Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Power Of Good Over Evil

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[Shri Hanuman]“My dear lady, on the journey leaving from this place, none of the residents from Lanka have the power to be able to follow me.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.26)

na hi me samprayātasya tvām ito nayato angane |
anugantum gatim śaktāḥ sarve lankā nivāsinaḥ ||

One of the risks with committing a crime is that the same can be returned to the perpetrator, like a boomerang effect. If both sides were living in peace before, the initial violation can start a chain reaction of retaliatory measures. This is especially evident in what is called a “prank war.”

There is something similar in the game of baseball. For whatever reason a certain pitcher is upset at the other team. Perhaps they made a disrespectful gesture. Maybe there was something done the previous time they played, which could have been a season ago.

The pitcher decides to take justice into…

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Different Ways To Travel

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[Shri Hanuman]“O Devi, do ascend my back without hesitation. O beautiful one, be thus reunited with Rama, like Rohini returned to the moon. You will be thus united like Rohini to the moon as soon as you say the words. Do ascend my back and cross the great ocean through the sky.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.24-25)

pṛṣṭham āroha me devi mā vikānkṣasva śobhane |
yogam anviccha rāmeṇa śaśa ankena iva rohiṇī ||
kathayanti iva candreṇa sūryeṇa iva suvarcalā |
mat pṛṣṭham adhiruhya tvam tara ākāśa mahāarṇavam ||

From the ancient Vedic text known as the Ramayana, we learn that travel by the aerial route is not a modern day invention. We know that birds have accomplished this before anyone can remember. The ability accompanies their body type. The exact mixture of earth, water, fire, air and ether allows travel through the sky. Wings are important in that movement…

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Three Activities Where Krishna Gives The Appearance Of Being Ordinary

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[Krishna speaking to Uddhava]“Uddhava has described the transcendental qualities of Shri Krishna as follows: ‘Lord Shri Krishna, who is our master and worshipable Deity, who is the controller of Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma, the controller of the whole universe as well, accepts the controlling orders of Ugrasena, His grandfather. He is the proprietor of millions of universes, but still He begged a little land from the ocean. And although He is just like an ocean of wisdom, still He sometimes consults me. He is so great and magnanimous, yet He is engaged in His different activities just like an ordinary person.’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 36)

It is the great mystery. If there is indeed a God, if the Almighty does in fact exist, when appearing before us what would He look like? After all, the spiritual science says that everything we know of is a combination of matter and spirit…

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Why Should We Be Afraid Of A Dream

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[Shri Krishna]“One resident of Vrindavana once told Lord Krishna, ‘My dear Krishna, O pleasure of Vrindavana! Being afraid of this material existence, we have taken shelter of You, for You can completely protect us! We are well aware of Your greatness. As such, we have given up our desire for liberation and have taken complete shelter under Your lotus feet. Since we have heard about Your ever-increasing transcendental love, we have voluntarily engaged ourselves in Your transcendental service.’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 36)

Friend1: I’ve heard it said that one of the issues with people struggling in spiritual life is that they are not afraid enough of maya.

Friend2: The illusory energy, sourced in the Divine.

Friend1: Well, yeah, everything is sourced in the Divine. From Him come both the material and spiritual worlds:

“I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The…

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Why Not Tell People That Bhakti Makes You Rich

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[Shri Krishna]“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)

Friend1: I’ve got a Ravana angle for you today.

Friend2: Okay. Ran into someone with ten heads and twenty arms?

Friend1: Very funny. This one is about following advice.

Friend2: Oh, like people set in their ways have a difficult time being convinced of contravening paths? Ravana is the classic case of that, as the younger brother Vibhishana tried his best.

Friend1: The obvious lesson to extract is that Ravana should have listened to Vibhishana. Return Sita to Rama. Correct the horrible wrong before reaping the consequences.

Friend2: Something like returning stolen property to the store that you took it from.

Friend1: In those cases you still stole. You will get some punishment…

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Four Dire Techniques Employed By The King Of Lanka

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[Sita-Rama]“How can that female swan who is accustomed to sporting with the king of swans amidst lotus flowers ever cast her eyes on a water-crow that stays amidst bunches of grass?” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 56.20)

“Our country doesn’t believe in torture. The news reports are disturbing. How could this go on? Who authorized this? What kind of example does this set for the rest of the world? Just because others behave barbarically doesn’t mean that our nation should.”

In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that people take notice of the example set by a great leader.

“Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.21)

In warfare things get ugly, so whatever rules are laid down aren’t necessarily followed. The easy way after…

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Isn’t It Convenient For The Guru To Insist On Humble Submission

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[Shri Krishna]“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.34)

Friend1: We all know about the Bhagavad-gita verse recommending the approach to a spiritual master.

Friend2: Which is interesting for so many reasons.

Friend1: Such as?

Friend2: Krishna is already the teacher. He is the adi-guru. That is one definition to Bhagavan, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He has to know everything. In that situation He is also in the middle of a lecture, i.e. He already has a student who is learning.

Friend1: So Krishna is advising to approach a guru while in the middle of acting like one.

Friend2: Exactly. Have to love it.

[Krishna teaching Arjuna]Friend1: Well, I guess this ties in to my question today. Though…

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Four Truths About Time Extracted From The Ravana Example

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[Sita-Rama]“Indeed, Ravana is not agreeable to the idea of returning me. Ravana has come under the influence of time, who is seeking his death in battle.” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.10)

The claim is that a picture says a thousand words. A single image. No motion. No change. No enhancements in the background. A still photo, a snapshot in time, can speak so much.

The obvious is what is going on in the image. If there are characters, each person is involved in some sort of activity. Even inactivity, such as sleep, accomplishes something. There is also the backstory. How did the people get to this point in time? Where were they before? Perhaps further time spent with the image will provide more details.

What may get overlooked is the future. The image has something to say about that, though the details aren’t as clear…

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Four Things Crushed Under The Wheels Of Time

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[Sita-Rama]“Indeed, Ravana is not agreeable to the idea of returning me. Ravana has come under the influence of time, who is seeking his death in battle.” (Sita Devi speaking to Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.10)

The king of Lanka wouldn’t listen to good advice. It came from close by, within the same family in fact. The words weren’t agreeable to him, however. Why change course after so much effort for an investment in the future? A famous person stays with a lie for many years. They were defiant at first, angry to be questioned. Later on they feel like repenting, wanting to come clean. But they spent so many years lying that it wouldn’t make sense to suddenly tell the truth.

The ten-headed Ravana was in a similar predicament. He took Sita Devi a while ago. This was another man’s wife. A capable fighter himself, Ravana was accustomed to…

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