The Art of Living

The Art of Living

Date
31st Oct 2002
Author
Poorna Pragna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Seeing certain physical and habitual changes in me recently (particularly after initiation) some of my friends asked, " Have you joined Art of living class or some sort of yoga class?" I said "yes" and closed the topic. Interestingly I was listening to HDG Srila Prabupada's explanation for Art of living. 

(Srimad Bhagavatam 7-9-8 on Feb28 1977 at Mayapura.)

Prabhupada: 

sri prahlada uvaca
brahmadayah sura-gana munaya 'tha siddhah
sattvaikatana-gatayo vacasam pravahaih
naradhitum puru-gunair adhunapi pipruh
kim tostum arhati sa me harir ugra-jateh

So ugra-jateh means demonic family, passionate. Ugra. There are three qualities within this material world. Therefore it is said guna-mayi. Daivi hy esa guna-mayi. Guna-mayi means three gunas, three modes of material nature: sattva-guna, rajo-guna and tamo-guna. So our mind is jumping. Everyone knows the nature of the mind, sometimes accepting one thing, again rejecting it, sankalpa-vikalpa. This is the quality of the mind or nature of the mind. Sometimes the mind is jumping over sattva-guna, sometimes on the rajo-guna, and sometime on the tamo-
guna. In this way we are getting different types of mentality. In this way, at the time of death the mentality which is just at the moment of leaving this body will carry me to a different body of sattva-guna, rajo-guna, tamo-guna. This is the way of transmigration of the soul. Therefore we have to train up the mind until we get the another body. That is the art of living. So if you train up your mind simply to think of Krishna then you are safe. Otherwise there is chance of accidents. Yam yam vapi smaran bhavam tyajaty ante kalevaram. At the time of leaving this body, if we have not practiced the mind to fix up at the lotus feet of Krsna, then there is... (break) A particular type of body we get.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Poorna Pragna Das.
Abu Dhabi