Feb 03

January 16, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Vijnana Muni Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam

Topic: Creation of the Material World

Here is the recording of the January 16, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • Lord Brahma confirms to Sri Narada that he is not the supreme origin of the creation. This is further clarified in the Brahma-samhita where Lord Brahma states that he serves the Supreme Personality of Godhead whose transcendental effulgence is the source of the infinite indivisible brahman, distinct from the variegated material world, which it manifests just like the Sun by its light manifests the moon, stars, planets and other luminaries of the universe.
  • The illusory energy of the Lord (mahamaya), representing nescience, can bewilder the entire world. However, those who surrender unto the Lord cannot be deluded by such energy and become free from the misconception of “It is I, it is mine.”
  • The elementary ingredients of creation, their interaction with eternal time, and the individual living beings are the differentiated parts and parcels of the of the Supreme Lord Vasudeva (vasudeva sarvam iti). Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada further clarifies that these interactions are all impersonal manifestations of the Lord’s energies. They are not part of the Personality of Godhead who exists as the source of these energies in His transcendental form called sac-cid-ananda-vigraha.
  • The Vedas are made by and meant for the Supreme Personality of Godhead just to revive the forgotten consciousness of the conditioned souls, and any literature not meant for reviving God consciousness is rejected at once by the narayana-para devotees, for whom sankirtana-yajna is the mainstay of their devotional service.
  • Achieving oneness with the impersonal brahmajyoti is not the ultimate liberation. Rather, establishing one’s eternal serving relationship with the Personality of Godhead is the ultimate destination.
  • Two identities of soul, the Supersoul and the individual soul, exist within the living entity. The Supersoul is the Supreme Lord, whereas the individual soul is the eternal servitor of the Lord. The individual soul, even Lord Brahmaji, is only able to create what has already been created by the Supreme Lord. At every level of existence, the Supersoul oversees the living entity’s intelligence via His position as the witness of all activities.
  • The transcendental living entities are called the marginal potency of the Lord because they are situated between the internal and external potencies. The living entities are not meant to be conditioned by the material energy, but due to their false sense of lording it over, they come under the influence of the external potency and thus become conditioned by the three modes of material nature. The material scientist cannot look beyond the material causes, thus he cannot perceive the controlling actions of adhibuta, adhyatma and adhidaiva.
  • After the incarnation of the first purusa (Karanadakashayi Visnu), the mahat-tattva, or the principles of material creation, take place, and then time is manifested, and in course of time the three qualities appear. By the omnipotence of the Supreme Lord, the whole material creation evolves by the process of transformation and reactions one after another, and by the same omnipotence, they are wound up again one after another and conserved in the body of the Supreme.
  • Material activities are caused by the mahat-tattva being agitated. At first there is transformation of the modes of goodness and passion, and later — due to the mode of ignorance — matter, its knowledge, and different activities of material knowledge come into play. The gross matters are adhibhutam, their maintenance is adhidaivam, and the initiator of material activities is called adhyatmam.
  • Materialistic ego, or the sense of identification with matter, is grossly self-centered, devoid of clear knowledge of the existence of God. The self-centered impersonalist, without a clear conception of the personality of Godhead, concludes in his own way that the Personality of Godhead takes a material shape from His original impersonal spiritual existence for a particular mission. This misleading conception of the Supreme Lord by the self-centered impersonalist continues, even though he is seen to be very interested in the Vedic literatures. The cause of such gross ignorance is constant engagement by the materialistic man in the matter of artificially increasing material demands. To realize the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one has to purify the materialistic senses by devotional service.
  • The sound representation of the Lord is non-different from the Lord Himself because the Lord and His representation in sound are absolute. Lord Chaitanya has instructed us that in the Holy Name of the Lord, as sound representation of the Lord, all the potencies of the Lord are invested. Thus one can immediately be purified by the association of the Lord in the pure vibration of His Holy Name.

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