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Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -13-12.

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20/05/2017.

Chapter 17: Lord Skanda – The Concentrated Divine Energy-13-12.

Skanda-Shashthi message given on the 9th of November, 1980.

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Without going into the details of the whole story here, I would like to pinpoint only the significance of the occasion, viz., the impossibility to confront evil without the help of God, the power of Divinity. No one can face the world except with the help of God. Armaments, military and police are nothing before the evil of the world. No one can overcome it, and it shall continue.

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So, the Skanda Purana says that the War-god was born from the universal contemplation of the great Creator Himself. The Samadhi-Bhuta Sakti or the energy born out of the great Samadhi of Lord Siva, whom we call Skanda, is the answer for all the evils of the world. The force of cosmic desire became a cumulative focussing weapon, as it were, and with a sixfold face the divine energy began to confront the multifaceted dark forces.

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We have a sixfold psyche within us. T…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.2

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17/11/2017.

Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.2.

1. Resolution of the Fourfold Conflict -2.

Gita Jayanti message given in the year 1976. Gita Jayanti falls on Ekadasi, or the eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Margasirsha (November-December).

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Where is the Bhagavadgita located? In the middle of the battle of the Mahabharata. What is this epic battle? A conflict between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, brothers in a unitary family.

It was a family feud. We may say it was a conflict between Yudhishthira and Duryodhana, which amounts to the same essential situation.

So, again, to reiterate, the conflict which Bhagavan Sri Krishna tries to resolve has as its background the conflict enumerated in the long epic poem of the Mahabharata.

What is this background? The conflict of personalities!

That was the occasion for the war. Huge armies were arrayed on both sides. Thousands were about to fly at the throats of each other. That was the occasion for the giving of…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.1

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Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.1.

10/11/2017.

Gita Jayanti message given in the year 1976. Gita Jayanti falls on Ekadasi, or the eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Margasirsha (November-December). By Swami Krishnananda

1. Resolution of the Fourfold Conflict -1.

I shall endeavour to touch upon a few salient points in the gospel of the Bhagavadgita, which will be of some meaning and utility in our day-to-day life. To apply a knowledge to life is the most difficult aspect of knowledge. We have always been accustomed to bifurcate life from knowledge, and vice versa, so that a learned man is not necessarily a happy man, nor even a rich man.

The reason is that learning or knowledge has been isolated from the facts of life. This is one of the conflicts that we observe in life. As they say humorously, Sarasvati and Lakshmi never live in the same house, meaning thereby that learning and wealth do not go together. There are many such conflicts, all which are su…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -13-14.

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06/11/2017.

Chapter 17: Lord Skanda – The Concentrated Divine Energy-13-14.

Skanda-Shashthi message given on the 9th of November, 1980.

So we have in this great epic of Skanda's incarnation, the 'Kumara Sambhava', the mighty portrayal of the adventure of the Spirit through the processes of Sadhana, spiritual practice, wherein we commune ourselves with the highest power that is conceivable, the energy of God Himself.

We have to draw that energy forward and harness it to face this world. Then the power of externality gets transformed into the peace of universality. What happened to the Rakshasas – Surapadma, Simhamukha and Taraka? Those forces which were externalised and which were the desires impelling themselves outwardly in the direction of sense-objects, were transformed into the universal peace of creation.

Peace reigned supreme. There is nothing called destruction anywhere. These demons were not destroyed in the ordinary sense of the term.

You know the law of conserva…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -13-13.

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28/10/2017.

Chapter 17: Lord Skanda – The Concentrated Divine Energy-13-13.

Skanda-Shashthi message given on the 9th of November, 1980.



Religious adventure becomes more and more complicated as we proceed along with it further and further. In the earlier stages religion seems to be very simple, because it appears to be merely a question of going to the church or sitting before a deity in a temple or following a system of routine, a ritual, etc.

But, when we enter into the heart of religion, it ceases to be any kind of routine. It becomes an inward adventure of the spirit. It is not a doing of something, but a complete reshuffling of one's personality and a transformation of oneself through a transvaluation of values, by a process in which we may have to submit to conscription the very same forces in the world which appear as our opponents at present.

The world is an enemy and also a friend. The Bhagavadgita, again, gives an answer to this interesting question, how the same thing c…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -13-11.

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18/04/2017.

Chapter 17: Lord Skanda – The Concentrated Divine Energy-13-11.

Skanda-Shashthi message given on the 9th of November, 1980.


They had to invoke God Himself. And I may tell you that the solution for all the evils of the world today is God only and not anything that man can do. Not I, not you, not anyone can solve the mystery of the evils of the world. Unless God is invoked, there is no hope. Lord Siva, the great Master of Yoga who was immersed in Samadhi, the abysmal universality of experience, was the only succour and the source of hope to the gods and angels, in the war depicted in the Skanda Purana.

When this triple force, Surapadma, Simhamukha and Tarakasura, attacked the celestials from all sides, they did not know whom to appeal for help. They ran to Brahma, the Creator. He said, "There is only one solution, which is difficult to conceive, but there is no other alternative. The force, the energy, the militant expression of Lord Siva is the only answer to this pro…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -13-10.

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10/04/2017.

Chapter 17: Lord Skanda – The Concentrated Divine Energy-13-10.

Skanda-Shashthi message given on the 9th of November, 1980.


What is this mystery? The mystery is not known to many. The truth is that while virtue is generally understood as the opposite of vice, we forget the fact that it is also the counter-correlative of vice. So, it has not got the strength to confront the vice. Vice or evil can be overcome by a power which is transcendent and not merely ethical and moral. The evils of the world are not afraid of mere morality and ethics. Mere goodness will not do. There should be Divinity in our personality, and Divinity is far superior to mere goodness in the form of an ethical behaviour and a moral conduct. Divinity is an integrating force, while virtue is only a counter-correlative of vice. There cannot be virtue unless there is vice. Because, if there is no evil at all, there cannot be any such thing called goodness. But Divinity is a different thing altogether becau…