Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Class
Next Live Broadcast
Jun 1 all-day
Jun 1 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: Madan Mohan Prabhu
- Text 16:
- Government men are always like carnivorous demons called Rākṣasas [man-eaters]. Sometimes these government men turn against the conditioned soul and take away all his accumulated wealth. Being bereft of his life’s reserved wealth, the conditioned soul loses all enthusiasm. Indeed, it is as though he loses his life.
Jun 2 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: Bhrigupati Prabhu
- Text 17:
- Sometimes the conditioned soul imagines that his father or grandfather has again come in the form of his son or grandson. In this way he feels the happiness one sometimes feels in a dream, and the conditioned soul sometimes takes pleasure in such mental concoctions.
Jun 3 all-day
Jun 3 all-day
Jun 3 all-day
Jun 3 all-day
Jun 3 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: Puskara Prabhu
- Text 143:
- Thus Lord Caitanya is also the only controller. All others are His associates or servants.
- Texts 144-145:
- His elders such as Lord Nityānanda, Advaita Ācārya and Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, as well as His other devotees — whether His juniors, equals or superiors — are all His associates who help Him in His pastimes. Lord Gaurāṅga fulfills His aims with their help.
- Text 146:
- Śrī Advaita Ācārya and Śrīla Nityānanda Prabhu, who are plenary parts of the Lord, are His principal associates. With these two the Lord performs His pastimes in various ways.
- Text 147:
- Lord Advaita Ācārya is directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although Lord Caitanya accepts Him as His preceptor, Advaita Ācārya is a servant of the Lord.
- Text 148:
- I cannot describe the truth of Advaita Ācārya. He has delivered the entire world by making Lord Kṛṣṇa descend.
- Text 149:
- Lord Nityānanda Svarūpa formerly appeared as Lakṣmaṇa and served Lord Rāmacandra as His younger brother.
- Text 150:
- The activities of Lord Rāma were full of suffering, but Lakṣmaṇa, of His own accord, tolerated that suffering.
- Text 151:
- As a younger brother He could not stop Lord Rāma from His resolution, and so He remained silent, although unhappy in His mind.
- Text 152:
- When Lord Kṛṣṇa appeared, He [Balarāma] became His elder brother to serve Him to His heart’s content and make Him enjoy all sorts of happiness.
- Text 153:
- Śrī Rāma and Śrī Lakṣmaṇa, who are plenary portions of Lord Kṛṣṇa and Lord Balarāma respectively, entered into Them at the time of Kṛṣṇa’s and Balarāma’s appearance.
Jun 5 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: Bhakti Abhaya Ashrama Swami
- Text 18:
- In household life one is ordered to execute many yajñas and fruitive activities, especially the vivāha-yajña [the marriage ceremony for sons and daughters] and the sacred thread ceremony. These are all the duties of a gṛhastha, and they are very extensive and troublesome to execute. They are compared to a big hill over which one must cross when one is attached to material activities. A person desiring to cross over these ritualistic ceremonies certainly feels pains like the piercing of thorns and pebbles endured by one attempting to climb a hill. Thus the conditioned soul suffers unlimitedly.
Jun 6 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: HH Bhakti Prabhupada-vrata Damodara Swami
- Text 19:
- Sometimes, due to bodily hunger and thirst, the conditioned soul becomes so disturbed that he loses his patience and becomes angry with his own beloved sons, daughters and wife. Thus, being unkind to them, he suffers all the more.
Jun 7 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: Vidagdha Madhava Prabhu
- Text 20:
- Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued speaking to Mahārāja Parīkṣit: My dear King, sleep is exactly like a python. Those who wander in the forest of material life are always devoured by the python of sleep. Being bitten by this python, they always remain in the darkness of ignorance. They are like dead bodies thrown in a distant forest. Thus the conditioned souls cannot understand what is going on in life.
Jun 8 all-day
Jun 8 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: HH Hanumatpresaka Swami
- Text 21:
- In the forest of the material world, the conditioned soul is sometimes bitten by envious enemies, which are compared to serpents and other creatures. Through the tricks of the enemy, the conditioned soul falls from his prestigious position. Being anxious, he cannot even sleep properly. He thus becomes more and more unhappy, and he gradually loses his intelligence and consciousness. In that state he becomes almost perpetually like a blind man who has fallen into a dark well of ignorance.
- Text 22:
- The conditioned soul is sometimes attracted to the little happiness derived from sense gratification. Thus he has illicit sex or steals another’s property. At such a time he may be arrested by the government or chastised by the woman’s husband or protector. Thus simply for a little material satisfaction, he falls into a hellish condition and is put into jail for rape, kidnapping, theft and so forth.
Jun 10 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Speaker: Vidagdha Prabhu
- Text 154:
- Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma present Themselves as younger brother and elder brother, but in the scriptures They are described as the original Supreme Personality of Godhead and His expansion.
- Text 155:
- “I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who by His various plenary portions appears in the world in different forms and incarnations such as Lord Rāma, but who personally appears in His supreme original form as Lord Kṛṣṇa.”
- Text 156:
- Lord Caitanya is the same Lord Kṛṣṇa, and Lord Nityānanda is Lord Balarāma. Lord Nityānanda fulfills all of Lord Caitanya’s desires.
- Text 157:
- The ocean of Lord Nityānanda’s glories is infinite and unfathomable. Only by His mercy can I touch even a drop of it.
- Text 158:
- Please listen to another glory of His mercy. He made a fallen living entity climb to the highest limit.
- Text 159:
- To disclose it is not proper, for it should be kept as confidential as the Vedas, yet I shall speak of it to make His mercy known to all.
- Text 160:
- O Lord Nityānanda, I write of Your mercy out of great exultation. Please forgive me for my offenses.
- Text 161:
- Lord Nityānanda Prabhu had a servant named Śrī Mīnaketana Rāmadāsa, who was a reservoir of love.
- Text 162:
- At my house there was saṅkīrtana day and night, and therefore he visited there, having been invited.
- Text 163:
- Absorbed in emotional love, he sat in my courtyard, and all the Vaiṣṇavas bowed down at his feet.
- Text 164:
- In a joyful mood of love of God he sometimes climbed upon the shoulder of someone offering obeisances, and sometimes he struck others with his flute or mildly slapped them.
- Text 165:
- When someone saw the eyes of Mīnaketana Rāmadāsa, tears would automatically flow from his own eyes, for a constant shower of tears flowed from the eyes of Mīnaketana Rāmadāsa.
- Text 166:
- Sometimes there were eruptions of ecstasy like kadamba flowers on some parts of his body, and sometimes one limb would be stunned while another would be trembling.
- Text 167:
- Whenever he shouted aloud the name Nityānanda, the people around him were filled with great wonder and astonishment.
- Text 168:
- One respectable brāhmaṇa named Śrī Guṇārṇava Miśra was serving the Deity.
- Text 169:
- When Mīnaketana was seated in the yard, this brāhmaṇa did not offer him respect. Seeing this, Śrī Rāmadāsa became angry and spoke.
- Text 170:
- “Here I find the second Romaharṣaṇa-sūta, who did not stand to show honor when he saw Lord Balarāma.”
- Text 171:
- After saying this, he danced and sang to his heart’s content, but the brāhmaṇa did not become angry, for he was then serving Lord Kṛṣṇa.
- Text 172:
- At the end of the festival Mīnaketana Rāmadāsa went away, offering his blessings to everyone. At that time he had some controversy with my brother.
- Text 173:
- My brother had firm faith in Lord Caitanya but only a dim glimmer of faith in Lord Nityānanda.
- Text 174:
- Knowing this, Śrī Rāmadāsa felt unhappy in his mind. I then rebuked my brother.
- Text 175:
- “These two brothers,” I told him, “are like one body; They are identical manifestations. If you do not believe in Lord Nityānanda, you will fall down.
- Text 176:
- “If you have faith in one but disrespect the other, your logic is like the logic of accepting half a hen.*
- Text 177:
- “It would be better to be an atheist by slighting both brothers than a hypocrite by believing in one and slighting the other.”
- Text 178:
- Thus Śrī Rāmadāsa broke his flute in anger and went away, and at that time my brother fell down.
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