The sounds of the Upaniṣads are thought to have been un-authored and then discovered in meditation by sages, who later wrote them down, much like mathematical equations that describe the mysteries of the physical world are often thought to be discovered by mathematicians rather than invented by them. These sounds—śruti—of Eastern revelation were first reasoned about in the Vedānta-sūtra in an effort to discover their concordance. These cryptic sūtras of the legendary Vyāsa represent the earliest form of theology, or systematic reasoning as to the significance of revelation. About them, much has been said over the centuries—much worth listening to.
Such sounds of revelation represent a response to the question that human life constitutes. The question is “Why?”—a question concerning purpose, value, meaning, and so on—a qualitative question. This is not a question that the natural world unto itself can answer, because it does not pertain to our limited natural/biological sense of self and its “how” questions—how to biologically survive. These “how” questions are all quantitative in nature and are related only to the objective world. “Why” questions, on the other hand, are qualitative and pertain to consciousness and its sense of self and purpose.
Experience does not arise out of nonexperience. Consciousness—the seat of experience—does not arise from the brain, wherein, try as we may, we cannot find the neural seat and source of our sense of self. The questions that consciousness asks are about itself, and answers to these questions must come from beyond the physical world and rather from the realm of consciousness proper. These answers come from our source, and they tell us that we are more than what meets the eye and mind. We are not a thing, nor are we a thought. We are. And more than this, we can love and love universally. Compassion for all beings is just the beginning of the possibilities that lie within distinguishing our self from our body and mind and that arise from being in touch with our source. In further yogic pursuit of that source, we can enter into an intimate relationship in transcendence and taste bhakti-rasa in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The sounds of the śruti and ongoing revelation as to their significance hold such promise for us. Listen and know. Listen and love.
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition.
Dynamic in its scope, bold, and uncompromising, Swami Tripurari’s outreach is grounded in deep realization that has the power to turn wayward hearts homeward. In spite of his lofty realizations, Swami Tripurari is readily accessible and unassuming. The extent of his inner life is perhaps experienced more by his affection for others than anything else.
This site contains more than fifteen-hundred classes given by Swami B.V. Tripurari. If you like to listen to classes in the order in which they were given, they are available under CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER where all of the classes are available by year.
This site contains a SEARCH page where you can search on any word or phrase and all of the classes with that word in the title or description will be selected for you.
From the entire body of knowledge found in the Chronological section, we have drawn out and organized the classes in different ways so that you can systematically receive sabda brahman in the way that best suits your studies.
If you would like to dive deeply into a particular text, and perhaps study along with the printed book, you can access those classes in the SASTRA section. Here you will find classes given over the years on Bhagavad-gita; Srimad Bhagavatam; Bhakti-rasamrta Sindhu, Brahma Samhita, Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta, Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Gopal-tapani Upanisad; Sacred Preface; Sri Siksastakam and Upadesamrita.
In the COMPILATIONS section the lectures have been organized into certain topics or types of classes. You will find contemporary talks, classes on the appearance days of Krishna, his expansions and avataras, as well as those of saints and sages. You can also find here series of classes such as those given about Sri Radha-tattva, Damodarastakam, Catuh-sloki verses, Brahma Vimohana lila and the off-the-chart series on Ramananda Samvad. There is also a special compilation of classes which deal specifically with contemporary misconceptions in the Gaudiya Vaishnava world. Kirtans are compiled here as well.
The FESTIVAL section contains classes given during festivals at one of Swami's three communities. These classes are packed full of tattva and lila, tattva being the stage upon which the lila is enacted. It is wonderful to be able to listen to these as these auspicious days come again annually.
Out of the thousands of classes, there are many which really stand out. And out of those many there are a few which are the creme de la creme. Those are found in the FEATURED. Each of these classes are on their own page so they can be easily shared with others.
If you would like to hear answers to questions asked by contemporary students, you can easily find them in the Q&A Portal.