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The Teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: Part Two

In this very special multi-part livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya shares with us the teachings of the great Vaishnava saint, Acharya and avesha-avatara known as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534). Though Sri Chaitanya was one of the most important and influential Vaishnava sages in recent centuries, he left us with only eight precious verses in his own writing, known as the Shikshashtakam (The Eight Instructions). In this series of talks, Sri Acharyaji comments upon these eight sacred teachings.

“O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Your causeless devotional service, birth after birth.” (Shikshashtakam, 4)

“O son of Maharaja Nanda [Krishna], I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. Please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.” (Shikshashtakam, 5)

“O my Lord, when will my eyes be decorated with tears of love flowing constantly when I chant Your holy name? When will my voice choke up, and when will the hairs of my body stand on end at the recitation of Your name?” (Shikshashtakam, 6)


They Want You in a Weakened State

There has been an ongoing, purposeful campaign for several generations now to make us weak. Strength is no longer seen as a positive virtue to be cultivated, but as a toxin to be combated. They want us in a weakened state. Let us never oblige them. Never be weak!


The Teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: Part One

In this very special multi-part livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya shares with us the teachings of the great Vaishnava saint, Acharya and avesha-avatara known as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534). Though Sri Chaitanya was one of the most important and influential Vaishnava sages in recent centuries, he left us with only eight precious verses in his own writing, known as the Shikshashtakam (The Eight Instructions). In this series of talks, Sri Acharyaji comments upon these eight sacred teachings.

“Glory to Sri Krishna sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.” (Shikshashtakam, 1)

“O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names. In these transcendental names, You have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness You enable us to easily approach You by Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.” (Shikshashtakam, 2)

“One should chant the holy name of Lord Hari in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.” (Shikshashtakam, 3)


A Call to Dharma


Celebrating the True Guru

Guru Purnima is the sacred Vedic holy day in which the guru is honored and celebrated. In this special livestream celebration of Guru Purnima, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya speaks about the nature and importance of true gurus, and shares the life-stories and teachings of several important gurus in the lineage of the International Sanatana Dharma Society.

“Only one who has a Acharya can know the truth.” (Chandogya Upanisad 6.18.2)

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.” (Bhagavad Gita, 4.34)

“He who has supreme faith in God and the same faith in his guru is a knower of Brahman, who reaches supreme beatitude. Such is the teaching of the Veda.” (Satyayaniya Upanishad, 40)

“Pleasing the guru by rendering personal service attentively for a long time, the aspirant shall always listen with great attention to his exposition of the truths of the Upanishads.” (Narada Parivrajaka Upanishad, 6.22)

“Worthy of adoration is the guru who leads one to Brahman, the spirit dwelling in all bodies.” (Niralamba Upanishad, 30)


The Vedic Concept of Freedom

This evening’s special livestream is taking place on July Fourth, Independence Day, the annual holiday in which America celebrates the victory of freedom and liberty over tyranny. In this special Independence Day satsangha event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will discuss the meaning of Independence Day, as well as the Vedic concept of freedom and liberty.


Understanding the Bhagavad Gita: Acharyaji Appears with Philosophicat

Philosophicat is a uniquely creative content creator who’s channel focuses on such interesting topics as philosophy, spirituality, Traditionalism, Julius Evola, and Perennialism. After a multitude of requests from her audience, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya appeared on her livestream on June 10th for over two hours to answer questions on the Bhagavad Gita and the Vedic tradition.

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The Infinite Nature of Vishnu

The Vishnu Purana is one of the most important of the 18 major Puranas. This beautiful Vedic text focuses on revealing the grandeur and supreme nature of Lord Vishnu (Sriman Narayana), the Supreme Absolute Being of the Vedic tradition. In this livestream, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya comments on several verses from this foundational Vedic text extolling the infinite nature of Sri Vishnu.

“The infinite nature of Vishnu is pure, intelligent, perpetual, unborn, undecayable, inexhaustible, inscrutable, immutable; He is neither gross nor subtle, nor capable of being defined. I offer my obeisances to that ever-holy nature of Vishnu! I offer my obeisances to Him whose faculty to create the universe abides in but a part of but the ten-millionth part of Him; I offer my obeisances to Him who is one with the inexhaustible supreme Brahman. I offer my obeisances to the glorious nature of the supreme Vishnu, which neither the gods, nor the sages, nor I, nor Sankara (Shiva) apprehend; I offer my obeisances to that nature of Vishnu which the yogis, after incessant effort, effacing both moral merit and demerit, behold to be contemplated in the mystical monosyllable AUM. The supreme glory of Vishnu, who is the first of all; Who, while being the one and only God, is the source of the triple energy (tri-guna-shakti) of Whom is the same with Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva: oh lord of all, great soul of all, asylum of all, undecayable, have mercy upon your servants; oh Vishnu, be manifest to us!” (Vishnu Purana, 1.9.50-56)


Vedic Questions/Vedic Answers – June 2022

On this week’s livestream, Sri Acharyaji will be answering audience questions on the Vedic tradition for a full hour!


Principles of Perfect Leadership

In this special livestream event, we will be celebrating the release of Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya’s newest book “Principles of Perfect Leadership”. Join us as Sri Acharyaji offers us live readings from his book, as well as a Q&A session.

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The Purest Devotees – Narada Bhakti Sutras, Session Fourteen

n this episode of the Narada Bhakti Sutras series, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains the inner nature of the purest devotees of Narayana.


The Divine Ontology of Shakti-Shaktiman

The very highest understanding of the nature of God is understood through the Vedic concept of Sriman Narayana, also known technically as the metaphysical principle of Shakti-Shaktiman. In this very special livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains the divine ontology of Shakti-Shaktiman in the clear and comprehensive way that only he can.

“[Sri Lakshmi said:] Brahman is Narayana, the single, pure and flawless one, devoid of any disturbance, undefinable, without vibration, matchless, unqualified, integral, undifferentiated and changeless. All things contained in this world that are cognized, mentioned in the scriptures, or inferred, all that can be apprehended (directly or indirectly) through the three instruments of knowledge, whether of a positive or a negative nature, whether moveable or immoveable, subtle or gross, sentient or insentient, all these consist of Brahman, of Narayana, second to none. (Brahman) is bliss without nescience, pure, absolute and concentrated consciousness consisting of both the existent (reality) and its state of existence; the divine and ultimate goal of the (spiritual) way. It (Brahman) differentiates (itself) in two ways, both as possessor of Shakti and as the Shakti herself.” (Lakshmi Tantra, 8.4-8)


The God of Patanjali

One of the most important philosophers of the Yoga school in history is Patanjali, the author of the famous Yoga Sutras. Though hidden in plain sight for anyone who chooses to read this sacred text, many contemporary Yoga fans remain unnecessarily confused about what exactly Patanjali taught about the ultimate nature of God. In this livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya relieves us of this confusion by conclusively presenting Patanjali’s teachings on God and divine ontology.

“Or else, one can achieve samadhi through the process of devotion to the Supreme Lord.” (Yoga Sutras, 1.23)

“The Supreme Lord is a special and distinct Self (purusha) Who is unaffected by actions, the fruits of actions, or the latent impressions that cause such actions.” (Yoga Sutras, 1.24)

“The seed of omniscience in the Supreme Lord cannot be surpassed.” (Yoga Sutras, 1.25)

“That Supreme Lord is the original guru of all previous gurus because He is not conditioned by time.” (Yoga Sutras, 1.26)

“He is designated by the syllable AUM (pranava).” (Yoga Sutras, 1.27)


Striving for Good Association

The principle of seeking good association and avoiding bad association is considered to be of tremendous importance in the Vedic scriptures for those who are truly sincere about making spiritual progress. Sri Acharyaji has taught us over the years that “We become like those with whom we associate.” In this week’s livestream, Sri Acharyaji deeply elaborates upon this important practice of choosing our association.

“Simply by detachment from the association of worldly people, and by associating with exalted devotees, anyone can attain perfection of knowledge and with the sword of knowledge can cut to pieces the illusory associations within this material world. Through the association of devotees, one can engage in the service of the Lord by hearing and reciting. Thus one can revive his dormant God consciousness and, sticking to the cultivation of God consciousness, return home, back to Godhead, even in this life.” (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.12.16)


There Are No Evil People?

Are there some people in this world who are innately evil, who consciously seek to victimize the innocent? The Vedic tradition explains to us that there are definitely a small minority of individuals in this world who are purely evil in their inner character. Such evil people are to be avoided at all costs. In this powerful short video, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains to us why it has been in the direct interest of evil people to brainwash the masses into believing that there is no such thing as evil people.