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Revealed Scripture


1.If everyone has a right to study the Purdnas, are they not inferior to the Vedas?


Just as everyone has a right to chant the holy names of Krsna, the essence of all Vedic literature, everyone has a right to study the Purdnas and histories, which are as good as the Vedas. The same Vyasadeva who divided the Vedas compiled the Purdnas and histories; therefore, the glories of the Purdnas and histories are equal to the Vedas.{Sajjana-tosani 11/10)


2.What is the purport of Bhagavad-gitd? Why was devotional service kept in the middle of the book?


Bhagavad-gita consists of eighteen chapters. Among them, the first six chapters deal with karma, the second six deal with bhakti, and the last six deal with jhana. The supremacy of devotional service has been established in this book. Devotional service is most confidential, but it is the life of jhana and karma. Since it awards one the goal of life, devotional service has been placed in the middle six chapters. {Bhagavad-gitd introduction)


3.According to Bhagavad-gita, what is the ultimate goal of the living entities?


Bhagavad-gita instructs that the ultimate goal for the living entities is pure devotional service alone. Surrendering to the Supreme Lord, the most confidential instruction, is found in the concluding verses of Bhagavad-gita, beginning with sarva-dharmdn parityajya. (Bhagavad-gita introduction)


4.Does Bhagavad-gita recommend fighting?


. Arjuna's fighting is an example of attachment to one's occupational duties. Fighting is not the conclusion of Bhagavad-gita.

(Bhagavad-gita introduction)


5.What is the confidential meaning of Bhagavad-gita?


The confidential purport of Bhagavad-gita is that according to a person's nature his qualification is determined. He should only engage in activities that are necessary to maintain his livelihood and that are prescribed according to his qualification, and he should search after the Absolute Truth. His perfection lies in doing so.(Bhagavad-gita introduction)


6.What is devotional literature?


Srimad-Bhdgavatam is devotional literature. (Sajjana-tosani 11/10)


7.By studying which literature can one achieve auspiciousness?


One should study all the Vedas, smrtis, purdnas, pancardtras, and conclusive writings of the mahdjanas wherein the topics of pure devotional service are instructed and discussed. By studying literature containing other opinions, one simply learns useless arguments.

(Sajjana-tosani 11/6)


8.Which scripture is the essence of all scriptures?


Srimad Bhagavad-gita is the essence of all scriptures. For one who has not received the nectarean instructions of Bhagavad-gita, studying other scriptures is like an ass carrying a big burden. (Sajjana-tosani 12/2)


9.Which scripture reveals the true meaning of the Vedas?


The Purdnas reveal the true meaning of the Vedas. The Vaisnava community believes that the Absolute Truth, which is ascertained in Vedic literature like the Upanisads, is explained in the Purdnas in simple language by personalities like Parasara Muni and Vedavyasa.

(Tattva-sutra 2)


10.Where can one find the real purport of the Vedas?


The meanings of the Vedic statements are extremely confidential. To help the people of the world understand the purport of the Vedic statements, the great sages have put those purports in the Puranas.(Caitanya-caritdmrta Madhya 6/143 to 148)


11.What is the difference between Sat-kriya-sdra-dipika and the smrti composed by the karmis?


To protect the constitutional duties of the devotees, Srimad Gopala Bhatta GosvamI composed the book Sat-kriya-sdra-dipikd. According to Vedic injunctions, Aniruddha Bhatta, Bhlma Bhatta, and Srimad Govindananda Bhatta wrote separate smrtis for the karmis. Sri Narayana Bhatta also wrote a book about the injunctions of the smrtis for the karmis, and Sri Bhavadeva Bhatta wrote a similar book for persons who are fond of Vedic rituals. The Sat-kriya-sdra-dipikd was composed from authentic statements of the Vedas, Purdnas, and dharma-sdstras, headed by the Manu-samhitd. After carefully considering the subject of ndma-aparddha, and rejecting the process of worshiping the forefathers and the demigods, Srimad Gopala Bhatta Gosvami wrote Sat-kriya-sara-dlpika for the benefit of the devotees of Govinda who are either outcastes or situated on the platform of varnasrama. (Sat-kriya-sara-dipika translation)