Monthly Archives: March 2018

Three Instances Of Krishna’s Munificence

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[Krishna and Satyabhama]“When Krishna and Satyabhama were returning from the capital city of Indra, Satyabhama remembered Krishna’s promise to give her the plant of the parijata flower. Taking the opportunity of having come to the heavenly kingdom, she plucked a parijata plant and kept it on the back of Garuda.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality Of Godhead, Vol 2, Ch 4)

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Perhaps you tried on your own. You gave it the old “college try.” “A for effort” would be the grade, if there was a person providing an assessment at the end. “It just wasn’t meant to be,” you tell yourself.

Not giving up, you turn to prayer. Approach the person who is beyond everything experienced thus far. It’s like He is behind this giant curtain, just waiting to reveal Himself. For now, a little help will do. Increase the fortunes. Something is desired. It couldn’t…

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Three Questions The Spiritual Teacher Doesn’t Ask Attendees

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“O best among the Bharatas [Arjuna], four kinds of pious men render devotional service unto Me—the distressed, the desirer of wealth, the inquisitive, and he who is searching for knowledge of the Absolute.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.16)

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It’s starting to bother your friend. They like the idea of Krishna consciousness, which is one of the translations provided by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada for the Sanskrit term “bhakti-yoga.” It’s a new way of life, focusing on the spiritual and abandoning interest in the material. Things seem to be working out okay, and especially enjoyable is the chanting of the holy names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

The friend has one issue, though. To them it seems like everyone they meet at sadhu-sanga, gatherings of spiritually minded individuals, has…

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Four Contentious Questions About God That The Vedas Easily Answer

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Everywhere are His hands and legs, His eyes and faces, and He hears everything. In this way the Supersoul exists.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 13.14)

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You did it. Actually, your wife did it, but you were there to coach her along. The due date was more than a week into the future, but no one can truly predict these things. It was a struggle, for sure. So many unexpected twists and turns. So much pain and suffering. Intense worry over everything turning out alright.

In the end, the only way to describe it is a miracle. Out of nowhere a brand new person. Helpless and innocent, and at the same time drawing the attention of everyone. Cute and smiling, the newborn has many servants. All it takes is the slightest hint of crying and people jump into service.

After this experience you wonder how…

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Three Ways The Mode Of Passion Is Like Making Progress In Illusion

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Those situated in the mode of goodness gradually go upward to the higher planets; those in the mode of passion live on the earthly planets; and those in the mode of ignorance go down to the hellish worlds.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 14.18)

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We were asked this question when we were young. It came from teachers and parents, basically anyone who was an adult. Children are likely asked the same question today. It’s considered the most important issue, used as a way to assess progress and happiness.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The idea is that the individual should do something meaningful. The times are advanced; it is not like before where people had little choice. If you were born into royalty, that was your future. If the family owned a farm or business, the expectation was to keep…

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Three Ways Krishna Is Not Like The Ordinary Raincloud

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[Lord Krishna]“The inhabitants of Vrindavana used to say, ‘Krishna is always manifest before us with a complexion like a blackish cloud. He holds His wonderful flute in His lotus hands. He is dressed in yellow silks and bedecked with a peacock feather on His head. When Krishna walks near Govardhan Hill with these personal features, all the inhabitants of the heavenly planets, as well as the inhabitants of this earth, feel transcendental bliss and consider themselves the eternal servants of the Lord.’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 36)

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An unusual complexion for sure. Who do we know that has this particular color on their body? “Black and blue” typically refers to injuries. Bruises, contusions and the like from playing sports or getting physically attacked. If we saw someone whose entire body was blue, we would think something was seriously wrong. Perhaps there was a…

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Weren’t The Asuras Who Visited Vrindavana In Maya

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[Krishna throwing bull]“While Krishna was engaged in enjoyment with the boys and girls within the forest of Vrindavana, Kamsa used to send his associates to kill Him, and Krishna would show His prowess by killing them.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 26)

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Friend1: Vrindavana is a special place.

Friend2: Where Vrinda Devi, the goddess of devotion, flourishes.

Friend1: She is the tulasi plant.

Friend2: Yes. If you sit in front of a tulasi plant and chant the maha-mantra, you don’t really require anything else to be successful in life.

Friend1: Saphala will soon become a reality. That is the power of the holy names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Friend2: I mean, you can try to ask for material rewards. You can try to think about something else, but the goddess of devotion…

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Why Don’t You Focus More On The Issues Of The Day

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Real religious principles are enacted by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although fully situated in the mode of goodness, even the great rishis who occupy the topmost planets cannot ascertain the real religious principles, nor can the demigods or the leaders of Siddhaloka, to say nothing of the asuras, ordinary human beings, Vidyadharas and Charanas.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 6.3.19)

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Friend1: Is it safe to say that what we talk about on a regular basis is bhakti-yoga, the science of self-realization, sanatana-dharma, what have you?

Friend2: If you don’t know by now, that is pretty sad.

Friend1: Just bear with me a moment. We focus on escaping the cycle of birth and death. No more swimming aimlessly in the ocean of samsara, which has suffering throughout. Happiness and distress are like in a dream. It is illusion only. Real living is dharma

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Are You Better Off Today Than You Were

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[Meeting Shabari]“Have you conquered all the obstacles in the way of your practice of austerities? Has your practice of austerity and penance steadily increased? O lady who possesses asceticism for wealth [tapodhane], have you been able to control your anger and your eating?” (Lord Rama speaking to Shabari, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 74.8)

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Friend1: I know you don’t like talking politics.

Friend2: About government or some religious institution?

Friend1: Either one.

Friend2: That’s true.

Friend1: Trust me, I’m not going too deep here. Just want to bring up something from the past, more about strategy and the like.

Friend2: You know why I don’t like talking about it, right?

Friend1: Because it’s not spiritual?

Friend2: There’s that, but also no one is ever satisfied. Look back in history. One person got elected, maybe overwhelmingly so. A few years later, that person, or at least…

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Three Ways Demigod Worship Can Harm You

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[Govardhana Puja]“When Krishna stopped the villagers of Braja (Vrindavana) from worshiping Indra, Indra became angry and therefore inundated Vrindavana with continuous rain. Krishna, however, protected all of the citizens and animals of Vrindavana by lifting Govardhan Hill, which served as an umbrella.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 21)

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You realize that not everything is in your control. As much as you have tried in the past, outside factors certainly played a role. That one stock you purchased on a tip from a friend – who knew that the company would lose a court case the next day, causing the price to plummet? That time you overslept and decided to skip work – who knew that such rain would pour down that the parking lot would flood in the morning, where so many parked cars were ruined?

This next time around, you are going to…

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