The Bhagvad-Gita (The Song of God) was spoken by Sri Krishna to his discipline and friend Arjuna, over 5000 years ago, just before the beginning of epic Mahabharata War. Since that time, seekers of sacred wisdom have turned to the Bhagwad-Gita for answers to the most profound mysteries of life.
The material in this blog is taken from lectures on the confidential meanings of the Bhagwad-Gita, given by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja.
Always Think of Me (man-mana bhava):
The scriptures describe many spiritual places, but in the entire universe, there is no place like Vrindavana. Shri Krishna and His eternal associates performed pastimes there that are unique. One who knows the glories of Vrindavana will understand this, especially if he has received the mercy of Vrindavana.
The instructions of bhagwad gita serve as a foundation for understanding these things, and upon this foundation is the palace of Srimad-Bhagavatam with its twelve floors (twelve cantos). If the foundation of Bhagwad-Gita is not there, we will only be able to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam in a mundane way and everything will be ruined.
man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaisyasi satyam te
pratijane priyo’ si me
(Absorb your mind and heart in Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your obeisances to Me, and then certainly you will come to Me. I make this promise to you because you are very dear to Me.)
Of all the verses of Bhagavad-Gita, this is the best. It is even better than the verse that comes after it (18.66), in which Krishna says:
(Give up all forms of religiosity and come exclusively to My shelter. I will free you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.)
Although this is a final verse, and Krishna is telling us to abandon our dharma(religious and worldly duties), we may think that some sinful reaction may come to us. But Krishna says, “I am responsible for that. I will excuse you from all sins”. Whether it is making our parents or brothers or relatives cry, or it is a wife making her husband cry, or a husband making his wife cry, not doing our duty to society, and not following varnasrama-dharma these are all adharma, irreligious actions, and sinful reaction will come to anyone who does these things. But Krishna says, “I promise that I will at once free you from any sinful reaction.”
When we read Bhagwad-Gita thoroughly, and look through the commentaries of illustrious spiritual teachers, we see there are five line of instructions.
First, there are general instructions for everyone. After this secret instructions (guhya), then more secret (guhyatra), then more secret (guhyatama), and finally the most secret of all secrets (sarva-guhyatama). These instructions are not given in an expanded form, but in the form of condensed verses.
partho vatsah sudhir bhokta
dugdham gitamrtam mahat
All the scriptures – The Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads – are like cow, and Arjuna is the calf. First the cow feeds a little milk to her calf, and she becomes happy by that. Then the milkman Sri Krishna milks the cow, keeps the remainder of the milk aside. Who is the remainder for? It is for those whose intelligence is pure. Whose intelligence is pure? Is the intelligence of great scientists and scholars of this world pure? The Bhagavatam doesn’t say this. It says that the truly intelligent person is the one who performs bhagavad-bhajana, worship of the Supreme Lord Shri Kishna, and who is expert in relishing the liquid mellows of devotion to the Lord. One who has understood that engaging in bhagvad-bhajana is the essence of life is purely intelligent. After the cow has first fed her calf a little milk, Krishna keeps the remainder in a pot for those that are of pure intelligence, who are dear to Him.
P.S. – This is the first of many more upcoming blogs about religion.