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11 points summarising Krishna Consciousness

Posted 6/6/2016

It is not fully possible to condense the immense science of Krishna consciousness down into a few words. But for the sake of brevity, here is a list of eleven important points that constitute the essence of Vaisnava philosophy:

1.     We are not our bodies but eternal spirit souls, parts and parcels of the Supreme Soul (Krsna). As such, we are all brothers, and Krsna is ultimately our common father.

 2.     We are currently in a conditioned state of consciousness that is unnatural for the soul. Due to the influence of maya (illusion), we believe that we can enjoy permanently in this temporary existence although factually that is not possible.

 3. We can achieve a state free from anxiety and come to a state of pure, unending, blissful consciousness in this lifetime by cultivating our original Krishna consciousness.

4. Krsna is the eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-attractive Personality of Godhead. He is the seed-giving father of all living beings, and He is the sustaining energy of the entire cosmic creation.

5. Without recognition of a supreme sentient being, morality is meaningless and just becomes a matter of one opinion over another. Accepting Krsna as the central object of all activities gives society a shared moral framework that is of benefit to all members.

 6.     The Absolute Truth is contained in all the great scriptures of the world. However, the oldest known revealed scriptures in existence are the Vedic literatures, most notably the Bhagavad-gita, which is the literal record of God's actual words.

7. Vedic knowledge is to be received from a genuine spiritual master in a chain of disciplic succession (parampara). Such a spiritual master has no selfish motives and their mind is firmly fixed on Krsna.

8. The Vedic culture teaches many paths of yoga, including karma yoga, jnana yoga and ashtanga yoga. However, Bhakti yoga is the most immediate means of connecting oneself with Krsna, which is the ultimate goal of all yogas.

9. Bhakti yoga is the performance of loving and devoted service to Krsna, performed in a state of Krsna consciousness. Such service may be varied and dynamic, but always done for the pleasure of Krsna.

10. We should perform all our actions as offerings to Krsna and do nothing for our own sense gratification. This is especially true of the food we eat, which should be offered to Krsna before eating. Then Krsna becomes the offering and purifies us.

11. The recommended means for achieving the mature stage of love of God in this age of Kali, or quarrel, is to chant the holy names of the Lord. The easiest method for most people is to chant the Hare Krsna mantra:

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

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