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

  1. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Georgiana, who is upset by Caroline’s mention of Wickham, recovers from the shock
    Principles: 
    Georgiana also recovered in time - though not be able to speak anymore
    Topics discussed: 
    Grace, ignorance, human choice, men, women, attraction, love, knowledge, culture, speechlessness
    Questions raised: 

    How to differentiate between knowledge and opinion when it comes from another person?
    Once we shun knowledge that comes from outside, can it come back?
    When we give freedom to a selfish person, won’t he exploit us and exercise authority over us?
    If speech is vital energy, what is mental energy?
    Why do we tend to suspect everything everyone says?
    When we are given power, how can we exercise it without abusing it?

  2. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Having failed to provoke Elizabeth, Caroline gives up
    Principles: 
    as Miss Bingley, vexed and disappointed, dared not approach nearer to Wickham
    Topics discussed: 
    Abuse, not defending ourselves from abuse, grace not responded to, wisdom, truth, unity, knowledge, nature, power, consecration, resistance to consecration
    Questions raised: 

    What is it in us that decides to make a progress, what in us resists?
    What would have happened if Jane had consecrated Caroline's behavior?
    Why is Jane unable to see the truth about Caroline?
    How does consecration give us the knowledge about the rightness of our actions?
    How can we make our consecration stronger?
     

  3. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Darcy relaxes when he sees Elizabeth’s collected behavior
    Principles: 
    Elizabeth’s collected behavior soon quieted his emotions
    Topics discussed: 
    Faith, knowledge, power that is available, consecration, prayer, provocation, change, progress, worsening of a situation, punishment for the wrongdoer, effective consecration, withdrawal of prejudice, abundant opulence
    Questions raised: 

    How can knowledge in the mental ideas be compared to faith in Mother?
    How can we get the knowledge of the principles of life?
    When we read the Life Divine, we feel elevated. But once we close the book, we go back to our old selves. How can we make that elevated feeling permanent?
    How can we recognize what comes from the ego?
     

  4. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    His wish that Bingley should marry his sister probably added to his concerns for his friend
    Principles: 
    It is probable that it might add something to his lively concern for the welfare of his friend - Elizabeth’s collected behavior soon quieted his emotions
    Topics discussed: 
    Lessons of life, ideals, living organization, finite, infinite, principles of The Life Divine, calm, disturbance, becoming conscious, self-restraint, individuality, social structure, culture
    Questions raised: 

    Are the laws of life binding, are there exceptions?
    Is faith more powerful than following the principles of life?
    What is the attitude behind helping others by donating money?
     

  5. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Darcy wanted his sister to marry Bingley. But that is not why he separated Bingley from Jane
    Principles: 
    He had certainly formed such a plan - without meaning that it should affect the endeavour to separate him from Miss Bennet
    Topics discussed: 
    Faith, consecration, transcendentality, individuality, courtesy, motive, organization, honesty, understanding, life's response to our conscious thoughts, silent will, sincerity
    Questions raised: 

    How is consecrating an act the safest thing to do?
    How does consecration open the surface mind?
    What in us shifts from faith in the surface mind to faith in the deepest consciousness?
    How can I remove something negative from my subconscious?
    If I want to accomplish, should I do inner work or should I act, take some steps?
     

  6. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Wickham’s thwarted plan to elope with Georgiana had been kept a secret, especially from Bingley. Darcy wanted his sister to marry his friend
    Principles: 
    of their becoming hereafter her own - He had certainly formed such a plan
    Topics discussed: 
    Sensitivity, opportunity, marriage, market's potentials, inspiration, aspiration, authority, freedom
    Questions raised: 

    What is sensitivity, is it conscious or unconscious?
    As individuality evolves, does man turn towards the infinite?
    Is there a possibility that we can transform completely?
    Is Elizabeth tempted by Pemberley to marry Darcy?
     

  7. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Wickham’s thwarted plan to elope with Georgiana had been kept a secret, especially from Bingley. Darcy wanted his sister to marry his friend
    Principles: 
    from all Bingley’s connection, her brother was particularly anxious to conceal - of their becoming hereafter her own
    Topics discussed: 
    Accomplishment in lower planes, views, individuality, personal, impersonal skills, society, formed personality, helping another, opportunity, how to receive an opportunity, living organization
    Questions raised: 

    Is Hitler a being of organized falsehood?
    How can one know oneself?
    How does one accomplish, how does society allow one to accomplish, even when one's aim is contradictory to what society wants at that time?
    How can we identify in our daily lives when we are being individualistic and when we are conforming to standards of society? How can we move away from such conformity?
    How can I stop myself from wanting other people's approval?
    What can you do when you want to help someone and the other person resists the help?
    Can an educational loan be called a debt?
    What is the falsehood that leads to debt?
     

  8. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Wickham’s thwarted plan to elope with Georgiana had been kept a secret, especially from Bingley
    Principles: 
    Where secrecy was possible, except to Elizabeth - from all Bingley’s connection, her brother was particularly anxious to conceal
    Topics discussed: 
    Receiving help, indication, the negative comes along with positive, falsehood
    Questions raised: 

    What is the difference between Mother and the opportunity Mother provides?
    Is it possible to make a prediction from an earlier indication?
    What should we do when we take up a discipline, and we have strong provocation to go back to our old ways?
    How can we change a situation or solve a problem, when many people have been involved in creating the problem?  Can we blame another, should we try to avoid them?
     

  9. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Wickham’s thwarted plan to elope with Georgiana had been kept a secret
    Principles: 
    To no creature had it been revealed - Where secrecy was possible, except to Elizabeth
    Topics discussed: 
    Silent will, thought, belief, accomplishment, remembering, forgetting a principle or law of life, earning wealth, complaining about life, god
    Questions raised: 

    What is the best attitude towards someone who is abusing us behind our backs?
    How can we find out whether others are good or not?
    We improve ourselves when someone challenges us. So is not challenge good?
    What happens when we don’t think or remember?
    What should I do when I find that someone is abusing me behind my back?
    What should I do to my vengeful feelings?
     

  10. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Caroline was unaware of Wickham’s thwarted plan to elope with Georgiana. Out of jealousy, she merely wanted to provoke Elizabeth
    Principles: 
    She had merely intended to discompose Elizabeth - To no creature had it been revealed
    Topics discussed: 
    Reaction, defending oneself, initiative, process of creation, individuality
    Questions raised: 

    When we are accused of something unfairly, is explaining our point of view a reaction?
    How can I find whether I have the power to accomplish something?
    When we are accused of something we are already feeling guilty about, does it mean we have not realized our mistake fully?
    How can we consecrate a past event?
     

  11. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Had Caroline known the effect of her provocation on Darcy and his sister, she would have refrained from doing it
    Principles: 
    She would have undoubtedly refrained from the hint - She had merely intended to discompose Elizabeth
    Topics discussed: 
    Self restraint, calling Mother from the heart center, consecration, good will, truth, non reaction, treachery, comprehension, The Life Divine
    Questions raised: 

    Abuse seems to be a blessing. But abuse leads to disharmony and disharmony spoils the atmosphere and prevents accomplishment. How can the two principles be reconciled?
    If I remember someone, and want them to be happy or successful, is that practicing good will?
    How can one practise good will in daily life?
    How do we know the result of our consecration is what Mother wants?
     

  12. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Georgiana is much affected by the memory of Wickham. Caroline is unaware of the consequences of her taunting words
    Principles: 
    Georgiana was unable to lift up her eyes - Had Miss Bingley known what pain she had given Darcy…
    Topics discussed: 
    Process of creation, The Life Divine, individuality, neglecting a child, its consequence, consecration, subtle vision
  13. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Georgiana is confused and upset by the reference to Wickham
    Principles: 
    and his sister overcome with confusion - Georgiana was unable to lift up her eyes
    Topics discussed: 
    Perfection, sincerity, confusion, clarity, subtle facts, common sense, offering help, opportunity, response to opportunity
    Questions raised: 

    Does what happen in the subtle plane have to precede what happens in the physical plane?
    What can you do if you want a good for another, and the other person does not seek it, or does not want it to come through you?
     

  14. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Darcy is impressed by Elizabeth’s mature handling of the situation
    Principles: 
    Darcy was earnestly looking at her
    Topics discussed: 
    Problem, reacting to it, initiative, patience, find the correspondence in us, concentration, meditation, instruments, parent - child relationship
    Questions raised: 

    When can we ignore a problem, when should be pay attention to it and solve it?
    If I don’t feel for another person in trouble, I feel guilty? Do we help by feeling pity?
    How can our not pitying a person in trouble help us and the other person?
    If we cannot find what the correspondence to a problem is in us, what should we do?
    Why does one feel sleepy when one tries to concentrate or meditate? What should one do then? How can we differentiate between conscious sleep and unconscious sleep?
    How can one know what is the right choice and what is the wrong choice?
    What is the responsibility of the child to the parent?
     

  15. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth sees that Darcy is angry at Caroline’s provocation
    Principles: 
    an involuntary glance showed her Darcy with a heightened complexion
    Topics discussed: 
    Taste of ignorance, sunlit path, individuality, involuntary acts, curiosity, conscious, subconscious knowledge, non-initiative, non reaction, truth, falsehood
    Questions raised: 

    Progress comes through problems. Can we make progress without problems?
    How can I develop the strength to develop individuality?
    Was Elizabeth conscious of her interest in Wickham?
    When we try to become individuals or practice a high value, and face difficulties, what does it show?
    Does upholding our principles have to be difficult?
    How can we find whether a problem that comes to us is the cause or the effect?
     

  16. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth refuses to get provoked
    Principles: 
    but exerting herself vigorously to repel the ill-natured attack - She presently answered the question in a tolerably disengaged tone
    Topics discussed: 
    Non reaction, valuing money, individuality, sincerity, urge, will, influence of knowledge, swabhava, thought, thinking, civilization, non thinking, yoga, concentration, faith, obedience, emotion, surrender
  17. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth sees that Caroline is trying to provoke her in the presence of Darcy and Georgiana
    Principles: 
    Elizabeth instantly comprehended that he was uppermost in Caroline’s thoughts - the various recollections connected with him gave her a moment’s distress
    Topics discussed: 
    Flow of money, decision, reliance of others, giving, receiving, silent will, each country's endowment, cheerfulness, sunlit path
    Questions raised: 

    Why do we not get more money as long as we have not paid our debts?
    Why does Wickham get money though he does not repay his debts?
    Is there a decision that we can take for every event, that can lead to a reversal?
    Whenever someone gives me a gift, my first impulse is to refuse it. What should I do?
    I rejected something in the past. How can I reverse that rejection now?
    What does past compensating the present mean?
     

  18. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Caroline does not dare to mention Wickham’s name openly in Darcy’s presence
    Principles: 
    In Darcy’s presence she dared not mention Wickham’s name
    Topics discussed: 
    Reversal, energy, curiosity, jealousy, ask, aspire
    Questions raised: 

    What is reversing?
    Is all curiosity wrong?
    How to increase energy, prevent loss of energy?
    How can energetic people channelise their energy productively?
    Can we release more energy by an act by consecrating that act?
     

  19. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Caroline tries to provoke Elizabeth by alluding to Wickham
    Principles: 
    Miss Bingley saw all this likewise, and in the imprudence of anger took the first opportunity of saying with sneering civility – They must be a great loss to your family
    Topics discussed: 
    Brahman, Purusha, Ishwara, spirit in life, inability, unwillingness, taste of ignorance, freedom, knowledge, strength, will, jealousy, love, purifying love
    Questions raised: 

    How should we relate to material objects in a spiritual way?
    If we give freedom to another, will they lose their taste of ignorance?
    How does competition prevent us from bringing spirit into life?
    How can Caroline outgrow her jealousy of Elizabeth?
     

  20. Volume 3 Chapter 3

    Context in the novel: 
    Elizabeth converses with Georgiana
    Principles: 
    and forwarded, as much as possible, every circumstances
    Topics discussed: 
    Money, stages of accomplishment, cheerfulness, excitement, nature of Indians, marriage, consecration, thought, urge
    Questions raised: 

    Why does Wickham never become wealthy?
    Why does Charlotte get a husband like Collins and much less money than Elizabeth?
    What should one do to get a raise in salary?
    What is the difference between cheerfulness and excitement?
     



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