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book review: The Secret is out—Bhagavad-gita As It
Is has the answers
March, 1998, Malaysia
- 22 April 2007 - SADIE GRAY Secrets of the rich and credulous - the self help
book taking the UK by storm
self-help book that combines positive thinking and historical
mysticism is selling like hot cakes - and angering its many critics.
The Secret is out - and, to the consternation of its many critics, the
British are buying into it. The book claiming to unlock the mysteries
of the universe to every reader, is about to become the best-seller of
Written by Australian television producer Rhonda Byrne, it combines
theories of positive thinking with the historical mysticism of The Da
Vinci Code. It has just crashed into UK best-seller charts, with
predictions that it will hit No 1 within days.
The Secret, which claims to equip readers with an ancient means of
obtaining whatever they want, is an import from the United States,
where it has attracted attention from celebrities such as Scarlett
Johansson, Meg Ryan and Nicole Kidman. go to story
has no necessity to be cloaked in New Age garb
Spirit of Bhagavad-gita As It Is A.C.
spirit of Bhagavad-gita is mentioned in Bhagavad-gita
itself. It is just like this: if we want to take a particular medicine,
then we have to follow the directions written on the label. We cannot
take the medicine according to our own whim or the direction of a
friend. It must be taken according to the directions on the label or
the directions given by a physician. Similarly, Bhagavad-gita should be
taken or accepted as it is directed by the speaker himself. The speaker
of Bhagavad-gita is Lord Sri Krishna. He is mentioned on every page of Bhagavad-gita
as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan. more
of books have been written since time immemorial by philosophers and
thinkers to understand: What I am? Where did I come from? What am I
doing here? Why do I have to suffer? So many books, but only in the
authorized books of knowledge, shastras, we can get the answer,
the truth—Bible, Koran, Bhagavad-gita. We have accepted
the Bhagavad-gita, the words of Krishna, God Himself,
Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Bhagavat means from Bhagavan, or of
Bhagavan, spoken by Krishna. God Himself is speaking. God Himself is
teaching us what we are, what to do, what not to do, how to come back:
"Bow down to Me, worship Me, give your love to Me. Surely you will come
to Me." (Bhagavad-gita 9.34) Krishna is Himself personally
teaching how to get out of the temporary, miserable existence of
All the other books of the world... if they are burned, nothing will be
lost, because it is all just deception.
On the way, we were remembering a short story we had heard about truth
and falsehood. Truth and Falsehood went to the river and took a bath.
They left their clothing on the shore. When they were finished,
Falsehood came out of the water first and put on the clothing of Truth.
When Truth came and saw his clothing was gone and only Falsehood's
clothing was there, he decided not to wear any clothing, and he went
naked. From this, supposedly, comes the saying "the naked truth."
Truth is very obvious. And because falsehood is so prominent, truth is
always shocking. Truth is shocking or outrageous and difficult to bear,
because we live in a world of illusion. We have accepted ignorance and
deception as truth. When truth appears, or when we hear truth, we find
it difficult to accommodate ourselves to it, because our whole life is
a life of deception or falsehood, illusion and ignorance.
is the book of truth, book of
knowledge. There is nothing mysterious in Bhagavad-gita.
Therefore Prabhupada called it Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Bhagavad-gita
existed in many translations and commentaries—more than 600 in English
alone. But he said that no one ever became a devotee of Krishna,
although Bhagavad-gita was existing in over 600 editions.
Emerson read Bhagavad-gita. Einstein read
Bhagavad-gita. Tolstoy read Bhagavad-gita. Goethe
read Bhagavad-gita. All great thinkers have read Bhagavad-gita.
Why did they not become devotees of Krishna? Because they were reading
Bhagavad-gita which was unauthorized. It was covered by the
speculation of non-devotees. Therefore they could not enter into the
truth of Bhagavad-gita.
We must receive Krishna's words from Krishna's devotees. This is the
secret of Krishna consciousness. That is called guru-parampara.
We are receiving the words of Krishna from Krishna's confidential, pure
devotee. Then there will be no deception. There will be no illusion.
There will be no cheating.
Because Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, naturally if I
place my name, or if I place my commentary on Krishna's word, I also
become prominent. Krishna is the most prominent. But that is motivated.
That is a materially motivated undertaking... just to get some
prestige. Mahatma Gandhi also carried Bhagavad-gita
everywhere, but he was not a devotee of Krishna. Therefore his
programme failed. His political programme never succeeded. He wanted to
unite India—Muslims and Hindus—but it was divided. He wanted people
should become self-sufficient, produce their own food and cloth, go
back to the village. But he got the opposite. They went to the cities
for industry. On and on, like that. And ultimately, he was
assassinated. He wanted peace, but he got the opposite. We cannot use Bhagavad-gita
for material gain, be it political or economic or whatever.
Bhagavad-gita has only one purpose, which is to know
Krishna and to worship Krishna and go back to Krishna. Krishna says,
"Give up all other responsibilities, all other duties." Sarva-dharmam
parityajya mam ekam sharanam vraja. "Give up all dharma,
and just surrender to Me. I will protect you from all sinful reactions.
Do not fear." (Bg 18.66) This is the purpose, the whole purpose of the Bhagavad-gita.
And anything less than that, the whole thing is spoiled.
It is very difficult to prevail in truth, because it is naked. And it
is folly to be wise where ignorance is bliss. Sometimes devotees feel
awkward because everything is contrary to Bhagavad-gita.
So they feel intimidated, because they are practically as if naked in a
world where everyone is clothed in deception or falsehood. But Krishna
promises us, "I will protect you from all reaction, sinful reaction. Do
not fear. Do not fear. Don't be afraid." Don't be afraid, but be
faithful to Krishna, to Krishna's words and the words of His devotee.
Chant Hare Krishna and be happy. Do not be intimidated by falsehood, by
illusion, by deception because it is so grand. Deception must be grand,
because that's what it is. It's an artificial show to deceive us, like
a magician dresses, speaks and moves in a very impressive, sensational
way, because he's going to deceive us. Truth has no necessity for all
this grandeur and elaboration and deception. It is naked truth. It's
obvious. It's obvious truth. And if you chant the holy name of
Krishna.... Krishna is like the sun, like the light of the sun. And
wherever there is sun, or wherever there is light, there cannot be
darkness. It's as simple as that. If you want to know what is true and
false, chant Hare Krishna and you will see it. As soon as you feel
intimidated, fearful and that checks your chanting, you know that you
are in the presence of falsehood. That's how you know. It's the test,
the acid test. So go on chanting and don't be deceived. Hare Krishna.
Sri Guru and Gauranga
The Spirit of
Bhagavad-gita As It Is
Hearing from the Right
Aim of Life
Knowledge - Enlightenment
Vedas - Vedic Authority
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