Why Is It Important To See Properly

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“When a sensible man ceases to see different identities, which are due to different material bodies, he attains to the Brahman conception. Thus he sees that beings are expanded everywhere.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 13.31)

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Friend1: Let’s talk about vision.

Friend2: Okay. Is this about wearing glasses?

Friend1: Don’t forget contact lenses.

Friend2: Oh man, there is a classic example of the truth that no convenience comes without an inconvenience.

Friend1: How so?

Friend2: Well, the convenience is being able to see clearly throughout the day. You don’t need to put on glasses or take them off. You don’t have to carry anything around. The contact lenses are always with you.

Friend1: Technically, that’s not entirely correct. If you’re travelling you have to bring a case for the lenses. You also need the right solution. Oh man, one time I borrowed someone else’s solution…

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Does Anyone Pray For Renunciation

Krishna's Mercy

[yajna]“Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.23)

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Friend1: There’s a big test coming up.

Friend2: Okay.

Friend1: I’m going to study.

Friend2: I would hope so.

Friend1: I’m going to put in the required effort. There is no laziness on my part.

Friend2: Way to go.

Friend1: Still, I’m not going to leave anything to chance. As you know, outcomes are not guaranteed, despite every precaution taken.

Friend2: We think we are the sole doer, but that is not the case. The modes of nature must first give sanction:

“The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities, which…

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Three Times There Was No Reward For Loyal Patronage

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[Krishna lifting Govardhana]“When Indra understood that the sacrifice offered by the cowherd men in Vrindavana was stopped by Krishna, he became angry, and he vented his anger upon the inhabitants of Vrindavana, who were headed by Nanda Maharaja, although Indra knew perfectly well that Krishna was personally protecting them.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 25)

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You visit this store often enough that you know the people who work there. They are on a first name basis with you. It’s not quite to the level of saying, “Norm,” when you walk in the door, like in the television sitcom Cheers, but there are smiles all around for sure. You ask each other how everything is going.

Such a relationship is mutually beneficial. The store wants repeat customers. The goal is to make sales, which lead to profits. If customers return on…

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Four People Who Mistook Krishna For An Ordinary Person

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna lifting Govardhana]“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature and My supreme dominion over all that be.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.11)

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It’s understandable for a person to not make the proper identification upon first glance. There is all-attractiveness, for sure. That immediately indicates something is special about this Krishna person. He has done amazing things, and everyone closely associated with Him is of the highest character.

“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.9)

Knowing His true nature would be quite beneficial, as He describes in the Bhagavad-gita. The birth and activities for Krishna are divyam, or transcendental. During His brief time roaming the earthly…

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The Three Stages Of Attachment To The Material World

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[Lord's lotus feet]“One has to get rid of all three stages of attachment to the material world: negligence of spiritual life, fear of a spiritual personal identity, and the conception of void that underlies the frustration of life. To get free from these three stages of the material concept of life, one has to take complete shelter of the Lord, guided by the bona fide spiritual master, and follow the disciplines and regulative principles of devotional life.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 4.10 Purport)

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Like trying to walk while in a dark room. There is no light, and this is a new room, so there is no idea of what furniture is around. Is there a light switch? Are there paintings on the walls? In this situation only so much can be learned through experience. Moreover, there is chance of injury and misidentification at every step. Not…

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दक्षिणी ध्रुव में एक भारतीय वैज्ञानिक

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जैव घड़ी और भारतीय वैज्ञानिक:  अमेरिका के तीन वैज्ञानिकों को जैव घड़ी के रहस्यों का पता लगाने के लिए इस साल का चिकित्सा का नोबेल पुरस्कार प्रदान किया गया है। उन महान वैज्ञानिकों को हार्दिक बधाई।  इस अवसर पर हमें अपने देश के उस महान वैज्ञानिक को भी याद करना चाहिए जिसने आज से 57 वर्ष पूर्व सन् 1960-61 में दक्षिणी ध्रुव पर जाकर 100 दिनों तक जैव घड़ी पर अपने प्रयोग किए थे। उस वैज्ञानिक का नाम है  डा. गिरिराज सिंह सिरोही। वे दक्षिणी ध्रुव में कदम रखने वाले प्रथम भारतीय नागरिक भी हैं। अमेरिका ने जैव घड़ी पर किए गए उनके महत्वपूर्ण शोधकार्य के सम्मान में दक्षिणी ध्रुव के मानचित्र पर एक स्थान का नाम सिरोही प्वाइंट रख दिया था। मैंने 1967 में प्रसिद्ध पत्रिका धर्मयुग के लिए उनका इंटरव्यू लिया था जो धर्मयुग के दो अंकों में सचित्र प्रकाशित हुआ था। डा. गिरिराज सिंह सिरोही…

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Four Ways To Understand How Krishna Is Above Birth And Death

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[Lord Krishna]“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.9)

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Understand the janma and karma of Shri Krishna and you’ll become immune from birth and death. At the time of tyaktva deham [quitting the body], rebirth will not take place. This is an important reward since the source of every trouble is birth. You can only die if you are born at some time. That is the initial catalyst. Death is a manifestation of time, which creates truth in the saying of, “As soon as you are born, you are dying.”

Krishna’s janma, or birth, is transcendental. It is not ordinary. He is in fact above the cycle of birth and death. Only one person has this…

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