Monthly Archives: April 2020

Five Things I Can Prepare For

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[Parikshit hearing 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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1. The big move

“So much stuff. I am getting help. Don’t worry. I won’t have to lift anything heavy by myself. Still, there is just too much to fathom. Consider the cabinets in the kitchen. The drawers in the bedrooms. The linen closet. The storage closet. So many closets!

“There is also the back and forth. Once I make the shift to the new place, some cleanup will be required in the old place. Leave everything in good condition for the next people to move in. Cancel the utilities. Drop the keys at a certain location. Some preparation will certainly go a long way helping to…

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Do People Automatically Incur The Wrath of God

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[Shri Krishna]“I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.29)

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समो ऽहं सर्व-भूतेषु
न मे द्वेष्यो ऽस्ति न प्रियः
ये भजन्ति तु मां भक्त्या
मयि ते तेषु चाप्य् अहम्

samo ‘haṁ sarva-bhūteṣu
na me dveṣyo ‘sti na priyaḥ
ye bhajanti tu māṁ bhaktyā
mayi te teṣu cāpy aham

“You hear this sometimes from preachers. It is a bold and sweeping declaration. Every person is a target. No one in the audience can say that they are exempt. A response there will be, as who would receive such an accusation without considering the consequences?

“The idea is that every person is a sinner. No one is entirely pure. To err is human. Man…

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How Can Hearing Bring Vijnana

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[Radha-Krishna]“A person is said to be established in self-realization and is called a yogi [or mystic] when he is fully satisfied by virtue of acquired knowledge and realization. Such a person is situated in transcendence and is self-controlled. He sees everything-whether it be pebbles, stones or gold-as the same.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 6.8)

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कूट-स्थो विजितेन्द्रियः
युक्त इत्य् उच्यते योगी

kūṭa-stho vijitendriyaḥ
yukta ity ucyate yogī

Friend1: I have heard it said, no pun intended, that hearing is sufficient for achieving perfection.

Friend2: Perfection in what?

Friend1: Self-realization. Knowing my true identity. Meeting the purpose of life. The secret to living, the reason we are in this world at present.

Friend2: You have to hear from the proper source.

Friend1: Shravanam is the Sanskrit. It is one of the nine processes of devotional service, bhakti-yoga, as listed by the…

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The Foe And The Crow

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[Krishna universal form]“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

“Like many others, for me one of the immediate takeaways from the Bhagavad-gita is the image of the virata-rupa. I think I remember flipping through the pages of the book as a child and seeing that color plate inside. No idea what it was…

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Three Attachments With Withdrawal Symptoms

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Arjuna said: O descendant of Vrishni, by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force?” (Bhagavad-gita, 3.36)

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अर्जुन उवाच
अथ केन प्रयुक्तो ऽयं
पापं चरति पूरुषः
अनिच्छन्न् अपि वार्ष्णेय
बलाद् इव नियोजितः

arjuna uvāca
atha kena prayukto ‘yaṁ
pāpaṁ carati pūruṣaḥ
anicchann api vārṣṇeya
balād iva niyojitaḥ

1. Caffeine

“I am trying my best to be a good brahmana. Not the kind determined by birth, jati. I understand where some people will only follow that line. Heredity. An inherited title. No problem with me. Let them object. I am after a higher achievement than merely acceptance from society.

“I want to be clear of the four regulative principles. These are presented in the modern day by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, but a similar kind of list can be…

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Three Things The Avyakta-Murtina Tells Me

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[virata-rupa]“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

1. The worshipable form is everywhere

The Sanskrit word is murti. The reference is made in Bhagavad-gita, which is a sacred text of the Vedic tradition. A conversation between the guru Krishna and the disciple Arjuna. So much revealed about life, death, and the purpose of living. The most useful information passed on in a relatively brief presentation.

Composed of Sanskrit verses that are easy to sing and remember, Krishna and Arjuna are prepared to assist countless future generations of man. Bring them out of the dark and into the light…

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Doesn’t The Image Of Chaitanya Give The Wrong Idea About Bhakti

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[Chaitanya Mahaprabhu]“In the age of Kali the Lord incarnates as a devotee, yellowish in color, and is always chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Although He is Krishna, His complexion is not blackish like Krishna’s in Dvapara-yuga but is golden. It is in Kali-yuga that the Lord engages in preaching love of Godhead through the sankirtana movement, and those living entities who are intelligent adopt this process of self-realization.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 11.5.32)

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कृष्ण-वर्णं त्विषाकृष्णं
यज्ञैः सङ्कीर्तन-प्रायैर्
यजन्ति हि सु-मेधसः

kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ
yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyair
yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ

Friend1: If you consider the sheer volume of Vedic literature, it is a little overwhelming.

Friend2: The Mahabharata alone. That is not something you read casually on a Sunday afternoon.

Friend1: Ha. That method would require decades to finish.

Friend2: Just imagine that Vyasadeva had…

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Three Takeaways From The Image Of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu In The Temple

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[Chaitanya Mahaprabhu]“Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Shri Krishna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land.” (Lord Chaitanya, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 7.128)

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यारे देख, तारे कह ऽकृष्णऽ-उपदेश
आमार आज्ञाय गुरु हञा तारऽ एइ देश

yāre dekha, tāre kaha ‘kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa
āmāra ājñāya guru hañā tāra’ ei deśa

A child visits an established house of worship with their parents for the first time. They immediately notice the serious mood. No playing video games here. No running around, as if it were the backyard. At the same time, it is not like school. People are visiting voluntarily. There doesn’t seem to be torture due to forced attendance. No one is compelled to be here, and they seem to be at peace in the surroundings.


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Two Key Missing Words From The Impersonal Explanation In Bhagavad-gita

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[Virata-rupa]“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 avyakta-murtina. This is a reference to the impersonal form, which is distributed throughout the entire creation. This is one way to understand Divinity. Even if you are the staunchest non-believer, at the very least you acknowledge the existence of everything. The sum of the total substance, the collective, the highest abstract level.

Stopping at such a realization can be catastrophic, however. Despite the fact that a person, an individual, describes the avyakta-murtina in a real conversation recorded for history in the Bhagavad-gita, cheaters and speculators put forth the flawed and…

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Four Distinctions Of Note With The Antaryami Feature In Bhagavan

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[Shri Krishna]“The Lord is present as antaryami in everyone’s heart and is visible in the individual soul covered by a body. Indeed, He is everywhere at every time and every condition, but because He is covered by the curtain of material energy, to an ordinary person there appears to be no God.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.6.20-23 Purport)

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The Supreme Personality of Godhead is everywhere. The modern-day word is “omnipresent.” Wherever you go, wherever you turn, in whichever direction you seek, God is present. It does not matter from where you begin or to which place you cease the effort.

In relational database management systems, there is something known as the index seek. If you have a large table full of data, to find a particular record or set of records may be difficult, based on the attributes supplied.

For instance, if I want…

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