Bhagavad Saptaha (I)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Introduction-Glories of Srimad Bhagavattam
            Uddhab prays to Sri Krishna “Prabhu, after satisfying the needs of your devotees, giving them all kinds of happiness, you will disappear, after that where will we find your pastimes, your philosophy of religion”. Lord Sri Krishna says “Uddhab, previously when I departed I used to return back to Vaikuntha, or enter Ksirasagara, but this time after I disappear, I will reside in the rasa samudra (juicy ocean) which is, in the form of Srimad Bhagavattam”. Hence Sri Krishna although externally disappeared but makes his presence in this nectarine ocean, and those directly percept utterances, speeches, of Lord Sri Krishna is thus manifested in front of our eyes in the form of Srimad Bhagavattam.
             When Lord Sri Krishna incarnates, the rasas tasted by the mortal world with its own eyes and other senses, those rasas can still be perceived by us by hearing Srimad Bhagavattam. That happiness, that feelings is not a subject of indirect but direct perception, the reason is, that Lord has not returned back to the next world, neither He disappeared, but has revealed Himself in the form of Srimad Bhagavattam. So when the question came up as to who should be allowed to drink the juice of Bhagavattam, whether Parikshit Maharaj or the demigods of heaven, Sri Sukdev Goswami Maharaj disregarding the demigods makes Sri Parikshit Maharaj drink the nectarine juice of Srimad Bhagavattam. There cannot be any comparison in between the nectar of heaven and the nectar of Srimad Bhagavattam.
            Narada Muni after wandering the entire globe at last visits dharma pradhan (chief of all religious activities) Bharatvarsha’s, Bharat khanda (section). Here he visits different kinds of places of pilgrimage but does not find mental peace, could not find happiness and religiosity anywhere. Extremely worried, when he arrived at the banks of Jamuna in Vrindavan he senses a transcendental feeling. The object which could not viewed, Sri Naradji had the vision of that object in his own eyes. Bhakti (devotion), gyan (knowledge), bairagya (detachment) these are not physical forms, they cannot be viewed as persons but can be percepted by bhava (emotion). In the heart bhakti arrives, gyan comes and bairagya comes. In the human form nobody can visualize these supernatural demigods, but Devarshi Narada when he arrives at Vrindavan, in front of his eyes the formless takes form. He visualizes Bhaktidevi, full grown, beautiful young lady full of divinity but her two sons gyan and bairagya are aged and unconscious, means in Vrindavan bhakti is served, caressed but gyan and bairagya does not, here there is no appreciation of gyan and bairagya, no buyer. Naradji wonders, without gyan,bairagya how can bhakti be complete. Attachment and affection towards samsara, detachment from that attachment and affection and bhatki as the sole object, is the only achievement, that gyana is very important. But Naradji could not find gyan and bairagya in awaking condition; both of them are sons of bhakti, means outcome of bhakti. Absence of attachment and aversion is bairagya. Bhaktidevi narrates Naradji about birth, intelligence and present pathetic condition of her two sons and prays to kindly bring them back to senses. Naradji than recites Vedas-Upanisadhs etc. in a loud voice in their ears but could not bring them back to their senses and remove their fatigue. Narad Maharaj becomes very thoughtful, right at that time he hears a celestial voice that Devarshi by satkarma-anusthan (performance of truthful activities) gyan, bairgya will regain back their consciousness. What is sat-karma Narada asks, when you have a meeting with sat-purush (truthful person) they will tell you about sat-karma. After that Naradji takes shelter of four kumars, Sanak, Sananda, Sanatan & Sanatkumar who were renowned in describing shruti. They, with their theoretical lessons remove the miseries of Naradji. Naradji invites bhakti, gyan, bairagya and all the other rishis of the fourteen universes in Ananda Twat, Haridwar where the four kumars recites Srimad Bhagavattam and hearing this gyan, bairagya becomes hale and hearty and regains their complete youthfulness. Srimad Bhagavattam is ammalam puranam, where excellence of devotee in sung above to God. Bhagavan singing the glories of Bhakta is what Bhagavattam is all about. The chief provable subject matter of Srimad Bhagavattam is creation which originates and dissolves in Sri Bhagavan. An object from which it is created, by which it is protected, in which it dissolves, that object cannot be separated from that principal object. This samsara, this universe is the form of Paramatma, His recreation, His luxury, His delight and His astonishing pastimes is what it is all about. In fact the attachment and aversion which appears in our heart, what are these, the reason of attachment is partiality, we even commit offences for a person we love and so attachment bring favoritism and from aversion arises anger, revolt and malice which burns our heart in the fire of anger. From attachment and aversion our heart become restless and destroys peace. To be continued.
(A part of the Summary of Srimad Bhagavattam translated from the diary of Sri Gurudeb)