(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 06 April 2015, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture: What is devotional service) Many devotees, after they have been active in Krsna consciousness for a while, will … more
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 March 2017, London, United Kingdom, Soho Sunday Feast, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.5)
Everything within the universe is going on according to the arrangement of the Supreme Lord and the universe is arranged in an interesting way. In the Brhad Bhagavatamrta, it is said that we are in the middle planetary systems which are ruled by the mode of passion. Then there are the higher planetary systems – the abodes of the demigods which are predominated by goodness. The heavenly planets, Swarga, are where the demigods are enjoying. And above the heavenly planets are the Mahar-, Jana- and Tapaloka which are the planets of the great sages.
In the Maharloka are the prajapatis who are concerned with creating progeny and populating the universe. They are part of the early living beings of this universe. Above that are the sages. These sages are simply performing austerity and trying to get purified – Janaloka.
Then you get Tapaloka which is the abode of the brahmacharis. And above that is Brahmaloka which is the abode of the sannyasis. Not the vaisnavas but just brahmacharis and sannyasis. This all is explained in the Brhad Bhagavatamrta and the interesting point is that according to how one is involved with sex life, one gets a particular place in the universe!
In the higher regions, celibacy rules. As we come down, then we get very pious sexuality, for the sake of creating progeny. Then we get very pious personalities who always act in goodness according to prescribed duty but also engage in sexual activity for enjoyment – the demigods. Then we come down here to this planetary system where, you know, it is the mode of passion – do it first and then think later… follow the passion! Then there are lower planetary systems for those who have engaged in lusty activities in a degraded way, they are there suffering for it.
So, it is interesting that in this whole system, the whole order in the universe as explained in Brhad Bhagavatamrta, that sexuality is the key to where is being placed. This is food for thought!