A transformed Mrigari is compassionate towards every living entity
July 6, 2007

Summary: Recently we held a Retreat in Gita Nagari on the topic of "Vaisnava Compassion". Going deeply into the mood of core vaisnava qualities is a very powerful experience! Some became so inspired that currently there is a Yatra being conducted in India amongst a number of devotees, who are continuing on with this same theme. Below you will find two scriptural references which express the imperative requirement of a vaisnava to become compassionate. The recordings from the seminars on Compassion from the Gita Nagari Retreat should be available online.

Reading Assignment a) Srimad Bhagvatam 4.29.1b, b) Moral instruction: Three unbearable things in the world

a) Srimad Bhagvatam 4.29.1b

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Summary: These two verses were often quoted by Srila Prabhupada. The former (Text 44) was cited as an inspirational verse glorifying Sri Prahlad, awakening the deep spirit of compassion locked tightly within the heart of each of his disciples; the second verse (Text 45) was to cite the peril of materialistic household life, which destroys the spirit of self-realization by the fire of lust. The Sanskrit of the first line of Text 45 is worth memorizing, since Srila Prabhupada quoted it so often: yan maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham These verses are spoken by Prahlad as prayers to Lord Nrsimhadev, when it is obvious to Prahlad that the Lord is wanting to offer him some benediction, particularly the benediction of liberation from material existence.

Prahlah Maharaja offering prayers to Lord Nrisimhadev

Summary: This is an excellent verse to refer to when characterizing the compassionate nature of a devotee, or of Prahlad in particular. If you are ever called upon to make a public address in the future, at some function which is addressing the issue of peace or creating auspiciousness on earth, this is an excellent verse to quote. Note that Prahlada Maharaja combines the two directives - always thinking of Krishna, yet always remaining engaged in His service. Service is not passive, nor is constant remembrance of the Lord.

Questions: None for this week.

Reading Assignment a) Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.9