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August 18, 2006

Test Chapters 1-3

Below is the first test for chapters 1-3. It is not required but it is recommended for those who want to go on and take the Bhakti-Sastri exam at the end of the course. It should be done on the honor system. I realize that the verses were just posted so you don't have to complete that section on this exam. Completed tests should be sent to bhaktisastri108@yahoo.com for grading. Thank you. ys-Ekacakra dasa

Bhakti-Sastri Exam – Chapters 1-3

Verses (20 pts.)

Write the Sanskrit (minus the diacritics) and the English translation for the following verses:

1. 1.1

2. 2.14

3. 2.40

4. 3.9


Short Answer (40 pts.)

Answer the following questions in one or two sentences.

1. Give two examples from the first chapter that foreshadow the inevitable victory of the Pandavas.

2. List the five arguments that Arjuna gave against fighting in the first and second chapters.

3. Please give one of the two reasons given in the study guide to chapter two regarding why one should
surrender to a spiritual master.

4. Briefly describe two of the many ways that Krsna’s description of the soul, in texts 2.11-30, counters
the Mayavada doctrine.

5. What was the analogy that Krsna used to describe how the devotee uses their senses in this world?

6. Please list two of the four ways given in the study guide and discussed in class that the adherence to
karma-kanda gradually purifies the practitioner.

Essay (40 pts.)

Please choose two topics to develop into an essay. As much as possible please use examples that you remember from the text.

1. In the second chapter Krsna explains the gradual fall down of the yogi who meditates (dhyayato
visayan pumsah) on the objects of the senses. Please explain the gradual steps in this process.

2. Describe the different steps of the yoga ladder, from karma-kanda to pure bhakti-yoga, along with the
similarities and differences between each.

3. In the beginning of the third chapter Arjuna is confused about the application of buddhi-yoga. What is
his main misunderstanding, and how does Krsna attempt to rectify this misunderstanding in the third
chapter? Please give examples.

4. Within the purports of Bhagavad-gita As It Is Arjuna is both praised and condemned for his
compassion. Why is he praised and why is he condemned, and furthermore how are we able to
rectify this apparent contradiction?

Bhakti Sastri Verses

Below are the verses that need to be memorized for the Bhakti-sastri exam.

Verses for Bhakti-Sastri exam

Chapter One – 1

Chapter Two – 7,12,13,14,20,40,41,59

Chapter Three – 9,30,37,39,43

Chapter Four – 2,6,7,8,9,34

Chapter Five – 18,22,29

Chapter Six – 47

Chapter Seven – 1,14

Chapter Eight – 5,16

Chapter Nine – 2,4,10,14,22,26,27,29,30

Chapter Ten – 8,9,10,11

Chapter Thirteen – 3,22

Chapter Fourteen – 26,27

Chapter Fifteen – 7,15

Chapter Sixteen – 23

Chapter Eighteen – 54,55,61,65,66

August 07, 2006

Chapter Four Study Guide Under Philo. Points

Also the class from 8/5 is now uploaded under podcasts...