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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-18.

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Chapter-2. The Process of Creation-18.

I was reading a book that was presented to me, entitled Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I went through that book and found it is so interesting, and it gives us the whole technique of sadhana. ‘Zen’ is a Japanese word for meditation, which is dhyana in Sanskrit and chan in Chinese. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—you will be wondering what kind of subject this is.

The complicated structure of the motorcycle consists of various parts, but usually we are not aware of their existence. We only want to push a button, sit on it, and then ride. But how this button works, how the motorcycle is running, how many parts are involved in it and their cooperative, harmonious activity, with so much affection—can we imagine the total action taking place through the multifarious parts that constitute the motorcycle?

The maintenance of it involves, equally, a great attention paid to each and every part—cleaning every nut and bolt, and so on, …

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-17.

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Vyasa wrote the Srimad Bhagavata in this manner, and Suka is the mouthpiece of this great gospel.

Vyasa taught the Bhagavata to his son Suka, which he reiterated to Parikshit on that particular occasion mentioned already.


The whole of sadhana practice, in all its varieties, is described in the Srimad Bhagavata.

The difficulty in the practice of sadhana is that it is an attempt on our part to reach God.

That is sadhana.

The way in which we have to conduct ourselves inwardly and outwardly in order to attune ourselves to the requirement of God’s presence is our sadhana.

True sadhana is really difficult because it is an adjustment of our personality to the requirements of God’s justice, and nothing can be more difficult than this prospect before us.

As I mentioned, God’s justice is incomprehensible.

It involves the varieties that He has created in the world, all of which are taken into consideration at the same time.

When God thinks, He thinks all t…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-16.

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Thus originated the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana. It is the outcome of the samadhi-consciousness of Vyasa. The Bhagavata is called the Samadhi Bhasha. Vyasa’s language of samadhi is the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana. He has given us the final word, and there is nothing more to say. It is said that after Shakespeare wrote King Lear, he had nothing more to say; or some say that after Shakespeare wrote The Tempest, he threw his magic wand into the ocean as there was nothing more to write.

Some such thing is also told about the Srimad Bhagavata. When Vyasa wrote the Srimad Bhagavata, there was nothing more for him to tell humanity. All knowledge is comprehended within this scripture. Vyasochhishtam jagat sarvam is an old saying: Whatever has been spoken from the mouth of Vyasa is all the knowledge about the world. Whatever we find in the world, we will find here; and whatever we cannot find here, we will not find anywhere else. That is the vastness and…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-15.

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The glory of God is the subject of the Srimad Bhagavata.

How can the glory of God be described?

Is it possible for any mind to think what greatness God is?

Whatever we say about Him is like a shadow in comparison to the radiance of the sun of the Supreme Being.

Whatever we lack in our personality and find inadequate in this world, we seem to place it in God.

We consider the opposite of all the defects of this world as the qualities of God.

Everything is dying in this world, so we say God is deathless; everything is finite in this world, so we say God is infinite; everything is found only in one place in this world, so we say God is everywhere; everybody knows only certain things in this world, so we say God knows everything; everybody has a little strength, so we say God is all-powerful.

That is to say, we are unable to positively describe what God Himself is, so we describe God as a counterpart of the defects and inadequacies that we see in cre…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-14.

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At that time Narada came and asked, “What is the problem? Why are you looking despondent?”


Vyasa replied, “I have written everything conceivable on dharma, artha and kama in the Mahabharata, yet I feel that something has been left out. I have to complete my mission, but I cannot properly picture what it is that I am expected to do.”


Then Narada said : -

"yatha dharmadayas cartha muni- varyanukirtitah?, na tatha vasudevasya mahima anuvarnnitah" (S.B. 1.5.9).


“You have not sufficiently glorified God in the Mahabharata. This is the defect of your work. You were busy with the narration of the epic—heroes, characters, and their vigorous opposition among themselves. You described the war in a mighty manner, but you have missed one thing. You have not adequately paid your honour, your homage, your tribute to the Almighty Creator of all this. In the Mahabharata epic, you have not expressed your love for God sufficiently. You have placed before…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-13.

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But no particular species can consider this vast concept.

It is not possible because together with the justice that requires a vaster vision of all things in the world, there is an indomitable pressure from inside us to mind our own business and not care what happens to others.

But justice is not like that.


God’s vision is all-pervading and sees all things equally, in every way—with one eye only.

God does not have many eyes.

The many eyes that we speak of in the Visvarupa are actually only one eye, like the many rays of the sun constituting one energy.


So is the process of creation which is described in the Third Skandham of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam, which Brahma himself narrates to Narada on his particular request as to how things came to be at all—again the same question as to what is good for mankind, or what is good for anybody.

To this question, Sukadeva answers by these analogies given through various stories in the Skandhas of the…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-12.

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We are to give justice to everybody, but that is not possible because of the insistence of the personality of each individual.

A snake cares only for itself, and it can strike anyone who comes near it.

It does not think that all are equal.

It is not possible for even a human being to think that all are equal, because the insistence of the body and the survival instinct of the particular personality—the shape into which one is born—is so strong.

But justice is meted out by the judiciary of the cosmos, and that judiciary has an eye everywhere and knows all things that are taking place.

A snake is respected in the same way that a saint is respected; there is no difference.


But for us it is horrible to hear all these things.

Is God as affectionate towards a snake as He is towards a saint or sage?

The point is, there is no comparison of one level with another level.

We have passed through that level, and we were snakes once upon a time.

Would we have…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-11.

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We are to give justice to everybody, but that is not possible because of the insistence of the personality of each individual.

A snake cares only for itself, and it can strike anyone who comes near it.

It does not think that all are equal.

It is not possible for even a human being to think that all are equal, because the insistence of the body and the survival instinct of the particular personality—the shape into which one is born—is so strong.

But justice is meted out by the judiciary of the cosmos, and that judiciary has an eye everywhere and knows all things that are taking place.

A snake is respected in the same way that a saint is respected; there is no difference.


But for us it is horrible to hear all these things.

Is God as affectionate towards a snake as He is towards a saint or sage?

The point is, there is no comparison of one level with another level.

We have passed through that level, and we were snakes once upon a time.

Would we have…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-10.

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A tree has to be a tree, a snake has to be a snake, a frog has to be a frog, and an elephant has to be an elephant.

Whatever one is, one has a right to exist.

The right to exist is the prerogative given by God’s ordinance that no one can destroy another living being, because each one has a right to exist.

That is the important point in the evolutionary process.

In every stage, we find that all stages are equally important.

Every stage is a level of reality—a kingdom, we may say, a kind of principality or empire which is inhabited by citizens of that particular stage, and all those citizens are as valid as citizens of any other realm.


We consider human beings as everything.

We think of peace in the world—world peace.

Generally, as human beings, we only think of peace for humanity, and not for lions and snakes.

We do not think of their peace, as it is not our intention.

We do not want peace for any animal or insect in the world; our attitude is th…