Category - Morning Walks

15/09/22am – Morning walk: Q&A (English) – Australia

-Types of anarthas
-The story of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada’s encounter with a wealthy factory owner who refused to give an offering and subsequently lost everything
-On managing temples
-Stages of getting rid of anarthas (example of Bharata Maharaja on bhava-dasha)
-Question: How should we pray to Maha-maya?
-Yogamaya and Mahamaya
-Abheda-bdeda-tattva: shakti and shaktiman
-Happiness comes from Srimati Radhika
-Dhana and dhanavan: wealth and the possessor of wealth
-Bhagavan has 6 opulences
-Question: If we are of material nature how can we touch spiritual things?
-Srimati Radhika is original Durga
-Question: Can jiva’s svarupa be changed?

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06/08/22am – The Heart of the Spiritual World (English+Hindi) – Holland | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-Krishna’s sakhas never criticise Him, they just tease Him
-There are no aparadhas in the spiritual world
-All houses in Vrindavana are build with cintamani
-Anukula-bhava (the mood of disposition toward Krishna Krishna) is everywhere in Vraja, no pratikula-bhava (the mood of opposition toward Krishna Krishna) is there
-The role of Yogamaya, Krishna’s acintya-shakti
-4 weapons of parakiya-bhava: durlabhata, vamyata, nivaranata, & pracchana-kamakhata
-Krishna’s flute is a weapon which breaks the gopi’s mana
-Krishna’s flute fails to break Srimati Radhika’s loving anger

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05/08/22am – Sri Radha is the Owner of Bhakti (English+Hindi) – Holland | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-Question: I don’t understand how in the spiritual world there can’t be a past and a future. How is that possible? Could you explain, please.
-The spiritual world does not need lights, but Yogamaya creates the moon so that Krishna can perform human-like lillas
-Srimati Radhika encourages the trees to welcome Her beloved Govinda
-In the spiritual world, everything is constantly being refreshed
-In Vraja, Krishna’s desire is reflected in the hearts of all the inhabitants of Vraja
-The material world is the perverted reflection of the spiritual world
-Question: What does the following statement of Srila Sridhara Gosvami mean? Shraddha is the halo of Srimati Radhika, by the light of which others may understand Krishna
-Srimati Radhika is bhakti-adhisthatri-devata. Shraddha is coming from Her. Without Srimati Radhika’s mercy no one can obtain shraddha

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04/08/22pm – Shraddha vs Sharanagati (English) – Holland | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-Question: What is the difference between shraddha and sharanagati?
-They look alike, but when you look at them in detail, you can see their differences
-Sharanagati is the permission to enter into bhakti; shraddha is the qualification to perform bhakti
-The limbs of sharanagati
-Shraddha comes from Srimati Radhika
-Shraddha means unflinching faith
-Sharanagati always manifests if there is shraddha, but shraddha does not always manifest if there is sharanagati

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01/08/22am – The Illusory Happiness of Merging into Brahma (English+Hindi) – Holland | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-Mokshamrita: the jiva experiences seconds of happiness in jyotir-dhama, and then falls into an unconscious state
-Mokshamrita is very inferior to premamrita
-Comparison of mokshamrita to sleep (nidra-sukha) or the effects of a drug
-Turiya-avastha (middle state) is the state of those who merge into Brahma: they are neither happy nor unhappy; it’s like a coma
-Comparison: If someone gets into a whirlpool, only a very skilled lifeguard can save him from drowning. In the same way, only a pure devotee can bring someone out of brahma-jyoti
-Guru will not come to brahma-jyoti to save someone. This is not his duty

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31/07/22am – The Meaning of Diksha (Hindi) – Holland | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

Part 1

-The completion of diksha is at the stage of bhava, when one realizes their spiritual form
-Diksha is like a seed of bhakti
-Very fortunate living entities receive diksha from a bona fide Guru, and care for the creeper like a gardener
-Sravanam & kirtanam nourishes the bhakti-lata up to Goloka Vrindavana
-The sadhaka through practice will slowly be able to relish the vraja-parakiya-bhava, paramour mood
-The more the sadhaka surrenders, the more the creeper will grow
-Complete surrender is at the stage of bhava, when one attains a spiritual body
-Analogy of the iron rod being submerged in fire; it takes time for the iron to become hot. This is like the sadhaka performing the limbs of bhakti
-Meaning of divya-jnana: actual transcendental knowledge
-The more you realize your svarupa, the more seva vritti will grow
-Anusthanika, laukika-diksha (formal diksha, creates a purificatory samskara) & paramarthika (spiritual) diksha
-Paramarthika-diksha takes place by listening, sravanam

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31/07/22am – The Meaning of Diksha (English translation) – Holland | Srila BV Vana Maharaja

-The completion of diksha is at the stage of bhava, when one realizes their spiritual form
-Diksha is like a seed of bhakti
-Very fortunate living entities receive diksha from a bona fide Guru, and care for the creeper like a gardener
-Sravanam & kirtanam nourishes the bhakti-lata up to Goloka Vrindavana
-The sadhaka through practice will slowly be able to relish the vraja-parakiya-bhava, paramour mood
-The more the sadhaka surrenders, the more the creeper will grow
-Complete surrender is at the stage of bhava, when one attains a spiritual body
-Analogy of the iron rod being submerged in fire; it takes time for the iron to become hot. This is like the sadhaka performing the limbs of bhakti
-Meaning of divya-jnana: actual transcendental knowledge
-The more you realize your svarupa, the more seva vritti will grow
-Anusthanika, laukika-diksha (formal diksha, creates a purificatory samskara) & paramarthika (spiritual) diksha
-Paramarthika-diksha takes place by listening, sravanam

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

Part 1

-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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