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The Gita - Memoirs of a Psychiatrist
20 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Episode 178 - Gita - Chapter 16 verses #8 and #9
The doctor outlines a typical self-view and worldview of a person who does not work to diminish his negative qualities as outline by Krishna in these most recent verses and describes how to elevate these views. Most notably the doctor describes how people controlled by their negative qualities often project these negative qualities onto the rest of their world.
28 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Episode 177 - Gita - Chapter 16 verse #5 thru #7
The Doctor talks about Arjuna describing more of the negative qualities that can lead us from spiritual wealth and towards bondage to this world and our desires and attach us to our sense organs.
17 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
E176 - Gita - Chapter 16 verse #4
Chapter 16 turns to discussions of some of the negative or "demonic" qualities we should try to limit. The doctor starts with hypocrisy, pride. anger, harshness. spiritual ignorance, and more.
11 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
E175 - Gita - Chapter 16 verse #3
E175 - The doctor continues the discussion of positive qualities we should develop, including spiritual luster, fortitude, purity, and the absence of desires to hurt others.
40 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Episode 174 - Gita - Chapter 16 verse #2
E-174 We continue exploring the divine and "demonic" qualities in ourselves and how to strengthen them or curb them. In this episode, the doctor tells us about 11 more qualities to develop.
22 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Episode 173 - Gita - Chapter 16 verse #1
E173 - An intro to Chapter 16 of the Gita, a simpler chapter than the last, which deals with our good and bad qualities, or our "divine" and "demonic" natures. In this episode, we also get a mention of the Three Gates of Hell, Lust, Greed, and Hate.
27 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Episode 172 - Gita - Practical Tips
E172 - As we pause between chapters 15 and 16, the doctor gives some practical tips on how to use these teachings in our day-to-day lives. We learn about dealing with desires, levels of pleasure, the things that drain off the positive that energy we create, and the importance and positives of renouncing self-centered interests, exercise, and donation, in its many forms and levels.
24 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Episode 171 - Gita - Chapter 15 verses #18 thru #20
E171 - As I transcend the perishable, I am higher than the imperishable. I am the Supreme Being ... We end Chapter 15 as the doctor tells us that which is the most secret and delves deeper into a subject we've only touched upon before, conditioned consciousness. This is an important concept as we continue to differentiate between the perishable part of our being and that which is imperishable, and even supreme.
16 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
Episode 170 - Gita - Chapter 15 verses #16 and #17
E170 - There are two types of beings in this world, one is perishable and the other is imperishable. But the highest being is different. Here we get an introduction to the "three worlds" or the states of consciousness.
18 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Episode 169 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #15
E169 - I am the author of the Vedanta and knower of the Vedas ... Chapter 15 has been about describing what Brahman is, as opposed to what it is not as we have explored earlier. The doctor tells us that Brahman is the source of all memory, knowledge, and forgetfulness, the latter being a useful tool instead of a failing. This episode also discusses, in response to a listener question, how to become a better person using the Gita.
20 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
Episode 168 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #14
E168 - Brahman is your fire, your appetite. In this episode, the Doctor continues to describe what Brahman is and how it's energy passes through us and tells us that deep sleep is often our closest exposure to Brahman.
16 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Episode 167 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #12 and #13
E167 - The light from the sun, moon, and fire is mine ... Krishna tells Ajuna about the imminence and transcendence of Brahman, which supports beings by energy and supports all plans.
17 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Episode 166 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #10 and #11
E166 - United with their gunas, the deluded ones do not perceive. Those attached to their needs and desires, their likes and dislikes, do not recognize Brahman. If you only see that which the sense organs show, you are further from Brahman.
24 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Episode 165 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #8 and #9
E165 - The Atman is the eye of the eye. It presides over the sense organs. The Atman does not act, reward, or punish. In this episode, we discuss what happens when a person dies or is born, how the Atman plays a role in the "life force" entering or leaving a body. The doctor also explains the three states of being, the gross, subtle, and causal bodies.
10 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Episode 164 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #7
E164 - A portion of Brahman, abiding in Prakriti, in the living world, attracts the senses with the mind as the 6th sense. The doctor tells us how Brahman exists both as one and as a jiva, an entity in our world, and why we need to understand that both are the same thing.
15 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Episode 163 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #6
E163 - Brahman has a supreme abode, which many cultures refer to as heaven, but Krishna tells Ajuna in this verse that Brahman's supreme abode is not something that is illuminated by the sun or the moon, or by fire. The message is that we cannot use our senses to know it and we must access it on a more spiritual, higher level. Understand that is a key challenge. But once someone finds this supreme abode, they never come back.
27 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Episode 162 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #5
E162 - One who is free from pride, delusion, and attachment, and who is free from desire, reaches his eternal goal. This episode deals with desire, its mechanics, and how to deal with our attachments and desires. The doctor also discusses the role that self-respect, and our tendency to place false values on objects, people, and situations play in desire and attachment
38 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Episode 161 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #4
E161 - This episode is a deep philosophical dive into consciousness and illusion as we challenge our presumptions about reality and discover our true refuge.
24 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Episode 160 - Gita - Chapter 16 verse #3
E160 - We don't know where Brahman started, but while we know matter has an end, Brahman does not. Here we talk about what binds you to the world and its illusions. The strong ax of Knowledge can sever those bonds. The knowledge of detachment and discrimination leads to non-attachment. But how do you start to detach? Let go of the lower desires by attaching to something higher.
19 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 159 - Gita - Chapter 15 verse #2
E159 - Is your happiness bound to external things that you want? And are you bound to your desires? Verse #2 of Chapter 15 tells us that the branches of our symbolic fig tree spread above and below ground and are nourished by the gunas.
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