Ritualistic Ceremonies Are Auspicious If Lord's Activities Are Glorified

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.23.30-31 - Ritualistic Ceremonies Are Auspicious If Lord's Activities Are Glorified (download mp3)
by Ananta Nitai Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 8.23.30
ya idam deva-devasya
harer adbhuta-karmanah
srnvan yati param gatim

If one hears about the uncommon activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His various incarnations, he is certainly elevated to the higher planetary system or even brought back home, back to Godhead.

SB 8.23.31
kriyamane karmanidam
daive pitrye 'tha manuse
yatra yatranukirtyeta
tat tesam sukrtam viduh

Whenever the activities of Vamanadeva are described in the course of a ritualistic ceremony, whether the ceremony be performed to please the demigods, to please one's forefathers in Pitrloka, or to celebrate a social event like a marriage, that ceremony should be understood to be extremely auspicious.

There are three kinds of ceremonies specifically, ceremonies to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead or the demigods, those performed for social celebrations like marriages and birthdays, and those meant to please the forefathers, like the sraddha ceremony. In all these ceremonies, large amounts of money are spent for various activities, but here it is suggested that if along with this there is recitation of the wonderful activities of Vamanadeva, certainly the ceremony will be carried out successfully and will be free of all discrepancies.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Eighth Canto, Twenty-third Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "The Demigods Regain the Heavenly planets."