Beautiful Truths of Bhagavatam (IV): “Vaishnavas”

King Ambarisha attained bhava or love for Bhagavan by using his mind, senses and whole body in favorably serving Shri Krishna by meditating upon His lotus feet, glorifying Him, cleaning His mandir, hearing Shri Acyuta-katha, taking Thakurji -Mukund’s- darshan, visiting Shri Hari’s lila-sthalis like Mathurā and Vṛndāvan.

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Vrindavan, 2020-09-02 (Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das):  Shrimad Bhagavatam is called the “king of all spiritual books” (Grantha Raja) for good reason. Within this triguna-free, immaculate and divine spiritual shastra, the amala-purana, one will find all the sweet, majestic and beautiful truths about the sadhana and sadhya (daily practice and perfection) of Gaudiya Vaisnavism.

In his most compassionate and wonderful shastra, Shri Chaitanya Caritamrita, Shri Krishna Dasa Kaviraja summarizes all the teachings of the six Goswamis of Vrindavan by quoting the key Bhagavatam verses which the Goswamis themselves used to prove and substantiate these beautiful truths.

To highlight its importance for all devotees of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Radha-Govinda Yugala, the same Bhagavatam verse is often quoted three or more times in Caitanya Caritamrita.

With the grace of Shri Advaita Prabhu, Shri Guru and the Vaisnavas, this series will focus on these super important Bhagavatam verses and commentaries in order to present the beautiful truths or tattvas of Gaudiya Vaisnavism i.e. Shri Krishna, Shri Radha, Bhakti Sadhana, Shri Harinama, Krishna Prema, Shri Guru and the Vaisnavas.

The Vaishnavas

* Devotees Are Superior to Brahmins

viprād -dvi-ṣaḍ-guṇa-yutād,-aravinda-nābha,

pādāravinda-vimukhāt-śva, pacaṁ-variṣṭham

manye -tad-arpita-mano,-vacane-hitārtha-

prāṇaṁ-punāti-sa-kulaṁ,- natu-bhūrimānaḥ SB 7.9.10

Shri Prahlada said, I consider a dog-eater who has dedicated everything—his mind, words, activities, wealth and life—to Bhagavan Shri Krishna superior to a brāhmaṇa having all the twelve qualities of Brahmin, but averse to Bhagavan. The dog-eater purifies his whole family, whereas the so-called respectable person does not.

Shrila Visvanatha Cakravarti: One should consider the absence or presence of bhakti. The dog-eater who has offered his mind, actions (īhitam), wealth (artha), words and life to Shri Krishna is far superior to a born brahmin endowed with the good qualities of knowledge, mind and sense control, shyness, tolerance, lack of envy, determination and peace.

How is the dog-eater devotee superior? He purifies his whole family whereas a venerable Brahmin without Krishna bhakti cannot purify himself, what to speak of his family.

 

* Devotee Helps Others

etāvaj-janma-sāphalyaṁ, dehinām-iha-dehiṣu,

prāṇair-arthair-dhiyā-vācā, śreya-ācaraṇaṁ-sadāSB 10.22.35

It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with one’s life, wealth, intelligence and words.

Shri Jiva Goswamipada tika: Words means giving good instructions to free one from samsara.

ShrilaVisvanatha Cakravarti tika: One should use one’s life to serve others.

 

* A Nama Sadhaka Is Topmost

aho-bata-śva-paco, ’to garīyān,

yaj-jihvāgre- vartate,- nāma-tubhyam

tepus -tapas –te,- juhuvuḥ -sasnurāryā,

brahmānūcur-nāma, gṛṇanti -ye -te    SB 3.33.7

How astonishing! The outcaste who chants Your name with even the tip of his tongue becomes a guru (gariyan)! All those who chant your name are most respectable, and they have already performed all types of austerities, yagyas, sacrifices, bathing (tirtha-snanas) and Vedic study (brahma-anucuh).

Shrila Visvanatha Cakravarti tika: This is most astonishing (aho-bata)! The outcaste who chants just one name of Bhagavan Shri Krishna is the best guru (gariyān). He becomes a qualified diksha guru empowered to teach and give mantra to others.

Shrila Prabhupada tika: If one has the pure mentality of only chanting the holy name to please Bhagavan Shri Krishna, then even a low born person is purified and quite competent to deliver others (as Guru), even though he or she was born in a family not following Vedic rules and regulations.

 

* The Perfect Devotee King

sa –vai- manaḥ- kṛṣṇa, -padāravindayor,

vacāṁsi-vaikuṇṭha,-guṇā-nuvarṇane

karau- harer- mandira,-mārjanādiṣu,

śrutiṁ- cakārācyuta, -sat-kathodaye

mukunda-liṅgālaya,-darśanedṛśau,

tad-bhṛtya-gātra, -sparśe -’ṅga-saṅgamam

ghrāṇaṁ -ca -tat-pāda,-saroja-saurabhe,

śrīmat-tulasyā,- rasanāṁ -tad-arpite

pādau--hareḥ-kṣetra, -padānu-sarpaṇe,

śiro-hṛṣīkeśa,-padābhivandane

kāmaṁ -ca- dāsyen,-atukāma-kāmyayā,

yathottama-śloka, -janāśray-āratiḥ (SB 9.4.18-20 )

King Ambarisha attained bhava or love for Bhagavan by using his mind, senses and whole body in favorably serving Bhagavan Shri Krishna by meditating upon His lotus feet, glorifying Him, cleaning His mandir, hearing Shri Acyuta -katha, taking Thakurji -Mukund’s- darshan, visiting Shri Hari’s lila-sthalis like Mathurā and Vṛndāvan.

Touching and embracing Vaishnavas, smelling Thakuraji’smaha oil perfumes and flowers, tasting Shri Krishna’s maha-tulasi, bowing down to Shri Hrshikesh and His bhaktas, and by engaging all his desires in selflessly serving Bhagavan Shri Krishna under the shelter of loving devotees fully attached to glorifying Bhagavan Shri Krishna.

Shrila Visvanatha Cakravarti: These verses describe the kings’ sādhana for attaining Krishna prema. King Ambarish performed all these wonderful devotional acts with the sole desire to attain love divine, devoid of material desire as seen in Prahlād and other pure Vaishnavas.

Shrila Prabhupada: This verse shows that it is not possible to train oneself without guidance from the spiritual master. The first business of a devotee is to accept a bona fide spiritual master who can train him to engage his various senses in rendering transcendental service to Bhagavan Shri Krishna.

Vaisnava Tattva ki jai! Shrimad Bhagavatam ki jai! Jaya Jaya Shri Radhe!

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