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Bhaskarananda Das
 What  is Gita? How should we approach Gita? The five main topics of Gita   Atma/Soul   Prakriti/ Material Energy   ...
 Guide   to humanity Solves the four main problems  of life i.e. birth, death, old age  and disease; end of miseries Es...
 Follow  the instructions ‘as it is’  just like patient following  doctor’s complete instructions  without speculation S...
 Analogy-- Vehicle(body) and  driver(soul) We are not the body, mind,  intelligence and ego(compare with  dead body) Ma...
 Affects   us in three modes   Goodness(Sattva)   Passion(Rajas)   Ignorance(Tamas) We  associate with three modes  b...
 Rajas-fruitive actions, great  attachment, uncontrollable  desire, intense  endeavor, hankering, misery, gree  dy, envio...
 When  soul is affected by  material energy Karma –action and reaction in  three modes Good and bad actions have  react...
 Every page of Gita tells Bhagavan—  Strength, fame, beauty, knowled  ge, renunciation and power—has  unlimitedly Accep...
 Iscreator of  everything, material and  spiritual(10.8) Nothing above him(7.7) He always exists. Not that he  takes hu...
 We  are eternal parts of  Krishna(15.7);Equal in  quality but not in quantity We have unique personal  relationship wit...
 Hear  about Krishna, his  name, his  form, activities, powers, energi  es (4.9) Think of Me, become My  devotee, worshi...
 Think of Krishna and at the same time perform your duties(8.7);not necessary to give up duties Eg mother thinks of her ...
 Chant Hare Krishna Maha mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare H...
Gita Mahatmya# 7(Padma Purana)As told by Lord Shiva to Parvati Deviekam sastram devaki-putra-gitameko devo devaki-putra ev...
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The Essence of Gita presented in Omaha Gita Jayanti Celebrations 2011

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Gita is spoken by Supreme Lord Sri Krishna to Arjuna for the benefit of mankind. Any one who is willing to read with open min is the perfect candidate for reading Gita. It talks about ourselves(atma), talkes about material energy(prakriti), how material energy affects us, what is karma, who is Krishna, how we are related to Krishna and how to reach Krishna.

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The Essence of Gita presented in Omaha Gita Jayanti Celebrations 2011

  1. 1. Bhaskarananda Das
  2. 2.  What is Gita? How should we approach Gita? The five main topics of Gita Atma/Soul Prakriti/ Material Energy Karma/Action-reaction Krishna/The Supreme God Kala/The Time What is relationship between us and Krishna? How to reach Krishna? Two practical ideas to take home today
  3. 3.  Guide to humanity Solves the four main problems of life i.e. birth, death, old age and disease; end of miseries Essence of all Vedic scriptures Knowledge of soul Knowledge of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna Re-establishes our relationship with Krishna Teaches how to get eternal and permanent blissful life back
  4. 4.  Follow the instructions ‘as it is’ just like patient following doctor’s complete instructions without speculation Should at least theoretically accept Krishna as God Krishna told Gita to Arjuna because he is devotee as well as friend(4.3) Should be heard from a pure devotee from and is in parampara(4.1, 4.2) Hearing from a non devotee is like milk touched by a serpent; can spoil one’s spiritual progress
  5. 5.  Analogy-- Vehicle(body) and driver(soul) We are not the body, mind, intelligence and ego(compare with dead body) Material energy and spiritual energy  Material energy- eternal but changing  Spiritual energy- eternal and constant Soul is conscious living entity: unborn, eternal, unbreakable, constant, indestructible, immutable, ever-existing (past, present and future)(2.20,2.23,2.24) Soul changes bodies like we change clothes(2.22)
  6. 6.  Affects us in three modes Goodness(Sattva) Passion(Rajas) Ignorance(Tamas) We associate with three modes by its influence.(14.5) Sattva—illuminating, pure, free from sinful reactions, peaceful, knowledge, birth in higher planets, without false ego, steady, determined, unwavering in success or failure etc.
  7. 7.  Rajas-fruitive actions, great attachment, uncontrollable desire, intense endeavor, hankering, misery, gree dy, envious, moved by sorrow or joy etc Tamas – ignorance, darkness, foolishness, inertia, madness, illusion, birth in animal kingdom, expert in insulting others, lazy, morose, working against scriptures, cheating, obstinate etc Difficult to overcome influence of material energy (7.14)
  8. 8.  When soul is affected by material energy Karma –action and reaction in three modes Good and bad actions have reactions; good karma causes to enjoy in heavenly planets and come back again to earth. There is no accident or chance Determines the next life or body; could be any one of 8.4 million species
  9. 9.  Every page of Gita tells Bhagavan— Strength, fame, beauty, knowled ge, renunciation and power—has unlimitedly Accepted by Narada, Vyasa, Bhishma, Prahlad a, Dhruva, Asita, Devala, Shanka racharya, Madhvacharya, Ramanu jacharya, Vishnu swami, Nimbarka etc Completely independent; Is never under material influence(7.12)
  10. 10.  Iscreator of everything, material and spiritual(10.8) Nothing above him(7.7) He always exists. Not that he takes human form now and then disappears.(7.24) Neutral He is paramatma(15.15) Supreme enjoyer(5.29)
  11. 11.  We are eternal parts of Krishna(15.7);Equal in quality but not in quantity We have unique personal relationship with Krishna He is supreme father to every one(14.4) He is our best friend, ever well wisher(5.29) He rewards us according to our level of surrender and mood(4.11)
  12. 12.  Hear about Krishna, his name, his form, activities, powers, energi es (4.9) Think of Me, become My devotee, worship me; surrender un to me(18.65,18.66) Devotional service to Krishna is sanatana dharma of the soul Yukta vairagya(use everything in Krishna’s service)
  13. 13.  Think of Krishna and at the same time perform your duties(8.7);not necessary to give up duties Eg mother thinks of her baby while cooking Associate with his devotees(10.9) Follow the footsteps of acharyas Never take birth again(15.6)
  14. 14.  Chant Hare Krishna Maha mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Chant always-kirtaniya sada harih Driving, cooking, shopping etc Recommended process for Kaliyuga Any one can perform this Eatonly the food offered to Krishna(3.13) Patram pushpam phalam toyam Offer with devotion
  15. 15. Gita Mahatmya# 7(Padma Purana)As told by Lord Shiva to Parvati Deviekam sastram devaki-putra-gitameko devo devaki-putra evaeko mantras tasya namani yanikarmapy ekam tasya devasya seva one book- Gita one God– Krishna one mantra-Hare Krishna one work- Krishna’s service

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