Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #78

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.

  • 06:00 The work itself, the verb is neutral.
  • Motive is what matters.
  • Sannyasa means we never thought it was ours.
  • Both sannyasa and tyaga are favorable for devotional service, but sannyasa is more favorable to pure devotional service.
  • Both sankhya and karma-mimamsa have a genuine point to their philosophy, and a point that is made up to make up for the lack of the Lord.
  • Sankhya philosophers recommend giving up all actions, but this means they don’t actually understand their own philosophy, which is based on masculine-feminine principles, since feminine, ananda always means action. They don’t see things from the transcendental viewpoint.
  • 37:30 In Brahman jiva gets bored very quickly – quickly according to Brahman’s time.
  • People attached to goodness, like into yoga and meditation, will get bored after some time and look for some spice elsewhere.
    “There is only so much pretzelness that the human body can accomplish.”
  • Soft preaching is in the mode of passion – giving up philosophy, so that people will like us.
  • 59:30 One may only renounce some service, if something else is more favorable for advancement.
  • 60:00 Why our movement mainly attracts brahmanas and shudras, but very few vaishyas and kshatriyas.
  • If we preach to materially efficient people in a non-expert way, we turn them into naradhamas – that is not a service.
  • “[The materialists] want somebody who is convinced. They are convinced that material life is there and they have endeavored and they haven’t gotten anything. They want an answer. So they don’t want some wishy-washy kind-of “Well… Maybe” and this and that. Political correctness is their life, they use it every day to make money. They want substance. They know that’s not real. So they want substance, so if we are willing to give it to them, they’ll take it.”

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