Monthly Archives: September 2016

Numerical Strength

Krishna's Mercy

[japa beads]“There is no difference between the holy name of the Lord and the Lord Himself. As such, the holy name is as perfect as the Lord Himself in fullness, purity and eternity. The holy name is no material sound vibration, nor has it any material contamination.” (Padma Purana quoted from The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 13)

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“Chant the holy names. The holy name is non-different from the Supreme Lord. There are four distinct aspects to God that are of relevance to us. They are nama, rupa, guna and lila. Name, form, qualities and pastimes. The idea is that we don’t have to speculate about the Almighty. He does not have to be relegated to an imaginary figure that we have a hope of seeing only in the afterlife. He has endless variety and nuance, and He appears ever fresh and new.

“The people…

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It Is Good For You

Krishna's Mercy

blueberry muffins“There is no possibility of one’s becoming a yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much, or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 6.16)

Bhagavad-gita, 6.16“A new study shows that eating tomatoes is good for you. It has the important ingredient known as lycopene. This is an antioxidant, which means its stops oxidation within the bloodstream. This oxidation of free radicals is what causes cancer, so antioxidants can thus prevent cancer from occurring. Green tea, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and so many fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. We don’t eat enough of these, but doing so will be good for us.”

“Exercise is good for you. Rather than sit around like a lazy bum all the time, get up every now and then to get the blood flowing. Go for a walk on a regular basis. Join a gym and use…

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Sankirtana For The Ages

Krishna's Mercy

[Lord Chaitanya in sankirtana]“In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Krishna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krishna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 11.5.32)

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kṛṣṇa-varṇaḿ tviṣākṛṣṇaḿ


yajñaiḥ sańkīrtana-prāyair

yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ

Shaved heads. Saffron robes. Karatalas clanging to a familiar beat. The constant chanting of the holy names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. To some this is a nuisance, while to others it’s the thing they’ve been searching for their whole lives. It is sharanagati experienced for real, surrender to the Divine that should be the way of life all the time. These things taken together are known as the sankirtana-yajna, and though it has only recently…

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Space Saver

Krishna's Mercy

Japa beads“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.14)

Bhagavad-gita, 9.14Person 1: “I just can’t fit anything else in my bag. I only have enough clothes to last me a few days. I needed some t-shirts and shorts for sleeping and working out too. I put in extra pairs of socks, and I also had to pack my tablet computer. There is simply not anymore room. I had to work hard just to get everything to fit as is. And now you’re telling me that I can fit a lot more in there? I don’t see it.”

Person 2: “Well, here’s your problem. None of your clothes are folded. Were you absent the day they taught surface area and volume in math class? These clothes are just threads combined together. They can be bent and shaped…

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Reader’s views about Agnishatdal and Agnijaat (18th August) Bhadra Issue for you!

Agnijaat - A Monthly Ezine by Sharmishtha Basu

Swati Sarangi

Agnishatdal is a collection of variety of literary work and art. One can find a mixture of mythological information, poems, interviews, photographs and digital paintings- all at one place- in this 122 page- long ezine. The opening note of the editor Sharmishtha Basu gives a brief insight about creating something beautiful. One can find an intelligent arrangement of digital paintings amidst the literary works. We can get to know about Rabindranath Tagore and Abanindranath Tagore. Then comes the section of stories, reflections and thoughts as illustrated by a well crafted digital painting by the creator herself.

An article entitling ‘A smile amidst the crowd’ by Vishal Bheeroo can be seen as an inaugural one. It’s about an experience of the author meeting a stranger, a 9-year-old girl (might be a child labour),who smiled back at him confidently when he tried to a smile to show his sympathy.

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The Destiny Of Devotion

Krishna's Mercy

[maha-mantra]“Transcendentally the holy name of the Lord and the Lord Himself are identical, being absolute. The holy name of the Lord is as powerful as the Lord. The Lord is the all-powerful Personality of Godhead, and He has innumerable names, which are all nondifferent from Him and are equally powerful also.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.18.19 Purport)

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The means of rescue in this age is simple and straightforward. What do we need rescue from? Obviously, there is suffering. What causes the suffering? There are three primary sources. We see acts of God, things in nature that are impossible to stop. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, heat waves, blizzards – the only hope is to try to contain the damage these events inflict.

There are other living entities. A person goes into a school and randomly starts shooting people. Another person always chews food with their…

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Hare Krishna

Krishna's Mercy

Radha Krishna “After searching through all the Vedic literature one cannot find a method of religion more sublime for this age than the chanting of Hare Krishna.” (Kali-santarana Upanishad)

Question: “May I know the meaning of Hare Krishna and Hare Rama please?”

Answer: “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare” is known as the maha-mantra. Maha means great, and mantra means a series of words which are repeated to achieve a certain goal. The term mantra today is generally associated with a slogan or a saying that is intended to help keep a person’s mind focused on a particular task. However, mantras have their origin in the Vedas, the original religious scriptures for all of mankind.

Lord Krishna The Vedas were passed down by Lord Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, at the beginning of creation. He imparted Vedic wisdom into the…

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Biblioklept is ten years old today, so ten sets of ten somethings


This blog is ten years old today. So here are ten sets of ten somethings.

Just a picture of ten random books, which in no way should be thought of as a real list, okay?:

img_3513Ten great books I read in 2016:

  1. JR, William Gaddis–a reread that topped the list of nine books that I said I wanted to reread in the Biblioklept Ninth Anniversary Post Spectacular
  2. Collected Stories, William Faulkner
  3. A Temple of Texts, William Gass
  4. Quiet Creature on the Corner, João Gilberto Noll
  5. The Franchiser, Stanley Elkin
  6. The Dick Gibson Show, Stanley Elkin
  7. Marketa Lazarova, Vladislav Vančura
  8. A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin
  9. The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa
  10. Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novel Quartet, which I guess actually counts as four novels, but whatever

the-ten-commandmentsTen Commandments, Lucas Cranach the Elder

Ten books I want to read soonish:

  1. There Is a…

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10 Things I Learned at Yellowstone National Park

Steph Yiu

Each year, my friends and I visit one national park together. In the last three years, we’ve done Yosemite, Banff, and Zion – this year it was Yellowstone. My favorite part of this trip was nerding out and learning as much as I could about the volcanic ecosystem that created the nation’s first National Park.

#1. Yellowstone is the largest supervolcano on the continent.

This supervolcano has had three major eruptions, each around 700,000 years apart. The volcano’s calderas (i.e. the part that explodes) encompass pretty much the entire park. There isn’t an eruption expected anytime soon, but if there is one, it would be devastating to the western United States.

Lower Yellowstone Falls. Lower Yellowstone Falls. Almost the entire park is a caldera.

#2. Yellowstone holds the most geysers anywhere on earth.

Two-thirds of the world’s geysers live at Yellowstone. Just a few miles below the surface of the park lives a massive magma…

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