Feb 20

January 2, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — Sripad Bhakti Vijnana Muni Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam

Topic: Receiving Perfect Knowledge

Here is the recording of the January 2, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • The devotee always thinks of himself as the instrument of the Lord for anything successfully carried out, and he declines to take credit for anything done by himself. The godless atheist wants to take all credit for activities, not knowing that even a blade of grass cannot move without the sanction of the Supreme Spirit, the Personality of Godhead.
  • The Lord is Himself the father of Vedic knowledge, and it is He only who knows the factual purport of the Vedantic philosophy. The source of all truths is the Supreme Spirit, and not gross matter as wrongly conceived by the materialist. The sixteen principal creative elements, namely earth, water, fire, air, sky, and the eleven sense organs, first developed from the Lord Himself and were thereby shared by the living entities. Without Vedic knowledge, or perfect, infallible knowledge, no one can create anything.
  • There is no mundane difference between profound philosophical discourses about the Lord and the romantic encounters of the Lord and the gopis. Imitation devotees, like the Sahajiyas, believe that the preliminary discussions found in the first nine cantos of the Srimad Bhagavatam are to be neglected as peripheral to the “nugget” of the tenth canto. Factually however, the entire Bhagavatam is non-different from the Supreme Personality of Godhead and his most intimate pastimes.
  • The world is a creation of Atma, the Supreme Consciousness, which is present in all phases of the universe. The scriptures have been written to remind those who have forgotten this reality. Socrates also had this idea — that knowledge is not something that is new; it is something that is recollected, something brought back to memory.
  • As soon as Brahma was born of the abdominal lotus flower of Visnu, he was impregnated with Vedic knowledge, and therefore he is known as veda-garbha, or a Vedantist from the embryo. Without Vedic knowledge, or perfect, infallible knowledge, no one can create anything. There is no use in the mundane system of theoretical knowledge. For example, the Big Bang Theory is so full of flaws that the scientific community is now being forced to question it. The Vedic seers recognized this epistemological problem and have concluded that knowledge must be revealed by the perfect knower via the parampara.
  • The inquisitive student must approach a qualified spiritual master to receive transcendental knowledge by surrender, submissive inquiries and service. Knowledge received in this way transforms one’s life, so it is more effective than knowledge received in exchange for money. Sripad Puri Maharaja explains that the spiritual master does not charge anything for that which he himself has received by grace. One cannot sell something for which one has no title. Such acts of giving and reciprocation are necessary components of the proper spiritual realization.
  • Maharaja closes by expanding on the process of receiving perfect knowledge via the parampara versus trying to create something new. Because we are finite beings, such knowledge becomes available according the quality of our surrender and devotion, and according to the will of the Lord. Furthermore, the ultimate realization is not some form of monism, or Vasudeva consciousness. The highest relish comes from understanding the variegated relationships that exist in the spiritual realm.

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