Appreciating Uddhava Gita

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.21.01 - Appreciating Uddhava Gita (download mp3)
by Prem Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.21.1
sri-bhagavan uvaca
ya etan mat-patho hitva
ksudran kamams calaih pranair
 jusantah samsaranti te

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Those who give up these methods for achieving Me, which consist of devotional service, analytic philosophy and regulated execution of prescribed duties, and instead, being moved by the material senses, cultivate insignificant sense gratification, certainly undergo the continual cycle of material existence.

As clearly explained by Lord Krsna in the previous chapters, philosophical analysis and also the performance of prescribed duties are ultimately meant for achieving Krsna consciousness, or pure love of God. Devotional service, based on hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord, directly engages the conditioned soul in the Lord’s loving service and thus is the most efficient means of achieving the Lord. All three processes, however, share a common goal, Krsna consciousness. Now the Lord describes those who, being completely absorbed in material sense gratification, do not adopt any authorized means to achieve the Lord’s mercy. Currently, hundreds of millions of unfortunate human beings fit squarely into this category and, as described here, perpetually suffer the bondage of material existence.

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