Who and what are the demigods and what is their role?
- Worship of the demigods
- How demigods differ from Krishna and his avatars
Additional topics include:
- The intention behind service
- Yogi scientist Richard L. Thompson (Sadaputa)
- The mysterious universe and yogic powers
- Developing love of God [Nine Stages of Bhakti]
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Abbreviations used in these notes: BG for Bhagavad Gita, CC for Caitanya Caritamrta
kāṅkṣantaḥ karmaṇāṁ siddhiṁ
yajanta iha devatāḥ
kṣipraṁ hi mānuṣe loke
siddhir bhavati karma-jā
Men in this world desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they worship the demigods. Quickly, of course, men get results from fruitive work in this world.
It is the living entity’s constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Kṛṣṇa because he is the marginal energy of Kṛṣṇa and a manifestation simultaneously one with and different from the Lord, like a molecular particle of sunshine or fire. Kṛṣṇa has three varieties of energy.
atma – the non-material self, the source of consciousness in the body
kali yuga – the current and most problematic age in the cycle of four cosmic ages
prasadam – literally “mercy”; food that has become sanctified by first offering it to God
- Picture of Arjuna’s chariot
- Kalapa Gram (cave in the Himalayas where elevated yogis wait for the coming of the new Golden Age)
- Nine Stages of Bhakti
- Sadaputa’s YouTube channel
- Siksastakam (Listen to a few verses by Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits)
patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namah
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