This audio tells you about - 1. How Bhagavata is Sage Vyasa's inner experience 2. How the twelve skandhas of Bhagavata are connected to the organs of Bhagavan's body 3. Why listening to Bhagavata gives you so much joy.
How many Prayags are there?
Five. Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudra Prayag and Devprayag. They are all in the Garhwal Himalaya region of Uttarakhand. Prayagraj in Uttarpradesh is considered to be the confluence of the panch prayags.
Which rivers meet at Triveni Sangam?
Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
How many Triveni sangams are there?
1. Prayagraj - this is the most famous one 2. Tribeni in Hooghly district of West Bengal 3. Kooduthurai, Erode, Tamil Nadu, this is called Dakshina sangam 4. Bhagamandala in Karnataka 5. Tirumakudalu Narasipura in Karnataka 6. Moovattupuzha in Kerala 7. Munnar in Kerala 8. Kandakurthi in Telengana 9. Bhilwara in Rajasthan.
Srimad Bhagavata is for everyone, it is universal, irrespective of caste, creed, race, man, woman. Not only humans; animals, plants, birds. There is no restriction, whoever wants to listen to Bhagavatam, they have adhikara. We know Sage Vyasa wrote the Puranas towards the end of Dwapara Yuga. They are meant for the people of Kaliyuga. He didn’t create these stories. They were already there, crores and crores of them in circulation, transmitted down generations, ever since the time of creation.....
Srimad Bhagavata is for everyone, it is universal, irrespective of caste, creed, race, man, woman.
Not only humans; animals, plants, birds.
There is no restriction, whoever wants to listen to Bhagavatam, they have adhikara.
We know Sage Vyasa wrote the Puranas towards the end of Dwapara Yuga.
They are meant for the people of Kaliyuga.
He didn’t create these stories.
They were already there, crores and crores of them in circulation, transmitted down generations, ever since the time of creation.
Sage Vyasa picked up some of them and compiled them into Puranas.
But he was not satisfied.
That’s when Narada Maharshi came to him and told him the reason for his dissatisfaction-that was he had not described the leelas of Sri Krishna from a bhakti perspective.
Then, Vyasa went into samadhi.
Everything about the Lord was revealed to him in samadhi.
So, it is not like the other Puranas which are a compilation of already existing legends.
Bhagavata is Vyasa’s own inner experience.
Spiritual world is like a triangle.
The three sides are- bhakti, karma, and jnana.
But they are not of equal length.
It is not an equilateral or isosceles triangle.
Here, bhakti side has the maximum length.
There is another difference between these three approaches to spirituality.
You are thirsty.
In the karma marga, you will be told to dig a well and get water yourself.
In the jnana marga, you will realize that there is no problem in staying thirsty.
What will happen?
You may fall and die due to dehydration.
Body is not all that important.
If one body goes, another one will come.
You will come to terms with thirst.
This is jnana marga.
In bhakti, you are thirsty and you are sitting by the side of a river, in which crystal clear water is flowing.
Just have to stretch your hand, take it and drink it.
Just listen to Bhagavata, the Lord will come and occupy your body.
He is waiting for that.
Touching a book of Bhagavata is like touching Lord Krishna himself.
The leelas of the Lord are of ten types:
Sarga, visarga, sthana, poshana, uti, manvantara, ishanukatha, nirodha, mukti, and ashraya.
These leelas are what is described in skandhas 3 to 12 of Bhagavata, in this order itself.
Skandha 1 is about the adhikara of telling and listening to Bhagavata, not like who can listen and who can not.
Bhgawata anybody can listen to.
It is about the levels of telling and understanding
The second skandha is about the means of attaining the Lord.
We had seen earlier that the 12 skandhas of Bhagavata are also the 12 organs of Sri Hari.
Just a little more explanation there.
In the sequence of right and left-
First and second skandhas are the feet.
Third and fourth are the lower arms.
Fifth and sixth skandhas are the thighs.
Seventh and twelfth skandhas are the upper arms.
Eighth and Ninth are the two sides of the chest.
Tenth, the torso, the body.
Eleventh, the head.
If you listen to a sad song you will feel sad yourself.
If you listen to a patriotic song, you will feel energized, this is natural.
In the same way, you will feel ananda if you listen to Bhagavata.
Because the leelas of the Lord are just full of ananda.
This is because he himself is full of ananda, always.
A person who is positive will always spread positive energy all around.
Sri Hari is full of ananda, so his stories have to be full of ananda.
And ananda is what you will get by listening to them.
Just listen to Bhagavata, it will take all worries and sorrows out of your mind and fill it with joy.
Glory of Venkatesha
Story of Sri Yantra