Bhagavad Gita Tutorial: Why did Krishna bother to explain karma-yoga and jnana-yoga when bhakti-yoga is the only way to understand Krishna?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Srila Prabhupada giving a lecture on the Bhagavad gita

Srila Prabhupada giving a lecture on the Bhagavad gita

Guru-kripa: If one can understand Krishna only through bhakti-yoga, why did Krishna bother to explain karma-yoga and jnāna-yoga in the Bhagavad gita?

Prabhupāda: Because there are third-class men, fourth-class men. They cannot understand bhakti-yoga immediately. But at end of the Bhagavad gita, Krishna  says, sarva-dharmān parityajya [Bg. 18.66], if you are intelligent, [give up all varieties of religion and surrender unto Me]. Sarva-guhyatam [Bg. 18.64]. Real knowledge is here: sarva-guhyatamam. He’s proposing bhakti-yoga at the end. That is the most confidential knowledge. It is not for everyone. How can one give up karma-yoga, jnāna-yoga, dhyāna-yoga? They cannot. But Krishna says, “This is the most confidential knowledge. If you accept this, then it is to be understood that you have knowledge.” It is not for everyone. Find out this verse.

Pusta Krishna:

sarva-guhyatamam bhüyah

śrnu me paramam vacah

isto ‘si me drdham iti

tato vaksyāmi te hitam

[Bg. 18.64]

“Because you are My very dear friend, I am speaking to you…”

Prabhupāda: It is to be spoken to the most confidential person. “You are My dear friend; therefore I am telling you.” Other rascals will Continue reading

Bhagavad Gita Tutorial: The Beginning of Spiritual Life is Surrender


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Namah means surrender. “Om namah” – this is the way of chanting Vedic mantra. Om means addressing the Absolute, and namah means “I am surrendering.” Every Vedic mantra begins with om namah. So this mantra is chanted with surrender, namah. Nothing can be done without surrender because our present conditional life is rebellious life. We have rebelled against the supremacy of the Personality of Godhead. That is conditioned life.

Prabhupada taking darshan of the deities

Prabhupada taking darshan of the deities

There are so many theses to support this rebellious condition. Somebody is thinking that “I am one with God”; somebody is thinking, “God is dead”; somebody is thinking, “There is no God”; somebody is thinking, “Why are you searching God? There are so many Gods loitering in the street.” So in this way, there are many theses. All of them are different symptoms of rebellious condition. The sum and substance is, just like atheists are boldly saying, “There is no God.” Continue reading