Monthly Archives: September 2017

Four Impurities That Overtook Arjuna

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[Krishna and Arjuna]“The Supreme Person [Bhagavan] said: My dear Arjuna, how have these impurities come upon you? They are not at all befitting a man who knows the progressive values of life. They do not lead to higher planets, but to infamy.” (Bhagavad-gita, 2.2)

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Unfortunately, the word Aryan is today misunderstood in the context of general conversation. The blame can be put directly on the deeds of a wicked and cruel world leader who became infamous during the time of World War II. The word is actually of Sanskrit origin, and it refers to someone who knows the values of life.

During one of the most famous conversations in history, Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, invoked the negation of this word in His strong criticism of His dear friend and cousin. Arjuna was the leader of the Pandavas, a family who had been…

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Three Things Parrots In Vrindavana See

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[Krishna and Balarama naming ceremony]“All glories to Kunja-vihari, who playfully announces Madanotsava (Cupid’s festival) with the melodies from His colorfully decorated flute, and whose pastimes are praised by a multitude of male and female parrots.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 4)

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It’s another example of the miracle of life. Humans can’t understand them fully. It’s a different species, after all. Yet the behavior, the way of learning and adapting, showing signs of love in terms of both paramours and family members, can mesmerize the observing human being.

With the rapidly advancing technology of the modern age home monitoring is not something reserved for only the super wealthy. The average person can keep an eye on what’s going on inside of their house when they are away. What if there is a fire? What if one of the pipes breaks? A quick look at a camera connected to…

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[Krishna and Arjuna]“So, although Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and can see all that is past, present and future, to teach the people in general He used to always refer to the scriptures. For example, in the Bhagavad-gita, although Krishna was speaking as the supreme authority, He still mentioned and quoted Vedanta-sutra as authority.” (The Nectar Of Devotion, Ch 21)

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Friend1: The law is complicated.

Friend2: It is lengthy, as well. Consider how much new legislation passes each year.

Friend1: That’s why court cases aren’t always easily decided.

Friend2: You need good judges.

Friend1: There may be instances where someone is genuinely unsure of what is legal and what is not.

Friend2: Definitely. That’s why you consult the law. You see what it has to say. The idea is to not be biased. Don’t cheat based on your personal sentiment.

Friend1: I guess…

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How Can All Dharma Be Included In The Chanting Of The Holy Name

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[chanting beads]“Just as within the earth are found every kind of seed and within the sky live all the stars, Tulsidas knows that Shri Rama’s holy name is the reservoir of all dharma.” (Dohavali, 29)

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Friend1: Dharma is one.

Friend2: Ultimately.

Friend1: Why qualify it? Isn’t dharma an essential characteristic?

Friend2: Yes.

Friend1: And isn’t the essential characteristic of the essential functioning unit of life, the soul, one? I mean to say that dharma doesn’t change from one person to the next.

Friend2: That is true, as well.

Friend1: Then why did you use the word “ultimately.”

Friend2: Well, think about it. Dharma is an essential characteristic. There are many objects in this world. There are also many objectives. Dharma applies across the entire spectrum.

Friend1: So you qualified the statement because eventually there is only one goal: service to the Divine?

Friend2: The…

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If Varnashrama Is So Great Why Was It Rejected Throughout The World

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“According to the three modes of material nature and the work ascribed to them, the four divisions of human society were created by Me. And, although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the non-doer, being unchangeable.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.13)

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Friend1: Varnashrama-dharma.

Friend2: In one sense, the clearer definition of what passes today as “Hinduism.”

Friend1: Not the caste system, right?

Friend2: Divisions by quality and work, guna and karma. Janma is not mentioned. There is no reference to jati, either.

Friend1: Reference where?

Friend2: In the Bhagavad-gita. Shri Krishna says that varnashrama comes from Him. He creates the system. It’s completely natural, too.

Friend1: To have divisions?

Friend2: Yes. Look at the successful business. Usually one person is at the top. Then there are salespeople. Others are good at packaging…

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Four Ways The Acharyas Save Us Time

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[Lord Krishna]“The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, tongue, and nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 15.9)

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The acharya is the spiritual teacher who leads by example. They set a standard that others can emulate. Removing the guesswork, they show a way to confidently live life. No more speculating. No more remaining in the dark.

“Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.”  (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.21)

The acharya leads through their actions and they teach through their words. They have at their disposal many lifetimes’ worth of experience. The mistakes that are common, they can be avoided. Just accept the…

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Two Reasons A Person Might Not Worship Vishnu

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[Lord Vishnu]“Because the Lord does not give blessings of material opulence to His devotee, people are afraid of worshiping Lord Vishnu because they see that the Vaishnavas, who are worshipers of Lord Vishnu, are poor in superficial material opulences.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.22.36 Purport)

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For a person fortunate enough to grow up in Vedic culture, there are many options with respect to spiritual life. It is not a singular path, with no room for trial and error, experimentation, or doubts. For as many desires as the mind can conjure up, that many kinds of religious paths, or dharmas, exist.

Those who are familiar with the material nature and its inhibiting effect on the otherwise spotless spirit soul directly seek the shelter of the origin of everything. In the ultimate feature that origin is personal, i.e. it is an individual, separate and distinct…

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Is Indra Really In Charge Of Thunder And Lightning

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[Govardhana saving from rain]“As the director of different kinds of clouds, Indra called for the samvartaka. This cloud is invited when there is a need to devastate the whole cosmic manifestation. The samvartaka was ordered by Indra to go over Vrindavana and inundate the whole area with an extensive flood.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 25)

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Friend1: I know the debate between personalism and impersonalism when it comes to understanding the origin of everything, the Almighty, the Absolute Truth, God, if you will.

Friend2: Dvaita and advaita. Dualism and non-dualism. In some traditions that are rooted in the Vedas the terms are saguna and nirguna.

Friend1: With attributes and without attributes.

Friend2: Right. Basically, the version of God that you can see and the one that you can’t. Which one do you think is the original? That determines your ultimate…

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