In Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, chapter 10 called “The opulence of the Absolute”, text 41, Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead states:
yad yad vibhuutimat sattvam
shriimad uurjitam eva vaa
tat tad evaavagaccha tvam
Bhagavad-gita As It Is version 2.
yat yat—whatever; vibhuuti—opulences; mat—having; sattvam—existence; shrii-mat—beautiful; uurjitam—glorious; eva—certainly; vas—or; tat tat—all those; eva—certainly; avagaccha—must know; tvam—you; mama—My; tejah—of the splendor; amsha—a part; sambhavam—born of.
Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.
by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and Founder of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and Back To Godhead magazine.
Any glorious or beautiful existence should be understood to be but a fragmental manifestation of Krishna’s opulence, whether it be in the spiritual or material world. Anything extraordinarily opulent should be considered to represent Krishna’s opulence.(Copyright BBT)
proposed Bhagavad-gita As It Is version 3 instead:
English synonyms 10.41
yat yat — whatever; vibhuti– opulences; mat — having; sattvam — existence; srimad — beautiful; urjitam — glorious; eva — certainly; va — or; tat tat — all those; eva — certainly; avagaccha — he must know; tvam — you; mama — my; tejah — splendor; amsha — partly; sambhavam — born of.
Everything opulent, beautiful and glorious that may exist within the universe, and which simultaneously stirs up strong positive feelings within one’s heart , all such manifestations should be understood as only a part-fragment manifestation of Krishna ‘s splendor. Actually they are born of Krishna’s opulence.
Either in the spiritual or in the material world, any glorious and beautiful existence should be understood as a fragmental manifestation of Krishna’s opulence only. Anything extraordinarily opulent should be considered as a representation of Krishna’s opulence.
The precise and meticulous control Celine exercises over the pitch, quality and power / volume of her God-given voice is just extraordinary. She also sings with outstanding majesty, especially when she glorifies Lord Jesus Christ just like in “Night Divine.”
Her perceived generosity and benevolence and energetic expression betray a very wonderful personality.
In the above picture with her thumbs up, we could easily imagine Celine saying: “Let’s go for Krishna full steam ahead.”
Celine, we love you!!!
As I wrote in a recent note about Srimatee Rukmini Devi, the Goddess of Fortune and inseparable and duly married wife of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, most ladies display, at least to some extend, the qualities of the goddess of fortune and Srimatee Celine Dion is a perfect example of this transference. As we listen to 1.”I am alive” and “…5. “A new day has come” from CELINE DION’S CD “A NEW DAY HAS COME” or “O Holy Night” and “The season to be jolly.” of her CD called THESE ARE SPECIAL TIMES, we can only remember Sri Krishna words of BGAII 10.41 ” Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.” Yes, the adjectives “opulent”, “beautiful” and “glorious” are totally justified and applicable when we speak of Celine Dion’s wonderful musical artistry and personality!!!
I may also admit openly that many times in my life I felt sad and lonely, but the association of Celine Dion through her songs has always helped me. Thank you very much Celine Dion! I owe you.
All glories to Srimatee Celine Dion!
May she, one day soon, come to sing for Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as did the late George Harrison. And that will represents the perfection of both her artistry and her career, as well as the best investment in her life beyond birth and death.
This is confirmed in the Srimad Bhagavatam, amala puranam.1.5.22. Chapter 5 of Canto one is called: “Narada’s instructions on Srimad Bhagavatam for Vyasadeva”
idam hi pumsas tapasah shrutasya vaa
sv-ishtasya suuktasya ca buddhi-dattayoh
avicyuto ‘rthah kavibhir niruupito
idam—this; hi—certainly; pumsah—of everyone; tapasah—by dint of austerities; shrutasya—by dint of study of the Vedas; vas—or; sv-ishtasya—sacrifice; suuktasya—spiritual education; ca—and; buddhi—culture of knowledge; dattayoh—charity; avicyutah—infallible; arthah—interest; kavibhih—by the recognized learned person; niruupitah—concluded; yat—what; uttamashloka—of the Lord, who is described by choice poetry; guna-anuvarnanam—description of the transcendental qualities.
Learned circles have positively concluded that the infallible purpose of the advancement of knowledge, namely austerities, study of the Vedas, sacrifice, chanting of hymns, and charity, culminates in the transcendental descriptions of the Lord, who is defined in choice poetry.
Human intellect is developed for advancement of learning in art, science, philosophy, physics, chemistry, psychology, economics, politics, etc. By culture of such knowledge the human society can attain perfection of life. This perfection of life culminates in the realization of the Supreme Being, Vishnu. The shruti therefore directs that those who are actually advanced in learning should aspire for the service of Lord Vishnu. Unfortunately persons who are enamored with the external beauty of vishnu-maayaa do not understand that the culmination of perfection, or self-realization depends on Vishnu. Vishnu-maayaa means sense enjoyment, which is transient and miserable. Those who are entrapped by vishnu-maayaa utilize advancement of knowledge for sense enjoyment. Sri Naarada Muni has explained that all paraphernalia of the cosmic universe are but emanations from the Lord out of His different energies because the Lord has set in motion, by His inconceivable energy, the actions and reactions of the created manifestation. The paraphernalia have come to be out of His energy, they rest on His energy, and after annihilation they merge into Him. None of them, therefore, are different from Him, but at the same time the Lord is always different from them.
When advancement of knowledge is applied in the service of the Lord, the whole process becomes absolute. The Personality of Godhead and His transcendental name, fame, glory, etc., are all nondifferent from Him. Therefore, all the sages and devotees of the Lord have recommended that the subject matter of art, science, philosophy, physics, chemistry, psychology and all other branches of knowledge should be wholly and solely applied in the service of the Lord. Art, literature, poetry, painting, etc., may be used in glorifying the Lord. The fiction writers, poets and celebrated litterateurs are generally engaged in writing of sensuous subjects, but if they turn towards the service of the Lord they can describe the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. Vaalmiiki was a great poet, and similarly Vyaasadeva is a great writer, and both of them have absolutely engaged themselves in delineating the transcendental activities of the Lord and by doing so have become immortal. Similarly, science and philosophy also should be applied in the service of the Lord. There is no use presenting dry speculative theories for sense gratification. Philosophy and science should be engaged to establish the glory of the Lord. Advanced people are eager to understand the Absolute Truth through the medium of science, and therefore a great scientist should endeavor to prove the existence of the Lord on a scientific basis. Similarly, philosophical speculations should be utilized to establish the Supreme Truth as sentient and all-powerful. Similarly, all other branches of knowledge should always be engaged in the service of the Lord. In the Bhagavad-giitaa also the same is affirmed. All “knowledge” not engaged in the service of the Lord is but nescience. Real utilization of advanced knowledge is to establish the glories of the Lord, and that is the real import. Science, art, philosophy and all similar activities engaged in the service of the Lord are all factually hari-kiirtana, or glorification of the Lord. (Copyright BBT)
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