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Four Types of People Who Come to God.

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Bhagvad Gita profiles four types of people who come to surrender to God. They are sukritina or pious. Sukrtinah, are those who obey the rules and regulations of scriptures, the moral and social laws, and are, more or less, devoted to the Supreme Lord. They do not indulge in miss deeds as a matter of habit. Among these there are four classes of men. THE VERSE
चतुर्विधाभजन्तेमांजनाःसुकृतिनोऽर्जुन आर्तोजिज्ञासुरर्थार्थीज्ञानीभरतर्षभ caturvidhā bhajantē māṅ janāḥ sukṛtinō.rjuna.
ārtō jijñāsurarthārthī jñānī ca bharatarṣabha৷৷7.16৷৷

Bg 7.16— O best among the Bhāratas, four kinds of pious men begin to render devotional service unto Me – the distressed, the desirer of wealth, the inquisitive, and he who is searching for knowledge of the Absolute. EXPLANATION

Human Body is a Spiritual Teacher.

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Observation of our own human body can be a source of detachment and make one  enlightened by realized spiritual knowledge. 

The son of Yayāti, Mahārāja Yadu, once encountered an avadhūta (a spiritualist who lives and recognizes himself as soul not body) who was traveling about, here and there, in great transcendental ecstasy and was acting unpredictably. The King inquired from the holy man about the cause of his wandering and his ecstatic condition, and the avadhūta replied that he had received various instructions from twenty-four different gurus — the earth, the wind, the sky, the water, fire, and so on. Because of the knowledge he had gained from them, he was able to travel about the earth in a liberated state. He said his own body was one of his Gurus.
Presented here is translation of the verses explaining how human body can be ones spiritual teacher?
The Holy man spoke - SB 11.9.24 — O King, from all these spiritual masters I have acquired great wisdom. Now please listen as I explain…

What are the three categories of Devotees?

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Bhagwad Puran mentions three levels of worshipers of God. Knowledge of these distinctions will help a devotee to strive for higher stage of devotion.  
Once Nārada arrived at the home of Vasudeva ( father of Lord Krishna), who worshiped him according to proper etiquette, greeted him respectfully and requested to hear about pure devotional service.
Nārada gave instructions in bhāgavata-dharma to the faithful and inquisitive Vasudeva by recounting a conversation between between the nine Yogendras (saints), who were sons of Lord Ṛṣabhadeva, and Mahārāja Nimi, the King of Videha. Presented here is the exact translation of the questions and answers that describe three levels of worshipers of God. During the conversation Maharaj Nimi asked the following questions: 
SB 11.2.44— Mahārāja Nimi asked: Now please tell me in greater detail about the devotees of the Supreme Lord. What are the natural symptoms by which I can distinguish between the most advanced devotees, those on the middle level and …

Some Plants Want to be Eaten.

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Animals run & cry when attacked by predators. But plants have adapted to appeal to animals and birds that spread their seeds.
Over millions of years, these plants have developed ways to communicate with animals through fruits, new research suggests, saying something like “choose me.” With traits evolved to match each animal’s sensory capacities or physical abilities, fruits can signal dinner time, and further their plant’s survival as a species.


Red berries and orange figs hang in the rain forest’s canopy. They are waiting for monkeys, apes or birds to scan the foliage, eat the ripe fruit and either spit or defecate seeds far from their sources, spreading their next generation to a new location.
In the similarly mountainous rain forests of Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park, yellow berries or fragrant, green figs await lemurs. They will search the forest all night for their feast, later scattering the seeds.



Kim Valenta, an evolutionary ecologist at Duke University and her colleagu…

Definition of Bhagvan or God.

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Who can be called Bhagvan?Maharishi Parasharawas the author of many ancient Indian texts. He is accredited as the author of the first Purana, the Vishnu Purana, before his son Vyasa wrote it in its present form. He was the grandson of Vasishtha, the son of Śakti Maharṣi, and the father of Vyasa.


ऐश्वर्यस्यसमग्रस्यवीर्यस्ययशसःश्रियः। ज्ञान-वैराग्ययोश्चैवषण्णांभगइतीरणा॥ aiśvaryasya samagrasya vīryasya yaśasaḥ śriyaḥ  jñāna-vairāgyayoś caiva ṣaṇṇāṁ bhagam itīṅganā (Viṣṇu Purāṇa 6.5.47)


The term ‘Bhagavan’ or God, is thus defined by Parasara Muni as one who is full in six opulences— 1.who has unlimited strength 2.fame 3.wealth 4.knowledge 5.beauty and 6.renunciation.


FINAL ABODE OF THE SOUL

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What final destination we should aim at? What should be the result of our material and spiritual activities? What goal we must aspire for?



Lord Krishna suggests (Bg. 15.4)  “Thereafter, one must seek that place from which, having gone, one never returns, and there surrender to that Supreme Personality of God from whom everything began and from whom everything has extended since time immemorial.”




In the following verse Shri Krishna describes in brief about that destination.



नतद्भासयतेसूर्योनशशाङ्कोनपावकः। यद्गत्वाननिवर्तन्तेतद्धामपरमंमम॥१५-६॥ na tad bhasayate suryo na sasanko na pavakah yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama



Bg 15.6— That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity. Those who reach it never return to this material world.