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Bhagavad Gita For Children


 Bhagavad Gita for Children - Chapter 8

Bhagavad Gita for Children
 
Bhagavad Gita For Children - Chapter 8

THE ETERNAL BRAHMA

Jai: I don’t have a big spiritual vocabulary, Grandma, so I don’t understand many words that I hear at the temple. Can you explain some of them in a simple way?

Grandma: I will explain some of the Sanskrit words, so listen very carefully. You may not completely understand these terms at your age.

The Spirit that is inside all living beings is called Brahma in Sanskrit. Brahma not only supports living beings but also supports the whole universe. This is the formless nature of God, the Absolute. Brahma is beginningless, endless (or everlasting) and changeless; therefore, it is also called Eternal Brahma. The word Brahma often gets confused with the word Brahma, the creative force or creator of this universe. The word Brahma is also spelled as Brahm or Brahman. The word Brahman often gets mixed up with another term, Brahmana, also spelled as Brahmin, which refers to the upper caste or intellectual class of people in India. I will explain this term later in Chapter18.

ParaBrahma, Paramatma, Father, Mother is the Supreme Being, Who is the origin of everything, including Brahma (Spirit or Atma).

The word Karma has several meanings. Generally, it means to do or work. It also means the stored up fruits of one’s work over past lives.

Various powers of Brahma are called Daiva (or Deva, Devi, Devata). We worship these powers to get our worldly desires fulfilled.

Ishvara is the power of God that stays in the bodies of all living beings to guide and control us.

Bhagavan simply means powerful. This term is used for God. We call ShriKrishna also Bhagavan Krishna.

Jiva or Jivatma means living beings that take birth, have a limited life span, and die or change form.

Jai: How often should I remember and worship God to make sure that I remember God when I die?

Grandma: We should form the habit of remembering God before taking our food, before going to bed, after getting up in the morning, and before starting any work or study.

Jai: Are we always reborn as human beings?

Grandma: Human beings can take any one of the 8.4 million life-forms on earth. Hindus believe in life after death. Lord Krishna said: “Whatever object one remembers at the time of death, that object one gets after death. During death, one remembers whatever thought existed during most of one’s lifetime.” (Gita 8.06) Therefore, one should always remember God and do one’s duty. (Gita 8.07)

Here is a story to illustrate the theory of transmigration of souls.

9. The Story of King Bharata

When Sage Vishvamitra was busy creating his own universe; Indra, the King of heaven could not tolerate that. So he sent a beautiful heavenly dancer,