Understanding Spirit Through Matter

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.08.42-44 - Understanding Spirit Through Matter (download mp3)
 by Rasraj Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.8.42
atmaiva hy atmano gopta
 nirvidyeta yadakhilat
apramatta idam pasyed
 grastam kalahina jagat

When the living entity sees that the entire universe has been seized by the serpent of time, he becomes sober and sane and at that time detaches himself from all material sense gratification. In that condition the living entity is qualified to be his own protector.

In this verse, Pingala states that by the Lord’s mercy a self-realized soul can see that the entire universe is existing within the jaws of the great serpent of time. Certainly this is not a promising situation, and one who sees it loses his desire for sense gratification. Thus, by the Lord’s causeless mercy, the spiritually sane living entity can protect himself from illusion.

Since Pingala is now glorifying the Personality of Godhead for His mercy in awarding salvation, the following question might arise: Is she worshiping the Lord out of love, or is she merely a salvationist desiring liberation from material existence? In answer it may be said that in her Krsna conscious situation she is already liberated, even though remaining in this world. Her program will now be simply to render loving service to the Personality of Godhead without any personal desire, including that of salvation.

SB 11.8.43
sri-brahmana uvaca
evam vyavasita-matir
 durasam kanta-tarsa-jam
chittvopasamam asthaya
 sayyam upavivesa sa

The avadhuta said: Thus, her mind completely made up, Pingala cut off all her sinful desires to enjoy sex pleasure with lovers, and she became situated in perfect peace. Then she sat down on her bed.

SB 11.8.44
asa hi paramam duhkham
 nairasyam paramam sukham
yatha sañchidya kantasam
 sukham susvapa pingala

Material desire is undoubtedly the cause of the greatest unhappiness, and freedom from such desire is the cause of the greatest happiness. Therefore, completely cutting off her desire to enjoy so-called lovers, Pingala very happily went to sleep.

Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Eleventh Canto, Eighth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “The Story of Pingala.”

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