Lord Krishna -Sivananda 303

Lord Krishna (His Lilas and Teachings) -Swami Sivananda

Part 3


Kavi Instructs

Kavi said: “The worship of the feet of Achyuta leads to everlasting good. The continuous contemplation and service to the lotus-like feet of Achyuta free a man, who is deluded by mistaking the worthless body for the pure Atman, from all fears. It teaches you to feel the consciousness of His Presence everywhere and in all things and attain bliss and freedom. Know perfectly those duties which please the Lord and lead to His realisation, which were taught by the Lord Himself for the realisation of Atman even to men of no learning. In following the path of Bhagavata Dharma one is not overcome by obstacles as in the path of Yoga. He may run along this path even with closed eyes without fear of losing his steps, without knowing where he goes and what he does. He will not fall again into the dark abyss of Samsara. A devotee who has attained the grace of the Lord never comes to grief.
“Whatever a man does by his physical organs, tongue, mind and other senses, by intellect or himself, by the instincts of Nature or Prakriti, he should resign everything as service to the Supreme Narayana. The secret of Bhagavata Dharma is thoroughly to renounce egoism, do everything as the servant of the Lord and trust oneself to His grace entirely. He should renounce the benefit or responsibility of all Karmas to the Lord only. Sincerity and faith in the Lord will enable you to realise His immanence.
“The consciousness of duality or sense of separation is the cause of all fear. The sense of duality makes the Jiva identify himself with the body and other unreal objects, strengthens the feeling of egoism or separation from the Lord, and makes one recede from the Lord and creates a forgetfulness or unconsciousness of one’s true Self. This is caused by the Maya of the Lord. The wise man there for eshould be come atrue devotee of the Lord and trust himself entirely to the Lord’s grace and recognise the Lord as his friend, preceptor and the Lord. He who is removed from Isvara forgets the Lord. Then there is the wrong notion, ‘I am the body’. This is caused by the Maya of the Lord. Fear arises from devotion to the second. Therefore a wise man should worship the Lord only with unfailing or undying devotion, knowing his Guru to be one with the Lord and Atman. He should have sincere devotion to his Guru and the Lord.



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1. Ekasloki Bhagavatam 1
2. Chatuhsloki Bhagavatam 2
3. Salutations to Lord Krishna 5
4. Sri Krishnashtottarasatanamastotram 11
5. The Song of Sweetness 17
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
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
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
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
1. Sri Krishnakarnamritam 333
2. Kunti’s Prayer 334
3. Prahlada’s Prayer 339