Oct 15

Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute Report – September 30, 2017

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The Role of Memory in Consciousness
by Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.

“We were talking about the significance of memory,
from Plato to Saint Augustine and also to Krishna. Scientists and others
don’t really have a good understanding about the importance or
meaning of memory and how it affects us. Memory has a fundamental
influence in what we call consciousness. Generally when people speak
about consciousness they don’t know how it is related to memory.
Memory involves thought in a special way, as objectively existing in us.
Without memory we would not have the sense of continuity of ‘self’
that consciousness requires. It is memory that allows us to understand
things, without which we would just have stimuli, perceptions, blind
sensations without their unifying concepts. Some people may only
want different stimulations – they don’t want to think or put the pieces
together. They want to have one experience after another, mere sense
gratification, and that is sufficient, for them,” Sripad Puri Maharaja
continued. “But that is more like animal life. For the human form of
life, however, the cultivation of memory is very important for
understanding God as the source, unity or totality of everything.”

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Sep 04

Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute Report – August 19, 2017

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The Divine Appearance of Sri Krishna

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After the wonderful kirtan Sripad Puri Maharaja began our Harikatha discussion on the topic of birth. “While Krishna is the janmadasya (source or cause of birth) of all conscious and unconscious beings, He also appears to take birth Himself to exhibit the divine nature of this miraculous event that occurs throughout nature. We understand that every individual cell has its own consciousness. When a mother gives birth to her children, each one of those children has an independent consciousness, so it’s possible that one consciousness can give rise to many other conscious entities, right? Within the womb of the mother the zygote or fertilized egg is also conscious but then when it divides, it gives rise to so many other cells. At first it divides into two, then into four, then eight, and so forth. It keeps multiplying in that way. Every time it doubles a consciousness appears in each of those multiples of itself, just as a candle flame can produce so many flames in the candles that are brought in touch with it. This ability to multiply is one of the amazing qualities of the soul and its associated consciousness. When the whole body is developed it’s made of many different cells and each one of those cell has its own consciousness,” Sripad Puri Maharaja explained. “One is more dominant than the other,” Rasaraja das Prabhu interjected. “Yes, one remains dominant,” Sripad Puri Maharaja confirmed then asked “Now how is that happening? Why is it so?”

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Aug 23

Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute Report – August 5, 2017

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Divine Appearance of Lord Balarama

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“Like ‘acintyabhedaabhedatattva’ simultaneously one and different,” Nila
Madhava das Prabhu said. “The singular ‘I’ and the universal sense of
‘I’ represents a difference. In the universal sense of ‘I,’ we are all parts
of that universal ‘I,’ and that is true of all of us.” Sripad Puri Maharaja
said. “We are all connected with that but in the platform of mere
difference, we are not conscious of that universal truth of which we are
a part. Lord Balarama represents that difference that is also identical
with Krishna,” Sripad Puri Maharaja explained. “Balarama is Krishna
but is also different from Krishna. The temperament or sense of
difference without identity or connection with Krishna is called Ego.
From Balarama expands the Chatur Vyuha of which Sankarshan
becomes Shiva who is lord over the ignorance of the collective or
universal Ego.”

“In Aristotle’s philosophy thinking thinking itself is the absolute. We
think, we believe that we are the source of thinking but how do we
think? You do not even know how you lift your arm, right? So how do
you think? What do we do when we want to think? Doesn’t it just
happen – like digestion?” Sripad Puri Maharaja asked. Rasaraja das
responded, “We don’t make any effort to digest, it just occurs.”

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Jul 30

“I was reading something about karma and they said that if you have bad
karma, suffering physically, that bad karma is from your previous life and
what you do now, you will also suffer karma from this life, but in the next
life it would be better,” Zhanna said. “Every action produces a reaction
according to Newton’s third law, and that is also the law of karma. So
whatever we are doing is causing karma and whatever we are getting is
karma also. What we need to do is find out what is the root cause of karma
and how to free ourselves from that.” Sripad Puri Maharaja said.
“Basically, by serving Krishna and His devotees such actions free us from
karma and prepare the way for liberation from the karmic world of birth
and death, and entrance to the eternal world of divine love.

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Jul 23

Neurology, Phrenology, Astrology

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A person [a spiritual entity] has subjective experiences, he has a brain that has neurons whose firings can be detected by machine M. The person (experiencer) looks at a pattern P and the Machine M records a pattern Pm of neuron firings. A decoder then correlates the pattern Pm with the pattern P as identical. This is the process called brain reading.

A phrenologist correlates bumps on the head by a similar process. By correlating the characteristics of persons with certain bump patterns they can then determine the characteristics of persons simply by feeling their heads.

Astrology can do the same thing by correlating the pattern of stars and planets at birth with certain characteristics of people born under those celestial patterns. This can all be made very complex as we find in computerized astrology programs.

The Chinese beat a gong whenever the Moon dog comes to eat the Sun god during a solar eclipse. Every time they do it it works. So much for the empirical correlational/modeling/mapping method of ‘science.’ Can such a method ever explain anything or can it only ever be simply metaphor?

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