Apr 202018
 
Beyond Birth and Death  The Sky Beyond the Universe

If even the higher planets in this universe are subject to birth and death, why do great yogīs strive for elevation to them? Although they may have many mystic powers, these yogīs still have the tendency to want to enjoy the facilities of material life. On the higher planets, it is possible to live for […more]

Apr 202018
 
Beyond Birth and Death  Liberation from Material Planets

The jñānīs and yogīs are generally impersonalists, and although they attain the temporary form of liberation by merging into the impersonal effulgence, the spiritual sky, according to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam their knowledge is not considered pure. By penances, austerities, and meditations they can rise up to the platform of the Supreme Absolute, but as has been explained, […more]

Apr 192018
 
Beyond Birth and Death  Elevation at death

There are different kinds of transcendentalists who are called yogīs—haṭha-yogīs, jñāna-yogīs, dhyāna-yogīs, and bhakti-yogīs—and all of them are eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The word yoga means “to link up,” and the yoga systems are meant to enable us to link with the transcendental world. As mentioned in the previous chapter, originally […more]

Apr 192018
 
Beyond Birth and Death  We are not these bodies

dehī nityam avadhyo ‘yaṁ dehe sarvasya bhārata tasmāt sarvāṇi bhūtāni na tvaṁ śocitum arhasi The very first step in self-realization is realizing one’s identity as separate from the body. “I am not this body but am spirit soul” is an essential realization for anyone who wants to transcend death and enter into the spiritual world […more]

Apr 182018
 
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence  When the Kṛṣṇa Sun Rises in the Heart

bhidyate hṛdaya-granthiś chidyante sarva-saṁśayāḥ kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi dṛṣṭa evātmanīśvare Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the Self as master. —Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.21 Attaining scientific knowledge of the Personality of Godhead means seeing one’s own self simultaneously. As […more]

Apr 182018
 
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence  Bhakti-yoga is Science, Not Sentiment

evaṁ prasanna-manaso bhagavad-bhakti-yogataḥ bhagavat-tattva-vijñānaṁ mukta-saṅgasya jāyate Thus established in the mode of unalloyed goodness, the man whose mind has been enlivened by contact with devotional service to the Lord gains positive scientific knowledge of the Personality of Godhead in the stage of liberation from all material association. —Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.20 In the Bhagavad-gītā (7.3) it is […more]

Apr 162018
 
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence  Bhakti-yoga: The Quickest Way to Peace and Bliss

tadā rajas-tamo-bhāvāḥ kāma-lobhādayaś ca ye ceta etair anāviddhaṁ sthitaṁ sattve prasīdati As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature’s modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire, and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness, and he becomes completely happy. —Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.19 […more]

Apr 162018
 
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence  Escaping the Clutches of Harmful Desires

naṣṭa-prāyeṣv abhadreṣu nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an […more]

Apr 152018
 
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence  Cleaning the Heart by Hearing of God

śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ puṇya-śravaṇa-kīrtanaḥ hṛdy antaḥ stho hy abhadrāṇi vidhunoti suhṛt satām Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramātmā [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are […more]

Apr 152018
 
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence  Hearing of Kṛṣṇa with Faith

śuśrūṣoḥ śraddadhānasya vāsudeva-kathā-ruciḥ syān mahat-sevayā viprāḥ puṇya-tīrtha-niṣevaṇāt O twice-born sages, by serving those devotees who are completely freed from all vice, great service is done. By such service, one gains affinity for hearing the messages of Vāsudeva. —Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.16 The conditioned life of a living being is caused by his revolting against the Lord. There […more]