Monthly Archives: September 2018

Brushing Off Insults

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[Shri Hanuman]“Hearing those wonderful words from the best of monkeys, Maithili’s every limb was thrilled with joy. She then spoke to Hanuman as follows: O Hanuman, how can you desire to carry me such a great distance? Verily I think this is due to your apishness, O chief of the monkeys.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.28-29)

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maithilī tu hari śreṣṭhāt śrutvā vacanam adbhutam |
harṣa vismita sarva angī hanūmantam atha abravīt ||

hanūman dūram adhvanam katham mām voḍhum icchasi |
tat eva khalu te manye kapitvam hari yūthapa ||

Risk your life. Take a dangerous journey. There is no precedent. There is no guidebook to consult. The library didn’t have, “How To Jump Across Oceans For Dummies,” in stock. Indeed, no one else in a group full of capable and brave soldiers as part of a Vanara army could even give the idea a…

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Isn’t It Cultish to Eat Only Krishna Prasadam

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[Krishna prasadam]“The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.13)

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Friend1: Okay, I don’t want to argue vegetarianism necessarily.

Friend2: What does that mean? You’ve decided to try eating meat?

Friend1: No, but I understand that bhakti-yoga has much more to it. People who are devotees of Krishna would never claim that they are part of this “ism” or that.

Friend2: You mean that they are more than vegetarians?

Friend1: Yes, not to mention the inherent bias found in that term.

Friend2: Vegetarian?

Friend1: Yeah. Think about it. If you live in a place where people protect cows and don’t kill animals, eating only grains, fruit and milk, how is that weird? In that area…

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Four Things Krishna Knows About Those Opposed To Him

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[Lord Krishna]“They say that this world is unreal, that there is no foundation and that there is no God in control. It is produced of sex desire, and has no cause other than lust.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 16.8)

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You join your friend for a meal. It is a pleasant day outside, so you decide to do al fresco. Sit outside. Enjoy the weather. Take shade from an umbrella and leisurely go about consuming your meal, drinks and all.

To enhance the mood, you decide to engage in conversation. Present a particular point of view or philosophy and see what your friend has to say. Today doesn’t go so well, however. The friend is not interested in hearing your viewpoints. In fact, they have no idea what you think. They have formed their own beliefs. Their mind is made up. Nothing can change the…

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Is It Possible To Achieve Heaven

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[Lord Krishna]“O Partha, happy are the kshatriyas to whom such fighting opportunities come unsought, opening for them the doors of the heavenly planets.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.32)

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Friend1: I was listening to the radio the other day.

Friend2: News?

Friend1: Talk.

Friend2: Okay.

Friend1: It’s a pretty decent show in that the host gets you thinking about things. I like that radio appeals to the intellect, versus images and how they appeal to emotion.

Friend2: That is so true. It explains why a certain kind of talk radio never succeeds. You can easily spread hate and misinformation through images, but if you have to substantiate such positions through spoken word, where people can only hear, then it is more difficult.

Friend1: You might be correct about that.

Friend2: This is why the Vedas are known as the shrutis. The highest wisdom is passed…

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If The Deity Is Krishna Then Why Feel Pains Of Separation

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[Lord Krishna]“The holy name of Krishna is nondifferent from Krishna, and one who attempts to spread the holy names throughout the world is beloved of Him.” (Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, Ch 1)

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Friend1: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Friend2: The golden avatara.

Friend1: Whose identity is hidden. Kept confidential, known to a select few.

Friend2: More important to show the example, that the ideal life is bhakti-yoga, devotional service.

Friend1: No need to necessarily proclaim to the whole world that you are a combined incarnation of Radha-Krishna.

Friend2: Appearing in the form of a brahmana, inducing people to chant the holy names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

[Lord Chaitanya]Friend1: Starting from the beginning of life. As a child crying until someone would say the name of Hari.

Friend2: Haribol!

Friend1: Mahaprabhu especially showed…

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Three Ways That Sense Perception Is Limited

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Man’s knowledge should be developed to explore the technology which deals with the difference between a living man and a dead man, a living body and a dead body. That spiritual knowledge was taught by Krishna in the beginning of Bhagavad-gita. Arjuna was talking to Krishna as a friend. Of course, whatever he was saying was right, but it was right only to a certain point. Beyond that point there are other subject matters of knowledge, which are called adhokshaja because our direct perception of material knowledge fails to approach them.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Krishna, the Reservoir of Pleasure)

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“Science is the way. It has already debunked so many long-held beliefs, myths and legends of the past. You can’t blame the people. We call those times primitive for a reason. There wasn’t superior information available. The people didn’t know better, nor did they have…

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How To Make Vedic Teachings Relatable To All Audiences

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[changing bodies]“As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.13)

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Friend1: Athato brahma-jijnasa. Now is the time for inquiring into Brahman.

Friend2: The non-differentiated spiritual energy.

Friend1: What would be the differentiated version?

Friend2: It’s a vision, actually. Nothing changes the factual situation; all is the same on the ground, so to speak. It’s like when we say the sun is out. The sun is always there. Simply the cloud cover is absent at that particular moment.

Friend1: What is this vision, then?

Friend2: Where you see distinctions, vishesha. You see the spiritual energy, but in a divided way. You think that the human being has a different kind of soul than…

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Isn’t There A Risk In Following Krishna’s Exemplary Acts

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[Shri Krishna]“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)

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Friend1: People follow what a great man does.

Friend2: They are a leader for a reason. They lead people.

Friend1: Therefore it is helpful if they are pious. Then they set a good example.

Friend2: In Hindi the saying is dekha dekhi. Copycatting. Imitating.

Friend1: This stresses the teaching that if a great man should somehow take up bhakti-yoga, devotional service, so many people automatically benefit.

Friend2: They will witness the example. “Oh, such and such person understands the difference between body and spirit. They are not simply after sense gratification. Rather than show off what kind of home they live in or how many automobiles they own, they display a…

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Vyasa Puja 2018

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[Prabhupada]“Ajamila repented his negligence in performing his duty to his wife, father, and mother. It is the duty of grown-up children to render service to their aged parents. This practice should be reintroduced into present society. Otherwise, what is the use of family life? Proper family life means that the husband should be protective, the wife chaste, and the children grateful to their father and mother. Children should think, ‘My father and mother gave me so much service. When I was unable to walk, they carried me. When I was unable to eat, they fed me. They gave me an education. They gave me life.’ A bona fide son thinks of ways to render service to his father and mother.” (Shrila Prabhupada, A Second Chance, Ch 17)

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A wise person remembers the deeds done in their favor, on their behalf from others. The…

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Krishna Janmashtami 2018

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[Krishna and Yashoda]“Once Mother Yashoda addressed one of her friends in this way: ‘Nanda Maharaj, the leader of the cowherdsmen, worshiped Lord Vishnu along with me, and as a result of this worshiping Krishna has been saved from the clutches of Putana and other demons. The twin arjuna trees were, of course, broken due to a strong wind, and although Krishna appeared to have lifted Govardhan Hill along with Balarama, I think that Nanda Maharaj actually held the mountain. Otherwise how could it have been possible for a little boy to lift such a great hill?’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 43)

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Child worship is a real thing. It doesn’t seem that way to the parents. It is not like they are visiting a house designated for that purpose. There are no regular prayers offered or prostrations in obeisance to high commands. There are no…

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