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Discover Your Self
Dedicated to - His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
My Beloved Spiritual Master
His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj
Eminent Personalities Say...
"This is a well illustrated, easy to understand book and 1 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."
His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaj,
"The Spirituality for the Modern Youth series is a lucid explanation of the most profound Truths revealed to mankind through various religions. An all-encompassing presentation written in a very rational and scientific manner."
Chairman and Managing Director, Mafatlal Group of Industries.
"The Spirituality for the Modern Youth series is an invaluable contribution to the realm of higher dimensional science, which directs the exploring spirit on an adventurous journey in the world witiiin... Every adherent of die scientific spirit of enquiry will relish it."
DrSudipto Ghosh, M. Tech. & Ph D, IITKanpur Scientist, Tata Research Development and Design Center, Pune - INDIA
"The Spirituality for the Modern Youth series comes right down to where the reader is - lost amidst a plethora of philosophies and beliefs and elevates him step-by-step to the highest understanding of the fundamental truths of life."
Dr M. K. Patel, M.D., D.G.O., F.LC.O.G. Consulting Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Coordinator, Dept. of Bio-Ethics, Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mumbai.
"To present pristine spirituality to the modern scientific mind is no easy task. Coming from a dynamic spiritualist with a distinguished academic background, the Spirituality for the Modern Youth series meets the challenge wonderfully."
Dr Bhaskar Hosangodi,
Emeritus Prof and HoD, Chemistry Dept., Bombay University
"The Spirituality for the Modern Youth series uses the analytical approach to present the profound philosophy of the Vedas in a way appealing even to the skeptical youth of today. A must-read for every scientifically-minded person with an interest in spirituality."
Ph D Student, Comp. Sc, IIT Mumbai.
The book has come out successfully by dint of the untiring efforts of many IYF members. Mr. Shekhar, Jai Gopal das and Shankar Pandit das together conceived and designed the fascinating front cover. Special thanks are due to Sankirtan Anand das, Sundar Var das and Vrajananu das for their unflinching dedication to this project by doing all the taxing computer work - formatting, inserting pictures, taking printouts etc. Thanks to Chaitanya Charan das for his valuable proofreading and editing. All these devotees have toiled day and night to bring out this book. I also express my heartfelt gratitude to the many other devotees including Vrishabhanu das, Smn Haresh Daswani, Akinchan Krishna das, Vamshi Vadan das, Sundershyam das, Radha Madhav das, Ram Nitai das, Aniruddha das, Bh. Shrirang Kulakarni and Smt Sharma who assisted us in bringing out this book. I also thank all the IYF sector and core-group members who encouraged me to take up this task of bringing out the lessons in the form of a book. Their encouragement is their practical surrender and dedication to youth preaching and to using these lessons effectively.
Director, ISKCON Youth Forum, Pune. President, ISKCON, Pune.
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 modern 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 modern 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 ISKCON Youth Forum (IYF), Pune. IYF, 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 Swarm 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. IYF 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.
Director, ISKCON Youth Forum, Pune President, ISKCON, Pune.