The Bhagavad Gita Deck

Introduction

With one’s first breath begins an exhilarating journey of life full of highs and lows, joys and sorrows, and many other emotions that go beyond the grasp of any language.

Suffering exists. There is a cause. And it can be cured. This was the noble truth preached by Buddha. Why is suffering there at the first place? Why is there loss of love? Why am I here? And what is the meaning of life? Is this truly a state of mind or is there more to it? Questions like these and many more go through the human mind every now and then. Vedic scriptures state that average human mind goes through sixty thousand thoughts on any given day.

While an overwhelming majority experience suffering, only a few make the effort to delve deeper to understand the cause behind it. The rest, simply accept it as a way of life. The fundamental difference between humans and all other living entities is the ability to question. It is this very gift that has seen us grow spiritually and materially.

I do not claim to have answers to all the questions. However with the Bhagavad Gita Deck (a.k.a the BG deck), we can explore the answers together.

Hare Krishna.

My Journey

Vedas state “So’ham” means I am Him. The conditioning of our soul makes us forget our real Self. The Divine is in us and in all living entities. The God who is omnipresent is the one who has given us instinct, intellect, intelligence and intuition. Only if we take a moment to step back and make a serious attempt to read the signs all around us, we will be free of all confusions, worries, fears and exhaustion.

One fine day while doing some research on the web I came across an international website. The site talked about a card deck called the Bhagavad Gita deck. It was love at the first sight. I was unsure if I could buy those cards in India. Days passed until one day I came across a rather spiritual person who happened to be a Krishna devotee. After a few customary exchanges of words, he spontaneously and graciously stated, “You are capable of taking this medium of divination to a different level.” The words coming out of his mouth felt like a message coming from the Divine himself. He forced me to think big and beyond the usual way of predictions. He said that if I believed in my instincts/intuitions and keep Krishna in my heart, I would witness the signs in the near future. After all with a guiding light in the form of divine legacy, he suggested it would further fine-tune my foretelling.

Fast forward to a few months. One day, I woke up with this nagging feeling that I must go to a book shop. It was almost like a calling. Once there, when casually browsing the book shelves, my hand was pulled towards a nice box with an attractive picture of Lord Krishna. I pulled out the box and, lo and behold! -- to my utter surprise - it was the same Gita deck I had seen on the internet. I was mesmerized. As I held that deck in my hand, I had goose bumps and felt a sensation rising up from my spinal cord right through to my brain and ending there. I brought the deck home. I simply put the BG deck by my bedside for a number of days. I started having visions of the cards in my dreams. I was somehow certain that the destiny would arrange for another meeting with this person.

And it surely did happen – another meeting. I narrated the whole episode to him and requested him to guide me further so I could decipher the meaning of those dreams. He said, “nothing is a coincidence.” Very kindly he accepted my request. The saintly and devout Krishna devotee introduced me to the ancient art of using Bhagavad Gita verses for the purposes of accurate predictions. He expounded the esoteric meaning of Bhagavad Gita to prove that all questions and answers to such questions that can ever arise in the human mind exist in this holy book. He believed that Bhagavat Gita cards could bring a unique way of guiding people. We started working on it as he explained the meaning of each and every card. Clouds of confusion dissipated in a matter of hours and I felt the camouflage had come off the cards. It all made perfect sense.

My journey of finding and unraveling the mystery behind the Bhagavad Gita was comparable to Arjuna’s position as he sought answers to the meaning of life and of right and wrong by approaching Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. I felt determined and inspired to use my new found knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita Deck for the benefit of other human beings.

He carefully trained me in the science of using the BG deck and instructed me to freely share this knowledge with all others because of his own mission to alleviate the human suffering in today's world. I emerged a new and different Hemma. I felt unmatched responsibility towards the Bhagavad Gita deck and spent days meditating on each. With deep faith in each letter written in the Bhagavad Gita I thank the Lord for showing me the light on this path.

With each passing day even as I continue to better understand the BG deck, I have accepted that one could easily spend an entire lifetime studying it and yet still not fully fathom its divine messages.

My heart swells up with joy, gratitude and reverence to Lord Krishna for choosing me to get a glimpse of the enormous treasure of knowledge the Bhagavad Gita holds and for allowing me to share the fruits of this knowledge with you.

Hare Krishna.

The Deck

Most beautifully adorned with a jewel-like verse, each card has a spiritual picture. There are a total of sixty eight cards in the Bhagavad Gita Deck. Each card showcases a verse from the Bhagavad Gita with a heading. The card illustrations portray various Gods and Goddesses - familiar archetypal characters of “Santana Dharma” whose experiences completely reflect the patterns of our existing lives.

Hare Krishna.

Its Efficacy

In the present state, not only have we forgotten the Supreme Lord, but our eternal relationship as well with Him. Every living being has the capacity to reach out to the Supreme and strike an independent relationship. Actually we are all swallowed by the tigress of ignorance, but still the merciful Lord is ever graceful. The purpose of the Bhagavad Gita is to deliver mankind from the artificiality and temporary nature of material existence. Almost everyone is going through certain difficulties, as was Arjuna for having to fight the battle of Kurukshetra. Arjuna, the great devotee warrior, surrendered unto Sri Krishna, and consequently the Bhagavad Gita was spoken by the Lord.

The Bhagavad Gita deck is a careful extract of the verses from the Bhagavad Gita. The cards of the deck contain the most important questions raised by Arjuna and the answers by Krishna. Whether your questions are related to material, family, financial, love, health or more abstract around spirituality and life, both your questions and their answers exist in the BG deck.

All human knowledge is limited to the five functions of our cognitive senses viz., touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound. But the knowledge by the Divine is unlimited and complete. The Lord has proven it in the Bhagavad Gita and you can experience it through the BG deck.

Hare Krishna.

FAQ's

Q) Is the Bhagavad Gita Deck different to a tarot deck?

The words in the Bhagavad Gita are spoken directly by the Lord. They are uttered by none other than the Supreme Soul. Such words are not a product of the conscious mind. The BG deck has verses directly from the Bhagavad Gita. Unlike other tarot decks, the BG deck raises every question and answers to such questions right from the Original Source. Tarot cards are designed to look at the symptoms i.e. what to do regarding certain problems or what is coming your way etc; the BG cards on the other hand, go right to the root cause showing you the path of truth with amazing clarity. Think of a person suffering from cancer and as a result he/she has a severe headache. The patient or the doctor do not know that the root cause is cancer. They keep giving him/her medicine for headache. But headache is merely the symptom. Similarly, all problems in our lives are not the causes themselves but merely symptoms of a core problem. The BG deck hits right at this point by highlighting the root cause.

Q) How is this reading different than any other Tarot reading?

Tarot is now the most popular form of divination in the western world but the ancient system of wisdom can enhance both your daily life and your spiritual development. People have used the Tarot for centuries as a tool for divination and contemplation. Yet, as the human race became more complex, there was a need for an equally evolved guidance tool. The Tarot is a divination system that uses a set of cards to gain insight and achieve greater control over personal issues involving relationships, opportunities, and life changes. However, the purpose of the BG deck is to stimulate divine intuition and evoke new insights. It can be thought of as a two-way form of prayer where Divine intelligence answers you with symbols.

Q) How can this BG deck help me?

The BG deck can help you identify the root cause of all your problems, phobias, worries, anxieties and obstacles. While the cards can accurately pin point your past, present and future, they are best used to get broader guidance. They can shed light on the path you should be taking and can help you make the right decisions at the right time. Finding the right answers is entirely dependent on asking the right questions. Wrong questions will lead to wrong answers, however right they may be. Tarot cards simply answer questions raised by you; the BG deck helps you ask the right questions at the first place. The questions as well as the answers are not coming from me; I am merely the medium. They are coming directly from the Divine. The verses or the words on the cards are not mine and nor are the interpretations thereof. I am simply, as the flag bearer, continuing an ancient system I have been initiated into.

Whether you should be continuing your present job or looking for a new one? Should you be marrying the person you want to? Is this the life partner for you? What is in the store for you when it comes to your financial future? Should you be making a certain investment? Is it right to enter into a partnership with a certain person? Do you need to worry about your health? Questions like these and many more can be addressed by the BG deck. Like I said earlier, all questions that can come to your mind and all possible answers can be found in the BG deck. The proof is in the pudding; come and experience it for yourself.

Q) If everything is pre-decided (destined), what control do I then have on my karma and the BG readings affect my future karma?

We cannot stop the rain but we can surely carry an umbrella saving us from getting wet. Vedic scriptures state that we are like actors on a stage with preset roles and acts. However, they also state that the Divine grace can make a lot of difference to how we lead our lives. Imagine someone having to go through a medical procedure without anesthesia. The procedure will be much more painful. The same procedure when undertaken under anesthesia becomes completely painless. The BG deck can show you the path so you can make the right decisions and protect yourself from everything undesirable.

The quality of our existence is a function of the quality of our consciousness. The good news is that each one of us has complete control over the quality of our consciousness. The BG deck can guide you in what you need to do to gain that control and retain it.

Q) Why do we find it difficult to make decisions?

Often we find it difficult to make the decisions because we want to eat the cake and have it to. Our conscious mind that has evolved over millions of years has become a little too calculative. It does not want to listen to the intuition or the gut instinct. It simply wants to calculate all the possible permutations and combinations arising out of our decision. It does not want to surrender to the Divine. There is amazing simplicity in Divine’s creation. It all works with amazing precision. But the conscious mind wants an explanation for everything. Things that it cannot fathom, it simply rejects them as myth or fiction. A gifted psychic can provide divine wisdom, to improve your life by making the right plans and decisions at the right time. Each card is symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth; you just have to start with implicit trust in the cards & your reader.

Q) There are so many methods; why should I choose the Bhagavad Gita readings?

There can be more than one true answer to the same question. Other methods may be just as good. The difference is that a BG reading is not a commercial enterprise. It is not a method. It has been passed on using oral tradition only over several centuries. The BG deck can tell you where your life is heading and what results your actions will reap. It can also tell you if you're in the wrong job, partnership, marriage, relationship or making the wrong decisions. It can guide you regarding your future and how to change it for the better. Live a life of abundance and fulfillment. The creation of the Divine is infinite and unlimited. Tap into this pool. Plug into the Supreme Consciousness. And watch miracles unfold in front of your very eyes.

Hare Krishna.

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