Bhagavad Saptaha (V)

Friday, 6 July 2012

            Maharaj Parikhit was so influential that he reigned upon Kaliyuga, and earth consisting of 7 islands was also under his full command. There was no lapse in his performance of religion and wealth. Despite of possessing so much wealth and properity, he left everything and took shelter of Srimad Bhagavattam. He had the capability of this strange sacrifice.
            In the Bhagavattam it is said that if you want your welfare than at first divide the four Purushartha (significance of human being) dharma (religion/duty), artha (wealth), kama (desire/lust), mokhsha (salvation). Observe, why is dharma for; to get complete release of all bindings. To get release from all kinds of bondage is dharma. Now what are these bondages? Bondages of wealth, bondages from senses, mind, personal unrealizable longing, egotism etc. and liberation is release from all the above mentioned slaveries and getting established in the real self. Liberation means to expel ignorance and illusion and attain emancipation. “Swatrantang paramang padam” Swatantra (independence) is parama pada (best position). You all, we ourselves whatsoever dharma we perform, the purpose is release from repression. Earning money by doing dharma that is not the product of dharma, that is binding. If you ask, than what is the result of dharma, than the answer is “Dhnayata dharma” Dharmasya  dharmarhtasya dharmaikantasya”. If you have riches than with that do welfare to others, eradicate their miseries, do beneficial activities for the society, state, country and in this way acquire dharma. The result of dharma is not enjoying it, the result is moksha (salvation) not wealth. Than what is the result of enjoyment, the result is life accomplishment, and to fulfill that accomplishment you need to feed yourself, sleep, drink etc to keep you body healthy. All objects in this domestic life is meant for protecting and simply executing our life, not for gratifying the senses, not for pleasing the mind, not to fulfill the wishes, not to fulfill our lust, because desires, longings are never fulfilled as their nature is “kamasya nendriya pritirlavo jivet javata”, so as much it is required to carry out our life, we should have only that much, not more than that. Wealth is for dharma not for enjoying and enjoyment is only for life maintenance not for satisfying the senses.
            Now the question may arise that what is the use of holding life. The answer “Jibasya tattvajignyasa nartho jasheha karmavi” life is not for doing lots of work the greatest job is to know the truth. Knowledge of truth is the outcome of life. Without the awareness of truth, whatever we speak or whatever we do, whether it is right or wrong, could not be properly ascertained. Without the knowledge of truth anything said or done is nothing else but following a blind successive order. What is virtue and what is vice, if we don’t know accurately, than we could not find out the cause, and unless and until we realize the truth we are unable to detect it. Similarly we are dependent upon the knowledge of truth to know about the next world, about jiva-iswara etc.etc. When we speak the truth, when we preserve truth, than only we can attain truth. Unless and until we get the knowledge of truth in our life till then it is nothing else than wandering around in the dark, so to make our life truthful is the only unavoidable necessity.
            Blind succession is not true, whatever I hear, I honour, I think, all that is not true. What is truth in the eyes of the Lord, that is real truth. To know that truth and achieve it, that is the success of life. To know what is true in the eyes of Lord, you to have to cause to meet your eyes together with that of the Lord. The eyes which visualize the Lord that same eye will visualize the truth.
            Now please see whom Srimad Bhagavattam has declared as truth. In the first skanda it is described consecutively.
                        vadanti tat tattva-vidas
                        tattva yaj jnanam advayam
                        brahmeti paramätmeti
                        bhagavan iti sabdyate
            Learned great soul states tattva as truth. Those objects or subject, which are known to be as tattva are nothing accept Iswara. Infact there is no difference between the knower and the known. One Paramatma is the universal nature, beyond past, overall witness, total existence, there is nothing else except Him. He is known as Brahma, Paramatma and Bhagavan.
            To know this truth, the order, the method, which is to be followed, that is as described in Srimad Bhagavattam.
                        susrusoh sraddhadanasya         
                        syan mahat-sevaya viprah
            The meaning is first go to a sacred place, take good association of the great souls. Hear about the Lord and have respect in Him. When there is respect in the heart and sayings in the ear, taste increases. Next when there is worship and austerity the meaningless intentions are ceased, aberration of lust, anger and greed are destroyed. This aberration covers the Lord in our heart. The lust displays as enviousness, greed displays as wealth and anger shows enmity.
            As a result we could not see God, we forget and stare at the samsara. Bhagavad says when bhakti arises in the heart, lust-anger etc. all rajaguna and tamaguna nature could not make us unhappy, because our heart becomes fixed in the Truth (indestructible tattva). Our heart becomes dirt free and complacent, the thoughts of samsara make the mind gloomy and thoughts (visual) of Paramatma in every particle makes our heart cheerful. To purify the heart is outcome of all kinds of austerities. When we see something or somebody else that thing or that person comes and settles down in our mind. It brings lust, or greed or anger along. But if our eyesight are fastened with the Lord, than we don’t have to observe anything or anybody else.
            Bhagavad bhakti cleanses our heart and when it is cleansed we can have the sight of the Lord. Relationship with samsara is binding; there is no fault in mixing with others, behavior, etiquette, etc. but thinking somebody as friend and somebody as enemy, that kind of thought is binding.
            In this samsara friend becomes enemy and enemy changes to friend. A friend will be a friend forever and so is the enemy, such kind of rule is not there in this samsara. Only God remains the same forever and so He is our real friend, He is everything.
            Srimad Bhagavattam is such a wonderful scripture, but why? Because it shows the rule about how to earn money, how to enjoy desires, code of religiosity, devotion to God and way to get connected with Him, to emerge in the love of God,
 all kinds of Purushartha (meaning of human life), Panchampurusartha (there are four purusartha – religion, wealth, fulfill desire and salvation and panchampurusartha means the fifth one which is bhakti). to be continued
(A part of the Summary of Srimad Bhagavattam translated from the diary of Sri Gurudeb)