Dec 08

December 5, 2012 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Here is the recording of the December 5, 2012 sadhu-sanga.

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  • Hearing Srimad Bhagavatam from one who is materially uncontaminated leads to positive enlightenment. Unlike ordinary hearing, devotional hearing of the messages of the Lord from the lips of Guru, is distinguished by a gradual disappearance of ignorance.
  • Maharaja Pariksit inquires how the Lord has created the phenomenal world via His personal energy. Maharaja Pariksit did not immediately inquire into the intimate pastimes of the Lord, but began at the primary stage so that his inquiry could proceed systematically. We may also proceed step-by-step so that we may build a solid foundation for faith.
  • All living entities, both in the conditioned state and in the liberated state, are maintained by the Almighty Supreme Lord. The Lord is one with everything, yet He is nevertheless different from all of them. This is the inconceivable mystic nature of the Lord (acintya-bhedabheda-tattva).
  • No living being can imagine knowing about the unlimited, except when such knowledge is revealed by the Lord Himself. Such is the perfect knowledge which is passed down through the disciplic succession only, and not by any form of empirical knowledge.
  • Life is not defined in terms of molecules. It has to be understood in terms of consciousness. Present-day scientists know only earth, water, fire and air. They do not even understand the ether, much less the higher material realities — mind, intelligence and ego — which are the basis of life on this and the higher planets. To understand the nature and meaning of life, one must come to an understanding of spiritual reality, on the basis of devotion.
  • Going back to Godhead does not involve physical or cosmographical travel. Rather it involves a change in heart. Sadhana bhakti is the process of dissolving the exploitative consciousness by submitting oneself to remembering that the Lord is always present (Krsna consciousness), and that we are in actuality the humble servants of the Lord, Who graciously manifests Himself before us as our guardian (acharya mam vijaniyat). Krsna can only be known by devotional service.
  • We glorify the Lord by chanting His Name and not for any other purpose. Anything that we say about Krsna that is coming from authorized scriptures, and by the order of gurudeva, is also glorification of Krsna (krsna katha). Everything can be done for the glorification of Krsna if we have this proper conception.

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