[The following interview about
var ṇ āśrama 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
, edited by dd (BBGS) Sulālitā Balaram Briant from Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur)
Nagarī Mātājī : What is the essence, or the foundation, of var ṇ āśrama? Many devotees confuse it with the caste system.
HH Bhaktividyā Pūr ṇ a 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
6th May 2016 Lecture 3
Yamaraja is death personified, and he does not get stopped by anyone.
The chanting of the Holy Name is not restricted.
No rule given in the Vedas ever get in the way of devotional service. They only get in the way if we think they have the same value as bhakti – we trip over our own low consciousness.
Continue reading SB 6.3 Yamaraja Instructs His Messengers
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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.
NECTAR OF DEVOTION THEMATIC STUDY, SASTRA CAKSUS YEAR 2, LECTURE #2, 16th Sep 2011
Of all the forms of the Lord, only Krishna can reciprocate with the complete sentiments of bhakti. In Lord Narayana one will not find very subtle and sweet elements that tare there in Krishna.
Everyone has an inherent rasa with the Lord. The science of devotion is equally valid in all the 4 sampradayas. But one who is satisfied in certain development will not move forward.
Continue reading Nectar of Devotion Thematic #2
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 #13 Eger, Hungary, 6th Aug 2007 Part 1
HH BVPS Maharaja: Some question?
Mataji: I want to ask a question about trust and application in devotees. I’ll be reading from the paper. How can you regain our trust and regain our desire to associate with devotees if sometimes in a way or another disappointed us and betrayed our trust,
Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #13