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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3 - 5.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 5.

Because of the magnificence and the might of God, the mind may not be in a position to conceive the whole of Him in one stroke.
Even when we look at an ordinary individual, we cannot visualise the entire person at one stroke.
We see only some part of the person for the purpose of our practical activity, and concentration on every limb is not done, generally speaking.
But in order to attract the attention of the mind to the beauty and perfection in every part of the body of God, it is said that everything is madhuram. Adharam-madhuram—everything is sweetness, like sugar candy, where we cannot say that any part is not sweet.
In the case of an ordinary mortal, there is a distinction made between the functions of the head, heart, lungs, feet, hands, and so on, but in the case of the Mighty Person, such distinction is not made.
Any part is as good as any other part. We cannot say that His feet are inferior to His head, as no such comparison…

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Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti -4.

We also have in our scriptures the description of the Mahapurusha, Purushottama.

Ato’smi loke vede ca prathitah purushottamah (B.G. 15.18), says Bhagavan Sri Krishna in the Bhagavadgita.

We cannot describe Him in any other manner except as Purushottama, the best of all purushas.

Here the word ‘purusha’ does not connote a male being, but means an inclusiveness of all particulars, bereft of the distinction of male and female. We cannot say whether God is male or female, because that majesty is so complete that we cannot describe God section-wise or partially in terms of social connotations.

How does Maharishi Kapila describe the majesty of God, so that we may contemplate on Him?

Yesterday I mentioned the Zen technique of attention paid to minute particulars of anything which becomes the object of concentration. Here is a similar description of meditation on every minute part of the body.

The visualisation of God rises gradually from His …

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Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti -3.


That is the reason why God as a Supreme Person is considered as magnificently beautiful.

It is a great art presented before us, an attraction which satisfies not only the mind, the feeling and the heart, but even the sense organs which seek the perception of beautiful form.

That is how Maharishi Kapila describes God as the Marvel of marvels.

We also have this type of description in the vision of Narayana that was granted to Brahma, partly in the Second Book and in the early part of the Third Book of the Bhagavata.

God is always considered as a divine protector, a parent—a father and mother.

The feelings of satisfaction, affection, and aesthetic completion go together in our worship of God.

This is the reason why in every religion God is considered as a Supreme Person.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  .....

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Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti -2.

The principle of devotion to God emphasises this aspect of a Person, but not like a human person, which is mortal in its nature.

This is a metaphysical Person, inconceivable to the ordinary mind, the deathless Personality of God—the Mahapurusha, as we have it described in the Purusha Sukta of the Vedas.

The very name Purusha suggests the idea of the Great Person.

Also, we should be satisfied and happy during the time of meditation. It is one of the conditions of successful contact with God.

We cannot satisfactorily place ourselves before God Almighty with a sense of fear of Him, as if He is a terror in front of us and we do not know what He will do to us.

The conviction of the devotee is that God will always do good, and His response is not always so uncertain that it causes insecurity in the heart of the devotee.

We reach out to God and approach Him for succour because we feel certain that He will help us, and He will not harm us.

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Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti -1.

In the Third Book of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana we have an elaborate presentation of the instructions given by Maharishi Kapila to mother Devahuti.
Everyone should read this wondrous conversation between Sage Kapila and Devahuti for the variety of themes dealt with in this connection.

Among many other things which are very important from the point of view of a sadhaka, the emphasis that Rishi Kapila lays here is concentration on God as the Supreme Person.
The concept of God as a Person is pre-eminent in all religions.

We cannot but conceive God as a Great Person, Whose limbs have to be the objects of our concentration.

The minute details of this process are described by Kapila in these chapters.

In every religion, we will find that God is conceived as a Person—whether it is the Father in heaven, Allah, Ahura Mazda, or Narayana, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva. Whatever be the nomenclature of this Great Divinity, the idea behind it is the Per…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-20.

Chapter-2. The Process of Creation-20.

So, the sadhana of the Srimad Bhagavata is a divinity operating within us in terms of the divinity that is pervading everywhere.

We may say that sadhana is God within us seeking God without, or we may say that it is God within us seeking God Who is everywhere.

For that, we must be conscious of everything that is happening anywhere as being part and parcel of our relationship with the fraternity of humankind—not only humankind, but of all species and all levels of creation: Bhuloka, Bhuvarloka, Svarloka, Maharloka, Janaloka, Tapoloka, Satyaloka.

At one stroke we assert our citizenship of all the levels of creation, and the gods become our friends.

The denizens are ruled by divinities, and these divinities who are protecting the very quarters of creation will protect us, says the great scripture.

We are not friendless and helpless in this world. The quarters of heaven, the very horizon dominated by a god, is ready to help us.

So goes the variety i…

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Chapter-2. The Process of Creation-19.

Likewise, in the practice of sadhana there is no stupid thing in this world.

Even our thoughts are not stupid; they have to be taken care of as our own children.

We may have naughty children, but it does not matter, because they are our children.

All children, even of the same parents, are different—one can totally differ from another in many respects—yet, they are to be taken care of as a single total in the family unit.

In a similar manner are the ways in which we have to conduct ourselves in relation to the world.

A little attention is to be paid to every thought that comes to the mind.

Manana is only this much.

If a thought comes, adore it, worship it.

“My dear child, what do you want?” Why has this thought come to you?

Give it what it wants; it will stop crying, and will go.

But if you tell the thought, “Go, you idiot! I don’t want you,” it will come back yelling with greater force.

Therefore, no thought should be brushed aside as unwanted,…