Topic: pastimes

Conclusion

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā Conclusion The main purport and necessity for writing this Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā have already been described in the Introduction. We have covered all relevant topics in the verses of this saṁhitā, but we have not used the method that modern scholars use in considering those topics. Therefore, I fear that many people will reject Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā as an old-fashioned book. I am in a dilemma. If I would have used the modern process when I composed the verses, then the ancient scholars would have certainly disregarded the book. For this reason, I have Read More...

Chapter 10 – Characteristics of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s Associates

Chapter 10 - Characteristics of Lord Kṛṣṇa's Associates TEXT 1 yeṣāṁ rāgoditaḥ kṛṣṇe śraddhā vā vimaloditā teṣām ācaraṇaṁ śuddhaṁ sarvatra paridṛśyate We are now describing the characteristics of Kṛṣṇa's devotees who are in the mood of Vraja. The characteristics of those who have awakened rāga, or faith in the form of pūrva-rāga, is always pure and faultless. At this juncture we need to consider the science of rāga, or attachment. The thread of bondage between the heart and its repository is called prīti. The portion of the thread of bondage that binds the repository is Read More...

Chapter 9 – Achievement of the Lotus Feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 9 - Achievement of the Lotus Feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa TEXT 1 vyāsena vraja-līlāyāṁ nitya-tattvaṁ prakāśitam prapañca-janitaṁ jñānaṁ nāpnoti yat svarūpakam Śrī Vyāsadeva has explained the eternal truth while describing the pastimes of Vraja. This eternal truth is beyond the realm of material knowledge (see 2.41-43). TEXT 2 jīvasya siddha-sattāyāṁ bhāsate tattvam uttamam dūratā rahite śuddhe samādhau nirvikalpake This supreme truth shines in the living entity's pure existence. This pure existence is attainable by conditioned souls through pure absolute samādhi, which vanquishes all impediments. There are two types of samādhi—artificial and Read More...

Chapter 8 – Direct and Indirect Considerations on the Moods of Vraja

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 8 - Direct and Indirect Considerations on the Moods of Vraja TEXT 1 atraiva vraja-bhāvānāṁ śraiṣṭhyam uktam aśeṣataḥ mathurā-dvārakā-bhāvas teṣāṁ puṣṭi-karā matāḥ In this book the moods of Vraja have already been elaborately described. The moods of Mathurā and Dvārakā nourish the moods of Vraja. TEXT 2 jīvasya maṅgalārthāya vraja-bhāvo vivicyate yad bhāva-saṅgato jivaś cāmṛtatvāya kalpate I will now discuss the moods of Vraja for the auspiciousness of the living entities. By remaining attached to the moods of Vraja, the living entities achieve eternal life. TEXT 3 anvaya-vyatirekābhyāṁ vivicyāyaṁ mayādhunā anvayāt Read More...

Chapter 7 – Considerations on Kṛṣṇa’s Pastimes

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 7 - Considerations on Kṛṣṇa's Pastimes TEXT 1 eśā līlā vibhor nityā goloke śuddha-dhāmani svarūpa-bhāva-sampannā cid-rūpa-vartinī kila It was previously described how Vaikuṇṭha was created by the sandhinī aspect of the spiritual potency of the superior energy. Vaikuṇṭha is divided into three divisions—the sweet division, the opulent division, and the impersonal division. The impersonal division is the covering of Vaikuṇṭha, the outer apartment is called the abode of Nārāyaṇa, and the inner apartment is called Goloka. The impersonalists attain Brahma-dhāma, the impersonal division, and become free from lamentations caused by māyā. Read More...

Chapter 6 – The Pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 6 - The Pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa TEXT 1 karma-kāṇḍa-svarūpo 'yaṁ māgadhaḥ kaṁsa-bāndhavaḥ rurodha mathurāṁ ramyāṁ brahma-jñāna-svarūpiṇīm There are two types of activities—self-centered and God-centered. God-centered activities are called karma-yoga, because such activities nourish one's knowledge, and this knowledge along with those activities enhance one's attachment to the Lord. This mixture of karma, jñāna, and bhakti is called karma-yoga by some people, jñāna-yoga by others, and bhakti-yoga by still others. The swan-like people call it a synthesis of yoga. Those activities that are self-centered are called fruitive activities. Fruitive activities generally Read More...

Chapter 5 – The Pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 5 - The Pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa TEXT 1 prīti-prāvṛṭ samārambhe gopyā bhāvātmikās tadā śrī kṛṣṇasya guṇa-gāne tu pramattās tā hari-priyāḥ When mādhurya-rasa becomes excessively liquified, then love pours like rain during the rainy season. Then the gopīs, who are most dear to Hari and fully absorbed in His thought, become maddened while chanting His glories. TEXT 2 śrī kṛṣṇa-veṇu-gītena vyākulās tāḥ samārccayan yoga-māyāḥ mahā-devīṁ kṛṣṇa-lābhecchayā vraje Being overwhelmed by the sound of Kṛṣṇa's flute, the gopīs of Vraja worshiped goddess Yogamāyā with a desire to attain Kṛṣṇa. The appearance of Read More...

Chapter 4 – The Pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 4 - The Pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa Text 1-2 yadā hi jīva-vijñānaṁ pūrṇam āsān mahītale kramorddha-gatirītyā ca dvāpare bhārate kila tadā sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ yad vasudeva itīritaḥ brahma-jñāna-vibhāge hi mathurāyām ajāyata Two types of persons, the kaniṣṭha-adhikārīs and the uttama-adhikārīs, are eligible for understanding the science of Kṛṣṇa. The madhyama-adhikārīs cannot understand this science due to their doubting nature. Madhyama-adhikārīs are known as either impersonalists or worshipers of the supreme controller. If they are fortunate, then by the strength of devotees' association they become uttama-adhikārīs and also realise the sweetness of Kṛṣṇa's Read More...

Chapter 3 – Descriptions of the Lord’s Incarnations

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 3 - Descriptions of the Lord's Incarnations TEXT 1 bhagavac-chakti-kāryeṣu trividheṣu sva-śaktimān vilasan vartate kṛṣṇaś cij-jīva-māyikeṣu ca The two philosophies—advaita-vāda, or monism, from Vedānta and materialism from Sāṅkhya—have been current from time immemorial. Monism has been further divided into two, namely vivarta-vāda and māyāvāda. Among all these philosophers, some say the material world is a transformation of Brahman, some say it is false, and some have established the material world as beginningless. Swan-like persons, however, say that although Lord Kṛṣṇa is separate from all activities and their cause, by His inconceivable Read More...

Chapter 2 – Descriptions of the Lord’s Energies

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā - Chapter 2 - Descriptions of the Lord's Energies TEXT 1 atraiva tattva-vijñānaṁ jñātavyaṁ satataṁ budhaiḥ śakti-śaktimato bhedo nāsty eva paramātmani We will now consider the science of Vaikuṇṭha, which should be known by the learned. In the beginning it should be understood that there is no difference between the energy and the energetic. Nothing is gained if we consider the Absolute Truth as devoid of energy, therefore it is the duty of swan-like persons to accept the existence of His energies. Energy is never a truth separate from the energetic Supreme Lord. Read More...

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