There are literally unlimited topics to write on for devotees. This is especially true for those of us who see the world through a writers mind–the whole world and everything and everyone may be grist for the mill of our pen, guided as we are by the Bhakti scriptures and pure devotees.We might imagine how many books there would be if as much attention were given to the Gita, Shirmad Bhagavatam or the Chaitanya Charitamrita as has been given to the Bible.
There are literally unlimited topics to write on for devotees. This is especially true for those of us who see the world through a writers mind–the whole world and everything and everyone may be grist for the mill of our pen, guided as we are by the Bhakti scriptures and pure devotees.We might imagine how many books there would be if as much attention were given to the Gita, Shirmad Bhagavatam or the Chaitanya Charitamrita as has been given to the Bible. We need to respect all revealed scriptures, yet if we compared them objectively, these great bhakti literatures give us much more philosophical and spiritual information then the Bible and similar scriptures. From my study of revealed scriptures this is a reasonable claim, yet for people in general they will have to see for themselves–if they dare.
Unfortunately the majority of religious people aren’t even that interested in their own scriptures–so what to speak of others. If they say they are interested, they often haven’t thought deeply about the implications of what they’ve read, or they accept the fundamentalist interpretation of their church leaders without much thought.
Although God is inconceivable to worldly reason and is thus beyond our limited thinking power, we require to be thinking people in order to apply the teachings in a dynamic way. As even a Christian motivational speaker has said, “We need to be mini-philosophers”…to understand the purpose of life and our relationship with God.
Prabhupada taught us that we can serve Krishna in four ways: “It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with his life, wealth, intelligence and words.” [SB 10.22.35]
If we are sincere, dedicated to our spiritual practice (sadhana), steeped in the serving mood, with a strong desire to understand the process of Bhakti and Shri Radha Krishna and their different forms, the Lord from within will give us the spiritual intelligence to understand. “To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me. To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.”
I would like to thank you all for being a great audience and asking thoughtful questions. You make my service possible and I am grateful. I am still studying the 1st Canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam and hope to write more about it. I came across the following quote in the 11th Canto as it referred to something I was curious about in regards to Kali-yuga, the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy. I have read different questions such as “why is there a Kali-yuga which is so full of suffering? I had a general idea, but in what follows the acharyas offer a splendidly satisfying answer.
“Indeed, there is no higher possible gain for embodied souls forced to wander throughout the material world than the Supreme Lord’s sankirtana movement, by which one can attain the supreme peace and free oneself from the cycle of repeated birth and death.” [SB 11.5.37]
Here is the purport from Prabhupada’s disciples who quote the previous teachers or acharyas:
“In the Skanda Purana, as well as in other Puranas, there is the following statement: maha-bhagavata nityam kalau kurvanti kirtanam. “During Kali-yuga the great devotees of the Lord always engage in kirtana, chanting the Lord’s holy names.”
“It is the nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead to be merciful, and He is especially merciful to those who, in a helpless condition, take complete shelter of His lotus feet. One can immediately take shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord by chanting His holy names.”
“According to Sridhara Svami, even in previous ages such as Satya-yuga it was not possible for the living entities to achieve the perfection that is available in Kali-yuga. Srila Jiva Gosvami has explained this as follows. In former ages such as Satya-yuga human beings were perfectly qualified and easily performed even the most difficult spiritual processes, meditating for many thousands of years practically without eating or sleeping.”
“Thus, although in any age one who completely takes shelter of the Lord’s holy name gets all perfection, the highly qualified inhabitants of Satya-yuga do not consider that merely moving the tongue and lips, chanting the Lord’s holy name, is a complete process and that the Lord’s holy name is the only shelter within the universe. They are more attracted to the difficult and elaborate yoga system of meditation, complete with sophisticated sitting postures, painstaking control of the breath and deep, extended meditations in trance on the Personality of Godhead within the heart.”
“In Satya-yuga sinful life is practically unheard of, and therefore people are not afflicted with the terrible reactions seen in Kali-yuga, such as world war, famine, plague, drought, insanity, etc. Although in Satya-yuga people always worship the Personality of Godhead as the ultimate goal of life and meticulously follow His laws, called dharma, they do not feel themselves to be in a helpless condition, and thus they do not always experience intense love for the Lord.”
“However, in Kali-yuga living conditions are so unbearable, modern governments are so obnoxious, our bodies are so ridden by physical and mental disease, and even self-preservation is so troublesome, that the conditioned souls intensely cry out the holy name of Krishna, begging for relief from the onslaught of this age. The members of the Krishna consciousness movement have vivid and unforgettable experiences of the terrible contradictions inherent in human society in this age, and thus they are firmly convinced that there is nothing to be achieved except the mercy of the Supreme Lord.”