“Although Krishna is independent of everyone, out of His causeless mercy He is dependent upon Garga Rishi for religious instruction; for learning the military art He is dependent upon Satyaki; and for good counsel He is dependent upon His friend, Uddhava.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 24)
Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. At least that is the claim of the acharyas, the teachers who lead by example. They don’t come upon the knowledge through some magical, mystical experience. There is connection with a chain of instructors. That succession is known as parampara, and it is only bona fide when the first person, the origination point, is the Supreme Lord Himself.
One component of being the Almighty is having complete independence. Not relying on anyone. Not having to bend to anyone’s will. No forced submission. Everyone else has some sort of…
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“Since the present civilization is not very congenial to the living entities, Krishna consciousness is recommended. Through Krishna consciousness, society will develop the mode of goodness. When the mode of goodness is developed, people will see things as they are. In the mode of ignorance, people are just like animals and cannot see things clearly. In the mode of ignorance, for example, they do not see that by killing one animal they are taking a chance of being killed by the same animal in the next life.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 14.17 Purport)
In one of the more famous lines from a Presidential debate, a candidate asked the people watching at home if they were better off today than they were four years ago. This was an obvious question to ask from a challenger attempting to shed light on the poor record of the…
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“The pure devotees are always hankering after the lotus feet of the Lord. The lotus has a kind of honey which is transcendentally relished by the devotees. They are like the bees who are always after the honey.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.11.26 Purport)
You don’t have to see the whole thing. The entire image, from top to bottom, is not required for meditation to be done properly. Dhyana is important, even outside of the realm of yoga. If you’re writing a book, will you be able to get it done if people keep interrupting you? If you’re driving on the road, is it a good idea to keep looking down at your smartphone?
Proper dhyana should be on something tangible; then it qualifies as yoga. Meditating on a tree may help to keep clear of certain bad behaviors, but in the long…
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“This dhira-prashanta trait of Krishna was exhibited in His dealings with the Pandavas. On account of the Pandavas’ faithful devotion to the Lord, He agreed to become their charioteer, their advisor, their friend, their messenger and sometimes their bodyguard. Such is an example of the result of devotional service towards Vishnu.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 23)
The Sanskrit word Bhagavan refers to someone who is fortunate in an unlimited way. Nothing is lacking, either. In sports we see that certain players are better suited for certain roles. One is fast and agile, while another is intelligent and strong. Rare it is to find someone who can do everything.
That is limited to the realm of sports competition, but imagine someone who is not lacking any feature. They can give a dissertation on the highest philosophy at one moment and build a motorcycle…
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“The promise of Krishna that His devotees are never vanquished had also previously been admitted by Indra when he was defeated in the Govardhana-lila. When Krishna stopped the villagers of Braja (Vrindavana) from worshiping Indra, Indra became angry and therefore inundated Vrindavana with continuous rain. Krishna, however, protected all of the citizens and animals of Vrindavana by lifting Govardhana Hill, which served as an umbrella.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 21)
Friend1: I think every religion has some sort of promise for protection.
Friend1: The basic one is being saved from going to hell. Get on our list. Attend this gathering on a regular basis. Confess your sins. Proclaim your love for the savior.
Friend2: Then you won’t suffer eternal damnation.
Friend1: Yeah. I mean, you have to admit, it’s a good way to increase attendance.
Friend2: Sure. I mean, do
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