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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

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CANTO 3 #53

16th January 2015, Bhaktivedanata Academy, Sri Mayapur Dhama

Reading from Srimad Bhagavatam Study guide: “Devotional service to His lotus feet is the root cause of all perfections a person can find in heaven, in liberation and in the subterranean regions and on earth (SB 10.81.19). It is further explained by Srila Prabhupada in his purport:

“In spite of his condemning persons who approach the Lord for material advantages, Kardama Muni expressed his material inability and desire before the Lord by saying, “Although I know that nothing material should be asked from You, I nevertheless desire to marry a girl of like disposition.” Continue reading SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CANTO 3 #53

Brihad Manu Siksha #1 Lecture Notes

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  • Manu Samhita is the main dharma-shastra. There are about 20 different-dharma shastras, their details apply in different ages and situations.
  • Varnashrama is rarely looked at as a complete social system.
  • We think rules don’t apply because we have lost understanding of them.
  • Perverted reflection means that we put ourself in the center.
  • By following dharma, lifestyle here is the same as in the spiritual world.
  • The purpose of the rules is enhancing an aspect of relationship, but most take it as ritual.
  • Tradition is how rules have been applied by great saintly persons – Manu smriti is about that.
  • Knowledge has to begin with how it descended from the Lord.
  • In Kali-yuga there are often times of distress, so comments of Yajnavalkya and especially Parashara are added for Kali yuga.
  • Manu Samhita has 25 topics in 12 chapters (discourses).
  • 18 titles of law.
  • Topics may extend over several chapters – once we get used to it it becomes easier to read Vedic literatures.
  • Svayambhu may refer to Krishna, Lord Brahma and Svayambhuva Manu. Manu is in charge of mankind.

CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS OF THE SAGES

  • Sages know Varnashrama, but they want to know rules in connection with the Supreme Lord. So Manu is actually on Daivi-varnashrama.
  • Parts of Manu Samhita that don’t apply are the rules that we chant Hare Krishna and don’t care about.
  • Even apara-vidyas are to be received in parampara and their connection to Vedanta must be maintained at all times.
  • The idea of anuchana is to see all sciences and scriptures in relation to Vedanta.
  • The students of Manu Samhita must be:

1) high-minded – one is in the mode of goodness, seeing good qualities in connection to the Lord;

2) elevated – one should be practicing it;
3) interested in the practice of religious life for the purpose of God-realization.

  • There are people who are only interested in practice of religious life, or only in God-realization.
  • One must be interested in how to apply religion transcendentally – then one can appreciate Manu Samhita.
  • People only notice verses about fingers cut off  – 2 out of 2,000.
  • We are using the same translation of Manu Samhita that scholars used to discredit culture, to prove it, so no academics can complain.
  • Pradhana is material energy in an undefined state.
  • The Lord first establishes the field of activities for the living entities.
  • The mind is real, but may have an unrealistic perception of the world.
  • “The great one” = Mahat, material energy containing souls.
  • The subtle body is actually all mind, which has divisions of mind, intelligence and ego.
  • Mahabhutas are manifest from Sankarshana, senses – from Pradyumna.
  • Sankhya is explained in 25 elements, or 9, or 16.
  • Our identity is based on the senses and the mind.
  • Body, sharira is the residence of the Supreme Lord.
  • Mind comes from Aniruddha.
  • Performing activities is Vasudeva.
  • All shastras start with creation, because we have to know how everything connects to the Lord.
  • In the beginning Lord assigned name, form and activities for every living entity.
  • German girl riding on a Harley still manifests feminine nature.
  • Impure nature is a problem, pure nature is never a problem.
  • The three Vedas come from fire, wind and Sun.
  • The way we see the world is through mind. Nakshatras are important, since they influence the mind.
  • Time, Lord Brahma and Nakshatras are on the topmost level of goodness.
  • The atomic particles are eternal, though the forms are perishable and change.
  • Living entities spontaneously take to whatever activities are assigned according to their nature.
  • Creation is always the same.
  • Untruth spontaneously sticks to the tribal because it’s important for them to not accept God and the Vedas.
  • Human species accepts the Vedas and authority.
  • We only change from tribal to human due to devotional service.
  • People follow their day-to day concerns anyway, either in a scientific, or a non-scientific way.
  • By analyzing the ingredients of the table one cannot understand the purpose of the table to keep shastra on.
  • People who are successful usually use more intelligence, except for those who are very consistent in sentiment and become successful in that.
  • Psychology is part of Ayurveda.
  • Primary creation is done by the Lord. Secondary creation is what is done by Lord Brahma.
  • Virat is the lotus from which Lord Brahma is born.
  • In the primary creation there is the Lord and His internal potency. In the secondary creation there is material energy and us.
  • Translators don’t understand the Vedas, so sometimes they use obscure words.
  • It’s only through austerity that Lord Brahma creates.
  • Through austerity even the bug is elevated to heavenly planets.
  • By lack of austerity one is degraded.
  • Lord Brahma created 9 Prajapatis who created other living entities.
  • Some grandsons of Lord Brahma also became Prajapatis, so in total there are 21 Prajapatis.
  • Apsaras are female gandharvas.
  • Manes means forefathers, or pitris.
  • Kinnaras are half-humans, half-animals.
  • Living entities are born from womb, eggs, moisture and perspiration, and seeds, shoots, slips.
  • Vanaspati – trees that bear only fruit.
  • Vriksha – trees that bear both fruit and flowers.
  • Plants possess internal consciousness and experience pleasure and pain.
  • Creation starts with Lord Vishnu and ends with plants.
  • Primary creation – sarga, secondary – visarga.​

PHILOSOPHICAL DEFINITIONS #4

PHILOSOPHICAL DEFINITIONS LECTURE #4, 23rd Sep 2008, Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur

HH BVPS Maharaja: Continuing 5 levels of consciousness.

Anna-maya means the senses, it is sensual perception, or engagement of the senses. Prana-maya that you are going to extend the sense gratification for others. In other words, you care about other’s sense gratification. Mana-maya will be the platform of religiosity, not even technically be your ethics, ethics would prana-maya. Where you understand the nature of something and act according to that. Vijnana-maya will be the platform of understanding the nature of the soul. Ananda-maya will be situated on that transcendental platform, so specifically for us it means devotional service Continue reading PHILOSOPHICAL DEFINITIONS #4

Philosophical Definitions #1

PHILOSOPHICAL DEFINITIONS LECTURE #1, 18th Sep 2008, Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur

HH BVPS Maharaja: So now we will begin our study of the basic scriptures that Srila Prabhupada had mentioned, what’s known generally in ISKCON in giving a Bhakti-sastri degree. In the Academy here that will give you a different degree. Because we will be studying many, many different aspects or elements. Continue reading Philosophical Definitions #1

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #21

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #21 Budapest, Hungary, 10th Aug 2007 Part 1

The philosophy of Acintya-bhedabheda-tattva then affords an understanding that is hard to get within any other philosophy. You have the element that contradictory aspects can be reconciled with each other. So the point we will discuss is within this category of reconciliation is relationships. Relationships start at the spiritual realm, the concept of relationships is from there. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #21

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #20

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #20 Eger, Hungary, 9th Aug 2007

HH BVPS Maharaja: So we see in conclusion of this process of buddhi-yoga is that one is trying to engage oneself fully in Krishna’s service. So body, mind and words are then engaged according to one’s natural propensities, and in that way then that full absorption then will mature into pure devotional service. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #20

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #16

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #16 Eger, Hungary, 7th Aug 2007 Part 2

HH BVPS Maharaja: So is… So, Mr. Lepnikel wants to… [Laughter]

Prabhu: Yes, if possible.

HH BVPS Maharaja: Yes, why not? I mean, you are the president, you can do whatever you want. [Laughter] It just would have to be approved by your wife, that’s all. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #16

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #15

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #15 Eger, Hungary, 7th Aug 2007 Part 1

HH BVPS Maharaja: Any questions?

Prabhu: It was mentioned that where our focus goes, naturally that activity gives us better results, or proper results. But sometimes devotees have this concept that if they do some service, which is not in accordance with their conditioned nature, then they will advance more effectively in Krishna consciousness. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #15

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #17

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #17 Eger, Hungary, 7th Aug 2007 Part 3

HH BVPS Maharaja: So where were we? Who was asking the question? Oh, you were.

Prabhu: I would like understand nature according to work. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #17