Discussing Srila Prabhupada’s purport to SB 1.6.37 in which Narada Muni is departing with his vina and he’s leaving to wonder at `his free will`. Srila Prabhupada’s purport is exploring the idea of freedom and in the middle of purport he says `Similarly, the transcendental system of devotional service is also free. It may or may not develop in particular person even if he undergoes all the detailed formulas.` How this relates to Srila Prabhupada’s repeated claim that devotional service is scientific. It would seem that … the suggestion is that science is about predictability. So, if one acts in a certain way, that should bring certain result.
― Field Notes 12-8
With reference of Srimad Bhagavatam (SB10,40) in which we find two verses which echo or seem to echo at least lines of verses in Bhagavad Gita. SB 10.40.9 has the line (“ye `py anya-devatā-bhaktā“), which echoes a line in Bhagavad Gita (9.23) about how even those who worship demigods can achieve perfection, in The Prayers of Akrura it says “But all these people, my Lord, even those who have turned their attention away from You and are worshiping other deities, are actually worshiping You alone, O embodiment of all the demigods.“ Again, in SB 10.40.11 we have the line “sattvaḿ rajas tama iti
bhavataḥ prakṛter guṇāḥ“ which echoes Bhagavad Gita (14.5) “sattvaḿ rajas tama iti guṇāḥ prakṛti-sambhavāḥ“. So, how is it that Akrura is speaking something apperantly from Bhagavad Gita when Krishna has not yet spoken the Bhagavad Gita when Akrura is offering his prayers to Him. This is happening as they’re on their way to Mathura, and it will be much later that Krishna speaks the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. So, how is this to be understood?
― Field Notes 12-7
Female diksha gurus, Yes or No? Is there in fact a legitimate historical precedent for female diskha gurus in Vedic culture (is there even a historical precedent for such a thing as Vedic culture)? Are there really congenital psycho social differencies between men and women, or are all genderals social constructs?
― Field Notes 12-4