Srimad Bhagavatam. 1.3.12 – 1.3.22. Based on the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder Acharya International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Seeking the Blessings of Guru, Gauranga & All the Assembled Vaishnavas. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.2.4.
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1.3.12 – 1.3.22
International Society for Krishna Consciousness
naraḿ caiva narottamam
Before reciting this Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, which is the very means of conquest, one should offer respectful obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Nārāyaṇa, unto Nara-nārāyaṇaṚṣi, the supermost human being, unto mother Sarasvatī, the goddess of learning, and unto Śrīla Vyāsadeva, the author.
By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam 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.
tataḥ saptama ākūtyāḿ
rucer yajño 'bhyajāyata
sa yāmādyaiḥ sura-gaṇair
The seventh incarnation was Yajña, the son of PrajāpatiRuci and his wife Ākūti. He controlled the period during the change of the SvāyambhuvaManu and was assisted by demigods such as His son Yama.
Example: Krsna incarnating as “Yajña to occupy the post of “Indra” during Svayambhuva Manu time period.
Any qualified Living Entity
Lord Incarnates Himself for that speicific duration for that specific function
Role of ISKCON: Provides Sastra in multi languages for people all over the wold to really understand who is actual incarnation and who is not.
aṣṭame merudevyāḿ tu
nābher jāta urukramaḥ
darśayan vartma dhīrāṇāḿ
The eighth incarnation was King Ṛṣabha, son of King Nābhi and his wife Merudevī. In this incarnation the Lord showed the path of perfection, which is followed by those who have fully controlled their senses and who are honored by all orders of life.
He instructed His sons, "My dear boys, this human form of life is not meant for sense enjoyment, which is available in the life of dogs and hogs." It was His instruction. He instructed that human society should be dhira, self-controlled. That is ideal human society. That is Vedic civilization
Maharaja Rsabhadeva, He was king, emperor of the world. So His instruction are there in the Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Role of ISKCON:
ṛṣibhir yācito bheje
navamaḿ pārthivaḿ vapuḥ
dugdhemām oṣadhīr viprās
tenāyaḿ sa uśattamaḥ
O brāhmaṇas, in the ninth incarnation, the Lord, prayed for by sages, accepted the body of a king [Pṛthu] who cultivated the land to yield various produces, and for that reason the earth was beautiful and attractive.
rūpaḿ sa jagṛhe mātsyaḿ
nāvy āropya mahī-mayyām
apād vaivasvataḿ manum
When there was a complete inundation after the period of the CākṣuṣaManu and the whole world was deep within water, the Lord accepted the form of a fish and protected VaivasvataManu, keeping him up on a boat.
pṛṣṭha ekādaśe vibhuḥ
The eleventh incarnation of the Lord took the form of a tortoise whose shell served as a pivot for the Mandarācala Hill, which was being used as a churning rod by the theists and atheists of the universe.
trayodaśamam eva ca
apāyayat surān anyān
mohinyā mohayan striyā
In the twelfth incarnation, the Lord appeared as Dhanvantari, and in the thirteenth He allured the atheists by the charming beauty of a woman and gave nectar to the demigods to drink.
Ideal Family Life (Wife’s duty is follow the husband)
If you do not like your wife then….
bibhrad daityendram ūrjitam
dadāra karajair ūrāv
erakāḿ kaṭa-kṛd yathā
In the fourteenth incarnation, the Lord appeared as Nṛsiḿha and bifurcated the strong body of the atheist Hiraṇyakaśipu with His nails, just as a carpenter pierces cane.
kṛtvāgād adhvaraḿ baleḥ
In the fifteenth incarnation, the Lord assumed the form of a dwarf-brāhmaṇa [Vāmana] and visited the arena of sacrifice arranged by MahārājaBali. Although at heart He was willing to regain the kingdom of the three planetary systems, He simply asked for a donation of three steps of land.
Bali Maharaja – one of the 12 Mahajanas
paśyan brahma-druho nṛpān
niḥ-kṣatrām akaron mahīm
In the sixteenth incarnation of the Godhead, the Lord [as Bhṛgupati] annihilated the administrative class [kṣatriyas] twenty-one times, being angry with them because of their rebellion against the brāhmaṇas [the intelligent class].
“So at the present moment we are in a very, very deplorable condition, no good government. Simply by changing, by so-called parties, the government cannot improve. The government can improve when there are Krsna conscious person. So if some day you turn all the people Krsna conscious, then you become president.”
tataḥ saptadaśe jātaḥ
cakre veda-taroḥ śākhā
dṛṣṭvā puḿso 'lpa-medhasaḥ
Thereafter, in the seventeenth incarnation of Godhead, ŚrīVyāsadeva appeared in the womb of Satyavatī through ParāśaraMuni, and he divided the one Veda into several branches and subbranches, seeing that the people in general were less intelligent.
Vedas – for Brahmanas
Present age: Everyone is born Sudra. “KalauSudraSambhava”
cakre vīryāṇy ataḥ param
In the eighteenth incarnation, the Lord appeared as King Rāma. In order to perform some pleasing work for the demigods, He exhibited superhuman powers by controlling the Indian Ocean and then killing the atheist King Rāvaṇa, who was on the other side of the sea.
He exhibited superhuman activities which no human being, including the materially advanced Rāvaṇa, could perform. Lord Rāmacandra prepared a royal road on the Indian Ocean with stones that floated on the water. The modern scientists have done research in the area of weightlessness, but it is not possible to bring in weightlessness anywhere and everywhere. But because weightlessness is the creation of the Lord by which He can make the gigantic planets fly and float in the air, He made the stones even within this earth to be weightless and prepared a stone bridge on the sea without any supporting pillar. That is the display of the power of God.