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.

  • Opulence is secondary, main is interaction with devotees.
  • Facilities don't impress Krishna.
  • A gentleman does not speak much about himself
  • When we know about someone we feel we are in control, but devotee is satisfied knowing as much as his ability about Krishna, and then engaging in His loving service.
  • 13:30 Sin comes only when things are not connected to Krishna. When consciousness is connected to Krishna, even when activities are not yet, then one is saintly.
  • In breaking four regulative principle the problem is, there is no element of sacrifice.
  • Without Varnashrama there is no social system
  • 29:00 Daivi and Asura Varnashrama
  • Spiritual and material endeavor are the same thing.
  • 32:30 Friendship with Guru
  • 36:20 Wearing socks while doing Puja
  • Theoretically, one can see Krishna even in sinful activities and get purified but practically it happens very rarely. Sinful activities are never okay, dharma is the standard
  • For giving advice to the grihasthas, vanaprasthas are supposed to be there
  • 50:00 Krishna's real strength is manifested in His wrestling with cowherd boys
  • Friendship mentioned in verse 10.1 refers to general favorable attitude of the devotee towards Krishna.
  • Even aborigenes appreciate Brahman aspect of Krishna.
  • Only accepting Paramatma is like accepting person alone, not his friends.
  • We should do activities in Krishna consciousness and preaching that we are good at - Bollywood preaching, prison preaching.
  • World religions do not explain creation very well.
  • 78:45 Preaching to demons
  • 84:00 Illusion and sin - synonymous as not seeing connection with Krishna.
  • Good qualities associated with materialists are temporary, like Ashes Cup.
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