Monthly Archives: January 2019

Three Areas Where People Are Left Unhappy No Matter The Outcome

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“The mode of passion is born of unlimited desires and longings, O son of Kunti, and because of this one is bound to material fruitive activities.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 14.7)

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रजो रागात्मकं विद्धि
तन् निबध्नाति कौन्तेय
कर्म-सङ्गेन देहिनम्

rajo rāgātmakaṁ viddhi
tan nibadhnāti kaunteya
karma-saṅgena dehinam

1. Sporting events

It is the first time in the franchise’s history that they’ve won a championship. Not that they are an expansion team of only a few years, the league has been around for a long time and this team is almost as old. While others have multiple championships, this is the first for a city starved for a winner.

The response? Rioting in the streets. Police cars overturned. Rocks hurled into storefront windows. Looting. Many arrests. Shouldn’t the people have been thrilled?

On the other side there is obvious reason for despair. Losing…

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Three Reasons Krishna Deserved Punishment From Mother Yashoda

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[Yashoda-Damodara]“She gathered more ropes from the house and added to it, but at the end she found the same shortage. In this way, she connected all the ropes available at home, but when the final knot was added, she saw that it was still two inches too short. Mother Yashoda was smiling, but she was astonished. How was it happening?” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 9)

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1. He broke a pot of yogurt

It was for turning into butter. The mother worked hard. She did not have a machine capable of doing the same. Nothing like “set it and forget it,” there was manual labor involved. Take yogurt, put it in a pot, and then begin the churning process.

By the way, the purpose this time was to feed her son directly. Yashoda had heard complaints. Her darling Krishna…

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You Don’t Think There Is Progress Made Towards Permanence

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[Lord Krishna]“Nothing within this material world can be permanent, although scientists, philosophers, workers and everyone else are trying to make things permanent. One foolish scientist recently declared that eventually life will be made permanent through science. Some so-called scientists are also trying to manufacture living entities within the laboratory. Thus in one way or another everyone is busy denying the existence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and rejecting the supreme authority of the Lord. However, the Lord is so powerful that He destroys everything in the form of death.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam. 4.24.65 Purport)

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Friend1: A teaching from the Bhagavad-gita that really stands out for me describes how this world is miserable and temporary.

Friend2: Duhkhalayam and ashashvatam.

Friend1: Not something you would be consciously aware of, otherwise. At least in my opinion. Some would say it is a pessimistic view.

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Three Things Worked Really Hard For But Not Enjoyed Properly Due To Time

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“In this material world there is a great illusion which covers real intelligence. A man in the mode of passion wants to work very hard to derive some benefit, but he does not know that time will never allow him to enjoy anything permanently. Compared with the work one expends, the gain is not so profitable. Even if it is profitable, it is not without its distresses.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.25.4 Purport)

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1. Houses

They say you should put down at least twenty percent. Otherwise, there is the penalty known as PMI. This is the bank’s way of hedging their bet. If they lend money to someone who has too much debt to steadily pay it off over time, then they want some way to recoup the losses. If you have at least twenty percent of the purchase price in a down…

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Five Activities To Dedicate To Krishna

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[Lord Krishna]“O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.27)

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यत् करोषि यद् अश्नासि
यज् जुहोषि ददासि यत्
यत् तपस्यसि कौन्तेय
तत् कुरुष्व मद्-अर्पणम्

yat karoṣi yad aśnāsi
yaj juhoṣi dadāsi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam

Everyone has to do something. Even sleep is a kind of activity. No one can refrain from working, not even for a moment. Concomitant with vitality, if something is living there is some sort of continuous operation. Movement. Start to finish. Something as basic as fluid travelling from one destination to another, like blood-flow triggered by the heart.

Bhagavad-gita explains that the beneficiary of work should be the Supersoul, known as Paramatma in Sanskrit. The…

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Don’t You Feel You Are Fighting A Losing Battle

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Everyone is inclined in this age to eat meat and fish, drink liquor and indulge in sex life, but according to the Vedic injunctions, sex is allowed only in marriage, meat-eating is allowed only when the animal is killed and offered before the goddess Kali, and intoxication is allowed only in a restricted way.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.26.6 Purport)

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Friend1: Don’t you feel that the odds are stacked against you?

Friend2: In what?

Friend1: I mean people are addicted to so many unhelpful things. They are so upset over politics that they are willing to invade restaurants and disrupt otherwise peaceful situations. They cry over the results to elections. They can’t accept something as basic as marriage and gender. They develop these mental illnesses and then look for remedies through the political process.

Friend2: Again, what are you talking about here?


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How Do You Get People To Buy Into Restrictions On Eating And Sex Life

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Regulations are meant for human beings, not for animals. The traffic regulations on the street, telling people to keep to the right or the left, are meant for human beings, not for animals. If an animal violates such a law, he is never punished, but a human being is punished. The Vedas are not meant for the animals, but for the understanding of human society.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.26.6 Purport)

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Friend1: You get this perspective even from people who are so-called religious.

Friend2: Define that, please.

Friend1: They believe in God. They are not foolish enough to consider that everything came to be through randomness or collisions of chemicals.

Friend2: After all, if such collisions could create something amazing like the sun, why not reproduce the result?

Friend1: Oh, they are on their way. Trust them. Give it some time.

[laughing]Friend2: Haha.

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Doesn’t Ravana Show That Sadhus Should Be Viewed With Skepticism

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[Ravana in disguise]“Then the ten-necked one, who was hiding nearby, quickly assumed the form of a wandering mendicant and approached Vaidehi.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 46.2)

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तदासाद्य दशग्रीवः क्षिप्रमन्तरमास्थितः।
अभिचक्राम वैदेहीं परिव्राजकरूपधृक्।।

tadāsādya daśagrīvaḥ kṣipramantaramāsthitaḥ।
abhicakrāma vaidehīṃ parivrājakarūpadhṛk।।

Friend1: Among the many heinous acts of Ravana is the deceit he employed in the forest of Dandaka.

Friend2: This was where Sita and Rama were staying. Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana was there, too. There is a history to the area, described in the Ramayana. I think Danda was a king descending from the Ikshvaku dynasty. Through some series of events the place came to be named after him. As a forest area it was known to be conducive to tapasya; hence a tapo-vana.

Friend1: A forest area where austerities are practiced. Just like it is not easy to stick to a diet while…

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Five People Who Benefitted From Parikshit’s Decision

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[Parikshit snake]“Maharaja Parikshit, just after receiving the news of his death within seven days, at once retired from family life and shifted himself to the sacred bank of the Yamuna River.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.19.6 Purport)

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It looked like a selfish move, concerning only the self-interest, svartha, but just see the many people benefitted. Both svartha and paramartha are accounted for by following in the footsteps of that celebrated king of the world, Maharaja Parikshit.

1. The king

The decision of which we speak came at the tail-end of life. The king had made a terrible mistake. What he thought was a harmless joke turned into the greatest insult to a child, seeing his father humiliated by wearing a dead snake around the neck, placed there by Parikshit. The result was a curse on the king. The word of the brahmana

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How To Properly Understand The Problems With Maintaining A Slaughterhouse

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[Krishna with cow]“When animals are killed in a slaughterhouse, six people connected with the killing are responsible for the murder. The person who gives permission for the killing, the person who kills, the person who helps, the person who purchases the meat, the person who cooks the flesh and the person who eats it, all become entangled in the killing. Narada Muni wanted to draw the King’s attention to this fact. Thus animal-killing is not encouraged even in a sacrifice.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 4.25.8 Purport)

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Friend1: I hope this bothers me as much as it does you.

Friend2: What is that?

Friend1: When you are presenting Krishna consciousness philosophy to a person, who is hearing it for the first time, and the initial response you get is a series of questions relating to what you cannot do.

Friend2: You mean along the lines of…

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