Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #1

This course is part of Sastra-Caksus, Year 2 and consists of 101 lectures, available on:

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-thematic

Given in Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur, November 2011-April 2012

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • The thematic study of the Bhagavad-gita is based on the analysis of Gita written by Srila Prabhupada.
  • This analysis of Bhagavad-gita is found in the Vedabase as sutras without any explanation.

  • The natural sequence of things is sambandha-abhideya-prayojana, but the mind functions as sambandha-prayojana-abhideya.
  • To most devotees the analysis of Bhagavad-gita as given by Srila Prabhupada does not make any sense. But it is appreciated by those who have studied Vedanta.
  • In philosophical circles things are always discussed according to Pancanga-nyaya.
  • This analysis of Bhagavad-gita was written on the original Gita manuscript that Srila Prabhupada wrote that was stolen.
  • Carvaka insists that life has arisen at the birth of the particular body and will end with the end f this body, so in the middle one should just have a good time.
  • Mayavadi philosophy does not make sense, since the sky in the pot is still a small amount compared to the total sky, and green bird in the green tree is still separated from the tree.
  • It may be asked how the Pandavas engaged in gambling since they are free from karma and jnana? But it is part of kingly activities, even though they are not ideal.
  • It is better that pious activities are engaged in the Lord’s service, rather than impious (such as devotees stealing flowers from the cemeteries), but still the main thing is connection to devotional service.
  • The living entities are eternally servants of Godhead because they are His parts and parcels.
  • Real life is in the spiritual world because that is where Krsna and the living entities actually interact, but here the Lord’s potency is separated.
  • This material world looks real because of the Lord’s separated energy. The Lord cannot be perceived directly in this world without the help of the shastra.
  • 102:50 to 104:05 He, she or it.

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