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Monday, June 16, 2014

Faith is a journey from hypothesis to evidence

Material Science Model

Bhagavad Gita Science Model

Faith is the pathway or method interconnecting hypothesis and evidence. Travelling this pathway or method takes time. This is true for both material science and Bhagavad Gita science which implies there is faith involved in material science as well. The only difference is the length of time.

In material science, the time between evidence and hypothesis setting is relatively small, in comparison the time between evidence and hypothesis related to Bhagavad Gita is very long. Therefore patience is one of the principal principles of Bhagavad Gita.

Dogma on the other hand just has a hypothesis but no clear pathway or method towards evidence. In reality as we experience daily, there is no operating system that exists with just hypothetical statements where no clear pathway to gathering evidence is laid out. So why should religion operate on such an open ended path? Henceforth, today we have so many religions and religious postulates which are at loggerhead with each other.

Anyone who is aspiring to understand the metaphysical aspect of life should have a sound hypothesis followed by a clear path towards gathering evidence with an experienced teacher guiding us and also have references from pantheon of experts before us. All these principles are found in modern science and hence majority if not all people trust and follow modern science.

What people don't know is that all these principles are also laid out in Bhagavad Gita where the subject of the Supreme Absolute Truth is dealt.

Try the Gita path, surely you will not be disappointed.

Hare Krishna.

Monday, June 9, 2014

This is Krishna. Now Take Him!

Amazingly beautiful Krishna

Just imagine a person who manifests everything that exists out of His transcendental body, Who is so powerful that not even a blade of grass can move without His sanction, who is so kind that no matter how much you neglect Him, He still has unlimited love for you, Who is so attractive that anyone who comes into His contact cannot help but fall madly in love with Him, Who is so sweet that anything else besides Him is by comparison unbearably bitter, Who is so funny that He can make everyone laugh uproariously, Who is so serious that He can make everyone very sober even the most frivolous buffoons, Who plays His flute so artistically with such unlimited depth of beautiful emotions that He can make everyone cry pools of tears in ecstasy, Who is so accessible that even though He is the supreme superstar you can have Him exclusively as your personal companion, and Who has so many unlimited wondrous qualities that I could go on writing this sentence infinitely for all of eternity. (Do I need to stop?) This is Krishna. Now take Him!

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Hare Krishna

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sadhu Sanga Retreat 2014

I went to this one. I have one word. It was AWESOME!

Hare Krishna

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Raja Vidya - The Bhagavad Gita

There are two things (1) belief (2) laws of nature.

Bhagavad Gita deals with the "laws of nature". It is not a belief system like other religions. Therefore the Gita is different from mundane religion because it does not profess dogmatic beliefs. Anyone can believe in anything and have a gathering and call it religion. We don't care for such man-made belief systems.

Now, one may ask how do you know the tenets of Bhagavad Gita (upon which Krishna consciousness is founded) are actually laws of nature? To answer this question, below are the fundamental laws of nature as enunciated in the Gita.
  1. We are spiritual beings encased inside physical bodies made of flesh and blood.
  2. We are all individuals with certain character and personalities. Our identity remains and does not become zero, black or dissolve into oblivion after death.
  3. When the body stops working, the spirit soul transmigrates into another physical body at death.
  4. Every activity in this world has a consequence.
  5. The entire creation animate and inanimate is produced from a Supreme Living Being
  6. The minute spiritual beings come from the Supreme spiritual being whom we call Krishna
  7. Purpose of human life is to stop assuming physical bodies and return back to our original spiritual nature with Krishna
Testing above assumptions/hypothesis
  1. Physical body is born, grows old and deteriorates. However, the sense of "self" is constant. So despite the changing body from birth to death, we still "feel" the "sense of I" is the same. Hence we can conclude that there is something more than the physical constituting the "self". The mind and intelligence cannot be accounted as "self" because even the mind and intelligence changes as the body changes. The sense of "I", however, never changes from birth to death and we call that spirit soul. This is a simple thought exercise. There is growing evidence in the fields of neuro-biology and psychiatry that consciousness is completely separate from the body and mind. 
  2. Past life memory is a concrete testimony to bullets 1, 2 and 3 above. It clearly shows that the person is a spiritual conscious being who maintains his identity and reincarnates into another physical body. Ian Stevenson and Jim Tucker have collected much evidence on this subject for the past half century. Hence one cannot ignore this phenomenon as mere chance or an anomaly. It has to be reckoned as valid scientific phenomenon. 
  3. The legal and justice system of this world is based on bullet 4 above. Why would the cosmic order also not be of the same nature? In fact any sort of order can be established anywhere based on the chain of action-reaction. Besides how else can one explain such contradicting occurrences of bad things happening to good people and vice versa. 
  4. Life comes from life. Bullet 5 and 6 above enunciates this point. Our daily experience of ourselves, and nature is enough evidence to prove this. Children are not born from dead mothers. Plants do not grow from rocks but from other seeds potential of growth. In other words, one living being gives birth to another. There is abundant evidence to prove this and none to the contrary. So in that sense this gigantic creation within which we exist has to come from an equally if not greater gigantic living being who is all powerful. 
  5. In order to test bullets 6 and 7 which states that Krishna is our father/mother and that we have to return to Him can be tested by merely following the standard of simple living/high thinking and chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra everyday.
Krishna Consciousness is not dogma. There is so much evidence around us and within us to categorically verify the truths as enunciated in the Bhagavad Gita. Only a stubborn lazy and short sighted individual will deny these laws of nature. By studying the Gita and living it with determination and patience, there is no doubt that one can directly experience a higher spiritual platform of life and eventually come in contact with Krishna. 

Hare Krishna