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Befriending the Mind
    • Understanding the Mind
      • Its Role
      • Its own Character
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Horse Riding,

Archery

&

Meditation

In

Krishna Consciousness

The Big Picture (sādhana: leading straight to a goal , guiding well)

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The Bhagavad Gita

8.5

anta-kale ca mam eva smaran muktva kalevaram yah prayati sa mad-bhavam yati nasty atra samsayah

“And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.”

The Target: Complete Meditation at the Time of Death

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The Bhagavad Gita

8.6

yam yam vapi smaran bhavam tyajaty ante kalevaram tam tam evaiti kaunteya sada tad-bhava-bhavitah

“Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.

Missing the mark: Transmigration of the Soul

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The Bhagavad Gita

6.6

bandhur atmatmanas tasya yenatmaivatmana jitah anatmanas tu satrutve vartetatmaiva satru-vat

“For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy.”

The Means of Support: Befriending the Mind

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Intoxicated

Or

Untrained

Animal

Live life in

“Rodeo Consciousness”

Mind is like a Horse

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Sober,

Trained

Mind

Greater maturity,

more focus

in life.

To this, add Transcendental Knowledge.

Mind is like a Horse

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The Bhagavad Gita

4.38

“In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism…”

Transcendental Knowledge

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The “Internal Factory” (antah-karana)

Buddhi (Higher Mind / Intelligence)

Decide, judge, and make cognitive discriminations and differentiations.

Gateway to Inner Wisdom.

Citta (Deep subconsious Memory)

Stores latent impressions and experiences.

Produces random thought patterns when idle.

Manas (Lower Mind)

Interface between external sense perception and Intelligence.

Questioning and doubting nature – becomes dangerous when the Intelligence is Clouded

Basics of Vedic psychology

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SPIRITUAL INSTRUCTION: from the Great Teachers

FULCRUM: Mind

CONDITIONED SOUL: Ourselves

Mind as an instrument of acquiring Transcendental Knowledge

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Soul in a covered condition

Mind

Fixed in Firm Faith & Determination

Mind as an instrument of acquiring Transcendental Knowledge

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Hearing Spiritual Instructions

Soul in a covered condition

Mind

Fixed in Firm Faith & Determination

Mind as an instrument of acquiring Transcendental Knowledge

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Elevated Consciousness

Spiritual Instructions

Mind

Fixed in Firm Faith & Determination

Mind as an instrument of acquiring Transcendental Knowledge

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The Power of Love
  • The Object of Meditation
    • Personal or Impersonal?
    • God appears, and God is LightTo those poor souls who dwell in Night,But does a Human Form displayTo those who dwell in realms of Day.
    • - William Blake
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The Maha-Mantra

Haré Krishna Haré Krishna

Krishna Krishna Haré Haré

Haré Rāma Haré Rāma

Rāma Rāma Haré Haré

Harā = Divine Energy

Krishna = All-attractive

Rāma = Ocean of Bliss

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