Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam, Part 14
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 21, 2011 CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.
Following yesterday's summary of the contents of Srila Prabhupada's lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1 in London, August 6th and 7th, 1971, today we'll offer a similar breakdown of some of the main points he addressed (paraphrased) in three subsequent classes on this sloka:
New York, July 6, 1972
Caracas, February 20, 1975
Caracas, February 21, 1975
In his lecture from July 6, 1972, New York, Srila Prabhupada begins by focusing on having the devotees properly recite the sloka, word-by-word, and line by line.
If you chant these mantras, at least one in one day, your life will be glorious.
Vedic literature is a mantra. Transcendental sound. So practice resounding this mantra. We have taken so much labor to put in diacritic mark, all the words, word meaning, utilize it. Don't think that these books are only for sale
Indians, to glorify your country, present this Vedic literature. You cannot excel the western countries by so-called technological knowledge
Some Indians come to the West to beg rice, money, but I have come here to give something of Indian culture. That is the difference. Before my leaving this body, I give you some books you can enjoy after my death. So utilize it.
Nasta-prayesv abhadresu nityam bhagavata-sevaya. Abhadra, we have so many dirty things within our heart, which can be cleansed simply by Krsna consciousness. There is no other method.
Srnvatam sva-kathah krsna (SB 1.2.17), Krsna is within your heart. Krsna is trying to help you from within and from without.
Krsna comes as He is, and He canvasses, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. So bhagavata-sevaya, nityam bhagavata-sevaya, cleansing the heart. Ceto-darpana-marjanam. This is the process.
ISKCON centers are open for this purpose, so everyone can hear about Krsna.
Thinking that in future so many fools and rascals will misuse the Vedanta-sutra as so-called Vedantists, and send all people to hell, Vyasadeva personally wrote this commentary on Vedanta-sutra, the Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Bhasyam brahma-sutranam vedartha paribhrmhitah. This is bhasya, commentary. Therefore Vyasadeva begins from the first aphorism of Vedanta-sutra. Those who are conditioned souls, their only business is to enquire about self-realization
Used to say, kath pathare mistri. If you are simply engaged how to have a skyscraper building, then we become craftsmen only, how to handle woods and stones, that's all.
In America especially, despite all material opulences, there you are becoming confused and frustrated and disappointed. Because woods and stone will not satisfy you. You must have spiritual food, that is Srimad-Bhagavatam.
In his lecture on February 20, 1975 in Caracas Venezuela, Srila Prabhupada mentions the following points (again, paraphrased):
Before beginning the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the author is offering respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the origin of all emanation.
Unless this enquiry is there, he is not human being. A human makes research to find out the original cause.
The scientists are enquiring, but they think that the origin of life is chemical combination. So that is not the fact. Without being guided by authority, nobody can find out the perfect answer of an enquiry.
Jiva means all living being, but above all living beings, the human being is the most awakened consciousness. Therefore his business is to enquire about the Absolute Truth.
Kamasya nendriya-pritir (SB 1.2.10), we have desires for gratifying our senses, based on four principles of bodily demands: eating, sleeping, mating, defending. Krsna says, "No, this is not your business. Because you are human, not animal life. Therefore your business is tattva-jijnasa, not to increase the problem of the four necessities of life.
Tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido (SB 1.5.18) - "So far these necessities of life are concerned, they are ready, supplied."
Nature has given us the opportunity now to enquire about the Absolute Truth. What is the Absolute Truth, or the origin of everything?
Srimad-Bhagavatam is presented by Vyasadeva, the most exalted personality, the guru, Vyasa guru or Vedavyasa, for the all advanced spiritually conscious men.
Vasudeva is the origin of everything, is available in human life. Bahunam janmanam ante (BG. 7.19)
We are researching. The scientist is researching, the philosopher is researching, everyone is researching, but researching in their own way. Therefore it takes time to understand what is the original source of everything.
God directly says, that "I am the origin of everything." Aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate. (BG. 10.8) "When one understands this," budha, "a learned person," bhajante mam drdha-vratah, "he engages himself fully in Krsna consciousness."
Persons who are researching what is the origin of everything, and doing it in their own way, will take many, many births to understand that Krsna is the origin of everything.
Those who are more purified don't research, but immediately accepts that Krsna is the origin of everything, as He is explaining Himself in the Bhagavad-gita.
One who has accepted Krsna as the supreme source, Absolute Truth, for them, this Srimad-Bhagavatam is there. Here it is beginning, om namo bhagavate vasudevaya, means "I offer my respectful obeisances to You, Krsna, because I surrender unto You."
Krsna says that aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah, "Don't worry. I shall give you all protection, you surrender unto Me." If you take this immediately, then you become liberated.
If you say, "I can't believe it, Krsna, Krsna is the origin of everything," that is of course your business, your independence. Then you wait for many, many births, bahunam janmanam ante. You come to the same conclusion.
Just like gold. Gold, you accept blindly or by chemical examination, the gold is the same. My Guru Maharaja says it is gold, so many acaryas says it is gold," then you accept it, gold.
One who dissipates ignorance, he is called guru. Guru means he gives light to those living in darkness. That is the motto in Back to Godhead: "Godhead is light, and nescience is darkness. Where there is God, there is no nescience."
Animal life means full of darkness, and human life, although full of darkness, it can be dissipated. We are pushing this Krsna consciousness movement to drive away the darkness of ignorance.
When your hunger is satisfied, appetite is appeased, you naturally you feel, "Yes, I am satisfied." You don't have to enquire from anyone. Therefore it is called self-realization. Automatically you realize.
In his lecture on the next day, February 21, 1975, Srila Prabhupada mentions the following points:
The origin, source of everything is explained here -- namo bhagavate vasudevaya, om namo bhagavate vasudevaya.
God has no particular name, but His names are there on account of His different type of activities. God is present everywhere, therefore His name is Vasudeva.
Brahma-samhita says andantara-stham, He is not only within the universe, but He is in everyone's heart, and also He is within the atom.
God is not limited to become gigantic universal form, but He is also able to enter within the atom. Therefore, God is described as anor aniyan mahato mahiyan: "He is greater than the greatest and the smaller than the smallest."
God has expanded Himself in two different types: as svamsa, or personal expansion, and as vibhinnamsa, separated expansion.
Ramadi-murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan (BS 5.39). He expands as Rama, Nrsimha, Varaha, Vamana and so many, thousands. That is His personal expansion.
Vibhinnamsa means a smallest particle. Just like the sunshine. The sunshine is combination of bright molecules. So very small parts, bright, combined together, that is called sunshine. So we living entities, we are also small bright particles as part and parcel of God.
Mayavadi, impersonalists think "If God is expanded everywhere, then where is God personally?" That is explained, maya tatam idam sarvam (BG 9.4)
Krsna says, "I am expanded in My impersonal form everywhere. Everything is existing on account of Me. But still, I am not everything."
The child is an expansion of the father, but father keeps himself as father. So in this way He is Vasudeva, means He is present everywhere.
Sarvasya caham hrdi sannivistah (BG 15.15) -- Hrdi means in the heart. "I am situated in everyone's heart."
Mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca. Because God is situated within my heart, therefore He is giving me direction. Remembrance and forgetfulness is due to God. Sometimes we forget something and try to remember. Immediately God helps us: "It is this." And we say, "Yes, yes, now I remember."
Vasudeva is the origin of everything, vasudevah sarvam iti sa mahatma sudurlabhah (BG 7.19)
Everything is God, but everything is not God. Don't be misled by the Mayavadi philosophy that "Everything is God and my knowledge is finished."
Scientists theorized that life is made of chemicals, matter. This was discussed five thousand years ago by Vyasadeva, who says that the origin of everything is life because Vasudeva is also life.
Abhijnah means cognizant. The original and source of everything, He has His brain. He knows. He has the power of knowledge. Abhijnah... perfect knowledge is received from the superior person.
Atheists enquire, "If God is the original father, the supreme father of everyone, then who is God's father?" The answer is that God has no father; He is self-sufficient. Therefore svarat, self-sufficient.
If we find somebody that he has no father, then He is God. And if some rascal comes and says, "I am God," then you ask him, "Whether you have got father?" As soon as he says that "Yes, I have got father," then he is dog.
Advaitam acyutam... govindam adi-purusam. Isvarah paramah krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah, anadir adih. Anadi means He has no source of emanation. But He is adi. He is the original source of everything.
Although Brahma created this universe, he is not the original source. The original person is Vasudeva, or Krsna, who instructed Brahma from within the heart."
Krsna is in everyone's heart. If you want to consult Him, He can give you instruction. The only thing is that you have to become qualified like Brahma so that you can received instruction from Him within the heart. What is that qualification? tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam (BG 10.10) – the practice of bhakti-yoga.
Krsna says that sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja (BG 18.66): "You give up all these rascal engagement; you simply just surrender unto Me." When we are surrendered, that is om namo bhagavate vasudevaya. That means "Krsna, Vasudeva, I accept Your proposal. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You." Then begin your loving service to render to Krsna, and gradually you will get instruction from within,
Unless one is devotee he cannot always think of Krsna. That is not possible. On the other hand, who thinks of Krsna twenty-four hours, he is devotee. The chanting of Hare Krsna means thinking of Krsna.
Yoga system means to control the mind. Train up your mind with intelligence. That is the best intelligence, when one engages the mind in Krsna consciousness. If you purify your mind, then you come to the spiritual platform. That is intelligence, via media between the spirit and the mind.
Because I am in maya, I am thinking that the temple is maya. Mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te (BG 7.14): "One, anyone, who surrenders to Me, he overcomes the influence of maya." Therefore... Every member in this temple, they are surrendered. Therefore they are not in maya.
Only one path. God is one, and to realize Him, the path is one. There cannot be two paths. Bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah (BG 18.55). He never says, "By jnana, karma, yoga one can achieve God." That is not possible. Only by bhakti.
It is not a question of Bible or Bhagavad-gita. We want that you become God conscious. That is our movement. In Srimad-Bhagavatam there is no mention of Christian religion, Hindu religion, Muslim religion or Buddha religion. No, first-class religion helps one to love God.
In our next segment we'll offer a comparison of points repeated, and new points introduced throughout the five different lectures on SB 1.1.1.
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