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25/07/22am – Brihad-bhagavatamrita (English) – Brazil | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-Gopa-kumara arrives at Vaikuntha
-Nama gives prema and mantra gives sambandha-jnana
-Mantra is sampradana karaka & nama is sambodhana vibhakti
-Why diksha-mantras are given after harinama and not before it
-As we chant holy names, we clear our memory of unnecessary information
-Holy names are sadhana (process) and sadhya (goal)
-Lord Vishnu tells of His affection for Gopa-kumara
-A true Vrajavasi is one who has the mood of Rupa-Sanatana
-God is very happy when we offer Him something and immediately wants to repay us a hundredfold
-Gopa-kumara arrives at Dvaraka
-Krishna’s big family in Dvaraka
-Krishna’s love and affection for Uddhava
-3 types of Vrindavana: prakrita, aprakrita and drishyamana
-Vrindavana-lila and shvetadvipa-lila always take place in parallel
-Gopa-kumara is finally in Vraja

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25/07/22am – Treating Vaishnavas & Offenders (English) – Brazil | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

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-The hope of the gopis is that Krishna will come back
-The gopis keep their bodies alive with the utmost effort so as not to upset Krishna by their death
-The disciple should think, My Gurudeva is the topmost Vaishnava
-Diksha-guru and shiksha-guru are non-different from Krishna
-Very carefully hold the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda Prabhu and your Guru
-Do pranamas to all Vaishnavas according to their level
-Everyone should do their own seva
-Question: How do you know if a Vaishnava has a sambandha-jnana so that you can pay appropriate respects to him?
-We offer bows on the floor to any Vaishnava for worldly etiquette
-Before the battle at Kurukshetra, Arjuna shot an arrow at Dronacharya’s feet to honour him. Dronacharya blessed him and this made Duryodhana angry
-Always do pranamas to those who are very angry
-Question: How do you treat offenders?
-Question: How do you behave when you hear hari-katha from another acharya?
-Never call anyone an offender, do not quarrel and always show worldly respect
-Your acharana (behavior) should be always good
-Question: What should I do if the offender asks for forgiveness?
-Question: If I know that a guru is abusing women, can I warn others about it?
-Question: Should we listen to specific kathas from other acharyas?

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24/07/22pm – Ekadasi & Srila BV Tirtha Maharaja’s Glories (English) – Brazil | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

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-Ekadasi = Mother of suddha-bhakti
-Glories of Ekadasi: if you observe suddha-ekadasi, you’ll attain devotional service to Lord and simultaneously all your sinful activities will be destroyed
-Rules & regulations of Ekadasi
-How to perform bhajana & sadhana on Ekadasi
-Krsna says glorify Me, but glorify more to My devotees
-Story of Devi Parvati asking Lord Shiva Who is the Supreme Lord I should worship?
-Lord Shiva spoke, if you want to worship the Supreme, Lord Vishnu, then worship to who is very nearest and dearest to Him, then you will please Him.
-Examples of the nearest & dearest to Lord Vishnu (Krishna): Tulasi-devi, Ganga-jala, and most confidential: Vaishnavas & Guru
-Your limbs and tongue are very impure. Without uttering the name of Guru, your tongue will not be purified
-The 9 gates & many windows of the body
-Wake up very early and state the name of your Guru when you first open your eyes. Then chant holy names
-Krsna says always worship Guru, then Me, otherwise you will not get any fruits
-Every day glorify Gurudeva with Gurudevastaka
-Srila Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja’s life history, and mood of service, how he went from not knowing any shlokas to becoming a great scholar by association
-By serving Guru and vaishnavas all kinds of abilities to serve will manifest in your heart
-Srila BV Tirtha Maharaja had so much seva-vritti, always eager to speak hari-katha, he spoke many Bhagavat-saptahas, and spoke much radha-nishtha-katha
-“If you speak hari-katha, that is the perfect rest”
-Gurudeva’s upcoming travel plans for Kartika and Bhagavat-saptahas
-The types of Gurus to reject

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24/07/22am – Holy Names are Our Protector (English) – Brazil | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

Part 1

-The reason Narada Rishi had to be born into a low caste family
-On notes, scales, tunes
-Prayo batamba munayo sloka discussion: intoxicated by the sound of Krishna’s flute, a gopi called her friend her mother (amba)
-Gopa-kumara arrives at Brahmaloka
-Api cet su-duracaro sloka discussion: Krishna loves His devotees
-Yat pada-panjaja sloka discussion: jnanis will fall down
-Bhakti creates humility in one’s heart whereas jnana creates false ego
-Why powerful Ravana was defeated
-Comparison of Dasharatha Maharaja’s and Nanda Maharaja’s prema
-The story of how Dasharatha Maharaja killed Shravana-kumara and was cursed by his parents
-Caitanya Mahaprabhu out of His dainya (humility) tells He has not even a smell of love for Krishna
-Sita-devi cannot leave her body as the holy names protect her
-The holy names are our maintainer and protector
-The story of how two Vaishnavas met in a wheat field
-Give up bad association and follow Vaishnava behavior
-Mantra is sampradana karaka & nama is sambodhana vibhakti

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24/07/22am – Importance of Chanting and Seva (English) – Brazil | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-Which Ekadashi should not be observed
-A case of a devotee wanting to sing mangala-arati in the evening
-Every yuga has its own maha-mantra
-Ajamila got sadhu-sanga (Vishnudutas and Yamadutas discussion of the glories of the holy names) after he chanted the name of Narayana
-Appearance of Ganga-devi
-Lila of Srimati Radhika cursing Krishna for meeting with Ganga-sakhi
-Four-headed Brahmaji is the smallest among all Brahmas
-One who does not do bhajana-sadhana will not get liberation
-Question: How to balance between sadhana and external duties?
-Seva is very important. Just chanting the holy names without seva is not enough
-Mahaprabhu said, If you love Me you will chant Hare Krishna mantra

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23/07/22pm – Original Cause of Distress (English) – Brazil | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-This human life is very rare. One attains it after 8,400,000 species of life. It is also temporary, changing, and will one day end.
-Our relationships are temporary. We do not remember any of our past life relationships and we will not remember any from this life at the time of death.
-We must use this life to inquire, “Who am I? Where have I come from? When I die, where will I go?”
-The miracle of the body, being a house where the soul resides, and when the soul leaves, it’s declared as a dead body.
-Everyone has a predicted time of death.
-We are not always thinking of Krsna, but He is thinking of us, and calling to us.
-The 3 ways we suffer: adhyatmika, adhibhautika, adhidaivika; by other living entities, by our own mind, and by the demigods.
-Analogy of the screwdriver tightening the loose screw inside the mind; the screwdriver is the maha-mantra
-The Original cause of mental distress: Not serving Krsna
-The 2 Types of Sound Vibrations: material and transcendental (shabda brahma, from krsna-nama/katha)
-Lord is One but has three aspects: Brahma, Paramatma and Bhagavan
-GOD stands for Generator, Operator, Destroyer

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23/07/22am – Physical and spiritual purity (English) – Brazil | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-Bhakti is very powerful as Lord has so much love and affection for His devotees
-Karmis are compared to camels, jnanis to crows and bhaktas to cuckoo birds
-Hare Krishna maha-mantra is invocation mantra
-If you are observed in krishna-nama 24/7, then your mind will be neat and clean
-Dronacharya tests his disciples as they learn archery skills to hit the pupil of the bird’s eye
-The soul, like the body, needs to be cleansed
-The ways to purify money, house
-At least once a year make a fire sacrifice in your home
-Practise mantra-snana to clean your body and mind
-To to attain mantra-siddhi you will need the following processes: sampradhana, mantra adhishthatri devata, mantrartha cintanam, nyasa-mudra, prapatti, sharanagati, atma-nivedana but chanting maha-mantra is so simple
-The case of the Muslim man who was killed by a wild boar and got liberation because he said ‘Haram’
-Hari steals the heart of the gopis and the sins of those who surrender to Him
-Memories of Siberia
-Krishna’s pastime as He hid in the gift box on Srimati Radhika’s birthday

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23/07/22am – Q&A (English) – Brazil | Srila Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaja

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-Kubja’s prema is sadharani-prema. She loves only Krishna but for her own pleasure
-Dvaraka queens’ love is samanjasha-prema. It is divided between Krishna and their children
-Gopi’s prema is samartha-rati because they are one-pointed to Krishna and their love is for the exclusive pleasure of Krishna
-Тhe gopis did not have children as they did not have a menstrual period. It was just yogamayas arrangement that they believed they had children.
-The reasons why it cannot be said that Krishna married the queens of Dvaraka out of lusty desire
-Question: If the material world does not bring pleasure to Krishna, then why does it exist?
-Question: When jiva develops into a parikara, is it still jiva-tattva?
-Question: How do ghosts enter someone’s body? How do you keep yourself safe from it?
-Question: How did the Gosvamis manage to combine siddha-svarupa and sadhaka-rupa?
-God accepts our moods. He does not look at our imperfections
-Question: If God cares about feeding everyone, then why are there hungry people and animals?
-Question: Where does an animal’s past karma come from? Is it their karma when they were in a human body?
-Madhava bahuta minati kari toya song

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