The "Cream" of All Vedic Literature:

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM   

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

   

    "Vanquishing The Material Memories Of The Mind" - Srimad Bhagavatam  6.4.26  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEXT 26

yadoparāmo manaso nāma-rūpa-

rūpasya dṛṣṭa-smṛti-sampramoṣāt

ya īyate kevalayā sva-saṁsthayā

haṁsāya tasmai śuci-sadmane namaḥ

SYNONYMS

yadā—when in trance; uparāmaḥ—complete cessation; manasaḥ—of the mind; nāma-rūpa—material names and forms; rūpasya—of that by which they appear; dṛṣṭa—of material vision; smṛti—and of remembrance; sampramoṣāt—due to the destruction; yaḥ—who (the Supreme Personality of Godhead); īyate—is perceived; kevalayā—with spiritual; sva-saṁsthayā—His own original form; haṁsāya—unto the supreme pure; tasmai—unto Him; śuci-sadmane—who is realized only in the pure state of spiritual existence; namaḥ—I offer my respectful obeisances.

TRANSLATION

When one’s consciousness is completely purified of the contamination of material existence, gross and subtle, without being agitated as in the working and dreaming states, and when the mind is not dissolved as in suṣupti, deep sleep, one comes to the platform of trance. Then one’s material vision and the memories of the mind, which manifests names and forms, are vanquished. Only in such a trance is the Supreme Personality of Godhead revealed. Thus let us offer our respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is seen in that uncontaminated, transcendental state.

PURPORT

There are two stages of God realization. One is called sujñeyam, or very easily understood (generally by mental speculation), and the other is called durjñeyam, understood only with difficulty. Paramātmā realization and Brahman realization are considered sujñeyam, but realization of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is durjñeyam. As described here, one attains the ultimate realization of the Personality of Godhead when one gives up the activities of the mind—thinking, feeling and willing—or, in other words, when mental speculation stops. This transcendental realization is above susupti, deep sleep. In our gross conditional stage we perceive things through material experience and remembrance, and in the subtle stage we perceive the world in dreams. The process of vision also involves remembrance and also exists in a subtle form. Above gross experience and dreams is susupti, deep sleep, and when one comes to the completely spiritual platform, transcending deep sleep, he attains trance, viśuddha-sattva, or vasudeva-sattva, in which the Personality of Godhead is revealed.

Ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ: [BRS.

ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi
na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ
sevonmukhe hi jihvādau
svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ

“No one can understand the transcendental nature of the name, form, quality and pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa through his materially contaminated senses. Only when one becomes spiritually saturated by transcendental service to the Lord are the transcendental name, form, quality and pastimes of the Lord revealed to him.” (Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu 1.2.234)1.2.234] as long as one is situated in duality, on the sensual platform, gross or subtle, realization of the original Personality of Godhead is impossible. Sevonmukhe hi jihvādau svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ: but when one engages his senses in the service of the Lord—specifically, when one engages the tongue in chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra and tasting only Kṛṣṇa prasāda with a spirit of service—the Supreme Personality of Godhead is revealed. This is indicated in this verse by the word śuci-sadmane. Śuci means purified. By the spirit of rendering service with one’s senses, one’s entire existence becomes śuci-sadma, the platform of uncontaminated purity. Dakṣa therefore offers his respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is revealed on the platform of śuci-sadma. In this regard Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura quotes the following prayer by Lord Brahmā from the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.14.6): tathāpi bhūman mahimāguṇasya te viboddhum arhaty amalāntar-ātmabhiḥ. “One whose heart has become completely purified, my Lord, can understand the transcendental qualities of Your Lordship and can understand the greatness of Your activities.”

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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. 

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