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Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -14.1.3

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23/11/2017.

Chapter :- 14.  The Gospel of the Bhagavadgita - 1.3.

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Now, the very purpose of this war was primarily to resolve a social conflict. Well, it was agreed that the war was indispensable. The purpose behind the war was not to destroy people but to resolve a social conflict or a political tension. It was impossible to mend people, and so they thought it was necessary to end people. And they concluded that by the ending of the people the conflict would automatically vanish. If you cannot untie a knot, you cut the knot.

For memory's sake I may mention a few names who were involved in this conflict – the leaders, the generalissimos of the war. There were powerful veterans on the side of the Kauravas, almost invincible in battle, three of whom, the most prominent ones, were Bhishma, Drona and Karna. Nobody could face them with immunity to their lives. On the other side, that of the Pandavas, we have leaders like Bhima and Arjuna, the brothers of king Yudhish…

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.Introduction -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 this Gospel.

The Gospel…

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. Introduction-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 supposed to be resolved, i…

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…