Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #23

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.

  • Krishna reciprocates as we surrender – both in the material and in the spiritual world.
  • Friendship in another person comes from Krishna, if we deal properly with a friend, we receive a nice response – that means, Krishna reciprocates.

  • People are getting little bits of pleasure in the material world, because in some way they dealt properly with Krishna’s energies, Krishna felt a little pleasure, and He reciprocated. But approaching Him as a person the pleasure is so much more.
  • Bhakti is the whole thing together, it’s one thing, but people who only focus on separate aspects call it karma, jnana, yoga etc.
  • There has to be balance between knowledge and sentiment, those are defined by God.
  • Compassion means fulfilling a need. Devotees need to interact with Krishna, so Him fulfilling that is His compassion.
  • With spiritual intelligence, one can overcome material emotions
  • 33:00 to 45:00 WHY DISCOURAGE PIETY? AND VEDANTA IN OUR DAILY LIFE
  • 50:20 Lord responds to the conditioned jiva’s karmas, but He has no need for it
  • 56:00 Our conditioned nature manifests according to our mood and desires, and Krishna reciprocates, in the spiritual world it is nurtured by love for Krishna, in the material world – by lust
  • 59:00 If we think Krishna is entangled, we will be entangled
  • 69:00 to 81:30 FREE WILL, DESTINY AND KRISHNA-KARMA
  • Discussion on Columbus discovering America.
  • 83:00 Varnashrama is already there, but in the non-Vedic forms is non-scientific
  • Brahminical occupations are turned into business by the vaishyas.
  • Everyone and everything has their religion depending upon the inherent nature, even, for example, motorcycle gang.
  • The essence of study is to see difference between principle and detail.
  • Prabhupada’s books are principles, his letters are sometimes details.

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