Monthly Archives: June 2018

Four Aspects Of Bhakti life That Are Anathema To Popular Religions

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 8.6)

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Bhakti-yoga might not be met with open arms in the beginning.  In fact, there are several aspects that will be strongly objected to, depending on the audience.

1. The four regulative principles

No meat eating? No gambling? Not allowed to drink alcohol? Wait a second, sex only for the purpose of having children? Are you intentionally trying to make life torturous? No need to wait for punishment in the afterlife, since you are creating such a distressful situation right now.

Religion doesn’t have to be like that. Follow the faith of your choice, usually that inherited from the parents. Be a good person. Don’t steal. Don’t cheat others. Believe in the savior and reach a higher destination after this life is…

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Four Reasons Brahma Did Not Decline To Help Hiranyakashipu

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[Lord Brahma]“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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He’s a bad guy, after all. The other side is the embodiment of sattva-guna, the mode of goodness. The species are created by him, giving meaning to the name Vidhata. Goodness, passion and ignorance – combine in different proportions to generate the 8,400,000 different species.

Brahma was there at the beginning. He received transcendental wisdom through the heart, after properly meditating. Empowered by Vishnu, he subsequently went to work creating. He is the original father of every living being. Every person is thus related to…

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What Is The Ultimate Goal Of Life

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[Lord Vishnu]“In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam it is said that the foolish do not know that Vishnu is the ultimate goal of life. According to the conclusion of all authoritative Vedic scriptures, when a person comes to the stage of appreciating Vishnu, he is at the beginning of devotional service. If one cultivates devotional service further and further, under proper guidance, other features of devotional service will gradually become manifest.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 35)

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Friend1: Svartha-gatim hi vishnu.

Friend2: I believe that’s a quote from Prahlada Maharaja.

Friend1: In the Shrimad Bhagavatam.

Friend2: Do you know what it means?

Friend1: Going to Vishnu?

Friend2: Not just the destination. It’s talking about svartha. This is the interest, artha, of the self, sva. Reaching the destination of Vishnu is the most important.

Friend1: There is an associated term, right?

Friend2: Paramartha

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Does Hell Really Exist

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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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Friend1: Okay, I know you don’t like when I do this, but I’m going to proceed nonetheless.

Friend2: Ask a silly question?

Friend1: Bring up something in the news.

Friend2: Alright.

Friend1: A leader of a particular religious institution said that there is no such thing as hell.

Friend2: This was part of a sermon or something?

Friend1: A leak of an off-the-record conversation.

Friend2: Let me guess. Their explanation afterwards was something like, “That wasn’t me.” They tried to walk it back.

Friend1: I think the institution did it for them. Again, they can rely on the casual conversation part…

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Four People In Distress That Hanuman Helped

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[Shri Hanuman]“O very powerful one, I depend on your might. As you are the best of the monkeys, O son of the wind, do you exert yourself in such a way that by using your extraordinary strength and bravery, O Hanuman, the daughter of Janaka may be found.” (Shri Rama speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Kishkindha Kand, 44.17)

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Life can be stressful. An adult-aged person does not need further explanation, as through accumulated life experiences the reality of uncertainty sets in. No one knows for sure what is going to occur in the future. This means that nothing can be counted on; there are no certain situations around which to make plans.

A byproduct of this uncertainty is distress. Lamentation. Worry. What will happen? Will everything work out? Death is assured, but when exactly will it arrive? Should I keep an eye on it…

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Three Ways To Know That All Economic Classes Can Worship Shri Rama

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[Shabari offering fruits]“O best among men, thus I was spoken to at that time by those greatly fortunate sages. O best among men, indeed for Your sake I have collected a variety of forest fruits which were growing on the banks of the Pampa Lake, O tiger among men.” (Shabari speaking to Lord Rama, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 74.17)

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He was ready to leave home. Not a planned trip by any definition, it was a sudden reversal of fortune. The wife Sita insisted on accompanying. So did the younger brother Lakshmana. As a king’s son, Shri Rama had valuable possessions. If net worth were calculated, it would be considered tremendously high.

Yet the stipulations for this journey were that the group had to live like renounced mendicants. Therefore, prior to leaving Rama gave away practically everything He owned. The recipients were the brahmanas, the…

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Four Reasons It Is Not Surprising That Children Would Be Killed In The Womb

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[Durga Devi and Kamsa]“Having uprooted all relationships with his sister because of intense selfishness, Kamsa, who was sitting on his knees, grasped the newborn child by the legs and tried to dash her against the surface of a stone.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 10.4.8)

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“It has to be fake news. Just look at the viral video that everyone is talking about. It is edited beyond belief. A cut here, a fragment there – how to tell what really happened? Who would actually admit to this on video? No, something else must be going on here. The pro-life people are working overtime to nab the people who are for choice.”

This is one reaction to a recent news story. Would a place that facilitates abortions actually try to sell intact fetal matter? Would they really strategize their killings on a particular day based on what people were willing to…

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Everything Rests On Me

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“O conqueror of wealth [Arjuna], there is no Truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.7)

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Friend1: Krishna creates the entire world.

Friend2: Technically, it is Vishnu.

Friend1: Yes, I know, but He is an expansion of the Supreme Lord.

Friend2: Right, the same person.

Friend1: I also know that it is done effortlessly.

Friend2: While lying down in rest.

Friend1: Exhaling creates the many universes and inhaling brings them back into Him.

Friend2: Dissolution. Destruction.

Friend1: Vishnu is also the maintainer.

[Vishnu lying down]Friend2: Within the material world, He plays that role. Brahma takes the ingredients of goodness, passion and ignorance to generate the different kinds of suits. These are the 8,400,000 species. Lord Shiva is called upon to destroy when the time is right. Vishnu is there maintaining all along.

Friend1: There…

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Four Times Hanuman Expanded His Form

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[Hanuman and Surasa]“I offer my obeisances unto you, O daughter of Daksha. Indeed, I have entered your mouth, and the truth of the boon granted to you has been maintained. I shall now go to where Vaidehi is.” (Hanuman speaking to Surasa, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 1.169)

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A true hero doesn’t speak much. The idea is that if you are confident in your abilities, if you know that you can accomplish difficult tasks, then there is no reason to go on and on talking about it. There is also the saying, “The empty can rattles the most.” There isn’t much there, so to compensate the person keeps boasting as a way to distract. Create fear when there really is no reason to be worried.

Shri Hanuman is a genuine hero, and his abilities are amazing. He possesses the mystic perfections of yoga, and he can…

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