Kandam-1: "Creation" continued----

Chapter 2  
Divinity and Divine Service

(1) Completely satisfied with the correct questions of the sages there, the son of Romaharshana [Sûta] tried to reply after thanking them for their words.

(2) Sûta said: "He [S'ukadeva] who went away to live with the renounced order without the prescribed ceremony of reform of the sacred thread, made Vyâsadeva, being afraid of the separation exclaim: 'O my son!', and all the trees and all living beings responded sympathizing in the heart of the sage.

(3) Let me offer my obeisances to him, who from his experience of life, as the only transcendental torchlight in desiring to overcome the darkness of material existence of materialistic men, assimilated the cream of the Vedas and out of his causeless mercy conveyed the very confidential holy story as the master of the great sages.

(4) After offering first one's obeisances to Nara-Nârâyana, the [Lord as the] supermost human being, the goddess of learning and Vyâsadeva, let then all be announced that is needed for the conquering.

(5) Your questions about Lord Krishna are of relevance for the welfare of the world because they satisfy the true self.

(6) For mankind it is certainly the best way to attain to uninterrupted service to the transcendental without further motives. 

(7) Serving Krishna this way one will find detachment and causeless knowledge. 

(8) What mankind does in it's duties according to each his own position, is useless labor leading nowhere, if it does not lead to the message of this attraction to God. 

(9) One's occupational activities are certainly meant for ultimate liberation and not for the end of material gain, neither is, according to the sages, the material progress of the dutiful ones in devotional service meant for the attainment of sense-gratification.

 (10) One's longing is not so much there for sense-gratification, profit and self-preservation, but instead are one's occupational activities meant for no other purpose than inquiring after the Absolute Truth.

 (11) The learned souls say that the reality of nondual knowledge is known as Brahman, Paramâtmâ, and Bhagavân [the impersonal, localized and personal aspect].

(12) The sages who with the good of knowledge and detachment are of serious inquisition, will see within themselves and the Supersoul in devotional service, exactly that, of what they have heard from in the Vedas. 

(13) So by the human being, o best of the twice born, the highest perfection of occupational duties according to the divisions of status and vocation is achieved in the pleasing of the Lord.

(14) With one's mind thus fixed, the Lord who protects the devotees is heard, glorified, remembered and worshiped constantly. 

(15) Who will not attend to this message of intelligently remembering the Lord which gives one the sword for cutting through the bonds of materially motivated labor [karma]? 

(16) One who listens with care and attention in respect of Vâsudeva, will find affinity with the message through the devotional service rendered to pure devotees, o learned ones, and be purified from all vice. 

(17) Those who developed this hearing of Krishna His own words will find virtue listening and singing and will certainly in their hearts see their desire to enjoy purified by the benefactor of the truthful. 

(18) By regular attention to that knowledge all the inauspicious will lose its hold, and thus serving the Supreme Lord with transcendental prayers, loving service irrevocably comes into being.

 (19) With the heart established like that, one will be fixed in goodness and become happy without further being affected by the lust, desire and yearning that arises from passion and ignorance. 

(20) The mind enlivened in that association of service to the Lord, will find the reality of liberated wisdom becoming effective. 

(21) Seeing the self that way as being the master will certainly cut the knots in the heart and terminate the chain and misery of materially motivated actions [karma]. 

(22) Therefore all transcendentalists have for certain always delighted in the service to Lord Krishna - it enlivens the soul.

 (23) The ultimate benefit of the transcendental personality, that is associated with as well the material qualities of nature of goodness, passion and ignorance (slowness) as with the maintainer Vishnu, the creator Brahmâ and the destroyer S'iva, is of course for the human being found in the form of the quality of goodness [Vishnu].

 (24) As we have the firewood from sacrifices stemming from the earth producing smoke, so we also have passion stemming from ignorance leading to the goodness from which the essential nature is realized.

(25) Whoever follows these sages who before thus rendered service to the transcendental Lord that is above these three modes of nature, deserves the same benefit. 

(26) Rejecting the less attractive forms of demigods, they are devoted to the many forms of Lord Vishnu without any envy.

 (27) Those who are slow and of passion, desire wealth, power and progeny clinging to the forefathers and other beings of cosmic control.

 (28-29) But Lord Krishna is the object of knowledge, the purpose of the sacrifices and the yoga, the controller of all material activity, the supreme knowledge, the austerity, the quality of the religion and the goal of life. 

(30) From the beginning of the manifestation He, by this internal potency, has been the cause and effect of all forms and the transcendental Absolute of the modes of nature.

 (31) Although He appears from them to be just a part of the modes of the creation having entered into it, He is fully enlightened being above it in consciousness.

 (32) He, as the Supersoul, pervades all living beings as the source of the creation like fire does in wood and shines forth as different living entities, at the same time being the Absolute Person. 

(33) That Supersoul, created the subtle senses influenced by the modes of nature by entering the living beings in His own creation, causing them to enjoy those modes. 

34) Thus He maintains all in the mode of goodness performing His pastimes mastering all worlds of divine, human and animalistic beings, being incarnated Himself."  


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