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Spirit Of Bhagavad Gita


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Spirit Of Bhagavad Gita

  1. 1. Essence of Bhagavad-Gita The Spirit of Bhagavad-Gita
  2. 2. Spirit of Bhagavad-Gita <ul><li>“ The spirit of Bhagavad-Gita is mentioned in Bhagavad-Gita itself. It is just like this: If we want to take a particular medicine, then we have to follow the directions written on the label. We cannot take the medicine according to our own whim or the direction of a friend. It must be taken according to the directions on the label or the directions given by a physician. Similarly, Bhagavad-Gita should be taken or accepted as it is directed by the speaker Himself…we should take Bhagavad-Gita as it is directed by the Personality of Godhead Himself.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“O Krishna, I totally accept as truth all that You have told me. Neither the demigods nor the demons, O Lord, can understand Your personality.” BG 10.14 </li></ul>Submission then Transmission
  4. 4. Entering into the Spirit of Bhagavad-Gita
  5. 5. Humility <ul><li>“ Arjuna said: My dear Krishna, O infallible one, my illusion is now gone. I have regained my memory by Your mercy. I am now firm and free from doubt and am prepared to act according to Your instructions.” BG 18.73 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Honest Communication No Justification or Speculation <ul><li>“ Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of miserly weakness. In this condition I am asking You to tell me for certain what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple, and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me.” BG 2.7 </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ Thinking of You as my friend, I have rashly addressed You &quot;O Krishna,&quot; &quot;O Yädava,&quot; &quot;O my friend,&quot; not knowing Your glories. Please forgive whatever I may have done in madness or in love. I have dishonored You many times, jesting as we relaxed, lay on the same bed, or sat or ate together, sometimes alone and sometimes in front of many friends. O infallible one, please excuse me for all those offenses.” BG 11.41-42 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Relationship <ul><li>“That very ancient science of the relationship with the Supreme is today told by Me to you because you are My devotee as well as My friend and can therefore understand the transcendental mystery of this science.” BG 4.3 </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Now hear, O son of Partha, how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.” BG 7.1 </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>“ The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Arjuna, because you are never envious of Me, I shall impart to you this most confidential knowledge and realization, knowing which you shall be relieved of the miseries of material existence.” BG 9.1 </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>“Because you are My very dear friend, I am speaking to you My supreme instruction, the most confidential knowledge of all. Hear this from Me, for it is for your benefit.” BG 18.64 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Freedom from Illusion <ul><li>“ Arjuna said: By my hearing the instructions You have kindly given me about these most confidential spiritual subjects, my illusion has now been dispelled.” BG 11.1 </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>“ Arjuna said: My dear Krishna, O infallible one, my illusion is now gone. I have regained my memory by Your mercy. I am now firm and free from doubt and am prepared to act according to Your instructions.” BG 18.73 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sweet Surrender <ul><li>“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” 18.66 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Spiritual Bliss <ul><li>“ Saïjaya said: Thus have I heard the conversation of two great souls, Krishna and Arjuna. And so wonderful is that message that my hair is standing on end.” BG 18.74 </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>“ By the mercy of Vyäsa, I have heard these most confidential talks directly from the master of all mysticism, Krishna, who was speaking personally to Arjuna.” 18.75 </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>“ O King, as I repeatedly recall this wondrous and holy dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, I take pleasure, being thrilled at every moment.” BG 18.76 </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>“O King, as I remember the wonderful form of Lord Krishna, I am struck with wonder more and more, and I rejoice again and again.” BG 18.77 </li></ul>
  19. 19. “ One may cleanse himself daily by taking a bath in water, but if one take bath even once in the sacred Ganges water of the Bhagavad-Gita, for him the dirt of material life is all together vanquished.” {Gita-Mahatmya 3}
  20. 20. This Gitopanisad, Bhagavad-Gita, the essence of all the Upanisads, is just like a cow, and Lord Krishna who is famous as a cowherd boy, is milking this cow. Arjuna is just like a calf, and learned scholars and pure devotees are to drink the nectarean milk of Bhagavad-Gita. {Gita-Mahatmya 6}
  21. 21. Let there be one scripture only, one common Scripture for the whole world-Bhagavad-Gita. Let There be one God for the whole world-Sri Krishna, the son of Devaki. Let there be only one Mantra, one hymn-the chanting of His name: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Let there be one work only-the service of The Supreme Personality of Godhead. {Gita-Mahatmya 7}
  22. 22. Requirements for Understanding Gita <ul><li>Bhagavad-Gita is real not symbolic. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kurukshetra is a historical place that exist today. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modern scientist based on excavations have proved that personality name Krishna existed 5000 year ago, and the city Dwarka was an historical place. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Pandavas do not represent the fives senses, Krishna the liberated soul and Arjuna the conditioned soul by analogy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metaphorical commentaries given by those who are not devoted has not change the heart of any, whereas Prabhupada’s Gita, to this day, is turning thousands of person to the message and application of Gita. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Don’t miss the goal of Gita </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People hold Gita societies, clubs, seminars, and so on where a picture nor discussion of Krishna can even be found. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Krishna says in the Gita “By all the Vedas, I am to be searched out.” (BG 15.15) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Krishna says in Gita “Abandon all dharmas and just surrender on to Me.” (BG 18.66) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If one does not come to these essential conclusion, there hardly any avail to their study of Gita. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The goal of Gita is Krishna!! </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Who is Krishna?
  25. 25. Krishna is not simply a mystic yogi…
  26. 26. Krishna is not simply a learned man…
  27. 27. Krishna is not simply a powerful man…
  28. 28. Krishna is not an ordinary cowherd boy or a living being blessed with extraordinary power due to pass karma…
  29. 29. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead!!
  30. 30. “ Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as is confirmed by all great äcäryas (spiritual masters) like Sankaracarya, Rämänujäcärya, Madhväcärya, Nimbärka Swami, Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu and many other authorities of Vedic knowledge in India. The Lord Himself also establishes Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Bhagavad-Gita, and He is accepted as such in the Brahma-Samhita and all the Puranas, especially the Srimad-Bhagavatam, known as the Bhägavata Purana…”
  31. 31. Relavance of Gita Today <ul><li>Necessity of inner-development can be filled by the message and application of the Gita. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Though modern society consider themselves more advance, and in spite of the advance in technology, there is a pervasive inner-dissatisfaction in the world whose symptoms-depression, inferiority complex, acute competition for supremacy, stress, tension, mental diseases, suicide, homocide, etc.-we know all to well. </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Bhagavad-Gita is Science <ul><li>Bhagavad-Gita has it’s theory, which is verifiable by experimentation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The laboratory is one’s life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t do the experiment from a objective distance, but must participate in the experiment in order to see its results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The proof of the pudding is in the tasting!! </li></ul></ul>