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November 04, 2006

Test Ch. 4-6

Below is the first test for chapters 4-6. It is not required but it is recommended for those who want to go on and take the Bhakti-Sastri exam at the end of the course. It should be done on the honor system. Completed tests should be sent to bhaktisastri108@yahoo.com for grading. Thank you. ys-Ekacakra dasa

Bhakti-Sastri Exam – Chapters 4-6

Verses (30 pts.)

Write the Sanskrit (minus the diacritics) and the English translation for the following verses:

1. 4.9

2. 4.34

3. 5.18

4. 6.47

Short Answer (30 pts.)

Answer the following questions in one or two sentences.

1. Why does Krishna begin the fourth chapter by explaining to Arjuna the fact that He originally spoke the knowledge of the Bhagavad-gita to the sun-god?

2. Text 4.34 explains the importance of surrendering to a bonafide spiritual master. What are the two activities that this verse recommends in order to obtain transcendental knowledge?

3. Chapter five discussed the concept of the three doers. Who are they?

4. What are the three different gradations leading up to the yogi in text 6.46?

5. Please list the two characteristics of the yogi that Krsna describes in text 6.47.

Essay (40 pts.)

Please choose two topics to develop into an essay. As much as possible please use examples that you remember from the text.

1. In the 10th verse of the fourth chapter Krsna explains three impediments to the attainment of transcendental love for Him. List each of these three impediments and explain how each one keeps the spirit soul from the ultimate goal of Krishna consciousness.

2. One theme that was initially introduced in the fourth chapter (16-24), and then discussed throughout chapters four to six was the subject of performing karma-yoga on the platform of jnana. When we speak of karma on the platform of jnana what exactly are we referring to? And how does this action lead to the topics in the fifth and sixth chapters of the Gita? Please give relevant examples from the text.

3. Discuss the three characteristics of the peace formula (5.29), and how implementing these will eventually lead to a peaceful situation in the world.

4. Please discuss some of the relevant points regarding the importance of controlling the mind in the practice of yoga. Cite examples from the text and how they can be applied to the practice of bhakti-yoga.