Nov 01

Sri Mahanet – November 2018

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“When Akrura came to Vrndavana in search of Krishna, he saw the footprints of the Lord on the dust of Nanda-grama and at once fell on them in ecstasy of transcendental love. This ecstasy is possible for a devotee who is fully absorbed in incessant thoughts of Krishna. Such a pure devotee of the Lord is naturally faultless because he is always associated with the supremely pure Personality of Godhead. Constant thought of the Lord is the antiseptic method for keeping oneself free from the infectious contamination of the material qualities. The pure devotee of the Lord is always in company with the Lord by thinking of Him. Yet, in the particular context of time and place, the transcendental emotions take a different turn, and this breaks the mental equilibrium of the devotee. Lord Caitanya displayed the typical example of transcendental ecstasy, as we can understand from the life of this incarnation of God.”

[Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada Purport S.Bhag, 3:1:32]

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Sep 30

Even the lowest of men are liberated by surrender –

“O twice-born, persons who are devoid of all virtuous practices,
who are outcast, rogues, deceitful, audacious, egotistic, addicted to
intoxicants, hotbeds of sin, malicious, cruel-natured, grossly
infatuated with son, wife, wealth, etc. – even such extremely fallen
persons are liberated by surrendering unto the lotus feet of Sri
Govinda.”
Nrsimha Purana

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja’s Sri Prapanna Jivanamritam 2.10]

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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 Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja’s Sri Prapanna Jivanamritam, 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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