Each Yuga has its delightful stories of the Divine.
 Ramayana from Treta, Srimad Bhagavatam from Dwapara...

 At the bridge between Treta yuga and Dwapara yuga...


 Veda Vyasa after compiling the great Vedic works was in a state of deep 
 Sage Narada came to him and told him to to focus his work on Divine Love.
 Narada narrated his own story and...
 Hence Srimad Bhagavatam....the story of Krishna and the fruits from developing 
Love for Him.

 Vyasa narrated it to his son, Shuka Deva who narrated it to Parikshit.

 Sri Suka Maharishi, the venerable son of Veda Vyasa proclaimed that:

 "Kalow Sankeerthya Kesavam"

 "Singing the glory of Lord Kesava is easiest way to attain Perfection in the 
age of Kali".

  Adi Shakaracharya, in his Guru Ashtakam, says in one of the couplets that 
“Even if you are an expert in six angas and the four Vedas, and an expert in 
writing good prose and poems. If your mind does not bow at the Guru’s feet; 
what is the use? What is the use? Oh what is the use?”


 A spiritual aspirant who may be brilliant, bright, intelligent, smart and 
clever can never attain the spiritual knowledge by his own endeavor without a 
dose of boosting from a Sadguru. He may never be able to cross the ocean of 
samsara without severe bruises and permanent marks of injuries, without proper 
guidance from a Sadguru. Guru’s Padukas and the dust from the feet of Sri 
Swamiji are the panacea for many of his devotees. One can never attain the 
sublime knowledge by his own efforts.





---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <LEnglish5@...> wrote :

 Maharishi believed that Shankara lived 2000+ years ago also, and yet, 
virtually every modern historian puts him in the 8th Century C.E., so talking 
about his commentary on the Gita being "the oldest extant commentary for two 
millenia," is, well, being like Maharishi: playing a bit fast with the 
historical record. 

 Nothing wrong with that when dealing with mystical things, but nothing 
particularly right about it either.




---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <emptybill@...> wrote :

 Neti sez: 
 What did Adi Shankara say was the fastest method to Liberation in this Kali 
 Well Neti, you can’t even get a straight answer to a simple question.
 You might note the comments upon your question. Not one of them quotes 
Shankara directly because they only know about his tradition. No one here reads 
him. That even includes Shankara’s Gita commentary – the oldest extant 
commentary for two millenia.
 In his various commentaries, Shankara did not talk about yugas. Adi Shankara 
talked about the reality expounded by the Upanishads, the Brahma Sutras and the 
Gita. That reality is defined as Brahman (literally "The Vast" or "Vastness"). 
Shankara emphasized the Upanishadic definition of Brahman - satyam, jñânam, 
anantam. Since “what is” gets reiterated by Shankara as satyam (reality or 
"isness"), jñânam (awareness) and anantam (limitlessness), his task was to 
demonstrate what ignorance (avidya) actually is and how it seems to result in 
the appearance (mithya) of an independent cosmos of cause and effect. Along 
with that focus, he worked extensively to refute the idea that the performance 
of Vedic rites was necessary or even accessory to the realization of BrahmÂtman.
 One variance to note is that when the Gita does talk about the “ages” of 
Brahma and the universal manifestation, Shankara does comment – all the while 
following the verses of the text. As expected, he points to the imperishable 
(aksharam) as the supreme Brahman beyond time. He then amplifies the Gita 
instructions for attaining that reality which is also known as the supreme 
person (param purusham) who reposes in the sun as Hiranyagarbha, sustainer of 
the sense-powers of all beings in the local universe. He calls that entity 
adhi-daivatam, the divine being and adhi-yajñah (the being of the sacrifice) 
and specifically calls him Vishnu, the pervader.

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