Nov 29

November 28, 2012 Sadhu-Sanga — Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Here is the recording of the November 28, 2012 sadhu-sanga.

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  • Only the pure devotee can deliver Lord Krsna to another devotee. Bhakti (devotion) comes from Bhakta (devotee). Thus, a true devotee never approaches the Lord directly, but tries to please the servant of the Lord’s servants.
  • The symptoms of a progressive change-of-heart resulting from devotional service are a gradual detachment from the sense of material enjoyment and an increase in the attitude of rendering loving service to the Lord.
  • To become a pure devotee, two things are very much essential, namely to have the chance of being born in the family of a devotee and having the blessing of a bonafide spiritual master.
  • To become liberated means to become free from the illusory attachment for everything connected with the false identity — physical body, wife, children and all other material entanglements.
  • All fruitive activities are to be given up in pure devotional service — religiosity, economic development and sense gratification. Sripad Puri Maharaja further clarifies the difference between religiosity and spontaneous service to the Lord — pure devotion.
  • Our philosophy is not based on rules and regulations. It is not necessary for people to immediately adopt the “Four Regulative Principles” to engage in devotional service. Sripad Puri Maharaja recounts the story of the butcher who used salagrama silas to measure the weight of meat. Despite his seemingly obvious transgression, the Lord was pleased with him, so he was counted as a devotee of the Lord.
  • Sripad Puri Maharaja briefly discusses aspects of the philosophy of consciousness and explains the defects in the concepts of the mayavadi and Berkley’s philosophy.

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