Truths about life from the timeless wisdom of the Bhakti-yoga tradition - fun, relevant, and deep. Learn about dharma, yoga, bhakti, and how it relates to all the basic questions of life. This show is about how to live your best life, let go of the external distractions, and uncover the spiritual happiness that lies within the heart as the true nature of the soul.
Raghunath and Kaustubha's connection goes back to their teens in the New York Hardcore Punk Scene of the early 80s, through serving together as Bhakti-yogi monks in the 90's, to sharing their experiences in the world of yoga in the 21st century.
How Repetition Helps the Yogi
too much concern for external appearance brings inattention to the soul’s inner function / keep the morning sacred / the value in being alone / applying the principles of fasting and vows of silence / shedding old costumes / how vows work / repetition is the mother of mastery / scary morning walks around Vrindavan / the machines of the body and mind have taken control / weakening the power of the body and mind through repetition
plan on getting hurt - it’s the material world after all / the pure places - where there is nothing for the materialist / what is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage / Vidura’s conduct on pilgrimage - purely motivated & exclusive, independent - no compromises, always sanctified, lying on the ground & dressing like a mendicant
Let it Go Let it Go
Vidura speaks truth to power / the banishment of Vidura / leaving his bow at the door, Vidura embrace a new dharma / Vidura's response to insult - both emotional & rational / if you see 3 jerks a day - you might be the jerk / let go of resentment & forgive / enemies become our meditation
A Yogi Has To Be Straight Forward & Honest
Raghu wakes up to the exorcist / 3 ways the blind king failed / our taste for spiritual content is tied to our lifestyle / a yogi has to be straight forward & honest / turn your moral microscope on yourself / Gandhari’s words of wisdom / seeing through a spiritual lens / Kunti’s message to the Pandavas
A Heart Devoid of the Propensity to Criticize
happy birthday Raghunath! / deflect the credit - give appreciation / we are made of the mercy of other people / the king, the snake & the dead brahmin / the most advanced yogi has a heart completely devoid of the propensity to criticize others / the 12 mahajanas - “great persons” / Vidura & the blind king / we should feel that we have no enemies / cliffhanger - why is gambling so bad?
SB 2.10.48 - 3.1.8
Questions & Answers – Volume 42
how can one prepare their mind for entering an ashrama as a monk? / can you please speak on the feeling of intimidation? / at what age does karma kick in - are children held responsible? / as a new Bhakti practitioner how do I navigate a potential partnership with someone who doesn’t share all of the same values?