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Author Name: Cārucandra Dāsa | Format: Paperback | Genre : Religion & Spirituality | Other Details

Some 25 years ago, I had been struggling to receive spiritual initiation from a would-be diksha-guru for over three years, but he kept repeating that I was not ready yet. Just about that time (April 1994), I suffered what turned out to be a near-fatal heart attack during a lunch break at my FDA office. They rushed me into the emergency where I underwent triple heart bypass surgery. Three major arteries in my heart had ~98-100% blockages. One of these is the one commonly referred to by cardiologists as a “widow-maker!” Suffices to say that I could have suffered a massive heart attack, but for some divine intervention, I probably received another life.

That incident alarmed me to seek spiritual initiation from my spiritual master, but I did not have much hope for that possibility. Based on my meagre scriptural knowledge at the time (Ante Narayana Smiti), I took refuge in whatever intelligence the Lord had endowed me.

How do I attract Guru Maharaja’s attention to my cause? My intense greediness/eagerness [referred to as laulyam in sanskrit] initiated prompted me to study his mood using my intelligence. Through Krsna, we get introduced to our prospective guru, and thru Guru only, we attain Krsna. Thereby I figured out how he served his guru. His pranama-mantra happens to be “prabhupādasya sāhityaṃ yat prakāśāya vitiryaśca” Prabhupada ordered him to renounce this lucrative job of being a general manager of the Pepsi cola company, get married to a devotee woman even though he did not want to marry, return to India, and translate his books into several regional languages, and then distribute in India and abroad. All these he did in the prime of his youth when he was in Canada.

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Cārucandra Dāsa

Cārucandra Dāsa (formerly known as Chandrakant P. Giri, Ph.D.) is an initiated disciple of His Holiness Gopāla Krishna Goswāmī Mahārāja. He has been conducting courses on Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava scriptures for over two decades. Thus far, he has completed Bhagavad-Gītā, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction, Sri Isopanishad, Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya-Caritāmṛta, all Six-Sandarbhas, Sri Bṛhad- & Laghu-Bhagavatāmṛtas, Sri Gopāla-tāpanī-Upaniṣad, Manaḥ-Śīkṣā, Śrī Ujjvala-Nīilamaṇi, Śrī Rādhā-Tattva, Sri Gopala Campu. Launch of Sri Narada Bhakti Sutra & Sri Madhurya Kadambhini & Sri Jaiva Dhrma are scheduled throughout 2023. One may refer to https://bhaktishastra.com for previous recordings and upcoming course or email him at chandrakant.giri@gmail.com

In 2020, at 77, he earned his master’s in philosophy, science, and religion from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. Crazy maybe, but he now aspires to make his 2nd Ph.D. at 79!

This book is an essay on Absolute Knowledge (Parama-Jnana) written by him 25 years back which provides an overview of important topics described by Lord in Srimad Bhagavat Gita. He has applied concept of Critical Thinking and analysis which aims to inspire reader to go back and read Srimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is authored by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna consciousness (ISKCON). A copy of “Srimad Bhagavat Gita As It Is” is available online on https://vedabase.com. It may also be purchased from nearest ISKCON centers or online stores.