Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Chapter 9 Text 2 1. Most confidential knowledge and realization. 2. King of education. 3. The topmost secret. 4. Perfection of religion. Text 2 räja-vidyä räja-guhyaà pavitram idam uttamam pratyakñävagamaà dharmyaà su-sukhaà kartum avyayam This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed. What is confidential knowledge? Confidential or transcendental knowledge involves understanding the difference between the soul and the body. But modern education….. Soul’s activities in the spiritual kingdom are the most confidential part of spiritual knowledge. Pavitram – purest knowledge This knowledge is the purest form of all activities. Sinful activities cause of distress or miseries in one’s life. Different stages of sinful reactions and comparison with seed fructifying. Sinful acts stopped, still suffering. E.g. Dhrtarashtra loosing 100 sons. Freedom from all sinful reactions aprärabdha-phalaà päpaà küöaà béjaà phalonmukham krameëaiva praléyeta viñëu-bhakti-ratätmanäm For those who are engaged in the devotional service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, all sinful reactions, whether fructified, in the stock, or in the form of a seed, gradually vanish. Purifying potency of devotional service pavitram uttamam, the purest. Uttama means transcendental. Devotional activities are never to be considered material. The execution of devotional service is so perfect that one can perceive the results directly. The advancement in spiritual life does not depend on any kind of previous education or qualification. pratyakñävagamaà dharmyaà Narada in his previous life – a son of maidservant. Serving Bhaktivedantas (great devotees of Lord). Taking their remnants. Getting taste for hearing and chanting. prakäçaç ca karmaëy abhyäsät: if one is engaged simply in the acts of devotional service, everything is revealed to him automatically. E.g. Madan Mohan Mallavi visiting SBSST’s ashram. Association with great souls. The highest goal of all religion is devotional service - sa vai puàsäà paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokñaje Religious people generally do not know that the highest perfection of religion is the attainment of devotional service. One who is in association with great äcäryas, even if he is not educated or has never studied the Vedas, can become familiar with all the knowledge necessary for realization. Devotional service is performed joyfully – susukham. Simply by sitting and hearing one learns; Then eat Krsna Prasadam Offering of food – simple – patram pushpam… Devotional service is eternally existing – avyayam. Raja Vidya raja guhyam No one can understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead by executing karma-yoga, jïäna-yoga, añöäìga- yoga or any other yoga independently. Without coming to the stage of devotional service one cannot understand what is the Personality of Godhead. Thus the process of devotional service, of Kåñëa consciousness, is the king of all education and 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.
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