Category Archives: Description of the Universe

SB 5.23 The Sisumara Planetary System

CHAPTER 23 started 25th Apr 2016 Lecture 1 at 08 min 40 s
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  • From 4th Canto onwards descriptions are always connected to the Lord as a person and His desire.
  • The movements of stars and planets are complex so we do not become bored trying to figure them out.

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SB 5.22 The Orbits of the Planets

CHAPTER 22 started 22nd Apr 2016 Lecture 2
  • The Lord establishes what is auspicious and what is inauspicious.
  • Calculating auspicious and inauspicious times makes us think, but actually all situations are supposed to be about the Lord, not just what’s auspicious and inauspicious for us.

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SB 5.21 The Movements of the Sun

CHAPTER 21 started 22nd Apr 2016 Lecture 1
  • The Universe is set up the way Lord likes it, for the elevation of the living entities, therefore there are different places and different mentalities.
  • We must follow the Vedas, but the whole point of the Vedas is to perform our duties to please the Lord.

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SB 5.20 Studying the Structure of the Universe

CHAPTER 20 started 21st Apr 2016 Lecture 2
  • If we accept sabda, with time we will have the anumana (kind-of understanding) and then pratyaksha – direct perception of what was heard.

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SB 5.19 A Description of the Island of Jambudvipa

CHAPTER 19 started 18th Apr 2016 Lecture 3 at 22 min 10s
  • Universe is laid out as it is for various stage of development of Krishna consciousness. Earthly plane is mainly meant for Krishna consciousness.

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SB 5.18 The Prayers Offered to the Lord by the Residents of Jambūdvīpa

CHAPTER 18 started 14th Apr 2016 Lecture 1 starting at about 00:41:48
  • Understanding of the Lord only comes when He reveals Himself. Any level of understanding of the Lord is because He has revealed it.
  • God is a person, He already has what He likes to do.
  • Rhetorical questions are only poetic means to make a point.

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SB 5.17 The Descent of the River Ganges

CHAPTER 17 started on 12th Apr 2016 Lecture 2 at about 47:25
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  • Everywhere in the Holy Dhama there is the water of the Ganges, but still bathing directly in her brings out a more personal aspect.
  • Ganga skips most varshas in her descent, so we are very fortunate to have her.

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SB 5.16 A Description of Jambudvipa

CHAPTER 16 started on 11th Apr 2016 Lecture 3 at about 01:08:15
  • Geographical knowledge of the universe only has value if we discuss it as an expansion of the energy of the Lord.
  • Vedic speakers and listeners can remember things without taking any notes.
  • There is the gross form how the universe is situated, but there is also the subtle perception of the universe as a form of the Lord.

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