Showing posts with label Godly Qualities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Godly Qualities. Show all posts

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Glory Of God??

In Anuvṛtti explanation of Upadeśāmṛta, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura writes that our material identification creates three kinds of urges – the urge to speak, the urge or demands of the mind and the demands of the body. When a living entity falls victim to these three types of urges, his life becomes inauspicious. One who practices resisting these demands or urges is called tapasvī, or one who practices austerities. By such tapasya one can overcome victimization by the material energy, the external potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

na yad vacaś citra-padaṁ harer yaśo
jagat-pavitraṁ pragṛṇīta karhicit
tad vāyasaṁ tīrtham uśanti mānasā
na yatra haṁsā niramanty uśik-kṣayāḥ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.5.10–11)

“Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.”

tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo
yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmāny anantasya yaśo ’ṅkitāni yat
śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ

“On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.”

The conclusion is that only when we talk about devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead can we refrain from useless nonsensical talk. We should always endeavor to use our speaking power solely for the purpose of realizing the Supreme Lord

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Godly Qualities, Ungodly Qualities

Godly Qualities, Ungodly Qualities

sri-bhagavan uvacaabhayam sattva-samsuddhir jnana-yoga-vyavasthitih
danam damas ca yajnas ca svadhyayas tapa arjavam
ahimsa satyam akrodhas tyagah santir apaisunam
daya bhutesv aloluptvam mardavam hrir acapalam
tejah ksama dhrtih saucam adroho nati-manita
bhavanti sampadam daivim abhijatasya bharata

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: 

2.purification of one’s existence;
3.cultivation of spiritual knowledge;;
6.performance of sacrifice; of the Vedas;
12.freedom from anger;
15.aversion to faultfinding;
16.compassion for all living entities;
17.freedom from covetousness;
20.steady determination;
24.cleanliness; and
25.freedom from envy and from the passion for honor
— these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.”
(Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Chapter 16 “The Most Confidential Knowledge”, Text 1-3)

“abhayam sattva-samsuddhih” – fearlessness and purification of one’s existence – “What is that?” It does not appeal to people. It does not strike them at all. And yet in the Lord’s estimation, these qualities are the high qualities. Is it not?

“Fearlessness and purification of one’s existence.” the Lord requires of us. But who is fearless? Everyone is fearful. Fearlessness is a godly quality, but today who understands it?

ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithunam ca samanyam etat pasubhih naranam
dharmo hi tesam adhiko viseso dharmena hina pasubhih samanah

“Human beings and animals have the same urges. They eat and sleep and copulate and the feelings of fear are common to both. What, then, is the difference between the two? It is adherence to dharma that distinguishes human beings from animals. Without dharma to guide him man would be o better than an animal.”

All that people understand is eating, sleeping, mating, and defending, or fearing. This is animal life. To eat, to sleep, to have sex, and to become fearful — this is animal life. And so Krsna says one has to become fearless. But who cares about it? People are thinking that to become fearless means to keep a gun. Of course, that is also one way.

And as for purification of one’s existence, here also people do not know anything. When someone falls sick he wants to go to a doctor and become purified. But his whole life is impure — that he doesn’t know. You see, Because people’s very existence is impure, they are subjected to birth, death, old age, and disease. That they do not know.

“Godly Qualities, UnGodly Qualities”

(Lecture by Srila Prabhupada New Vrindaban, West Virginia, on June 26, 1976.)