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A book of life, meditation & meditative life

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This slideshow provides a brief introduction to the most powerful books on spiritual life; the one that contains the essence of spiritual wisdom of India. This slide show is a short introduction to Bhagwad Gita. The purpose is to motivate readers to read Bhagwad Gita and embrace meditation.

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A book of life, meditation & meditative life

  1. 1. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 A Book: of life, meditation & meditative life.
  2. 2. Bhagwad Gita is India’s most powerful book. Yet so many people know little about it. This short slideshow explain a few basics. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  3. 3. Bhagwad Gita is a 5000 year old book. The original script is in Sanskrit. Now translations are available in several languages. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  4. 4. Bhagwad Gita is a conversation between a teacher and his ‘devoted’ disciple. The disciple asks and the teacher answers. The word ‘devoted’ here is of extreme significance. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  5. 5. The teacher is the supreme master of the Universe. The disciple is an ace-archer, a representative of the mankind. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  6. 6. Despite the mythology, Bhagwad Gita is a book of life. It tells: How the human life must be lived? Rather, in what all ways life could be lived. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  7. 7. I share my experience: When, I first read Bhagwad Gita, I was 25 years age. I understood nothing. I only got a feeling of calmness, which I experienced nowhere and in nothing before. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  8. 8. Few years later I met my teacher. Our teacher gave us the mantra of SDM. • Satsang • Disciplined Life • Meditation Our teacher told us to follow SDM every day in life. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  9. 9. Our teacher never taught us Bhagwad Gita directly. He asked us only to practice SDM instead. He taught through little stories and simple examples. He said, what must, shall come to you by itself. Practice SDM everyday! He said. Besides: “Watching Thought Flow” Was our technique for Meditation. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  10. 10. Somewhere Bhagwad Gita came to me again. May be, it became my support in wake of geographical separation from the teacher. 10 years later I discovered, SDM was the message of Bhagwad Gita. Now both are my constant companions. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  11. 11. So, What is Bhagwad Gita? In simple words, it is a book that tells science of 5 things, as stated beautifully in the commentary by Sri Prabhupada. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  12. 12. At first it tells the Science of the Supreme. I speak not much about this. This is a subject better experienced than told. So you shall have to make your own discoveries on this. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  13. 13. The second thing it defines is the Science of ‘us’. Yes, ‘us’; meaning ‘we’ – the ‘living creatures’. It tells about the genesis of our being. What are we? Who are we? Why are we, what we may be? It tells secret of existence of all the creatures. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  14. 14. Third, Bhagwad Gita tells Science of the Nature. It tells why the world is like the way it is. It tells how various forces of nature run this world. It tells how those forces are governed. They include physical forces and also… emotional forces like kindness, compassion, cruelty, fear etc. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  15. 15. Fourth, it tells the Science of Time. The Sanskrit word is ‘kaal’, which is the destructive aspect of time. What is this ‘kaal’? How it governs this world? How it work with the forces of nature? How that impacts us? Bhagwad Gita lays clear description of it all. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  16. 16. Finally, it tells the Science of Karma. In popular perception ‘Karma’ is believed to be ‘Action’. But my teacher clarifies. ‘Karma’ is ‘Thought + Action’. Thus Bhagavad Gita states the Law of Karma and why none can escape it. It also tells how the cycle of Karma can be won over. How true freedom can be attained. It tells it all. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  17. 17. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 I Quote from the book: 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
  18. 18. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 The next question may be: How may one learn the message of Bhagwad Gita? One may not know Sanskrit. One may not understand the big commentaries as written by experts.
  19. 19. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Here I suggest a methodology. At first, one must learn to believe.
  20. 20. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 My teacher tells a wonderful example. In schools they teach us: H2O is water. We believe. Have we seen ‘H’? Have we seen ‘O’? No! Yet we believe.
  21. 21. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Similarly, the message of Bhagwad Gita comes only to the true believers. So, be one. That’s the first requirement.
  22. 22. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Next, pick up a book of your comfort and size, preferably in your Mother Tongue.
  23. 23. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 There are countless commentaries on Bhagwad Gita. Choose any one of liking.
  24. 24. Each commentary (or most) will have three parts. First, the Sanskrit Shloka (verse); Second its translation in your language. & third, the expert’s commentary on the shloka. As a beginner, please avoid reading the commentary at first. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015
  25. 25. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 That is because: The commentary may confuse you terribly. Besides, parts may be difficult to understand in perspective. Instead, read the translation.
  26. 26. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 The shlokas of Bhagwad Gita are laid in a sequence of their own. You have to do nothing, just keep reading the translations one after another. This shall bring you something. Guaranteed!
  27. 27. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 If you have liked what you have read and wish to learn more; Then now search for a teacher. You shall find one, no matter which part of the world you may be.
  28. 28. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Go to the teacher and listen carefully. Read, Listen, Practice, Read. Follow the instructions of the teacher.
  29. 29. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Few words of caution: First, Bhagwad Gita is not easy. It is subtle. At places the message is extremely subtle. Thus mind must be alert. It may require lot of patience.
  30. 30. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Secondly, Bhagwad Gita cannot be understood without devotion. But for a devotee the wisdom opens up by itself like the flower of lotus.
  31. 31. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Finally, since there are several commentaries on Bhagwad Gita, there is also confusion. It may so happen that you get to listen/read two different interpretations of the same thing. Sometimes they may seem conflicting. What may one do in such moments?
  32. 32. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 My suggestion: Follow your heart or still better follow your teacher. On this I quote my teacher, ‘What must, shall come to you.’ So believe truly.
  33. 33. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 This was Bhagwad Gita in 108 sentences. In my experience, I would know perhaps less than 1% of this endless ocean. Yet that in itself has been life-transforming. Such is the power of this 5000 year old book.
  34. 34. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Bhagwad Gita is the purest essence of all the spiritual wisdom of India.
  35. 35. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 A mere reading of this work can make any person embrace meditation & meditative life without going to forest or renouncing the world.
  36. 36. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 It is a message for everyone & I hope this shall inspire and motivate people all over the world to read Bhagwad Gita.
  37. 37. © Puneet Srivastava, Feb 2015 Dedication: To my revered teacher Swami Amartayananda & the message of SDM. • Satsang • Disciplined Life • Meditation

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