2 positions sought for ISKCON South London

Role – Congregational Youth Minister

ISKCON South London is looking for candidates who are able to work and help growing the temple membership and temple activities. Brief Job descriptions are as follows:

Congregational Youth Minister – candidate has to work as a Pastoral care to youth of the Congregation with aim to develop and increase our temple’s youth membership, maintain strict sadhana (Morning Worship, Chanting 16 Round of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra daily, following Four Regulative Principles: No Illicit sex, No Gambling, No Meat Eating, No Intoxication). As well as any other duties as required to support the temple, Candidate has to make sure that temple cleanliness is maintained to a high standard.

Working Hours – Candidate has to work for 40 hours including weekends.

Pay – What we will give you – We will provide you accommodation in our newly renovated premises and with Prasad together with a clothing allowance. You will also get £200 per month.

If you are interested please email me your details on nnd.kds@gmail.com or call on

0044 (0)7545 318772

Your servant  –  NabhiNandan Das

Role – Pujari with Pastoral duties

Duties – Pujari with Pastoral duties– candidate has to serve as a Pujari at the temple and also work as a Pastoral care to the community with aim to develop and increase our temple’s congregation, maintain strict sadhana (Morning Worship, Chanting 16 Round of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra daily, following Four Regulative Principles: No Illicit sex, No Gambling, No Meat Eating, No Intoxication). As well as any other duties as required to support the temple, Candidate has to make sure that temple cleanliness is maintained to a high standard.

Working Hours – Candidate has to work for 40 hours including weekends.

Pay – We will provide you accommodation in our newly renovated premises and with Prasad together with a clothing allowance. You will also get £200 per month.

If you are interested please email me your details on nnd.kds@gmail.com or call on

0044 (0) 7545 318772

Your servant – NabhiNandan Das

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Bhagavad Gita As it is in English

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Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra

Chapter one introduces the scene, the setting, the circumstances and the characters involved determining the reasons for the Bhagavad-Gita’s revelation. The sceneis the sacred plain of Kuruksetra. The setting is a battlefield. The circumstances is war. The main characters are the Supreme Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna, witnessed by four million soldiers led by their respective military commanders. After naming the principal warriors on both sides, Arjunas growing dejection is described due to the fear of losing friends and relatives in the course of the impending war and the subsequent sins attached to such actions. Thus this chapter is entitled: Lamenting the Consequenceof War.

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Foundation of Knowledge.
Summary of Bhagavad Gita.

Hearing Arjun’s confusion over fighting, Lord Krishna starts speaking. He chastise Arjun for keeping thought for not fighting. Arjun restates his arguments in short, then admits his confusion and accepts Krishna as his spiritual master and surrenders to Him in need of wise guidance. Arjun’s first difficulty in fighting this war was his compassion and affection for his Grandfather, Guru and the family members who would fight against him. Krishna advises that compassion and affection must be guided by sastra.

Krishna takes the roll of Arjun’s teacher, and starts speaking. “Those who are wise, lament neither for living nor for dead. Everything is existing eternally. Although there is always some pain in loosing loved ones, the wise undergo that pain with patience and tolerance. They push on without letting grief overwhelm and ruin their responsibilities.”  Krishna explains the fundamental distinction between temporary material body and eternal spiritual soul.  Soul is indestructible, immeasurable, unborn and eternal.

While material body is just opposite. Soul simply accepts different material bodies for  a temporary period. Every living entity begins without material body and ends without material body. Only in middle duration it accepts material bodies. Death is simply a change of body for soul, like a change of clothes. We, the eternal spiritual soul, have no reason for having grief over death of  the temporary body. The elements that form the body and life return to nature after death and again form another body, another life. As such, there is no cause for grief.

Krishna here reminds Arjun that happiness comes from right action: duty. Arjun’s duty as a kshatriya (warrior), was to protect the virtuous. No unhappiness could arise from performing his duty, even if it involved fighting.  Even if Arjun were to die in the war, he would attain heaven  the reward of dutiful action. The results of wise action are imperishable, the wise therefore strive for wise action with unbroken determination.  This ultimate goal, enlightenment, is best achieved by Wise Action (karma-yoga), in which one acts out of duty only, without personal attachment. This is real “yoga”.

One can best act without personal attachment by acting for the pleasure of God. This frees one’s actions from impurity and sin (“bad karma”). It also frees one from material piety (“good karma”) , and thus grants true liberation . In this liberated state, the intelligence becomes indifferent to all material desires and hates, and remains fixed in self-realization .

In this chapter, Lord discussed Karma, Jnana Yoga with the glimpse of Bhakti yoga. Lord explains the nature of devotional service. Only man of small knowledge follows the rituals of Vedas to get results for sense gratification. All the purpose of Vedas can be served by serving the Lord and by self realization.  If one does not fix his mind upon God, it will become fixed on sense objects, which leads, step by step, to illusion.

While answering Arjun question on the nature of devotees, Lord explains, the devotees are free from desire to enjoy the senses, have steady mind, indifferent from good & evil, Have taste for devotional activities, control the senses by engaging them in the devotional activities. One who is not connected with the supreme or not doing devotional activity can not have steady mind or peace.Peace comes only to those who give up the motivations of false ego.

 

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The matter of Karma-yoga, or the Discharge of One’s Prescribed Duty in Krishna Consciousness.

This Third Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita is conclusively directed to Krishna consciousness by knowing oneself as the eternal servitor  of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, without considering impersonal voidness the ultimate end.

Arjuna asks Krishna to make it more clear whether He want  him to fight or to renunciate. In the reply Krishna explains that everyone has to engage himself in some sort of work according to his qualities and his mood. Workdone can either cause bondage to the material world or it can liberate one.  One may not give up work and prescribed duties all of a sudden; but by gradually developing Krishna consciousness, one can be situated in   a transcendental position without being influenced by the material  senses and the mind-by steady intelligence directed toward one’s pure identity.

In order to acknowledge the supply of our material necessities, one should perform sacrifice to please demigods. If a less intelligent persons is attached to fruitive results of action, the learned person should engage them in vedic rituals, so that they can gradually develop devotion. Devotees of the Lord are free form this ritualistic activity? Vishnu is the supreme enjoyer of sacrifice. So they offer everything to him. Such self realized souls have no duty. They, without being attached to the fruit of their activities, act as a matter of duty and attain  the Supreme. One should surrender all of his fruitive results to Krishna and engage in his duties with full knowledge of Krishna. One should also set an example by doing so. There is no duty prescribed for the Lord, however  performs duties which are not averse to scripture injunction.

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The matter of Transcendental Knowledge

The yoga system instructed in this chapter is called sanatana-yoga, or eternal activities performed by the living entity. This yoga has  two divisions of sacrificial actions: one is called sacrifice of  one’s material possessions, and the other is called knowledge of  the self, which is pure spiritual activity. If sacrifice of one’s material possessions is not directed towards spiritual realization, then such sacrifice becomes simply material. But one who performs such  sacrifices with a purely spiritual objective, or in devotional service,  makes a perfect sacrifice. One who works for the satisfaction of Krishna without having a desire to enjoy the fruit of activities become free from the reactions, although  one may be engage in all kind of prescribed duties. Such works are true sacrifice. When we perform to spiritual activities, we  find that these are also divided into two: namely, understanding of  one’s own self (or one’s constitutional position), and the truth regarding the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

One who follows the   path of Bhagavad-gita as it is can very easily understand these two important divisions of spiritual knowledge. For him there is no difficulty in obtaining perfect knowledge of the self as part and  parcel of the Lord. And such understanding is beneficial, for such  a person, can easily understand the transcendental activities of the  Lord. In the beginning of this chapter, the transcendental activities of the Lord is discussed by the Supreme Lord Himself.  The  Lord periodically incarnates in to the world to deliver the pious & annihilate the miscreants.  Being absolute, The Lord remembers all his incarnations. However we the limited souls, don’t remember our earlier births.  Those who are in  knowledge of the supreme, after leaving this body, achieve Lord’s abode and never comeback to this temporary world of miseries.   Although the Lord has created the four divisions of human society, he does not belong to either.

The Lord emphasizes on following the footstep of great liberated souls, instead of trying to mentally speculate our own path for liberation. One who does not follow the instructions of the Gita is  to be considered faithless, and  to be misusing the fragmental  independence awarded to him by the Lord. In spite of such    instructions, one who does not understand the real nature of the Lord as the eternal, blissful, all-knowing Personality of Godhead  is certainly a fool. Ignorance can be removed by gradual acceptance of the principles of Krishna consciousness. Krishna  consciousness is awakened by different types of sacrifices to the  demigods, sacrifice to Brahman, sacrifice in celibacy, in household  life, in controlling the senses, in practicing mystic yoga, in penance, in forgoing material possessions, in studying the Vedas, and in partaking of the social institution called varnasrama-dharma. All of these are known as sacrifice, and all of   them are based on regulated action. But within all these activities, the important factor is self-realization. One who seeks that objective is the real student of Bhagavad-gita, but one who  doubts the authority of Krishna falls back. One is therefore advised  to study Bhagavad-gita, or any other scriptures, under a bona fide spiritual master, with service and surrender. A bona fide spiritual    master is in the disciplic succession from time eternal, and he does not deviate at all from the instructions of the Supreme Lord as they were imparted millions of years ago to the sun-god, from  whom the instructions of Bhagavad-gita have come down to the earthly kingdom. One should, therefore, follow the path of  Bhagavad-gita as it is expressed in the Gita itself and beware of self-interested people after personal aggrandizement who deviate  others from the actual path. The Lord is definitely the supreme    person, and His activities are transcendental. One who understands this is a liberated person from the very beginning of his study of Bhagavad-gita.  Transcendental knowledge; spiritual knowledge of the soul, of God, and of their relationship- is both purifying and liberating. Such is the fruit of selfless devotional action.

 

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

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