Therefore material pleasure, which is temporary, is not actual; real pleasure exists in Krishna. Thus when everything in the material world is annihilated, that spiritual nature remains eternally, and it is the purpose of human life to reach that spiritual sky. Unfortunately, people are not aware of the reality of the spiritual sky. According to Srimad-Bhagavatam 7. They do not know that human life is meant for understanding spiritual reality and preparing oneself to be transferred to that reality.
No one can remain here in this material world. All Vedic literatures instruct us in this way. Go to the light. One more do-it-yourself enlightenment scheme.
And the unfortunate consequence of this exploitation is a kind of deadening cynicism that discourages our search for self-fulfillment and a means to attain it. The contemporary, thoughtful reader, weary of the many speculative, simplistic books cluttering the bookstore shelves, offering instant formulas for psychological or spiritual salvation, will find The Path of Perfection a welcome relief. Now, the word yoga may conjure up an image of some skinny fakir contorted like a human pretzel, or perhaps a room full of corpulent matrons in black leotards struggling to stand on their heads in hope of improving their health, losing weight, or increasing their sexual powers.
This is not what we mean by yoga. Here we are referring to an ancient philosophy and meditational system that has been practiced by millions throughout the ages. What has, in modern times, been reduced to a commercially exploited technique of bodily agility and pseudomeditation was once a comprehensive and easily applied form of self-realization. The path of perfection consists of a historic series of talks—elaborations on a previously published commentary—by His Divine Grace A. In these absorbing talks, Srila Prabhupada explores deeply the philosophy of yoga as explained in the Sixth and Eighth Chapters of the Gita, showing clearly how these timeless teachings apply to twentieth century mankind.
And what is yoga? In the Bhagavad-gita, we discover four basic varieties of yoga described. Karma-yoga refers to the process whereby one performs his work for God, without the selfish desire for personal gain.
Jnana-yoga is the process of elevation to spiritual consciousness through the cultivation of philosophical knowledge. These three yoga systems culminate in bhakti-yoga, the yoga of selfless, ecstatic, devotional love of God, Krishna. In The Path of Perfection, Srila Prabhupada offers a brilliant summary of the methods of bhakti-yoga, revealing the universal applicability of this simple but all-inclusive form of yoga. He shows how even those who are entangled in the complexity and chaos of modern materialistic life can begin an uncomplicated practice which purifies the mind and puts one in touch with the Supreme Consciousness.
But he was not merely a textual scholar or a philosopher or theologian engaged in the manufacture of interesting philosophical or theological notions. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, explains the highest standard for human beings, the practice of the science of self-realization, bhakti-yoga. A chronicle of an historic series of talks by Srila Prabhupada, who has been acclaimed by scholars as the greatest exponent of the Indian spiritual tradition, this book deeply probes the nature of consciousness, meditation, karma, death, and reincarnation.
He prescribes a simple process to purify the mind and elevate the consciousness—a process that assures readers not only inner peace but the power to change the chaotic trend of modern society.
Swami B. G. Narasingha
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For this reason Triguna and tridosha are considered to be related in the traditions of Ayurveda. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Indian philosophical concept "Guna". For other uses, see Guna disambiguation. Main traditions. Vaishnavism Shaivism Shaktism Smartism. Rites of passage. Philosophical schools. Gurus, saints, philosophers. Other texts. Text classification. Other topics. Classical Samkhya: An Interpretation. Referring to the opinions of Surendranath Dasgupta. Quote: "An older school of Samkhya can be seen in the Caraka Samhita and in the doctrines of Pancasikha in Mahabharata This school accepted only twenty-four principles.
It included purusa within the avyakta prakrti. It had no theory of the gunas , and the ultimate salvation state was a kind of unconscious annihilation. Journal of Human Values. International Journal of Yoga.
Comparative English etymology , p. Philosophy East and West. Penguin Books, , p v 45 and p v. In Selin, Helaine ed. Indian philosophy. Categories : Hindu philosophical concepts. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. In the book, the Mahabharata, we come across a king by the name of Yayati who, in order to revel in the endless enjoyment of flesh, exchanged his old age with the youth of his obliging youngest son for a thousand years. However, he found the pursuit of sensual enjoyments ultimately unsatisfying and came back to his son pleading him to take back his youth.
This "yayati syndrome" shows the conflict between externally directed acquisitions extrinsic motivation and inner value and conscience intrinsic motivation. The visionary leader must be a missionary, extremely practical, intensively dynamic and capable of translating dreams into reality.
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This dynamism and strength of a true leader flows from an inspired and spontaneous motivation to help others. O Arjuna, I am the legitimate desire in those, who are not opposed to righteousness," says Krishna in the 10th Chapter of the Gita. The despondency of Arjuna in the first chapter of the Gita is typically human.
Krishna, by sheer power of his inspiring words, changes Arjuna's mind from a state of inertia to one of righteous action, from the state of what the French philosophers call "anomie" or even alienation, to a state of self-confidence in the ultimate victory of "dharma" ethical action. When Arjuna got over his despondency and stood ready to fight, Krishna reminded him of the purpose of his new-found spirit of intense action--not for his own benefit, not for satisfying his own greed and desire, but for the good of many, with faith in the ultimate victory of ethics over unethical actions and of truth over untruth.
Krishna's advice with regard to temporary failures is, "No doer of good ever ends in misery.
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Good action produces good results and evil begets nothing but evil. Therefore, always act well and be rewarded. My purport is not to suggest discarding of the Western model of efficiency, dynamism and striving for excellence, but to tune these ideals to India's holistic attitude of "lokasangraha"--for the welfare of many, for the good of many. There is indeed a moral dimension to business life. What we do in business is no different, in this regard, to what we do in our personal lives. The means do not justify the ends. Pursuit of results for their own sake, is ultimately self-defeating. Translation of such a work demands not only knowledge of Sanskrit, but an inward sympathy with the theme and a verbal artistry.
For the poem is a symphony in which God is seen in all things. The Swami does a real service for students by investing the beloved Indian epic with fresh meaning. Whatever our outlook may be, we should all be grateful for the labor that has lead to this illuminating work. The present translation and commentary is another manifestation of the permanent living importance of the Gita.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's scholarly and authoritative edition of Bhagavad-gita. It is a most valuable work for the scholar as well as the layman and is of great utility as a reference book as well as a textbook. I promptly recommend this edition to my students.