Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Insight into Canto One by Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami

Posanam (protection by the Lord) is important because we are attached to the material world because it offers security. If we can see that Krishna offers better security, we can surrender to Him.

Vyasadeva makes up for his lack of emphasis on Krishna as being the Supreme Personality of Godhead in his Mahabharata by having two primary personalities from Mahabharata, namely Kunti and Bhismadeva, speak wonderful prayers glorifying Krishna as the Supreme Lord in Chapters 8 and 9 of the Bhagavatam's First Canto.

In Canto One, the scene of Krishna leaving the Pandavas to return to Dvaraka introduces the idea of emotions of separation from Krishna which will be described elaborately in the Tenth Canto. Thus Srila Prabhupada said the first nine cantos are needed to appreciate Canto Ten.

Doubts and misgivings impede our surrender to Krishna and must be cleared. Doubts are on the platform of the intelligence and misgivings are on the platform of the mind.

In the chapter called “Krishna's Entrance into Dvaraka”, the idea of prayojana (love of God) is introduced so we come in touch with it from the very beginning of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

One devotee asked Srila Prabhupada, “Does Mother Yasoda cook for Krishna every day?”
Srila Prabhupada said, “Yes.”
The devotee replied incredulously, “Throughout eternity?”
Srila Prabhupada again said, “Yes.”
The devotee then inquired, “Doesn't she ever get tired?”
Srila Prabhupada replied, “You would get tired, but not Mother Yasoda!”

By Krishna's desire, Duryodhana saw that although Arjuna was sleeping, Arjuna's hair was chanting the holy name of the Lord.

In susupti (deep sleep) all knowledge and activity are suspended and the living entity contacts the Supreme Lord and feels refreshed.

To be disgusted with the material world is not sufficient to promote us to the spiritual world. We must be attracted to the activities of the spiritual world.

Bhaktivaibhava, Canto 4, Chapter 4

Tirthapada refers to pure devotees who can create places of pilgrimage all over the world through their ever-present meditation on Lord Krishna.

If we could renovate the various pilgrimage places Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada visited, we could greatly benefit the world.