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Science – Modern
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Vedic Scriptures – General
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Confront how bad we can be to become how good we can be
“Do demons exist?” and lessons from Kabandha – Ramayana wisdom
Thinking about thinking – how our thoughts can harm us or help us
How to become more personal in our dealings
Gita applied Chapter 2 – The Gita separates the soul from the body and harmonizes both too
Self-discipline or self-discovery – Charting our inner journey
How to avoid jumping to conclusions – DAS acronym
Is parents wanting their children to become Krishna conscious a sign of dependence, independence or interdependence?
Gita 01.01 The Gita’s first word dharma conveys its essential, universal theme
Why can some people readily accept Krishna’s supremacy and some can’t?
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Gita applied Chapter 1 – Duryodhana’s illusion is short-sighted, Arjuna’s illusion is far-sighted
Why did Vidura not instruct Dhritrashtra to apologize to the Pandavas and to thereby become offense-free for practicing bhakti?
Is heaven attained by any warrior who fights a war in obedience to authority and dies?
What is the destination of those who obey their authorities and fight in unfair wars such as Vietnam – will their obedience elevate them to heaven?
Which path of yoga burns our karma to what extent?
What is wrong with ancestors falling from higher planets to earth, as only from earth they can be liberated?
The karma confusion – are our problems due to our present actions or past actions?
Gita applied – Chapter 14 – The knowledge of the modes to balance self-discipline and self-discovery [Bhagavad-gita]
How to have loving exchanges (4)
How to have loving exchanges 4 – Cultivating intimacy
How to have loving exchanges 3 – Cultivating sensitivity
How to have loving exchanges 2 – Cultivating non-judgmentality
How to have loving exchanges 1 – Understanding frame of reference
Some thoughts on guru tattva and discipleship
From Nomad to Pilgrim – Infusing our life with purpose and meaning
Rama at home in exile (2)
Rama at home in exile 2 – The power of diligence
Rama at home in exile 1 – The power of acceptance
Arjuna had Krishna’s constant guidance – how can we be guided?
Parallels in Krishna lila and Gaura lila
How Lord Chaitanya manifested, shared and savoured love for Krishna
If offensive chanting is ineffective, then how was Ajamila’s chanting effective?
Why did Vyasadeva give Vedic rituals instead of just giving bhakti, as Prabhupada did?
How Lord Chaitanya thwarted Kali’s attacks – Based on Kavi Karnapura’s Chaitanya Chandrodya Nataka
Krishna consciousness is to feel the presence of Krishna in his absence
Isn’t it useless to share spirituality with people who have no spiritual interest?
If someone imposes something on us because of their ego or authority, what can we do?
Don’t we need to look at people’s group identity, as when interacting with people from other organizations?
The Problem of Pain – Materialistic, Abrahamic and Dharmic explanations
How spiritual knowledge helps us see opportunity in adversity
Religion and parenting – A Hindu perspective
Controlling the mind through yoga and bhakti – similarities and differences Gita 06.21
God helps those who help themselves
Should devotees move beyond demonizing scientists?
How to be intelligent in dealing with people – Ramayana wisdom
Does human nature always give fear precedence over faith?
Is living in the present without living for Krishna helpful?
Is it ok for devotees to give motivational classes without mentioning Krishna at all?
QA session in Melbourne 2019
Krishna’s moods in the Bhagavad-gita (3)
Krishna’s moods in the Bhagavad-gita 3 – Chp 13-18
Why is it so difficult to step back from a dramatic position that we have publically taken – is it because of ego?
If aspiring disciples feel that they can’t get their guru’s association, what can we tell them?
Should devotees fast on Mahashivaratri?
How can a hunter-devotee justify that he is simply doing the profession ordained by past karma – can a terrorist argue the same way?
Krishna’s moods in the Bhagavad-gita 2 – Chp 10-12
Krishna’s moods in the Bhagavad-gita 1 – Chp 1-9
When life doesn’t make sense – Karma, time and free will
Will accepting diversity lead to disintegration of standards and chaotic relativism?
When time becomes unfavorable, don’t become unfavorable to Krishna
How do we create our world by our words?
Is there a clash of civilizations between Eastern and Western civilizations?
From insecurity to inner security
How do words shape our consciousness and character?
How can we explain the need for spiritual education to secular people?
Why is diversity essential for any tradition to continue?
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Detachment is not absence of emotion, it is absence of emotional dependence
What is Spirituality – Questions and Answers
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How intelligence and devotion interact on the spiritual path – 3 reflections
Technology, Psychology, Spirituality
Understanding the Left, the Right and the Bhagavad-gita’s vision
The Gita’s transformational power explained through four special words in its last verse
Understanding what is contextual and what central in scripture
Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura’s three quotes on preaching – Purpose, perspective, process
Why blame the violence in Soviet Russia on atheism when it was caused by economic and political factors?
Why changing ourselves is so difficult – and how to make it easier
From love of power to power of love
Humility, audacity and purity in bhakti
Does focusing on Krishna require that we always be in the mode of goodness?
Lust when unfulfilled leads to anger – does that mean the short-tempered have excessive lust that is unsatisfied?
When our prayers are unanswered
How to deal with uncomfortable emotions – 5 Ds
When Dhruva already had darshan of Vishnu, how could be become disproportionately angry at the Yakshas?
Why is atheism spreading so much nowadays – is it because of Kali Yuga?
Why is aggressive nationalism rising across the world nowadays?
Is always speaking the truth practical?
How do we see the enormous expenditure on frivolous things that happens in today’s society?
How to stay spiritually strong amidst material difficulties
How do we distinguish between material anxiety and spiritual anxiety?
Seek not a stormless sea, seek an unsinkable ship
Does Krishna sometime violate the revealed scriptures?
How to not feel dissatisfied because of our limitations
What is the Vedic perspective on the Sabarimala issue?
Why did Rama banish Sita?
Does the existence of beauty prove the existence of God?
If someone wants us to micro-control their lives, what should we do?
What determines whether we learn by intelligence or by experience?
Making sense of fantastic descriptions in scripture
Does seeking forgiveness for offending others free us from bad karma?
How can we know when we are renouncing because of spiritual attraction and when because of material aversion?
If my family strongly opposes some devotional principles such as not eating onion-garlic, what should I do?
The mind is a monkey, don’t let it make you a donkey – Hindi
How to increase faith
History of bhakti tradition over 5000 years
How to channel the energy of anger – Hindi
How to glorify Krishna in all walks of our life – Hindi
BTG distribution marathon inauguration talk – SHARE acronym – Hindi
Determining our dharma in brahmachari life – Hindi
To become responsible, learn also when to not take responsibility
Stay focused on Krishna in scriptural study, relationships and outreach – Hindi
Ramayana wisdom – Sugriva-Rama meeting – Why doubts arise and how to overcome them – Hindi
How can we avoid feeling insecure if our service is not recognized?
When non-literal interpretations often lead to misinterpretations why do scripture contain them – and how much should we use them?
4 significant words in the Gita’s last verse – Hindi
Three reflections on our mind-body mechanism Misidentification Utilization Purification – Hindi
Don’t give the mind power of attorney blindly – Hindi
In bhakti, we don’t just make an offering – we are ourselves the offering
Shouldn’t the desire for sense gratification go down in those who are advancing in Krishna consciousness?
Krishna assumes a childlike form – does this mean he has some other original form?
Won’t saying that God is not the sole controller imply that he is helpless in certain situations?
Resist the mind just as Sita resisted Ravana – Hindi
Mohini Murti pastime analysis – Hindi (3)
Mohini Murti pastime analysis 3 – When shame helps devotion and when it hurts devotion – Hindi
Mohini Murti pastime analysis 2 – Even sensual failure can be a spiritual success – Hindi
Mohini Murti pastime analysis 1 – Even the Lord’s cheating is all-good – Hindi
The sanctity of relationships
Strung by the tongue
Appreciating the nuances of words and communicating effectively
Intelligence means to place things in the most constructive context – Hindi
East or West, Krishna consciousness is the best
Love selflessly, not headlessly – Hindi
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If Jesus came today, he would not be a Christian – should we avoid organized religion?
Is science entirely objective and value-free with no subjectivity in it?
Can near-death experiences be induced in everyone so they can be become repeatable experimental evidence?
Can ghosts be seen with gross eyes, as is sometimes reported after tsunamis?
Is Krishna present in the book Bhagavatam – is he also present in a digital book?
Is the difference in consciousness between humans and animals because of brain complexity?
Is faith a cognitive function like memory or motivation or mood – can it be altered by neurochemical processes?
Ramayana wisdom – How devotion frees us from doubt and dissension – Hindi
Using Extraordinary Abilities in Devotional Service
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Does preaching essentially mean changing people’s faith?
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If everything attractive comes from Krishna how do we see a young attractive girl?
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Can morality be objective and universally acceptable?
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Does surrender come from devotion or devotion come from surrender?
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If we are good at something that we do for our career, how can we bring Krishna into it?
If we stay in our comfort zone while doing service, how will we grow?
Is satisfaction an austerity of the mind or it is an illusion that traps us?
Does God take credit for our good deeds and give us blame for our bad deeds?
Despite your conservative training how did you become so accommodating?
When does philosophical speculation change to mental speculation – what makes certain explanations of scripture unacceptable? (Vedic wisdom)
Why did Vidura not instruct Dhritarashtra to apologize to the Pandavas and to thereby become offense-free for practicing bhakti?
How can we persevere amidst distractions?
Gita Jayanti talk – The Gita provides Partha with paramartha
If we resolve to wake up at a particular time and wake up at that time without an alarm, is that due to our subconscious mind?
How can motivate us to move on in our spiritual life – can the saints’ realizations inspire – don’t we need our own experiences?
What is the significance of Shukadeva Goswami’s prayers in Bhagavatam 2.4?
If someone doesn’t do their allotted service properly, how can we deal with the resulting anger?
No problem is too big for God – or too small – Hindi
How to choose wisely – Learning from Karna
Appreciating Krishna’s attractiveness
When advice works and when vice works (2)
When advice works and when vice works – 2
When advice works and when vice works – 1
Dealing with fear of rejection – Analyzing Karna’s character
How to immigrate to the spiritual world – Hindi
Can you explain the concepts of anvaya and vyatireka practically and as explained in Bhagavatam 3.9.36?
If a child was abused and God didn’t answer their prayers for protection, how can we help them develop faith now?
Why did the Dwarka Yadus kill each other?
While struggling with conditionings how can we avoid the extremes of becoming hopeless and becoming shameless?
Wisdom from Ramayana – What inspired me to write this book
Do we make destiny or does destiny make us? – Marathi
Analyzing Postmodernism – Tough Questions, Real Answers
When the holy name is self-fulfilling, why do we need other things such as elaborate analysis of the mind?
Demons in Krishna-lila 6 – Bakasura – From Appearance to Substance to Transcendence
How to improve our intelligence for managing our emotions and actions – Hindi
Responsible Relationships (4)
Responsible Relationships 4 – Look up before you look around
GURUDEVA acronym – Vyasa-puja offering to HH Radhanath Maharaj
Responsible Relationships 3 – Focus on your values, not on others’ behaviour
Responsible Relationships 2 – Make judgments, but don’t be judgmental
How can we share bhakti wisdom in the world today?
Was Vritrasura’s bhakti covered over because of his past offenses?
In Gita 09.32, why are women put in a separate category from the various varnas?
Isn’t the Gita’s comparing women with vaishyas and shudras derogatory?
Responsible relationships 1 – Hurt people hurt people
Emotionally healthy spirituality in the renounced order
If we can’t chant attentively, is it better to chant less with greater attention?
Dealing with faultfinding mentality – 3 reflections
Would a Prabhupada-bot, an artificial intelligence system that knows all of Prabhupada’s works, be equivalent to him or his books?
Understanding how God is equal even when he seems partial
If Krishna’s love is unconditional, why didn’t he help Draupadi till she raised both her hands in surrender?
How to present spiritual principles amidst changing times
Destiny – Do we make it or does it make us?
If Krishna takes hundred steps towards us when we take one step towards him, is he partial or impartial?
If genetically modified bacteria could clean the polluted Yamuna river, is that technology still bad?
Gita 02.07 Seek first to understand the question to best understand the answer
How do we deal with fear of success because after success, failure will come?
How can I see spiritually my scientific research for solving serious problems such as incurable diseases?
Gita 02.06 The decision that seems a no-brainer turns out to be a brain-exhauster
Gita 02.05 Deliberation is desirable, but depth of deliberation is decisive
For devotees practicing bhakti in the West, is it better to educate our children in India or in the West?
Does practicing bhakti at only the cultural level deprive us of intellectual and spiritual growth?
Gita 02.04 Fight not for or against some material cause – fight for Krishna
Intelligence is seen not just through aptitude but also through activity
Does any Gita verse say that the soul is on a multi-life journey of spiritual evolution?
Gita 02.03 Identify behavior that is out of character with our character
Essence of the Gita – Identity, Activity, Destiny
How to keep our spiritual life fresh
Gita 02.02 Fight against lower emotions by fighting for higher emotions
Can’t thinking why something bad has happened help us to better address the situation?
Gita 02.01 The intensity of Arjuna’s emotion conveys the potency of Krishna’s solacing wisdom
Can you explain the significance of the ten offenses in practical terms?
The theatrical Krishna takes us to the transcendental Krishna
Are science and religion in conflict with each other?
Gita 01.46 The significance of our actions depends not just on the actions but also on the situations in which we do those actions
The Spiritual Significance of Thanksgiving – Occasion, Expression, Intention
Appreciating Sanjaya’s appreciation of the Gita
Who is a leader? – LEAD acronym
From Stress Management to Self Management
Are ritvikas who reject Krishna’s pure devotees better or worse than the Mayavadis who reject Krishna’s personal form?
Gita 01.45 The war was not to gain a kingdom but to protect the rule of law
Does Krishna have plans only for his pure devotees?
Gita 01.44 When our emotion rules our reason, we rationalize a one-sided view of reality
The heart of yoga is yoga of the heart
Gita 01.43 Hearing is important, but from whom we are hearing is even more important
How can we ensure that our conscience deters us but doesn’t discourage us?
Gita 01.42 Disruption of dharma leads to overpopulation of disruptive souls, causing total breakdown of dharma
How can we use anger constructively in parenting?
ACE your life with gratitude
4 principles to get past our past – PAST – Positivity, Association, Spirituality and Time
3 principles for inner empowerment – Intelligence, Identification, Intention
Gita 01.41 When the family is disrupted, the faith of the children is also devastated
If someone gets a special service that we long for, how can we see that devotionally?
How to forgive ourselves if we have made a serious mistake?
Gita 01.40 Dharma prevents human society from being ruled by the law of the jungle
The living bhakti tradition – a museum or a garden?
When spiritual life seems impractical – because of body, family, society and job
How can we clear our subconscious mind?
Gita 01.39 Our sense of honor coming from our lineage can raise us but can also stop us from rising to the highest
Avoiding verbal violence in bhakti
Gita 01.38 To restrain a violent madman, their restrainers may have to fight like the madman
Does the spiritual world really exist? – SPIRIT acronym
Demons in Krishna lila 5 – Aghasura – Cruelty and violence
Gita 01.37 Consciousness that is contaminated becomes conquered and covered
Gita 01.36 The ethical tension between kula-dharma and kshatriya-dharma leads to emotional over-reaction and physical inaction
Appreciating life’s ARC – Achievements, Relationships, Consciousness
Appreciating Prabhupada’s powerful practicality – PASS acronym
Ramayana Phoenix Fall 2018 (4)
Ramayana series 4 – Sita’s faithfulness – The strength of devotional acceptance
Ramayana series 3 – Shurapanakha’s manipulativeness – Exploiting others’ weaknesses doesn’t make us strong
Ramayana series 2 – Ravana’s recklessness – Attachment makes us overvalue things
Ramayana series 1 – Comparing Dasharatha and Dhritarashtra – What we do is not as important as why we do it
Govardhana lila lessons – Krishna disempowers and empowers – and opens channels for reciprocating love
Gita 01.35 Our pleasure-pain calculation determines our decisions and is determined by our worldview
Gita 01.34 To retaliate and cause death requires courage, but to not retaliate at the cost of one’s own death requires greater courage
Gita 01.33 When various purposes pull us in different directions, we need to prioritize our purposes
Gita 01.32 Don’t let the means to an end become an end that diverts us from the actual ends
God in the bhakti tradition – How can we infer his existence and communicate with him?
Can a devotee scientist do animal testing for professional research?
Pride takes us on a perilous ride
Should we fight for our service or should we cooperate?
Diwali meditations (6)
Diwali meditation 6 – Naraka Chaturdashi – Call the Lord to free us from our hell
Diwali meditation 5 – Damodara-lila – May the love that conquers the Supreme conquer our heart
Diwali meditation 4 – Govardhana Puja – Celebrate the bounty of nature with bountiful offerings to nature and the Lord of nature
Diwali meditation 3 – Bali Pratipada – Surrendering everything fills our heart with the Lord of everything
Diwali meditation 2 – Dipotsava – Light the home with lamps and the heart with love
Diwali meditation 1 – Lakshmi Puja – Material fortune is a tool to spiritual fortune
When we feel that we can’t do something, how can we know that our mind is not keeping us in comfort zone?
If our bhakti practice is not removing our conditionings, how to avoid being discouraged?
Appreciating Krishna’s longing for love through Damodara-lila
Gita 01.31 What we think of as long-term may not be long-term enough
How can we know whether we are succeeding or failling in bhakti?
Gita 01.30 When we face challenges bigger than ourselves, we look for omens to sense the intentions of forces bigger than ourselves
How may we be misled by externals when seeking a spiritual guide?
Can prayer change our karma?
Practical application of the Gita – MAIL acronym
Even God can’t help those who don’t want to be helped – Dhritarashtra’s physical and metaphysical blindness
Does God know the future?
Gita 01.29 Know which emotion is mental and which spiritual not just by content, but also by context and consequence
What is the difference between consciousness, conscience and guilt?
What reality TV tells us about reality
How can we find which work bests suits our nature?
Gita 01.28 Our thought-train’s journey from intentions to actions is diverted by our emotions
How Halloween celebration points to our longing for Krishna
How can we know which spiritual path to follow?
Gita 01.27 The sequence of perception determines the consequence on our emotion
Life, Afterlife and the Search for Meaning
Developing service attitude (2)
As bhakti-yoga requires faith, do we need to give up our questioning nature?
Gita 01.26 When we can’t fight the circumstances that make us fight against our loved ones, we have to fight against our loved ones
Developing service attitude 2 – How to see reciprocation in our service
Developing service attitude 1 – Service attitude transforms knowledge into realization
How to develop self-confidence
If the mind pushes us forcefully towards wrong, how can the mind be directable?
Gita 01.25 What catches ouar attention is determined by what is prominent in our external situation and in our internal disposition
Is our real problem the original sin in the heart – not the mind – and is believing in Jesus the only solution?
From sentimentalism to sentiment – FEEL acronym (2)
From sentimentalism to sentiment 2 – FEEL acronym – Expression and Learning
From sentimentalism to sentiment 1 – FEEL acronym – Firmness and Education
Immigrating to the spiritual world
Gita 01.24 The position of maximum visibility is also the position of maxiumum vulnerability
When facing serious problems, should we first focus on solving problems and then practice bhakti?
Should a devotee profession try to become a CEO to demonstrate how devotees can be materially successful too?
Gita 01.23 Virtue doesn’t count when determining the military count in a fight
Stop fighting battles that are already lost and start fighting the battle that is never lost – Vritrasura pastime analysis 3
Focus on potentials, not on problems
Can you explain the various stages in chanting – namaprada, namabhasa, shudda-nama?
Gita 01.22 Asking to see something that is already known points to a dynamic that is not known
When the source of liberation becomes the source of illusion (2)
How to transform our heart (2)
When the source of liberation becomes the source of illusion 2 – Mohini-murti pastime analysis
How to transform our heart 2 – Vritrasura’s dramatic transformation
Why does Jagannatha Puri temple forbid non-Hindus from entering?
Gita 01.21 The non-partisan position of the Gita’s revelation points to its universality
When the source of liberation becomes the source of illusion 1 – Mohini-murti pastime analysis
How to transform our heart 1 – Vritrasura’s dramatic transformation
By helping others we may feel a sense of self-worth, but won’t it increase our ego too?
Gita 01.20 Life is so unpredictable that it can unbalance the unflappably balanced
Transform your mind, transform your world
When life hurts(3)
If we learn to depend on mentors, but then they aren’t available when needed, what can we do?
Gita 01.19 The Pandavas win the mental battle before the physical battle
Loneliness – Why, what to do?
FEAR acronym – How to find inner security
Reflections on Western outreach
Understanding God’s role in our life
When life hurts 3 – When our good deeds causes problems – Prahlad pastime analysis
When life hurts 2 – When people attack us – Gajendra pastime analysis
The Gita tells us to do karma, but also asks us to understand karma – what karma does it refer to?
If someone is depressed and suicidal, how can we help them?
Are negative emotions due to a lack of compassion towards oneself?
Gita 01.18 The Pandavas lost Pandu but gained Drupada as a father figure
Gita 01.17 Don’t let minor grammatical disputes overshadow major narrational and philosophical thrust
What is the significance of Duryodhana’s use of the past tense in Gita 01.09?
When life hurts 1 – when a small mistake causes huge problems – Parikshit M pastime analysis
Finding security in insecurity
Amidst problems, how can we avoid giving up the things that give us strength?
Gita 01.16 Yudhishthira doesn’t come first in the list of warriors but is still their undisputed leader
Gita 01.15 The devoted see God before they see the world, the undevoted see only the world
Is the mind a covering on consciousness or does the mind contain the covering?
How our mind creates our reality – and how to change it
Gita 01.14 The Gita’s audio-visual camera starts with the character of the questioner’s interest, but shifts now to the central characters
How do we understand Prabhupada’s statement – vegetarianism and nonviolence are not qualifications for devotion?
We need to forgive ourselves to give ourselves to Krishna
Krishna has faith in our potential – let’s have faith in his potency
Gita 01.13 Actions that throw caution to the winds are preceded by caution
If we are already complete as parts of the Complete, how can we feel incomplete?
Security in Insecurity – Learning to flourish amidst change
Demons in krishna-lila (6)
Demons in krishna-lila 4 – Vatsasura – Weakness is forgivable, wickedness isn’t
Gita 01.12 Just because we get others to do what we want them to do doesn’t mean we have won them over to our side
If material deprivation makes us discouraged in devotion, what can we do?
Gita 01.11 The protector too needs to be protected
If we don’t feel like practicing bhakti, should we pray to Krishna for help?
Demons in krishna-lila 3 – Trinavarta – Giving up useless argumentation
How can we have a spiritual relationship with everyone?
Gita 01.10 Symmetry of structure stresses contrast in content
Cultivating the mood for studying Bhagavatam
Demons in krishna-lila 2 – Shaktasura – Overcoming Lethargy
Was Sati’s reaction to her father’s actions justified or was she also implicated?
Gita 01.09 Duryodhana’s slip of tongue leads to his speaking the truth unintentionally
Gita 01.08 We need to be calm-headed, not cold-blooded
How can we consider the consequences of our actions without becoming speculative?
Demons in krishna-lila 1 – How the metaphorical points to the transcendental and how Putana represents false guru
Gita 01.07 Be aware of how what we say to one person may be heard by others
How Gita wisdom helps us to deal with pain
Can saying that Krishna sees inside-out lead to devotees refusing to be accountable to other devotees?
Gita 01.06 Duryodhana diplomatically continues to incite Drona against the Pandava army
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How to immigrate to the spiritual world
The MIND enigma – Mystical, Impressionable, Neutral, Directable – Insights for better mental health
Gita 01.05 Our mode of description reflects our intention
Does becoming spiritually advanced means treating all situations and all people equally?
Gita 01.04 Duryodhana tries to change Drona’s emotion for the opposite side from affection to anger
Are Krishna’s feelings like our feelings or different from our feelings?
The power of purpose
The way to Vrindavan is through Kurukshetra
Gita 01.03 Context can convert compliment into criticism
Does fear of temptation indicate lack of devotion?
Isn’t the rasa-lila too exalted to discuss in our regular classes?
Gita 01.02 Sanjaya addresses not just the content of Dhritarashtra’s question but also its intent
If after some wrongdoing, we feel guilty and don’t feel like coming close to Krishna, what can we do?
Gita 01.01 The Gita’s first word dharma conveys its essential, universal theme
If bhakti practice doesn’t make us joyful, what can we do?
Overcoming discouragement in spiritual life
Our longing for love – comparing materialist, Abrahamic, impersonal and bhakti explanations
Is remembering Krishna the highest service and all other services are for those who can’t remember him constantly?
The truth that warms the heart influences more than the truth that lights the way
The home as the decentralized transmitter of devotional culture
Rise from being full of thoughts to being thoughtful – 4 reflections
How can we de-stress ourselves in today’s high-pressure work environment?
Who or what is Krishna?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 55 -10.10.10-14 Narada curses not impulsively, but after deep reflection
Understanding “emotions”, “negative emotions” and “overcoming negative emotions”
While being in family life how can we be detached?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 54 – 10.10.1-9 The curse that takes us away from the things that take us away from Krishna is mercy
The time to understand time is now
Is our attempt to mitigate destiny also determined by destiny?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 53 – 10.9.18-23 The kingdom of God is the kingdom of love
Role of self-confidence in bhakti
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 52 – 10.9.13-17 Krishna’s form appears finite but is infinite
Is not trusting those who have cheated us a weakness of the mind?
Understanding, identifying and managing the mind
Overcoming negative emotions, Wisconsin, 2018 (2)
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 51 – 10.9.7.12 Yashoda catches the Lord whom the yogis can’t catch
If good karma can’t change bad karma, how does atonement work?
If Krishna already knew that Duryodhana wasn’t going to agree to peace, then did Duryodhana have free will to choose?
Bhagavatam transforms intensity of distress into velocity in devotion
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 50 -10.9.1-6 Yashoda demonstrates the same bhakti perfection as does Arjuna
If Duryodhana was generous enough to give the arrows to Arjuna why was he so hateful?
Overcoming negative emotions 2 – Acceptance, Aspiration, Analysis, Action
Overcoming negative emotions 1 – Explanation, Experimentation, Evaluation, Elevation
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 49 – 10.8.46-52 Transcendental and contextual explanations for the fortune of Nanda and Yashoda
How do we deal with fear of rejection?
Understanding rasa-lila (8)
Is our definition of happiness depriving us of happiness – Having, Doing, Being
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 48 – 10.8.42-45 Yashoda makes sense of the incomprehensible by taking shelter of the transcendental Lord
Even after knowing eternal pleasures why do we keep chasing temporary pleasures?
Understanding rasa-lila 8 – Appreciating Krishna’s mystifying reciprocation
How Gita wisdom addresses mental health problems
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 47 – 10.8.32-41 Krishna shows the universe in his mouth once again
Doesn’t the universal form vision indicate that the war was destined?
Was the Kurukshetra war Krishna’s plan?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 46 – 10.8.26-31 Vraja ladies complain about Krishna’s pranks cheerfully
Understanding Rasa-lila 7 – Gopi-gita 3
Understanding Rasa-lila 6 – Gopi-gita 2
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 45 – 10.8.20-25 Krishna’s childhood activities fill Vraja ladies with anxiety and ecstasy
Does Gita 6.28 refer to brahman or to bhakti to bhagavan? (Bhagavad-gita)
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 44 – 10.8.13.19 Garga conceals and reveals Krishna’s identity
Why is Kurukshetra known as Dharma-kshetra – why was it chosen as the venue for the Mahabarata war?
Understanding Rasa-lila 5 – Gopi-gita 1
Radhashtami class – Radharani demonstrates selfless love and blesses us with selfless love
Understanding Rasa-lila 4 – Radharani’s apparent pride expresses her selfless love
How the Bhagavad-gita’s first and last words reflect its empowering message
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 43 – 10.8.7-12 Religious celebration is meant for spiritual purification, not social congregation
Why does Western science find it so difficult accept the concept of the soul?
Understanding rasa-lila 3 – Arrogance keeps us locked in ourselves, both apara-dharma and para-dharma get us out of ourselves
Seeing Krishna’s mercy amidst adversity – Bali M pastime analysis
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 42 – 10.8.1-6 The saintly come to the worldly to expand the consciousness of the wordly
Should we be attached to or affectionate to our spiritual master?
Understanding rasa-lila 2- How Bhagavatam establishes para-dharma without trivializing apara-dharma
What is the difference between attachment and affection?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 41 – 10.7.31-37 Krishna’s first revelation of the universe in his mouth
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 40 – 10.7.27-30 Krishna silences Trinavarta to minimize anxiety for Vrajavasis
Does reading on the net decrease the quality of reading?
Understanding rasa-lila 1 – How the supreme Shelter (Ashraya) becomes sheltered (Ashrita)
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 39 – 10.7.19-26 Krishna protects Yashoda before tackling Trinavarta
In the Daksha-Shiva conflict, why did Shiva not clarify to Daksha about why he hadn’t offered respects?
Gita 18.78 The Gita’s purpose is not just to proclaim God’s position but primarily to transform man’s disposition
Analyze, Accept, Act – 3 principles for dealing with negativity
Does repeated exposure to something we are averse always increase our aversion – doesn’t krishna-bhakti taste like poison initially and nectar eventually?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 38 – 10.7.13-18 The potency of blessings increases with the purity of the blesser
Gita 18.77 Recollecting Krishnas universal form stimulates wonder in some and fear in others
Is having negative opinions about others a subtle form of Vaishnava apradha?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 37 – 10.7.7-12 Vrajavasis try to protect the one who protects everyone
Spiritual Seekers Retreat (4)
Gita 18.76 The Gita’s conversation is memorable and relishable
Share the spiritual treasure with the world – SHARE acronym
Bringing out the best within us
Making healthy choices
Gita 18.75 Sanjaya appreciates the content, the source and the channel of the Gita’s wisdom
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 36 – 10.7.1-6 Krishna’s childhood pastimes are both entertaining and enlightening
Overcoming negative emotions
Growing through adversities
What is destiny?
Why didn’t Indra become sober even after Govardhana lila?
Gita 18.74 The Gita describes a mahatama and makes its hearer into a mahatma
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 35 – 10.6.35-44 Bhagavatam highlights the extraordinariness of the Vrajavasis
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 34 – 10.6.24-34 Contact with Krishna is miraculously purifying
Gita 18.73 Harmony with the divine infuses our fleeting insignificant lives with lasting significance
If an equal devotee becomes more advanced, how can we avoid envy?
How could Samba abduct Lakshmana against her will?
How can we process criticism without feeling hurt?
Gita 18.72 A philosophical conversation amidst emotional tribulation testifies to Arjuna’s sincerity and Krishna’s potency
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 33 – 10.6.15-23 The Vrajavasis invoke God for the protection of God
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 32 – 10.6.7-14 Putana deceived the Vrajavasis, but Krishna deceived her
If we are criticized, should we neglect it or try to correct ourselves?
Gita 18.71 Krishna compassionately offers connections at decreasing levels of commitment
Appreciating Prabhupada’s sacrifice, wisdom and legacy
If we resentful towards some other devotee, how can we overcome the resentment?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 31 – 10.6.1-6 Sukadeva G reveals the spoiler to relieve Parikshit M anxiety
Does the mind have any power to change reality or does everything happen according to karma?
Gita 18.70 See the sanctity of Gita study in terms of intent, content and result
Janmashtami Krishna-katha (4)
Janmashtami Krishna-katha 4 – How Krishna appears in Vrindavan
Janmashtami Krishna-katha 3 – How Krishna appears in Mathura
Gita 18.69 See the superlative as an exhortation to devotional action
If gender is a biological feature, then why are some men feminist and some women masculine?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 30 – 10.5.26-32 Relationships are the foundational wealth that is essential for anything to be enjoyable
Janmashtami Krishna-katha 2 – How Krishna freed the princesses from Naraka
Janmashtami Krishna-katha 1 – How Krishna freed the kings from Jarasandha and how Krishna frees us
In taking care of people’s emotional needs, isn’t there a danger of deviating from the spiritual?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 29 – 10.5.21-25 See adversities as actions of destiny to stay composed
If bhakti practice and devotee association agitates our mind, can we practice bhakti in isolation?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 28 – 10.5.15-20 When Krishna came to Vraja, so did the goddess of fortune
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 27 – 10.5.7-14 Krishna’s birth floods Vraja with joy
If the temple atmosphere is conflict-filled, should we practice bhakti at home?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 26 – 10.5.1-6 Let celebration center on purification, not gratification
Is the voice of conscience always the voice of God?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 25 – 10.4.38-46 Bad disposition with bad association is brutally bad
Gita 18.68 The bhakti cure cures more those who share the cure more
Where does hostility towards God and the godly come from?
Does God suffer?
Gita 18.67 Though ultimately every heart longs for divine love, not every heart is presently ready for divine love
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 24 – 10.4.25-37 Kamsa’s change of heart doesn’t last for long
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 23 – 10.4.17.24 Others’ past bad karma doesn’t rationalize our present misdeeds towards them
Are all of God’s names the same or are there gradations of intimacy?
Gita 18.66 The call to rise above dharma is not a call to slip below dharma
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 22 – 10.4.10-16 Kamsa’s self-recrimination is self-serving
Gita 18.65 Promises in a close relationship reflect and affect the closeness of the relationship
Is God male or is he transcendental?
Science, Spirituality and Wellness – Existence, Emotions and Ethics
Appreciating the divine Krishna-Balarama relationship
Why does ISKCON stop its devotees from associating with Gaudiya Math devotees?
Do you need a break from our mind? Bhagavad-gita insights for inside-out change
What makes relationships unsteady – and how to make them steady
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 21 – 10.4.1-10 Heartless Kamsa rejects Devaki’s heartfelt plea
Learning from Dhritarashtra – Does destiny make us or do we make it – 2?
If we feel inspired to do a service other than what we are instructed, what should we do?
Gita 18.64 Krishna’s tone rises from informational analysis to impassioned advocacy
Can you explain the ladder of abstraction through practical examples?
Can practicing bhakti too seriously cause mental health problems?
Learning from Dhritarashtra – Does destiny make us or do we make it – 1?
Gita 18.63 Knowledge guides our free will by showing us the consequences of our actions
If someone is in great pain and can’t understand philosophy, how can we help them?
From exploration to realization to absorption – our devotional journey
Gita 18.62 The deepest peace comes by not an external serene situation but by an internal spiritual connection
How can we practically keep our intention above our emotion?
Why has the zeal for outreach gone down in our movement?
Gita 18.61 Though we are controlled by material nature, we are still within the control of our Lord
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 20 -10.3.47-53 Just as the ocean gave way to Rama, Yamuna gave way to Krishna
Faith in Krishna’s existence, relevance, benevolence, intelligence and remembrance
Don’t take others’ actions personally – they are dealing more with their mind than with you
Gita 18.60 How we act is determined by our material nature but for what purpose we act isnt
How can we be absorbed in Krishna?
Understanding Krishna’s love 2 – Experience
Understanding Krishna’s love 1 – Knowledge
When our environment is filled with sexual temptations, how can we stay unaffected?
Gita 18.59 Ego means to think that we know better than God
Gita 18.58 The destructive voice can’t be tuned out unless we tune in to the divine voice
How does humility relate with willpower?
Is thinking too much unhealthy?
When spiritual life gives poison instead of nectar (2)
When spiritual life gives poison instead of nectar – PURE acronym – 2
Gita 18.57 Take shelter of the intelligence to convince yourself of the need to take Krishna’s shelter
What is the role of ritualistic activities in bhakti – should we continue the rituals from our family traditions?
When spiritual life gives poison instead of nectar – 1
How spirituality fosters unity in diversity and individuality in unity
Can science free us from the evils of religion, as atheists argue?
Are religious people intellectually lazy and atheists more intellectually responsible?
Gita 18.56 The bhakti university takes seekers from any level to the summit of spiritual perfection
WITH acronym – We may have to live with pain, but we don’t have to live in pain
How can we persuade followers of other Vaishnava sampradayas to accept that Lord Chaitanya’s teachings are the climax of the historical evolution of theism?
If we should be purpose-driven, not goal-driven, why do we set goals for new devotees to increase their rounds?
Devotion is not just emotion – it is conscious continuous cultivation
Gita 18.55 Don’t divorce the literal reading of one word from the overall context of the text
When Dhruva Maharaj started with a selfish motive, how did he attain Vaikuntha, the abode of selflessness?
3 attitudes for becoming steady in life
Gita 18.54 Devotion doesn’t culminate in liberation, liberation culminates in devotion
No price is too high to possess ourselves – RECAP acronym
How the pre-modern, modern and post-modern ages respectively stressed the spiritual, physical and mental
If our mental software is corrupted, should we try to counter it or rise above it?
How practical is it to reach enlightenment in today’s fast-paced world?
Gita 18.53 Determined disconnection from the material paves the way to the spiritual
What is Krishna consciousness? – Talk to multi-faith group in Australia
Gita 18.52 Take shelter of renunciation to cultivate inner absorption
Does becoming spiritual mean becoming unemotional – won’t that make our life flat?
Live consciously (7)
Karna character analysis – Are we doomed by destiny or by our own decisions?
Ashwatthama character analysis – Just because we are empowered doesn’t mean that we are right
Duryodhana character analysis 2 – If we don’t want help, even God can’t help
Duryodhana character analysis 1 – Are some people innately evil?
Gita 18.51 Use intelligence to counter the mind’s centrifugal force
Krishna is close to us, but we are far away from him
Dhritarashtra character analysis 2 – Do we need to lose everything before we lose our attachments?
Dhritarashtra character analysis 1 – Attachment makes us stone-hearted
Understanding the mind and how it makes us unconscious
The search for happiness – how bhakti pacifies, purifies and satisfies us
How to choose our thoughts wisely – Science, Spirituality and Wellness
Gita 18.50 The Gita’s purpose is not to describe spiritual paths but to analyze them for making an informed choice
Gita 18.49 Our spiritual evolution goes through multiple levels of perfection from engagement through disengagement to devotion
Has science replaced philosophy?
How to become peaceful and purposeful
Gita 18.48 See beyond the unpalatable to the essential to pursue the transcendental
What love is and what love isn’t
Where does our personality come from?
SELF acronym – The self that is missing in the selfie
Gita 18.47 Acknowledging our present diversity is essential for realizing our spiritual commanality
Our emotional wounds can’t be healed by technology – we need spiritualty
The world of science is not the world we live in
Gita 18.46 See work as an offering the divine’s gifts to the divine
Does becoming fully conscious make it difficult to connect with others who are not that conscious?
From ritual to spiritual (3)
Dhruva pastime analysis (3)
Committing is not limiting – it is elevating
From ritual to spiritual 3 – Analysis of Krishna’s pastime with the ritualistic brahmanas – The brahmanis selfless devotion
Dhruva pastime analysis 3 – DHRUV acronym – Realization and reconciliation result from devotion
Dhruva pastime analysis 2 – DHRUV acronym – Humility and honesty leads to authentic bhakti
Increasing willpower – by increasing the distance between us and our feelings, and our feeling and our actions
Gita 18.45 Inclusive spirituality centers on rejection of work, but on its reconceptualization and redirection
How can we help people who have dementia?
3 principles for spiritual community building (3)
3 principles for spiritual community building – Session 3 – Balance & Commitment
3 principles for spiritual community building – Session 2 – QA
3 principles for spiritual community building – Session 1 – Authenticity
From ritual to spiritual 2 – Analysis of Krishna’s pastime with the ritualistic brahmanas – Understanding the brahmans
Gita 18.44 Protecting cows protects the cow protectors from greed
How can we change the chain of thoughts in our mind?
Do animal species have no intelligence?
Gita 18.43 Kshatriyas control in service of the supreme controller
Dhruva pastime analysis 1 – Everyone faces distress, the fortunate find the right direction – DHRUV acronym
From ritual to spiritual 1 – Analysis of Krishna’s pastime with the ritualistic brahmanas
Gita 18.42 Brahmanas cultivate material material regulation and spiritual redirection by intellectual conviction
What can we do when we see terrible things happening in the world?
When people are distressed, should we think philosophically or should we just help them?
Gita 18.41 Varnashrama provides customized spirituality for elevating people from where they are
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 19 – 10.3.39-46 Omnipotent Krishna can act through transcendental or normal means
PAST acronym – 4 reflections to go past your past
Are we meant to face our destiny or to fulfill our destiny?
Go beyond testing Krishna to tasting Krishna
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 18 – 10.3.32-38 How past life connections make sense of present-life situations
What’s the most effective way to combat anger?
Gita 18.40 To attain harmony with our spiritual nature, we need engagement that is in harmony with our psychophysical nature
QA at Bhakti Lounge, Wellington, New Zealand
Are destiny and God the same thing?
What is the subconscious mind as explained in books such as “The power of the subconscious mind”?
Is the world like a programmed algorithm of numbers?
Gita 18.39 Pleasure in ignorance begins in ignorance and ends in increased ignorance
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 17 – 10.3.26-31 Devaki acknowledges Krishna as the provider of the supreme safety and strives for his safety
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 16 – 10.3.20-25 The divine’s complexion is sometimes a description and sometimes a signification
Why was Ekalavya treated so unfairly?
How can renunciates sublimate the need for sexual pleasure?
Gita 18.38 The pleasure of titillation leads to the agony of tribulation
To think or not to think – 4 reflections for a happy mind
3 ways to look for blessings amidst problems
3 roles of intelligence in bhakti
How Krishna can be seen – and how he can’t be seen
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 15 – 10.3.11-19 Krishna’s appearance dissipates the darkness without and within
Why does Shiva Puarana say that Shiva is the source of Brahma and Vishnu?
Gita 18.37 Spiritual knowledge gives us the purpose to persevere through the poison till the nectar
Why are Krishna and bhakti not mentioned in the Vedas?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 14 – 10.3.1-10 The celestial, terrestrial and psychological characteristics that celebrate the Lord’s appearance
Don’t let your expectations of life come in the way of life
If all religions come from God, why do they have contradictions?
How can bhakti wisdom help us to become more forgiving?
Gita 18.36 Some pleasures are the start of sorrow – and some the end of sorrow
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 13 – 10.2.37-42 Why the unborn Lord is born is both inferable and inconceivable
Gita 18.35 To hold on to thought-patterns that hurt us is to abuse our determination
Does causeless mercy have any cause?
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 12 – 10.2-31-36 Krishna’s lotus feet make the insurmountable material ocean insignificant
Selfie – Self = IE – Two things that technology provides and two things that spirituality provides
Bhagavatam tenth canto study 11 – 10.2.25-30 The devatas glorify the true nature of the Absolute Truth
Gita 18.34 When one worldly desire trumps all other material desires, what results is determination in passion
Why is Islam the most violent religion?
Bhagavatam study 109 1.19.34-40 When God remains anonymous through coincidences devoteees identify and glorify him
Does the teaching that we shouldn’t over-endeavor impede our career growth?
Gita 18.33 What intelligence discerns, that determination sustains
When people are so confused that they can’t discern their own material inclinations, how can we engage them in bhakti?
Make a life, not just a living – LIFE acronym
If sense objects seem more attractive than Krishna, what to do?
Bhagavatam study 108 1.19.25-33 Devotee’s attractiveness attracts people to Krishna’s supreme attractiveness
If forgiving unlimitedly a sign of humility?
Gita 18.32 Intelligence in ignorance mistakes the binding to be freeing
Effective Leadership of spiritual communities
Debunking the mind’s fake news – 4 points
Worry not whether your path is genuine – worry whether you are genuine
Maturity in relationships (4)
Maturity in relationships – Four principles – QA
Will all our anxieties take us towards Krishna?
Should we fast on every acharya’s appearance and disappearance – how important is austerity in bhakti?
Bhagavatam study 107 1.19.19-24 Knowledge comes alive thorugh those live that knowledge
Gita 18.31 Confusing between long-term purposes and short-term pleasures characterizes intelligence in passion
Maturity in relationships – Four principles – 3. Appreciate 4. Act
Maturity in relationships – Four principles – 2. Ascertain
Maturity in relationships – Four principles – 1. Accept
Three factors that determine what we see – Knowledge, Desire, Commitment
Gita 18.30 Intelligence means to see beyond appearance to consequence
How can we maintain our momentum in devotion?
For seva if our svadhyaya and sadhana go down, then are we going into Maya?
Bhagavatam study 106 1.19.13-18 Our personal deliberation and our mentor consultation can be complementary, not contradictory
If temple management uses philosophy to explain away wrong actions of devotees, what should we do?
Gita 18.29 To drive purposefully, we need to know the destination, the path and the vehicle
Bhagavatam study 105 1.19.7-12 The universal sages come to see of the royal sage
Can forgiveness be a negative attribute?
Are some sections of the scriptures outdated? – Understanding the compassionate intent of the Vedas 2
Bhagavatam study 104 1.19.1-6 If sinful reaction rectifies sinful mentality, then the reaction is auspicious, not inauspicious
Should we correct devotees and become a bad guy in their eyes or just turn a blind eye to their wrongdoings?
Gita 18.28 Doers in ignorance act destructively for others and even for themselves
If demons are devotees descending for mausala-lila, will they go to brahmajyoti on being liberated?
Understanding the compassionate intent of the Vedas 1 – Are the Vedas agnostic?
Krishna’s presence is more precious than his presents
How devotion makes the insurmountable ocean of material desires insignificant
Bhagavatam study 103 1.18.44-50 Abuse of power by those representing God makes people godless
For building a big temple, should a community’s focus shift from preaching to fund-raising?
Gita 18.27 Our actions reflect our self-conception and our world-conception
Who is the source of all incarnations – Vishnu or Krishna?
Is everything insentient in the universe deterministic?
Gita 18.26 The doer is not a non-doer but is a component in doing
Who is to be purified – mind or soul?
Bhagavatam study 102 1.18.36-43 Avoid offenses carefully and avoid getting offended easily
Gita 18.25 To see our actions disconnected from the past and the future is to see in illusion
How can we explain UFOs?
Should we not do good to others because to get the good reaction we will have to take birth again?
Bhagavatam study 101 1.18.31-36 Presuming that we know God’s will and are doing his work is presumptuous and dangerous
With our current knowledge of the material world, what can we understand about the spiritual world?
Gita 18.24 Disconnection from our Lord leads to the consumption of our consciousness by passion
If a couple has to divorce, do they keep getting the other’s karma even after divorce?
Bhagavatam study 100 1.18.24-30 An annoyed response to annoying non-responsiveness is not malevolent
Bhagavatam study 99 1.18.18-23 The unlimited has unlimited potency to purify us of our unlimited sins
How is atheism self-refuting?
Gita 18.23 To gain knowledge, we need basic knowledge about where to seek knowledge
Might we have been created by some higher civilization instead of God?
Bhagavatam study 98 1.18.11-17 Relish the sweetness of Bhagavan through the Bhagavata
How exactly is the bull dharma deluded as Prabhupada mentions in SB 1.17.23 purport?
Gita 18.22 Knowledge in ignorance makes us obsessed with one fragment of reality and one kind of action
Do Krishna’s personal attributes symbolize something higher?
Bhagavatam study 97 1.18.4-10 Understanding Parikshit M’s treatment of Kali
Gita 18.21 To equate others physical appearance with spiritual substance is vision in passion
Does following all religions lead to the same goal?
As devotees in Vaikuntha know the Lord’s position whereas those in Goloka don’t, is the influence of Yoga-Maya lesser in Vaikunta – Hindi?
Movie metaphor to understand how we are entangled and how bhakti liberates us
Bhagavatam study 96 1.17.43-18.3 The recent past is just like the present
Gita 18.20 Seeing commonality alone is not vision in goodness – seeing spirituality as the foundation of commonality is
Are all ungodly people vicious?
Rationally choosing our life’s purpose and process
Bring out the best within, not the beast within – Hindi
QA session with Delhi youth
Analyzing Karna – Going beyond black and white perspectives in understanding scripture + QA
Three levels of purification – reaction, action and inclination – Hindi
How to increase our faith – Hindi
Bhagavatam study 95 1.17.37-42 Undestanding how restricting area of residence is a form of punishment
Gita 18.19 The Gita’s flow verses make its question-directed discussion more accessible
We can’t delete our memories, but we can choose what we remember
Gita 18.18 Analysis of the components of action is meant to direct towards non-reactive action
Bhagavatam study 94 1.17.31-36 Adharama-bandhu Kali can’t be allowed to live in the kingdom of Dharma-raja pautra
Gita 18.17 When we act without false ego, we stay free of reactions
Bhagavatam study 93 1.17.24-30 Avoid both extremes of taking everything in scripture only literally or only metaphorically
Bhagavatam study 92 1.17.18-23 The cause of suffering is sometimes incomprehensible
Gita 18.16 To think that we are the sole doers is to have deluded intelligence
Gita 18.15 Spiritual consciousness ensures that our actions give a favorable result
Bhagavatam study 91 1.17.13-17 Act honorably to protect the honor of those whom we represent
Daksha-Shiva conflict – Hindi (3)
Daksha-Shiva conflict 3 – How our mind makes us sectarian – Hindi
Gita 18.14 God is the fifth factor as well as the foundation of all factors
Bhagavatam study 90 1.17.7-12 – When in a position of material responsibility, act responsibly
Awareness, Aspiration, Action – From standard of living to standard of loving
Bhagavatam study 89 1.17.1-6 Outrage on seeing atrocity is healthy
Gita 18.13 The journey from illusion to illumination requires philosophical education
Bhagavatam study 88 1.16.31-36 The earth and dharma’s devotion for Krishna
Gita 18.12 Intelligence sees consequence and fosters detachment
Parikshit M – Dharma discussion – Don’t blame (3)
Daksha-Shiva conflict 2 – The proud consider others proud – Hindi
Parikshit M – Dharma discussion – Don’t blame 3 – How to deal with troubling people – Hindi
Parikshit M – Dharma discussion – Don’t blame 2 – If why has no answer focus on how – Hindi
Parikshit M – Dharma discussion – Don’t blame 1 – See beyond the immediate cause – Hindi
Role of determination and association in devotion – Hindi
Bhagavatam study 87 1.16.25-30 Krishna is the shelter of dharma and dharmic qualities
Gita 18.11 To pursue liberation, give up the idea of giving up action
Were past sages more spiritually advanced that they could live in seclusion whereas we need relationships to grow spiritually?
Gita 18.10 Take the route that takes us to the destination, not the route that looks the easiest
Bhagavatam study 86 1.16.19-24 Understanding what all things cause distress to the earth
Should we never take sides when two devotees are in conflict?
If someone can memorize a lot of verses, is that due to their determination or their memory?
Daksha-Shiva conflict 1 – How misconceptions give rise to conflicts – Hindi
Will Krishna be more pleased if we feed the hungry than offer opulent bhoga to the Deities?
Gita 18.09 Renunciation in goodness means to know that we as parts just need to do our parts
Bhagavatam study 85 1.17.13-18 Parikshit M delighted in his spiritual opulence, not his material opulence
Why does the Bhagavatam say that literature glorifying Krishna is imperfectly composed when such literature is meant to attract people to Krishna?
Snana-Yatra Meditation – Understanding how God can fall sick – Hindi
Why are great devotees sometimes subjected to baseless vicious accusations?
Gita 18.08 Desire for bodily pleasure and fear of bodily trouble both keep us in the cage of bodily consciousness
Bhagavatam study 84 1.16.7-12 Choose carefully what we hear
Why did Devaki suffer but Yashoda enjoyed Krishna’s association?
Gita 18.07 Renunciation done in illusion can’t take us out of illusion
What is the traditional meaning of yoga in the Yoga sutras?
Bhagavatam study 83 1.16.1-6 How Parikshit Maharaj manifested his predicated qualities
What is the difference between conscience and intelligence?
Spiritual lessons from world history 1 – Reflections on the Christian Reformation
If someone is suffering but is not open to spirituality, how to help them?
Gita 18.06 Karmic bondage is like emotional dependence – focus not just on the action but also on the motivation
When the mind starts misleading, does the Supersoul intervene?
Bhagavatam study 82 1.15.45-51 Our spirituality is our responsibility, not anyone else’s responsibility
Bhagavatam study 81 1.15.38-44 Responsibly hand over material responsibility to take up spiritual responsibility
Gita 18.05 To be mana-isha, we need not just a mana free from ishvara-bhava, but a mana fixed on ishvara
If many other people are good in the area we are good, should we still persevere in that area?
If someone is very pessimistic about themselves, how to help them?
Will using our talents for Krishna lead to pure devotion?
When serving Krishna through our profession, should we try to become the best in that profession?
Bhagavatam study 80 1.15.31-37 Life is a relay race – know when to hand over the torch
Gita 18.04 Just as indulgence can be indiscriminate, so can renunciation
Bhagavatam study 79 1.15.25-30 Remember Krishna in his absence by remembering his message
How can those in passion come to goodness to understand their nature?
Should we serve Krishna as we feel inspired or as we are instructed?
Gita 18.03 Gita 18.03 Appreciate others thoughtfulness even if it doesn’t lead to the best conclusion
Gita 18.02 Devotional attachment is the best way to avoid worldly attachment
Philosophically, are certain activities in certain modes – is fighting in passion or can it be in goodness?
Bhagavatam study 78 1.15.19-24 Krishna takes away everything that covers us before him
Should we serve according to our nature or try to transcend our nature?
If we keep whimsically repeating a mistake, what to do?
Gita 18.01 What is used to refer is not as important as what is being referred to
What are dynamic and static understandings of bhakti?
Bhagavatam study 77 1.15.13-18 Arjuna treasures his memories of Krishna
Gita 17.28 Having no faith in anything higher makes performance of religious activities unfruitful
Bhagavatam study 76 1.15.7-12 Devotees see their achievements as Krishna’s mercy
If our weaknesses make us lose perspective, what can we do?
How do the soul, mind, intelligence and false ego interact with each other?
How do we know if we are doing a service for our ego or for Krishna?
We plan to do many services during vacations, but end up in doing nothing – what to do?
Gita 17.27 Sat is not just a word for recitation – it is a conviction to cultivated and infused into action
Bhagavatam study 75 1.15.1-6 When we lose everything, we gain the Lord of everything
How to balance between dependence on Krishna and diligence for Krishna?
If God could have stopped Hitler from killing innocent people, why didn’t he do so?
Bhagavatam study 74 1.14.34-44 Questions about causes of distress reveal conceptions of distress
Gita 17.26 Any inclination to seek elevation of consciousness is praiseworthy
Appreciating the potency of online outreach
When terrorists kill people, are those people killed because of their own karma?
How can we explain why bad things happen without seeming insensitive by bringing in karma?
Be creative in fixing the mind on Krishna – Hindi
Gita 17.25 Recitation of tad signifies and stimulates the pursuit of transcendence
Why do many people consider the soul and the Supersoul to be one?
Gita 17.24 The many meanings of the word “brahma” in the Gita
Gita 17.23 Everything is sustained by its connection with the Absolute
What is the role of the intelligence in the metaphor of the mind as the software?
What is the difference between the material mind and the spiritual mind?
Gita 17.22 We need discrimination to ensure that doing good actually does good
Should we appreciate the good qualities in nondevotees?
Gita 17.21 Charity is passion is a competition of humiliation
How does bhakti wisdom help us to become more tolerant?
Scripture glorifies association between seer and seeker – is association of equals also uplifting?
Is aversion always bad – isn’t Yamunacharya averse to sensual pleasure? (Vedic wisdom)
Govardhana lila reflections (2)
We may be hurt, but we don’t have to stay hurt
If we have a million options to choose from, how to decide?
What is the happiness that comes from inside?
What is the causal body or karana-sharira?
What does akarma mean – does akarma free us from past karma?
In what context did you say that to err is divine and to forgive human?
Can we see everything that happens as Krishna’s mercy, that he is giving us our own bad karma for making us take shelter of him?
Can ambition and devotion go together? (2)
Can ambition and devotion go together 2 – How to channel ambition in devotion
If our mind troubles us more than others’ mind troubles them, what to do?
Amidst suffering, should we see that Krishna has chosen us to go through this for some purpose?
How can we make difficult decisions responsibly?
Redirection of consciousness is Krishna’s miracle – Bali Maharaj pastime reflection
Seeing Krishna’s mercy amidst loss – Krishna’s instructions after Govardhana lila
Renunciation of false ego – Indra’s Prayers after Govardhana lila
Does Krishna interfere with the laws of material nature for a devotee?
How can we become more consistent?
How the mind troubles us – and how to protect ourselves – Hindi
Keep the mind on the spiritual track to keep it out of trouble
Why we need spirituaity in the age of technology
Does causeless mercy exist – are we qualified for it?
How can we practically understand humility and surrender?
Can ambition and devotion go together 1 – How happiness-distress are fixed and how they aren’t
Analyzing different religions to find life’s purpose (2)
Analyzing different religions to find life’s purpose 2 – The problem of evil, original sin and karma
Analyzing different religions to find life’s purpose 1 – Seeking a purpose bigger than our problems
Is seeing believing? (3)
Is seeing believing 3 – Resolving science-spirituality conflicts
Is seeing believing 2 – What the map of science misses
Is seeing believing 1 – Even science explains the visible with the invisible
If circumstantially we can’t get initiation, does that mean Krishna thinks we aren’t yet qualified?
Why does Bhishma say that he is bound by the Kauravas wealth?
What does Prabhupada want to convey by talking about the conflict of communists and capitalists?
Are Bhishma’s teachings of pure devotion at the end of his life contradicted by his life of service to the Kauravas?
Understanding tradition and its conformers, deformers, reformers – and presenters
Does consciousness flow inside-out or outside-in?
Did Krishna create the universe through the big bang or without it?
In the metaphor of mind as inner screen, how does purification occur? (Vedic wisdom)
When Indra commits so many mistakes, why is he considered a great person?
The power of gratitude (2)
The power of gratitude 2 – How to cultivate gratitude
The power of gratitude 1 – How gratitude empowers us
How can we avoid karmic entanglement while working in our office?
How is spiritual sound different from material sound?
Uploaded transcriptions for Mahabharata Characters from 01 to 19
In the metaphor of mind as inner screen, how does spiritual sound lead to spiritual realization?
How can we change ourselves for the better as quickly as possible?
Varnashrama in bhakti – Focus on replicating the take-off, not recreating the take-off point
If we make a strong resolution, does the mind’s power ensure that we keep it?
QA Transcriptions uploaded on 29-May-18
Nourishing the creeper of devotion (4)
Nourishing the creeper of devotion 4 – Finding our spiritual stimuil
QA session in London
Nourishing our lives with the Bhagavad-gita
Nourishing the creeper of devotion 3 – Avoid attachment to renunciation
Strive first for devotion, then for pure devotion
How do our beliefs and habits shape what pops up on our inner screen?
How can we get the impetus to chant seriously?
Does anxiety come by itself or do we choose it – what to do about it?
When we keep forgetting the good things we hear, what is the benefit?
Sensitivity in relationships (3)
Sensitivity in relationships 3 – Dealing with insensitive people
How to get realizations
Which is the easier way to attain Krishna – bhakti or seva?
Nourishing the creeper of devotion 2 – Regulate attachment even to things that help in devotion
Sensitivity in relationships 2 – From judgment to encouragement
Does developing a devotional self-conception require a lot of preparation before it can be lived?
Sensitivity in relationships 1 – Why we need to be sensitive and why we aren’t
Nourishing the creeper of devotion 1 – The danger of becoming religious but not spiritual
How can we strive to overcome our anarthaas without becoming anartha-conscious?
What is the difference between varnashrama, daivi varnashrama and pure devotion?
What is the scriptural basis for the idea that only desire and endeavor are in our hands?
Should we critically evaluate bhakti or just believe and practice it?
Healthy self-understanding? (5)
Healthy self-understanding 5 – Concluding QA session
Healthy self-understanding 4 – Reasons to be kind to ourselves
Healthy self-understanding 3 – Misunderstandings about humility and tolerance
Healthy self-understanding 2 – How the mind can hurt the self
Healthy self-understanding 1 – How the modes distort our self-understanding
Healthy and unhealthy emotions in the renounced order
Balancing forgiveness and justice (2)
Balancing forgiveness and justice 2 – What forgiveness isn’t and what it is
Balancing forgiveness and justice 1 – Why deterrence is essential
How to overcome dissatisfaction
Seek not moments of devotion – seek momentum in devotion
Does fixing the mind on Krishna require laborious mechanical repetition?
How to effectively study and apply the Gita
Free will and God’s will (3)
Free will and God’s will 3 – How God helps us free our free will
Free will and God’s will 2 – Understanding the trigger, cause and target of our weaknesses
When Kripa participated in the murder of the Pandavas son, why did they still accept him as their priest?
Can we pray to Krishna for removing obstacles in our material life?
If some devotees do great kirtan, but don’t chant 16 rounds, should we appreciate them?
Free will and God’s will 1 – God is the cause of all causes, not all effects
If we are not the doers, then are our mistakes actually our mistakes?
How can meat-eaters reincarnate in human bodies, as past life memories cases suggest?
QA session in London 2018
How reincarnation makes sense of our existence and that of animals too
Should Gita 3.27 be we are not the only doers?
If someone’s religion allows meat-eating, then is their eating meat a sin?
If someone is practicing bhakti but not chanting 16 rounds, what is their destination?
Is the community responsible for fostering emotional maturity?
Seeker within, achiever without
Memorizing scriptural verses – Whys and hows (2)
Memorizing scriptural verses – Whys and hows -2
Memorizing scriptural verses – Whys and hows -1
Science and Spirituality (4)
Even if we have problems, we don’t have to be problems
How science and spirituality go together
How science points to spirituality
How to avoid sleepiness while chanting?
Do we need to master our emotions to be sensitive to others’ emotions – is being emotional bad?
Mother’s day Meditation – Conception, Commercialization, Spiritualization
What is spirituality and why we need it
What science can provide – and what it can’t
Bhagavad-gita and Modern Psychology (3)
Bhagavad-gita and Modern Psychology 3 – Changing our mind by changing our relationship with the mind
To protect ourselves, we sometimes become insensitive to others – how to avoid?
Does living near the temple help in developing Krishna consciousness?
Can karmic reactions come at the mental level?
How can we help a non-Krishna conscious person overcome depression?
An Unhappy Soul – A Short Film
Bhagavad-gita and Modern Psychology – 2 – Where mindfulness works and where it falls short
Should we pray that other devotees overcome their demonic qualities or not see any faults in devotees?
How can we distance ourselves from jealousy?
Bhagavad-gita and Modern Psychology 1 – Is there anything beyond emotionality and rationality?
What is the difference between humble and meek?
By practicing spirituality, how does our inner world change?
If our service is not giving results, is that due to some deficiency in us?
When we can’t avoid anxiety, what can we do?
Why psychological distress amidst technological progress – 3 reasons
What does vasudevah sarvam iti mean?
How do we tap our strengths and get rid of our weaknesses?
See pain as a protector and a pointer
In Sanatana-dharma, how did the divisions of Dvaita and Advaita occur?
Is staying away from alcoholic friends escapism?
Managing the voice inside the head (2)
Does spirituality come from without within or within without?
Destiny determines our situations and emotions, we determine our intentions and actions
When life doesn’t seem fair, three reflections for self-empowerment
Managing the voice inside the head 2 – Identification, Direction, Transformation
Evolve – Rising towards contribution and satisfaction
How to ensure that our behavior with our juniors is the same as with our seniors?
If God is the cause of everything, how do we have free will?
Ghosts and God – Understanding how the invisible affects the visible
Does God laugh at our plans? (2)
Does God laugh at our plans? – part 2
Does God laugh at our plans? – part 1
How can unspiritual people face life’s problems positively?
Does liberation mean understanding we have no free will?
Seek not just to get better things; seek to get better thoughts
When souls should be losing human bodies because of bad karma, why is the population increasing?
How do we present bhakti wisdom to moral relativists?
Speaking according to time-place-circumstance to make outreach effective
Has God ordained the future trajectory of all living beings?
Does reincarnation continue infinitely?
What India can offer to the World?
When incubation is done externally, where does the soul come in the picture?
How can we share Krishna’s message purely, without the need for validation?
Are we meant to face our destiny or to fulfill our destiny?
Will God be understood by science in future?
How can we actually understand Krishna’s form?
Managing the voice inside the head – 1
How does bhakti correlate with raising our energy to higher chakras?
As our free will is finite, should we just depend on Krishna always?
QA transcriptions uploaded on 01-May-18
How to become pacified, purified and satisfied
Be open-minded, not empty-minded
Is spirituality meant to eliminate worry and depression?
If a well-thought decision turns out to be a mistake, then do we get the karma for it?
To deny destiny is to deny ourselves the chance of making our destiny
Self-pity, humility and maturity explained – Bhagavad-gita 18.35
Understanding how Narasimhadeva delivers both Prahlada and Hiranyakashipu
Krishna descends to establish dharma – what does that dharma refer to?
Where do intuitions come from – are they related with instincts or impulses?
God as the Supreme Therapist (7)
God as the Supreme therapist 7 – Understanding how Narasimhadeva gave strength to Prahlada
Fulfilling our need for progress by becoming committed in bhakti
Are the various paths up the mountain to spiritual consciousness equivalent?
Should we distance ourselves from positive emotions such as those coming from achievement?
When Krishna is the cause of all causes, how do we have free will?
If some people are more emotional than others, can they still manage their emotions?
God as the supreme therapist 6 – Seek not the facility to do whatever we desire – seek the clarity to discern our deepest desire
The way I feel is the way I feel – Accepting our emotions and transcending our emotions
Has neuroscience shown that there is no inner seer?
How does Hanuman embody humble ambitiousness?
How the mind becomes unclear and how to clear it
God as the supreme therapist 5 – Cultivating qualities is integral to cultivating devotion
Can we choose whichever path we prefer – karma, jnana or bhakti?
When distancing ourselves from our desires isn’t enough, what to do?
If our scriptural knowledge makes us proud, what can we do?
God as the supreme therapist 4 – How association works and how to make it work
Do you need to break up with your phone?
Hanuman and Prabhupada were given a purpose – when we haven’t been given one, how should we live?
Can spiritual growth and career growth go together?
The knowledge of the arrogant defeats the purpose of knowledge
God as the supreme therapist 3 – Devotional detachment is not freedom from emotions but freedom of emotions
Why did Bhima abandon Hidimibi – did he marry her simply to gain political power?
Did Krishna use Ghatothkacha as a sacrificial pawn?
If we like to read a lot and others don’t like our reading so much, what to do?
How do we gain trust while interacting with unknown people?
God as the supreme therapist 2 – To be others’ well wisher means to channel their emotions towards proper use of their free will
Intelligence means to know which thoughts to contemplate and which to neglect
Healing the earth by healing the heart
God as the supreme therapist 1 – Discerning the Prahlada and Hiranyakashipu mentalities within us
How can we avoid labelling and judging others?
When different people consider different courses of action as right, how to reconcile?
Amidst so many materialistic temptations today, how can we stay devotional?
How can we alert others to future dangers without discouraging them?
Were Internet and wifi present at the time of the Mahabharata?
Why does Krishna make it so difficult for us to come to him?
Do intellectuals find it more difficult to love Krishna?
Appreciating Radhanatha Maharaj’s contributions towards helping devotees practice bhakti sustainably
If peer pressure makes us do materialistic things, what to do?
When the abducted Sita was not the real Sita, why was Rama distressed by her abduction?
Learning to be kind to ourselves
When the mind wants to change unchangeable circumstances, what to do?
If we are to hate the sin, aren’t we to be averse to sin?
Bhakti in three modes (3)
Bhakti in three modes 3 – Bhakti in goodness brings sustainability, purity and harmony
Making sense of life through karma and reincarnation
How to decide how much to be satisfied with?
How are some people emotionally tough even when they don’t practice bhakti?
Bhakti in three modes 2 – Bhakti in passion equates material success with spiritual advancement
How to be detached without becoming irresponsible
If we identify that we are feeling self-pity, what do we do next?
If we are already connected with Krishna, why do we need to chant?
When people just don’t get it …
Bhakti in three modes 1 – Bhakti in ignorance is self-righteous and hurtful
To blame is to be lame – stop seeking scapegoats
Are rocks alive – can we become rocks in our future life?
If someone takes retirement and then feels unengaged and disoriented, what should they do?
Focus on life, not on the mind’s commentary on life
Where does the power of mantras lie – in letters or meaning or somewhere else?
If everything is God’s will, how do we have free will?
Does the mind look for change and the soul look for the unchanging?
Does our spiritual master know everything about us?
Unity in diversity and diversity in unity – The Absolute’s relationship with us
Gratitude is not just an attitude but also an awareness
How can we explain morality to moral relativists?
Will anxiety be addressed in the long-term by bhakti or should we try to address it in the short-term too?
How can we remember Krishna while we are working in a materialistic environment?
Resolutions in the three modes – and in transcendence
If during a class some children are distracting everyone, why isn’t anything done about it?
How can we perceive Krishna’s love amidst our and others distresses and conditionings?
Is our attraction to Krishna a conditional attraction generated by devotional conditions?
Interrupting the mind’s train of thoughts (2)
Are our mistakes part of Krishna’s plan? (2)
Are our mistakes part of Krishna’s plan? – 2
Science & Spirituality – Why psychiatry can’t replace spirituality
During chanting, can we have aids to get the mind from the physical level to the spiritual level?
When science requires only working assumptions, why do you say that science requires faith?
Why is the population increasing?
Are our mistakes part of Krishna’s plan? – 1
Our defining power is the power to choose our thoughts
How can we develop our relationship with the eternal using the temporary mind?
If I don’t have much work at my office, should I go and ask for more work?
Is Krishna situated in the mind or the heart – how are the two related?
4 reflections for overcoming fear of failure
Interrupting the mind’s train of thoughts 2
Does accepting our emotions mean that our getting angry is not a matter of concern?
How can we avoid making a ruinous mistake like Ravana made?
When we are telling ourselves to concentrate, who is telling this – the soul or the intelligence – and to whom?
Three ways of perceiving Krishna’s love
Interrupting the mind’s train of thoughts 1
If some Vaishnava sampradayas reject the worship of Radharani, how to respond?
How do we know that Krishna accepts our gratitude?
When we can’t remember Krishna purely now, how will our remembering him at death take us to him?
Was Ravana a good person who just committed one mistake?
Does religion cause war?
The mind may stray away, but don’t let it stay away
How can the mind be our friend?
Do we need to give up guilt and worry to practice bhakti?
If my office workload has decreased but I can’t chant or hear much, what should I do?
Understanding how the mind acts as a mirror that distorts our self-conception
How does bhakti shelter us amidst physical and emotional pain?
Gita 17.20 Give charity for purity, not popularity
How to reconcile the Gita – do your own duty, even if imperfectly – with the Gita – do what you are good at, according to your nature?
Screen what appears on your inner screen – Learn to manage the mind
When our nature is to be spiritual, why are we not attracted to Krishna?
Gita 17.19 Slaving to get the whip that will lash us is stupidity
If we move to a temple whose mood is different from that of our native temple, what to do?
Science, Spirituality and The Search for Meaning
How can we internalize the mood and mission of our teachers?
Is purification of the intelligence the same as purification of the mind?
Gita 17.18 The show of austerity without the substance of spirituality points to superficiality or even hypocrisy
From possessions that dispossess to the possession that delivers
How understanding destiny empowers
While analyzing our mind, how to avoid paralysis by analysis?
When we are not the doers – material nature is – why are we held responsible for our actions?
Gita 17.17 The mode in which austerity is performed different from the mode with which austerity is performed
Praising by criticizing – The paradoxical ways of expressing love
Cultivating Cooperation in Krishna consciousness
Why we are sometimes wise and sometimes otherwise
Gita 17.16 Austerity of mind transforms our inner disruptive enemy into a constructive friend
If we feel more attracted to managerial services than scriptural study, are we in the mode of passion?
Will future scientific progress explain consciousness and spirituality in mathematical terms?
Net Surfing or Net Suffering?
Gita 17.15 Speech is meant not just for commnication but also for purification
How do we strengthen the intelligence?
How do the modes correlate with an analysis of the mind’s functioning?
QA session at Columbus 2018 Spring
From state of the art to state of the heart
If meeting our expectations makes us over-confident, what can we do?
Bhagavatam study 73 220.127.116.11 – When we apprehend the worst-case scenario, we look for alternatives
By engaging our material nature in bhakti, are we constructing our spiritual nature or reviving it?
Gita 17.14 Austerity enables us to use our bodily vehicle constructively, not destructively
Is anxiety a disorder?
QA transcriptions uploaded
How to go through dry phases in our chanting?
Bhagavatam study 72 18.104.22.168 – Inversion of natural order prophesies inauspiciousness
Do we seek only an operational knowledge of scripture and not actual knowledge?
Learning to live with emotional lows
Bhagavatam study 71 22.214.171.124 – Departure of the order-sustaining Lord leads to disruption of that order
How Krishna steals our distresses
Does repeated practice improve our instincts?
Does anyone who die in a dhama on a holy day go back to Godhead?
If a desire is irresistible, what to do?
Should we take other devotees plates for washing if they don’t want to give?
Should we have expectations while practicing bhakti?
Shouldn’t we speak strongly to get everyone on the fast track to Krishna?
Are we the sum of our thoughts?
What is the destination of good non-spiritual people such as Stephen Hawking?
Spiritual but not religious – Analyzing four permutations
Can we say that intelligence comprises of knowledge processing, discrimination, analysis and determination?
How should we deal with people involved in non-devotional dharmic causes?
Is determination situated in the intelligence or in the mind?
How can we practically make the intelligence the counsellor of the mind?
How can we encourage a devotee to do service with someone they don’t like?
Lessons from Hanuman’s devotion to Rama (4)
Bring out the Hanuman within, not the Ravana within
Lessons from Hanuman’s devotion to Rama 4 – How Hanuman provoked to deter Ravana from war
Does the soul in an animal body learn anything spiritual?
What is the relationship between soul, consciousness and heart?
Lessons from Hanuman’s devotion to Rama 3 – Keeping our intention above our emotions
Lessons from Hanuman’s devotion to Rama 2 – Earning trust through emotional intelligence
Lessons from Hanuman’s devotion to Rama 1 – When we hide ourselves from the Lord, he hides himself from us
When Garuda is a pure devotee, why does he eat fish?
Ramayana series 3 – Rama-Lakshmana – Does destiny control everything?
In Kali-yuga, thoughts don’t incur reactions – what does that mean practically?
How can we help materially entrapped people to become spiritual?
Ajamila knew scripture – yet he fell down. Why?
How can we balance between bhakti and studies?
Are our mistakes Krishna’s mercy?
If our spouse is sentimentally following a different spiritual path, how should we deal with it?
If our speaking about Krishna doesn’t transform others, does that mean we lack the purity that empowers senior devotees’ words to be transformational?
Is wanting to go back after death to Krishna selfish and wanting to go to Prabhupada selfless?
Ramayana series2 – Vali-Sugriva – Don’t judge without understanding
If we have free will, how does Krishna know the future?
How do we understand scriptural stories in which mountains are conscious?
Are pleasures such as traveling to see new places considered addictive?
Why to become spiritual now
Why is atma translated as the Supreme in Ishopanishad mantra 6?
In Paramatma realization, is God the subject or the object?
To show our world to others, we need to see it with fresh eyes
In the Prasthana-traya, what does nyaya mean – how does it relate with Vedanta-sutra?
What is the Moksha Dharma that Prabhupada sometimes quotes?
Where is the verse om purnam adah .. from – why is it included as the Ishopanishad invocation?
The Absolute truth covered by maya is called matter – What does this mean?
How are fruitive activities the engagements of one’s reactions from past good or bad deeds?
How can we say that we are spiritually equal when in the spiritual world every soul is different?
Matters that matter more than matter – Origin, Value, Meaning
Ramayana series 1 – Manthara-Kaikeyi – How manipulators mislead
Is bhakti a conditioned attraction of the mind or the natural attraction of the soul?
How the mind tells its stories by inducing forgetfulness, faith and feelings
If bhakti is beyond the modes, why do we need to come to the mode of goodness?
How to avoid judging others?
Can capacity to find faults be an empowerment from Krishna?
When the mind is restless, how are performers like archers able to focus on one point?
How philosophy and experience harmonize in bhakti
How chanting works on the mind – and how the mind works during chanting
Tap the mind, don’t be trapped by the mind (3)
Tap the mind, don’t be trapped by the mind 3 – From shakshi bhava to seva bhava
Winning with emotional intelligence (2)
If seva-dhyana comes in the way of nama-dhyana, what to do?
Did some of the leaders of our movement fall down because of being haunted by demonic forces?
Does destiny determine our free will too?
How are some people fearless of death?
Winning with emotional intelliigence 2 – Social competence through relationship management
Tap the mind, don’t be trapped by the mind 2 – Why mind control backfires
Tap the mind, dont be trapped by the mind 1 – The pressure for pleasure
How does bhakti-yoga help us overcome anger?
How can we use fear in Krishna’s service?
Can affirmations helps us to manifest our destiny?
Winning with emotional intelliigence 1 – Personal competence through self management
Can an atheist be spiritual?
How can we be authentic while living according to others’ expectations?
How are some people such as skydivers more fearless than devotees?
Understanding how bhakti addresses anxiety
How can we help our teenage kids who are infatuated with their gadgets?
When not being passionate is seen as weakness in a passionate world, how can we function as devotees?
How we spend more time avoiding pain than seeking pleasure – and why we shouldn’t
How can we know whether our experience of Krishna is imagination or revelation?
If we fight against obstacles to serve Krishna in a particular way, are we not dependent on Krishna?
Appreciating Radhanath Maharaj’s contributions in the light of ISKCON history
When the higher taste doesn’t seem higher
If we neglect all the emotions of the mind, are we being impersonalistic?
How did you come to Krishna consciousness – Hindi?
If wanting to do a lot of service spoils our health, how to stay balanced?
Choosing healthy emotions with intelligence, association and devotion
How to control the mind with the intelligence (3)
How to control the mind with the intelligence 3 – Conversion
Are the past and the future illusions – is the present the only reality that we should live in?
We often direct our anger towards those who can’t hurt us – how to avoid getting angry – Hindi
When happiness is a subjective experience, can there be any absolute happiness?
How to control the mind with the intelligence 2 – Concentration
How to control the mind with the intelligence 1 – Conviction
While pursuing ultimate reality, is happiness the purpose or a byproduct?
What are the causes of anger – how to deal with them – Hindi?
When fear accelerates the imagination, let faith be the brake
The search for pleasure is often the source of the greatest trouble
If we don’t speak about high standards, won’t low standards become the standard
If our service forces us into agitating situations, how can we keep ourselves safe – Hindi?
If our contemplation doesn’t translate into determination, where are we getting stuck?
When our mind hears selectively, is that due to intelligence or ego?
How can we deal with our past conditionings that come in the way of our bhakti – Hindi?
What the self seeks beyond the selfie
If someone says that being spiritually open-minded means believing that life doesn’t have an objective purpose how to respond?
How can we grow spiritually when we have to serve demanding people – Hindi?
How are our present emotions related to our soul?
How does bhakti practice change the influence of the modes on us?
Why would Yudhishthira always choose the timid approach?
How can we understand that we are servants of Krishna – Hindi?
Avoid distractions using intelligence directed towards transcendence
When people don’t offer us moral support but dishearten us by bombarding philosophy, what to do – Hindi?
If our aesthetic side is not nourished by regimented bhakti practices, what to do?
What can we do practically to make our devotional identity our defining identity?
To transcend our emotions, we need to begin by accepting our emotions
Spiritualizing our relationships – Alachua 2018 (4)
Spiritualizing our relationships 4 – Changing our input in relationships
Spiritualizing our relationships 3 – Changing our vision of our role in relationships
Spiritualizing our relationships 2 – Changing our vision of others
Spiritualizing our relationships 1 – How the modes turn good intentions into not-so-good actions
Our mind is our enemy – how can we control it – Hindi?
Is everything that happens Krishna’s plan?
If thoughts come from the intelligence and feelings from the mind, then do thoughts grow into feelings?
In difficult relationships, at what point should we stop tolerating?
When the mind gets obsessed with desire, it becomes impossible to control – what to do – Hindi?
Our goals are the results we seek – how can we set goals but be detached from results?
Significance of Holi Bonfire and Color Festival
What the Bhagavatam conveys by narrating Krishna’s agonizing departure
Gaur Purnima class – How Lord Chaitanya defeated the attacks of Kali and how he empowers us to defeat those attacks
Gaur Purnima class – How Ratha Yatra fulfilled external and internal reasons for Lord Chaitanya’s appearance
In difficult relationships, are tolerating, mitigating and emigrating to be tried sequentially?
When we chant, why does our mind get distracted – Hindi?
Why do we have a mind at all – wouldn’t we function better without it?
You said if we do whatever we like, we end up disliking ourselves – isn’t varnashrama based on working according to our likings?
When pure devotees are beyond the modes, where does their nature come from?
How can we avoid becoming disheartened on failing to give up bad habits – Hindi?
How chanting helps us understand ourselves and our mind
What science can tell us about ourselves – and what it can’t
Why do our resolutions for inner transformation not last?
How can we act at the level that we are not our bodies – Hindi?
What to do when in a relationship that we can neither tolerate nor retaliate?
Gita 17.13 Yajna in ignorance expresses defiance externally and internally.mp3
How the mind distorts our vision of others and disrupts our relationships – Hindi
Gita 17.12 Yajna is like modern technology – can fuel the illusion that we are controllers and enjoyers.mp3
How can we constantly remember that we are different from our mind?
How the mind spoils our relationships – Hindi
Reflections on the last verse spoken by Krishna in the Gita – Hindi
Yoga tells us to become observers of our attachment and aversion – what does bhakti tell?
Gita 17.11 Focus not on expectation from the world, focus on contribution from yourself.mp3
“What India can offer to the world” – Ted talk at MMU Ambala
Animal Metaphors for understanding the mind – Hindi
Gita 17.10 Food in ignorance isn’t nourishing, satisfying or appealing.mp3
Does being open-minded mean learning from everyone but not following anyone?
Acknowledging our emotions but not acting impulsively on them
Let samskaras takes us beyond our scars
Is the higher taste of bhakti available only for those who practice bhakti exclusively while living in a temple?
Gita 17.09 Food in passion is is sensually stimulating but eventually distressing and disease-inducing.mp3
Is ISKCON’s initial portrayal of the purificatory potency of bhakti unrealistic?
Gita 17.08 Food in goodness provides profusely both nutrition and satisfaction
Gita 17.07 Food, sacrifice, charity and austerity represent broad patterns of the soul’s interaction with its encasing circles
If a couple can’t have a child, how can they serve Krishna?
Everyone’s mind tell them different stories – don’t be judgmental, be purposeful
Even when we accept a spiritual purpose, spiritual practice remains difficult – what to do?
Gita 17.06 Defying scripture, be it for pandering the body or tormenting the body, is demonic
Gita 17.05 Our body is not ours to abuse by arbitrary austerity
When fear comes likes a forceful river, what to do?
Gita 17.04 Our level of consciousness determines who we feel is worshipable
If we feel Krishna has let us down in the past, how can we depend on him?
How can we love others without becoming attached?
Gita 17.03 The relationship between our existence and our faith is causal, constitutional and consequential
Gita 17.02 See not just people’s ideological faith – see also their functional faith
How can we differentiate between what to hold on to and what to let go?
Gita 17.01 The Gita universalizes and contextualizes the analytical framework of the three modes
When we feel excessive fear, how can we correct the mind’s corrupted software?
Gita 16.24 Knowing scripture is our responsibility and our opportunity
How can we deal with past hurtful memories?
How are humility and honesty different – why are they needed in spirituality?
Gita 16.23 Those who reject scripture suffer both in this life and the next
Gita 16.22 To pursue our self-interest, we need to purge out self-defeating desires
If I feel fearful because others keep reminding me of my past mistakes, what to do?
Analyzing the relationship between material progress and spiritual progress
Does greater ambition lead to greater fear?
Gita 16.21 The metaphorical usage stresses the reality and gravity of the demoniac forces of lust, anger and greed
I am afraid of darkness – what can I do?
Why does Krishna test devotees?
Gita 16.20 Demoniac action and demoniac destination is perpetuated by demoniac disposition
How can we make the right choice a habit instead of an austerity?
Gita 16.19 Devilish delights doom the demonic to deadly destinations
Gita 16.18 When bad situations make us take shelter of our bad side, we become bad people
Does maintaining an institute make managers rigid and impersonal?
With what attitude should we go for inter-faith programs – how do they help our mission?
Gita 16.17 Self-complacence and impudence perpetuate ignorance
Gita 16.16 Desires and fears cover our consciousness completely with illusion
If a Muslim wants to study the Gita but can’t accept God’s personal form, what to do?
Is God the cause of negativity in humans?
Gita 16.15 The ungodly want to look good, not become good
Should evolution be taught in schools?
Gita 16.14 Greed makes the covetous murderous
If everything is under karma, are terrorists wrongdoers or simply instruments for punishing wrongdoers?
Mind It – Understanding how the modes affect our emotions, behaviors and relationships (3)
Mind It 3 – Choosing healthy response to problems
Happiness is found not in sensation but in absorption
How does prayer affect karma?
Gita 16.13 Let the mind’s chariot take us where we want to go, not where it wants to go
Gita 16.12 Sensual desires are ropes of enslavement, not roads to enjoyment
Why are there many religions – can we believe in more than one religion?
Mind It 2 – How unrealistic expectations hamper our relationships
Mind It 1 – Understanding the modes, mind and emotions
Krishna is knowledge, object of knowledge and objective of knowledge
How can we avoid becoming discouraged on seeing that the modes are pulling us down?
Gita 16.11 We make our beliefs and our beliefs make us
If I want to come first in my class, am I being attached to results?
What is spirituality?
Gita 16.10 Taking shelter of lust amidst problems is like taking shelter of kidnappers when threatened by thieves
If everyone is meant to be spiritual, why are so few people attracted to spirituality?
Gita 16.09 The ungodly are born for destructive action unless they do drastic course correction
How our mind messes our relationships (2)
What happens to a person who commits suicide while remembering Krishna?
How can we seek higher purpose when things are going right, not just when things start going wrong?
Gita 16.08 From atheism to hedonism is a natural slide
What causes a midlife crisis – can devotees suffer from it?
Should evolution be taught in schools?
How can devotees learn to be satisfied with whatever services they can do?
Gita 16.07 Observe others actions not to condemn, but to help
Gaura Purnima lecture 2016 – Transcription uploaded
Appreciating Nityananda Prabhu’s mercy, devotional ambitiousness and humility
Spiritualizing our relationships – Hindi
Maintaining balance amidst disruptive emotions and situations
Gita 16.06 Knowing the inclination of the road where our car is is education, not condemnation
Devotees who succeed in getting external results are looked up to in our movement – what to do?
Gita 16.05 Acknowledging where a car’s wheels are pointing is not accusing the car driver
What can brahmacharis do if they feel choked in their ashram?
Gita 16.03 Giving appropriate honor promotes harmony, demanding excessive honor disrupts harmony
How is our intelligence partly our friend and partly our enemy?
Gita 16.02 Our godliness needs to be seen in our harmonious interactions with others
If we are too passionate to separate ourselves from our mind, what to do?
Gita 16.01 Godliness is both a decision and a disposition
Wasn’t Arjuna passionate about archery – can we be passionate about something and still be devotional?
Gita 15.20 Using the knowledge and devotion we presently have propels us symbiotically towards life’s perfection
We want appreciation for making our contribution – what to do about this wanting?
Is bhakti philosophy pessimistic – Hindi?
Gita 15.19 Bhakti is not non-intellectual or anti-intellectual – it is trans-intellectual
When we live in a competitive world, how can we avoid comparing ourselves with others?
Gita 15.18 Fragmentation is not the cause of illusion, disharmonization is
How can we avoid collateral damage while working in our offices?
How our mind messes our relationships 2 – Focus on contribution, not expectation
Gita 15.17 Liberation is not just elevation out of illusion but also connection with the supreme reality
When India is the land of spirituality, why was it overrun by so many invaders – why does it still have a colonial mentality?
Is Reincarnation for Real – Evaluating the Evidence
How our mind messes our relationships 1 – Understanding instincts and impulses
Why is Hinduism portrayed so negatively in the media and academia?
Gita 15.16 Purification means to change our emotional center
Is satisfaction a brahminical virtue that is impractical for kshastriyas and other varnas?
Gita 15.15 The purpose of perceiving the spiritual through the material is to perceive the spiritual in its own right
Can self-help techniques be used in Krishna’s service?
Why are some people attached to godly things and some to ungodly things?
The Bhagavad-gita as a leadership guide
Changing ourselves by changing our situation, standpoint and self-identification
Can harmonization with contemporary culture lead to dilution of tradition?
How can we get rid of unwanted thoughts?
How does hypnosis work?
Ambition, Satisfaction & Devotion (2)
Ambition, Satisfaction & Devotion 2 – Hospital metaphor for harmonizing material and spiritual growth
Ambition, Satisfaction & Devotion 1 – Outside-in Ambition vs Inside-out Ambition
How is the moon the mind’s predominating deity?
With artificial intelligence advancing rapidly, what will differentiate humans from future machines?
How can we communicate the need of regulation to people who are gung-ho about freedom and rights?
Managing the Mind (4)
Managing the mind 4 – Training the mind by dividing and castigating
Managing the mind 3 – Understanding inclination, infatuation and intention
Managing the mind 2 – Understanding how the mind affects our free will
When things don’t make sense, look for a deeper sense
Managing the mind 1 – The many meanings of the word ‘mind’ and their correlation with the Gita’s understanding
From Fear to Surrender (4)
Getting our emotions to work for, us, not against us
From Fear to Surrender 4 – FEAR acronym – 4 steps for overcoming fear
QA session at ISKCON Bahrain
If we can do a service well and see others doing that service poorly, should we stay uninvolved to avoid becoming proud or critical?
I get dreams to act violently against Muslims – what should I do?
From Fear to Surrender 3 – FEAR acronym for analyzing fear 2 – Attachment and Redirection
From Fear to Surrender 2 – FEAR acronym for analyzing fear part 1 – Faith and Education
From Fear to Surrender 1 – Understanding how our fears originate
When our acharyas wanted an institution, how can we deal with people’s aversion to religious institutions?
If others do politics to sideline us from our service, should we also do politics to continue our service?
The most dangerous jumping is jumping to conclusions
How Gaudiya Vaishnavism used drama in bhakti
How is the Gita relevant today – Marathi
Why do devotees sometimes die in ghastly accidents?
Why don’t we make the Bhagavad-gita compulsory in schools in India?
How can we increase the quality in our existing devotional commitments?
When neither distress nor taste motivates us consistently in bhakti, how can we become consistent?
How can I overcome my attraction to watch every detail of my favorite actress?
How can we be materially successful while practicing bhakti?
Bhagavatam study 70 1.13.51-60 Determination directed towards renunciation brings spiritual elevation
Is disorder also a part of Krishna’s plan for creation?
Should we correct others when we don’t have the authority to do so and others aren’t receptive?
Bhagavatam study 69 1.13.46-50 When we can’t protect ourselves from kala, karma and guna, how can we protect others?
Technology, Spirituality and the Search for a Meaningful life
Bhagavatam study 68 1.13.39-45 Know when to exercise control in the service of the supreme controller and when to release control
Overcoming fear, desire and anger to take shelter of Krishna
Dealing with insecurities – Hindi
From fictional enjoyment to spiritual enjoyment through explanations, exponents and experiences – Hindi
Understanding various ways Krishna protects – Bhagavatam characters analysis
The mind is like a madhouse – 4 strategies for managing it – Hindi
For meditation, we need the right object and the right conception
In the computer metaphor for explaining the self, comparing the soul with the user mixes the inanimate with the animate – isn’t it better to compare consciousness with electricity?
If the devotional ambience around us is unfavorable because devotees are rude, what should we do?
Why do the Vedas give all rights to men and no rights to women, who simply have to obey men?
When we have to choose between two ways of serving Krishna, what should we do?
Duryodhana felt no moral compunction while persecuting the Pandavas, but Dhirtrashtra did – why the difference?
QA transcriptions uploaded on 07-Dec-17
The soul has knowledge that is presently covered – does this mean the soul knows exact scriptural verses?
Gita Essence lecture series transcriptons uploaded.
Prabhupada life-story 16 – Establishing the foundation
When Abhimanyu was killed, how was Arjuna overcome by illusion?
Prabhupada life-story 15 – From spiritual shoppers to spiritual seekers
Shikshashtakam series transcriptions uploaded
If we use our extrovert nature to serve Krishna, are we functioning in the mode of passion?
Prabhupada life-story 14 – Incorporating ISKCON – The seven visionary purposes
Bhikshu Gita series transriptions uploaded.
QA transcriptions uploaded on 04-Dec-17
If devotees use certain statements to demean other bhakti traditions, what to do?
Do we need only devotional principles to change our past’s influences – can other things help?
When we are frustrated, is it possible to think logically as explained in classes?
If past mental impressions stay despite a long practice of bhakti, what to do?
Duryodhana character analysis (3)
Duryodhana character analysis 3 – Envy perpetuates dissatisfaction and invites destruction
Duryodhana character analysis 2 – Ambition distorted by envy becomes cancerous
Gita Jayanti class – The Gita brings a message of fearlessness to a fear-filled world
How do we deal with negative people who are not transformable?
Gita Jayanti talk – Appreciating the Gita’s message by contemplating the starting and ending names of Arjuna and Krishna
When jnana and karma are different philosophies, how can they both give the same result, as the Gita’s sixth chapter states?
Duryodhana character analysis 1 – How the entitlement mentality degrades
Appreciating the purpose of worship of the devatas
When the mind becomes a mirror for the pure soul, does the soul perceive itself through the mind or without it too?
In Shikshashtakam, what is the difference between ceto darpanam and sarvatma snapanam?
Why our moods keep changing – and what we can do about it
Let personal conception of God lead to personal dealings with God’s parts
Is God an invention or a discovery?
Go beyond rationality and imagination to revelation for relishing Krishna’s lotus feet
Facing our fears – FEAR acronym
Science, Spirituality and Self-empowerment
In Damodarashtakam, what does not wanting any benediction other than Vaikuntha refer to?
Understanding how our mind makes us misunderstand 4 – QA
Understanding how our mind makes us misunderstand (4)
Understanding how our mind makes us misunderstand 3 – Misunderstanding Krishna
Understanding how our mind makes us misunderstand 2 – Misunderstanding ourselves
Understanding how our mind makes us misunderstand 1 – Misunderstanding ourselves
Analyzing yoga and bhakti to keep practice in harmony with purpose
Emotionally intelligent spirituality (2)
What makes relationships spiritual and sustainable – Marriage reception talk
Emotionally intelligent spirituality 2 – Let immediate and ultimate solutions work cooperatively, not competitively
In Damodarashtakam, what does duhka-jala abdhi magnam mean?
The driver controls the car, but the soul doesn’t directly control the body – can you explain?
Emotionally intelligent spirituality 1 – Don’t work for or against emotions – work with them for Krishna
How small conflicts become big – Daksha pastime analysis 4 – How impulses are shaped by technology, mentality and spirituality
When does determination turn into obstinacy?
How small conflicts become big – Daksha pastime analysis (4)
By contemplating the consequences of sensuality, if we practice bhakti, is that bhakti at the level of fear?
How small conflicts become big – Daksha pastime analysis 3 – Understanding the filters people bring to a relationship
Pursuing our loudest desires is not freedom – pursuing our deepest desires is
3 As to bring out the best in you – Awareness Association Appreciation
Does Krishna know which choices we are going to make?
Appreciating HH Radhanath Maharaj’s visionary outreach
How conscious intention raises bhakti to the level of a relationship
Strengthening the bonds that liberate
How small conflicts become big – Daksha Pastime analysis 2 – Ego causes desensitization
How small conflicts become big – Daksha pastime analysis 1 – Unprocessed resentment causes explosion
When things go wrong, how can keep faith and avoid feeling the pinch?
If bhakti doesn’t protect us from troubles, then what is the point of practicing it?
How can we act on the spiritual platform instead of the bodily platform?
If we tend to over-expect from others and alienate them, what to do?
From bondage to bonding – Redefining our relationships
If the world is Maya, is it just like the world of Harry Potter?
Shakuni Character Analysis (2)
Understanding how bhakti-yoga and the holy name work
Shakuni Character Analysis 2 – Evaluate whether our relationships bring out our best or our worst
How can we avoid impulsive reactions that make things worse?
Shakuni Character Analysis 1 – The mind rationalizes selfishness as selflessness
Spiritualizing our work through IAC – intention, action and contribution
Gita 15.14 The world’s origin and operation points requires something beyond the world
When our filters distort our vision, how can we see things as they are?
The Gita as a book of love – The significance of the first and last words spoken by Krishna and Arjuna
To rise from karma to bhakti, change your benchmark of reality from the world to Krishna
Is it selfish to want others to change so that we can be more comfortable?
Gita 15.13 The existence of multiple factors congenial to our existence points to transcendence
How spiritual life relates to our material life (2)
Prabhupada life-story 13 – Fearless amidst disturbed and disturbing audiences
Making sense of senseless suffering – Understanding why devotees face fatal accidents
PAST acronym – How to get past our past
I am useless – Is this feeling in ignorance or in transcendence?
Gita 15.12 We need the eyes to see what our eyes need to see
The Gita’s two endings point to the same end
Connecting with ourselves to connect with others
How spiritual life relates to our material Life 2 – Work not for or against your nature, work with your nature for Krishna
How spiritual life relates to our material Life 1 – Rejection, Complementation, Redirection
From what science explains to what explains science
Gita 15.11 What we see depends on what we want to see
If our attitude is determined by our modes, then how much can we change our attitude?
Gita 15.10 We need knowledge to see our vulnerability in material existence
How can we balance our limited controllership over our children with our responsibility to guide them?
Gita 15.09 The mind makes chasing mirages the soul’s tragic habit
When taking decisions, how do we balance using our intelligence and having faith in Krishna?
From Passion to Compassion (3)
From Passion to Compassion 2 – From religion in passion to devotion in goodness
From Passion to Compassion 3 – Compassion needs to be felt as compassion
Using our functional identification to realize our transcendental identity
How can we detach ourselves from what others think about us?
How bhakti helps us get past our past
From passion to compassion 1
What is needed for sharing bhakti in the West?
The Bhagavad-gita’s message of love comforts and enlightens
How the mind harvests the bad within – and how to harvest the good within
How our intelligence acts as our enemy – and how to make it our friend
Why people do bad things – and how to stop it
Can the mind sting us – how?
When a loved one is hurt, we feel disturbed, but not so much when someone unknown is hurt – is this attachment?
Why do Vraja-vasis need to perform a karma-kanda reformatory ceremony?
When social justice is not defined in the West in terms of caste discrimination how can bhakti be seen as promoting social justice here?
From Damodara month to Damodar mood – From circumstantial devotion to transcendental devotion through intentional devotion
The art of work – Detachment directed by devotion maximizes contribution
How bhakti fulfills the aspirations of social justice
The mind makes the intelligence act unintelligently
How do we overcome ambiguity about going ahead in a relationship?
Prabhupada life-story 12 – Through serious difficulties to serious seekers
In the treasure hunt for happiness, avoid the leads that mislead
Why do people who live religiously suffer terribly?
When chanting, should we just hear the holy name or try to focus the mind on Krishna’s lotus feet?
What is the relationship between science and atheism?
Is criticizing science necessary for sharing Krishna-bhakti?
Empower those who are protecting us, not those who are attacking us
We get creative ideas but feel that implementing them requires too much work – what to do?
What was the need for Ramananda Raya to massage young girls?
Selfies and the human longing to feel special
Ramayana series at Phoenix (5)
From destructive competition to constructive competition (2)
Ramayana series 5 – Hanuman – There is a time and place for everything, don’t lose heart
From destructive competition to constructive competition – 2
From destructive competition to constructive competition – 1
Don’t use God to stay away from God
Why crave for the pleasures that make you a slave
When a parent won’t give a child a pile of chocolates, why does Krishna create a world filled with sense objects?
When intelligence is the sitting place of lust, how can it point us to our long-term interest?
Ramayana series 4 – SEES acronym – 4 explanations why Rama abandoned Sita
Just because we have got the monkey off the back doesn’t mean the circus has left town
Should I choose the spiritual master whose personal association I get or whose classes inspire me?
Ramayana series 3 – Shurapanakha’s slyness – Beware of those who manipulate us using our weakness
Ramayana series 2 – Maricha’s miscalculation – Our destination is not as important as our action
The mind keeps us enslaved
Gita 15.08 The essence of growth is evolution in our conception of life
When love is not real, how can it be the ultimate reality?
When the consequence is not in our hands, why is the consequence considered a factor in deciding right and wrong action?
Ramayana Series 1 – Dasharatha’s dilemma
Thwart the desires that titillate initially but torment eventually
Gita 15.07 Even when the mind is directed by the senses, it still directs the senses
How can we avoid impulsive angry responses?
Inner healing through forgiveness
Love is the ultimate reality that unifies all reality
Prabhupada life-story 11 – On the bowery – A follower turns attacker
Overcoming negative emotions (5)
Gita 15.06 The spiritual world is self-luminous and its luminosity is malleable to Krishna’s will
Stung by the tongue
Overcoming negative emotions 5 – Self-doubt
Gita 15.05 Surrender means to give up everything for Krishna – even the feeling of hopelessness
The greatest danger is the danger of forgetting the danger
Understanding how bhakti fulfills the purpose of scripture – and how we can help
Gita 15.04 The Personal Absolute is not a way to transcendence – he is the summit of transcendence
How can Vyasadeva refer to himself as a great sage in the Bhagavatam?
Even if we can’t be on the same page as God, be at least in the same book
Focus on Krishna’s glories while studying Bhagavatam – don’t be distracted
How is temperament more important than talent?
If we resist a desire, it increases, and our mind goes crazy – what to do?
When we have to work so many hours in nondevotional jobs for our financial needs, how can we grow devotionally?
Even when we have knowledge, we can’t apply it – what to do?
Spiritual Lessons from Car Driving (4)
Spiritual Lessons from Car Driving 4 – The destination is also our companion
Spiritual Lessons from Car Driving 3 – Our attitude is our steering wheel
Spiritual Lessons from Car Driving 2 – What we are driving matters, but where we are driving matters more
Spiritual Lessons from Car Driving 1 – The mind is the passenger, don’t let it become the driver
Gita 15.03 Detachment cuts not the world but our own attachment to the world
As a to-be householder, should I work fulltime in a temple or take a job outside
Freedom for what – our surface desires or our deepest desires
LIGHT acronym – 5 Meditations on Diwali
Gita 15.02 We are bound by action and knowledge can guide us to action that leads to liberation
Prabhupada life-story 10 – How Krishna set the stage for Prabhupada
My husband doesn’t oppose my bhakti, but he wants me to take interest in worldly things that I have lost interest in – what should I do?
If my counselor breaks a regulative principle, how do I maintain my faith?
Equality beyond equality
GIRI acronym – 4 lessons from Govardhana lila
Gita 15.01 The metaphor of the upside-down tree points to the reality beyond the reflection
If our past bad relationships make us averse to exploring new relationships, what should we do?
How can we emotionally accept that people who treat us like crap are delivering us our past karma?
How can we overcome the expectation of apology from someone who has hurt us?
What are the precursors to anger – how can we know that we are likely to explode at someone?
How can we preach with sincere devotees who are desensitized to newcomers’ sensitivities?
Overcoming negative emotions 4 – Overcoming anger through forgiveness
The need for appropriate adaptors when transmitting the current of bhakti
Gita 14.27 Brahman refers not just to the impersonal spiritual but also the generically spiritual
If circumstances make following bhakti principles impossible, what should we do?
When our emotions come in the way of our bhakti practices, what can we do?
In youth, how much should we be preparing for our career and how much focusing on devotional growth?
How much should we restrict our children from hearing mundane music?
How can we prioritize our services, when we have limited time?
Does bhakti practice free us from past bad karma?
Advancing spiritually at our pace, from our place by understanding the power, principle and process of krishna-bhakti
Gita 14.26 Health is a product of medication but it is also a precondition for medication
Will Krishna help us out of a situation that we have got in because of our own desires?
Worldly intoxication and devotional intoxication differ in consciousness, content and consequence
Gita 14.25 As long as we are materially motivated, we will be materially agitated
How can we avoid judging ourselves?
How can we deal with self-doubt?
What does it mean to be consistently content with the self?
If we see patterns similar to a failed relationship in a new relationship, how can we avoid becoming pessimistic?
Devotion doesn’t restrict us – it empowers us
The Spirit of Diwali – Light the inner lamp to see beyond the painkiller of entertainment to the cure of devotion
Gita 14.24 To be equipoised, be situated in the self, not in the world
Understanding Gita Wisdom – Interview on People of Bhakti at Bhakti Radio Network
If a relative of mine is getting influenced by Christian missionary propaganda, what should I do?
How can we develop our relationship with Krishna without minimizing the position of the guru?
If a child becomes orphaned because the parents commit suicide, is that because of the child’s destiny or the parents’ misuse of free will?
Where can I get mantra diksha?
Do we need to know God before we can have faith in him?
What does it mean to serve the Lord?
How does one find a spiritual path?
Gita 14.23 We are not our scars, be they physical or emotional
What is the role of religion in today’s world?
Is hypnotic regression to past lives for real?
The missing self in the selfie
Gita 14.22 Be a non-judgemental non-committal observer of your emotions
How do we explain the non-physical is differentiated as the mind and the soul?
How do we help people who hold that nature is their god?
Gita 02.20-30 Go beyond lamentation by understanding the eternality of the soul and the multiplicity of its reincarnations
How the Universal Form makes Krishna accessible
Gita 14.21 When the disease is subtle, we need education to perceive the symptoms of sickness and health
Overcoming negative emotions 3 – Fear
Understanding religion and bhakti in the three modes
Just as Nalakuvera-Manigriva were given remembrance their past lives, why can’t we be given remembrance of our past lives?
When is violence justified – how is the Gita’s war different from modern World Wars?
If our intelligence can never supersede Krishna’s intelligence, how can our will supersede his will – how can we act independent of him?
If we don’t have gratitude, how does it matter in bhakti?
Just as Krishna gives conviction to different people to worship different devatas, does he give different devotees conviction to serve him in different ways?
How to overcome lust or material desire
Gita 14.20 Those who transcend the modes transcend miseries
Is our free will infinite, just the facility to fulfill it is finite?
If my chanting remains inattentive despite my best effort, am I being offensive?
Can those who have more material desires not come in Krishna’s gravity pull?
If we feel that Krishna is not reciprocating, should we intensify our devotion?
Stories about Krishna remain the same, whereas new stories about fictional heroes keep coming up – how then are Krishna stories ever-new?
Material entertainment requires no thinking, spiritual entertainment requires deep thinking – are the two comparable?
Can unconscious people hear the holy name?
To which level of reality are people with Alzheimer’s escaping?
How the fictional points to the spiritual
Gita 14.19 Seeing that our actions are impelled by the modes inspires us to resist the desires induced by the modes
Understanding Surrender – Meditation on Prabhupada’s prayer Markine Bhagavata Dharma (06)
Understanding Surrender – Meditation on Prabhupada’s prayer Markine Bhagavata Dharma – 6
QA on dealing with material desires, excessive workload, inattentiveness in chanting and other bhakti principles
Understanding the spiritual world, the power of bhakti and Narottama Das Thakura’s contribution to the bhakti tradition
Gita 14.18 Goodness leads to elevation, passion to stagnation, ignorance to degradation
What is the difference between believing a half-man half-lion and believing a half-man half-spider?
Understanding Surrender – Meditation on Prabhupada’s prayer Markine Bhagavata Dharma – 5
Understanding Surrender – Meditation on Prabhupada’s prayer Markine Bhagavata Dharma – 4
Understanding Surrender – Meditation on Prabhupada’s prayer Markine Bhagavata Dharma – 3
Understanding Surrender – Meditation on Prabhupada’s prayer Markine Bhagavata Dharma – 2
Understanding Surrender – Meditation on Prabhupada’s prayer Markine Bhagavata Dharma – 1
Gita 14.17 Different modes foster different emotions, dispositions and destinations
Gita 14.16 Piety purifies, craving torments and intoxication stupefies
Gita 14.15 The modes are not just psychological constructs, they are also post-mortem destination shapers
Should medicines be used to treat depression?
If negative events cause a panic attack, what can we do?
Our survival instinct tells us to avoid pain, whereas austerity means to accept pain – how to decide what to do?
Should we be simply attached to the principle of service or to specific services according to our nature?
Ramayana reflections – Maricha represents worship in fear
Damodara lila analysis – Going beyond cultural conceptions to spiritual revelation
How our vision alters our perception – Gita study 01.24-36
Overcoming negative emotions 2 – Depression
Is Krishna-bhakti universal when it is so specific?
Gita 14.14 A disposition of knowledge and purity elevates to the destination of the knowledgeable and the pure
Gita 14.13 The mode of ignorance block us in both contemplation and action
Gita 14.12 Desires that drive us with the lure of pleasure are insatiable
How can we deal with gossipy or critical family members?
What is the difference between greed and ambition?
What role does sleep play on the spiritual path?
Can we see the future in our dreams?
How do some people get guidance in the state of being half-awake, half-asleep?
What is the source of the programming we have?
When our emotions don’t keep pace with our convictions, as when facing adversities, what can we do?
What we can learn from our dreams
Science, Spirituality & Self-improvement
Gita 14.11 Illumination of knowledge regulates the input and output through the doorways of the senses
As most people nowadays are born without any garbhadhana samskara, will the world soon be filled with people in ignorance?
Are religious rituals entirely separate from philosophy – why do different religions have different rituals?
Is the caste system wrong?
Might our sense of right and wrong be something created by society to check our biological urges?
Might our desire for eternal life come from our experience of an external long-living object, not from an eternal soul?
Simplify, Clarify, Purify – Three principles for a fulfilling life
Live in the present, but not for the present
Gita 14.10 The modes are neither in segregation nor in integration but are in competition
How can we know our prescribed duty?
How do we differentiate between the mind and the soul?
Are there different mantras for different effects?
Gita 14.09 The longer a pleasure lasts, the greater its lure
From material detachment to spiritual attachment – Ignorance, Tolerance, Transcendence, Immanence
How can we protect our consciousness?
Gita 14.08 The mode of ignorance begins with not knowing and leads to false knowing
Gita 14.07 Passion is composed of attachment, gives rise to craving and binds us to work
How can we evaluate people’s level of consciousness without becoming judgmental?
What type of yoga is best for rising to spirituality?
How can we stop being resentful towards others?
Why do some devotees see things in terms of black and white without any nuance?
While practicing bhakti, how can we avoid getting locked into our professional identity?
How to balance between following Prabhupada faithfully and adjusting to time-place-circumstances?
The essence of the spiritual world, and of spiritual life, is not location but disposition
Overcoming negative emotions 1 – Resentment
Gita 14.06 Anything that keeps us away from realizing our spirituality is binding, even if it is illuminating
Can our anarthas be dovetailed in Krishna’s service?
Does the mind discourage the soul?
Do the different senses of the word karma come from scripture or from usage?
How can we distract ourselves from desires arising in the body such as hunger?
Developing Vaishnava qualities
Remembrance of Krishna cuts karmic bondage by providing intelligence, taste and love
Does loss of intelligence lead to control by the mind or does control by the mind lead to loss of intelligence?
When our intelligence is controlled by lust, how can it control the mind?
Why doesn’t Krishna make things easy for his devotees?
Is the opposite of gratefulness resentfulness or neglectfulness?
How can some people pass through problems without taking shelter of Krishna?
Does the media increase our negativity by focusing on problems in today’s world?
Do scientific theories disprove spiritual truths?
Is spiritual science a valid branch of science?
Three principles for controlling the mind – Intelligence, Diligence and Dependence
Even if we can’t be grateful for all circumstances, we can be grateful in all circumstances
My journey from material science to spiritual science – QA session
Are we omnivores who need to eat animals to maintain the food chain?
When we start studying Bhagavad-gita, what is the motivation for continuing to study material science?
If our family members don’t practice regulative principles, is it right to disconnect from them?
Why didn’t God create another dimension for us to enjoy?
Why can’t all realized souls join hands to demonstrate a working model of harmonious spiritual living?
Can the principles of bhakti solve the world’s practical problems?
How can we be cautious about not indulging in something without constantly thinking about it?
How is anger not just an emotion but also a thing?
Are anarthas also part of our nature?
From anartha-nivrtti to artha-pravrtti 4 – Understanding Pravrtti
From anartha-nivrtti to artha-pravrtti 3 – Understanding Artha
From anartha-nivrtti to artha-pravrtti 2 – Understanding Nivrtti
From anartha-nivrtti to artha-pravrtti 1 – Understanding Anartha
When repressing desires doesn’t work, what to do?
How do we balance thinking and feeling in spiritual life?
How can we be grateful to Krishna in all situations?
Does complete faith in Krishna make us fearless?
If we don’t have full faith, are we hedging our bets?
Among various world religions, what is special about practicing krishna-bhakti?
Bhagavatam study 67 01.13.30-38 When it is time to renounce, embrace renunciation as a challenge and avoid discouragers
Can Krishna be interchanged with any other god as our object of worship?
How can bhakti help us overcome our emotional fears?
Do different people need different percentages of material and spiritual life?
When we ask Krishna to protect us, are we treating him as our servant, and are we advanced enough for him to intervene?
When we want to go to the spiritual world, is our devotion motivated or unmotivated?
Sharpening our focus – going beyond piety to spirituality and the mental to the spiritual
Since something I built my life on collapsed, I have started hating God – what can I do?
When we decide to change ourselves, how can we know that those changes will be for good?
Should we try to learn from our past when our perception of our past will always be distorted by our biases?
How can we identify the voices of the inner critic and the inner daredevil?
Go beyond your inner critic & your inner daredevil
Love may be unscientific, but is it unreal?
Appreciating Srila Prabhupada’s presentation of devotion and of Ratha Yatra as a global festival of devotion
Is anger reduced by becoming spiritual or by developing the brain’s frontal lobe that is associated with controlling emotions?
Can there be something called spiritual science?
Love of God may just be a sentiment in some religions – how can we know it is for real?
Scientists are often aesthetic people and religion has often caused persecution and violence – how to understand?
FEAR acronym – Learning to deal with our fears
Should devotees do sandhya as a daily sadhana as per their family tradition?
Why does our mind dwell more on painful memories than on joyful memories?
We talk a lot about practicing bhakti, but not about practicing morality – why?
When faced with problems, how to decide how many solutions to try out?
If someone chants a lot of rounds, but doesn’t behave properly with their spouse, how do we understand?
Do gopis know Krishna’s future pastimes?
Gita 13.35 Knowledge helps us perceive and achieve spiritual reality
Gita 13.34 Consciousness can be the channel to illumination – and to illusion too
Gita 13.33 The soul is not entangled, but the mind is
Gita 13.32 The soul is situated in the body, but its consciousness doesn’t have to imprisoned in the body
Gita 13.31 See variety not as illusion above the unity but as emanation from the unity
Gita 13.30 The soul is not the doer of the activities impelled by the body
Gita 13.29 See beyond people’s particular actions to Krishna’s universal positive intention
Gita 13.28 To see that which is critical to see is to really see
Gita 13.27 See beyond functional categorization to philosophical comprehension
Gita 13.26 Hearing directs us to destination immortality
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