Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2 Chapter 3, we find Sukadev Goswami telling to Parikshit Maharaj about the different demigods who have to be worshiped for fulfilling various kinds of material desires. For each and every desire, a material body is ready for us. So these desires keeps us entangled in the cycle of of birth and death.
Srila Prabhupada very nicely explains in his lectures that when scriptures provide provisions for fulfilling sense gratification, it is not encouragement, but it is actually restriction. Eating meat is not recommended for our spiritual advancement. But there might be foolish men, who are in lower modes, who are unable to give up this desire. So inorder to gradually restrict them, scriptures say that, "If you want to eat meat, then you sacrifice one goat before the goddess Kālī." And Goddess Kālī is worshiped once in a month, on the dark-moon day, at night. And there are mantras. The mantras say that... Within the ear of the animal it is said that "You are sacrificing your life before the deity; so next life, immediately, you get a human form of life. And when you get a human form of life, you'll have the right to kill this man also." This is the mantra."
His Divine Grace says that when one gradually understands the meaning of mantra, realises the pain suffered by the animal being killed, he would stop eating meat. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.3.9 Sukadev Goswami says
rājya-kāmo manūn devān
nirṛtiṁ tv abhicaran yajet
kāma-kāmo yajet somam
akāmaḥ puruṣaṁ param
One who desires domination over a kingdom or an empire should worship the Manus. One who desires victory over an enemy should worship the demons, and one who desires sense gratification should worship the moon. But one who desires nothing of material enjoyment should worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
For fulfliment of our desires we may go to demigods, but demigods are themselves limited. None of them can give liberation from cycle of birth and death. They also fulfill our desires as per sanction of Supreme Lord and are subservient to Supreme Lord. Whatever desires that are fulfilled by demigods are not going to give us permanent bliss. When one desire gets fulfilled, it leads us to one more and there is no end to our desires. Since material desires causes us so much misery and keep us loitering from one body to another, His Divine Grace says in purport to above verse that one should therefore not desire any sort of material enjoyment, being sensible enough to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
After listing various kinds of demigod worship, Sukadev Goswami then says in 2.3.10 that all kinds of people akāmaḥ, sakāmaḥ, moksha akāmaḥ - all of them can worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Krishna willing we shall meditate further on that point in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Sudarshana devi dasi
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