Monthly Archives: June 2018

Four Things I Should Probably Recognize Before Demanding A Meeting With God

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Of all creations I am the beginning and the end and also the middle, O Arjuna. Of all sciences I am the spiritual science of the Self, and among logicians I am the conclusive truth.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 10.32)

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“I won’t believe until I see. That’s just the way it is. My opinion and I’m sticking with it. Who are you to convince me otherwise? I’m not into fairytales. Magic was cool when I was a child, but I expect substance behind wild claims now. Trickery and empty promises won’t work anymore.”

It makes sense to be reassured by images, but with understanding the Divine qualification is required beforehand. Historical incidents described in Vedic literature provide ample evidence of the futility of associating directly with the Divine when the consciousness is still clouded. Specifically, there are certain things that should be recognized prior…

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Four Pairs Of Contradictory Features In Shri Hanuman

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[Hanuman reading Ramayana]“One cannot speak this way without having been well-trained in the Rig Veda, memorized the Yajur Veda, and thoroughly understood the Sama Veda.” (Lord Rama speaking to Lakshmana about Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Kishkindha Kand, 3.28)

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Bhagavan is full of contradictions. This must be the case, as the origin of everything cannot have the same limits imposed on Him that apply to everyone else. As with birth there must be death, as with happiness there must be sadness, as with heat there must be cold, and as with victory there must be defeat, the same pairs do not apply to Him.

He can be both larger than the largest and smaller than the smallest. He can reside simultaneously in more than one place at a time. This is true already through the expansion of Supersoul, which represents the same identity but has a location…

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Three Kinds Of Attackers Shri Rama Can Thwart

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[Fighting Tataka]“Rama showed His tremendous knowledge of fighting by killing the demon Tataka. The muni then gave to Him knowledge of secret mantras to be used in fighting.” (Janaki Mangala, 36)

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The latest spending bill just passed. It was put together hastily. Though senators and congressmen love to lecture the public on civic responsibility and how they take transparency and forthrightness seriously, they only released this legislation to the public two days before it was voted on. Most members of the legislature did not have time to read it fully. After all, who is willing to sit down and study over two thousand pages of minutia?

One of the aspects highlighted by the leader is advancements in defense technology. The best weapons. The best airplanes. The best helicopters. The upgrades are needed since there has been a supposed austerity in the budget for so…

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Melding Faith And Empirical Knowledge

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation. The ultimate goal is Krishna, because the philosophers who are also sincerely searching after the Absolute Truth come in the end to Krishna consciousness.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 3.3 Purport)

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Friend1: How old do you think the universe is?

Friend2: What is my opinion or what do I know based on authority?

Friend1: I’m asking because they bring this issue up during presidential campaigns quite often.

Friend2: Do they? The politicians are expected to be scientists?

Friend1: That’s the thing. Certain enemies want to see if a specific politician is in line with modern science or not.

Friend2: As opposed to what?

Friend1: Well, there is the idea that certain faiths say the earth is only so many thousands of years old.

Friend2: I see. Basically, they’re asking something…

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What Is The Purpose Of Science

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[Lord Vishnu]“The aim of the analytical study of the material world is to find the soul of existence. The soul of the material world is Vishnu, or the Supersoul. Devotional service to the Lord entails service to the Supersoul. One process is to find the root of the tree, and next to water the root. The real student of sankhya philosophy finds the root of the material world, Vishnu, and then, in perfect knowledge, engages himself in the service of the Lord.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 5.4 Purport)

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Friend1: How did you do in science class growing up?

Friend2: Which one?

Friend1: You mean which grade in school?

Friend2: Well, you know that it sort of divides when you enter high school; at least in America. There isn’t just one class designated anymore. You have chemistry, physics, biology and so forth.

Friend1: Yes, that is…

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Three People Who Provided Instruction To Shri Rama

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[Sita-Rama]“Certainly all these words were spoken by you due to your kind-heartedness and affection for Me. I am very pleased with you, O Sita, for indeed one does not offer instructions and advice to another without caring for them.” (Lord Rama speaking to Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 10.20)

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He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One way to define Him is to know that He is the original teacher. He is the adi-guru, which means that no one comes before Him. This only makes sense, as He is the original person, as well. There is no one before Him, anadi. He is also the oldest person, purana purusham.

Yet from His pastimes on earth we see that there are times He receives instruction. Especially in the incarnation of Shri Rama, we get hints as to why and how…

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Pay No Mind To The Distant Thunder

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[Govardhana rain]“Ordered by King Indra, all the dangerous clouds appeared above Vrindavana and began to pour water incessantly, with all their strength and power. There was constant lightning and thunder, blowing of severe wind and incessant falling of rain. The rainfall seemed to fall like piercing sharp arrows.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 25)

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The advice to first-time parents flies from every direction:

“Hold the baby this way. Take them to a pediatrician on a regular schedule, even if they look completely healthy. Keep up to date with immunizations. Never mind the reservations you may have because of toxic chemicals included and links to aborted fetuses. Don’t take the risk. You have to start tummy time right away. You don’t want them to fall behind, do you? Let them cry it out. Don’t spoil them. That is the only way…

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The Four Step Process Of The Attacking Rakshasas In Dandaka

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[Shri Rama]“O sinless one, these irrepressible flesh-eating Rakshasas attack us during our performance of fire sacrifices (homa), or on other auspicious occasions.” (Sages of Dandaka forest speaking to Lord Rama, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 10.11-12)

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Nature provided for them sufficiently already. There was no need for the extra effort. No elaborate plans necessary. No sharpening of the physical skills or in-depth use of the intellect. These were a human-like species, after all. Their king had concentrated enormous power in his home city of Lanka. Even the buildings were made of gold.

The higher forces automatically supply sufficient nourishment to the non-moving beings. The thousands of trees that line the highway grow on their own. Rain arrives at periodic times, and there is sufficient sunshine that gets converted to the energy necessary to remain alive. Even the carnivorous moving species get their appropriate allotment.

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Three Cases That Prove The Existence Of An Overseer And Permitter

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Yet in this body there is another, a transcendental enjoyer who is the Lord, the supreme proprietor, who exists as the overseer and permitter, and who is known as the Supersoul.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 13.23)

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Upadrashta and anumanta. The Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, who is also known as Bhagavan, reveals that He witnesses everything. The truth is told to the disciple named Arjuna, part of a conversation that is famously known as the Bhagavad-gita.

The living entity thinks they are the doer, that they are solely responsible for the results to actions. Otherwise, why would any person put in the effort? Unless the pitcher throws the ball in the bottom of the ninth inning, the game cannot be won. His team is leading, but that only reports on a temporary situation. The final outcome has yet to arrive, and to reach…

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Three Times Shri Rama Politely Declined Service Offered To Him

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[Sita-Rama]“My dear beautiful wife, what you have said is befitting the occasion and also indicative of the greatness of your family heritage. You are dearer to Me than My life, for you are My companion in the performance of religious duties.” (Lord Rama speaking to Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 10.21)

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He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, after all. What can any person really do for Him? Lying down in rest, in His personal form of Lord Vishnu, just through inhaling and exhaling, the universes come into existence, maintain state for some time, and then eventually dissolve. The symbolism to the reality should not be missed. Through an act otherwise considered involuntary, Vishnu does work that has bewildered the entire world since before anyone can remember.

Empowered by destiny, sometimes the influence of bad characters is too much for even…

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