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  • 1. Essence of Srimad-Bhagavatam In 11 Instructions Upadesamrita The Nectar of Instruction
  • 2. Text 1
    • väco vegaà manasaù krodha-vegaà
    • jihvä-vegam udaropastha-vegam
    • etän vegän yo viñaheta dhéraù
    • sarväm apémäà påthivéà sa çiñyät
    • “ A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind's demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world.”
  • 3. Understanding Real Atonement A Transformation of the Heart
  • 4.
    • “ In Çrémad-Bhägavatam (6.1.9-10) Parékñit Mahäräja placed a number of intelligent questions before Çukadeva Gosvämé. One of these questions was: "Why do people undergo atonement if they cannot control their senses?“”
  • 5. What is Atonement
    • Atonement-Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation; the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
    • Three types of sinful activity:
      • 1. Those of the body
      • 2. Those of the mind
      • 3. Those of speech
  • 6. Sinful life is performed by body, mind, and speech; thus three Yamadutas arrested Ajamila to take him for being punished .
  • 7. The Impetus for Sinful Activity Senses Mind Intelligence Body Soul “ The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he [the soul] is even higher than the intelligence. “ Bhagavad-Gita 3.42
  • 8.
    • 1) Consciousness impetus for sinful sense enjoyment
    • 2) Intelligence discriminating in terms of sense-enjoyment
    • 3) Mind accepting and rejecting in terms of the senses pleasure
    • 4) Gross manifestation of enjoyment, leading to
    • sinful life because of 3 types of urges:
    • Urges of the Body
    • Urges of the Mind
    • Urges of speech
    Stages of Sinful Activity:
  • 9. Dangers of No Sense Control Being Pull in Different Directions One whose senses are uncontrolled cannot be trusted
  • 10. Pleasure of Ear-Deer Caught
  • 11. Pleasure of smell-Bee Caught
  • 12. Pleasure of tongue-Fish caught
  • 13. Pleasure of touch-Elephant caught
  • 14. Pleasure of Eye-Moth Burnt
  • 15. Dangers of No Mental Control
    • “ While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises. From anger, delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the material pool.” Bhagavad-Gita 2.62-63
  • 16. Levels of Intelligence
    • “…a thief may know perfectly well that he may be arrested for his stealing, and he may actually even see a thief arrested by the police, yet he continues to steal.”
  • 17.
    • “ Experience is gathered by hearing…
    • … and seeing”
  • 18.
    • “ One who is less intelligent gathers experience by seeing,…
  • 19.
    • “…and one who is more intelligent gathers experience by hearing.”
  • 20.
    • “ When an intelligent person hears from the law books and sastras, or scriptures, that stealing is not good and hears that a thief is punished when arrested, he refrains from theft. A less intelligent person may first have to be arrested and punished for stealing to learn to stop stealing.
    • Levels of Intelligence:
      • Hearing (1 st class)
      • Seeing (2 nd class)
      • Experiencing (3 rd class)
  • 21. Conscious Disposition Makes the Difference
    • “ However, a rascal, a foolish man, may have the experience of both hearing and seeing and may even be punished, but still he continues to steal. Even if such a person atones and is punished by the government, he will again commit theft as soon as he comes out of jail.”
  • 22.
    • A doctor can prescribe medicine to restore the body of a patient who has contracted an STD due to a bad sexual tendency. The Medicine can help the body, but Because the tendency remains, the patient again returns with the same problem. What then is the use of the prescription?
  • 23. What is the use of an elephants bath? “ He compared atonement to an elephant's bathing. The elephant may take a very nice bath in the river, but as soon as it comes onto the bank, it throws dirt all over its body. What, then, is the value of its bathing?... This kind of prayascitta, or atonement, is condemned by Pariksit Maharaj, the most intelligent king of his time.”
  • 24.
    • “ Thus real prayascitta, atonement, is the awakening of our dormant Krishna consciousness.”
  • 25. Stages of Real Atonement
    • 1) Consciousness motivation determines if senses are controlled or not. Real atonement, must take place on a conscious level.
    • 2) Intelligence must discriminate in relation to Krishna. One’s level of intelligence is determined, proportionate the service mood.
    • 3) Mind accepts and rejects according to one’s service to Krishna
    • 4) Body performs actions in relationship to service for Krishna.
  • 26. Performance of Real Atonement Understanding the Importance of Association of the Pure Devotees
  • 27.
    • “Real atonement involves coming to real knowledge, and for this there is a standard process.”
  • 28.
    • “A human being is meant to be trained according to certain principles to revive his original knowledge.”
    “ Such a methodical life is described as tapasya.”
  • 29.
    • “ One can be gradually elevated to the standard of real knowledge, or Krishna consciousness, by practicing austerity and celibacy (brahmacarya), by controlling the mind, by controlling the senses, by giving up one's possessions in charity, by being avowedly truthful, by keeping clean and by practicing yoga-äsanas.”
  • 30.
    • “However, if one is fortunate enough to get the association of a pure devotee, he can easily surpass all the practices for controlling the mind by the mystic yoga process…”
  • 31.
    • “…simply by following the regulative principles of Krishna consciousness—refraining from illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication and gambling—and by engaging in the service of the Supreme Lord under the direction of the bona fide spiritual master.”
  • 32.
    • “ This easy process is being recommended by Srila Rupa Gosvami.”
    • Mechanical means have
    • temporary effect
    • Knowledge one gains from
    • purificatory activities is
    • certainly purifying, but not
    • complete.
    • But, if one receives mercy of
    • Devotees, esp. the Pure Devotee,
    • And accepts the guidance seriously
    • One can achieve the highest aim.
    Simply by association with Haridas Thakur, and the serious acceptance of his guidance, the prostitute achieve highest aim of Krishna Consciousness.
  • 33. The Value of a Pure Devotee
    • “ My dear King Rahuguna, unless one has the opportunity to smear his entire body with the dust of the lotus feet of great devotees, one cannot realize the Absolute Truth. One cannot realize the Absolute Truth simply by observing celibacy [brahmacarya], strictly following the rules and regulations of householder life, leaving home as a vänaprastha, accepting sannyäsa, or undergoing severe penances in winter by keeping oneself submerged in water or surrounding oneself in summer by fire and the scorching heat of the sun. There are many other processes to understand the Absolute Truth, but the Absolute Truth is only revealed to one who has attained the mercy of a great devotee.” SB 5.12.12
  • 34. 6 Principles of Application The Art of Engaging the 6 types of Urges