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Notes From The Bhagavatam 1

by Hasti Gopala dasa

Please accept my humble obeisances all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am working slowly on a long term project to compile some of the notes I have made over the years from reading of the original Srimad Bhagavatam books presented by Srila Prabhupada. That presentation is called Continuous Revelations.

This mailing is from part two of the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam and is being presented simply due to some old inspiration. It may not be repeated or may be repeated from time to time so bare with me.

If you take the time to reference what I have quoted then you can read the full context from which these bits of transcendental literature are from. It is very relaxing and wonderful to be going through these gems. I feel that volumes can be written from some of these simple quotes even in their place in relation to the original text. They can be discussed amongst devotees on line, around a bowl of hot milk or beside a camp fire in some future evening.

Srila Prabhupadas books will continue to reveal transcendental knowledge to us every time we open his books. I hope that my sharing of my discoveries from Srila Prabhupadas books will cause others to share with me what they find the next time they open his books. I'd like that.

Ys Hasti Gopala Dasa

Canto One Part Two.
Chapter 8 Text 6 Purport.
Page 381.

"The Lord is equal to everyone, but a devotee of the Lord is more glorified because he is always in touch with the all great. The sun rays are equally distributed, but still there are some places which are dark always. This is not due to the sun but to the receptive power. Similarly, those who are cent percent devotees of the Lord get the full fledged mercy of the Lord, which is always equally distributed everywhere".

Page 399.

"The more attachment is there for the Lord, the more success is there for the devotee."

Page 404.

"A living being is always finished as soon as there is nothing to possess. Therefore a living being cannot be, in the real sense of the term, a renouncer. A living being renounces something for gaining something more valuable."

Page 412.

"But in the case of democracy, the impious citizens themselves send their representative to rule over them, therefore they cannot blame anyone for their unhappiness".

Page 418.

"He is the hero in all circumstances, and hearing about Him or His devotees or combatants is conducive to spiritual life"

Page 421.

"We may therefore, invent by our advancement of material knowledge all sorts of counteracting material resources, but without being guided by the Lord all such inventions end in fiasco, however strong and stout the reactionary elements may be"

Page 425.

"To cut off family affection means to broaden the field of activities. Without doing this, no one can be qualified as a brahmana, a king, a public leader, or a devotee of the Lord"

Page 426.

"To cut off the tie of all other affections does not mean complete negation of the finer elements, like affection for someone else. This is not possible"

Page 427.

"Seeing the darkness is not seeing. But seeing by the light of the sun means to see the sun and everything else which was unseen in the darkness. That is the way of devotional service."

Ys Hasti Gopala Dasa

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