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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #60 on: January 26, 2014, 07:24:22 PM »


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)
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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #61 on: January 26, 2014, 07:38:29 PM »


   






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)



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« Reply #62 on: January 27, 2014, 06:54:15 AM »


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)



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« Reply #63 on: January 27, 2014, 07:17:45 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #64 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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #65 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)



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« Reply #66 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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #67 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)



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« Reply #68 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)



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« Reply #69 on: January 27, 2014, 07:51:30 AM »


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)



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« Reply #70 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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #71 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?


   

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)
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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #72 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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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #73 on: January 28, 2014, 07:41:45 AM »


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)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #74 on: January 28, 2014, 07:55:13 AM »


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)



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