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The Supreme Reservoir of Erotic Principles

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By Tridandi Goswami A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Bhagawatam Puranam or the SRIMAD BHAGAWATAM in pursuance of the VEDANTA (Philosophy) SUTRAS, put forward a very scientific explanation of the Supreme Absolute Truth Personality of Godhead in a nutshell. The ABSOLUTE TRUTH is that from which everything emanates, on whom everything is sustained and whom everything is conserved after disappearance.

There are eighteen thousand Sanskrit verses in the Srimad Bhagawatam simply to explain these three things, namely the Ultimate source of all generations, the reservoir of all maintenance and the conservation of all energies. The beauty of this great literature Srimad Bhagawatam is that throughout the 18,000 verses, you will find a new light in each and every verse about the Absolute Truth. In other words Srimad Bhagawatam is the science of the Absolute Truth, and it is admitted in responsible circles of modern age. There is step by step gradual development of the great science, and the culmination is achieved in the 10th canto, where in the middle five chapters you will find the erotic principles of life in the ultimate Cause or the Transcendence. More clearly there is description of the amorous live affairs of the Absolute Person with His spiritual pleasure potency.

The whole world of animation is moving on under the spell of this pleasure potency perverted by reflection in the temporary illusion as a refection of water in the desert. The sex-life on the material world is an adulterated spurious representation of the original pleasure potency of the Absolute Truth. In the material world, therefore, sex life is the central point of all activities. Had there been no sex life, no animation would have been exhibited in the daily life of the living creatures; man, animal, bird or beast. This pleasure feature of the sex life is, therefore, a tangible fact and in every step of our developed consciousness even at the fag end of aged life we are all liable to be affected by sex pleasure. Fact: as it is, the ultimate source of this pleasure potency must be in the Supreme Reservoir of erotic principles without any inebriety of mundane creation. That reservoir of Transcendental Love is the CHINMITHUN or the Spiritual Couple of Radha and Krishna depicted in the picture or leaf. Krishna or the Absolute Personality of all Attraction is ONE without a second, but He manifests His Pleasure Potency as Radha or the Pleasure Counter Part of Krishna, and thus He enjoys a spiritual bliss without any material contamination.

The Janmadyasya appoggiatura of the Vedanta Sutra affirms the above-mentioned truth and Srimad Bhagawatam explains it elaborately as well as philosophically by gradual development of transcendental sense. If there were no real attractive love between the potent and the potency there was no possibility of its being pervertedly reflected in the temporary or false material world. The shadow of water would not have been experienced if there was no water factually. The false notion of a snake on the curling rope is perceived because there is actual existence of snake as reality. False reflection may not be actual fact or truth but the source of such reflection is reality. The picture of the cinema show may be a false reflection of a shadow play, but there is always a factual play behind the picture.

Therefore, the definition of God or the Supreme Absolute Truth put forward in the very beginning of the Srimad Bhagawatam is a wonderful presentation, and this great literature must be relished by all thinking men of the world in an atmosphere of unreasonably Godless Civilization. As such this will fill up a great gulf of disparity of the human society in advanced form of materialism.

Do not say that there is no God. It is sheer foolishness; because the very assertion that there is no God proves that there is God positively. This power of speaking that ‘there is no God, the power of seeing, the power of thinking, the power of moving, the power of willing and the power doing or enjoying a thing, all powers are but borrowed potencies from God; and God helps us in every action because we want to do it. That is the version of all books of knowledge and observation of our daily life. Nobody, not even the greatest scientist can give all these powers of animation to the dead stone. As such, God is defined in the Vedas as the Supreme Living Truth[1] and the leader of all living beings. In every field of activities we require a leader or the source of inspiration and the Supreme Leader or Leader of all leaders is known as God or the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That Supreme Godhead as Lord Krishna is presented in the Bhagwat Geeta and it is further explained in the Srimad Bhagawatam.

There are different personal features of attraction; wealth, strength, influence, beauty, knowledge, and renunciation. All these items are different personal features of attraction. If a fellowman is wealthy, he attracts the neighbor; if a fellowman is stronger, he attracts others; if a fellowman is beautiful, he attracts others; if a fellowman is learned, he attracts others; and at least if a fellowman is in the renounced order of life, he also attracts others. But within our experience, there is no one who is perfectly and completely wealthy, influential, beautiful, powerful, learned or mendicant than the Supreme One. The living entities are sometimes called as God, but no such god or demigod can be compared with the Supreme God. The Absolute Godhead is different from the relative gods. The relative gods are dependant on others, but the Supreme God is fully conscious, fully independent and fully attractive for all. All these qualities of Godhead are fully present in the Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, and there is nobody else with full perfection of Godly attributes. Srimad Bhagawatam explains these transcendental attributes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead with statements full of philosophy and full of reasons to prove it factually that there is God the Supreme Person, for convincing even those who unreasonably say that “THERE IS NO GOD”.

The science of God is greater than all other sciences and it is explained in the Srimad Bhagawatam verse by verse. One must have, therefore, the required patience to learn this science of God from the right source, and then say whether there is God or there is no God. By scientific study of the Personality of Godhead, we can know that paramount God, His name, His abode, His attributes, His pastimes, His entourage and His paraphernalia all are identical as the Absolute Truth distinguished from all relativities.

Katha Upanishad

[The above is from The Srimad-Bhagavatam, the very first edition which Srila Prabhupada wrote before he came to America in 1965. It is not currently in print.]

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