Monthly Archives: February 2017

Three Things Easily Achieved By A Person Going Forward On The Goal To Krishna

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[Vishnu and Dhruva]“Anyone who is going forward to the goal of Krishna is called krishna-parayana, or fully Krishna conscious. The example of Dhruva Maharaja indicates that every Krishna conscious person can expect to reach the topmost summit of all three planetary systems within the universe. A Krishna conscious person can occupy an exalted position beyond the imagination of any ambitious materialist.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.12.38 purport)

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Dhruva Maharaja was insulted by his step-mother. At the advice of his birth mother, he decided to retreat to the forest. He was only a young boy at the time. It wasn’t expected for him to practice the austerities of the adult brahmanas, or priests. After all, most children are interested in play. It is difficult to get them to attend school, for that means sitting down quietly and learning. The school experience is the opposite of…

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Lord Krishna “Shri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramatma [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.2.17)

For strict followers of the Vedic tradition, the highest societal designation one can achieve is that of a brahmana. A brahmana is a person who knows Brahman, or the all-pervasive spiritual energy, the representation of the Absolute Truth. All living entities are Brahman, but they are currently unaware of it. When one takes the necessary steps to realize Brahman, they can be recognized as a brahmana. In order to achieve this high platform of understanding, one must refrain from certain activities, with special attention given to four specific engagements. These four activities constitute the…

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Param Brahma

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal divine person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty.” (Bhagavad-gita, 10.12)

arjuna uvāca
paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma
pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam
ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum

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Brahman is one way to realize the Divine. It is the singular spiritual energy, appearing to be divided but actually one. Brahman is the aggregate of all fragments of spirit. The fragments are of the same kind. They are blissful, knowledgeable and eternal. The sparks of Brahman are known as spirit soul. The soul exists perpetually. Nothing can be done to destroy the soul, and so by extension Brahman is known to be the same.

avināśi tu tad viddhi

yena sarvam idaṁ tatam

vināśam avyayasyāsya

na kaścit kartum…

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Three Kinds Of People Who Cannot Be Peaceful

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[Tulsidas with Rama and Lakshmana]“But a devotee is peaceful because he is fully surrendered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thinks of himself as completely helpless; just as a child feels complete peace in depending on the parent, so a devotee is completely peaceful, for he depends on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.12.37 Purport)

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One of the benefits of film over live production is the ability to quickly jump from scene to scene. Something like a slideshow, simply by showing a series of images an important message can come across. There is the ability to contrast through juxtaposition.

One example is the issue of sleep. If a series of characters is undergoing some type of austerity, the effect it has on the body can be shown through a nighttime scene. Each character is briefly shown struggling to fall…

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Negation of the Material

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[Krishna lila]“Materialistic persons are never interested in hearing about the marvelous pastimes of the Lord. They think that they are fictions and stories and that the Supreme Godhead is also a man of material nature.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 3.32.18 Purport)

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It’s easy to identify a materialistic person. They value only possessions. They insist on high quality in whatever they get. If they go to a pizza restaurant one night and what they order is slightly overcooked, they get extremely upset. “It’s not up to par. You guys didn’t make it as good as you usually do.”

If their pricey new automobile gets a scratch on it, they spend the entire day trying to fix it. Everything must be in a pristine state. Even if they have so many things, they always want more. They are never satisfied, as getting new things is their…

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Eternal Worship

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Lord Krishna“The nondevotee impersonalists imagine the material forms of the Lord, and ultimately they merge in the impersonal brahmajyoti of the Lord, whereas the pure devotees of the Lord are worshipers of the Lord both in the beginning and also in the perfect stage of salvation, eternally. The worship of the pure devotee never stops, whereas the worship of the impersonalist stops after his attainment of salvation, when he merges in the impersonal form of the Lord known as the brahmajyoti.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 2.10.35 Purport)

“Why would I want my worship to be unending? In everything else that I do, there is a beginning, a middle, and an end. I show up to the office in the morning, begin my work, take a break for lunch, and then continue into the afternoon. The end of the day is so wonderful precisely because the work is completed. Even if it’s…

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Four Reasons Even Unlimited Gold Doesn’t Compare To Krishna

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[Krishna receiving the Syamantaka jewel]“In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam it is said that anyone who hears the story of the Syamantaka jewel or describes it or simply remembers it will be free from all kinds of defamation and the reactions of all impious activities and thus will attain the highest perfectional condition of peace.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 2, Ch 2)

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Imagine this situation. You live next to an ATM machine. Obviously, it dispenses cash to those who have a bank account. After swiping the card and entering in the corresponding PIN number, a series of prompts asks how much money will be withdrawn. You can’t withdraw more money than you have in your account.

In this case, let’s say that the machine dispenses unlimited cash. Just for you; not for anyone else. There is no account needed. You won’t get in trouble, either. In this…

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Five Lessons From The Syamantaka Jewel Story

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[Krishna as king of Dvaraka]“Materialistic persons who can achieve such huge quantities of gold every day are not interested in Krishna consciousness. Sometimes, therefore, in order to show special favor, Krishna takes away great accumulations of materialistic wealth from a person and thus makes him a great devotee. But Satrajit refused to abide by the order of Krishna and did not deliver the jewel to Him.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 2, Ch 1)

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Like a hot potato, bouncing from one person to another, changing possession constantly. It was supposed to bring auspiciousness, immunity from disease and pestilence, but there was actually trouble for everyone involved. An intricate story almost requiring a map of the characters and the various stages of ownership to keep track, the Syamantaka jewel affair described in the Shrimad Bhagavatam teaches many valuable lessons about both material and spiritual life.


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What Are Modern Leaders Lacking

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[Krishna and Arjuna]“Heroism, power, determination, resourcefulness, courage in battle, generosity, and leadership are the qualities of work for the kshatriyas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 18.43)

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Friend1: What is the one thing you would say today’s leaders are lacking?

Friend2: Leaders in society or those officially in charge of the government, of overseeing everything and everyone?

Friend1: Oh, that’s a good question. Let’s just stick with the government. They are the official leaders. They are the acknowledged caretakers of the people.

Friend2: Hmm, that doesn’t make things any easier. You could say “honesty.”

Friend1: That’s true. It’s practically impossible to find an honest politician.

Friend2: An honest politician is a losing politician. They all have to lie to some degree.

Friend1: What else is lacking?

Friend2: Courage.

Friend1: Really? You think these leaders aren’t brave enough.

Friend2: By the way, I’m getting this list from the Bhagavad-gita

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Lowest Among Man-Eaters

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Lord Rama“Since you have spoken such sinful words to the wife of the immeasurably resplendent Rama, to what place will you go to be free, O lowest of the Rakshasas?” (Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 22.15)

rākṣasādhama rāmasya bhāryāmamitatejasaḥ |
uktavānasi yatpāpaṃ kva gatastasya mokṣyase ||

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In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna describes how the naradhama, or the lowest among mankind, do not surrender unto Him. Even if they hear that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the detail behind the abstract conception of a supreme being, they choose to find their own path towards transcendence. They fail miserably in this endeavor, and since they received the chance to know Krishna and serve Him, they are considered worse than the middle tier class of men, who may not know any better. In this verse from the Ramayana, Sita addresses Ravana as the lowest…

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