Bhagavad Gita Today January 23, 2020


Why things are the way they are, and what we can do about it.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.10


PURPORT (excerpt):

According to Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (1.4.15-16), the science of devotional service:



Why things are the way they are, and what we can do about it.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.10


PURPORT (excerpt):

According to Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (1.4.15-16), the science of devotional service:

“In the beginning one must have a preliminary desire for self-realization. This will bring one to the stage of trying to associate with persons who are spiritually elevated. In the next stage one becomes initiated by an elevated spiritual master, and under his instruction the neophyte devotee begins the process of devotional service. By execution of devotional service under the guidance of the spiritual master, one becomes free from all material attachment, attains steadiness in self-realization, and acquires a taste for hearing about the Absolute Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. This taste leads one further forward to attachment for Krishna consciousness, which is matured in bhava, or the preliminary stage of transcendental love of God. Real love for God is called prema, the highest perfectional stage of life.”

In the prema stage there is constant engagement in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. So, by the slow process of devotional service, under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, one can attain the highest stage, being freed from all material attachment, from the fearfulness of one’s individual spiritual personality, and from the frustrations that result in void philosophy. Then one can ultimately attain to the abode of the Supreme Lord.