Three Ways Demigod Worship Can Harm You

Krishna's Mercy

[Govardhana Puja]“When Krishna stopped the villagers of Braja (Vrindavana) from worshiping Indra, Indra became angry and therefore inundated Vrindavana with continuous rain. Krishna, however, protected all of the citizens and animals of Vrindavana by lifting Govardhan Hill, which served as an umbrella.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 21)

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You realize that not everything is in your control. As much as you have tried in the past, outside factors certainly played a role. That one stock you purchased on a tip from a friend – who knew that the company would lose a court case the next day, causing the price to plummet? That time you overslept and decided to skip work – who knew that such rain would pour down that the parking lot would flood in the morning, where so many parked cars were ruined?

This next time around, you are going to…

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Is It Possible For Adharma To Be Bhakti

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[Sita-Rama-Lakshmana]“O Rama, You should know that just as fish cannot survive when taken out of water, neither Sita nor I can live without You for even a moment.” (Lakshmana speaking to Lord Rama, Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kand, 53.31)

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Friend1: Alright, I have a Ramayana question for you.

Friend2: Like what happened at such and such point? Something to trigger your memory?

Friend1: An analysis piece, focusing on a specific incident.

Friend2: Okay, and you want a legitimate review and not some ridiculous mental speculation that you’re using to further another goal?

Friend1: Umm, what?

Friend2: Like where you take the Ramayana, which is a historical work in the Sanskrit language, beautifully composed and presented by Maharishi Valmiki, a liberated soul, and compare it to a game. Though you don’t outwardly deny the validity of the incidents, in reality the same is accomplished.

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Miscreants To Annihilate

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[Vishnu and Hiranyaksha]“Hiranyaksha and his brother, Madhu and the very strong Kaitabha – the one who slayed them, Bhagavan, the ocean of mercy, has descended as an avatara.” (Dohavali, 115)

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hiranyācca bhrātā sahita madhu kai।tabha balavāna |
jehiṃ māre soi avatareu k।rpāsindhu bhagavāna ||

Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, dharma. Correspondingly, the rise of irreligion, adharma. These conditions trigger the periodic appearances, which to the limited vision look like a janma, or birth, but are not really. The form is described as an avatara, or one who descends. This means that the external is not material, despite what common assessment says.

The avatara descends from the spiritual world for these purposes, and then there are two primary functions carried out. Protecting the pious, the sadhus. These are saintly people, who typically don’t keep attention on defense…

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Why Are There Asuras In The World

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[Hiranyakashipu]“O my dear King, Hiranyakashipu was always drunk on strong-smelling wines and liquors, and therefore his coppery eyes were always rolling. Nonetheless, because he had powerfully executed great austerities in mystic yoga, although he was abominable, all but the three principal demigods—Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu—personally worshiped him to please him by bringing him various presentations with their own hands.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.4.13)

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Friend1: Asuras are pretty bad.

Friend2: What’s your definition of asura?

Friend1: A bad guy. Someone lacking good qualities. Lying, cheating, stealing, intentionally causing distress to others, not respecting life and property, unless it is their own.

Friend2: That’s pretty comprehensive.

Friend1: Yes, I understand the root definition, if that’s what you are getting at. The asura is opposite of the sura. The Sanskrit word is a basic negation. The suras are the good guys. They…

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Five Aspects Of Shri Rama That Are Transcendental

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[Rama with Vishvamitra]“Whose knowledge, speech, perception, qualities and mind are beyond illusion, the unborn one, that same Bhagavan, who is like a sach-chid-ananda cloud, out of His kindness performed activities in the form of a man.” (Dohavali, 114)

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gyāna girā gotīta aja māyā mana guna pāra |
soi saccidānandaghana kara nara carita udāra ||

The body is a kind of holding cell. The spirit soul is amazing in so many ways. It withstands the changes brought on by the seasons. Through time alone nothing remains the same on the outside. The soul is the exception. Some say it is amazing, some don’t understand it at all, while some are trying their best to wrap their minds around the concept of transcendence and how the soul already possesses that property.

“Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of…

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Five Times Shri Rama Showed Vulnerability

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[Kevata washing Rama's lotus feet]“For the benefit of the devotees, the Supreme Lord, Shri Rama, took the body of a king. He performed the most amazing activities in a manifest form, like an ordinary man.” (Dohavali, 113)

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bhagata hetu bhagavāna prabhu rāma dhareu tanu bhūpa |
kie carita pāvana parama prāk।rta nara anurupa ||

Goswami Tulsidas is so appreciative of the Supreme Lord appearing in the human-like form of Shri Rama. Everything looked like what is typically expected. A birth. A growth period. Walking, talking, taking instruction from a guru. When everything was said and done, leaving.

“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)

As Shri Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita, the janma and karma for God…

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Is There An Equivalent To Confession In Bhakti-Yoga

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[Rama's lotus feet]“Tulsi says that one should confess to the merciful Shri Rama about the good and the bad. In so doing the burden of sorrow will diminish, and in that full surrender to the Supreme strength will increase and one will become fully satisfied.” (Dohavali, 96)

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Friend1: Forgive me father, for I have sinned.

Friend2: Been to church recently?

Friend1: I don’t think that is part of a formal church service.

Friend2: Yes, it’s confession. I’m not stupid. Still happens at a church, right?

Friend1: Yes.

Friend2: So, duh!

Friend1: That’s it? No opinion?

Friend2: On what?

[confession]Friend1: Confession. Is it a good thing? Is it a waste of time?

Friend2: Why are you asking me? Have you done something wrong?

Friend1: So many things wrong, on a daily basis. I’m thinking more of the comparison between the different spiritual traditions of the world.

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