Asmāl lokād uparate mayi jñānaṁ mad-āśrayam
Arhaty uddhava evāddhā sampraty ātmavatāṁ varaḥ
After I depart from these planes, in matters pertaining to imparting knowledge about me, Uddhava alone is competent. He is wise and has conquered his senses. He is the foremost amongst devotees. He is over and above the three attributes of nature (trigunas) and will not be trapped in any worldly illusion. It is not limited to this! He is equal to me in every respect. Therefore may he remain in this world for some more time, imparting knowledge about me to people!
“Sukhāya karmāṇi karoti loko na taiḥ sukhaṁ vānyad-upāramaṁ vā
Vindeta bhūyas tata eva duḥkhaṁ yad atra yuktaṁ bhagavān vaden naḥ
The human being aspiring for happiness at all times performs frutitive actions aimed at obtaining happiness. Despite his efforts through these actions neither is he able to procure any form of happiness nor is he successful in being able to drive away sorrows. Ultimately only the physical strain of performing the deeds and the recurring sorrow that it brings only remain. What should a person who is struck in this deplorable condition do to obtain supreme bliss? O venerable great sage! Please be kind enough to explain”.
Janasya kṛṣṇād vimukhasya daivād adharma-śīlasya suduḥkhitasya
Anugrahāyeha caranti nūnaṁ bhūtāni bhavyāni janārdanasya
Lacking faith in the Supreme Lord Krishna, the human being turns away from Him and instead develops inclination towards unrighteous deeds. As such he is eternally sorrowful. To guide such persons and to ensure that they tread the path of righteousness, the auspicious devotees of Lord Srikrishna wander about the entire earth.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 100(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
“Ko nv īśa te pāda-saroja-bhājāṁ
Sudurlabho ’rtheṣu caturṣv apīha
Tathāpi nāhaṁ pravṛṇomi bhūman
O Lord! There is nothing which is not attained by those who serve Your lotus feet! The four-fold aims of life viz., Dharma, artha, kama and moksha, will all be easily attained by them. O Paramatma! Even then I do not seek them. The desire to remain eternally serving Your lotus feet is very strong, O Lord.
Yatra nārāyaṇo devo naraś ca bhagavān ṛṣiḥ
Mṛdu tīvraṁ tapo dīrghaṁ tepāte loka-bhāvanau
That holy place Badarikāśrama where Maharishis Nara and Narayana, with the intent of bringing about the welfare of the worlds, took up gentle austerities but performed them with utmost strictness is very dear to Srikrishna. I am now proceeding to Badari” said Uddhava.
Asmāl lokād uparate mayi jñānaṁ mad-āśrayam
Arhaty uddhava evāddhā sampraty ātmavatāṁ varaḥ
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 99(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Bhagavān api viśvātmā loka-veda-pathānugaḥ
Kāmān siṣeve dvārvatyām asaktaḥ sāṅkhyam āsthitaḥ
Lord Srikrishna, who is the universal Self, enjoyed the comforts in Dwaraka while adhering to the customs of the world, strictly abiding by the Vedic dictates, being firmly established in the ultimate Absolute Truth, and with absolutely no desire towards this materialistic world. In this way he established the path of knowledge in this world.
Bhagavān svātma-māyāyā gatiṁ tām avalokya saḥ
Sarasvatīm upaspṛśya vṛkṣa-mūlam upāviśat
The Supreme Lord with His transcendental divine vision foresaw this destruction of His Yadava clan. He then bathed in the River Saraswati and sat down under a tree.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 98(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Aho bakī yaṁ stana-kāla-kūṭaṁ
Jighāṁsayāpāyayad apy asādhvī
Lebhe gatiṁ dhātry-ucitāṁ tato ’nyaṁ
Kaṁ vā dayāluṁ śaraṇaṁ vrajema
With the intent of killing infant Krishna, the wicked demoness Putana applied deadly poison to her breasts and fed him her milk. For having breast fed him, Putana, although being wicked, was bestowed with the same levels of merit (punya) that his mother Yashoda had earned for raising Him. Aha! What wonder! What more can be said about His compassion! Who else apart from Him can be our refuge?
Vasudevasya devakyāṁ jāto bhojendra-bandhane
Cikīrṣur bhagavān asyāḥ śam ajenābhiyācitaḥ
Hearing the pleas of Lord Brahma, with the intent of reducing the burden of earth and causing her great delight, Sri Mahavishnu, took birth as the son of Devaki and Vasudeva in the prison of Kamsa.
Vipannān viṣa-pānena nigṛhya bhujagādhipam
Utthāpyāpāyayad gāvas tat toyaṁ prakṛti-sthitam
The serpent-king Kaliya poisoned the waters of the lake due to which many cows and cowherds, who drank the waters of the lake, suddenly lost their life. At that moment Krishna punished Kaliya and revived the dead cows and cowherds back to life. He drove Kaliya out of that lake. With this, the waters of that lake turned pure and were fit for consumption.
Sāndīpaneḥ sakṛt proktaṁ brahmādhītya sa-vistaram
Tasmai prādād varaṁ putraṁ mṛtaṁ pañca-janodarāt
Thereafter Srikrishna, for his formal education, went and resided in the hermitage of Maharishi Sāndipini as his student.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 96(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Ko vā amuṣyāṅghri-saroja-reṇuṁ vismartum īśīta pumān vijighran
Yo visphurad-bhrū-viṭapena bhūmer bhāraṁ kṛtāntena tiraścakāra
Which devotee, who has even once smelt the fragrance of the lotus feet of that Lord, who with the mere movement of his deathly eyebrows has caused death of all those who were a burden to Earth, can ever forget Him?
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 95(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Karmāṇy akartur grahaṇāya puṁsām
Nanv anyathā ko ’rhati deha-yogaṁ
Paro guṇānām uta karma-tantram
O Uddhava! The Supreme Lord is birthless. Even then He incarnates for blessing those devotees who have sought shelter in Him and for punishing those who tread the path of unrighteousness. It is wrong to bind Him to any of His actions. This is because He is not the doer. Yet, for the purposes of causing an attraction in humans towards the path of righteousness and for the well-being of the universe, He appears as if He is involved in actions.
Durbhago bata loko ’yaṁ yadavo nitarām api
Ye saṁvasanto na vidur hariṁ mīnā ivoḍupam
What can I say about the ill-luck of the human beings in this world? Amongst all the people, the most unfortunate are those who are born in the Yadu lineage.”
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 94(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Ataḥ paraṁ sūkṣmatamam avyaktaṁ nirviśeṣaṇam
Anādi-madhya-nidhanaṁ nityaṁ vāṅ-manasaḥ param
The minutely subtle body, which is the cause for this gross body, is beyond the understanding of the senses. It cannot be compared with any known object. It has no beginning, no middle and no end. It is beyond time. it is eternal. It cannot be understood by speech or by mind. This is the subtle form of the Lord.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 90(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Yāvān ahaṁ yathā-bhāvo yad-rūpa-guṇa-karmakaḥ
Tathaiva tattva-vijñānam astu te mad-anugrahāt
Everything that I am i.e. my form, my existence, my nature, my qualities, my actions- due to my blessings may you too attain that state! May you obtain the exact real knowledge of objects!
Aham evāsam evāgre nānyad yat sad-asat param
Paścād ahaṁ yad etac ca yo’vaśiṣyeta so’smy aham
Before creation I alone existed. There was nothing else apart from me. Neither these gross, subtle forms, nor their causative factors existed at that time. Even after the creation, this entire visible world which is being seen is nothing but Me! After annihilation whatever will be left behind, that also is Me.
Re ‘terthaṁ yat pratīyeta na pratīyeta cātmani
Tad vidyād ātmano māyāṁ yathābhāso yathā tamaḥ
The illusory objects, such as existence of two moons that exist in the sky, do not have any support or real existence. Yet they appear to exist. Yet at the same time there are objects, like rāhu, which although existing are not visible. Realize all this to be nothing but my illusory energy (māya).
Yathā mahānti bhūtāni bhūteṣūccāvaceṣv anu
Praviṣṭāny apraviṣṭāni tathā teṣu na teṣv aham
The earth and the other five elements, appear as if they have entered into the objects that have been created from them, although in reality they have not entered into them and are differently situated. In the similar manner I exist within everything and yet at the same time I am outside of them too.
Etāvad eva jijñāsyaṁ tattva-jijñāsunātmanaḥ
Anvaya-vyatirekābhyāṁ yat syāt sarvatra sarvadā
That which is the cause of all objects, at all times, in all situations and in all places, and yet remains distinctly separate from those objects, is the Self (atma).
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 88(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Śri bhagavāna uvāca:
Tvayāhaṁ toṣitaḥ samyagveda-garbha sisṛkṣayā
Ciraṁ bhṛtena tapasā dustoṣaḥ kūṭa-yoginām
O Brahma, you are full of the knowledge of the Vedas. I am deeply satisfied with your intense penance performed for a very long period of time with the desire for creation.
Pratyādiṣṭaṁ mayā tatra tvayi karma-vimohite
Tapo me hṛdayaṁ sākṣād ātmāhaṁ tapaso ‘nagha
O sinless Brahma! At that point of time you entertained many uncertainties with respect to method of creation. I commanded you to undertake penance. Penance (tapas) is my heart. This penance is supremely dear to me. Penance is my form.
Sṛjāmi tapasaivedaṁ grasāmi tapasā punaḥ
Bibharmi tapasā viśvaṁ vīryaṁ me duścaraṁ tapaḥ
I create this entire universe purely through penance. Again through the medium of penance I absorb it back. It is through penance that I support this creation. Therefore this penance, which is performed with difficulty, is my energy.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 87(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Idaṁ bhāgavataṁ nāma yan me bhagavatoditam
Saṅgraho ‘yaṁ vibhūtīnāṁ tvam etad vipulī kuru
Lord Srihari preached to me this scripture which has become popular as Bhagawatam. In this scripture, the glories of the Lord have been explained in a condensed manner. O Narada! You expand this scripture yourself.
Yathā harau bhagavati nṛṇāṁ bhaktir bhaviṣyati
Sarvātman yakhilādhāre iti saṅkalpya varṇaya
Begin the task after making a firm determination that you will describe it in such a manner that it increases the devotion in human beings towards the Supreme Lord, who is the support for everything and who is the Self that exists within everyone.
Māyāṁ varṇayato ‘muṣya īśvarasyānumodataḥ
Śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁ māyayātmā na muhyati
The intellect of the persons who narrate these divine stories daily with dedication and devotion as well as of those who listen to it with great interest will be devoid of delusion caused by spiritual ignorance (avidya).
Śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁ gṛṇataś ca sva-ceṣṭitam
Kālena nātidīrgheṇa bhagavān viśate hṛdi
In the heart of that person who eternally narrates or listens to the divine plays of the Supreme Lord with total dedication, God quickly enters and makes known His presence.
Dhautātmā puruṣaḥ kṛṣṇa-pāda-mūlaṁ na muñcati
Mukta-sarva-parikleśaḥ pānthaḥ sva-śaraṇaṁ yathā
The spiritual aspirant called human being whose mind has been thus cleansed gives up all forms of mental defects and sins. Just as a weary traveler who after returning home from an exhaustive journey does not seek to leave his house, the devotee no longer seeks to leave the lotus feet of the Lord Krishna.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 85(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)