Aug 07

August 7, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — Sripad Bhakti Niskama Shanta Maharaja read from the Srimad Bhagavatam

Topic: The Lord is the Supreme Controller of the Senses

Here is the recording of the August 7, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

  • The Lord is a person (nara) and the transcendental water created from the Supreme Person is called naara. Because the Lord lies upon that water, He is called Naaraayana.
  • The material world and the conditioned living entities exist only by the mercy of the Lord. The living entities are completely dependent on the energy of the Lord, and all their scientific improvements will be crushed into dust when the Lord desires.
  • From the Bhagavad-Gita 9.7: “At the end of each millennium the creative forces, namely the material nature and the living entities who struggle in the material nature, all merge together into the transcendental body of the Lord, and again when the Lord desires to manifest them, all of them are again displayed by the Lord.”
  • Thus, everything in he cosmos is an emanation from the Lord (Maha-Vishnu), and nothing is different from Him. But, since all these energies have specific functions and displays, they are simultaneously different from the Lord.
  • Differing from the conditioned living entities, the liberated living entities are unconditionally surrendered souls. They are not subject to the conditions of creation and annihilation.
  • As the fountainhead of the living force, sense energy, mental force, and bodily strength are all generated within the transcendental body of the manifesting Maha-Vishnu. When this total energy is moving, all other living entities move. When the total energy stops endeavoring, all other living entities stop sensual activities.
  • The desire for sense perception exists within the Supreme. Therefore, the Supreme Cause is not impersonal or without desire. Therefore, such desires can then take place within the individual persons. The relationships arising between adhibutam (the forms of material bodies), adhidaivam (the controlling deity), and adhyatmam (the living entity), as well as the gradual development of the different senses are briefly explained. In summary, the living entities see when the Lord sees, they hear when the Lord hears. The living entity can do nothing independently.
  • The living entity who claims to be the lord of his senses is under the stringent control of the external energy, thus there is no question of liberation from the illusory clutches of maya. Having been captivated by the external energy, such deluded beings “have completely forgotten the Supreme Lord Visnu, and have taken it for granted that this life, as presently manifested under the conditions of material nature, is all-in-all for enjoying the highest amount of sense gratification. But such a wrong conception of life cannot give anyone the desired peace of mind….” Man can attain the highest perfection of life by worshiping the Supreme Lord and by performing sacrifice for the sake of the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who is all-pervading and by whose control every living being acquires his desired facilities, according to his personal propensity.

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