- Title: Lord Sri Krishna’s Commandments: Timeless secrets from priceless scriptures
- Authors: Vinayak Raghuvamshi
- Genre: Philosophy, Ethics, Morality, Self-Help, Spiritual
- Length: 120 pages
- Publication Date: November 29, 2017
Bhagavad Gita Distilled. Authentic, Unbiased & Thorough.
100% Spiritual. 0% Religion.
Objective and actionable items extracted from these priceless scriptures.
Secrets for Success, Happiness, Abundance, Peace & Liberation from Material bondage.
Authentic, Spiritual and Scientific. Expect a total and positive life transformation.
The Bhagavad Gita is the most celebrated and ancient scriptures of India. It is part of the epic called Mahabaratha. It is thousands of years old and one of the very few scriptures that have survived the ravages of time. Great and successful people all over the world have drawn inspiration from these scriptures.
This is a book by a common person for the common population in pursuit of eternal joy and liberation. The content of this book is primarily derived from the timeless wisdom contained in the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ .
I am an independent author, not affiliated with any religious or political organization. I have focused only on extracting the actionable items or ‘commandments’ from this scripture. I have not made any attempts to re-interpret or provide my own version of the meaning of the verses contained in this scripture. Many great scholars like Swami Ranganathananda, Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada, Swami Vivekananda, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Swami Sankaracharya, Georg Feuerstein etc. have all provided excellent interpretations. These are the works that I have drawn inspiration from.
About the Author
I was fortunate to have been born in a family of book lovers. I have spent most of my childhood surrounded by books, mostly pertaining to philosophy, spirituality, literature and science.
No matter how many books I read, the concept of God proved to be the most difficult to comprehend. There were so many questions in my mind and so few answers.
Is God a person or just a force?
Does God really give a damn about us humans?
Why does God let bad things happen to good people?
Why do some people get success easily while others seem to struggle?
Does it have anything to do with their God connection?
Am I free to live life like I wish or does God control every aspect of it? And many more…
I once came across this famous quote by Albert Einstein “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of consciousness that created them”. It made sense to me. If we consider God to be a higher force or superior being, then we cannot comprehend or explain God unless we are able to raise our level of consciousness. And most religious texts and scriptures have explained that the best way to connect with God is through devotion and surrender to God. Both are possible only for a humble mind and a loving heart.
With this humility, I set out to understand what exactly it means to ‘surrender’ to God. Does it mean I don’t act or do anything at all? If not, how much should I do or act? How do I know whether my surrender is sufficient?
I spent years with these questions in my mind and searching for answers through meditation as well as by reading every piece of spiritual text I could lay my hands on, regardless of whether it was from the east or the west. I also spent a lot of time reading the works of Plato and Socrates who in my opinion are masters in the art of questioning (and answering them as well). At a very young age, I was greatly influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s works. Two of his works impacted me most profoundly. One was his works on “bhakti yoga” and the other was on “karma yoga”. These I have read multiple times and spent many years of my life trying to practice as much as I could.
My professional background is in the field of computer science and I have a knack for and experience in, solving complex problems and explaining the concepts in an analytical and structured manner. I have made a very humble attempt here in this book to use that experience and provide my analysis of this ancient scripture, focusing on actionable items that I am terming as ‘commandments’.
There is a very famous saying in management ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it’. If you want to grow on the spiritual path, it helps to have some way of measuring your success. In my first book, ‘Lord Sri Krishna’s Commandments’, I have extracted 18 commandments from the Gita. At the least, we can always check how many of those we are able to follow in our own lives and use that as one of the measurements for our success on the spiritual plane.