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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.13.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 13.

In one place, Maharishi Kapila says, “Who is there in all creation free from total attachment to the finite objects of the world except Narayana, the great rishi  who is supposed to be abiding in Badrikashrama? Except Him, who can resist the temptations of life?”

In all the creations of Brahma, who is free from attachment except Narayana Himself? He is Tapomurti, whose incarnation is incidentally described in the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana, and there is also a reference to Nara-Narayana in the Mahabharata.

Swami Krishnananda
 To be continued  .....

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.12.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 12.

A potter is only the instrumental cause, and not the material cause, of the pot because the material is the earth, the clay, out of which it is made. But here, the material cannot be outside God. The timber, the beams and the support of this world are made up of God’s Person Himself. In the great Skambha Sukta in the Atharva Veda, we have a question: What is the timber out of which the house of God is built? What are its beams; what are its pillars; what is the structure?
The answer is that the pillar, the beams and the timber that are used are made of God only. That is the answer of this great Skambha Sukta: the structural pattern of God is the substance of the world also.

So, in this great Person you find the world of your dear delight. All your delights are embedded there. All the honey that you can think of in every flower of the world, you will find there in that Universal flower of completeness. You will also find all your rela…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.11.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 11.

Hence, the mind cannot feel the necessity to get distracted or to go in some other direction.

We may not feel at that time, “I am contemplating an extra-cosmic Supreme Person seated in heaven, and I have left the Earth which also seems to have some value for me.”

These values which are supposed to be in this world are included in this Supreme Magnificence, because God is not merely a transcendent creator, He is also an immanent material out of which the whole universe is created.

Abhinna-nimitta-upadana-karanatva is the nature of God—that is, the unity of Being is the material cause as well the instrumental cause of creation.
Swami Krishnananda
 To be continued  .....

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.10.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 10.

The beauty should be perfect, as incomplete, imperfect beauty cannot attract. But we have not seen perfect beauty anywhere in the world.

Every beauty is imperfect; it has a flaw behind it, which we always ignore for the time being, for practical purposes; and that which is ignored will come up one day or the other and tell us that our concept of the beautiful object is not complete. But here, it is not like that. Nothing is hidden; it is open beauty.

Thus, Maharishi Kapila takes us gradually from the various parts of the Supreme Person to every other part.

We can look at His head, His eyes, His nose, His hands, His chest, His whole person. What do we see there? We see the whole cosmos embedded in Him.

We are not looking at an extra-cosmic Person standing on the top of the world, with His feet on the Earth as if the Earth has no connection with Him.

This Mighty Person, called the Visvarupa, includes all the creation that He is suppose…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.9.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 9.

All the parts of this personality are equally distributed systematically, beautifully, like an artistic presentation.
We have no occasion in the world to see beautiful things in such a complete manner.
We have a sentimental perception of beauty which is valid for some time, but it does not persist for all time.
Nothing that engulfs us in its beauty for all time, under any circumstance, is available in this world.
That is available only in God, who is Supreme Beauty.

Inasmuch as we are not accustomed to perceive such beauty in the world, we find it hard to conceive God in that perfection.
This is why there is struggle in the beginning of the attempt at meditation.
The mind gets revolted by the concept of perfection.

Swami Krishnananda
 To be continued  .....

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.8.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 8.

We say that God created the world.
The Bhagavata does not deny this fact that God created the world because the mind of the human individual cannot but accept that God created the world.
We cannot violate our own sense of feeling.

The Bhagavata does not expect us to violate our own feelings and acceptances, and takes them as they are.
And like a good schoolmaster taking the student from the level of his own standard, the Bhagavata gradually takes us from our own standard of incompleteness and finitude, and the needs incumbent upon this finitude, to another level.

Swami Krishnananda
 To be continued  .....

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.7.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 7.

The reason is that in our meditations we require a total absorption of ourselves in God. It is not enough if only our intellect is illumined by the clarity of perception of the omnipotence of God; it is also necessary that other faculties in us, such as feeling and aesthetic sense, should also be satisfied. Usually, the mind of man cannot conceive such a completeness of God. Can God give us everything? It is said that He can.

But our frailty does not feel itself competent to accept this possibility of everything being possible for God at all times, because we do not believe that He is a mother. We always believe that He is a judge whose dispensation can be for or against. But a mother’s judgment is not against, it is always for. In a similar manner, in the Bhagavadgita and also in the Srimad Bhagavata, Bhagavan says, “Whoever loves Me, I shall love him abundantly.” Many characteristics of God are involved in this concept.

Now, coming …

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3.6.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 6.

Vishnu Padadikeshantavarnana is the subject of this description for the purpose of meditation: Beautiful are Your feet—resplendent, radiant.
Rays of sunlight emanate from His toes—not merely a dazzling light before which we have to close our eyes, but a mellowed honey-like flow which is at the same time sweet and satisfying.
Anything that proceeds from God is beautiful and sweet. If He speaks, it is beautiful, sweet words; if He thinks, it is beautiful, sweet thoughts; if He acts, it is beautiful, sweet action; if He blesses us, it is sweet blessing.
There is nothing but sweetness in His case. And this sweetness is not a quality like the quality of sweet objects. It is the essence of God Himself.

One of the specialties of the Srimad Bhagavata is that it highlights the sweetness of God rather than His majesty and omnipotence.
In the Mahabharata, for instance, there is special emphasis on the greatness, the power, the potency, and the a…