GIGA THREAD on SRIMAD BHAGWAT PURAN

by | Jan 3, 2021 | Sanatana Dharma

Oh God, Let this thread contain the best lessons that we have learnt in whole 2020.

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Introduction

The word Bhagwat is traditionally used for Bhakts of Bhagwan Vishnu.

The word ‘Bhagwan’ is closely associated to ‘bhaagya’ i.e. fortune.
In a way, ‘Bhagwan’ is the owner of all fortunes. His splendid affluence is not
even comparable to the wealth that us humans have.

Sri is the Goddess of prosperity.
( श्री मान = a person with prosperity)

Mad or mat is belief.
(” मत दान” = vote of belief)

Puran = old record or ancient history

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Hence, Sri Mad Bhagwat Puran is ‘history of those devotees who loved God’.

The ones who did not hate world for its nothingness, but loved it, because
they savoured it as an opportunity to express their love to God and bathe in
showers of delight.

Bhagvat Purana is a historical record made by those mad lovers of God,

Who did not hate any kind of religious philosophy.

Instead, they explored opposing thoughts thoroughly and used them as a
means to unravel depths of their own ideology.
&
The outcomes were magnificent.

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“The aim of life is inquiry into the Truth, and not the desire for enjoyment in
heaven by performing religious rites,
Those who possess the knowledge of the Truth, call the knowledge of non-
duality as the Truth,
It is called Brahman, the Highest Self, and Bhagavan.”

– 1.2

In Hinduism, Brahm is the ultimate God.
Where there is anything, there is Brahm.
Where there is nothing, there too is Brahm.

Brahm has no attributes at all.

Brahm is like a ‘supercomputer of supercomputers’. Its attributes are wayyyy
beyond our conscious understanding.

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Purana 🙏🙏

Bhagwat Puran begins by saying ‘We adore that Brahm who is conscious
about its existence’.

Consciousness is an attribute.

Hence,
What we are preaching here is not whole Brahm, but a fragment of Brahm
that is available to our cognitive capacities.
This fragment is ‘Vishnu’.

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Bhagwat Puran is described as ‘a juice of fruits of such divine knowledge.

Whenever a person DESIRES to devour these juices of knowledge, the
universal consciousness automatically fills up his heart with essences of
Vishnu..’

It’s a metaphysical truth.

The tale begins somewhere post Kaliyuga, when a bunch of Vishnu devotees
initiate a grandiose ritual of 1000 year long daily oblation to please Vishnu.

Many people had done such ordeals to successfully please God in Satyuga.

In Kaliyuga, it was no longer a norm however..

The soft hearted devotees went to the great Rishi Suta & said,

“You have read more scriptures than us. You even have some esoteric
knowledge, conveyed by your dear teachers.
People of Kaliyuga are nowhere capable of achieving what you have
achieved.
Please enlighten us.”

They continued
“We love to cherish beautiful tales of Krishna. They are a source of infinite
joy.
Often Krishna appears to be just like a normal human. But then he does feats
of ultimate strength.
How can we relate to such magnificent things by our inferior brains ? Guide
us”

(These things happened just a few years after Lord Krishna had physically
departed from earth, back to Narayan Lok.

Hence, Krishna Bhakti was the norm.)

Now, before we proceed any further let’s take a look at who Suta is.

‘Suta’ is a surname given to mixed bred Kshatriya and Brahmans.
The people of this ancestory remembered everything they heard word to
word. Hence they were popular reciters of Puranas.

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Sutas were born NON BIOLOGICALLY, out of Yagya pyre.

The Suta we are talking about here is Ugrashrava Suta, the son of
Lomharshan Suta.

Lomharshan Suta means ‘the one whose words give goosebumps to the
listeners’

Ugrashrava Suta means “The one who gently exudes highly powerful and
hot natured words.”

सूत means thread.

Possibly,
Sage Suta might not be a human. He might be a divine angelic figure, a
divine voice of Gods, connecting them to us Homans, like a Thread…

Suta got really happy on hearing this.
He knew that finally that moment had came when Bhagwad Puran was had
to be revealed to our universe. This was the moment he had born for.

He thanked deities and Saraswati, he thanked his ancestore who taught him
and answered,

“For us mortals, the best religion is the one that preaches Krishna.
No matter where you belong to, no matter what scriptures you have read , if
the gentle mischiefs of Bhagwan, it’s useless.”

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Now one might ask, why Krishna ? He is just another avtar of Vishnu.

Yes he is.

But what he represents is much more.

He represents human attraction towards God.

If you don’t have Krishna element in you, no matter what Pooja you do, you
won’t be liberated

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Many scholars say,
When we add Radha to Krishn, we get ‘Brahm’. It’s like a mathematical
equation.

Attraction alone is not enough.

Purifying filter of Radha is required to remove a devotee’s impurities.

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2 things-

1. Bhagwat Puran does not mention Radha even once

2. It often uses word Vishnu and Krishna interchangeably

And there is a reason behind it (see pic)

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The truth is that whenever Bhagwat Puran says ‘Krishna’ , it means sum of
Radha and Krishna as a whole.

The whole represents Brahm, the supreme reality of universe.

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“Of all forms of devotions, love of Lord Krishna is the best. It purifies
everything. (Radha being the purifying element)
It opens sensory knots of heart.

The devotee recieves AATMA PRASADAM.”

What is Prasad ?

A food brought in contact with any form of God and worshipped becomes
Prasad.

Aatma Prasad means,

Once you fall in love with Krishna,
Everything your heart perceives, gets converted into Prasad of Krishna
manifesting in you.

The question is ‘how does it happen?’

Sura explains,

“Understand Tamas

Rajas
&
Satva.

Wood is stationary and material, Tamas

Smoke of buning wood is Rajas

And Agni is Sattvva. It purifies everything.
If you love Krishna, you become Saatvik.”

‘रा’ of राधा means ‘fire’ btw

“When we burn different type of wood, a Taamsik/Raajsik person thinks we
are getting different type of fires. A Saatvik person knows that the difference
is illusionary.”

That’s exactly why Vishnu Bhakts don’t fight with Shiva bhakts.

Fire is fire. Religion is religion.

Understanding law of Karma,

“Krishna is the destination of everything. Every ‘karm’ you have accumulated,
terminates at Krishna.”

When movie Tenent said that Entropy of Karma is infinitely increasing,
They forgot that Lord Krishna is the limit of this infinity.

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What is Satva manifestation of Vishnu himself ?

Suta,

“Satva form of Vishnu is his Virat Swaroop. That is the only form of him in
which mankind saw his true identity.
Virat Swaroop contains all worlds within it.
It is imagined to have thousands of body parts and ornaments.”

What is Narayan ?

Since you have read this thread so far, you know that I love to trace word
roots.

Narayan = Nar + Ayan = man (masculine component of human life) + peak
destination

Narayan is the supreme state a human can aim to be at, while still retaining
his human form.

Of course, state of being Brahm is superior to state of Narayan.

But once you become Brahm, you lose attributes of human life.

You get dissolved in infinity.

What is Narayan according to Bhagwad Puran ?

“Narayan is a never ending source of energy out of whom all the physical
earthly Avtars of Vishnu are derived.”

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After this, Suta gives a detailed description of how each Avtar of Vishnu
came to earth and did a variety of duties that earthly organisms do.

He states that although the other Avtars were fragments of Vishnu, Radha
and Krishna were Vishnu himself.

I have derived a personal conclusion on history record of Vishnu Avtars –

What Vishnu Avtars did for our universe certainly has high significance ;

But what has higher significance is the fact that these Avtars did what they
were supposed to do without getting trapped in Maya

“there is a huge difference between us humans and Bhagwan.
Bhagwan assimilates the stimuli of world.
Humans themselves get assimilated in the stimulus.”

(Modified quote of Suta)

Swami Vivekanand describes this by analogy of a well, in which –

1 frog is it’s resident

2nd frog is a resident of ocean.

2nd says “Ocean is a really big place…”

1 “How big? As big as the distance between 5th and 19th brick of well?”

2nd “No even bigger”

2nd frog continues, “It’s even bigger than this well.”

1rst frog thinks deep enough. “hmm. So how many bricks did it have?”

2nd frog didn’t talk to him after that.
.
Sura says that the people who get assimilated in Maya wrongly try to
measure God materialistically (like frog 1)

Even though the other Puranas are mostly tales, Bed Vyasa has intentionally
tried to fit in conclusions of Vedas here.

Bhagwat Puran is the perfect intermediate between Vedas and Puranas.

Purana now moves into flashback on life of Vyasa, the author.

After Vyasa had authored books like Mahabharata, gained a lot of
knowledge and done a lot of welfare of the people,
He looked back at his life and still found some sort of incompleteness and
hollowness…

At this moment Narad, a spiritually fulfilled entity comes to Vyasa.
He senses Vyasa’s frustration and tells him,

“in my previous birth thousands of years ago, i was born as son of a
housemaid who was serving at home of Veda readers and Bhagwan
devotees..

..i served them faithfully, became their dear.

They allowed me to eat their left over food, which filled me with joy.

I got closer to them.
They even taught me prayers.

I did all that, and I gratitudously dedicated whatever I did to God and them.
That gave me my fulfilment”

Narad instructed Vyasa “Just like you have written about events of God’s life,
write about value of his love with equal dedication.

And whatever you do, just dedicate it to God.”

Let’s give this thread a break with a Bhajan 🙂

दुनिया का बन कर देख लिया, श्यामा का बन कर देख ज़रा।
राधा नाम में कितनी शक्ति है, इस राह पर चल कर देख ज़रा॥

दुनिया के चक्कर में पड़ कर, कई जनम युही बर्बाद किये।
अब शरण में श्यामा की आ कर, तू नाम सुमीर कर देख ज़रा॥

राधा नाम में कितनी मस्ती है, यह पूछो इन दीवानों से।
इस प्रेम के प्याले को प्राणी, एक बार तो पी कर ज़रा॥

जो भक्ति मार्ग पर चलते हैं, वो जग में अमर हो जाते हैं।
यह प्यार हकीकी श्यामा की, तू नींद से जग कर देख ज़रा॥

Or alternatively,

Fathers of Ugrashrava and Lomharshan knew what qualities they were going
to possess through astrology/third eye.

P.s. – by hot natured, I mean ’emotionally warm’ or ‘having warm radiance’.
Bhagwat Puran is definitely not for numb ppl

The concept of all Vishnu Avtars deriving their energy from a definite source
called Narayan can also be traced in Sikhism.

Bhakti and Unconditional Love –

Vyasa was a practical man. He knew that attachments to anyone, even
religious people can lead to agonies.

He asked “What happened after those devotees left you? It would have
caused you a lot of pain.”

Narad, “By then, even though I had not understood what it means to love
Bhagwan,
But i had surrendered myself to him.

I had my illiterate mother who didn’t understand my thirst for spirituality.
I didn’t hate her. I considered her as a gift of God and gave her my love
hence.”

“And soon she unexpectedly died by snake bite.
But I didn’t despair then either.

I considered it as an act of God’s will.

I, in spite of my unripe age, left home and started walking in the direction
my mother had died in. I believed God was showing me the direction..”

“The devotees had taught me that God descends in hearts of devotees.

Even though I didn’t know how to meditate,
I simply sat in a calm forest and tried to meditate on my heart.
And… Shri Bhagwan did come in it”

प्रेम से बोलो राधे राधे !

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“After that God commanded me to purify myself from all human sins.

I tried everything, but Yama Niyam Pranayam etc didn’t suit me even a bit.

I was restlessly craving to see Bhagwan again. So, I started chanting name
and Leela of Bhagwan day and night. It purified me.”

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And when Brahma created a new universe,
Narad was liberated.

Narad was assigned the freedom to wander in all Lokas of universe.

And that is what he does, still chanting name of Radha Krishn – not because
he is seeking purification,
But because he loves Bhagwan unconditionally.

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A legit question-

How can a Bhakt love Bhagwan so unconditionally inspite of difficulties he is
facing in real life ?

Puran explains this by refering to Mahabharat.

As you all know, Ashwathama fired Brahmastra at Arjun.
Arjun had only one option – to fire another Brahmastra

2 prototypes of deadliest weapon of universe collided. Huge explosions and
destruction occurred.

Ashwathama’s attack failed.

But that’s not the whole story.

After Pandvas punished Ashwathama, 5 more Brahmastras were fired at
them, OUTSIDE BATTLEFIELD. It was an act of deceit.

Pandav women started trembling.
Their clan was about to vanish from earth.

The 5 Pandav Brother started hastily preparing their counter explosive
weapons.

Even if Arjuna would have tried to counter 5 Brahmastras with 1 brahmastra,
the sum damage of 6 Brahmastras still would have killed them.

At this moment, Lord Krishna launched Sudarshan Chakra, and all the
Brahmastras got paralysed in one second.

Kunti’s whole life flashed in front of her eyes.

“O Krishna, you have given all the prosperity to our clan. I am thankful to you
for the difficulties you have given us – Laakshagrah, Cheerharan and now as
well.
The more difficulties you give us, the purer becomes our faith.”

ना कुछ पूछा,
ना कुछ माँगा
तूने दिल से दिया जो दिया
ना कुछ बोला,
ना कुछ तोला
मुस्कुरा के दिया जो दिया
तू ही धूप,
तू ही छाया
तू ही अपना पराया
और कुछ ना जानूँ
बस इतना ही जानूँ
तुझमें रब दिखता है
मैं क्या करूँ
सजदे सर झुकता है
मैं क्या करूँ

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Bheeshm Pitamah’s death –

When Pitamah was on deathbed, he gave Pandvas all the knowledge that
would be necessary to run Kingdom of Hastinapur in Kaliyuga.

When death’s moment neared, he did not do any Vedic chant for Liberation.

Instead he expressed his love for Krishna…

He warned the Pandvas that Kaal rupi Krishna i.e. Krishna in form of universal
fate is very unpredictable and can do anything to a human.

However, his heart was filling with immense love for pleasentness and sweet
smile of Shri Krishna.
He couldn’t help but unsee it.

Bhagwan’s love for Bhakts –

Bheeshma remarked that-

1. He was awestruck to see Krishna, the Lord of universe, humbly serving the
chariot of Arjuna.

Why did he do such a menial job ?

Because Arjuna was his beloved Bhakt.

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2. Bheeshm Pitamah , who was Krishna bhakt himself, had previously vowed
to make Krishna raise weapon INSIDE BATTLEFIELD.

For doing this, he offensively sieved Krishna’s vest with his pointed arrows
and made his chest bleed.

Krishna again broke his vow for this stubborn Bhakt

Feminists must not read this line –

“All the wives whom Shri Krishna has invited must be very lucky for they have
converted the impure and shackles fate of female lives into something pure
and illuminated.”

When Krishna returned to Dwarka after Mahabharat,
He blench his conch (shankh) – which was characteristically loud enough to
scare away all the evil powers.

Citizens got thrilled on hearing it and gathered at gates of Dwarka.

A festival like atmosphere ensued.

A Lesson in humbleness –

Krishna kindly interacted with all the citizens of Dwarka willing to meet him.

He hugged some people,
Talked to some,
Blessed some,
And gratitudously smiled at sight of the other people,

Depending on whatever was appropriate.

Krishna came and lovingly sat in laps of his 7 mothers (pic).

Their eyes got filled with tears and Krishna’s love enticed their breasts to
pour out milk.

When was the last time you saw a grown up son showering his love on his
mother like that ?

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