Jun 01

Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam.

  • Maharaja Pariksit expressed deep humility toward the arriving guests. This is natural, for as one develops love for God, the depth of love for the devotees also increases.
  • Being a pure devotee, Maharaja Pariksit could see the hand of the Lord even in the curse of the brahmana boy. His feelings were further confirmed by the arrival of all the great transcendentalists of the universe.
  • To desire something for oneself is not a characteristic of a pure devotee. Unalloyed devotion has no expectation of personal reward.
  • The word authority comes from the word ‘author’ which means one who gives increase to others. Those in authority must have the benefit of those under them in mind at all times.
  • Sripad Puri Maharaja mentioned that analytical thinking began in the western world with Descartes who separated the world into a duality, res cogito and res extensa. According to Descartes: ‘ergo cogito sum’, or ‘I think, therefore I am’. Here it is posited that the individual does the thinking. But Hegel showed in his dialectical spiritualism that thinking is the activity of the Universal and not the activity of the individual. Without the presence of the Supreme Lord’s energy, the living entity cannot do anything — sarvasya caham hridi sannivishto mattah smritir jnanam apohanam ca (Bhagavad-gita 15.15)
  • Maharaja discussed the one-sided view of the evolutionists who concentrate entirely on competition rather than cooperation, even proposing that altruism arises from the “selfish gene.” However, this is rationalization rather than reason. To the contrary, we understand that the natural, constitutional position of every part of the universe is that of a servant. If this were not so, everything would disintegrate. If we fulfill this subservient role out of affection rather than duty, the entire universe can become peaceful, joyous and fulfilled.
  • If one looks at the writings of Darwin, he was not as mechanistically-minded as the neo-Darwinists make of him. Scholars have noted that Darwin recognized a teleological aspect of adaptation — that adaptation was purposeful, not merely random.
  • Since the jiva comes from the marginal potency, he can choose to direct his attention either to the God-centric or the self-centric conception. However, forgetfulness of the Center leads to enviousness, selfishness, lust, anger and greed. Thus, we should die to the world of exploitation and live in the world of dedication.

Here is the recording of 30 May 2012 sadhu-sanga.

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