Intro. To Bhagavad-Gita Clearing the Misconceptions Part I: Krishna and the Demigods
There is One God <ul><li>Gita is a strong monotheistic theology. </li></ul><ul><li>The many Gods of the Hindu pantheon are...
<ul><li>Krishna is the source of the demigods (10.2) </li></ul><ul><li>For Krishna is the source of all that exist (10.8) ...
<ul><li>Although the Gods may accept offering from their worshipers, the God themselves are acting as mere agents of the S...
<ul><li>The demigods cannot award ultimate liberation, since those who attain to their worlds again fall down to the morta...
<ul><li>It is only in the world of the Supreme God Krishna that one finds the eternal abode, going to which one never retu...
<ul><li>The cosmic form, which the Lord therin displays, is revealed to be Krishna’s form and power of time (11.32) </li><...
<ul><li>Krishna is absolutely superior to the gods in cognitive powers.  </li></ul><ul><li>In all respects Krishna is the ...
<ul><li>Not only the gods, but the entire universe is bewildered by the modes of nature and thus does not recognize or und...
<ul><li>The omniscience of Krishna is superlatively causal since Krishna is the source of everyone’s memory, knowledge, an...
<ul><li>The living beings are so much dependent on Krishna, that even their faith in other gods, must be supplied by Krish...
The reuslt awarded by the those gods are actually give by Krishna alone, of whom the gods are but agents (7.22)
<ul><li>The result of worshiping Krishna, is clearly distinguished from the temporary results derived from worshiping all ...
<ul><li>“ Those sworn to the gods, go to the gods,; those sworn to the forefathers go to the forefathers; worshipers of gh...
<ul><li>In view of the fundamental distinction between Krishna and the Gods, and their respective powers to reward their w...
Conclusion… <ul><li>There is nothing at all beyond Krishna (7.7) </li></ul><ul><li>He is the great Lord of all the worlds ...
<ul><li>The Lord ends His teaching in the Gita by urging Arjuna to abandon all other duties and take shelter of Krishna al...
Chanting of the Holy Name is Gita 18.66 <ul><li>“ I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Hari, the congre...
 
Constant Chanting is sign of Mahatma <ul><li>“ On son of Prtha, those who ar not deluded, the great souls, are under the p...
 
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Krishna And The Demigods

  1. 1. Intro. To Bhagavad-Gita Clearing the Misconceptions Part I: Krishna and the Demigods
  2. 2. There is One God <ul><li>Gita is a strong monotheistic theology. </li></ul><ul><li>The many Gods of the Hindu pantheon are sharply relegated to the status of subordinate servitors to the Supreme Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, the conclusion is that the real and final subject of the Bhagavad-Gita is Krishna Himself. </li></ul><ul><li>Krishna asserts His supremacy in relation to the well-known gods or demigods of the Vedic and Hindu pantheon. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Krishna is the source of the demigods (10.2) </li></ul><ul><li>For Krishna is the source of all that exist (10.8) </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, those who worship other Gods are ultimately worshiping Krishna, the source and sustainer of those Gods, though they do so in the wrong way. (9.23) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Although the Gods may accept offering from their worshipers, the God themselves are acting as mere agents of the Supreme God who is the ultimate enjoyer of all sacrifices (9.24) </li></ul><ul><li>The ignorant worshipper of the demigods who does not clearly recognize the supremecy of the Godhead falls to a lower status of life (9.24) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The demigods cannot award ultimate liberation, since those who attain to their worlds again fall down to the mortal earthly realm when their pious merit is exhausted (9.21) </li></ul><ul><li>This impermanence holds true for the planets of Indra, surendra-loka (9.20), svarga-loka (9.21), and for all the worlds in the material cosmos, including Brahma (8.16) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>It is only in the world of the Supreme God Krishna that one finds the eternal abode, going to which one never returns to take birth in the material world (15.6) (8.21) (8.16) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The cosmic form, which the Lord therin displays, is revealed to be Krishna’s form and power of time (11.32) </li></ul><ul><li>Even the host of gods are overwhelmed and anstonished, and enter within Times destructive power (11.21-22) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Krishna is absolutely superior to the gods in cognitive powers. </li></ul><ul><li>In all respects Krishna is the origin of the gods, and hence they cannot understand Krishna’s origin (10.2) </li></ul><ul><li>For indeed Krishna is beginningless. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Not only the gods, but the entire universe is bewildered by the modes of nature and thus does not recognize or understand Krishna, since Krishna is beyond the modes (7..13) </li></ul><ul><li>It is only because of the bewildering influence of the material modes upon the conditioned souls that they worship other gods at all (17.4) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The omniscience of Krishna is superlatively causal since Krishna is the source of everyone’s memory, knowledge, and forgetfulness (15.15) </li></ul><ul><li>Krishna knows the past present and future of all beings but no one, in the material world, knows Him in truth (7.26) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>The living beings are so much dependent on Krishna, that even their faith in other gods, must be supplied by Krishna (7.21) </li></ul>
  12. 12. The reuslt awarded by the those gods are actually give by Krishna alone, of whom the gods are but agents (7.22)
  13. 13. <ul><li>The result of worshiping Krishna, is clearly distinguished from the temporary results derived from worshiping all other powerful beings. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the demigods, but my devotees come to me.” (7.23) </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>“ Those sworn to the gods, go to the gods,; those sworn to the forefathers go to the forefathers; worshipers of ghostly spirits go to such spirits; but those who worship me come to me.” (9.25) </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>In view of the fundamental distinction between Krishna and the Gods, and their respective powers to reward their worshipers, only those whose intelligence is stolen by lust worships the gods and neglects the worship of the supreme Godhead. (7.20) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusion… <ul><li>There is nothing at all beyond Krishna (7.7) </li></ul><ul><li>He is the great Lord of all the worlds (5.29) </li></ul><ul><li>He is the creator and sustainer of everything (8.9) </li></ul><ul><li>Arjuna glorifies Krishna: as the Supreme Brahman, the Supreme Abode, The Supreme Purifier, the Supreme Divine Person (10.12) </li></ul><ul><li>God of gods (10.15); origin on the gods (10.12) (11.38); and the Primeval Person (11.38) </li></ul><ul><li>Arjuna further affirms that nobody is equal to or greater then Krishna (11.43) </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The Lord ends His teaching in the Gita by urging Arjuna to abandon all other duties and take shelter of Krishna alone (18.66). </li></ul>
  18. 18. Chanting of the Holy Name is Gita 18.66 <ul><li>“ I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Hari, the congregational chanting of whose holy names destroys all sinful reactions, and the offering of obeisances unto whom relieves all material suffering.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.23) </li></ul>
  19. 20. Constant Chanting is sign of Mahatma <ul><li>“ On son of Prtha, those who ar not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible. Always chanting my glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion” (9.13-14) </li></ul>

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