Jul 12, 2007

Description of Kingdom of GOD- Srimad Bhagvatam

ॐ श्री गुरावे नमः !
ॐ नमः शिवाय!

The kingdom of GOD as described in Srimad Bhagvatam, From verse 12 onwards.

(12) Brahmâ said: 'Those headed by Sanaka [Sanâtana, Sanandana en Sanat-kumâra] where, before you, born from my mind and traveled without any desire the peoples of the spiritual and material worlds without any desire.

(13) Once upon a time did they, free from all material contamination, enter Vaikunthha the abode of Vishnu, the Supreme Lord; a realm worshiped in all other worlds.

(14) All the persons living there have the same form as the Lord of Vaikunthha (Abode of Lord Vishnu) and live without desire because of their devotional service of continuous worship of the Supreme Personality.

(15) There the original person is the Supreme Lord Himself who is understood by scripture in accepting, in the mode of goodness, the uncontaminated of His own associates, which increases our happiness about the personification of the religious principles.

(16) At Vaikunthha, where everything is spiritual and personal, there are forests in the name of happiness that yield to all desires with trees that throughout all seasons are filled with splendid flowers and fruits.

(17) Highly elevated they along with their wives are always singing there, free from all inauspicious qualities, of the Supreme Lord, deriding even the mind expanding fragrance of the mâdhavî flowers ( Myrtle flowers) full of nectar blossoming in the midst of the water.

(18) The tumult of pigeons, cuckoos, cranes, cakravâkas,( Kind of water chickens) and gallinules, swans, parrots, partridges and peacocks but for a moment is stopped by the loud humming of the king of the bumblebees as he sings the glories of the Lord.

(19) The fragrance of the mandâra, kunda, kurabaka, utpala, campaka, arna, punnâga, nâgakes'ara, bakula, lily and pârijâtâ, (All flowers) being worshiped in the good mindedness of the austerity of Vaikunthha, finds there its full glory in a garland of tulsî-leaves (Holy Basil).

(20) Simply by obeisance to the Lord His feet the devotees attained to palaces, made of lapis lazuli with emeralds and gold, of which the inhabitants (female) have large hips and beautiful smiling faces. But with their minds absorbed in Krishna this does not give rise to any lust with their friendly laughing and joking.

(21) In that house of the Lord is sometimes, reflected in the crystal clear walls inlaid with gold, seen the Goddess of Fortune free from all faults assuming a beautiful form with tinkling (bangles at her) feet and playing with a lotus flower; (a vision) for which the other ladies, in order to win her grace, manifest themselves as sweepers of the greatest care.

(22) In the ponds with banks of coral they offer, in their gardens surrounded by their maidservants, the Lord tulsî leaves, to that considering their faces, as seen in the clear nectarine water with the tilakaa (vermilion mark applied on the forehead) high on their noses, thus kissed by the Lord as being part of His beauty.

(23) Alas, how unfortunate are the ones who never get near to this Vaikunthha creation of the Vanquisher of All Sins, but rather hear of other subject matter in bad words that kill the intelligence. Such persons, removed from the values of life, are, devoid of all shelter, thrown into the darkness.

(24) Those, and us as well, who so desired it, attained to the human form of life and knowledge of the subject matter of the Absolute by dint of the right conduct (dharma). Where one is not in such respect of the Supreme Lord, one is alas performing in the bewilderment of His all-pervading illusory energy.

(25) Although in the association (of Vaikunthha) one refrains from strict austerity and the following in the footsteps of the important wise, one certainly desires there to hear from His associates - above hearing from us - about the good qualities, to which discussing amongst one another the glories, there are, in the ecstasy of the attraction, tears in their eyes and shiverings of the body.'

(26) The sages (led by Sanaka) by dint of their spiritual potency reaching that place attained that moment to an unprecedented supreme happiness seeing the enlightenment of the highly elevated of the best of devotees and the predomination of the Teacher of the Universe, who of all the world is the only one worthy of worship.

(27) After passing there through six gates without feeling much attraction, they at the seventh gate then found two doorkeepers equal of age carrying valuable maces, bracelets, earrings, helmets and beautiful garments.

(28) There were intoxicated bees about the garlands of fresh flowers around their necks in between their arms and with their arched eyebrows, snorting breathing and reddish eyes they looked somewhat agitated.

(29) Seeing the both of them standing at the gate the sons of Brahmâ, as they did before, passed with an open mind, without asking, through the gold and diamond doors; they were the great sages who of their own will had moved everywhere without being checked and doubted.

(30) Seeing them, four naked boys who were aged and had realized the truth of the self but appeared only five years old, the two porters blocked them with their staffs, disregarding the glory and the etiquette in an offensive attitude towards the Lord.

(31) Being refused by the two before the eyes of the inhabitants of Vaikunthha, even though they were by far the fittest of the Lord, did their eyes to the slight hindrance of the doorkeepers suddenly turn red from anger in their eagerness to see their most beloved.

(32) The sages said: 'Who are the two of you that from your past pious deeds attained to the service of the Supreme Lord? Whoever, at odds with the mentality of the devotees - who in Him are without anxiety and enmity -, is able, like you both are doing, to maintain such a duplicity not worthy the trust?

(33) Like there is harmony between the little air that one keeps and the air outside, there is of the soul harmony contained between the Supreme Personality and the living beings. How can the learned who see the two of you in the dress of Vaikunthha regard you as awakened and as having developed a certain distinction to body and soul? From where by God this fearfulness?

(34) Let us therefore consider, for bestowing the benefit of the Lord of Vaikunthha, how to deal with this offense of aversion. May you, from this place, because of seeing the matters in duality, leave for the material world where one lives with the threefold sin that is the enemy (desire, lust and anger).'

(35) The two understood how terrible it was what was said and became afraid of the devotees as the curse of a brahmin cannot be counteracted. Immediately they fell in great anxiety to the ground and grasped for their feet:

(36) 'Let it be so for our sins that you have punished us. Disrespect for such great devotees as you, should be destroyed. But we pray, of your compassion and our repentance, not to suffer the illusion of forgetting the Supreme Lord, when more and more we have to descend to the level of the common mortal.'

(37) At that very moment the Supreme Lord, of whose navel sprouted the lotus, learned about the insult against the righteous sages and walked, accompanied by His Goddess of Fortune, over there with the very same lotus feet that are sought by the hermits and the wise.

(38) Seeing Him coming forward with all the paraphernalia and His associates ( Highest form of attainment), the great sages who now saw the one whom they always were looking for, fell into ecstasy seeing how as beautiful swans, the câmaras (fans of yak-tail) were waving a cool breeze moving the pearls of His white umbrella, making them look like drops of water to a reflected moon.

(39) Blessing all with His auspicious face as the desirable shelter He affectionately looked upon them and touched them expanding in their hearts; with His blackish skin and with His broad chest decorated by the Goddess of Fortune, He spread the good fortune as the summit of the spiritual worlds and the abode of the soul.

(40) Covered by yellow cloth He had a brightly shining girdle around His hips and humming bees to His garland of fresh flowers. His wrists carried lovely bracelets and one of His hands rested on the shoulder of the son of Vinatâ (Garuda) while another waved a lotus flower.

(41) Outshining lightening the decoration of His alligator shaped earrings completed the countenance of His cheeks and straight nose showing a gem-studded crown, a charming most precious necklace between His stout arms and the Kaustubha (His Jewel) that adorned His neck.

(42) There He thus eclipsed the pride of the Goddess of Beauty for the intelligence of His own meditating devotees; the very beautiful figure worshipable for me as well as for S'iva as for all of you, seen by the sages, could not satisfy their eyes and made them joyously bow down.

(43) When the breeze carrying the fragrance of tulsî leaves from the toes of the lotus feet entered their nostrils, their agitation changed, even though they were in both body and mind attached to the impersonal.

(44) After looking up they saw the face of Him resembling the inside of a blue lotus and saw the even more beautiful jasmine flower lips smiling. Thus having achieved their lives aim they again looked down at the ruby-red nails of His lotus feet and meditated their Shelter.

(45) For those people who seek liberation in this world by the paths of yoga He is the object of meditation approved by the great ones; with the display of His human form pleasing the eyes is He, eternally present as the Connecting One, praised as the perfection of the eight achievements that is not attainable for others (the so-called eight perfections or siddhis are: animâ: smallness, mahimâ: greatness, garimâ: weight, laghimâ: lightness, prâpti: free access, prâkâmyam: doing at wish, vas'itva, control over the elements and îs'itvam: lordship over all).

(46) The Kumâras said: 'He who is seated in the heart is nevertheless not manifest to the ones far from the soul. You, who certainly are Him face to face to us today, o Unlimited One, can be attained when one, just through the ears, reaches to the description by our father (Brahmâ) of the secret of the mysteries posed by Your appearance.

(47) Him, You, we know, o Supreme Lord, as the supreme reality of the soul that is of pure goodness. Now You can be understood by us sages as the mercy and love of God that shapes each and all who is unflinching in the union of devotion, free from bondage in the heart and without interest in a material life.

(48) One (under Your influence) doesn't even care for the grace of worldly success or whatever material happiness; fearful by the raising of Your eyebrows we as devotees, o Supreme One, take to the shelter of Your lotus feet and the stories about You of which the pure glories are worth the chanting of the very expert knowers of Your rasas (individual relations to Him).

(49) As we deserved from our sins we may be of low births and have minds busy like bees; if we may be engaged at Your lotus feet and have our words like the tulsî leaves at Your mercy, they will find beauty with the filling of our ears with Your transcendental qualities.

(50) By this eternal form of You that You manifested, o Greatly Worshiped, o Lord, we obtained so much satisfaction in our vision about You as the Supreme Lord. Let us therefore offer our obeisances to You only; You who by the estranged cannot be seen as the Supreme Lord the way You are seen by us.

As per this description the higher most form of GOD for mortals who attain Moksha is Lord Vishnu and his human form of godly manifestation is to satisfy the thirst of his devotees, otherwise GOD is formless but can take any form to manifest himself, again there is one very important thing to understand, here GOD is manifesting itself as Lord Vishnu in the kingdom of heaven as described by Lord Krishna in Srimad bhagvatam, it does not mean that he has a body like humans, his body is the entire universe spreading to 40 to 60 million light years.

More to follow...............................

ॐ श्री गुरावे नमः !
ॐ नमः शिवाय!

Sianala, Montreal, July 2007

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