S'rîmad Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata

S'rîmad
Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata
c. 3228 B.C.

Indian Hindu Classic describing the life of Lord Krishna written by Philosopher Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsadeva, also called Bâdarâyana who compiled the Mahâbhârata and Vedas, also known as s'ruti, containing the basic wisdom, the mantras for the rituals and the hymns.

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For all those notions of a higher or lower form of life there will never be any peace, for they depending upon the interaction of the material modes are by the ordinance of the Lord [in the form of Time] all destroyed.

He [that solar lead of time], this supremely powerful Original Person who is Nârâyana Himself, the Supersoul of the three Vedic principles who is there for the benefit and karmic purification of all the worlds, is the cause sought by all saintly and Vedic knowing. He divides the year, as He thinks fit, in its twelve parts and arranges the six seasons beginning with spring with their different qualities.

Hiranyagarbha ['the one of the golden light or 'Brahmâ] and S'arva [he who kills by the arrow, viz. S'iva, are of You, the Controller of the Universe, of Your formlessness of Time, but the instrument in creation and annihilation.

If one gets even a little power of scientific knowledge, one tries to defy God, but actually no one is able to bewilder Krsna.

Innumerable living entities are engaged in different types of worship of the Supreme, according to their abilities and karma, but everyone is engaged; there is no one who is not serving. Therefore the maha-bhagavata, the topmost devotee, sees everyone as being engaged in the service of Krsna; only himself does he see as not engaged.

Let us offer our obeisances to the truth of Him, whom one considers the axle of Lord Brahmâ's lightning fast revolving, sacred wheel of Time with its fifteen spokes [the knowing and working senses and the five airs], three naves [the modes] and eight segments [the five elements, mind, false ego and intelligence] that feed one's thought process.

Next the heart of the Universal Being manifested in which Candra, the god of the moon took his position with the function of mental activity because of which one is lost in thoughts.

O original father of all, the conditioned souls in the grip of desire are all bound by the rope of the words of You as the Lord of the living beings. I, following their example also offer my oblations to You, o light of eternal time.

One has wasted one's time when all the prescribed activities and observances, designed for the definite subjugation of the six departments [of the five senses and the mind], have not lead to the ultimate goal: the connectedness in yoga [of the individual consciousness with Him].

See here and now the universe completely, all at the same time, with all that moves and not moves, in this body of Mine, o conqueror of sleep, and also whatever else you wish to see.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains that Lord Krsna’s lotus feet became red like copper because of their contact with the numerous hard jewels upon the heads of Kaliya. Lord Krsna, with those glowing reddish feet, then began to demonstrate His artistic skill by dancing on the unsteady, moving surface of the serpent’s hoods. This extraordinary demonstration of dancing skill was meant for the pleasure of the young women of Vrndavana, who at this phase of their relationship with Krsna were seriously falling in love with Him.

The different stages created by beginningless and endless Time that represents I'svara, are, as you know, not directly seen, just as the movements of the planets in outer space [or one's different conditionings] are not immediately seen [see also 3.10; 10-14]. (38) This way the progress of Time [kâla] is described as being of a continuous [nitya], occasional [naimittika], natural [elemental or prâkrita] and final [âtyantika] annihilation.

The hamsa, or swan, accepts milk from a mixture of milk and water and rejects the water.

The movement of material nature without its interaction of the modes and its specific qualities, o daughter of Manu, is the time from which we here know Him, the Supreme Lord.

The twenty-four elements mentioned are the five working senses, the five senses for obtaining knowledge, the five gross material elements, the five sense objects, the mind, the false ego, the mahat-tattva, and material nature. All twenty-four of these elements are employed for the manifestation of this material world. The mahat-tattva is divided into different subtle categories, but originally it is called the mahat-tattva.

Therefore go on remembering Me at all times and fighting with your mind and intelligence surrendered to Me, certainly you will attain Me without doubt.

Those submerged in illusion see material existence as infinite, just as one who is submerged in water sees only water all around him.

To be trapped in a world in which all things are born and die is certainly a fearful experience. Anyone trapped in a dark place naturally becomes fearful. Since material life is always covered by the darkness of ignorance, every conditioned soul is fearful. The material nature is not ultimate reality, and thus analysis of matter can never provide answers to ultimate questions. This dark, snakelike existence called material life immediately disappears as soon as one opens his eyes to the bright light of Krsna consciousness.

We who before by lusting for the wealth, having lost their sight quarreled with one another for conquering this earth, very merciless harassed our own citizens, o Master, and have with death in front of us arrogantly disregarded You. They, we indeed o Krishna, have been forced to part from our opulence in our pride destroyed by the mercy of Your personal form, the irresistable power of Time moving so mysteriously; may we please remember your feet.

When the king of the Yavanas heard the daughter of Time express herself in these words, he, according to the will of God prepared to do his duty in the private sphere, addressed her with a smile:

Without touching the original cows and cowherd boys kept by Brahma, Krsna had created another assembly of calves and boys, who were all expansions of visnu-tattva. Thus Brahma’s mystic power was superseded.

For created bodies, my best, find and lose their existence by the force of time which operates invisibly, that isn't seen because of its subtlety.

He considered everything created comprising his body, his wives, children, friends, his influence, riches, the pleasure grounds, the facilities for his women and the complete of the beauty of the earth with its oceans, as something bound to time and for that reason he left for Badarikâs'rama [the Himalayan forest].

His awareness [the Lord] is for no reason, nor on its own nor due to some other agency, in its qualities ever disrupted by the destructive and creative that is caused by the time of this universe, He, the Controller without a Second, whose consciousness is unaffected by hindrances, material activities and their consequences and the modes and their flow of changes [kles'a, karma and guna], is by someone else [ignorantly] considered as being covered by His own expansions of prâna and other elements, just like the sun is being covered by clouds, snow or eclipses.'

If one methodically and intelligently studies the functioning of the material qualities, he will ultimately conclude that there is a Supreme Personality of Godhead and that He exhibits His illusory potency to bewilder those who do not surrender unto Him.

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S'rîmad
Last Name
Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata
Birth Date
c. 3228 B.C.
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Indian Hindu Classic describing the life of Lord Krishna written by Philosopher Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsadeva, also called Bâdarâyana who compiled the Mahâbhârata and Vedas, also known as s'ruti, containing the basic wisdom, the mantras for the rituals and the hymns.