Monthly Archives: November 2017

From Farm To Table

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[Radha-Krishna]“In the Skanda Purana there is the following description of the result of seeing aratrika (worship) of the Deity: ‘If someone sees the face of the Lord while aratrika is going on, he can be relieved of all sinful reactions coming from many, many thousands and millions of years past. He is even excused from the killing of a brahmana or similar prohibited activities.’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 9)

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Friend1: I know you don’t like me complaining about social media.

Friend2: The vehicle itself or the people using it?

Friend1: The latter.

Friend2: You know I love it when you complain about anything. What is it this time?

Friend1: The pictures of food.

Friend2: Seriously? If people couldn’t post pictures of that social media sites would go out of business.

Friend1: I should be more specific. Produce.

Friend2: Like what you buy…

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If Your Child Has Become Wealthy Have You Succeeded

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[Rama and Lakshmana with Vishvamitra]“They pray to God to grant them blessings: ‘May You garner fame and return victorious. May You not lose a single hair while bathing.’” (Janaki Mangala, 29)

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Friend1: When you see your kid for the first time, right after birth, there are some pretty heavy feelings.

Friend2: Such as?

Friend1: Protection. You want to do everything you can to protect the child. Keep them away from harm. Let them not suffer, at all.

Friend2: That is completely natural. I know you don’t like me going off on tangents, but your sentiment reminds me of how people in Ayodhya felt a long time back.

Friend1: Towards their children?

Friend2: That’s the thing, these were two sons to the king, Dasharatha. Rama and Lakshmana were called away on duty.

Friend1: You make it sound like they were in the military or something. You know that…

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The Three Phases Of Praying For Stuff From The Devas

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.23)

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One aspect of proper vision is seeing the future. To actually see means to detect the changes that are constantly occurring. What is in front of us right now won’t remain so, even for an inanimate object like a statue. There is human effort, paurusham, along with time, kala.

The changing nature of the material world is incorporated into Shri Krishna’s characterization of demigod worship. Popular in the Vedic tradition, devas are satisfied in order to earn their favor. The opinion is that ultimately the practice is reserved for the less intelligent. From studying the stages of demigod worship we detect a…

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What To Do In The Case Of A Fallen Guru

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.36)

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Friend1: Did you see this story about the guru in India?

Friend2: Umm, there are like thousands of gurus in India.

Friend1: The one where the guy got arrested. He was charged with forcing girls to enter relations with him.

Friend2: Oh, yes. Sad situation.

Friend1: It’s big news. The guy’s followers have started to riot.

Friend2: I heard that.

Friend1: Really is amazing. How can people be so gullible? One look at this guy and I knew he was a fraud. The guy was making music videos, for crying out loud.

[Shrila Prabhupada]Friend2: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada refers to this as the…

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Four Images From Rama’s Childhood

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[Rama with brothers]“Being prayed for by the demigods, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Absolute Truth Himself, directly appeared with His expansion and expansions of the expansion. Their holy names were Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. These celebrated incarnations thus appeared in four forms as the sons of Maharaja Dasharatha.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 9.10.2)

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From birth to death and everything in between. Taken collectively the events are known as a lifetime. Each living being travels as such, while the exact duration varies. For a human being a lifetime may be upwards of eighty years, while for a tree it is thousands. For the creator, Lord Brahma, the lifetime is so long that the days and years are measured differently.

“By human calculation, a thousand ages taken together is the duration of Brahma’s one day. And such also is the duration of his night.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita

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Five Reasons To Abandon Stolen Property

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[Sita-Rama]“Ravana was very advanced materially, so much so that he turned his kingdom, Lanka, into pure gold, or full material wealth. But because he did not recognize the supremacy of Lord Ramachandra and defied Him by stealing His wife, Sita, Ravana was killed, and all his opulence and power were destroyed.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 2.7.23 Purport)

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You shouldn’t steal, right? Does this need to actually be explained to anyone? The human being has some intelligence at the time of birth. Otherwise there wouldn’t be potential for reading, writing, speaking, walking, talking and other such things we take for granted, things we expect the adult to be able to do.

The Bhagavad-gita says that the intelligence comes from the source of all intelligence, the Supreme Consciousness that pervades the entire known space. Basically, wherever we see life, there is some connection to this…

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Three Periods Of Time I Could Use To Test If God Is Real

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[Lord Krishna]“The Blessed Lord said: Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot, O subduer of the enemy!” (Bhagavad-gita, 4.5)

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So many religions. So many people who follow. So many true believers, who would sacrifice everything to move forward in the path laid out for them. Something must be there, but how do they know for sure? Where is the evidence? Where is the tangible proof of a Divine being, someone who is the origin of everything?

Testing the origin is traveling one direction on the time continuum. The other is the future, moving forward. In Vedic culture the Almighty is described to be anadi. This means “without beginning.” He is also ananta, or unlimited. The creation goes through cycles of manifestation and dissolution.

“Again and again the day comes, and this…

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Was Arjuna A Better Bow-Warrior Than Krishna

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[Krishna and Arjuna]“Savyasachin refers to one who can shoot arrows very expertly in the field; thus Arjuna is addressed as an expert warrior capable of delivering arrows to kill his enemies.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 11.33 Purport)

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Friend1: I got a weird one for you today.

Friend2: I’ll be the judge of that.

Friend1: You know how Arjuna failed to protect the queens after Krishna returned to the spiritual world?

Friend2: Right away!

Friend1: What?

Friend2: You have to focus on the negative. You have to bring up a blemish on Arjuna’s record.

Friend1: No, don’t misunderstand me. I am using that incident to juxtapose with something positive.

Friend2: Alright, proceed.

Friend1: I understand the lesson. Krishna was no longer around, so Arjuna wasn’t as powerful anymore. He previously led his side to victory in the greatest war of all time. Now he couldn’t do something…

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