Brihad Manu Siksha #4 Lecture Notes

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  • The glory of brahminical order.
  • The purest part of the body is the mouth.
  • Brahmanas are the best among men.
  • One who is learned is best. Of those who are learned, those who understand the necessity of the performance of duties. Of those who do duties, those who know Brahman are the best. Brahman here is referring to Vishnu. But in any case, even an impersonalist is higher than karma-kandi.
  • Bhagavatam is the essence of all the knowledge for the satisfaction of the paramahamsas.
  • All the scriptures are to serve the Lord, but people will forget that purpose.
  • Brahmanas are the most important because without the direction of the brahmanas and direction towards transcendence there is no human society.
  • The whole world belongs to brahmanas. But they themselves don’t demand much. Everything belongs to those who understand their relationship to the Lord.
  • Only brahmanas who are studying and practicing should teach Manu Samhita.
  • Vaishnavas are the best of those who follow brahminical culture.
  • Many devotees can do some Deity worship, but only one who has brahminical conditioned nature can be a full time pujari.
  • ‘Supreme bliss’ has different meanings for karmis, jnanis, yogis and devotees.
  • Brahmanas are the best because they follow the law, not whimsically.
  • Delineation of the 25 topics of Manu Samhita.

Discourse 2 Attachment is the basis of action

  • The Vedas should be basis of action; traditions by the sages; customs by holy men, and finally, personal satisfaction.
  • Self-love means desire to see one’s own elevation, and, ultimately, engagement in devotional service.
  • There is nothing that Manu declares that is not in the Veda, there is nothing in the Veda that is not in Manu.
  • We should study and then be ready to take up our own duty.
  • It’s not that by following Manu we will go back to Godhead, but Manu has given forms that we should engage in the Lord’s service.
  • Shruti and smrti can never be questioned, we should only question our understanding of them.
  • If we are not satisfied by applying the law, adjustments must be made in how we apply it.
  • Students of the sacred law should not be given to the acquisition of wealth or satisfaction of desires.
  • One who is both practicing and teaching is qualified to study these sacred texts.
  • For 1st generation devotees, initiation replaces garbhadana – we are born into tradition.
  • If we try to use Manu Samhita materially, it will always fail because we do not have that qualification. We should only use it devotionally.
  • For women the samskaras, except for marriage, are performed chanting mantras without svaras.

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