The following extraordinary video was filmed in 2017 at a Theravada Buddhist temple. The great Vedic guru and Yoga Master Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya can be seen in the center of the screen meditating in complete yogic stillness with several of his disciples sitting near him as Buddhist monks recite sacred sutras. Sri Acharyaji and his disciples did not know at the time that they were being filmed. This video is a vivid example of the power of stillness in meditation.
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Vaivasvata Manu is the progenitor and father of the human race. It is from Manu that all noble and true human beings descend. It is for this reason that human beings are known in Sanskrit as Manushya, or descendants of Manu. Manu is known to be the author of the Manava Dharma Shastra, one of the most profoundly instructive and enlightening of the Vedic scriptures. In this special livestream discourse, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will shed light on several verses from this beautiful text that reveal the spiritual path taught by Manu.
“Studying the Veda, (practicing) austerities, (the acquisition of true) knowledge, the subjugation of the organs, abstention from doing injury, and serving the guru are the best means for attaining supreme bliss.” (Manava Dharma Shastra, 12.83)
“Whatever is hard to be traversed, whatever is hard to be attained, whatever is hard to be reached, whatever is hard to be performed, all (this) may be accomplished by austerities; for austerity (possesses a power) which it is difficult to surpass.” (Manava Dharma Shastra, 11.238)
“As a fire in one moment consumes with its bright flame the fuel that has been placed on it, even so he who knows the Veda destroys all guilt by the fire of knowledge.” (Manava Dharma Shastra, 11.246)
Every one of us have had to face evil at one point or another in our lives. Whether that evil is in the form of demonic metaphysical entities, angry ghosts and spirits, or psychopathic humans beings who we have had the misfortune of meeting in our lives, such evil entities can drain us of our energy, scare us, or even harm and traumatize us. We do not, however, have to suffer the presence of such evil beings. We can defend ourself from them – and even defeat them! In this very special livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will reveal to us the powerful Narasingha Kavacha mantra that is guaranteed to defeat such evil beings.
Join us for this powerful live meditation as Sri Acharyaji chants this sacred mantra with us 108 times: Aum Namo Bhagavate Narasinghaya
Whether you aspire to be a spiritual practitioner or a successful person materially…to become a sage, or a leader or a king, the only way that you can achieve your goal is by never giving up! In this very special talk, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya comments on an inspiring verse from the epic Mahabharata and he teaches us how to take control of our destiny!
“O my son Yudhishthira, you should always exert yourself with diligence, for without diligence of exertion mere destiny never accomplishes the objects cherished by kings. These two – exertion and destiny – are equal in their operation. Of them, however, I regard exertion to be superior, for destiny is ascertained from the results of what is begun with exertion. Do not indulge in grief if what is commenced ends disastrously, for you should then exert yourself in the same act with redoubled attention. This is the high duty of kings.” (Mahabharata, Book 12; Shanti Parva; Rajadharma-anushasana Parva; 56)
What is the highest aspect of God that should be worshiped in the Kali Yuga, and what is the most effective means of worshiping Him? In this historic livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya reveals the answers to these two important questions by providing us with the conclusive purport to an important verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam.
“It is certainly the case that in this Age of Kali wise men worship, through sacrificial rituals predominantly consisting of reciting the names of the Lord and singing praises to Him, the Lord who is of a dark-blue color, though He is bright in luster, who is accompanied by His associates, flawless in all of His limbs, equipped with His weapons, and served by His attendants.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.5.32) (Translation by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya)
Can some individuals seem on the surface level to be engaging in Vedic religious practices, while in actuality having crass materialistic motivations as their goal? As Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains in session thirteen of his legendary Narada Bhakti Sutras class, there have always been religious materialists – people who practice religion for the sake of material advancement, gratification of ego, fame and greed. Indeed, it is precisely religious materialism that fuels much of the modern New Age phenomenon, as well as fundamentalism and the prevalence of fraudulent “gurus” today. Sri Acharyaji shows us in his commentary on the Narada Bhakti Sutras how to transcend such crass religious materialism, and how to achieve pure and true spiritual liberation.
Join us for this very special livestream event as Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya answers spiritual questions in his last livestream for 2021. May Sriman Narayana bless all His sincere and virtuous devotees for the new year!
A Great Spiritual Awakening is presently occurring among multiple millions of good people throughout the world. The future will be one in which Dharma (God’s Natural Laws) is on the ascendency, evil is vanquished, and God’s devotees are victorious!
In order to help facilitate the ultimate triumph of hope, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya has proclaimed Sunday, December 26th, “Holy Name Day”. On this day, at 7pm Central Standard Time, we are encouraging millions of people throughout the entire world to recite the holy names of God 108 times.
The specific mantra that we are asking you to recite is:
Aum Namo Narayanaya
With millions of devotees united in reciting the holy name of God at the same time, we will pray for personal empowerment from God to heal our families and our Earth, to restore hope to our hearts, and to empower us personally to restore Dharma in this world. Please join us all on Sunday, December 26th at 7pm (CST) for this sacred, worldwide spiritual event.
According to the Bhavishya Purana (one of the traditionally accepted scriptural texts comprising the 18 Puranas), Jesus was not a follower of the Abrahamic tradition. In actuality, his Sanskrit name was Isha Putra (“Son of God”) and he was a Dharma Master whose mission was to teach the Vedic path to the Abrahamists of the Middle East. In this very unique talk, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya reveals to us the esoteric teachings of Isha Putra, the Vedic Jesus!
“The king asked, ‘Who are you sir?’ ‘You should know that I am Isha Putra, the Son of God’, he replied blissfully, and ‘am born of a virgin.’” (Bhavishya Purana, Chaturyuga Khanda, Dvitiyadhyayah, 19.23)
“‘I am the expounder of the religion of the mlecchas and I strictly adhere to the Absolute Truth.’ Hearing this the king enquired, ‘What are the principles of Dharma according to your opinion?’ (Bhavishya Purana, Chaturyuga Khanda, Dvitiyadhyayah, 19.24)
“[Isha Putra (Jesus) declared] Please hear, Oh king, which Dharmic principles I have established among the barbarians (mlecchas). The living entity is subject to good and bad contaminations. The mind should be purified by taking recourse of proper conduct and the performance of meditation on the chanting of the holy names of God (japa). By chanting the holy names one attains the highest purity. Just as the immovable sun attracts the elements of all living beings from all directions, in the same way the Lord (Narayana) of the Surya Mandala [solar realm], who is fixed and all-attractive, attracts the hearts of all living creatures. Thus, by following spiritual principles, speaking truthful words, by mental harmony and by meditation, Oh descendant of Manu, one should worship that immovable Lord.” (Bhavishya Purana, Chaturyuga Khanda, Dvitiyadhyayah, 19.27-29)
“Having placed the eternally pure and auspicious form of the Supreme Lord in my heart, O protector of the earth planet, I preached these principles through the mlecchas’ own faith and thus my name became ‘Isha-Masiha’ (Jesus the Messiah).” (Bhavishya Purana, Chaturyuga Khanda, Dvitiyadhyayah, 19.30)
One of the most spiritually debilitating behaviors that a person can chose to be trapped by is negativity. Negativity keeps us from making the right choices; from being in connection with reality; and from achieving anything good in either the material or spiritual dimensions of our lives. In this inspiring video, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains to us how we can defeat negativity in our lives, and enjoy the very real happiness that we all truly desire.
In this very special livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will be commenting on two verses from the Gitartha Samgraha, written by the great Vaishnava guru Sri Yamuna Acharya.
The Gitartha Samgraha (“Compilation on the Meaning of the Bhagavad Gita”) is not a Vedic scripture, but is Sri Yamuna Acharya’s famous summary commentary on the essence of the Bhagavad Gita.
“In the scripture known as the Bhagavad Gita, Narayana, the Supreme Brahman, is declared. He is attainable by Bhakti alone, which is to be brought about by the observance of one’s own Dharma, acquisition of knowledge and renunciation of attachment.” (Gitārtha Samgraha of Sri Yamuna Acharya, 1)
“When one’s nescience is removed and one perceives the self as subservient to the Supreme, one attains supreme devotion and through it alone reaches His realm. There is vaidhi-bhakti or discipline-bound devotion. Next there is para-bhakti (higher devotion of love). Then there is the final stage parama-bhakti or pre-eminently supreme love.” (Gitārtha Samgraha of Sri Yamuna Acharya, 26)
One of the most terrible tragedies experienced by so many millions of people today has been the debilitating problem of addictions. Whether we are speaking of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, video games, raging emotions or pornography, addictions have brought about a degree of suffering to the lives of millions that is unimaginable. In this moving video, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya addresses a viewer’s question on how to overcome addictions with tremendous compassion, directness and wise insight. The root causes of addiction are ultimately a spiritual deficiency. The solution is, likewise, a spiritual answer.
One of the most important features of God’s nature is that He pervades all of spiritual and material reality. In this livestream discourse and Q&A session, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya gives us a glipse of the all-pervasive nature of Vishnu. “Śrī Pippalāyana said: Nārāyaṇa is the cause of the creation, maintenance and destruction of this universe, yet He has no prior cause. He pervades the various states of wakefulness, dreaming and unconscious deep sleep and also exists beyond them. By entering the body of every living being as the Supersoul, He enlivens the body, senses, life airs and mental activities, and thus all the subtle and gross organs of the body begin their functions. My dear King, know that Nārāyaṇa to be the Supreme.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.3.35)
One of the most important principles that the religious tradition of Sanatana Dharma teaches us is that we are at all times surrounded by the blessings and grace of God. Despite the fact that God is always bestowing His blessings upon us, many of us struggle to be aware of God’s tremendous gifts in our lives. In this exclusive talk that was delivered February 27, 2021 on the ISDS Discord server, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya shares with us the nature of God’s blessings, as well as the importance of cultivating a deeper sense of appreciation, gratitude and thanksgiving in our lives. If you wish to receive God’s blessings, then be a blessing in the lives of others.
The nature of God is one of the most important philosophical/theological topics to be understood. According to the Vedic scriptures and the tradition of Sanatana Dharma, God transcends all materiality, illusion, faults and defects. God is never – ever – subject to illusion. In this livestream talk, Sri Dharma Prvartaka Acharya discusses the transcendental nature of God by examining two verses from the Srimad Bhagavatam.
niṣṭhām arhatha no vaktuṁ
yūyaṁ hi brahma-vittamāḥ
“King Nimi inquired: Please explain to me the transcendental situation of the Supreme Lord, Nārāyaṇa, who is Himself the Absolute Truth and the Supersoul of everyone. You can explain this to me, because you are all most expert in transcendental knowledge. (Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.3.34)
sthity-udbhava-pralaya-hetur ahetur asya
yat svapna-jāgara-suṣuptiṣu sad bahiś ca
dehendriyāsu-hṛdayāni caranti yena
sañjīvitāni tad avehi paraṁ narendra
“Śrī Pippalāyana said: Nārāyaṇa is the cause of the creation, maintenance and destruction of this universe, yet He has no prior cause. He pervades the various states of wakefulness, dreaming and unconscious deep sleep and also exists beyond them. By entering the body of every living being as the Supersoul, He enlivens the body, senses, life airs and mental activities, and thus all the subtle and gross organs of the body begin their functions. My dear King, know that Nārāyaṇa to be the Supreme.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.3.35)