Monthly Archives: January 2018

Everybody’s Working For The Weekend

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[Sita-Rama]“All people are deeply involved in working to achieve something, but there is no use without subsequently protecting. According to Tulsi’s thinking, every religious practice is similarly useless without love for Shri Rama.” (Dohavali, 104)

loga magana saba jogahīṃ joga jāya’ binu cema |
tyoṃ tulasīke bhāvagata rāma prema binu nema ||

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You have the situation of a person from an underdeveloped nation. Keep in mind, everything is relative. What is poverty to one person is abundance to another. A miserable day for one person is when their favorite sports franchise loses the big game, while for someone else it is the loss of a loved one for good.

This person goes on a foreign trip, to a nation considered more developed. They keep a keen eye. Not that they are specifically looking to criticize or praise. There is genuine interest in how…

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Three Examples Of Life In The Mode Of Passion

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[Shyamasundara]“One in the mode of passion is never satisfied with the position he has already acquired; he hankers to increase his position. If he wants to construct a residential house, he tries his best to have a palatial house, as if he would be able to reside in that house eternally.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 14.12 Purport)

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The Supreme Personality of Godhead is known as Shyamasundara, amongst many other names. Like the cloud reaching its full potential for water, about to pour down on earth, to nourish the crops, to give life – that is the complexion on the transcendental body of Bhagavan. The color is shyama, or dark. Since this complexion is so beautiful, with attractiveness in every other feature, as well, on the same person, another name is Krishna.

The existence, the life of the living being, the jiva, is…

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If A Sadhu Is Recognized By Their Qualities What Is The Purpose Of The Dress

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[Shri Chaitanya]“Arjuna said: What are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is thus merged in Transcendence? How does he speak, and what is his language? How does he sit, and how does he walk?” (Bhagavad-gita, 2.54)

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Friend1: So many cheating sadhus out there.

Friend2: You mean officially renounced saintly people?

Friend1: Yes, but I know what you’re implying. That will be the topic of the discussion today.

Friend2: Okay.

Friend1: I think this is one of the reasons sannyasa is forbidden in the age of Kali, the present time period, noted for the increase in quarrel and hypocrisy.

Friend2: Think about it. In certain parts of the world you put on a specific outfit and immediately people give you respect. They give you enough money in charity that you’ll never have to work again. You can live like a king.

Friend1: If people question…

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Three Comparisons For Explaining The Feeling Of Thankfulness In Bhakti

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[Sita-Rama victory garland]“There is a proverb in Sanskrit which says, ‘Disappointment gives rise to the greatest satisfaction.’ In other words, when one’s sentiment or ambition becomes too great and is not fulfilled until after seemingly hopeless tribulation, that is taken as the greatest satisfaction.” (Shrila Prabhupada, The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 31)

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The men and women of the town saw everything. They experienced a full range of emotions. It began with anticipation. The great contest to determine the rightful husband for the daughter of the king. Janaka took a vow, and in this time period the word of the ruler meant something.

The daughter was so amazing that the marriage wouldn’t take place in the typical arrangement. Sita would marry whichever prince would first lift an amazingly heavy bow, passed on in the family for generations. It was practically impossible to lift, but Janaka’s daughter…

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Four Possible Reactions To Seeing The Deity

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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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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada compares it to sending letters through the mail. If something has to be sent, it is not dropped in just any box. It must be put in a receptacle that is authorized to accept such items. There is a higher authority who makes the determination, and with dropping the letter there is security in knowing that the proper destination will most likely be reached.

[mailbox]Deity worship…

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Four Solutions To Problems And Where They Fall Short

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[Worshiping Rama's lotus feet]“Just as saying is useless without doing and succeeding is useless without subsequently protecting, every solution is useless without love for Shri Rama’s lotus feet.” (Dohavali, 103)

jāya’ kahaba karatūti binu jāya’ joga bina cema |
tulasī jāya’ upāya saba binā rāma pada prema ||

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Don’t just talk the talk. Walk the walk, afterwards. To make a vow is a good start. At least the mind is thinking forward, moving in a positive direction. At the same time, anyone can say anything. To actually make the desired difference there has to be effort.

And what if there is success? If you did come through on your promise, will you protect what you have acquired? It doesn’t have to be something manifest, either. If reputation is enhanced through pious behavior, just one slipup and everything is spoiled. There is ample evidence in the lives…

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Talk Is Cheap

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[Rama's lotus feet]“Just as saying is useless without doing and succeeding is useless without subsequently protecting, every solution is useless without love for Shri Rama’s lotus feet.” (Dohavali, 103)

jāya’ kahaba karatūti binu jāya’ joga bina cema |
tulasī jāya’ upāya saba binā rāma pada prema ||

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In the collections industry, there is something known as a “promise to pay.” The agent initiates the phone call. The debtor is delinquent. The cause is not always the same. Perhaps they simply forgot to pay. Maybe they didn’t receive the bill on time. They could be in difficult financial circumstances, where there isn’t enough money.

When contacting the debtor on the phone, oftentimes a promise is made. “I will pay on this date. I will send the check in the mail.” The agent notates the account as such, and then the waiting begins. As the debtor was…

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Beyond Piety And Sin

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[Sita-Rama]“One who remains apart from attachments accompanying birth and death finds happiness. In the same way, one who continues to worship stays protected by Shri Rama, wherever piety and sin may lead.” (Dohavali, 102)

bilaga bilaga sukha sa:nga janama marana soi rīti |
rahiata rākhe rāma keṃ gae te ucita anīti ||

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On the one hand we’re taught to worry about right and wrong. From the very beginning, before even entering school, the parents are there to guide. “Don’t do this. Don’t do that.” We shouldn’t take what belongs to others. If we have something of value, we should share. The hoarding mentality is not good.

As maturity continues, so the things to do and the things to avoid increase in scope. We shouldn’t steal on a large scale. We should complete our assignments in school on time. We shouldn’t lie. We should…

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What Did We Do Wrong Before Birth

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Those who are envious and mischievous, who are the lowest among men, are cast by Me into the ocean of material existence, into various demoniac species of life.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 16.19)

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Friend1: I have a variation of the “origin of the jiva” question today.

Friend2: What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Friend1: I guess it’s something like that. I’ve never heard it asked this way before, though.

Friend2: Okay.

Friend1: So it starts with the acknowledgment that we need reformation.

Friend2: Who is “we”?

Friend1: The conditioned souls. The people going through birth and death. Not limited to the human beings, either. So much variety in living conditions. So many body types.

Friend2: 8,400,000.

Friend1: Each with a soul inside.

Friend2: And the same kind of soul. No difference between the soul of an animal and the soul of…

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The One With Pure Goodness

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[Lord Shiva]“One who holds Shankara dear but hates me or is my devotee and hates Shankara – Shri Rama says such a man lives in the most ghastly hellish place for an entire kalpa.” (Dohavali, 101)

sa:nkara priya mama drohī siva drohī mama dāsa |
te nara karahiṃ kalapa bhari ghora naraka mahu’ bāsa ||

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Shiva, Brahma, or Vishnu? The three deities are well-known to those growing up in the Vedic tradition. Not mythological characters. Not figments of the imagination. Not images symbolic of higher concepts. These three deities preside over the material creation and beyond.

That creation consists of three modes: goodness, passion and ignorance. These are material elements, which subsequently lead to variety in ways of living, such as sacrifice, austerity, charity, desires and so forth. Each mode has its corresponding deity.

Brahma is in charge of passion. He is the creator…

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