Aug 31

Sri Mahanet – September 2018

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The utter futility of life without surrender –

“After wandering throughout 8,400,000 species, the soul
eventually takes a human birth. But that human birth is rendered
worthless by those miserable fellows who are so proud of their
bodies that they refuse to take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord
Govinda.”

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshal Sridhar Maharaja’s Prapanna Jivanamrita, 2.8-9]

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Jul 30

The unsurrendered soul is perpetually deceived; thus, the state of
surrender is eternal –

“A birth in the human species is so valuable that it is aspired
for by the demigods. Those who, despite having taken such a birth,
do not take shelter of the lotus feet of Govinda – they deceive
themselves perpetually.”

Brhama Vaivartta Purana

(Srila B. R. Sridhar Maharaja, Sri Prapanna Jivanamritam 2.7)

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Jul 16

Establishing the New Science of the Concept

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Establishing the New Science of the Concept. [1]
Bhakti Madhava Puri, Ph.D.
July 13, 2018

The Physical and the Mental

The physical as contrasted with the mental, is one side of a whole of two antithetical yet intimately related parts. There are three terms here, like two antithetical peas in a pod (the whole). Some may call the antithetical relation that is involved here an object-subject duality (which is originally not a duality because of the integral relation between thesis and antithesis) due to the presumption of the subject as a separately existing agent [ego] of thinking activity opposed to the otherwise reified being of an object. However, because this thinking activity is directed toward comprehending the inner essence or true self (or concept) of the object, the object-subject cannot be considered a mere duality of aspects that are separate, opposed to, and outside of one another. Rather such thinking activity is the conceptual self-development of the object itself (the object’s own self).

What Matter is

Modern science with its focus on the physical sciences has adopted the Cartesian duality that opposed the mental (cognition) to the physical (spatially extended bodies), completely ignoring their implicit relation. By differentiating what is originally an integral relation, and then by excluding the mental from the exclusive study of the physical nature, they placed all thinking in a separated subject (the scientist) opposed to, and apart from the object, physical nature. Science, which is a product of thinking reason – the foundation of all science, merely became a study of objects that were presumed to be devoid of any contribution from thinking consciousness, which thus became known as material objects, material entities, or particles.

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Jul 04

Sri Mahanet – July 2018

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Persons who do not take shelter of the One without a second, the
Supreme Lord, simply loiter in the world of birth and death –

“O Lord, Soul of all souls, the conditioned soul sees this
universe as separate from You, and thinks it is meant for his sense
enjoyment. But this is only a creation of Your deluding potency
(maya). As long as the living being clings to such an illusory separate
interest, he does not give up the miserable world of action and
reaction, birth and death, despite its utter meaninglessness.”
(Srila B. R. Sridhar Maharaja, Sri Prapanna Jivanamritam 2.6)

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Jun 01

Sri Mahanet – June 2018

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’The only obstacle to surrender is self-asserting ego –

“The Supreme Lord Kesava remains in the company of persons
who are free from a mundane conception of life; but there appears
to be a great mountain range between the self-asserting egotists and
the Lord.”
(Srila B. R. Sridhar Maharaja, Sri Prapanna Jivanamritam 2.5)

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