Monthly Archives: February 2020

Is There Anything Similar To The Ten Commandments In Vedic Culture

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[japa mala]“The ten offenses against the holy name are as follows: (1) to blaspheme a devotee of the Lord, (2) to consider the Lord and the demigods to be on the same level or to think that there are many gods, (3) to neglect the orders of the spiritual master, (4) to minimize the authority of scriptures (Vedas), (5) to interpret the holy name of God, (6) to commit sins on the strength of chanting, (7) to instruct the glories of the Lord’s name to the unfaithful, (8) to compare the chanting of the holy name with material piety, (9) to be inattentive while chanting the holy name, and (10) to be attached to material things in spite of chanting the holy name.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi 7.73 Purport)

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Friend1: I got a chuckle while riding the subway the other day.

Friend2: Underground…

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Four Things That Sap The Vitality Of Human Energy

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[Shri Krishna]“In Kali-yuga, the duration of life is shortened not so much because of insufficient food but because of irregular habits. By keeping regular habits and eating simple food, any man can maintain his health. Overeating, over-sense gratification, overdependence on another’s mercy, and artificial standards of living sap the very vitality of human energy. Therefore the duration of life is shortened.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.10 Purport)

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Put it in the title of your post. It’s an easy way to increase traffic to your website. People are looking for solutions, after all. The four pitfalls mentioned by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are not rare occurrences.

They are all too familiar; symptoms of this dark age of quarrel and hypocrisy. Try to correct the situation, and then dovetail the increased energy with the highest objective of the living being, purushartha.


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Isn’t The Concept Of Avyakta-Murtina Paradoxical

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[Shri Krishna]“By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.4)

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मया ततम् इदं सर्वं
जगद् अव्यक्त-मूर्तिना
मत्-स्थानि सर्व-भूतानि
न चाहं तेष्व् अवस्थितः

mayā tatam idaṁ sarvaṁ
jagad avyakta-mūrtinā
mat-sthāni sarva-bhūtāni
na cāhaṁ teṣv avasthitaḥ

“The archa-vigraha. The chief resident of the temple. The house of worship designated for that specific purpose. Congregate with like-minded, interested observers and followers. Set aside some time on a periodic basis, perhaps once a week, to worship.

“No need to meditate with your eyes closed. No contemplating nothingness. No falling asleep. A specific direction. Targeted prayers. Features to remove doubts. The vigraha, which is like a body, is for the purpose of worship, archanam.

“Not that the Supreme Lord has become stone. He is not limited in size or…

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Four Instances Of Symbolism From Krishna-Lila

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[virata-rupa]“All the sons of Dhritarashtra along with their allied kings, and Bhishma, Drona and Karna, and all our soldiers are rushing into Your mouths, their heads smashed by Your fearful teeth. I see that some are being crushed between Your teeth as well.” (Arjuna, Bhagavad-gita, 11.26-27)

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अमी च त्वां धृतराष्ट्रस्य पुत्राः
सर्वे सहैवावनि-पाल-सङ्घैः
भीष्मो द्रोणः सूत-पुत्रस् तथासौ
सहास्मदीयैर् अपि योध-मुख्यैः
वक्त्राणि ते त्वरमाणा विशन्ति
दंष्ट्रा-करालानि भयानकानि
केचिद् विलग्ना दशनान्तरेषु
सन्दृश्यन्ते चूर्णितैर् उत्तमाङ्गैः

amī ca tvāṁ dhṛtarāṣṭrasya putrāḥ
sarve sahaivāvani-pāla-saṅghaiḥ
bhīṣmo droṇaḥ sūta-putras tathāsau
sahāsmadīyair api yodha-mukhyaiḥ
vaktrāṇi te tvaramāṇā viśanti
daṁṣṭrā-karālāni bhayānakāni
kecid vilagnā daśanāntareṣu
sandṛśyante cūrṇitair uttamāṅgaiḥ

Effortless. Easy. Lack of constant attention. Almost accidental, but specifically timed. The exhaling breath the cause of the emergence. The inhaling breath responsible for destruction. Repeating again and again, almost to the cadence of the ticking of the clock hanging on the wall.

These are…

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Five Actions I Regret After The Fact

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Material desires, when unsatiated, generate anger, and thus the mind, eyes and chest become agitated. Therefore, one must practice to control them before one gives up this material body. One who can do this is understood to be self-realized and is thus happy in the state of self-realization.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 5.23 Purport)

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1. Firing the ball into the stands

“It was a moment of frustration. Sick and tired of running around and hitting balls off the frame. This opponent is really annoying, too. They take forever to serve the ball. We have a clock now in place because of them. It really is ridiculous.

“Anyway, the ball I fired into the stands accidentally struck a spectator. They weren’t too happy about it. No serious damage or anything, but it was entirely my fault. I lost my cool. I need to be better…

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Aren’t All Liberated Souls At The Same Risk As Jaya And Vijaya

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[Jaya and Vijaya]“It is not necessary for the Vaikuntha associates of the Supreme Personality of Godhead to come to take the roles of His enemies in all the millenniums in which He appears. The ‘falldown’ of Jaya and Vijaya occurred in a particular millennium; Jaya and Vijaya do not come down in every millennium to act as demons. To think that some associates of the Lord fall down from Vaikuntha in every millennium to become demons is totally incorrect.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi 5.36 Purport)

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We are familiar with the two central components of Vedic teachings. The individual is spirit soul that is infinite in its duration of existence. Meaning, it never takes birth and it never dies. There is visual confirmation, if one is trained enough to perceive. There is also the more important definitive word of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan.

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Is It Worse To Think I Am Body Or That I Am Nothing

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[Radha-Krishna]“Birth, death, old age and diseases affect this material body, but not the spiritual body. There is no birth, death, old age and disease for the spiritual body, so one who attains a spiritual body, becomes one of the associates of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and engages in eternal devotional service, is really liberated. Aham brahmasmi: I am spirit. It is said that one should understand that he is Brahman-spirit soul.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 7.29 Purport)

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Friend1: Obviously, someone who reads the works of the bhakti school of Vedanta understands that there is a difference between body and spirit.

Friend2: I will take issue with something. Bhakti and Vedanta are identical.

Friend1: But you know what I mean.

Friend2: I do not.

Friend1: Sometimes Vedanta, which translates to “the conclusion of knowledge,” focuses on the impersonal side of the Divine. Well, not…

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How Do I Know What Krishna’s Interest Is

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[Shri Krishna]“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.34)

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मन्-मना भव मद्-भक्तो
मद्-याजी मां नमस्कुरु
माम् एवैष्यसि युक्त्वैवम्
आत्मानं मत्-परायणः

man-manā bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru
mām evaiṣyasi yuktvaivam
ātmānaṁ mat-parāyaṇaḥ

Friend1: This question relates particularly to the modern-day situation. I get that in the past you could be a real sannyasi.

Friend2: What does that mean?

Friend1: Take to the renounced order of life. Formal entry into the fourth and last ashrama designated for the human being.

Friend2: What is an ashrama?

Friend1: A spiritual institution. The human being should belong to one at all times. That is another point of glorification for the Vedas. They want the best for people. They never leave a gap, where ignorance can take hold…

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