Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (part 9)

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 12, 1971

But the Visnuduta protects, as Krishna says, that kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati, "My dear Arjuna, you can declare on My behalf that a devotee will never be... A pure devotee..." Always remember - a pure devotee. Devotee means a pure devotee. Contaminated devotee is different. Dvidha(?)-bhakta and suddha-bhakta. Those who are contaminated with material desires, with fruitive activities and mental speculation, they are contaminated devotees. They are not pure devotees. Pure devotees means anyabhilasita-sunyam, no material desires, no action and fruitive activities, no mental speculation. So he is pure devotee. So that pure devotee in transcendental position is always protected by the Lord.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 12, 1971

Don't think that a devotee will not have enemies. A devotee may have anything. Oh, he may be attacked by enemies. He may be attacked with severe type of diseases and so many things. But he will be protected. That is the difference between a devotee and a non-devotee. A non-devotee is neglected. That is stated by Prahlada Maharaja, that people may discover so many antibiotics or antiseptics for giving protection, or "anti-" measures, but unless he is given protection by Krishna, all those "anti-" devices will not protect, help him. That is certain. Therefore we should take protection only of Krishna. Otherwise our all protective measures will fail. When Ravana was attacked by Ramachandra... He was a great devotee of Lord Siva, so he began to pray.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 14, 1971

In whatever activities you are engaged... My Guru Maharaja condemns the... Mana tumi kisera vaisnava, pratisthara tare nirjanera ghare, tara hari-nama kevala kaitava, He says that in a corner, in a secluded place, you are chanting in a cheating process for cheap adoration. Why? Because he knows that those who are neophytes, if they imitate the chanting, they simply waste their time. Therefore, he should be engaged in other activities because he has got the power at the present moment, karma... Karma means activities. This whole world is full of activities. Therefore this karma should be changed into bhakti, in devotional service. It appears like karma, but it is not karma. It is bhakti. Here also... Just like Krishna is doing something. That is not karma. That is transcendental. Similarly, a devotee in Krishna consciousness, for service of Krishna, if he is engaged which looks superficially as karma, that is not karma. That is bhakti.

The sahajiyas, they do not know it. They think that "We shall sit in a secluded place and chant, imitating Haridasa." We have seen it. Their imitation is useless. They fall down. Therefore, they must be always engaged in some activities. Otherwise, he'll be attracted by the modes of ignorance and passion. Etavatalam agha-nirharanaya. Agha means the reaction of sinful activities. Every one of us, anyone who is in this material world, he is sinful. Without being sinful, nobody is here in this material world. If he's not sinful, then he'll be immediately transferred. Yesam anta-gatam papam jananam punya-karmanam. Immediately transferred to the spiritual world. He has... Just like a person who has finished his criminal punishment, immediately he is released from the prison. Similarly, a person who is freed from the resultant action of sinful activities, he immediately becomes liberated.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 15, 1971

According to Mayavadi school, the Absolute Truth is imperson. In the Bhagavad-gita it is also said, kleso 'dhikataras tesam, adhikataras tesam avyaktasakta-cetasam. Say, for meditation, it is very difficult to meditate on impersonal feature. Therefore, they artificially think like that: "I am the whole. I am moving the stars, I am moving the moon." Or some color display is taking place. Artificially. This meditation is artificial. Therefore, they do not get any result. Simply waste time, and they remain the number one debauch, as they are. So this kind of meditation... Because they will not put any form... "The Brahman is impersonal." So how they can think of any form? It is very difficult to adjust. Therefore Bhagavad-gita says,kleso 'dhikataras tesam . They want to meditate upon impersonal Brahman, but it is very troublesome. Because Brahman is not impersonal, but force, they want to make Brahman impersonal.

So in order to mitigate this troublesome position, some of their acaryas, Sankaracarya, has said that "You imagine a form. There is no real form, but you imagine some form." And he has recommended five forms. The first form is Durga, Sakti. The second form is Surya, the sun, sun worshiper. And the third form is Ganesa, and the fourth form is Siva. And the fifth form is Vishnu. Of course, these are the different stages of spiritual development. Durga... Durga means the material power, energy. So when a person is in the lowest stage of material existence, he realizes some power. That's a fact. The scientists also, they realize some power, there is some power in the material world. They go on searching after what is the ultimate power, but they cannot find it out. That is not possible. But they accept that there is some power, nature's power. So that is the stage of sakta stage, Durga worship. Then... Power... Just like modern scientists, they also have gone to the power of the sun. That power, another power. That power is sun, and that is called saura, worshiping the sun. Just like there is a Parsi community in India. Fire worship is recommended in the Vedas. So that powerful sun, sun-god, they worship the sun. That is the stage of saura, saura stage. And then, next is the power vox populi, the power of the votes. That is the stage of Ganapati. Gana... Gana means the number of people. Just like in nationalism they are counting upon the power. In this way, they realize some sort of power, I mean to say, moving force or the soul. That is the stage of... They say, sivo 'ham. Sivo 'ham. Aham brahmasmi. That is the stage of saiva. And when they expand that, that "This power, this spiritual power, soul, is all over, all-pervading, impersonal Brahman," that is... They, sometimes they accept Vishnu. Vishnu means all-pervading. But their realization of Vishnu is impersonal.

(....To be continued)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 1)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 2)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 3)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 4)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 5)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 6)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 7)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 8)

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