SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.19

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.19
3D- Deva, Devotee and Devotion
1. Is Lord Krsna(Deva) a human?
– He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead
2. But he looks human. Hmm?
– He is completely spiritual, looks humanlike!
3. He looks like me!
– No You look like him! God was not made in the image of man but man was made in the image of God!
4.What is the difference between my birth and God’s appearance?
– He appears on his sweet will. But we are forced to be born in a certain fashion
5. What is the relation between Deva and His devotees?
– A relation full of pure unadulterated Love
6. Why does Deva love his devotees?
– The devotees devote their lives in his selfless service
7. What happens when we act on the plane of devotion?
– We become happy-unending and uninterrupted joy!
Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.18

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.18
GURU TATWA
1. Who is a spiritual master?
– A Perfect representative of the lord
2. What is the qualification of a perfect spiritual master?
– He must know Krsna in truth
3. Could he be of any Caste creed or nationality?
– Material conditions are irrelevant. Guru Tattwa is transcendental
4. What are some external qualifications of a perfect Guru?
– Complete control over 6 urges
1. Unnecessary Gossip/Speech
2. Mind
3. Anger
4. Tongue(To taste different foodstuffs)
5. Belly(Quantity of Foodstuffs)
6. Lust
5. What are some other Qualities?
-Spiritual Masters may possess some/all of these Prominent Scriptural Qualities
1. Tolerance
2. Compassion
3. Friendly
4. No enemity
5. Peaceful
6. Never wastes Time
7. Materially renounced
8. Doesn’t desire respect
9. Offers all respect to otthers
10. Always hopeful
11. Hankers for Krsna
12. Intense taste for Chanting and hearing
13. Can speak/Sing for hours for Krsna
14. Attachment to the holy Dhama of the lord
15. Perfect servant of his Guru Maharaj
6. What is his only duty?
– To save others by spreading the holy name
-Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.17

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.17
1. What causes inauspiciousness?
– Lack of true knowledge
2. What is the root of all inauspiciousness?
-Lust is the root of all evil
3. As a result?
– His plans are selfish and temporary
4. What does a learned man do?
– He practices the path of knowledge and helps others in genuine conpassion
5. So do we have this dual responsibility?
– Yes we must save ourselves and also try to help others.
“Try your best to save the rest”
-Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.16

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.16
1. What is the start of spiritual life?
– Know the self
2. Why?
– Know the I then the Mine,
Acting thus, all will be Fine
3. What is the most auspicious path of a jiva?
– The path leading us to God
4. What is the biggest hurdle on this path?
– Not knowing the goal, Not knowing the way
5. What is the goal?
– Pure Love for God and Pure Compassion for others
6. What is the way to achieve it?
– Selfless service to the lord and his devotee as described in the scriptures
7. Why are we not selfless?
– Because we are SELF-less(without knowing the self!)
8. We think we are this body and keeping us happy means keeping this body happy. This is illusion, right?
– Right
9. What is the Do and what is the don’t on the path of Bhakti?
– Serve Lot, Envy Not
10. What are some concluding points?
– Overcome Greed, get freed
– Snub Anger, avoid D-anger
– Clean the dust, ignore Lust
 
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SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.14-15

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.14-15
1. By carefully following verses 10-13 we will be freed from everything that is inauspicious. Desire for profit and recognition will be uprooted and the material attachments of the heart will be severed
2. To achieve the ultimate, we should depend on the mercy of the ultimate. Offering prayers to krsna and begging for his mercy definitely help!
3. We can make your favorite ‘prayers list’ picking a few prayers each from Queen Kunti, Vrtrasura, Bhishma, Prahlad, Dhruva and others. Vandanam or repeating the prayers offered by previous acharyas is a very strong means of attracting the lord’s mercy
4. We should practise Bhakti and preach only about Bhakti to one and all.What is the use of guiding them to other fallible paths?
5. Strictness in personal practice, tolerance against opposition and humility in preaching are the key weapons of success
-Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.10-13

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.10-13
20 STEPS TO BECOME HUMBLE
Dear Prabhu/Mataji,
My name is Maharaj Rshabhadeva and I am from the 5th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. I understand how sincerely you are trying to overcome your false ego and thus become naturally humble. So let me give you this letter of instructions. It worked for my sons and so will it for you!
Here you go!
1. Accept a Guru who is a pure Devotee
2. Place faith in Guru and Krsna and Serve them with your heart
3. Implement the principle of Tolerance in every aspect of your life
4. Note that this material world is a place of place of suffering
5. Philosophically search the ultimate truth
6. Practice Austerity on the path of Devotional service
7. Serve Krsna, not your senses
8. Hear Krsna-Katha in Sadhu Sangha
9. Chant Harinama Sankirtana and Harinama Japa
10. See everyone with equal vision
11. Give up the idea of enmity
12. Give up hankering for future, fear of present, lamentation of the past
13. Give up anger and lust
14. Read Shastras with faith
15.Do your worldly duties responsibly
16. Remember no one belongs to you except God
17. Avoid unnecessary talks
18. Always remember the lord in all situations
19. Be enthusiastic, patient and focussed on the goal
20. Practice Bhakti with attention and love
Hope this helps you! Haribol
-Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.9

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.9
1. To go to the spiritual world, one should be pure
2. To be pure, one should be free from illusion
3. To be free from illusion, one must act on the platform of absolute Reality-Devotional service
4. Devotional service cleanses the consciousness and cuts the knot of inauspicious attachments
5. Devotional service frees one from all past and present sinful activities, sinful reactions and sinful tendencies
6. Devotional service has 9 chief limbs but vibrating the holy name of the lord is considered the most easiest, quickest, fastest and surest means of God realization
– Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.8

 

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.8
1. What is the basis of material existence?
– Material desires
2. What is the root of all material desires?
– Lust
3. Does lust mean sexual impulse?
– Any desire to satisfy the senses independent of Sri Krsna is classified as Lust.
4. What is the highest trap in this material world?
– Sexual attraction between male and female
5. Why?
– Male thinks hes the body, and Female thinks shes the body
Thats 200% Illusion!
6. Does illusion cause problems?
– Imagine you are a male and you forcefully act like a female, talk like a female, dress like a female and live like a female, wouldn’t that be difficult??
Similarly we are spirit souls but we live all our lives as if we were these bodies! That causes pain and suffering
7. So does this bodily consciousness increase at any time?
– Yes. Material household life increases bodily illusion
8. How can one be in family life yet detached?
– Keep Krsna in the center, for this you need to step out of the center!
9. I have heard this many times but how do I practically implement this?
– Monitor your intentions behind every act performed. Do it for the lord. Do it from your heart, sincerely
10. How can we understand the difference between a Grhastha and a Grhamedhi?
– Grhamedhi(Materialistic family man) is like a silkworm who spins his cucoon of material attachments and gets caught in them.
A Grhastha(devotee householder) is like a spider who makes his net of worldly duties but due to true knowledge and detachment knows the way out!
-Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.7

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.7
1. Who is wise in this world?
– He who sacrifices material pleasure for spiritual gain
2. Why is material pleasure not relishable for a wise man?
– Higher Taste!
3. What are lower and higher tastes?
– Pleasure derived from Material enjoyment based on sleep and sex is considered lower. The higher taste is the bliss derived from serving Sri Krsna
4. So someone who uses this human form for material sense gratification is a fool?
– Could say so, material sense gratification is found in all creatures.
Why would a wise man use this rare human birth for the same purpose?
5. What is our real interest?
– Enter a college to graduate out of college! So now that we are in the college of this material world, high time we graduate and go home!
6. Return to our spiritual home?
– Yes back to our spiritual home. Back to Godhead
7. Why do we not remember our goal all the time?
I hear this philosophy so many times, still I forget.
– Lack of focus and enthusiastic endeavour
8. I wish to remember the lord always. How can I do that?
– Always remain connected in service and Nama bhajan
– Nama bhajan must be with attention and faith
– Krsna will help you remember him
9. Any practical tips?
– Sip water and remember, this taste is krsna!
– See the sun and remember, this effulgence is krsna!
– Smell the flowers and remember, this scent is Krsna!
– Feel the moonbeams and remember, this coolness is krsna!
– touch the lotus and remember, this soft beauty is Krsna!
10. Thank you very much.
-Jay Srila Prabhupada!
– Amarendra Dasa

SoulFood – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.6

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Srimad Bhagavatam 5.5.6
1. What are the 3 material modes in which we work?
– Goodness
-Passion
– Ignorance
2. What are some qualities of the Goodness mode?
– Cleanliness, Austerity, Honesty, Charity, Truth
3. What are some qualities of Passion?
– Aggression, Anger, Lusty pushes, Greedy Impulses, Rat Race
4. What is the problem with rat race?!
– Even if you win, you still remain a rat!
5. Interesting. Ok so now what are the qualities of Ignorance?
– Laziness, Busy doing nothing, Stingy, Procrastination, Attachment to sleep and intoxications.
6. Why is one helplessly dragged and forced to act under these 3 modes?
– Due to our being spiritually weak
7. How to become spiritually strong?
– Develop love for God
8. How?
– To fall in Love, you need to know that person and spend quality time with him
9. Yes you are right. How can we do that?
– To know God,
Hear from his pure devotees
Read books like the Krsna book
-To spend quality time with him
Talk to him with attention and love
10. How can I talk to him privately?
– Your japa beads is your phone
-Prayerful mood is your carrier connection
– 16 digit Mahamantra is God’s Personal number
And guess what, He is always available! Just call him and talk to him with attention and love!
– Amarendra Dasa