This audio tells you about - 1. Who is eligible to narrate Bhagavata 2. Three levels of narrators and listeners 3. How Krishnavatara gives us paramananda.
Which are the 10 subjects of Srimad Bhagavata?
The ten subjects of Srimad Bhagavata are: 1. Sarga- primary creation. 2. Visarga- secondary creation. 3. Sthana - placement of beings in the various Lokas. 4. Poshana- their sustenance. 5. Uti- desire to act. 6. Manvantara: rule of the Manus. 7.Isanukatha- incarnations. 8. Nirodha- the annihilation of evil. 9. Mukti- liberation.10. Ashraya: Krishna the supreme shelter.
How do the 12 skandhas of Bhagavata relate to Bhagavan's body?
In the sequence of right and left; The first and second skandhas are the Lord's feet. The third and fourth skandhas are his lower arms. The fifth and sixth skandhas are his thighs. The seventh and twelfth skandhas are his upper arms. The eighth and ninth skandhas are his chest. The tenth skandha is his torso, the body. The eleventh skandha is his head.
You progress just by listening to Bhagavata. What is this progress? Man has deficiencies, shortfalls. Sri Hari doesn’t have any defect, any deficiency, any shortfall. When you listen to Bhagavata, Sri Hari comes and occupies the twelve organs of the body, of your body. Your body becomes Sri Hari’s body, filled with his energy. This is progress. This is what Bhagavata is for. This is the one and only purpose of listening to Srimad Bhagavata. The sole....
You progress just by listening to Bhagavata.
What is this progress?
Man has deficiencies, shortfalls.
Sri Hari doesn’t have any defect, any deficiency, any shortfall.
When you listen to Bhagavata, Sri Hari comes and occupies the twelve organs of the body, of your body.
Your body becomes Sri Hari’s body, filled with his energy.
This is progress.
This is what Bhagavata is for.
This is the one and only purpose of listening to Srimad Bhagavata.
The sole purpose of devotion is to obtain sayujya, lose your individuality and merge into him.
It is not even he occupying your body, that is the first stage.
Then it becomes, you and him merging into one.
When you say he occupies your body, you have a separate body which he occupies, even that will not be there as you progress.
We saw that anybody with interest can listen to Bhagavata, not just humans, even plants, animals, they can all listen to Bhagavata.
Who can narrate Bhagavata?
Who can tell Bhagavata?
Whoever has heard it completely, properly.
But are all the listeners and narrators alike?
As a narrator, how much you have understood, the bhavana with which you are telling.
As a listener, how much you are able to understand from what you listen.
This varies from person to person.
You can divide the narrators and listeners into three categories:
The first level: the basic narrators and listeners.
Here the listener has three qualities, the listener needs three qualities:
1. Interest and inquisitiveness.
2. They enjoy listening to Bhagavata.
3. They don’t have a sense of competition or jealousy with co-listeners.
How come she knows more than me?
If someone seems to understand more than you, you should feel, she is more blessed.
The Lord is revealing himself more to her.
The narrator of the first level, basic level-
He should have received Bhagavata from a good guru.
He should have good oratory skills.
He should not end up spoiling the whole thing.
He should have understanding of the secrets of Bhagavata.
At the second level, the middle level:
The narrator and the listener, they both have three qualities, common qualities.
1. They both will be blessed by the Lord, already.
2. They both will think that I belong to the Lord, he is in command.
3. Because of this, since they both, the narrator and the listener, they have a common master, they are not strangers to each other.
In the third level, the highest level:
In the lives of the narrator and the listener, there will be nothing other than Sri Hari.
They will be away from all other concerns, all other activities.
Narration and listening to Bhagavata happens at these three levels.
We will see more about this later.
Once Sri Hari Parmatma felt; let me reveal my whole beauty to my devotees so that by looking at me itself they can experience the highest of bliss, paramananda.
Sri Hari himself is paramananda, when he reveals himself fully, that means it will have only paramananda.
This is Krishnavatara.
The Lord in his entirety, not a part.
When you see a good form of art, you get transported to another world, a good painting.
When you listen to good music, you get transported to another world.
In the same way, he revealed his full beauty as Krishna so that those who see him can experience paramananda, merely by looking at him.
What about those who could not see him directly, like us?
For us, he performed leelas.
By listening about them, we get the same anubhuti as seeing him directly in front of us.
This is the purpose of his avatara, to make us enjoy paramananda.
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