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Teachings Of Srimad Bhagavatam - Lessons From Srimad Bhagavatam

This is a collection of teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam with important lessons imparted by Sri Krishna and various saints.

What is attained in the Satya Yuga by one contemplating on Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu, in Treta by one who propitiates Him through sacrifice and in Dwapara through worship, is attained in the Kali age (merely) by chanting the Name and singing the Praises of Srihari.

Oh even the impious woman, Putana who suckled Baby Sri Krishna at the breast, which was daubed with a most deadly poison, intent on killing Him, got from Him (in return) the destiny appropriate to a foster mother. Is there anyone so Merciful Whom we should resort to for protection other than Him?

For whatever honour the devotee offers to the Almighty Lord, it rebounds upon himself, as the decoration of one’s face is reflected on a mirror.

The only way for man to be rid of fear is to worship the lotus feet of the Lord ever and always. Fear and horrible miseries follow man due to his identification with the corrupting body.

A man adopting the method of true Bhakti will never stray away; even if he were to run blindfolded, he will not trip or fall.

Whatever you do impelled by your innate inclination with body, word, mind, senses, intellect or ego, surrender all that to the Supreme Lord!

Sense of separation certainly entails cause for fear. One outside of His presence will be enveloped in Maya; he loses his contact with the divine and gets identified with dead matter. Therefore the wise one should, with one pointed devotion, worship Him.

O eternal companion, certainly you are not just the son of Yashoda but the immanent witness in all embodied beings. In response to the prayer of Brahma, the creator, you have risen among the Yadavas to protect the world.

No power is beyond the reach of the sage who has controlled his mind, senses, nerve currents, and disposition and who concentrates on me.

He who worships me constantly and exclusively through the performance of his duties, knowing my presence in all beings, soon attains steadfast devotion.

The highest charity is the relinquishing of the idea of violence toward all beings.

Penance is the giving up of desires.

Valor is the conquest of one’s nature.

Honesty is looking upon everything with an equal eye.

For a man who has come into this world there is no other way more favorable than that which leads to steadfast devotion to Lord Vasudeva.

Whatever a man can obtain by rituals, penance, knowledge, renunciation, yoga, alms giving, or by other pious exercises, all that can be attained easily through Bhakti or devotion.

Devotion to Vasudeva is the best means to attain the highest goal of man. Just as the fire burns down the wood, just as the sun dispels the darkness, so too bhakti removes sin.

Bhakti breaks the knot of ignorance.

By Bhakti man can more easily overcome his nature, his natural inclinations, his senses.

Only when a man's heart is filled with love for the Lord, can he easily renounce the world, can he overcome all his desires.

In short, by bhakti man attains all those spiritual benefits made available to him by other spiritual means.

Realizing the universe as one in the aspect of Purusha and Prakriti, never praise or blame the action of others.

Desire eclipses all that is good and noble in one’s heart and desirelessness is the gateway to liberation.

Like the python one should be content with what comes unsought.

A man of renunciation should be peaceful, calm, unfathomable, impenetrable and as unaffected by the currents of likes and dislikes as the sea.

Everyone should do his duty without any selfish desires whatsoever. This purifies the mind. And the purified mind is able to observe life without being involved one way or the other.

Even as happiness is uncertain and unworthy of our attention here, so happiness in heaven, too, is illusory.

As long as the jiva is clothed with a body, and as long as the delusion of diversity lasts, the cycle of birth and death will continue.

When the disciple who is fully awake and alert obtains the purified knowledge from the guru, he will realize that the diverse appearance is unreal and that oneness is the truth.

For one who regularly attends teachings of Krishna and renders service like the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed. (1.2.18)

As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature’s modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness and he becomes completely happy (1.2.19)

A human being who identifies this body made of three elements with his self and who goes to a place of pilgrimage simply to take a bath rather than meet men of transcendental knowledge there, is to be considered like an ass. (10.84.13)

If you simply pour water on the root of a tree, all the branches, twigs, leaves and flowers will be nourished. Similarly, everyone can be satisfied simply by Krishna worship. (4.31.14)

When he was created man was given the power of discrimination and he was given a good intellect. These should help him to set his thoughts on the Brahman. After so many births, far inferior to the human status, after passing through the worm state and then reptile state and then animal state, man is granted the privilege of having a human form and a human mind and a human intellect. Why? So that he can use them properly. This body should be kept alive very carefully for but one purpose: to attain salvation because that is the only reason why we are given this form.

Live in the world of men without being attached to anyone or anything. Set your thoughts on me (Krishna). Act in the world without any desire to please yourself.

Concentration is essential if one desire to attain oneness with the Paramatman.