Bhagavad Saptaha (II)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Srimad Bhagavattam, the harbinger of happiness
            Lord is ever present everywhere, in every particle, that is what dharma teaches. Visualize Lord everywhere and purify your heart, the root cause of all miseries is forgetfulness of Paramatma, the Creator of the entire creation, and this forgetfulness of Paramatma is detachment from Bhagavan. The prime inquiry of Srimad Bhagavatam is “Dharma kang saranang gataha” where is dharma today, under whose refuge is dharma, the reply is, the protector, the sender and prime outcome of dharma is Bhagavan and when people do not have respect and devotion towards Bhagavan, their vision turns towards samsara, so envisage God in every living entity and feel Him. Think that one who is giving me suffering is bestowing bairagya (detachment) in me and one who is giving me happiness is binding me in samsara. Srimad Bhagavad has incarnated to decontaminate our heart, when our heart becomes purified; our faculty of senses also becomes purified, and when faculty of senses becomes purified our decision, our behavior also becomes purified. In this way when the behavior of each and everybody becomes purified, than this illusory samsara becomes filled with happiness and Srimad Bhagavat is the harbinger of this message of happiness. Srimad Bhagavat awakens knowledge in human beings and releases him from sin, not only sin but also its outcome, heat/sorrow. In the introduction of Srimad Bhagavad it is said that “tapatrya binashaya Shri Krishnaya bhayang namaha”. Sin is the tool from where miseries originate and results in heat, but listening Srimad Bhagavatam all previous sins and sorrows becomes limited and hence it is said that when the name of the Lord enters our heart through our ears, immediately all impurities are removed. Something unknown becomes known if somebody acquaints us, similarly it is possible to percept an eternal imperceptible object or person if somebody introduces Him. Although it is eternally imperceptible but still the provision is same that is he should be introduced by words and speeches otherwise an object or a person’s acquaintance could never be done. Nose, ear, eyes will not function until somebody introduces through words. So as for visualizing a form the eyes are the authority, similarly to identify something unidentified, the words acts as an authority, the words which introduces us with the Truth. The purport is, all the sins and sorrow we have in our heart that will only remove by hearing Srimad Bhagavat. Another subject is, a person who is thirsty, could not quench his thirst simply by asking for water, as water is in a distance from him and as water is a inanimate object, hence it could not assume that somebody is asking for it, but in regards to Paramatma Bhagavan, that is not the case as He is present everywhere and if somebody wants Him, He understands it and immediately appears because He was present there itself not far away. Thus whenever there is an intention of hearing the pastimes of the Lord comes to mind, the Lord appears and settles down in that intention and if once the Lord appears in the heart, than all other intentions, all other attachments and aversion, all other alliance and misalliance nature will fade away, only God will remain. Hence it is said in Srimad Bhagavatam that there is no performance, no receptacle better than hearing. Immediately while hearing, the Lord approaches, tears comes in eyes, body horripilate and voice becomes indistinct with excessive emotion and at that time the Lord in the form of Absolute Truth becomes directly visible in our heart, so it is said that Srimad Bhagavattam is “nigama sara sarbasya”. If somebody comes under the kalpabrikhya (wish fulfilling tree) in the form of Veda and says “I want daita (duality), the kalpabrikhya will provide him daitya, advaita (non-duality), daita-adviata and will bestow whatever he wishes, but once Shri Subdevji Maharaj arrived under a kalpabrikhya in the form of Vedas and at that time the Vedas asked him that Maharaji what do you want, Sukdevji says, I myself don’t want anything, I am settled in the self-revealed pleasures of Brahman and so what do I want, but the kalpavrikhya Vedas says as you have come under me, as you are my guest in the form of Brahman how can I let you go empty handed, come on take this uttam (beyond darkness or ignorance) and the juiciest fruit of my tree, nigama kalpataru galitam phalam, this fruit when it comes into contact with your lips it will become more luscious and thus Mahamuni Sri Vyasdev says that those who are humorous and wants happiness all are being invited, let them come and obtains happiness in this birth itself. See dharma gives unseen happiness and bhakti given both seen and unseen happiness that is why people finds happiness in bhakti, happiness in coming in contact with Bhagavan, happiness in worshiping, happiness in taking the name of the Lord, happiness while thinking about His pastimes. Like these bhakti immediately bestows joy and the antahkaran (internal body/cause) is created as such that not only in this, even in the next world happiness is guaranteed. Knowledge immediately ceases pride and bhakti goes alongwith in both this and the next world. So once ignorance is seized, followed by knowledge and renunciation, knowledge is no separate from the resemblance of God, and there is no need to separate it also, but the special characteristic of bhakti is that it before getting in touch with Paramatma, while getting and after getting, it remains the same. To make the life savory is bhakti towards Bhagavan and in Srimad Bhagavattam, bhakti is foreseen as auspicious for the next world and for promptly meeting the Lord. So please come and listen to Srimad Bhagavatam and while listening Bhakti Devi will come and settle down in your heart, and when Bhakti Devi comes and settles, you will not become grief-stricken while remembering your previous miseries, not become afraid remembering about your previous life and your present illusion will also be set out. To purify your antahkararan (internal body consisting mind, intelligence, thought and ego) there is no other literature and also there is no other performance except Srimad Bhagavattam. To be continued.
(A part of the Summary of Srimad Bhagavattam translated from the diary of Sri Gurudeb)