Nov 25

November 21, 2012 — Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Here is the recording of the November 21, 2012 sadhu-sanga.

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  • Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explains that, “…life is not meant for so-called economic development or advancement of materialistic science for the hedonistic philosophy of eating, mating, drinking and merrymaking. Life is solely meant for tapasya (penance), for purifying existence so that one may enter into eternal life just after the end of human life.” Brahma creates the whole material world through tapa.
  • In Srimad Bhagavatam the materialistic and atheistic lives of modern man are compared with the lives of dogs, hogs, camels and asses. The senses are considered to be impure as long as they are employed for the purpose of sense gratification, and not used in the service of the Lord.
  • The relationship of service between the spiritual master and disciple is not only theoretical but also practical, requiring the full engagement of one’s self, body, mind and intelligence.
  • Even though one is consumed by the demands of material life, it is still essential to render devotional service to the Lord.
  • The importance of deity worship is briefly discussed. One who cannot maintain an altar at home may attend the temple for worship. The raga-marga mood of spontaneous worship of the Deity is characterized by more simple, but sublime devotional practices.
  • Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja discusses the importance of humility — simple living, high thinking. Greatness may be couched in humility, but on occasion, for the service of the Lord, humility may also be couched in greatness.

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