Monthly Archives: January 2017

Narasimha Chaturdashi 2015

Krishna's Mercy

[Narasimhadeva]“Lord Narasimhadeva is here, and He is also there on the opposite side. Wherever I go, there I see Lord Narasimhadeva. He is outside and within My heart. Therefore I take shelter of Lord Narasimhadeva, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (Narasimha Purana)

ito nṛsiṁhaḥ parato nṛsiṁho
yato yato yāmi tato nṛsiṁhaḥ
bahir nṛsiṁho hṛdaye nṛsiṁho
nṛsiṁham ādiṁ śaraṇaṁ prapadye

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Is God everywhere? Can He be seen with the naked eye? Isn’t the idea of a single person directing the millions of results to actions a fairy tale? Isn’t it more of a hope, a concept to help alleviate the pain of loss, the sting of the knowledge of guaranteed death? A young child a long time ago saw the Supreme everywhere. He was not embarrassed by this vision. He was confident in himself, to the point of disobeying the orders of…

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Five Reasons To Have A Marriage In Dharma Instead Of Kama

Krishna's Mercy

[Sita-Rama marriage]“My dear beautiful wife, what you have said is befitting the occasion and also indicative of the greatness of your family heritage. You are dearer to Me than My life, for you are My companion in the performance of religious duties.” (Lord Rama speaking to Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 10.21)

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He had left home. He took practically nothing with Him. He didn’t want His wife or His younger brother to suffer, yet they insisted on accompanying Him. He was there on patrol; sort of like a police officer. The area was the tapo-vana, the forest conducive to the practice of austerity and penance. The people residing there were under a constant threat of attack, and they were not equipped to defend themselves.

His wife had concerns, however. She presented them very mildly, but to any husband even the softest rebuke…

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How Do You Want To See Him

Krishna's Mercy

[Sons of Kuvera]“O Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera – Manigriva and Nalakuvara – were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.” (Shri Damodarashtaka, 7)

kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca
tathā prema-bhaktiḿ svakāḿ me prayaccha
na mokṣe graho me ‘sti dāmodareha

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After someone passes away, the only connection we have to them is through memory. We can no longer speak to them. We can’t go to visit them. If they left recorded instructions then perhaps we can associate that way, but usually it is the interactions we had with them previously that keep them…

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Five Reasons To Study The Bhagavad-gita To Increase The Faith You Already Have

Krishna's Mercy

[Lord Krishna]“Now hear, O son of Pritha [Arjuna], how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.1)

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“Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bigoted. I respect other cultures. Where I live people tend to be happy. We are very hospitable. I’m amazed when I travel to the cities and see how upset people are. They don’t even say ‘hello’ to one another. They walk past quickly, pretending that they don’t see you.

“I will admit that the images look a little strange. A blue God? A guy with four hands lying down on a serpent bed? A guy with four heads in the distance, attached to the same four-handed guy’s navel through a lotus stem? You must admit that people who aren’t familiar with such images…

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Przechodź spokojnie przez hałas i pośpiech…

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Przechodź spokojnie przez hałas i pośpiech, i pamiętaj, jaki spokój można znaleźć w ciszy.

O ile to możliwe, bez wyrzekania się siebie bądź na dobrej stopie ze wszystkimi.
Wypowiadaj swoją prawdę jasno i spokojnie, wysłuchaj innych, nawet tępych i nieświadomych, oni też mają swoja opowieść.
Unikaj głośnych i napastliwych – są udręką ducha.
Porównując się z innymi możesz stać się próżny i zgorzkniały, bowiem zawsze znajdziesz lepszych i gorszych od siebie.

Niech twoje osiągnięcia zarówno jak plany będą dla Ciebie źródłem radości.
Wykonaj swą pracę z sercem – jakakolwiek byłaby skromna, ją jedynie posiadasz
w zmiennych kolejach losu.
Bądź ostrożny w interesach, na świecie bowiem pełno oszustwa.
Niech Ci to jednak nie zasłoni prawdziwej cnoty; wielu ludzi dąży do wzniosłych ideałów
i wszędzie życie pełne jest heroizmu.

Bądź sobą, zwłaszcza nie udawaj uczucia.
Ani też nie podchodź cynicznie do miłości, albowiem wobec oschłości i rozczarowań ona jest wieczna jak…

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How Is It Possible For A Warrior To Stay Dear To Krishna

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna and Arjuna]“He for whom no one is put into difficulty and who is not disturbed by anxiety, who is steady in happiness and distress, is very dear to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 12.15)

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Friend1: Let’s talk about the qualities of a devotee.

Friend2: Kavi. That is one I like.

Friend1: That means “poetic,” right?

Friend2: Or learned. Someone was asking me about that the other day.

Friend1: About what? How a devotee can be a kavi?

Friend2: They wanted to know how a person practicing bhakti can automatically become eloquent. What if they are a scientist, who just does research all the time? What if they are not skilled at composition? How do they become that way through practicing devotional service?

Friend1: What was your response?

Friend2: I didn’t say anything. Time ran out.

Friend1: What would have been your response?

[Tulsidas writing]Friend2:…

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My Success Is Not Determined By Who Wins Elections

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.14)

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Friend1: I know you don’t like to talk about this.

Friend2: What?

Friend1: Politics.

Friend2: Then why are you bringing it up?

Friend1: Because it was a topic for discussion at a recent satsanga, where there was chanting of the holy names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Friend2: Because other people discussed it, now I have to weigh in, too?

Friend1: Come on, just this one time.

Friend2: What do you want to know? Is there any spiritual angle…

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Five People Who Might Turn Against You If You Take Up Bhakti

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[Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill]“When Indra understood that the sacrifice offered by the cowherd men in Vrindavana was stopped by Krishna, he became angry, and he vented his anger upon the inhabitants of Vrindavana, who were headed by Nanda Maharaja, although Indra knew perfectly well that Krishna was personally protecting them.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 25)

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You live in a free country. The freedom of expression, to say what you want without causing or inciting physical harm, is enshrined in the nation’s founding documents. Yet your experience over the last few months says otherwise. You put up a sign in your yard in support of a particular candidate for president. Several times that sign has been vandalized. You haven’t wished harm on anyone. You simply stated your preference. Apparently that choice cannot be tolerated by others.

This is just in the realm…

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Narasimha Chaturdashi 2013

Krishna's Mercy

DSC04354“Hiranyakashipu had been exactly like a fever of meningitis in the head of the three worlds. Thus when the wives of the demigods in the heavenly planets saw that the great demon had been killed by the personal hands of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, their faces blossomed in great joy. The wives of the demigods again and again showered flowers from heaven upon Lord Narasimhadeva like rain.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.8.35)

Imagine if it were a crime to love. The crime applied at the most basic level; loving in thought was enough to qualify. No other action would be needed to break the law. Then imagine that the punishment for the crime was death, by any means. Whatever it would take to end the life of the culprit would be sanctioned by the government. Imagine, then, that the government made this the top…

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