Tag Archives: Brahma Samhita

The Supreme Personality of Godhead

Krishna

As is so often the case, Carol Horton wrote a wonderfully thought-provoking article recently. You can find it on her blog, Think Body Electric. The post was an appreciation of ‘American Yoga’ and, as the long parade of comments that her post generated rolled on, the topic of the Bhagavad Gita’s relevance to contemporary yoga came up. Within the sub-discussion that nested inside the larger conversation, one participant suggested that a definition of “Krishna”, the speaker of the Gita, was required in order to ascertain how one should try to understand the Gita and apply its teachings.

I couldn’t agree more.

One edition of the Gita that was cited among examples of how different translators arrive at different philosophical conclusions was A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is. In his translation, Prabhupada coined a vivid descriptive for Krishna: The Supreme Personality of Godhead. Continue reading

Contemplating the Kala Chakra

One of my best friends and her boyfriend recently invited my girlfriend and I to share a holiday season dinner with them. One thing that struck me about her invitation was the very reasonable assumption that we might be too busy to get together with them until after the holidays were over. Like them – and like so many modern people – my girlfriend and I are perpetually busy. And for most of us, the run up to the end of the year is an even busier time than usual, what with shopping, party hopping, and travel plans. Continue reading