Life is often mysterious; apparently without reasons and explanations for many events. Is this true? Perhaps so, but only in the eyes and mind of the beholder. Is there any wisdom and knowledge that can throw complete light on the mystery of Life?
The ancient Vedic scripture Bhagavad Gita contains knowledge of all human experiences from the remote past into the infinite future. There is no situation in reality that is not described nor explained. Truly, the Gita is the source of Absolute Knowledge. The author attempts to simplify the mystery of the Bhagavad Gita and urges the reader to experience the Absolute Truth of existence. The author, a practicing doctor has integrated spiritual healing into clinical practice and encourages everyone to realize his true identity. Medical and nursing students, practicing doctors and patients will benefit infinitely from applying the principles of the Bhagavad Gita.
During the course of this lecture series, you will be lead to the path of devotional service and the holistic way of spiritual living. Holistic living consists of eating sattvic food, conquering and channeling inner desires and following the instructions of the Supreme Lord.
Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is He who spoke the Bhagavad Gita to his very dear friend Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Arjuna was overwhelmed by grief at the prospect of fighting his own relatives in the war. Totally confused, he turned to Lord Krishna and beseeched him with his inner feelings.
Krishna then revealed his true form and strength and assured him of total protection if he became his surrendered devotee. All of us experience fear, confusion, anger, frustration, sadness and many other complex emotions. What is the source of these emotions? Krishna clearly explains in the Bhagavad Gita that he is the cause and remedy of all things; pleasant and unpleasant. Therefore by his causeless mercy He gives us the instructions through which we can free ourselves from the darkest hell of existence in the material world.
Mahabharatha represents the warring of the materialistic and spiritual aspects of human nature and truly speaking describes the constant battle of feelings and thoughts that go on within the mind. Make Krishna the ultimate goal of your Life and you will experience eternal joy and bliss!
Lord Krishna is the creator of all living beings. Our life is dependent upon the will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead at all times. From Krishna comes all the energy that we experience everyday. For example, the bright sunlight and the cool breeze are emanating from Lord Krishna. Everyday we lose energy in the form of various physical and mental activities. He is replenishing the lost energy.
What we are not aware is the fact that loss of vitality and fatigue is due primarily to discharge of emotional energy. Emotions drain us of energy. Negative emotions leave us tired, confused and in despair. Positive emotions charge us with vibrant energy and leave us healthy, clear in thinking and brimming with vitality and enthusiasm. Connect to Krishna and experience eternal joy and bliss!
Lord Krishna resides within our hearts. It is his spark that ignites the soul within us and keeps us all alive and happy. We have forgotten the supreme controller as we have been conditioned to accept the material world as containing everything that we need. How far is this true? Ask yourself these questions? What is responsible for the universal miseries of existence- birth, disease, old age and death? What is the cause of other forms of distress- lack of education, failures in business and career, poor results inspite of efforts and all other unpleasant experiences that go to form every day events in our lives. The Gita clearly states that the principal cause of all miseries is forgetfulness of Lord Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Krishna appears periodically as an incarnation to revive the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and teach us the right way of living.
The fundamental question that emerges in our quest for understanding any subject is how and where do I begin? So, how do I relate to Krishna? Since Krishna resides within our hearts it is very easy to relate to him. First, remove the layers of dirt and dust that prevent you from seeing this reality. Become pure in thoughts and feelings. Lord Krishna relates instantly to anyone who wishes to do so. Therefore become a devotee to re-establish lost connections. Listen attentively to his devotees and participate in-group activities. While you can perform devotional service independently, it is easier and motivating to do it as a group. Become aware of his strengths to be convinced of his stature and power. You do this by listening, reading and discussing the Srimad Bhagavatam, the epic compilation of the experiences of the devotees of the Lord. Constantly focus on the lord within you and endeavor to apply the principles of devotional service regularly. You will see the fruits emerging spontaneously.
Our constitutional position is as a devotee of Krishna. However, we are not aware of this fact and therefore by default assume the position of a non-devotee. The very birth in this world indicates that we have forgotten our real position. We have forgotten that there is a real spiritual world in the spiritual sky. A devotee of Krishna comes to realize that everything including his own body is the property of Krishna and therefore it should be used in Krishna’s service. Dovetail all daily activities with that of Lord Krishna. Act in a purified state following the instructions of the Lord. This will free you from all anxieties and suffering. Pleased by the service of his devotee, the Supreme Personality of Godhead reveals his form and opulences.
We can develop different relationships with Lord Krishna. The pastimes of the Lord with the gopis of Vrindavana describe the relationship as a conjugal lover. In any dimension the nature of relationship is determined by the time period in your life, when your dormant spiritual energy is awakened and you begin to realize your true nature.
When a child is born who displays natural attraction for music, art and performing sadhanas, Know that you should relate to Krishna as a parent devotee. Relate to all as a friend by urging one and all to become Krishna Conscious. Dovetail all your daily material activities with that of Krishna. This way you will remember him all the time.
Arjuna was in all kinds of difficulties during the Kurukshetra war and his state actually reflects our state at all times. The message of the Gita is very clear. At all times we should seek the help of The Supreme Personality of Godhead to solve our life problems. Arjuna asks questions that accurately define our state. We also should ask questions to the Supreme Personality of Godhead in a manner similar to Arjuna and receive the benediction of the Lord. It is essential to develop the qualities of Arjuna to be able to understand and receive the instructions clearly. The purpose of the Gita is very clear. It is to remind us of the major purpose we have to create for our lives. It is one of the following.
1. To deliver mankind from all difficulties
2. To free mankind from all anxieties
3. To relieve mankind of all sufferings
4. To instruct mankind of his mission
5. To protect mankind from evil
Ishvara is the supreme controller and we as jivas are the controlled beings. However, in the conditioned state that we are born in we do not have this fundamental realization. This is referred to as maya or illusion. Hence we attempt to go through life using finite intelligence, which of course is incomplete.
As time elapses we begin to feel anxiety and tension over our existing state and this continues unabated until we choose to seek the help of the Supreme Controller.
Karma refers to the accumulated effects of all activities we have performed in the past. Reactions to activities in the conditioned state are unpleasant and leave a permanent residue. One such residue is various forms of physical and mental disease. Therefore, if you have to heal a diseased person he should endeavor to remove the veil of maya or illusion alongside the taking of medicines. Devotional service is a simple process of erasing the maya and creating an internal environment of health and well being. Medicines taken will have a better result and this is the holistic approach to healing advocated by The Clinic for Holistic Healing.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the ultimate source of all energy including life energy. . mayadhyakshena prakrith suyate sa-characharam.” This material nature is working under my direction.”
This is understood when we contemplate on the nature of life. What is the element that is missing in a dead body? There is no knowledge about this element in medical science or technology. Developing a state of mind that begins to inquire about every event that either happens to us or surrounds us in a spirit of surrender leads us directly to the source of Absolute Knowledge. Empowerment results once you acquire Absolute Knowledge.
Every man, woman and child is under the control of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna. When you begin to see the Lord residing in the hearts of every person, you can actually hear the Lord speaking to you!
Emphatically, Lord Krishna declares: sarva-yonishu…aham bija-pradah pita:” I am the father of all.”