The Four Principal Defects Found In The Conditioned Soul

Radhe Radhe ji

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“Shastra is without the four principal defects that are visible in the conditioned soul: imperfect senses, the propensity for cheating, certainty of committing mistakes, and certainty of being illusioned. These four principal defects in conditioned life disqualify one from putting forth rules and regulations. Therefore, the rules and regulations as described in the shastra-being above these defects-are accepted without alteration by all great saints, acharyas, and great souls.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 16.24)

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Spend some time with a seasoned teacher of bhakti-yoga, the science of self-realization, and repeating patterns and themes emerge. You might not have noticed them at first, but there is no mistaking now.

  • The threefold miseries of life.
  • The cycle of birth and death.
  • The bona fide spiritual master.
  • The three worlds.
  • The upper and lower planetary systems.
  • The plenary expansion.

The list goes on, but the concepts are important…

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