Lord Siva drinking poison

Summary: Several points are noteworthy in this section from Srimad Bhagavatam.

1) Cultural: Although her master, Lord Siva sought the well-wishes of Bhavani by explaining to her his purpose before drinking the ocean of poison.

2) How to be recognized by Krishna is clearly explained.

3) One's own comforts are not the consideration of a great soul. However, we cannot imitate the particular activities of a great soul. One must make sacrifices for the well-being of others according to our capacity.

Question: 1) Describe two ways in which the message of this Srimad Bhagavatam section can be personally applied to your life in Krishna Consciousness.

Advaita Acarya
February 13, 2008

In honor of Advaita Acarya's appearance day

(from Bhakti-ratnakara, Fifth Wave, by Sri Narahari Cakravarti Thakura)

Raghava Pandita continued: "A wise person once told me that Advaita Gosvami stayed in Mathura during His pilgrimage because of the beauty here. At that time there was a worthless brahmana in Mathura who invariably spoke ill of the Vaisnavas. That was his worst habit. He was a proud scholar and a wicked man, so the inhabitants of Mathura feared him."

Narada Muni
February 9, 2012

Q. When an empowered jiva, such as Narada Muni, appears, is his body made of matter, as ours is, or does he appear in a form of eternity, knowledge, and bliss?

A. Both are possible.

If by empowered jivas we understand completely realized devotees, Jiva Goswami in Bhakti-sandarbha 187 describes such maha-bhagavatas as belonging of three types, with only one of them, termed by him prapta-bhagavata-parsada-deha (literally "one who has obtained a body of the Lord's confidant or personal associate"), having a completely transcendental body.

Vidura was everyone's well wisher

Summary: One of the themes of Canto 1 Chapter 13, and for the entire First Canto, is the "Reception of a Sadhu". Here a partial description is given of the reception provided for Vidura upon his return to the royal palace. Before he left the palace, Vidura was already considered wise; now that he has returned after a 35-year pilgrimage to holy places and has just receiving the extended and sacred association of Maitreya Muni, Vidura is now on the platform of a saint. In a manner befitting both an honored member of the royal family and sadhu as well, the royal family receives Vidura in grand style.