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From anartha nivrtti to artha pravrtti


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The speaker, Chaitanya Charan, is a monk, mentor and spiritual author. He has written 20 books and writes the world's only daily blog on the timeless spiritual class, Bhagavad-gita, at

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From anartha nivrtti to artha pravrtti

  1. 1. From anartha- nivrtti to artha- pravrtti
  2. 2. Anartha
  3. 3. Anartha No meaning No purpose No value
  4. 4. Anartha appears like artha Chasing illusions becomes so familiar that it appears to be reality, the only reality (Gita 16.11)
  5. 5. The Illusion Getting it doesn’t give much pleasure; not getting it causes much torment Addicts: “Indulge not to get high, but to feel normal
  6. 6. Aggravating anartha Each sense – multiple sense objects, multiple mediums of exposure
  7. 7. Aggravating anartha Those who put themselves in a storm’s way are swept away (G 2.67)
  8. 8. Aggravating anartha Those who put themselves in a storm’s way are swept away (G 2.67)
  9. 9. Unintentional or intentional? Premeditation Preoccupation Rationalization
  10. 10. Redirection begins with realization Srila Prabhupada, “Human life is mean to be frustrated”
  11. 11. Nivrtti
  12. 12. Frustration vs Renunciation Frustration: “I want it, but can’t get it.” Renunciation: “I don’t want it”
  13. 13. Mind – default modes Ignorance – Only contemplation, no action Passion – First action, then contemplation Goodness – Blend of contemplation & action
  14. 14. Nivrtti Desires won’t retire till we tire of them (Gita 15.5) Eg stray dog made pet – found infected with rabies
  15. 15. Ageless attachments Prasangam ajaram pasham (SB 3.25.20) Our desires exhaust us, but don’t get exhausted
  16. 16. Our dilemma We can’t get higher taste unless we give up lower taste We can’t give up lower taste unless we get higher taste
  17. 17. Begin with intelligence Jiva Goswami: What priti does for siddhas, Buddhi has to do for sadhakas
  18. 18. Insight through intelligence Be convinced that The lower taste is lower The higher taste is higher
  19. 19. TIME to renounce T – Temporary I – Illusory M – Miserable E – Enjoyment
  20. 20. Our inner world Impulse Intelligence Intent
  21. 21. Scriptural protection Let intelligence guard the path between impulse and intent
  22. 22. Reject the rationalization Catch the mind before it catches us Eg. A little doesn’t matter
  23. 23. Diversion from illusion When fantasy diverts from reality, let reality divert from fantasy
  24. 24. Goodness = Awareness Awareness of distraction Awareness of material reality Awareness of spiritual reality
  25. 25. Mental vs physical To decide to not think of something is to think of it Renunciation requires redirection
  26. 26. Artha
  27. 27. 27 BRS (Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu): Jnana not an element of bhakti DST (Durgama Sangamani Tika): This jnana refers to: 1.Atma-Jnana 2.Ishvara-Jnana 3.Aiktava-Jnana
  28. 28. 28 Why is Jnana Pratikula to Bhakti? Aspect of Jnana Adverse Effect Constitution Oneness denies eternality of bhakti Application Hardening of the heart Destination Merging: End of Bhakti
  29. 29. 29 How can Jnana be Anukula? Aspect of Jnana Beneficial Effect Constitution Emphasized subordination of soul Application Stabilization of bhakti practices Destination Enhanced appreciation of the Lord’s glories
  30. 30. Two-level existence Bhakti-anukula jnana: 1. A higher level exists 2. Bhakti-yoga is the elevator to that level
  31. 31. Two-level existence 3. Whatever is attractive at the material level is found in its fullest at the spiritual level
  32. 32. From spark to the whole (Bg 10.41) Don’t deny your experience of reality; deepen your experience of reality
  33. 33. Experiences Whatever is anyone’s deepest experience is their experience of Krishna (Bg 10.36)
  34. 34. Rasaraja Krishna (MMS 9) sarasija-nayane sa-shankha-cakre mura-bhidi ma viramasva citta rantum sukha-taram aparam na jatu jane hari-carana-smaraamrtena tulyam
  35. 35. Changing the inner flow of consciousness Restriction Redirection Reconstruction
  36. 36. Pravrtti
  37. 37. Change of focus Change our conception of what we are missing (SB 7.9.43)
  38. 38. Rasa traditionally understood Rasa – experience in drama Natya-shastra – Bharata Muni
  39. 39. Rasa in bhakti Rasa – experience of Krishna brought about through appropriate settings & stimuli
  40. 40. Natya Shastra Rasa stimulated by: Karana: Environment Karya: Action Sahakarin: Accompaniment
  41. 41. BRS Karana: Environment: Vibhava Karya: Action: Anubhava Sahakarin: Accompaniment: Vyabhichari Bhava
  42. 42. BRS Vibhava (action) makes the stayi bhava (dominant emotion) sensed
  43. 43. Karana = Vibhava Alambana – players in krishna-lila Uddipana – setting
  44. 44. How does Krishna attract me? That is my uddipana Use svabhava to connect with Krishna
  45. 45. Krishna’s mercy Taste to relish bhakti is mercy & Opportunity to practice bhakti is mercy
  46. 46. Krishna’s mercy When we cherish the mercy we have, we are given the mercy we need
  47. 47. Internalizing our devotional intention From instruction to conviction and inspiration (mayy arpita mano buddir Bg 8.7)
  48. 48. Question for contemplation When did I feel most undeniably that I am bound? When did I feel most forcefully the need to become detached? What am I most attracted to? How can I see that attractiveness to be coming from Krishna? What attracts me most to Krishna? How can I increase my connection with it?
  49. 49. Questions?