* Srila Prabhupada: "Philosophy Without Religion is Just Mental Speculation" * Because Bhagavad-Gita is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one need not read any other Vedic literature. One need only attentively and regularly hear and read Bhagavad-Gita. (Bhagavad-Gita Introduction)

Benedictory Message

His Holiness Bhakti Puroshottam Swami Maharaj

Hare Kåñëa

Dear Devotees of Bhagavad-gétä,

Please accept my humble obeisancess.

We feel delighted to invite everyone to this sacred study of gétä, which will make you rejoice similar to Saïjaya who states in Bhagavad-gétä 18.77, “O King, as I remember the wonderful form of Lord Kåñëa, I am struck with wonder more and more, and I rejoice again and again”. This is because, being spiritual in nature, it is as equivalent as Arjuna hearing directly from Lord Çré Kåñëa.

The Gétä-mähätmya 6, states:

sarvopaniñado gävo

dogdhä gopäla-nandanaù

pärtho vatsaù su-dhér bhoktä

dugdhaà gétämåtaà mahat

“This Gétopaniñad, Bhagavad-gétä, the essence of all the Upaniñads, is just like a cow, and Lord Kåñëa, who is famous as a cowherd boy, is milking this cow. Arjuna is just like a calf, and learned scholars and pure devotees are to drink the nectarean milk of Bhagavad-gétä.”

Lord Çré Kåñëa is very merciful upon living entities, especially human beings and thus He spoke Bhagavad-gétä to deliver mankind from the ignorance of material existence, making His associate Arjuna His student. Gétä-mähätmya (Glorification of the Gétä) teaches one to read Bhagavad-gétä very scrutinizingly by the help of Kåñëa-bhaktas and attempt to comprehend it free from misinterpretations. It is one’s great fortunate to understand Bhagavad-gétä in that line of disciplic succession, without misinterpretation, as Arjuna heard from Lord Çré Kåñëa, by which one surpasses all studies of Vedic understanding, and all scriptures of the world. One will find in the Bhagavad-gétä all that is contained in other scriptures, but the reader will also find things which are not to be found elsewhere. This particular Bhagavad-gétä study course is following faithfully the purports of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedänta Swämi Prabhupäda’s Bhagavad-gétä As-It-Is

Thus, it is our great honour and fortune to welcome you to the gétä study course which is an act of worship of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Çré Kåñëa. This is declared by Lord Kåñëa Himself, after instructing Arjuna in the final chapter of Bhagavad-gétä 18.70, thus:

adhyeñyate ca ya imaà

dharmyaà saàvädam ävayoù

jïäna-yajïena tenäham

iñöaù syäm iti me matiù

And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation of ours worships Me by his intelligence.

I hope you will derive happiness in pursuing this course and be fully Kåñëa conscious in the worship of the Supreme Lord, Çré Kåñëa and make your human life a real success. I wish you all the best. Hare Kåñëa.

Thank you very much.

Your humble servant

Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Director, Preaching Division,

ISKCON Çré Mäyäpur

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