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Published on January 1st, 2013 | by Madhudvisa dasa


The King of Knowledge — Raja Vidya — PDF Download

Raja-Vidya The King of Knowledge (Original 1973 book Cover)CLICK HERE to Buy the Hare Copy BookFree PDF download of Srila Prabhupada’s original 1973 Raja-Vidya: The King of Knowledge.

“This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets.

It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.

(Bg. 9.2).

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According to Bhagavad-gita, the topmost knowledge (raja-vidya raja-guhyam) is Krishna consciousness because in Bhagavad-gita we find that the symptom of one who is actually in knowledge is that he has surrendered unto Krishna. As long as we go on speculating about God but do not surrender, it is understood that we have not attained the perfection of knowledge. The perfection of knowledge is:

“After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.” (Bg. 7 .19)

As long as we do not surrender, we cannot understand God. Surrender to God may take many births, but if we accept that God is great, it is possible to surrender unto Him immediately. But generally this is not our position in the material world. We are characteristically envious and consequently think, “Oh, why should I surrender unto God?

I am independent. I shall work independently.” Therefore in order to rectify this misgiving, we have to work for many births. In this regard, the name of Krishna is especially significant. Krs means “repetition of birth,” and na means “one who checks.” Our repetition of birth can be checked only by God. No one can check his repetition of birth and death without the causeless mercy of God. The subject matter of the Ninth Chapter is rajavidya. Raja means “king,” and vidya means “knowledge.”

About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna." I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can. That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental! That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

6 Responses to The King of Knowledge — Raja Vidya — PDF Download

  1. Such a motivative book

  2. Carlos Vargas says:

    Many interesting books that we would like to buy if they were available in electronic form such kindle,etc. I am particularly interested in “The Higher Taste: A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet” but I see it is only available in hard copy, and I am overseas!

  3. Gaurasundara Dasa says:

    The conclusion of all knowledge is related about the Raja Guhyam the top most secret, found in Bg. 9 The Most Confidential Knowledge. It is about pragmatism, and as every thing can be used in KC then pragmatism also. If I say for example: “Dear devotee I am very glad to have the association of such a great vaishnava.” Here i am saying pragmatically or practically, or indirectly that you are a great vaishnava. Is not the same if I say: “Dear devotee you are a great vaishnava.” Because everybody accept the things easily, when you say it with a double sense or indirectly. We can find lots of references about this in scriptures. “The hamsa accept the milk only when it is within the water.”

    • Gaurasundara Dasa says:

      It´s said that: “This world is just a shadow of the spiritual world and the inferior energy cannot create anything.” It’s said also that: “The highest Krishna´s energy is called the charming “Sundara” (creativity.)

      “O expert and thoughtful men, relish Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls.” SB 1.1.3:

      Normally when a devotee is preaching he say often for example: “What YOU HAVE TO DO IS to read Srila Prabhupada´s books, to chant Hare Krishna, execute devotional service with love and devotion and then you can become Krishna conscious, as is stated in Bg. 18-55.”

      When Srila Prabhupada preach He say the same but in a very soft or indirect way: “He who,” “The one who,” “My dear mind.” In NOD there are 64 offenses that should be avoided and say: “One should not.”

      Anyway those offenses are just the platform base to stablish our “personal” relationship with The Supreme Lord.

      In Bg: introduction Krishna say to “His Friend”: “He tells Arjuna that He is relating this supreme secret to him because he is His devotee and His friend…. This is the art, and this is also the secret of Bhagavad-gītā: total absorption in the thought of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.”

      In Bg. Lord Krishna is preaching to “Arjuna” and He is giving a clue:

      “Intelligence, knowledge, freedom from doubt and delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, self-control and calmness, pleasure and pain, birth, death, fear, fearlessness, nonviolence, equanimity, satisfaction, austerity, charity, fame and infamy are created by Me alone.” Bg 10.4-5

      Sri Krishna, is The Supreme Engineer:

      “The Supreme Lord is the supervising engineer; the real mind behind all creative agents is the Absolute Personality of Godhead.” Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter 23.

      “The chief engineer of a complicated construction does not personally take part in the construction, but he knows every nook and corner because everything is done under his direction. He knows everything about the construction, both directly and indirectly. Similarly, the Personality of Godhead, who is the supreme engineer of this cosmic creation, knows every nook and corner” SB 1.1.1 : PURPORT.

      “The Lord says in Bhagavad-gītā (15.15), mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca. All recollections, knowledge, etc., as well as all forgetfulness, are engineered by the Lord, who is sitting within the heart of everyone. The intelligent man seeks the help of the Lord, and the Lord helps the sincere devotees engaged in His multifarious services.” SB 3.5.51, Purport.


    Theses PDF books are very useful and easy to download & read .. Thank you. .HARE KRSNA

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