Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.04 - Spiritual Knowledge Passed Down through Parampara (download mp3)
by Dwarkadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tena prokta sva-putraya
manave purva-jaya sa
tato bhrgv-adayo ’grhnan
Lord Brahma spoke this Vedic knowledge to his eldest son, Manu, and the seven great sages headed by Bhrgu Muni then accepted the same knowledge from Manu.
Everyone engages in a certain way of life based on one’s own nature and propensities. Bhakti-yoga is the natural activity of one whose nature is completely purified by association with the Supreme Lord. Other processes are meant for those whose nature is still affected by the material modes, and thus such processes, along with their results, are themselves also materially contaminated. Devotional service to the Lord, however, is a pure spiritual process, and by executing it with a pure consciousness one comes directly in touch with the Personality of Godhead, who describes Himself in Bhagavad-gita (9.2) as pavitram idam uttamam, the supreme pure. The system of parampara, or disciplic succession, is illustrated in this and the previous verse. The spiritual masters in Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement are part of such a disciplic succession, and through them the same Vedic knowledge spoken by Brahma to Manu is still available.