Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #21

This course is part of Sastra-Caksus, Year 1 and consists of 91 lectures, available on:

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

Given in Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur, September 2010-April 2011

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Sambandha Abhideya Prayojana in relation to karma yoga
  • The process of liberation starts from the point of changing consciousness

  • Karma-yogi and Jnana-yogi is the distinction between kanishtha and madhyama adhikaris
  • 17:00 People who achieve things in the material world have a clear identity
  • Jiva is an expansion of the cit shakti
  • 32:55 Prabhupada’s understanding is so far ahead of everybody else’s, but because he using language that anybody could appreciate, some people don’t catch the depth.
  • Sambandha means knowledge of soul, God, material energy. Applying that knowledge through selfless work is naishkarmya
  • 41:00 Sastra, Darshan, Vedanta, Prema Caksus defined/explained
  • 2nd chapter – soul, 3rd chapter – material energy, 4th chapter – about Krishna, 5th chapter – how to put it all together
  • When Krishna speaks in 1st person, this is the most important conclusion, because all the scriptural knowledge is meant to develop love for Krishna
  • Practical application includes knowledge, but in modern academy practical and knowledge often are separated
  • 55:00 Vedic study is to study scriptures, actual knowledge, then think how to practically apply it. Modern – studying what’s practically happening, then trying to develop knowledge, theories.
  • Parampara tells us how to interpret the transcendental knowledge that come as a result of naishkarmya
  • 60:00 Devotees and demons split when we talk of personality of Krishna
  • Education, culture and devotion = Buddhi yoga
  • 73:00 Mind is accustomed to accepting and rejecting in a certain way, therefore intelligence brings up doubts
  • Religiousness doesn’t necessarily mean devotion
  • Actual tradition, based on inherent nature, does not become old
  • The form of Parampara was there, but the actual mood was broken
  • Knowledge means activity, and bliss is the result of activities
  • Material existence is based on ignorance, therefore by changing body we forget everything

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