Monthly Archives: September 2018

How Can Someone Be So Shamelessly Hypocritical

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“The father and the spiritual master are on the same platform because a spiritual master is the second father. The higher classes are called dvija, twice-born. Whenever there is a question of birth, there must be a father. The first birth is made possible by the actual father, and the second birth is made possible by the spiritual master.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 3.24.13 Purport)

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Friend1: Alright, so I recently heard some teachings against television.

Friend2: You have to be more specific. What teachings? From which person? And what kind of television?

Friend1: All kinds. Basically, don’t even have one in your home. The person is obvious, a teacher of the bhakti-yoga way of life. A practicing devotee who travels around the world and gives seminars. By the way, that is another problem I have. Where did they get this idea to have…

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Endless Visiting Hours

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[Krishna saving Draupadi]“Once Bhima was administered poison in a cake, once they were put into the house made of shellac and set afire, and once Draupadi was dragged out, and attempts were made to insult her by stripping her naked in the vicious assembly of the Kurus. The Lord saved Draupadi by supplying an immeasurable length of cloth, and Duryodhana’s party failed to see her naked.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.8.24 Purport)

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An important person is coming to town. They are famous for having been on television many times. Business insiders say that television is “crazy money.” The meaning is that networks and production companies will pay significant fees for a person to appear on their shows. This makes sense, as the large audiences, both from the live viewing and subsequent re-airings on both television and online, mean great exposure.

Better than watching this person…

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Four Important Personalities Who Worship Vishnu

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[Worshiping Vishnu]“The yogi should fix in his heart the activities of Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, who is worshiped by all demigods and is the mother of the supreme person, Brahma. She can always be found massaging the legs and thighs of the transcendental Lord, very carefully serving Him in this way.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 3.28.23)

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The benefactor has a benefactor.

They have done so much for me; that must be acknowledged. They could deliver when I could not. They brought to me what human effort, paurusham, could not. I tried my best to go it alone, but it didn’t work. I failed miserably and suffered great lamentation afterwards. I felt sorry for myself, for having failed.

The benefactor came through for me. It didn’t take much. Just some standard devotional practices. Contemplating. Meditating. Reciting prayers. Simple offerings like water and leaves. The turnaround…

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The Two Increasing Attractions Resulting From The Demoniac Mentality

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“The demons’ lust is never satiated. They will go on increasing and increasing their insatiable desires for material enjoyment. Although they are always full of anxieties on account of accepting nonpermanent things, they still continue to engage in such activities out of illusion. They have no knowledge and cannot tell that they are heading the wrong way. Accepting nonpermanent things, such demoniac people create their own God, create their own hymns and chant accordingly. The result is that they become more and more attracted to two things-sex enjoyment and accumulation of material wealth.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 16.10 Purport)

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Kama, or lust, is the all-devouring enemy of this world. The potency is augmented by the inclusion of krodha, or wrath. This force is too strong for even the discriminating person to handle. That is to say those who should know better, who…

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To What Level Should We Tolerate

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[Pandavas escaping house of lac]“O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.14)

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Friend1: The summer and winter seasons.

Friend2: Don’t forget fall and spring.

Friend1: The scorching heat of the summer. Who wants to go into the kitchen and cook?

Friend2: Don’t forget exercising. Getting a sweat going. Playing sports outside in the middle of the day, with the sun beating down on you.

Friend1: Who wants to take a shower early in the morning on a cold day in January?

[winter]Friend2: Don’t forget going outside. Heating up the car before driving. Clearing off snow. One difficulty after another.

Friend1: I mentioned the seasons…

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Five Ways Krishna Is Accepted

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[Yashoda and Krishna]“In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, 8th Chapter, 35th verse, it is stated by Shukadeva Gosvami that Mother Yashoda accepted Lord Krishna as her son, although He is accepted in the Vedas as the King of heaven, in the Upanishads as the impersonal Brahman and in philosophy as the supreme male. By the yogis he is accepted as the supersoul and by the devotees as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 43)

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Mother Yashoda really wasn’t interested in the many superlatives. The amazing survival of her beloved son through many dangerous situations must have been through auspicious credits, sukriti. Perhaps she and her husband had worshiped Vishnu properly. Maybe the higher ups were looking out for her family. In no possible way were any of the wonderful feats performed in Vrindavana due to Krishna Himself, who is accepted in…

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Three Examples Of The Vatsalya-Rasa Standard

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[Krishna and Yashoda]“When ecstatic love develops into the relationship of parenthood and becomes steadily established, the relationship is called vatsalya-rasa. The exhibition of this vatsalya-rasa standard of devotional service can be found in the dealings of Krishna with His devotees who represent themselves as superior personalities like father, mother, teacher, etc.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 43)

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You’ve decided to get serious about spiritual life. No more weekend warrior. No more only reading for a few hours a day. No more trying to find a secluded place for some meditation, only to return to the busy and distracting normal life on a daily basis.

In fact, the goal is to change the meaning of “normal.” Make it out of the ordinary to break away from meditation. Make thinking of the Divine the majority and forgetting Him the minority. Turn things around so that there is…

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Three Dangers Krishna Protected The Cowherd Boys From

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[Krishna dancing on Kaliya]“One servant of Krishna named Patri once addressed Him like this: ‘My dear Lord, You protected the cowherd boys from the hunger of the Aghasura demon, and You protected them from the poisonous effects of the Kaliya snake. And You also saved them from the fierce forest fire. But I am suffering from Your separation, which is more severe than the hunger of Aghasura, the poison of Lake Kaliya, and the burning of the forest fire. So why should You not protect me from the pangs of separation?’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 42)

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The threefold miseries of life, as enumerated by Vedic literature, come from the heavens, the body and mind, and other living entities. No one is able to escape for every time and circumstance, since accepting a material body means dealing with the accompanying distresses. The soul is actually not…

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The Four Denials Of The Asuric Mentality

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“The demoniac conclude that the world is phantasmagoria. There is no cause, no effect, no controller, no purpose: everything is unreal. They say that this cosmic manifestation arises due to chance material actions and reactions. They do not think that the world was created by God for a certain purpose. They have their own theory: that the world has come about in its own way and that there is no reason to believe that there is a God behind it. For them there is no difference between spirit and matter, and they do not accept the Supreme Spirit. Everything is matter only, and the whole cosmos is supposed to be a mass of ignorance.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 16.8 Purport)

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Since before anyone can remember, prior to recorded history, known only through aural tradition passed on from generation to generation, there has been a…

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