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Audio Downloads of Daily Discussions on Karmayogi's Commentaries on Pride and Prejudice

  1. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane has written the letter is a state of shock and confusion
    Principles: 
    I wish this was more intelligible
    Topics discussed: 
    Expectation, aspiration, longing, prejudice
    Questions raised: 

    If we don’t think about something, it can happen. But when we intensely think about what we need or pray for it, does not the intensity also make it happen?

  2. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane has written the letter is a state of shock and confusion
    Principles: 
    I wish this was more intelligible
    Topics discussed: 
    Atmosphere, falsehood, false sympathy
    Questions raised: 

    We feel elevated at times. Why can’t we feel that way all the time?
    What is the consequence of naiveté in a person today?
    What should we do when we do not know who has ill will towards us? What attitude can we have towards anyone?
    Do we refuse to believe what life shows us  because we will then need to deal with those issues in ourselves?
    Does Mr. Bennet give his freedom consciously, or does he simply give up on her?
    What was it in Darcy that sanctioned the elopement at this point?
    If Darcy had worked on the inside, could the elopement have been prevented?

  3. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane has written the letter is a state of shock and confusion
    Principles: 
    I wish this was more intelligible
    Topics discussed: 
    Process of creation, consecration
    Questions raised: 

    We can see the higher truth in retrospect after something happens, but how can we understand something when it is happening to us?
    What is the correct process to consecrate, should the vital endorse the mental decision to consecrate?

  4. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth begins to read Jane’s second letter
    Principles: 
    This is the first time Jane faces a problem, and a stupendous one
    Topics discussed: 
    Conveying news, formality, meanness, significance of birthday,
    Questions raised: 

    How should we convey news, can our opinions be added, or should we be strictly factual?
    Is there meanness in the story?
    Is meanness related to poverty?
    How can Caroline shed her meanness?
    If something bad happens around your birthday, how can you interpret that?
    What does meanness mean, how do we identify how we are mean?
    Why can a woman not appreciate another woman?

  5. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth begins to read Jane’s second letter
    Principles: 
    It has been written a day later than the conclusion of the first
    Topics discussed: 
    Authority, marvel, pralaya, mind, science
    Questions raised: 

    If the mind is an instrument of ignorance, how do we use our mind?
    Why does the scientist not know that there is something above the mind?

  6. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth begins to read Jane’s second letter
    Principles: 
    Opening it with the utmost impatience – It has been written a day later than the conclusion of the first
    Topics discussed: 
    Romance, seeking results, energy, physical, vital, mental energy, different societies, goodwill, insurance
    Questions raised: 

    How can we make the process of accomplishment a joy, instead of finding joy only in the accomplishment?
    Can a person who is not romantic become romantic?
    If we change ourselves in one area, will we make progress in all other areas since everything is connected?

  7. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth opens Jane’s second letter
    Principles: 
    Opening it with the utmost impatience
    Topics discussed: 
    Impatience, intensity, incapacity, faith
    Questions raised: 

    What is mental and vital patience?
    What is the difference between impatience and being eager?
    Is the power in our faith, or in the God one worships and the scriptures one reads?
    If we study a Shakespearean tragedy, unpleasant things may happen to us. But there are so many Shakespeare experts who are successful in their careers, why are they not affected?

  8. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth is in a state of shock as she pick up Jane’s second letter
    Principles: 
    Scarcely knowing what she felt
    Topics discussed: 
    Rising in consciousness
    Questions raised: 

    Can we say Darcy's going in search of Lydia is his transcendent?

  9. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth is in a state of shock as she pick up Jane’s second letter
    Principles: 
    Scarcely knowing what she felt
    Topics discussed: 
    Aspiration, giving up in the middle, being touched in the live ends of one's temperament, sensitivity, The Life Divine
    Questions raised: 

    What is the opposite of creation?
    Are forces of nature like rain and thunder conscious?

  10. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth is in a state of shock as she pick up Jane’s second letter
    Principles: 
    Scarcely knowing what she felt
    Topics discussed: 
    Organization, subconscious intention, receptivity, contagion, the role of crises, expectation
    Questions raised: 

    Is subconscious intention more powerful than conscious intention?
    When we ask, don’t we make what is subconscious conscious, and bring it from the subtle plane to the gross plane?
    Did Darcy have a subconscious urge to be abused by Elizabeth?
    How does not asking accomplish?
    When should we confront a problem, when should we ignore it?
    Why do we not act or change ourselves till an intensity reaches its peak?
    Does life respond to our conscious or subconscious desire?
    Does life respond to the subconscious because life responds to strength and the subconscious is stronger than the conscious?
    Can we say Mr. Bennet wanted Lydia to run away so he would be forced to make progress?
    Can we say life responds to one based on how the soul wants to progress?
    Do we get things because we harbor no conscious desire for it?

     

  11. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth finishes reading Jane’s first letter
    Principles: 
    without allowing herself time for consideration
    Topics discussed: 
    Expectation, life and yoga, accepting a situation, love, infatuation, crisis brings out one's nature
    Questions raised: 

    When we avoid something, it comes to is in greater measure. But when we refuse an opportunity, we cancel it. How can the two be reconciled?

  12. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane concludes her first letter to Elizabeth
    Principles: 
    Lydia left a few lines for his wife - I am afraid, you will not be able to make it out, but I hardly know what I have written
    Topics discussed: 
    Nature, harmony, negative people and acts, freedom, romance, marriage, loyalty
    Questions raised: 

    What does it mean to be in harmony with oneself?
    What is Wickham's motive in trying to elope with Georgiana?
    Does everything eventually lead to something good? If so, is everything that happens good and desirable?
    Why is romance so scarce? When is it a success?

  13. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane describes Lydia’s elopement to Elizabeth in her letter
    Principles: 
    They must have passed within ten miles - Colonel Forster gives us reason to expect him here soon
    Topics discussed: 
    Correspondence, consecration, concentration, appreciation, non reaction, social aspiration
    Questions raised: 

    After Bingley and Darcy arrive, Wickham and Collins also follow. What is this movement?
    When the parent gives up a habit, is it reflected in the child?
    When we consecrate, it is still we who do it, so is it without ego?
    If we don’t appreciate, will there be a negative  consequence?
    How can we practice non reaction and at the same time criticize the one who should be criticized?

  14. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Lydia had written a note to Mrs. Forster informing about her plans, before she eloped with Wickham
    Principles: 
    Lydia informed Mrs. Forster of her intention
    Topics discussed: 
    Love, selfishness, Krounchavadam and Pride and Prejudice
  15. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    A message was sent to the Bennets as soon as Lydia was found to be missing
    Principles: 
    The express was sent directly
    Topics discussed: 
    Responsibility, opposite qualities, society, ego, mind, enjoying a problem
    Questions raised: 

    What is an organized mind?

  16. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Lydia and Wickham left at night, and were found missing the next morning. A message was sent to the Bennets
    Principles: 
    but were not missed till yesterday morning till 8 A.M. - The express was sent directly
    Topics discussed: 
    Rules of accomplishment, knowledge, consecration, consciousness, non reaction, will, knowledge
    Questions raised: 

    Does life respond even when we don’t apply our knowledge of the rules of accomplishment?
    We say The Life Divine belongs to the future. We also say books of the past help us evolve. How can the two statements be reconciled?

  17. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane is relieved that she and Elizabeth had not exposed Wickham earlier
    Principles: 
    How thankful am I that we never let them know about Wickham
    Topics discussed: 
    Prodding, rivalry in relationships, memory
    Questions raised: 

    Why does Mr. Bennet visit Bingley at the beginning?
    How is Wickham so charming in appearance when he has falsehood inside?

  18. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane is relieved that she and Elizabeth had not exposed Wickham earlier
    Principles: 
    How thankful am I that we never let them know about Wickham
    Topics discussed: 
    Charm, marriage, romance, confusion, clarity, culture, manners
    Questions raised: 

    What is it in women that makes them blind to the charm in men?
    If there is no confusion in a marriage, is happiness guaranteed?
    Does a subconscious aspiration to overcome something or dissolve their ego express itself as romance?
    Can culture be acquired?

  19. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane describes Mrs. Bennet’s state
    Principles: 
    Our poor mother is sadly grieved
    Topics discussed: 
    Self giving, subconscious reaction, conscious and unconscious
    Questions raised: 

    Are there gradations in self giving?
    How can life have a sense of humor?
    When we don’t react, the circumstances react. How is that different from silent will?
    Was Mr. Bennet unconsciously seeking transformation and did that invite Lydia's elopement?
    How can we evolve in every arena of life?

  20. Volume 3 Chapter 4

    Context in the novel: 
    Jane sees the elopement in the best light possible
    Principles: 
    marks nothing bad at heart - His choice is disinterested at least
    Topics discussed: 
    Conditioning, conformity, freedom, sensitivity, rationality, gratitude, yoga
    Questions raised: 

    How can we become brave enough to be ourselves, instead of giving a conditioned response?
    Is faith the opposite of conditioning?
    What is it to see Mother in another person?
    How can I prevent bargaining thoughts from entering in my relationship with Mother?



by Dr. Radut