Benedictory Message of Holiness Jayapataka Swami
MESSAGE FROM HIS HOLINESS JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
Codirector and Governing Body Commissioner for ISKCON Mayapur
I am very happy to note this new website under Bhaktivedanta Gita Academy to help all earnest seekers of spirituality study Bhagavad-gita As It Is as presented by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. I am sure this will be an exciting educational and spiritual venture for all of you interested in understanding this cream of Vedic knowledge.
The Padma Purana extensively narrates the glories of studying the Bhagavad-gita, for it leads one to the highest fulfilment of one’s existence, and ultimately pure love of Krishna. From this study, you will understand how you are a spirit soul encaged within a material body reincarnating in various species of life, and how you can, with the knowledge and understanding derived from the Bhagavad-gita, become liberated from this material entanglement simply by carrying out Lord Krishna’s final instruction:
man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaisyasi satyaṁ te pratijane priyo ’si me
“Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.” (Bg 18.65)
Since thinking of Lord Krishna and becoming His devotee is possible for all, the teachings of Bhagavad-gita should be understood to be very practical. And in this time and age, study of the Gita has been made even simpler through the guidance provided by the Krishna consciousness movement established by Srila Prabhupada.
The Bhaktivedanta Gita Academy should be congratulated for this maiden venture in the form of this website. It will certainly help the intelligent class of men and women render the greatest good to themselves and others by practicing and sharing with others the teachings of Bhagavad-gita.
Om tat sat.
Your well-wisher always,