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Overcoming Addictions Spiritually

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.


All-Pervading Vishnu

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)


Practicing Gratitude in Spiritual Life

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 Transcendental Nature of God

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.

śrī-rājovāca

nārāyaṇābhidhānasya

brahmaṇaḥ paramātmanaḥ

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)

śrī-pippalāyana uvāca

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)


Bhakti is the Superior Process – Narada Bhakti Sutras, Session Twelve

In this continuation of his now legendary Narada Bhakti Sutras class, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains in great depth the relationship between philosophy and direct spiritual experience; the subtleties of spiritual epistemology; the differences between pure devotion versus mixed devotion; and the clear superiority of the path of bhakti for the purpose of knowing God, compared to every other spiritual path and form of Yoga.


Narayana: The Source of All Reality

The Supreme Absolute of the Vedic tradition is known by the divine name Sriman Narayana. Narayana is the source of all reality, transcends all materiality, is never subject to illusion, and is the utmost highest of all beings. In this powerful livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explains to us two verses from the beautiful Vedic scripture known as the Sri Vishnu Sahasranama that reveal what is the true nature of God.

“The sages, Pitaras (departed ancestors), gods, the mahābhūtas (great elements), and their effects, the moving and the non-moving objects which comprise the entire universe – all have been projected from Nārāyaṇa.” (Sri Vishnu Sahasranama, Uttara Bhāgaḥ, 18)

“Vishnu is the unique and unparalleled deity in that He pervades the great elements of different kinds and the three worlds of existence. He is the Super-soul of all beings and their protector. He transcends all of them and is not touched by their defects. Thus He enjoys supreme bliss.” (Sri Vishnu Sahasranama, Uttara Bhāgaḥ, 20)


The Path of Joy

Every living being is seeking true joy. True and lasting joy is nothing less than our spiritual birthright. Despite this fact, so many people feel deprived of the joy that they so earnestly seek and desire. In this special livestream discourse and Q&A session, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya outlines the path of joy for us. In knowing the Infinite, you can know joy!

“Bhrigu practiced meditation and learned that joy is Brahman. For from joy all beings are born, by joy they are sustained, being born, and into joy they enter after death. This is the wisdom which Bhrigu, taught by Varuna, attained within his heart. He who attains this wisdom wins glory, grows prosperous, enjoys health and fame.” (Taittiriya Upanishad, 3.6.1)

“The Infinite is the source of joy. There is no joy in the finite. Only in the Infinite is there joy. Ask to know of the Infinite.” (Chandogya Upanishad, 7.23.1)


Living Dharma- Weekly Livestream

From the Introduction to “Living Dharma”: “The contents of ‘Living Dharma: The Teachings of Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya’ cover a wide range of topics, both philosophical and practical. This great diversity of topics is very much by design, since there is no aspect of the human experience that Dharma does not touch upon directly and conclusively. Thus, while each one of these short wisdom sayings will provide a deeply spiritual vision to the reader, some of them also comment upon such seemingly “secular” aspects of human thought as psychology, politics, economics, social science, culture, aesthetics and health. The only way to truly incorporate the teachings of Sanatana Dharma into your life is to practice Dharma in every single aspect of your life, without exception. This is exactly what ‘Living Dharma’ was created to help you do.”


Sri Rāma: Return of the King

November 4th marks the very important Vedic holy day of Dīpāvali. This sacred holy day marks the celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It also specifically celebrates the day in history when Lord Sri Rāma (the incarnation of God) returned to His kingdom of Ayodhya as the rightful king. Thus, Dīpāvali is also a celebration of the return of the divine king to His people. In this livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will explain the significance of Lord Sri Rāma and the significance of the return of the king in our times.

“Rāma, son of Rajaṛṣi Daśaratha, united with the most charming princess, shone like Viṣṇu, Lord of the gods, in the company of Lakṣmī.” (Rāmāyaṇa, 1.77.32)

“You are Brahman, the imperishable, the Truth abiding in the middle as well as at the end of the universe. You are the supreme righteousness of people, whose powers go everywhere. You are the four-armed.” (Rāmāyaṇa, 6.117.14)

“Rāma is the Supreme Lord of all worlds, a lion among kings. Having pained Him it is very difficult for you to sustain your life after offending Him to this extent. O king of demons, even devas, daityas, gandharvas, vidyādharas, nāgas, and yakṣas are incompetent to face Rāma the lord of the three worlds in wars. Even the self-born, four-faced Brahmā, the three-eyed Śiva who destroyed Tripura, Mahendra, the king of suras do not have the power to save one whom Rāma decides to kill”. (Rāmāyaṇa, 5.51.43-45)

“I now recognize You to be the Supreme Person, duly dispatched here in disguise by the rulers of the gods for the destruction of Rāvaṇa, O gentle one!” (Rāmāyaṇa, 6.119.18)


Understanding the Meaning of AUM

AUM (sometimes misspelled “om”) is neither a New Age invention, nor an incomprehensible mystery, but rather represents the very sound representation of the omnipresence of God Himself. In this livestream discourse, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya provides an exhaustive and conclusive explanation of the meaning of the mantra AUM as revealed in the Vedic scriptures.

“By virtue of a little understanding of Aum a person returns to earth after death. By virtue of a greater understanding he attains to the celestial sphere. By virtue of a complete understanding he learns what is known only to the seers (rishis). The sage, with the help of Aum, reaches Brahman, the fearless, the undecaying, the immortal!” (Prashna Upanishad, 5.6-7)

“Affix to the Upanishad, which is the incomparable bow, the sharp arrow of devotional worship. Then, with mind absorbed and heart melted in love, draw the arrow and hit the mark – the imperishable Brahman (God). Aum is the bow, the arrow is the individual being, and Brahman is the target. With a tranquil heart, take aim. Lose the arrow of your self in Him, even as the arrow is lost in the target.” (Mundaka Upanishad, 2:2:3-4)

“Within the lotus of the heart he dwells, where, like the spokes of a wheel in its hub, the nerves meet. Meditate on him as Aum. Easily may you cross the sea of darkness.” (Mundaka Upanishad, 2:2:6)


The Turning Point – Alt-Tech Exclusive Video

This very unique video is the recording of a private satsangha talk that was given on July 9, 2016 by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya to a select group of his top students. In it, Sri Acharya reveals his prescient insights into the social-political-spiritual crisis that humanity is currently undergoing; the events that we are to expect in the near future; as well as his very practical advice on how we can not only survive the current crisis, but how we can positively help lead others into the light of the coming Golden Age. Five years after its original delivery, the information revealed in this talk has perfectly stood the test of time! It was decided that right now is the time to finally release this talk to the general public. We are, right now, at the Turning Point.


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Knowing the Eternal

The Eternal, God, can be gained and known by the sincere spiritual seeker. In this special livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya explores the teachings of the Mundaka Upanishad with us, and reveals precisely how we can know the Eternal! “Let a man devoted to spiritual life examine carefully the ephemeral nature of such enjoyment, whether here or hereafter, as may be won by good works, and so realize that it is not by works that one gains the Eternal. Let him give no thought to transient things, but, absorbed in meditation, let him renounce the world. If he would know the Eternal, let him humbly approach a guru devoted to Brahman and well-versed in the scriptures.” (Mundaka Upanishad, 1.2.12)


The Highest Path of Yoga

The integral path of Yoga is both a profoundly coherent philosophical world-view, as well as the most practical system for achieving self-realization and God-consciousness available in the world. In this livestream discourse, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya shares with us the most immediate benefits to be derived from practicing the full Yoga system with daily dedication.

“Only when manas (mind) with thoughts and the five senses stand still, and when buddhi (intellect, power to reason, wisdom faculty) does not waver, that they call the highest path. That is what one calls Yoga, the stillness of the senses, concentration of the mind. It is not thoughtless, heedless sluggishness. Yoga is creation and dissolution.” (Katha Upanishad, 2.6.10-11)

“Pleasure and pain results from contact of soul, sense, mind and object. Non-origination of that follows when the mind becomes steady in the soul. After this, there is non-existence of pain in the embodied soul. This is that Yoga.” (Vaiśeṣika Sūtra, 5.2.15-5.2.16)