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

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

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Devotees quickly become righteous, pious.
  • We tend to mix mundane piety with devotion.
  • 06:00 The principle of forest life or farm life is to worship the Lord with what's available in the forest or on the farm.
  • 08:00 Demigod offerings should be perfectly executed according to the rules, but offerings to Krishna are only a medium for the devotion.
  • "Demigods don't care for consciousness" - just as vendor in the store does not care for the consciousness of the customers, as long as they pay.
  • 09:45 The composition of the study guide
  • Demigod worship is very expensive, but to worship Lord Krishna or Lord Caitanya is very cheap and easy
  • 9th chapter gives the absolute essence of how to be conscious of Krishna in all activities.
  • Starting with ourselves is mixed devotion, starting with Krishna is pure devotion.
  • 28:15 Doing things we don't like to do for Krishna
  • Better quality offerings to Krishna may or may not indicate more devotion
  • Offering impious activities to Krishna
  • Indirect activities have to be connected to devotional service through consciousness.
  • In offerings to Krishna, one can get by even if some ingredient is missing, something is mispronounced etc., but in fruitive activities everything has to be perfectly done
  • Discussion on Sanskrit Grammar
  • In offerings to Krishna, the exchange is more important than the medium used.
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