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Wisdom of the Sages

English, Religion, 1176 seasons, 1266 episodes, 1 day 10 hours 32 minutes
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Truths about life from the timeless wisdom of the Bhakti-yoga tradition - fun, relevant, and deep. Learn about dharma, yoga, bhakti, and how it relates to all the basic questions of life. This show is about how to live your best life, let go of the external distractions, and uncover the spiritual happiness that lies within the heart as the true nature of the soul. Raghunath and Kaustubha's connection goes back to their teens in the New York Hardcore Punk Scene of the early 80s, through serving together as Bhakti-yogi monks in the 90's, to sharing their experiences in the world of yoga in the 21st century.
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1260: Freeing Up the Mind for Meditation

let resentment go to free up the mind in chanting meditation  / What are the qualities of a Bhakti-yogi? They are like a rooster, a crane, salt, and you! / a rooster picks out the valuable nourishment even in the dung / salt enhances all the other flavors and yet takes no credit / the crane ignores the petty little fish and stays focused on what counts / in the end, Radha and Krishna are the only “Big Fish” / don’t let validation from others be your food / we can be the handle of the Vishnu axe / dharma, artha, kama, moksha, and beyond that is prema - the highest goal / don’t go to the jewelry store and walk out with some plastic - don’t go to the Vedas or the sadhu for material wealth SB 7.5.15-18
26/02/202456 minutes 57 seconds
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1259: The Krishna Magnet & the Rust of Illusory Desire

Bhagavatam presents the theology of devotion in the context of the creation of the universe and the following lineages of demigods, sages and royal lines descending from the gods of the sun and moon / omniscience helps in debate / to the extent we are sectarian, we’re rowing the boat but the anchor is down / party line spirit blocks  perception of the Paramatma / Krishna’s like a magnet, we’re like iron - when the rust of our illusory desires is removed we are naturally attracted / our love attracts even Krishna SB 7.5.11-14
23/02/20241 hour 1 minute 19 seconds
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1258: The Doors of Perception

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” - William Blake / “…when the good is a furlong off, and we with our beetle eyes can only see three inches, it takes some confidence in general principles to pull us through.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / confidence in the principle of aham
bramasmi / the pandit sees everyone equally / saintly persons try to emulate Prahlada’s character by practicing freedom from animosity / only devotion grants access to the greatest secrets of the Vedic wisdom / the last snare of illusion B 7.5.6-12
22/02/202459 minutes 8 seconds
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1257: What it Takes to be an Instrument of Healing

Creeps are out there  / what it takes to be an instrument of healing / “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” - Jesus / it’s not spoken allegiance that makes one a son of God, it's aligning one's heart with His / Kaustubha runs with the Squirrel / the innocence which can tame the spirit of the unicorn / The 1st illusion - identifying with the body; leads directly to the 2nd illusion - seeing in terms of friends and enemies / having no enemies is based on perceiving inherent spiritual equality of all life / “What did you learn in school today?” - “That any person who has accepted a temporary body and temporary household life is certainly embarrassed by anxiety because of having fallen in a dark well where there is no water but only suffering" SB 7.4.40-7.5.5
21/02/202458 minutes 2 seconds
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1256: 3 Levels of God Realization: Brahman, Paramatma & Bhagavan

How do you introduce higher dimensions of consciousness into your awareness? / Bhagavatam isn’t valid because it's ancient. It's ancient because it's valid. / growth means seeing your circumstances through a higher lens / the planets have a pull - so add the Krishna graha into your life / thesis: we are completely different from God - antithesis: we are one with God - synthesis: we are both one with and different from God / 3 levels of God realization: Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan / “God is my baby” - you can’t make this stuff up! SB 7.4.37-40
20/02/202457 minutes 43 seconds
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1255: Mantras, Yantras & the All Auspicious Krishna Planet

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius / temples (and ritual) are all about elevating the quality of our thoughts / 
clearing the head and heart of resentment, anger and bitterness / we find what we’re looking for / the Vastu Purusha /  you can’t change the planets you were born under, but you can make Krishna the predominating planet that shines auspiciousness in your life /  how the great devotees see Krishna everywhere / stop relying on our good karma for happiness SB 7.4.35-37
19/02/202454 minutes 53 seconds
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1254: Q & A Volume 212

How can we best face our own mortality? / Can you speak on the relationship between Radha and Krishna / Are there any stories of Krisna with cats?
17/02/202455 minutes 58 seconds
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1253: This is Not the Future We Wanted!

"Humans doing the hard jobs on minimum wage, while the robots write poetry and paint, is not the future I wanted." - Karl Sharro / ya can’t beat the system / simplicity & kindness / because we remain servants of our senses, we can never be satisfied / the Devas give up food and sleep, meditating to connect with Vishnu / connection with Vishnu dissipates the fear / the qualities that facilitate spiritual experience - sense control, mind control, kindness, respect, giving shelter, deep friendship, freedom from pride SB 7.4.18-34
16/02/202455 minutes 39 seconds
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1252: It's Not the Mountain We Conquer, but Ourselves

Anything we have to conquer can be integrated as part of our Bhakti practice / give it your best effort and be detached from the results / mastering an even mind, equal vision and inner happiness / becoming successful emotion managers / Hiraṇyakaśipu terrorizes the universe / pass on praise or it’ll kill you / broken egos search for satellites SB 7.4.1-17
15/02/202455 minutes 51 seconds
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1251: Gandhi's 7 Social Sins

seek employment in the field, and with the kind of people you would select if you had no need for money / religion has been stripped of the sacrifice of ones body, words and mind / do you need to erase your conscience to enjoy? / the demonic mentality can’t recognize one’s dependence on the higher power / work in harmony with the system - because you can’t cheat it SB 7.3.17-38
13/02/202455 minutes 41 seconds
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1250: Pablo EscoBear & the God Shaped Hole in the Heart

Andrew C. Thornton II’s unbridled greed - how much cocaine do you need to sell to be happy? / Dr Bruce Alexander and the Rat Park Experiments /  
“One should accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.” / All there is to satisfy the senses, can’t satisfy one who’s senses are uncontrolled / The demonic mentality is taking Vishnu out of the picture /  the soul gives life to the body, not the other way around / Hiranyakashipu is no better than the Cocaine Bear SB 7.3.6-16
12/02/202454 minutes 22 seconds
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1249: Q & A Volume 211

As an adoptee, how can I understand the longing I have to meet my birth mother in the context of Bhakti-yoga? / Does a yogi just accept their ADHD, or do they try to mitigate it? / Is it too early to speak to my 5 year old about death and reincarnation? /  How to process life’s curses?
11/02/202456 minutes 21 seconds
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1248: Q & A Volume 210

How do we become normalized to suffering, however abominable it may be? / Will you please explain ISKCON’s view of the Trimurti? (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) / How important is it for us to desire to go back to Godhead?
10/02/202454 minutes 3 seconds
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1247: The Vrindavan Flower Vendor

the Vrindavan flower vendor / if daily, love infused seva became mandatory in New York City / aligning one’s heart with the heart of God / the service itself is the payment / we see God in the deity to see God in the heart of every / Raghu would use the mystic powers only for good / the great commentators speak on austerity / don’t lay out during the meteor shower SB 7.2.58 - 7.3.5
09/02/202457 minutes 29 seconds
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1246: Receiving Knowledge from Nature / Interview with Giridhari Das

Raghunath interviews Giridhari Das, an American who left his past behind, moved to Holy India, built his own cob house, grows his own food, and practices Bhakti-yoga.  
08/02/202455 minutes 10 seconds
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1245: If a Psychiatrist & a Guru Sat With Us Through a Horror Movie

“Sometimes a dream almost whispers.” - Steven Spielberg / are we asking for advice, or for an instruction? / we're being driven around in a rental car / you can have Krishna consciousness right now, if you really want it / if we had a psychiatrist and a guru with us in the movie theater / the message is everywhere - that we’re all gonna die / śmaśāna-vairāgya - the detachment in a cemetery SB 7.2.45-57
02/02/20241 hour 2 minutes 56 seconds
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1244: Real Truth is the Medicine

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa / there’s a lot of crazy talk in our mind / sometimes God’s plan is for Raghu to keep the stage dive money / never consider yourself to be the Ultimate cause / put in the effort, but understand there’s a greater plan / we grow by applying wisdom to misfortune, death, grief, betrayal, etc. / real truth is the medicine SB 7.2.39-44
01/02/202455 minutes 12 seconds
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1243: We Follow Our Mind Like a Slave Until We Find Truth

we’re living out the dream of Bhaktivinode Thakura / what good are my beauty products when this body burns? / isn’t it just sane to recognize and appreciate all that’s provided for me? / because we lack conviction in our spiritual nature, we focus on the differences and suffer / we follow our mind like a slave until we find truth / our thoughts and meditations are creating our next body right now SB 7.2.22-38
31/01/202458 minutes 7 seconds
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1242: Q & A Volume 209

How can Sri Chaitanya give the highest gift to the most unqualified? / Please explain, who are the Pancha Tattva? / Is loving God as Father a lower type of love?
29/01/202455 minutes 28 seconds
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1241: Plant a Tree!

“The one who plants trees knowing that he or she will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” — Rabindranath Tagore / As pouring water on the root of a tree energizes the trunk, branches, twigs and everything else, simply worshiping the Supreme Person through Bhakti automatically satisfies the demigods / don’t cut down trees- just build around them /   take special care of your initiation beads / trees are sacred and so are squirrels / we’re like straws being washed down a river SB 7.2.13-21
24/01/202457 minutes 47 seconds
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1240: Beautiful Devotional Audacity

one who is content enjoys transcendental happiness without endeavoring / for one who has mastered ahimsa, others become nonviolent in their presence / We need a class of pure hearted spiritualists without a material agenda / It’s simple math to see the value of a cow / There’s gotta be an adult in the room to stop all the junk mail / no good comes after 10 pm / Srila Prabhupada’s beautiful devotional audacity SB 7.2.1-12
23/01/20241 hour 3 minutes 49 seconds
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1239: Jai Sri Ram!

(may God) deliver you from externals, and bestow upon you an inward occupation, which will absorb you so that your attention is not drawn away - Rumi / Begging for the removal of envy and animosity / let your meditation be thick like honey on Krishna / may our minds go to Krishna spontaneously / our inner meditation will deliver us to our spiritual body / it’s hard to be kind when you’re a hornet / the curse of a Bhakti-yogi is ultimately a blessing / the background history of the demon Shishupal SB 7.1.30-48
22/01/202458 minutes 59 seconds
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1238: Q & A Volume 208

What are some of the do’s and don’ts when attending a temple? / Can you tell us about Sri Caitanya?
20/01/202455 minutes 35 seconds
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1237: Emancipate Yourself from Mental Slavery

"If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already." — Bob Marley / Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. — Bob Marley / get obsessed with things that lift you up / knowledge frees one from the pain of insults / our issues all stem from our bodily concepts / enmity is a powerful meditation / Through song, ritual, music or meditation, bring your mind to Krishna SB 7.1.22-29
19/01/202455 minutes 57 seconds
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1236: What We Meditate Upon, We Become

Raghu’s official apology to Bob Marley / “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” - Earl Nightingale / Only if one contemplates something continuously does it become fixed as internal consciousness and manifest as a part of one’s nature. - Sri Madhvacharya / spiritual culture makes it easy to meditate all the time / Krishna is the most purifying force / Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail / “Everything is part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa and is acting and moving by the supreme desire of Kṛṣṇa. This understanding, this consciousness, is Kṛṣṇa consciousness.” - Srila Prabhupada / Raghu would be looking for Sisupala’s head SB 7.1.16-21
17/01/202457 minutes 37 seconds
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1235: The Wisdom in Accepting Our Fate

the wisdom in accepting our fate / it’s the strong person who can accepts reversals in life without complaint / we have very little control beyond our own mind / entering Sage Level 3 / Sisupala’s focused hatred of Krishna / Krishna’s cool headed tolerance of Sisupala’s insults / right in the mists of the worlds great kings and sages, Krishna effortlessly takes Sisupala’s life / how did a deamon like Sisupala receive the moksha of merging into the body of Krishna? SB 7.1.13-15
16/01/202459 minutes 26 seconds
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1234: How to Guard Your Snow Globe-like Heart

‘Have your heart always turned towards the Divine…. It is not exterior silence that makes a monk, but silence of the heart.’ - Theodora of Alexandria / how to guard your snow globe heart / love God above all things, preserve tranquility, be meek and without malice, avoid obscenity and silliness, love non-covetousness, don’t neglect communal prayer - Theodora of Alexandria / Raghu Has Forgiven Elvis Costello & Moved On
 / It’s one thing to align with God externally, but it’s a life’s work to align entirely internally / Krishna is never partial / How did a demon like Sisupala get liberated? SB 7.1.7-11
15/01/202457 minutes 53 seconds
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1233: Q & A Volume 207

How can I clear the bad karma accumulated through activities of the past? / If one of the pillars of Bhakti is to take no offense, why does the SB speak about the danger of offending pure devotees? / What is the Bhakti viewpoint on chanting japa silently?
14/01/202456 minutes 54 seconds
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1232: Passing Through the Gates of Crisis

“In ancient India, soul-searching crisis was not concealed or imbued with shame, but viewed as an important time of transition, a deep rite of passage.” - Simon Hass / passing through the gates of soul searching crisis to the next level of spiritual advancement / sacred literature- it’s one crisis after another / Krishna is independent, but likes to be dependent on devotees / there is growing evidence that depression is linked to television watching / why not binge out on the sacred texts? / binging Krishna gives you life, binging tv gives you depression SB 7.1.1-6
12/01/202454 minutes 26 seconds
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1231: The Soul Within the Body & Behind the Mind

“I have tried to be impartial, though I know that a man's past always colors his views.“ - Will Durant / only the impartial can see the truth / true impartiality is found through seeing the soul within the body and behind the mind / Vishnu is both a cat and a dog person / the result of mixed devotion is fear, the result of our devotion is freedom / What is the way to get pure devotion? / because the body of the conditioned soul is infected by the three qualities of nature, dualities arise such as enmity and friendship, attachment and detachment
10/01/202454 minutes 51 seconds
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1230: Q & A Volume 206

My question is about the difference between Shaivism and Vaishnavism? / Should we pray for others? / What advice should I give families as a hospice nurse?
07/01/202457 minutes 53 seconds
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1229: Spend 5 Minutes with Your Worst Enemy

when two enemies are talking, they're not fighting / if you spend five minutes with your worst enemy you will find that you both have something in common / Bhakti rituals destroy cruelty in the heart / Wanna change the world? Change yourself / Radhanath Swami's internal purity is changing the world externally / Understanding and respect leads to change / When the talking ceases the ground becomes fertile for violence / Vishnu and Laxmi are the original power couple SB 6.18.1-6.19.28
04/01/20241 hour 30 seconds
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1228: Am I a Warmonger?

love others and God above all / Hate the greed, tyranny and animal appetite within ourselves / Spiritual freedom is the true happiness / See ourselves with the big I identity / We’re just concocting mental turbo scenarios / Our mind creates happiness and distress in illusion / Understand we’re living within a movie / Tragedy is around the corner and nobody gets a pass / We need to fully understand this illusory world in order to navigate and transcend it /  Knowledge and detachment come naturally to bhakti yogis / No one is dear or inimical, but he’s an auspicious friend to all / We need to be free of attachment to be free of hatred / Pull a Citraketu to disarm your haters / Vaishnavas don’t retaliate SB 6.17.31-41
03/01/202457 minutes 16 seconds
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1227: Expect Your World to Get Turned Upside Down

You can choose your destiny by who you hang out with / What can ya do when truth comes in an uncool package? / There’s magic to be had / Take advantage of spirituality and connection however you can (even in Catholic school) / Don’t be worried about world wars and corruption, acharyas are being born/  You can lose the taste for the forbidden fruit / Take radical responsibility- I got what I got, now what? / Stop blaming to find peace / Be fixed only in the service to God / Once you have a deep spiritual connection, good and bad don’t affect you so much / When you’re out of the prison, you don’t care about extra jello / Tolerate hardship in th
02/01/202456 minutes 27 seconds
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1226: Q & A Volume 205

How to deal with feelings of inauthenticity when social obligations seem to get in the way of spiritual commitment? / How does my job fit in with my spiritual practice?
30/12/202357 minutes 8 seconds
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1225: Shooting Straight to Acceptance

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." - Nathaniel Branden  /  the 5 stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance / shooting straight to acceptance / the comedy of when we can’t accept / Just because you join the Bhakti club doesn’t mean you’re liberated / As spiritual ambition rises, resentment anger and depression decreases / Am I capable of shooting straight for acceptance? / You get what you get and don’t be upset / However and wherever I can serve, please let me serve SB 6.17.17-21
29/12/202355 minutes 14 seconds
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1224: The Darkest Region of Materialistic Thought

“It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem” - GK Chesterton /  don’t just fix the symptoms, get to the root of the disease / our problem is that we see ourselves as disconnected from the root of all existence / Citraketu gracefully accepted his curse / Pariksit gracefully accepted his curse / Prithu gracefully responded to Indra’s offenses / Indra lacked grace, and always tried to hold onto his position / the more we try to rectify reversals, the more we enter into the darkest region of materialistic thought SB 6.17.1-16
28/12/202356 minutes 34 seconds
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1223: Divine Love - Ask for Nothing More

“To love or to have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” - Victor Hugo / Our desires drive us to pursue pleasure - but we end up getting the opposite results / pride in one's material experience brings contradictory results / a living being’s sense of identity apart from Kṛṣṇa is called māyā / having forgotten our purpose since time immemorial, we are situated in different bodies, as men, animals, demigods, etc. / when one is engaged in transcendental service one becomes at once liberated from this illusion SB 6.16.59-65
27/12/202355 minutes 18 seconds
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1222: The World Isn’t Our Paradise, it’s Our University

without self knowledge we are slaves / don’t let our senses carjack us / yoga starts with understanding how our machines work / the world isn’t our paradise, it’s our university / I’m not the enjoyer, I’m the student / Vishnu to the soul “Um, both you, and the world, are produced, pervaded and supported by Me / deep sleep, dreaming and wakefulness are insubstantial phases of conditional life / “Pay now or pay later.” - Raghunath / forgetfulness of our oneness with God is the cause of transmigration / we can try to tweak tradition, but instead we blow it up SB 6.16.52-58
26/12/202356 minutes 30 seconds
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1221: Q & A Volume 204

Should I be attached or detached as a parent? /  Where do the gunas first get mentioned? / Are the different ages in life linked to the gunas? / How can we prepare to die in relation to the gunas? / How should we interact with people who are visibly affected by the lower gunas?
24/12/202358 minutes 48 seconds
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1220: Bhagavad Gita Gives Relief to the Burning Heart

Bhagavad-gita is common sensical and profound / books change the world / Krishna was the original thought leader-influencer / what the world needs now is love via BG / just hear carefully / consult the Gita in all critical times / the Bhagavad-gita is impregnated with instructions for relieving the burning heart in all circumstances of time and space Goal: 3.7 Million Gita’s around the world.  https://livetogive.webflow.io/ To donate, text/whatsapp/call Malini at this number: +1 (669) 289-5563
22/12/202354 minutes 37 seconds
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1219: Albert Einstein on the Illusion of Separateness

"The quest for liberation from this bondage [or illusion] (of seeing ourselves as separate) is the only object of true religion." - Albert Einstein / our nature is intrinsically connected the whole / Krishna is the hub (holding everything together) and the root (nourishing everything) / “Persons who are too materialistic always see separateness.” - Srimad Bhagavatam / substantial relationships are built on spiritual truth / chant japa with attention and intention to open the safe / the key to confidential Vedanta is not renunciation, austerity or learning - it has to do the the state of our heart / Krishna reveals his love when we come correct / 2 keys to the safe - spiritual sound and form SB 6.16.47-51
21/12/202355 minutes 33 seconds
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1218: I Can't Save My Face & My Butt at the Same Time

reaching out when struggling over the holidays / I can’t save my face and my butt at the same time / praying for more stuff within the prison cell / it’s not sectarianism, it’s orienting our minds to higher thinking in whatever tradition one is from / frying out the seeds of material desire / freedom from the mentalities of “you and I” and “yours and mine” SB 6.16.36-46
20/12/202358 minutes 39 seconds
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1217: If All is Matter, What Really Matters?

response to a Stephen Hawking anti-nugget - we get it that computers don’t have an afterlife, but their users do / response to a Christopher Hitchens anti-nugget - we get it that germs cause disease, but where did the germs come from? / the forgotten past of microbiology from Sage Scientist Kanva in the Atharvaveda / nobody has a monopoly on truth / It takes a scientist, a  philosopher and a theologian / If we’re just bags of chemicals, why give holiday gifts? / Sattvika-bhavas - unpremeditated, involuntary expression arising directly from the spiritually surcharged consciousness / unconquerable Krishna is conquered by love / even Brahma is a secondhand God SB 6.16.31-35
19/12/202355 minutes 22 seconds
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1216: Digital Avatars Don’t Make You Immortal

Um, sorry Kiss, but your digital avatars don’t make you immortal / centrifugal vs centripetal force / glowworms only appear bright in the dark / the truth is we are fallible, vulnerable and dependent / finding meaning and happiness in truth, not illusion / sometimes our tragedy is just a little karma left to burn / clearing all the corrupted files in the mind SB 6.16.21-31
18/12/202356 minutes 52 seconds
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1215: Q & A Volume 203

Can you please clarify the difference between imperfect senses and being illusioned as described in Vedic epistemology? / Can you share your thoughts about depression and the need for a guide to study Bhagavad-gita? / Is there any scriptural advice for a situation regarding the heart hardening to those who have done us wrong? / Do you have any practical guidance on studying Bhagavad-gita?
17/12/202356 minutes 32 seconds
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1214: Come Out of the River a Different Person

“You have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.” – Marcus Aurelius / We are all made of the superior energy of God. / We are far more effulgent than the sun! / we can be permeated and vitalized by God’s ever-blissful spiritual rasa / Social media has us dancing like puppets / You want resurrection? We got resurrection / our senses and mind are nothing but trouble / we’re qualitatively one with god, and quantitatively different / hear the sage’s wisdom, watch the body burn, and come out of the river a different person SB 6.16.11-20
15/12/202357 minutes 22 seconds
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1213: Excuse Me Indian Gentlemen in the Back, but This is Satyam

“It’s better to conquer grief than to deceive it.” —Seneca / Citraketu conquers grief / deluded by ignorance, the living entity wanders in the forest of this material world, enjoying the happiness and distress resulting from his past deeds / let grief open you up to truth / Excuse Me Indian Gentlemen in the Back, but This is Satyam / “and this schizophrenia, we call pleasure” / we can love but we can’t possess / if I was a director I would cut to the faces of the co-wives / Krishna has a better plan / Bhagavatam solves the world’s problems SB 6.16.7-10
14/12/202354 minutes 33 seconds
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1212: Cold to the Illusion - Warm to the Spirit

the gift of the association of pure devotees / mantras change your vision / Has your lord ever manifested into a boar or a dwarf?! / to the degree you want to be closer to Krishna he comes closer to you / our children are our children for a moment / See past the temporary roles and love the soul beneath / to love an actor you need to see beyond the illusion of the roles they play / be cold to the illusion but warm to the spirit SB 6.16.1-6
13/12/202354 minutes 4 seconds
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1211: All That is Left is a List of Names

“You have no choice. You must leave your ego on the doorstep before you enter love.” ― Kamand Kojouri / Bhaktivedanta is the fullest expression of the self / To the degree there’s ego, there’s no room for intimacy / looking at our own pain with the discernment of a stone cold Vendantin and a soft heart of a Bhakti-yogi / ask the sages for knowledge during times of pain / wisdom eases the pain of grief / “All that is left of this family life is a list of names.” - Srila Prabhupada / when you’re wailing on the floor, you’ve just got a little karma to burn SB 6.15.17-28
12/12/202357 minutes 29 seconds
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1210: The Ego is a Clever Monkey

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.” - Colin Powell / I identify only as the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa / “The ego is like a clever monkey, which can co-opt anything, even the most spiritual practices, so as to expand itself.” ― Jean-Yves Leloup / because the individual soul has desired to act in forgetfulness of his original identity since time immemorial, he is accepting different positions in material bodies and being designated according to many divisions of nationality, community, society, species and so on / 2 two side effects of Bhakti - 1. freedom from material designations 2. and one’s senses are purified (of the drivers of desire) SB 6.15.8-16
11/12/202354 minutes 47 seconds
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1209: Q & A Volume 202

How to come to the point where I do everything purely the love of Krishna? / Should I be putting my chanting first before any other aspects of my Sadhana/Seva? / I have lost most access to long term memory so have a hard time maintaining a steady practice. Can you help?
09/12/202354 minutes 45 seconds
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1208: The Message of the A-List Sages

“Your children are not your children. They come through you but not from you.” - Kahlil Gibran / Share what’s valuable but give them breathing room / the litmus test for what’s real - does it exist in all 3 phases in time? / We are not the body; we are spiritual beings trapped in the body / our massive problems are actually tiny / We have no independent potency to create / take this to your bosom SB 6.15.1-7
08/12/20231 hour 31 seconds
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1207: Grief is the Crack Where Truth Can Enter

“If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.” - Irvin D. Yalom / without the spiritual lens, life’s tragedies (and it’s meaninglessness) become crushing / tragedy will come- nobody gets a pass / all our hopes for material happiness come with grief as the flip side / grief is the crack where truth can enter / tragedy can break your faith in God or break your faith in false promise of happiness in illusion / Let our most tragic moments be the most transformative / seeking out discomfort for spiritual growth / You want miracles, we got em! SB 6.14.49-61
07/12/202354 minutes 39 seconds
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1206: Spiritual Trajectories are Often Born of Tragedy

“Tragedy is like strong acid. It dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.” - D. H. Lawrence / tragedy can kickstart our spiritual evolution / if we could only see our spiritual trajectories over the course of lifetimes / there’s real hope and beauty in material collapse / the material world always puts some sand in your sweet rice / Bhagavatam instructs as a ruler, a friend, and lover / Citraketu’s joy quickly turns to pain SB 6.14.1-49
06/12/20231 hour 2 minutes 30 seconds
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1205: Good Karma Can Ruin Your Life

“People who sincerely search will find the same truth in every age and culture. The direction is always toward more love and union-in ever widening circles.” - Richard Rohr / Sanatana dharma is the ultimate in inclusivity / the soul is never warped / may our actions please lord Krishna / all the same things are happening in the celestial world / our desires got us to this miserable place / good karma can ruin your life / for a devotee there is no bad karma / Indra’s long, painful, embarrassing journey all began with neglecting to honor the noble truth speaker in his life SB 6.13.1-23
05/12/202356 minutes 43 seconds
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1204: When We Need Him Most, The Avatar Appears

Kirtan is magic / Krishna will crush your desire to be the center / We just gotta let go…and then it all comes / a devotee’s not interested in maintaining some position / Just when we need him most, the avatar appears / Indra recognizes that Vritrasura is a pure devotee SB 6.12.18-35
04/12/202352 minutes 24 seconds
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1203: Q & A Volume 201

Is our path more about supporting others or should we be focused more on our own path? / In moments when doubts and hardships were overwhelming how are you able to turn it around? 
02/12/202351 minutes 49 seconds
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1202: We're Back & Dreaming of the Future

After both being sick for 5 days, Raghu and Kaustubha squirrel away for a show about their experiences and thoughts while under the weather. Topics include... • the glory of the devotees of Alachua Fl. • the soon to be released Mahabharata from HD Goswami • Jahnavi Harrisons music descending from the spiritual world • and a dream about the future for Wisdom of the Sages listeners Check out Kaustubha's upcoming Vani course:  The Sages' Insight MASTERCLASS WITH KAUSTUBHA https://courses.vanischool.com/sage Check out the Jahnavi Harrison song Kaustubha mentions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2PJF3YRClw Stay up to date on our events at www.wisdomofthesages.com See what Raghunath is up to at <
01/12/202350 minutes 3 seconds
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1201: Q & A Volume 200

What does it mean to be an authentic person on a Bhakti path? / Could you share a little advice on raising a child in Bhakti? / Clicker counters vs tulsi beads for counting japa - is one method better than the other? 
25/11/202352 minutes 48 seconds
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1200: You Cannot Change Your Cage, You Have to Change Yourself

“the Matrix can remain our cage or it can become our chrysalis, ... To be free, you cannot change your cage. You have to change yourself.” - Neo, The Matrix Screenplay / we lose our dignity and our focus chasing pleasures in the matrix / the world is a virtual reality designed to to train us to love purely / loving purely means entirely selfless, and encompassing everyone / 'Perform your duty equipoised, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.' - Bhagavad-gita 2.48 SB 6.12.1-17
24/11/202356 minutes 17 seconds
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1199: Tinder Swindlers and Crazy Joe Davolas

“What is life?… It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time.” - Crowfoot / observe nature, reflect and journal / Vritrasura starts blowing Indra’s mind! / What is the fruit of devotion mixed with material desire? Enmity, anxiety, mental agitation, pride and belligerence. / we’ve all got a Crazy Joe Davola / Vritrasura offers his body, words & mind to Vishnu / Vritrasura shares his tender, inner, feminine side / Vritrasura’s desire to serve the servants / rooting out the inner tinder swindler SB 6.11.22-27
23/11/20231 hour 2 seconds
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1198: The Material World is Designed to Humiliate Us

thoughts on kirtan / have faith the Maha-mantra will reveal everything / “Our bodies are just temporary vessels for our souls, which will go on forever. You really are an extension of the power that created the whole universe, no matter what drags you have on.” -RuPaul / we wear many drags / note what we’re leaning into to escape our pain / material focus keeps you on a rollercoaster of ups and downs / the material world is designed to humiliate us / devotees are awarded fearlessness / let the jackals eat this body SB 6.11.6-21
22/11/202355 minutes 7 seconds
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1197: Once You Dress Like a Cowherd Boy, You’ve Gotta Own It

we’ve gotta reject the aspects of religion that prevent us from uniting in kirtan / kirtan can lift us to the spiritual world / once you dress like a cowherd boy you’ve gotta own it / great personalities are not disturbed by insults / welcome insults as an opportunity / why should anything in this illusory world disturb our connection to Krishna? / let’s be ready to die a glorious death / duels have umpires SB 6.10.13 - 6.11.5 Check out the Mayapur Kirtan that Kaustubha mentions at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRLV7ZEMQ18
21/11/202354 minutes 37 seconds
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1196: Mental Hygiene / An Interview with Yogi Charu

Raghunath and Kaustubha interview their longtime friend, Yogi Charu, about the importance of maintaining a daily sadhana and other practices for physical, spiritual and mental health.  Check out Charu's book, https://a.co/d/3L4z0zB Learn more about Yogi Charu and his latest offerings at https://www.yogicharu.com/
19/11/202359 minutes 22 seconds
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1095: Q & A Volume 199

How to explain Bhakti to a concerned spouse? / Why is religion the cause of so much war? / How to react when through serving others you feel like you are being taken advantage of? / How to explain Bhakti to skeptical family members?
18/11/202359 minutes 55 seconds
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1194: The Body Must Be Engaged for the Benefit of Others

you need your WHY to wake up in a good mood / Meaning comes from serving others / If you’re waking up in a bad mood most days, it’s not normal / if we’re trying to squeeze enjoyment out of sleep we’re missing the excitement of spiritual life / Engage your body as an offering for higher purpose / Prabhupada lived it / Bhagavatam is keying into the bhakti disposition / The body must be engaged for the benefit of others, or else it will be the source of tribulation and misery / Give your body give your breath give your blood SB 6.10.1-12
17/11/202352 minutes 29 seconds
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1193: Walk Through Your Hell Without Spite, Resentment or Revenge

“… either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” - Martin Luther King Jr. / the lives of heros inspire us to make the most of our own / walk through your hell without spite, resentment or revenge / creating a devotional disposition / attachments cloud truth perception / Krishna is easily accessible to the pure and truthful / exclusive yogic focus on Krishna / the beautiful Bhagavatam continually turns stereotypical dharma paradigms upside-down / the world is designed to prune and prod us to become unconditional lovers SB 6.9.45-55
16/11/202354 minutes 22 seconds
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1192: Dear Krishna, We Love You But...

we’ve been marked by great souls / 'A good disposition is a virtue in itself.' - Ovid / ignorance causes the negative cycle, knowledge breaks it / 1 weekend with devotees can recalibrate your compass / the anxiety of the Devas vs the peace of Vritrasura / the anxiety of the Devas vs the peace of Krishna / Dear Krishna, we love you but….. could you please annihilate our enemies? / Don’t ask Krishna for things, just glorify him / when the demigods are utterly helpless, they approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead in grief and with tears in their eyes / the fully evolved disposition SB 6.9.40-44
15/11/202357 minutes 4 seconds
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1191: Striving for the Bhakti Tipping Point

“Time and reflection change the sight little by little 'til we come to understand.” - Paul Cezanne / with time and steady reflection for wisdom will take root / Striving For the Bhakti Tipping Point / Bhakti carries the potential to transcend all religious differences / No one has a monopoly on God / incessant transcendental bliss flows in the minds of those who taste a drop of Krishna’s glories / happiness of sense gratification is merely a reflection / how to become they the real friends of everyone / the beggars may be the experts at achieving the real goal in life SB 6.9.38-39
14/11/202353 minutes 50 seconds
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1190: The Vishnu Stereogram

'We cannot attain the presence of God. We're already totally in the presence of God. What's missing is awareness.' - David Brenner / spirituality means trying to see what’s holding it all together / the Vishnu stereogram / letting go of the externals for awareness of Krishna / Raghu and Kaustubha have documentary dreams / the polluted eagerness for knowledge / external happiness comes with a dose of external distress / God’s rage is bliss, and his bliss is bliss SB 6.9.34-37
13/11/202354 minutes 53 seconds
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1189: Q & A Volume 198

• How does our Bhakti practice influence the greater good in this Age of Kali (the Age of Quarrel)? • What do the scriptures say about the duration of Kali-yuga?  • Is it just something that we must endure while staying focused on our own spiritual practice or is it possible that conflict will diminish as the tradition spreads?
11/11/202356 minutes 25 seconds
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1188: Smiling Affectionately at the Nervous, Proud Little Ego

as we mature, we stop fighting (and start laughing at) the ego / Give up the race- we’re destined to lose / laughing at who we’ve tried to present ourselves as / the demigods have knowledge but not wisdom / eradicating the darkness in the heart / we are all pure souls covered by our mind’s conditioning / open your eyes and just see (and be seen) SB 6.9.26-33
10/11/202357 minutes 31 seconds
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1187: The Eye of Devotion Tinged with the Salve of Love

“I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers.” - Zitkala-Sa / we’re a healthy blend of pagans and theists / here’s a postulate - that there is much to see that we are not seeing / What’s standing between me and my ability to see God? / the center of the universe is everywhere / If we move through the world harming others, we become callous and blind / we are trying to be separate independent Gods / the centrifugal force in the act of sex / if you wanna enjoy the flavors of power and opulence, you’re choosing illusion / the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love SB 6.9.25
09/11/20231 hour 3 minutes 22 seconds
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1186: Kaustubha Finally Loses It! (And Says It's All Real)

Kaustubha has a high bar for Krishna miracles / Miracles can shake us out of our skepticism / Figure out your offering and go full speed ahead / Krishna doesn’t want one song- he wants every note of every song / Before reciting the Srimad Bhagavatam we must remove our tin foil hat / we think we’ve let go of the ego, but we haven’t / Krishna chops away and sands us for pure bhakti / take your problems to Ganga devi and cry / When ya got nothing, you’ve got everything SB 6.9.23-24 Check out Page Family Bhakti & Queen of Hearts at https://open.spotify.com/album/0LOiCYBJCH4IlcMdWPcVBQ?si=qmJuLLQqS86qXhP0y-6-xA https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ladOWRvRXTPo475wh_IUTtGcxNIe3mexc&si=eU504J96wA3JimGV Instagrams: @queenofheartsband108 @page
08/11/202358 minutes 11 seconds
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1185: Q&A Volume 197

What is the objective of Karma? / Given the state of the world, the corruption, greed, and the pervasive evil that has shown itself increasingly over the past few years do you believe Krishna has returned? / If we are all just playing roles, why marry?
05/11/202354 minutes 16 seconds
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1184: Q & A Volume 196

How to help a victim of abuse? / How to keep up with the modern world without getting entangled? / How to understand the Impersonal feature of the Absolute?
04/11/20231 hour 4 minutes 15 seconds
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1183: Seeing the Soul in Everyone is the Only Answer

recommit to your Bhakti / everything is a distraction from the holy name / Life is short, war is everywhere -get serious about Bhagavatam // The more pain we see, the more determined we need to be to see spirit soul within / To the degree we are moved by hate we’ve lost our spiritual way / we have to learn forgiveness because we’re all fallible / positive attitude is a joke without spiritual substance / stop tripping over the same Maya SB 6.8.12-22
03/11/20231 hour 47 seconds
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1182: Krishna's Not Power Hungry, He's Love Hungry

Indra’s karmic proclivity leads to his next big mistake / Pure devotional service doesn’t breed fear / Krishna accepts the mood, not our expertise / one who accepts Bhakti will never blunder on his path, even while running with eyes closed, he will never trip or fall / Krishna’s not power hungry He’s love hungry / Do it as an offering! SB 6.9.5-11
02/11/20231 hour 22 seconds
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1181: Q & A Volume 195

What are some ways that we can benefit the most spiritually during the month of Kartik? / How to respond to temple priests who seem like the “money changers” rejected by Jesus? / Is praying for the well being of a loved one like praying for material things?
30/10/202357 minutes 14 seconds
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1180: 15 Generations of Devotion - Interview with Krishna Murari Goswami

Raghunath sits down with Krishna Murari Goswami and discusses the onset of the auspicious month of Kartik.
30/10/202358 minutes 15 seconds
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1179: Q&A Volume 194



Chronic illness – how to know when to try to fix it or when to accept it? / If we don’t forgive we will have similar difficult relationships with family members in our next life?” / What is the connection between Bhakti-yoga and Jnana-yoga? / How to see Krishna in your dreams?
28/10/202349 minutes 48 seconds
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1178: The Gradual Path to Letting Go of Everything

“First things first … he’s got three heads.” / material existence is riddled with envy fear and worry / Indra blows it again! / freedom comes with a price / the gradual path of letting go / big opulence leads to big bewilderment / Laxmi belongs to Vishnu, not to our Maya / attachment creates humiliation / sadhu’s gotta cut- don’t be a dirty old man / Indra is the hero of the Vedas, but the buffoon of the Bhagavatam (because Vyasa want’s to show us that mixed devotion is not the goal of life) 
25/10/202353 minutes 15 seconds
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1177: Adjust the World, or Adjust to the World

you surrender and then you transcend to body and are in a totally different space / don’t weaponize your opulences / anything we’re proud of will be removed / pride sets one up for competition, anxiety, fear and humiliation / Krishna doesn’t tolerate false pride / our bodies have a low ceiling for enjoyment and a high ceiling for pain / we are the enjoyed, not the enjoyer / don’t try to adjust the world to your enjoyment - adjust yourself to be harmonious with the world / your devotion is everything 
24/10/202355 minutes 19 seconds
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1175: Q&A Volume 193

What does transformation look like? / How can I keep the peace I’ve been feeling pilgrimage when I return home to figure out my material life? / How to gracefully move through mental layers of  cynicism, skepticism and fault-finding? 
21/10/202358 minutes 2 seconds
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1174: There but for the Grace of God Go I

we’re missing out on a map for dharma / Visvarupa is broad minded, Indra divides on party lines / all the yoga, rituals, austerities, etc. are meant to lead to pure love / pure devotees are happy to serve in heaven or hell / Indra’s prayers remind us of Hiranyakashipu  / there but for the grace of God go I / Gods mercy follows the devotees mercy
21/10/202357 minutes 16 seconds
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1173: The Heavy Luggage of Material Desire

too many possessions is like carrying a lot of luggage when you travel - it just creates anxiety / Siddhartha would be no greedy hawker of incantations / “A brāhmaṇa who desires to achieve happiness by gaining wealth through professional priesthood must certainly have a very low mind.” - Visvarupa / to the degree you get into bhakti, you’re satisfied with simplicity / the sooner we realize our happiness comes from within, the sooner we’re relieved of anxiety / the Nārāyaṇa-kavaca Shield SB 6.8.1-15
18/10/20231 hour 2 minutes 11 seconds
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1172: Why Worry? Radha Knows Exactly What I Need

India’s timeless spiritual culture / our faces and wrinkles and abs are all about to burn / feel the presence of great souls in the holy places / add transcendental sound during downtime / “Why should I worry? Radharani knows exactly what I need" / in bhakti, if your intention is pure , mistakes don’t matter / ask Krishna to stir it up / Indra’s desires are the cause of his anxiety / Indra did not have Visvarupa’s broad-mindedness   SB 6.7.31-40
17/10/202359 minutes 30 seconds
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1171: Q & A Volume 192

Can gratitude reinforce material attachments? / How do I surrender? / How to get the most out of a pilgrimage experience? / How do we know wether we’re sincere?
15/10/20231 hour 1 minute 10 seconds
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1170: Keep It Sacred!

“Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor”. - Emily Post / Can juniors bless seniors? / Bhagavatam is repeatedly encouraging us to see the divinity, dignity and spiritual potential in every living being - this is the fundamental spiritual principle / everyone should be respected as a temple of the Supreme / keep it sacred! SB 6.7.25-30
13/10/202358 minutes 25 seconds
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1169: Raghunath Saves a Worm, Kaustubha Saves a Pigeon

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King Jr. / dismantling the barriers of our love / what’s so special about the cows and the Brahmanas? / by adopting a diet dependent on cruelty and petroleum based industry we are rapidly creating hell on earth / the positive alternative is an economy and diet based on simple living and a relationship of cooperation and love between humans and animals SB 6.7.22-24
12/10/20231 hour 17 seconds
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1168: Enmity, Anxiety, Mental Agitation, Pride & Belligerence

Krishna is involved in every aspect of our life / how material opulence increases enmity, anxiety, mental agitation, pride and belligerence / we go through so much endeavor to increase and maintain our possessions, and we suffers great unhappiness when we lose them / external etiquette is for the internal change Check out Radhikesh Prabhu at www.radhikeshdas.com SB 6.7.13-21
11/10/202359 minutes 58 seconds
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1167: Good Times Create Weak Men

“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” ― G. Michael Hopf / Krishna kindly dismantles all of our false identities / the arc in the life of a sadhu / the wise voluntarily accept austerity / Indra’s opulence makes him weak - and brings on the hard times SB 6.7.12-13
10/10/202359 minutes 6 seconds
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1166: The Voice of Mixed Devotion in the Heart

Ingratitude is the frost that nips the flower even as it opens/ Don’t repay gifts with ingratitude / Do we hear the voice of Daksha in our own heart? / Good karma can be bad and bad karma can be good / material enjoyment bewilders us and covers our gratitude / Anything I’ve got, I’ve received from my teachers / everything becomes a waste of time if you don’t remember why you’re doing it SB 6.6.1-6.7.11
09/10/202353 minutes 39 seconds
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1165: Q & A Volume 191

How do I know if I’m choosing the right faith tradition? / If the Maha Mantra is the Yuga Dharma, were people chanting it before? / What is universal love?
08/10/202356 minutes 2 seconds
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1164: Q & A Volume 190

Is it ok to chant while doing other things? / How to respond to manipulation in spiritual circles? / How would you explain that God can be a person too someone brand new to Bhakti?
07/10/202359 minutes 35 seconds
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1163: Drop the Petty Counter-Cursing

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” - Marcus Aurelius / yogis anticipate criticism and accept it without becoming petty / If you don’t purge your material attachment, it will get taken away anyway / material enjoyment is the cause of all unhappiness / the Bhakti equation - as love increases, detachment increases / Bhakti-yogis don’t don’t counter-curse SB 6.5.41-44
06/10/202356 minutes 20 seconds
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1162: Narada News Network - Completely Independent & Unbiased

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” - Winston Churchill / let the world love or hate you and stay even minded / forget body positivity - go for spirit positivity / the real enemy is the mind’s negative programing and insecurity / “A perfect Vaiṣṇava’s position should be just like Nārada Muni’s, completely independent and unbiased.” - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami / we need high caliber devotees in our life / Daksha’s half truths / knowledge and detachment arise automatically through devotion SB 6.5.39-41
05/10/202357 minutes 2 seconds
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1161: When Religion Becomes Repulsive

we’re born indebted / all debts are paid through Bhakti / all rules and rituals are meant to serve love - when we forget that, then religion becomes repulsive / awakening gratitude is the threshold of spiritual life / Daksha’s blindness to pure devotion / How much Daksha is inside me? SB 6.5.36-38 Check out Ananda Murari's music at https://show.co/ygaQGrA
04/10/20231 hour 1 minute 25 seconds
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1160: What Barriers Have I Built Against Love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. — Rumi / become the person Mr. Right is looking for / What’s the barrier keeping us from receiving Divine Love? / the mantra is the third rail / if we are hearing wisdom daily then when suffering comes we’ll be able to process it and grow / everyone was getting delivered except Daksha (what was his barrier?) SB 6.5.21-35
03/10/202356 minutes 37 seconds
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1159: Truth Alone Will Endure

“Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.” - Mahatma Gandhi / of the unreal there is no endurance and of the real there is no change - Bhagavad-gita 2.16 / time is more than a measure, it’s a powerful force / floppy disks are a poor investment / shastra are our real father / One should not  become a parent if they cannot save their dependents from the impending danger of death SB 6.5.19-20
02/10/202359 minutes 28 seconds
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1158: Q & A Volume 189

Can it be favorable to walk the path of Bhakti with a partner who doesn’t? / In leading a Bhagavad-gita study group, how can I be respectful to those whose faith is different than mine? / How can I reframe suffering?
01/10/202357 minutes 56 seconds
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1157: The Treachery of Images

this is not a pipe, this is not success, this is not happiness, this is not my child, this is not love / “To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.” — Henri Matisse / we’re living in the world of names / “Human life is simply meant for self-realization.” – A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami / this life is neither comfortable nor secure / the soul yearns for the eternal / to the degree you invest in illusion, you strengthen the illusion / spiritually - the name and the named are non-different SB 6.5.18
29/09/202359 minutes 13 seconds
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1156: To the Degree of Our Envy, We Live in Illusion

when devotees come, everything becomes auspicious / “Great calm, generous detachment, selfless love, disinterested effort: these are what make for success in life.” - Rabindranath Tagore / don’t just run with the current - pause, breathe and examine / Zip it up! Our material bodies are not eternal! / to the degree of our envy, we live in illusion / don’t let a cheating intelligence drag you around / austerity and knowledge are on the edge of samsara, but they flow quickly (in the form of anger and ego) SB 5.6.15-17 Check out Madhava's Rock Band at  https://youtu.be/dxdvPy8EMAU?si=b0pkQtEHIFwQSSnj
28/09/202356 minutes 22 seconds
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1155: Those on This Path Are Resolute in Purpose

anyone can draw / dismantling the blocks to creativity / identifying and processing our emotions / build a bridge of empathy / centering the intelligence around Krishna / in yoga there is a practice and a goal SB 6.5.13-14 Pre order Rukmini's book at https://a.co/d/imxKaou Check out what she is up to at https://www.dearruksi.com/book
27/09/202357 minutes 28 seconds
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1154: Is My Entire Life Built Upon a False Premise?

“False happiness is like false money... when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.” - Alexander Pope / sattvic, rajasic and tamasic happiness / false happiness = senses contacting external objects, real happiness = internal nature of the self / what’s the use of karma endeavor for temporary happiness / the false premise upon which we build our entire lives SB 6.5.1-12
26/09/202355 minutes 21 seconds
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1153: Q & A Volume 188

How is it possible to perceive and love Krishna's presence, and not fall into despair, in the sick, backwards state of the world we are living in? / How should I honor an altar at home? / Which books would you recommend, Srila Prabhupada’s original editions or the current revised editions?
25/09/202357 minutes 45 seconds
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1152: Q & A Volume 187

For a Bhakti-yogi, can it be at all helpful to incorporate other yogic practices such as kundalini, tantra, kriya, etc.? And if so, how can one practice safely while keeping Krishna in the center?
23/09/202354 minutes 10 seconds
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1151: Dismantling the Ego in the Land of Radha's Love

Conventional Vedanta vs Esoteric Vedanta / Vaishnava acharyas give us a glimpse of Esoteric Vedanta / centrifugal knowledge vs centripetal knowledge / Krishna works through multifarious energies / Radha is the personification of the pleasure potency - the embodiment of Divine Love / when our heart becomes softened it can receive the pleasure potency from the heart of another who has it / approaching the esoteric with reverence / dismantling the ego in the land of Radha's Love / when will Sri Radha cast Her merciful sidelong glance upon me? http://www.harekrsna.de/Radha-kripa-kataksha-stava.htm
22/09/20231 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds
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1150: We Carry Within Us a Divine Spark

“We carry within us a divine spark, and if we chose to recognize it, our lives have dignity, meaning, hope.” - Dean Koontz / we aren’t selfish by nature – selfishness is an artificial imposition / yoga is all about remembering who you are / Bhakti-yogis are already liberated / how is Krishna the God of love? / the peril of offense SB 6.4.51-54
21/09/202358 minutes 20 seconds
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1149: There is No Austerity Equal to a Balanced Mind

there is no happiness equal to contentment / there is no disease like covetousness / there is no virtue like mercy / shastra calls us to be cool headed / if we purify our existence by tapasya we can do wonderful things by the grace of the Lord / austerities for the body, words, and mind / our speech should be truthful, pleasing, beneficial, non-agitating / we all come in the achyuta-gotra - the family of Krishna SB 6.4.47-50
20/09/202352 minutes 40 seconds
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1148: 2 World Views - Richard Dawkins vs. Willie Nelson

“We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.” Willie Nelson / Woah! There’s a purpose to suffering!?! / 2 world views – the world has no design or purpose or the everything in the world is designed with purpose / we can simultaneously hold 2 ideas - that we must be compassionate to all who suffer and that we cause our own suffering / the best way to deal with our own pain is to take responsibility / the bank robbery analogy / the evidence is everywhere - the question is how you interpret it / a formula for seeing God behind everything /  WOTS - a simple fun way to Vedic epistemology / we can’t remove every thorn in the world, but we can put on some shoes SB 6.24.46
19/09/202354 minutes 13 seconds
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1147: Everywhere is a Holy Place

“It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.” - Jonathan Swift / the body and mind have faults but the self is pure gold / It’s the people that come that make a place holy / see God everywhere and everywhere becomes holy / the inconceivable form of Vishnu / Daksha places the manifestations of the Divine in a hierarchy / harmony is only around Lord Vishnu, not apart from him / Vishnu is always smiling SB 6.4.32-45
18/09/202356 minutes 23 seconds
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1146: Q & A Volume 186

I feel unmotivated and depressed when it comes to my practice of devotion = any advice? / If our relationships in the material world are just temporary roles, what is the point of marriage?
16/09/202352 minutes 55 seconds
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1145: Let's Not Quibble

“Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.” - Nietzsche / just as fire is hidden in wood - the Paramatma is hidden in the material elements / yoga is a practice of seeing God in everything / Paramatma puts us under a spell - we forget our own identities and argue incessantly without ever reaching a conclusion / Nyaya’s 3 types of debate / Daniel Dennett’s 4 steps to arguing intelligently SB 6.4.27-31
15/09/202356 minutes 8 seconds
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1144: Seeing Through Eyes Trained in Knowledge

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.” - Don Herold / why am I waiting in line to buy these sneakers? / Is all our pleasure from our ego? / ultimately we are just looking for love / we are unaware of forces that engage us / there’s a firewall preventing our perception of paramatma / every aspect of our experiences is designed for our growth / the dark worldview = this world is unreal, without foundation, without a controller, and risen without cause / most live under the spell of material nature / seeing through eyes trained in knowledge / endeavoring transcendentalists can see behind the firewall / cats vs monkeys SB 6.4.25-26
14/09/202355 minutes 19 seconds
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1143: Paramatma Writes the Songs

we can’t pay our spiritual debts back, but we can pay them forward / understanding our place in the levels of awareness / our experiences are being governed by unseen forces / the Supersoul is directing the workings of our senses / we own nothing / Paramatma writes the songs that make the whole world sing / If you were to find out how this entire universe works, would you expect that it all would be ordinary, or would you expect to hear things that would BLOW YOUR MIND! To donate a Bhagavatam set, contact Malini at +1 669 289 5563 SB 6.4.24
13/09/202358 minutes 42 seconds
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1142: Love is the Highest Dharma!

Respect to those practicing Bhakti where it’s illegal and dangerous / imagination is more important than knowledge / Mahabharata Super Squirrel – Abhimanyu’s death, Arjuna’s vow, and Krishna’s cheating out of love / Krishna cheats out of love again when Karma is killed / love is the highest dharma!
12/09/202358 minutes 36 seconds
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1141: The Firewall Between Us & Spiritual Perception

Wisdom of the Sages is mother approved (with cautious optimism) / “Realism is not a matter of any fidelity to an empirical reality..” - John Fiske / There’s no empirical evidence that all that exists falls within the realm of empirical evidence. / there’s a firewall between us and spiritual perception / virtue is a key to knowledge / sambhanda jnana (knowledge of the nature of our relationship) / ants have eyes, but they can’t see very well / there could be a blue cowherd boy at the center of Swiss cheese universes SB 6.4.23
11/09/202357 minutes 4 seconds
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1140: Q & A Volume 185

Is a broken heart real or just an illusion? / How should a Bhakti-yogi apply Vedic Astrology? / Why is Rathayatra celebrated on so many different days?
10/09/202356 minutes 15 seconds
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1139: Raging in Denial of What Our Inner-Self is Telling Us

anger is an acid / anger ends in shame / the 2 things one should never be angry about / anger is a wind that blows out our reasoning / the best speech you will ever regret / raging in denial of what our inner self is telling us / would Plato hang out with Raghu and Kaustubha? / how many times is anger mentioned in Bhagavad-gita / transcending anger through devotion / Pajapati Daksha comes back
08/09/20231 hour 47 seconds
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1138: What Kindness, Humility & Intelligence

Raghunath and Kaustubha share their appreciation for Srila Prabhupada on the day of the festival celebrating his appearance.
07/09/202357 minutes 23 seconds
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1137: Krishna Poetry


On the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmastami (the appearance of Krishna) Raghunath & Kaustubha share some of their favorite verses of devotional song and poetry.
06/09/202356 minutes
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1136: Every Body is a Temple

“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” / Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you? 1 Corinthians 6:19 / carry god awareness with you everywhere / “Please abide in the temple of my heart both day and night, O Krsna Murari” - Bhaktivinode Thakura / the clash between mixed devotion & pure devotion / we all got a little daksha-like resistance to pure devotion / don’t shame people to change- inspire them / a leader is a protector / soften the heart to make fertile ground for Bhakti to grow / every body is a temple SB 6.4.1-13
05/09/202359 minutes
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1135: Q & A Volume 184

What does it mean to be self realized or God realized? / How to respond to scandals in Bhakti communities? / How do understand our indebtedness without feelings of lack of self-worth and shame?
03/09/202354 minutes 23 seconds
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1134: Q & A Volume 183

How does one know when they should be initiated? / How can I best support my friends during times of tragedy?
02/09/202354 minutes 17 seconds
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1133: The World is a Mess - But What Does That Prove?

The world is a mess - but what does it prove? / universal harmony through placing the Divine source in the center / trying to leave Bhakti is like being a yo-yo / Karma, Janna, and Bhakti are found throughout the world’s spiritual traditions / karmic ritualistic atonement in Buddhism / Bhagavatam is traveling throughout the universe, illustrating through a variety of dialogs, the superiority of Bhakti / you can’t get the goal (Krishna Prema) through Vedic ritualistic atonement / I wonder what the Yamaduta’s were wearing / Prabhupada got it SB 6.3.33-35
01/09/202358 minutes 27 seconds
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1132: Painful Life Experience + Spiritual Knowledge = Spiritual Realization

“We are good at preparing to live, but not very good at living.” - Thich What Hanh / we’re vainly seeking happiness in the material atmosphere / we’re can be in eternity Right Now through Bhakti / Lord Brahma installed 5 features of illusion into the material world / painful life + spiritual knowledge = spiritual realization / Like honey, Bhagavatam is derived from a most beautiful source, thick, sweet and nourishing / becoming a Great Goose SB 6.3.28-32
31/08/202354 minutes 32 seconds
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1131: Raghu Takes the "Absurd Trolley Problems" Quiz



New York becomes Vrindavan when Radha and Krishna are the center / would Raghu pull the lever to kill 1 person in order to save 5? / “To save a family, abandon a man.” - Vidura / it’s not always easy to determine right from wrong / we like to think that we are the one pulling the lever when in fact we are all tied to the tracks / Yuddhisthira on what is the most amazing thing / Ajamila was living like he wasn’t tied to the tracks / with Bhagavat Dharma it’s the intention that counts / even Yājñavalkya and Jaimini don’t understand Bhagavat Dharma / the Yamadutas are ordered to not even go near the devotees SB 6.3.23-27
30/08/202354 minutes 14 seconds
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1130: The Highest Dharma is Understood by the Pure of Heart

Happy 10th birthday Little Karuna! / there’s dharma and then there is dharmaḥ paraḥ, the highest dharma, Bhagavat Dharma, Bhakti / keep the highest dharma as the main thing, and every other dharma is covered / every sage is in debt to Vyasadeva / what is “Cheating Dharma”? / the highest dharma is understood by the pure of heart / After chanting and dancing in ecstasy, one gradually sees the form, pastimes and qualities of the Lord SB 6.3.22
29/08/202356 minutes 34 seconds
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1129: Interview with Crispian Mills of the Band Kula Shaker

Raghunath and Kasutubha speak with Crispian Mills about his life of bringing the magic of Bhakti into popular music.
27/08/202353 minutes 40 seconds
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1128: Q & A Volume 182

Why does my devotional consciousness fluctuate? / How to respond to a mind full of negativity and self-loathing? / How do disciples approach the passing away of their guru?
26/08/202352 minutes 35 seconds
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1127: Happiness Through Flowing Within the Universal Laws



Immanuel Kant’s view of morality / morality is designed to facilitate the realization of happiness / our wellbeing is determined by our willingness to flow within the universal laws / objective moral truths warrant a supernatural explanation / does morality develop out of evolutionary need? / secularists have trouble explaining why human beings have intrinsic value, rights, and moral obligations / Yamaraja explains that dharma is established by Bhagavan / to understand the confidential dharma you have to approach it through a valid lineage SB 6.3.19-21
25/08/202355 minutes 8 seconds
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1126: Beyond Mindfulness Lies Confidential Knowledge

“When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you” – Thich Nhat Hanh / beyond mindfulness Lies the confidential knowledge of devotion / those free of resentment, envy and hostility can understand the confidential knowledge / your good fortune may trigger someone else’s self-loathing / my issues with others may reflect my own issues with God / the devotees wander with full independence / “My Life…My Rules…..BUT / the devotees are always protected / material danger is not meant for devotees SB 6.3.17-18
24/08/202354 minutes 28 seconds
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1125: We Don't Die

we don’t die / grounded in the reality of the timeless soul / there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge – the mature fruit of all mysticism / there’s hope in a decaying material world / all this life is about is learning what to let go of and what to hold onto / saying goodbye to everything SB 6.3.13-16
23/08/202358 minutes 45 seconds
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1124: As Pearls Are Strung On a Thread

slow down and go deep in the mantra / sadhana helps us cope with life’s curveballs / keep steady and don’t be discouraged / don’t dilly dally in the unimportant / nowhere in the weave of the universe is Krishna not present / there is the material energy, and the spiritual energy, and it all rests on Krishna, like pearls strung on a thread Pre order Raghu's book at https://a.co/d/4VEIEeq SB 6.3.1-12
22/08/202358 minutes 3 seconds
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1123: How Yogis Set Their Intentions

“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.” - Napoleon Bonaparte / austerity can strengthen the mind and bring peace / engaging the intellect as a rational filter / freeing up the mind to hear the direction of the Supersoul / Ajamila’s regret / Ajamila’s yogic knowledge / Ajamila sets his intention / Ajamila’s return to Vaikuntha SB 6.2.26-49
21/08/202356 minutes 3 seconds
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1122: Q & A Volume 181



Is God an energy, a person, or both? / Once you reach the spiritual realm… what happens? / How do the physical instructions of yoga asana lead to a quiet mind? Preorder Raghu’s book now - https://a.co/d/4VEIEeq
19/08/202354 minutes 34 seconds
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1121: Let It Come & Let Me Grow Through It

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” ― Proverbs 4:23 / spirituality can be understood as a practice of purifying our desires from the level of exploitation, to renunciation, to devotion / don’t be so harsh on people, they’re mostly good hearted / chasing our desires will take us all over the universe / Bhakti-yogis aren’t so interested in counteracting their karma - the say “let it come and let me grow through it” / there can be purification in regret SB 6.2.12-25
18/08/202355 minutes 55 seconds
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1120: 10 Important Considerations for Meditation

“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo / the resolution to die can add beauty and grace to life / practice saddhana like you will die tomorrow - study like you will live forever / "The mantra that is not received in a genuine lineage does not produce results.” / one must receive the instructions for how to access the power of the mantra from a qualified instructor / our conceptions, sentiments and lifestyles are important for meditation SB 6.2.11
17/08/202356 minutes 56 seconds
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1119: All the Noise Distracts Us from Life's Essence

the relentless noise we’ve created is distracting us from the essence of life – contemplation and meditation / the Vishnudutas make their case / calling out the name Narayana, in a helpless condition, wiped out lifetimes of bad karma for Ajamila / in Kali-yuga we are all sudras / there are so many books of dharma - but Vyasadeva, the author of them, points out that in this age we shall get light from Srimad-bhagavatam / Bhagavatam promotes the chanting of Krishna’s names from the beginning to the mille to the last verse / humility, tolerance, giving respect to everyone, and freedom from the need for prestige - these open us up to absorption in mantra meditation / we don’t live by Manu Samhita, we live by Srimad Bhagavatam SB 6.2.1-10
16/08/202356 minutes 38 seconds
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1118: Invest Love in All You Do

whatever you do, do it as an offering, and as beautifully as possible / work done as an offering is karma free / fixed in this principle of renunciation, one receives Krishna / home life can purge one of ego / Ajamila’s downfall / letting go of the concept of friends and enemies / don’t let porn into your life, even a little / the Yamadutas rest their case
15/08/202354 minutes 47 seconds
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1117: We're Trapped in a Cocoon of Our Own Karma

"Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside wakes.” – Carl Jung / What am I, beyond the external ego presentation? / we’ve got layers to shed before we get to our authentic self / our relationship with our body is dream-like / our choices determine our next body / this is not religious dogma – it’s an invitation to think about life in a different way / the proposition that maybe “there really is no such thing as Consciousness” is completely absurd (because consciousness is required even to ask the question) / attachments cloud truth perception SB 6.1.49-52
14/08/20231 hour 3 minutes 56 seconds
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1116: Q & A Volume 180

How can I reconcile my non-binary gender identity with Bhakti? / What can I do to help the soul of my aging dog on his spiritual journey? / Does it makes senses to pray for world peace in the Kali Yuga?
12/08/202353 minutes 6 seconds
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1115: People Don't Want That Real

Be careful what you get involved with, 'Cause you can't support a cause but then hate the effects that it causes. - DEE 1 / go all the way with Bhakti, don’t just dabble, because this life is slipping away / getting to bed early and waking early gets you flowing with the favorable currents / make your daily japa meditation a power hour / we’re bugged- paramatma and yamaraj know everything  SB 6.1.37-49
11/08/202356 minutes 56 seconds
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1114: Karma? Warm, Jnana? Warmer, Bhakti? Red Hot!

“Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.” - William Shakespeare / “Earthly power doth then show likest God's when mercy seasons justice.”- William Shakespeare / Sage Vyasadeva sets out to crack our faith in ritualistic religious atonement /  Karma? Warm, Jnana? Warmer, Bhakti? Red Hot! / turning to God once with sincere surrender trumps everything / just one of the wandering senses can drag you down a slippery slope / It’s not so much the prostitute that brought his bad karma, it’s what he did to others in order to maintain her / Ajamila calls out Narayana! And the messengers of Vishnu arrive SB 6.1.18-36
10/08/202351 minutes 54 seconds
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1113: If Your Heart Hasn't Softened, You Haven't Understood

austerity, celibacy, even-mindedness, charity, renunciation, truthfulness, cleanliness, and regulative principles - all don’t quite get to the root of material desire / Bhakti uproots the weeds of karma / the desire to enjoy this world (karma) and even the desire to become free of the sufferings of this world (jnana) are both “all about me” / Vyasa recommends Bhakti as a path free from fear - even while running with eyes closed / if your heart hasn’t softened, you haven’t understood what life is about SB 6.1.13-17   https://www.wisdomofthesages.com/events https://courses.vanischool.com/influences  
09/08/202355 minutes 40 seconds
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1112: The Periodic Shaving of Karmic Stubble

we all need stability, guidance, and a contribution for growth in our spiritual life / the periodic shaving of karmic stubble / atonement vs. at-one-ment / Bhagavatam highlights the conflict between mixed devotional service and pure devotional service / religion is interested in salvation, spirituality is interested in transformation / Bhakti can burn the seeds of bad karma / “Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.” - Thomas Paine / the disciple passes the first test SB 6.1.1-12
08/08/202356 minutes 27 seconds
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1111: 28 Reasons to Go to Hell

our habits are like seeds - they grow / Bhagavatam’s 16,000 verses has 28 about hell (and they are shared in order to frame a message of spiritual optimism) / the bad karma that results in seeing hell mostly has to do with acts of cruelty / hell is reasonable / if you are in a position of power….don’t misuse it / what if we treated sex as if it were truly sacred? SB 5.26.1-40
07/08/20231 hour 2 minutes 24 seconds
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1110: Q & A Volume 179

My wife and I spend our free time getting high and watching TV. I want to spend time with her but also want to break these habits. What to do? / Why is the Bhagavad-gita, in particular, studied on its own, among some many sections of Mahabharata? / Krishna and Arjuna grew up together so why would Krishna’s cosmic form startle Arjuna? If you have questions, e-mail them to us at [email protected]
05/08/202356 minutes 41 seconds
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1109: To See a World in a Grain of Sand

through even insignificant observable objects - we get truths about what lies beyond the observable / contemplating what’s beyond is purifying and nourishing / external virtue extends from internal life / spirituality is the key to overcoming injustice / seeing others as their fullest potential / our bodies were designed to enjoy and suffer - but there’s a silken twine of spiritual joy that runs through them / to conquer our minds and give pleasure to our hearts, Krishna appears in different incarnations and manifests many pastimes / this universe is like a tiny mustard seed / without a universal designer there is no objective morality / mystery is built into our world for a purpose SB 5.25.9-15
04/08/202356 minutes 27 seconds
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1108: Materialists Chase Desires - Yogis Modify Desires

the universe (Paramatma) is eavesdropping on your every desire / materialists chase desires – yogis modify desires / popular model of success = the ability to satisfy desires – yogic model of success = the ability to modify desires / a twofold strategy for dealing with desire 1. Jnanic - Reflection on the illusory nature of matter 2. Bhakti - hearing and remembering the descriptions Krishna / For those who hear about and meditate upon Krishna, He… enters the cores of their hearts, vanquishes corrupted files and cuts to pieces the hard knot within the heart SB 5.25.6-8
03/08/202359 minutes 3 seconds
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1107: All Sensations Originally Exist in the Spiritual Body

we’ve been traveling the universe, from the top of the bubble to the bottom / devotees meditate upon on the presiding deity of false ego to / be purified of the false conception of I and mine / this universe is like a tiny mustard seed / all sensations originally exist in the spiritual body / how to approach sacred topics with the right attitude SB 5.25.1-5 https://www.bhaktirecoverygroup.com/recovery-retreats https://www.wisdomofthesages.com/events  
02/08/202356 minutes 27 seconds
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1106: Is it Bad Karma, or is It a Blessing?

don’t take the fun out of Bhakti / You don’t own your kids. Or anything else. / God shifts our life’s circumstances to make these truths come to life / In the minds of those who are too attached to sense enjoyment and material opulence, and who are bewildered by such things,- there is no samadhi / is it bad karma, or is it a blessing? / Bali zooms out / there is nothing of this material world that will satisfy me deeply SB 5.24.22-25
01/08/202357 minutes
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1105: Bhagavad-gita Special / Ch. 15 Purushottama Yoga / Part 2

Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss Bhagavad-gita Ch.15 / Krishna’s guided meditation – how to contemplate his sustaining presence in everything / Krishna pervades the heart of everyone / even to forget Him, we need Krishna’s help / beyond the condiitioned and liberated souls there is the Supreme Soul who enters the world and maintains it / knowing Krishna as the ultimate person, and engaging in His loving service is the most confidential secret of the Vedic literature
31/07/202353 minutes 53 seconds
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1104: Bhagavad-gita Special / Ch. 15 Purushottama Yoga / Part 1

Raghunath and Kautstubha discuss Bhagavad-gita Ch.15 / this world is a reflection of a tree that we get entangled in / one must cut down the tree with the weapon of detachment - and then surrender to the original person - the source / the keys to transcendence / a summary of existence  in illusion / those with the eye of knowledge can see what’s happening / contemplations for seeing Krishna’s presence in everything
30/07/202357 minutes 11 seconds
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1103: Q & A Volume 178

Does the soul really have feelings or are feelings the product of the mind-ego? / What's a good morning ritual for starting a Bhakti-yoga practice? / Do the thoughts at the the moment of death really determine the next birth, and if so, isn’t that kind of Random
30/07/202357 minutes 46 seconds
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1102: Thank You for Your Sincerity Sinéad O'Connor

“At some point the entire population of the earth is gonna have to look back at the essence of spirituality.” — Sinead O'Connor / Krishna and His name are non different / spiritual practice begins with refining perspective and culminates in refined perception / the vast, timeless Vedic texts have earned my faith / kindness and simplicity are the basic yogic principles / negative sound in the head can arrest our evolution / see your experiences as tailored for your evolution / happiness doesn’t come from sense contact with externals / thank you for your sincerity, Sinéad O'Connor SB 5.24.21
28/07/202348 minutes 34 seconds
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1101: Living the Truth, Moment to Moment

life as an exploration of living the truth / have I become comfortable projecting a lie? / living the truth, moment to moment / discarding our temporary identities / our default identity is pure spirit / 3 levels of purity in mantra meditation / the spread of Bhakti beyond the Sanskrit language into the local vernaculars / the rise of the “lowborn” Bhakti exemplars / the power of even a glimpse of the pure mantra SB 5.24.20
27/07/202359 minutes 5 seconds
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1100: You Can’t Satisfy One Who’s Senses are Uncontrolled

“All that there is within the universe to satisfy the senses, cannot satisfy one whose senses are uncontrolled.” - Sri Vamanadeva / always look for the deeper essence / the Bhagavatam shows us dharmic reversals again and again, even the demons can be glorified more than the devas - if they have devotion Follow Shyamesvari on Instagram @mridangawallii SB 5.24.1-20
26/07/202359 minutes 5 seconds
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1099: Disintegrating the Bad Karma Programming

“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” - Soren Kierkegaard / freedom requires a concerted, disciplined effort to direct our thoughts / the thoughts of a pure Bhakti-yogi radiate into the minds of those around them / meditate on Vishnu 3x a day / bathe to refresh your mind 3x a day / don’t meditate on murder before bed / Vishnu meditation 3 times a day disintegrates the bad karma programing in the mind SB 5.23.8-9
25/07/202355 minutes 36 seconds
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1098: Your Body is a Universe



“This house, this car, this plane, this furniture, this bank account, so much reputation and fame, none of them are of any use to me.” - Kyrzayda Rodriguez / we’re not here to just enjoy ourselves / death as the final exam and we’ve gotta prepare for it / Bhagavatam is Vyasa's way of clarifying everything / the devas are like tax collectors / your body is a universe SB 5.20.5-33
24/07/202355 minutes 17 seconds
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1097: Q & A Volume 177

Who is supreme - Vishnu, Rama, or Krishna? / Can conditioned people have unconditional love? / How can care-givers grow through their challenges? / How to find and recognize good guidance when you come to the forks in the road?
23/07/20231 hour 5 minutes 34 seconds
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1096: Q & A Volume 176

If we can’t remember our past life, how does it help us grow? / Is the instruction to give up bad association a bit harsh? / What is OM all about?
22/07/20231 hour 4 minutes 31 seconds
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1095: Hear, Practice & Experience Spiritual Truth

“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.” ― Isaac Newton / sense perception and inference are valid ways of knowledge, but that can’t answer the big questions / science isn’t determined by consensus - politics is / life is not meant for sense gratification / the desire to hear grows in the heart of one who serves / Krishna purifies the mind & heart of the hearer / the result of Bhakti is happiness - and then positive scientific knowledge of the Absolute Truth / we don’t need to be a blind follower SB 1.2.6-20
21/07/202356 minutes 1 second
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1094: It's OK if We Can't Figure Everything Out

Bhagavatam holds us steady through life’s ups and downs / we choose our actions and Vishnu sends the karma / it’s ok if we can’t figure everything out / there’s a subtle layer imbued with false ego surrounding the universe / you can live on the sun with a fire body / Surya is the representative of Vishnu / we’re moths born in a bag of cashews SB 5.20.5
20/07/202352 minutes 37 seconds
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1093: Alien Perspectives of Earthly Opportunities

normalize Vedic wisdom / a short life on earth is better than billions of years in the heavens / making the best use of this earth portal / intelligent people not take no interest in places where ,the river of Krishna’s pastimes don’t flow / Krishna will purify our desires / the subtle is the solid SB 5.19.23-31
19/07/202358 minutes 17 seconds
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1092: Earth Is the Portal to Freedom

“and so begins their journey of awakening" - Henri Bergson / choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance / the first day of Purushottama month / keep the practices alive and mindful / proclivities are previous life practices / devotees can activate the devotion within us / Earth is the portal to freedom SB 5.19.19-21
18/07/202356 minutes
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1091: Terrorized & Flattened by Trivialities

“We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” ― Charles Bukowski / we are like moths / we become purified by remembering the holy rivers / we take birth according to our karma   SB 5.19.16-19
17/07/202352 minutes 57 seconds
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1090: Q & A Volume 175

Do you have advice for people entering marriage? / Should I give up the practice of Bhakti out of frustration? / Why do you think Krsna doesn't allow us to see Him? / With leaders growing older, how can the Krishna movement keep itself relevant to the current youth?
16/07/202359 minutes 24 seconds
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1089: Q & A Volume 174

As a Bhakti-yogi, can I acknowledge my feelings and still take no offense? / How to view the premature loss of a child through the lens of Bhakti?
15/07/202353 minutes 14 seconds
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1088: Skeleton Keys to Deeper Awareness

“Awareness needs constant refreshing.” Rick Rubin / approaching the state of constant openness to receiving / our practices create space for awareness / Patanjali’s definition of practice / skeleton keys to the secret chambers of awareness / a good attitude goes a long way in Bhakti / respect to the seniors, kindness to juniors / accepting even the unfair criticism / humility as a way of opening up to learning lessons at every moment
14/07/202358 minutes 11 seconds
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1087: Creating the Space for Spiritual Inspiration

The value of simplicity is to open our minds for Krishna’s inspiration / Untangle the knots of revenge and anger, and control the senses to create space for Krishna /  Prepare and sincerely endeavor for connection to Krishna / The joy of life is not your family or your motorcycle / Get off the superficial level and get on the self transformational level and become fearless / We don’t care if you wear a robe or get a Krishna tattoo- understand nothing is ours / Be cynical about the body or you’ll get swept away / Make the best of a bad bargain- identify with the spiritual self / Nobody is sleeping on a bed of nails anymore / Your False security will be ripped away, take shelter of Krish
13/07/202359 minutes 30 seconds
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1086: The Race to Keep Up with Prabhupada with Special Guest Pradyumna Prabhu

The mind is the slayer of the real / Pleasure and pain are mental experiences /  Ignorance of self is the field that kleshas and attachments grow from / Identity with the body is the genesis of illusion / Yoga practice requires surrender to God or it cultivates the ego SB 5.19.13-14
12/07/202351 minutes 37 seconds
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1085: Theosophy, Srila Prabhupada & the Roots of the American Yoga Movement - Interview with Pradyumna

Raghunath talks with famed Sanskrit scholar Pradyumna Prabhu about Madame Blavatsky and other mystics, the early days in Calcutta, and the parallels among Baha'i, theosophy and bhakti yoga, and more.
11/07/202358 minutes 59 seconds
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1084: Vishnu is the Witness, We Get Attached

Our creations are insignificant / How can we be proud when we don’t even know how to do anything? / Vaishnavas don’t take any credit / Real humility is truth - we are tiny and not in control / Consider your accomplishments from a zoomed out perspective / Give up the taste for prestige / Understand that we are made of God’s energy / Thank god for the Vedic framework / The leaves of the tree get their stability/connection from the roots / We’re manipulators not creators / Krishna is transcendental to our faults and aloof to attachments  SB 5.19.8-12
07/07/202353 minutes 33 seconds
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1083: “Bhakti Fugue State” - Interview with Ananta Govinda

Raghu and Kaustubha interview Ananta Govinda about kirtan, creativity, becoming an instrument and the “Bhakti Fugue State”. Find out more at anantacuffee.com
06/07/20231 hour 2 minutes 36 seconds
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1082: Revealing One’s Mind in Confidence

the necessity of revealing one’s mind in confidence / duplicity is a recipe for disaster / “Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets.“ - Ludwig van Beethoven / always striving for the deeper levels of awareness / Lord Rama is a connoisseur - he only wants pure love - material qualities such as one’s birth in an aristocratic family, personal beauty, eloquence, sharp intelligence or race or nation can’t touch His heart / the price for achieving God’s favor is simply one’s sincere eagerness to have it / Krishna wants every waking moment SB 5.19.7
05/07/202355 minutes 38 seconds
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1081: Q & A Volume 173 with Sacinandana Swami

What can I do to love and accept myself? / What is the essence of love? / How do we handle relationships with family, friends & loved ones that are not on this Bhakti path? / How can we be a good Bhakti friend? / How do people stay motivated in Bhakti without the fear of hitting rock bottom? / What journey does the soul take after leaving the body? / How did you decide to dedicate your whole life to the path of renunciation and to Krishna? / How to face my shortcomings without blaming myself and making the problem even bigger?
02/07/202359 minutes 24 seconds
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1080: Q&A Volume 172 with Sacinandana Swami

Questions from our live audience at the Wisdom of the Sages retreat in Tuscany. How can one transform or purify subtle egoistic desires? / How do you develop compassion for someone who has hurt you? / How do you know when it’s time persevere or time to move on? / Is there an eternal place of Sri Chaitanya’s pastimes in the spiritual realm? / What are the recommended practices for Purushotama month? 
01/07/202356 minutes 14 seconds
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1079: Bhakti Art in the Villas of Tuscany

Raghu Interviews Mikele, owner of Villa Casa Vecchia and Bhakti artist Vayu, about their individual paths to Bhakti and their art collaborations. mcgart.com.au Casavecchiavillas.com
30/06/202356 minutes 29 seconds
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1078: The Earthquake Episode

Raghunath and Kaustubha speak about love in separation and survive a Tuscan Earthquake live on the show. SB 5.19.6
28/06/202352 minutes 12 seconds
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1077: Art is Meant to Enlighten- Interview with the Croatian Twins

Mathurananda and his twin Velcro discuss with Raghu their hardcore backgrounds, first temple experiences, and how they bhakti-fied their careers. Check out their award winning short animated films: https://youtu.be/qe6gWsklnh0 https://vimeo.com/291661331 https://vimeo.com/28194902  
26/06/202354 minutes 38 seconds
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1076: What Will it Take to Expand My Perception?



"Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes / good qualities are measured by the character of Lord Rama / Hanuman speaks of the consciousness that facilitates perception of Lord Rama / material “happiness” is the cause of distress SB 5.19.1-5
22/06/202348 minutes 52 seconds
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1075: The Pursuit of Happiness is the Pursuit of Reality

Krishna is naturally controlled by love / the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality / self realization not sense gratification / Krishna creates this world only because the conditioned souls want to enjoy it / if life seems unfair it might just be that the scoreboard is displaying a score based on previous play (karma) / expect that things won’t go smoothly SB 5.18.38-39
20/06/20231 hour 1 minute 21 seconds
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1074: The Quiet Mind Sees Behind the Scenes



the man who preserves his selfhood, is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence / Silence is the cornerstone of character / even mindedness is yoga / Bhagavad-gita, Native American Wisdom and the hundredth monkey effect / the quiet mind recognizes what’s happening behind the scenes SB 5.18.37 http://Courses.vanischool.Com/happy
19/06/202353 minutes 43 seconds
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1073: Q & A Volume 171

Does the soul feel, or is that just the mind/ego? / What happens to one who commits suicide and can we help?
18/06/202353 minutes 20 seconds
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1072: Q & A Volume 170

Are my mystic interests at odds with Bhakti? / How to connect all of Krishna’s manifestations with Krishna of Vrindavan?
17/06/202350 minutes 26 seconds
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1071: The Search for God Within Everything

Bhagavatam is that friend that tells you the truth / the truth is simple - everything will crumble but we’re spiritual beings / simplify, be kind, and we will be able to read the messages life sends us / excavate the spiritual self / pluck me Krishna I’m yours / just as fire is concealed in wood, Vishnu is within everything / When one understands that the Lord is within the heart and sees Him everywhere, they have perfect knowledge / if we only we all had a wholehearted percentage meter SB 5.18.36
16/06/202356 minutes 20 seconds
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1070: Appreciating Djokovic and Jokic

appreciating the character of Novak Djokovic and Nikola Jokic / pass the praise like a Vaishnava / maintain humility because your position is temporary / we can become possessed by greed in a moment / can I appreciate it when others are praised / love is demonstrated through sacrifice / Vishnu is the generator and we are the lightbulbs / Vishnu is worshiped alongside the Goddess of Fortune and Mother Earth SB 5.18.34-35
15/06/202354 minutes 21 seconds
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1069: Richard Dawkins Has Issues

you can’t find the painter by evaluating the chemical composition of the paint and canvas (but you know there is one) / if Richard Dawkins’ thoughts are developed through a random and meaningless flux of the atoms, then why are they more valid than anyone else’s thoughts? / if you’ve haven’t given up your biases you are just a so-called scientist / “the speculative research work of a so-called scientist or philosopher is always interrupted when he dies, and the laws of nature go on without regard for his work.” 

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14/06/202354 minutes 48 seconds
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1068: Black Elk's 'Great Spirit' is Paramatma

"when the moon is full, it is as if the Great Spirit were upon the whole world" — Black Elk / paramatma = the 3 Vishnus / even Lord Brahma is a tiny being / Lord Shiva sees like Black Elk / strive for Vasudeva consciousness - aware that Krishna is within everything and everything is within him / greed never satisfies / don’t let our mind degrade us / Lord Shiva sees like Black Elk SB 5.18.32
13/06/202353 minutes 21 seconds
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1067: Jesus, Black Elk & Raghunath’s Mother

the Rathayatra experience / Did Jesus appear at Raghunath's birth? / Black Elk’s Paramatma realization / slow down, look at nature, reflect and consider what is beneath the surface / Vishnu is within everything and everything is within Vishnu / cupcakes are a type of medicine too / “I’m not saying I’m the anointed one….but I could be.” - Raghunath
12/06/20231 hour 30 minutes 14 seconds
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1066: Q & A Volume 169

Q & A live from the Bhakti Center's Wisdom of the Sages retreat.
11/06/202355 minutes 37 seconds
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1065: Dealing with Spiritual Dissatisfaction

Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss dealing with spiritual dissatisfaction and how to take the next step in spiritual life.
10/06/202356 minutes 2 seconds
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1064: Perceiving Spiritual Form as the Origin

Kirtan mindset: don’t try to have some “experience” - just sing for Krishna’s pleasure / may the  pure spiritual energy of Vrindavan be generated within our hearts / it’s our nature to love and to serve / “it's by creation's donation that you are maintained, but you'd rather turn your back” / atheistic science as intellectual bullying / can you live your philosophy? / Krishna’s prerogative isn’t whimsical, it’s all to do with the softening of the heart for divine love / inquire with deep sincerity and humility SB 5.18.28-31
09/06/202354 minutes 33 seconds
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1063: We are Tiny Sparks of Pure Spiritual Energy

Anthony Hopkins wisens with age / softening the soul through the blows of fate / my goal is to reach the end in harmony with myself / it’s all a miracle / the sincere search for truth is God Consciousness in itself / Raghu as ant overlord / Richard Dawkins refuses to see the gardener / overcoming delusion to realize Krishna’s presence both externally and internally / knowing our place in the macro/micro hierarchy / it’s enough to know that we are tiny sparks of incredible pure spiritual energy SB 5.18.24-27 
08/06/202358 minutes 23 seconds
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1062: Goddess Laxmi’s Higher Perspective

the power of cow seva / Laxmi Devi shares Her higher perspective / Bhagavatam pokes at our idea of security / our predicament - a time spark of spiritual energy, trapped in and identifying with the body and mind, moving through a world programed with time, karma and the gunas / we’ve lost touch with our bliss and eternality / our live’s are like eggs on the spoon of a toddler / the heartbreak and lamentation of the material world / Bhagavatam goads us towards the higher choices SB 5.18.19-23
07/06/202356 minutes 30 seconds
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1061: It Takes a Scientist, a Philosopher, & a Theologian

Bhakti culture is ready to explode / Laxmi Devi’s love for Vishnu / it gives pleasure to glorify your beloved / we’re searching for perfection in reflections of the Divine / the sass of the Gopis / God is the ultimate soulmate / it takes a Scientist a Philosopher and a Theologian to understand what’s beyond the virtual reality SB 5.18.15-18
06/06/202355 minutes 35 seconds
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1060: All the World's a Stage



the British scholars completely missed the beauty, sophistication and spiritual depth of the Orissan culture developed around Lord Jagannath / Raghu’s Rathayatra pastime / all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players / Shakespeare’s seven ages / play our roles as an actor, play them well, but always know that the real life is beyond the stage
02/06/202354 minutes 7 seconds
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1059: I Was Made for Another World

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” - C.S. Lewis / earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy - only to suggest the real thing / earthly blessings are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage / when the living entity remains in contact with the all-pervading Vāsudeva, he manifests his spiritual power / we're like fish out of water / letting go of the bewilderment of materialistic “love” / the checklist of sorrows that follow materialistic life SB 5.18.13-14
01/06/202359 minutes 3 seconds
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1058: Can Materialists Possess Good Qualities?

excessive criticism robs us of higher cognitive power / when we hear “family life” critiqued in sacred texts, think “affection limited to one’s own family, community or nation” / 2 issues with family attachment – A. Seeing externals as our source of happiness, B. Limiting our affection to a small group /  If I’m compassionate only to members of my own family,  can it be said that I am truly compassionate? / the religious focus on the faults in others, the spiritual see the good and magnify it SB 5.18.10-12
31/05/20231 hour 8 seconds
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1057: Fascinating, Mind-Blowing Wonders Are Everywhere



there’s fascinating mind blowing wonders in every nook and cranny of existence / do we hear life’s wake-up calls, or do we just go on trying to find some enjoyment? / appreciate the architect - duh / “all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor” - Krishna / appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance / by accepting devotional service we will think of each other’s welfare SB 5.18.1-9
30/05/202354 minutes 28 seconds
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1056: The Persistent Illusion that We Call 'Reality'

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” - Albert Einstein / what we call reality is the level of illusion that we keep coming back to / we’re searching for reality on a Hollywood set / our choice - sense gratification or self realization / Don’t spiritual bypass Vyasadev / behind all the layers of illusion is sweet Krishna / love the root and you will love every living being / nature is nothing but a machine operated by the Supreme Person SB 5.17.21-24
29/05/202356 minutes 31 seconds
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1055: Q & A Volume 168

Can spiritual advice be spiritual bypassing? / Do the Vedic texts support gun control? / How to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? / How to practice Bhakti in a world where I need to “code-switch”? / What does a committed Bhakti practice look like for a career person?
27/05/20231 hour 4 minutes 25 seconds
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1054: The Descent of the River Ganges

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” ― William Blake / the Ganges originates at the feet of Lord Vishnu / every living being can purify his mind by touching it’s water / Dhruva accepts the Ganges on his head and feels devotional ecstasy / the Santa Rishis keep the water on their heads and practice Bhakti / the water flows thru the heavens / Lord Shiva’s prayers to Vishnu SB 5.17.1-20
26/05/202354 minutes 2 seconds
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1053: Opening Up the Doors of Perception

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Aldous Huxley / perception is the combination of our thoughts, beliefs, opinions, and awareness / what we consume creates our filters / I am an atomic particle of consciousness - Krishna is the infinite conscious entity - this world is a house of correction meant to reform my tendency to remain absent in our relationship / wear the lens of divinity / We Are Bugs, Living Under a Desk in a Ghetto / connect and spiritualize everything / this world is our finishing school
25/05/20231 hour 34 seconds
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1052: Close Your Eyes & Sing to Krishna

when Krishna is pleased, everyone’s pleased / we are in debt to all those who’ve selflessly loved us / treat your guests like God / Krishna saves Draupadi / in kirtan, don’t worry about pleasing the crowd - just please Krishna and everyone is pleased automatically / close your eyes and sing to Krishna / Krishna saves Kaustubha / Krishna always saves us   Code: wisdomsages for 20% off vanischool.com
24/05/202359 minutes
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1051: Walk With the Knowledge That You Never Walk Alone

Audrey Hepburn on beauty and poise / Bhagavad-gita on poise / real inclusivity means looking to Paramatma / find the good in others and fan that flame / gratitude vs entitlement / Bhakti waters the root of the tree / tasmin tuṣṭe jagat tuṣṭam - when Krishna is pleased, everyone is pleased / Bhakti addresses all social maladies / Bhakti satisfies all the devas / Bhakti touches both the saintly and the thugs / becoming accustomed to having our mind dwell in fundamental level thought SB 5.15.13 / BG 13.29
23/05/202354 minutes 17 seconds
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1050: A Vision of Spiritual Leadership



there will always be people who will criticize - so just do the right thing / dial into your offering / Krishna anxiety - purchase it at any price / a leader’s first responsibility is to unite / how a leader must satisfy the citizens / how a leader satisfy women / how a leader must satisfy the earth / how a leader must satisfy the wise / how a leader must satisfy other leaders SB 5.15
22/05/202353 minutes 33 seconds
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1049: Q & A Volume 167

How do I gain that 100% faith / What's the relationship between vijnana and bhakti? / Can our spiritual attachments degrade back to material attachments if we are not careful of our intentions?
21/05/202356 minutes 6 seconds
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1048: Q & A Volume 166

How to keep faith when negative emotions haunt us? / How to let go of negative habits? / How does Kaustubha organize his day?
20/05/20231 hour 1 minute 27 seconds
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1047: It's Life's Illusions That I Recall, I Really Don't Know Life at All

Joni Mitchell’s vision of duality / the ups and downs of lowercase L love / “I should’ve listened to the Swami.” / the Shakers didn’t lose (in their spiritual investment) / Joni brings the Jnana, Pete Seeger brings the Bhakti / we all feel melancholy till we turn and face “The Sun” / This world churns us / the power of Krishna’s flute / Krishna churns the hearts of the Gopis
19/05/202355 minutes 26 seconds
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1046: Mind Experiment: We're Ants on an Alien Ant Farm

Are we was so focused on achieving that we’re missing some great point about life? / Mind Experiment: We are ants in an alien ant farm. Are we learning the lessons we’re meant to learn, or just working aimlessly? / What good is speeding if you’re heading the wrong direction? / The satisfaction of devotion makes material success and liberation seem insignificant /  Bharata’s last prayer as a deer / “happiness arose out of all I didn't want or need, not all I did. - Pico Iyer SB 5.14.44-46
18/05/202355 minutes 18 seconds
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1045: A Little Bhakti is a Permanent Asset

all material success is time bound / Bhakti is the path of Garuda, material success is the path of the flies / the depth of Bharata’s renunciation / a little devotional service rendered sincerely is a permanent asset SB 5.14.41-43
17/05/202355 minutes 6 seconds
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1044: Turning Down the Volume of the Ego

“Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.” - Henry David Thoreau / Srimad Bhagavatam is the commentary on Vedanta Sutra, by the author himself / creating enmity and dying without achieving life’s mission / all material success winds up in failure as long as we maintain the “I and Mine” illusion / turn down the volume of the ego and listen for Krishna’s whisper / humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights / you don’t have to change your position, just purify your purpose SB 5.14.40-41
16/05/202353 minutes 8 seconds
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1043: Exiting the Forest of Material Enjoyment

if we cannot display wisdom, then we will clash like (legally blind moles) / when we are out of touch with our spiritual nature we are prone to misjudge intentions and exaggerate the dangers / at times we may have to live with an imperfect, untidy world / necessity knows no law / any sane person can understand that there’s no happiness in the prison / saintly persons, who are friends to all living entities, have a peaceful consciousness
15/05/20231 hour 1 minute 48 seconds
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1042: Public Schools With Spiritual Insight - Interview With Navin Krishna Das

The Avanti Schools are a family of state funded schools in the UK which draw from traditional Bhakti texts like Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam to foster in their students not only educational excellence but also character formation and spiritual insight. In this episode, 
Kaustubha interviews Navin Krishna Das (Nitesh Gor) the Chief Executive of Avanti Schools Trust.
14/05/20231 hour 11 minutes 9 seconds
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1041: Q & A Volume 165

Can you share examples of women in Bhakti to follow - stories, authors, books, teachers, examples, etc? /  How to get past self-loathing?
13/05/202354 minutes 41 seconds
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1040: Self-loathing in the Cage of Material Enjoyment

regard this fleeting world like this… / the 4 sights of Gautama Buddha, which led to his realization of the impermanence and the ultimate dissatisfaction of conditioned existence / sleep is eating up our time / people try to drag us down / we stay in this cage for just a little material happiness / wealth is chanchala / oh the self-loathing / the indefatigable wheel of time / pseudo svāmīs, yogīs and incarnations / we’re running around like monkeys SB 5.14.20-33
12/05/202356 minutes 52 seconds
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1039: In the End it’s Love Alone That Really Matters

consensual reality is significantly flawed / certainty is a mirage / security a delusion / the tyranny of the dull mind threatens / laughter is holier than piety / freedom is sweeter than fame / in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters / we can’t handle Krishna’s opulences / everything we’ve got is meant to offered back / the cheap blessings of so-called sadhus and swamis / the pain of family squabbles / the pain of putting on all the social ceremonies SB 5.14.13-19
11/05/202356 minutes 5 seconds
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1038: We’re Born Naked & We Die Naked

you can’t beat the system -the laws break you / swinging on the pendulum of material enjoyment & renunciation / Bhakti transcends selfish concerns / This world is designed more for pain than it is for pleasure  / Naked we come into this world and naked we go out. In the interim we falsely claim, “This is my…” / the intense suffering of being criticized / hate ages you / don’t hate the assessor SB 5.14.9-12
10/05/202355 minutes 2 seconds
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1037: And I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Srimad Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic literature / “God does not float on your horizon, he sleeps in your substance. Vanity runs, love digs.” - Gustave Thibon / “If you fly away from yourself, your prison will run with you.” - Gustave Thibon / mirages and will-o’-the-wisps / we’re chasing wealth, we’re chasing sex, we’re chasing a better home, but when we get there….poof / the materialist perpetually wanders in material existence, struggling to get the necessities of life / we create “artificial necessities” / the secret of nature’s ways / I still haven’t found what I’m looking for SB 5.14.7-8
09/05/202357 minutes 2 seconds
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1036: Ya Can't See 3D Art Wearing an Eye Patch

is this world heaven or hell? / it takes two eyes to see the truth of this world - material cynicism is one eye, spiritual optimism the other / when stereoscopic depth perception kicks in we understand what we’re doing here / this world isn’t meant to be a paradise, it’s a university / try on the Bhagavatam’s philosophy / human being on earth - it’s a great opportunity / uncontrolled senses are plunderers / family members can be like Jackals / chasing the mirage / “at last, my love has come along” / our life is an egg tottering on the spoon of a toddler
08/05/20231 hour 1 minute 51 seconds
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1035: Q & A Volume 164

Do you have any tools for bridging the gap between being aware and actually taking control of the mind and senses? / What is the meaning of this world’s emotional rollercoaster? / Why do the deva's desire the human form of life? / What was Raghunath’s hope behind his band Shelter?
06/05/202358 minutes 37 seconds
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1034: The Blinding Effect of Pride & Cultural Chauvinism



the need to root out pride and cultural chauvinism / the devotion of Ida Straus / our mantras are a lifeline  We’re living on hopes piled on hopes / materially pessimistic, spiritually optimistic / neglect thoughts of being offended / what does lotus feet mean? / humbly serve the instructions of the great souls to see Krishna SB 5.13.21-26
05/05/202355 minutes 43 seconds
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1033: Transcending Thoughts of Friends and Enemies

On the occasion of the festival celebrating the appearance of Sri Nrisimhadeva the Lion like Avatara of Vishnu, Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss the stories and teaching of Nrisimhadeva and his boy devotee Sri Prahlada. https://youtu.be/R4xKn0w3WMM
04/05/202352 minutes 43 seconds
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1032: A Formula for Producing Pure Thoughts

a formula for producing pure thoughts / japa and kirtan are real silence / Jada Bharata reveals his true identity / there is no good investment in this material world / material enjoyment will break your heart / the sword of knowledge SB 5.12.14-16
03/05/202354 minutes 22 seconds
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1031: Joe Strummer, Our Dehumanization & Bhakti Heart Transfer



“We've all got to stop just following our own little mouse trail…. People are out there doing bad things to each other… they've been dehumanized. It's time to take the humanity back... Without people you're nothing.” - Joe Strummer / let’s put spiritual knowledge back in the center / greed is going nowhere / you have to discipline yourself to find truth / the deepest spirituality is shared heart to heart / the transformative power of listening respectfully / let your heart go out to the worms / Am I dehumanized? SB 5.12.13
02/05/202357 minutes 3 seconds
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1030: Sectarianism, Inclusivism & Hyper-Inclusivism

“In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climbs, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge.” - Henry David Thoreau / no dogmatism - rather, question from all angles / step back and see how Vyasadeva is framing his message / Understand the progression in Vedic thought through hardcore - Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, Sick of it All, Shelter / Give your heart to a deeply realized soul SB 5.12.12
01/05/202356 minutes 59 seconds
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1029: Fine-tuning the Balance Between Immersive & Inclusive Bhakti / Interview with Chaitanya Charan Das



Chaitanya Charan, a prolific author and speaker on Bhakti and Bhagavad-gita speaks with Kaustubha on two ends of a spectrum in spiritual practice - immersive/world-rejecting on one end, and inclusive/world affirming on the other, and the need to find the right balance. 

 https://www.thespiritualscientist.com https://gitadaily.com
30/04/20231 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds
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1028: Q & A Volume 163

How to explain Bhakti to Orthodox Jews? / Where does a queer man find a Bhakti community?
29/04/202358 minutes 17 seconds
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1027: The Earth is a Goddess & Perfect Seers Know It

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the true joy in life: being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one – instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy" - George Bernard Shaw / we need a purpose to wake up for everyday / the Bhakti framework – we all share an eternal dharma of divine love - and we embrace and later let go of a series of temporary dharma’s designed to uncover the eternal / This is how we explain God - one, nondual source, pervading everything and everyone (inside and out) - but known intimately as a person / is belief in a personal God something we’ve evolved beyond? / perfect seers know that the three features of the one Absolute Truth are different perspective views / the perspective needed to understand that the earth is a goddess SB 5.12.11 Check out www.wisdomofthesages.com and www.raghu
28/04/202352 minutes 56 seconds
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1026: Don't Try to Fix the Dream - Try to Wake Up!

Bob Dylan on how we are bombarded by insulting and humiliating “wonder bread” music / are we insulting our true self? / although the universe may temporarily appear to be the truth, it ultimately has no real existence / nondual knowledge is the ultimate truth / nondual knowledge as Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan SB 5.12.9-11
27/04/202354 minutes 53 seconds
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1025: Our Whole Lives Are Just Blips in Time

spiritual knowledge well applied facilitates social justice (rather than bypassing / seeing the world as illusion (spiritual perspective) grants relief from suffering / the world’s a mess - water the root, not every leaf / this life is just a blip / our bodily existence is as unreal as the physical manifestation of any dream in the brains neurotransmitters / by understanding the original cause of different varieties, one can understand everything SB 5.12.7-8
26/04/202357 minutes 10 seconds
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1024: Don't Just Think You're Not Your Body, Know It!

“Most people see what they expect to see, what they want to see, what they've been told to see, what conventional wisdom tells them to see - not what is right in front of them in its pristine condition.” Vincent Bugliosi / don’t just think you’re not your body, know it / the true self has nothing to do with our worldly dealings / control the senses by eating prasadam / Bhakti takes spirituality to the next level SB 5.12.4-6
25/04/20231 hour 22 seconds
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1023: Ya Don’t “Create” Clean Water, Ya Stop Polluting it



to ask is to break the spell / "Blind belief and passive consumption can be broken through the simple act of asking questions." - Neil Postman
 / the yoga culture’s acclaim for thoughtful questioning / we presume we will be happier if we are materially successful - and never ask the right questions / question from all different angles / Bhakti is experience based - not just faith based / we don’t need to just conform- we need to transform / knowledge is revealed to the virtuous / “We need new tools in science.” - Do we? / you don’t “create” clean water / you don’t “create” life in a laboratory / a guru is pleased with the student when they inquire with sincerity
24/04/202355 minutes 2 seconds
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1022: Q & A Volume 162

Family therapist/Bhakti-yogini Dhanya Rico joins Wisdom of the Sages to address some difficult questions.

 • How to deal with a difficult person who is permanently in your life?
 • In dealing with someone who has emotional problems, how does one release judgment and show compassion and yet keep your heart at a distance so you don’t get hurt?
22/04/202358 minutes 3 seconds
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1021: Confronting the Birth to Death Time-lapse

never sniff glue! / the compelling, confronting, fascinating birth to death time-lapse diorama / we have to shift our perception in order to understand what we are doing here / the most amazing thing in the universe - we think we won’t die / “Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin." - Ivan Pavlov / when we dissociate anything from it’s origin we are in illusion / yogis see everything in it’s relation to Krishna / the discovery of Brahma Samhita Ch. 5 / don’t bust into the Grantha Samadhi / the beautiful sages - 6 Goswamis of Vrindavan / Kaustubha’s Vrindavan pilgrimage / preparing the mind for Vrindavan / understanding Krishna is the master key
21/04/202349 minutes 11 seconds
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1020: Learning to Ignore the Mind

anxiety for your children never ends / the mind can be an unruly, unappeasable 5 year old / sometimes the best option is to ignore the mind / the mind and senses are meant to work for us, not the other way around / when one’s mind is absorbed in the material conception, one thinks that they belong to a particular nation, family, country or creed / upādhis - false designations we adopt, disguises of the spirit / a gift of aging is understanding the cycles of the world / our false intimacy with the body - it’s going to walk away, and it won’t call back / conquer this mind by the weapon of service SB 5.11.15-17
20/04/202354 minutes 16 seconds
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1019: The Variables That Generate Our Unique Blend of Thoughts

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde / we’re zeros desperately searching for 1 / the variables that generate our unique blend of thoughts - the physical elements, nature, the original cause, culture, destiny, time / stepping back to see ourselves separate from our desires /developing a strategy to respond to the challenge of the minds programing / Vasudeva - everyone dwells in Him, and He dwells within everyone / If we don’t realize that the soul of the universe is within our own bodies, that is very sad SB 5.11.11-14
19/04/202353 minutes 50 seconds
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1018: Hookup Apps & the Negative Thought Loops

we have 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, 80% are negative, 95% are repetitive / Bhagavatam predicted Kali-yuga minds would be always disturbed - the National Science Foundation confirms it / technology has created a bizarre world, and it’s driving us mad / yogis are in the business of retraining our thoughts / the senses are channels to the mind / we can consciously design our mind’s programming / the mind can be the cause bondage or liberation / we need a game plan, otherwise the team of the mind and senses are going to crush us / swipe right for Krishna SB 5.11.8-10
18/04/202354 minutes 45 seconds
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1017: This World is a Metaphysical Costume Party

“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” - John Naisbitt / do we have the cognitive ability to distill information into wisdom? / we’re not asking all the most important questions / mental stability through knowledge of matter and spirit / the materialistic mind covering the living entity’s soul carries it to different species of life / we’re trying to find our tribe at a costume party / wrapping our heads around the idea that we could take birth as an animal / Prabhupada’s distinction between Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma / your mind is a pond and your emotions are the fish / Mara’s mind stretch SB 5.11.6-7
17/04/202356 minutes 35 seconds
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1016: Q & A Volume 161

 Why is there conflicting information about the practices and regulations in Bhakti-yoga? / How to root out “false Bhakti” in oneself?
16/04/202353 minutes 36 seconds
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1015: Parallels in Modern & Vedic Leadership – Interview with Bhuta Bhavana Das

Bhuta Bhavana Das (Ed Anobah) graduated in Philosophy and Economics at the London School of Economics and is currently responsible to training 47,000 leaders in a global financial organization. He’s also been practicing Bhakti-yoga for over 25 years. In this episode he discusses parallels in leadership from both modern and Vedic sources, especially regarding the importance for leaders in developing unity while honoring diversity. Ed Anobah Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ed-anobah-podcast/id1520006462 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edanobah/ 
15/04/20231 hour 9 minutes 21 seconds
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1014: The Corrupted Files Within the Mind

“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”  Marcus Aurelius / “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald / our minds have been corrupted (made unreliable by  alterations) /  how the 3 gunas corrupt the mind / Without yoga, we’re helpless / Don’t get pulled into a bird body SB 5.11.4-5
14/04/202356 minutes 46 seconds
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1013: Anne Frank’s Spiritual Insight

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” - Anne Frank / this world moves in cycles / the remedy for hate is spiritual insight / material awareness is like a dream - when we realize that material happiness is insufficient we begin to wake up SB 5.11.1-3
13/04/202352 minutes 35 seconds
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1012: Sometimes All We Need is a Different Perspective

release the ego and sing with the devotees / functional identity vs fundamental Identity / we’ve got to simultaneously hold both the conventional perspective and the transcendental perspective / seeing the world through the perspective of what we hear from Bhagavatam / Bhagavad-gita’s formula for receiving spiritual insight / spiritual insight = seeing all living beings as part of the Supreme IG: keshava_rgm SB 5.10.23-25
12/04/202358 minutes 3 seconds
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1011: Decoding the Messages of the Universe

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” - Walt Whitman / “Kṛṣṇa is compared to sunshine, and māyā is compared to darkness.” - Sri Caitanya / “Whatever appears to be of any value, if it is without relation to Me, has no reality. Know it as My illusory energy, that reflection which appears to be in darkness.” Sri Krishna / seeing everything (family, money, property, responsibility) through it’s relationship to Krishna is the key to the code /  seeking clarity between alternating conventional and transcendental contexts / material attachments lead to material suffering SB 5.10.19-22
11/04/202353 minutes 53 seconds
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1010: Words that Slacken the Knot in the Heart

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” —David Foster Wallace / do we point the truth only at others, or can we point it at ourselves? / Jada Bharata accepts karmic responsibility for his own circumstances / “Is everything going well in your endeavor to conquer the repetition of birth and death?” / King Rahugana bows down / Rahugana’s only fear, offending a truth speaker SB 5.10.14-18
10/04/202356 minutes 27 seconds
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1009: Inter-Interview

Raghunath and Kaustubha ask each other…..

 • When did you know that you had to commit your life to Bhakti? 

 • What were your biggest doubts in the beginning? 

• What are your biggest doubts now?
09/04/202356 minutes 10 seconds
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1008: Q & A Volume 160

What’s the difference between love and Love? / Should we sing mantras glorifying the demigods? / What is the importance of studying verses in Sanskrit?
08/04/202357 minutes 33 seconds
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1007: We're Not Naughty by Nature

"Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.” - Elbert Hubbard / karma is a natural law designed to foster a disposition of kindness, compassion and generosity / karma helps us own the consequences of our choices and actions / a little suffering can be healthy for our evolution / our desire for stability is indicative of our eternal nature / lust is nothing but love transformed / a real friend walks hand in hand with you toward divinity / we’re not naughty by nature SB 5.10.13
06/04/202352 minutes 23 seconds
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1006: King Today, Dog Tomorrow



I Love Mayapur / our material positions are merely conventional / externally operating according to material convention, internally thinking on the spiritual level / king today, dog tomorrow / for some time we play as master or servant, as actors play / do extraordinary things for an extraordinary life / stage dive into reality SB 5.10.11-12 https://www.youtube.com/@IloveMayapur
05/04/20231 hour 21 seconds
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1005: We’re Like Straws Floating on the Waves of an Ocean

“Affirm the spirit, the Eternal I” - Ella Wheeler Wilcox / children can break your attachment and the knot in the heart / externally - operate according to convention, internally - think beyond convention / we are gathered together like straws floating in the waves of an ocean… inevitably separated by the laws of the waves / every living being can be a channel of love /the reflection of the spiritual real shows itself when the turbulence of the mind is quieted / the ant’s soul is important too / the keys exist even if they aren’t under the lamppost / the soul is never tired / austerity and penance is meant for seeing the distinctions between body and soul / you’re not ripped! You’re not this body.
04/04/202357 minutes 33 seconds
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1004: The Awakened Don't Judge Those that Sleep

“We are very good lawyers for our own mistakes but very good judges for the mistakes of others.” Anonymous / Raghunath is not the spiller! / yoga creates space between stimulus and response / condemn activities, not people / don’t forget your principles, even when times are tough / ants are people too / distinction between rajo-guṇa and sattva-guṇa SB 5.10.1-8
03/04/202353 minutes 54 seconds
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1003: The Underlying Messages in The Ramayana / Interview with Dr. Shubha Vilas



In the Western world there is no equivalent to texts like Ramayana and Mahabharata, which are universally loved, from childhood till death, and chock-full of wisdom on many levels. Dr. Shubha Vilas was raised in the tradition of the Ramayana and in this interview he shares this ancient text’s relevance and how it can best be understood. Learn more at http://www.shubhavilas.com/
02/04/20231 hour 2 minutes 33 seconds
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1002: Q & A Volume 159

How to understand dementia in a Bhakti context? / Is Krishna real?
01/04/202352 minutes 42 seconds
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1001: Radha, Laxmi, Durga & Kali



Radha is the para-shakti, the origin of all the shakti’s including Laxmi, Durga, Kali, etc. / Krishna protects those who - never identify with the body, are liberated from the knot in the heart, always engaged in welfare activities for all living entities, and never contemplate harming anyone / mental discipline in the morning / what does Krishna mean when He says “My devotee never perishes“ / the protection of Jatayu the vulture SB 5.9.20
31/03/202356 minutes 45 seconds
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1000! Radhanath Swami Interview

For episode 1,000, Radhanath Swami shares his thoughts on friendship, aging, money, forgiveness, raising children, prayer and bhakti.
30/03/20231 hour 17 minutes 5 seconds
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999: Fearsome Kali Saves Krishna's Gentle Devotee


when we keep our minds simple, it all starts to click / religion can be a distraction from spirituality / Narada’s confession to the hunter Mrgari- “If you must kill, then please…..” / Vaisnava’s respect Kali and worship Radha / Kali protected Krishna’s devotee, and killed her own SB 5.9.12-20
29/03/202356 minutes 51 seconds
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998: Small Minds Will Disparage Your Spiritual Ambition

we all have the potential to achieve the goal of yoga, in this lifetime / what’s the real measure of success? / fight the demons within - “Not Today Satan!” / make your life mission to uncover and experience your true spiritual nature / doing small things with great love is a perfect success / Jada Bharata was beyond the dualities of happiness and distressed caused by respect or disrespect - we can’t imitate it, but we can draw principles from it / good & bad are mental speculations (this is not about ethics - it’s about the relativity of material pleasure) / our minds are programed to see some things as attractive and others as repulsive - this programing can be changed SB 5.9.7-11
28/03/202356 minutes 25 seconds
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997: Inner Spiritual Life, Beyond the Externals


“Spirituality is about awakening the eyes, the ears, the heart, so that you can see what’s always happening right in front of you.” / the external life of the brahmana / the internal life of the Bhakti-yogi / we can’t let ourselves be distracted by external prestige or material blessings / we may forget death, but death never forgets us SB 5.9.1-6
27/03/202355 minutes 6 seconds
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996: These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

• What is your favorite chapter or passage the sacred texts?  • Who is your favorite kirtan leader?  • Share a story of a memorable kirtan  • What is your favorite temple?
26/03/202351 minutes 37 seconds
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995: Q&A Volume 158

Is there any kind of basic ritual I could perform to offer food? / How to respond to a narcissist's criticisms? / How to understand Bhagavad-gita 12.18? / What are the death rites for Bhakti-yogis? 
25/03/202356 minutes 15 seconds
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994: Observe Nature & Follow the Clues

“Discipline yourself, and others won't need to.” - John Wooden / to the extent we don’t discipline ourselves, life will discipline us / observe nature and follow the clues / an important part of any wisdom culture is how it helps us to voluntarily accept what nature will otherwise force us to accept involuntarily / “You have practiced how to bark in the legislative assembly. Now become a dog and go on barking.” - Srila Prabhupada / repentance precedes reconciliation / if we slip from our yogic discipline we may wake up with hooves! SB 5.8.28-31 Narayanam namaskryta Naram caiva narottamam Devim saraswatim vyasam  Tato jayam udirayet  Before reciting this Srimad-Bhagavatam, which is the very means of conquest, one should offer respectful obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Narayana, unto Nara-narayana Rishi, the supermost human being, unto Mother Sa
24/03/20231 hour 23 seconds
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993: Self-discipline & the Algorithms of the Mind



“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” - Julie Andrews / Better to pay now than pay later with compound interest / yoga means gaining ground in the battle of the mental algorithms / we can consciously choose our mind’s direction and direct your own destiny / keep chanting and it will get sweeter / Bharata takes his next birth as a deer SB 5.8.26-27
23/03/202356 minutes 16 seconds
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992: This World Will Make You Cry



struggles are an opportunity to walk the walk / rationalizing your illusion is a bad look / justice and mercy / this world will make you cry / we’re all gonna fall in love and get killed / stimulus for spiritual feelings / this world is an upside down reflection / our spiritual friendships are so important Check out Dani's art at www.stillwatercraftco.com SB 5.8.20-25
22/03/202356 minutes 49 seconds
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991: Our Attachments Generate Our Illusion

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached. - Simone Weil / we are just here to love without caveats / we’re so attached to the jello that we’re unwilling to leave our jail cell / love every living being the way you love your dog / Shankara’s 5 Stanzas on the Loin Cloth / every material attachment will be pruned / our wrinkles are okay / you’re not the most anything / wisdom cuts out our big fat ego SB 5.8.15-19
21/03/202355 minutes 1 second
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990: Is Bettering Oneself at Odds with Bettering the World?

“Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.”-  Marcus Aurelius / improving the world and improving oneself are not diametrically opposed to each other / seek the commonality, not the difference / Although Bharata's compassion seemed noble, it was really all about him / the Vedic cultures stages of life / rationalization is intelligence in service of the false ego / the Bhagavatam is right again! SB 5.8.9-14
20/03/202355 minutes 10 seconds
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989: Q & A Volume 157

How to teach yoga to a primarily Judeo Christian population without offending? / How to overcome fear of death? / What’s a simple “Bhakti pitch” to a Christian? / Should we risk our spiritual bank account for material security?
18/03/20231 hour 30 seconds
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988: Analyzing a Yogi’s Diversion from Truth

genuine intimacy is based on truth, not illusion / is my intimacy with others facilitating my remembrance or my forgetfulness of God’s presence behind everything? / In my roles of maintaining others do I act in the awareness of being a representative of The Supreme Maintainer, or as an artificial maintainer? / What was it, about the form of the fawn, that drew the attention of Bharata? 
17/03/202352 minutes 26 seconds
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987: Lessons from the Elephant Whisperers

happiness comes simply / animals are people too / we crave service for meaning in life / Vishnu is in the sun / all of our heat and light can be traced back to the sun, and the sun can be traced back to Krishna - the cause of all causes / Everything is in Krishna, and Krishna is within everything https://divyas.com/?ref=6799 SB 5.7.13-14
16/03/202356 minutes 32 seconds
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986: Preparing for the Heart to Melt



“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller / Bhakti is about preparing the heart to melt / what if we were all taught from childhood that God is within the heart of every living being? / peace of mind comes from giving not taking / the devotees have Krishna always etched within their hearts / the progression in Bhakti-yoga - faith, association with advanced practitioners, purification through regular practice, freedom from unwinding things in the heart, becoming firmly fixed, gaining taste, addiction to the taste, the sprout of pure love, pure love SB 5.7.8-12
15/03/202358 minutes 13 seconds
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985: Everything Everywhere All At Once

mundane world views based on the limited perception of our senses / messengers exist to wake us up and reveal the wonder that lies beyond our perception / life is meant for self discovery and everything happening in the universe can be interpreted and applied in that context / compassion and love lie at the heart of the self discovery / Can there be spiritual form? / the difference between matter & spirit / we’re getting caught in the laundry cycle of the mundane / am I perpetually annoyed? / self-discovery and empathy emerge together / ethics open the door to perceiving truth SB 5.7.7
14/03/202353 minutes 20 seconds
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984: Ritual in the Life of a Bhakti-yogi / Interview with Brighupada Dasa (Dr Måns Broo)




In this interview Brighupada shares some fascinating insights on the role of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan and how they presented innovative ideas and practices of Bhakti within the context of an ancient tradition.  Brighupada Dasa (Dr Måns Broo), is a senior lecturer at the Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. His recent publication “Haribhaktivilāsa of Sanātana Gosvāmin” describes the normative ritual life of a Krishna devotee. https://brill.com/edcollbook-oa/title/63760?fbclid=IwAR1kkEziqOu8fhXIEexTcLv_1QOrt7_WKynUoLoqxibIh-KLfPe8gzki5rc
12/03/202357 minutes 18 seconds
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983: Q & A Volume 156

How do we make amends when we have wronged someone?
 /  Is there a problem with the impersonal conception of God?
11/03/202357 minutes 50 seconds
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982: Gratitude is Being Fixed in Reality

sometimes we need a loving nudge / gratitude liberates us from the prison of self–preoccupation / the less we are preoccupied with ourselves, the happier we are / if you don’t feel loved or cared about, start loving & caring for others / in witnessing the cruelty of others, and feeling the hopelessness in it, the cruelty in yourself is diminished / speak your blessings and gratitude / gratitude is being fixed in reality / thank you death / Vedic rituals were communal expressions of gratitude / the maturation of gratitude SB 5.7.1-6
10/03/202358 minutes 3 seconds
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981: Materialistic Whack-a-Mole Solutions

our respects to HH Kadamba Kanana Swami / "the last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” - Victor Frankl / we all should become self-sufficient / the bodily conception creates unnecessary demands / what success looks like - freedom from hankering and lamenting / Satisfaction through self-realization is called svarūpānanda / to become happy by making material adjustments is impossible / the whack-a-mole principle / our remedies are often worse than our miseries / Chairman Mao’s whack-a-mole policies / our material solutions need to be in the context of self-realization / the 4 noble truths SB 5.6.19
09/03/202357 minutes 18 seconds
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980: Yogis Let Go of Hankering & Lamentation

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson / letting go of hankering for things in the future, and lamenting things of the past / there’s always going to be some sand in the sweet rice / Be Here Now (with Krishna) / to become happy by making material adjustments is impossible / Goddess Saraswati can revoke our intelligence at any time / Death holds a mirror before us / the best master is the best servant SB 5.6.18
08/03/202354 minutes 40 seconds
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979: Is My Ladder Leaning Against the Wrong Wall?

Is My Ladder Leaning Against the Wrong Wall? “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” ― Stephen R. Covey / the Bhakti-yogi has no interest in the mystic magic tricks / liberation personified waits at the door of the Bhakti-yogi with folded hands 
07/03/202353 minutes 39 seconds
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978: Who is Sri Chaitanya?

Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss Sri Caitanya, the Krishna Avatar, in terms of his internal and external purposes of appearing, along with calling out danger of personality cults and false claims of being an avatar.
06/03/202356 minutes 17 seconds
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977: Q & A Volume 155

Why do we have to experience loss in this world … the loss of loved ones, and will we ever be reunited? / How to make one’s life an offering to God? / How to improve at japa meditation?
04/03/202359 minutes 2 seconds
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976: Imitation vs Authenticity in Spiritual Practice



authentic practice allows for individuality, imitation limits it / imitating the great saints doesn’t help anyone / hippies were imitating Rsabhadeva / adjusting tradition, maintaining the compassionate purpose / it makes perfect sense to worship stones! SB 5.6.9 - 14
03/03/202354 minutes 55 seconds
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975: Thinking About Death Can Clarify Your Life



the inevitable global influence of Bhakti / thinking about death can clarify your life / cemeteries are full of indispensable people / Yogamaya - Krishna voluntarily becomes influenced by illusion for play / What was Rsabdeva trying to avoid by living as an avaduta? (And how can it be applied in our lives?) 1. Prajalpa (gossip and unhelpful talk), 2. Entanglement in the regular material affairs, 3. Ego related thought, 4. Being seen as a saint SB 5.6.6-8  
02/03/202355 minutes 36 seconds
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974: It's Not a Curse, It's a Greater Plan

Don’t preach, be the example / We’re being sold a false identity / Our identity is a divine spark of God and we’re meant to reconnect with it / Let go of the excess baggage and scrub the window of the soul / Be cautious trusting the mind & following your instinct / don’t offend devotees if you want to control the mind / mind your own business & Control your own senses & mind / Give love, inspire and assist others on their spiritual path / there’s always a greater plan / Perfect randomness is part of a divine tapestry / Sometimes purification comes by fire  SB 5.6.3-6
01/03/202357 minutes 10 seconds
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973: Getting Real

Maya is a black out curtain / Call in the light and watch magic happen / What is my conditioning and what is real? / find your authentic self before Madison Ave sold you your looks / our vehicles have nothing to do with us / The world is a maze / Pruning enhances our growth / Cultivate knowledge to help understand tragedy / Weave knowledge in daily to cultivate wisdom / How can there be anything wrong when I’ve got Krishna? / We’ve been practicing anxiety for lifetimes / Krishna has dropped a bell over us for protection  SB 5.6.1-3
28/02/202356 minutes 39 seconds
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972: Growing Impatient with Our Own Skepticism

Nick Cave on the death in 2015 of his teenage son, Arthur / understanding of our vulnerability / step beyond the full force of the grief and experience a kind of joy that is entirely new / grief can enlarge the heart heart / in bhakti, not only do you survive, you thrive / better not to judge - you never know who you’re dealing with / yogic practices of extreme renunciation / if this world is unreal, then in one sense there is no good and bad SB 5.5.29-35
27/02/202354 minutes 55 seconds
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971: Q&A Volume 154

What is the Importance of Initiation / Is the desire for peer association in Bhakti due to ego or is it my true soul wanting to connect? / Any advice for the spiritually vacant? /
26/02/202353 minutes 29 seconds
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970: Simple Living & High Thinking / Interview with Plenitud Farm

Raghunath interviews Draupadi and Vaishnava about Plenitud Farm, PR. They discuss water harvesting, SuperAdobe huts, permaculture, and more. For more info, check out https://www.plenitudpr.org/welcome
25/02/202354 minutes 6 seconds
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969: Lose Yourself (& Find Yourself) in Service

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi / Get out of the bathtub! / even self reflection needs guidance / Mickey Mouse costumes won’t satisfy us / don’t hate the warden, take responsibility for your crimes / don’t attach your worth to a false designation (upadhi) / engage your senses for the master of the senses / the senses are like apps, someone is maintaining their functioning / meditating on your own death SB 5.5.27-28
24/02/202352 minutes 26 seconds
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968: The Line Dividing Good & Evil Cuts Through the Heart

The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn / When I start to hate, I’m off my spiritual path / Put the microscope on me / Bhakti Yoga means rooting out one’s animosity / I don’t have to be the lawyer, judge and jury -  I can be the mailman / What pleases Vishnu - is not so much about sacrifices or offerings to Him - it’s 2 things – 1. honoring and learning from virtuous people, 2. respecting the spiritual equality in all living beings / The quality of the Vaisnava Brahmin - akiñcanānām mayi bhakti-bhājām - they do not want to possess anything. They simply engage in devotional service. SB 5.5.25-26
23/02/202354 minutes 24 seconds
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967: We Can All Become the Personified Vedas

applying spiritual principles to times of tragedy / Bhakti is devotion & service / handling the rough waves on the surface, while being situated in the deep calm / rituals need substance / the qualities of a brahmana / Bhakti-yogis take no offense and harbor no resentment / We can all become the personified Vedas https://www.etsy.com/shop/VvlcanHaus SB 5.5.23-24
22/02/202352 minutes 24 seconds
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966: How the Guru Enters the Heart of the Disciple

Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss memories and instructions they received from Kaustubha’s guru, Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami, on the 21st anniversary of his passing from this world.
21/02/202359 minutes 52 seconds
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965: The Entire Cosmos is a Cooperative

Thanks Hare Krishna Movement (for helping promote animal rights) / leverage your influence for good / the entire cosmos is a cooperative / finding the social balance thru inspiration rather than legislation / finding happiness in truth, not in things / be guided by the wise and self controlled / Jatayu the vulture of the Ramayana, probably history’s most popular bird / recognize the hierarchy on the level of bodies, and the equality on the level of the soul SB 5.5.20-22
20/02/202349 minutes 43 seconds
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964: Mystics, Planets, Gems & Spirits / Interview with Vedic Astrologer Radhikesh Das

Raghunath and Radhikesh Prabhu discuss planetary influences, being possessed by ghosts, our roadmap of karma, yajnas, gemstones and more. Find out more about Radhikesh at https://www.radhikeshdas.com/
19/02/20231 hour 2 minutes 48 seconds
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963: Q & A Volume 153

Any advice for a recovering Atheist? / How can we bring up teenage kids who are more empathetic, understanding and caring? / If God has a plan, are we still free to choose? / How to deal with feelings of comparison to others?
18/02/202356 minutes 57 seconds
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962: All the Stuff They Never Taught Us in School

Pity me not, your nose will grow too / teach your kids the law of karma / opt out of a society of envy / I dont wanna be in a pack of dogs / we’ve been addicted to Maya for lifetimes / Align your heart with the heart of God SB 5.5.15-19
17/02/202358 minutes 19 seconds
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961: Entering the Flow of the Spiritual World

Mayapur is buzzing with devotional energy / Radha embodies the ecstatic energy of love / through cultivating a relationship with the Deities you can incur magic / Krishna Lila - Its not a Warner brothers cartoon! / immerse yourself in Vrindavan with proper focus & perspective and never have downtime / Krishna Lila draws you in, purifies and refines you / Bhakti is trickling down from great souls - immerse yourself in the flow / May auspiciousness reign!
16/02/202355 minutes 17 seconds
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960: The Only Disqualification is Hypocrisy

the only disqualification is hypocrisy / there’s a power of honesty and vulnerability / Don’t doubt that Bhakti can change the world / having a healthy self-disgust / be a religious virtuoso (you’re not a fanatic) / thoughtful enthusiasm and patience is a necessity for spiritual advancement / Bhakti yoga- the means and the end are the same 
14/02/202353 minutes 50 seconds
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959: Q&A Volume 152

If Krishna is the creator, is He responsible for creating the issues that plague humanity? / How to see all living entities without distinction, and still make important distinctions? / How can the soul be both eternally separate and never separated from God? / Is reincarnation always sequential? / How to “come out” as a Bhakti-yogi to a catholic family? 
12/02/202354 minutes 42 seconds
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958: How the Ancient Temples Energize Our Minds

Raghunath and Kaustubha share from their recent visits to the temples of Srinathji in Rajasthan and Sri Padmanabhaswamy in Kerala, and explain how these ancient masterpieces of science and art were designed to create harmony by bringing our awareness to essential spiritual truths.
11/02/20231 hour 2 minutes 44 seconds
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957: Raghu and Jiva Do Sweet Baby Krishna

The words that come out of our mouth attract people or repel people / Hear and chant about Vrindavan to gain entry / Prioritize romancing Krishna / May we all grow and change / We’ve got good people in our life Reading from Ananda Vrindavan Campu
09/02/202349 minutes 3 seconds
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956: Atma & Paramatma - The Original Soulmates

the universe is working for our evolution / our bodies are like bowling shoes - we have to give them back / the attraction between male and female is the basic principle of material existence / masculine - feminine dichotomy plays out in homosexual relationships as well / the door to our cage is wide open, but we're attached to the food inside /  knowledge slackens the knot in the heart / jnana via The Twilight Zone / shoot the robot of illusion SB 5.5.7-9
08/02/202352 minutes 31 seconds
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955: Lessons From a Departing Sage

Service to the great souls opens the doors to liberation /  the temptation to exploit women’s bodies is the dark door in life / Let service to great souls be your austerity / great souls see everyone in a relation to their spiritual identity, are very peaceful, and satisfied, are without anger, are well-wishers of everyone / lock the dark door of porn / The living entity is not really connected with this material world / the excitement of desire robs us of peace / the desire for sense gratification is never fulfilled / we’re just test driving different vehicles until we evolve to the point of love / get back in the water SB 5.5.2-6
07/02/202351 minutes 16 seconds
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954: Yogis Don’t Talk Like That

Vishnu descends to recalibrate and enliven / birth as a human is a rare opportunity to learn and be liberated / we all have an eternal spiritual nature - don’t settle for temporary happiness / formula for human life - divine austerity, to purify the heart, leading to liberation / car culture has gotta collapse / Bright Door: Service to the great souls opens the doors to liberation / Dark Door: exploitation of women for sex / when it come to porn, everyone has to draw a hard line and not cross it / speaking about women as sex objects - yogis don’t talk like that! SB 5.5.1-2
06/02/202354 minutes 31 seconds
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953: Q & A - Volume 151

Can we make adaptations for Senior Citizen Bhakti-yogis? / Why do materialist sometimes seem happier than spiritualists? / How to explain the yamas and niyamas to a new audience?
05/02/202354 minutes 16 seconds
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952: Gentlemen Start Your Yajnas!

the return of the Varkala Jellyfish / Sri Nityananada - God manifests in unlimited ways for enjoyment / Krishna is behind everything / respecting the Devas in the context of Krishna / how the seers of the truth define what is real SB 5.4.16-19
04/02/202349 minutes 34 seconds
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951: Hate the Hate Within Yourself

it’s inevitable that Bhakti will spread / keeping the message of the Bhagavatam as the main thing  /  respond to the darkness but see the light / Vyasadeva was is a beautiful sage / wanna be a chosen person- become qualified / he crow of old age and death is coming / “Serves him right” is a red flag that you’re in maya / Kaustubha reveals his evil to the world / filter out animosity SB 5.4.11-15
02/02/202358 minutes 28 seconds
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950: Mental Stability Through Focusing On Tradition

tuning into the power of ancient sacred places / mental stability through timeless rituals vs mental instability through 15 second videos which disappear forever in 24 hours / celibate student life as preparation for a successful marriage / what do you do when you drop your baby in the hundi? / why pop n lock when you can play mridanga? SB 5.4.6 - 10
01/02/202355 minutes 15 seconds
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949: Let My Religious Side Die & Let My Spiritual Side Rise

Kaustubha’s birthday reflections / let the religious part of me die and the spiritual part of me rise / aspiring to develop real yogic vision / cultivate Feelings of gratitude daily / accepting austerity expertly & joyfully / depend on Krishna and hear his whisper / 8 symptoms of a liberated soul from Chandogya Upanishad SB 5.4.1-5
31/01/202353 minutes 8 seconds
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948: From Vishnu to Krishna - Interview with Nityananda Das

Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss with the charming and learned monk Nityananda Das about his youth in South India practicing in the ancient Bhakti lineage of the great teacher Sri Ramanuja and how he eventually came to the lineage of Sri Caitanaya.
29/01/20231 hour 9 minutes 2 seconds
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947: The Names Rama & Krishna Have Been Resounding Forever

the names of Rama & Krishna have been resounding from the hills in India for longer than we can calculate / the humility of parents who can learn from their children / What is the next step on my path? What could I let go of, or what could I embrace that will make a real difference in the awakening of my own self realization / material energy is a glue trap / there are higher goals in life than getting stuff / the need for truth tellers who can’t be bought
27/01/202356 minutes
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946: Meeting More of the Others

Raghunath and Kaustubha interview more of the guests from their retreat at the Govardhan Eco Village in India.
26/01/202356 minutes 59 seconds
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945: A Bhakti-yogi Born Into the Slums of Bombay / An Interview with Janeshwar Das

Janeshwar Das, Raghunath's assistant on his India pilgrimages, shares his inspiring story of being born and raised in the slums in Bombay and his courageous and fascinating path to Bhakti.
25/01/202357 minutes 39 seconds
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944: Grief, Love & Service on the Path of Bhakti / An Interview with Sri Govinda

In this emotional and touching episode, Raghunath & Kaustubha bring their friend Sri Govinda onto the show to discuss the loss of his young son, the sprouting of his faith in Krishna, meeting his fiancé, and taking up services as a successful financial consultant coming to the path of Bhakti.
24/01/202351 minutes 59 seconds
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943: Revealing Our Minds In Confidence / Interview with Relationship Counselor Dhanya Rico

Raghunath & Kaustubha speak with Dhanya Rico, a professional Relationship Counselor and Bhakti-yogini, about the importance of honesty and revealing our minds to people we can trust.  
23/01/20231 hour 1 minute 16 seconds
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942: Q & A Volume 150 - Reincarnation / Questions with Walter Schreifels

 I look at my dogs life with envy, why are some births considered lower?

 / If you’re born on a higher planet and you still have a mind, what about it would be an improvement over the planet we’re already on? / Who judges or decides our next births?
21/01/202356 minutes 29 seconds
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941: Meeting the Others

Raghunath and Kaustubha share their thoughts on Victoria’s Vedic wedding, and interview some of the guests from their retreat at the Govardhan Eco Village in India.
19/01/202358 minutes 4 seconds
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940: I Won’t Be Groomed for Cruelty

Will we learn to live in harmony with nature, or will we run off the edge of a cliff? / the cow and bull provide everything we need / Ella’s Story - I Won't Be Groomed for Cruelty
18/01/202358 minutes 30 seconds
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939: Striving For the Next Level of Awakening

Krishna is not interested in wealth, He just wants only our devotion / the story of Kolavecha Sridhar / Make a little time for a sincere sadhana and it can transform everything else / strive for the next level of awakening / all our desires and fantasies are prayers - and Paramatma is the heart monitor SB 5.3.4-13
17/01/202356 minutes 32 seconds
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938: Sometimes You Go With the Wildcard

Priests can be bigots and cops can be saints / it’s not your intelligence position that counts, it’s the quality of your heart / how did marriage get so complicated? / sometimes you go with the wild card / keeping the consciousness pure and uncontaminated before rituals / the beauty of the vision of Lord Vishnu SB 5.3.1-3
16/01/202355 minutes 41 seconds
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937: Q & A Volume 149

How do we learn from karma? / How can we bring yoga into our everyday life while still being in line with the people around us instead of maybe scaring them off by religious or spiritual theories? / Where to start if you’re new to Bhakti and a little overwhelmed by all the resources? / What happens to the souls of those who achieve impersonal liberation?
14/01/202354 minutes 53 seconds
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936: All Truths Manifest in the Pure Heart

In a moment we’ll be gobbled by the frog of death  / “As soon as the heart is pure, all truths sparkle in it in a minute; all truth in the universe will manifest in your heart if you are pure enough.” - unknown / it’s reasonable I can’t perceive everything / we’re all untouchables but there’s hope / don’t let your mind be a broken record / let your heart become a place of pastimes for Krishna SB 5.1.30-41
13/01/20231 hour 7 seconds
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935: Looking at the Universe from a Different Angle

planning for our (birthday) enjoyment can bring great distress / 1 person with a sincere focus on service can change the world / work externally, but always think of Krishna internally / the soul of the universe is within each of our hearts / yogis see the world as moving specifically for the purpose of their enlightenment / looking at the universe from a different angle SB 5.1.22-29
12/01/202352 minutes 34 seconds
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934: Greatness Lies in Giving Up Resentment



Resentment blocks the flow of grace / evolve or repeat / devotion shrinks the ocean of the material world down to the amount of water in a calf’s footprint / To do the right thing, when it is difficult, is a sign of goodness. To do it without resentment is a sign of greatness. / Lord Rama had no resentment / Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. SB 5.1.19-21
10/01/202356 minutes 15 seconds
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933: Yogis Recode the Impressions In the Mind



“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.” - Napoleon Bonaparte / Yogis recode their experience through the filter of intelligence / bolstering the intellect by daily hearing the truth / It’s a war on Maya out there / Self control is the secret of being in the world but not of the world / We have to work on our mind wherever we are / how family life can be yoga / there’s a noble way to age SB 5.1.17-18
09/01/202354 minutes 31 seconds
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932: Q & A Volume 148

• What’s the root of intention? 
 • Is Krishna immoral? 
 • If we reincarnate as an animal, how do we get back to human birth?
 • Is there sin and repentance in Bhakti?
07/01/202355 minutes 58 seconds
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931: Religion, Hypocrisy, Prostitution & Tricks of Chance

SB 5.1.13-16
06/01/202356 minutes 27 seconds
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930: To Isolate or To Insulate?

Can one really be in the world but not of the world? / Lord Brahma descends on a swam / the highly qualified language of the yogis / don’t flatter, but set your mind right with appreciation / we don’t need to isolate, we need to insulate / find a community to help us evolve / seeking blessings before our  endeavors /  God is coming back in vogue SB 5.1.8-12
05/01/202355 minutes 21 seconds
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929: Finding Yoga In Worldly Responsibilities

learning to live in harmony with nature / power comes from austerity / stop manufacturing what we can’t throw away / the reality is we’re about to die / know your why / Bhagavatam clarifies everything / the sage expands their affection from My family, to everyone SB 5.1.1-7  
04/01/202357 minutes 38 seconds
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928: Take it In, Process it & Let it Go / A Special New Years Episode

Raghunath and Kaustubha speak about their own lives in 2022 and how hearing Srimad Bhagavatam every day made a difference.
01/01/20231 hour 2 minutes 8 seconds
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927: Q & A - Volume 147

Advice for an Intensive Care Unit Nurse.
 - How to give your patients what they need but also save some energy for yourself.
 - Prayers to offer to patients when they are sick or actively dying.

 Advice for parents cooking for picky eaters
31/12/202251 minutes 8 seconds
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926: You’re About to Lose Everything (Superficial)

convenience and comfort breed complaints and intolerance / downgrading from the tour bus to the van / you’re about to lose everything (superficial) / reach out, but don’t tip and fall / indulgence is miserable / a yogi is satisfied somehow or other / Maitreya concludes the 4th Canto with a description of the God of Love / although Krishna is self-sufficient, He becomes dependent on His devotees SB 4.31.19-31
30/12/202253 minutes 11 seconds
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925: Be a Contributor, Not a Collector

wash your brain and think for yourself / joy is the default of the spirit soul / being is more fulfilling than having or doing the most / don’t blame God / we are not this earth suit / we’re all going through the same things / Krishna is accelerating our karma / have faith in the bhagavatam and fall in love with Krishna / choose enthusiasm and associate with enthusiastic people / keep spirit at the forefront of our consciousness / purify your mental contamination / focus on the inner reformation / Make Krishna your Number 1 SB 4.31.17-20
29/12/202255 minutes 7 seconds
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924: Look Deep Into Nature, Not Deep Into Dogma

"

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein / existential clues are found in nature / devotion makes up for all external shortcomings / lack of devotion leaves any strengths or achievements hollow of true, lasting meaning / the primary lesson taught through the functioning of this world is the need to reestablish our connection with our source / our identity is in relation to, and granted by, our source / don’t just accept this as religious dogma - look deep into nature / by watering the root, the entire tree is satisfied / everything emanates from Krishna, and in due course of time everything enters into Him again SB 4.31.11-16
27/12/202255 minutes
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923: A Sage Must Be Independent & Unbiased

All that counts in life is intention.” - Andrea Bocelli / evolved souls look past the externals and understand, sympathize, and appreciate the person underneath - and it’s palpable / our past doesn’t equal our future / a perfect Vaiṣṇava should be completely independent and unbiased / put the people before the regulations / the devotee is the great reminder / external imperfection becomes perfect when one's purpose is selfless / external perfection becomes imperfect when one’s intentions are selfish / Krishna is Bhava Grahi Janardana - He accepts one’s mood and intention / say his name! SB 4.31.3-10
26/12/202253 minutes 34 seconds
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922: Q & A - Volume 146

Are there any Krishna consciousness nonprofits that work to provide food for the hungry, help children in need, or other charitable works? / Can we trust healing mediums? Make a donation to https://annamrita.org https://fflv.org https://ecovillage.org.in https://www.iskconchildprotection.org https://bhakticenter.org https://careforcowsvrindavan.com
24/12/202254 minutes 27 seconds
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921: Virtue Over Comfort

“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” - Confucius / step out of your comfort zone for growth / real growth comes from taking responsibility and releasing resentment / growth = growing pains / the message of Bhagavatam comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable / the comforts of home reinforce limited perspective / cultivating expansion of perspective from love for my small circle, to love for every living being SB 4.31.1-2
23/12/202255 minutes 18 seconds
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920: Why We Should Marry the Trees



“I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”  — Alan Watts / forests are the lungs of our land / who has priority—humans or nature? / dharmic leadership brings about the Earth’s flourishing / a shortage of natural resources indicates the lack of dharmic leadership / Bhagavatam gives trees agency and voice in its narrative / human and nonhuman - parts of the same whole /  responsible leadership plays a central role in averting ecological crises
22/12/202254 minutes 56 seconds
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919: Trees Are People Too

you never know what Krishna is going to use to bring you back / don’t mistake the flute for the player of the flute / don’t get too comfortable- this isn’t your home / the whole material world is a sad story / offer what you got / material desire breeds ignorance / trees are people too / see every body as a temple - by such vision you will satisfy the Lord / one who desires self-realization and thus subdues his powerful anger SB 4.30.39-51
21/12/202252 minutes 45 seconds
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918: Our Little Mouths Can Create So Much Suffering



our little mouths can create so much suffering / our speaking apparatus is an amazing faculty - very effective in either binding us or releasing us / Yoga is a process of cleaning the window for the sunlight to come in / we can create the spiritual world in the material world by vibrating transcendental words / pure words - relieve material hankerings, and remove envy and fear / Krishna is present where His devotees discuss Him / superficial spirituality sees God in the Temple only - deeper spirituality sees God in people SB 4.30.35-38 For the Live to Give campaign of Bhagavad Gita distribution, text/whatsapp/call Malini at: +1 (669) 289-5563
20/12/202253 minutes 20 seconds
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917: Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. - Matthew 5.8 / what does the heart need to be purified of? / "In monasteries, seminaries, retreats and synagogues, they fear hell and seek paradise. Those who know the mysteries of God never let that seed be planted in their souls.” - Omar Khayyam / a moment of interfaith harmony / destitution is a prodding for Krishna / the yogis ask for their benediction - to be around those who speak of Vishnu, birth after birth / Find people who lift you higher and keep them close / hearing about Krishna relieves anxiety
19/12/202252 minutes 12 seconds
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916: Society’s Norms Seemed Tortuously Senseless / 
Interview with Bhakti Poet & Contemplative Madan Mohan Das

Madan Mohan is an old friends of Raghunath & Kaustubha going back to their teens. A deep thinker and poet, he shares his thoughts and experiences as a youth that led him to the practice of Bhakti, where he’s at today, and some of his poems.
19/12/202258 minutes 6 seconds
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915: Q & A - Volume 145

Spirituality or Spiritual Bypassing? / If Bhaktivedanta Swami were alive today do you believe he would restrict the internet? / Can y'all recommend some slokas (or mantras) that are good to memorize?
17/12/202253 minutes 6 seconds
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914: Love Makes Desire Itself Altruistic



that love should be transitory is intolerable / love leaps over the massive of our selfishness / love makes desire itself altruistic / love plants the interests of another in the center of our being / loving one (well used) prepares us to love all / bhakti yogis meditate on name, qualities, form and pastimes / let’s god’s satisfaction be our benediction / the Absolute Truth is realized in three features / one has to approach the Supreme Person through the impersonal Brahman / liberation is just the neutral point SB 4.30.26-30
16/12/202255 minutes 20 seconds
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913: Lowercase Love Stinks!

“To find love I must enter into the sanctuary where it is hidden, which is the mystery of God.” - Thomas Merton / there’s a secret love with capital L / lowercase love stinks / the reflection appears just like the reflected source, but it’s backwards / our mind and words can’t capture the Supreme / Krishna outsources creation, maintenance and destruction / knowing Krishna makes the world of duality seem meaningless / Wisdom of the Sages came overcome malefic planets / Krishna’s lotus feet are captivating SB 4.30.14 - 20
15/12/202255 minutes 36 seconds
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912: Transforming Social Responsibility Into Yoga

when the intention is selfless, work becomes yoga / “one who restrains the senses of action but whose mind dwells on sense objects certainly deludes himself and is called a pretender” - Bhagavad-gita 3.6 / a sincere sweeper in the street is far better than the charlatan meditator / the devotee does not feel hackneyed or stereotyped / in the heart of the devotee the Paramatma reveals Himself as ever-increasingly new SB 4.30.14-20
14/12/202251 minutes 34 seconds
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911: Ambition, Aggression, Competition & Our Desire to be Happy

am I a criminal or a victim? / Alexander the Great could have been content (right now) / satva guna = contentment, raja guna = discontentment / get off the treadmill / even the #1 materialist is in anxiety / striking the balance between competition & cooperation / the material model vs the spiritual model / there’s room for competition in the spiritual realm SB 4.30.13
13/12/202254 minutes 46 seconds
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910: The Need to Question Our Sacred Cows

“One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.” - Georg C. Lichtenberg / the need to question our sacred cows / the maturity needed to question our sacred cows / there’s always time for questions in discussions of Santana dharma / the danger of giving up independent thought / question - boil away what’s not real - and then place your faith on a more stable foundation / the need to question the sacred texts / the need to let others question
12/12/202254 minutes 52 seconds
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909: Sage Groups - The Unit for Transformation

In today's show we hear from the participants of The Wisdom of the Sages Sage Groups, a way of connecting weekly online, in a small group setting, to learn, question and share, about practicing Bhakti-yoga.
11/12/202255 minutes 56 seconds
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908: Spiritual Life is a Festival - Interview with Krishna Murari Goswami

Raghunath speaks with Bhanu-Nandini about connecting with God as a child while escaping a war torn country, and with Krishna Murari Goswami about the origins of Holi and growing up as a 14th generation Goswami in Nandagram. 40% of Divya’s MasterClass at https://divyas.com/?ref=6799 and 15% off your first purchase with code Wisdomofthesages15 10% off Happy Girl Kitchen with coupon code WISDOM Chasing Rhinos 3 book set at www.chasingrhinos.com
10/12/202254 minutes 47 seconds
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907: I Know But One Freedom, Freedom of the Mind

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery / thank God I am not my mind! / if our body is forced to age, are we really free? / try a mantra mind experiment / Lord Vishnu appears / Lord Vishnu appreciates the friendship of the Pracetas / the mind can be trained out of lust, greed and envy SB 4.30.1-13 40% of Divya’s MasterClass at http://divyas.com/?ref=6799 and 15% off your first purchase with code Wisdomofthesages15 10% off Happy Girl Kitchen at www.happygirlkitchen.com with coupon code WISDOM
09/12/202256 minutes 48 seconds
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906: The Strength It Takes to Let Go

“There are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” - Ann Landers / we are just playing our roles then we give them up / life will go on without us - they’ll be telling jokes at our funeral / spiritual maturity lies in managing  polarities / we want eternal life in a temporary world - it doesn’t work / everything within time is a dream SB 4.29.80-85
08/12/202255 minutes 1 second
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905: Dreams as Evidence of Previous Lives

dreams as evidence of previous lives / “Because consequential things in our present experience turn inconsequential with the passage of time, as they do in a dream, we can be said to be in a dream.” - Spiritual Scientist / The mind of the living entity continues to exist in various gross bodies / our old neighborhoods are like a dream / we’re passing through bodies even during our sleep / shrinking the karmic stockpile / losing identification with the body during deep sleep, fainting, shock, death, fever / understand the purpose of the virtual reality Get 10% off Happy Girl Kitchen products with coupon code WISDOM https://happygirlkitchen.com/ 4.29.66-79
07/12/202253 minutes 56 seconds
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904: Lensa AI & Our Desire for Fantasy



Lensa AI - a dream within a dream / when I want you, all I have to do is dream / we are constantly choosing the blue pill / we take on new bodies based on our desire and our punya (karmic merit) / working out, plastic surgery, makeup, hair styles, Lensa AI - all different ways of trying to taste the fantasy / Bring your warm and fuzzy to Vrindavan / the old want to look young, the young want to look old - we’re never happy with what we’ve got / Yogis decide “I want reality”, and the promise is that reality is way better than the fantasy SB 4.29.62-65
06/12/202256 minutes 7 seconds
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903: Transformation Starts With One Good Choice

Raghu Dreamt of Prabhupada - Kaustubha dreamt of Ringo / 3 apps operating on the computer of the mind - manas, ahankara and buddhi / consciously reprograming the mind / recreate the samskara / transformation starts with one good choice / trap, cotton candy and other forms of junk food / in dreams, do we go somewhere else? - are we somewhere else right now? / Positive habits lead to positive desires SB 4.29.61
05/12/202257 minutes
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902: Q & A - Volume 144

How to practice humility and tolerance? / How to prepare for pilgrimage? / Can you  explain the 36 Tattvas (from Shaivism) in the context of bhakti? / Are there rituals to be performed before Japa meditation? 40% off Divya's Masterclass with link https://divyas.com/?ref=6799
04/12/202258 minutes 26 seconds
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901: Q & A - Volume 143

Should we be detached from our family? / Are tattoos motivated purely by ego? / What does it mean to practice bhakti “without deviation?
03/12/202252 minutes 30 seconds
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900: Bhagavad Gita (What's Your Favorite Verse?)

For Episode 900, Raghunath and Kaustubha hear from their listeners about their favorite verses from Bhagavad-gita.
02/12/202258 minutes 8 seconds
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899: The Maya Dream of the Material World

Prestige is a slippery slope / sometimes you have to make a change and don’t look back / hyper-inclusivism vs hierarchal-inclusivism / Look for lessons everywhere SB 4.29.55-62
01/12/202253 minutes 42 seconds
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898: Love Without Possession

we’re here to love, not to control / our deepest attachments are our deepest vulnerabilities / we are trying to taste the rasa that Krishna enjoys / we can’t protect someone from their destiny / Bhagavad-gita’s formula = being complete dutiful, and completely detached / the love formula - two souls, holding hands, walking towards Divinity / Don’t you get it - we’re all about to die?! / At any moment your woohoo could end with a bonk / Get the hell out of the garden! SB 4.29.52-54 40% off Divya’s MasterClass at https://divyas.com/?ref=679   15% off first purchase with code wisdomofthesages15
30/11/202255 minutes 36 seconds
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897: Siddhartha's Lesson (Mini-Me, You Don't Complete Me)

“the river laughs both at me and at you” / to what path, to what deeds, to what sufferings have we been called? / “even if you died 10 times for him, you would not succeed in relieving him of even the smallest fraction of his destiny.” / “this pain is of the sort that is tempting to laugh about” / Siddhartha lives his past again and comes back to OM / the novice sees materialists with disgust, the master sees them with love / “everything returned again, that had not been fully suffered and resolved; it was always the same sorrows being suffered again and again.”
29/11/202259 minutes 11 seconds
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896: Siddhartha's Letting Go

getting over our pretense / Mara’s a good hearted woman in love with a good-timin’ man / we’re just wandering spirits looking for a way out / the Supersoul is provided remembrance, knowledge & forgetfulness / the Supersoul knows our desires like Amazon Prime / take shelter of the root for all good fortune in the heart / Siddhartha’s letting go SB 4.29.50-51
28/11/202259 minutes 10 seconds
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895: Q & A - Volume 142

How to deal with guilt, shame and regret on the Bhakti path? / How can women navigate the effects of menstruation on their daily sadhana?
26/11/202252 minutes 1 second
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894: Algorithms are Distorting Our Perception

algorithms are distorting our perception of reality - we need to be meeting with people in person more / dance unabashedly / all the sages draw from the teachings of Vyasa / how do we know that Bhakti is not just a concession, rather than the goal? / this is not our real home SB 4.29.45-49
25/11/202257 minutes 22 seconds
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893: Zoom Out & Be Thankful

Thanks to the Wisdom of the Sages family! / Its ok to recreate family / appreciate people and spread gratitude / zoom out and be thankful / choose serving the devotees over serving the senses / Narada has the cure for our material disease / the secret of success is hearing from the right person / receiving Bhakti through a heart to heart transfer / Hee Haw will not endure SB 4.29.38-45
24/11/202258 minutes
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892: Postulate 7 - Evolve or Repeat

Bhagavatam is the thread holding it all together — Essential, relevant, and practical / time comes along and ruins the illusion / There is no material solution / have courage and take shelter / all of our suffering is due to illusion / the only real solutions lie in spiritual principals / we have to laugh at ourselves and our own attachments / Postulate 7 - Evolve or Repeat SB 4.29.34-37
22/11/202258 minutes 41 seconds
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891: Between My Problems & Their Solutions Lie My Attachments

“Every solution to every problem is simple. It's the distance between the two where the mystery lies.” ― Derek Landy / my attachments stand in the way of the simple solution / kindness & simplicity are always the solution / lean into spiritual life / the wise can find great joy with nothing / sometimes you’ve gotta get the mafia involved / the sacred cow vs the tractor / a meat-based diet and economy dependent on cruelty, machinery and fossil fuels vs simple living and loving cooperation between humans and cows SB 4.29.32-33
21/11/202255 minutes 53 seconds
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890: Q & A - Volume 141

How can one apply Bhakti wisdom to the grief of the loss of a loved one?
19/11/202254 minutes 45 seconds
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889: Our Minds are Being Altered by Outside Influences

The influences of the gunas are woven into the tapestry every object w encounter, and every circumstance we experience / a wise person learns how to make the gunas work for them / only when one is content, can they focus inward SB 4.29.26-32
17/11/202255 minutes 25 seconds
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888: Peeling Away the Layers of Attachment



careful what you look for- you’ll find it / attachment clouds truth perception / who am I in this story - wise Narada or the attached king? / peeling away the layers of attachment / the humility of Akinchana Krishna das Babaji / am I in control or am I being controlled? SB 4.29.1-27
16/11/202251 minutes 54 seconds
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887: The Only Satisfying Identity is 'I am Spirit'

the need for material success, popularity, and power stem from self-rejection / "Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” Henri J.M. Nouwen  / don’t get triggered out of the treasure / the only satisfying identity is I am spirit / the soul is a person and an enjoyer in reality / non-binary gender identification mentioned in Srimad-Bhagavatam / our factual position - both one with and different from God / every Starbucks should have a swan 40% off Divya's Masterclass with link https://divyas.com/?ref=6799   SB 4.28.55-65
15/11/202256 minutes 4 seconds
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886: Q & A - Volume 140

What do you do when your guru gives you an instruction but your heart and intuition say something else? /  Was Srila Prabhupada a saint? 40% off Divya's Masterclass with link https://divyas.com/?ref=6799
14/11/202252 minutes 14 seconds
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885: Q & A - Volume 139

Guru Questions
13/11/202256 minutes 42 seconds
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884: Q & A - Volume 138

Can one love, without loving themselves first? / What can I do for Krishna? Is intention enough? / Any advice for bringing kids on pilgrimage? / How does a swami become a swami?
12/11/202256 minutes 23 seconds
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883: Who am I Among the Dwellers of Plato's Cave?

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” - Saul Bellow / How deep is my need for illusion? / Our home is the spiritual world / Plato’s allegory - Life as we know it, is like being chained in a cave and forced to watch shadows of reality projected on a stone wall / Who am I, among Plato’s cave dwellers? / things in the physical world are flawed reflection of the ideal forms in the spiritual world / Is there a source of light that will reveal the falsity in even our most basic assumptions? / physicists speak of a real world behind the world of perception and change / when the living entity wants to enjoy himself, he falls down into the material world / how we both fall and never fall, from the spiritual world / you should try to realize the meaning of what I have said through cit-samadhi, spiritual meditation SB 4.28.54
11/11/202257 minutes 42 seconds
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882: The Message Life Delivers at the Funeral Pyre

how to relieve the world’s suffering / spiritual knowledge as a way of checking the imbalance of values in life, and achieving real unity and peace / “The more directly one aims to maximize pleasure and avoid pain, the more likely one is to produce instead a life bereft of depth, meaning and community.” - Emily Esfahani Smith / the Supersoul isn’t a judge, He’s a friend / how many burials or funeral pyres of our loved ones have we witnessed in our many lifetimes? / funeral pyre renunciation / how many times have we heard that voice and ignored it? / desiring earthly enjoyments, we’ve become attached / we’re allowed to unfollow whoever we want 
09/11/202256 minutes 52 seconds
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881: Mastering the Inner Voice Formula

in life’s most difficult moments, when one feels most alone, we may hear the voice of God within / we have an eternal friend in the heart / we’re still far away from our original home / we’ve been traveling in different forms throughout this material world / we’ve forgotten our spiritual life and have been placed in various miserable conditions / our sense of identity shifts from one body to another / we’re in the process of remembering what we are / formula to hear God - follow the instructions of a master - and then God will instruct you in the heart / just because there’s lots of fool’s gold doesn’t mean there isn’t any real gold 
08/11/202258 minutes 23 seconds
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880: Taking a Picture in the Heart

perceiving the spiritual world in the material world / whatever our view of reality is, it’s going to be far out, and require faith / taking a picture in the heart / when our interests merge with those of the Supersoul / the practice of the disciple - serving with love and affection, giving up sensual enjoyments, renunciation, austerity, peace and steadiness / the disciple cries when the guru leaves /  the disciple and guru are live together eternally through the instructions  
07/11/202258 minutes 30 seconds
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879: Q&A Volume 137

What’s happening in the Spiritual World? / Are feelings of unworthiness on the Bhakti path common? / What is Hare Krishna 2.0?
05/11/202251 minutes 55 seconds
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878: Broken Pickers - We’re attracted to the Causes of Our Suffering

Broken Pickers - We’re attracted to the Causes of Our Suffering Krishna disguises himself as a boatman / Krishna disguises himself as a snake doctor / Are we attracted to things that are causing suffering? / the meaning of life is as simple as fixing our broken picker / the king develops attraction to Krishna through austere yoga / dharma is meant for developing attraction to Krishna - SB. 2.2.8 / the distinction between the soul and the Supersoul / we are the witness in the body - doing nothing / don’t trust your instincts 
04/11/202256 minutes 32 seconds
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877: Practical Spiritual Principles for Us Dented Cans

old death-defying India vs new materially developed India / how the king became fixed in spirit - austerity, learning, regulative principles, self-control / practical ways to include austerity in our lives / Sri Chaitanya gave the highest spiritual sentiments to the most dented cans / Krishna is everything.” Bhagavad-gita 7.19 / “For those whose minds are attached to the unmanifested, impersonal feature of the Supreme, advancement is very troublesome.” Bhagavad-gita 12.5
03/11/202258 minutes 39 seconds
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876: Counterintuitive Wisdom for the Conditioned Mind

the biggest cause of my distress is planning for happiness / beware of being the enjoyer in Vrindavan / if you come in a mood of service it’s like you’re already liberated / material indulgence always ends in indigestion / me first mentality is like Lord of the Flies / happiness through service is the peace formula / all there is within the universe for satisfying one’s senses cannot satisfy a person who’s senses are uncontrolled / if your happiness is from your ego,  prepare for pain / contentment opens you up to deeper spirituality / association is everything 
01/11/202256 minutes 35 seconds
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875: How the Mind Gives Birth to Detachment

Pustulate 4 - let Krishna be the attractive one (because we can’t handle the fame, power, beauty, wealth, etc.) / Krishna is the original addiction, the one that never gets old / the guru gives birth to attraction to Krishna - and the practices of Bhakti / the practices give birth to the varieties of devotion expressed though the authentic Bhakti lineages / the mind unites with attraction to Krishna and gives birth to detachment to external pleasures / a real disciple carries firewood / a real guru is expert in understanding the Vedic conclusion and always fixed in spirit / Bhakti is without selfish motive, and directed to Krishna, the root of all existence 
31/10/202257 minutes 8 seconds
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874: A Model's Journey Back to Bhakti / Interview with Shara McGlinn

Kaustubha interviews Shara McGlinn about growing up in Bhakti, and her journey through professional modeling, acting, recovery and back.
30/10/20221 hour 3 minutes 50 seconds
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873: Q&A Volume 136

• How does a Bhakti-yogi face workplace challenges?   • Can a Buddhist Love Krishna?   • How can I be responsible for being misled by the heart and mind Krishna gave me?
29/10/202254 minutes 15 seconds
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872: Appreciating Bhaktivedanta Swami

On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of his Tirobhava (passing from this world) Raghunath and Kaustubha share their appreciation for Bhaktivedanta Swami by reading a short bio and hearing from Allen Ginsburg, George Harrison, Thomas Merton, and scholars Harvey Cox and Stillson Judah.
28/10/202253 minutes 43 seconds
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871: Real Bhakti Lineages vs Personality Cults

the mood needed to enter a holy place / we suffer for our over-indulgence / we move toward who we meditate on / a devotee has no vision other than Krishna / don’t criticize but discern / charlatans exist in the East too / pseudo-avatāras,-svāmīs,-yogīs and others
27/10/20221 hour 6 seconds
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870: Sex, Violence & Their Relation to Truth Perception

letting go of resentments for Diwali / the loneliness of death / remembering the inner friend and well-wisher / open your home in loving service / starting the conversation with God in your heart / through control of the sex-drive, power is attained / in the presence of one who is established in nonviolence, enmity is abandoned 
25/10/202247 minutes 6 seconds
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869: Dharmic Reversals / An Interview with Dr. Ravi M. Gupta



Kaustubha discusses with Professor Ravi Gupta about the unique role of Srimad Bhagavatam in the broader yoga tradition, and how it presents “Dharmic Reversals” where common religious, social hierarchies (in terms of gender, age, caste and even species) are turned upside-down. Dr. Ravi M. Gupta (Radhika Ramana dasa) is the Charles Redd Professor of Religious Studies and Department Head for History, Religious Studies, and Classics at Utah State University. He is the author or editor of four books, including an abridged translation of the Srimad Bhagavatam (with Kenneth Valpey), published in 2017 by Columbia University Press. Ravi has received four teaching awards, a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship, three research fellowships, and a book award. He is a Permanent Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and a past president of the Society for Hindu Christian Studies. He speaks around the world on topics related to Chaitanya V
24/10/202259 minutes 53 seconds
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868: Q & A - Volume 135

Any advice for people coming to Bhakti later in life? / Am I practicing detachment or avoiding responsibility? / If God is singular, how can we all be God?
22/10/202251 minutes 28 seconds
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867: Fate Ordains That Dearest Friends Must Part



“But fate ordains that dearest friends must part.” – Edward Young / there’s only one friend that we don’t part with / starting the conversation with God in the heart / the wise voluntarily renounce what time will take away involuntarily / the spirit soul is the principal factor within the body / our schools need to engage us with spiritual knowledge / spiritual knowledge can heal us socially and psychologically SB 4.28.23-25
22/10/202254 minutes 13 seconds
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866: My Mind is in the Past, My Mind is in the Future

we try to keep death under wraps / Pompeii can happen at any moment  / fear, dread and resignation at the moment of death / fear for our loved ones in the future / regret about how we treated loved ones in the past / life will go on without us / they’ll be eating chips and dip, and laughing at your funeral / the iceberg of death is coming, destroying love and romance / only spiritual knowledge will save us from the pain of separation / our miserly intelligence limits our love SB 4.28.18-22
19/10/202252 minutes 54 seconds
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865: My Body is Not I, My Property is Not Mine



“… our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross / we’re here for self realization / there’s a bigger ROI on your spiritual life / yoga wisdom could save yoga asana / Postulate 4 - My body is a vehicle for devotional service / sexual attraction is the basic principle of material existence, and leads to thinking in terms of I and mine / who is the real sannyasi? SB 4.28.14-17
18/10/202256 minutes 27 seconds
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864: I Sneeze - I'm a Man / I Sneeze - I'm a Woman



“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”- Haruki Murakami / the terror of death without spiritual knowledge / “Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.” Jean de La Fontaine / death can be a gift to put your life in perspective / our deep affections for family should be based on truth / the chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken 40% off Divya’s MasterClass at https://divyas.com/?ref=6799 15% off your first purchase with code WISDOMOFTHESAGES15 SB 4.28.1-13  
17/10/202254 minutes 5 seconds
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863: Food Charged with Prana - Interview with Divya Alter

Divya Alter discusses her new cookbook, how to incorporate ayurveda in your daily life, the importance of prana and pranic foods, and more. For Divya's Masterclass use our referral link for 40% off! https://divyas.com/?ref=6799  And for 15% off your first purchase at www.divyas.com, use code WISDOMOFTHESAGES15
16/10/202257 minutes 51 seconds
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862: Q & A - Volume 134

How to explain your new interest in Bhakti to loved ones? / Can you pinpoint the reasons why you both got into Bhakti?
15/10/202252 minutes 43 seconds
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861: Inspiration for Our Stay in the Planet Earth Guesthouse

know that Krishna listens to the voice of your chanting / share the spiritual messages that strike you with others / remain clear that we are staying only a short time in the guesthouse of planet earth / do I treasure things that aren’t so valuable? / are my thoughts giving me energy? / finding the small spark in the heart and acting out of love https://www.urbandevi.com/the-inspiration-list/
14/10/202255 minutes 38 seconds
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860: Life Just Doesn't Get Any Better than This!

dying as a spiritually aware person / time is creeping up on us / Time gives birth to Old Age, who teams up with Fever & Disease to attack our body / Vaishnavas are immune the anxiety and suffering of old age and disease / even curses can be blessings / old age can be an impetus for our spiritual life / separating ourselves from our external reality through Bhakti / yoga leads to boundless happiness, truth, and steadiness through life’s greatest challenges Bhakti Tirtha Swami's last kirtan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0B8vOZJ3WY SB 4.27.21-30
13/10/202251 minutes 26 seconds
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859: Observe, Learn, Grow, Love & Then Return Home

we’re here to observe, learn, grow, love and then return home / you don’t need to decorate your hotel room / Postulate 14 - let Krishna be the attractive one / we can’t handle fame, wealth, beauty, etc. / both materialistic piety and decadence lie on the other side of truth / Krishna comes in the form of time and forces us to surrender / our life airs are being attacked by time, along with the days and nights / every time the sun sets we can reflect that my body is losing a battle / for those who identify with the body, time brings anxiety / time brings disease SB 4.27.5-20
12/10/202254 minutes 39 seconds
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858: Material Happiness Will Shoot You in the Groin

what is normal now is really abnormal / the blind pursuit of materialism is a hamster wheel of debt / 
making sense of an upside world through Bhakti / stay where you are but cultivate wisdom / Bhagavatam juxtaposes spirituality, not only with moral decadence, but with materialistic piety as well / material enjoyment is just a thin veneer over suffering / material happiness will shoot you in the groin /  disease and time are creeping up on us / what’s your pillow, that helps you sleep through life’s important messages? SB 4.27.1-4
11/10/202257 minutes
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857: Clear Out Ordinary- Make Room for Extraordinary

the desires of the guru are always in the heart of the disciple / “What is sacred is considered to be ordinary & what is ordinary is considered to be so important.” -  Radhanath Swami / Clear out the junk in your mind to make space for the extraordinary / let your Inner archaeologist dig deep /  Krishna’s Lila as the ultimate focal point / It’s not just cleaning and emptying the house, it’s filling the house with love / the higher consciousness is inaccessible through the material senses / meditation on Krishna’s Lila arises in the consciousness, reveals itself and summons the eternal, blissful participation of those who meditate upon it / Krishna’s dance is the churned essence of all the Vedic literature
10/10/202254 minutes 10 seconds
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856: Q&A Volume 133 with Radhanath Swami

09/10/20221 hour 12 minutes 32 seconds
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855: Q & A - Volume 132

How to associate with “wonderful” non devotees? / How to find joy again after the loss of my daughter? / Can you share 1 everyday practice for people who don’t live in an ashram? / How to gracefully receive worship, praise, validation & love?
08/10/20221 hour 1 minute 25 seconds
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854: This is What Unsteady Spiritual Practice Looks Like

clutter smothers, simplicity breathes / the results that arise from weakness of heart / what unsteady spiritual practice looks like - (1) enthusiasm based on over-confidence, which is thus feeble and short-lived,  (2) irresolute, sporadic, endeavors, (3) indecisiveness and doubts constantly assailing one’s resolve, (4) the battle with desire for worldly sense objects, (5) the inability to uphold vows, (6) delighting in the mundane benefits afforded by bhakti
07/10/202257 minutes 10 seconds
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853: Begging Our Dharmic Intellect to Come Back

once we neglect it, dharmic intelligence does not come back so easily / a mind without devotion and dharma endowed intelligence is like an empty home / worse than the tangible karmic reaction is the deepening of adharmic disposition which steals our freedom / reestablishing dharmic intelligence through giving up false ego and respecting the Bhakti-yogis / battling the voices of adharma in the mind / we are both tiny and significant  / our subordination to insignificant objects / in weakness we buy into false arguments  SB 4.26.14-26
06/10/202257 minutes 14 seconds
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852: Resetting the Algorithm in the Mind


“No man was ever wise by chance.” – Seneca / the lifelong attempt to acquire wisdom / I want your body, but not the emotions that come with it / the mind’s power over us is eroded by hearing (śravana), reflecting (manana), and meditating (nididhyāsana) / working the renunciation muscles / resetting the algorithms in the Mind / what do we need to “unfollow” / coming back to our dharmic intelligence SB 4.26.10-13
05/10/202253 minutes 2 seconds
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851: Cynical Hippies & Stone Hearted Killers

“Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged.” - Seneca / “There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.”- Gandhi / there is something to learn from our pain / “Apart from separation from the devotee of Kṛṣṇa, I know of no unbearable unhappiness.” - Ramananda Raya / cynical German hippies / we’re all spirit souls, treat everyone with dignity / animals are not dead stone, but the killers of animals are stonehearted / attachment covers truth perception SB 4.26.5-9
04/10/202253 minutes 57 seconds
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850: The Ties Between Our Cruelty & Our Suffering

"Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands." - Seneca / lust is the beginning of misogyny / we’ve got a quiver of unlimited desires / a womanizer can’t be kind / cruel reactions follow cruel behavior / global pandemics, climate change related disasters, and war are all tied to the cruelty of factory farming SB 4.26.1-4
03/10/202250 minutes 10 seconds
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849: Q & A - Volume 131

How to practice humility free of shame & unworthiness? / Am I callous or wise? / How to study with devotion? / What is compassion in a Bhakti context?
02/10/202257 minutes 7 seconds
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848: Q & A - Volume 130

How to explain Krishna to my child? / Is it wrong to put down a pet? / Why does the Vedic Literature teach in a progression to Bhakti?
01/10/202258 minutes 21 seconds
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847: The Bikini Cardboard Cut-out Seen Through the Lens of Reason

“When 'happiness' eludes us - as, eventually, it always will - we have the invitation to examine our programmed responses and to exercise our power to choose again.” - Richard Rohr / do we feel invited to resent, complain, feel self-pity…..or examine our mind? / the 9 gates of the body / expanding the space between stimulus and response / the bikini cardboard cut-out seen through the lens of reason / there’s no reward for dancing dogs SB 4.25.24-62
30/09/202254 minutes 37 seconds
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846: The Battle to Reclaim the Mind



“Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.” - Richard Rohr / contemplation is freedom / pause for thought / the mind should be our employee / “sattvic scrolling” / if we could only monitor the mind / Jagrat (waking state), Svapna (dreaming state), Sushupti (deep sleep state) / in the waking state the mind experiences outward impressions - in the dreaming state, it creates its own impressions developed from the materials of the waking hours / Japa locks you into the sacred sound / “From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the Self.” Bhagavad-gita 6.26
29/09/202258 minutes 17 seconds
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845: 2 People, Holding Hands, Walking Towards Divinity

Egoic consciousness is the one we all normally operate with, until we are told there is something else! – Richard Rohr / identifying our common central reference point is the key to “checking the imbalance of values” and “achieving real unity and peace in the world” / my body is deteriorating while I’m in it / there’s no even playing field in the material world / egoic consciousness = seeing everything in the context of the enjoyment of our senses - rather than in the context of the Source that it stems from / when 2 people strike a deal - thinking that the other will satisfy them - they are setting up for conflict / ego consciousness does not necessarily mean David Lee Roth SB 4.25.40-43
28/09/202257 minutes 57 seconds
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844: Bypassing vs Facing the Obstacles with Wisdom

“Faith is not for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them—all the way through!” - Richard Rohr / read 5 Bhagavad-gita versus today / this isn’t bypassing, it’s facing the obstacles with wisdom - so we can grow / giving up on figuring out the meaning of life is bypassing / before the truth sets you free, it makes you miserable / the dream within the dream / positive role models lift us up / what is prana? SB 4.25.34-39
26/09/202255 minutes 29 seconds
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843: Q & A - Volume 129

Idolatry & Bhakti - what’s the deal? / What is pure devotion pure of?
26/09/202253 minutes 17 seconds
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842: Lowercase love, the Demoniac & Satanic Friends

“Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet / postulate 31 - upper and lower case love / We should have a mad pursuit for growth (not happiness) / understanding the “demoniac” mentality / Kaustubha’s Satanic friend / the idea that there is no moral foundation to the world doesn’t hold up / selfishness leads to pain and anxiety / time is running out - Now is the time to inquire into the absolute truth SB 4.25.29-33
24/09/20221 hour 21 seconds
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841: Q & A - Volume 128

How to have better inter-sangha relations? / How to become more sincere? / How to get over feelings of insecurity? / Is there a motive in Bhakti?
24/09/202250 minutes 31 seconds
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840: Did I Change My Mind, or Did My Mind Change Me?

“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness.” - Khalil Gibran, The Prophet / that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within timelessness / spiritual energy means beyond time / why Raghunath hangs out in graveyards / how much of my time is spent in timelessness? / great cultures were built on contemplation of life’s most important questions / three apps operating on the computer of the mind - manas, ahankara, and buddhi / freedom is most effectively taken away by giving the illusion of freedom SB 4.25.27-32 E-mail [email protected] and put WoS giveaway and your city in the subject line
21/09/202255 minutes 35 seconds
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839: Observing My Emotions, as the Inner Witness

“Accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.”  –  Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet / Bhagavad-gita 2.14-15 / becoming the inner witness by disengaging from identification with our thoughts and emotions and just observing them / by embracing the delusion of dualities it becomes impossible to acquire self realization / without self realization there’s no God realization / human life is meant for asking the important questions
20/09/202256 minutes 12 seconds
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838: The Murder of the Passion of the Soul

“Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.” ― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet / austerity feels difficult at first, and liberating in the end / the mind is a computer, the senses are the plug in devices, the soul is the user (and the battery) / our senses are servants of the mind, each with hundreds of desires / attachment and aversion are two sides of the same coin
19/09/202252 minutes 4 seconds
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837: Q & A - Volume 127

How does one know when they are ready to make a commitment to seek a guru and initiation? / How does one chant mantras on beads? / How to let go of resentment?
17/09/202255 minutes 31 seconds
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836: Sing, Dance, Eat & Tell Stories Together - Every Day

“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / we need to sing together / how the results of yoga practice become firmly rooted through culture / Raghu’s recent parenting wins / Brooklyn Radha Govinda Temple back in the 80’s / India is lame (but with spiritual assets), the West is Blind (but with material assets) / blinded by the glitter of material opulence
16/09/202252 minutes 13 seconds
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835: Naked Man & the Box Revisited

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / are we free or are we following the programing in the mind? / shrimp scampi or cockroach scampi - what’s the difference / naked man and the box revisited / yoga is aimed at uncovering the true self, underneath the mental programing / we are all the king of our bodies, wandering with an unknown friend - the paramatma /  for one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached  - Bhagavad-gita 6.7 / we can’t find satisfaction through the body SB 4.25.7-12
15/09/202256 minutes 12 seconds
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834: Postulate 1 - I'm a Lover by Nature

who is Narada? / don't be fooled by the highlight reels of peoples life / don’t work on decorating your prison cell, work on your reformation / never forget the reason behind the rule (divine love) / we’ve been wandering through different bodies and planets / everyone has dormant kṛṣṇa-bhakti — love for Kṛṣṇa — and  in the association of good devotees, that love is revealed SB 4.25.6 https://www.fooseforlife.com
14/09/202255 minutes 24 seconds
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833: Why Isn't Michael Jordan Happy?

“It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / the impulsive part of the mind is programed to believe externals bring happiness - the reflective part of the mind can reprogram it / “I acted and behold, service was joy.” - Rabindranath Tagore / what are “fruitive activities”? / material enjoyment comes with suffering - no way around it / even Michael Jordan’s not happy / when we try to take Krishna’s role we crash SB 4.25.1-5
13/09/202252 minutes 42 seconds
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832: Interview with Gurudas - The Ripples from Prabhupada Carry On

Gurudas and Raghunath discuss the early days with Prabhupada, the Beatles, and his new book, The Swami who Rocked the Worlds, as well as his nonprofit organization The Vedic Care Charitable Trust. More info here https://vediccarecharity.org
11/09/202256 minutes 51 seconds
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831: Q & A - Volume 126

Why do we have to suffer so much? / Is it wrong for a yogi to drink coffee & tea? / Could you share a good morning ritual for someone with PTSD?
10/09/202253 minutes 48 seconds
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830: Be Like Water

“Be like water, making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” - Bruce Lee / the universe is designed to assist us - so don’t be so rigid / the balance of knowing when to be soft like grass and when to be rigid like a tree / instead of sizing up the whole world find the good qualities / you won’t find self worth through others’ shortcomings / to serve the universe - start by meditating on it’s source SB 4.24.71-79
09/09/202248 minutes 19 seconds
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829: Don't Go Wide, Go Deep


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee / starve your distractions, feed your focus / find God in your heart and meditate on Him continuously / One who sees the Supersoul equally present everywhere, in every living being, does not degrade themself by their mind / Kaustubha’s prema breath work / Haridas Thakura become the Namacharya / keep digging into the mantra / keep digging into your heart SB 4.24.70
08/09/202254 minutes 14 seconds
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828: Bruce Lee & Brahman Realization

The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it.” - Bruce Lee / don’t empower the triggers / materialists look without, spiritualists look within / hack away at the unessential - distill the mind / triggers direct you toward your self work / here’s the key - human life is meant for inquiry of Absolute truth / 3 features of the Absolute Truth - Brahman, Paramatma, Bhagavan / you can’t understand a sage by the externals / the formula - staying situated in you social position, purify internally through chanting, and carry out your social duties SB 4.24.68-69
07/09/202255 minutes 33 seconds
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827: Our 2 Options: Evolve or Repeat

“You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.” - Bruce Lee / worship ≠ self-deprecation / focus all our good qualities to Krishna / worship = the development of deep respect and love for every living being / will we run our life away on the hamster wheel, or focus on learning life’s lessons? / we have 2 options: evolve or repeat / the rarity of human birth / 9 symptoms of an advanced devotee SB 4.24.67
06/09/202255 minutes 50 seconds
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826: World Peace Can't Be Done

Srimad bhagavatam - the great reminder / We aren’t selling you a religion, we’re waking up your true identity / excavate your spiritual identity / Bhakti is all inclusive / Let everyone sweep their own door and the whole world will be clean / Check ourselves on giving unsolicited advice / its hard to heal in isolation / friends don’t cosign friends’ nonsense / world  peace can’t be done, but there can be peace in our consciousness / fame exacerbates pain / even chickens are greedy / we are not the centre, we are satellites of the centre    4.24.64-66
05/09/202259 minutes 27 seconds
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825: Beauty & Love - Material vs Spiritual / Interview with Vaisesika Dasa

Vaisesika Dasa and Kaustubha discuss the Srimad Bhagavatam's presentation of beauty & love on the spiritual plane and how this world is a reflection of that.
04/09/202257 minutes 46 seconds
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824: Q & A - Volume 125



Radhastami Special: How to understand Radha’s suffering in separation from Krishna?
04/09/202253 minutes 56 seconds
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823: Thomas Merton's Introduction to Bhagavad Gita

the secret of human life lies in the surrender to and awareness of Krishna / the Gita fuses worship, action and contemplation in a fulfillment of daily duty that transcends all three through becoming an instrument of a transcendent will / the Gita remains utterly vital / Swami Bhaktivedanta brings to the West a salutary reminder that we lack the inner depth of an authentic metaphysical consciousness / without illuminated consciousness, we live life with tragic seriousness / the absence of violence in the Gita’s content, context and consequence / our future fantasies become a repugnant present / “In obedience to that inner truth we are at last free.” - Thomas Merton
02/09/202255 minutes 46 seconds
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822: Cosmic Player-Haters & the Big Flip Flop

Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.” - Thomas Merton / The Big Flip-flop = selfishness leads to suffering, selflessness leads to happiness / don’t be a Cosmic Player hater / real romance = holding hands and walk together toward Divinity / living a life both more serious and less serious than the one who does not sense the inner cosmic dynamism / capital e Enjoyer vs lower case enjoyers / Am I just a child and is my entire life just playing with a toy imitation? SB 4.24.62-63
01/09/202254 minutes 22 seconds
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821: Past, Present & Future are Unnatural for the Soul



internal, external and marginal energies / we’re the marginal engird trying to enjoy the external energy / it’s reasonable to infer that someone is holding everything together / past, present and future are natural for the soul / it’s hard for us to conceive of existence without time / our desire to enjoy in competition with krishna is the cause of our material existence https://www.mandala.org/upcoming-events/chantcamp2022 SB 4.24.61 
31/08/202255 minutes 45 seconds
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820: Inner Dr. Evil, Meet My Inner Thomas Merton

“Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.” - Thomas Merton / atheism is a type of faith / spirituality is about respecting all other spirits / Raghu says Choose! / the external, internal and marginal energies / the body is planned obsolescence / if there’s a corrupt guru in your kitchen, practice Bhakti in the garage / my inner Dr. Evil, is battling my inner Thomas Merton / we’re all are being maintained - grow up and acknowledge it SB 4.24.61
30/08/202256 minutes 27 seconds
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819: You are That! (But Not Like That)

“to be a saint means to be myself” Thomas Merton / sainthood is within us - chip it away / if I’m not being a saint, I’m not being myself / Western salvation vs Eastern self-realization / tat tvam asi - you are that (but not like that) / We are God’s energy yet we are individual / the personal conception makes everything click / Sri Caitanya schools the monist sannyasis / Arjuna - “how can one transcend the material energy?” - Krishna - “through Bhakti-yoga” / Krishna is the basis of brahaman / three manifestations of the Absolute Truth - Brahman, Paramatma & Bhagavan SB 4.24.60
29/08/202255 minutes 45 seconds
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818: Q & A - Volume 124

How do you navigate loneliness on the path of Bhakti? / How to keep Bhakti alive while living in the ordinary world? / How to share Bhakti with my kids? / How to describe Bhakti to someone new to it?
28/08/202256 minutes 51 seconds
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817: Q & A - Volume 123

Can we trust our intuition? / How to get through spiritual puberty? / What’s so special about me, that I found the path of Bhakti? / What to do if you feel your spiritual teacher’s advice is wrong?
27/08/20221 hour 4 minutes 14 seconds
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816: Past & Future Exist Only in the Mind

"Neither the past nor the future exists.” - Yoda / A key for meditation – what distracts our mind most is thoughts of the past and thoughts of the future / the past is not for enjoying through reminiscing or wallowing in lamentation and the future is not for yearning or fantasy, they are both for upgrading the present / the past can enrich the present through knowledge gained by experience / envisioning the future can bring direction to the present / bhakti is transferred from the heart of a devotee / live to be corrected / putting a positive spin on the 10 offenses SB 4.24.59
26/08/202256 minutes 49 seconds
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815: Triggers - Both Good & Bad

drop the mysteries of the universe on someone’s lap / Bhagavatam makes your home sacred / Bhagavatam untangles all difficulty / one moment’s association with a devotee can shift your trajectory / we’re out of our real element / a devotee can trigger the dormant devotion in the heart of another / devotional service IS our thing, we just forgot / getting past the triggers SB 4.24.58
25/08/202257 minutes 12 seconds
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814: Luminous Beings Are We, Not this Crude Matter

Yoda gets it - we’re not these bodies / hear the gong of God for a paradigm shift / we go through many bodies, even in this one life / the force of the false ego causes the eternal self to identify with the temporary body / now (while you’re in a human body) is the time to inquire into the Absolute Truth / happiness is the natural situation of the living entity / the Bhakti-yogi can transcend the influence of time / death is a symptom of material infection / resist the flow of mundane material life - confront your own dark force SB 4.24.56-57
24/08/202257 minutes 8 seconds
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813: My Dark Side You Are. Reject You I Do

Yoda speaks to the reflection of his own evil / rejecting our inner evil through patience and training / light up your life with transcendental practices / hearing and reflecting on truth provides our foundation for life / Bhakti-yoga is all about refining and directing emotions / everyone loves Shiva / its easier to cry / Indra wants Bhakti - the monists need Bhakti / why Bhakti is easier / love alone satisfies Krishna SB 4.24.53-55
23/08/202255 minutes 42 seconds
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812: Train Yourself to Let Go of Everything

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” — Yoda / Dig  in and examine your fears to cultivate detachment / through reflection we fear less / though Bhakti we transfer attachment and fear / Bhagavatam dissipates the darkness of the heart / Fearfulness is the result of material involvement / a real yogi is focussed on ridding their heart of darkness / you light up my life Sri Krishna SB 4.24.52
22/08/202255 minutes 48 seconds
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811: Interview with Jiva G / 
Introduction to the Bhakti Recovery 12 Step Program

Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss the Bhakti Recovery Group with Jiva G and other participants about how principles from 12 step recovery can be applied in the context of Bhakti-yoga, and how it’s not just for hardcore drug addicts, but can help address a very wide range of addictive behaviors. More info at https://www.bhaktirecoverygroup.com
21/08/20221 hour 3 minutes 9 seconds
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810: Q & A - Volume 122

Where do you draw the line between a medicine and an intoxicant? / Is it ever ok for me to serve meat to an elderly, disabled relative? / Why does Krishna give us free will when we are so prone to misuse it?
21/08/202254 minutes 47 seconds
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809: Let Krishna Shine Within Our Hearts!

Krishna tags people to touch our lives / seek the spiritual essence, beyond the external stereotypes / humility is the conduit for Krishna’s mercy / sweet Krishna places liberation in the hands of the devotees / let Krishna shine within our hearts! / the infinite love and beauty of Krishna’s eyes / Krishna cannot check the rising tide of love He feels for his devotees / Lord Shiva Glorifies the beauty of Krishna’s form SB 4.24.45-52
19/08/20221 hour 1 minute 51 seconds
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808: Shiva's Meditative Focus on the Form of Krishna

Jane Goodall on balancing the clever brain and the human heart /  if we dare to look into those eyes, then we shall feel their suffering in our hearts / “If the factory farm does indeed unravel – and it must – then there is hope that we can, gradually, reverse the environmental damage it has caused.” Jane Goodall / magic happens when you start to romance Krishna / imagine Lord Shiva coming up to you and telling you what he meditates on! / Shiva’s meditative focus on the form of Krishna / Call Krishna and he will come SB 4.24.44
18/08/202256 minutes 40 seconds
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807: Generating Pure, Spiritual Energy

Bhakti culture develops the sentiments favorable for yoga transformation / prune the vestigial limbs that don’t serve us / Shiva appeals to Krishna to purify his body and mind / change our choices to expand our free will / our bad choices make us miserable / Am I triggered by Krishna’s central role? / If my pleasure brought pleasure to everyone else, then I would be the supreme enjoyer / cultivate the spirit of Vrindavan within / Bhakti - its a formula that works / declare your real identity  to check your ego (I’m a pure spirit soul) SB 4.24.41-43
17/08/20221 hour 37 seconds
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806: Am I a Virus in the Universal Body of Lord Vishnu?

Jane Goodall’s unannounced moments of true awareness / don’t freak out, freak in / stepping out of the current of time to experience moments of true awareness / the Universe is the body of Vishnu - are we healthy cells, or a virus? / don’t fight the flow - fight the anti-flow / the Vedas are an instruction manual for this human body / “It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with his life, wealth, intelligence and words.” / Sage Engage - we all need to serve / settle into your relationship, career, service and teachers / everything is revealed through spiritual sound SB 4.24.36-40
16/08/20221 hour 56 seconds
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805: Jane Goodall is Feeling the Spiritual Power

Jane Goodall is playing the role of a Brahmin / feeling spirituality in nature / the benefits of ashram life / pure and auspicious mantras make our minds pure and auspicious / happiness through loving service is our nature / false ideas impressed within our minds are the cause of our losing touch with  our true nature and seeking happiness  externally / mantras should be transcendental, pure and auspicious / mantras should be received carefully and attentively / getting into Anjali Mudra / the disciple must be respectful and the guru must be kind-hearted / Jane Goodall gets it - there must be a Master of Integration behind everything SB 4.24.31-35  
15/08/202256 minutes 35 seconds
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804: Q & A - Volume 121

How do you practice Bhakti sincerely without holding back and at the same time, not lose relationships? / What’s the difference between chanting japa and kirtan? / Does Krishna love everyone?
14/08/202251 minutes 3 seconds
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803: Even the Appendix has a Purpose

“All Creatures exist for a purpose. Even an ant knows what that purpose is--not with its brain, but somehow it knows. Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist.” ―  Lame Deer / when you set the ego aside you can feel love in your heart / Others are real / ants don’t need to find themselves / even the appendix has a purpose / Naimittika-dharma (temporary) & Nitya-dharma (eternal) / our passion needs purpose / we need to tie our temporary purpose to our eternal purpose
12/08/202256 minutes 25 seconds
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802: The Bhagavad Gita's Hierarchical Inclusivism

“To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself.” - Gandhi / how loving a 3 legged pitbull can light you up / ego and arrogance block our understanding of God / we are tiny insignificant specks - part of something greater / a gentle person is self satisfied; sensitive and concerned for others / interpretation of the Indian head bobble is an art / Lord Shiva’s cinematic entrance / the Bhagavad-gita’s hierarchal inclusivism solves the Rubik’s Cube of Vedic thought SB 4.24.21-30
11/08/202258 minutes 5 seconds
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801: Calm & Quiet, Like the Mind of a Great Soul

meeting a great soul on pilgrimage can change your life / when we chant with great care and attention, our spiritual life takes off / meeting Lord Shiva is very rare / Kali and Durga are serious women / the mind of a great soul is calm and quiet / our minds are always disturbed / the disciples of a great soul become very calm and quiet in mind / becoming pleased with whatever Krishna wants SB 4.24.1-20
10/08/202257 minutes 15 seconds
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800: Truth, Triggers & Taking It to the Soul

Heal so that you can hear what is being said without the filter of your wounds.” - Dr. Thema / truth is truth / another person’s behavior towards oneself = a reflection of their relationship with themselves / the only answer - “take it to the soul” / truth gives us a framework for tragedy / the rarity of human birth / this is a tough world, but it is not our true home / would you enter the fire? SB 4.23.15-39
09/08/202255 minutes 34 seconds
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799: If Jesus Loves Me, Why Do You Hate Me So Much?


“God instructs the heart, not by ideas, but by pains and contradictions.” –18th century French Mystic Jean Pierre De Caussade / It’s gonna be so great when we finally see God in everyone’s heart / when the mind is conquered, the Supersoul is already reached / Dr. Pain makes house calls for our growth / mysticism (yoga) & detachment (from Jnana) are meant to bring us to the lotus feet of Krishna / to the degree that we let go of resentment and anxiety and practice bhakti, it lightens the load / the point of Jnana & yoga is to remember Narayana at the end / we’re the double dropped dented cans  SB 4.23.13-14
08/08/202254 minutes 36 seconds
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798: Interview with Bhaktimarga Swami - The Walking Monk

Kaustubha speaks with Bhaktimarga Swami a monk who has crossed the continent of North America five times on foot. The Walking Monk shares why he does it, the joy of meeting people, the value of being alone, and of feeling small.
07/08/202251 minutes 13 seconds
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797: Q & A - Volume 120

Why am I moved by simple kirtan and turned off by commercialized kirtan? / Can one attain Krishna Bhakti in just one lifetime, or does it take many? / Should a Bhakti-yogi refrain from wearing gold and jewels / Is the 'evil eye’ real?
06/08/202255 minutes 48 seconds
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796: This Podcast Will End Your Material Life

this place is a dream….you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief / look at our suffering from different angles / we know too much to be able to enjoy the material world / Krishna 2.0 is accessible to everyone! / we need a release valve from the pressure cooker of the material world / transcendental sound is the power washer of Kali Yuga / add wisdom to your practice / this podcast will end your material life SB 4.23.6-12
04/08/202256 minutes 53 seconds
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795: 6 Termites Eating Away at Our Spiritual Life

You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in the “download years” of your childhood, but you are 100% responsible for installing the upgrades. - (source unknown) / the mind is a computer / don’t forget to install the Buddhi app / take radical responsibility for upgrading your programming / examine if it’s real pleasure or just your ego / who was Rupa Goswami? / the termites that eat away at our spiritual foundation
02/08/202256 minutes 59 seconds
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794: Our Souls and Minds are Starving (for Spiritual Conversation)

we’re burning through time quick / it’s not the what’s that make a difference, it’s the who’s / Happy Birthday Mara! / our souls and minds are starving (for spiritual conversation) / beware the termites of spiritual life SB 4.23.1-5
01/08/202258 minutes 8 seconds
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793: Interview with Musical Artist Jahnavi Harrison

Kaustubha & Jahnavi discuss her upcoming tour, her experience of bringing kirtan to the stage, her recent wedding, her father’s influence and practicing Bhakti as a newly married woman. Find out more about her upcoming tour at https://jahnavimusic.com
31/07/202255 minutes 10 seconds
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792: Q & A - Volume 119

How to process disappointing experiences in holy places? / How to view people from different faiths equally when there are long histories of violence and oppression? / How to respond to beggars from a Bhakti perspective?
30/07/20221 hour 20 seconds
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791: I'm not OK, You're Not OK & That's OK

metalheads are people too / I’m not okay, you’re not okay and that’s okay / we shouldn’t sacrifice long term growth by settling for cheap, temporary positivity / more on Karma-yoga / my child has their own higher power / rituals for conception / Raghu draws the line / burn like the sun / when we are inwardly content, we can move gently and with grace SB 4.22.52-63
29/07/202255 minutes 6 seconds
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790: Try This One On-- "Nothing is Mine"


there’s a Bhakti Tsunami coming / great souls are taking birth / Bhakti recovery group is going to change the world / Karma-yoga 1st requirement - Phalaṁ brahmaṇi sannyasya : giving the fruits of activity to the Supreme / trying to take what’s not ours screws everything up / we’re just secondhand creators / This consciousness is called nirmama, or “nothing is mine.” SB 4.22.51
28/07/202258 minutes 32 seconds
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789: All Squirrels All Day

Raghunath and Paramananda broadcast live from Poland
27/07/20221 hour 2 minutes 47 seconds
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788: Q&A Volume 118 / Ask a Swami

His Holiness Sacinandana Swami answers live questions from our listeners at the Wisdom of the Sages retreat at Villa Vrindavan
27/07/202256 minutes 56 seconds
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787: Q & A - Volume 117

Raghunath and Kaustubha answer live questions from the retreat participants at Villa Vrindavan.
27/07/20221 hour 9 seconds
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786: How Many Lifetimes Have I Been Through?

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tullius Cicero / education steers our choices - our choices become us / we think we are independent, but we’ve been divinely cared for / Krishna has an eye on you / Bhagavatam teaches us to Zoom out even more / the material world is a fading dream / how many lifetimes have I been through? / let go of the cactus / in bhakti it’s all good / spiritual knowledge is the perfect benediction / the sages share the knowledge to develop the conviction to break the cycle 4.22.41-47
23/07/202257 minutes 29 seconds
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785: Kaustubha's Message from the Pope

21/07/20221 hour 2 minutes 23 seconds
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784: What Do I Know? What Makes Sense? What Do I Believe?

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19/07/202250 minutes 10 seconds
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783: Q & A - Volume 116

What really makes you believe Krishna is real? / What does it mean to surrender to Krishna?
16/07/202259 minutes 10 seconds
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782: The Sublime Mixed Emotions of Losing a Devotee Friend

the sublime mixed emotions of Mary in Michelangelo’s Piete / Bhakti provides coping mechanisms for the glue traps and tragedies of material world / art is creativity engaged in highlighting and preserving something sacred / "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark" Michelangelo / setting the bar high - Bhagavad-gita 6.20-23 / Krishna predominates with love / what is actual spiritual culture? / tat tvam asi - you’re not exactly that SB 4.22.37
15/07/202254 minutes 8 seconds
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781: The Blessed Departure of Gopal Chandra

with death comes sobriety / Gopal was simple and selfless / don’t miss the opportunities and lessons for growth that life is sending / the key to life: humility + tolerance + showing respect to others, not expecting respect for oneself = deep, constant spiritual absorption / the model of a mother’s love for her child / Raghu renames the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel / Raphael’s appreciation of Michelangelo / Vaisnavas die to live  
14/07/202257 minutes 4 seconds
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780: The Body is a Universe, the Universe is a Body

accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the one you’re with, with all your heart / treat everyone with the same quality of love that you treat those you love the most / the body is a universe, the universe is a body / Vishnu is the soul of the universe / awareness of the Supersoul in every nook and cranny is uplifting SB 4.22.37
12/07/202252 minutes 46 seconds
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779: Life, Death & the Demolition Derby

keeping Krishna at the the center of our life of wacky hijinks / do we pick up exactly where we left off in the previous life? / those who understand life, let go of judgment / we have no clue where people are at /stepping out of automated karma / with every choice, we’re choosing a new body / dharma, artha, kama & moksha / we don’t have to go cold turkey / higher life and lower states of life exist only in relation to the interchange of the modes of material nature SB 4.22.34-36
11/07/202254 minutes 53 seconds
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778: Interview with Gopi Gita

Raghunath and Kaustubha talk with Gopi Gita about parenting, teaching, bhakti practices, and her new book Leadership Parenting. More info at www.gopigita.com
10/07/202250 minutes 16 seconds
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777: Q & A - Volume 115

How do we practically put Krsna first in our pursuits? / Is personality a superficial aspect of the mind or do we have a transcendental personality? / how can one practice Ekadashi? / What do I do if I just can't connect with the Maha Mantra?
09/07/202259 minutes 22 seconds
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776: Spock, Karma Yoga & the End Game

“I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done.” - Mr. Spock / make Krishna the end game / detached work leads to liberation / practice letting go / Gopal Chandra’s detachment / self realization not sense gratification / receiving the blessing of departing yogis / let go of the material world one more notch SB 4.22.32-33
08/07/202255 minutes 1 second
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775: Vulcans Never Self-Loathe

“Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.” - Mr. Spock / being human is an inconvenience, but it is manageable / separating suffering from pain / Vulcans never self-loathe / when we turn fruitive activities into acts of devotion we can understand that we are not different from anyone else, regardless of the form / our real consciousness is getting sucked up / pornography - draw the line and don’t flirt with it / all the activities of the lost soul are performed on a false basis SB 4.22.29-31
07/07/202254 minutes 9 seconds
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774: Spock's Spiritual Vision & Our Unstable Identities

faith develops in small increments / don’t be a shooting star be a rising moon / "I'm frequently appalled by the low regard you Earthmen have for life." - Mr. Spock / treat every little being with dignity / transcending distinctions between external and internal / upadhis - false designations / our false designations are unstable / functional and fundamental identities / the perfect conception of oneness SB 4.22.27-28
06/07/202257 minutes 41 seconds
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773: Death Doula Monday

Let go of your past and future, it’s just you and Krishna /  Burning is learning / There’s a healthy bitterness in the transition of death / surrender is going to come anyway, best to do it voluntarily with a smile / "In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see” - Mr. Spock / Our perception can be clouded by attachment & fear / become detached through devotion / burning away the material body through devotion SB 4.22.25-26
04/07/202257 minutes 36 seconds
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772: Q & A - Volume 114

Raghunath and Kaustubha answer live questions from the audience at Supersoul Farm
03/07/202258 minutes 54 seconds
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771: Q & A - Volume 113

Vegan or Vegetarian? / How to Deal with Chronic Pain
02/07/202253 minutes 2 seconds
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770: Get Off the Mental Platform & Identify as a Soul!

get off the mental platform and start identifying as a soul! / he who can control the mind is in charge / Mr. Spock - “we can control the mind, therefore we can control the pain” / “To give free rein to the senses is to shackle the soul.” ― Theoleptos /  “The ignorant man passes through the world dead to all pleasures, save those of the senses.” - “Sammy” Smiles / kindness and simplicity! / the great yogis understood that ahimsa requires a vegetarian diet / yoga means following, not making it up / elevate the mind by remembering Krishna’s character and pastimes / follow the yoga regulations without criticizing others / reprograming the mind through tolerating the dualities SB 4.22.24
01/07/202257 minutes 6 seconds
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769: I'm Better than This! (The Bittersweet Flavor of Self Disgust)

human beings are sensation-receiving machines / people have little access to the possible world existing beyond their sensations - or do they? / after the indulgence  - how do you feel? / there’s bitter sweetness in self-disgust  / the mind is living in the glue trap of desire / material pleasure is chewing the chewed - spiritual pleasure has newer and newer flavors /  Yamunacarya’s devotion is reignited / I’m better than this! / trade in small L love for big L Love / I don’t want to live in a hope to enjoy life- I want to enjoy life / the cotton candy of material enjoyment leads to nausea / the satisfaction of serving SB 4.22.22-23
30/06/202259 minutes 10 seconds
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768: Preparing the Temple of the Heart

Bhakti is a practice of inviting God to reside in the temple of the mind or heart / have faith in the process / always feel encouraged to go deeper / after one handles the bad habits, next comes the subtle desires / progress not perfection CC Madhya 12.135 https://sanskritsense.thinkific.com/courses Code- wisdom25off     
29/06/202257 minutes 44 seconds
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767: I’m Born, I Forget My True Identity

I’m born, I forget my true identity, I get caught up in the drama, I expire before I learn my lessons, I’m born / our nature is to be attracted, it’s just a question of what we’re attracted to / the ultimate goal for the welfare of human society is detachment from the bodily concept of life and increased and steadfast attachment for Krishna / Krishna is a magnet, we are the iron, our false designations are the rust SB 4.22.18 - 22
28/06/202256 minutes 13 seconds
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766: Pure Speech and the Quality of Hanuman's Words

it’s degrading for a brave, intelligent creature to waste time arguing with an ass / pointless argument is a disqualification for Vrindavan consciousness / if we knew how precarious our situation was we’d do something / good karma can be bad, bad karma can be good / our speech should be meaningful, appropriate, concise and sweet / the quality of Hunuman’s speech / society has lost appreciation for quality speech SB 4.22.15-17
27/06/202255 minutes 2 seconds
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765: Sanskrit Philology - An Interview with Jeffrey Armstrong

Raghunath & Kaustubha discuss Philology (the study of language in oral and written historical sources) with Sanskrit expert Jeffrey Armstrong. Learn more at https://jeffreyarmstrong.com or https://gitacomesalive.com
26/06/202257 minutes 55 seconds
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764: Q & A - Volume 112

Can you bridge the gap between Bhakti and other spiritual stuff? / What would be your advice or perspective on beginners growing pains in finding meaningful relationships in Bhakti?
25/06/202254 minutes 26 seconds
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763: Mental Concoction & the Woo-Tang Clan (sic)

gratitude - start with thanking the sun / if you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled / the ungrateful are getting owned by the world / a grateful mind is a great mind / gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder / freedom comes from simplicity / good & bad are concoctions of the mind / resetting the impulsive mind with the intellect / what is woo for one is woe for the other SB 4.22.14
23/06/202256 minutes 57 seconds
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762: Sing Meaningful Songs, Tell Meaningful Stories

the Sanskrit Vedic sciences have passed the test of time / let's sing meaningful songs, tell meaningful stories / get out of the meta verse and grow vegetables / the appearance of the child sages / receive a guest with humility and hospitality / every week is gratitude week for Maharaja Prthu SB 4.21.50-4.22.14 https://theayurvedaexperiment.com
22/06/202254 minutes 5 seconds
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761: Honoring the Masters

“Forget injuries, never forget kindness.” - Confucius / getting even with those who have helped you / regulating practices of gratitude / Bhagavatam asks us to mature from ritualistic consciousness, to the level of seeing God in others / clarity of vision is maintained through faith, austerity, scriptural conclusions, full sense and mind control, and meditation / the Vedas are compared to a mirror because they reveal everything about the world / may good behavior be my wealth / honoring the masters SB 4.21.41-49
21/06/202257 minutes 57 seconds
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760: Making it a Mission to Serve Great Souls

the root of joy is gratefulness / the root of sadness is entitlement / learning to be grateful before you unwrap the gift / the need to grant status to the wise / tolerance, penance, knowledge and education are the qualities of the brahmanas / Krishna serves the brahmanas / dharma isn’t black and white / making it a mission to serve great souls SB 4.21.38-40
20/06/202256 minutes 50 seconds
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759: Q & A -- Volume 111

Can Bhakti yogis gain truth through other traditions?
19/06/202257 minutes 49 seconds
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758: Superspreaders of the Holy Name

See people for their potential / We aren’t cutting things out, we’re adding spirit /  our work should be aligned with our liberation / Sacrifice foolish speech for transcendental sound / Woo world Wednesday / Our lives are teetering- you might forget death, but death hasn’t forgotten you / This body is a rented vehicle / Offending a vaishnava is losing at Kerplunk / Discern but don’t condemn 4.21.33-37
15/06/202259 minutes 3 seconds
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757: Q & A - Volume 110

How to deal with overindulging the senses? / Why is Rama's name in the maha mantra? / Should we forgive continued unkindnesses? / What to do if we don't have access to prasad? 
12/06/202253 minutes 53 seconds
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756: A Little of the Esoteric Side of Bhakti

On the day of the New York Rathayatra Festival, Raghunath and Kaustubha explain a bit of its esoteric meaning.
12/06/20221 hour 3 minutes 40 seconds
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755: Krishna is the Root, We are the Leaves

the spiritual purity of Madhava Prabhu’s kirtan / Bhagavatam brings fire under the feet and bliss in the heart / pull Krishna back into your heart / the mystery of the universe revealed - Krishna is the root, we are the leaves / Donkey perspective - are they fanning me or are they fanning Jesus? SB 4.21.32
10/06/20221 hour 46 seconds
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754: The River Goddess Ganga

On the occasion of Ganga Puja, Raghunath and Kaustubha discuss the glories of the river and goddess with Sacinanadana Swami SB 4.21.30-31
09/06/20221 hour 4 minutes 1 second
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753: Trade in Your iPad for a Creek

catching echos of the cosmic dance / cultivating pure vision / trade in your iPad for a creek (careful about staring into fire) / the natural opulences /the Vedas are a manual for how to live in harmony with God and Nature / truth of dharmic principles is hidden in the heart of an unadulterated, self-realized person SB 4.21.1-29
07/06/202255 minutes 52 seconds
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752: Hold Me Closer Cosmic Dancer

“What is serious to men is often trivial in the sight of God” - Thomas Merton / “If we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance” - Thomas Merton / seeing the good fortune in God’s plan / we are the bird in the kitchen / the esoteric side of Bhakti-yoga - the varieties of divine love / Krishna is calling us to dance SB 4.20.33-38
06/06/202253 minutes 32 seconds
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751: Interview with Gopal Chandra

Gopal Chandra discusses being diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the importance of forgiveness, compassion and love as he faces death.
05/06/202257 minutes
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750: Q & A - Volume 109

How to help someone who feels they can have no compassion or empathy? / Can you please explain the flow of wealth and power within the Varnasrama system, and how it is different from historical and modern feudalism? /  Is food offered by Sikhs to the Guru Granth Sahib considered prasad by Krishna bhaktas? / Have we been planets, gods and goddesses at some point in our journeys?
04/06/202255 minutes 20 seconds
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749: Don't Blame -- Reframe

“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.” – Plato / the 6 enemies - lust, anger, greed, delusion, pride, envy / 6 more “enemies” to be conquered - the 5 senses and the mind / through devotion one can see heaven, hell and liberation with an equal mind / don’t blame, reframe / the mysteries of the world have fallen on our lap / getting beyond the triggers SB 4.20.31-32
03/06/20221 hour 1 minute 20 seconds
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748: Simplicity, Samadhi & Existential Shifts

“He has the most who is most content with the least.” – Diogenes / all that exists to satisfy the senses cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled / positive spiritual bypassing - bypassing the fickle mind and going straight from intelligence into action / turning up the comfort level makes us intolerant / in the minds of those who are too attached to sense enjoyment and material opulence, samadhi does not take place / Existential Shift #1 - from dharma to karma / Existential Shift #2 - from karma to jnana / Existential Shift #3 - from jnana to Bhakti / declutter externally, helps declutter internally SB 4.20.30
02/06/202257 minutes 46 seconds
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747: Is Love an Existential Reality?

Prithu, a gladiator in touch with his feminine side / Krishna is the friend of the poor / Krishna magnifies whatever insignificant service we do / when the King becomes the street sweeper / even liberated souls take to Bhakti / in Bhakti-yoga the means and the end are the same / snipers are picking us off everywhere! / when the jnana-yogis knowledge is complete they surrender to Krishna / Self-realization is not complete unless one comes to the devotional platform / Shankara’s monism, Bhaktis response and the Neo Vedanta blend / is love merely a psychological, social phenomena, or an existential reality? SB 4.20.27-29
01/06/202254 minutes 27 seconds
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746: The Awakening Voice of a Pure Devotee

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul – Democritus / Dr. Pain comes to Raghunath (reminding him that none of this is ours) / the beauty and simplicity of Krishna’s devotees / the awakening voice comes through the mouth of a pure devotee / let Krishna reclaim you / never break a devotee relationship SB 4.20.25-26
31/05/202256 minutes 16 seconds
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745: Loneliness in the Waterpark of Liberation

Socrates on the sage of steady mind / its as easy to get swept away by success as by misfortune / Maharaja Prithu feels devotional ecstasy / water parks aren’t fun alone / serving together is the best association / Vishnu demonstrates the purity of the Bhakti-yogis’s heart by offering a boon to Prithu / Prithu’s boon - to hear about Krishna from the devotees / when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and the senses become inert SB 4.20.19-25
30/05/202257 minutes 48 seconds
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744: Q & A - Volume 108

How does yoga “clean the mirror of the heart”? / When trying to fix a relationship, can we intentionally resolve the quarrel or it all comes down to Krishna's mercy? / How are we to know when we are dealing with a Perfected Being, and what is the difference between a Perfected Being and an incarnation of Krishna? / What is the Mantra at the beginning of the song “Message of the Bhagavat”?
28/05/202254 minutes 40 seconds
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743: The Answer Lies Much Deeper than Political Solutions

“To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal” Ralph Waldo Emerson / “We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough” Ralph Waldo Emerson zooms out / school shootings & other tragedies – the answer lies much deeper than political solutions / forgiveness right down to the level of the heart / how to forgive when people refuse to change? / this is a lifetime mission - to become tolerant, compassionate, kind, forgiving, wise / loosen the noose of hate SB 4.20.17-18
27/05/202253 minutes 46 seconds
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742: Jacked, Tanned & Disappointed

Beware what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours. – Ralph Waldo Emerson / all we do is desire / desire + karmic merit = next body / lessons from the Twilight Zone / advancing in spirituality means we can laughing at ourselves / Krishna’s not impressed with sacrifices, severe austerities or mystic yoga / krishna fulfills our material desires in a way that we realize we don’t want them / you can be emotional, and equipoised on Krishna /  jacked, tanned & disappointed SB 4.20.15-15
26/05/202255 minutes 10 seconds
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741: Study Like You'll Live Forever

it’s never too late to learn Sanskrit or plant a fruit tree / be bound in friendship not guilt / redirect desires through divine friendship / study like you’ll live forever, do sadhana as if you’ll die tomorrow / we should always be learning / set aside some time every day exclusively for spiritual practice / working on the functional level, with the fundamental always running in the background / don’t become a leader or parent if you can’t deliver your dependents / we don’t need forced religion, but we do need spiritual values SB 4.20.12-14 instagram link: @bhakti_kids_sangha  facebook link: Bhakti_kids_sangha | Facebook youtube link: Bhakti_kids_sangha - YouTube
25/05/202254 minutes 34 seconds
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740: Uniting Duty with the Principle of Love

we’re walking right past clues to the magic of the universe / the stars admonish us for our pettiness / the recipe for inner satisfaction - tying your functional dharma to your fundamental dharma / Bhagavatam ties all sorts of theistic worship into one excellent principle - Bhakti / knowledge of calculus doesn’t diminish addition and subtraction / duty, performed for any reason but love, is a waste of time SB 4.20.10-11
24/05/202254 minutes
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739: Our 2 Identities - Functional and Fundamental

“He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety” Ralph Waldo Emerson / we all have 2 identities - functional and fundamental / an advanced human being is never malicious / even the mental states are of the body / we’re all victims of the three modes of material nature / there’s no karma for devotees / the recipe for inner satisfaction - tying your functional dharma to your fundamental dharma SB 4.20.1-9
23/05/202255 minutes 46 seconds
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738: The Relevance and Appeal of Bhagavad Gita -- Interview with Chaitanya Charan Das

the Gita’s universal question - “what is the right thing to do?” / 3 stages of the Gita’s popularity / it’s not just action that entangles - it’s motive / wisdom lying between the polarities, and on multiple levels / moral dilemma vs ethical dilemma / Krishna gives a philosophical world view with a moral framework for ethical dilemmas / the Gita’s battlefield setting -  violence is absent in terms of content, context and consequence  / reading into a book / gaslighting & knowledge in the mode of ignorance / uncertainty as a symptom of humility
22/05/20221 hour 2 minutes 19 seconds
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737: Q & A Volume 107

How to deal with heartbreak? / How to understand the Demigods? / Can one have pride in Bhakti?
21/05/202254 minutes 12 seconds
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736: Gaslighting vs. the Genuine Call for Introspection

differences of opinion embittered by gr