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Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.24.

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.24.: Skandham-5. Chapter-5. Slokam-24. dhrta   tanur    usati     me    purami yeneha    sattvam     paramam    pavitram samo ...

Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.24.

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Skandham-5.

Chapter-5.

Slokam-24.


dhrta   tanur    usati     me    purami

yeneha    sattvam     paramam    pavitram

samo     damah     satyam     anugrahas    ca

tapas    titiksanubhavas    ca     yatra.


dhrta  =  maintained by transcendental education; 

tanuh  =  body; 

usati  =  free from material contamination; 

me  =  My; 

purami  =  eternal; 

yena  =  by whom; 

iha  =  in this material world; 

sattvam  =  the mode of goodness; 

paramam  =  supreme; 

pavitram  =  purified; 

samah  =  control of the mind; 

damah  =  control of the senses; 

satyam  =  truthfulness; 

anugrahah  =  mercy; 

ca  =  and; 

tapah  =  austerity; 

titiksa  =  tolerance; 

anubhavah  =  realization of God and the living entity; 

ca  =  and; 

yatra  =  wherein.



The Vedas are My eternal transcendental sound incarnation. Therefore the Vedas are sabda-brahmam. In this world, the brahmanas thoroughly study all the Vedas, and because they assimilate the Vedic conclusions, they are also to be considered the Vedas personified. The brahmanas are…

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatam : 5.5.23.

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatam : 5.5.23.: Skandham-5. Chapter-5. Slokam-23. O respectful brahmanas, as far as I am concerned, no one is equal or superior to the b...

Srimad Bhagavatam : 5.5.23.

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Skandham-5.


Chapter-5.


Slokam-23.


O respectful brahmanas, as far as I am concerned, no one is equal or superior to the brahmanas in this world. I do not find anyone comparable to them. When people know My motive after performing rituals according to the Vedic principles, they offer food to Me with faith and love through the mouth of a brahmana. When food is thus offered unto Me, I eat it with full satisfaction. Indeed, I derive more pleasure from food offered in that way than from the food offered in the sacrificial fire.


According to the Vedic system, after the sacrificial ceremony the brahmanas are invited to eat the remnants of the offered food. When the brahmanas eat the food, it is to be considered directly eaten by the Supreme Lord. Thus no one can be compared to qualified brahmanas. The perfection of evolution is to be situated on the brahminical platform. Any civilization not based on brahminical culture or guided by brahmanas is certainly a condemned civilization. Presently human…

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.21 & 22.

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.21 & 22.: Skandham-5. Chapter-5. Slokam-s : 21 & 22. Of the two energies manifest [spirit and dull matter], beings possessing living f...

Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.21 & 22.

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Skandham-5.

Chapter-5.

Slokam-s : 21 & 22.


Of the two energies manifest [spirit and dull matter], beings possessing living force [vegetables, grass, trees and plants] are superior to dull matter [stone, earth, etc.]. Superior to nonmoving plants and vegetables are worms and snakes, which can move. Superior to worms and snakes are animals that have developed intelligence. Superior to animals are human beings, and superior to human beings are ghosts because they have no material bodies. Superior to ghosts are the Gandharvas, and superior to them are the Siddhas. 

Superior to the Siddhas are the Kinnaras, and superior to them are the asuras. Superior to the asuras are the demigods, and of the demigods, Indra, the King of heaven, is supreme. Superior to Indra are the direct sons of Lord Brahma, sons like King Daksha, and supreme among Brahma’s sons is Lord Siva. Since Lord Siva is the son of Lord Brahma, Brahma is considered superior, but Brahma is also subordinate to Me, the Supreme Pers…

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.20.

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.20.: Skandham-5 : "The Creative Impetus" Chapter-5 : Lord Rshabhadeva’s Teachings to His Sons : Slokam-20. My dear bo...

Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.20.

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Skandham-5 : "The Creative Impetus"


Chapter-5 : Lord Rshabhadeva’s Teachings to His Sons :


Slokam-20.


My dear boys, you are all born of My heart, which is the seat of all spiritual qualities. Therefore you should not be like materialistic and envious men. You should accept your eldest brother, Bharata, who is exalted in devotional service. If you engage yourselves in Bharata’s service, your service to him will include My service, and you will rule the citizens automatically.


In this slokam the word hrdaya indicates the heart, which is also called urah, the chest. The heart is situated within the chest, and although instrumentally the son is born with the aid of the genitals, he is actually born from within the heart. According to the heart’s situation. the semen takes the form of a body. Therefore according to the Vedic system, when one begets a child his heart should be purified through the ritualistic ceremony known as garbhadhana. Rshabhadeva’s heart was always uncontaminated…

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.17, 18, & 19.

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.17, 18, & 19.: Skandham-5 : "The Creative Impetus" Chapter-5 : Lord Rshabhadeva’s Teachings to His Sons : Slokam-17, 18, & 19. ...

Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.17, 18, & 19.

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Skandham-5 : "The Creative Impetus"


Chapter-5 : Lord Rshabhadeva’s Teachings to His Sons :


Slokam-17, 18, & 19.


(17)

"If someone is ignorant and addicted to the path of saṁsāra, how can one who is actually learned, merciful and advanced in spiritual knowledge engage him in fruitive activity and thus further entangle him in material existence? If a blind man is walking down the wrong path, how can a gentleman allow him to continue on his way to danger? How can he approve this method? No wise or kind man can allow this."


(18)

“One who cannot deliver his dependents from the path of repeated birth and death should never become a spiritual master, a father, a husband, a mother or a worshipable demigod."

There are many spiritual masters, but Rshabhadeva advises that one should not become a spiritual master if he is unable to save his disciple from the path of birth and death. Unless one is a pure devotee of the Lord, he cannot save himself from the path of repeated bir…

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.15 & 16.

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.15 & 16.: Skandham-5. Chapter-5. Slokam-15. If one is serious about going back home, back to Godhead, he must consider the mercy of ...

Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.15 & 16.

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Skandham-5.


Chapter-5.


Slokam-15.


If one is serious about going back home, back to Godhead, he must consider the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead the summum bonum and chief aim of life. If he is a father instructing his sons, a spiritual master instructing his disciples, or a king instructing his citizens, he must instruct them as I have advised. Without being angry, he should continue giving instructions, even if his disciple, son or citizen is sometimes unable to follow his order. Ignorant people who engage in pious and impious activities should be engaged in devotional service by all means. They should always avoid fruitive activity. If one puts into the bondage of karmic activity his disciple, son or citizen who is bereft of transcendental vision, how will one profit? It is like leading a blind man to a dark well and causing him to fall in.


It is stated in Bhagavad-gita (3.26): “Let not the wise disrupt the minds of the ignorant who are attached to fruitive action. They sho…

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.14.

Srimad Bhagavatham : ( 04/04/2013. ): Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.14.: Skandham-5. ( The creative impetus ) Chapter-5. ( Lord Rshabhadeva's teachings to his sons ) Slokam- 14.  As I have adv...

Srimad Bhagavatham : 5.5.14.

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Skandham-5. ( The creative impetus )


Chapter-5. ( Lord Rshabhadeva's teachings to his sons )


Slokam- 14. 


As I have advised you, My dear sons, you should act accordingly. Be very careful. By these means you will be freed from the ignorance of the desire for fruitive activity, and the knot of bondage in the heart will be completely severed. For further advancement, you should also give up the means. That is, you should not become attached to the process of liberation itself.


The process of liberation is brahma jijnasa, the search for the Absolute Truth. Generally brahma jijnasa is called neti neti, the process by which one analyzes existence to search out the Absolute Truth. This method continues as long as one is not situated in his spiritual life. Spiritual life is brahma-bhūta, the self-realized state. In the words of Bhagavad-gita (18.54): 


“One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments nor desires to have a…