Browse Members

  • 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) http://prabhupadabooks.com/bg/4/28
    May 1, 2015

  • Jigish Vaidya While reading Srila Prabhupad’s writings I came across a very touching illustration showing how Krishna consciousness empowers and protects true devotees against all odds. The story was about Maharaja (king) Ambarisha who underwent wrath of one of the most powerful sages of all times named Durvasa Muni and remained unscathed from the potentially dire consequences. Durvasa Muni once became angry on Ambarisha because he refused to eat with Durvasa due to his fasting in the devotion of Lord Krishna. King Ambarisha silently tolerated all the sage’s injustices and emerged victorious. The king was able to control his senses because of these qualifications mentioned in Shrimad Bhawatam. King Ambarisha fixed his mind on the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, engaged his words in describing the abode of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the temple of the Lord, his ears in hearing the pastimes of the Lord, his eyes in seeing the form of the Lord, his body in touching the body of the devotee, his nostrils in smelling the flavor of the flowers offered to the lotus feet of the Lord, his tongue in tasting the tulasi leaves offered to Him, his legs in travelling to the holy place where his temple is situated, his head in offering the obeisances unto the Lord, and his desires in fulfilling the desire of the Lord. These qualifications made him capable of emerging from his much stronger opponent sage Durvasa. We can learn more about this episode in Shrimad Bhawatam canto 9, chapter 4. Hare Krishna!
    September 22, 2017

(200 symbols max)

(256 symbols max)