“Nature is said to be the cause of all material causes and effects, whereas the living entity is the cause of the various sufferings and enjoyments in this world.” 13.21
“ due to our asociation with matter since time immemorial, our consciousness is now poluted by material atmosphere. In this polluted concept of life, we are all trying to exploit the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in our complexities. This illusion is called maya , or hard struggle for existence over the stringent laws of material nature. This illusory struggle against the material nature can at once be stopped by revival of our Krsna consciousness.”
Living Entity Cause of His Own Suffering
Nature responds to the attempts of the soul in to exploit the illusory material world, and entangles the soul in the web of maya (illusion).
“ One cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it.” Albert Einstein
Ex: consumerism and it increasing detrimental damage to the environment.
Nature’s Responds to our Exploitative Attempts
We Are Not the Physical Doers
The greatest illusion is the soul’s false perception that he is performing those physical events, such as moving of the body, that in fact are done by nature.
“The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature.” 3.27
“ The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature.”
Nature Controls Us; Who Controls Nature?
“ This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kuntī, producing all moving and nonmoving beings.” 9.10
The Cause of All Causes
Causes found within nature are effects of further unseen (or unknown) causes.
Physics attempt to find that cause which is the causes of all the perceivable effects within nature with a T.O.E. formula; Theory of Everything.
There search for a T.O.E. is our search for the lotus toe of Krishna, who, being the controller of nature which control our physical movements, is the causal chain of everything.
Krishna: The Causal Chain
“ The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.” 18.61
Law and Law Maker
Just as there are laws in any country, there is the maker of those laws. Similarly, just as there are law of nature, there is the maker of nature’s laws.
A happy free citizen is one who acts within the range of the laws of the land. Conversely, an unhappy citizen is one who attempts to act outside the range of the law, which however, implicate one more severely under the law.
Law and Law maker cont…
“ Those persons who execute their duties according to My injunctions and who follow this teaching faithfully, without envy, become free from the bondage of fruitive actions.” 3.31
“ But those who, out of envy, disregard these teachings and do not follow them are to be considered bereft of all knowledge, befooled, and ruined in their endeavors for perfection.” 3.32
Unhappiness Results of Aversion to Laws of God
“ If you become conscious of Me, you will pass over all the obstacles of conditioned life by My grace. If, however, you do not work in such consciousness but act through false ego, not hearing Me, you will be lost.” 18.58
How to Know the Laws of God?
One must hear from God Himself.
“ Now hear, O son of Påthä, how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.” 7.1
Interesting Point: Bhagavad-Gita is the only theology in the world that makes the claim to be spoken by God and written by God.
The Peace Formula
“ A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries.” 5.29
3-fold Path to Peace From Gita 5.29
1) Knowing Krishna as the real enjoyer (bhoktaram yajna-tapasam)
2) Knowing Krishna as the real proprietor of everything (sarva-loka mahesvaram)
3) Knowing Krishna as the real well wishing friend of every living being ( suhrdam-sarva-bhutanam)
One attains inner peace in this way.
Application of the 3-Fold Peace Formula
Step 1: Knowing Krishna as the bhokta (enjoyer) of all yajna (sacrifices) and tapa (austerities) one should perform sacrifices and austerities for the pleasure of Krishna and not for any other self-motivated agenda.
The recommended yajna for kali-yuga: Sankirtan-Yajna-Chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna.
Step 1: Sankirtan-Yajna
“ My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.”
“ Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Vishnu, in Tretä-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dväpara-yuga by serving the Lord's lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mahä-mantra.” SB 12.3.52
Application of the 3-Fold Peace Formula
Step 2: Knowing Krishna to be real proprietor of everything (sarva-loka mahesvaram) one should perform devotional service to Krishna.
“ O Brahmana Vyasadeva, it is decided by the learned that the best remedial measure for removing all troubles and miseries is to dedicate one's activities to the service of the Supreme Lord Personality of Godhead [Sri Krishna]. O good soul, does not a thing, applied therapeutically, cure a disease which was caused by that very same thing?” SB 1.5.32-33
2 Aspects of Application Step 2
Whatever facility has been given to one by the grace of God should be offered to God.
9 processes of devotional service:
1. Hearing 6. Offering Prayers
2. Chanting 7. Direct Service
3. Remembering 8. Friendship
4. Serving the Lotus feet 9. Surrender
5. Deity worship
Application of 3-Fold Peace Formula
Step 3: Knowing Krishna to be the true well wisher of everybody connect everybody to Krishna by preaching.