Monthly Archives: December 2019

Three Times The Supreme Lord Took Care Of Everything

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[Arjuna and Krishna]“Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Krishna and at the same time carry out your prescribed duty of fighting. With your activities dedicated to Me and your mind and intelligence fixed on Me, you will attain Me without doubt.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 8.7)

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तस्मात् सर्वेषु कालेषु
माम् अनुस्मर युध्य च
मय्य् अर्पित-मनो-बुद्धिर्
माम् एवैष्यस्य् असंशयः

tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu
mām anusmara yudhya ca
mayy arpita-mano-buddhir
mām evaiṣyasy asaṁśayaḥ

After all, He is the greatest. No one is superior to Him. Travel the three worlds and the ten directions. Try outer space and deep inside of the earth. From the tiniest living being up to the creator himself, Lord Brahma. Everywhere features beginning, middle and end. Every living being has the limited range of manifestation, i.e. birth and death.

आ-ब्रह्म-भुवनाल् लोकाः
पुनर् आवर्तिनो ऽर्जुन
माम् उपेत्य तु कौन्तेय

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There Are No Atheists In Foxholes

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[Lord Krishna]“The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities, which are in actuality carried out by nature.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.27)

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प्रकृतेः क्रियमाणानि
गुणैः कर्माणि सर्वशः
कर्ताहम् इति मन्यते

prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni
guṇaiḥ karmāṇi sarvaśaḥ
kartāham iti manyate

“You probably hear this argument a lot, but I think it has some merit. I get that the bhakti-yoga people are into religion. You want to worship God and so forth. Thank Him for everything. Be grateful. Avoid the kripana mentality; don’t be a miser.

“But it seems like you are giving up on the world. You are abandoning everything too soon. As if you see no hope at all, you are surrendering in the game. It just seems a little too easy for me. Give up now and…

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Four Places We Go To Beg

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[Sita-Rama]“When your personal and supreme interests can be easily obtained from one place, it is not sensible for you in weakness to beg at the doors of others, O Tulsi.” (Dohavali, 54)

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स्वारथ परमारथ सकल सुलभ एक ही ओर |
द्वार दूसरे दीनता उचित न तुलसी तोर ||

svāratha paramāratha sakala sulabha eka hī ora |
dvāra dūsare dīnatā ucita na tulasī tora ||

Considered a lowly occupation, a condition only arrived at through a tragedy in life or the onset of mental illness, begging is not the preferred way to go. The living entity is a kind of ishvara, after all, so they have control over the body. They are the dominant force over the subordinate energy that is the material nature.

अपरेयम् इतस् त्व् अन्यां
प्रकृतिं विद्धि मे पराम्
जीव-भूतां महा-बाहो
ययेदं धार्यते जगत्

apareyam itas tv anyāṁ
prakṛtiṁ viddhi…

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Four Ways Krishna Cannot Be Realized

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[Lord Krishna]“One can understand the Supreme Personality as He is only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of the Supreme Lord by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 18.55)

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भक्त्या माम् अभिजानाति
यावान् यश् चास्मि तत्त्वतः
ततो मां तत्त्वतो ज्ञात्वा
विशते तद्-अनन्तरम्

bhaktyā mām abhijānāti
yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ
tato māṁ tattvato jñātvā
viśate tad-anantaram

The intelligent human being at least makes an endeavor. Hopefully with maturity there comes a recognition of the repeating pattern in life. Bhoga and tyaga. Enjoying one day and renouncing the next. I love this person; I hate that one. The viewpoint could shift in regards to the same person or situation. One day I am eating pizza and the next I am swearing off of it.

There has to be more. Maybe religion is the answer…

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Why Isn’t Mahaprabhu’s Word Enough

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[Lord Chaitanya]“At Rameshvara, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had a chance to read the Kurma Purana, in which He discovered that the form of Sita kidnapped by Ravana was not that of the real Sita but a mere shadow representation.” (Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 1.117)

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ताहाञि करिल कूर्म-पुराण श्रवण
माया-सीता निलेक रावण, ताहाते लिखन

tāhāñi karila kūrma-purāṇa śravaṇa
māyā-sītā nileka rāvaṇa, tāhāte likhana

Friend1: One of my favorite exchanges from Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s lila is the meeting with the brahmana who was living in the mood of the Ramayana.

Friend2: Where he was waiting to serve the Supreme Lord, Shri Rama?

Friend1: As if he were living in ancient times, several thousands of years ago. Do you remember what I am referring to?

Friend2: Yes. This was the guy who was so distraught over the fact that Ravana had touched Sita.

Friend1: Ravana, the ten-headed…

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Three Objects Found In Space

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[Vishnu creating]“For the ordinary person it is almost inconceivable how the huge material creation is resting in Him. But the Lord is giving an example which may help us to understand. Space is the biggest manifestation we can conceive. The cosmic manifestation rests in space. Space permits the movement of even the atoms and on up to the greatest planets, the sun and the moon. Although the sky (or wind or air) is great, still it is situated within space. Space is not beyond the sky.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 9.6 Purport)

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1. The planets

Through analogy Goswami Tulsidas helps us to understand the real meaning of dharma. The Sanskrit word sort of transforms based on the context in which it is used. There is a dharma tied to an occupation. Duties change based on the stage of life a person is in, such…

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Isn’t Intimacy Between Husband And Wife Good For The Relationship

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[Radha-Krishna]“The highest pleasure in terms of matter is sex pleasure. The whole world is moving under its spell, and a materialist cannot work at all without this motivation. But a person engaged in Krishna consciousness can work with greater vigor without sex pleasure, which he avoids. That is the test in spiritual realization. Spiritual realization and sex pleasure go ill together. A Krishna conscious person is not attracted to any kind of sense pleasure due to his being a liberated soul.”  (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 5.21 Purport)

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“I notice that in the bhakti-yoga culture, one of the restrictions is on sex.  They refer to it as ‘illicit sex.’ Basically, only engage in it for procreation.  If you desire children, to continue the family line, to beget a son who will save you from a hellish condition in the afterlife, you have license.

“Otherwise, any…

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What Does It Mean To Be Non-Envious

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[Sita-Rama]“I have heard, O Sita, that your hand in marriage was won by the renowned Raghava on the occasion of the self-choice ceremony [svayamvara]. O Maithili, I wish to hear that story in detail. Therefore please narrate to me the entire sequence of events as you experienced them.” (Anasuya speaking to Sita Devi, Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kand, 118.24-25)

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स्वयं वरे किल प्राप्ता त्वमनेन यशस्विना।
राघवेणेति मे सिते कथा श्रुतिमुपागता।।

तां कथां श्रोतुमिच्छामि विस्तरेण च मैथिलि।
यथाऽनुभूतं कार्त्स्न्येन तन्मे त्वं वक्तुमर्हसि।।

svayaṃ vare kila prāptā tvamanena yaśasvinā।
rāghaveṇeti me site kathā śrutimupāgatā।।

tāṃ kathāṃ śrotumicchāmi vistareṇa ca maithili।
yathā’nubhūtaṃ kārtsnyena tanme tvaṃ vaktumarhasi।।

Friend1:  I remember hearing that there is a verse in the Bhagavad-gita where the word anasuyave is used.  It means “not envious.”

Friend2:  Okay. There are a lot of words used in that important Sanskrit work.  Let me try to recall.

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Four Special Qualifications In Arjuna

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[Krishna and Arjuna]“The Supreme Lord said: My dear Arjuna, because you are never envious of Me, I shall impart to you this most secret wisdom, knowing which you shall be relieved of the miseries of material existence.”  (Bhagavad-gita, 9.1)

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श्री-भगवान् उवाच
इदं तु ते गुह्यतमं
प्रवक्ष्याम्य् अनसूयवे
ज्ञानं विज्ञान-सहितं
यज् ज्ञात्वा मोक्ष्यसे ऽशुभात्

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
idaṁ tu te guhyatamaṁ
pravakṣyāmy anasūyave
jñānaṁ vijñāna-sahitaṁ
yaj jñātvā mokṣyase ‘śubhāt

There is no such thing as chance with respect to the lila of Bhagavan.  The Supreme Personality of Godhead accomplishes so much simultaneously with every action.  Every setting is appropriate, with many layers of significance.

In this respect the disciple Arjuna is not randomly chosen to hear the Bhagavad-gita, which is the timeless song of God that delivers a person from the ocean of nescience.  In the oddest of places, a battlefield ready to host a massive war…

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Four Places We Can Find Krishna

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[Shri Krishna]“I am the Self, O Gudakesha, seated in the hearts of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.”  (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 10.20)

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अहम् आत्मा गुडाकेश
अहम् आदिश् च मध्यं च
भूतानाम् अन्त एव च

aham ātmā guḍākeśa
aham ādiś ca madhyaṁ ca
bhūtānām anta eva ca

1. Inside of the temple

Deity worship is an integral aspect of the Vedic tradition.  The aim of the human birth is to realize God. The possibility is absent in the other species, except for rare instances.  More than just focusing on the needs of the senses, the intelligence coupled with the specific form is for advancing beyond life and death.

Contemplate higher matters.  What is the reason for my existence?  Everyone senior to me has passed on. Obviously, the same will happen to me in the future. …

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