga because the demons are very much attatched to sense gratification and material enjoyment. Who wants Jnana and Viragya? Therefore, you are distressed. This is good fortune that you have come to Vrndavan dhama. You have regained your youth because in Vrndavan only bhakti dances here. Bhakti Devi dances here in Vrndavan, but there are no customers in Vrndavan of Jnana and Viragya. We all want bhakti but no one wants Jnana and Viragya, therefore your two sons cannot get back their youth. They cannot give up their old age because there is no one who wants them. Nobody wants Jnana and Viragya in Vrndavan dhama. Still they have got some little happiness here, therefore they are sleeping. They are having a very sound sleep."

End of Part 4; to be continued
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:39:59 AM
The One Benefit of Kali Yuga

Bhakti Devi said, "Why didn't Pariksit Maharaja kill Kali? Why he didn't kill? Merciful Lord Hari is tolerating all these things now, how is He letting all these things happen? This is my doubt, please dispell my doubt."
 
Then Narada said, "Oh Devi, alright, I'll tell you. You please hear then all your doubts will be dispelled and you will get some solace if you hear this katha."

drsto dig-vijaye rajna dina-vac charanam gatah
na maya maraniyo ‘yam saranga iva sara-bhuk

yat phalam nasti tapasa na yogena samadhina
tat phalam labhate samyak kalau kesava-kirtanat
[Srimad-bhagavata-mahatmyam ch.1, vs. 66-67]

Narada Muni said, "When Pariksit Maharaja was wandering in the world, he saw Kali and was going to kill him but Kali took shelter and surrendered to him. This is the dharma of a ksatriya, if someone surrenders he will give him shelter and not kill him. Therefore, Pariksit Maharaja is a sadhu, so he is an ideal ksatriya. He therefore didn't kill Kali.

kaler dosa-nidhe rajan
asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya
mukta-sangah param vrajet
[SB 12.3.51]

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  "My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom."

But, though this Kali yuga is a horrible age, a most sinful, degraded age, so many evils are here like an unlimited ocean, still one good thing is here. If one chants Krsna-kirtan immediately you will be delivered. Such an opportunity is not available in any other yuga. What people achieved through tapasya, yoga-sadhana and samadhi of other yugas, people of Kali yuga will achieve only by doing Hari-kirtan, Krsna-kirtan. They will get all the same results. For this reason, Kali yuga is such a good age. Pariksit Maharaja understood all these things therefore he did not kill Kali. If he had killed Kali then this benefit of Kali Yuga would not have been available.


End of Part 5; to be continued
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:42:53 AM
The Nature of Kali Yuga

People in Kali yuga are engaged in all abominable activities, sinful activities. The essence of Bhagavata-katha is lost because all are non-devotees avaisnavas pandits. Their activities are selling the Bhagavata, utilising the Bhagavata as a mercantile commodity to earn money. Such 'pandits' are there in Vrndavan giving bhagavata-pravacan and earning money. Some also come to the Western world speaking Bhagavata-katha and earn millions of dollars.

There are no real brahmans in Kali yuga, kalau sudra sambhavah. All are sudras, only hypocrites going to every household speaking Bhagavata and earning money. Therefore the essence is lust. The people of Kali yuga are affected with lust, anger, delusion. Some demons undergo severe austerities and tapasya. The result of tapasya is only lust.

Those who are materialistic pandits, day and night, they are like dogs or hogs only enjoying sex. They are very expert in producing children. They are completely forgetful of their goal of life in Kali yuga. This is such a dreadful age and this is its nature. So who shall I blame, it is the nature of Kali yuga. Lotus eyed Lord Hari is tolerating everything.


End of Part 6; to be continued
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Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:43:58 AM
The Promise of Narada Muni

Then Bhakti Devi said, "O Devarsi Narada, you are glorified, very good fortune has come to me because you have come here and I met you. It is very rare to have the darshan of a sadhu."
 
Narada said,

baddhvanjalim tvaya prstam kim karomiti caikada
tvam tadajnapayat krsno mad-bhaktan posayeti ca
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 2, vs. 6]

"Oh Devi, one day you approached Lord Krsna with folded hands and asked Him what shall I do? At that time Krsna said, "You maintain my devotees." That order is there with you. It is Krsna's order. Krsna became very much pleased with you. So he gave mukti as your maid servant and gave Jnana and Viragya as your two sons."

anya-dharmams tiras-krtya puras-krtya mahotsavan
tada naham harer daso loke tvam na pravartaye
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam ch. 2, vs. 14]

Then Narada promised, "If I cannot establish bhakti, if I cannot establish you and instead only varnasramadi-dharma and other dharmas are there, I promise, I'll never go by this name of Hari dasa." Such a promise Narada Muni made to Bhakti Devi.

Sri Krsna is Submitted by Prema Bhakti

nrnam janma-sahasrena bhaktih su-krtinam bhavet
kalau bhaktih kalau bhaktir bhaktya krsnah purah-sthitah
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam ch. 2, vs. 19 ]

Those persons who have accumulated sufficient pious activities for thousands of births achieve bhakti because by execution of bhakti alone, one is able to situate himself in the abode of the supreme Lord Krishna.

manusyanam sahasresu
kascid yatati siddhaye
yatatam api siddhanam
kascin mam vetti tattvatah
[Bg. 7.3]

Out of thousands among men, one makes an endeavour for perfection. Those very few who reach perfection, hardly one may understand Me in tattva.

It's not an easy to endeavour for perfection in Kali yuga, it is very, very difficult. After thousands and thousands of years and thousands and thousands of births, one maybe attracted towards bhakti. But in Kali yuga only bhakti is there. There is no jnana, karma or yoga. Kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha, [Cc. Adi 17.21]. No other way is there, three times it is mentioned. Karma, jnana and yoga: these three are denied in Kali yuga, only bhakti is there.

Krsna only becomes submitted by prema-bhakti, ‘Bhaktye’ krsna vasa haya, [Cc Mad. 20.136]. Krsna appears before his pure devotee, a premi-bhakta, otherwise Krsna will never appear."


End of Part 7; to be continued
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:45:48 AM
Awakening of Jnana and Viragya

Then Narada tried his best to awaken Jnana and Viragya. In their ears he very loudly shouted, "O Jnana! O Viragya! Wake up! Wake up!" But they were not waking up. Seeing it was not possible to wake them by this means, Narada Muni then uttered the Upanisadas and then the Gita, again and again in their ears. He thereby tried his best to awaken them. They would just raise their heads a little and then fall back asleep: "Ahhh! Ahhh!" Nothing would awaken them.

They were very, very old and all their hairs had grown white like a crane. Their limbs were very, very weak, like dry wood. Seeing this, Narada Muni became very distressed and thoughtful. "What shall I do? I cannot see any means to awaken them. Why aren't they awakening from sleep? Why isn't their old age going away? Then as he remembered Bhagavan Govinda, one aerial voice came and spoke, "O Devarsi Narada, don't be distressed, don't be disappointed. Your endeavour must be fruitful, there is no doubt in it. Sadhus like you are the ornaments of the world. You go and meet some sadhus, they will tell you what is sat-karma. If you do that sat-karma, then Jnana and Viragya's old age will be reversed. They will wake up and become young again and Bhakti Devi will be blissful. Mother Bhakti will dance everywhere." The aerial voice spoke to Narada in this way.

Establishing Bhakti and the Sat-Karma for Kali Yuga

Narada Muni thought where are those sadhus who can tell me what is sat-karma? Narada Muni went to Badarikasrama and saw the four Kurmars. "O Devarsi Narada, you are glorified, you are the chief Hari Dasa and dear devotee of Krsna. Only you can establish bhakti. We will tell you what is sat-karma-sadhana. Please hear:

sat-karma sucako nunam jnana-yajnah smrto budhaih
srimad-bhagavatalapah sa tu gitah sukadibhih

bhakti-jnana-viraganam tad-ghosena balam mahat
brajisyati dvayoh kastam sukham bhakter bhavisyati
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 2, vs. 60-61]

The four Kumars said, "All pandits have said jnana and viragya are sat-karma. Jnana-karma is bhagavata-katha, the Bhagavata spoken by Sukadeva Goswami. If you do that sat-karma, bhagavata-katha, speak the Bhagavata [Srimad Bhagavatam] then Bhakti Devi's Jnana and Viragya will get strength. Bhakti Devi will be blissful and her sons will regain their youth and strength, yes. This is sat-karma.

pralayam hi gamisyanti srimad-bhagavata-dhvaneh
kali-dosaime sarve simha-sabdad vrka iva

jnana-vairagya-samyukta bhaktih prema-rasavaha
prati-geham prati-janam tatah kridam karisyati
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 2, vs. 62-63]

Hearing the roaring of a lion, a tiger becomes fearful and flees. Similarly in this Kali yuga if a pure devotees, a pure bhakta-bhagavata speaks bhagavata, then all the ills of Kali yuga will be destroyed. Jnana and Viragya along with Bhakti Devi will get their strength and there will be a flood of prema, yes. If this bhagavata-prema coming from bhagavata-katha will innundate every house then Bhakti Devi will be blissful and Jnana and Viragya will become young again."


End of Part 8; to be continued..
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:47:32 AM
Narada said, "I have already spoken the Upanisadas and the Gita in their ears, again and again, but they did not wake up. Why they didn't wake up since you are saying bhagavata-katha will do so? How is it possible? Bhagavata is the essence of all the Vedas, Vedanta, Upanisadas including the Gita. I spoke continuously in the ears of Jnana and Viragya and they still did not wake up. How they are not waking up? This is the essence of the Vedanta, Upanisadas.

The Kumars said, "Yes that's a fact. Bhagavata is the essence of all the Veda Vedanta, Upanisadas, but the Srimad Bhagavatam is their fruit, nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam, [SB 1.1.3]. This is the most ripened, sweetest nectarean juice of the Vedic tree. It is a product of the tree of Bhagavata. As for example, ghee is there in the milk, but if someone drinks milk, can he taste the ghee? If milk could be prepared into butter and all the water removed then ghee can be prepared. One can then taste the ghee in the milk.

cari-veda—'dadhi', bhagavata—'navanita'
mathilena suke, khailena pariksita
[CB. Mad 21.16]

"The four Vedas are like yogurt, and Srimad Bhagavatam is like the butter. Sukadeva Goswami churned the Veda to produce the Bhagavatam and Pariksit Maharaja relished this butter, the Srimad Bhagavatam."
Yogurt contains water but Sukadeva Goswami churned that yogurt so butter came out, then Pariksit Maharaja ate this butter. Similarly, as sugar is there in the sugar cane juice, it gives sweetness. When sugar cane juice is boiled and condensed to extract sugar then one can taste the sweetness in the sugar.

Similarly, in bhagavata-katha, this bhagavata is nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam, [SB 1.1.3]. It is the most ripened, sweetened, nectarian juicy fruit of the Vedic tree. If the fruit is collected from the Vedic tree then that is the Bhagavata. When Bhagavata is recited by a premi-bhakta then you can taste its sweetness.

yatra bhagavati varta tatra bhakty-adikam vrajet
katha-sabdam samakarnya tat trikam tarunayate
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 9]

Where bhagavata-katha is spoke by a premi-bhakta, where Bhagavata-patha pravacana is going on then Bhakti Devi, Jnana and Viragya run there, they run there. Hearing this bhagavata-katha they regain their youth and strength.

The Kurmaras said, "Hearing the glories of the Bhagavata, Mukti becames a maid servant. Mukti is the maid servant of Bhakti Devi. Where there is bhakti, then mukti becomes a maid servant.

This is the glory of the Srimad Bhagavatam, yes. Sadyo hrdy avarudhyate ’tra [SB 1.1.2] Sri Hari who is there in the heart immediately becomes bound up, yes. Such is the glory of Bhagavata. This is a daily activity. Therefore as one has daily activities; one eats food daily, take bath, passes stool, all these things are done daily, similarly, one should read and hear Srimad Bhagavatam daily. Not even one day should be missed. If you follow my instructions then all your miseries and sufferings will be gone, yes. You'll become a very handsome looking young man, no more old age, you will be youthful. Daily we should hear Srimad Bhagavatam.

The Kumaras said:

tavat samsara-cakre ‘smin bhramate ‘jnanatah puman
yavat karna-gata nasti suka-sastra-katha ksanam
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 27]

“As long as one has not heard Bhagavata-katha from the lips of Sukadeva Gosvami, he will never be free from the dense darkness of ignorance. He will remain covered by this ignorance, and continuously revolve in the cycle of birth and death.”

katha bhagavatasyapi nityam bhavati yad grhe
tad grham tirtha-rupam hi vasatam papa-nasanam

asva-medha-sahasrani vajapeya-satani ca
suka-sastra-kathayas ca kalam narhanti sodasim
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 29-30]

“Any home where bhagavata-katha is recited daily or any place where bhagavata-patha pravacana is going on then that house becomes tirtha, holy place. The sinful reactions of the residents of that house will be destroyed immediately. They receive the results of performing thousands of asvamedha-yajnas, horse sacrifices and one hundred vajapeya-yajnas, yes. Such a result they get. Not only this result but just one-sixteenth the benefit of hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam is as good as performing one thousand asvamedha-yajnas, horse sacrifices and one hundred vajapeya-yajnas."

tavat papani dehe ‘smin nivasanti tapodhanah
yavan na sruyate samyak srimad-bhagavatam naraih
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 31]

"O Narada Muni, tapodhanah, as long as human beings have not heard bhagavata-katha then all the sins will reside in their bodies."

slokardham sloka-padam va nityam bhagavatodbhavam
pathasva sva-mukhenaiva yadicchasi param gatim
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch.3, vs. 33]

If you really want to achieve the supreme perfection in your life, you should utter one Bhagavatam verse daily. That is why we write and recite the Bhagavatam sloka at the beginning of Srimad Bhagavatam class every morning. This is non-different from Krsna. If somebody utters half a verse or one fourth of a verse daily he gets param gatim, the supreme destination.

yas ca bhagavatam sastram vacayed arthato ‘nisam
janma-koti-krtam papam nasyante natra samsayah
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 37]

If someone speaks and explains one sloka of the Bhagavata daily, if he does bhagavata-pravacan, the sinful reactions that he may have accumulated for crores of lives will be destroyed. There is no doubt in it, yes. He is considered sukrtivan vyakti, a pious and fortunate person. If he explains, even utters half a verse, or a fourth of a verse he gets the results of performing rajasuya-yajna and asvamedha-yajna, the horse sacrifice and rajasuya sacrifice performed by great emperors.

anta-kale tu yenaiva sruyate suka-sastra-vak
pritya tasyaiva vaikuntham govindo ‘pi prayacchati
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 40]

"If a person who is dying, at the time of death hears bhagavata-katha that has come out from the lips of Sukadeva Gosvami, then Lord Govinda will be very much pleased with him and gives him a place in Vaikuntha-loka. Therefore this Vedic system is there in India, if somebody is about to die, people will recite the Bhagavata before him. Let him hear the Srimad Bhagavatam because he will go to Vaikuntha. This understanding is there in India. In the Western countries it is not there, but this is a fact."

dhik tam naram pasu-samam bhuvi bhara-rupam
evam vadanti divi deva-saroja-mukhyah
[Srimad Bhagavata-mahatmyam, ch. 3, vs. 43]

"He is the most unfortunate person who has not even drunk one drop of this amrta, nectar emanating from Bhagavata-katha. He is a great sinful person, and though he is living he is a dead body, jivan-mrtya. He is a great burdon on Mother Earth."

Therefore, O Narada Muni, you should perform this sat-karma, bhagavata-patha-pravacana. Make such arrangements. There are no rules or regulations for performing bhagavata-patha-pravacana. At any place, any time, one can speak bhagavata-katha. It is sravana-kirtan. So make arrangment for this sravana-kirtan of bhagavat-katha. This Bhagavata is saksad-dhari, is as good as Lord Hari and is the vani-avatara, the vani incarnation of Lord Krsna. By serving the Bhagavata, hearing Bhagavata, reading Bhagavata, seeing Bhagavata, no pap, sin will remain in the body of such a person.

Suta Goswami said, "Sanakadi, the four Kumaras in this way glorified the Bhagavatam."


End of Part 9; to be continued..
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on September 04, 2013, 11:50:14 AM
The Appearance of Bhakti Devi

Suta Goswami continued, "At that time a wonderful incident took place. Please listen, I am telling."

Immediately Bhakti Devi, assuming the form of a very young maiden with her two sons Jnana and Viragya appeared there. Her sons were no longer old but youthful. All of them were uttering, Krsna Govinda Hare Murare Madhu Kaitavare. They are uttering the name of Krsna Govinda Hari Murari, again and again. This is the wonderful incident that took place.

At that time, the munis were arguing amoung themselves how Bhakti Devi appeared here at Badarikasrama? The Kumars said, "Bhakti Devi has appeared with her two sons, Jnana and Viragya because of this Bhagavata-katha, glorifing the Bhagavata."

Then Bhakti Devi offered obeisances to the four Kumars. She said, "In this Kali yuga my limbs have been injured here but hearing the glories of bhagavata-katha from your mouth, O Sanat Kumar, I am nourished now. My full youthful body has returned and my two sons have also regained their youth. But where shall I stay now?"

Then the Kumar's said, "You are Bhakti Devi, you stay with the bhaktas, devotees, those who are dear devotees of Lord Hari. You maintain the bhaktas, thereby they can get prema, krsna-prema. Their bhava-roga, material diseases, janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi, [Bg. 13.9] will be completely gone. So this is your place. Please stay in the heart of such vaisnavas, that is your place, yes. Always you should stay, patiently, in the heart of such vaisnavas, bhaktas."


Concluded.

One may interchange Bhakti Devi to Jnana Devi or Varagya as well. Let the reader not to misled that this is only glorifying Bhakti. The essence is that one cannot be without the others, BHAKTI - VAIRAGYA - JNANA. They all are just ONE!

Bhagavan willing, i will also post the story of Atma Deva. yet another excellent story!

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 21, 2014, 11:25:52 AM
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O King! Living beings feel injured when subjected to physical sufferings or insults.
They also feel killed when threatened with physical death. This is due to their
identification with the physical body - the feeling of I am the body idea.

The Supreme who is the one without a second, who transcends Prakriti and is the
Soul and controller of everything, can have no particular identification with
anything or attachment to anybody.


Narada to Yudhishtira (VII, 1, 23-24)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 21, 2014, 11:53:48 AM
Was Hiranyakasipu a demon? If we are to truly ask for a better boon from God, then we cannot excel Hiranyakasipu. The boon he asked of Brahma is saakshtaat Aatma Saakshaatkaram. Let us see with insight not just the story alone. The moment Hiranyakasipu was granted boon, Prhlaada was born as his son, Prahlaada is the intellect, the light, the wisdom. The seed of the boon granted to Hiranyakasipu.

Hiranyakasipu's intense austerities and meditation amazed Brahma who appeared before him and shedding tears of joy, saluting him, Hiranyakasipu began to sing the following spontaneously -

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    When time had engulfed everything in darkness
at the end of the previous cosmic cycle, Thou,
the self-luminous consciousness,
again manifested it by Thy Light.

Thou creates preserves and destroys the manifested (universe)
with the three aspects - satva rajas and tamas
the highest being who infills everything

Salutations to the Primeval Seed, who has the knowledge
of the unity of existence and of the multiplicity as
established in the unity.


Salutations to him who comes into clear manifestation
as Prana, Indriyas, Mukhyaprana (Vital Energy)

Thou art the master and controller of all living and
non living beings. Thou art the master of their consciousness,
Life force, mind and senses.

Thou art the Great being that controls and directs matter,
external sense organs and the internal instrument of knowledge.


(VII, 3, 26-29)

Contd..
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 21, 2014, 12:19:34 PM
We may generally assume, Hiranyakasipu was a barbarian, uncivilised and so on but if we observe closely, we can see such a great Bhakta in Hiranyakasipu that gets hidden in the external life that is manifested through his body. Only a person of Bhakti and Jnaana can sing something so wonderful. Let us see further of his hymm to Brahma -

Thou art the one soul of all living beings,
the living and limitles one and the knower of all

Thou art the winkles Time, who, in the form of moments
and no longer measures, dost reduce the life span of all beings
and ultimately bring them to their death.

Though Thou art the creator of everything, Thou art not in the
least affected by Thy work of Thy creation

Unmodified Spirit, Lord of all, and beginingless and partless Being,
Thou vivifest all with life.

There is nothing what ever as cause and effect, as the moving
and the unmoving, that exists apart from Thee.

All knowledge, sacred (Vedas) and secular (arts) are Thy form.

Thou art the vat All- Comprehending Being who is beyond the Pradhaana (first)
who i described as Hiranagarbha - Golden egg who holds the whole universe in
seminal (seed) condition within himself.

Thy gross body is the universe, visible to the the eye, with which Thou enjoyest the
functions of the senes, prana and manas remaining at the same time
in Thy transcendental realm and as indweller in all, the eternal being.

He who pervades all this by His limitless and imperceptible presence, to that Being
having matter and spirit as His two powers -

My salutions!!


(VII, 3, 30 - 34)

Contd..
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 21, 2014, 04:11:14 PM
Thereafter, Hiranyakasipu lays forth the boon that he desires from Brahma -

1 - Grant that none of Thy creations shall be able to kill me

2 - It should be impossible to to kill me
      during night or day,
      on earth or in sky,
      by man or animal,
      by any wepon

3 - should not meet death from entities with life or without life
     from Devas or Asuras and serpants
     that no opponent will be able to face me in batle

4 - i be the emperor of all the worlds

5 - May i have the imperishable glory and splendor which Thou
     and the protecting Deities possess naturally, and which great men
     acquire by Tapas and Yoga!


(VII, 3, 35-38)



What an intelligent boon to ask! A person who just sang to Brahma a hymm that extols the highest wisdom, would he not know the essence of the kind of boon that he has asked for?

The very world prahlaad means delightl, bliss, showing or shining as brilliantly as the sun.

The very moment this boon was granted, prahlaad began to shine forth from within.

Finally, just as the Bramarakitra nyaya, what had to follow was the fruition of the boon given to Hiranyakasipu, is his recognition of hi Self. The esoteric representation of the Supreme Self in the form of Narasimha is so wonderful. Hiranyakasipu is stumped and the violent and killing of Hiranyakasipu by Narasimha is his coming to terms with truth painfully, what we call in modern terms a death experience. Thenceforth what only remained is "Prahlaad" alone, the Supreme Self!

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 25, 2014, 10:54:34 AM
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Whether it be in the enjoyments of heaven, the freedom of liberation,
or the sufferings of the purgatory, these great devotees of Mahavishnu 
see Him and Him alone, and are free from every kind of fear.


(VI, 17, 28)



Seeing God in everything

"There was a monastery in a certain place. The monks residing there went out
daily to beg their food. One day a monk, while out for his alms, saw a landlord
beating a man mercilessly. The compassionate monk stepped in and asked the
landlord to stop. But the landlord was filled with anger and turned his wrath against
the innocent monk. He beat the monk till he fell unconscious on the ground.
Someone reported the matter to the monastery. The monks ran to the spot and
found their brother lying there. Four or five of them carried him back and laid him
on a bed. He was still unconscious. The other monks sat around him sad at heart;
some were fanning him. Finally someone suggested that he should be given a little
milk to drink. When it was poured into his mouth he regained consciousness. He
opened his eyes and looked around. One of the monks said, 'Let us see whether he is
fully conscious and can recognize us.' Shouting into his ear, he said,
'Revered sir, who is giving you milk?' 'Brother,' replied the holy man in a low voice,
'He who beat me is now giving me milk.'

(Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 25, 2014, 11:05:40 AM
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What is important is that the mind is constantly fixed on Him.
It does not matter whether it is due to to antagonism or
friendliness, fear or love, lust or any other passion.
Through any of these, one should cease to be
aware of anything but Him.


(VII, 1, 25)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 25, 2014, 11:17:48 AM
The eternal path of virtue followed by men famous for their
holiness consists in their feeling sorrow for the sorrows
of others, and joy for their joys.


(VI, 10, 9)



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'The enlightened one laughs with those who joke,
and cries with those who grieve, all the time
being unaffected by the laughter and the grief'.


Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi

   Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je   
   [One who is a Vaishnav]           
   PeeD paraayi jaaNe re         
   [Knows the pain of others]         
   Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye 
   [Does good to others, esp. to those ones who are in misery]          
   Man abhimaan na aaNe re           
   [Does not let pride enter his mind]         
   Vaishnav...                 

   SakaL lok maan sahune vande           
   [A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the the entire world]         
   Nindaa na kare keni re           
   [Does not say bad things about anyone]         
   Vaach kaachh man nishchaL raakhe           
   [Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure]         
   Dhan-dhan janani teni re           
   [O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed (dhanya-dhanya)]                   
    Vaishnav...         

   Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi           
   [A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and
     avarice]
   Par-stree jene maat re           
   [Considers some one else's wife/daughter as his mother]         
   Jivha thaki asatya na bole           
   [The toungue may get tired, but will never speak lies]
   Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re           
   [Does not even touch someone else's property]         
   Vaishnav...         

   Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene           
   [A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments]         
   DriDh vairaagya jena man maan re           
   [Who has devoted himself to stauch detachment to worldly   
    pleasures]
   Ram naam shoon taaLi laagi           
   [Who has been edicted to the elixir coming be the name of
    Ram]
   SakaL tirath tena tan maan re           
   [For whom all the religious sites are in the mind]         
   Vaishnav...         

   VaN-lobhi ne kapaT-rahit chhe           
   [Who has no greed and deciet]         
   Kaam-krodh nivaarya re           
   [Who has renounced lust of all types and anger]
   BhaNe Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta           
   [The poet Narsi will like to see such a person]  
   KuL ekoter taarya re           
   [By who's virtue, the entire family gets salvation]
   Vaishnav...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIvCtJEispY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIvCtJEispY)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 25, 2014, 11:49:21 AM
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The Lord does not generally grant the riches and felicities
of the heavenly realm, or of the earth, or of the Rasaatala,
to his servants who have whole-hearted devotion to Him.
For where wealth is, there also thrive animosity, fear,
worry, pride, quarrels, grief and tiresome toil.


(VI, 11, 22)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 25, 2014, 12:09:12 PM
The ultimate cause of the success of the success and failure
of human effort is the Lord manifested as Time, within whose
net all the worlds and their lords function in absolute
subservience, like birds entangled in the the fowler's net.

The ignorant world without knowing the Lord functioning as Time,
on whom the powers of the senses, mind and body depend,
who manifests as energy, life, death and immorality, attributes
success and failure to themselves, identifying with the physical body.


(VI, 12, 9-10)

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By the law/will of the Creator, the fruits of actions are realized.
\How is action then supreme? It is not. It is inert

Upadesa Saaram, Bhagavan

              You have a right to perform your prescribed action, but you are not entitled
to the fruits of your action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results
your activities,and never be associated to not doing your duty.”

Gita, 2.47
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 07:19:40 AM
(http://krishna.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/plate21.jpg)

     



He from whom the creation, sustenance and dissolution of the universe take place; who is both the material and instrumental cause for it; who is omniscient; who is the only One having self mastery, being the one independent entity; who illumined the mind of Brahma with the Vedic revelation whose wisdom is the wonder of even the greatest of sages; in whom the worlds, the manifestion of three gunaas, subsist in reality without in the leat affecting HIm, just as the combinations of material elements life fire, water and earth subsist in their causes without changing their elemental nature; in whose light of consciousness there is no place for anything false - on that Truth Supreme we meditate.

(I, 1, 1)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 07:54:48 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pmk5-o17VIU/TrQOc2hvQZI/AAAAAAAAGfA/honR2LQ4HhE/s1600/krishna%2526kuselar.jpg)

By resorting to His name, be it even in a mood of
distress and helplessness, one entangled in the
cycle of births and deaths would at once get release;
for even the god of death is afraid of Him.


(I, 1, 14)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 10:09:22 AM
(http://www.salagram.net/Rupa-Sanatana-dhyan.jpg)

Krishna*, the friend of devotees, purifies the hearts of those
who take his name. He manifests in the hearts of those
who hear the accounts of His deeds, and erases all the
evil tendencies blocking their spiritual advancements.


(I, 2, 17)

* Jesus, Allah, Saints, Guru
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 10:17:28 AM
(http://www.radhanathswami.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/illusion-2.gif)

It is when Maya, the power of the Lord (which functions
as both Avidya and Vidya for binding and liberation)
is pleased to function as Vidya that the Jiva attains
to Supreme Enrichment, which is nothing but
abiding in his own glory as the Spirit, the
Pure Being-Consciousness-Bliss.


(I, 3, 34)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 10:29:40 AM






Just as an ignorant spectator is not able to recognize the actor behind
his make-up, so also no one, having a limited and perverted intelligence
depending on his skill in logic, can understand the mystery of the
creator's manifestations into countless names and forms.


   (http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Vol_07/01AUG09/images/01_SpiritualBlossoms/03_Chinna_Katha/drawing%20god/krishna1.jpg)

(http://saranaagathi.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/saranaagathi_to_divine.jpg)

   












It is only the man who is without duplicity and who serves the Lord of
limitless might continuously in love and submission, that comes to
realise Him in truth and in reality.


(I, 3, 37-38)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 10:42:06 AM
(http://www.telugudanam.co.in/samskruti/gods/SivuDu/Shiva_026.jpg)

   
















Knowledge, characterized by purity does not
shine with dazzling brilliance, if it is devoid of
the fervour of devotion to the Supreme Being.


(I, 5, 12)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 10:50:46 AM
(http://mythnosis.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/prahlad-locked-up-with-snake.jpg)

Has evil ever befallen him anywhere, who adores the lotus feet of Hari
neglecting his own duty, even if he dies at a stage when he is yet
unripe in his devotion, or falls from his sadhana?

On the other hand, what purpose has been achieved by those who fail
to worship God, through devotion to their duty??


(I, 5, 17)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 11:25:45 AM
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A wise man should endeavor only for that purposeful end which is not
obtainable even by wandering from the topmost planet [Brahmaloka]
down to the lowest planet [Paataala]* . As far as happiness derived
from sense enjoyment is concerned, it can be obtained automatically
in course of time, just as in course of time we obtain miseries as a
result of our past actions even though we do not desire them.


(I, 5, 18)

topmost planet [Brahmaloka] down to the lowest planet [Paataala]

(*worldly planes - happiness derived from mad ambitions,
obsessions with money and luxuries and perverted
happiness derived from crimes and commisions - nagaraj)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 11:37:46 AM
(http://www.asitis.com/gallery/images/46.jpg)

   






See how ingredients like ghee, which cause disease in men
when taken by themselves, do not do so when thet are
medicated with curative herbs. So also even though Karma
is a cause of bondage for man preoccupied with it, the same
karma, when dedicated to the Lord, becomes a potent power
to destroy all tendencies and takes him Godward. Whatever
work man erforms in dedication to, and for the pleasure of,
the Supreme Lord, such Karmagoes to generate  knowledge
(Jnana) combined with devotion (Bhakti).


(I, 1, 33-36)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 07:15:22 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6X3Nh8wJU-o/UAk7imTtrQI/AAAAAAAAAH4/BvDNvEyQKGs/s1600/Krishna_meets_gopis.jpg)

O Lord of all! Thou who indulgest in sportive actions
for the edification of Thy devotees! Art Thou going to
abandon u who are Thy friends and dependents?

Alas! Except Thy feet we have no strength to sustain
us against the anger and might of various royal houses
who entertain enmity towards us.


(I, 8, 37)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 07:24:22 PM
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O Lord! You are not only the Ruler and the Soul of the Universe
but the universe itself; kindly cut asunder the strong bond of
affection that binds me with my own people.


(I, 8, 41)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 26, 2014, 07:38:29 PM
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None can know the will of that Supreme Being.
Even the far-sighted Rishis who have tried their
best to fathom the divine mind, have always
recoiled from it in utter failure.


(I, 9, 16)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 06:54:15 AM
(http://what-buddha-said.net/Pics/Meditation_sun.o.jpg)

Just as the one sun appears variously as the
Light in the eyes of everyone, as though one,
He resides as if separately in the hearts of all
beings he has created. Rid of the delusion of
multitudes, may I now become one with that
unitary Being.


(I, 9, 43)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:17:45 AM
(http://wpaisle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Dew-Drop-on-Lotus-Leaf-520x346.jpg)

Herein lies the divinity of the almighty Lord that,
even though abiding in Prakriti, He never gets
tainted by the Gunas of Prakriti, just as a mind
that has taken refuge in Him is never contaminated
by the Gunas of Prakriti abiding in it.

(I, 11, 51)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:23:36 AM
Do not grieve over anyone. This world
is under the control of the Lord, and
all that happens is according to His will.


(I, 13, 39)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:26:50 AM
He, the Supreme Lord, to whom all this world
and its protecting powers offers worship always,
is He who brings people together and separates
them at His will.


(I, 13, 40)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:29:51 AM
To think that one can save or protect another
while one's own body, subject to the power of
Time, Karma, and Gunas, is decaying, is like a
person in the grip of a python thinking of saving another.


(I, 13, 45)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:32:55 AM
All this universe is the Lord's alone. He is the soul of all souls -
the self-revealing spirit, needing no other revealer.
He is what shines as the within and the without.
See how He has become the many by His
mysterious powers of Maya.


(I, 13, 47)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:42:31 AM
Just as a body, be it of a dear and near one,
becomes an object of repulsion when life is
out of it, so this world is a very unpleasant
place when it is even for a moment without
the presence of the Lord therein.


(I, 15, 6)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:51:30 AM
(http://www.namarupa.org/images/42monks.jpg)

A thorn is taken from the body with the aid
of another thorn, and after the work is done,
both are thrown away. So also the Lord assumed
a body for lightening the burden of the earth,
and having done it, He threw away His body also.
For the Lord, His body and bodies of others are alike.


(I, 15, 34)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 07:57:33 AM
Alas! the dull witted and short-sighted man
spends the brief span of his life in vain, half
in sleep at night, and the rest in vain actions
that have no reference to the Lord.


(I, 16, 9)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 27, 2014, 11:40:02 AM
Renunciation

A man of discriminating mind should seek only such material objects as are absolutely necessary for him to live a healthy life, and even in respect of that, he should be unattached and convinced of their ephemerality. And if that limited requirement is had otherwise  than through personal effort, he should leave it at that, knowing that further effort in such direction will only be waste of labour.

Why strain and struggle to get a bed, when there is mother earth to lie on?

Why seek a pillow to rest the head, when the arm is there to support it?

When you can eat and drink from your joined palms, where is the need for vessels and plates?

Why seek other clothes, when there are the quarters or bark clothes to cover your nakedness?

Have the roads become devoid of rags lying scattered here and there? Have trees, which bead the weight of their fruitage for the benefit of others, ceased to offer their Bhiksha of fruits of fruits to anchorites? Have all streams of water been dried up? Have the entrances of caves and caverns become barred? And has the unconquerable Lord ceased to give protection to those who seek shelter in Him? Why, then, should a spiritual aspirant become dependent on rich men infatuated with the evil pride of their wealth?


   (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kcm0qFjlxek/T5UK-elLfjI/AAAAAAAAKho/tqzL8utrurU/s1600/sanyasi.jpg)

In one's own heart He resides, the all-perfect and infinite Being, who is Truth and Love unalloyed. Seek Him with abiding faith in His truth, abandoning all worldly values. By that will ignorance, the cause of Samsara, be destroyed.

Seeing the whole world suffering in the hellish stream of Samsara, through the evil effects brutes will follow those false worldly values, abandoning the thought of the Supreme Being?


(II, 2, 3-7)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 28, 2014, 07:36:06 AM
















So long as man has not gained intense devotion to the Lord,
the master of all, the witness of everything - one should
meditate on the gross of the Lord, at the end of one's
obligatory rites, with great attention and sincerity.


(II, 2, 14)

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 28, 2014, 07:41:45 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/p480x480/401875_10151567368999631_56214610_n.jpg)

Restraining the mind with purified intellect,
dissolving that intellect in the I-sense,
the I-sense in the individual spirit, and
the individual spirit in the Universal Spirit,
the aspirant is established in Peace.
He has nothing to accomplish thereafter
by way of duties, sacred or secular.


(II, 2, 16)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 28, 2014, 07:55:13 AM
(http://www.indianetzone.com/photos_gallery/6/Chaitanya_19421.jpg)

The ultimate object of all worship is the generation
of unswerving devotion to the Supreme Being.
It leads to liberation, the highest destiny of man.
By association with holy men, devotion develops in an aspirant.


(II, 3, 11)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 28, 2014, 08:00:51 AM
(http://radhanathswamiyatras.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Lord-Caitanya-worships-Govardhan.jpg)

 















A Man has really lived only during those moments of his life
that have been spent in the thought of the Lord. Vain are
the lives of the rest, their life-span being merely food for
Time to swallow through its jaws of sunrise and sunset.


(II, 3, 17)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 28, 2014, 09:00:24 AM
(http://bhaktiart.net/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Visnu-Brahma-Aerial-thumb.jpg)

Your attainment of of My realm is because of I willed it.

That you were able to perform Tapas at my command,
was also the result of My will.


(II, 9, 21)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 28, 2014, 09:04:24 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p1z6efwdPNo/TlvJsFkwqzI/AAAAAAAABuU/QmYVUt90JP0/s1600/Lord_Brahma_1.jpg)

When you stood utterly confused as to
what you should do, it was I who directed
you to perform Tapas.

Tapas is the core of My being,
and the meaning of Tapas is Myself.


(II, 9, 22)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 28, 2014, 09:09:27 AM
By My blessing you shall have
that knowledge of My truth

what I am inherently,
what My manifestations,
my forms, attributes and
My activities are.


(II, 9, 31)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 09:21:18 AM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m643noi7mR1qdtzovo1_1280.jpg)

When the powers of the mind and body get
concentrated and absorbed in the Supreme Being,
who is the seer in all bodies, then all miseries felt
hitherto by one will cease, as in deep sleep.


(III, 7, 13)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 09:30:18 AM
He who has given absolutely to physical life and
do not think of anything higher, and those who
have gone beyond the mind, both these lead a
carefree life. But he who stands between the
two is full of misery.


(III, 7, 17)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 09:37:21 AM
O Supreme Being! I find nothing higher than this form of Thine,
which is changeless, and which is of unobstructed brilliance.
Thou art the one existence and the creator of all -
its instrumental cause and its material cause constituted of
elements, senses, and other cosmic categories. And yet
Thou art the Pure Spirit  in whom the world
manifestations makes no change.


(III, 9, 3)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 09:42:51 AM
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/1380950649_eyes.jpg)

   






O Thou ancient Being! O Lord of infinite mercy!
May Thou, with eyes like a lotus in blossom and
a smile brimming with mercy and love, arise from
Thy serpant-bed for the good of the worlds and
dispel our ignorance by Thy sweet words of
supreme wisdom


(III, 9, 25)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 09:51:32 AM
(http://www.dollsofindia.com/images/products/vishnu-pictures/lord-vishnu-saves-gajendra-QB96_l.jpg)

To those who worship with intense
and motiveless devotion,

He reveals Himself of His own accord.
There is no blessing higher than that!


(III, 13, 49)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 10:09:55 AM
They, indeed, are casualities of the blinding power of Lord's Maya,
who fail to cultivate devotion to the Lord even after having got
this human birth, wherein Dharma and Jnana can be achieved.
Even I and other divinities long to get this opportunity of a
human birth.


(III, 15, 24)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 03:59:51 PM
















If Thou dost not, O Lord! protect by Thy sweet
words and favourable actions, the lives that
preserve the holy traditions, and the paths of
spiritual fulfillment laid down by Thyself in
the Vedas would go out of vogue and be forgotten.


(III, 16, 23)

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 04:13:36 PM
(http://www.maavaishnavi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Lord-Vishnu-as-Varaha-Avatar1.jpg)

   








O Lord! Do not play with this asura like a child playing
with a snake, pulling its tail. He possesses many
hallucinogenic powers. He is overweening in pride,
unprincipled and evil-minded.

O Lord! it behoves Thee to kill this monster of sin by
Thy prowessbefore the onset of night, which is the
favorable time for the asuras when their power
is augmented.,


(III, 19, 24-25)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 05:47:16 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Arjuna_meets_Krishna_at_Prabhasakshetra.jpg)

I, therefore, bow down again and again to Thee,
who art ready to be pleased even by little striving
on the part of man and to shower on him all that he seek.


(III, 21, 21)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 05:53:17 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O-PzkKdAJjw/Tk5WbvjOCiI/AAAAAAAAA9E/VlpBCFrMY1M/s1600/AbhayaHasta.gif)

   




Know for certain that concentrated and whole-hearted
prayer to Me will never go unanswered. It is even more
certain that it will not be vain in the case of great devotees.


(III, 21, 24)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 06:04:27 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WOC3GeACQH0/UZ9QHCLB3SI/AAAAAAAABsA/fFDlj2r6VqA/s1600/Maras+daughters.jpg)

   









Although he was living in the midst of every form of sensuous
attraction that Yogamaya can offer, they could not tempt him into
worldliness, because he held the Lord in mind always. As he spent
much of his time in hearing about the excellences of the Lord,
reciting hymns of praise, meditating and worshiping, not a minute
of his reign on earth was spent in vain.


(III, 23, 34-35)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 06:15:19 PM
(http://www.chakra.org/living/Govardhana-lila_2.jpg)

How can a devotee who has taken shelter at His feet
be overcome by any of the affections relating to the
body or mind, by his environment or enemies,
or by variations of temperature.


(III, 23, 37)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 07:01:05 PM
(http://niravjani.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/adhik-maas.jpg)

   





O Lord! It befits Thee now to efface from me this
infatuation caused by the sense of identification
with the body, which makes me feel 'I am this body',
'This body is mine' - an infatuation Thou Thyself hast
imposed on all living beings.


(III, 25, 10)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 29, 2014, 07:09:45 PM
(http://claudinedu11200.c.l.pic.centerblog.net/96f4136d.jpg)

   










A holy man is one who is patient in all circumstances,
who is full of fellow feeling, who is the friend of all,
who looks upon none a enemy, who is overflowing
with peace, who has virtue alone as his ornament,
and who has a deep-rooted love for Me, characterised
by a sense of inseparable intimacy. He works solely for
My sake and abandons all dependence on relatives and
clansmen.


(III, 25, 21-22)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 30, 2014, 06:27:30 AM
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LQIpwhN68zc/UtjTP9E-CSI/AAAAAAAAEmU/CFrWm1buiLs/w500/mirabai1.jpg)

   




When all the powers of man's senses, which are ordinarily frittered away through external contacts, are purified through devotional practices and dedicated action, and they get naturally focused on Iswara exclusively, without any extraneous and self-centered motivation, and with a firmness which no obstruction can overpower  that state of mind is called Bhakti, or highest form of devotion for the Lord. Such devotion burns up the covering of ignorance in a person just as fire burns up objects put into it.

Some endowed with such Bhakti do not aspire for Moksha or even oneness with my Being; for their delight consists in serving Me and in working out My will. They therefore congregate together and honour Me by adoration and participation in My works.


(III, 25, 38)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 30, 2014, 06:32:40 AM
(http://www.handcraft.co.in/411-688/ganesha-with-shivling.jpg)

Man attains to the highest he can in life when he
gains one-pointed and unswerving devotion to Me,
and when his mind becomes unperturbed by anything
because of his total self-surrender to me.


(III, 25, 44)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 30, 2014, 07:46:16 AM
The Purusha is the beginning-less Atman. He is not constituted
of the dispositions (Gunas of prakriti), but it is distinct from and
superior to Prakriti. While he reveals everything in its distinctiveness,
he himself is self-revealing, requiring no other revealer. He has
brought the forces of evolution together and set them in motion.


(III, 26, 3)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 30, 2014, 08:31:22 AM
It is this feeling of doership which binds him to actions, although, he is in reality only the action-less, free, blissful and uninvolved witness (of the moments of prakriti) and therefore a non-doer. And it is this bondage through action which makes him helpless (in the matter of pleasurable and painful experiences), although he is independent, and subjects him to repeated births and deaths even though he is blissful by nature.

The knowers of Truth recognise Prakriti as responsible for the identification of the soul with body, with the senses and mind as well as with the agents (Objects of senses). As for the experience of pleasure and pain they hold the Purusha to be responsible, although, as a matter of fact, he is beyond prakriti.


(III, 26, 7-8)


….If you surrender yourself to the Higher Power all is well. That power sees your affairs through. Only so long as you think that you are the worker you are obliged to reap the fruits of your actions. If on the other hand, you surrender yourself and recognise your individual self as only a tool of the Higher Power, that Higher Power will take over your affairs along with the fruits of actions. You are no longer affected by them and the work goes on unhampered. Whether you recognize the Power or not the scheme of things does not alter. Only there is a change of outlook. Why should you bear your load on the head when you are traveling in a train ? It carries you and your load whether the load is on your head or on the floor of the train. You are not lessening the burden of the train by keeping it on your head but only straining yourself unnecessarily. Similar is the sense of doership in the world by the individuals.

~Bhagavan
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 30, 2014, 08:43:44 AM
(http://files.krishna.com/en/images/threeformsonegod1.jpg)

   
Ahankara, which is diversified into Mind, Senses
and the elements, has, as its presiding Deity,
the Lord's Emanation with a thousand heads (anata).

He is not to be considered as separate from
the infinite Supreme Being Himself.


(III, 26, 25)



The mind turned inward is the Self; turned outward
it becomes the ego and all the world. The mind does
not exist apart from the Self, i.e., it has no independent
existence. The Self exists without the mind, never the mind
without the Self.

~ Bhagavan
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 30, 2014, 09:03:24 AM
(http://www.netanimations.net/full-moon-reflection-in-rippling-water.gif)

Just as the sun, though seen reflected in water,
remains unaffected by the attributes of water,
so the Spirit, though abiding in a material body,
remains unaffected by its pleasurable and painful
experiences, being devoid of attributes and
doership and, therefor, free from change.


(III, 27, 1)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:26:21 AM











To gain liberation, the mind has to be slowly drawn away
from this involvement with Prakriti and it evolutes
(objects of senses) and united with the Supreme Being
through the practice of devotion to Him and the cultivation
of an extreme repugnance to the objects of senses.


(III, 27, 5)

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:44:08 AM
Disciplines

The discipline of Yoga, consisting in the practice of inward concentration along with the control of senses  and the mind, has to be practiced with absolute faith in the spiritual destiny of man.

  • One should have genuine devotion to Me and practice the discipline of devout listening to accounts of My deeds and excellences.
  • Equal sympathy and love for all.
  • Abstinence from the exploitation of others.
  • Non-attachment, Continence, Silence.
  • Discharge of duties conscientiously.
  • Satisfaction with one's legitimate income.
  • Moderation in eating.
  • Devotional retreats in solitude.
  • Friendliness to all, Calmness of disposition, Kindness, Self control.
  • Absence of attachment to one's body and to one's kith and kin.
  • Reflection on the distinction between Purusha and Prakriti.
These are some of the disciplines to be followed.

(III, 27, 6-9)

 


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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 07:49:47 AM
Disciplines

The oppressive bondage of the Purusha by the Prakriti(body-mind) can be destroyed by Sadhana, with the help of body-mind itself.

As a fire lit with the help of fuel destroys that very fuel, so spiritual discipline practiced with the help of the body-mind gradually destroys that very body-mind, the product of Prakriti, by which the Purusha is held in bondage. Some of these disciplines may be cited as follows:


(III, 28, 21-23)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 07:58:08 AM
(http://www.enjoyingindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/jeanies-flower-boat5.jpg)

The Jiva who has experienced the joys and sorrows
provided by Prakriti, has abandoned them as
utterly worthless, and has established himself
in the glory of the Supreme Being,
is never again obsessed  by Prakriti.


(III, 28, 24)
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Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 08:03:04 AM
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The dreams experienced by a sleeping person can cause
him much unpleasantness. But when he is awakened,
they trouble him no more. In the same way Prakriti
cannot harm persons who have known the Truth
regarding the unaffected Atman and whose mind
is always united with Me and delight in Me,
the Supreme Spirit.


(III, 28, 25)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 04:42:47 PM
Disciplines for Self Purification

  • An aspirant must abstain from evil ways and perform all his duties in a spirit of dedication to the Lord.
     
  • He must serve holy men and feel happy with what he happens to posses.
     
  • He must shun the ways of the world-lings and develop a deep interest in the ways that lead to spiritual realisation.
     
  • He should eat only moderately and what is conducive to the health of the body and purity of the mind.
     
  • He should develop a love for solitude and should periodically spend time in solitary places.
     
  • He must abstain from injuring others, exploiting others, talking too much, accumulating property, and indulgence in sexual thoughts, words or deeds.
     
  • He must be devoted to truth, cleanliness, austerity, scriptural study, and the worship of the Divine.
     
  • He must be moderate in speech, practice of a steady posture of the body suitable for spiritual practice, gradually learn to control the mind, and withdraw the senses from their objects to the heart.
     
  • He must contemplate the excellences and glorious deeds of the Lord, which will generate peace and joy in the mind.
     

 







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By these are other means, the mind, which is beset with evil tendencies and is naturally inclined to yield to instinctive urges, should be brought under control and directed along the spiritual path.

When the aspirant's mind is free from outward going tendencies and is well-controlled and peadceful, he should meditate on the form of the Lord.


(III, 28, 2-7, 12)
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Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 04:47:36 PM
                 










He may be meditated upon as standing, moving, seated
in any attractive posture, or as the Light of Consciousness
filling the heart. Whatever the form, the mind must be full
of devotion and be free from all worldly desires.


(III, 28, 19)

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 05:01:39 PM
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His compassionate smile is potent enough
to dry up the ocean of butter tears shed
by creatures who have taken refuge in Him.


(III, 28, 32)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 05:11:52 PM
(http://news.iskcon.org/media/imgvers/Monk_slideshow.jpg)

Just as a flame gets extinguished when the oil, its sustenance,
is exhausted, the mind is extinguished in the Lord, when
renunciation deprives it of the sense enjoyments that
form its support. Then, being liberated from the current
of the Gunas of Prakriti, the Jiva has a direct and unobstructed
perception of the Supreme Being, who is the One without a second.


(III, 28, 35)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:15:48 PM
(http://www.prahlad.org/gallery/rbks007p.jpg)

Liberated for ever from the hold of the ignorance-tainted mind,
the Jiva is established in the transcendent glory of the Spirit,
which is beyond the relative joys and sorrows of this world.
Thus having attained to this spiritual experience, he discovers
that the cause of joy and sorrow lies in the ego-sense that
arises from the mistaken identification of oneself with the
impermanent body-mind combination born of Prakriti.


(III, 28, 36)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:23:26 PM
(http://i541.photobucket.com/albums/gg368/Birdtakrut/life-of-buddha-12.jpg)

The body, which is subject to Karma, will continue to live so long as
the Prarabdha that has brought it into existence lasts. But one who
has attained to the state of Samadhi and awakened to the Truth,
will not identifies oneself with the body and the world of which it is
a part, just as one who has awakened from a dream no longer
identifies himself with the actor in the dream.


(III, 28, 38)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:27:09 PM
Just as all objects in the world are seen in their substantial
nature as one with their material elements, so the same
Atman should be seen as exiting in all beings, and all
beings as subsisting in the same Atman. Such is the
wisdom of the man of enlightenment.


(III, 28, 42)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:30:06 PM
Just as the one fire manifests as many according
to the difference of the fuel in which it manifests,
so also the one Supreme Spirit abiding in Prakriti
manifests differently as innumerable centres of consciousness.


(III, 28, 43)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:36:07 PM
If a man disregards and persecutes fellow beings,
but worships Me in images with numerous ritual
and rich offerings, I am not at all pleased with
him for proffering such worship.


(III, 29, 24)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:39:45 PM
A man should, however, worship Me in images,
side by side with discharging his duties, which
include the love of all beings, until he actually
realises My presence in himself and in all beings.


(III, 29, 25)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 06:45:20 PM
(http://antaryamin.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/l_6552324c447f47a88e68dc9577015a251.jpg)

It is a particle of the Lord that dwells in all beings as the
Jiva. Knowing this, one should salute all beings mentally.


(III, 29, 34)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 07:01:58 PM














Man, with his mind infatuated and undiscriminating,
considers house, lands, wealth and other possessions
associated with his physical life as permanent assets,
forgetting that his body is itself the most impermanent
of things.


(III, 30, 3)

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on January 31, 2014, 07:09:41 PM
(http://serendipityproject.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/a-shadow-draped-for-worldly-life-1932-33.jpg)

A man, preoccupied with his household, considers
himself extremely happy to be engrossed in, and
attracted by, the bewitchment of voluptuous
women in privacy and by the indistinct speech
of infants, and tirelessly engages himself in the
painful and crooked practices that have to be
adopted for the preservation and advancement
of his worldly interest.


(III, 30, 8-9)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 01, 2014, 10:16:17 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BcHItiD9ElI/UVOTiUz9sII/AAAAAAAAIlY/NL6EsL9UIFQ/s1600/chaitanya-mahaprabhu-bhao-mahaprabhu-jayanti.jpg)

For a humble Jiva in entanglement that I am,
I can offer nothing in return except
my repeated salutations.


(III, 31, 18.5)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 01, 2014, 10:19:23 AM
The body is in itself the cause of misery, yet to support it
men perform still more actions and thus compound their
environment in this cycle of birth and death.


(III, 31, 31)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 01, 2014, 10:26:03 AM
(http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/editorials/08-13/lcm3.jpg)

The complete detachment and non-affectedness
in the midst of this world manifestation, is the
one goal that all spiritual disciplines have in view.


(III, 32, 27)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 01, 2014, 10:38:33 AM
Stages of Spiritual Development

There are three stages of spiritual growth.


All these aspirants worship and ultimately reach.

(III, 32, 34-36)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 01, 2014, 10:57:45 AM







By an unbroken flow of love towards Him, by the practice of intense dispassion, by the observance of strict discipline in eating and other matters of daily life, by acquiring knowledge on spiritual matters; by the experience of the All-inclusive Being with its veil of Maya, which is removed by constant contemplation of Him with a pure mind; by the elimination of individuality that is attained through the fixing of the mind on Bhagavan, who is none else but Brahman and who is the support of the Jiva - by means of such disciplines she (Devahuti) attained to Supreme peace, having removed all the obstacles to the dawn of this Knowledge.

(III, 33, 24-26)

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 09:08:09 AM
Great men show extreme tolerance and never an
attitude of vengeance, towards the mistakes
committed by person whose minds have been
stricken by the Lord's Maya with a divisive
outlook and the infatuation arising from it.


(IV, 7, 48)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 10:19:30 AM
(http://www.liberidileggere.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ramana_maharshi-700x600.jpg)

You are not affected by the Lord's mysterious power of Maya,
and are all-knowing. So, O Lord, it behoves you to bless those
on whom the infatuation of Maya acts and whose thoughts are
guided by the tendencies of the Karma they have acquired in the past.


(IV, 7, 49)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 10:24:01 AM
(http://img.appk.co/2012/0802/rudram-lite-13_6c19e.png)

I never take a really serious view of the
transgressions of Jivas who are under
the deluding influences of the Lord's Maya.


(IV, 7, 2)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 10:36:17 AM
(http://www.hindutempleofscotland.com/lingam2.jpg)

O Lord! O Dear one! Bless us who contemplate Thee
with unswerving devotion! For we feel the need of the
support of Thy blessing to succeed in our efforts.


(IV, 7, 38)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 02:41:58 PM
Seek within yourself that very Being, who is the
support of the fleeting universe, and whose presence
is felt in hearts that are free from all passions like anger.


(IV, 12, 29)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 02:48:49 PM
Just as one controls a disease with a powerful drug,
one can overcome anger, the enemy of all the higher
spiritual developments, by repeatedly hearing and
thinking about the truth of the Atman.


(IV, 12, 31)



Kulasekara Alwaar sings in his Mukunda Mala -

vyAmOha-praSamaushadham muni-manO-vRtti-pravRttyaushadham
 daityEndrArti-karaushadham tri-jagatAm sanjIvanaikaushadham |
bhaktAtyanta-hitaushadham bhava-bhaya-pradhvamsanaikaushadham
 SrEya: prApti-karaushadham piba manaS SrI-kRshNa-divyaushadham || 24

  kulaSEkharar describes the SrI-kRshNa principle as the medicine for curing
all the ills of the world and for destroying all the evil forces. He asks us
to drink that beneficial medicine and to get well.

With us in mind, the AzhvAr is talking to his own mind and tells it to drink
the divine medicine known as SrI kRshNa. Its benefits are as follows:

  . vyamOha praSama aushadham
      It is a medicine that removes the delusions caused by chasing
      material and non-spiritual things.

  . muni mana: vRtti pravRtti aushadham
      It is a medicine that has the power to turn the minds of the sages
      towards SrI kRshNa ie. it can make them fall in love with SrI kRshNa.

  . daitya indra Arti kara aushadham
      It is a medicine that can cause endless headache and panic to the
      chieftains of asura-s like kAlanEmi.

  . tri-jagatAm sanjIvana Eka aushadham
      It is a medicine essential for rejuvenating the inhabitants of all
      the three worlds.

  . bhaktA: atyanta hita aushadham
      It is a medicine that performs wonders and confers benedictions to the
      devotees of the Lord.

  . bhava bhaya pradhvamsana Eka aushadham
      It is a medicine that banishes the fears of samsAra

  . SrEya: prApti kara aushadham
      It is a key medicine that confers auspiciousness and happiness
      for its partakers.

Such a divine medicine is nothing other than the SrI-kRshNa-mantram and
kulaSEkharar tell his mind (and ours) it should drink the SrI-kRshNa-mantram.
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 02:52:24 PM
(http://krishna.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/hearing_about_krishna.jpg)

A man who possesses discrimination and
aspires to freedom from fear should not
become a slave to anger, for his anger
will evoke agitation and fear in other.


(IV, 12, 32)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 02:56:44 PM

To be free from Samsara, worship the Lord as the Soul of all
and as the all-inclusive form, as one worthy of worship by all,
who is one with His Atma-Maya, His Power, in both activity and rest.


(IV, 12, 6)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 03:35:02 PM
(http://www.innerdirections.org/wp-content/uploads/images/krishna_prem.png)

   





The Atman is different from the body. For the Atman is one,
pure, self-conscious, non-material, the ground of matter and
its modifications, the all-pervading, without any covering,
the witness, and the selfless Self.

He who understands this Atman to be the Essence in himself,
does not become attached to the modification called matter,
though he may dwell in the physical body, for he is established in Me.


(IV, 20, 7-8)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 03:42:29 PM
Whoever realises the changeless and unattached spirit
within as the witness of the body, organ of knowledge
and organs of action, he attains to the highest good.


(IV, 20, 11)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 02, 2014, 03:45:56 PM
(http://radhakripa.com/assets/galleries/mahaprabhu/phoca_thumb_l_C17_Rupa_Sanatan.jpg)

Those who are attached to Me and
not to the body remain unperturbed
in prosperity and adversity,


(IV, 20, 12)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 08:37:21 AM
(http://cms.boloji.com/articlephotos/Meeting%20the%20Guru.jpg)

O Lord! The whole world is stricken by Thy Maya.
Else why should all stupidly run after petty enjoyments,
rejecting Thee, the essence of Truth? Just as a father
protects a son unasked, it is meet that Thou dost
protect us, as Thou alone knowest what is good for us.


(IV, 20, 31)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 08:43:13 AM
O honoured ones! It is certain that there is a
Supreme Being who determine the destinies
of all beings.


(IV, 21, 27)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 08:48:27 AM
The thirst and taste for His service washes away
the dirt of evil tendencies from aspirant, which
they have acquired in the course of innumerable
past births, just like the sanctifying waters of
the holy Ganga streaming forth from His toe.


(IV, 21, 31)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 09:04:10 AM
There is no more involvement in the miseries of Samsara for one
whose mental impurities have all been cleansed, who is endowed
with the strength that is born of knowledge and supported by
detachment, and who has made the Lord's feet his abode.


(IV, 21, 32)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 09:18:14 AM
O honoured ones! Can there be any happiness
for householders who, mistaking sense-objects
to be the supreme good of man, have fallen,
under the vortex of Samsara, which is nothing
but a bale of sorrows!


(IV, 22, 13)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 10:56:19 AM
(http://www.hindugodwallpaper.com/images/gods/zoom/533_Om%20Wallpaper.jpg)

The Supreme Being, who is specially, manifest in
spiritually illumined ones and who is the immanent
spirit in all, verilyk goes about as an enlightened
teacher in order to bless all His devotees,
You verily, are such embodiments of the Divine.


(IV, 22, 16)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 11:02:44 AM
(http://youthforumbijapur.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/sk30.jpg)

   










You have in you that rare attainment, the feeling of attraction and delight in hearing and describing the excellences of the Lord, 'Slayer of Madhu'. This delight, if firmly and constantly established in a devotee, easily dispel lust, a mental impuriyu that is otherwise difficult to overcome.

(IV, 22, 20)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:12:46 PM
One who wants to cultivate devotion should eschew the company
of men whose only interest is in sensuous enjoyments and also
avoid the objects and places that are pleasing to such people.
When there is no convenience to listen to the recitals of Lord's
excellences, one should engage in philosophical reflection or
resort to some solitary place.


(IV, 22, 23)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:18:00 PM
The aspirant whose mind has thus been burnt up (by spiritual practices),
and is thereby freed from the limitations imposed on it, sees no longer an
inside and an outside for the Self. It is the mind that acts as a barrier in
the Self, causing the distinction of the subject and the object. The state
of one in whom this divisive factor has been obliterated, is like that of
one awakened from a dream.


(IV, 22, 27)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:21:12 PM
It is only when there is the medium of the mind that one feels,
through that medium, the distinction between the object,
the subject, the instruments and the like.


(IV, 22, 28)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:24:28 PM
The mind of a man who is captivated by external objects,
loses its discriminative faculty, even as the water in a
lake is dried up by the reeds on its margin.


(IV, 22, 30)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:27:04 PM
If thought is weakened or distorted, the sense of
the continuity of events is lost. If that is lost,
intelligence is forfeited. If intelligence is lost,
man is as good as having attained to self-destruction.


(IV, 22, 31)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:29:59 PM
By a continued preoccupation with wealth and sex, man misses
the real human fulfillment. For, an unending preoccupation with
these things deprives him of spiritual knowledge and experience,
and he is gradually reduced to the state of trees and other vegetation.


(IV, 22, 33)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:34:36 PM
Of these four ends (Dharma, Artha, Kaama, Moksha),
Moksha alone is accepted as the really stable value to
be sought; for the other three are subject to the
destructive forces of Time.


(IV, 2, 35)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:47:31 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Ramana_3_sw.jpg)

In the hearts of all beings, who, as it were, from a
cluster of body, mind, senses, Prana, Buddhi and
Ahankara, the Lord shines as the Master, a real
Presence, the Indweller. Know yourself to be a
part and parcel of Him.


(IV, 22, 37)

(http://www.arunachala.org/newsletters/2009/images/interior-of-the-heart.jpg)

hrdaya-kuhara-madhye kevalam brahma-matram
hyaham-aham-iti saksad-atma-rupena bhati
hrdi visa manasa svam cinvata majjata va
pavana-calana-rodhad-atma-nistho bhava tvam.

In the center of the heart-cave Brahman alone shines
in the form of the Self with immediacy as 'I-I'. Enter
into the heart by diving deep, with the mind investigating
itself, or with control of the movement of the breath
and abide in the Self.

This sloka arose in the following circumstances: In 1915, the Maharshi spent the rainy season at Skandasramam. One day Jagadeesa Sastry, sat with a paper in his hand which the Maharshi noticed and enquired about. Sastry said "I have commenced writing a sloka. I could compose only the first phrase but could not go any further' Bhagavan took up the paper containing the phrase "Hridaya kuhara madhye' (In the interior of the Heart cave). Thereupon he completed the sloka.

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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 06:59:16 PM
(http://dtxtq4w60xqpw.cloudfront.net/sites/all/files/photocontest/sadhu.jpg)

What the holy man eats is his own food,
what he wears is his own cloth,
what he gives is his own wealth.
He is the owner of everything.
But the food that the others eat is
only what the holy man gives them as a gift.


(IV, 22, 46)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 07:13:09 PM
(http://www.nakkheeran.in/UltimateEditorInclude/UserFiles/omm/2013/dec/margali-month1.jpg)

I consider not the attainment of heaven,
or even of liberation - not to speak of
worldly attainments - as comparable with
the blessing of contacting a real devotee
of the Lord even for a moment.


(IV, 24, 57)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 07:59:54 PM
By the practice of devotion to Thee, the sages attain
to a state where the mind is neither drawn to, nor
agitated by, external objects; nor is it overcome
by dullness and sleep but stays in itself perfectly
still and awake. In such a state of mind the sage
intuits the Truth.


(IV, 24, 59)

(http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/photos/restored_photos/full/jh_041.jpg)

சும்மா இரு
summa iru
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 03, 2014, 08:13:45 PM
A man wandering aimlessly along the ways of Samsara
and attached to the evils of the domestic life, considers
his sons, wife, wealth, etc. as the be-all and end-all
of his life. He knows of nothing higher.


(IV, 25, 6)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 07:39:49 AM
(http://bhavanajagat.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/adi-shankaracharya.jpg)

Just as in dream the one self is both the dream-self and
the dream-world, and yet remains distinct from it, in the
same way he recognised all the modifications of consciousness
in the waking state, such as the seeing subject and the world of
objects around, to be of the one Spirit, who in spite of all these
modifications, remains absolutely aloof and unaffected by them.


(IV, 28, 40)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 08:10:53 AM
Just as a dog travelling from house to house sometimes
receives a beating and sometimes food, the Jiva, who is
enslaved by desires, goes to high, middle and low worlds
according to his Karma and attains to joy and sorrow accordingly.


(IV, 29, 30-31)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 08:14:30 AM
(http://now.tufts.edu/sites/default/files/120611_secrets_burden_L.JPG)

All attempts to get over sufferings are like
a man carrying a load on his head and
shifting it on to his shoulder for relief.


(IV, 29, 33)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 08:25:02 AM
No Karma can permanently efface the joys and sufferings
resulting from Karma. For the original Karma and its
countering Karma are both the products of Avidya like
a dream that occurs in the midst of another dream.

(IV, 29, 34)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 08:31:08 AM
(http://drawception.com/pub/panels/2012/5-15/2dxxLkeZ3x-4.png)

A dreaming man, walking with his dream body, feels
he has got exhausted by the walk, though in fact there
is no exhaustion. Still until the dream is over, his feeling
of exhaustion will persist. In the same way it is only the
awakening of knowledge that can dispel all sorrow


(IV, 29, 34)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 08:45:06 AM
(http://gaudiyahistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Gaura-Kishora-Dasa-Babaji-Maharaja-22.jpg)

Just as ignorance brings the misery of Samara
upon the Atman, who is blissful by nature, so
the single-minded devotion to the Supreme
Teacher, the Lord, will erase the Jiva's
ignorance and save him from Samsara.


(IV, 29, 36)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 09:22:36 AM
(http://i33.tinypic.com/5mikrb.jpg)

Sri Hari is the soul of all Jivas; He is the master
of Himself and the Lord of all. His feet are a
shelter for all beings. There alone can man
be happy and secure.


(IV, 29, 36)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 09:39:53 AM
(http://www.solonpartners.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/wolf3.jpg)

   Imagine a buck deer, accompanied by its female, moving about in a garden, absorbed in eating the tender grass and leaves there, and listening with deep attention to the humming of the bees. In his absorption in these enjooyments, he overlooks the presence of certain wolves before him who will be satified with nothing less than his life, and he is also unaware of the hunter approaching him from behind, whose arrows will soon wound him.

See how the fate of man resembles that of this deer. The home provides man with enjoyment of womanly beauty perishable like garden flowers. There he obtains the vulgar enjoyments of good eating and sex, the fruit of his Karma. His mind is absorbed in these and in the delightful prattle of women and children. In his engrossment in these things, he forgets Time's wolves of day and night which consume his life. In the midst of it, Death, the cruel hunter, strikes him down with his arrows.

Remembering that your fate also will be like that of the deer, control your mind and teach it to be restrained within the heart. Control also your sense organs with your mind. Abandon the home where you can hear only talk of the sensuous life. Adore the Lord who is the one shelter of all. Thus, little by little, renounce worldly life.

(IV, 29, 53-55)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 10:48:44 AM
(http://anthonyuu.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/rebirth-hinduism-reincarnation.jpg)

Whatever a man identifies himself with, saying 'this is I',
'that is mine', that object of his attachment become the
source of his actions, and these actions, in turn,
determine his future embodiment.


(IV, 29, 62)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 04, 2014, 10:59:13 AM
(http://oi45.tinypic.com/vi191s.jpg)

   










It is the state of a man's mind in his present birth
that gives an indication of the nature of his life in
the preceding birth. It can also show whether
he is going to progress or become degraded
in the next birth.


(IV, 29, 66)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 07:56:20 AM
(http://iskcontimes.com/sites/default/files/brahmachari_grihastha_Ashram.jpg)

The home is not a prison even for those who have
entered householder's state of life, if they live
unattached and spend their time in hearing
about My work and excellences.

In the hearts of such devotees, I enter and make
My presence felt. They are never subject to
infatuation, depression or elation


(IV, 30, 19)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 08:04:32 AM
In Thyself, unconditioned and all serenity,
established in Thy pristine nature,
Thou manifestest as the many
through the medium of mind.


(IV, 30, 23)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 08:08:26 AM
(http://www.harekrsna.de/artikel/visvarupa4_a.jpg)

To us who are subject to the threefold misery of life,
what else can be a greater mercy and blessing than this -
that Thou hast graciously revealed this divine form of
Thine which dispels all the woes of life.


(IV, 30, 27)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 08:23:21 AM

(http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/photos/restored_photos/full/sib_41.jpg)

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When a honey-bee has settled on a Parijata flower,
it will not abandon it for any other flower. Even so,
having attained to Thy feet, what else is there for us to seek?


(IV, 30, 32)
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Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 08:42:21 AM
(http://kunjeshwari.com/sweetblog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/dsc017991.jpg)

As long as we are tossed about by our Karma
from birth to birth under the influence of Thy Maya,
may we have communion with intimate devotees in every birth.

We do not consider the attainment of heavenly region or
even liberation as in the least equal to the company of
holy men who are intensely attached to Thee.
What do we care then for the felicities of this mortal life?


(IV, 30, 33)

Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:16:35 AM
(http://bhaktiart.net/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/The-Four-Kumaras-Become-Devotees-of-Lord-Visnu-thumb.jpg)

The boon we seek is this, that all the holy acts we have performed -
the scriptural studies we have made, the continuous services with
which we have pleased our teacher, holy men and elders, the
salutations we have made to holy personages, the satifaction we
have given to our brothers, friends and other living beings in
general, the austerities we have been performing for all these
long years submerged in water and without taking any food -
may all that go for the propitiation of Thee, the Infinite Being.


(IV, 30, 40)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:27:54 AM
(http://banjohollow.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/krishna-12-1.jpg)

Of all blessings, the attainment of the Atman is in truth
the summit. And in all beings, Hari is the Atman, the
'Self-gifting' and the dear one, who enables the
Jiva to realise its true nature..


(IV, 30, 13)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:31:21 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/Surabhi_Cow_Vrindavan.jpg)

Just as water comes from the sun as rain and returns to him
as vapour in the summer heat, and just as all beings are of
the earth and to the earth do return, so does all this creation
come from Hari and return to Hari.


(IV, 31, 15)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:39:06 AM
(http://images.travelpod.com/tripwow/photos/ta-06db-fbbc-38a2/elephant-breeding-and-training-ernakulam-india+1152_13519195252-tpfil02aw-11473.jpg)

This universe is an expression of the Supreme Spirit, apart from whom
it has no separate existence. It is sometimes manifest, and sometimes not.
Just as the rays of the sun, this universe shines forth from Him without being
different. It is like the vital energy emerging at the time of waking from the state
of latency into which it has fallen during sleep. The Supreme Being remains unaffected
by the three products of Ahankara - substance, action and knowledge - and by every kind
of difference caused by ignorance.


(IV, 31, 16)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:42:07 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3232/3137564021_ebab49fcd9_z.jpg)

just as in the sky the clouds, darkness and light appear
by turns, so do the qualities of Prakriti like Tamas, Rajas
and Sattva appear and disappear in the Atman.


(IV, 31, 17)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:44:33 AM
(http://beggarworks.com/contact/contact_files/ramana.png)

Meditate on Him
in truth and in spirit
as the Soul of your soul.


(IV, 31, 18)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:50:29 AM
(http://beingnonstop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Ramakrishna-JPEG-Sepia-Con-less-sharp-small.jpg)

The heart of a devotee which has been cleansed of all desires, and
which has through continuous and longing meditation invited Him to
take His seat therein, is never bereft of His Presence, as empty space
is never abandoned by Akasa. He does indeed subordinate Himself to His devotee.


(IV, 31, 20)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 05, 2014, 09:52:55 AM
He is ever concerned with His true, loving devotees,
nay, He subjects Himself to them. What man, with
even a little sense of gratitude, can forget Him
even for a moment?


(IV, 31, 22)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 06, 2014, 05:34:36 AM
(http://www.itslife.in/wp-content/gallery/festivals/festivals-man-amavasya2.jpg)

We all offer our tribute of works as offerings to Him as cattle
pulled by their nose strings do to their masters. The Veda
consisting of sound is the cable to which we all are tied with
smaller but stronger strings of the three Gunas of Prakriti and works
springing from them. He controls and directs us with this rope,
as their owners do their draught animals.


(V, 1, 14)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 06, 2014, 05:42:29 AM
(http://www.karunasociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Calf-From-Three-Legged-Cow.jpg)

The Lord gives us each a body according to our eligibility
through our nature and Karma, and with that we undergo
the sufferings and enjoyments He awards us.


(V, 1, 15)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 07, 2014, 07:13:23 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Chaitanya-Mahabrabhu-at-Jagannath.jpg)

Whoever wants to conquer the six enemies in the form of
the six senses, should try to overcome them step by step
remaining in the home, experiencing prohibited enjoyments
with discrimination. A king overcomes his powerful enemies
remaining within a fortress. When the enemy has been
weakened, one can be within the fortress or outside it.
So too can be a man of discrimination.


(V, 1, 18)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 07, 2014, 08:08:45 AM
(http://ak.scr.imgfarm.com/anim/md/SuperStock_1447-115.jpg)

O children! The sacred human body that you have got
in the world is not meant to be utilised for sensuous
enjoyments a by low creatures, who too get such
enjoyments through the filth they consume. It is to
be used for the observance of austerity with noble
spiritual ends. By such austerity the mind becomes
pure, enabling one to attain to the bliss of Brahman.


(V, 5, 1)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 11, 2014, 09:24:58 AM
(http://www.little-guardian.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/two-paths-1.jpg)

The association with holy ones is the door for entrance to the realm of liberation.
And the entrance to hell (spiritual degradation) consists in association with
worldly - minded men who are intensely attached to women. Holy men are
those who are even-sighted, peaceful, unperturbed, friendly to all, and
endowed with all good qualities.


(V, 5, 2)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 11, 2014, 09:29:48 AM
(http://www.fitnesswellnessblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Tips-for-Managing-Your-Stress.jpg)

Whoever struggles to satisfy the senses
is bound to be morally and spiritually
lethargic and do many evil deeds.


(V, 5, 4)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 11, 2014, 09:49:09 AM
(http://www.thangka-mandala.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Wheel-of-Life-Thangka.jpg)

I find no meaning in men doing again and again those
very kind of Karmas which have brought into existence
this body which, besides being short-lived and ephimeral,
is the cause of all sufferings now. The repetition of these
Karmas is bound to cause new embodiments and more sufferings.


(V, 5, 4)
Title: Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
Post by: Nagaraj on February 14, 2014, 08:11:52 AM
(http://www.hinduhumanrights.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Rishi-Markandaya.jpg)

So long as man does not make an earnest enquiry about the Spirit within,
so long will he, out of ignorance, be debarring the dawn of spiritual
consciousness in him. So long will his mind be inclined only towards
such actions (and not for spiritual enquiry). And for such body-centered
men given to selfish actions, embodiments are caused again and again.


(V, 5, 5)