The "Cream" of All Vedic Literature:

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM   

Translation and commentary by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

   

    "God Can Be Known Only By His Devotee" - Srimad Bhagavatam  1.3.37  

 

 

 

 

 

TEXT 37

na cāsya kaścin nipuṇena dhātur

avaiti jantuḥ kumanīṣa ūtīḥ

nāmāni rūpāṇi mano-vacobhiḥ

santanvato naṭa-caryām ivājñaḥ

SYNONYMS

na—not; ca—and; asya—of Him; kaścit—anyone; nipuṇena—by dexterity; dhātuḥ—of the creator; avaiti—can know; jantuḥ—the living being; kumanīṣaḥ—with a poor fund of knowledge; ūtīḥ—activities of the Lord; nāmāni—His names; rūpāṇi—His forms; manaḥ-vacobhiḥ—by dint of mental speculation or deliverance of speeches; santanvataḥ—displaying; naṭa-caryām—a dramatic action; iva—like; ajñaḥ—the foolish.

TRANSLATION

The foolish with a poor fund of knowledge cannot know the transcendental nature of the forms, names and activities of the Lord, who is playing like an actor in a drama. Nor can they express such things, neither in their speculations nor in their words.

PURPORT

No one can properly describe the transcendental nature of the Absolute Truth. Therefore it is said that He is beyond the expression of mind and speech. And yet there are some men, with a poor fund of knowledge, who desire to understand the Absolute Truth by imperfect mental speculation and faulty description of His activities. To the layman His activities, appearance and disappearance, His names, His forms, His paraphernalia, His personalities and all things in relation with Him are mysterious. There are two classes of materialists, namely the fruitive workers and the empiric philosophers. The fruitive workers have practically no information of the Absolute Truth, and the mental speculators, after being frustrated in fruitive activities, turn their faces towards the Absolute Truth and try to know Him by mental speculation. And for all these men, the Absolute Truth is a mystery, as the jugglery of the magician is a mystery to children. Being deceived by the jugglery of the Supreme Being, the nondevotees, who may be very dexterous in fruitive work and mental speculation, are always in ignorance. With such limited knowledge, they are unable to penetrate into the mysterious region of transcendence. The mental speculators are a little more progressive than the gross materialists or the fruitive workers, but because they are also within the grip of illusion, they take it for granted that anything which has form, a name and activities is but a product of material energy. For them the Supreme Spirit is formless, nameless and inactive. And because such mental speculators equalize the transcendental name and form of the Lord with mundane names and form, they are in fact in ignorance. With such a poor fund of knowledge, there is no access to the real nature of the Supreme Being. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā, the Lord is always in a transcendental position, even when He is within the material world. But ignorant men consider the Lord one of the great personalities of the world, and thus they are misled by the illusory energy.

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Teachings of the Yogis

Since ancient times, before modern recorded history, saintly persons and mystics of India, took instruction and guidance from the flawless Vedas. Spiritual enlightenment was considered the whole purpose of  the human experience. Below, you will experience a sample of those infallible books of wisdom. "Opening our eyes with the torchlight of knowledge."

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. 

Om Tat Sat

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