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Gunas

  1. 1. Mantra & The 3 Modes of Material Nature
  2. 2. The Bhagavad Gita 3.27 prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah ahankara-vimudhatma kartaham iti manyate “ The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature , thinks himself to be the doer of activities, which are in actuality carried out by Nature. ” “ 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 isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati bhramayan sarva-bhutani yantrarudhani mayaya
  3. 3. Darkness / Illusion (Tamas)
  4. 4. Passion (Rajas)
  5. 5. Goodness (Sattva)
  6. 6. The goal of Yoga is to understand and “surf” these Modes of Nature and ultimately transcend them . The ultimate state of Transcendence is called Krishna Consciousness.
  7. 7. Messages of Water Dr. Masaru Emoto Hado Institute (IHM) Tokyo Hado = wave/vibration/energy
  8. 9. Distilled Water Crystal
  9. 10. Water Crystal Exposed to Heavy Metal Music Water Crystal Exposed to the Song “Silent Night”
  10. 11. "Arigatou“ Thank you in Japanese Water that has been exposed to the words “You make me sick. I will kill you.“
  11. 12. Water crystal of Fujiwara Dam before offering a prayer. Water crystal of Fujiwara Dam after offering a prayer.
  12. 13. <ul><li>Water blessed with </li></ul><ul><li>“ Love and Gratitude” </li></ul>After being “blessed” by 500 people The effect of the word “Love”
  13. 14. Distilled water labeled &quot;Do It&quot;. Distilled water labeled &quot;Let's Do It&quot;.
  14. 16. Crystal of water that has been exposed to playing of Healing Music &quot;Hado&quot;.
  15. 17. Enables one to see all living beings as eternal, individual, spiritual parts and servants of the Supreme Being, Krishna. Gives rise to a vision of one undivided spiritual force within the bodies of all living beings. Gives rise to speculative doctrines and theories through which one sees the body as the self and consciousness as a temporary by-product of the body. Rules out the existence of the eternal individual soul within. Very meager. Unrelated to the Absolute Truth. Breeds attachment to one kind of work as all in all. Concerned only with bodily comforts, eating, sleeping, mating and the struggle for existence, and so resembles the knowledge of animals. Knowledge Performed according to scriptural injunctions, and under the guidance of the spiritual master, to please the Supreme Lord. Performed as a duty, according to scriptural regulations, and with no expectation of reward. Performed proudly, ostentatiously, for the sake of some material end or benefit (such as elevation to the heavenly kingdom). Performed faithlessly, without regard for authoritative advice. Spiritual practice ( and duties in general ) Complete, unmotivated, uninterrupted devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Absolute knowledge, purity, illumination, happiness and freedom from reactions. Relative purity, equipoise, illumination, happiness and freedom from sinful reactions. Conducive to real knowledge. Unlimited, uncontrollable desires and longings, intense endeavor, bondage to material fruitive activities and attachment to the results of action. Foolishness, helplessness, illusion, inertia, madness, indolence and sleep. General Characteristics PURE GOODNESS GOODNESS PASSION IGNORANCE
  16. 18. Consists of performing one’s prescribed duties in Krishna Consciousness and employing the fruits of one’s work for the satisfaction of Krishna. Consists of performing one’s prescribed duties because they ought to be done and abandoning attachment to the fruits of one’s work. Consists of giving up one’s prescribed duties because of fear or because they appear troublesome. Consists of giving up one’s prescribed duties because of illusion. Renunciation Performed only to please the Supreme Lord. Performed as a duty, at the proper time and place, to a worthy person and with no expectation of material returns. Performed to get something in return, like prestige. Or driven by “extended-ego” motives like nationalism, etc. Or given in a grudging mood. Performed at an improper time and place, to an unworthy person like a gambler or drunkard, or contemptuously, without respect. Charity Performed with faith and with a desire to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Performed with faith and without desires for one’s material benefit. Bodily Austerities: cleanliness, simplicity, celibacy, nonviolence, offering of respect to the demigods, brahmanas, spiritual master, and superiors like the mother and father. Austerities of Speech: speaking beneficially, truthfully and inoffensively and with reference to Vedic authorities. Mental Austerities: Serenity, simplicity, gravity, self-control and purity of thought, detaching the mind from sense gratification. Performed ostentatiously to gain respect, honor and reverence. Brings only unstable, temporary results. Performed foolishly by means of obstinate self-torture, or to destroy or injure others. Austerity PURE GOODNESS GOODNESS PASSION IGNORANCE
  17. 19. Unconditionally serves Krishna and the spiritual master under any and all circumstances. Free from material attachments, pride and false-ego. Enthusiastic, resolute and not swayed by success or failure. Attached to the fruits of his work and intent on enjoying them. Greedy, envious and unclean. Entangled by happiness when successful and distress when unsuccessful. Heedless of whether his work is pure or impure. Negligent, whimsical, disregards scriptural advice. Materialistic, obstinate, cheating, lazy, morose, procrastinating and expert in insulting others. Work The Supreme Personality of Godhead. The demigods and the impersonal conception of God. Hero-worship of powerful men and self-proclaimed imitation gods and titans. The Occult. Ghosts and spirits. Objects of worship Fully engaged in Krishna Consciousness and never deviated by anything else. Practically unbreakable. Sustained by steadfastness in yoga, which controls the activities of the mind, life and senses. Fixed upon securing the fruits of religion, economic development and sense gratification. Cannot go beyond daydreaming, fearfulness, lamentation, moroseness and illusion. Determination Performed solely for the satisfaction of Krishna and the spiritual master. Performed under scriptural regulations, as a matter of duty, without attachment, and without love and hate, by one who renounces the fruits of his actions. Results in purification. Performed under false-ego, and with great effort, to satisfy one’s desires to enjoy the fruits of his work. Results in stress. Anarchic, perhaps violent, distressing to others. Performed in illusion, without consideration of scriptural injunctions or future bondage and consequences. Results in further foolishness. Characterized by a sense of helplessness. Impulse to Action PURE GOODNESS GOODNESS PASSION IGNORANCE
  18. 20. Derived from service rendered by a purified soul to the Supreme Personality of Godhead in an eternal loving relationship. Ever-increasing ecstasy. Unparalleled by any mundane experience or emotion. Bitter medicine: compared to poison in the beginning but nectar at the end because it involves control of the mind and senses but awakens one to self-realization. Derived from contact of the senses with their objects. Seems like nectar at first but poison at the end. Epitomized by sexual enjoyment. Blind to self-realization, delusion from beginning to end. Comes about from over-sleep, dissipated habits, and illusion. Happiness Frees one from past sinful reactions and protects one from future contamination. Invokes one’s dormant Krishna Consciousness. Prepared by devotees according to scriptural injunctions and offered with devotion to the Supreme Lord. Remnants of the meal of a saintly person or the spiritual master. Increases longevity, purifies one’s existence, gives strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Nourishing, sweet, juicy, fattening and palatable. Milk products, grains, sugar, fruit and vegetables. Too bitter, sour, salty, pungent, rich, dry or hot. Causes pain, distress and disease. Tasteless, stale, putrid, decomposed, unclean. Eaten long after the food is cooked. Remnants of the meals of others. Meat, fish, eggs and liquor. Food habits Always perfectly considers Krishna through personal realization, confirmed by the scriptures and the spiritual master. Intelligently discriminates, under scriptural direction, between what is to be done and not to be done, what is to be feared and not to be feared, and what is liberating and what is binding. Misguided, confused and imperfect. Cannot distinguish between religion and irreligion, truth and untruth and what should and should not be done. Considers irreligion to be religion, and religion to be ignorance. Strives always in the wrong direction. Understanding PURE GOODNESS GOODNESS PASSION IGNORANCE
  19. 21. The Bhagavad Gita 13.22 purusah prakrti-stho hi bhunkte prakrti-jan gunan karanam guna-sango 'sya sad-asad-yoni-janmasu “ The living entity in material nature thus follows the ways of life, enjoying the three modes of nature. This is due to his association with that material nature. Thus he meets with good and evil amongst various species. ” “ This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.” 7:14 daivi hy esa guna-mayi mama maya duratyaya mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te
  20. 22. Mantra Slowly stills the Mind by practice. Moves from Chaos to crystalline Order . Good vibrations induce good thought patterns. Leads to a state where true Surrender becomes easy. Surrender leads to deep, ever-increasing ecstasy, which is the purpose of human life .
  21. 23. Maha-Mantra Haré Krishna Haré Krishna Krishna Krishna Haré Haré Haré Rāma Haré Rāma Rāma Rāma Haré Haré Harā = Divine Energy Krishna = All-attractive Rāma = Ocean of Bliss

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