Getting closer to God through Krishna Consciousness
Krishna consciousness is a state of clear awareness wherein an individual acts in complete harmony with the Supreme Divine. While all humans are Krishna conscious by nature, Maya or illusion makes us believe that our physical state is our true self. Being Krishna conscious is the means to free ourselves from this illusion and experience the bliss of our true, eternal nature.
The philosophy of Krishna consciousness can be summarized in the following eight points:
If we sincerely follow an authentic spiritual discipline, it helps us attain a state of blissful being - one that is sans all worries and gives us complete self-control.
None of us are actually our physical bodies. Rather, we are all souls that live forever and are part of a common God - Krishna. Knowing that we are all children of a common father helps us see one another as members of one united family spread across the world.
Krishna is eternal, omnipresent, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-attractive. He is the source of all life and the sustaining energy of the universe.
To know and love God is the goal of Vedic knowledge, and the Bhagavad Gita spoken by Lord Krishna Himself over 5,000 years ago contains the essence of the Vedas.
To successfully tread on the path of spiritual discipline and attain the goal of self-realisation, it is imperative that we are led by a genuine guru or spiritual teacher. The Bhagavad Gita and other sacred texts enlists many criteria that are essential in a guru. However, what is most crucial is that a guru follows and reiterates the messages of Krishna, without changing them or having any selfish motives. Also, the thoughts and actions of the guru should always be concentrated on Krishna.
We must acknowledge and reciprocate the selfless love radiated by Krishna, by offering Him our food along with a prayer, prior to eating. Though Krishna Himself has provided that food to us, He will be pleased like parent receiving a gift from his/her child. This act of offering food to our Lord cleanses our consciousness and brings us closer to Him.
We should stay away from self-centredness and act in a way that gives joy to Krishna. This path to self-realization that entails loving devotion towards god can be followed by people of any age or faith and is known as bhakti-yoga or connecting to the Supreme of loving devotional service.
The most effective means for today's spiritual seeker to reach the blissful, worry-free state, and to become closer to God, is to chant His holy names: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare