Category Archives: Uncategorized

Three Ways Kama And Krodha Can Manifest During The Morning Commute

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“The Blessed Lord said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material modes of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring, sinful enemy of this world.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.37)

Download this episode (right click and save)

श्री भगवानुवाच
काम एष क्रोध एष रजोगुणसमुद्भवः।
महाशनो महापाप्मा विद्ध्येनमिह वैरिणम्।।

śrī bhagavānuvāca
kāma eṣa krodha eṣa rajoguṇasamudbhavaḥ।
mahāśano mahāpāpmā viddhyenamiha vairiṇam।।

Arjuna is a conscientious disciple. He does not think only about himself. If every person were to act in their interests alone, one hundred percent of the time, the world would descend into chaos and madness. Theft would be permitted, and since even the thief expects respect of the property they have taken, conflict quickly abounds.

Arjuna was in a difficult situation, worried about the chosen course of action. Was it the right way? Was there something he overlooked? Could a different…

View original post 794 more words


Five Issues Over Which War Can Break Out

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“This world is compared to a forest fire caused by the cohesion of bamboo bushes. Such a forest fire takes place automatically, for bamboo cohesion occurs without external cause. Similarly, in the material world the wrath of those who want to lord it over material nature interacts, and the fire of war takes place, exhausting the unwanted population. Such fires or wars take place, and the Lord has nothing to do with them. But because He wants to maintain the creation, He desires the mass of people to follow the right path of self-realization, which enables the living beings to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.10.2 Purport)

Download this episode (right click and save)

It has been ongoing, since before anyone can remember;a continuous struggle. Vedic literature describes the two parties: suras and asuras. Loosely translated, the good guys and the bad guys. Piety…

View original post 1,231 more words

Three Places In Shrimad Bhagavatam Where Parents Can Get Advice

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“One who cannot deliver his dependents from the path of repeated birth and death should never become a spiritual master, a father, a husband, a mother or a worshipable demigod.” (Rishabhadeva, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 5.5.18)

Download this episode (right click and save)

गुरुर् न स स्यात् स्व-जनो न स स्यात्
पिता न स स्याज् जननी न सा स्यात्
दैवं न तत् स्यान् न पतिश् च स स्यान्
न मोचयेद् यः समुपेत-मृत्युम्

gurur na sa syāt sva-jano na sa syāt
pitā na sa syāj jananī na sā syāt
daivaṁ na tat syān na patiś ca sa syān
na mocayed yaḥ samupeta-mṛtyum

Parenting is not easy, especially in the modern day. While it is likely to consider oneself advanced for living in times with machines that take care of so many daily chores, there is also an accompanying increase in anxiety. The news of the upcoming birth of a child can be dreaded…

View original post 985 more words

Four Analogies Used By Shri Rama And Family

Krishna's Mercy

[Shri Rama]“As a ripe fruit has no other fear than to fall, so a man who is born has no other fear than death.” (Lord Rama, Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kand, 105.17)

Download this episode (right click and save)

यथा फलानां पक्वानां नान्यत्र पतनाद्भयम्।
एवं नरस्य जातस्य नान्यत्र मरणाद्भयम्।।

yathā phalānāṃ pakvānāṃ nānyatra patanādbhayam।
evaṃ narasya jātasya nānyatra maraṇādbhayam।।

The newborn is on a journey of constant discovery. One day they learn to turn over. The next they are moving from place to place, thrusting the legs forward. Not capable of extending the arms just yet, they make due with what they know.

That knowledgebase continues to expand with further experience. The parents are there to help teach more difficult concepts. A steady progression, starting with known objects and building upon them to reach ideas which were previously elusive.

As there is instruction involved, along with the parents the spiritual guide is…

View original post 1,095 more words

Three Sanskrit Words Used For Analogies

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“First a child is shown the branches of a tree, and then he is shown the moon through the branches. This is called shakha-chandra-nyaya. The idea is that first one must be given a simpler example. Then the more difficult background is explained.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 21.30 Purport)

Download this episode (right click and save)

Not simply for literary embellishment, analogies play an important role in understanding the world around us. Understanding is the building block for escaping the cycle of birth and death, for which the human being has the best chance.

Higher topics like the changing bodies, the distinction between individual and matter, the relationship to the Supreme, the onset of seasons, the illusion of sense gratification, and so forth usually cannot be taught as is, in the beginning stages to the interested seeker.

A child of six months or younger may know a few words…

View original post 602 more words

Three Areas Where The Asura Fails To See Arrangement In The Background

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“According to the law of karma, a man takes his birth in a high family, or becomes rich, or very well educated, or very beautiful because of good work in the past. The demoniac thinks that all these things are accidental and due to the strength of his personal ability. He does not sense any arrangement behind all the varieties of people, beauty, and education. Anyone who comes into competition with such a demoniac man is his enemy. There are many demoniac people, and each is enemy to the others. This enmity becomes more and more deep-between persons, then between families, then between societies, and at last between nations.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 16.16 Purport)

Download this episode (right click and save)

The asura can’t make heads or tails of anything. Since they refuse to accept the spotless authority that is the Vedas, they are left to their own experiences, which…

View original post 733 more words

Four Ways To Live In The Spiritual World Right Now

Krishna's Mercy

[Shrimati Radharani]“The beauty of Shrimati Radharani is described as follows: ‘Her eyes defeat the attractive features of the eyes of the chakori bird. When one sees the face of Radharani, he immediately hates the beauty of the moon. Her bodily complexion defeats the beauty of gold. Thus, let us all look upon the transcendental beauty of Shrimati Radharani.’” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 44)

Download this episode (right click and save)

While there are promises made that resemble the concept of salvation, where full allegiance is supposed to prevent an unwanted future, sanatana-dharma is not a strict either-or proposition. That is to say no one is forever doomed and no one is without a choice as to the direction in living. That living indeed continues, as nothing is able to kill the basic defining unit of life, the spirit soul.

न जायते म्रियते वा कदाचि
न्नायं भूत्वा भविता वा न भूयः।

View original post 886 more words