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Sharon Gannon's Simple Recipes for Joy Podcast
52 minutes | Nov 4, 2015
King Parikshit & Sukhdev
In this podcast Sharon weaves the tale of how the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam was created. Some time after the war immortalized in the Bhagavad Gita, King Parikshit, grandson of Arjuna, inherited the throne and led the kingdom into prosperous times. Because of this moment of anger in an otherwise virtuous reign, the king found out he was cursed to die within 7 days. He gave up his kingdom to spend his last days in meditation, where he encountered Sukhdev, a sage who spent a week reciting the text to King Parikshit. The king gained salvation by listening to the story.
57 minutes | Jun 26, 2015
252 Vaishnavas : Krishna Bhatt
In this podcast, Sharon shares a story from the 252 Vaishnavas about Krishna Bhatt, a lila incarnation of a sattvic bhakta called Rasvilasini. Rasvilasini is an intimate associate of Shri Chandravali, who is very dear to Krishna and often appears in paintings on Krishna’s right, while Radha is on His left. Rasvilasini was known to spread the nectar of Krishna’s love to other gopis. When Krishna Bhatt receives a gift from Shri Gusainji, in the form of a teaching of Shri Vallabhacharya, he is perplexed. Krishna Bhatt asks for clarification, and Shri Gusainji reveals the esoteric meaning of the teachings…. This podcast was recorded at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC on May 3, 2015. Sharon's teaching is followed by a Q&A.
32 minutes | Jun 1, 2015
252 Vaishnavas: Kishori Bai
Sharon Gannon reads us the beautiful story of Kishori Bai. The tale of Kishori Bai belongs to the 3rd volume of the 252 Vaishnavas by Shri Gokulnathji, born in the 1600, one of the 5 great teachers known to have deeply understood the Vedanta. The English translation of the book is by Sharon's guru Shyamdas. Kishori Bai was the youngest daughter of a Brahmin’s family. Married at a very young age, she soon lost her husband and developed smallpox. This terrible disease left her completely paralyzed; she could not even speak or hear. She was left to her sister’s care and soon became a burden to her. But Kishori Bai could still do something: she could recite half a verse from the Yamunashtakam. Through this very simple offer, through her devotion, Kishori Bai attracted the attention of saints and Goddesses; and eventually her miserable life turned into the most perfected existence. So many blessings come to us when our devotion to God is sincere, especially when all around us makes us feel as if our life is meaningless; the true Bhakta knows in his heart that anything can be accomplished with God’s and the Guru’s grace. A body can become spiritual and free from all diseases; a meaningless life can transform into the light many turn to for enlightenment. The soul that receives initiation is free even from death. From Sharon’s voice, let’s hear this enlightening story and search within ourselves for Kishori Bai’s devotion. In times of troubles, all we need is faith in the Divine.
57 minutes | May 18, 2015
Easter Satsang at Jivamukti Yoga NYC
In this podcast, Sharon Gannon shares with us two reads inspired by April 2015 Focus of the Month, Remembering and Forgetting. How important is it remembering God, and forgetting worldly struggles, if we want to liberate ourselves from Samsara? To answer this question, Sharon reads us an excerpt from the 252 Vaishnavas by Shri Gokulnathji, born in the 1600, one of the 5 great teachers known to have deeply understood the Vedanta. The English translation of the book is by Sharon's guru Shyamdas. Sharon also reads from the first Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the most important sacred books of Hinduism. From such ancient texts, through their stories and wisdom, we learn the only way out of Samsara, the wheel of birth, life and death. Liberation from Samsara comes through devotion to God: let's hear it from Sharon Gannon's voice.
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