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Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Meditation and Stress

The Practical and the Existential

Ricardo Palma University - Lima, Peru

12 April 2007

Hanumatpresaka Swami

Visiting Lecturer

IECOO (Institute for Oriental and Occidental Classical Studies)

(rev. 18 April 2007)


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on thee.

Isaiah 26:3


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

The Final Lesson

Socrates to his Disciples


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

The Final Supper


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Sukadeva Goswami to Maharaja Pariksit with Seven days to live.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Rupa Goswami


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Srila Rupa Goswami and his followers dominated the world of 16th Century Indian metaphysics.

He was a member of the highly elevated sarasvat brahman community.

Along with his brothers he became Prime Minister of Bengal under the government of the Muslim conquerer, Nawab Hussain Shah.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

There is no place in the world now as rich as Bengal was at that time:

Silk,

Gold,

Jewels,

Spices,

Medical and Political Science,

Architecture.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

They were the masters of all these things, but still they were not happy. So, they left it all to become reununciants and followers of the great Bengali Monk and Saint, Sri Krishna Caitanya.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Caitanya Mahaprabhu was preaching ecstatic Congregational chanting of the Names of God as the most excellent method of meditation in this current age of Kali.

He not only preached this process with philosophical logic but also demonstrated it as He traveled all over India chanting and dancing in emotional love of God.

He then empowered Rupa Goswami to explain this culture on the basis of Vedic scripture.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Srila Rupa Goswami wrote over 11,000 verses in 18-major works and presented a summary of everything in 11-verses, his Sri Upadesamrta, the essence of all wisdom.

tan-nāma-rūpa-caritādi-sukīrtanānu-

smṛtyoḥ krameṇarasanā-manasīniyojya

tiṣṭhanvrajetad-anurāgi janānugāmī

kālaḿ nayed akhilam ity upadeśa-sāram

TRANSLATION

The essence of all advice is that one should utilize one's full time — twenty-four hours a day — in nicely chanting and remembering the Lord's divine name, transcendental form, qualities and eternal pastimes, thereby gradually engaging one's tongue and mind. In this way one should reside in Vraja [GolokaVṛndāvanadhāma] and serve Kṛṣṇa under the guidance of devotees. One should follow in the footsteps of the Lord's beloved devotees, who are deeply attached to His devotional service.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Bhakti

We can act upon our comprehension.

Dhyana

We can contemplate what we’ve understood.

Jnana

We can understand what we have read.

Karma

We can read the Bible.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Buddha and the Bhagavata


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Hatha-yoga & Raja-yoga

In Bengal, 19th century modernizations of Patanjali’s astanga-yoga system.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

The homunculous


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Upadesamrta

Text One

We are subject to six pushes. They begin with the tongue:

The push to taste.

To fill our belly.

To have sexual satifaction

The push to talk

The pushes of the mind and

The pushes of anger

Any one who can control these is happy and peacful


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Japa Meditacion

Mantra

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna,

Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama,

Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

Om Mani Padme Hum

Domine Iesu Christe, Fili Dei, miserere mei, peccatoris

(Oh, Señor Jesucristo, Hijo de Dios, ten misericordia de mi que soy un pecador!)


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Future - Upadesamrta

Kirtana – Group Meditation.

Sanga - Society and Mind

Bhava – Advanced Esoteric Ecstacy


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Complete Study of Meditation

Upadesamrta

Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu

Vidagdha & Lalita Madhava


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Thank you very much


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

  • Appendix One

  • Patanjali’s astanga-yoga system.

  • Yama – Restrictions

  • Niyama – Rules

  • Asana - Postures

  • Pranayama – Breath control

  • Pratyahara - Withdrawl

  • Dharana – Carrying inward

  • Dhyana - Meditation

  • Samadhi – Perfection of Meditation, reconnecting with Supersoul.


Meditation and stress the practical and the existential ricardo palma university lima peru

Appendix Two

Rupa Goswami’s complete yoga:

Adau sraddha- Preliminary faith, curiosity.

Sadhu sanga – Associate with an acharya and his school.

Bhajana kriya - The formal practices, diksa.

Anartha nivrtti – Diminishing distracting habits.

Nistha – Fixed.

Ruci – Taste

Asaktis – Attached

Bhava – Existential ecstacies

Prema – Pure love of God.


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