Saturday, April 19, 2008

Bhagavad-gita Meditations

Bhagavad-gita Chapter 10, text 3: "He who knows Me as the unborn, as the beginning less, as the Supreme Lord of all the worlds-he, only, undiluted among men, is freed from all sins."

Purport: As stated in the Seventh Chapter (7.3): those who are trying to elevate themselves to the platform of spiritual realization are not ordinary men, they are superior to millions of millions of ordinary men who have no knowledge of spiritual realization. But out of those actually trying to understand their spiritual situation, one who can come to the understanding that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the proprietor of everything, the unborn, is the most successful spiritually realized person. In that stage only, when one has fully understood Krishna's supreme position, can one be free completely from all sinful reactions.

Bhagavad-gita Chapter 11, text 55: "My dear Arjuna, he who engages in my devotional service, free from the contaminations of fruitive a activities and mental speculation, he who works for Me, who makes Me the supreme goal of his life, and who is friendly to every living being- he certainly comes to Me."

Purport: A devotee of Krishna is friendly to everyone. Therefore it is said here that he has no enemy. How is this? A devotee is situated in Krishna consciousness knows that only devotional service to Krishna can relieve a person from all the problems of life. He has personal experience of this, and therefore he wants to introduce this system, Krishna consciousness, into human society. There are many examples in history of devotees of the Lord who risked their lives for the spreading of God consciousness. The favorite example is Lord Jesus Christ. He was crucified by the non-devotees, but he sacrificed his life for spreading God consciousness. Of course, it would be superficial to understand that he was killed.

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