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Five Reasons Krishna Did Not Fight In Arjuna’s Place

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[Krishna and Arjuna]“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

“I have to ask this question.  We know Bhagavad-gita translates to ‘Song of God’ when explaining in English.  This sacred text is not merely words from a prophet sent from above. It is not hearsay information or something four or five generations removed from the original.

“It is the actual words from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan.  The original script and language remain to this day: Devanagari and Sanskrit. …

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Why So Much Emphasis On Not Criticizing Others

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[Krishna's lotus feet]“Offending or blaspheming a Vaishnava has been described as the greatest offense, and it has been compared to a mad elephant. When a mad elephant enters a garden, it ruins all the creepers, flowers and trees. Similarly, if a devotee properly executing his devotional service becomes an offender at the lotus feet of his spiritual master or a Vaishnava, his devotional service is spoiled.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya 3.213 Purport)

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Friend1:  This is one of those rules that seems rooted in duality to me.  It is not absolute in the least, for I can quickly find cases where following it will cause harm.

Friend2:  It would help if I knew what you were talking about.

Friend1:  In observing some recent initiation ceremonies of the bhakti tradition, sometimes the guru will ask the person being initiated to also take a vow…

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Evolution’s End

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[Shri Krishna]“Anyone who quits his body, at the end of life, remembering Me, attains immediately to My nature; and there is no doubt of this.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 8.5)

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अन्त-काले च माम् एव
स्मरन् मुक्त्वा कलेवरम्
यः प्रयाति स मद्-भावं
याति नास्त्य् अत्र संशयः

anta-kāle ca mām eva
smaran muktvā kalevaram
yaḥ prayāti sa mad-bhāvaṁ
yāti nāsty atra saṁśayaḥ

Friend1:  I know you don’t subscribe to the theory of evolution.

Friend2:  I am glad you appropriately referred to it as just that, a theory.  It is not like a scientific law, such as chemicals mixing together to form a specific compound or how gravity functions.

Friend1:  It is based more or less on mental speculation.  There is some observation, for sure. No experiment, though.  They can’t put a species in a lab and have it automatically generate a new kind of species…

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Four Places Shri Hanuman Gets To Visit

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[Shri Hanuman]“Covered with various flowers, shoots and buds, that monkey, resembling a cloud, became beautiful to behold, looking like a mountain with fireflies.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 1.51)

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स नानाकुसुमैः कीर्णः कपिः साङ्कुरकोरकैः |
शुशुभे मेघसंकाशः खद्योतैरिव पर्वतः

sa nānākusumaiḥ kīrṇaḥ kapiḥ sāṅkurakorakaiḥ |
śuśubhe meghasaṃkāśaḥ khadyotairiva parvataḥ

“Not that I am keen on travelling.  If I am visiting a friend who lives in another city, I do not bother them every day to go to tourist sites.  I am fine just sitting at home, relaxing, chatting, eating good food and the like. The change of setting is enough for me.

“From hearing about life in bhakti-yoga, or genuine spiritual practice in general, it seems like a person might get stuck in the same place for a while.  You hear about these yogis going to live in a remote cave. They don’t have possessions…

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What Determines The Particular Pose For A Deity

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[Rama darbar]“Being the eternal servant of Lord Ramachandra, Hanumanji has been respectfully worshiped for many hundreds and thousands of years.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 8.300 Purport)

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Friend1:  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  I am reminded of that saying every time I enter a Vishnu-related temple.

Friend2:  When seeing the deity?

Friend1:  After the moment of the grand unveiling.  The deity is not some cheap object to be treated as an artwork decoration.  It is the chief resident in the establishment, and it is honored in a timely manner.

Friend2:  With the proper respect shown.  To the less intelligent, it is merely a statue.  A collection of material elements meant for the purpose of remembering.

Friend1:  When in truth it is an authorized way for the Supreme Lord, the one who is nirguna, to manifest, to…

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Two Ways Sita And Rama Could Have Reacted While Looking Down From The Aerial Car

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[Sita-Rama]“Seeing the city of Kishkindha, which was formerly protected by Vali, Sita, who was feeling shy out of love, then spoke the following humble words to Rama: ‘O King, I wish to enter Your capital city of Ayodhya with You, accompanied by the beloved wives of Sugriva, headed by Tara, as well as the wives of the other Vanara leaders.’” (Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kand, 123.23-25)

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A person can be forgiven for lacking clarity in this area. Unless they are taught from authority, tapping into wisdom belonging to the descending process of knowledge transfer, the only resort is speculation.

From such thoughts arise the image of an angry God. The old man with a white beard, looking down disapprovingly from above. As the Valmiki Ramayana of the Vedic tradition presents the idea of the avatara, the personal God descending to the earthly realm…

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Five Circumstances Sita Knew Since Birth

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[Sita-Rama]“I shall go with you today to the forest. There is no doubt about it. I cannot be prevented, O greatly fortunate one. I am ready to go.” (Sita Devi speaking to Lord Rama, Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kand, 27.15)

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सह त्वया गमिश्यामि वनमद्य न सम्शयः
नाहम् शक्या महाभाग निवर्तयितुम् उद्यता

saha tvayā gamiśyāmi vanamadya na samśayaḥ
nāham śakyā mahābhāga nivartayitum udyatā

1. A pious ruler protecting the people

Sita Devi, the goddess of fortune, entered the family in Videha through an unusual way. The ruler at the time, following in the family tradition, was very pious. Ploughing a field one day in preparation for a yajna, for satisfying the Supreme Lord Vishnu, Janaka found a baby girl in the ground. The previously dispassionate one immediately held affection for her, as he removed the dust from her body and held her in his…

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