Raja-Vidya: The King of Knowledge
” by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.COPYRIGHT NOTICE: This is an evaluation copy of the printed version ofthis book, and is NOT FOR RESALE. This evaluation copy is intended forpersonal non-commercial use only, under the “fair use” guidelinesestablished by international copyright laws. You may use this electronicfile to evaluate the printed version of this book, for your own privateuse, or for short excerpts used in academic works, research, studentpapers, presentations, and the like. You can distribute this evaluationcopy to others over the Internet, so long as you keep this copyrightinformation intact. You may not reproduce more than ten percent (10%) ofthis book in any media without the express written permission from thecopyright holders. Reference any excerpts in the following way:“Excerpted from “Raja-Vidya: The King of Knowledge” by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami, courtesy of the Bhaktivedanta Book TrustInternational,www.Krishna.com.”This book and electronic file is Copyright 1973-2003 Bhaktivedanta BookTrust International, 3764 Watseka Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA.All rights reserved. For any questions, comments, correspondence, or toevaluate dozens of other books in this collection, visit the website ofthe publishers,www.Krishna.com.Chapter OneRaja-Vidya: The King of Knowledgesri bhagavan uvacaidam tu te guhyatamampravaksyamy anasuyavejnanam vijnana-sahitamyaj jnatva moksyase 'subhat"The Supreme Lord said: My dear Arjuna, because you are neverenvious of Me, I shall impart to you this most secret wisdom, knowingwhich you shall be relieved of the miseries of material existence." (Bg.9.1)The opening words of the Ninth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita indicatethat the Supreme Godhead is speaking. Here Sri Krsna is referred to asBhagavan. Bhaga means opulences, and van means one who possesses. Wehave some conception of God, but in the Vedic literature there aredefinite descriptions and definitions of what is meant by God, and whatis meant is described in one word--Bhagavan. Bhagavan possesses allopulences, the totality of knowledge, wealth, power, beauty, fame andrenunciation. When we find someone who possesses these opulences infull, we are to know that he is God. There are many rich, wise, famous,beautiful and powerful men, but no one man can claim to possess all ofthese opulences. Only Krsna claims to possess them in totality.