Becoming Conscious to Overcome Familiarity

0

How often do we stop
to think of what we depend
to survive and thrive
and what's the Source of all?

__________________________________________
Darkness has fallen
temperature dropping,
"suiting up" to go out:
mailbox and firewood.

Walking in outside cold
thinking about a poem
gazing at the stars
darkness and light.

Arms full of firewood
stacking it by the stove;
fire such a wonder
though simple, ubiquitous.

Amazing dancing flames
who can actually describe?
feeling the warmth
appreciating its power.

With most everything
familiarity breeds contempt,
survival depends on it
though we understand it not.

It has a name
qualities to describe,
can be "Googled"
though not comprehended.

How often do we stop
to think of what we depend on
to survive and thrive
and what's the Source of all?

Earth, fire, water, air
space, mind, intelligence
and identity are all
unfathomable, inconceivable.

So close to us
yet not noticed,
just like our soul and
God, our Origin, Friend.

Part of Krishna consciousness
is becoming conscious
of everything around us
appreciating it as Krishna's energy.

Think of what surrounds you:
a furnished home, land
amenities, clothes, family--
imagine if they were gone.

Naked and hungry in
a dark forest, what would
be the value of shelter, warmth
food and good company?

As we complain of
what we don't have
we can stop, giving thanks
appreciating what we do.

And for a devotee
what's true, lasting treasure?
Krishna, his name, service
and sadhus that give light.

These things are eternal
whereas our reputation,
wealth, possessions, all will
perish, failing to fulfill.

The Vedas call to us:
give up the temporary
go toward the light
wake up from your dream.

So practice the bhakta's life
chanting Krishna's name
serving him, and acting in
in a mood of devotion.

Gradually waking up
everything is miraculous
nothing is ordinary but full
of Krishna's light and life.

fire

Combined comments from old site

Sat, 11/29/2008 - 03:33 — abrennan
Let me stand next to your fire

That's a Jimi Hendrix song, I think.

We need to become conscious and maintain that consciousness to prevent the familiarity that comes with falling into unconsciousness

"Part of Krishna consciousness
is becoming conscious
of everything around us
appreciating it as Krishna's energy"

We need to remove the conditioning, the familiarity, which is the effect of the material nature.

"The Vedas call to us:
give up the temporary
go toward the light
wake up from your dream."

The conditioning is slowly purified
and the devotional creeper grows

"Gradually waking up
everything is miraculous
nothing is ordinary but full
of Krishna's light and life."

Nothing can be ordinary again

"And for a devotee
what's true, lasting treasure?
Krishna, his name, service
and sadhus that give light."

So what is to be done

"So practice the bhakta's life
chanting Krishna's name
serving him, and acting in
in a mood of devotion."

Hare Krishna Prabhuji


*Reply*

Sat, 11/29/2008 - 14:19 — Karnamrita.das
Theory and realization

I always appreciate those to take the time to comment. Thanks Abrennan!!

Some thoughts that have come to mind reading your comment:

We endeavor to think and meditate on what Krishna conscious truly is as we live our life, uncovering the essence, and every day is our attempt to put it into practice. Practice makes perfect. We can think at the end of the day: "How well did I do today? What were my successes, and areas I need to improve?

And if you have close friends we can ask them how they felt we did. We want to be close enough and respectful enough that we can ask for meaningful critiques, and be ready to hear the answer. My ideal is that one friend see the others good qualities and ideal, and helps them to see areas to improve. This is an interesting balance to consider as we tend to become blind to some areas of a persons life that should be changed, or we are afraid if we speak our mind that the relationship will be damaged. I see the necessity is to have great affection and belief in our friend, and they for us, yet be able to give honest feedback. Such desirable friends are very rare.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Wed, 11/26/2008 - 10:37 — Navasi
Beautiful

Thank you so much, Karnamrita,

This is just beautiful. I really love it.

Especially love these verses:

"And for a devotee
what's true, lasting treasure?
Krishna, his name, service
and sadhus that give light."

~

"Gradually waking up
everything is miraculous
nothing is ordinary but full
of Krishna's light and life."

~
I really love the focus on appreciating everything. It's true, all the things we have are given to us by Krishna, they belong to Him, yet He allows us to use them. He takes care of us.

So wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing this, it's very meaningful and uplifting to me right now.

Your friend in Krishna,
Navasi


*Reply*

Wed, 11/26/2008 - 13:13 — madhumangalah1977
keshava tuya jaga vicitra

bhaktisidanta maharaja quote


*Reply*

Wed, 11/26/2008 - 13:19 — rasa108
The Meaning of this Quote?

It's always nice to hear quotes from our previous acaryas (although some say that Srila Prabhupada's books are enough)....please give the english translation so we can see the relevance to this post.


Wed, 11/26/2008 - 02:50 — Go-Seva
Giving thanks

Hare Krsna prabhuji~ Last year at this time, we were freezing. We did not have access to the fireplace, as we had moved in right before the summer, and all we had were space heaters. In an old house such as this, space heaters do not heat the space very well AT ALL. So last winter was very austere, and through chanting and praying, I chalked it up to another one of Krsna's many lessons. So I prayed to Him for warmth this winter, prayed and prayed, hoping that He would be merciful and provide us with warmth. Eventually, He arranged for the fireplace to be operational and efficient....and not an hour goes by where I do not thank Him for His kind mercy in providing this basic yet highly necessary convenience to us unworthy souls.

Whenever we go grocery shopping, get new tires on the car, or whatever sort of material benediction comes our way, I make sure to always (aloud and pointing out to everyone present) that it is only through Krsna's mercy that we are receiving them. My children know to thank Him for everything we have, no matter how small or benign seeming, or good or bad.

With Thanksgiving this week, it is impossible to ignore the propaganda that bombards us all about this "holiday." I have made a point to explain the meaning of this "holiday" to the kids while emphasizing that while most people only give thanks once a year and make a whole day out of stuffing their faces with a big dead bird, we are fortunate enough to give thanks ALL THE TIME for the many causeless material benedictions afforded to us by our most merciful Lord Sri Krsna. He is our only maintainer and provider, our salvation from the ills of this miserable material existence.


*Reply*

Wed, 11/26/2008 - 04:49 — Karnamrita.das
Great unpacking

Thanks for sharing your unpacking of the codified topics in this poem. That is how I view them. They are meant to hint more then spell out all the details, stimulating the asking of questions as to what the meaning is for the reader in their unique circumstances. Your sharing primes the pump for others to consider similar themes in their own lives.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita