Srimad Bhagavatam: The Real Solution!

by Bhagavat Das

I just finished reading the article concerning my God Brother Satsvarupa Maharaja's new novel "Sanatorium". I went to his website and read the following recent quote from him in Mexico:

"That's a nice standard. He shot his mistress, in a movie. Is that a waste of time? You could be reading Srimad Bhagavatam."

I may be wrong, but it appears that he is chastising himself for watching a movie instead of reading Srimad Bhagavatam. Or maybe he is chastising the guy in the movie who shot his mistress for not reading Srimad Bhagavatam. Whatever he is doing, he should be reading more Srimad Bhagavatam because serendipitously, when I opened up the Srimad Bhagavatam right after reading this statement the first verse I read was the following:

Vidura said: The line of Svayambhuva Manu was most esteemed. O worshipful sage, I beg you-give me an account of this race, whose progeny multiplied through sexual intercourse.

Regulated sex life to generate good population is worth accepting. Actually, Vidura was not interested in hearing the history of persons who merely engaged in sex life, but he was interested in the progeny of Svayambhuva Manu because in that dynasty , good devotee kings appeared who protected their subjects very carefully with spiritual knowledge. By hearing the history of their activities, therefore, one becomes more enlightened. An important word used in this connection is parama-sammatau, which indicates that the progeny created by Svayambhuva Manu and his sons was approved of by great authorities. In other words, sex life for creating exemplary population is acceptable to all sages and authorities of Vedic scripture.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.21.1
Maybe Satsvarupa Maharaja could write about the activities of these great progenitors in Srimad Bhagavatam instead of writing fiction. Or if he writes so-called fiction, it should be spiritually enlightening like Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's Jaiva Dharma, which in reality is not fiction, but Srila Thakur Bhaktivinoda's spiritual visions of the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu who remained on this planet just after He left this world at Tota Gopinath. This is the real definition of transcendental writing -- it is the revelation of the transcendental activities of the Lord and His Pure Devotees. Not some fictional characters who are dealing with their mundane sex desires in explicit terms in order to pander to the whims of a captive audience who are looking for a psychological massage for their mental meanderings. The soothing Balm for all such mental problems is reading the Srimad Bhagavatam and associating with Pure Devotees of the Lord, not pretending to be one and commiserating with your so-called disciples about yours and their sexual foibles on the mental platform by writing all this drivel.

Srila Prabhupada points out in the Purport that Vidura would not be interested in hearing about the history of real persons who were engaged in mundane sex life, what to speak of fictional persons. Srila Prabhupada also points out in the Purport that by hearing of the progeny produced by persons like Syambhuva Manu, who produced good devotee kings who protected their subjects very carefully with spiritual knowledge, one becomes more enlightened. Like the good devotee kings, the Guru is supposed to protect his disciples very carefully by giving them spiritual knowledge, not feeding their weaknesses with so-called therapeutic writing which is nothing more then psychobabble for "lets manufacture a so-called bona fide way to read pornography."

Satsvarupa Maharaja has some excellent writing skills, which should be put to good use by writing about the pure transcendental pastimes of the Pure Devotees and the Lord as described in the Srimad Bhagavatam. This is the real medicine that both he and his disciples need.

SB 1.2.18 - "By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact."


Your Worthless Servant,

Bhagavat dasa

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