Waking Up to Srimad Bhagavatam
The purpose of this blog is to share with you transcendental verses from a number of the world’s scriptures. Words of the wise that will wake you up from the dream “reality” we all experience each and every day. These verses transcend bodily consciousness and the mind’s proclivity to cling to the ordinary events of the day. In terms of self-realization, what we refer to as living, is actually a state of dreaming, and what we may refer to as dreaming, may sometimes actually be considered the truth.
“That which in the beginning is like poison, but in the end like nectar; That happiness, born from the tranquility of one’s own mind, Is declared to be sattvic (pure, good, light).” ~ Bhagavad-Gita 18.37
Deepening our realization of these verses will increase our intelligence by broadening our perspectives thus making us happier through deeper contentment . What the wise have come to deliver is a call to freedom from mental, emotional, intellectual and material bondage. These teachings concern spirituality rather than religiosity. By contemplating these verses, truths are experienced within us rather than told to us. This knowledge has only to do with “spirit”, and all of these truths can be awakened from within. As Jesus said, “Know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
It is my hope to present to you these truths, free from religious dogma. I trust that you will accept truth wherever you find it and live your life in a way that fear is no longer living through you. Though these verses may be said to belong to particular religious teachings of the world, the gift is there and it is free, with or without the structure of religion.
We will begin our journey with The Srimad Bhagavatam, a compilation of stories, instructions and personal realizations originating in ancient India. It is said to be the summum bonum of the vast Vedic Literatures. The complete Srimad Bhagavatam contains 18,000 verses, and if you have the wherewithal, I encourage you to read it. Personally, I have read it a number of times, and have discovered that it contains some of the greatest teachings and deepest wisdom in world literature.
But, who has time to read 18,000 verses? That is why I have compiled “Waking Up To Srimad Bhagavatam!” in which I have chosen the best-of-the-best verses and also included a short commentary along with references to other major spiritual teachings. Mostly from Lord Jesus and Bhagavan Krishna. I offer you this with love, and know that if you read and re-read these verses, making them a deep part of your consciousness, you will wake up and your life will be successful!
I leave you with a few words by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, whose translation of the Srimad Bhagavatam I used for this work. In this short paragraph, he clearly explains the difference between being “awake” or “liberated” and how one can get out of illusion. He also points out the difference between a conditioned soul and the Supreme Soul or Godhead. His translation is available for free online.
“The difference between self-realization and material illusion is to know that the temporary or illusory impositions of material energy in the shape of gross and subtle bodies are superficial coverings of the self. The coverings take place due to ignorance. Such coverings are never effective in the person of the Personality of Godhead. Knowing this convincingly is called liberation, or seeing the Absolute. This means that perfect self-realization is made possible by adoption of godly or spiritual life. Self-realization means becoming indifferent to the needs of the gross and subtle bodies and becoming serious about the activities of the self. The impetus for activities is generated from the self, but such activities become illusory due to ignorance of the real position of the self. By ignorance, self-interest is calculated in terms of the gross and subtle bodies, and therefore a whole set of activities is spoiled, life after life. When, however, one meets the self by proper culture, the activities of the self begin. Therefore a man who is engaged in the activities of the self is called jivan-mukta, or a liberated person even in the conditional existence.”
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