Who Is Actually Fortunate

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.10)

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Friend1: One of God’s names is Shripati.

Friend2: Yes. The husband of Shri.

Friend1: Who is the goddess of fortune.

Friend2: Also known as Lakshmi Devi. She has non-different incarnations like Radha and Sita.

[Lakshmi Devi]Friend1: Since He is married to her, God is the most fortunate person.

Friend2: That is the meaning to the word Bhagavan. Vishnu is Bhagavan. No one is more fortunate than Him.

Friend1: What about people on earth? Those going through the cycle of birth and death – how do we define “fortunate”?

Friend2: Well, what do you think?

Friend1: Typically, it’s if they have a lot of money. If they get a lot of stuff. It’s correlated with being lucky.

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Four Aspects Of Life That Challenge The Claim Of All-Attractiveness

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[Shri Krishna]“One should be attracted by the beautiful vision of Krishna. His name is Krishna because He is all-attractive. One who becomes attracted by the beautiful, all-powerful, omnipotent vision of Krishna is fortunate.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 18.66 Purport)

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The Sanskrit word Krishna has several meanings. One of the more commonly used is “all-attractive,” which is applicable to the person Krishna, who is Bhagavan. One translation for that Sanskrit word is “Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

You can be sure that you have found God when attractiveness is not lacking anywhere. That is to say in every feature there is something to appreciate. Beauty, wealth, strength, fame, wisdom, renunciation and as many opulences as can be defined are present in Him simultaneously and to the fullest extent.

The skeptic will point to the ample evidence visible in the manifest world to challenge the claim. How can…

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When Worshiping A Dog Is Sanctioned

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[Shri Krishna]“In material consciousness we are trying to love that which is not at all lovable. We give our love to dogs and cats, running the risk that at the time of death we may think of them and consequently take birth in a family of cats or dogs. Thus love that does not have Krishna as its object leads downward. It is not that Krishna, or God, is something obscure or something that only a few chosen people can attain. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu informs us that in every country and in every scripture there is some hint of love of Godhead.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Introduction)

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Friend1: I know that one of the favorite lines from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada relates to dogs and God.

Friend2: It’s a play on letters. Each word is the reverse of the other.

Friend1: The…

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Four Reasons Adharma Is Not Sustainable

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“They believe that to gratify the senses unto the end of life is the prime necessity of human civilization. Thus there is no end to their anxiety. Being bound by hundreds and thousands of desires, by lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 16.11-12)

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Religion is the way of the past. In primitive times, when man didn’t know any better, they made up stories about there being a higher power. They needed a way to comfort themselves, to explain the unexplainable. That’s what these different deities are, a product of the imagination. Science is the way of progress. That’s why so many people are rejecting established religion today. They are more evolved.”

The rejection of religious principles is known as adharma in Sanskrit. The word is a simple negation. Dharma is the way of…

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Anything Else In the Box, Pandora

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Whatever form of material existence one is in, one is invariably ignorant of his real situation. In other words, existence in the material world is due to the multiple reactions to our sinful lives. Ignorance is the cause of sinful life, and sinful life is the cause of one’s dragging on in material existence. The human form of life is the only loophole by which one may get out of this entanglement. The Vedas, therefore, give us a chance for escape by pointing out the paths of religion, economic comfort, regulated sense gratification and, at last, the means to get out of the miserable condition entirely.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 4.31 Purport)

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Friend1: The four pillars of sinful life have four corresponding characteristics.

Friend2: Well, avoiding them you mean.

Friend1: Yes, for each behavior you steer clear of, there is a particular quality that…

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Is Shanta-Rasa Considered Bhakti

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Active interest in Krishna—the understanding that Krishna is mine or that I am Krishna’s, and that therefore my business is to satisfy the senses of Krishna —is typical of a higher stage than the neutrality of the shanta-rasa. Simply by understanding the greatness of Krishna, one can achieve the status of shanta-rasa, in which the worshipable object may be the impersonal Brahman or Paramatma.” (Teachings Of Lord Chaitanya, Ch 1)

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Friend1: The five rasas of bhakti.

Friend2: The best English translation for that is “transcendental mellow.”

Friend1: Sort of like a mood of interaction.

Friend2: Exactly.

Friend1: To me it answers so many questions.

Friend2: Such as?

Friend1: What happens after liberation? What is eternal life like? It settles the debate as to whether God is a person.

Friend2: Right, because you can’t have interactions with something that doesn’t exist.

Friend1: That…

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Four Things To Do When Hearing of Bhagavan’s Gunas

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[Shri Rama]“The name, pastimes, form, clothing and ornaments of Shri Rama are all very charming and beautiful. Together with His brothers the children are playing.” (Dohavali, 120)

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Goodness, passion and ignorance. These are the three modes of material nature. The Sanskrit word is guna. It’s a particular kind of quality, leading to a particular color, or varna, when applied to the human species.

Some people are known to be intelligent. Others are fearless and have no issue risking their lives to defend and protect the innocent. Some can figure out how to earn a profit in a matter of seconds. Throw them in a particular situation and they will know how to take advantage, quickly identifying which paths will bring a loss. And there are others who are skilled at providing labor. They can do construction on houses, fix different problems around…

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