Consciousness searches for Ecstasy: Excerpt from a talk by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj

So I turned to my colleague at work and asked him what he did last night. “Oh watched Eastenders, it was really good, then had a couple of beers and went to bed”, was the response. “What did you do last night?” he asked. I paused thinking of how I considered the evolution of consciousness and how it may be subjective, that I sometimes experience life as a sea of existential emptiness and that I ultimately considered this emptiness as a sign that the heart truly yearns for happiness through beauty and love – beyond the superficial demands of the ego for position and wealth – which is of course ultimately unsatisfying – and questioned how I may move beyond this existential wasteland and shifting sands that we call modern life, and ultimately satisfy my inner most hearts yearning for a taste of this Ecstasy.

So pausing for a second I looked at him and said, “Yeah, a couple of beers and a repeat of Sex and the City did it for me”.

But seriously folks. I consider myself very fortunate to have heard Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj talk several times about higher things. I found these videos on You Tube and consider them a treasure.

If reading the work of G.K. Chesterton, C.S Lewis , Thomas Merton or Mary Midgely means anything to you and you want more, you will relish this. For a taste of a true philosophical and theological rock experience. Have a look at this.

This talk is one of seven video files. They are all available on You Tube.

Also the full audio file is available from London Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math website

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8 thoughts on “Consciousness searches for Ecstasy: Excerpt from a talk by Sripad Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj”

  1. Hi my name is Lalita. I stumbled across this site by chance and was happily surprised to see your blog abt Spd Goswami Mj’s lecture at SOAS. Me and my friend Pandita organised the talk. I thought it was a real success. Goswami Mj spoke very beautifully and powerfully; the videos bear evidence of that. We hope to invite him again at the start of the academic year (Oct-Nov perhaps?).

  2. Funny to hear this talk about a plurality of spiritual traditions from a person who is himself a religious fanatic within his own Krishna sect. That religious system he is speaking about is not only his religion but within that his own sect. In fact only his sect got it right. Pathetic.

    1. Funny to hear this talk about a plurality of spiritual traditions from a person who is himself a religious fanatic […]

      Fanaticism implies a certain narrowness of vision, that in this case is completely inappropriate and uncalled for.

      Overall, your comment is a rather narrow description of who I consider to be an elevated personality, and the higher thoughts that he so eloquently extols. For me, this video gave a fantastic glimpse of the Vedic/Krishna conception in a very accessible way.

    2. The problem is that spiritual path is only one. As soon as the spiritual truth appears on the earth, so many multifarious distortions of the truth also make their appearance.
      The very child of God (Krsna) is a demon named Narkasura!
      Just like that, although pure bhakti is the only spiritual truth to aspire for, so many distortions such as cultivation of speculative knowledge, speculative meditation , karma etc make their appearance.
      This is not fanaticism, but the spiritual reality that is understood after many many lifetimes of spiritual practice.

      1. Interesting comment Akhand, and a more positive view. We live amidst shadows and light, and the shadows follow the light. However, light will triumph. It is harder in this age of Kali to know what is what, but with connection to a pure source of that higher soil and the shelter of bona fide Guardians all sincere seekers will be benefited.

  3. I think fanaticism is always uncalled for. Ask your elevated personality if there is anyone in his religious sect (Hare Krishna) alive today that is completely spiritually enlightened other the guru he presently serves. I did. He is a sectarian religious fanatic.

    Listen to his analysis of rasa and then read Madhusudana Saraswati’s in his Bhagavata-bhakti rasayana. Then you will see that what your elevated person is speaking is merely sectarian dogma tweaked to sound like an objective, universal truth.

    1. I think fanaticism is always uncalled for.

      That makes two of us. There is however a difference between a adherence to a certain world view, theology etc that one is fervent or enlivened by, and I see that as the case here. We should agree to differ.

      Ask your elevated personality if there is anyone in his religious sect (Hare Krishna) alive today that is completely spiritually enlightened other the guru he presently serves.

      We serve the same Guru, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. I am proud to be his disciple.

      Listen to his analysis of rasa and then read Madhusudana Saraswati’s in his Bhagavata-bhakti rasayana. Then you will see that what your elevated person is speaking is merely sectarian dogma tweaked to sound like an objective, universal truth

      The truth has nothing to do with objectivity (in the strictest sense). It is by itself and for itself – completely autocratic and conscious – it sounds to me like you may already know that. In fact our line is more interested in the Subjective Evolution of Consciousness [PDF], rather than any superficial objectivity. Notions of objectivity are relative to our position as we seek that truth. Goswami Maharaj is talking about his realisation and sharing that with us, that is all. You can take it or leave it, that is fine.

      We can catch glimpses of it, rather like a Jewel can be seen from different angles of vision. Lets share that rather than wading through the mud of lower argument. There are many paths, good luck to you on yours.

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