Monthly Archives: May 2018

A Terrible Revenge Of The Gods

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[Krishna and Indra]“When the cowherd men of Vrindavana, under instruction of Krishna, stopped offering sacrifice to the heavenly King, Indra, the whole tract of land known as Vraja was threatened with being washed away by constant heavy rains for seven days. Lord Krishna, out of His causeless mercy upon the inhabitants of Vraja, held up the hill known as Govardhana with one hand only, although He was only seven years old. He did this to protect the animals from the onslaught of water.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 2.7.32)

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The avid golfer who is not quite good enough to play professionally gives a warning. Never get too confident. Even if you have a few good days on the course, where it seems like you have finally figured out the game, maintain your humility. Otherwise the golf gods will come bearing down on you. The punishment will be swift…

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How Are The Disc And The Club Beautiful

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[Lord Vishnu]“The four arms of Lord Vishnu have different purposes. The hands holding a lotus flower and conchshell are meant for the devotees, whereas the other two hands, holding a disc and mace, or club, are meant for the demons. Actually all of the Lord’s arms are auspicious, whether they are holding conchshells and flowers or clubs and discs.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.24.45-46 Purport)

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Friend1: You ever run into people who are frightened by the picture of Narasimhadeva?

Friend2: Which picture?

Friend1: You know. Where He is bifurcating Hiranyakashipu.

Friend2: Yes, definitely. Who wouldn’t be a little taken aback? You’re in a temple. Everyone is supposed to be peaceful. It’s kind of a serious atmosphere. There is an altar, which is a designated place of worship. Amongst the items placed on top is this picture of a half-man/half-lion tearing apart some guy…

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Three Ways Hiranyakashipu Tried To Deprogram Prahlada

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[Prahlada Maharaja]“Hiranyakashipu advised his assistants: My dear demons, give complete protection to this boy at the guru-kula where he is instructed, so that his intelligence will not be further influenced by Vaishnavas who may go there in disguise.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.7)

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Meat eating is normal. It’s what everyone else does. Gambling? Perhaps every now and then. You certainly don’t want to get addicted. The same goes for intoxication. Nothing wrong with enjoying an adult beverage here and there, like when celebrating a special occasion.

Sex life? How else are people supposed to enjoy? Do it responsibly, so that you don’t have to kill the child in the womb afterwards, but there is no harm in indulging a little too much. The main emphasis is to follow the religion inherited from the parents. Not that strictly, either, just acknowledge. There used to be rules and…

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No Liability In The Court Of Divine Opinion

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[Narasimha killing]“Lord Brahma said: O son of Kashyapa Muni, please get up, please get up. All good fortune unto you. You are now perfect in the performance of your austerities, and therefore I may give you a benediction. You may now ask from me whatever you desire, and I shall try to fulfill your wish.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.3.17)

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Friend1: Let’s talk about the issue of liability today.

Friend2: Sure.

Friend1: You know how if something goes wrong with an automobile that leads to an accident, there can be a lawsuit afterwards?

Friend2: By wrong, you mean a malfunction? Something faulty in the construction?

Friend1: Yeah, where they should have issued a recall, but they didn’t.

Friend2: Oh, sure. You can have a lot of people join in. The class action lawsuit. The people injured can sue for damages.

Friend1: Pain and suffering.

Friend2: Right…

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Three Factors Success In Spiritual Life Is Not Dependent On

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Expert religionists know perfectly well how to adjust religious principles in terms of time and place. All the great acharyas or religious preachers or reformers of the world executed their mission by adjustment of religious principles in terms of time and place. There are different climates and situations in different parts of the world, and if one has to discharge his duties to preach the message of the Lord, he must be expert in adjusting things in terms of the time and place.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.9.9 Purport)

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Things are not going my way. It’s not that I am totally depressed, but there has been little room for happiness. It’s like hope is gone or something. Too much to do, not enough time to do it. Even sleeping for lengthy periods of time doesn’t relieve the burden.

In the face of so…

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Four Impossibilities That Krishna Turns Around

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[Shri Krishna]“The Supreme Personality of Godhead is described in the scriptures as adhokshaja, which indicates that He is beyond the perception of all material senses.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 46)

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It’s part of the routine. Like bringing your car in for an oil change on a predictable schedule, for the newborn it is important to visit the pediatrician. The expert can look for warning signs of potential trouble. In addition, they measure the height and weight of the baby. Then there is a report as to which percentile the child is in, i.e. how they measure up to other children of a similar age.

That is the basis for comparison. The greatest of all-time in a particular field earns the title based on how well they perform in comparison to others. A person is considered poor or rich based…

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Is It Possible To Teach Someone To Be Devoted

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Those who are not devotees can never achieve the benefits of devotional service. For them the subject of devotional service is always very difficult to understand. Only persons who have dedicated their lives unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead can relish the real nectar of devotion.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 34)

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Friend1: You never win if you never try. You can’t succeed unless you are willing to risk failure. You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.

Friend2: Throwing a little Wayne Gretzky in there?

Friend1: I’m using these famous quotations and sayings as a way to get somewhere.

Friend2: You realize there is a slight flaw to the last one?

Friend1: From Gretzky?

Friend2: Yes. Sometimes you’re making a pass and it ends up getting deflected into the net as a goal.

Friend1: That’s…

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Who Is Actually Fortunate

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.10)

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Friend1: One of God’s names is Shripati.

Friend2: Yes. The husband of Shri.

Friend1: Who is the goddess of fortune.

Friend2: Also known as Lakshmi Devi. She has non-different incarnations like Radha and Sita.

[Lakshmi Devi]Friend1: Since He is married to her, God is the most fortunate person.

Friend2: That is the meaning to the word Bhagavan. Vishnu is Bhagavan. No one is more fortunate than Him.

Friend1: What about people on earth? Those going through the cycle of birth and death – how do we define “fortunate”?

Friend2: Well, what do you think?

Friend1: Typically, it’s if they have a lot of money. If they get a lot of stuff. It’s correlated with being lucky.

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Four Aspects Of Life That Challenge The Claim Of All-Attractiveness

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[Shri Krishna]“One should be attracted by the beautiful vision of Krishna. His name is Krishna because He is all-attractive. One who becomes attracted by the beautiful, all-powerful, omnipotent vision of Krishna is fortunate.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 18.66 Purport)

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The Sanskrit word Krishna has several meanings. One of the more commonly used is “all-attractive,” which is applicable to the person Krishna, who is Bhagavan. One translation for that Sanskrit word is “Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

You can be sure that you have found God when attractiveness is not lacking anywhere. That is to say in every feature there is something to appreciate. Beauty, wealth, strength, fame, wisdom, renunciation and as many opulences as can be defined are present in Him simultaneously and to the fullest extent.

The skeptic will point to the ample evidence visible in the manifest world to challenge the claim. How can…

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