Monthly Archives: November 2019

How Can I Understand That God Is Within Everything

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Prahlada Maharaja’s class friends, who were born of Daitya families, thought that realizing the Absolute was extremely difficult. Indeed, we have experience that many, many people say this very thing. Actually, however, this is not so. The Absolute, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is most intimately related to all living entities. Therefore if one understands the Vaishnava philosophy, which explains how He is present everywhere and how He acts everywhere, to worship the Supreme Lord or to realize Him is not at all difficult.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.6.20-23 Purport)

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Friend1: Prahlada Maharaja teaches that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is within every living being. He gives the range from the nonmoving to the creator, Lord Brahma.

Friend2: That is an important distinction to make, since we often overlook the plants and the trees when discussing reincarnation. It is always about being born as…

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Five Places Where Peer Pressure Influences Behavior

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[Radha-Krishna]“One can understand the science of the Supreme Personality of Godhead simply by the parampara system. In this regard, Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura says, tandera charana sevi bhakta-sane vasa: ‘Let me serve the lotus feet of the devotees of the Lord, and let me live with devotees.’” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.9.42 Purport)

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It is the sincere prayer of Shrila Narottama Dasa Thakura to always live in the association of saintly people. The future is unknown; this is one of the impetuses for taking an interest in religion, or spiritual life. If you are inquisitive or already with some knowledge on the subject and seeking more, you may approach Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

चतुर्-विधा भजन्ते मां
जनाः सुकृतिनो ऽर्जुन
आर्तो जिज्ञासुर् अर्थार्थी
ज्ञानी च भरतर्षभ

catur-vidhā bhajante māṁ
janāḥ sukṛtino ‘rjuna
ārto jijñāsur arthārthī
jñānī ca bharatarṣabha

“O best…

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Five Things I Celebrate On The Anniversary Of Krishna’s Janma

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[Prayers to Devaki's womb]“Our dear Lord, You are appearing as the best of the Yadu dynasty, and we are offering our respectful humble obeisances unto Your lotus feet. Before this appearance, You also appeared as the fish incarnation, the horse incarnation, the tortoise incarnation, the swan incarnation, as King Ramachandra, as Parashurama, and as many other incarnations.” (Demigods praying to Krishna in the womb of Devaki, Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 2)

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A child approaches their father and wants to know the reason for the celebration. What is taking place? The father immediately thinks back to Shri Krishna posing a similar question to Nanda Maharaja prior to what would be the inaugural Govardhana Puja.

“Why is everyone dressed up? How come we can’t celebrate right now? I am not sure I can stay awake until midnight. This seems like a lot of…

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Five People Who Take Great Pleasure In Hari-Katha

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[Goswami Tulsidas]“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.14)

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सततं कीर्तयन्तो मां
यतन्तश् च दृढ-व्रताः
नमस्यन्तश् च मां भक्त्या
नित्य-युक्ता उपासते

satataṁ kīrtayanto māṁ
yatantaś ca dṛḍha-vratāḥ
namasyantaś ca māṁ bhaktyā
nitya-yuktā upāsate

They have other things they could be doing. It is not like they are helpless or lost in this world. They are not hopelessly searching for a direction, a reservoir for the service propensity. In fact, they hold positions of importance. Others approach them for benedictions. They know that these personalities are not ordinary.

Yet they have a specific preference. They do not mind their “day job”, so to speak, but it does not give them the highest satisfaction. Simply sitting down and listening, sometimes leading the discussion, on a specific topic – it…

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Five Endearing Offerings My Child Makes To Me

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[Shri Krishna]“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.26)

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पत्रं पुष्पं फलं तोयं
यो मे भक्त्या प्रयच्छति
तद् अहं भक्त्य्-उपहृतम्
अश्नामि प्रयतात्मनः

patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ
yo me bhaktyā prayacchati
tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam
aśnāmi prayatātmanaḥ

It is part of the general pitch. In the beginning there is the foundational teaching of the difference between body and spirit.

“You are not the body. You are spirit soul, part and parcel of the Supreme. Give more focus to the spirit inside instead of the way you’ve been going since time immemorial. Animals do not have the chance to make the inquiry. They cannot discriminate. Only the human being can.”

Then there is the recommended routine. Jnana comes first, but practical realization is more important. Vijnana through following guidelines, recommendations and the…

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Three Reasons For The Restriction On Gambling

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[Shrimad Bhagavatam]“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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You wish it weren’t the case. It would be great if every person were to sit down in respectful attention, ready to hear and absorb the information, like the ideal disciple that was Parikshit Maharaja. He was on the verge of death, though everything was fine with the body. He decided to forego food and drink to align with the kind of sacrifice taking place, yajna, related to the hearing process.

Atma-tattva is comprehensive and thorough, and yet offers profound and meaningful truths at the beginning of the learning process, as well. Unfortunately, anytime there is a mention of religion or what seems to be religious…

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If You Argue That Everything Is One Then Why Not Worship Krishna

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[Krishna deity]“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.9)

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जन्म कर्म च मे दिव्यम्
एवं यो वेत्ति तत्त्वतः
त्यक्त्वा देहं पुनर् जन्म
नैति माम् एति सो ऽर्जुन

janma karma ca me divyam
evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ
tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma
naiti mām eti so ‘rjuna

Friend1: I am going to present to you a problem that occurs with me every now and then. I think it is important to bring up because my situation is not isolated.

Friend2: You mean this could happen to other people?

Friend1: I know that it does. It is the reason why I think it is an important topic to study more in-depth.

Friend2: Okay.

Friend1: Let me preface this by…

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Three Ways To Incorporate Children Into Bhakti

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[Chaitanya Mahaprabhu]“On the plea of disturbance of the bodily air and metabolism, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu acted as if crazy. Thus in His school He began to explain the grammar of verbs through Krishna consciousness. Explaining everything in grammar in relationship to Krishna, the Lord induced His students to refrain from worldly education, for it is better to become Krishna conscious and in this way attain the highest perfectional platform of education.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi 17.7 Purport)

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“You have probably heard these issues voiced before, and I may have come across them myself, but right now one situation directly applies to me. Therefore, I need some help. I absolutely enjoy the bhakti process. Chantingthe maha-mantra is not an issue for me. I love attending programs which can be summarized as chanting, dancing and feasting.

“The thing is, I also have…

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