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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.16.


4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-16.

"Yam yam vapi smaran bhavam tyajaty ante kalebaram,

tam tam evaiti kaunteya sada tad-bhava-bhavitah" (B.G. 8.6):

Whatever thought one remembers or entertains in the mind at the time of passing, that is the state you will attain in the next birth, says the Bhagavadgita.

The body is a concentrated form of the mind itself. It is a condensation of thought. The mind manufactures this body for the purpose of the fulfilment of its desires.

The body is necessary for the mind in order that it may contact physical objects through the sense organs. Otherwise, the mind by itself cannot contact physicality.

So, as if its only duty is to come in contact with pleasurable objects of sense, it manifests certain avenues of contact, called the sense organs.

The desire of the mind in five different ways is the reason for the manifestation of the five different senses. When we look at an object, we want to see it again …

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.15.


4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-15.

He had many sons. One of them was Bharata. Due to Bharata’s lethargic attitude, people used to call him Jada Bharata. Bharata was also a king and, like his father, decided to abdicate his throne and go to the forest for meditation. He did years of tapas alone in the jungle, meditating on the Mahapurusha, Purushottama, Narayana.

One day an incident occurred. There was the roar of a lion, and all the deer in the forest ran helter-skelter in fear. A pregnant deer jumped across a stream, and due to that frightened jump, she dropped her baby in the water. Bharata saw this, as he had come to take a bath in the stream. It was a little fawn. Anybody who saw it would take pity on it. He took it, tenderly caressed it, and loved it because it was such a tiny, simple, innocent living being. But it so happened that his attention grew more and more towards this little deer. Whenever it was absent or not visible nearby, Bha…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.14.

4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-14.

The highlighting katha in this Skandha is the stories of Rishabhadeva and Bharata.
Rishabhadeva was a king who abdicated his throne and became an ascetic in the forest.
The Jainas consider Rishabhadeva as their first Tirthankara because he lived like an utter renunciate who would not even wear clothes, which is the description of a Tirthankara in Jain literature.
Digambara was the behaviour of this Rishabhadeva.

Such was his austerity, such was the tejas that emanated from his person, such was the energy that was in his personality, that it is said that wherever he eased himself, that part of the earth would become gold.

Wherever he went, people would run after him to find gold, and so he would hide himself.
The fragrance of jasmine would emanate from his body, extending to distances of several miles, and wherever people smelled jasmine, they felt that Rishabhadeva was somewhere nearby.

Such was his austerity, h…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.13.

4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-13.

Here we have the central issue, practically, of the Fourth Skandha of the Srimad Bhagavata—among many other things, into which we will not enter here due to paucity of time.

We turn to the Fifth Skandha, which engages itself in the description of cosmic geography, and describes the denizens of the various planes and existences. It is not the geography that we read in schools and colleges, but the cosmic geography of the planes of existence, all which is given in majestic Sanskrit prose. The whole of the Srimad Bhagavata is in poetry; but here the author, Bhagavan Vyasa, turns his attention to majestic Sanskrit prose, which is a beauty in itself. A hard nut to crack is that style of Sanskrit prose found in the Fifth Skandha of the Srimad Bhagavata.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued ..