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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-1- 16.

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1: King Parikshit’s Question to Suka Maharishi - 16.

So, ignorance is at the back of the so-called joys of life.

If we know the cause, we will be disappointed in one second.

There is a thief behind this joy that we appear to have in this world.

That thief is trying to rob us of whatever energy we have.

Sankaracharya, in one of his verses, tells us that there are many thieves in this world, and they are ready to rob us of all the treasures that we have in the form of energy.

Our energy becomes depleted through every form of sense contact, and we become old and weak, and then perish due to a total exhaustion of the energy quantum of our personality.


We may say in this sense that the senses are deceivers, but philosophically there is another aspect which makes us give them some credit also when they tell us that all things are not well.

That all things that glitter are not gold is seen by the dissatisfaction that follows.

Whatever be the position that we hold in this world, whatever be …

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-1- 15.

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So, what is good for us is a question that arose in the beginning itself.

The good is not merely the good of this world, which is only a relative good because that which appears to be good now may not be good tomorrow.

Also, even now, the idea that something is good is not complete, because the relativity of the character of the apparent goodness of a thing is due to the cause that is behind the appearance of this goodness, and that cause is completely out of our reasoning.

The reason why we feel satisfaction through contact of the senses with objects is not known to us.

We know only the result, but the cause of it is not known.

Some mysterious action takes place, like the operation of a person controlling puppets in a puppet show.

We see only puppets moving and enjoy the play, not knowing that somebody is manipulating strings to control their activity.

Likewise, we are not aware of what takes place when we contact things in the wo…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-1- 14.

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But the individual, mortal as he is, is unable to deepen the feeling to such an extent, and he is unable to pass through these levels of creation as a needle passes through the thousand rose petals, because the intensity of his feeling is not sufficient.

That is to say, our longing for freedom is not adequately accentuated.

There is a temptation in this world which tells us that there is something here which is good enough, and we need not seek another good in some other realm of creation.

This interpretation of there being something permanently good in this world is provided to us by the wrong activity of the sense organs.

We are caught in the web of sensory activity, which tells us that this world is all.


But the senses also tell us that this world is not all by the dissatisfaction that follows from every kind of so-called satisfaction provided to us by the sense organs.

Because the contact of the senses with objects gives satisf…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-1- 13.

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Though the rise from one level to another level is usually gradual, as is described to us in the Srimad Bhagavata and the Puranas, it is also said that a sudden rise is possible.

It is something like this.

Suppose one thousand rose petals are kept one over the other and a needle is passed through them, we may say that the needle pierced all these petals at one stroke; whereas, in fact, the needle passed gradually through one petal to the other in spite of the impression that it was an instantaneous action.

Similarly, by the force of the power of yoga and meditation, we may compress the total process of the ascent through all the levels of creation into a so-called instantaneous action, though we cannot escape the law of any level of creation.



We may travel quickly by airplane, trudge by foot, or sit in a bullock cart.

If we travel by airplane it takes no time at all to reach our destination, but we have covered the same distance.

H…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-1- 12.

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Thus, as we are ready to bestow thought on what is really good for us, that alone can be considered as ‘good’ which will be valid when we enter the different levels of creation.

That which is good is a single visa that is given to us for entry into all the levels of creation.

Since what is good in this world may not be good in other worlds, if we regard whatever goodness we manifest in our life in this world as the total reality, it may not carry us further to the other worlds, as they may require another qualification from us.

Unless we belong to the other world in some way or the other, we cannot be received in that world. If we are citizens located only in one world, how would we enter into other worlds?

That is why there is a visa system, which is the permission given by one country to an individual from another country to enter.

That is to say, when we enter from one world to another, one country to another, we have to acclima…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-1- 11.

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It is an incomparable scripture.

Its eighteen skandhas represent the eighteen processes of the evolution of the cosmos.

In Indian culture, the word ‘eighteen’ has been regarded as very sacred.

The Bhagavata contains eighteen skandhas, the Mahabharata contains eighteen parvas, the war took place for eighteen days, the Bhagavadgita has eighteen chapters; it is a great mystery.

According to the traditional belief in the computational meaning of numbers, eighteen represents victory.

According to a traditional calculation in India especially, the word ‘eight’ is represented by the word ‘ja’, and the word ‘ya’ is represented by the number ‘one’. In the the old system, letters are read from right to left, not from left to right as we do in the modern system.

So ‘ja’ and ‘ya’ mean ‘jaya’ or victory.

The Mahabharata book also is called Jaya by Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa.


The same question that was raised by Parikshit was also raised by Narada…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-1- 10.

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But, at death, the consciousness withdraws itself.

That is why we feel such a fear; some tremendous upheaval takes place when we leave this body.

The fear of death that was hovering on the mind of Parikshit had to be removed by this kind of great admonition by Sukadeva Maharishi, which is the highlighting feature of the beginning of the second chapter of Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana.


It is believed that this great scripture, the Srimad Bhagavata, is like a delicious nectar.

It is as sweet as kheer because, as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Deva used to say, it is a combination of the sugar of devotion, the energy of the ghee of vairagya, and the milk of knowledge.

Jnana, vairagya, and bhakti – all the three are combined in a wonderful manner in the narration of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana.

Sri Krishna Himself is supposed to be indwelling this wonderful scripture.

We do not physically see the personality of Bhagavan Sri Krishna now,…