The culmination of Bhagavad-gita by Srila Prabhupada

The culmination of Bhagavad-gita by Srila Prabhupada

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Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa has repeatedly instructed Arjuna, or for that matter everyone concerned with becoming His unalloyed devotee. In the last phase of His instruction in the Bhagavad-gītā (18.64-66) He instructed most confidentially as follows:

sarva-guhyatamaṁ bhūyaḥ śṛṇu me paramaṁ vacaḥ
iṣṭo ‘si me dṛḍham iti tato vakṣyāmi te hitam

man-manā bhava mad-bhakto mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru
mām evaiṣyasi satyaṁ te pratijāne priyo ‘si me

sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ

“My dear Arjuna, you are very dear to Me, and therefore only for your good I will disclose the most secret part of My instructions. It is simply this: become a pure devotee of Mine and give yourself unto Me only, and I promise you full spiritual existence, by which you may gain the eternal right of transcendental loving service unto Me. Just give up all other ways of religiosity and exclusively surrender unto Me and believe that I will protect you from your sinful acts, and I shall deliver you. Do not worry any more.”

This devotional service to the Lord is always based on love of God and is distinct from the nature of routine service as prescribed in karma-yoga, jshāna-yoga or dhyāna-yoga. In the Bhagavad-gītā there are different instructions for such men of different categories, and there are various descriptions for varṇāśrama-dharma, sannyāsa-dharma, yati-dharma, the renounced order of life, controlling the senses, meditation, perfection of mystic powers, etc., but one who fully surrenders unto the Lord to render service unto Him, out of spontaneous love for Him, factually assimilates the essence of all knowledge described in the Vedas. One who adopts this method very skillfully attains perfection of life at once. And this perfection of human life is called brahma-gati, or the progressive march in spiritual existence. As enunciated by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī on the basis of Vedic assurances, brahma-gati means to attain a spiritual form as good as that of the Lord, and in that form the liberated living being eternally lives on one of the spiritual planets situated in the spiritual sky. Attainment of this perfection of life is easily available to a pure devotee of the Lord without his undergoing any difficult method of perfection. Such a devotional life is full of kīrtanam, smaraṇam, īkṣaṇam, etc., as mentioned in the previous verse. One must therefore adopt this simple way of devotional life in order to attain the highest perfection available in any category of the human form of life in any part of the world.

(Transcendental BHAGAVAD GITA Distribution Program)

with Special Discount Price for Gita Jayanti Celebration

Srila Prabhupada says in BG 1.1: “One will find in the Bhagavad-gītā all that is contained in other scriptures, but the reader will also find things which are not to be found elsewhere. That is the specific standard of the Gītā. It is the perfect theistic science because it is directly spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa.”

5,000 years ago, Srimad Bhagavad Gita made its advent on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, in a conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna. It was on the day of Mokshada Ekadasi, which is now popularly celebrated as ‘Gita Jayanti’. To commemorate the advent of Bhagavad Gita and express our gratitude for this divine wisdom, which has guided human society for thousands of years, we at Hare Krishna Movement dedicate this month for exclusively distributing and sharing this knowledge with one and all. You can help us in this noble effort and become recipient of Lord Krishna’s mercy.

You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues. Alternatively the Temple on your behalf will place them in schools, universities, hospitals or prisons through its various programmes.

“One who donates in charity one hundred Bhagavad-Gitas attains spiritual world, Vaikuntha, where there is no rebirth”. – Gita Mahatyma 68

“One should distribute viṣṇu-prasāda to everyone. Know that Lord Viṣṇu (Krishna) is very pleased when everyone is sumptuously fed with viṣṇu-prasāda”. – Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.16.56

HOW YOU CAN HELP US?

People are suffering in this material world due to their lack of this transcendental knowledge. By distributing these books you can help to save a soul and by giving this knowledge to others you can also become dear to Lord Sri Krishna. Giving scriptures to others is an act of the greatest charity and it gives immerse benefits to all party involves.

Everyone benefits! The people in general benefit by getting a chance to read about Krishna, and you directly participate in the missionary actvities to revive God Consciousness in the society. Distribution of this most confidential message of God in simple english language is the highest welfare work for all humanity and Every small help goes a long way in serving humanity and God.

This is the opportunity to get close to Lord Krishna by sharing the gift with everyone, the knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita and Bhakti Yoga.

You can also distribute Srimad Bhagavad Gitas ONLINE

Come forward in large numbers to sponsor as many Bhagavad Gitas as you can!

1. Gita Jayanti Maha Yajna/ Sastra Daan

You can sponsor Bhagavad Gita and either:

– You can distribute them to your friends.

– Or on your behalf we can distribute them in schools, colleges, hospitals, libraries, prisons, pilgrims, terminally ill patients or villages etc.

2. Employee gift scheme

As New year gift you can give these wonderful spiritual books as gifts to your employees. You can choose the language as per the need of your employees. This is an invaluable gift and would be revered and remembered by one and all.

3. Corporate book distribution

You can give us permission to put up bookstalls in your company campus and the employees can purchase the books. As for the payment we can have either direct payment or we can have credit balance system. In this system they don’t have to pay immediately, we note their employee no and later the payroll department can deduct the requisite amount and pay in bulk to the temple. We can issue them various options of book sets in various languages.

4. Public places like Malls and Super Markets

You can give us permissions to put up stalls and the visitors may get the opportunity to have these valuable books.

5. Hotels

If you own a hotel you can keep these books in the rooms for reference of your customers.

Note : send a email to [email protected] or call 97550 98617

You can send your donation by Bank Transfer to:

* For any queries or information, please write to us Whatsapp/Contact  :+91-97550 98611 

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4,000 Year Old Vishnu Statue Discovered in Vietnam

A recent news report from Vietnam features an exquisite and very ancient sculpture of Lord Vishnu. According to a press release from the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee (CPVCC) the Vishnu sculpture is described as “Vishnu stone head from Oc Eo culture, dated back 4,000- 3,500 years.” Recently the Government of Vietnam, despite its official Communist doctrine, has developed many programs and projects highlighting Vietnam’s ancient religious heritage. Its scholarly and archeological research and investigations are legitimate and its conclusions are authoritative. This discovery of a 4,000 to 3,500 year old Vishnu sculpture is truly historic and it sheds new light upon our understanding of the history of not only Hinduism but of the entire world.

The fact is there are no other ‘officially’ recognized Vedic artifacts that have been dated back to such an early date. This would make Vietnam home to the world’s most ancient Vedic artifact. While there are indeed many other ancient artifacts that represent the same Deity, they are not presented in the ‘Indic’ tradition and cannot be directly recognized as the Vishnu of the Indic Vaishnava tradition.

The 4000-3500 year old Vietnamese Vishnu sculpture is part of an exhibit featuring some of Vietnam’s most ancient artifacts. It was discovered in the region of Southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The Mekong (Ma Ganga) River is named after the Ganges River of India. The entire region was once the home to several ancient and prosperous Vedic Kingdoms and many intriguing and unique Vedic artifacts have been discovered.

4000-year-old Vishnu statue discovered in Vietnam

The Vishnu sculpture was officially presented during the 5th Quang Nam Heritage Festival, which opened on June 21, 2013 in Hoi An City. The exhibition highlights many ancient objects dated from the Dong Son – Sa Huynh – Oc Eo eras of Vietnam’s ancient history.

“Entitled “Dong Son – Sa Huynh – Oc Eo cultures”, the exhibition put on display over 1,000 ancient objects which come from across the country and are made from diverse materials, from pottery to copper, including jewelry and farming tools, from the pre-ancient period belonging to the three cultures.

The significance of this discovery cannot be overestimated. The entire history of Hinduism and Vedic culture, as taught is the academic institutions of the world, has been built upon a false construct. According to mainstream academia Vedic ‘religion’ or Hinduism did not exist until the alleged ‘Aryans’ invaded India circa 1500 BC.

Source: indiadivine

9-min chant a day keeps doc away

By: Anvi Mehta

New mantra | Pune researchers claim recitation of God’s name improves heart function

A study by a Pune-based cardiac surgeon and a geopathologist has claimed that chanting God’s name keeps a person’s heart healthy. While the research aims to bring science and spirituality together, doctors say any form of meditation can benefit the body.

The researchers – Dr Avinash Inamdar, former head of cardiac surgery department at Pune’s Sassoon General Hospital and geopathologist Pandit Pramod Joshi – monitored heart functions of 30 individuals and energy levels of their heart ‘chakra’.

The team documented that heart parameters showed significant improvement when compared to results carried out before and after the chanting which continued for about ten minutes. The study was recently published in the Asiatic Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The researchers said they were greatly inspired by the Warkaris who walk kilometers chanting the Vitthal mantra on their way to Pandharpur.

Many cardiologists, however, refused to draw a direct link between chanting God’s name and a healthy heart. They said any form of meditation can improve a person’s heart rate and bring in positive outcome if done on a long-term basis.

Dr C N Makhale, head of cardiac cathlab at Ruby Hall Clinic said that such activities help control the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the functions of internal organs such as the heart, stomach and intestines. “For example, during a bad dream, a person gets palpitations. Similarly, by concentrating on a single object associated with a positive feeling can improve heart functions.”

Another cardiologist, Dr Rahul Patil, said when a person concentrates on a single point, it results in reduction of stress and benefits the heart. “I don’t believe that only God’s name will bring this effect. Any form of deep meditation helps one’s health,” he said.

Meanwhile, the researchers agreed that their sample size was small. The plan to conduct a larger clinical trial in the coming months to explore the role of chanting Vitthal on both healthy as well as cardiac patients.

“The tests were done before and after the individuals chanted Vitthal for nine minutes. The results showed an improvement of 20 per cent in the heart energy level,” said Inamdar. He said though the normal heart rate is between 70 and 80 beats a minute, half the patients in the study had a heart rate of above 85.

Source: dnasyndication

German scientists prove there is life after death

Berlin| A team of psychologists and medical doctors associated with the Technische Universität of Berlin, have announced this morning that they had proven by clinical experimentation, the existence of some form of life after death. This astonishing announcement is based on the conclusions of a study using a new type of medically supervised near-death experiences, that allow patients to be clinically dead for almost 20 minutes before being brought back to life.

This controversial process that was repeated on 944 volunteers over that last four years, necessitates a complex mixture of drugs including epinephrine and dimethyltryptamine, destined to allow the body to survive the state of clinical death and the reanimation process without damage. The body of the subject was then put into a temporary comatic state induced by a mixture of other drugs which had to be filtered by ozone from his blood during the reanimation process 18 minutes later.

The extremely long duration of the experience was only recently made possible by the development of a new cardiopulmonary recitation (CPR) machine called the AutoPulse. This type of equipment has already been used over the last few years, to reanimate people who had been dead for somewhere between 40 minutes to an hour.

Near-death experiences have been hypothesized in various medical journals in the past, as having the characteristics of hallucinations, but Dr Ackermann and his team, on the contrary, consider them as evidence for the existence of the afterlife and of a form of dualism between mind and body.

The team of scientists led by Dr Berthold Ackermann, has monitored the operations and have compiled the testimonies of the subjects. Although there are some slight variations from one individual to another, all of the subjects have some memories of their period of clinical death. and a vast majority of them described some very similar sensations.

Most common memories include a feeling of detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of an overwhelming light.

German Scientist

The scientists say that they are well aware the many of their conclusions could shock a lot of people, like the fact that the religious beliefs of the various subjects seems to have held no incidence at all, on the sensations and experiences that they described at the end of the experiment. Indeed, the volunteers counted in their ranks some members are a variety of Christian churches, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and atheists.

“I know our results could disturb the beliefs of many people” says Mr Ackermann.

“But in a way, we have just answered one of the greatest questions in the history of mankind, so I hope these people will be able to forgive us. Yes, there is life after death and it looks like this applies to everyone.”

Source: worldnewsdailyreport

Love for God only through pure knowledge – Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Love for God only through pure knowledge – Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Compiled by: Dama Ghosha Dasa, (Seattle, USA)

What follows is a short excerpt from The Thakur’s book called Sri Chaitanya Siksamrta….

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“On hearing or reading about Krishna and His sweet qualities, the living entities according to their nature understand Him in two different ways: understanding through true knowledge, and understanding without knowledge. Even when Krishna is personally present and can be seen with mortal eyes, the two types of people will see in these two different ways. If a person desires to learn more about these two types of perception, they may study the Sat Sandarbhas, Bhagavatamrita and Sri Krishna Samhita under a competent authority. It is impossible to elaborate on this subject here.

Briefly, realization through true knowledge (vidvat pratiti) may be described as realization under vidya sakti (the knowledge potency of the Lord), and understanding without knowledge (avidvat pratiti) may be described as an attempt at understanding of the Lord under ignorance.

If Krishna is understood through avidvat pratiti, many controversies arise. If He is understood through vidvat pratiti, there is no place for disagreements. Those interested in spiritual development should immediately obtain vidvat pratiti. What is the point in understanding through avidvat pratiti, falling into argument and confusion, and losing the goal of life?

Of all the conceptions of God existing in the world, the form of Krishna is the most suitable for developing pure love. The conception of Allah in the Koran is not suitable for developing pure love. Even the Lord’s dear prophet could not see Allah’s form, for although the Lord is friendly, He remains at a distance from the worshipper due to the conception of God as master. God as perceived in the Christian faith is also a distant entity, what to speak of the impersonalist’s concept of Brahman. Even Narayana (a personal form) is not the form by which the soul can most easily obtain pure love. Krishna alone, Who resides in the spiritual abode of Vraja, is the object of pure love.

The abode of Krishna is full of bliss. Majesty also resides there in fullness, but it does not predominate; rather sweetness and eternal bliss predominate. Its wealth is its fruit, flowers and twigs. Its citizens are the cows, Krishna’s friends are the cowherd boys and His associates are the gopis. His food is butter, yogurt and milk. All the groves and forests are filled with love of Krishna. The Yamuna River engages in Krishna’s service. Everything in nature serves Him. Elsewhere, He is worshipped and revered by all as the Supreme Lord, but here He is the very life of all the inhabitants. He sometime descends to the worshipper’s level, and sometimes becomes subordinate to His devotee.

If it were not like this, could the lowly living entity have a relation of love with God? The Supreme Lord is filled with the highest sport, endowed with free will, and eager for the love of the soul. Yet being the Lord, how can He hanker for human offerings, feel satisfied or become genuinely happy with them? Krishna, the reservoir of sweet pastimes, therefore covers His majestic aspect with sweetness, accepts equality with or subordination to qualified souls in transcendental Vrindavana, and feels bliss. Can anyone who accepts pure love or prema as the highest goal accept anyone other than Krishna as the object of love?”

Srimad Bhagavatam 7.7.48

The four principles of advancement in spiritual life — dharma [religiosity], artha, [economic development] kama [sense gratification] and moksa [liberation] — all depend on the disposition of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, my dear friends follow in the footsteps of devotees. Without desire, fully depend upon the

disposition of the Supreme Lord; worship Him, the Supersoul, in devotional service.

Srimad Bhagavatam 7.7.51-52

My dear friends, O sons of the demons, you cannot please the Supreme Personality of Godhead by becoming perfect brahmanas, demigods or great saints or by becoming perfectly good in etiquette or vast learning. None of these qualifications can awaken the pleasure of the Lord. Nor by charity, austerity, sacrifice, cleanliness or vows can

one satisfy the Lord. The Lord is pleased only if one has unflinching, unalloyed devotion to Him. Without sincere devotional service, everything is simply a show.

Srimad Bhagavatam 7.7.53

My dear friends, O sons of the demons, in the same favorable way that one sees himself and takes care of himself, take to devotional service to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is present everywhere as the Supersoul of all living entities.

Adi 4.17 [Lord Krishna thought:] “All the universe is filled with the conception of My majesty, but love weakened by that sense of majesty does not satisfy Me.