Saturday, January 5, 2013

an introduction

Verse 1.14: On the other side, both Lord Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna, stationed on a great chariot drawn by white horses, sounded their transcendental conchshells.

Here we meet the most important personalities of the Gita - Krsna and Arjuna. In courts and days of old, important personalities would be introduced by the heralding of different instruments. It seems fitting that we meet these two great persons while the transcendental and auspicious sounds of their conches are being reverberated.

As aspiring bhakti yogis, we should offer a great deal of respect and gratitude to Arjuna. It is because of him that we are now the beneficiaries of the transcendental knowledge that is contained in the Gita.

One of the things I appreciate most about Arjuna is his desire to practically understand how to practice bhakti yoga. It is easy to get caught up and revel in the philosophy, but bhakti is about application and practice. Srila Prabhupada, the translator of the Bhagavada-gita as it is, often says, " Bhakti is not for arm chair philosophers."

Thank you Arjuna for being a perfect student and giving us the opportunity to learn from you. Get ready- the Gita is about to begin.

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