The "Cream" of All Vedic Literature:
ISOPANISAD / Mantra 1
Translation and commentary by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
"How To Understand God" - Srimad Bhagavatam 6.3.14-15
ahaṁ mahendro nirṛtiḥ pracetāḥ
somo ’gnir īśaḥ pavano viriñciḥ
āditya-viśve vasavo ’tha sādhyā
marud-gaṇā rudra-gaṇāḥ sasiddhāḥ
anye ca ye viśva-sṛjo ’mareśā
yasyehitaṁ na viduḥ spṛṣṭa-māyāḥ
sattva-pradhānā api kiṁ tato ’nye
aham—I, Yamarāja; mahendraḥ—Indra, the King of heaven; nirṛtiḥ—Nirṛti; pracetāḥ—Varuṇa, the controller of water; somaḥ—the moon; agniḥ—fire; īśaḥ—Lord Śiva; pavanaḥ—the demigod of the air; viriñciḥ—Lord Brahmā; āditya—the sun; viśve—Viśvāsu; vasavaḥ—the eight Vasus; atha—also; sādhyāḥ—the demigods; marut-gaṇāḥ—masters of the wind; rudra-gaṇāḥ—the expansions of Lord Śiva; sa-siddhāḥ—with the inhabitants of Siddhaloka; anye—others; ca—and; ye—who; viśva-sṛjaḥ—Marīci and the other creators of the universal affairs; amara-īśāḥ—the demigods like Bṛhaspati; bhṛgu-ādayaḥ—the great sages headed by Bhṛgu; aspṛṣṭa—who have not been contaminated; rajaḥ-tamaskāḥ—by the lower modes of material nature (rajo-guṇa and tamo-guṇa); yasya—of whom; īhitam—the activity; na viduḥ—do not know; spṛṣṭa-māyāḥ—who are illusioned by the illusory energy; sattva-pradhānāḥ—chiefly in the mode of goodness; api—although; kim—what to speak of; tataḥ—than them; anye—others.
I, Yamarāja; Indra, the King of heaven; Nirṛti; Varuṇa; Candra, the moon-god; Agni; Lord Śiva; Pavana; Lord Brahmā; Sūrya, the sun-god; Viśvāsu; the eight Vasus; the Sādhyas; the Maruts; the Rudras; the Siddhas; and Marīci and the other great ṛṣis engaged in maintaining the departmental affairs of the universe, as well as the best of the demigods headed by Bṛhaspati, and the great sages headed by Bhṛgu are all certainly freed from the influence of the two base material modes of nature, namely passion and ignorance. Nevertheless, although we are in the mode of goodness, we cannot understand the activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. What, then, is to be said of others, who, under illusion, merely speculate to know God?
The men and other living entities within this cosmic manifestation are controlled by the three modes of nature. For the living entities controlled by the base qualities of nature, passion and ignorance, there is no possibility of understanding God. Even those in the mode of goodness, like the many demigods and great ṛṣis described in these verses, cannot understand the activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā, one who is situated in the devotional service of the Lord is transcendental to all the material qualities. Therefore the Lord personally says that no one can understand Him but the bhaktas, who are transcendental to all material qualities (bhaktyā mām abhijānāti [Bg. 18.55]). As stated by Bhīṣmadeva to Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.9.16):
“O King, no one can know the plan of the Lord [Śrī Kṛṣṇa]. Even though great philosophers inquire exhaustively, they are bewildered.” No one, therefore, can understand God by speculative knowledge. Indeed, by speculation one will be bewildered (muhyanti). This is also confirmed by the Lord Himself in Bhagavad-gītā (7.3):
Among many thousands of men, one may endeavor for perfection, and even among the siddhas, those who have already become perfect, only one who adopts the process of bhakti, devotional service, can understand Kṛṣṇa.
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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,
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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.
Om Tat Sat
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