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Re: REQUEST : Bhagavad Gita commentary

Posted By Gary Stevason (caitanya@torfree.net)
Mon, 27 Jan 1997 01:09:12 GMT

Shrisha Rao (shrao@nyx.net) wrote:
: In article <ghenE467x1.Hq2@netcom.com>, "H. Krishna Susarla"
: <susarla.krishna@tumora.swmed.edu> wrote:
[...]
: > Thus, if this criticism is to be made, it should be made if a difference
: > exists between Prabhupada's purports and what was taught by Caitanya, as
: > written in the literatures of the six Gosvamis.
: There certainly does. No example can be found in any statement of the
: six Gosvamis of the occurrence of the phrase "the science of Krishna
: consciousness" or its equivalent in whatever language, and as such,
: that phrase is a point of difference, a spurious insertion into the
: doctrine as given by the Gosvamis.
[...]

Shrisha, I have no problem with this phrase being used in our time,
especially based on the following definition found in the American
Heritage Dictionary:
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
science (sns) n. Abbr. sc., sci. 1.a. The observation, identification,
description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of
phenomena. b. Such activities restricted to a class of natural phenomena.
c. Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study. 2.
Methodological activity, discipline, or study: I've got packing a
suitcase down to a science. 3. An activity that appears to require study
and method: the science of purchasing. 4. Knowledge, especially that
gained through experience.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Certainly the six Goswamis' extensive documentation of the topics relating
to bhakti constitutes a science of bhakti. And bhakti is Krsna
consciousness or perhaps Krsna consciousness is bhakti. If asked is there
a body of knowledge of bhakti, clearly I would respond referring to the
voluminous seventeenth century works of the Goswamis of Vrindavana.

The methodology: Arm yourself with detachment and yoga. Remember Krsna
and do not forget Him. Et cetera. And that is the important thing:
gradually purifying our honest desire to know Sri Krsna - not for fame,
not for intellectual pride, not for material benedictions, etc. etc. etc.
oh my, etc. etc. etc.

Nice to see you're still around, Shrisha. Jaya Radha-Madhava.

Gaura

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