059 Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1, Los Angeles, 1972

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oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya
janmādy asya yato ‘nvayād itarataś
cārtheṣv abhijñaḥ svarāṭ tene brahmā hṛdā ya ādi-kavaye
muhyanti yat sūrayaḥ tejo-vāri-mṛdāṁ yathā
vinimayo yatra tri-sargo mṛṣā dhāmnā svena sadā nirasta-kuhakaṁ
satyaṁ param dhīmahi“ This is a prayer offered by Śrīla Vyāsadeva
before writing Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. He offers his respectful
obeisances to Bhagavate Vāsudeva. ‘Bhagavate’ means the Supreme Personality
of Godhead who is known as Vāsudeva. He appears, Lord Kṛṣṇa appeared as the son
of Vāsudeva. Therefore He’s called Vāsudeva. Another meaning is that He is
all-pervading. Everywhere he is present. So, Vāsudeva, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, the origin
of everything. “janmādy asya yataḥ” ‘Janma’ means creation. Creation
of this material world, cosmic
manifestation is from Vāsudeva. ‘Janma-ādi’ means creation,
maintenance, and annihilation. Anything in this material
world has three features. It is created at a certain date. It
exists for a certain number of years,
and then it is dissolved, annihilated. That is called ‘janmādy asya-janmasthiti[?] yaḥ’ So everything is taking place from
the Supreme Personality of the Lord. The cosmic manifestation is also
emanating from Him. It is existing
on His energy, external energy, or it is being maintained by His external
energy and as everything material
dissolves ultimately or annihilates. So after annihilation the power merges into Him. The power, the energy is extended
from Him and maintained by His energy and again when it is
dissolved it merges into Him. This is the way of creation,
maintenance and dissolution. Now the question is that the supreme
power or the supreme source, what is the nature of that supreme
source? Is it matter or living force? The Bhāgavata says, “No it cannot
be matter.” From matter
nothing is created automatically. We have no such experience. Unless there is some living force behind the
matter there cannot be anything created. We have no such experience. Just like
anything material, suppose the motor car, it has got all the machine
equipped, subtle machines, but still the motor car cannot move
automatically. There must be a driver. And the driver is a living force.
Therefore, the original source of
everything must be a living force. This is the conclusion of Bhāgavatam. And what kind of living force? That
means He knows everything. Just
like an expert motor mechanic, he knows everything, therefore, he can
detect , when the motor car stalls, he can immediately detect how
the motor car has stopped. So he tightens one screw or does
something so that it is again in motion. Therefore in Bhāgavatam, it says,
that the original source of all
emanation knows everything. ‘nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv’ Directly and indirectly. He’s so expert. Just like I am the creator of
this body. I am a living soul. As I desired, I have created this body. By energy. By my energy. According to
my desire, I have produced this body. But although I am claiming my body, I
do no know how the body is working. That is unknown to me. I cut my hair, but I do not
know how the hair grows again. I cut my nails. But I do not know how the,
what is the function going on inside so that even after cutting the nails
and hair, again it grows. Neither I do know I’m eating, I know
because I’m eating something substantial, it is transforming into different
types of secretions within my abdomen and the secretion is distributed. I have known it from some medical practitioner
or medical science, but so far I am concerned, I do not know how my foodstuff
is transforming into blood. How the blood is transmitted in different
parts of my body, and then again I get energy. Actually I do not know. But the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, He knows, indirectly and directly, both, how this
material cosmic manifestation is working. He knows everything. How the sun
is rising. How the moon is rising. How the oceans are steady. It
is not trespassing on the land. Such a big ocean it can over flood immediately
any city or any land within a second. But it is not doing that.
So the direction is there. Therefore Bhāgavatam says that the original
source of everything is sentient. Conscious. And consciously is controlling everything. “’nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv abhijñaḥ”
‘Abhijñaḥ’ means completely cognizant. The next question may be raised that, wherefrom
He got the knowledge? He’s the origin. Because we have got this idea that any
living being, he gets knowledge from others. Just like we have got our knowledge
from our spiritual master. My disciples are getting knowledge from me,
so then knowledge is also given by somebody. It has got a source. But, if the Supreme
Personality of Godhead is the origin, How He got this knowledge
of creation, maintenance? The answer is ‘sva-rāṭ.’ He did
not get knowledge from anyone. He is self-sufficient Himself in
knowledge. That is the nature of God. He does not require to get knowledge
from anyone superior because nobody
can be superior than God. Neither equal to God. “asamaurdhva” Nobody is
equal to Him. Nobody is greater than Him. Now we have got experience that the
first creature, living creature
within this universe is Lord Brahmā. So, he also got knowledge without any help from
others, because he is the first living creature. So there was no other living
creature, so how he got knowledge? So does it mean this original
source is Lord Brahmā? People may question, but Bhāgavatam says no.
He’s the original teacher of this universe, that’s all right, but he’s also a created being. Because the cosmic manifestation
was created by God, The Supreme. And after this creation Brahmā was
created. Therefore he’s a created being. After the cosmic manifestation. And because God, or the Supreme
Lord, He’s the creator, so He’s not one of the created beings.
He creates but He is not created. But Brahmā is created. Therefore
he gets knowledge from the Supreme
Creator, who is independent. Now the process is just like we approach a
teacher, the spiritual master to get knowledge. So there was no visible living creature
before Brahmā. So how he got knowledge? The answer is “tene brahmā hṛdā
ya ādi-kavaye” ‘Ādi-kavaye’ The first created living being Brahmā
was educated from within the heart. That means Kṛṣṇa, Vāsudeva, or the Supreme
Lord is situated in everyone’s heart. He is situated in Brahmā’s heart also.
He is situated in your heart, my heart. And ‘hṛdā’ this very word is used.
‘Hṛdā’ means heart. So He can educate
anyone from within the heart. But why we are not aware of
Him? Theoretically we know, but practically in our conditioned state we
cannot understand how He is directing us. But He’s directing us. That’s a fact.
Brahmā is not ordinary living being, therefore he could take direction from
the Supreme Lord within the heart. We can also take when we are
qualified, exactly like Brahmā. Brahmā appeared to serve the Lord.
To fulfill the desire of the Lord. Just like we engage one carpenter and
I ask him to make a cabinet for me. I give him the ingredients, tools,
or wages, and he creates a cabinet. Similarly, God created the
ingredients and the manufacturer also
and Brahmā created this universe. But he’s not he original creator.
The original creator is Kṛṣṇa. As such, the original proprietor is also
Kṛṣṇa because He has created the ingredients. Actually when we work in practical
field, the ingredients we cannot create. Suppose we construct a very high skyscraper
building, but the ingredients, namely the earth, stone, wood, iron, which are the ingredients
of the house, that we cannot create. That is created by God. We simply transform. We take earth, dirt from the earth and mix
it with water. The water is created by God. The earth is created by God. Then we mix it and
make a lump like brick and put it in the fire. The fire is also created by God. In this way if we study
scrutinizingly the ingredients and
the materials which we are handling, they are not our creation.
They are creation of God. We simply handle them. And because we handle
them it does not become our property. This is sense. Suppose I am worker,
I’m handling some other things,
materials, and preparing something, that does not mean when the thing is
manufactured, complete, it becomes my property. No. How it can be? Therefore the philosophy
is that everything belongs to Kṛṣṇa, God. I also belong to Him. And whatever I do,
manufacture, that also belongs to Him. This sense, to understand that everything
belongs to God. I also belong to God. My intelligence belongs to God. The ingredients
of physical elements with which I work, that also belongs to God. Then where is the
scope for my claiming that I am proprietor? This is called illusion. So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness
movement is meant for reviving
the original consciousness of the human society because in the cats
and dogs or animals, such
consciousness cannot be invoked. They are so dull and in the lower
stage of consciousness, it is not
possible for them to understand


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