Jan 30

January 9, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam

Here is the recording of the January 9, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • From his father, Lord Brahma, Narada Muni inquired about the manifest world — how it is created, how it is conserved, and who is controlling it. Any intelligent person who observes the living beings, the manifest world, and the ultimate control over them can see that the living beings and the manifest world are not creations of chance.
  • Rather than seek transcendental knowledge from an authoritative source, materialistic scientists pursue contradictory theories by assuming the world operates as a machine. But, in doing so, they have excluded consciousness and human experience.
  • When Newton formulated his mechanistic laws, he did not exclude the rational Being behind such functioning. He understood that there was a constant need for adjustments to made in the background, and was therefore unable to come up with a completely mechanical explanation. This has been confirmed by studies which show that the universe would self-destruct if it were to rely solely on Newton’s Law to maintain order.
  • There is another type of problem with the Big Bang theory as it does not account for the initial matter and anti-matter which must have existed prior to the explosion. Any intelligent person would ask where such particles came from.
  • Sripad Puri Maharaja explains that science has been helpful in the short run, but the ultimate cause must still be sought out. In Aristoteleian philosophy there are four causes; in Sankhya philosophy there are six. As for the Absolute Truth, the original cause behind all creation, there are no laws or existence outside of itself. Hegel realized that the Absolute Truth exists for Itself and by Itself.
  • Every living being is producing offspring. There are many archetypal living entities. All forms of life exhibit universal, individual and particular aspects. Particularity may vary considerably among individuals, but such variability never results in a change in the universal.
  • Ahangrahopasana, the act of worshipping oneself, may be one of the processes for transcendental realization, but the ahangrahopasita can never be God Himself. No one becomes God by undergoing a process of transcendental realization.
  • Bewilderment in the minds of devotees such as Narada and Arjuna takes place by the will of the Lord so that non-liberated persons may come to realize the truth about the Lord.
  • There are many paths described in the Bhagavad Gita. If such paths are directed toward surrender, then we can accept them as valid methods of spiritual development. One who has realized knowledge can be an active source of guidance. In all cases, the ultimate objective is the development of love, devotion, and a mood of service.

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