Please refer to Bhagavad-gita Chapters 10-18 mostly (and some references from chapters 1-9 if appropriate). Remember to achieve the objectives for each aim in your essays. (See Students Handbook pages 28-31).
Part A: Preaching Application:
Please answer the following question in about 500 words (1½-2 pages).
After a public lecture, a guest asks the question: ‘How can we distinguish between different religious practices and determine their respective merits?’
In your response refer to verses from the 14th & 17th Chapters of the Bhagavad-gita and give specific attention to some the Sanskrit words in of the verses you select.
Acknowledge the tension, this question raises. Explain how the 14th & 17th Chapters of the Bhagavad-gita can help to resolve this tension, possibly with reference to of contemporary religious issues.
Be careful to avoid two extremes in your response, namely: stating that one religious tradition (‘ours’) is right and all others are wrong suggesting that all religions are equal.
Part B: Understanding:
Please answer the following 2 questions in about 500 words each question (1½ pages).
Srila Prabhupada writes: “The mode of goodness is better than the modes of passion and ignorance, but one who takes directly to Krsna consciousness is transcendental to all three modes of material nature.” (BG 17.28 purport)Explain how the mode of goodness is better than the modes of passion and ignorance. Is cultivation of the mode of goodness is necessary in Krsna consciousness? If so, why? Is the mode of goodness automatically achieved by practice of Krsna consciousness? If so, how? How is Krsna consciousness transcendental to all three modes of material nature?
In your response, refer to appropriate verses, analogies, purports and lectures from Bhagavad-gita (Ch 1- 18). Give specific attention to the Sanskrit words in some of the verses you select.
Explain the relationship between the jiva (individual soul), prakrti [material nature], and isvara (the Supreme Lord). Discuss the cause of the suffering of the jéva in relation these and draw a conclusion. Refer to appropriate verses, analogies, purports and lectures from Bhagavad-gétä (Ch 1- 18). Give specific attention to the Sanskrit words in some of the verses you select.
Part C: Mood & MissionPlease answer the following question in about 500 words (1½-2 pages).
How has studying Bhagavad-gita Chapters 10-18 deepened your understanding Srila Prabhupada’s mood & mission?