The "Cream" of All Vedic Literature:
Translation and commentary by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
yac-chaktayo vadatāṁ vādināṁ vai
kurvanti caiṣāṁ muhur ātma-mohaṁ
tasmai namo ’nanta-guṇāya bhūmne
yat-śaktayaḥ—whose multifarious potencies; vadatām—speaking different philosophies; vādinām—of the speakers; vai—indeed; vivāda—of argument; saṁvāda—and agreement; bhuvaḥ—the causes; bhavanti—are; kurvanti—create; ca—and; eṣām—of them (the theorists); muhuḥ—continuously; ātma-moham—bewilderment regarding the existence of the soul; tasmai—unto Him; namaḥ—my respectful obeisances; ananta—unlimited; guṇāya—possessing transcendental attributes; bhūmne—the all-pervading Godhead.
Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto the all-pervading Supreme Personality of Godhead, who possesses unlimited transcendental qualities. Acting from within the cores of the hearts of all philosophers, who propagate various views, He causes them to forget their own souls while sometimes agreeing and sometimes disagreeing among themselves. Thus He creates within this material world a situation in which they are unable to come to a conclusion. I offer my obeisances unto Him.
Since time immemorial or since the creation of the cosmic manifestation, the conditioned souls have formed various parties of philosophical speculation, but this is not true of the devotees. Nondevotees have different ideas of creation, maintenance and annihilation, and therefore they are called vādīs and prativādīs—proponents and counterproponents. It is understood from the statement of Mahābhārata that there are many munis, or speculators:
tarko ’pratiṣṭhaḥ śrutayo vibhinnā
nāsāv ṛṣir yasya mataṁ na bhinnam
All speculators must disagree with other speculators; otherwise, why should there be so many opposing parties concerned with ascertaining the supreme cause?
Philosophy means finding the ultimate cause. As Vedānta-sūtra very reasonably says, athāto brahma jij�āsā: human life is meant for understanding the ultimate cause. Devotees accept that the ultimate cause is Kṛṣṇa because this conclusion is supported by all Vedic literature and also by Kṛṣṇa Himself, who says, ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavaḥ: “I am the source of everything.” Devotees have no problem understanding the ultimate cause of everything, but nondevotees must face many opposing elements because everyone who wants to be a prominent philosopher invents his own way. In India there are many parties of philosophers, such as the dvaita-vādīs, advaita-vādīs, vaiśeṣikas, mīmāṁsakas, Māyāvādīs and svabhāva-vādīs, and each of them opposes the others. Similarly, in the Western countries there are also many philosophers with different views of creation, life, maintenance and annihilation. Thus it is undoubtedly a fact that there are countless philosophers throughout the world, each of them contradicting the others.
Now, one might ask why there are so many philosophers if the ultimate goal of philosophy is one. Undoubtedly the ultimate cause is one—the Supreme Brahman. As Arjuna told Kṛṣṇa in Bhagavad-gītā (10.12):
paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma
pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam
ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum
“You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal divine person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty.” Nondevotee speculators, however, do not accept an ultimate cause (sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam [Bs. 5.1]). Because they are ignorant and bewildered concerning the soul and its activities, even though some of them have a vague idea of the soul, many controversies arise, and the philosophical speculators can never reach a conclusion. All of these speculators are envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as Kṛṣṇa says in Bhagavad-gītā (16.19–20):
tān ahaṁ dviṣataḥ krūrān
kṣipāmy ajasram aśubhān
āsurīṣv eva yoniṣu
āsurīṁ yonim āpannā
mūḍhā janmani janmani
mām aprāpyaiva kaunteya
tato yānty adhamāṁ gatim
“Those who are envious and mischievous, who are the lowest among men, are cast by Me into the ocean of material existence, into various demoniac species of life. Attaining repeated birth among the species of demoniac life, such persons can never approach Me. Gradually they sink down to the most abominable type of existence.” Because of their envy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, nondevotees are born in demoniac families life after life. They are great offenders, and because of their offenses the Supreme Lord keeps them always bewildered. Kurvanti caiṣāṁ muhur ātma-moham: the Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, purposely keeps them in darkness (ātma-moham).
The great authority Parāśara, the father of Vyāsadeva, explains the Supreme Personality of Godhead thus:
vinā heyair guṇādibhiḥ
The demoniac speculators cannot understand the transcendental qualities, form, pastimes, strength, knowledge and opulence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, which are all free from material contamination (vinā heyair guṇādibhiḥ). These speculators are envious of the existence of the Lord. Jagad āhur anīśvaram: their conclusion is that the entire cosmic manifestation has no controller, but is just working naturally. Thus they are kept in constant darkness, birth after birth, and cannot understand the real cause of all causes. This is the reason why there are so many schools of philosophical speculation.
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The great sage Sukadev Goswami narrating the Srimad Bhagavatam to the dying king, Maharaj Pariksit, 5,000 years ago. This "cream of all Vedic wisdom," was completed in 18,000 verses.
The sage Srila Vyasadev,
who compiled all the Vedic literature.
In India, there are two kinds of transcendentalists - the impersonalists and the personalists. Both of them accept the authority of the Vedic literatures, although they have their own interpretations. Both of them also accept, that to realize the Absolute Truth and become an enlightened or a self-realized soul, one has to become detached from the material world, and practice a daily sadhana, that leads one to purification of consciousness and attachment to the Supreme.
Several times a week, we will post here, a different teaching out of a great Vedic literary work called the Bhagavat Purana, or the Srimad Bhagavatam, originally compiled in 18,000 perfect Sanskrit verses. It is known by learned transcendentalists as the "cream" of all Vedic literature. The translation with commentary will be presented by that foremost Vedic scholar of the modern age, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. (Copyright: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust). We are sure you will enjoy its wisdom and step by step guidance of applictaion, to better understand one's own postion in this material world, and how to get out of the clutches of illusion or maya.
Finally, what becomes a priority in any enlightened soul's life, is how to proceed straight on the path to transcendence, and emacipaton from these worlds of birth and death. The ultimate goal of every transcendentalist is to return to our original position in that great anti-material realm of eternity, full knowledge, and full bliss - sat cit ananda.
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