Apr 09

February 20, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja and the devotees read from the Srimad Bhagavatam

Topic: Overview of the Incarnations of the Lord

Here is the recording of the February 20, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • Lord Brahma refers to the incarnations of the four sanas [Sanaka, Sanat-kumara, Sanandana and Sanatana] who renovated knowledge of the Absolute Truth, knowledge which had been erased from the universe after the last devastation.
  • We then hear about the twin incarnation, Narayana and Nara, where the Lord exhibited His personal ways of austerity and penance. In his purport, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada provides an excellent discussion of celibacy and the foundation of the renounced orders.
  • The next verse speaks to the complete absence of lust and wrath in the behavior of the Lord. The transcendental devotee can become free from lust and wrath by the practice of bhakti-yoga, whereby one learns to become a humble servant of the Spiritual Master.
  • Next we are introduced to the activities of Prince Dhruva who chanted om namo bhagavate vasudevaya as instructed by his spiritual master, Narada Muni. By fixing his mind on the Absolute Truth at a very early age, Lord Visnu was induced to incarnate as Prsnigarbha to deliver the Prince from the injustice imposed by his stepmother.
  • The Lord, by His causeless mercy, descended as Prthu, the son of Maharaja Vena. Because Maharaja Vena had deviated from the scriptural injunctions and ignored the instructions of the learned brahmanas, his life descended into a hellish existence. However, by the efforts of Prthu, Maharaja Vena was saved and the disorders on earth were rectified.
  • We then learn of the incarnation of the Lord as Rsabhadeva, who practiced jada-yoga, a severe discipline where the practitioner attempts to subdue the senses with self-inflicted pain on the material body. In the last stage of His life, He would lie in his own stool, which possessed a flower-like fragrance. Such practice is impossible for a normal person, especially in this Kali Yuga. Thus, we are enjoined to practice bhakti-yoga to subdue the material senses.
  • We are then briefly introduced to the Lord’s appearance as Hayagriva in a sacrifice performed by Lord Brahma. Finally, we are introduced to the Lord’s fish incarnation where He saves all the living entities and the Vedas at the end of the millenium.
  • Unlike the jada-yogis, Sripad Puri Maharaja explains that we become insentient to material affairs when our sole focus is to serve Krsna. He then discusses the upcoming celebration of the appearance of Lord Nityananda.
  • Maharaja closes by recounting the pastime of Brghu Muni who showed disrespect to Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and Lord Visnu to determine who was the greatest. Offenses made with the mind, the words and the body are increasingly more severe.

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