Chapter 18 The Bhagavad- Gita is considered by eastern and western scholars alike to be among the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way the Supreme Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God. In terms of pure, spiritual knowledge the Bhagavad- Gita is incomparable. Its intrinsic beauty is that its knowledge applies to all human beings and does not postulate any sectarian idealogy or secular view. It is appproachable from the sanctified realms of all religions and is glorified as the epitome of all spiritual teachings. This is because proficiency in the Bhagavad- Gita reveals the eternal principles which are fundamental and essential for spiritual life from all perspectives and allows one to perfectly understand the esoteric truths hidden within all religious scriptures.
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The sun-god explained this knowledge to Manu, who in turn instructed Iksvaku. Questions about life addressed in the Gita Who am I? Many people claim that life comes from dead matter, that the feeling of the self is nothing but a complex neurological phenomenon. However, the neurologists are nowhere near the answer to the fundamental question of consciousness.
Moreover, some scientists like Dr Robert Lanza An eminent modern-day biologist known for his theory of Biocentrism are even considering consciousness, not as a phenomenon, but as an independent non-material entity in itself. Why do we suffer? To ignorantly consider that we are our bodies is the primary cause of suffering in the material world. Nevertheless, nothing in this world happens by chance.
Therefore, our own past actions and not Krishna is to be blamed for our sufferings. Where do we come from? What is the Purpose of life? In Bhagavad Gita Krishna counsels Arjuna that everyone including Krishna Himself exist eternally as individual entities and therefore there is no question of when were we created. However, Krishna is the supreme person and other living entities are subordinate to Him. By nature our best interest lies in the service of the supreme person Sri Krishna.
Forgetting our true relationship with Krishna, we have chosen to wander in the material world. We shall find wholesome satisfaction and fulfillment only in a relationship with Sri Krishna and no where else. What happens after death? This age old question has troubled scientists and philosophers alike from time immemorial and will continue to pose as the biggest mystery for those that have not scrutinized the Bhagavad Gita. For the students of Srimad Bhagavad Gita death is just another transition from one body to the next.
The challenge is how well we apply in our lives the teachings of Sri Krishna to get out of the cycle of birth and death, and realize our true relationship with Krishna. Quotes from the Gita Hate and greed are certainly poor allies of judgment, usually resulting in wrong decisions and the senseless loss of life. The fact that everyone seeks everlasting life should be indicative that such a pure state of life exists beyond birth and death.
Engagement, sometimes seen as spiritual practices, without philosophy is merely sentiment and philosophy without practice is mental speculation. Constitutionally the atma, being part of the organic whole the Absolute Truth , is duty-bound to serve the whole, both in this life and in eternity.
In bhakti-yoga one does not fear God because Krishna is not a wrathful God. Krishna is our dear-most friend and our ever well-wisher. From these verses we can also understand that the knowledge of yoga is not simply meant for studio lessons. The first qualification of the guru is that he must be in an authentic parampara and he must teach his disciple the principles and conclusions of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
The idea that God dies for our sins is rejected. God is eternal; therefore He cannot and does not die. The Krishna conception is the only concept of ultimate reality that embraces a love affair with God as a dear-most friend. By far, the Krishna conception of the Absolute Truth is the broadest, most complete, in-depth and convincing idea of God known to human society. If ever there were something that was elusive in this world then certainly it is peace.
Peace is talked about everywhere but it is rare, if not impossible to find. The home should have an atmosphere conducive for contemplation, study and controlling the senses.
Krishna says what He means and means what He says — therefore an abstract commentary on Srimad Bhagavad Gita is not necessary. On the development of Biocentrism If this current trend continues then indeed science may very well be on the path of jnana.
Seventy-eight years later, science is still looking for Dark Matter. They know it is literally everywhere, but it escapes detection and thus they are unable to observe it. The knowledge in Srimad Bhagavad Gita cannot be found outside Vedic literature.
No literary source in the world compares with the Gita. To acquire perfect knowledge by speculation or by the process of trial and error simply wastes valuable time. There is no place of eternal damnation and no place of eternal happiness in the material universe. Nothing in this world is everlasting. Even if the bhakti-yogi is unable to remember Krishna at the time of death, Krishna will certainly remember him.
People are expert in exploiting nature, yet they cannot control the adverse reactions that result from it. Atheism in modern times seems driven more as a reaction to fanatical religious dogma than by rational argument. The intimacy of the bhakti-yogis with Krishna is such that He proclaims that He carries what they lack and preserves what they have. Priti is the state of pure affection wherein no expression of selfishness or mundane lust can be found. The greatest misfortune befalls a person when he or she claims to be God, or when a person accepts another human as God.
One cannot achieve self-realization simply by contemplation on, or simple appreciation of nature alone. Above all good qualities is the quality of devotion to the Supreme Person, from which all other good qualities manifest in great abundance.
It is not that humans are spared but animals and others can be killed or exploited for our pleasure. Truly, by the admission of many scientists, they never really attain the end of knowledge. At no time do the liberated living beings become the Supreme or one with Krishna. He is, and always will be, the Supreme Person.
The practice of sadhana is learned from the guru, a tattva-darshi who has seen the truth. The student of bhakti-yoga should not be a fanatic, but should practice moderation in all things. To control the senses and perform austerities tapasya in the beginning may be distasteful for the novice, but in the end such austerities lead to the nectar of self-realization.
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