Dec 24

December 19, 2012 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam

Here is the recording of the December 19, 2012 sadhu-sanga.

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  • Kirtanam, glorification of the Lord, can be performed in many ways — chanting the Holy Names, preaching Krsna con­scious­ness, reciting the Lord’s pastimes, and speaking about Krsna and His devotees. The performer of offenseless kirtanam has positive association with the Lord through His devotees, and thus becomes purified. However, one must remain on guard against committing sins willfully while chanting, as this is the greatest offense in the discharge of devotional service.
  • In the last phase of His instruction to Arjuna, Lord Krsna revealed the most confidential part of His instructions: “become a pure devotee of Mine and give yourself unto Me only, and I promise you full spiritual existence, by which you may gain the eternal transcendental loving service unto Me.”
  • The culmination of the knowledge of Bhagavad-gita is sharnagati, surrender to Krsna, and when one attains this stage, he naturally becomes a devotee of the Lord to render loving transcendental service. Bhakti-yoga is the highest quality of perfection to be achieved by the intelligent person in lieu of performing a large quantity of pious or religious activities.
  • Kirtanam, and especially sankirtanam, are the recommended processes for becoming God-conscious in this Age of Kali. This consists principally of chanting Harinama and reading Srimad-Bhagavatam and Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. It is by direct association with the Lord through His devotees, via sound vibration, that we become purified of our lust, anger, greed and pride, and develop actual love of God.
  • Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explains that, “advancement of learning, a charitable disposition, political, social or religious leadership of human society, philosophical speculations, the practice of the yoga system, expertise in the Vedic rituals, and all similar high qualities in man serve one in the attainment of perfection only when they are employed in the service of the Lord.” Even those who are constantly engaged in sinful acts can be purified if they take shelter of the devotees of the Lord.
  • The Supreme Lord is knowable only by those who are above all pretensions — desire for material enjoyment, desire for liberation, and desire for material perfection. A living entity, by his constitutional position, cannot be void of all desires, but the niskam devotees of the Lord overcome this by desiring everything for the satisfaction of the Lord.

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