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  • Sarnaduti Brahma dravya-yajñās tapo-yajñā yoga-yajñās tathāpare svādhyāya-jñāna-yajñāś ca yatayaḥ saṁśita-vratāḥ SYNONYMS dravya-yajñāḥ—sacrificing one's possessions; tapo-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in austerities; yoga-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in eightfold mysticism; tathā—thus; apare—others; svādhyāya—sacrifice in the study of the Vedas; jñāna-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in advancement of transcendental knowledge; ca—also; yatayaḥ—enlightened; saṁśita—taken to strict; vratāḥ-vows. TRANSLATION There are others who, enlightened by sacrificing their material possessions in severe austerities, take strict vows and practice the yoga of eightfold mysticism, and others study the Vedas for the advancement of transcendental knowledge. PURPORT These sacrifices may be fitted into various divisions. There are persons who are sacrificing their possessions in the form of various kinds of charities. In India, the rich mercantile community or princely orders open various kinds of charitable institutions like dharmaśālā, anna-kṣetra, atithi-śālā, anathalaya, vidyāpīṭha, etc. In other countries, too, there are many hospitals, old age homes and similar charitable foundations meant for distributing food, education and medical treatment free to the poor. All these charitable activities are called dravyamaya-yajña. There are others who, for higher elevation in life or for promotion to higher planets within the universe, voluntarily accept many kinds of austerities such as candrāyana and cāturmāsya. These processes entail severe vows for conducting life under certain rigid rules. For example, under the cāturmāsya vow the candidate does not shave for four months during the year (July to October), he does not eat certain foods, does not eat twice in a day and does not leave home. Such sacrifice of the comforts of life is called tapomaya-yajña. There are still others who engage themselves in different kinds of mystic yogas like the Patañjali system (for merging into the existence of the Absolute), or haṭha-yoga or aṣṭāṅga-yoga (for particular perfections). And some travel to all the sanctified places of pilgrimage. All these practices are called yoga-yajña, sacrifice for a certain type of perfection in the material world. There are others who engage themselves in the studies of different Vedic literatures, specifically the Upaniṣads and Vedānta-sūtras, or the sāṅkhya philosophy. All of these are called svādhyāya-yajña, or engagement in the sacrifice of studies. All these yogīs are faithfully engaged in different types of sacrifice and are seeking a higher status of life. Kṛṣṇa consciousness, is, however, different from these because it is the direct service of the Supreme Lord. Kṛṣṇa consciousness cannot be attained by any one of the above-mentioned types of sacrifices but can be attained only by the mercy of the Lord and His bona fide devotee. Therefore, Kṛṣṇa consciousness is transcendental. (Bhagavad-gita As It Is - Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge - Text 28 - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
  • Hrishikesh Nath Hare Krishna! Srila Prabhupada has told many times that to come to Krishna Consciousness, we have to be either very fortunate or well aware of the science. And we know, most of us have been poisoned by the Mayavadi philosophy at some point of our life. And in my case I know definitely that I was not at all well aware of the science. So the conclusion is I am very very fortunate. But when something is given in wholesale we forget or neglet its importance. We are very very fortunate to come to Krishna Consciousness but so many of us have become fortunate that we don't give much attention to our good fortune. Srila Prabhupada distributed Krishna Consciousness in wholesale to everyone. The position which one in a million self realized soul attain was given by Prabhupada to thousands of his disciples. How can I properly describe the glories of Srila Prabhupada. He came among us just like sun rises and removes the darkness of the night. All our illusions to enjoy this material world were crushed under his lotus feet. And we recieved diamomd i.e. love of Godhead, when we were running after pieces of glass. And all this became possible when I came in contact with Krishna Consciousness in 2014 through the grace of most merciful Prabhu, Sriman Madhudvisa Dasa through his online forum Whatever little attachment I had left for Krishna after so much Mayavadi Contamination, that little spark of attachment turned into fire by his causeless mercy. I will eternally be grateful to him. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!


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