Lord Krishna -Sivananda 295

Lord Krishna (His Lilas and Teachings) -Swami Sivananda

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TEACHINGS

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Bhakti Yoga

He is regarded a wise man who takes his stand on pure knowledge, regards all beings to be Myself, treats them with respect and perceives Me to be the same in a Brahmin, a Chandala, a thief, one devoted to Brahmins, the sun or a spark of fire, a cruel man or a kind man.
He who constantly thinks of Mein all men becomes rid of rivalry, hatred, jealousy, reproach for others and egoism.
Giving no attention to his friends who laugh in ridicule, leaving aside the bodily differences that may cause a feeling of shame, one should prostrate oneself on the ground before every creature down to a Chandala, a cow, an ass or a dog.
One should worship and contemplate thus in thought, word and deed till he learns to see Me in all beings, till he regards all beings as Myself. To him who contemplates Me in the aforesaid manner everything is Brahman by virtue of the knowledge that comes of beholding the Atman in all. Seeing the Brahman all-round, he is free from doubts and abandons all work. He is able to withdraw himself from everything external.
To regard Me as the one present in all beings, to look upon all beings as Myself in thought, word and deed is, I think, the best of all methods of worship. O dear one, whosoever devotes himself to my worship and service without desire or expectation of reward, will never go wrong or lose the benefit of any portion of his service. Not even a little of the labour in My righteous course, even a beginning of it, would be lost. There is not the least chance of fear in the Bhagavata path. Even what is otherwise fruitless, becomes a Dharma when it is unselfishly offered to Me. So it has been ordained by Me because it is unaffected by Gunas, it is free from desire. It is a law of righteousness that discharge of duty without expectation of reward must lead to good.


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Lord Krishna -Sivananda
Sr. No. Lesson Name Page No.
1. Ekasloki Bhagavatam 1
2. Chatuhsloki Bhagavatam 2
3. Salutations to Lord Krishna 5
4. Sri Krishnashtottarasatanamastotram 11
5. The Song of Sweetness 17
Introduction
6. Lord Krishna -The Supreme Lord 25
7. Avatara 29
8. Krishna in the Puranas 31
9. His Life 32
10. Student Life 34
11. Embodiment of Mercy 35
12. A Great Warrior 37
13. Yogeshvara 39
14. A Great Statesman 42
15. His Teachings 44
16. Call of the Flute 45
17. Origin of Bhagavata 47
18. The Bhagavata Purana 49
19. End of Parikshit 54
20. The Fate of Non-Believers 57
21. Epilogue 59
Part -1
LILAS
1. LordKrishna 60
2. Birth of Lord Krishna 63
3. Birthday Celebration 66
4. Putana’s Deliverance 68
5. The Killing of Trinavarta 69
6. Showing Cosmic Vision to Yasoda 70
7. Naming Ceremony 71
8. Sports of the Child (Bala Lila) 72
9. Tying of Krishna 73
10. The Yamala-Arjuna Trees 74
11. The Fruit Seller/Brindavan 75
12. Deliverance From Vatsasura/Deliverance From Bakasura 76
13. Deliverance From Aghasura 77
14. Brahma’s Delusion 78
15. Deliverance of Dhenukasura 80
16. Boys and Cows Saved From the Effect of Poison 81
17. Grace on the Kaliya Serpent 82
18. Swallowing Forest Fire/Pralambasura 84
19. The Forest Fire 85
20. The Music of the Flute 86
21. The Stealing of Clothes 88
22. Krishna and the Vedic Yajna 89
23. Abolition of Indra’s Worship 91
24. Raising of Govardhana 92
25. Coronation of Krishna 93
26. Nanda Rescued From Varuna 94
27. Commencement of Rasa Lila 95
28. Gopis Suffer Pangs of Separation and Search for Lord Krishna 101
29. Gopika Gitam (Gopis’ Song) 107
30. Sri Krishna Suddenly Appears and Consoles the Gopis 111
31. Gopis’ Love 115
32. Secret of Rasa Lila 119
33. Rasa Lila 128
Part -2
TEACHINGS
1. Krishna and Uddhava 135
2. Avadhoota’s Story 140
3. Samsara 156
4. Bondage and Liberation 162
5. Sadhu and Bhakti 166
6. Glory of Satsanga 169
7. The Gunas 173
8. How to Withdraw From the Sense-Objects 175
9. Bhakti Yoga 182
10. Method of Meditation 186
11. The Siddhis 188
12. The Vibhutis or Powers of the Lord 194
13. The Duties of the Brahmacharin and the Householder 201
14. The Duties of Vanaprasthis and Sannyasins 201
15. Jnana and Vijnana 219
16. Yama and Niyama 224
17. The Three Paths: Karma, Bhakti And Jnana 227
18. Guna and Dosha 233
19. The Tattvas 241
20. Prakriti and Purusha 246
21. Reincarnation 248
22. Endurance 253
23. Sankhya 262
24. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas 266
25. Aila Gita 271
26. Kriya Yoga and Idol-Worship 276
27. Jnana Yoga 285
28. Bhakti Yoga 293
Part -3
THE BHAGAVATA DHARMA
1. The Bhagavata Path 300
2. Kavi Instructs 303
4. Hari Instructs 305
5. Antariksha Instructs 308
6. Prabuddha Instructs How to Cross Maya 313
7. Avirhotra Instructs on Karma Yoga 316
8. Drumila, the Son of Jayanti Describes the Lord’s Avataras 319
9. Chamasa Instructs 324
10. Karabhajana Instructs 327
APPENDIX
1. Sri Krishnakarnamritam 333
2. Kunti’s Prayer 334
3. Prahlada’s Prayer 339