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THE ROLE OF THE INSTITUTION IN CHOOSING ONE’S SPIRITUAL MASTER

 

HH BVPS Maharaja: Something else? Yes, there is a hand, the unembodied hand.

Prabhu (behind a pillar): Recently we had a visiting sannyasi and the discussion went into who is qualified to be Guru and how do you choose a Guru. So the contention was from my side that the institution that we are part of, which Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati said, ‘Organized religion is a necessary evil,’ but the contention was that you have to ask sadhus who is qualified to be a spiritual master. Continue reading THE ROLE OF THE INSTITUTION IN CHOOSING ONE’S SPIRITUAL MASTER

Apasampradayas #1

This course is part of Sastra-Caksus, Year 3 and consists of 25 lectures, available on:

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Given in Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur, February-April 2013

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • All apasampradayas have a head, a founder, they all think they are well situated.

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Brihad Manu Siksha #11 Lecture Notes

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  • Honoring the wife and son of the teacher.
  • Senior students in the Gurukula should also be honored.
  • Teachers who teach great number of students, teach 10 of them, and they teach younger students.
  • It is generally not recommended to take more than 12 students.
  • Assisting in bath, taking remnants etc are not done for the teacher’s wife and son.
  • After 20 years of age (at the age where one is aware and male and female interaction) one should not touch the feet of Guru’s wife.
  • Materially elevated people may be more refined and sense-controlled, but only devotee can be free from material desires.
  • One should not stay in a lonely place even with one’s mother, sister or daughter.
  • Manu gives standard human culture.
  • If Guru’s wife is elderly, the student may render services to her just like a son, but if she is younger, he should not do so.
  • In the Vedic system there are the most restrictions on grihasthas, since they have the idea that women are enjoyable. There are not so many rules for other orders.
  • Elements of celibacy are explained in most detail in the description of brahmachari ashrama.
  • Only in more developed cultures social interaction does not have to be flirting.
  • In Vedic culture woman is seen as mother, with respect. As one has relationship with one’s mother, one has that relationship with all women. But when women are seen as sex symbols, it actually reduces interaction and relationships.
  • A list of laws deal with every aspect, not leaving anything uncovered. We may never come across all those situations, but kings do.
  • Manu is the complete social science mechanics.
  • If we understand the principles, it is not difficult to follow many rules. Just like there are innumerable recipes, but one who knows the principle of cooking can see what’s available and put things together.
  • Grihastha ashrama is founded on brahmachari ashrama, where respect is a very essential quality.
  • Many times people have problems in relationships because they don’t catch the principle of respect.
  • It is always emphasized that wife follows the husband, but even man also follows his Guru. He followed Guru as a brahmachari, and continues to follow as a grihastha.
  • In varna one might be a big person, but in ashrama one is always submissive.
  • Culture is everything about our life what we do and how we use things in Krishna consciousness.
  • Everything in the creation is feminine, and one is trying to enjoy everything. Therefore rules for dealing with women pertain to all living entities who have taken a masculine mood and looking at the world for their enjoyment.
  • Whatever one wants to enjoy, one actually has to act like a servant and follow the proper rules to make things work.
  • We can assist the material energy to make things happen.
  • Masculine idea is to do something to get a result; feminine nature is to be involved in something to get an experience.
  • The Lord does not have a problem that we see His energy and we want to do something with it, the problem is that we are leaving Him out of it.

Brihad Manu Siksha #11 Lecture Notes

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  • Honoring the wife and son of the teacher.
  • Senior students in the Gurukula should also be honored.
  • Teachers who teach great number of students, teach 10 of them, and they teach younger students.
  • It is generally not recommended to take more than 12 students.
  • Assisting in bath, taking remnants etc are not done for the teacher’s wife and son.
  • After 20 years of age (at the age where one is aware and male and female interaction) one should not touch the feet of Guru’s wife.
  • Materially elevated people may be more refined and sense-controlled, but only devotee can be free from material desires.
  • One should not stay in a lonely place even with one’s mother, sister or daughter.
  • Manu gives standard human culture.
  • If Guru’s wife is elderly, the student may render services to her just like a son, but if she is younger, he should not do so.
  • In the Vedic system there are the most restrictions on grihasthas, since they have the idea that women are enjoyable. There are not so many rules for other orders.
  • Elements of celibacy are explained in most detail in the description of brahmachari ashrama.
  • Only in more developed cultures social interaction does not have to be flirting.
  • In Vedic culture woman is seen as mother, with respect. As one has relationship with one’s mother, one has that relationship with all women. But when women are seen as sex symbols, it actually reduces interaction and relationships.
  • A list of laws deal with every aspect, not leaving anything uncovered. We may never come across all those situations, but kings do.
  • Manu is the complete social science mechanics.
  • If we understand the principles, it is not difficult to follow many rules. Just like there are innumerable recipes, but one who knows the principle of cooking can see what’s available and put things together.
  • Grihastha ashrama is founded on brahmachari ashrama, where respect is a very essential quality.
  • Many times people have problems in relationships because they don’t catch the principle of respect.
  • It is always emphasized that wife follows the husband, but even man also follows his Guru. He followed Guru as a brahmachari, and continues to follow as a grihastha.
  • In varna one might be a big person, but in ashrama one is always submissive.
  • Culture is everything about our life what we do and how we use things in Krishna consciousness.
  • Everything in the creation is feminine, and one is trying to enjoy everything. Therefore rules for dealing with women pertain to all living entities who have taken a masculine mood and looking at the world for their enjoyment.
  • Whatever one wants to enjoy, one actually has to act like a servant and follow the proper rules to make things work.
  • We can assist the material energy to make things happen.
  • Masculine idea is to do something to get a result; feminine nature is to be involved in something to get an experience.
  • The Lord does not have a problem that we see His energy and we want to do something with it, the problem is that we are leaving Him out of it.

Brihad Manu Siksha #10 Lecture Notes

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  • One who is not up to a particular standard and properly initiation, should not pronounce the Vedic mantras.
  • We should be wearing whatever is the prescribed dress of our sampradaya.

DUTIES OF BRAHMACHARYA

  • Maximum rules on purity is described in the section dealing with grihasthas. Everyone is dealing with purity, but rules are given in those places where it is the most relevant.
  • Brahmachari should abstain from anything that has gone sour that is not naturally sour. Excess sourness thins the semen, so it tends to go down. Semen is present in the whole body.
  • Payment for Mayapur Gurukula Education is only meant for things that students themselves use. Teachers use nothing of the money given by the parents, otherwise the teachers would be under the parents as if hired.
  • Only brahmanas are supposed to run schools, not vaishyas or kshatriyas.
  • Fines collected from people who have committed mortal sins are not used for any day-to-day purposes. They are either given to extremely qualified brahmanas, or put into water.
  • Articles meant yajna should never be placed directly on the ground.
  • Students who eat only begged food get the same benefit as always fasting.
  • Rules for respecting teacher.
  • Teacher’s name should never be pronounced without a honorary title.
  • One should never hear the censuring of the teacher, even if just.
  • If we lower our respect for guru, we will drop it for everybody else also.
  • In the 1970s devotees would deal with 2nd initiated devotees like nowadays with the most senior men. The respect for guru was great, so it was great for everybody else also.
  • Parents are not the best to properly train the children, especially in lifestyle, due to their sense of possession. Child is already part of their scene.
  • Parents add things that the teachers cannot give, but teachers are indispensable in the child’s life.
  • In the Vedic culture both parents and teachers are there. The child can choose to be more affectionate to the parents, or to the teachers, and nobody gets upset.
  • Gurukula has lost many students because the parents could not handle the children becoming more affectionate to the teachers than to them.
  • The child will be able to be raised by the whole village if they have that respect for everyone.

Brihad Manu Siksha #9 Lecture Notes

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ACARYA

  • Acarya is one who is teaching the practical application and philosophical significance.
  • Subteacher who teaches a particular portion or aspect of the Veda is called upadhyaya (Jyotisha, music etc). Modern teachers are all upadhyayis because acarya means one who knows the connection to the Lord.
  • Guru performs family ceremonies. During sacrifices one calls for the officiating priest, who is a guru just for the duration of the sacrifice.
  • 09:20 Ritviks – officiating priests – can be utilized in certain sacrifices, but not initiation.
  • Ritviks are trying to turn our line into diksha line, which is what case goswamis do. They are our first bonafide apasampradaya.
  • Why only initiation from Prabhupada? Why not from Bhaktivinoda, why not from Lord Brahma?
  • Prabhupada authorized to initiate on his behalf, while he was still present.
  • Ramanujacarya also appointed 74 disciples to initiate on his behalf while he was still present, just to see that they can function properly.
  • Parents chose whom the children learn from, but the teacher who fills one’s ears with Vedas is even more respectable than parents.
  • One will die from the birth that one took from parents, but initiation into Vedic knowledge is eternal.
  • 18:00 A man destitute of sacred knowledge is a child, and one who teaches him the Veda becomes father.
  • Seniority among brahmanas is judged by knowledge, ksatriyas – valor, vaishyas – commodities, shudras – age.
  • Stock money is not actually real wealth.
  • Actors who came up for a short time are not considered so much of an actor by other actors.
  • Real musicians practice 10 to 12 hours a day. But to be able to do something special with one’s skill takes several lifetimes of practice.
  • 29:00 Is stock market gambling? For those who know what they are doing is just risky, educated business. For others it is gambling.
  • Owner of gambling house is not gambler; it is just a business, bad business.
  • In the casino, if you know what you are doing you are considered a cheater.
  • We are amazed by the feats of oriental martial artists, but every monkey in Vrindavana can do that. Animals can easily do things that humans do with amazing talents.
  • Unlearned brahmana is useless and is brahmana in name only.
  • Criticized person may sleep peacefully but the criticizer perishes.
  • Person who criticizes others develops the same qualities that they criticize.
  • Study of the Vedas is the highest austerity.
  • There is only the brahminical culture, there is no separate culture for kshatriyas and vaishyas.
  • Person who daily studies the Vedas obtains the benefits of thrice giving away the whole earth.
  • If devotees are looking for money – study!
  • Studying the essential scriptures of the sampradaya is equal to the study of the Veda. If devotees have no time for that, they fall to the level of shudra.
  • First birth is from mother, 2nd – upanayanam, 3rd – initiation in the Vedic sacrifices.
  • If one’s diksha guru leaves devotional service, the validity of initiation remains, but one must find siksha guru. Siksha guru may be Srila Prabhupada, but it is better to also find living siksha guru. Otherwise, why are all Prabhupada’s disciples not inspired?

Nectar of Instruction Thematic Lecture #12

This course is part of Sastra-Caksus, Year 2 and consists of 25 lectures, available on:

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Given in Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur November-December 2011

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents

  • One should always be patient in devotional service and confident that Krishna will be merciful to us today or after one hundred years. Otherwise, there always comes a time when we think why it is taking so long.

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Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #53

This course is part of Sastra-Caksus, Year 1 and consists of 91 lectures, available on:

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Given in Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur, September 2010-April 2011

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #18

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #18 Eger, Hungary, 8th Aug 2007 Part 1

HH BVPS Maharaja: Some question?

Prabhu: So what is success in the grihastha ashrama, a family? Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #18