Gym tattva in UkraineHanuman das
Possible only in Kali-yuga, “gym brahmanas”.
We already provided all the philosophical arguments regarding gym tattva in our last article:
Festival in Ukraine
Recently, ISKCON held a festival in Koblevo, Ukraine, we got interesting photo from there:
Gym tattva confirmed for Bhanu Swami, member of the GBC body who is supposed to guide us how to practice Krishna consciousness. Incriminating evidence is: full training outfit, towel around neck of Ganga das, an orange t-shirt which signifies sannyasa. Orange t-shirt is very significant, since it confirms that you are sannyasi and that you will not look at half naked girls in the gym. Also, notice the title in the t-shirt: “Better bodies”, we definitely need better bodies to serve Krishna. I am wondering how Srila Prabhupada and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati managed to serve Krishna without going to the gym.
Also, to further elaborate on the gym tattva, we will quote from the 4th chapter of Bhagavad-gita, verse 34:
Just try to learn about muscle by approaching a gym spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The gym-guru can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the muscle. (BG 4.34)
I think Jayadvaita Swami could include this change in the next version of his Gita.
And of course, the most important verse of the Bhagavad-gita:
Abandon all varieties of frivolous sports and just surrender unto gym. Gym shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear. (BG 18.66)
Damn, I am good in fixing Prabhupada’s books, I will apply to become BBT editor.
Takes long time to develop gym prema
If you are wondering how long do you need to go to gym to develop proper muscle, I can tell you that it is not problem to develop muscle, problem is how to maintain muscle, that is real mode of goodness. Mode of goodness means that you need to maintain your muscle, which is not easy. Here are some photos from 2009, from which you can understand that Ganga das probably reached level of gym-prema by now.
As you can see, nothing is free, you have to suffer to reach gym-prema.
As you can see on this photo, three brahmanas are demonstrating ABC of Krishna consciousness, “we are not this body”.
If Srila Prabhupada ever knew how advanced his followers will become, he would surely go to the gym himself. If somebody has some photo of Srila Prabhupada in the gym, please share it so the world can appreciate gym-prema.
Additionally, rumor appeared that all six Goswamis went to went to the gym every day. In his most confidential book, Gym-dipika, Rupa Goswami explains three levels of gym-tattva, sambhanda and abhideya and prayojana.
Having strong body has one good purpose, you can use it to be a ksatriya and protect dharma. But I never saw any of these four guys fighting sannyasis with female secretaries, chasing child abusers out of this movement, establishing strong spiritual communities, destroying ping pong players who pretend to be gurus or anything else that goes along the lines of dharma.
But, if we have strong bodies without any ksatriya abilities, Srila Prabhupada warns us:
In the demoniac way of civilization, people are interested in getting a body constructed in such a way that when they walk on the street the earth will tremble and when they stand it will appear that they cover the sun and the vision of the four directions. If a race appears strong in body, their country is materially considered to be among the highly advanced nations of the world. (SB 3.17.17p)
As you can see, it is possible to belong to three varnas in the same time. You can be brahmana, if you have brahmana thread, you are ksatriya because you have muscle, but since you are not establishing dharma and fighting criminals, you are actually ignorant sudra.
I don’t mind if somebody is still partially in Maya and goes to the gym. People are attached to various things, such as gym and watching karmi movies.
But I am against showing of your anarthas publicly as if they are something to be proud of. That messes up philosophy of Krishna consciousness and confuses newcomers.