Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.24-25 - What Inspires One to take Sharanagati (download mp3)
by Satyananda Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
astau prakrtayas caiva
purusas ca navety atha
Counting eleven, there are the soul, the gross elements and the senses. Eight gross and subtle elements plus the Supreme Lord would make nine.
tattvanam rsibhih krtam
sarvam nyayyam yuktimattvad
vidusam kim asobhanam
Thus great philosophers have analyzed the material elements in many different ways. All of their proposals are reasonable, since they are all presented with ample logic. Indeed, such philosophical brilliance is expected of the truly learned.
The material world has been analyzed in innumerable ways by innumerable brilliant philosophers, but the conclusion is always one — the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva. Aspiring philosophers need not waste their precious time showing off their intellectual brilliance, because there is little left to analyze on the material platform. One should simply surrender to the Absolute Truth, the supreme element, Lord Sri Krsna, and uncover one’s eternal consciousness of God.