Monthly Archives: November 2018

Two Comparisons For The Before And After With Dhruva Maharaja

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[Dhruva and Vishnu]“A person who wants to give everything in charity to Krishna but does not want anything in return is considered the real renouncer. Thus, a devotee will refuse to accept any kind of liberation, even if it is offered by the Lord. Real love of Krishna becomes manifested when Krishna becomes the recipient of charity and the devotee becomes the giver.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 46)

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Wouldn’t you want to give your child everything? In the beginning the innocence and cuteness are overwhelming. In the morning time there is no need for an alarm clock. They wake you up with their crawling. You can hear the sound as they approach.

Seeing your face the reaction on the other side is always excitement, sometimes accented with dance-like movements. Your name is audible in their baby-talk. They don’t want much; just that you stay…

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Why The Peacock Feather And Not The Snake

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[Krishna with friends]“One friend challenged Krishna thus: ‘My dear friend Damodara, You are an expert only in eating. You have defeated Subala only because he is weak and You adopted cheating means. Don’t advertise Yourself to be a great fighter by such action. You have advertised Yourself as a serpent, and I am the peacock who will now defeat You.’ The peacock is the ablest enemy of the serpent.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 46)

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Friend1: I find it interesting that the items in Krishna’s apparel ensemble seem to be as important as Krishna Himself.

Friend2: Who is Krishna and what items are you referring to?

Friend1: The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan.

Friend2: God has associated apparel?

Friend1: It is a contributing factor to the superiority of the saguna form. Both nirguna and saguna are the same, as God does not change. It’s sort…

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Talent On Loan From God

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[Many Brahmas worshiping Krishna]“Brahma told them that after taking away all the boys, he saw Krishna again playing with the same boys in the same fashion. Their bodily complexion was blackish, almost like Krishna’s, and they all had four arms. The same calves and cows were still present there, in the same original fashion. Even while describing this incident, Brahma became almost overwhelmed. ‘And the most astonishing thing,’ he added, ‘was that many other Brahmas from many different universes had also come there to worship Krishna and His associates.’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 46)

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Every individual has a genius unique to them. Though they may not exhibit the ability in public, though they may be unaware of the presence of this special talent, something amazing exists within them. This is because the spirit soul is the power source, the animating spark, so to speak. In…

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How Can Bhagavan Hear Every Prayer Offered To Him

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[Krishna in Dvaraka]“When Narada came to see the activities of the Lord at Dvaraka and he saw that Krishna was present within every palace in the same body and was engaged in different activities, he was struck with wonder. This is one of the examples of astonishment in devotional service by direct perception.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 46)

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Friend1: Have you ever wondered how God can handle every request made of Him?

Friend2: Are you implying that He should be overwhelmed? Sort of like that movie they made where if the Almighty were to check His email in the morning, it would have an infinite number of messages.

Friend1: Think about it. Celebrities receive so much fan mail. It’s impossible to give a reply to each one. These are people with significant resources. They could pay someone to read the messages if they wanted…

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What About The Idea Of Not Disturbing People Interested In Karma

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Let not the wise disrupt the minds of the ignorant who are attached to fruitive action. They should not be encouraged to refrain from work, but to engage in work in the spirit of devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.26)

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न बुद्धिभेदं जनयेदज्ञानां कर्मसङ्गिनाम्।
जोषयेत्सर्वकर्माणि विद्वान् युक्तः समाचरन्।।

na buddhibhedaṃ janayedajñānāṃ karmasaṅginām।
joṣayetsarvakarmāṇi vidvān yuktaḥ samācaran।।

Friend1: I’m going to explain a phenomenon to you, but I’m not exactly sure how to present it.

Friend2: What do you mean by phenomenon? Is this behavior in other people or something about yourself? Maybe something that occurs in nature?

Friend1: With me; at the personal level.

Friend2: Okay.

Friend1: It took me a while to realize it. At first, I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on, so I used to blame the other people.

Friend2: Who are these “other people”? This doesn’t involve only you?

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Three Ways Kama And Krodha Can Manifest During The Morning Commute

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“The Blessed Lord said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material modes of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring, sinful enemy of this world.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.37)

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श्री भगवानुवाच
काम एष क्रोध एष रजोगुणसमुद्भवः।
महाशनो महापाप्मा विद्ध्येनमिह वैरिणम्।।

śrī bhagavānuvāca
kāma eṣa krodha eṣa rajoguṇasamudbhavaḥ।
mahāśano mahāpāpmā viddhyenamiha vairiṇam।।

Arjuna is a conscientious disciple. He does not think only about himself. If every person were to act in their interests alone, one hundred percent of the time, the world would descend into chaos and madness. Theft would be permitted, and since even the thief expects respect of the property they have taken, conflict quickly abounds.

Arjuna was in a difficult situation, worried about the chosen course of action. Was it the right way? Was there something he overlooked? Could a different…

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Five Issues Over Which War Can Break Out

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“This world is compared to a forest fire caused by the cohesion of bamboo bushes. Such a forest fire takes place automatically, for bamboo cohesion occurs without external cause. Similarly, in the material world the wrath of those who want to lord it over material nature interacts, and the fire of war takes place, exhausting the unwanted population. Such fires or wars take place, and the Lord has nothing to do with them. But because He wants to maintain the creation, He desires the mass of people to follow the right path of self-realization, which enables the living beings to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.10.2 Purport)

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It has been ongoing, since before anyone can remember;a continuous struggle. Vedic literature describes the two parties: suras and asuras. Loosely translated, the good guys and the bad guys. Piety…

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Three Places In Shrimad Bhagavatam Where Parents Can Get Advice

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“One who cannot deliver his dependents from the path of repeated birth and death should never become a spiritual master, a father, a husband, a mother or a worshipable demigod.” (Rishabhadeva, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 5.5.18)

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गुरुर् न स स्यात् स्व-जनो न स स्यात्
पिता न स स्याज् जननी न सा स्यात्
दैवं न तत् स्यान् न पतिश् च स स्यान्
न मोचयेद् यः समुपेत-मृत्युम्

gurur na sa syāt sva-jano na sa syāt
pitā na sa syāj jananī na sā syāt
daivaṁ na tat syān na patiś ca sa syān
na mocayed yaḥ samupeta-mṛtyum

Parenting is not easy, especially in the modern day. While it is likely to consider oneself advanced for living in times with machines that take care of so many daily chores, there is also an accompanying increase in anxiety. The news of the upcoming birth of a child can be dreaded…

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Four Analogies Used By Shri Rama And Family

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[Shri Rama]“As a ripe fruit has no other fear than to fall, so a man who is born has no other fear than death.” (Lord Rama, Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kand, 105.17)

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यथा फलानां पक्वानां नान्यत्र पतनाद्भयम्।
एवं नरस्य जातस्य नान्यत्र मरणाद्भयम्।।

yathā phalānāṃ pakvānāṃ nānyatra patanādbhayam।
evaṃ narasya jātasya nānyatra maraṇādbhayam।।

The newborn is on a journey of constant discovery. One day they learn to turn over. The next they are moving from place to place, thrusting the legs forward. Not capable of extending the arms just yet, they make due with what they know.

That knowledgebase continues to expand with further experience. The parents are there to help teach more difficult concepts. A steady progression, starting with known objects and building upon them to reach ideas which were previously elusive.

As there is instruction involved, along with the parents the spiritual guide is…

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Three Sanskrit Words Used For Analogies

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“First a child is shown the branches of a tree, and then he is shown the moon through the branches. This is called shakha-chandra-nyaya. The idea is that first one must be given a simpler example. Then the more difficult background is explained.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 21.30 Purport)

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Not simply for literary embellishment, analogies play an important role in understanding the world around us. Understanding is the building block for escaping the cycle of birth and death, for which the human being has the best chance.

Higher topics like the changing bodies, the distinction between individual and matter, the relationship to the Supreme, the onset of seasons, the illusion of sense gratification, and so forth usually cannot be taught as is, in the beginning stages to the interested seeker.

A child of six months or younger may know a few words…

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