Friday, December 2, 2016

Spiritual Life And Sense Enjoyment Go Ill Together -Giriraj Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty

2016 12 02 SB 10 87 35 Spiritual Life And Sense Enjoyment Go Ill Together -Giriraj Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty SB 10.87.35 bhuvi puru-puṇya-tīrtha-sadanāny ṛṣayo vimadās  ta uta bhavat-padāmbuja-hṛdo ’gha-bhid-aṅghri-jalāḥ dadhati sakṛn manas tvayi ya ātmani nitya-sukhe  na punar upāsate puruṣa-sāra-harāvasathān Synonyms: bhuvi — on the earth; puru — greatly; puṇya — pious; tīrtha — places of pilgrimage; sadanāni — and personal abodes of the Supreme Lord; ṛṣayaḥ — sages; vimadaḥ — free from false pride; te — they; uta — indeed; bhavat — Your; pada — feet; ambuja — lotus; hṛdaḥ — in whose hearts; agha — sins; bhit — which destroys; aṅghri — (having bathed) whose feet; jalāḥ — the water; dadhati — turn; sakṛt — even once; manaḥ — their minds; tvayi — toward You; ye — who; ātmani — toward the Supreme Soul; nitya — always; sukhe — who is happy; na punaḥ — never again; upāsate — they worship; puruṣa — of a man; sāra — the essential qualities; hara — which steal away; āvasathān — their mundane homes. Translation: Sages free from false pride live on this earth by frequenting the sacred pilgrimage sites and those places where the Supreme Lord displayed His pastimes. Because such devotees keep Your lotus feet within their hearts, the water that washes their feet destroys all sins. Anyone who even once turns his mind toward You, the ever-blissful Soul of all existence, no longer dedicates himself to serving family life at home, which simply robs a man of his good qualities. Purport: The qualification of an aspiring sage is that he has learned about the Absolute Truth from standard authorities and developed a sober mood of renunciation. To develop his capacity for discriminating the important from the unimportant, such a person often wanders from one holy site to another, taking advantage of the association of great souls who frequent or reside in these places. If, in the course of his travels, the aspiring sage can begin to realize the Supreme Lord’s lotus feet in the core of his heart, he will be released from the illusion of false ego and from the painful bondage of lust, envy and greed. Though he may still go to places of pilgrimage to bathe away his sins, the now purified sage has the power to sanctify others with the water that washes his feet and with the realized instructions he imparts. Such a sage is described by the Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad (2.2.9) bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś  chidyante sarva-saṁśayāḥ kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi  tasmin dṛṣṭe parāvare “The knot in the heart is pierced, all misgivings are cut to pieces, and the chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the Supreme Lord everywhere, within all superior and inferior beings.” To sages who have reached this stage, the Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad (3.2.11) thus pays homage: namaḥ paramarṣibhyaḥ, namaḥ paramarṣibhyaḥ.

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