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Your Secret Journey (Spirituality for the Modern Youth Series)

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Foreword "This is a well illustrated, easy to understand book and I know the author to have a genuine care for the well being of the young people of India, making him the true representative of the best friend of youths today. Using his years of experience in this field Radheshyam Prabhu, has managed to produce a systematic, highly effective study of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. I strongly recommend that a serious study of these books is done to discover India's ancient heritage and...

Foreword

"This is a well illustrated, easy to understand book and I know the author to have a genuine care for the well being of the young people of India, making him the true representative of the best friend of youths today. Using his years of experience in this field Radheshyam Prabhu, has managed to produce a systematic, highly effective study of Srimad Bhagavad-gita.

I strongly recommend that a serious study of these books is done to discover India's ancient heritage and wealth of Vedic wisdom. I am confident this study course will inspire and motivate many to delve more deeply into the fathomless purports of Srila Prabhupad's books."

Preface:

We are pleased see that the first two volumes of "The Spirituality for the Modern youth" series have been well received. 'Discover Your Self' dealt with the basics of knowledge of soul and 'Your Best Friend' gave a systematic understanding about the 'Supreme Personality of Godhead. This third book was supposed to be 'Pass the final exam'. But the work become so voluminous that we had to divide it into two books – 'Your Secret Journey' and 'Victory Over Death'.

One of the reasons that people take spiritual life lightly is a lack of knowledge of soul and reincarnation. Some who may know a little bit quite often lack faith in such metaphysical subjects. Others brush aside these subjects thinking them to be unimportant in the midst of the busy chores of a fast-paced life. Problems abound and man struggles spending his entire life in a vain attempt to sort them out by his own endeavor, not knowing the root cause of the problem – lack of spiritual knowledge.

Often people carry weird ideas about how life originated like: our ancestors were ape-men; life appeared from chemicals; man is just a highly complex molecular machine etc. While these ideas are freely floated in educational circles, the spiritualists deliver sermons saying that the soul is the source of life, God is the source of everything and that we belong to a different higher dimensional realm. We have made an attempt to clarify these concepts to bring out the essence of life.

In this book we have scientifically presented what life actually is and explained the process of reincarnation and the purpose of life. The first three chapters may appear to be a little scientific, but we have kept the subject as simple as possible for an average graduate to understand the subject. As one goes through the lessons one can realize the gravity of one's thoughts and actions and the importance of utilizing this human form of life for the supreme goal of self-realization. When one is convinced about these subjects one can learn to lead a pure life in Krishna consciousness that will take one back home, back to Godhead.

We hope your journey through the pages of' Your secret Journey will enliven and enlighten you.

 

Introduction

The Vedic texts are the panacea for all problems for all times; they give a crystal clear understanding of all the fundamental and essential truths of life including who we are, what the true goal of life is and how we can attain permanent happiness.

Unfortunately however, in the modem times, the Vedas have generally been misunderstood to be books of sentiment and blind faith or a bunch of empty rituals. And due to such preconceived misconceptions, the scientifically minded youth have reservations in even approaching them. Also, these texts being in intricate Sanskrit are not easily accessible to them.

With these considerations in mind, a need was felt for a systematic and scientific presentation of the five essential themes of the Bhagavad-gita: ishvara (the Lord), jiva (the living entity), prakriti (nature), kala (time) and karma (activity). A humble attempt towards making such a compilation was first made in 1994. Those notes were based on the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, who is internationally acclaimed as an erudite Vedic scholar and as the greatest exponent of Krishna consciousness in the modem times. References were also taken from Back to Godhead magazine articles and from discourses by senior devotees of ISKCON like His Grace Devamrita Prabhu, His Grace Radha Gopinath Prabhu and His Grace Krishna Smaran Prabhu. Those notes were refined over the years as we came to know more about the nature of doubts and questions that youths generally have.

Now we are presenting those refined notes in a handy form as a series of five books, entitled the Spirituality for the Modern Youth series. The books in this series are 'Discover Your Self, 'Your Best Friend', 'Your Secret Journey', 'Victory over Death', 'and' Yoga of Love'.

We have been using these notes for vigorous youth preaching in Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture & Education (VOICE), Pune. VOICE, Pune was started and is being run by the divine inspiration and blessings given by H.H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj, H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaj, H.G. Devamrita Prabhu, devotees of Shri Shri Radha Gopinath Mandir, Chowpatty, Mumbai and Shri Shri Radha Kunjabihari Mandir, Pune.

The approach of having a systematic presentation of the Bhagavad- gita has produced amazing results in effectively conveying the message to the youth and inspiring them to take to Krishna consciousness seriously. VOICE presently has hundreds of engineering students, who are chanting Hare Krishna and leading a pure life free from all bad habits like meat-eating, intoxication, illicit sex and gambling.

We hope that this book will therefore act as a beacon light for every sincere seeker of the truth, especially among the youth and the young at heart. It is our hope that the book will also serve as a useful guide for all preachers throughout the world in their attempts to take Krishna consciousness to the youth in particular and to the masses at large.

This book is nothing but a systematic presentation of the remnants of the bold preacher, Srila Prabhupada, and my beloved spiritual master. It is therefore a humble offering at their lotus feet. We will consider our humble efforts successful if this endeavor can assist in fulfilling their pure desire to flood the entire world with Krishna consciousness.

 

CONTENTS

 

Chapter 1 Your Divine Identity – A Product of Chemicals? 1
  Who am I? A Bag of Chemicals? 2
  Theory of Evolution 4
  How did lifeless chemicals suddenly come alive? 5
  The Theory of Spontaneous Generation 5
  Dilemmas Over Complex Organs 12
  Limitations of the Scientific Approach 13
  Why not Produce Life? 13
  Chemicals do not Produce Life, Life Produce Chemicals 14
  The Tiny World of Material Science 15
  Difference Between Living and Non-living Things 16
  The Changing body and the Constant Self 16
  The Mystery of Consciousness 17
  The Vedic Paradigm – Self-Energy 17
  External Functions of Self-Energy 18
  Internal Qualities of Self-Energy 18
  Relationships, The Basis of Self-Existence 20
  Soul Research 21
  Gazette Headline: Heart Surgeon Wants to Know What a Soul Is 21
  Srila Prabhupada Gives the Vedic Evidence 23
  A Challenge to an Atheist 25
Chapter 2 Your Glorious Ancestors – A Pack of Apes 27
  1) Are there exact details about which forms evolved into which new forms in the past? 29
  What to Look For 29
  How Complete is the Record? 30
  What Fossil Record Says about the Origin of Living Things 32
  Fossils Appear in 'Wrong' Order 33
  Record of the Rocks Contradict Darwin's Theory 34
  Fossil Record is the Final Court of appeal 37
  2) Is there any clear, direct evidence that one species changes into another? 37
  Breeding is not Evolution 37
  Genetic mutation produces variations but not new species 38
  3) Can a mechanism be specified by which one species could change into another? 40
  Haeckel's Fraudulent Charts 42
  Recapitulation Theory 42
  The Fraud 43
  Uncovering the fraud 44
  But Evolutionists keep publishing them 45
  Fairy Tales for Big People 45
  1) Where the Whale Came From 46
  2) How The Elephant Got Its Long Nose 47
  3) How The Giraffe Got Its Long Neck 48
  4) How The Catfish Learned To Walk 49
  5) When The Whale Got Back Into The Water 50
  Creation or Evolution? 52
  Evolution: A Biological Mythology 52
  How Does Evolution Theory Matter for You? 54
Chapter 3 Your Cherished Emotions – A Biophysical Brain Function? 59
  Am I a robot? 61
  Who is the Perceiver of Pain or Pleasure? 62
  The Conscious Perceiver Inside the Bodily Machine 64
  Is the Brain the Seat of Consciousness? 66
  Consciousness Without Brain – Startling Facts 68
  The Big Scientific Dogma 71
  The Dogma Bites Man 72
  Body, Soul and Transmigration 73
Chapter 4 Where Reincarnation and Science Intersect 75
  Matter and Spirit 76
  Reincarnation: Views of Scientists and Philosophers 80
  Scientific Proof For Reincarnation 83
  A Real Case History of Reincarnation 85
  Suspicion 1 – Imagination 87
  Refutation 1 88
  Suspicion 2: Cryptomnesia (hidden memory) 88
  Refutation 2 89
  Suspicion 3:ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) : 89
  Refutation 3 89
  If we have lived before, why don't we remember it? 90
  Relevance of Reincarnation In Out Life 92
Chapter 5 You Never Die: The Verdict of All Religions 95
  What is Reincarnation? 96
  From whom to hear about reincarnation? 97
  Definition of Reincarnation 98
  Reincarnation: View of Different Religions 100
  Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism: 100
  Ancient Greece 110
  Buddhism 111
  Judaism 116
  Christianity 117
  Islam 122
  Eternal Damnation In Hell After One Sinful Life? 124
  Reincarnation – Modern Outlook 125
Chapter 6 Your Lost Home – The Kingdom of God 127
  Knowledge of the Soul 129
  The Gross Body and the Subtle Body 129
  The Soul Is Indestructible 130
  The Soul is an Individual 131
  The Soul Has Form 131
  Matter Is Formless – Spirit Gives Form to Matter 132
  The Soul Has a Form of Eternity (sat) – Knowledge (cit) – Bliss (ananda) 132
  The Soul is Situated in the Region of the Heart 132
  The Size of the Soul 133
  The Soul is Inconceivable 133
  Am I God? 134
  Faith in the Lord and Scriptures 136
  The Spiritual World Beyond 141
  The Spiritual World – Our Original Home 142
  The Three Principal Energies of the Lord 142
  The Supreme Truth is a Person 143
  Our Ultimate Resting Place 144
  Our Relationship with the Lord 147
  Loving Reciprocation Between Krishna and His Devotees 149
  The Five Divine Mellows 149
  Is Krishna an Avatar of Vishnu? 151
  Description of the Kingdom of God 153
  Auspicious Forms and Activities 154
  Unique Trees 154
  No Attraction for Sense Gratification 155
  Freedom From Envy and Eagerness to Hear the Lord's Glories 155
  Higher Taste 156
  Even Goddess of Fortune Renders Service Being Eager To Achieve the Lord's Grace 157
  Brahmaji's Lamentation About Souls Suffering in the Material World 158
  The Misuse of Free Will 159
  'I am the Creator' 160
  'I have more freedom. I am independent.' 161
  'I am the Controller' 162
  "Why should I accept any authority?" 163
  "I don't need to surrender to anybody" 164
  " I am the enjoyer" 164
  The Story of the Prodigal Son 167
Chapter 7 Material Nature – A Temporary Prison-House 171
  Organization of the Universal Government? 172
  Perceiving the Inescapable Universal Laws 173
  What is the cause of suffering? 174
  Returning to Harmony 175
  The Inconceivable Relation of Krishna with the Material World 176
  Krishna is the Source of all Material Elements 176
  If Nature is Mother Krishna is the Father 177
  How does Krishna Control His Energies? 177
  Cosmic Creation 179
  The Three Aspects of the Absolute Truth 180
  First Purusha Karanodakashayi Vishnu creates the Universes 182
  Second Purusha Garbhodakasayi Vishnu enters into each universe 184
  Brahma, the first-born living being 184
  Brahma's Bewilderment 185
  Brahma meditates desiring to realize the cause of all causes 186
  The Transcendental Beauty Of The Lord 187
  Brahma Prepares Himself for Creation 188
  Brahma's Creation of the Kumaras, Rudra and the Ten Sages 189
  Creation of Opposites 191
  Creating Vedas, Arts And Sciences 191
  How Brahma Increased the Population of the Universe 192
  Third Purusha Kshirodakashayi Vishnu Enters into the Heart of Every living Entity 193
  Covering of the Universe 193
  Cosmic Dissolution 194
  The Four Milleniums 194
  Brahma's Day and Night 195
  Manus Appearing In Brahma's Day 196
  Dissolution of the Three Worlds 197
  Demigod Worship 200
  Who are the Demigods? 200
  Surrendering to Krishna 201
Chapter 8 Your Secret Journey – Evolving Towards perfections 205
  Bondage Due to Mistaken Identity 206
  Illusion due to the Gross Body 207
  Illusion due to the Subtle Body 209
  From Bondage to Freedom 212
  Material Body – Changing Dress For The Soul 213
  Reincarnation – Internal and External 213
  The Six Transformations of the Material Body 215
  Changing Body And Permanent Soul 215
  Perfect Knowledge of Evolution 216
  The Mechanism of Reincarnation 219
  What Happens At Death? 219
  The Mind Carries the Unfulfilled Plans At Death 220
  How does Your Mind Influence You? 221
  Our Actions Reflect Our Mental States 221
  Dreams From Previous Experiences 223
  The Mind is the Index of Our Past Lives 224
  Is a child Innocent 225
  Bodily Attachment 226
  Bodies are 'Tailor-made' to Satisfy Soul's Desires 227
  The Story of Kailash 231
  Purification Through Devotional Service 233
  Action For Purifying The Subtle Body 233
  A Practical Example of Perfect Living 234
  The Prince Who Brought Jubiliation & Lamentation 235
Chapter 9 The Secret of Action – From Illusion to Reality 245
  Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People? 246
  The Law of Karma: An Infallible Justice 248
  The Law of Karma 248
  Ignorance of Law is no Excuse 249
  Instinct and Discrimination 250
  Good and Bad Karma Both cause Bondage 251
  Good Karma is Not Enough 251
  Birth and Death – Agonizing Experiences 252
  How To Become Free From Karma & Reincarnation? 254
  Is Karma The Supreme Factor n Deciding My Future? 254
  Akarma 255
  How to Perform Akarma? 257
  The Greatest Welfare Work 260
  Can I Not Do Good to People Without God? 262
  Will Not Chanting Hare Krishna Make One Lazy And Selfish? 264
  Story: The Greatest Social Service 266
  The Glorious End of your Long Secret Journey 267
  Whose life is considered successful? 268
  Whose death is considered successful? 269
Appendix 1 Cloning: A Modern Miracle or an Ancient Method? 273
Appendix 2 Meditation for the Modern Age 282
Appendix 3 Srila Prabhupada – The Ambassador of The Kingdom of GOD 286
Appendix 4 ISKCON Youth Forum (IYF): At a Glance 288

 

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Item Code: IDJ060 Author: Radheshyam Das Cover: Paperback Edition: 2006 Publisher: ISKCON Youth Forum (IYF), Pune Language: English Size: 8.4" X 5.4" Pages: 307 (Illustrated Throughout in B/W Illus.) Other Details: weight of book 444 grm.
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