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Simple Living, High Thinking

Nov 9, 2020

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Bhagavad Gita, Ch 6, Text 1

Time stamps and topics:

Intro - The theme of Chapter 5

6:15 - Arjuna is representing us, repeatedly asking questions of Krishna and having a hard time understanding Krishna's teachings. Arjuna is on a battlefield, about to engage in a war that will kill family members who are on the other side. We see how Krishna is patient with Arjuna, as both a teacher and a best friend.

11:30 - How we can expand our spiritual knowledge through Krishna's grace. When we first start out, our cup is tiny and can only absorb so much information at a time. As we continue to study, Krishna gives us intelligence to understand his teachings in a nuanced way.

20:15 - Unpacking Ch 6, Text 1. Explaining the concept of "he who lights no fire" and the history of the fire sacrifice.

28:07 - Being careful with anger, and moderating extreme emotional reactions. Focusing on a better understanding of the senses in order to regulate them. Those who can balance the senses achieve a sense of peace. Where is my emotional state when navigating current events and our experiences in this world? To what extent are we misidentifying our happiness with external factors we have no control over?

30:54 - Srila Prabhupada's perspective is that this whole process is to help us remember who we are and who Krishna is. If we truly understand this and can put this into practice, then we can be more peaceful. According to Prabhupada, when you're in Krishna consciousness, you're doing what you were meant to do. You can give the world what you were meant to give.

33:58 - Srila Prabhupada's purport for this text. A further explanation of these teachings outlining our simplest duty.

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