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SPIRITUALITY FOR THE MODERN YOUTH Series
Your Secret Journey
Compiled by: Radheshyam Das M.Tech. (NT, Mumbai)
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acharya of the
for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
My Beloved Spiritual Master
His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj
Eminent Personalities Say...
"The Spirituality for the Modern Youth series is a lucid explanation of the most profound Truths revealed to mankind through vaiiuus 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 within... Every adherent of the scientific spirit of enquiry will relish it." Dr Sudipto 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.I.C.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
"This is a well illustrated, easy to understand book and I 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,
ISKCON Padayatra Minister
The Vedic texts are the panacea for all problems for all times; they give a crystal clear understanding of aii 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 nend', Your Secret Journev\ 'Victory over Death', 'and 'Yoga of Love We have been using these notes for vigorous youth preaching in Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture & Education (VOICE), Pune. VOICE, 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 Swami 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. VOICE 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, Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture & Education (VOICE), Pune President, ISKCON, Pune.
We are pleased to 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 became 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.
Director, Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture & Education (VOICE), Pune
President, ISKCON, Pune.
I am looking for the right choice of words to express my heartfelt giaiitude and to appreciate all the devotees who tirelessly and selflessly worked hard to bring this book in time. My first thanks to Chaitanya Charan prabhu who not only did the valuable service of editing and proof-reading but, as a 'spiritual scientist' also heartily relished my compilation and enthused me with his appreciation. It is said if you have to accomplish a grand task, you need people who throw away their watch. Sankirtananand prabhu and Sundarvar prabhu are fit examples to this principle. Without their sweat and toil, the book would not have been released in time. Radha Madhav prabhu who joined our publishing team for the first time, was a great team player. He arranged for pictures in time by scanning and organizing. Shrirang Kulkarni, an experienced computer engineer showed utmost dedication to publishing this book by rendering various services like proof reading, layouting etc. Our cover pages are never finalized without the guidance and finalization of our talented designer and architect, Jaigopal prabhu. My sincere thanks to Gaursundar prabhu who binds all these devotees together and gives them spiritual inspiration to render more and more service. Many, many more devotees were instrumental in bringing out the book and are behind the scene and I thank all of them.
I also thank all the VOICE 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, Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture & Education (VOICE), Pune President, ISKCON, Pune.