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Varṇāśrama Interview with HH Bhaktividyā Pūrṇa Mahārāja

[The following interview about varāśrama was conducted on 30 May 2017 by Nagarī Mātājī (BVKS) for the Russian website of HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami’s disciples.]

(This Interview was transcribed and kindly supplied to our website by Sulālitā dd (BBGS), edited by Balaram Briant from Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur)

Varṇāśrama stereotypes

Nagarī Mātājī: What is the essence, or the foundation, of varāśrama? Many devotees confuse it with the caste system.

HH Bhaktividyā Pūra Mahārāja: Caste system, I see. If you listen to modern academics, if you listen to modern socially oriented people, they will try to make it into a caste system. Because the purpose is if make it look bad you don’t have to follow it. Continue reading Varṇāśrama Interview with HH Bhaktividyā Pūrṇa Mahārāja

Bhagavatam Class 7.9.43 Sridham Mayapur

  • Everyone in the material world is making big plans, although their size differ.
  • People are bewildered because they do not know that they are just the instrument of material nature.

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Holocaust Explained

Reading from Nectar of Instruction Study Guide: The devotee’s duty is to practice forgiveness and show mercy.

HH BVPS Maharaja: Because forgiveness, it’s one of the, you could say, the shastras will talk that it’s one of the prominent qualities of the brahmana, if not the most important, is forgiveness. Because it’s harder when you add the mode of passion or the mode of ignorance, it’s very hard to effect forgiveness, so it’s a quality of goodness. So then forgiveness means that whatever is the cause of the problem has already been dropped. Continue reading Holocaust Explained

Bhagavad-Gita Thematic #3

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.

  • If we are surrendered to Krishna, the results of whatever we do belong to Him.
  • Mayavadis have serious authority issues.
  • The living entity is always subordinate, both in karma and jnana.

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Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #81

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

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

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

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Spontaneity means, in a structured framework one is able in unique ways organize or construct that framework. That’s spontaneous. So, spontaneous means, it’s based on a framework, an actual science. Then within that science, mind having accepted that science as the foundation, is able to take it and transform it in so many special ways.
  • Whimsical means, the intelligence has to function in the realm of the mind. Spontaneous means, the mind functions in the realm of the intelligence.

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Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #80

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

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

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

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • All the primary nouns are connected to the verb, all secondary nouns to the primary nouns.
  • The verb is the action itself. Action has to be done with knowledge
  • Knowledge of self- instrumental case, assists in the activity.
  • Object of knowledge – the accusative, action is projected at something
  • The doer – nominative.

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Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #79

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

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

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

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • “Knowing what to do, if one gives that up because it’s going to be some variety of problem, it’s difficult to make the arrangements, it’s difficult to go through the activity itself, then that’s in the mode of passion. So passion will never be steady, only goodness will be steady, because goodness is dealing with the present, that’s where steadiness is. Passion is future, so the problem is it’s not here, so how will it be steady? Why are these points being given? All these different fine points are given, so that one can check one’s devotional service. One is supposed to be doing things, connecting everything with the Lord. You are supposed to see everything in connection with the Lord.”

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Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #77

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

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

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

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Impetus for performing sacrifices without desire for results is desire to follow the instructions of the Vedas, because it pleases Krishna.
  • In the West, following ritual is dry, because the ritual is man-made. So man-made ritual naturally become boring, because it will be created for a particular time, place and circumstance, while the Vedic injunctions, coming from the Lord then are eternal, so they don’t get that aspect.
    It’s not a matter of, “Well, it’s dry, what about the feelings?” and all that. Isn’t it a feeling that you are following the Vedas, is that not a purpose? “I wanna do this to please this person, I wanna do it to please myself.” What about if I am doing this to please Krishna by following the Vedas?

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Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #73

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

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

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

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Lust can’t be satisfied. Much ghee can put the fire our, but it is not actually extinguished. If one at that moment becomes purified, then that can work. The demoniac may be temporarily become frustrated and at that moment take up devotional service.
  • Vedic understanding is being satisfied that one cannot feel satisfied.

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Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #68

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

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

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

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • The duty doesn’t change when the consciousness changes.
  • Separatism in devotional service happens due to the modes of passion and ignorance
  • People who like nice hotels, they are actually paying for the mode of goodness. Backpackers’ is the mode of ignorance.

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