"Because you are My devotee." He is mentioned on every page of Bhagavad-gītā as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavān. Dayānidhi13. Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhāsmi śaśi-sūryayoḥ [Bg. Then man could act accordingly and perfect the mission of human life. I offer my respectful obeisances to Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and Śrī Kṛṣṇa along with Their associates Śrī Lalitā and Viśākhā. Some philosophers say that the manifestation of material nature is false, but according to the philosophy of Bhagavad-gītā or according to the philosophy of the Vaiṣṇavas, this is not so. Prabhupāda: The passive relationship is simply realizing, "Oh, how God is great." Thus, to profess a particular type of faith is not to profess one’s sanātana-dharma. One who wants to become free, who wants to become liberated, must first of all learn that he is not this material body. As the soul thus migrates, he suffers the actions and reactions of his past activities. In the Fifteenth Chapter it shall be seen that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Puruṣottama, is above both impersonal Brahman and the partial realization of Paramātmā. They are called bona fide. So those who are materialist, they worship Durgā, Kālī, the material, different forms of material energy. In the Brahma-sūtra this inquiry is called brahma-jijñāsā. In the shadow there is no reality or substantiality, but from the shadow we can understand that there are substance and reality. Jayadharma16. But the Lord, being the Supreme, is never affected. When will Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhupāda, who has established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet? So all these you will find in Kṛṣṇa. Nityo nityānāṁ cetanaś cetanānām (Kaṭha Upaniṣad 2.2.13). An ignorant person may see that a devotee is acting or working like an ordinary man, but such a person with a poor fund of knowledge does not know that the activities of the devotee or of the Lord are not contaminated by impure consciousness or matter. That is not accepted in Vedas. In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya 20.122) there is the following verse: The forgetful living entities or conditioned souls have forgotten their relationship with the Supreme Lord, and they are engrossed in thinking of material activities. ? And although he understood fully, because in future so many rascals will come and proclaim himself that "I am also incarnation of Godhead," therefore in the Eleventh Chapter Arjuna requested Kṛṣṇa that "If you think, You can show me Your universal form," so that in future others will accept some bogus rascal as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he may test by seeing the, I mean to say, universal form of the person. I am trying to find some relationship with particular type of society, particular type of community, particular type of nation, particular type of family or individuals. So neither my senses are satisfied nor I am satisfied. Lord Kṛṣṇa says, mayādhyakṣeṇa prakṛtiḥ. These activities are being carried out from time immemorial, and we are suffering or enjoying the fruits of our activities. Therefore prakṛti is eternal; it is not false. O my dear Kṛṣṇa, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. Mother's relationship is so intimate. Do not fear.]. This is mentioned in the Tenth Chapter. The jīvas, or the living entities, being parts and parcels of the Supreme Lord, are also conscious. A man dies after it has been decided what form of body he will have in the next life. [laughter] [laughs] But according to his work, he will be forced to accept. So when this sense comes, "If God is so great..." Not that "God is great; therefore exact from God the things of my sense gratification." The living entities are traveling from one planet to another, but it is not that we can go to any planet we like merely by a mechanical arrangement. Such are the workings of prakṛti. One has father, but it may be that he has forgotten his father. If the mind is engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s service, then the senses are automatically engaged in His service. This present edition can be explained in the following way. Therefore everything is given to the stomach. This present edition can be explained in the following way. I am the enjoyer.” The world revolves because every living being thinks that he is the lord and creator of the material world. The Bhagavad Gita is one of the supreme works of Sanskrit and indeed of all world literature. One will be freed from all fears in this life, and one’s next life will be spiritual (Gītā-māhātmya 1). In all cases they enter into the spiritual sky, but only the devotee, or he who is in personal touch with the Supreme Lord, enters into the Vaikuṇṭha planets or the Goloka Vṛndāvana planet. How you can be happy? That is the process. He is mentioned on every page as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, or Bhagavān. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and unto the feet of all Vaiṣṇavas. Lord Kṛṣṇa descends specifically to reestablish the real purpose of life when man forgets that purpose. No one is barred out. That constant companion is his eternal quality, and that eternal quality is his eternal religion. So anyway, strict religionists, they are followers of Vedas, and they are divided into two groups: one group led by Śaṅkarācārya and the other group is led by the Vaiṣṇavas, or generally Rāmānujācārya, Madhvācārya or Lord Caitanya. So that is stated here. Just like the example is given, water in the desert. And this Śaṅkarācārya drove away all the Buddhists from the land of India. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is practical, that due to sunshine there is a reflection, it appears in the desert. So that is mirage, illusion, just like the animal is running after water in the desert. Although fully situated in the mode of goodness, even the great ṛṣis who occupy the topmost planets cannot ascertain the real religious principles, nor can the demigods or the leaders of Siddhaloka, to say nothing of the asuras, ordinary human beings, Vidyādharas and Cāraṇas.]. The Lord therefore tells Arjuna that he need not give up his occupation, but while he is engaged in his occupation he should remember Kṛṣṇa (mām anusmara). It is not that consciousness is generated by the association of matter. With everyone he sees on the equal level, for "They are spiritual part, part and parcel of my father." Such designations are non–sanātana-dharma. Just see His wisdom. Material nature is not independent. This is voluntary. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Of course, there is no difference between the mouth and the feet of the Supreme Lord, but from an impartial study we can appreciate that Bhagavad-gītā is even more important than the water of the Ganges. That's all. Everyone has some relationship with the Lord. An American lady asked me to recommend an English edition of the Bhagavad-gītā which she could read. Higher authorities, not the living entity himself, make this decision. Similarly, our position is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. Bhagavad-gītā is also known as Gītopaniṣad. There is discussion about Transcendental Meditation. Bhagavad-gītā was spoken by the Lord just to change this view, and at the end Arjuna decides to fight under the directions of the Lord when he says, kariṣye vacanaṁ tava: “I shall act according to Your word.”. One may be a devotee as a conjugal lover. Now all these two groups, following the Vedic principle, they accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Vīrabhadra: Aren't we all the sons of God? The Gītā instructs: yānti deva-vratā devān. Prabhupāda: Authorities. Similarly, this material body we have got from the material energy; therefore we are so much materialist. Neither the demigods nor the demons, O Lord, can understand Your personality.”. There is no water, but a..., an animal is hankering, is running after water in the desert. After hearing Bhagavad-gītā from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Arjuna accepted Kṛṣṇa as paraṁ brahma, the Supreme Brahman. There are three different statuses of planets: higher, middle and lower planetary systems. If a man is very influential, he is also opulent. But one who wants to approach the supreme planet, Kṛṣṇaloka, or any other planet within the spiritual sky, will not meet with these material inconveniences. Originally I wrote Bhagavad-gītā As It Is in the form in which it is presented now. There is a word in Sanskrit, it is called śakta, śakta. "Why unto me, Kṛṣṇa?" Background of the Bhagavad Gītā The vedas represent kamadhenu –the celestial wish-yielding cow Mahabharata is the essence of the celestial cow (the vedas) Milk can be understood as the essence of the cow Gītā is called the “nava nīta” (fresh butter) –the essence of milk Gītāis really the essence of the Mahabharata If one distills the message of dharma in the Mahabhārata, It is not that you have to desire. This is called renunciation. The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and … He has said, "Kṛṣṇa, the Kṛṣṇa who is..., who has appeared as the son of Devakī and Vasudeva." It is not that we have to cease all activities. The legs move, the hands supply food, the teeth chew, and all parts of the body are engaged in satisfying the stomach because the stomach is the principal factor that nourishes the body’s organization. Yet man professes to belong to a particular type of faith with reference to particular time and circumstance and thus claims to be a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist or an adherent of any other sect. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī along with his elder brother Sanātana Gosvāmī, as well as Raghunātha Dāsa and Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa, Gopāla Bhaṭṭa and Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī. It comes into being, stays for some time, produces some by-products, dwindles and then vanishes. This vastraṇaṁ-līlā was that Kṛṣṇa stealthily went there and took up all their clothes and got up on a tree, [laughter] [laughs] with the clothings. Nobody of them. Unless one is awakened to this position of questioning his suffering, unless he realizes that he doesn’t want suffering but rather wants to make a solution to all suffering, then one is not to be considered a perfect human being. All the kings, they were respected on their personal strength. They are called jñānī, man of knowledge. Mirage. Of this there is no doubt.” (Bg. Just like every spirit soul is son of God, but materially we think that some..., somebody as father. Of course the word bhagavān sometimes refers to any powerful person or any powerful demigod, and certainly here bhagavān designates Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa as a great personality, but at the same time we should know that Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as is confirmed by all great ācāryas (spiritual masters) like Śaṅkarācārya, Rāmānujācārya, Madhvācārya, Nimbārka Svāmī, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and many other authorities of Vedic knowledge in India. When we are materially contaminated, we are called conditioned. Therefore Bhagavad-gītā should be taken up in a spirit of devotion. 18.54], [And of all yogīs, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all.]. It is the essence of Vedic knowledge and one of the most important Upanisads in Vedic literature. The ways and the means for ultimate realization, ultimate attainment, are stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, and the doors of this knowledge are open for everyone. Actually we are not meant to be threatened by nonexistence. One must thus meditate on paramaṁ puruṣam, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the spiritual kingdom, the spiritual sky, and thus attain Him. The Supreme Lord and His transcendental abode are both sanātana, as are the living entities, and the combined association of the Supreme Lord and the living entities in the sanātana abode is the perfection of human life. Rūpa, (Svarūpa, Sanātana)24. If they have got very nice apartment, a nice wife and good bank balance and a very nice dress, oh, there is perfection. Yes. That's all. That which has neither end nor beginning must not be sectarian, for it cannot be limited by any boundaries. Prakṛti is female, and she is controlled by the Lord just as the activities of a wife are controlled by the husband. Muktir hitvānyathā-rūpaṁ svarūpeṇa vyavasthitiḥ: mukti means liberation from the contaminated consciousness of this material world and situation in pure consciousness. This is transcendental friendship, which cannot be had by everyone. Devotee: "There are three kinds of transcendentalists: the yogī, the impersonalist and the bhakta, or devotee. One might consider this to be contradictory, but it is accepted because it is Vedic injunction, and indeed by accepting this, one will not commit a mistake; subsequently it has been proved by modern science that cow dung contains all antiseptic properties. So these six principles are called bhaga. To learn the Bhagavad-gītā one should be like Arjuna, a devotee having a direct relationship with the Lord. All of the important planets are described in the Vedic literatures, especially Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and the spiritual world, which is beyond this material sky, is described as avyakta, unmanifested. That is atheism. That is explained. It is childish not to consider the controller. In this way He has described. Then all Vedic literature is summarized in the Vedānta-sūtra, and for future guidance he gave a natural commentation on the Vedānta-sūtra, called Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. And they cannot come out of the water. And the Bhagavad-gītā, mind is immediately rejected as matter. 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