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  1. 1. 1 Shikshashtakam 1. Thesix-prongedflame ofKirtan-yajna
  2. 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
  3. 3. 3 Shikshashtakam 1. Thesix-prongedflame ofKirtan-yajna
  4. 4. Overview 1-5: Vaidhi Bhakti 6: Raganuga Bhakti 7: Bhava Bhakti 8: Raganuga Bhakti
  5. 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. 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. 7. kairava candrika vitaranam White lotus blossoms in moonlight Lotus: Our cons. Holy name: Moonlight Blossomed lotus: Krishna cons
  8. 8. kairava candrika vitaranam Blossoming of cons.: Progress in selflessness from self-absorption to Krishna-absorption
  9. 9. Vidya vadhu jivanam Vidya – Krishna’s internal potency – enlivened in our heart by the presence of her Lord Gita 10.10
  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. 11. Purnamrita Gita 18.38: Initial nectar, eventual poison Gita 18.37: Initial poison, eventual nectar Pure holy name: Just nectar
  12. 12.  Varnavada: Power in letters eg formula, Vedic mantras  Sphotavada: Power in meaning eg. Proverb, Puranic lila  Krishna’s omnipotence
  13. 13. Ontological reality Our subjective realization Eg Deity
  14. 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. 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. 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. 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. 18.  “One’s greatness is estimated by the ability to tolerate provoking situations”  Tolerance means to call off our war with reality
  19. 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. 20. Karma romanticizes the world Jnana demonizes the world Bhakti utilizes the world
  21. 21. Aversion to commitment is not detachment Sadhana-bhakti is not about attachment & detachment, but about commitment
  22. 22.  Conscience is the dog that barks when the thief of sin comes to steal our bhakti  The bark of conscience is guilt
  23. 23.  We may not be able to avoid falling down, but we can avoid staying fallen
  24. 24.  Karma & Jnana: Endeavor is primary  Bhakti: Grace is primary
  25. 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. 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. 27.  We are unqualified, but we are never disqualified  Our endeavor doesn’t generate mercy, but it attracts mercy
  28. 28.  Partial – he favors his devotees  Impartial – he opens the doors of devotion to everyone
  29. 29.  Sentiments: ornaments of life  Rama-Lakshmana dialogue  Sentimentality: sentiments are the only deciders of our actions and level
  30. 30.  Let reason direct emotion  Let emotion animate reason  Reason w/o emotion: Impersonalism  Emotion w/o reason: Sahajiyaism
  31. 31. Krishna Maya Materialists Detached Attached Sahajiyas Attached Attached Impersonlists Detached Detached Bhaktas Attached Detached
  32. 32.  Opposite of sentimentality is judgmentality eg. Unfeeling imposition of standards on others  Be transcendental – not sentimental or judgmental
  33. 33.  Spiritual emotion is the fruit of purification  Sentimentality is sentiments without purification and often with impure consequences
  34. 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. 35.  For materialists, Krishna has no value without the world. Eg Duryodhana  For devotees, the world has no value without Krishna eg Arjuna
  36. 36.  Material memories are automatically preserved; devotional memories need to conscientiously preserved  Separation is to love what wind is to fire
  37. 37.  Purification means to change our default definition of happiness  Our desires are not just linear, they are also triangular
  38. 38. Love with reciprocation Love without reciprocation Love with (apparent) rejection
  39. 39. Love with reciprocation Love without reciprocation Love with (apparent) rejection
  40. 40.  Baby elephant shackled – realizes its strength internally and expresses it externally on pulling  Similarly, love realized & expressed in the presence of opposition
  41. 41.  Krishna reciprocates in his own way – returns to Vrindavana and re- unites with the gopis
  42. 42.  Articles, lectures, question answers and short talks come as daily feeds.
  43. 43.  Articles, lectures, question answers and short talks come as daily feeds.