Integrated Approach of Living

2015-06-07
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.63.30-34 - Integrated Approach of Living (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Devamrita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
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SB 10.63.30
ity ukto ’cyutam anamya
 gato mahesvaro jvarah
banas tu ratham arudhah
 pragad yotsyan janardanam

Translation:
Thus addressed, the Mahesvara-jvara bowed down to the infallible Lord and went away. But Banasura then appeared, riding forth on his chariot to fight Lord Krsna.


SB 10.63.31
tato bahu-sahasrena
 nanayudha-dharo ’surah
mumoca parama-kruddho
 banams cakrayudhe nrpa

Translation:
Carrying numerous weapons in his thousand hands, O King, the terribly infuriated demon shot many arrows at Lord Krsna, the carrier of the disc weapon.


SB 10.63.32
tasyasyato ’strany asakrc
 cakrena ksura-nemina
ciccheda bhagavan bahun
 sakha iva vanaspateh

Translation:
As Bana continued hurling weapons at Him, the Supreme Lord began using His razor-sharp cakra to cut off Banasura’s arms as if they were tree branches.


SB 10.63.33
bahusu chidyamanesu
 banasya bhagavan bhavah
bhaktanakampy upavrajya
 cakrayudham abhasata

Translation:
Lord Siva felt compassion for his devotee Banasura, whose arms were being cut off, and thus he approached Lord Cakrayudha [Krsna] and spoke to Him as follows.


SB 10.63.34
sri-rudra uvaca
tvam hi brahma param jyotir
 gudham brahmani van-maye
yam pasyanty amalatmana
 akasam iva kevalam

Translation:
Sri Rudra said: You alone are the Absolute Truth, the supreme light, the mystery hidden within the verbal manifestation of the Absolute. Those whose hearts are spotless can see You, for You are uncontaminated, like the sky.

Purport:
The Absolute Truth is the source of all light and is therefore the supreme light, self-luminous. This Absolute Truth is explained confidentially in the Vedas and is therefore difficult for an ordinary reader to understand. The following statements quoted by Srila Jiva Gosvami from the Gopala-tapani Upanisad show how the Vedic sounds occasionally reveal the Absolute: Te hocur upasanam etasya paratmano govindasyakhiladharino bruhi (Purva-khanda 17): “They [the four Kumaras] said [to Brahma], ‘Please tell us how to worship Govinda, the Supreme Soul and the foundation of all that exists.’” Cetanas cetananam (Purva-khanda 21): “He is the chief of all living beings.” And tam ha devam atma-vrtti-prakasam (Purva-khanda 23): “One realizes that Supreme Godhead by first realizing one’s own self.” The great acarya Jiva Gosvami also quotes a verse from the Srimad-Bhagavatam (7.10.48) — gudham param brahma manusya-lingam — which refers to “the Supreme Truth concealed in a humanlike form.”

Since the Lord is pure, why do some people perceive Krsna’s form and activities as impure? Acarya Jiva explains that those whose own hearts are impure cannot understand the pure Lord. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti further quotes the Lord’s own instruction to Arjuna in Sri Hari-vamsa:

tat-param paramam brahma
 sarvam vibhajate jagat
mamaiva tad ghanam tejo
 j├▒atum arhasi bharata

“Superior to that [total material nature] is the Supreme Brahman, from which this entire creation expands. O descendant of Bharata, you should know that the Supreme Brahman consists of My concentrated effulgence.”

Thus, to save his devotee, Siva now glorifies the Supreme Lord, Krsna, his eternal worshipable master. The Lord’s bewildering potency induced Siva to fight with Lord Krsna, but now the fight is over, and to save his devotee Lord Siva offers these beautiful prayers.