- The modes have nothing to do with the real nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
- We have difficulty because we either don’t see the world connected to the Lord, or we think everything is all right. Continue reading SB 6.4 THE HAMSA-GUHYA PRAYERS
- 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.
- King should rise early in the morning and honor brahmanas. Kings have to learn from those brahmanas who know how to apply Vedic principles in administration. From other brahmanas he may learn about spiritual life etc.
- One who worships more experienced men is honored even by rakshasas.
- The duties of vaishyas and shudras depend on skills, not on character. But for brahmanas and kshatriyas their ashrama is more prominent to enable them to execute their duties.
- King should be modest. He may show off in front of his army, but in general should be humble.
- Ashrama, personal character, should always be developing, so the king is always learning.
- Kings have to learn Vedanta, logic and the science of governing from brahmanas, in the academy. From people he learns various trades and professions – for that one does not have to go the academy.
- Study and contemplation is always constant. In the Vedic time ‘thinking out of the box’ is just called contemplation.
- Devotees have problem with the ritualistic side of the Vedic culture, but ritualistic side is actually only for those who do not understand what the culture is for.
- Vedic education. Any Gurukula teaches the character training and the 14 books of Vedic knowledge. After that, there may be specialization in some field, and study of arts.
- Day and night a kshatriya must strenuously exert himself to control his senses. If one is not obedient, one cannot keep the subjects obedient.
- A man who does not control his senses is not very attractive to women, so he does not actually get any sense gratification. One who does not control senses always wants to exploit others, so women don’t want to be with such a man.
- Kshatriyas have the most facility and thus they have to have the greatest control.
- There are 18 kinds of vices one has to avoid, they are arising from desire for pleasure and from anger.
- Hunting, gambling, sleeping during day, sensuousness, critical attitude, excess with women, drinking, inordinate love for dancing, singing and music, useless travel – 10 vices springing from love of pleasure.
- Tale-bearing, violence, treachery, envy, slandering, unjust seizure of property, insulting others and assault – 8 vices springing from anger.
- Greediness is the root of all the vices.
- Drinking, dice, women and hunting (the 4 regulative principles) are the most harmful from those vices coming from love of pleasure.
- Eating meat through sacrifice is not a joke, there are complicated rules and rituals involved.
- All animals killed by Pandavas or Lord Ramacandra were liberated.
- Eating forbidden foodstuff and taking intoxication are on the same level.
- Bodily injury, criticizing others and seizing their property are the 3 worst of the vices born of anger.
- Meat eating means that one’s senses are so much out of control th one dos not mind killing others. For meat-eater cultures the concept of prescribed duties therefore is so foreign.
- Intoxication and gambling are considered worse than meat eating and illicit sex, because they completely disable the person from doing one’s prescribed duties.
- Polish kingdom was once the biggest in Europe, but they lost everything due to drinking.
- Vice is worse than death.
- Nowadays government derives huge income from taxes on sinful activities – intoxication, gambling.
- The king should appoint 7 or 8 ministers, max 9 (on the top level), otherwise it is difficult to have uniform government. But on lower level there may be as many committees as necessary.
- Bureaucrats are there on the lower levels, but they can never replace leadership.
- The king should daily discuss the businesses of the kingdom with his ministers. First king should discuss some matter with each minister separately, then he should call a meeting of all of them together.
- Generally ministers are brahmanas, but sometimes there are exceptions, like Vidura.
- Ministers should generally be skilled in weapons, so that they may not be so easily killed.
- The most important matters should be discussed with prime minister.
- Brave, skillful and highborn people are employed in dealing outside the palace, the timid – within the palace.
- The ambassador should know all the sciences.
- There are certain gestures people make when they think certain things and skilled people can read it. In politics people have to learn to control that, so as not to disclose one’s intentions.
SRI ISOPANISHAD THEMATIC STUDY (ACCORDING TO SRILA BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA’S TATTVA-SUTRA), SASTRA CAKSUS YEAR 2, LECTURE #2, 15th Sep 2011
- Anything outside the Lord is padartha, but He is beyond everything.
- Upanishads are still given in story form, but the philosophical element is prominent. Puranas give much more detail, so story is more prominent.
- Upanishads are more meant for someone on the platform on jnana.
PHILOSOPHICAL DEFINITIONS LECTURE #2, 19th Sep 2008, Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur
HH BVPS Maharaja:
Name, form, qualities and pastimes.
The name establishes the form, creates the attraction. Then the qualities one becomes attached to because of this one will engage in pastimes. That will bring about your sambandha, prayojana and abhidheya. Continue reading Philosophical Definitions #2
MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #5 Eger, Hungary, 2nd Aug 2007 Part 1
So the Vedic culture then begins with the brahmachari ashrama. Brahmachari means is where one is studying actually to understand what is human life. One understands what is transcendence, how is the process of attaining it. Because from there, then any other position that one will be in society it’s supposed to be for attaining to God consciousness. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #5