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Monday, February 22, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam 3.33.1-2 - class given by H.H. Danavir Swami - from a live broadcast on Mayapur TV

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.33.1

evaḿ niśamya kapilasya vaco janitrī
sā kardamasya dayitā kila devahūtiḥ
visrasta-moha-paṭalā tam abhipraṇamya
tuṣṭāva tattva-viṣayāńkita-siddhi-bhūmim


maitreyaḥ uvāca — Maitreya said; evam — thus; niśamya — having heard; kapilasya — of Lord Kapila; vacaḥ — the words; janitrī — the mother; sā — she; kardamasya — of Kardama Muni; dayitā — the dear wife; kila — namely; devahūtiḥ — Devahūti; visrasta — freed from; moha-paṭalā — the covering of illusion; tam — unto Him; abhipraṇamya — having offered obeisances; tuṣṭāva — recited prayers; tattva — basic principles; viṣaya — in the matter of; ańkita — the author; siddhi — of liberation; bhūmim — the background.


Śrī Maitreya said: Thus Devahūti, the mother of Lord Kapila and wife of Kardama Muni, became freed from all ignorance concerning devotional service and transcendental knowledge. She offered her obeisances unto the Lord, the author of the basic principles of the Sāńkhya system of philosophy, which is the background of liberation, and she satisfied Him with the following verses of prayer.


The system of philosophy enunciated by Lord Kapila before His mother is the background for situation on the spiritual platform. The specific significance of this system of philosophy is stated herein as siddhi-bhūmim — it is the background of salvation. People who are suffering in this material world because they are conditioned by the material energy can easily get freedom from the clutches of matter by understanding the Sāńkhya philosophy enunciated by Lord Kapila. By this system of philosophy, one can immediately become free, even though one is situated in this material world. That stage is called jīvan-mukti. This means that one is liberated even though one stays with his material body. That happened for Devahūti, the mother of Lord Kapila, and she therefore satisfied the Lord by offering her prayers. Anyone who understands the basic principle of Sāńkhya philosophy is elevated in devotional service and becomes fully Kṛṣṇa conscious, or liberated, even within this material world.

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.33.2

devahūtir uvāca
athāpy ajo 'ntaḥ-salile śayānaḿ
bhūtendriyārthātma-mayaḿ vapus te
guṇa-pravāhaḿ sad-aśeṣa-bījaḿ
dadhyau svayaḿ yaj-jaṭharābja-jātaḥ


devahūtiḥ uvāca — Devahūti said; atha api — moreover; ajaḥ — Lord Brahmā; antaḥ-salile — in the water; śayānam — lying; bhūta — the material elements; indriya — the senses; artha — the sense objects; ātma — the mind; mayam — pervaded by; vapuḥ — body; te — Your; guṇa-pravāham — the source of the stream of the three modes of material nature; sat — manifest; aśeṣa — of all; bījam — the seed; dadhyau — meditated upon; svayam — himself; yat — of whom; jaṭhara — from the abdomen; abja — from the lotus flower; jātaḥ — born.


Devahūti said: Brahmā is said to be unborn because he takes birth from the lotus flower which grows from Your abdomen while You lie in the ocean at the bottom of the universe. But even Brahmā simply meditated upon You, whose body is the source of unlimited universes.


Brahmā is also named Aja, "he who is unborn." Whenever we think of someone's birth, there must be a material father and mother, for thus one is born. But Brahmā, being the first living creature within this universe, was born directly from the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is known as Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, the Viṣṇu form lying down in the ocean at the bottom of the universe. Devahūti wanted to impress upon the Lord that when Brahmā wants to see Him, he has to meditate upon Him. "You are the seed of all creation," she said. "Although Brahmā was directly born from You, he still has to perform many years of meditation, and even then he cannot see You directly, face to face. Your body is lying within the vast water at the bottom of the universe, and thus You are known as Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu."

The nature of the Lord's gigantic body is also explained in this verse. That body is transcendental, untouched by matter. Since the material manifestation has come from His body, His body therefore existed before the material creation. The conclusion is that the transcendental body of Viṣṇu is not made of material elements. The body of Viṣṇu is the source of all other living entities, as well as the material nature, which is also supposed to be the energy of that Supreme Personality of Godhead. Devahūti said, "You are the background of the material manifestation and all created energy; therefore Your delivering me from the clutches of māyā by explaining the system of Sāńkhya philosophy is not so astonishing. But Your being born from my abdomen is certainly wonderful because although You are the source of all creation, You have so kindly taken birth as my child. That is most wonderful. Your body is the source of all the universe, and still You put Your body within the abdomen of a common woman like me. To me, that is most astonishing."



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Danavir Goswami (Dr. Dane Holtzman) was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He studied sociology and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While there he excelled in athletics and was selected the Most Valuable Player of 1970 (indoor volleyball) by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and won the international 2-man beach volleyball tournament at Santa Cruz.

Danavir Goswami and Srila PrabhupadaOn June 11, 1970, he met His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and received initiation from him in February of 1971. Later that year, he was appointed temple president of the Portland, Oregon branch of ISKCON. Then he became the national sales manager for ISKCON's Spiritual Sky Scented Products Company, until he was asked to institute the world's first Bhakta Program in October of 1974 at the Los Angeles temple. Under the direction of Srila Prabhupada, Danavir Goswami proceeded to inaugurate Bhakta Programs elsewhere in America, Europe, Africa, India, etc. Presently this comprehensive educational system for new devotees is standard throughout ISKCON.

In 1980, Danavir Goswami inaugurated Friends of Lord Krishna (FOLK), a lay congregational network in the UK, likely the Society's first. Thereafter he became director of ISKCON Scotland, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Holland and Belgium. In 1987 he was elected to ISKCON's thirty-man world Governing Body Commission and authorized as an initiating spiritual master.

Danavir GoswamiIn 1989 he returned to America to co-direct KrishnaFest, a national traveling Vedic cultural festival which included music, lectures and multimedia theater. In the 1990's he commissioned the establishment of a permanent center in Osafia, Israel to teach Israeli Druze about Krishna consciousness. He has earned the Bhakti-sastri and Bhakti-vaibhava degrees from ISKCON and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vaisnava Philosophy and Vaisnava Administration in 1996 from the Florida Vedic College. Danavir Goswami has taught courses in five major universities, lectured at over 100 colleges and many diverse religious institutions, and appeared on numerous TV and radio talk shows.

He is the author of Fortunate Souls, His Divine Grace, Change of Heart,Vedic Cosmology, RVC Prospectus, Bright Side---The Ultimate System of Self Improvement, Brain Gain ---Wisdom of Celibacy and Chastity, Garga-samhita Canto 1 Part 1 "Krsna's Planet, "Garga-samhita Canto 1 Part 2 "Krsna Comes to Earth," Garga-samhita Canto 1 Part 3 "Krsna, the Butter Thief,"Garga-samhita Canto 2 Part 1 "Krsna Enters Vrndavana," Garga-samhita Canto 2 Part 2 "Krsna's Vraja Sports,"

He is co-author/editor of Vedic Paradigm, Diksa Diksa, Poison Antidote, Uttama Sloka, Pocket Temple Song Book, Commentaries-on 5th Canto Bhagavatam Cosmology, The Surya-siddhanta and Siddhanta-siromani, Bhu-golaTattva- Science of the Round Earth, Puranic Cosmology and twelve volumes of Vaisnava Society Journal. He is also the subject of the book, "If Attacked I'll Chant Hare Krishna."

He currently serves as inaugural president of Rupanuga Vedic College (RVC)in Kansas City, Missouri.


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