I very recently started reading “The Bhagavad Gita As It Is” by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. I wish I had started reading the Gita a long time ago. I have been involved with the Hare Krishnas (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) for about seven years now. I read a couple of their books a while back. And now I have decided to see what The Bhagavad Gita has to offer.
My Guru, Eckhart Tolle, speaks of the Bhagavad Gita from time to time. If Tolle believes in its authenticity then so do I… especially after having started studying it.
A few things I’ve already felt from this sacred text:
- Renunciation of working or “the lay-life” is better than working without doing it for God. However, work that is devoted to God is better than the other two former “life-styles”, if you will.
- We don’t ascend to higher planes of existence through space-ships. We do this by worship of the Gods of those planets.
- Krishna (The Supreme Being) promises us that as long as our mind is focused on Him then at the time of death we will return to Him (Heaven).
The Bhagavad Gita is said to be the essence of the entire Vedic knowledge of The Srimad-Bhagavatam.
I’ve felt so peaceful after my 1-hour Gita study today. I feel so…. all is well. I have been listening to Swami Srilaprabhupada chanting the Maha Mantra for the past hour now on Youtube.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare
1 round = repeating this 108x.
Now, I am a Christian (Catholic), so what am I to do? I brought this up to a Krishna devotee many years ago and he said that he tells people that he is a better follower of Jesus Christ since joining ISKCON. That is his response to when people ask him that same question that I just brought up. I will continue studying the Holy Bible, comme d’habitude.
I’m well aware that molding religions together is not likely to be the answer. We must, however, keep in mind the wise words of Jiddu Krishnamurti. “Truth is a treckless land…”
Follow what brings you peace of mind, cut out and avoid all that disturbs that peace.
Oh… and before I go, Krishna devotees shave their head just to be clean. That’s all… just a quick DYK.
– Monk 10.29.2021