Monthly Archives: May 2019

Certainly A Trustworthy Son

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[Vishnu]“Although Prahlada is only five years old, even at this young age he has given up his affectionate relationship with his father and mother. Therefore, he is certainly untrustworthy. Indeed, it is not at all believable that he will behave well toward Vishnu.” (Hiranyakashipu, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.36)

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विष्णोर् वा साध्व् असौ किं नु
करिष्यत्य् असमञ्जसः
सौहृदं दुस्त्यजं पित्रोर्
अहाद् यः पञ्च-हायनः

viṣṇor vā sādhv asau kiṁ nu
kariṣyaty asamañjasaḥ
sauhṛdaṁ dustyajaṁ pitror
ahād yaḥ pañca-hāyanaḥ

The Varaha avatara previously took care of the asura named Hiranyaksha. This battle was necessary, as once the bad guys of this world gain any power they cause unnecessary havoc. They should be happy with what they have, but they instead look down upon others, especially those who are not like them.

The saintly class, the bhusuras, the demigods on earth, appear to be weak in terms…

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Three Early Indications That Hiranyakashipu’s Boons Weren’t Perfect

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[Narasimha]“Indignant and angry, his reddish eyes like molten copper, Hiranyakashipu said to his servants: O demons, take this boy away from me! He deserves to be killed. Kill him as soon as possible!” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.34)

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वध्यताम् आश्व् अयं वध्यो
निःसारयत नैरृताः

vadhyatām āśv ayaṁ vadhyo
niḥsārayata nairṛtāḥ

That he had to conjure up so many tricks, thinking of this situation and that, should have been the first sign. What Lord Brahma was offering could not be perfect. Otherwise, there would have been only one request coming from the worshiper, Hiranyakashipu.

“Immortality. Let me live forever. No one will be able to kill me. I will remain in whatever post I choose, free of outside interference. The strongest beings in the world, combined into a singular attacking force still will not be able to penetrate my coat of armor…

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Three Ways Your Family Might React To Your Choosing Bhakti

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[Narasimha]“Indignant and angry, his reddish eyes like molten copper, Hiranyakashipu said to his servants: O demons, take this boy away from me! He deserves to be killed. Kill him as soon as possible!” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.34)

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वध्यताम् आश्व् अयं वध्यो
निःसारयत नैरृताः

vadhyatām āśv ayaṁ vadhyo
niḥsārayata nairṛtāḥ

It seems like a rather innocent decision. Not that you are aiming at perfection at the outset. The finish line is way in the distance, perhaps not even attainable. This is your analysis at present, anyway. Nevertheless, you accept the promise from Shri Krishna that a little effort along the path goes a long way.

नेहाभिक्रम-नाशो ऽस्ति
प्रत्यवायो न विद्यते
स्व्-अल्पम् अप्य् अस्य धर्मस्य
त्रायते महतो भयात्

nehābhikrama-nāśo ‘sti
pratyavāyo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhayāt

“In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little…

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Is Faith In Krishna The Only Way To Win Redemption

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[Shri Krishna]“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)

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सर्व-धर्मान् परित्यज्य
माम् एकं शरणं व्रज
अहं त्वां सर्व-पापेभ्यो
मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः

sarva-dharmān parityajya
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ

Friend1: The concept of salvation is certainly not exclusive to any one religion.

Friend2: Explain what you mean by “salvation.”

Friend1: The idea that everyone in this world is a sinner. That is the reason for being here, in the first place. Not through work alone does the situation change. Not through knowledge, sacrifice, penance, austerity, or any other specifically designated effort.

Friend2: Then what is the solution?

Friend1: Born-again faith.

Friend2: Oh. In a particular person?

Friend1: Sure, or a sacred book. The idea is that you must have faith. Otherwise, everything…

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Narasimha Chaturdashi 2019

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[Prahlada thrown off cliff]“Hiranyakashipu could not kill his son by throwing him beneath the feet of big elephants, throwing him among huge, fearful snakes, employing destructive spells, hurling him from the top of a hill, conjuring up illusory tricks, administering poison, starving him, exposing him to severe cold, winds, fire and water, or throwing heavy stones to crush him. When Hiranyakashipu found that he could not in any way harm Prahlada, who was completely sinless, he was in great anxiety about what to do next.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.43-44)

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दिग्-गजैर् दन्दशूकेन्द्रैर्
मायाभिः सन्निरोधैश् च
गर-दानैर् अभोजनैः
पर्वताक्रमणैर् अपि
न शशाक यदा हन्तुम्
अपापम् असुरः सुतम्
चिन्तां दीर्घतमां प्राप्तस्
तत्-कर्तुं नाभ्यपद्यत

dig-gajair dandaśūkendrair
māyābhiḥ sannirodhaiś ca
gara-dānair abhojanaiḥ
parvatākramaṇair api
na śaśāka yadā hantum
apāpam asuraḥ sutam
cintāṁ dīrghatamāṁ prāptas
tat-kartuṁ nābhyapadyata

The father was determined; of that there is no doubt. Once the…

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Three Moments Of Distress To Remember Shri Hari

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[Draupadi_Sari]“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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For proper professional development others advise to not remain at one job for too long. It is something like the game with car insurance. Once you sign up, they won’t really offer any discounts moving forward. The only way to get a substantial rate reduction is to shop around for a different vendor. They will make an extra effort to lure you away, a means of attracting your business.

Within a particular field…

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Three Reasons A Father Might Be Disappointed In Their Son

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Shrimad_Bhagavatam_seventh_canto“After Prahlada Maharaja had spoken in this way and become silent, Hiranyakashipu, blinded by anger, threw him off his lap and onto the ground.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.33)

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इत्य् उक्त्वोपरतं पुत्रं
हिरण्यकशिपू रुषा
अन्धीकृतात्मा स्वोत्सङ्गान्
निरस्यत मही-तले

ity uktvoparataṁ putraṁ
hiraṇyakaśipū ruṣā
andhīkṛtātmā svotsaṅgān
nirasyata mahī-tale

A brand new life headed your way. Boundless potential. They can end up being anything they desire in adulthood; at least that is the consideration prior. If the baby is a boy, the father may have certain expectations or hopes. To that end there is also the possibility of great disappointment later on.

1. Doesn’t share the same interests

The father is into sports. They love both playing and watching. Baseball, football, tennis, basketball – you name it and they spent a significant portion of their youth involved in that activity. The son will hopefully follow in the…

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Were People Like Arjuna Ever Nervous In Their Devotional Service

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Krishna_Arjuna_battlefield“Heroism, power, determination, resourcefulness, courage in battle, generosity, and leadership are the qualities of work for the kshatriyas.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 18.43)

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शौर्यं तेजो धृतिर् दाक्ष्यं
युद्धे चाप्य् अपलायनम्
दानम् ईश्वर-भावश् च
क्षात्रं कर्म स्वभाव-जम्

śauryaṁ tejo dhṛtir dākṣyaṁ
yuddhe cāpy apalāyanam
dānam īśvara-bhāvaś ca
kṣātraṁ karma svabhāva-jam

Friend1: When I have an important task to complete, sometimes I get nervous.

Friend2: About the outcome? Concerned that you won’t be able to reach success?

Friend1: Certainly that is part of it. The other is just the knowledge of the amount of effort necessary. I guess you call the result procrastination.

Friend2: Every person suffers from that to some degree. Imagine if there were no deadlines in this world. Nothing would ever get done. The pressure related to time serves as the great impetus to actually focus and put in the effort needed.


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Why Can’t I Practice Religion How I Want To

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Arjuna_distressed“Sanjaya said: Arjuna, having thus spoken on the battlefield, cast aside his bow and arrows and sat down on the chariot, his mind overwhelmed with grief.” (Bhagavad-gita, 1.46)

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सञ्जय उवाच
एवम् उक्त्वार्जुनः सङ्ख्ये
रथोपस्थ उपाविशत्
विसृज्य स-शरं चापं

sañjaya uvāca
evam uktvārjunaḥ saṅkhye
rathopastha upāviśat
visṛjya sa-śaraṁ cāpaṁ

Friend1: We might have covered this subject before, but I think it has eternal relevance.

Friend2: Really? Eternal? As in, no matter the time period, a person will come across this trouble spot? Go back thousands of years and there is the same problem?

Friend1: Absolutely. One of the supporting examples I will reference is from five thousand years back.

Friend2: Alright. You may proceed.

Friend1: Let’s take a situation where a person concurs on the need for changing the direction in life. Something is wrong with the path of material pursuit. Earn…

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Three Examples Of The Basic Commerce Taking Place In Gokula

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Govardhana_Puja“Prepare very nice foodstuffs of all descriptions from the grains and ghee collected for the yajna. Prepare rice, dahl, then halavah, pakora, puri and all kinds of milk preparations like sweet rice, sweetballs, sandesha, rasagulla and laddu and invite the learned brahmanas who can chant the Vedic hymns and offer oblations to the fire. The brahmanas should be given all kinds of grains in charity. Then decorate all the cows and feed them well.” (Krishna giving direction on the first Govardhana Puja, Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 24)

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One side bemoans the current situation. They remember what it was like before, and so they can accurately compare the two:

“It doesn’t matter where you go today, everyone is on their phone. It is like they are zombies or something. They can’t go a minute without checking, without swiping left…

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