Srimad Bhagavatam and the Sun

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Shastras teach us that soul and Supersoul are both spiritual. Since Krishna is the embodiment of eternity, knowledge and bliss, we living entities are also bound to possess those qualities. But when we are influenced by the three modes of material nature, then we become blinded to the reality. When we don't take shelter of Guru, sadhu and shastras, we are bound to be plunged in the darkness of ignorance. We wrongly identify ourselves with our material body and bodily relationships. We also fail to realise the transcendental nature of the Lord and start thinking that He is also conditioned like us. All these misconceptions bewilder us and so we lose the vision to see things as they are. 

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.9.4 Sukadev Goswami teaches us what Brahmaji did when he was perplexed about his existence and duties. Brahmaji is the foremost living entity in this material world. So his example is worth meditating. 

ātma-tattva-viśuddhy-arthaṁ
yad āha bhagavān ṛtam
brahmaṇe darśayan rūpam
avyalīka-vratādṛtaḥ

O King, the Personality of Godhead, being very much pleased with Lord Brahmā because of his nondeceptive penance in bhakti-yoga, presented His eternal and transcendental form before Brahmā. And that is the objective goal for purifying the conditioned soul.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada translates the word avyalīka-vratādṛtaḥ as non-deceptive penance. We conveniently don't mind cheating others, but we definitely are not pleased when others cheat us. Hypocrisy is not admirable or acceptable quality even in material dealings. So how much more honest we should be while executing devotional service. As a result of his non-deceptive penance, Brahmaji could know about "atma-tattva" - science of living entity and the Supreme Lord and by causeless mercy of the Lord He could get His transcendental darshan as well as a glimpse of the spiritual world. .

Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains in the purport to the above verse, "The wrong conception of the jīvātmā is to identify the material body with the pure soul, and the wrong conception of Paramātmā is to think Him on an equal level with the living entity. But both misconceptions can be removed by one stroke of bhakti-yoga, just as in the sunlight both the sun and the world and everything within the sunlight are properly seen. In the darkness one cannot see the sun, nor himself, nor the world. But in the sunlight one can see the sun, himself and the world around him."

We might give lame excuse that we are very insignificant souls and our life-span is also short so can't perform penance like Brahmaji. So His Divine Grace says that if we simply chant 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra sincerely and study Srimad Bhagavatam, then that is also bhakti-yoga.

His Divine Grace says in the purport to the above verse, "Srimad Bhagavatam is not a creation of the mental speculators. The sound of  Srimad Bhagavatam is transcendental, and the resonance of  Srimad Bhagavatam is as good as that of the Vedas. Thus the topic of the  Srimad Bhagavatam is the science of both the Lord and the living entity. Regular reading or hearing of  Srimad Bhagavatam is also performance of bhakti-yoga, and one can attain the highest perfection simply by the association of Srimad Bhagavatam. Both Śukadeva Gosvāmī and Mahārāja Parīkṣit attained perfection through the medium of  Srimad Bhagavatam

Suta Goswami also says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.3.43

kṛṣṇe sva-dhāmopagate
dharma-jñānādibhiḥ saha
kalau naṣṭa-dṛśām eṣa
purāṇārko ’dhunoditaḥ

This Bhāgavata Purāṇa is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Kṛṣṇa to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the Age of Kali shall get light from this Purāṇa

So when we regularly take shelter of the amal-puran Srimad Bhagavatam, all our misconceptions vanish and we would realise the truth that we are servants of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi