Thursday, October 19, 2006

Dhanesvara Prabhu, Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.45

Bhimsadeva, although appearing as a human being, was on the level of Lord Brahma and Lord Siva because he was a mahajana. Bhimsadeva was so detached, to facilitate his father's desire, he renounced his kingdom and took a vow never to marry. Even though Parasurama, who was on the level of his guru, tried to convince him to marry, he maintained his vow and fought Parasurama, who was ultimately pleased with him.
Lord Kapila advises, "For his income a devotee should be satisfied with what he earns without great difficulty" (SB 3.27.8). This is hard to follow because rent is so high it is half one's income, and the rest is consumed by other necessities. People get married later and later and have fewer children for economic reasons, and thus they end up in engaging in illicit sex and become degraded. Thus it is difficult for one to maintain vows of celibacy. Bhimsadeva was great because he could make vows and keep them, but now we have difficulty keeping vows.
The world is a mess. Pollution of the environment by chemicals from plastics causes children to attain puberty early. Half the Afro-American girls in America attain puberty by the age of eight. This does not help people keep vows of celibacy in human society.
In 1992 1,600 leading scientists in society reported that human activities and natural resources are incompatible and we have to have a new morality and change our lifestyle. Five years later they issued a warning saying progress has been inadequate. In 2001 a group of 100 Nobel laureates issued similar warnings.
The Srimad-Bhagavatam gives solutions to such problems, but we have to live according to it and encourage others.