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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?
Devotion in 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 73 184.108.40.206 – 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?
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How to go through dry phases in our chanting?
Bhagavatam study 72 220.127.116.11 – 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 18.104.22.168 – 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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