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Shikshashtakam
1. Thesix-prongedflame
ofKirtan-yajna
Overview
Antya of Antya Lila: More reflections than
instructions
The Lord lives on through his ecstatic
instructions
1-5: Sambandha
6: Prayojana
All 8 texts: Abhidheya
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Shikshashtakam
1. Thesix-prongedflame
ofKirtan-yajna
Overview
1-5: Vaidhi Bhakti
6: Raganuga Bhakti
7: Bhava Bhakti
8: Raganuga Bhakti
ceto darpana marjanam
 The mind as a window
 The mind as a TV screen
 The mind as a mirror
 Cit (Cons. as feature of the soul)
vs Citta (Embodied cons.)
ceto darpana marjanam
 The mind that is clean is serene
Gita 06.27
 Clean mind like pure water –
free from impurities: desires
other than the desire to serve
Krishna
kairava candrika vitaranam
White lotus blossoms in moonlight
Lotus: Our cons.
Holy name: Moonlight
Blossomed lotus: Krishna cons
kairava candrika vitaranam
Blossoming of cons.: Progress in
selflessness from self-absorption to
Krishna-absorption
Vidya vadhu jivanam
Vidya – Krishna’s internal potency
– enlivened in our heart by the
presence of her Lord
Gita 10.10
Anandambudhi vardhanam
Ocean of Lord Hari’s glories is
ever-expanding
Let me dive into this and be free
from the desert of material
existence
Purnamrita
Gita 18.38: Initial nectar, eventual
poison
Gita 18.37: Initial poison, eventual
nectar
Pure holy name: Just nectar
 Varnavada: Power in letters eg
formula, Vedic mantras
 Sphotavada: Power in meaning
eg. Proverb, Puranic lila
 Krishna’s omnipotence
Ontological reality
Our subjective realization
Eg Deity
 Extraordinary demonstrations of
mercy are meant to inspire us to
follow the standard process for
getting mercy, not excuses for
avoiding the standard process
 Gita 13.8-12 p: “to not be anxious to have
the satisfaction of being honored by
others”
 To not let our ego interfere with our
purpose
 To accept honor, but to not expect honor
 Self-pity is not humility; it is
negative self-absorption, whereas
humility is the launching pad to
freedom from self-absorption
 The cure for pride is not suppression
of talent, but purification of intent
 Self-pity is not humility; it is
negative self-absorption, whereas
humility is the launching pad to
freedom from self-absorption
 Focus on Krishna’s greatness, not
one’s own smallness
 “One’s greatness is estimated by the
ability to tolerate provoking
situations”
 Tolerance means to call off our war
with reality
 Not passivity, but ability to keep
small things small and focus on big
things. Eg Gita 2.14 vs 11.33
 If we let everything that happens
matter, we don’t let what matters
happen
Karma romanticizes the
world
Jnana demonizes the world
Bhakti utilizes the world
Aversion to commitment is
not detachment
Sadhana-bhakti is not about
attachment & detachment,
but about commitment
 Conscience is the dog that barks
when the thief of sin comes to
steal our bhakti
 The bark of conscience is guilt
 We may not be able to avoid
falling down, but we can avoid
staying fallen
 Karma & Jnana: Endeavor is
primary
 Bhakti: Grace is primary
 Prabhupada, “If we are not
determined, even the Supreme
Personality of Godhead can’t help
us.”
 Let determination be an expression
of devotion, not of willpower
 In bhakti, our strengths can be our
weaknesses, and our weaknesses can
be our strengths
 We may win against temptation and
not go close to Krishna; or we may
lose and go close to Krishna
 We are unqualified, but we are
never disqualified
 Our endeavor doesn’t generate
mercy, but it attracts mercy
 Partial – he favors his devotees
 Impartial – he opens the doors of
devotion to everyone
 Sentiments: ornaments of life
 Rama-Lakshmana dialogue
 Sentimentality: sentiments are the
only deciders of our actions and
level
 Let reason direct emotion
 Let emotion animate reason
 Reason w/o emotion:
Impersonalism
 Emotion w/o reason: Sahajiyaism
Krishna Maya
Materialists Detached Attached
Sahajiyas Attached Attached
Impersonlists Detached Detached
Bhaktas Attached Detached
 Opposite of sentimentality is
judgmentality eg. Unfeeling
imposition of standards on others
 Be transcendental – not sentimental
or judgmental
 Spiritual emotion is the fruit of
purification
 Sentimentality is sentiments without
purification and often with impure
consequences
 Krishna consciousness sadhana – feeling
the presence of Krishna in his absence
 What we miss reflects what we value
 Start with whatever uddipana works at
our stage
 For materialists, Krishna has no value
without the world. Eg Duryodhana
 For devotees, the world has no value
without Krishna eg Arjuna
 Material memories are automatically
preserved; devotional memories
need to conscientiously preserved
 Separation is to love what wind is to
fire
 Purification means to change our
default definition of happiness
 Our desires are not just linear, they
are also triangular
Love with reciprocation
Love without reciprocation
Love with (apparent)
rejection
Love with reciprocation
Love without reciprocation
Love with (apparent)
rejection
 Baby elephant shackled – realizes its
strength internally and expresses it
externally on pulling
 Similarly, love realized & expressed
in the presence of opposition
 Krishna reciprocates in his own way
– returns to Vrindavana and re-
unites with the gopis
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talks come as daily feeds.
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Shikshashtakam series at alachua

  • 2. Overview Antya of Antya Lila: More reflections than instructions The Lord lives on through his ecstatic instructions 1-5: Sambandha 6: Prayojana All 8 texts: Abhidheya
  • 4. Overview 1-5: Vaidhi Bhakti 6: Raganuga Bhakti 7: Bhava Bhakti 8: Raganuga Bhakti
  • 5. ceto darpana marjanam  The mind as a window  The mind as a TV screen  The mind as a mirror  Cit (Cons. as feature of the soul) vs Citta (Embodied cons.)
  • 6. ceto darpana marjanam  The mind that is clean is serene Gita 06.27  Clean mind like pure water – free from impurities: desires other than the desire to serve Krishna
  • 7. kairava candrika vitaranam White lotus blossoms in moonlight Lotus: Our cons. Holy name: Moonlight Blossomed lotus: Krishna cons
  • 8. kairava candrika vitaranam Blossoming of cons.: Progress in selflessness from self-absorption to Krishna-absorption
  • 9. Vidya vadhu jivanam Vidya – Krishna’s internal potency – enlivened in our heart by the presence of her Lord Gita 10.10
  • 10. Anandambudhi vardhanam Ocean of Lord Hari’s glories is ever-expanding Let me dive into this and be free from the desert of material existence
  • 11. Purnamrita Gita 18.38: Initial nectar, eventual poison Gita 18.37: Initial poison, eventual nectar Pure holy name: Just nectar
  • 12.  Varnavada: Power in letters eg formula, Vedic mantras  Sphotavada: Power in meaning eg. Proverb, Puranic lila  Krishna’s omnipotence
  • 13. Ontological reality Our subjective realization Eg Deity
  • 14.  Extraordinary demonstrations of mercy are meant to inspire us to follow the standard process for getting mercy, not excuses for avoiding the standard process
  • 15.  Gita 13.8-12 p: “to not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others”  To not let our ego interfere with our purpose  To accept honor, but to not expect honor
  • 16.  Self-pity is not humility; it is negative self-absorption, whereas humility is the launching pad to freedom from self-absorption  The cure for pride is not suppression of talent, but purification of intent
  • 17.  Self-pity is not humility; it is negative self-absorption, whereas humility is the launching pad to freedom from self-absorption  Focus on Krishna’s greatness, not one’s own smallness
  • 18.  “One’s greatness is estimated by the ability to tolerate provoking situations”  Tolerance means to call off our war with reality
  • 19.  Not passivity, but ability to keep small things small and focus on big things. Eg Gita 2.14 vs 11.33  If we let everything that happens matter, we don’t let what matters happen
  • 20. Karma romanticizes the world Jnana demonizes the world Bhakti utilizes the world
  • 21. Aversion to commitment is not detachment Sadhana-bhakti is not about attachment & detachment, but about commitment
  • 22.  Conscience is the dog that barks when the thief of sin comes to steal our bhakti  The bark of conscience is guilt
  • 23.  We may not be able to avoid falling down, but we can avoid staying fallen
  • 24.  Karma & Jnana: Endeavor is primary  Bhakti: Grace is primary
  • 25.  Prabhupada, “If we are not determined, even the Supreme Personality of Godhead can’t help us.”  Let determination be an expression of devotion, not of willpower
  • 26.  In bhakti, our strengths can be our weaknesses, and our weaknesses can be our strengths  We may win against temptation and not go close to Krishna; or we may lose and go close to Krishna
  • 27.  We are unqualified, but we are never disqualified  Our endeavor doesn’t generate mercy, but it attracts mercy
  • 28.  Partial – he favors his devotees  Impartial – he opens the doors of devotion to everyone
  • 29.  Sentiments: ornaments of life  Rama-Lakshmana dialogue  Sentimentality: sentiments are the only deciders of our actions and level
  • 30.  Let reason direct emotion  Let emotion animate reason  Reason w/o emotion: Impersonalism  Emotion w/o reason: Sahajiyaism
  • 31. Krishna Maya Materialists Detached Attached Sahajiyas Attached Attached Impersonlists Detached Detached Bhaktas Attached Detached
  • 32.  Opposite of sentimentality is judgmentality eg. Unfeeling imposition of standards on others  Be transcendental – not sentimental or judgmental
  • 33.  Spiritual emotion is the fruit of purification  Sentimentality is sentiments without purification and often with impure consequences
  • 34.  Krishna consciousness sadhana – feeling the presence of Krishna in his absence  What we miss reflects what we value  Start with whatever uddipana works at our stage
  • 35.  For materialists, Krishna has no value without the world. Eg Duryodhana  For devotees, the world has no value without Krishna eg Arjuna
  • 36.  Material memories are automatically preserved; devotional memories need to conscientiously preserved  Separation is to love what wind is to fire
  • 37.  Purification means to change our default definition of happiness  Our desires are not just linear, they are also triangular
  • 38. Love with reciprocation Love without reciprocation Love with (apparent) rejection
  • 39. Love with reciprocation Love without reciprocation Love with (apparent) rejection
  • 40.  Baby elephant shackled – realizes its strength internally and expresses it externally on pulling  Similarly, love realized & expressed in the presence of opposition
  • 41.  Krishna reciprocates in his own way – returns to Vrindavana and re- unites with the gopis
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