Wisdom of the Sages

Raghunath Cappo & Kaustubha Das


Truths about life from the timeless wisdom of the Bhakti-yoga tradition - fun, relevant, and deep. Learn about dharma, yoga, bhakti, and how it relates to all the basic questions of life. This show is about how to live your best life, let go of the external distractions, and uncover the spiritual happiness that lies within the heart as the true nature of the soul.

Raghunath and Kaustubha's connection goes back to their teens in the New York Hardcore Punk Scene of the early 80s, through serving together as Bhakti-yogi monks in the 90's, to sharing their experiences in the world of yoga in the 21st century.

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812 episodes

805: Jane Goodall is Feeling the Spiritual Power

Jane Goodall is playing the role of a Brahmin / feeling spirituality in nature / the benefits of ashram life / pure and auspicious mantras make our minds pure and auspicious / happiness through loving service is our nature / false ideas impressed within our minds are the cause of our losing touch with  our true nature and seeking happiness  externally / mantras should be transcendental, pure and auspicious / mantras should be received carefully and attentively / getting into Anjali Mudra / the disciple must be respectful and the guru must be kind-hearted / Jane Goodall gets it - there must be a Master of Integration behind everything SB 4.24.31-35  

Aug 15
804: Q & A - Volume 121

How do you practice Bhakti sincerely without holding back and at the same time, not lose relationships?”/ What’s the difference between chanting japa and kirtan? / Does Krishna love everyone?

Aug 14
803: Even the Appendix has a Purpose

“All Creatures exist for a purpose. Even an ant knows what that purpose is--not with its brain, but somehow it knows. Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist.” ―  Lame Deer / when you set the ego aside you can feel love in your heart / Others are real / ants don’t need to find themselves / even the appendix has a purpose / Naimittika-dharma (temporary) & Nitya-dharma (eternal) / our passion needs purpose / we need to tie our temporary purpose to our eternal purpose

Aug 12
802: The Bhagavad Gita's Hierarchical Inclusivism

“To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself.” - Gandhi / how loving a 3 legged pitbull can light you up / ego and arrogance block our understanding of God / we are tiny insignificant specks - part of something greater / a gentle person is self satisfied; sensitive and concerned for others / interpretation of the Indian head bobble is an art / Lord Shiva’s cinematic entrance / the Bhagavad-gita’s hierarchal inclusivism solves the Rubik’s Cube of Vedic thought SB 4.24.21-30

Aug 11
801: Calm & Quiet, Like the Mind of a Great Soul

meeting a great soul on pilgrimage can change your life / when we chant with great care and attention, our spiritual life takes off / meeting Lord Shiva is very rare / Kali and Durga are serious women / the mind of a great soul is calm and quiet / our minds are always disturbed / the disciples of a great soul become very calm and quiet in mind / becoming pleased with whatever Krishna wants SB 4.24.1-20

Aug 10
800: Truth, Triggers & Taking It to the Soul

Heal so that you can hear what is being said without the filter of your wounds.” - Dr. Thema / truth is truth / another person’s behavior towards oneself = a reflection of their relationship with themselves / the only answer - “take it to the soul” / truth gives us a framework for tragedy / the rarity of human birth / this is a tough world, but it is not our true home / would you enter the fire? SB 4.23.15-39

Aug 09
799: If Jesus Loves Me, Why Do You Hate Me So Much?

“God instructs the heart, not by ideas, but by pains and contradictions.” –18th century French Mystic Jean Pierre De Caussade / It’s gonna be so great when we finally see God in everyone’s heart / when the mind is conquered, the Supersoul is already reached / Dr. Pain makes house calls for our growth / mysticism (yoga) & detachment (from Jnana) are meant to bring us to the lotus feet of Krishna / to the degree that we let go of resentment and anxiety and practice bhakti, it lightens the load / the point of Jnana & yoga is to remember Narayana at the end / we’re the double dropped dented cans  SB 4.23.13-14

Aug 08
798: Interview with Bhaktimarga Swami - The Walking Monk

Kaustubha speaks with Bhaktimarga Swami a monk who has crossed the continent of North America five times on foot. The Walking Monk shares why he does it, the joy of meeting people, the value of being alone, and of feeling small.

Aug 07
797: Q & A - Volume 120

Why am I moved by simple kirtan and turned off by commercialized kirtan? / Can one attain Krishna Bhakti in just one lifetime, or does it take many? / Should a Bhakti-yogi refrain from wearing gold and jewels / Is the 'evil eye’ real?

Aug 06
796: This Podcast Will End Your Material Life

this place is a dream….you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief / look at our suffering from different angles / we know too much to be able to enjoy the material world / Krishna 2.0 is accessible to everyone! / we need a release valve from the pressure cooker of the material world / transcendental sound is the power washer of Kali Yuga / add wisdom to your practice / this podcast will end your material life SB 4.23.6-12

Aug 04
795: 6 Termites Eating Away at Our Spiritual Life

You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in the “download years” of your childhood, but you are 100% responsible for installing the upgrades. - (source unknown) / the mind is a computer / don’t forget to install the Buddhi app / take radical responsibility for upgrading your programming / examine if it’s real pleasure or just your ego / who was Rupa Goswami? / the termites that eat away at our spiritual foundation

Aug 02
794: Our Souls and Minds are Starving (for Spiritual Conversation)

we’re burning through time quick / it’s not the what’s that make a difference, it’s the who’s / Happy Birthday Mara! / our souls and minds are starving (for spiritual conversation) / beware the termites of spiritual life SB 4.23.1-5

Aug 01
793: Interview with Musical Artist Jahnavi Harrison

Kaustubha & Jahnavi discuss her upcoming tour, her experience of bringing kirtan to the stage, her recent wedding, her father’s influence and practicing Bhakti as a newly married woman. Find out more about her upcoming tour at https://jahnavimusic.com

Jul 31
792: Q & A - Volume 119

How to process disappointing experiences in holy places? / How to view people from different faiths equally when there are long histories of violence and oppression? / How to respond to beggars from a Bhakti perspective?

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Jul 30
791: I'm not OK, You're Not OK & That's OK

metalheads are people too / I’m not okay, you’re not okay and that’s okay / we shouldn’t sacrifice long term growth by settling for cheap, temporary positivity / more on Karma-yoga / my child has their own higher power / rituals for conception / Raghu draws the line / burn like the sun / when we are inwardly content, we can move gently and with grace SB 4.22.52-63

Jul 29
790: Try This One On-- "Nothing is Mine"

there’s a Bhakti Tsunami coming / great souls are taking birth / Bhakti recovery group is going to change the world / Karma-yoga 1st requirement - Phalaṁ brahmaṇi sannyasya : giving the fruits of activity to the Supreme / trying to take what’s not ours screws everything up / we’re just secondhand creators / This consciousness is called nirmama, or “nothing is mine.” SB 4.22.51

Jul 28
788: Ask a Swami

His Holiness Sacinandana Swami answers live questions from our listeners at the Wisdom of the Sages retreat at Villa Vrindavan

Jul 27
787: Q & A - Volume 117

Raghunath and Kaustubha answer live questions from the retreat participants at Villa Vrindavan.

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Jul 27
786: How Many Lifetimes Have I Been Through?

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tullius Cicero / education steers our choices - our choices become us / we think we are independent, but we’ve been divinely cared for / Krishna has an eye on you / Bhagavatam teaches us to Zoom out even more / the material world is a fading dream / how many lifetimes have I been through? / let go of the cactus / in bhakti it’s all good / spiritual knowledge is the perfect benediction / the sages share the knowledge to develop the conviction to break the cycle 4.22.41-47

Jul 23
783: Q & A - Volume 116

What really makes you believe Krishna is real? / What does it mean to surrender to Krishna?

Jul 16
782: The Sublime Mixed Emotions of Losing a Devotee Friend

the sublime mixed emotions of Mary in Michelangelo’s Piete / Bhakti provides coping mechanisms for the glue traps and tragedies of material world / art is creativity engaged in highlighting and preserving something sacred / "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark" Michelangelo / setting the bar high - Bhagavad-gita 6.20-23 / Krishna predominates with love / what is actual spiritual culture? / tat tvam asi - you’re not exactly that SB 4.22.37

Jul 15
781: The Blessed Departure of Gopal Chandra

with death comes sobriety / Gopal was simple and selfless / don’t miss the opportunities and lessons for growth that life is sending / the key to life: humility + tolerance + showing respect to others, not expecting respect for oneself = deep, constant spiritual absorption / the model of a mother’s love for her child / Raghu renames the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel / Raphael’s appreciation of Michelangelo / Vaisnavas die to live  

Jul 14
780: The Body is a Universe, the Universe is a Body

accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the one you’re with, with all your heart / treat everyone with the same quality of love that you treat those you love the most / the body is a universe, the universe is a body / Vishnu is the soul of the universe / awareness of the Supersoul in every nook and cranny is uplifting SB 4.22.37

Jul 12
779: Life, Death & the Demolition Derby

keeping Krishna at the the center of our life of wacky hijinks / do we pick up exactly where we left off in the previous life? / those who understand life, let go of judgment / we have no clue where people are at /stepping out of automated karma / with every choice, we’re choosing a new body / dharma, artha, kama & moksha / we don’t have to go cold turkey / higher life and lower states of life exist only in relation to the interchange of the modes of material nature SB 4.22.34-36

Jul 11
778: Interview with Gopi Gita

Raghunath and Kaustubha talk with Gopi Gita about parenting, teaching, bhakti practices, and her new book Leadership Parenting. More info at www.gopigita.com

Jul 10
777: Q & A - Volume 115

How do we practically put Krsna first in our pursuits? / Is personality a superficial aspect of the mind or do we have a transcendental personality? / how can one practice Ekadashi? / What do I do if I just can't connect with the Maha Mantra?

Jul 09
776: Spock, Karma Yoga & the End Game

“I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done.” - Mr. Spock / make Krishna the end game / detached work leads to liberation / practice letting go / Gopal Chandra’s detachment / self realization not sense gratification / receiving the blessing of departing yogis / let go of the material world one more notch SB 4.22.32-33

Jul 08