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Brihad Manu Siksha #3 Lecture Notes

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  • Bhrigu takes up the recitation..
  • The laws of Manu are composed by Vishnu Himself. Then they are given to Brahma, then to Manu.
  • Measurements of time:

1 nimisha 
18 nimishas = 1 kashta = 3.2 seconds

30 kashtas = 1 kala = 96 seconds

30 kalas = 1 muhurta = 2880 s = 48 minutes

30 muhurtas = 1 day and night

  • Sun divides days for exertion, nights for rest.
  • Dark fortnight is day for manes, bright fortnight – their night.
  • Year is day and night for demigods. Uttarayana is day, Dakshinayana – night.
  • Demigods get up in the month of Kartik.
  • Krta (Satya) yuga is 4,000 demigod years. 400+400 years is “twilight” between yugas.
  • Calculations given by Prabhupada include yuga-sandhis.

Treta 3,000 and 300+300
Dvapara 2,000 and 200+200

Kali 1,000 and 100+100

  • In yuga sandhis people like Duryodhana appear who have qualities of both ages.
  • These 12,000 years is one age of the demigods.
  • 1000 Mahayugas make one day of Lord Brahma.
  • One who knows these calculations, knows time.
  • The catalyst for modification of material elements is adding more false ego.
  • 71 periods of yugas is one period of Manu (Manvantara). There are 14 Manus in a day of Lord Brahma. Bet, between the rules of Manus there are also sandhis.
  • Everybody takes creation and dissolution so seriously, but the Lord is just having a good time.
  • In the Krta age people do not get any benefit from unlawful act. Everybody is doing what they should be doing.
  • In Treta yuga people start getting livelihood by wrong means.
  • In Kali yuga one progresses by ‘liberality alone’ – in means, by charity, and the highest charity is spreading the Sankirtana movement.
  • To get rid of sin, in Krta yuga one has to abandon the country where sinner lives, in Treta – the village, in Dvapara – the family, in Kali – the sinner himself.
  • When Lord Krishna appears, Treta and Dvapara yugas change their places, and so do the yuga-dharma.
  • In Kali yuga one is not degraded by others, but only by what one does oneself.
  • Curses have effect in a year in Kali yuga.
  • Best gift is to seek out the person and to give a gift.
  • If one acts in a way one should be acting, one can actually live in a higher age. But negative effects one only gets of one’s own age.
  • Rules are not necessarily different in Kali-yuga, but since people’s mentality is different, there is ways to apply them.
  • In Kali-yuga men are conquered by women and agnihotra sacrifices cease to exist.
  • The duties were created according to the nature of the people.
  • Brahmanas, kshatriyas and vaishyas all study, perform their own sacrifices and give in charity.
  • Only brahmanas accept charity, teach and do sacrifices for others – that is their maintenance. They may also accept other means of maintenance.
  • For brahmanas their occupation is their ashrama duties.
  • Sacrifice must never be means to make money for the temple. One who does yajna for money (not in a brahminical mood) does not last. Usual term is 6 moths.
  • When a kshatriya teaches, it’s always a fight. If student does not understand, it’s like ‘Are you stupid or what?!” Vaishyas run it as business, and it’s a big money. Education should be available to whoever is qualified, not only ones who have money.
  • After yajna brahmana becomes enemy – the person doing yajna could not care less about them after the yajna is over.
  • Kshatriya should work on abstaining from sensual pleasures.
  • Shudra should serve others without resentment. The highest virtue for a shudra is to serve Brahmanas.
  • Every devotee is a brahmana by duties, but not by occupation.
  • Shudra does not commit wrong by selling things he can collect – honey, milk, curd, whey etc.
  • If shudra eats prohibited food he does not lose his caste, but that does not mean he does not get a reaction.
  • By drinking the milk of Kapila, or Surabhi cow one will life 10,000 years and that would not be good for a shudra, because they will just party.

Philosophical Definitions #3

PHILOSOPHICAL DEFINITIONS LECTURE #3, 22nd Sep 2008, Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur

HH BVPS Maharaja: One has to have an interest to know before one will be involved in the activity of learning and having been engaged in the activity of learning then one will naturally apply it. In this way you get pranipata, pariprasna, sevaya as sambandha, abhidheya and prayojana. Means you are taking the Pradyumna aspect, pranipata, you have a desire, then pariprasna is the process of interaction between teacher and student, and sevaya is the goal that you will apply it in your life, you use it, it will be yours and develop the character, the qualities necessary. Continue reading Philosophical Definitions #3

The Central Point of All Relationships

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu continued, ‘The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the central point of all relationships, acting in devotional service to Him is one’s real occupation, and the attainment of love of Godhead is the ultimate goal of life. These three subject matters are described in the Vedic literature. (CC Madhya 6.178)

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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


If the devotee becomes offended by our activity, by our speech, by our whatever we do, that Krishna takes very seriously. Aparadha means against worship. Radha means worship, aradhana, so apa-aradhana, like that, means that which is against worship, or what perverts the worship or in some way disturbs the worship. So worship means, that is going on by the devotee, it’s not the rule, it’s the devotee who is performing that activity. Continue reading “HE WILL PROTECT ME NO MATTER WHAT”