We Are Part and Parcel of the Supreme Self------Introduction of Bhakti-Yoga
July 30, 2008 7:49am CST
The Vedas instruct us," Don't live in darkness, more toward the light.""light" refers to knowledge of our true spiritual form, of the Supreme Lord of whom we are minute parts and parcels, and of the eternal relationship of loving service we have with Him. That Supreme Lord is known as in the Vedas as Lord Krishna, which means the all-attractive reservoir of complete pleasure, knowledge and eternal existence. He has many menifestations and they are non-different from Him. He is the supreme person we generally call God.To serve Him in our constitutional or spiritual form is light,and this service brings full and eternal happiness. "Darkness"refers to the state of spiritual ignorance.To be in darkness or ignorance means to be attracted to objects related to this world. Everyone in this world wants to be completely happy and no one wants to suffer. We can see, however, that despite people's endeavors to attain happiness since time immemorial, they have not been truly successful. There is,however, a transcendental science, a spiritual scientific process that leads one to eternal happiness and puts an end to one's cycle of birth and death. That science is called Bhakti-yoga, or pure devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.Just over five hundred years ago, the Supreme Lord Krishna descended to this world in the form of His own devotee, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabu, and He demonstrated the process of performing pure devotion to God. By that process one realize his own self as part and parcel of God.He experiences love and affection for all living beings,knowing they are part and parcel of the same God, and he naturally attains true inner happiness.
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1 Aug 08
I agree with you 100%. Krishna IS the Supreme personality of Godhead and our constitutional position is to serve him. That is the true nature of the soul. Unless we devote ourselves to the loving service of the Supreme Lord, we can never find happiness in this material world. In regards to the question of what is Lord Shiva's relationship with Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva is NOT an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Lord Shiva is Lord Krishna's eternal devotee! Not only that, but he is the BEST among Vaishnavas(devotees of Vishnu or Krishna), it is said " Vaishnavanam yatha shambho". I hope this clears up the question.