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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14
Answers to the question “Why is there no tangible proof of God ?”
By Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada.
A KARMA FREE EXISTENCE
Chanting Hare Krishna frees one from the reactions of all past karma. Chanting Krishna’s name even once, purely and sincerely, takes more karma away then one could commit and eliminates the suffering associated with it. Implementing this spiritual science into ones life is a sure way to create a secure karma free future."
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
If you feel peaceful, content, secure, happy and healthy and have good relationships, then all of life's endeavours take on a good quality and you can handle life instead of being handled by it. Genuine Krishna meditation creates a platform of stability, inner content and happiness and the word impossible, looses its meaning."
THE MIND IS NOT THE SELF
When nails grow long, we cut nails not fingers. Similarly when misunderstandings grow up, cut your ego, not your relationship. After all we are neither the body or the mind, we are pure spirit soul. Our nature is pure love and bliss. We should always remember this when the mind reflects something else.
At first, remembrance of Krsna may be interrupted at intervals, but later remembrance proceeds uninterrupted. When remembrance is uninterrupted, it becomes concentrated and is called meditation. When meditation expands and becomes constant, it is called anusmrti. By uninterrupted and unceasing anusmrti one enters the stage of samadhi, or spiritual trance. After smarana-dasa or samadhi has fully developed, the soul comes to understand his original constitutional position. At that time he can perfectly and clearly understand his eternal relationship with Krsna. That is called sampatti-dasa, the perfection of life. " Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati
1) The existence of The Supreme Personality Of Godhead Sri Krishna and the immortality of the spirit soul are not hypothetical ideas. 2) We have free will, but we are bound to accept the reactions to our actions. 3) Virtue which is valued as promoting collective and individual greatness, and which is immensely enhanced by the practice of bhakti, should become a serious part of every child's education. 4) Vice however, which is considered unpleasant, immoral, depraved, sinful, wicked and corrupt, especially lying, should be rejected immediately by everyone.
TRUE INNER SPIRITUAL HEALING
Without self realization, no one can move forward inwardly. This is because within most people, the background of genuine self identity is missing, which is also course for much suffering. Therefore, to become self realized and experience real inner healing, one should learn about this great science of Bhakti at our gatherings all over the World.
TRANSFORMATION NOT INFORMATION
People are looking for information, but really we should look for transformation, a deeper way of seeing. The power of inward looking perception is very real. This wisdom lies hidden but is discovered by the right process of self realisation and one may wonder that even so this knowledge is easily available for the genuine seeker, if it isn’t also one of the world’s most valuable, and enduring, secrets.
IN TOUCH WITH KRISHNA
Krishna and His energy are fully present in the sound of His Holy Names, known as the Hare Krishna mantra. So even if we don't know the language or intellectually understand how it works, by coming in touch with Krishna via chanting or calling His Holy Names, we'll become happy, and our life will become sublime
BHAKTI IS THE KEY
Lord Krishna said "I am equal to all living beings and am neither inimical nor partial to anyone. But as those who approach Me with bhakti are attached to Me, so too I am bound by affection for them." Source Bhagavad Gita 9.29.
You are what your deep driving desire is. As your desire is so, so is your will. As your will is so, so is your deed. As your deed is so, so is your destiny. Source.. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
ELEVATING ONES CONSCIOUSNESS
Although our state of mind is seen through the nature of our activities (how we dress, eat, talk etc.), the type of activities we perform also affects our state of mind. This means we can elevate our consciousness by elevating the nature of our activities. All spiritual activities should help us to free our consciousness from illusion and direct it towards God. A devotee of Krishna accepts the regulations of spiritual life as ‘regulative principles of freedom’, as tools for advancing personal character development and to attain a blissful spiritual consciousness
CONSIDER THIS DEEPLY
Killing animals and eating them, among many other activities, which harm any living entity in any way, is one of the worst things a person can do to create negative karma for himself. Our present karmic reactions, happiness and distress, all have their origin in our present or past life's positive or negative, kind or unkind activities. Therefore a sane person should always consider this deeply before acting, and with great determination and for his own benefit, remove himself from negative activity. Even if the whole world objects and is against it, one should reject all that is even remotely associated with causing harm to life.
WE ARE NOT ONE
The jiva, the real self, does not become one with God, or indeed anything, even after he has attained complete Liberation. The soul retains his individuality under any circumstance. After death or here in this World or hovering on the ghostly plane, existing in heaven or in the transcendental World. There is no situation anywhere, in which the soul can be destroyed or loose his eternal individuality, to think it can, is an illusion.
WE ARE IN FORGETFULNESS
The spirit souls attached to material life, cannot easily comprehend spiritual attachment, nor can they have any experience of it. In reality, it is the souls true function and eternal nature. However, we have become engrossed in attachment to matter which causes us to forget, that we are actually a spiritual particle of consciousness. This is a miserable condition, although hardly any of the Souls who are thus entangled in birth old age disease and death, think so.
HE HAS AN ETERNAL FORM
5000 years ago, Lord Krishna spoke about the meaning of life, the subtle workings of creation, and the understanding of a self- realized soul. He spoke of the science of yoga in all its forms, the path of work, the path of knowledge, the path of mysticism, the path of devotion. And at last Lord Krishna revealed Himself before Arjuna as the source of everything, His eternal form as the Supreme Lord.
HE IS VERY CLOSE
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. Bhagavad Gita 18.61
Dr. Daniel Coleman, associate editor of Psychology Today and author of The Varieties of Meditative Experiences.
ITS NOT A VOID OR ONENESS EXPERIENCE
The realized devotees always behold the Supreme Lord and His spiritual abode, just as the unobstructed eye can see the sun within the sky. Because those praiseworthy devotees who are spiritually awake, have realized the supreme reality, they can also reveal it unto others.” Source AK Samhita Vedas.
Someone asked " “When the spirit soul returns to the Spiritual World does he have the same relationship with Krishna as before he came here to the Material World?”"
The following answers are given by several devotees.
1) The conclusion is that no one falls from the spiritual world or Vaikuntha planet, for it is the eternal abode. (Bhag. 3.16.26, purp.)
2)From authoritative sources it can be discerned that associates of Lord Visnu who descend from Vaikuntha do not actually fall. They come with the purpose of fulfilling the desire of the Lord, and their descent to this material world is comparable to that of the Lord…. it is a fact that no one falls from Vaikuntha. (Bhag. 7.1.35, purp.)
3)The Spiritual World] contains the highest perfectional stage of living conditions…It is the unalloyed manifestation of the energy of the Lord, without illusion as experienced here in the material world. (Bhag. 2.9.10, purport)
4)In the spiritual world… inhabitants…They're aksara. They do not fall down. Ksara aksara. We are ksaras. We have fallen down in this material world. But there are devotees in the spiritual world, in the Vaikunthaloka, they never come down. Never come down in this material world, but they are also persons like us, but eternal persons, with full knowledge and life of blissfulness. That is the difference between them and us. (741105SB.BOM)
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