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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Spreading the Message of Love - the most important thing in life

by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti | 6,7 MB | Posted on August 17, 2013 | Recorded in Berlin/Germany on August 14, 2013 | Entry #099 |

The most important for all of you is to understand that this human form of life is an extreme adventure to reach the supreme destination of life. It is not a casual experience. There is nothing casual. Everything is extreme, everything is intense. The nature of this world is do or die. This is something very exciting.

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The Perfection of Renunciation - Srila Sridhar Maharaja appearance day

by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti | 18.2 MB | Posted on November 18, 2012 | Recorded in Vrindavan/India on October 26, 2005 | Entry #098 |

Sannyas is a goal and it is also a method. Because in the spiritual environment people are very happy to meet somebody who is trustworthy, they can put their trust in him, they know he or she made a promise, made a commitment and he is reliable in this connection. Therefore I get enthusiastic and want to participate. Lord Krishna calls the last chapter of the Bhagavad gita, The Perfection of Renunciation. He talks about sannyas. Sannyas is a very natural step of responsibility. It is a very important element in human society. And it is also a very important element in the individual spiritual life, because if we become older and we are still attached to comfortable living, to our own mind, this is not such a happy thing. We should try everything possible to focus on the Supreme Enjoyer, the Supreme Proprietor and the Supreme Controller. It is pretty difficult because in this world we want to be the proprietor of so many things, we want to control so many things, and we surely want to enjoy so many things. Enjoyment is a natural propensity, it is something within the conditioned soul, but the only joy and happiness according to Vaishnava philosophy will be achieved when somebody overcomes his separate interest from Krishna.

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Deity worship is not imaginary

by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti | 21.1 MB | Posted on October 27, 2012 | Recorded in Vrindavan/India on November 17, 2005 | Entry #097 |

The Deity is not something produced. Nobody can produce a Deity. But the spiritual teachers can install and ask the Lord to accept our service. And He will accept our service if there is love. Deity worship allows us to make God a reality of our life. He does not need this, He is totally independent. But we need to serve somebody, we need to focus on somebody, we need to be surrendered to somebody. If we are not than our life is lost. If we cannot worship Deities, than we can also not write about the Lord, read about the Lord, talk about the Lord or think about the Lord. Because just like a Deity, this is supposedly imaginary. But as much as you say it's imaginary we say sastra is not imaginary. So if sastra is not imaginary, sadhu is not imaginary, guru is not imaginary than the Deity is also not imaginary.

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Bhava - Spiritual emotions

by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti | 19.3 MB | Posted on October 20, 2012 | Recorded in Vrindavan/India on November 1, 2005 | Entry #096 |

Spiritual emotions (bhava) are very high. They come before prema, which is pure love for God, which has completely overtaken one's existence. Pure love of God is really wonderful. We need that, we need the association of those who love God. Only those who love God are really interesting. Other people who are loving material things, they have not much to offer to us. We cannot offer to them our time, because our time is very precious. If we give our time to those who only have attachment for sense gratification, then our whole human life will be wasted. We cannot give our time to television, sports, politics. We cannot give our time to anything which is not taking us closer to Krishna. An intense eagerness develops in the heart of the devotee who is actually fixed in devotional service. He wants to be with Krishna. He has full hope that Krishna will do something, so that he can reach His lotus feet. This mood is very special.

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Sravanam - The process of fixing our mind on God

by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti | 22.3 MB | Posted on October 15, 2012 | Recorded in Vrindavan/India on March 12, 2008 | Entry #095 |

Unless one's mind is fixed in Krishna consciousness, he can never settle for anything. I think that is a practical experience and confirmed by every entity within his own field of experience. To fix the mind is something we naturally aspire for. That's why we study one author and we get enthused about his writing. But very soon after finishing reading the book our mind flickers on to the next subject. Even we forget the one who previously enthused us with his capturing ideas.

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Euromegalomania

by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti | 22.6 MB | Posted on October 14, 2012 | Recorded in Vrindavan/India on March 6, 2008 | Entry #094 |

It is a great illusion of the European people to think that they are the top race of the planet. They had some development in technology after the Renaissance. The industrial society gradually expanded in Europe. And Europeans started to colonise other countries. Ships, weapons and big idol worshippers. These people were really influenced by the whole idea that sense-gratification reigns supreme. So when the colonialism started, then slavery, enslaving entire countries became very popular. Asia, Africa, America. they went there and they made everybody their property. And what did they tell everybody? They said: We came here to save you. This so called saving implied that they wanted to make them submit to their idol worship. To their crown worship. Monarchy at that time was very strong. You had to bow to the crown of England, the crown of Spain, etc. So they told everybody that now you are under the crown of this place and that place. And if you are not accepting, we will kill you. Where they went people had very beautiful cultures, specifically in South America and India, such highly developed cultures. The europeans in order to maintain their supremacy, they followed this idea of devastating everything else. Meaning burning and killing everything they could get their hands on. They attempted to destroy Indian culture as well. But in India they had a big problem in the beginning. In India there was no religious organisation to destroy. In India religion was part of everybody's family. Part of every village and every town. It was the treasure of the heart of a yogi. And the books and the temples were very important but spirituality was independent from the books and the temples. How many temples were being destroyed in India? Besides Christianity and the Euromegalomania, there was also competition, and that was with the Muslimmegalomania. There is no count of how many temples were destroyed by Muslims. And not only temples, cities as well, entire historic elements of this world have been destroyed in this way.

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