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Bhagavad Gita for Schools

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The Path of Devotion

Sri Krishna teaches that the easiest path to God realization is through devotion. One can think of God as a personality having form and attributes, which allows the devotee to build a relationship with God and approach Him/Her through worship, prayers and meditation.

 

Bhakti and Para-Bhakti

 

Sri Krishna teaches that devotion to God (Bhakti) in order to gain something from Him is a lower form of Bhakti. Love for the sake of love is the higher form of devotion and is called Parabhakti, or supreme love. He further states that it does not matter what is offered to God, whether it be flowers, fruit or even a leaf. It is the love of the devotee that counts rather than elaborate rituals. The devotee spends his time in worship, adoration, singing and reciting the glories of God.

 

 

 

Avatars

God incarnates on earth again and again for the benefit of mankind. The Srimad Bhagavatam (a devotional Smriti text devoted to Krishna) talks about the ten avatars or incarnations of Vishnu. Rama is the seventh avatar, Krishna is the eighth avatar and Buddha is considered to be the ninth avatar of Vishnu.

Avatars come with tremendous compassion for mankind and have the ability to offer enlightenment to others. They herald a new approach in spirituality most suited to their times. Hinduism allows for and accepts that avatars are also possible in other faiths.

 

 

 

 

 

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1

Background

2

Devotion

3

Action

4

Knowledge

5

Meditation

6

Concl.

7

Glossary

8

Resources

Index

 

 

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