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Feb
23
Fri
Sri Krsna Madhura Utsava
Feb 23 all-day
Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura — Appearance
Feb 23 all-day
ŚB 6.1.1 plus intro
Feb 23 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.1.1 plus intro

Speaker: Puskara Prabhu

CHAPTER ONE

The History of the Life of Ajāmila

Throughout Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam there are descriptions of ten subject matters, including creation, subsequent creation and the planetary systems. Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the speaker of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, has already described creation, subsequent creation and the planetary systems in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Cantos. Now, in this Sixth Canto, which consists of nineteen chapters, he will describe poṣaṇa, or protection by the Lord.

The First Chapter relates the history of Ajāmila, who was considered a greatly sinful man, but was liberated when four order carriers of Viṣṇu came to rescue him from the hands of the order carriers of Yamarāja. A full description of how he was liberated, having been relieved of the reactions of his sinful life, is given in this chapter. Sinful activities are painful both in this life and in the next. We should know for certain that the cause of all painful life is sinful action. On the path of fruitive work one certainly commits sinful activities, and therefore according to the considerations of karma-kāṇḍa, different types of atonement are recommended. Such methods of atonement, however, do not free one from ignorance, which is the root of sinful life. Consequently one is prone to commit sinful activities even after atonement, which is therefore very inadequate for purification. On the path of speculative knowledge one becomes free from sinful life by understanding things as they are. Therefore the acquirement of speculative knowledge is also considered a method of atonement. While performing fruitive activities one can become free from the actions of sinful life through austerity, penance, celibacy, control of the mind and senses, truthfulness and the practice of mystic yoga. By awakening knowledge one may also neutralize sinful reactions. Neither of these methods, however, can free one from the tendency to commit sinful activities.

By bhakti-yoga one can completely avoid the tendency for sinful life; other methods are not very feasible. Therefore the Vedic literature concludes that devotional service is more important than the methods of karma-kāṇḍa and jñāna-kāṇḍa. Only the path of devotional service is auspicious for everyone. Fruitive activities and speculative knowledge cannot independently liberate anyone, but devotional service, independent of karma and jñāna, is so potent that one who has fixed his mind at the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa is guaranteed not to meet the Yamadūtas, the order carriers of Yamarāja, even in dreams.

To prove the strength of devotional service, Śukadeva Gosvāmī described the history of Ajāmila. Ajāmila was a resident of Kānyakubja (the modern Kanauj). He was trained by his parents to become a perfect brāhmaṇa by studying the Vedas and following the regulative principles, but because of his past, this youthful brāhmaṇa was somehow attracted by a prostitute, and because of her association he became most fallen and abandoned all regulative principles. Ajāmila begot in the womb of the prostitute ten sons, the last of whom was called Nārāyaṇa. At the time of Ajāmila’s death, when the order carriers of Yamarāja came to take him, he loudly called the name Nārāyaṇa in fear because he was attached to his youngest son. Thus he remembered the original Nārāyaṇa, Lord Viṣṇu. Although he did not chant the holy name of Nārāyaṇa completely offenselessly, it acted nevertheless. As soon as he chanted the holy name of Nārāyaṇa, the order carriers of Lord Viṣṇu immediately appeared on the scene. A discussion ensued between the order carriers of Lord Viṣṇu and those of Yamarāja, and by hearing that discussion Ajāmila was liberated. He could then understand the bad effect of fruitive activities and could also understand how exalted is the process of devotional service.

Text 1:
Mahārāja Parīkṣit said: O my lord, O Śukadeva Gosvāmī, you have already described [in the Second Canto] the path of liberation [nivṛtti-mārga]. By following that path, one is certainly elevated gradually to the highest planetary system, Brahmaloka, from which one is promoted to the spiritual world along with Lord Brahmā. Thus one’s repetition of birth and death in the material world ceases.
Feb
24
Sat
CC Ādi 7.24
Feb 24 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
CC Ādi 7.24

Speaker: Ramananda dasa

Text 24:
Although the members of the Pañca-tattva plundered the storehouse of love of Godhead and ate and distributed its contents, there was no scarcity, for this wonderful storehouse is so complete that as the love is distributed, the supply increases hundreds of times.
Feb
26
Mon
ŚB 6.1.2
Feb 26 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.1.2

Speaker: Vidagdha Madhava Prabhu

Text 2:
O great sage Śukadeva Gosvāmī, unless the living entity is freed from the infection of the material modes of nature, he receives different types of bodies in which to enjoy or suffer, and according to the body, he is understood to have various inclinations. By following these inclinations he traverses the path called pravṛtti-mārga, by which one may be elevated to the heavenly planets, as you have already described [in the Third Canto].
Feb
27
Tue
ŚB 6.1.3 – 5
Feb 27 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.1.3 - 5

Speaker: Girigovardhana Prabhu

Text 3:
You have also described [at the end of the Fifth Canto] the varieties of hellish life that result from impious activities, and you have described [in the Fourth Canto] the first manvantara, which was presided over by Svāyambhuva Manu, the son of Lord Brahmā.
Texts 4-5:
My dear lord, you have described the dynasties and characteristics of King Priyavrata and King Uttānapāda. The Supreme Personality of Godhead created this material world with various universes, planetary systems, planets and stars, with varied lands, seas, oceans, mountains, rivers, gardens and trees, all with different characteristics. These are divided among this planet earth, the luminaries in the sky and the lower planetary systems. You have very clearly described these planets and the living entities who live on them.
Feb
28
Wed
ŚB 6.1.6
Feb 28 @ 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
ŚB 6.1.6

Speaker: Yugala Rasa

Text 6:
O greatly fortunate and opulent Śukadeva Gosvāmī, now kindly tell me how human beings may be saved from having to enter hellish conditions in which they suffer terrible pains.
Feb
29
Thu
Sri Purusottama Das Thakura — Disappearance
Feb 29 all-day
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura — Appearance
Feb 29 all-day
ŚB 6.1.7
Feb 29 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.1.7

Speaker: HH Hanumatpresaka Swami

Text 7:
Śukadeva Gosvāmī replied: My dear King, if before one’s next death whatever impious acts one has performed in this life with his mind, words and body are not counteracted through proper atonement according to the description of the Manu-saṁhitā and other dharma-śāstras, one will certainly enter the hellish planets after death and undergo terrible suffering, as I have previously described to you.
Mar
1
Fri
ŚB 6.1.8
Mar 1 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
ŚB 6.1.8

Speaker: Gauda Chandra Prabhu

Text 8:
Therefore, before one’s next death comes, as long as one’s body is strong enough, one should quickly adopt the process of atonement according to śāstra; otherwise one’s time will be lost, and the reactions of his sins will increase. As an expert physician diagnoses and treats a disease according to its gravity, one should undergo atonement according to the severity of one’s sins.
Mar
2
Sat
CC Ādi 7.25
Mar 2 @ 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
CC Ādi 7.25

Speaker: Bhrigupati Prabhu

Text 25:
The flood of love of Godhead swelled in all directions, and thus young men, old men, women and children were all immersed in that inundation.
Mar
6
Wed
Fasting for Vijaya Ekadasi
Mar 6 all-day
Mar
7
Thu
Break fast 06:46 – 09:52 (LT)
Mar 7 all-day
Sri Isvara Puri — Disappearance
Mar 7 all-day
Mar
10
Sun
Sri Rasikananda — Disappearance
Mar 10 all-day
Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji — Disappearance
Mar 10 all-day
Mar
13
Wed
Sri Purusottama Dasa Thakura — Appearance
Mar 13 all-day
Mar
20
Wed
Fasting for Amalaki vrata Ekadasi
Mar 20 all-day
Mar
21
Thu
Break fast 06:33 – 10:36 (LT)
Mar 21 all-day
Sri Madhavendra Puri — Disappearance
Mar 21 all-day
Mar
24
Sun
(Fast today)
Mar 24 all-day
Gaura Purnima: Appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
Mar 24 all-day
Mar
25
Mon
Festival of Jagannatha Misra
Mar 25 all-day
Apr
1
Mon
Sri Srivasa Pandita — Appearance
Apr 1 all-day
Apr
4
Thu
Fasting for Papamocani Ekadasi
Apr 4 all-day
Apr
5
Fri
Break fast 06:20 – 10:29 (LT)
Apr 5 all-day
Sri Govinda Ghosh — Disappearance
Apr 5 all-day
Apr
12
Fri
Sri Ramanujacarya — Appearance
Apr 12 all-day
Apr
16
Tue
(Fast today)
Apr 16 all-day
Rama Navami: Appearance of Lord Sri Ramacandra
Apr 16 all-day
Apr
19
Fri
Damanakaropana Dvadasi
Apr 19 all-day
Fasting for Kamada Ekadasi
Apr 19 all-day
Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi
Apr 19 all-day

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