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The Importance of Faith

Sunday lecture on Bhagavad-gita 9.3, given in Riga, Latvia, 26 May 2019

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Reading from Bhagavad-gita 9.3.
  • A neophyte can advance in devotional service in the association of devotees if he has simplicity, i. e. is not political.
  • Prema is mature faith.

Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #18

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.

  • All the situations that people live in are created even before Brahma creates this universe, and along with that what’s right and wrong is created by the Lord, along with it duties, law. So the particular occupations for particular people based on their particular senses are created by Krishna Himself.
  • 7:20 Why are people not satisfied in their occupations? A common person may not be situated in the occupation that suits their nature. But then there are people who don’t like the concept of acting according to their duties.
  • Formerly Bachelor of Arts was simply to enrich one as a person, there were elements of education relating to varna and to ashrama. But nowadays people mostly only worry about their occupation.
  • Most animals are not trained. Humans are. But since in the West we grow up like animals, to take up human life is very daunting for us.
  • When we are comfortable with things, we do not notice the restrictions.
  • The only reason we don’t see human culture as practical is because we don’t see through human perspective.
  • Westerners focus on relationships with things and have no idea how to deal with people. But if one understands relationships with people, things are easy. Many Western enterprises are taken over people who come from communities and now apply that understanding in dealing with things.
  • 30:00 Freedom is always there in advanced stages of following the rules. That is spontaneity.
  • If devotees had spent all the time they spent arguing against varnashrama in discussing how to actually apply it, they would be good at it by now.
  • We will take that only illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication and gambling is sinful. But not following rules of human life, e.g. not washing feet after using bathroom, is also impious.
  • Every varna have to be tolerant. Just brahmanas already need the quality to perform their duties, while others can develop those qualities in the process of performing their duties.
  • The concept of bachelor is a shudra thing. Brahmanas, kshatriyas and vaishyas are brahmacharis, then they get married, but shudras are always in family environment.
  • The principles of our conditioning always remain, but it can be purified and uplifted.
  • Discussion on eating with fingers.
  • Culture and consciousness when eating are the main things, details may vary. But usually people sitting at the table and eating with fork don’t have a proper mood and discussion.
  • 104:00 While eating elbows should stay within the range of the knees.
  • As one advances, one’s varna does not change, but one’s qualities and attitude in that varna will improve.

Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #17

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.

  • We should not think that if someone above us fell down then what’s our chance. Everyone is different.
  • One’s level in devotional service is determined by one’s faith, not by whether one has accidentally fallen down or not.

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Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #16

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.

  • We tend to think than an external work will revive God consciousness, but it is only the connection to internal potency that matters.
  • We cannot sideline the importance of the medium used, but we have to understand that it is secondary. First is first and second is second. Primary is primary, and secondary is supportive of the primary.

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Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #15

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 religious life of the naradhamas is not based on actual religion, sanatana-dharma.
  • The mudha aspect is emphasis on working hard, even though the work may be very refined.

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Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #14

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 faith in the demigod is given by the Supreme Lord, but still the demigod is just an officer and cannot give anything without the sanction of the Supreme Lord.
  • By worshiping demigods it only appears that we are not bothering the Supreme Lord. In any case, He has to arrange everything.

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Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #13

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.

  • When the living entity is on the same platform with the Lord, he can be involved there. When one appreciates the Lord’s activities and pastimes, they can participate. Other spiritual practitioners are fearful.
  • Impersonalists may get liberated, but it is always temporary because the living entity cannot function without a body, either material or spiritual.

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Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #12

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.

  • People who are educated and sophisticated, but have no interest in God are the lowest.
  • Association with devotees doesn’t mean that we just sit there, we should interact based on Krishna consciousness.

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Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #11

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.

  • Body is the field through which the conditioned soul interacts with the world.
  • Just scientifically studying the material situation will keep us in ignorance.
  • Being inquisitive is very important, but we have to know where to be inquisitive into.

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Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #10

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.

  • Seeing someone important just by our whim does not even work in the material world.
  • Krishna wants to see the living entity dealing in devotion. Otherwise, as Paramatma He is already seeing everyone.

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