Jul 08

Sripada Bhakti Vijnan Muni Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam.
http://srimadbhagavatam.com/1/19/36/en

  • The Lord is situated in the heart of all living beings, and thus He knows very well the consciousness and desires of all individuals. As soon as the Lord finds that a particular soul is very eager to advance in spiritual life, He sends His bona fide representative. To get the assistance and help of a bona fide spiritual master means to receive the direct merciful help of the Supreme Lord Himself.
  • The First Canto ends with Maharaja Pariksit begging Srila Sukadeva Gosvami to show the way of perfection for all persons, the unalloyed duty of everyone in all circumstances, and especially to explain the duty of one who is about to die. He humbly requests him to explain what a man should hear, chant, remember and worship, and also what he should not do.
  • The Second Canto begins with Sukadeva Gosvami praising the King’s questions because they were very beneficial for everyone. Then he warned that grhamedhis are blind to the knowledge of the ultimate truth because they are envious of others and restlessly spend their lives competing against one another. Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada elaborates on the grhamedhis, who are householders who live only for the benefit of their body and bodily relations. Grhastas are householders who live with their families, but who live a Krsna-conscious life, and thus are free from all kinds of envy.
  • Human life is not meant merely for hard labor for economic development, nor is it meant for sex indulgence like that of dogs and hogs. It is especially meant for making a solution to the problems of material life (birth, death, old age and disease) and the miseries thereof (three-fold miseries).
  • Thus, Sukadeva Gosvami explains, one who desires to be free from all miseries must approach a bonafide spiritual master in order to hear about, glorify and also remember the Personality of Godhead, Who is the Supersoul, the Controller and the Savior from all miseries. The highest perfection of human life, achieved neither by complete knowledge of matter and spirit, by practice of mystic powers, nor by perfect discharge of one’s occupational duties, is to render devotional service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and to remember Him at the end of life. Sukadeva further explains that even though he was already situated perfectly in transcendence (realization of impersonal Brahman), still he became attracted to hearing about the transcendental pastimes of the Lord (realization of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna).
  • Sripada Puri Maharaja mentioned that the character of a genuine brahmana is distinguished by two qualities: he is both learned and humble. One who has real knowledge is fully cognizant of its limitations.

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