Apr 252018
Teachings of Lord Kapila  How to Understand the Lord’s Activities

yad yad vidhatte bhagavān svacchandātmātma-māyayā tāni me śraddadhānasya kīrtanyāny anukīrtaya TRANSLATION Therefore please precisely describe all the activities and pastimes of the Personality of Godhead, who is full of self-desire and who assumes all these activities by His internal potency. PURPORT The word anukīrtaya is very significant. Anukīrtaya means “to follow the description” – not […more]

Apr 252018
Teachings of Lord Kapila  The Transcendental Master and Supreme Yogī

na hy asya varṣmaṇaḥ puṁsāṁ varimṇaḥ sarva-yoginām viśrutau śruta-devasya bhūri tṛpyanti me ’savaḥ TRANSLATION Śaunaka continued: There is no one who knows more than the Lord Himself. No one is more worshipable or more mature a yogī than He. He is therefore the master of the Vedas, and to hear about Him always is the […more]

Apr 242018
Teachings of Lord Kapila  The Purpose of Lord Kapila’s Advent

śaunaka uvāca kapilas tattva-saṅkhyātā bhagavān ātma-māyayā jātaḥ svayam ajaḥ sākṣād ātma-prajñaptaye nṛṇām TRANSLATION Śrī Śaunaka said: Although He is unborn, the Supreme Personality of Godhead took birth as Kapila Muni by His internal potency. He descended to disseminate transcendental knowledge for the benefit of the whole human race. PURPORT The word ātma-prajñaptaye indicates that the […more]

Apr 242018
Teachings of Lord Kapila  Foreword

Kapila Muni, a renowned sage of antiquity, is the author of the philosophical system known as Sāṅkhya, which forms an important part of India’s ancient philosophical heritage. Sāṅkhya is both a system of metaphysics, dealing with the elemental principles of the physical universe, and a system of spiritual knowledge, with its own methodology, culminating in […more]

Apr 212018
Beyond Birth and Death  Associating with Kṛṣṇa

If one gets something superior, he naturally gives up all inferior things. We want enjoyment, but impersonalism and voidism have created such an atmosphere that we have become addicted to material enjoyment. There must be enjoyment in connection with the Supreme Person (puruṣaḥ sa paraḥ), whom we can see face to face. In the spiritual […more]

Apr 202018
Beyond Birth and Death  The Sky Beyond the Universe

If even the higher planets in this universe are subject to birth and death, why do great yogīs strive for elevation to them? Although they may have many mystic powers, these yogīs still have the tendency to want to enjoy the facilities of material life. On the higher planets, it is possible to live for […more]

Apr 202018
Beyond Birth and Death  Liberation from Material Planets

The jñānīs and yogīs are generally impersonalists, and although they attain the temporary form of liberation by merging into the impersonal effulgence, the spiritual sky, according to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam their knowledge is not considered pure. By penances, austerities, and meditations they can rise up to the platform of the Supreme Absolute, but as has been explained, […more]

Apr 192018
Beyond Birth and Death  Elevation at death

There are different kinds of transcendentalists who are called yogīs—haṭha-yogīs, jñāna-yogīs, dhyāna-yogīs, and bhakti-yogīs—and all of them are eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The word yoga means “to link up,” and the yoga systems are meant to enable us to link with the transcendental world. As mentioned in the previous chapter, originally […more]

Apr 192018
Beyond Birth and Death  We are not these bodies

dehī nityam avadhyo ‘yaṁ dehe sarvasya bhārata tasmāt sarvāṇi bhūtāni na tvaṁ śocitum arhasi The very first step in self-realization is realizing one’s identity as separate from the body. “I am not this body but am spirit soul” is an essential realization for anyone who wants to transcend death and enter into the spiritual world […more]

Apr 182018
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence  When the Kṛṣṇa Sun Rises in the Heart

bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś chidyante sarva-saṁśayāḥ kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi dṛṣṭa evātmanīśvare Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the Self as master. —Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.21 Attaining scientific knowledge of the Personality of Godhead means seeing one’s own self simultaneously. As […more]