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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #165 on: February 05, 2014, 08:23:21 AM »



 

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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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #166 on: February 05, 2014, 08:42:21 AM »


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)

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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #167 on: February 05, 2014, 09:16:35 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #168 on: February 05, 2014, 09:27:54 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #169 on: February 05, 2014, 09:31:21 AM »


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)



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« Reply #170 on: February 05, 2014, 09:39:06 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #171 on: February 05, 2014, 09:42:07 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #172 on: February 05, 2014, 09:44:33 AM »


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


(IV, 31, 18)



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« Reply #173 on: February 05, 2014, 09:50:29 AM »


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)



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« Reply #174 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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #175 on: February 06, 2014, 05:34:36 AM »


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)



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« Reply #176 on: February 06, 2014, 05:42:29 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #177 on: February 07, 2014, 07:13:23 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #178 on: February 07, 2014, 08:08:45 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #179 on: February 11, 2014, 09:24:58 AM »


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)



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