Jun 16

Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam.

  • Maharaja Pariksit addressed the assembled sages, humbly asking them to explain the unalloyed duty of everyone in all circumstances, and more specifically, what is the duty of those who are about to die. Practically the entirety of the Srimad Bhagavatam deals with these two questions. The conclusion, also confirmed by the Lord in the Bhagavad-Gita, is that devotional service is the last word in relation to everyone’s constitutional position in life.
  • Sukadeva Goswami, the powerful son of Vyasadeva, appeared at that moment. Having heard the Srimad-Bhagavatam from his father, he was completely disinterested in the affairs of the material world, yet self-satisfied with respect to devotional service. Although only sixteen years of age, the assembled sages rose to acknowledge his superior spiritual status.
  • Sripada Puri Maharaja discussed the essential importance of sravanam and kirtanam — hearing and chanting. Both are necessary. One must first hear before one can speak in a meaningful and beneficial way.
  • The relationship between a devotee and his family members is sometimes most difficult to handle, especially when family members are not devotees. Yet, a pure devotee of the Lord serves his family interest more effectively than others who remain attached to family affairs. To properly care for the leaves of a tree, one must water the root.
  • The principle of modernity is self-interest. When Descartes expressed his “cogito ergo sum,” he took all conception and localized it within the ego. Before that, western society was more universally oriented, taking direction from the church or from scripture. In ancient Greece, there were no individual rights as each individual was defined as a citizen of the State. Now in modern times, it has come down to survival of the fittest, competition rather than cooperation, a world without love. However, a devotee wants to help everyone. A devotee sees the suffering of others as his own and wants to relieve that suffering in the most perfect way.
  • There are two faces of existence — “being for itself” and “being for others.” These Hegelian concepts can also be expressed as independence and dependence, respectively. Every atom of consciousness has these two faces. Only when both faces are considered together does one have a comprehensive idea of “self.”
  • There are many conscious entities within our bodies. As the most important living being within our body, we are like the Brahma of our body.

Here is the recording of 13 June 2012 sadhu-sanga.

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