A very enlightening seminar

A very enlightening seminar was held at Marburg Secondary School during the past weekend. The speaker is a lecturer and researcher at UKZN. A brief summary of his dynamic presentation follows.

The Bhagavad Gita covers five subject matters — God, the living entity, nature, time and karma (work).

Bhagavad Gita is concerned with the existential position of the individual living entity and his relationship with the phenomenal world and with God. The real self is not the body but the soul , which is spiritual, eternal and unchanging.

He is eternally a distinct, individual, conscious being, never losing or merging his unique identity into any other being or existence.

In his original pure state, the soul resides in the eternal spiritual world, where he enjoys an intimate relationship with God.

Since devotional service cannot be forced, but should be a voluntary and natural expression of the soul, God endows the jiva with free will.

By exercising his minute free will, however, the soul may choose to ignore God’s predominance. By this choice, he is placed in the service of God’s own inferior energy.

This causes the jiva to descend to the material world, where he is covered by illusion and forgets his eternal, spiritual identity as Gods servant. Until enlightened, the jiva continues with this cycle of birth and death, suffering or enjoying in different material identities.

Thus Bhagavad Gita is spoken by the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna, to revive the dormant consciousness of the living entity to his eternal , spiritual nature as the servant of God in a relationship of love.

The purpose of Bhagavad Gita is to deliver mankind from the nescience of material existence.

Fortunately, the seminar continues this weekend on Saturday at 2 pm and on Sunday at 9 am. You are invited to attend.

RAJEN MAHABEER

PORT SHEPSTONE