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Simple Living, High Thinking

Jul 27, 2020

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[Bhagavad Gita, Ch 4, Texts 9-15]

Time stamps & topics:

- 9 min, 29 sec: The main lesson of Ch 2 was that we are not this body; we are an eternal soul. The primary lesson of Ch 4 - acting in this world but not being attached to the results. Krishna uses himself as an example.

- 13 min, 5 sec: What does it mean to perform transcendental duties? Can everyday people like us be transcendental, and what does that look like?

- 21 min, 26 sec: What allows us to make spiritual progress. When we see ourselves as hopelessly fallen, we create a great divide between us and God. It is empowering to see ourselves as capable of "acting like Krishna" and being receptive to God's grace. Krishna, our saints, and our saddhus all set an example for us on how to act transcendental. It puts the responsibility back on us to take accountability for our choices and actions, and that it's possible to become transcendental in this lifetime.

- 28 min, 28 sec: Your real nature is to be spiritual, just as fire's nature is to emanate heat.

- 32 min, 25 sec: What does it mean that everyone follows Krishna's path in all respects? It's all Krishna's system, whether you're moving forward or backward. We all come into our lives at different stages of karma. No matter where we are in the state of our consciousness, everything is connected to Krishna in some way.

- 39 min, 45 sec: Examples of what it looks like to detach from the results. Real-world examples of what it means to do your duty without be attached to the results.

- 49 min, 10 sec: To go one step further, how to take the results of your actions and offer it to Krishna - even if the results are not what you wanted.

- 51 min, 15 sec: Attaining transcendental love for Krishna. Krishna's transcendental nature described.

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