Bhakti Sastri Course Material

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Introduction

The course material required for Bhakti Sastri course is listed below. These are on-demand video sessions that are available 24/7 wherever you are. Learn online at your own pace, whenever and wherever it's convenient for you. While there are deadlines, you can learn at hours convenient to your schedule. All video sessions are designed specifically for the distance-learning medium and are taught by Chaitanya Charan Das, an outstanding devotee instructor with many years of classroom teaching. Our video sessions nearly replicate the face-to-face classroom. 
 
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Methodology

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Course material for the six modules of Bhakti Sastri

1. Sri Isopanishad (ISO)

Video Topics      
001
Introduction:

An overview of the Vedic literature

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002
Invocation:

How everything is perfect and complete

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003
Mantra 1:

How to understand and apply the Lord's proprietorship of everything

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004
Mantra 2:

How karma can be spiritualized

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005
Mantra 3:

How modern civilization is soul-killing 

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006
Mantra 4:

Why the Ishvara is inconceivable 

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007
Mantra 5:

Understanding Deity Worship as an example of the Lord's inconceivability

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008
Mantra 6:

How spiritual vision develops in the three levels of devotees 

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009
Mantra 7:

Rise from mistaken oneness to real oneness

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010
Mantra 8:

How the Ishvara integrates inconceivable attributes

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011
Mantra 9:

Three kinds of so-called knowledge

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012
Mantra 10:

The contrasting results of vidya and avidya

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013
Mantra 11:

Integrate spiritual and material knowledge while living in the world

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014
Mantra 12 part 1:

How Demigod Worship harmonizes with Krishna worship 

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015
Mantra 12 part 2:

How to understand and deal with impersonalists – Brahmavadis and Mayavadis 

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016
Mantra 13 part 1:

Logical and scriptural examination – Do all paths lead to the same goal?

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017
Mantra 13 part 2:

How Krishna consciousness and service to humanity concur and differ

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018
Mantra 14:

Devotional service grants immortality

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019
Mantra 15:

How Bhagavan is the highest manifestation of the Absolute Truth

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020
Mantra 16:

Prayers to the Absolute Truth culminate in devotional service

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021
Mantra 17:

How devotional service prepares us for passing the exam of death

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022
Mantra 18:

How the omnipotent Lord guides the devotee to perfection

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2. Nectar of Instruction (NOI)

Video Topics      
023 Preface and overview of The Nectar of Instruction Video Vedabase Q & A
024
Text 1 part 1: 

Combating the urges of speech, mind and anger

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025
Text 1 part 2: 

Combating the urges of tongue, belly and genitals

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026
Text 2 part 1:

Avoiding atyahara and prayasa

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027
Text 2 part 2:

Avoiding prajalpa and niyamagraha 

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028
Text 2 part 3:

Avoiding jana-sanga and laulya 

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029
Text 3 part 1:

Cultivating enthusiasm and determination on the path of bhakti

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030
Text 3 part 2:

Cultivating patience and following the regulative principles

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031
Text 3 part 3:

Giving up bad association and following in the right footsteps

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032
Text 4 part 1:

How giving and receiving gifts and prasad nourishes our bhakti

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033
Text 4 part 2:

Having heart-to-heart discussions with devotees

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034
Text 5 part 1:

Associating properly with the three levels of devotees

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035
Text 5 part 2:

Associating carefully with advanced devotees

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036
Text 6:

Avoid seeing devotees with material vision 

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037
Text 7:

Practice devotional service not for its taste but for its healing potency

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038
Text 8:

How Prabhupada through ISKCON has implemented Rupa Goswami's Upadesha-sara

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039
Text 9:

Understanding the reality and the glory of the spiritual world with its transcendental hierarchy 

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040
Text 10:

The exalted love of Radharani

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041
Text 11:

How love reigns supreme in Goloka Vrindavana

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3. Bhagavad Gita – Chapters 01 to 06 (BG1)

Video Topics      
042 Bhagavad Gita – Introduction Video Vedabase Q & A
043
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 01 Verse 01 to 07:

Kurukshetra’s pious setting and Sanjaya’s mystical vision

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044
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 01 Text 08 to 14:

Karna – Absent yet present on the battlefield

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045
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 01 Text 15 to 25:

Bhima’s herculean appetite and strength

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046
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 01 Text 26 to 36:

Arjuna’s first three reasons for not fighting – compassion, enjoyment and sinful reaction

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047
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 01 Text 37 to 46:

How destruction of dynasty leads to all-round devastation

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048
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 01 to 05:

The spiritual meaning of arya and its current negative connotations

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049
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 06 to 12:

Verbalization without internalization

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050
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 13 to 17:

How the soul is indestructible Part 1

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051
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 18 to 21:

How the Gita’s understanding of the soul and reincarnation is superior to that given in other religions?

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052
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 22 to 28:

Clarifying the characteristics of the soul 2

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053
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 29 to 37:

How Krishna counters Arjuna’s no enjoyment

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054
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 38 to 46:

Contrasting karma yoga with karma kanda

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055
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 47 to 53:

Two definitions of yoga and its general understanding

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056
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 54 to 59:

Seek the happiness that is beyond pleasure and pain

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057
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 60 to 63:

Control, Concentration, Conquest Three stages in self-majesty

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058
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 63 to 70:

Rising from material enjoyment to spiritual fulfillment

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059
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 71 To Chapter 03 Text 03:

Understanding Prabhupada’s strategy in presenting the Gita

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060
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 03 to 09:

Three reasons why karma yoga is preferable to jnana yoga

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061
Bhagavad Gita 03 Chapter Text 10 to 13:

Is the concept of demigods controlling natural phenomena like rains scientifically tenable

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062
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 14 to 19:

Yajnas differentiate humans from animals

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063
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 21 to 26:

Are all the activities of Krishna exemplary

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064
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 27 to 32:

What does the “modes are the doers” mean

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065
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 33 to 36:

Two mis quoted verse fragments from the Gita

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066
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 37 to 40:

What does the “modes are the doers” mean

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067
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 40 to 43:

Intelligence saves us from becoming willing captives of Lust

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068
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04 Text 01 to 06:

How Krishna teaches and restores spiritual knowledge

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069
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04 Text 7 to 10:

What does understanding Krishan tattvatah mean

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070
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04 Text 11 to 13:

How Krishna reciprocates with different people

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071
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04 Text 14 to 23:

How the karma of a karma yogi doesnt cause bondag

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072
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04 Text 24 to 33:

The universal principle and purpose underlying various yajnas

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073
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04 Text 34 to 38:

How to receive and relish spiritual knowledge

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074
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04 Text 38 to 42:

Categorize spiritual knowledge to develop faith and learn to suspend doubts

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075
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05 Text 01 to 07:

Unity of purposes underlies the diversity of processes

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076
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05 Text 08 to 14:

Understanding how the three doers interact

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077
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05 Text 15 to 18:

The four inner faculties that we need to on invest in Krishna to become illumined by Knowledge

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078
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05 Text 19 to 24:

Become a seasoned fighter in the war against temptations

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079
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05 Text 25 to 29:

Fill the mind with the positive to rid it of the negative

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080
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 01 to 08:

Sannyasa and yoga both require freedom from material desires which in turn requires a controlled mind

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081
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 08 to 14:

Applying yoga principles in the path of Bhakti

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082
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 14 to 18:

Understanding 5 aspects of yama and niyama and 5 stages in mind control

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083
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 18 to 23:

Samadhi as understood in ashtanga yoga and in bhakti-yoga

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084
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 24 to 32:

The yogi sees the all pervasive and the personal Absolute Truth as one

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085
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 33 to 36:

The mind’s four deadly characteristics

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086
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 37 to 45:

How the deviated yogi eventually attains perfection

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087
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 46 to Chapter 07 Text 01:

Attachment to Krishna is the ultimate perfection of yoga

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4. Bhagavad Gita – Chapters 07 to 12 (BG2)

Video Topics      
088
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07 Text 02 to 07:

How Krishna is the source of everything

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089
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07 Text 08 to 12:

How Krishna pervades everything as its essence

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090
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07 Text 13 to 18:

Why we need to surrender to Krishna and those who do and do not surrender

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091
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07 Text 19 to 24:

Those who surrender to Krishnetara – devatas and brahman

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092
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07 Text 25 to 30:

Why we can’t understand Krishna’s position – and how we can understand

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093
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 08 Text 01 to 07:

How destruction of dynasty leads to all-round devastation

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094
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 08 Text 08 to 13:

Remembrance of Krishna is essential for attaining perfection through the path of yoga

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095
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 08 Text 14 to 22:

Contemplating on the temporariness of material nature gives us the impetus for fixing the mind on Krishna

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096
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 08 Text 23 to 28:

Differnt kinds of maps for looking at reality serve different purposes – focus on the devotional map

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097
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 01 to 02:

Realization comes when we use our anumana to harmonize our pratyaksha with shabda

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098
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 03 to 10:

Krishna dispassionately and inconceivably oversees the substenance creation and destruction of the material world

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099
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 11 to 14:

Mayavadis and pure devotees are situated at opposite ends on the spectrum of the understanding Krishna

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100
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 15 to 21:

How universal form worship and demigod worship are also Krishna worshipi

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101
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 22 to 28:

Devotional serivce not karma kanda

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102
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 29 to 31:

Five glories of devotional service

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103
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09 Text 31 to 34:

How the Gita builds up towards a personal devotion

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104
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Text 01 to 07:

The two effects of knowing Krishna’s greatness

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105
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Text 08 to 11:

The Chatur shloki establishes Krishna’s supreme position and his supremely merciful intervention

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106
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Text 12 to 18:

How Krishna’s glories are endlessly relishable

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107
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Text 19 to 26:

Let the one among the many point us to the one above the many

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108
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Text 27 to 37:

All opulences come from Krishna but all opulences don’t take us to Krishna

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109
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Text 38 to Chapter 11 Text 04:

Relate with the universal principle of Krishna’s

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110
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Text 05 to 17:

We have no frame of reference for understanding how astonishing the Universal Form is

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111
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Text 17 to 31:

The awesome fearsome features of the Universal Form

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112
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Text 32 to 35:

How the devotee is always successful by the Lord’s grace

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113
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Text 36 to 50:

The Universal Form is glorious but the two-handed form is all the more glorious

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114
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Text 51 to 55:

Krishna’s two-handed form is the highest of all forms

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115
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 Text 01 to 09:

How bhakti is preferable to worship of avyakta, be it Brahman or atma

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116
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 Text 10 to 12:

How our acharyas demystify one of the Gita’s most confusing verses

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117
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 Text 13 to 20:

Cultivating the qualities that endear us to Krishna

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5. Bhagavad Gita – Chapters 13 to 18 (BG3)

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118
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Text 01 to 03:

Understanding the concept of kshetra from multiple perspectives

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119
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Text 04 to 12:

The components of kshetra and jnana

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120
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Text 12 to 19:

The inconceivability of the jneya – how it is avijneya

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121
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Text 20 to 26:

How the purusha gets caught in prakrti and how he can get out

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122
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Text 27 to 35:

How the jnana chakshu helps us to see and attain brahman

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123
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Text 01 to 07:

How the modes bind the soul to matter

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124
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Text 08 to 13:

How the modes compete and how we can choose

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125
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Text 14 to 18:

The modes and reincarnation – progressive and regressive trajectories

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126
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Text 19 to 27:

Transcending the modes – the inner characteristics, outer behavior

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127
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Text 01 to 06:

Understanding the metaphor of the upside-down tree

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128
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Text 07 to 10:

Krishna dispassionately and inconceivably oversees the substenance creation and destruction of the material world

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129
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Text 11 to 14:

Jnana-chakshu to appreciate Krishna’s benevolence at the material level (Part 01)

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130
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Text 15 to 20:

How the tri-shloki Gita establishes Krishna as the Purushottama

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131
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Text 01 to 06:

The godly qualities that lead to liberation

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132
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Text 07 to 10:

The errors and disasters of demoniac modern times

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133
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Text 11 to 17:

The demoniac’s ruinous obsession with lust and greed

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134
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Text 18 to 24:

Krishna provides scripture to protect us from demoniac passions

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135
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Text 01 to 04:

Bhuta-upasana and Panchopasana

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136
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Text 05 to 13:

See beyond externals to understand how the modes affect even religious-seeming activities

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137
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Text 14 to 22:

Austerity and charity in the three modes

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138
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Text 23 to 28:

Raising of faith from non-scriptural to scriptural to transcendental

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139
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 01 to 09:

Frustration is not the qualification for renunciation

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140
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 10 to 21:

Analysis of action as per sankhya

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141
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 22 to 28:

Action and doer in the three modes

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142
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 29 to 35:

Intelligence and determination in the three modes

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143
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 36 to 42:

Happiness in the three modes

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144
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 43 to 48:

How varnashrama paves the way to transcendence

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145
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 49 to 57:

Rising from karma yoga through jnana yoga to bhakti yoga

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146
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 58 to 61:

How our svabhava controls us

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147
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 62 to 66:

How the Gita’s conclusive message is a call to love

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148
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 66 to 71:

Krishna’s eagerness to share his confidential message

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149
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 72 to 78:

Gita removes illusion and restores determination

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6. Nectar of Devotion (NOD)

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150
Nectar of Devotion Preface and Introduction:

Bhakti Rasa and Uttama Bhakti

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151
Nectar of Devotion Introduction & Chapter 01:

Uttama Bhakti and Kleshaghni

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152
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 01:

Remaining five characteristics of devotional service

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153
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 02 & 03:

Sadhana Bhakti & Adhikara

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154
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 04 & 05:

Bhakti surpasses liberation & is independent of everything material

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155
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 06 & 07:

The Items of Bhakti Explained

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156
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 08 & 09:

Offenses & Deity Worship

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157
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 10 & 11:

Hearing, remembering and other items of bhakti

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158
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 12 & 13:

Five potent forms of devotional service

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159
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 14 & 15:

From Vaidhi Bhakti to Raganuga Bhakti

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160
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 16:

Raganuga Bhakti

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161
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 17 & 18:

Bhava Bhakti

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162
Nectar of Devotion Chapter 19:

Prema Bhakti

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