Monthly Archives: October 2017

Three Reasons Ravana Might Not Be Universally Hated

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[Sita-Rama]“The materialists, who are after opulence and material prosperity, may take lessons from the Ramayana that the policy of exploiting the nature of the Lord without acknowledging the supremacy of the Supreme Lord is the policy of Ravana.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 2.7.23 Purport)

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An acknowledged rapist. A thief. A person who went against his own brother, for no reason other than to exercise power. A man-eater on the largest scale. A murderer. The original state sponsor of terrorism, in the form of night-rangers attacking innocent sages living in the woods.

These are different accurate descriptions of the ten-headed one, Ravana, the king of Lanka from a long time ago. He is the main antagonist in the real life drama that is told in the Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit poem from Maharishi Valmiki.

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Who Wants To Know

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[Shri Rama]“The wise who have wanted to know have understood that all regulative principles are meant to lead to one result – having Shri Rama standing in the temple of the mind, holding His bow and arrow.” (Dohavali, 90)

saba sādhana ko eka phala jehiṁ jān’yo so jāna |
jyoṁ tyoṁ mana mandira basahiṁ rāma dhareṁ dhanu bāna ||90||

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“Take two of these and call me in the morning.” This is the famous directive of the doctor offered to the sick patient. There is no explanation needed. Though the white coat and the sterile office setting suffice for authenticity, there is the medical license displayed on the wall to further ease the mind of the worried patient. In so many things in life it is better to simply take the prescription. Don’t ask too many questions, especially when the objective is clear. In this…

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The Temple Of The Mind

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[Shri Rama]“The wise who have wanted to know have understood that all regulative principles are meant to lead to one result – having Shri Rama standing in the temple of the mind, holding His bow and arrow.” (Dohavali, 90)

saba sādhana ko eka phala jehiṁ jān’yo so jāna |
jyoṁ tyoṁ mana mandira basahiṁ rāma dhareṁ dhanu bāna ||90||

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It’s not surprising to see so many rules and regulations in spiritual life. The outsider sees many of them as pointless. Why stay home from work on a given day? Is wearing a specific hat going to bring any real benefit? Why intentionally starve yourself for a period of time? Nutrition is important; the body needs proper fuel in order to operate optimally. Each rule of spiritual life has a specific, designated purpose, but the end goal should never be forgotten. Goswami Tulsidas kindly shares…

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Four Miseries The Animal Community Doesn’t Have To Deal With

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[Lord Krishna]“I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas am I to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 15.15)

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The Sanskrit aphorism athato brahma-jijnasa applies to the human being. Indeed, Sanskrit and other languages are meant for communication among the classes with higher intelligence.

The animals have intelligence. Every living being does, to some degree. This is due to the presence of the Supersoul, which is an expansion of God. The human being is unique because of the higher potential that intelligence can reach. The elevation is in terms of consciousness, and lacking specific training the human existence is inferior to animal life in many ways.

1. Potential loss of job

The animals are not worried about losing of job…

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Four Parties Arjuna Was Worried About

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[Arjuna]“When there is increase of unwanted population, a hellish situation is created both for the family and for those who destroy the family tradition. In such corrupt families, there is no offering of oblations of food and water to the ancestors.” (Arjuna, Bhagavad-gita, 1.41)

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The Vaishnava is known as para duhkha-duhkhi. They feel pain at the suffering of others. This is not strictly from the material sense. A good parent does not mind if the child is crying for a lousy reason. Perhaps they didn’t get the toy they wanted. Maybe they desired to stay up past their bedtime. The short duration of unpleasantness will end up doing them good in the long run.

The devotee of the personal God, Vishnu, is concerned over the rampant lack of spiritual life. They see others engaged in the futile search for happiness through material…

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एक ब्रह्माण्ड या अनेक ब्रह्माण्ड(Universe or Multiverse)

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अनेक ब्रह्माण्ड(Multiverse) अनेक ब्रह्माण्ड(Multiverse)

आज हम उस स्थिति में हैं कि अपने ब्रह्मांड की विशालता का मोटे तौर पर आकलन कर सकते हैं। हमारी विराट पृथ्वी सौरमंडल का एक साधारण आकार का ग्रह है, जो सूर्य नामक तारे के इर्दगिर्द परिक्रमा कर रही है। सौरमंडल का स्वामी होने के बावजूद सूर्य भी विशाल आकाशगंगा-दुग्धमेखला नाम की मंदाकिनी का एक साधारण और औसत आकार व आयु का तारा है। इस विराट ब्रह्मांड में हमारी आकाशगंगा की तरह लाखों अन्य आकाशगंगाएं भी हैं। अत: हमारा ब्रह्मांड आकाशगंगाओं का एक विशाल समूह है। आजकल के वैज्ञानिक यहाँ तक मानते हैं कि ब्रह्मांड एक नहीं बल्कि अनेक हैं। इसके पीछे उनका यह तर्क है कि दिक् (अंतरिक्ष) का कोई भी ओर-छोर नहीं है, इसलिए एक से अधिक ब्रह्मांड होने की सम्भावना है।

आख़िर हम यह कैसे कह सकते हैं कि हमारा ब्रह्मांड अनेक ब्रह्मांडों में से एक है?

निकोलस कोपरनिकस निकोलस कोपरनिकस

अनेक ब्रह्मांड होने की संकल्पना में…

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Four Kinds Of Interaction Between Krishna And Arjuna

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[Krishna showing the universal form]“Although Krishna is manifested before Arjuna in His universal form, Arjuna remembers his friendly relationship with Krishna and is therefore asking pardon and requesting Him to excuse him for the many informal gestures which arise out of friendship. He is admitting that formerly he did not know that Krishna could assume such a universal form, although He explained it as his intimate friend.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 11.41-42 Purport)

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There is sufficient room for interaction with Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. At the start there is worship of the deity, which gives the appearance of lacking animating properties. The origin is a statue, made of stone, wood, resin, or some other material substance.

The magic is in the authorized way the deity is worshiped. The methods are passed on in a chain of disciplic succession, from people who understand that the Divine…

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