Apr 25

April 10, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — HH Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from the Srimad Bhagavatam

Topic: Progressive Knowledge of the Supreme Lord

Here is the recording of the April 10, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • The Personality of Godhead may not be present before one’s eyes, but if one is sincere in wanting such guidance the Lord will send a bona fide devotee who can guide one properly back home, back to Godhead. A sinful soul cannot approach the Lord directly, but he can very easily approach a pure devotee of the Lord.
  • The conception of Brahman, realization of one’s spiritual nature, is the first step, due to the Lord’s and the soul’s distinction from the illusory conception of material existence. However, the ultimate realization of Brahman is meeting the source of the Brahman effulgence, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One must understand all three features of the Lord — Brahman, Paramatma (Supersoul) and Bhagavan — to attain the fullness of affection for the Lord (prema).
  • The Lord is the full, naked, uncontaminated object of affection for all living entities because He is the Supersoul residing within everyone’s heart. The relationship with the Lord is never broken; thus there is no grief and no fear. In the material world the sense activities are not without grief. However, sense gratification in the spiritual world is uninterrupted and unbroken by material contamination because the senses are purified.
  • The living entity is unborn and eternal. The living entity is not exhausted even though the material body is vanquished. However, devotees are naturally inclined to become associates of the Lord rather than merge in the spiritual existence. The devotees, therefore, following their constitutional instincts, achieve the desired goal of becoming servitors, friends, fathers, mothers or conjugal lovers of the Lord.
  • The material body develops according to the desires of the living entity. However, after annihilation of the material body, the living entity who has developed a desire for Krishna’s service, is at once awarded the necessary spiritual body befitting his association with the Lord.
  • In the Bhagavad-gita it is confirmed that by His potencies alone He is present everywhere and anywhere. Everything that is manifested rests on His potency only, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead is always aloof from everything. The potency and the potent are simultaneously one and different from one another.
  • The Lord, being absolute, is nondifferent from the science of God, Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Bhagavata Purana is therefore the direct incarnation of the Lord in the form of transcendental sound, and one should receive this transcendental knowledge from the bona fide representative of the Lord in the chain of disciplic succession.
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam is the philosophy of devotional service and the scientific presentation of man’s relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. With the beginning of the age of Kali, human society gradually became influenced by four sinful principles — illegitimate connection with women, intoxication, gambling and unnecessary killing of animals — blinding mankind to the ultimate goal of life. For such a blind society in the darkness of ignorance, Srimad-Bhagavatam is the torchlight to see things in proper perspective.
  • Those who are not completely free from the clutches of the Lord’s external energy should devoutly hear regularly about the activities of the Lord in relation with the external energy. They should not foolishly jump up to the activities of the internal energy such as His rasa-lila. A devotee must begin reading or hearing the Srimad-Bhagavatam from the very beginning.
  • Sripad Puri Maharaja clarifies that mere theoretical “knowledge about” Krishna can lead to imaginary conceptions. Realized knowledge only comes as a consequence of purification. He adds further that direct perception of the Lord comes from the Paramatama, not from the senses directly.

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