Bhagavatam Study Circle on Jan 8 2011

January 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm (Houston Study Circle) ()

Sri Hari

01.08.11
Srimad Bhagavatam Study Circle

Gopika Jeevana smaranam -Govinda Govinda
Sad Gurunath Maharaj ki Jai !

Agenda:
Pundareeka
Recitation of Dhyana slokas
Srimad Bhagavata slokas 1and 2

By the benign grace of Lord Sri Hari and our Guru Maharaj all the devotees had assembled sharp at 9:30 am in Namadwaar.We started off the study circle by emphasizing the importance and value of Pundareeka and reciting dhyana slokas.

There was once a young Vedic scholar who was so proud of his mastery over all the Vedas and his spiritual intelligence. So he went to a Guru and was bragging about it when the Guru humbly listened to him and then pointed to a tree there and said “ Well if you are really well versed in all the vedas it can be proven that you are a real scholar if you manage to recite the Vedas under that tree. But I must warn you though that if you do recite something wrong then for each mistake you do a leaf will fall off the tree. The proud young scholar out of his haugtiness laughed at the Guru and said “Oh this is going to be such an easy task “ .Saying so he then went and sat under the tree and started reciting the Veda…Not had the very first word been uttered out of his mouth ….ALL the leaves from the tree fell off the tree. The young scholar was shocked to the core. He was so devastated but humbled by then and ran to the guru and asked him how inspite of him having recited the verse correctly did all the leaves fall off? The Guru with a divine smile on his lips asked him as to what he had recited and the man repeated what he had recited.The Guru then smiled and explained that there was nothing wrong with the Vedic verse but the fact that he had been so haughty to start off without saying the Pundareeka .

Pundareeka is the humble expression by which we remember to think of Lord Sri Hari before we begin anything. The young scholar understood his folly and immediately fell at the feet of the Guru and apologised.That is the greatness of Pundareeka.

Then the significance of why dhyana slokas was further discussed.

Reciting the dhyana slokas helps our mind focus and more importantly reiterate the purpose of our parayana.

Anantha Shastram bahu veditavyam alpascha kaale Bhaavascha vignaah – the scriptures are infinite and we don’t have a lot of time and innumerable obstacles too.

The first dhyana sloka being a means to praying to the Lord to mercifully remove all the possible obstacles that may present itself.

The second dhyana sloka glorifies the Guru…who is verily the Supreme Brahman and seek His blessings.The third dhyana sloka meditates upon the beautiful form of the Lord – Lord Krishna.

Sloka 1.1.1
Janmadhyasya yatOnvayAditarataschArthEshvabhigna svarAt
tEnE brahma hrudAya AdikavayE muhyanti yatsUraya:
tEjovArimrudAm yatA vinimayO yatra trisargo mrusHA
dhAmnA svEna sadA nirastakuhakkam satyam param dhImahi

Verse meaning
Let us meditate upon the Supreme Lord of the nature of truth,who,by his self efulgence,always dispels falsity of every nature,from whom the creation,sustenance,and dispels falsity of every nature,From whom the creation,sustenance annd dissolution of their entire universe proceed and which is indicated by His presence in all the created entities beginning from Akasha and His absence in all the totally nonexistent entities like sky – lotus,hare’s horn etc. who is omniscient (all knowing) who revels in his own glory,who made Brahma realize the Vedas through his mind which are stupefying even for the great souls in whom the creation which is caused by three fold Maya ( Sattva,Rajas,Tamas) appears to be true ( though not in reality) just as Fire,Water and Earth appear in one another ( as in a mirage).

Discussion
The very first sloka of Srimad Bhagavatam calls to all seekers of truth to meditate upon the Supreme.
Srimad Bhagavatam is a grantha common to all mankind. It is for all real seekers of God beyond the limitations of caste ,creed and country.

Creation, sustenance and dissolution of the entire universe is from the Lord Himself. The Lord whose very nature is the SUPREME TRUTH. Saying so it is no doubt that the creation in itself having emanated from Bhagavan it is only true that that His very presence exists in all that is created. In the sloka it is emphasized by saying just as a sky-lotus or a hare’s horn does not exist so is the Lord non-existent in them.
In short- Lord ,the Supreme Being who is the supreme truth exists in all that exists in the universe.

Interesting comparisons

The world is a canvas of God. God being the very artist who paints the canvas does so with care and love. Whatever is painted on the canvas is actually a figment of the artist’s namely God’s very own sankalpa. Just as an artist mixes the three primary colors red, blue and green to create a colorful picture so does our Lord mix the three primary attributes sattva, rajas and tamas (verily the three fold maya) in varied proportions in his creations.
God -artist
Canvas -Supreme Truth
Primary colours – Three fold Maya sattva,rajas and tamas !

In the slokas 1.1.1 it explains how as though a Mirage (Fire,Water and Earth elements) looks so real so does the world made up of the three fold Maya.
Slowly by the grace of the Lord when one realizes the Supreme Truth then the veil of Maya unfolds and we see the Supreme Lord.

Sloka 1.1.2
Dharma: prOjithakaitavOtra paramO nirmatsarANAm satAm
vEdyam vAstavamatra vastu Shivatam tApatraOnmUlanam
Srimad bhAgavatE mahAmunikrutE kim vA parairIshwara:
SadhyO hrudyavarudhyatEtra krutibhi:sushrUshubhistatkshaNAt

Verse Meaning
In this Srimad Bhagavata Purana, which was first revealed by Lord Sri Narayana Himself, that supreme
Dharma which goes by the name of Bhagavata Dharma has been prescribed which has all hypocrisy dispelled (in the form of even the desire for result of action) for those Sadhus (good natured men) who are devoid of jealousy, conceit and other such qualities.
Here in this purana, that Supreme being which is eternal which bestows all auspiciousness which uproots the three fold miseries of Jivas – is made known easily (without lucid descriptions). Does the Supreme Lord enter the heart and remain firmly installed ‘instantly’ through any other Shastra? But in the hearts of those fortunate and merittorious men who have great desire to listen to the glories of the Lord,,this great Bhagavatha Purana installs the Lord that very moment(they listen to it).

Discussion
The potential of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana is such that it is capable of installing the Lord that very moment in the hearts of those true seekers.

Narayananji during one of his pravachans so humorously said we who are drowned in this ocean of samsara would hardly attempt to read the Bhagavatam if it grants us Moksha the very moment we read it . Hence all the bhakthi and Bhagavata parayana we do will continue to yield its merits and once our time here is done …it would grant us Moksha🙂.

Kaitavam – means hypocrisy…this grantha is devoid of any hypocrisy .Normally when we read any other sacred texts or Vedas we have to eventually put into action what we read but in the case of Srimad Bhagavatam mere reading of it grants us all the merits. Any sadhana is usually done with a end goal in mind but reading the sacred Srimad Bhagavatam can be/is done just for the sake of enjoying the text filled with all the rasas.
It is also beautifully mentioned that great gnanis who have shed all the worldly desires even they fall pray to one desire – the desire of reading the Srimad Bhagavatam. It is such a heartwarming and soul stirring text that transforms all who read it earnestly.

“JUST BE not BECOME “– It also signifies that in this life it is all about the journey and not the destination and hence what we do right now is all that actually is to it and we need not worry about what we need to become.

In vow of continuing the study circle next week, we concluded with Bhagavata Harathi Kirtan – “Jeya Jeya Bhagavatha”

Jeya Jeya Bhagavata Deva
Jeya Jeya Bhagavata
Jeya Jeya Radha Krishna swaroopa
Jeya Jeya Bhagavata Deva
Jeya Jeya Bhagavata -Deva

Paduthara marubumou saradham
padhi padhi padhi padadhaam
Pradhipadha lalitham tvam tyakthva
Parama sukam kuthaha -Deva

Parama padha bhagavan bhaktha
Paripala gunavaan
Kamala bhavaaya krupaya tvam nija
Kamala mukhene dhadhou -Deva

Navanava rasa paridham divyam
Narayana mukha kalidham
Nalina sanadheva pradhadhou
Naradhamunaye tvam -Deva

Alotyakila sasthram bhagavan
Anavapya mana: santhim
Aaslathyathula rasanthe vaasthavam
Anandhamapa param -Deva

Nigamantha tharor galitham- madhuram
Niravathya padhalasitham
Nirguna nishtopi – Sri shuka
Nityam pibathithvam – Deva

Kalimala haranam tvam – sruthva
Kaivalya suhapradham
Krishna prema nimagno raja
Krishna padham bhuja mapa- Deva

Gopika Jeevana smaranam -Govinda Govinda
Sad Gurunath Maharaj ki Jai !

3 Comments

  1. AIYAR NARASIMHAN said,

    VERY GOOD SITE AND VERY INFORMATIVE INDEED.

  2. Janaki Ganesan said,

    Very good site , study circle is going to depth of knowledge

  3. Sreehari said,

    Hari ohm

    Good song “jaya jaya bhagavata ….”
    can i get its mp3 version ?
    Please help…!

    Hari ohm

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