Monthly Archives: November 2017

Four People Who Asked Krishna For Something

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[Lord Krishna]“As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna always tries to please His devotees, and the devotees try to please Krishna. As the devotees always think of Krishna within their hearts, so Krishna also thinks of His devotees within Himself. When Kubja was converted into a beautiful society girl, she wanted Krishna to come to her place so that she could try to receive and worship Him in her own way.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 47)

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They’re my parents. It’s a different relationship there. Let others be concerned about teaching me lessons. Let there be formalities in dealings with other people, but these two I have known my whole life. I should be able to ask them for anything. Not that they will always agree, not that they will even have the means to come through, but there should never…

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Can Demigod Worship Be Considered Service To A Vaishnava

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[Lord Vishnu]“Lord Shiva told the goddess Durga, ‘My dear Devi, although the Vedas recommend worship of demigods, the worship of Lord Vishnu is topmost. However, above the worship of Lord Vishnu is the rendering of service to Vaishnavas, who are related to Lord Vishnu.’” (Padma Purana)

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Friend1: Service to Narayana is different.

Friend2: From what?

Friend1: Service to anyone else.

Friend2: And everyone is serving in some capacity.

Friend1: That is the meaning of dharma at the individual level.

Friend2: Yes.

[Lord Vishnu]Friend1: Narayana is the source of all naras, or men. That is why service to Him is unique.

Friend2: He is God the person. Vishnu is another name. Krishna is the same. So is Rama. The idea is that you’re going to the source, not wasting time in other paths, which bring only temporary benefits.

Friend1: I’ve heard it said that there…

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Four Ways To Put A Positive Spin On Atheism

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[Narasimha killing Hiranyakashipu]“Hiranyakashipu murmured to himself, ‘Lord Vishnu, who possesses great mystic power, has made this plan to kill me, but what is the use of such an attempt? Who can fight with me?’ Thinking like this and taking up his club, Hiranyakashipu attacked the Lord like an elephant.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.8.23)

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In this hypothetical situation you are a true believer. You are wholly dedicated to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan as He is described in Vedic literature, which provides the most complete information about the Divine. It is impossible to close the book forever on God, since with the infinite continuation of time His glories increase more and more. The Vedas can be considered something like the complete dictionary to the pocket dictionaries that are other spiritual traditions.

You love Bhagavan and serve Him on a regular basis. To the outsider the practice…

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Letting Me Win Every Day

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[sadhu-sanga]“He who is satisfied with gain which comes of its own accord, who is free from duality and does not envy, who is steady both in success and failure, is never entangled, although performing actions.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.22)

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Friend1: Material life is difficult; there is no doubt about it.

Friend2: Some people get a rush from the struggle. If they are not in the game, so to speak, they don’t know what to do.

Friend1: Sure, but there is still pressure. Nothing is ever settled. Even if you find the home of your dreams, there is constant concern over maintenance. You could lose your job at any moment. Illness can strike.

Friend2: Yes, I agree with your overall assessment.

Friend1: Here is the issue to discuss. I know that sometimes followers of bhakti-yoga get criticized for taking the easy way out.

Friend2:…

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If Impersonalism Is So Bad Why Is The Option There To Begin With

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[Lord Krishna]“For those whose minds are attached to the unmanifested, impersonal feature of the Supreme, advancement is very troublesome. To make progress in that discipline is always difficult for those who are embodied.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 12.5)

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Friend1: Impersonalism. Mayavada. Voidism. Variations of the same theme – I know that they are bad.

Friend2: Why the classification in the negative?

Friend1: A missed opportunity. Not as much enjoyment. The ceiling with that path is brahmananda, or the joy of merging with the impersonal spiritual energy known as Brahman.

Friend2: There is something beyond, something greater?

Friend1: Sharanagati. Full surrender in devotion. Surrender here means service, and service means two distinct individuals, at the least.

Friend2: With impersonalism there aren’t two individuals?

Friend1: Just one; the conditioned soul seeking liberation. Impersonal itself means lacking personality. It is something like appreciating the…

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I Believe You’re The Devil’s Child

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[Father trying to kill Prahlada]“This boy Prahlada is the killer of my brother, for he has given up his family to engage in the devotional service of the enemy, Lord Vishnu, like a menial servant.” (Hiranyakashipu, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.35)

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Friend1: You ever meet someone whose values are totally out of whack?

Friend2: That’s saying a lot right there. What exactly do you mean?

Friend1: Where it seems like they are on another planet. What is right to you is wrong for them, and vice versa.

Friend2: On important issues or something trivial like how much sleep to get and which stores to patronize?

Friend1: Something as basic as protecting innocent life. Protecting property. Not stealing from other people. They have the values inverted. Do whatever it takes to enjoy the senses.

Friend2: Oh, for sure. That’s what happens when the mode of passion takes control.

Friend1: So…

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Four Times When I Can See God

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[Lord Krishna]“O son of Kunti [Arjuna], I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.8)

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You’re on a mini-road trip. It’s not cross-country, but it spans several states. This means that you get a view of different places, from the most urban to the most rural. As you are cruising along the highway, a billboard catches your eye. It says, “After death, you will meet God,” with the word “will” in italics. Then there is a phone number below.

The message is pretty obvious. Be afraid of your actions. Don’t think that you will get away with sin. If you are interested in correcting the situation, contact the people represented by the phone number. There will come a…

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Three Benefits Of Pious Activities

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Without pious activities, if a man is in a distressed condition he becomes an agnostic, communist or something like that. Because he does not firmly believe in God, he thinks that he can adjust his distressed condition by totally disbelieving in Him.” (The Nectar Of Devotion, Ch 3)

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“Piety and sin. Why should I bother? What is the need? They are defined in books that are thousands of years old. Man has made tremendous advancements. No longer are people put on trial for not believing in God; at least not in a large portion of the world. Science has helped to debunk so many myths. What benefit is there to pious activities?”

These reservations are only natural, especially when so much work is accomplished without any attention paid to good and bad, pious and impious. There are still benefits to following what is…

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Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

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[Lord Krishna]“There are certain prescribed methods for employing our senses and mind in such a way that our dormant consciousness for loving Krishna will be invoked, as much as the child, with a little practice, can begin to walk. One who has no basic walking capacity cannot walk by practice. Similarly, Krishna consciousness cannot be aroused simply by practice. Actually there is no such practice. When we wish to develop our innate capacity for devotional service there are certain processes which, by our accepting and executing them, will cause that dormant capacity to be invoked. Such practice is called sadhana-bhakti.” (The Nectar Of Devotion, Ch 2)

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Friend1: I’ve heard it said that Krishna consciousness is within each of us.

Friend2: Yes. Lying dormant at present; at least for most people.

Friend1: And that bhakti-yoga, particularly the regulative principles and practices, helps to arouse that…

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