Feb 09

January 23, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Vijnana Muni Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam

Topic: The Process of Creation and the Universal Form

Here is the recording of the January 23, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • The whole process of creation according to the analytical Sankhya system involves a development from one element to another. The qualities of sense perception also develop in a similar manner from sound to touch and then form, and are fully represented in the earth.
  • Human society primarily requires food for subsistence, shelter for sleeping, defense for protection, and commodities for satisfaction of the senses. Objects of sense satisfaction should be supplied as much as absolutely required, but not for aggravating artificial sensory needs. Human energy is primarily meant for purifying the senses in order to engage them in satisfying the senses of the Supreme Lord.
  • When one comes to see the disadvantage of aggravating the sense activities, one is called a jnani, and when one tries to control the activities of the senses by the practice of yoga, he is called a yogi, but when one is fully aware of the transcendental senses of the Lord and tries to satisfy His senses, one is called a devotee of the Lord. Sripad Puri Maharaja helps to clarify this principle with an article from Sri Gaudiya Darshan which describes how Ambarish Maharaj used his senses to glorify the Lord.
  • The parts of the body, such as the senses, are contained within the mahat-tattva, but when they are assembled by the will of the Lord, the material body comes into existence, and the living entity is allowed to use it for further activities.
  • The Supreme Personality of Godhead utilizes His different energies in the creation; it is not that He Himself is transformed into material creations. He expands Himself by His different energies, as well as by His plenary portions.
  • The Lord as Garbhodakasayi Visnu enters into each and every universe and causes it to be animated by begetting Lord Brahma and the other living entities within the womb of the material nature. After each annihilation of the material creation, all the living entities are merged within the body of the Lord, and after each creation they are again impregnated within the material energy. The Lord, is ultimately the cause of all animation in the material world, assuming the virat-rupa (universal form).
  • The brahmanas represent His mouth, the ksatriyas His arms, the vaisyas His thighs, and the sudras are born of His legs. In addition, the fourteen spheres of the planetary system are situated on the body of the Lord. In this way, each individual within human society can understand the factual relationship of every living being with the Supreme Lord.
  • The virat-rupa is an imaginary form for the material world. It has nothing to do with the spiritual worlds, or the kingdom of God, which are eternal and not subject to creation and annihilation.
  • One’s situation in any of the material planets is subject to the laws of material nature — birth, death, old age and disease. But one can get complete liberation from all the material pangs when one enters into the eternal (sanatana) atmosphere, the kingdom of God. However such liberation is possible only when one becomes a devotee of the Lord.

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