Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 86:52-59

Book 10: Eighty-six (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 86: Verses 52-59

The (images of) gods, holy places and sacred waters purify one slowly by sight, touch and worship after a long time; the saints (however) do so at once. (Nay,) the gods etc., too derive their purificatory virtue through the very sight of exalted souls. (0 Srutadeva !) the Brahmana by his very birth is superior to all beings in this creation, the more so if he is endowed with austerity, learning, contentment and devotion to Me. (Even) this Personality of Mine, endowed as it is with four arms, is not dearer to Me than the Brahmana. Indeed the Brahamana is an embodiment of all the Vedas, while I am the embodiment of all gods. Men of crooked understanding, who do not know this truth, regard (only) idols as worthy of adoration and, full of jealousy, disregard the Brahmana, the preceptor of the world, who is the same as l and their (very) soul. By perceiving Me in all a Brahmana bears in his mind that this universe consisting of mobile and immobile creation and the (various) categories (such as the Mahat-tattva) that contribute to its existence are (but) My manifestations. Therefore, 0 Srutadeva, worship these Brahmana sages with faith, regarding them as My own selves. if you do so, I shall have been directly worshipped, but not by any other means, (even) through enormous (expenditure of) wealth and show of splendour. Sri Sukadeva said : Instructed as aforesaid by the Lord, Srutadeva worshipped Him as well as the sages as one with their own self, and (through their grace) attained oneness with God (the goal of the pious). Bahulaswa (the king of Mithila) too attained the same (exalted) state. Pariksit ! (just as the devotee loves God), God (too) loves the devotee. He (therefore) stayed on with His two devotees and, having taught them the ways of the righteous, returned to Dwaraka.

Thus ends the eighty-sixth discourse entitled Sri Krsna s Grace on Srutadeva", in the latter half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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