Jun 09

Reading from Srimad Bhagavatam

This sloka is the answer from Sri Suta Goswami to the first of six questions presented by the Sages of Naimisaranya–“The supreme occupation for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord.”

To better understand this principle in depth, Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaj looks into the meaning of several Sanskrit words.  In particular, the word adhoksaje clarifies that we serve the Supreme Being who is above all sense perception and whose Being is the Unity which unifies all beings.  Because we must not think of Krsna as just another living being, Srila Prabhupada chose to use the term Personality of Godhead, the Being of all beings.

The second part of the lecture looks at the requirements for successful devotional service.  Devotional service must be causeless and unbroken to shake-off the material existence.  The two pathways, exploitation (pravrtti-marga) and renunciation (nivrtti-marga), are delineated and compared with bhakti where the senses are used in the service of the Lord.

Finally, Maharaj teaches us that we must look at difficulties as coming from Krsna.  Although there are times when obstacles should be removed, it is usually better to look at difficulties as a way to purify the heart.

Here is the recording of 9 June 2009 satsanga.

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