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Your Secret Journey (Spirituality for the Modern Youth Series)






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Your Secret Journey (Spirituality for the Modern Youth Series)

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Especificaciones
Código del Artículo: IDJ060

por Radheshyam Das

Paperback (Edición: 2002)

ISKCON Youth Forum (IYF), Pune

Tamaño: 8.4" X 5.4"
Páginas: 307 (Illustrated Throughout in B/W Illus.)

Precio: Euro 10.67

Descripción
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.

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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