May 30

May 29, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja read from Srimad Bhagavatam. Followed by a brief discussion.

Here is the recording of the May 29, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada carefully distinguishes between Paramatma and jivatma. Unlike the Lord, the material form of the living being is neither eternal, full of knowledge, nor blissful. However, the conditioned soul can regain his form of eternal knowledge and bliss by means of bhakti-yoga, which includes regular reading and hearing of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
  • Knowledge of the spiritual sky can be known only by dint of devotional service, or bhakti-yoga. Brahmaji was bewildered in the matter of creation, and he could not even trace out the source of his own existence. But all this knowledge was fully achieved by the grace of the Lord through bhakti-yoga.
  • When Lord Brahma was perplexed about how to construct the material manifestations of the universe and went down within the water to find out the means and the source of his lotus seat, he heard the word tapa (penance) vibrated twice. Taking the path of tapa is the second birth of the desiring disciple. One who is initiated in the disciplic succession is able to achieve the same result or power of creation. Chanting this holy mantra is the only shelter of the desireless pure devotee of the Lord. Simply by such tapasya, or penance, the devotee of the Lord achieves all perfections like Lord Brahma.
  • Brahma is the original spiritual master for the universe, and since he was initiated by the Lord Himself, the message of Srimad-Bhagavatam is coming down by disciplic succession. In order to receive the real message of Srimad-Bhagavatam one should approach the current link, or spiritual master, in the chain of disciplic succession. If a person is posted under the guidance of such a bona fide spiritual master, there is no doubt that such a person has achieved the grace of the Lord.
  • Lord Brahma underwent penances for one thousand celestial years. His acceptance of the sound was due to his pure vision of the absolute nature of the Lord. He made no distinction between the Lord and the Lord’s instruction because there is no difference between the Lord and the sound vibration coming from Him.
  • Lord Brahma controlled his two grades of senses by engaging his senses in the execution of the order of the Lord. Therefore controlling the senses means engaging them in the transcendental service of the Lord. Execution of the order of the bona fide spiritual master is factual control of the senses. Such execution of penance, in full faith and sincerity, made Brahmaji so powerful that he became the creator of the universe.
  • The Personality of Godhead, being thus very much satisfied with the penance of Lord Brahma, was pleased to manifest His personal abode. Realization of the transcendental abodes of the Lord is possible only through devotional service, and thus the devotees enter into such abodes.
  • Sripad Puri Maharaja explains in more detail the two grades of senses which differentiate between the physical organs of perception and the sensing capacity itself. This amounts to the difference between the gross and subtle.
  • Penance means to accept sacrifice and trouble for the service of Lord Krishna. Sripad Puri Maharaja states that a devotee’s sacrifice in bhakti-yoga is higher than the sacrifice of a soldier in giving up his life. A higher sense of purpose arises within such individuals. Working to satisfy the Lord returns the highest reward, a real and substantial thing. Therefore, we must take inspiration from the lives of the saints and the acharyas.

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