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The Supreme Lord said: 'Someone who, endowed with knowledge in accord with the oral tradition, is of self-realization and does not lose himself in speculations [about what would be true knowledge], must, known with the fact that this universe is a complete illusion, for both the sake of Me and spiritual knowledge renounce his worldly concerns. For a person of spiritual knowledge I am the object of worship, the goal, the motive and final conclusion. Besides Me as his favorite, his light and final beatitude, he has no other purpose. They who have fully perfected their knowledge and wisdom know My lotus feet as most auspicious. For that reason the learned transcendentalist who by means of spiritual knowledge holds on to Me, is most dear to Me.
Performing austerities, visiting holy places, doing japa, giving charity or other pious activities cannot provide the perfection that is created by but a fraction of this spiritual knowledge. Therefore oh Uddhava, knowing your true self in association with this spiritual discrimination that you accomplished by intelligence and consciousness, be of your way [svarûpa] of serving Me with devotion. With the sacrifice of Vedic knowledge and wisdom the sages achieved the highest perfection by worshiping Me, the Lord of All Sacrifices who is the Supersoul inside of them.
The transformation of the three departments [of nature, the gunas] that surrounds you, constitutes an illusion that appears in the present [of the bewildering material energy] that is not there in the beginning nor in the end [of the universe]. In what sense can the being born and such of your material body, that at first did not exist, is not there afterwards, but only exists in between, have any relation to your essence, your true self, your soul?'
~ Chapter 11.19

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Once the four Pandavas (except Yudhishthira who was not present) asked Krishna:

"What is Kaliyuga and what will happen during Kaliyuga?"

Krishna smiled and said "Let me demonstrate to you, the situation of Kaliyuga." He took a bow and four arrows and shot them in four directions and ordered the four Pandavas to go and bring them back.

Each of the four Pandavas went in the four different directions to search for the arrows.

When Arjuna picked an arrow, he heard a very sweet voice. He turned around and saw a cuckoo singing in a spellbinding voice but was also eating flesh of a live rabbit which was in great pain. Arjuna was very surprised to see such a gory act by such a divine bird he left the place immediately.

Bhima picked arrow from a place, where five wells were situated. The four wells were surrounding a single well. The four wells were overflowing with very sweet water as if they were not able to hold water and surprisingly the well in the middle of these four overflowing wells was completely empty. Bhima was also puzzled at this sight.

Nakula was returning to the place after picking up the arrow. He stopped at a place where a cow was about to give birth. After giving birth the cow started licking the calf but continued to lick it even after the calf was clean. With great difficulty people were able to separate them and by that time the calf was injured badly. Nakula was puzzled by the behaviour of such a calm animal.

Sahadeva picked arrow which fell near a mountain and saw a big boulder falling. The boulder was crushing the rocks and big trees on its way down, but the same boulder was stopped by a small plant. Sahadeva was also amazed at this sight.
All the Pandavas asked the meaning of these incidents. Krishna smiled and started explaining...

"In Kaliyuga, the priests will have very sweet voice and will also have great knowledge but they will exploit devotees the same way cuckoo was doing with rabbit.

In Kaliyuga poor will live among rich, those rich will have enormous amount of wealth which will actually overflow but they will not offer a single penny to the poor same as the four wells didn't have a single drop of water for the empty well.

In Kaliyuga parents will love their children so much that their love will actually spoil them and will destroy their lives similar to the love shown by cow to her newborn calf.

In Kaliyuga people will fall in terms of character like the boulder from the mountain and they will not be stopped by anyone at the end only the name of God will be able to hold them from doom like the little plant held the boulder from further fall."

~ Uddhava Gita, Srimad Bhaagawatam ~

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If one makes friendship with Krishna, one will never be cheated and he will get all help needed.

3.27.4

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Sri Vamanadeva : The entirety of whatever there may be within the three worlds to satisfy one’s senses, cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled.

8.19.21

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only the animal-killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth. ( 10.1.4 )

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O dearest Lord(Krishna), by thy incarnation, the county of Vraja
has surpassed all other places. It has become abundantly charming for the goddess Lakshmi has made it her permanent residence. Graciously take notice of us, thy own people who live only for thy sake and who are searching for thee in all directions. Do grant us thy beatific vision.

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“The mortal frame [at the time of annihilation] merges with the food, the food with the grains, the grains with the earth and the earth with the fragrance. The fragrance is merged with the water, the water with its quality, that taste with the fire and the fire with the form. Form is being merged with the touch, the touch then with the ether, ether with the subtle object of sound and the senses [of sound etc.] with their sources [the gods of the sun and moon etc.]. The sources [as the ahankâra ego of passion] are merged with the emotions [the ego of goodness], My dearest, and they merge with the mind, the controller of the sound, which dissolves in the original of the elements [ego of slowness], and that all powerful primal elementary nature merges with the cosmic intelligence [mahat]. That greater nature merges in its own modes and they on their turn merge with their ultimate abode of the unmanifest which merges with the infallible Time. Time merges with the individuality [the jîva] of the Supreme in command of the illusory potency and that individuality merges with Me, the Supreme Self Unborn [âtmâ], who, characterized by creation and annihilation, perfectly being established in Himself remains alone.”

~ 11.24: 22-27

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"O great King, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the controller of the material and spiritual energies, who is certainly the creator of the entire cosmos, creates the time factor to allow the material energy and the living entity to act within the limits of time. Thus the Supreme Personality is never under the time factor nor under the material energy."

~ 7.1: 11

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“His veins are the rivers and the plants and trees are the hairs on the body of the Universal Form, o King. The air is His omnipotent breathing, the passing of the ages, Time, is His movement and the constant operation of the modes of material nature is His activity.

Let me tell you that the hairs on the head of the Supreme Controller are the clouds o best of the Kurus, and that the intelligence of the Almighty is the prime cause of the material creation, so one says. His mind, the reservoir of all changes, is known as the moon.”

~ 2.1: 33-34

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When she saw Krishna and her brother, Draupadi's grief was intensified. Their righteous anger was such a contrast to her meek husbands.

"O Janardana! I am the favored queen of the five Pandavas, who are the greatest heroes in the world. I am the daughter of the king of Panchala and the sister of the heroic Drishtadyumna, yet see what they did to me. I was dragged by the hair and insulted in front of the elders! What do I care if Yudishtira is called the sole monarch of Earth, when my hair, which was purifed by the sacred waters of the Rjasuya, was grabbed by Dussasana? Had it not been for your grace, I would have been completely disrobed in full view of my heroic husbands!" She had been bottling up her emotions all these days, but when she saw the look of compassion on the Lord's face, she broke into uncontrollable sobs. Krishna cupped her face in his lotus palms and wiped away her tears with the hem of his upper robe.

' O Panchali," he said. "Be patient for a while. At the end of thirteen years, the women of the Kuru clan will weep as you are weeping now. When Arjuna's arrows quench their thirst in Karna's blood, they will weep. When Bhima's hands are red with Dussasana's blood, they will weep. When Duryodhana lies on the battlefield with his thighs broken, they will weep. Nothing can stop this inexorable law of cause and effect - the law of Karma. The heavens may fall, the snowy peaks of Himavan may trumble down, and the seas may dry up. Earth may split into a million splinters, but my words will never fail. Therefore, dry your tears, my dear sister, and try to forgive your husbands, who were powerless to help you." After this he comforted Yudishtira and the others and returned to Draraka, promising to come whenever they needed him.

Dhaumya now advised them to go to Dvaitavana, which was a picturesque forest more like an overgrown garden, filled with flowers, fruit, and beautiful peacocks and birds. It was also the abode of many Rishis. Yudhishtira lived in these sylvan surroundings as happily as he had in Indraprastha. He was a great soul who had risen above the dualities of life and basked a happily in his adversity as he had in his prosperity. He enjoyed the company of the sages and realized that suffering was a necessary condition of the spiritual life and that true greatness lay in the ability to rise above it.

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The highest charity is the relinquishing of the idea of violence toward all beings. Penance is the giving up of desires. Valor is the conquest of one's nature. Honesty is looking upon everything with an equal eye.

~ LORD KRISHNA IN 'UDDHAVA GITA' - SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM

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About Yugal Gita, which is chapter 32 of Srimad Bhagavatam.



“The vines of the forest are intimate with us. When Sri Krishna calls out to His cows, He is really calling out to us. To perfect the lila enjoyment, Hari establishes His own bliss in the trees and vines of Vrindavan. As I stand amongst the trees and vines of Vrindavan, I feel like I am in a blissful congregation of male and female practitioners where everyone offers their finest for the Beloved’s enjoyment.

“Knowledge, truth, consciousness, and spiritual engagement are part of a gradual process that arises when God enters a blessed one. This divine condition occurs within beings capable of movement and is never experienced by insentient things like trees and vines. But in Vrindavan, even vegetation trees can express lila feelings because Lord Vishnu has appeared within them and expressed Himself there. Hari permeates them and now those trees communicate to me the Blessed Lord’s divine nature.

They are endowed with the five great virtues of
Abundance, charity, compassion, tolerance, and devotion.

“When the blessed power of action arises within those trees, they become heavy with fruits and flowers. Wherever Hari enters, there is a prize. Blossoming flowers fill their branches, and then comes the supreme reward—the appearance of bountiful fruits.

The fruits and flowers, so useful in Hari’s lila, make their branches heavy. They become full of pure existence and that makes their branches hang low with humility. You could question that their branches bend from the weight of their fruits and flowers, but that is not the real reason.

“Because of the great delight they feel from the Beloved’s presence, they tremble, the effects of of lila awareness. Only ecstatic lovers can experience a thrill of devotion love so intensely that it makes the hairs on their bodies stand erect on end.

The call of the flute makes those trees and vines and robust and green. They become filled with love and their bliss flows into the world. Their capacity for knowledge is shown in their God consciousness.

The unqualified simply will not understand how Shri Krishna’s nectar has drenched Vrindavan— how every one and every thing takes part in the blessed lila.

Divine reactions to Lord Krishna’s flute arise everywhere.”

“Trying to realize “I am that” generally enhances false identification, as the focus is often on the “I” instead of the “that”. It is difficult for the bound being, full of form, to identify with something totally abstract and devoid of everything. Better than becoming “that” is to humbly become a “das”, a follower of the Blessed One. Being a follower is the true dharma of the soul. The Beloved is not moved by concentration or austerities but by humility. The aim of devotion is simple: serve God and His people. When you please the Beloved with humble service, there is a chance He will appear. Although beyond sense perception, the Beloved arrives with grace in a comprehensible form; then there is entrance into the playground. When loving devotion ignites the soul, the One who resides in all things at all times, beyond the effects of karma, becomes totally recognizable –that is the Gopis’ message.

The experience of arriving face to face takes place in Lord Krishna’s lila land, where even the trees feel His presence. There, in lovely groves where every season is perfect, the Beloved sports with the yoginis of love. The Gopis, the gurus of devotion, empower us through their Ecstatic Couplets to see the Govardhan Hill, covered with shining jewels, and to hear the parrots, peacocks, and swans serve the Blessed Lord with their songs.

Gopihood allows us to glimpse Vrindavan alive with a host of enlightened beings engaged in serving the lila. The Yamuna River becomes a current of love gushing from the nectar heart of the primal Narayan, flowing unceasingly toward Blessed Krishna. Gopihood makes everyone and everything intoxicated with an enlightenment that engages those who have been liberated from liberation as well as from all other forms of false identification generated by the deluding forces of maya.

Lord Krishna never tires in love. He is full of joy and arrives in this world to bring His intimate one home. He comes with a retinue of lila beings. When everything is in place, He enters and plays with a combination of names and forms and appears human for the sake of recognition. When we awaken to the possibilities of the Beloved’s invitation, every hankering, even the desire for liberation, ceases to exist, is no longer remembered. This awakened state is not grasped by intelligence but through bhava, the enlightened devotional state of being. It is the driving force in the Beloved’s realm; in order to nourish that devotional mood, associate with those who elevate your loving devotion.

The Vedas declare, “Seek the play of God.” See God’s joy in His hands and feet, face and stomach. As we awaken to the possibilities of illumination, the head bows with uncontrived devotion to the Beloved’s feet, the abode of refuge. His blissful response may be felt in the external world, as it is by the Gopis. They recognize His presence in the deer, cows, and birds, while Lord Hari, who delights in His own self, wanders the inner realms. The Beloved’s lila is always expanding in joy and is known through love alone.

The Gopi singers of the Ecstatic Couplets bring us to the lila stage; Sri Krishna appears in this realm, where everything is God and nothing but God. He is in every tree, residing within every leaf, playing the flute and sitting joyfully with four arms. When the soul becomes connected to its true self, it discovers the foundations of its spiritual being and its connection to infinity and can then remove the blinding brilliance that conceals the Lord and behold His face. We, too, may delve into the joyful lila sequence, but remember: the illuminations found in the Ecstatic Couplets arise not through discussion but only when ignited.”

From the Ecstatic Couplets: The Yugal Gita

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In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira asks Bhishma Pitamaha:

को धर्मः सर्वधर्माणां भवतः परमो मत: ?

―Which is the highest of all Dharmas ?

Bhishma replies:

एष मे सर्वधर्माणां धर्मोऽधिकतमो मतः।
यद्भक्त्या पुण्डरीकाक्षं स्तवैरर्चेन्नरस्सदा ॥

―"The highest Dharma is to worship the lotus-eyed Lord Vishnu with devotion by singing hymns in his praise. This is perhaps the easiest Dharma which can be practiced in this Kali Yuga."

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Bhishma:

"It is most difficult to define Dharma. Dharma has been explained to be that which helps the upliftment of living beings. Therefore, that which ensures the welfare of living beings is surely Dharma. The learned rishis have declared that that which sustains is Dharma."

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Dharma upholds both this-worldly and other-worldly affairs.

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[ Srimad Bhagavatam 8.3.3]

“ I take refuge in the self-existing Reality, in Whom is this universe, from Whom is this universe, by Whom is this universe, Who Himself is this universe, Who is beyond this universe ”.

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Mater, antimatter, proton, neutron , etc, are all different effects of the Paramatma feature of the Lord.

~ 1.2.32

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One must concentrate the mind on Him, the only all-blissful Absolute Truth. Otherwise one will be misled and will cause his own degradation.

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One who desires to be free from all miseries must hear about, glorify and also remember the Lord, who is the Super-soul, the controller and the savior from all miseries.

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Salutations again and again to the Lord by worshipping whom wise men of discrimination are enabled to overcome their attachment to the sensuous objects of the world and attain the highest bliss.

II-4-16

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One can attain salvation simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord.

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Beauty consists in such virtues as detachment. Happiness is the transcendence of pleasure and pain. Misery is the hankering after sense pleasures. The wise is one who knows both bondage and liberation.

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