February 16, 2021 Akshaya tritiya Birthday of Sri Parasu Rama \ Veda Vyasa commenced Maha Bharata

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

  • ayane viṣuve kuryādvyatīpāte dina-kṣayecandrādityoparāge cadvādaśyāṁ śravaṇeṣu catṛtīyāyāṁ śukla-pakṣenavamyām atha kārtikecatasṛṣv apy aṣṭakāsuhemante śiśire tathāmāghe ca sita-saptamyāṁmaghā-rākā-samāgamerākayā cānumatyā camāsarkṣāṇi yutāny apidvādaśyām anurādhā syācchravaṇas tisra uttarāḥtisṛṣv ekādaśī vāsujanmarkṣa-śroṇa-yoga-yuk
  • SYNONYMS
  • ayane—on the day when the sun begins to move north, or Makara-saṅkrānti, and on the day when the sun begins to move south, or Karkaṭa-saṅkrānti; viṣuve—on the Meṣa-saṅkrānti and on the Tulā-saṅkrānti; kuryāt—one should perform; vyatīpāte—in the yoga named Vyatīpāta; dinakṣaye—on that day in which three tithis are combined; candraādityauparāge—at the time of the eclipse of either the moon or the sun; ca—and also; dvādaśyām śravaṇeṣu—on the twelfth lunar day and in the nakṣatra named Śravaṇa; ca—and; tṛtīyāyām—on the Akṣayatṛtīyā day; śuklapakṣe—in the bright fortnight of the month; navamyām—on the ninth lunar day; atha—also; kārtike—in the month of Kārtika (October–November); catasṛṣu—on the four; api—also; aṣṭakāsu—on the Aṣṭakās; hemante—before the winter season; śiśire—in the winter season; tathā—and also; māghe—in the month of Māgha (January–February); ca—and; sitasaptamyām—on the seventh lunar day of the bright fortnight; maghārākāsamāgame—in the conjunction of Maghānakṣatra and the full-moon day; rākayā—with a day of the completely full moon; ca—and; anumatyā—with a full-moon day when the moon is slightly less than completely full; ca—and; māsaṛkṣāṇi—the nakṣatras that are the sources of the names of the various months; yutāni—are conjoined; api—also; dvādaśyām—on the twelfth lunar day; anurādhā—the nakṣatra named Anurādhā; syāt—may occur; śravaṇaḥ—the nakṣatra named Śravaṇa; tisraḥ—the three (nakṣatras); uttarāḥ—the nakṣatras named Uttarā (Uttaraphalgunī, Uttarāṣāḍhā and Uttara-bhādrapadā); tisṛṣu—on three; ekādaśī—the eleventh lunar day; —or; āsu—on these; janmaṛkṣa—of one’s own janmanakṣatra, or birth star; śroṇa—of Śravaṇa-nakṣatra; yoga—by a conjunction; yuk—having.

  • TRANSLATION

  • One should perform the śrāddha ceremony on the Makara-saṅkrānti [the day when the sun begins to move north] or on the Karkaṭa-saṅkrānti [the day when the sun begins to move south]. One should also perform this ceremony on the Meṣa-saṅkrānti day and the Tulā-saṅkrānti day, in the yoga named Vyatīpāta, on that day in which three lunar tithis are conjoined, during an eclipse of either the moon or the sun, on the twelfth lunar day, and in the Śravaṇa-nakṣatra. One should perform this ceremony on the Akṣayatṛtīyā day, on the ninth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kārtika, on the four aṣṭakās in the winter season and cool season, on the seventh lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Māgha, during the conjunction of Maghānakṣatra and the full-moon day, and on the days when the moon is completely full, or not quite completely full, when these days are conjoined with the nakṣatras from which the names of certain months are derived. One should also perform the śrāddha ceremony on the twelfth lunar day when it is in conjunction with any of the nakṣatras named Anurādhā, Śravaṇa, Uttaraphalgunī, Uttarāṣāḍhā or Uttara-bhādrapadā. Again, one should perform this ceremony when the eleventh lunar day is in conjunction with either Uttaraphalgunī, Uttarāṣāḍhā or Uttara-bhādrapadā. Finally, one should perform this ceremony on days conjoined with one’s own birth star [janmanakṣatra] or with Śravaṇa-nakṣatra.
  • PURPORT
  • The word ayana means “path” or “going.” The six months when the sun moves toward the north are called uttarāyaṇa, or the northern path, and the six months when it moves south are called dakṣiṇāyana, or the southern path. These are mentioned in Bhagavad-gītā (8.24–25). The first day when the sun begins to move north and enter the zodiacal sign of Capricorn is called Makara-saṅkrānti, and the first day when the sun begins to move south and enter the sign of Cancer is called Karkaṭa-saṅkrānti. On these two days of the year, one should perform the śrāddha ceremony.
  • Viṣuva, or Viṣuva-saṅkrānti, means Meṣa-saṅkrānti, or the day on which the sun enters the sign Aries. Tulā-saṅkrānti is the day on which the sun enters the sign Libra. Both of these days occur only once within a year. The word yoga refers to a certain relationship between the sun and moon as they move in the sky. There are twenty-seven different degrees of yoga, of which the seventeenth is called Vyatīpāta. On the day when this occurs, one should perform the śrāddha ceremony. A tithi, or lunar day, consists of the distance between the longitude of the sun and that of the moon. Sometimes a tithi is less than twenty-four hours. When it starts after sunrise on a certain day and ends before the sunrise of the following day, the previous tithi and the following tithi both “touch” the twenty-four-hour day between the sunrises. This is called tryaha-sparśa, or a day touched by some portion of three tithis.Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has given quotations from many śāstras stating that the śrāddha ceremony of oblations to the forefathers should not be performed on Ekādaśī tithi. When the tithi of the death anniversary falls on the Ekādaśī day, the śrāddha ceremony should be held not on Ekādaśī but on the next day, or dvādaśī. In the Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa it is said:ye kurvanti mahīpāla
    śrāddhaṁ caikādaśi-dine
    trayas te narakaṁ yānti
    dātā bhoktā ca prerakaḥ
  • If one performs the śrāddha ceremony of oblations to the forefathers on the Ekādaśī tithi, then the performer, the forefathers for whom the śrāddha is observed, and the purohita, or the family priest who encourages the ceremony, all go to hell.Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/7/14/20-23
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Beautiful advertisements of BG 1972 Macmillan Edition in BTG Magazines

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Beautiful advertisements of Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1972 Macmillan Edition in BTG Magazines
Hare Krishna, below are some amazingadvertisements for the Original Macmillan Bhagavad Gita As It Is when it was released in 1972. 

They are taken from BTG magazines. 

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Demigods on Earth?

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Demigods on Earth?

by Narasimha das

We were reading this morning in Srimad-Bhagavatam class Seventh Canto, Chapter 22, verses 11 through 16. In this section of Bhagavatam the importance of Brahminical culture is especially stressed, but it also mentions the importance of ksyatriyas and cow protection, and true vaisyas to protect the cows and land. Human society is in such a degraded and fearful condition now that even devotees seem to have become affected my fear, maliciousness, bickering, and gross materialism. Most devotees seem reluctant to cooperate on any level for genuine sankirtana or varnashrama projects. Most seem to have no clear idea that Srila Prabhupada is the Jagat Guru for everyone in this age. And the people in general blindly follow blind leaders on the networks of paths leading to hellish conditions in this life and the next. Few people believe in the laws or karma or life after death. Thus, mass destruction on a global scale seems likely soon.

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Transcendental Vrindavan,Radha Kund and Govardhan hill photo albums

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Transcendental Vrindavan,Radha Kund and Govardhan hill photo albums – old pictures 

Govardhan hill – 

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1MUqUyaTZ1N4rmbMj8OrNT5wQejib0U-X

When the Lord saw Govardhana Hill, He immediately offered obeisances, falling down on the ground like a rod. He embraced one piece of rock from Govardhana Hill and became mad.[CC Madhya 18.16 (1975)]Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, ” ‘May the left arm of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, whose eyes are like the petals of a lotus flower, always protect you. With His left arm He raised Govardhana Hill as if it were a toy.’ “Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/18/38

Vrindavan –

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=14aDNhESewQyJI7gdphGhOZMuLVgzA16Q

“As already described, there are twelve different kinds of rasas, or ecstatic relationships which are shared with Kṛṣṇa. Five of these rasas are direct, and they are listed as neutrality, servitude, fraternal love, parental love, and conjugal love. Seven of the rasas are indirect, and they are listed as humor, astonishment, chivalry, compassion, anger, dread and ghastliness. The five direct rasas are eternally manifested in the Vaikuṇṭha world, the spiritual kingdom, whereas the seven indirect rasas are eternally manifesting and unmanifesting in Gokula Vṛndāvana, where Kṛṣṇa displays His transcendental pastimes in the material world.”

[Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 49,1970 Edition]

Radha Kund https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pwPq7T6HJfwedfkypsxJzAtRpPOG1G5W?usp=sharing

“Of all the gopīs, Rādhārāṇī is the dearmost. Similarly, the lake known as Rādhā-kuṇḍa is very dear to the Lord because it is very dear to Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. [CC Madhya 18.7 (1975)]
yathā rādhā priyā viṣṇostasyāḥ kuṇḍaṁ priyaṁ tathāsarva-gopīṣu saivaikāviṣṇor atyanta-vallabhā
“Just as Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is most dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, Her bathing place [Rādhākuṇḍa] is also dear to Him. Among all the gopīs, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is supermost and very dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa.”
PURPORTThis verse is from the Padma Purāṇa.

Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/4/215

Hare Krishna,all glories to Srila Prabhupada and Vaisnavas. The first link contains Govardhan hill photos where we can check some 145 photos there, it has many interesting rare deity pics as well as many Govardhan Silas.

Second link is a general Vrindavan tour containing about 181 pictures of holy kundas as well as main temples established by the Six Goswamis.

The third link has amazing photos of Radha Kund. 

One can get the bliss of Vrindavan daily by going through these beautiful pictures.

Srila Prabhupada’s 1972 Bhagavad Gita As It Is Lecture notes: Part 1.4

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada’s 1972 Bhagavad Gita As It Is Lecture notes: Part 1.4

 Hare Krsna, pranams and all glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out: Living Guru misunderstandings cleared up by Srila Prabhupada

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa


Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out:  Living Guru misunderstandings cleared up by Srila Prabhupada- “Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī advises that one not accept
a spiritual master in terms of hereditary or customary social and ecclesiastical conventions.”

Hare Krishna, all glories to Srila Prabhupada and all the Vaisnavas. In the following purport by Srila Prabhupada, it is explained that one must accept a spiritual master who is fully qualified and not by “hereditary” or “customary social” and “ecclesiastical conventions.”

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Srila Prabhupada: Caitanya Mahāprabhu never sent neophyte to go to preach. For neophyte the preaching is not their business.

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out-
“They will drink, they will hunt after woman and have some attractive singing
or dancing and become guru. What is meaning of guru, 

they do not know.”

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out-With one stroke of my kick, I can kick out all stumbling blocks.

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out- I can kick out all those stumbling blocks immediately,provided you accept my guidance. With one stroke of my kick,

 I can kick out all stumbling blocks.

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter from Fresno dated September 6, 1972, and I have noted the contents carefully. You may know it that I am eternally your guide, but if you don’t accept me as your guide what can I do? Unfortunately, if my disciples do not take my guidance, what can I do? By bad association it so happens, so I remain silent. I see the pricks of maya. When you went to Europe last time, I was hopeful that you would organize in Sweden. You have got the capacity to do that, you are one of my old disciples and you have proven your abilities to organize things very nicely. You went to Germany and organized very nicely. I know you have got that capacity. Why you have come back? You could have organized Sweden very gorgeously. You are very intelligent and also your wife is intelligent. Formally you were alone, now you are assisted by your good wife. Husband and wife equal double strength. You can do nicely anywhere. You know very well how Gurudasa, Mukunda, and Syamasundara. organized the London center with great labor and hardship and now it is one of the first-class temples. Syamasundara. induced George Harrison to cooperate with us and he paid us nineteen-thousand dollars for Krsna Book. So, there are so many works, if someone wants to work there are so many things. So eternally I want to remain your guide provided you want to accept me.

You mentioned that your pathway has become filled with stumbling blocks, but there are no stumbling blocks, I can kick out all those stumbling blocks immediately, provided you accept my guidance. With one stroke of my kick I can kick out all stumbling blocks.

You are always welcome. All of your doubts will be cleared up either personally face-to-face or by correspondence with me. I am going to Los Angeles, you can come to live with me and all your doubts will erased. In the beginning there were no doubts, but by bad association you have now got doubts. Letter to Krsna dasa — Dallas 9 September, 1972

Srila Prabhupada summarizes the discussions between Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Ramananda Raya

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada summarizes the discussions between Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Ramananda Raya

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Sri Locana dasa Thakura tirobhava tithi [disappearance] Thursday, February 4, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada glorifies Sri Locana dasa Thakuracompiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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Srila Prabhupada explains the glories of Sri Jayadeva Goswami

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Sri  Jayadeva Goswami Tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]
Wednesday,  February 3, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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The Evolution of Ratha carts in Vancouver BC Canada

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-over a 5 year period, back in the  mid 1970’s, I built  3 different size Ratha carts for Vancouver temple. The first one seen below was a converted farm cart from our first “farm” up in Bridesville BC

 

This is another view as we took Lord Jagannatha around the seawall promenade-it was so tight you couldn’t really safely walk alongside it at places along the route. Anyway, we all had a great time.

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Action in freedom has some meaning-otherwise we are like fishes caught up in a net

February 15, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-below we have entered many different conversations and quotes all relating to one topic-How only a madman thinks he or she is independent in this world to do as they please.

July 5 1976 Wash DC conversationsVṛṣākapi: I was thinking that they are talking of independence, but they cannot even become independent of old age and disease. Their body, they try to control things, but their own body is out of control.
Prabhupāda: So many things.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: One may say that if there’s no independence, then where is the question of initiative in the material world, taking initiative?Prabhupāda: Initiative? What is that question? Initiative I understand, but do you think that by taking initiative of independence you become independent, like this, by dancing and fireworks, you become independent? This is initiative, dancing like dogs, (sings) “We are independent, we are independent.” (laughter) Does it have any meaning? Dance like a dog, that’s all.

Hari-śauri: It’s a big show, that’s all.

Yadubara: They will say that they can do so many things.

Prabhupāda: What they can do? They cannot do anything. At any moment, you can be kicked out, “Get out.”

Yadubara: But they have choice within māyā. Isn’t that a fact?Prabhupāda: Choice?

Yadubara: Choice what to do in the material world, many different fields. They will say that they can do this or that.

Prabhupāda: Many fields, that is also conditioned. That is conditioned, that is not independence.

Hari-śauri: One has choice to become a dog or a cat, or…

Prabhupāda: Everything is conditioned. Therefore it is called conditioned life. There is no question of independence. That is foolishness. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gītā, that they are not independent, completely under the control of laws of material nature, and still they are thinking independent.

Rūpānuga: It is like a prisoner in the prison house thinking he has some freedom.

Prabhupāda: That freedom is danda jane raja jana nadi secu bhau.(?) Drowning the man in the water and, “Now you have independence, so breathe.” (laughter) So he breathes in, “Ah! Ah!” “All right, you are now a little relieved, all right, again. Again become drown.” “Oh! Save me, save me, save me, save me.” “All right,” take out, “now breathe, independently. This is independence. Danda jane raj jana nadi secu bhai.(?) The rascal does not know “I am breathing independent, but at any moment I can be drowned again.” Very correct example, danda jane raja jana nadi secu bhai.(?) No independence. Independence is only there when you fully surrender to Kṛṣṇa. You surrender your all independence to Kṛṣṇa. Then there is. “Kṛṣṇa, I have foolishly acted as independent, so many lives. Now I surrender all my independence at Your lotus feet. If You like, You can kill me; if You like, You can…,” that is independence. Otherwise, there is no independence. All foolishness. Ahaṅkāra-vimūḍhātmā. By false egotism, he’s thinking that “I am independent.”

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Vibrations Effects -material and Spiritual explained

February 9, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Spiritual Vibrations to cleanse ourselves of all material contaminations

In the cleaning industry, they clean your window blinds with some sort of a machine which vibrates the dirt off the blinds. No water, just vibrations cleanses the dirt off. Similarly the Hare Krsna maha mantra is a seed sound vibration which cleanses all the dirt from our hearts, so that eventually we can see ourselves and also God, Krsna as Supersoul within our hearts.

June 23 1975 LA conversations

Here in the material world, except the spirit soul, everything is material. And he is encumbered with this material atmosphere by twenty-seven stratas, layers. The five elements, gross elements, then ten senses, and then three guṇas… In this way there are twenty-seven layers. He is within, and he has to be taken out. That is called liberation. Just like if you are covered with twenty-seven layers of dirty things, so it is very difficult position. But there is process to clear the garbage and take him out. That is Kṛṣṇa conscious movement, to take the soul out of the covering of twenty-seven layers of material atmosphere

So 27 layers of dirt, both gross and subtle, accumulated for lifetimes has to be removed, in order to see ourselves, and God within the heart. This is our problem, our only real problem


Aug 21 1973 london Just like electricity is everywhere, electrons. One who can tackle the electrons, they can talk without any direct connection by electronic method, thousand thousand miles away. Just like radio message, television message. So similarly, Kṛṣṇa is also everywhere. Just like the waves of sound wave is going on. As soon as you produce, I produce one sound, immediately within a second the sound goes round the earth seven times. So if a material thing has got so much power, just think how much power God has got.

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27 very good reasons why to chant Hare Krsna AND who are Srila Prabhupadas pure devotees?

February 4, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

1.) June 23 1975 LA

Jayatīrtha: Philosophers generally try to use their mind to speculate about the nature of the soul. But with the mind they can never understand…

Prabhupāda: Just like the madman is speculating. He is thinking, “I am president. Bas, finished.” He is lying down on the street, “Oh, I am completely independent. Why shall I go on the foot path?”

John Mize: When the soul was in the spiritual sky, it also had a mind and an intelligence like here?

Prabhupāda: Oh, yes. Yes. Unless he has got mind, how he misuses intelligence?John Mize: But he misused that intelligence in his freedom, his independence.Prabhupāda: Yes. Yes. Mind is there also. That is spiritual mind. Everything is spiritual. There is nothing material. Body spiritual, mind spiritual, intelligence spiritual, he is spiritual, the land spiritual, water spiritual—everything is spiritual. That is spiritual world. Here in the material world, except the spirit soul, everything is material.And he is encumbered with this material atmosphere by twenty-seven stratas, layers. The five elements, gross elements, then ten senses, and then three guṇas… In this way there are twenty-seven layers. He is within, and he has to be taken out. That is called liberation.Just like if you are covered with twenty-seven layers of dirty things, so it is very difficult position. But there is process to clear the garbage and take him out. That is Kṛṣṇa conscious movement, to take the soul out of the covering of twenty-seven layers of material atmosphere. That śloka is naṣṭa-prāyeṣu abhadreṣu: “almost cleansed.” Abhadra, abhadra means dirty things. So this clearing process going on. When it is almost cleansed the man feels, “Oh…” And that process: nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā [SB 1.2.18], constantly being engaged in the service of Bhāgavata, grantha-Bhāgavata and the person Bhāgavata. Then it will be cleansed. And then, when he comes out, that is brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā [Bg. 18.54], “Oh, I am now free.” Na śocati na…, no more lamentation, no more greediness. Everything finished. Then he begins his real business as part and parcel of God. That is perfection.

Bahulāśva: Prabhupāda, in the Thirteenth Chapter of Bhagavad-gītā, “Nature, Enjoyer, and Consciousness,” in verse number six and seven you mention those twenty-seven coverings: “The five great elements, false ego, intelligence, the unmanifest, the ten senses, the mind, the five sense objects, desire, hate, happiness, and distress, the aggregate, the life symptoms and convictions—all these are considered, in summary, to be the field of activities and their interaction.” And…

Prabhupāda: By the material life, these are our field of activities. The body is a combination of all these things. Just like a huge computer machine. It is made of these material things, but the mechanical parts are very minute, different. All these are matter. But within this matter, because the soul is there, therefore the finest machine is working. Just like your composition machine, (imitates machine:) “Kut, kut, kut, kut, kut, kut.” But one has to push the button; otherwise useless. However very nicely made the machine, without a living being’s touch, it is useless. So all this big machine, body, is wonderful so long the soul is there. And as soon as the soul is out it is lump of matter, useless, not worth a penny. Throw it away.So we are giving importance to the machine, not to the person who is dealing with the machine. This is the folly of modern civilization. We are thinking like child, “The machine is working independently.” But that is not the fact. The big airship, 747, is flying because the pilot is there, and the pilot is a soul, covered by another bodily machine. And that, that is missing point in the modern civilization, that who is working with the machine. That they do not know. That is ignorance. It is said—you see Bhagavad-gītā,īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe ‘rjuna tiṣṭhati bhrāmayan sarva-bhūtāniyantrārūḍhāni māyayā [Bg. 18.61]Yantra means machine. So the modern education is missing the pilot. They are simply wandering with the machine. Read it.

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