Dec 18

December 12, 2012 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from the .
Srimad Bhagavatam

Here is the recording of the December 12, 2012 sadhu-sanga.

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  • Maharaja Pariksit wanted to know how the Supreme Personality of Godhead transcendentally acts to create and maintain the phenomenal world. Does He act alone, or expand Himself in many forms and diverse energies to direct the modes of nature like a sportive player?
  • The Lord is inconceivable even for the greatest learned scholars. Thus, a serious devotee must first approach a spiritual master. Without the help of Guru, one cannot make progress in realizing the transcendental science of Krsna consciousness.
  • Knowledge, remembrance and forgetfulness come from the Lord. One must have a submissive attitude to obtain perfect knowledge, as revealed through the descending process from guru parampara. Such knowledge is free from the defects of knowledge derived from the limited senses.
  • The Personality of Godhead is called anupalaksya-vartmane — the Lord of the inconceivable way, or bhakti-yoga. To know someone through having an intimate relationship with them is completely different than simply having indifferent knowledge about a person.
  • Lord Krsna is the complete form of all existence, both material and spiritual, since they are the external and internal potencies of the Lord. However, the Lord is not of the inferior, material nature. He is completely transcendental to it.
  • The paramahansa stage of existence is the highest perfectional stage in the renounced order of life, sannyasa. There are two classes of paramahansas — the brahmanandis (impersonalists) and the premanandis (devotees). Both are awarded according to their realization, although the premanandis are more fortunate.
  • Sripad Puri Maharaja discusses Hegel’s philosophical conclusion that the truth is the whole. One must trace the origin of all things in order to understand the whole of reality. Contrary to the criticism of Bertrand Russell, one must go beyond relative knowledge to understand the truth, absolute spirit.
  • There are two aspects of the transcendental nature of Sri Krsna — personal and impersonal. For the pure devotees, He is the constant companion. On the other hand, one who is dazzled by the effulgence of the impersonal brahmajyoti cannot know His personal transcendental form.
  • In the way of material knowledge, each person maintains their own opinion, opposed to others, thus insuring that a conclusion can never be obtained. The only way this can be resolved is to submissively receive revealed knowledge that comes down through Guru, shastra and sadhu. Realized knowledge is more than just “knowing,” as it involves establishing a real relationship with the Lord and His devotees. The nature of what is real involves being-for-another, and such realization can only be obtained by service to the Lord, which is established through His mercy and the grace of His servants.

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