Monthly Archives: April 2018

Three Difficulties People Not Born Into Vedic Culture Face In Bhakti-Yoga

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[prasadam offering]“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.26)

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This is mind-blowing stuff. No one told me this before. Why wasn’t I informed during school? There has always been the question of God’s existence, whether it is real or something of the imagination, used as a coping mechanism by those who aren’t well-versed in the discoveries of modern science.

No, this is different. I am told that God is a person, with identifiable attributes. The body-less version is simply a feature, something like the sun being covered up by clouds. There is still light outside on an overcast day, but the foolish person thinks the sun is not out. They don’t realize the effect is simply a cover, and that the sun is not impacted at all.

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Four Objects From Classical Warfare That Aren’t Enough To Overcome God

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[Krishna and Rukmini]“In the same Lalita-madhava there is an account of Krishna’s kidnapping Rukmini at her royal marriage ceremony. At that time all of the princes present began to converse amongst themselves, saying, ‘We have our elephants, horses, chariots, bows, arrows and swords, so why should we be afraid of Krishna? Let us attack Him! He is nothing but a lusty cowherd boy! He cannot take away the Princess in this way! Let us all attack Him!’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 29)

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Two plans were set. They were different and conflicting, set by parties with different interests. On one side there was the royal family led by King Bhishmaka. He arranged to have his princess daughter, Rukmini Devi, marry a prince named Shishupala. The idea came together more through the son, Rukmi, who was friends with Shishupala.

Then there was the plan of the…

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Three Ways To Know That Rama Is God

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[Shri Rama]“The child of the protector of Koshala, who is the protector of the devotees, the most merciful one, Shri Rama, lives in the holy lake-like mind of Tulsi in the form of a beautiful and auspicious swan.” (Dohavali, 122)

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Goswami Tulsidas says it. That should be enough. A true saint, a person whose kindness extends to the entire civilization of creatures, without making distinctions between friends and enemies, dedicates his entire life to worshiping Shri Rama, the incarnation of Godhead described in great detail, but never fully, in Vedic literature.

Tulsidas relies on the authority of Shri Hanuman, which adds even more credibility to the claim of Divinity. There are countless other saints and acharyas, spiritual teachers who lead by example. There are amazing deeds recorded by eye-witnesses, some of whom were adversarial.

“Being under the influence of illusion, I underestimated Rama…

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Two Ways Krishna Reminds His Parents Of A Higher Power

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[Yashoda and Krishna]“When she saw that her dear baby Krishna was playing on the chest of the dead demonic woman, Mother Yashoda, at a loss what to do, began to walk this way and that. This is an instance of being emotional on account of seeing something ghastly.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 29)

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Life changes for a first-time parent; an understatement, to say the least. What was previously important is no longer so. Now it doesn’t matter so much what others think about the President, the weather, the plight of the local sports team, or the fate of the company providing employment.

The relationship with the spouse changes, as well. There has to be a new allocation of time and attention. Nevertheless, the new way of life is totally worth it. The child makes it so. As if knowing exactly what is needed when…

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The Three Components Of Achintya-Bhedabheda-Tattva

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[Lord Chaitanya]“Lord Chaitanya instructed the mass of people in the sankhya philosophy of achintya-bhedabheda-tattva, which maintains that the Supreme Lord is simultaneously one with and different from His creation. Lord Chaitanya taught this philosophy through the chanting of the holy name of the Lord.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Preface)

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Non-duality. Duality. The interminability of the individual. The presence of the Almighty. The beginning-less and endless qualities of the religious system meant for finding enlightenment, happiness, peace and deathlessness. The different states of being once liberation is achieved.

In Vedic culture so many great leaders have appeared. Known as acharyas, they taught by example how to practice the principles of real religion, dharma. Each having a purpose to fulfill, to shine light on a specific philosophy, defeating bogus ones, the world became better off as a result.

[Lord Chaitanya]The golden avatara, Shri Krishna Chaitanya…

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The Protector Of The Protector

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[Shri Rama]“The child of the protector of Koshala, who is the protector of the devotees, the most merciful one, Shri Rama, lives in the holy lake-like mind of Tulsi in the form of a beautiful and auspicious swan.” (Dohavali, 122)

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bālaka kosalapāla ke sevakapāla k।rpāla |
tulasī mana mānasa basata mangala manju marāla ||

Politics and religion. Avoid these two topics, lest you are ready for a brawl. Strong opinions, fanatical support, illogical points of view – the general conversation soon escalates to a heated argument. Why bother? Live peacefully amongst your fellow citizens.

Nevertheless, the topics do come up. With politics, there is a sort of illusion with the leader of the nation, at least in democratic-style governments. The leader is followed like a king, like the top person in charge, who makes every important decision. The good is attributed to them…

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Three Important Aspects To The Devotee’s Vision

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“For a devotee, the Lord is the supreme spirit soul. Since He is supremely powerful, His various powers are also spiritual. For a devotee, there is nothing material, for material existence only means forgetfulness of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.24.61 Purport)

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What is perfect vision? Is it reading off the numbers and letters correctly on an eye exam? Is it being able to watch television without the help of glasses? Is it noticing something about to take place from a distance, in one way predicting the motions of other independent beings?

[eye exam]The bhakta has a unique way of looking at things. Their vision is perfect, even if it is sharpened only through sound. The daughter of King Bhishmaka had her heart set on marrying a specific person. She knew Him very well, though she had never seen Him…

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Three Realizations From Experiencing Childbirth

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“For one who has taken his birth, death is certain; and for one who is dead, birth is certain. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.27)

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You heard other people talk about it, but it was nothing like you ever experienced. No way to properly prepare. Watching the videos, reading about case studies, exercising – each time a new person enters this world it is a unique experience.

This time you got to stand close by, as an observing and encouraging witness. The wife did all the work, but you were there to support. You can’t believe how she tolerated so much pain, how she reached down to find strength that no one thought she had. The reward at the end is a brand new child, and from such an experience realizations…

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The Four Auspicious Names Of Dasharatha’s Sons

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[Shri Rama with brothers]“Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna, of such beautiful and auspicious names – remembering those four sons of King Dasharatha and worshiping them fulfills all the desires of the mind.” (Dohavali, 121)

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rāma bharata lacimana lalita satru samana subha nāma |
sumirata dasaratha suvana saba pūjahiṃ saba mana kāma ||

God has no name, since He cannot be limited in any way. There is not a single sound vibration, exclusive of every other, used for calling Him, for sending out prayers from the distressed, the saved, the satisfied, the grateful, or the inquisitive. As He is accessible to everyone through the expansion residing within the heart, He can understand any language.

“An old woman in Vrindavana, present at the time of Krishna’s pastimes, once stated in surprise: ‘How wonderful it is that Krishna, who owns the hearts of all the young girls of Brajabhumi…

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