SB-1.2.28-29: Vasudeva – Our ultimate goal

SB 1.1 1978 Plate 12-iSB 1.2.28-29: In the revealed scriptures, the ultimate object of knowledge is Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead. The purpose ofperforming sacrifice is to please Him. Yoga is for realizing Him. All fruitive activities are ultimately rewarded by Him only. He is supreme knowledge, and all severe austerities are performed to know Him. Religion [dharma] is rendering loving service unto Him. He is the supreme goal of life.
 
That Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead, is the only object of worship is confirmed in these two ślokas. In the Vedic literature there is the same objective: establishing one’s relationship and ultimately reviving our lost loving service unto Him. That is the sum and substance of the Vedas. In the Bhagavad-gītā the same theory is confirmed by the Lord in His own words: the ultimate purpose of the Vedas is to know Him only.

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SB 1.2.8-10: Need of the spirit soul

SB 1.2.8: The occupational activities a man performs according to his own position are only so much useless labor if they do not provoke attraction for the message of the Personality of Godhead

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The need of the spirit soul is that he wants to get out of the limited sphere of material bondage and fulfill his desire for complete freedom. He wants to get out of the covered walls of the greater universe. He wants to see the free light and the spirit. That complete freedom is achieved when he meets the complete spirit, the Personality of Godhead. There is a dormant affection for God within everyone; spiritual existence is manifested through the gross body and mind in the form of perverted affection for gross and subtle matter. 

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Scorpion and the sage

Speaker: Radhanath Swami
Source: Advent of Kali-yuga

saintandscorpionWe know that great sages by nature are paradukha dukhi. That means their only sorrow is the sorrow of others. They only live for the welfare of others. They are even willing to suffer, to be humiliated and sometimes even be killed for the welfare of others. There’s a story where a sage was sitting on the bank of the Ganges and saw a scorpion drowning. So he picked up this scorpion to save him but the scorpion just stung him. Of course the sting of a scorpion is very painful. So he

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Pavarga – material conditional life

Speaker: Srila Prabhupada
Source: Everyone can serve Krishna

liberationstaircaseSo Suta Gosvami is describing the purpose of religiosity. Dharmasya hy apavargyasya. Dharma, to accept a system of religion means to accept the path of liberation. Apavargyasya. This apavarga is very significant word. Pavarga and apavarga. Pavarga means pa, pha, ba, bha, ma. In grammatical ways, ka, kha, ga, gha, ka-varga, ca-varga, ta-varga, ta-varga, and pa-varga. Five vargas. Vargiya varnas. And there are antah-stha varnas. This is grammatical.

So dharmasya hy apavargyasya. “A” means negation, negation of pavarga. Pa means parisrama, labor. Here, in this material world, the sense gratificatory platform is

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Approach God for wealth and get cheated

Speaker: Srila Prabhupada
Source: Depend on Krsna’s mercy

Damascus-panic2_wide-b0617d228b568519f4f48808d857eaca0f6246ce-s300-c85In communist country the innocent village people, they go to church and ask for bread, and when they come out of the church, the communist leader ask them, “Have you got bread?” So they say, “Now ask bread from us.” So they ask bread, “O, communist leader, give me bread.” So they supply immense quantity of bread: “Take as much as you like.” So then they ask, “Who has supplied you bread?” They say, the communist leader. In this way they propagate, “Now there is no use of going to the church

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