All glories to Prabhupada!
My message today begins with the following verse:
vāsudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogah prayojitah janayaty vairagyam jnanam ca yad ahaitukam (SB 1.2.7)
rendering service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna,
one immediately acquires causeless knowledge and detachment from the
world. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.7).
Bhakti Yoga should be executed for the satisfaction of the Supreme Person, Vasudeva Krishna. That will gradually make the person who practices to become detached from things that
have no connection with Him and the person will also receive the gift of pure
knowledge and the desire to offer everything they own to the Lord of
Love. That is an incredible quote from Srimad Bhagavatam. Krishna is the one who is speaking in the Bhagavad Gita and who is spoken about in the Srimad Bhagavatam, all glorification are meant for Him.You should not think that Srimad Bhagavatam is a simple esoteric idea. No. Today there is much esoteric, many people talk about things that are not
visible, but usually they refer to the impersonal Brahman or cosmic ocean,
but not the Supreme Person.
people worship the impersonal aspect of God for some material benefit,
mystical powers, etc ... Krishna is infinite and will manifest in the
way you want to connect with Him. In the case of Draupadi, for example,
the Lord manifested in the form of a sari, to protect her from degradation.On another occasion, Krishna was present to save Prahlad Maharaja from the different assassination attempts by his father.
Likewise, Krishna has saved us many times. It may be that we have been conscious in the past. But, anyway, Krishna is always aware of all things. He does everything. Therefore minimizing the Srimad Bhagavatam believing that it is just a Hindu interpretation of Truth, it is also a way to ignore a great gift. Only God's love can solve the problems of life. That love is unique. I
consider myself a fan of Krishna, because when I think about Him I know
that I have to love all others, and I want to, without discriminating between someone more
important than others. (As Christians who believe that animals have no soul). Without discriminating, even Mother Nature. Rather we must fight for the rights of nature, the rights of animals, native peoples, fighting for the future of humanity. Because
today nobody cares about anyone's rights, only the right to exploit,
decapitating others, industrialization, etc ... If one does not
recognize that the other living beings must be respected because they
have a right to because they deserve it, then whatever you do is incorrect, twisted and wrong. Abuse is considered the methodology to get everything you want unscrupulously.
example, Frederick Nietzsche once said that the Manu Samhita was the
first book in which he found that women and the poor have rights. Imagine, 5,000 years ago that concept already existed, while in Europe
only in the 70s women were given the right to vote, before that there
was only a terrible patriarch.The culture of India, however, has a different position in that
respect because it always keeps the concept that we are one big family where the
concepts of man or woman are temporary, only the soul is eternal.
Charles Darwin established the misconception of the principle of survival, where the more powerful survive over the weak (survival of the fittest). The so-called "weak" have no chance in the world. No right. After
that there were more and more terrible proposals, one of those was that any "defective" individual should be removed, because the inferior
races should not reproduce. This movement was responsible for millions of murders of people worldwide. It is completely discouraged. That same mentality gives rise to abortions and many other atrocities. By mercy we have received the right concept of knowledge for these things. Only love can save us. One who does not practice love for all living entities can not talk about God. The Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam are classical writings about love, respect towards all. When a human being becomes a vegetarian, 51 percent of your problem is solved. Even environmental problems are solved.
Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay!
With affection, your ever well-wisher.
B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami