Brihad Manu Siksha #3 Lecture Notes

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  • Bhrigu takes up the recitation..
  • The laws of Manu are composed by Vishnu Himself. Then they are given to Brahma, then to Manu.
  • Measurements of time:

1 nimisha 
18 nimishas = 1 kashta = 3.2 seconds

30 kashtas = 1 kala = 96 seconds

30 kalas = 1 muhurta = 2880 s = 48 minutes

30 muhurtas = 1 day and night

  • Sun divides days for exertion, nights for rest.
  • Dark fortnight is day for manes, bright fortnight – their night.
  • Year is day and night for demigods. Uttarayana is day, Dakshinayana – night.
  • Demigods get up in the month of Kartik.
  • Krta (Satya) yuga is 4,000 demigod years. 400+400 years is “twilight” between yugas.
  • Calculations given by Prabhupada include yuga-sandhis.

Treta 3,000 and 300+300
Dvapara 2,000 and 200+200

Kali 1,000 and 100+100

  • In yuga sandhis people like Duryodhana appear who have qualities of both ages.
  • These 12,000 years is one age of the demigods.
  • 1000 Mahayugas make one day of Lord Brahma.
  • One who knows these calculations, knows time.
  • The catalyst for modification of material elements is adding more false ego.
  • 71 periods of yugas is one period of Manu (Manvantara). There are 14 Manus in a day of Lord Brahma. Bet, between the rules of Manus there are also sandhis.
  • Everybody takes creation and dissolution so seriously, but the Lord is just having a good time.
  • In the Krta age people do not get any benefit from unlawful act. Everybody is doing what they should be doing.
  • In Treta yuga people start getting livelihood by wrong means.
  • In Kali yuga one progresses by ‘liberality alone’ – in means, by charity, and the highest charity is spreading the Sankirtana movement.
  • To get rid of sin, in Krta yuga one has to abandon the country where sinner lives, in Treta – the village, in Dvapara – the family, in Kali – the sinner himself.
  • When Lord Krishna appears, Treta and Dvapara yugas change their places, and so do the yuga-dharma.
  • In Kali yuga one is not degraded by others, but only by what one does oneself.
  • Curses have effect in a year in Kali yuga.
  • Best gift is to seek out the person and to give a gift.
  • If one acts in a way one should be acting, one can actually live in a higher age. But negative effects one only gets of one’s own age.
  • Rules are not necessarily different in Kali-yuga, but since people’s mentality is different, there is ways to apply them.
  • In Kali-yuga men are conquered by women and agnihotra sacrifices cease to exist.
  • The duties were created according to the nature of the people.
  • Brahmanas, kshatriyas and vaishyas all study, perform their own sacrifices and give in charity.
  • Only brahmanas accept charity, teach and do sacrifices for others – that is their maintenance. They may also accept other means of maintenance.
  • For brahmanas their occupation is their ashrama duties.
  • Sacrifice must never be means to make money for the temple. One who does yajna for money (not in a brahminical mood) does not last. Usual term is 6 moths.
  • When a kshatriya teaches, it’s always a fight. If student does not understand, it’s like ‘Are you stupid or what?!” Vaishyas run it as business, and it’s a big money. Education should be available to whoever is qualified, not only ones who have money.
  • After yajna brahmana becomes enemy – the person doing yajna could not care less about them after the yajna is over.
  • Kshatriya should work on abstaining from sensual pleasures.
  • Shudra should serve others without resentment. The highest virtue for a shudra is to serve Brahmanas.
  • Every devotee is a brahmana by duties, but not by occupation.
  • Shudra does not commit wrong by selling things he can collect – honey, milk, curd, whey etc.
  • If shudra eats prohibited food he does not lose his caste, but that does not mean he does not get a reaction.
  • By drinking the milk of Kapila, or Surabhi cow one will life 10,000 years and that would not be good for a shudra, because they will just party.

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