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I am learning much from Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Arjuna and I have much in common and many of the same characteristics. I bear the witness to the truth and divinity of Bhagavad Gita and I am constantly chanting and applying the ways of Krishna to my life.
I have learned from the Bhagavad Gita that I must always chant 16 rounds and follow the four regulative principles of freedom and study Srila Prabhupada’s books and associate with His devotees. I should serve Srila Prabhupada, improve my service attitude and preach to whoever will listen.
In Bhagavad Gita As It Is verse 4.31 it is stated that existence in the material world is due to multiple reactions to our sinful lives. Ignorance is the cause of sinful life and sinful life is the cause of ones dragging into material existence. From Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita, I understand that this materialistic society which is made to look like it’s new or modernize on futuristic way of a life is really demonic.
In reading Bhagavad Gita it is obvious that purpose of life is to serve Krishna. In Bhagavad Gita verse 6.6 it is stated that “One who has conquered the mind, the mind is best of friend, but one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy”. Most religion regards the mind as intelligently evil, which seems silly to me. This verse reminds me to always direct my mind for good and not just float through this life.
My favorite verses are Bg 2.17, 7.5 and 7.7. In the purport of verse 7.7, Srila Prabhupada states that: I know that Supreme Personality of Godhead who is transcendental to all material concepts of darkness, only he who knows Him can transcend the bonds of birth and death.
After reading Science of Self Realization, I was hooked reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. I have been requesting Srila Prabhupada’s books ever since. Reading Srila Prabhupada’s book are like an appetite that grows when you feed it, can’t get enough of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada. My favorite verses of Bhagavad Gita are 9.26, 9.27, 9.29, 9.30, 9.34 and 18.66.
H. G. Chandra Sekhar (ACBSP) gave me a 1st copy of the Bhagavad Gita, and thus by his mercy I began to learn Bhagavad Gita from him. From my constantly studying Bhagavad Gita, I have learned that the false identification of material life is due to our being ignorant of our real life, our ultimate relationship with the Lord.
The first I knew of Bhagavad Gita As It Is was from word of mouth and then from the quotes from books and magazines. When Bhakta Bill sent me a copy of Bhagavad Gita, I fell in love with the first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.
I received my 1st Bhagavad Gita on my birthday (June 20, 2005). It was best present I have received. Bhagavad Gita has taught me the most important thing is devotion to Lord Sri Krishna, it shows that true path is Bhakti Yoga or devotional service.