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.

  • The qualities everyone manifests are Krishna's.
  • All experiences gained from different activities are the same.
  • 7:40 A human being may see things as any of the 8,400,000 species of life, but we should cultivate understanding in the mode of goodness.
  • The good qualities are created by Krishna, but we develop them by our own endeavor in devotional service.
  • 12:00 developing humility - by devotional service, not some artificial method
  • Modes of nature have meaning because they come from Krishna, He is beyond
  • We see duality because we do not see Krishna
  • If we do not surrender to Krishna, that means we have not actually appreciated His opulences and think there is something separate from Him
  • Just discussing Krishna's pastimes works if we are fully absorbed in Krishna by that process.
  • Discussion of Krishna's opulences increases our appreciation of Him and removes doubts, so we can proceed to higher rasas.
  • Catuh-sloki Bhagavad-gita.
  • Grammatical explanation of how we are bound if we think ourselves the doer
  • Even materialists are busy talking about different aspects of Krishna in the material energy.
  • The concept of having taste of hearing only particular pastimes of Krishna come from duality, conditioned nature.
  • Pure devotees appreciate all aspects of the Lord, Mother Yashoda appreciates Krishna playing with cowherd boys, Vaikuntha-vasis appreciate Krishna's Vrindavana pastimes
  • 46:30 Festivals and other out-of the-ordinary things are meant to inspire the minds of neophytes that now there is something going on.
  • 50:00 approx. Explanation of connection and difference between vaidhi and raganuga, spontaneity and following rules.
  • Pastimes mean that there should also be endeavor on our side.
  • 68:00 "Pastimes of illusion"
  • 69:45 In breaking 4 regulative principles we do not want to make the endeavor for the enjoyment
  • When devotee surrenders to Krishna, He takes charge, otherwise everything is exact according to karma



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