Inserito il - 19/01/2007 : 14:58:52
Lord Sri Krsna says that the ninth chapter of Bhagavad-Gita is the king of education because it is the most secret of all secret, it is the purest knowledge, perfection of religion and also it gives perception of the self by realization.
Further in the purport Srila Prabhupada explains that the ninth chapter of Bhagavad-Gita is called the king of education because it is the essence of all doctrines and philosophies explained before, it is the king of such knowledge, the essence of all knowledge that can be derived from the study of the Vedas and different kinds of philosophy. It is the most confidential because confidential or transcendental knowledge involves understanding the difference between the soul and the body.
Generally, people are not educated in this confidential knowledge; they are educated in external knowledge. As far as ordinary education is concerned, people are involved with so many departments; politics, sociology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, engineering etc…. there are so many departments of knowledge all over the world and many huge universities, but there is, unfortunately , no university or educational institution where the science of the spirit soul is instructed yet the soul is the most important parts of the body; without the presence of the soul, the body has no value still people are placing great stress on the bodily necessities of life not caring for the vital soul.
The Bhagavad-Gita especially from the second chapter on, stresses the importance of the soul. In the very beginning, the lord says that this body is perishable and the soul is not perishable, that is the confidential part of knowledge. Simply knowing that the spirit soul is different from this body and its nature is immutable, indestructible and eternal but that gives no positive information about the soul. Sometimes people are under the impression that the soul is different from the body and that when the body is finished or one is liberated from the body, the soul remains in a void and becomes impersonal but actually that is not the fact, how can the soul, which is so active within this body, be inactive after being liberated from the body? It is always active. If it is eternal, then it is eternally active, and its activities in the spiritual kingdom are the most confidential part of the spiritual knowledge. These activities of the spirit soul are therefore indicated here as constituting the king of all knowledge, the most confidential part of all knowledge.
And the king of all confidential knowledge culminates in devotional service. It is said that the execution of devotional service is so perfect that one can perceive the results directly. This direct result is actually perceived, and we have practical experience that any person who is chanting the holy names of krsna(Hare Krsna,Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare /Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare) in course of chanting without offenses feels some transcendental pleasure and very quickly becomes purified of all material contamination. This is actually seen further more, if one engages not only in hearing but in trying to broadcast the message of devotional activities as well, or if he engages himself in helping the missionary activities of Krsna consciousness, he gradually feels spiritual progress. This advancement in spiritual life does not depend on any kind of previous education or qualification. The method itself is so pure that by simply engaging in it one becomes pure.So one should come to the stage of devotional service to understand the supreme personality of godhead.
In the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is confirmed that when one becomes purified by executing the process of devotional service, especially by hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam or Bhagavad-Gita from the realized souls, then he can understand the science of Krsna or the science of god. When one’s heart is cleared of all nonsense, then one can understand what god is. Thus the process of devotional service, of Krsna consciousness, is the king of all confidential knowledge. It is the purest form of religion, and it can be executed joyfully without difficulty. Therefore one should adopt it.