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Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism (Chapter 3 Text 3)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 3: Karma-yoga Moderator: Please ignore the previous mail on Chapter 10. I deeply apologizefor spamming your in boxes.
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2013
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 3: Karma-yoga

      Moderator: Please ignore the previous mail on Chapter 10. I deeply apologize for spamming your in boxes.

                                                                       TEXT 3

                                                             sri-bhagavan uvaca
                                                          loke 'smin dvi-vidha nistha
                                                          pura prokta mayanagha
                                                       jnana-yogena sankhyanam
                                                          karma-yogena yoginam


      sri-bhagavan uvaca--the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; loke--in the world; asmin--this; dvi-vidha--two kinds of; nistha--faith; pura--
      formerly; prokta--were said; maya--by Me; anagha--O sinless one; jnanayogena--by the linking process of knowledge; sankhyanam--of the empiric
      philosophers; karma-yogena--by the linking process of devotion;
      yoginam--of the devotees.

          The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who try to realize the self. Some are inclined to understand Him by empirical, philosophical speculation, and others are inclined to know Him by devotional work.


      In the Second Chapter, verse 39, the Lord explained two kinds of procedures--namely sankhya-yoga and karma-yoga, or buddhi-yoga. In this verse, the Lord explains the same more clearly. Sankhya-yoga, or the analytical study of the nature of spirit and matter, is the subject matter for persons who are inclined to speculate and understand things by experimental knowledge and philosophy. The other class of men work in Krsna consciousness, as it is explained in the 61st verse of the Second Chapter.

      The Lord has explained, also in the 39th verse, that by working by the principles of buddhi-yoga, or Krsna consciousness, one can be relieved from the bonds of action; and, furthermore, there is no flaw in the process. The same principle is more clearly explained in the 61st verse--that this buddhi-yoga is to depend entirely on the Supreme (or more specifically, on Krsna), and in this way all the senses can be brought under control very easily. Therefore, both the yogas are interdependent, as religion and philosophy. Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy
      without religion is mental speculation. The ultimate goal is Krsna, because the philosophers who are also sincerely searching after the Absolute Truth come in the end to Krsna consciousness. This is also stated in the Bhagavad-gita. The whole process is to understand the real position of the self in relation to the Superself.

      The indirect process is philosophical speculation, by which, gradually, one may come to the point of Krsna consciousness; and the other process is directly connecting with everything in Krsna consciousness. Of these two, the path of Krsna consciousness is better because it does not depend on
      purifying the senses by a philosophical process. Krsna consciousness is itself the purifying process, and by the direct method of devotional service it is simultaneously easy and sublime.    

      Source: Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada
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