One should have form faith that he will achieve all success in life by following those scriptures that describe the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
At the same time, one should avoid blaspheming other scriptures.
One should rigidly control his mind, speech and bodily activities, always speak the truth, and bring the mind and senses under full control.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.3.26
Brahman, the Eternal Soul, was never born and will never die, nor does it grow or decay. That spiritual soul is the knower of the youth, middle age and death of the material body. Thus the soul can be understood to be Pure Consciousness, existing everywhere at all times and never being destroyed.
Just as the life air within the body, although one, appears as if many with contact of the material senses, the one soul appears to assume various material designation in contact with the material body.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.3.28
One should learn how to associate with the devotees of the Lord by gathering with them to chant the glories of The Lord. This process is most purifying. As devotees thus develop their loving friendship, they feel mutual friendship, they feel mutual happiness and satisfaction. And by thus encouraging one another they are able to give up material attachment, which is the cause of misery.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.3.30
Sri Drumila said :- Anyone trying to enumerate or describe fully the unlimited qualities of the unlimited Supreme Lord has the intelligence of a foolish child.
Even if a great genius could somehow or other, after a time-consuming endeavor, count all the particles of dust on the surface of the Earth, such a genius could never count the attractive Qualities of the Personality of Godhead, who is the reservoir of all potencies!
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.4.2
Therefore, bringing all your senses under control and thus subduing the mind, you should see the entire world as situated within the self, who is expanded everywhere, and you should also see this individual self within Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.9
One who is the kind well-wisher of all living beings, who is peaceful and firmly fixed in knowledge and realization, sees Me within all things. Such a person never again falls down into the cycle of birth and death.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.12
An intelligent person, expert in perceiving the world around him and in applying sound logic, can achieve real benefit through his own intelligence.
Thus sometimes one acts as one’s own instructing spiritual master (guru).
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.20
In this world there are many kinds of created bodies — some with one leg, others with two, three, four or more legs, and still others with no legs — but of all these, the Human Form is actually dear to Me.
Although I, the Supreme Lord, can never be captured by ordinary sense perception, those situated in human life may use their intelligence and other faculties of perception to directly search for Me through both apparent and indirectly discovered symptoms.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.22 – 23
The various phases of one’s material life, beginning with birth and culminating in death, are all properties of the body and do not affect the soul, just as the apparent waxing and waning of the moon does not affect the moon itself. Such changes are enforced by the imperceptible movements of time.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.48
One who has failed to control his senses immediately feels attraction upon seeing a woman’s form, which is created by the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord. Indeed, when the woman speaks with enticing words, smiles coquettishly and moves her body sensuously, his mind is immediately captured, and thus he falls blindly into the darkness of material existence, just as the moth maddened by the fire rushes blindly into its flames.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.8.7
Just as the honeybee takes nectar from all flowers, big and small, an intelligent human being should take the essence from all religious scriptures.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.8.10
In this world two types of people are free from all anxiety and merged in great happiness: one who is a mad and childish fool, or one who has approached the Supreme Lord, who is beyond the Three Modes of Material Nature.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.4
The mind can be controlled when it is fixed on the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Having achieved a stable situation, the mind becomes free from polluted desires to execute material activities; thus as the Mode of Goodness increases in strength, one can completely give up the Modes of Passion and Ignorance, and gradually one transcends even the material Mode of Goodness.
When the mind is freed from the fuel of the modes of nature, the fire of material existence is extinguished. Then one achieves the transcendental platform of direct relationship with the object of his meditation, the Supreme Lord.
Thus, when one’s consciousness is completely fixed on the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one no longer sees duality, or internal and external reality. The example is given of the arrow maker who was so absorbed in making a straight arrow that he did not even see or notice the king himself, who was passing right next to him.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.12 – 13
If out of love, hate or fear an embodied soul fixes his mind with intelligence and complete concentration upon a particular bodily form, he will certainly attain the form that he is meditating upon.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.22
A man attached to the body accumulates money with great struggle to expand and protect the position of his wife, children, property, domestic animals, servants, homes, relatives, friends, and so on. He does all this for the gratification of his own body.
As a tree before dying produces the seed of a future tree, the dying body manifests the seed of one’s next material body in the form of one’s accumulated karma. Thus assuring the continuation of material existence, the material body sinks down and dies.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.26
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, expanding His own Potency, maya-shakti, created innumerable species of life to house the conditioned souls. Yet by creating the forms of trees, reptiles, animals, birds, snakes and so on, the Lord was not satisfied within His heart.
Then He created Human Life, which offers the conditioned soul sufficient intelligence to perceive the Absolute Truth, and thus he became pleased.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.28
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Taking full shelter in Me, with the mind carefully fixed in the devotional service of the Lord as spoken by Me, one should live without personal desire and practice the social and occupational system called varṇāśrama.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.10.1
One who has fixed Me within his mind as the goal of life should give up activities based on sense gratification and should instead execute work governed by the regulative principles for advancement. When, however, one is fully engaged in searching out the ultimate truth of the soul, one should not accept the scriptural injunctions governing fruitive activities.
One who has accepted Me as the supreme goal of life should strictly observe the scriptural injunctions forbidding sinful activities and, as far as possible, should execute the injunctions prescribing minor regulative duties such as cleanliness. Ultimately, however, one should approach a bona fide spiritual master who is full in knowledge of Me as I am, who is peaceful, and who by spiritual elevation is not different from Me.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.10.4 – 5
Just as fire, which burns and illuminates, is different from firewood, which is to be burned to give illumination, similarly the seer within the body, the self-enlightened spirit soul, is different from the material body, which is to be illuminated by consciousness. Thus the spirit soul and the body possess different characteristics and are separate entities.
Just as fire may appear differently as dormant, manifest, weak, brilliant and so on, according to the condition of the fuel, similarly, the spirit soul enters a material body and accepts particular bodily characteristics.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.10.8 – 9
Although the sky, or space, is the resting place of everything, the sky does not mix with anything, nor is it entangled. Similarly, the Sun is not at all attached to the water in which it is reflected within innumerable reservoirs, and the mighty wind blowing everywhere is not affected by the innumerable aromas and atmospheres through which it passes.
In the same way, a self-realized soul is completely detached from the material body and the material world around it. He is like a person who has awakened and arisen from a dream.
With expert vision sharpened by detachment, the self-realized soul cuts all doubts to pieces through knowledge of the self and completely withdraws his consciousness from the expansion of material variety.
A person is considered to be completely liberated from the gross and subtle material bodies when all the functions of his vital energy, senses, mind and intelligence are performed without material desire. Such a person, although situated within the body, is not entangled.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.11.12 – 14
My devotees may or may not know exactly what I am, who I am and how I exist, but if they worship Me with unalloyed love, then I consider them to be the best of devotees.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.11.33
Thus, in the previously mentioned places of worship and according to the processes I have described, one should meditate on My peaceful, transcendental form with four arms holding a Conch-shell, Sudarshana Chakra, Mace and Lotus. In this way, one should worship Me with fixed attention.
One who has executed sacrificial performances and pious works for My satisfaction, and who thus worships Me with fixed attention, obtains unflinching devotional service unto Me. By the excellent quality of his service such a worshiper obtains Realized Knowledge, of Me.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.11.46 – 47
Therefore, My dear Uddhava, abandon the Vedic Mantras as well as the procedures of supplementary Vedic Literatures and their positive and negative injunctions. Disregard that which has been heard and that which is to be heard.
Simply take shelter of Me alone, for I am the Supreme Personality of Godhead, situated within the heart of all conditioned souls.
Take shelter of Me wholeheartedly, and by My grace be free from fear in all circumstances!
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.12.14-15
When many seeds are placed in an agricultural field, innumerable manifestations of trees, bushes, vegetables and so on will arise from a single source, the soil.
Similarly, the Supreme, who gives life to all and is eternal, originally exists beyond the scope of the cosmic manifestation.
In the course of time, however, the Lord, who is the resting place of the three modes of nature and the source of the universal lotus flower, in which the cosmic manifestation takes place, divides His material potencies and thus appears to be manifest in innumerable forms, although He is One.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.12.20
Just as woven cloth rests on the expansion of lengthwise and crosswise threads, similarly the entire universe is expanded on the lengthwise and crosswise potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is situated within Him.
The conditioned soul has been accepting material bodies since time immemorial, and these bodies are like great trees sustaining one’s material existence.
Just as a tree first blossoms and then produces fruit, similarly the Tree of Material Existence, one’s material body, produces the various results of material existence.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.12.21
With steady intelligence you should develop unalloyed devotional service by careful worship of the spiritual master, and with the sharpened axe of Analytic Knowledge, you should cut off the subtle material illusion behind the soul.
Upon realizing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you should then also give up that axe of analytic knowledge as well.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.12.24
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: The Three Modes of Material Nature, namely goodness, passion and ignorance, pertain to material intelligence and not to the spirit soul.
By development of material goodness one can conquer the modes of passion and ignorance, and by cultivation of Transcendental Goodness one may free oneself even from Material Goodness.
When the living entity becomes strongly situated in the mode of goodness, then religious principles, characterized by devotional service to Me, become prominent. One can strengthen the mode of goodness by cultivation of those things that are already situated in goodness, and thus religious principles arise.
Religious principles, strengthened by the mode of goodness, destroy the influence of passion and ignorance. When passion and ignorance are overcome, their original cause, irreligion, is quickly vanquished.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.1 – 3
Waking, sleeping and deep sleep are the three functions of the intelligence and are caused by the modes of material nature.
The living entity within the body is ascertained to possess characteristics different from these three states and thus remains as a witness to them.
The spirit soul is trapped in the bondage of material intelligence, which awards him constant engagement in the illusory modes of nature.
But I am the Fourth Stage of Consciousness, beyond wakefulness, dreaming and deep sleep.
Becoming situated in Me, the soul should give up the bondage of material consciousness.
At that time, the living entity will automatically renounce the material sense objects and the material mind.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.27 – 28
While awake the living entity enjoys with all of his senses the fleeting characteristics of the material body and mind; while dreaming he enjoys similar experiences within the mind; and in deep dreamless sleep all such experiences merge into ignorance.
By remembering and observing the progression of wakefulness, dreaming and deep sleep, the living entity can understand that he is one throughout the three stages of consciousness and is transcendental. Thus, he becomes the Controller of the Senses.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.32
You should consider how, by the influence of My illusory energy, these three states of the mind, caused by the modes of nature, have been artificially imagined to exist in Me.
Having definitely ascertained the truth of the soul, you should utilize the sharpened sword of knowledge, acquired by logical reflection and from the instructions of sages and Vedic Literatures, to completely cut off the false ego, which is the breeding ground of all doubts.
All of you should then worship Me, who am situated within the heart.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.33
One should see that the material world is a distinct illusion appearing in the mind, because material objects have an extremely flickering existence and are here today and gone tomorrow.
They can be compared to the streaking red line created by whirling a fiery stick. The spirit soul by nature exists in the single state of pure consciousness.
However, in this world he appears in many different forms and stages of existence.
The modes of nature divide the soul’s consciousness into normal wakefulness, dreaming and dreamless sleep.
All such varieties of perception, however, are actually māyā and exist only like a dream.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.34
Having understood the temporary illusory nature of material things, and thus having pulled one’s vision away from illusion, one should remain without material desires.
By experiencing the happiness of the soul, one should give up material speaking and activities. If sometimes one must observe the material world, one should remember that it is not ultimate reality and therefore one has given it up.
By such constant remembrance of Me up till the time of death, one will not again fall into illusion.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.35
The material body certainly moves under the control of supreme destiny and therefore must continue to live along with the senses and vital air as long as one’s karma is in effect.
A self-realized soul, however, who is awakened to the absolute reality and who is thus highly situated in the perfect stage of yoga, will never again surrender to the material body and its manifold manifestations, knowing it to be just like a body visualized in a dream.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.37
My dear Uddhava, just as a blazing fire turns firewood into ashes, similarly, Devotion unto Me completely burns to ashes the sins committed by My Devotees.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.19
Just as gold, when smelted in fire, gives up its impurities and returns to its pure brilliant state, similarly, the spirit soul, absorbed in the fire of bhakti-yoga, is purified of all contamination caused by previous fruitive activities and returns to its original position of serving Me in the Spiritual World (Vaikuntha).
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.25
One who worships Me in My Elemental Form, pervading all subtle elements, fixing his mind on that alone, obtains the Mystic Perfection called Anima.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.15.10
One who fixes his pure mind on Me in My manifestation as the impersonal Brahman obtains the greatest happiness, wherein all his desires are completely fulfilled.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.15.17
A transcendentalist who does not completely control his words and mind by superior intelligence will find that his spiritual vows, austerities and charity flow away just as water flows out of an unbaked clay pot.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.16.43
The body of a brāhmaṇa is not meant to enjoy insignificant material sense gratification; rather, only by accepting difficult austerities in his life, a brāhmaṇa will enjoy unlimited happiness after death.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.17.42
A king or other member of the royal order who cannot maintain himself by his normal occupation may act as a vaishya, may live by hunting or may act as a brāhmaṇa by teaching others Vedic Knowledge.
But he may not under any circumstances adopt the profession of a Shudra.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.17.48 (A King can become a Vaishya or Brahmana but never a Shudra)
For learned, self-realized philosophers I am the only object of worship, the desired goal of life, the means for achieving that goal, and the settled conclusion of all knowledge.
Indeed, because I am the cause of their happiness and their freedom from unhappiness, such learned souls have no effective purpose or dear object in life except Me.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.19.2
Actual religious principles are stated to be those that lead one to My devotional service. Real knowledge is the awareness that reveals My all-pervading presence. Detachment is complete disinterest in the objects of material sense gratification, and opulence is the eight mystic perfections, such as aṇimā-siddhi.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.19.27
One who accepts material sense objects as desirable certainly becomes attached to them. From such attachment lust arises, and this lust creates quarrel among men. From quarrel arises intolerable anger, followed by the darkness of ignorance. This ignorance quickly overtakes a man’s broad intelligence.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.21.19 – 20
Just as a foolish businessman gives up his real wealth in useless business speculation, foolish persons give up all that is actually valuable in life and instead pursue promotion to material heaven, which although pleasing to hear about is actually unreal, like a dream. Such bewildered persons imagine within their hearts that they will achieve all material blessings.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.21.31
The Vedic Meters are :- Gāyatrī, Uṣṇik, Anuṣṭup, Bṛhatī, Paṅkti, Triṣṭup, Jagatī, Aticchanda, Atyaṣṭi, Atijagatī and Ativirāṭ.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.21.41
O most charitable Uddhava, what is called birth is simply a person’s total identification with a new body. One accepts the new body just as one completely accepts the experience of a dream or a fantasy as reality.
Just as a person experiencing a dream or daydream does not remember his previous dreams or daydreams, a person situated in his present body, although having existed prior to it, thinks that he has only recently come into being.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.40 – 41
By contact with the Mode of Goodness, the Soul takes birth among the Sages or Demigods. By contact with the Mode of Passion he becomes a Demon or Human Being. And by association with the Mode of Ignorance he takes birth as a ghost or in the animal kingdom.
He is made to wander throughout existence with repeated Birth and Deaths because of his Karma.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.52
Sharp arrows which pierce one’s chest and reach the heart do not cause as much suffering as the arrows of harsh, insulting words that become lodged within the heart when spoken by wicked men.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.3
Lord Brahmā, the soul of the universe, being endowed with the Mode of Passion, performed great austerities by My mercy and thus created the Three Planetary Divisions, called Bhūr, Bhuvar and Svar, along with their presiding deities.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.24.11
It should be understood that alert wakefulness comes from the mode of goodness, sleep with dreaming from the mode of passion, and deep, dreamless sleep from the mode of ignorance. The fourth state of consciousness pervades these three and is transcendental.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.25.20
The Supreme Lord said :- One should neither praise nor criticize the World.
Rather, one should see this World as simply the combination of Material Nature and the Enjoying Souls, all based on the one Absolute Truth.
– Srimad Bhagavatam Verse 11.28.1
The Supreme Soul alone is the ultimate controller and creator of this world, and thus He alone is also the created.
Similarly, the Soul of all existence Himself both maintains and is maintained, withdraws and is withdrawn. No other entity can be properly ascertained as separate from Him, the Supreme Soul, who nonetheless is distinct from everything and everyone else.
The appearance of the threefold material nature, which is perceived within Him, has no actual basis. Rather, you should understand that this material nature, composed of the three modes, is simply the product of His illusory potency.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.28.6 – 7
By direct perception, logical deduction, scriptural testimony and personal realization, one should know that this world has a beginning and an end and so is not the ultimate reality. Thus one should live in this world without attachment.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.28.9
Indeed, I consider this process — using one’s mind, words and bodily functions for realizing Me within all living beings — to be the best possible method of spiritual enlightenment.
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.29.19
Madhusūdana (Lord Krishna), the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is eternally present in Dwarka. It is the most auspicious of all auspicious places, and merely remembering it destroys all spiritual contaminations!
– Srimad Bhagavatam 11.31.24
These were the Selected Special Verses from Canto 11, mainly from the Uddhava Gita. The Uddhava Gita starts from this Chapter :- https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/11/7/
And it ends in Chapter 31, the last chapter of Canto 11.
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