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On the Path of Light: Trials, Temptations, Distractions, and final Victory

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While blessed to travel the royal path of Pure Love
the journey requires much preparation and stamina
as the road has both roses with hidden thorns and poison ivy—
nor is the road always smooth, or flat and easy going,
in one’s way come boulders, fallen trees, mud slides,
rivers to be forded, mountains climbed, tiredness overcome
temptations passed in alluring beautiful lush valleys.

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Many ways to look at our embodiment:
layers upon layers of gross and subtle coverings,
innumerable parts, different competing potent voices,
yet the soul is the origin or seat of consciousness
a spark of Divinity, lost, though searching blindly
for itself, for love, connection, fulfillment, happiness
that will endure in a fleeting, dark, restrictive world.

Ignorance that covers everyone’s eyes and good sense
is the all-pervading, much advertised false promise
that our heart’s desires will come in time, w/ friends and things
completely realizing its highest ideals and dreams
but alas—like the never reached carrot, luring the donkey on
or getting only appetizers, while hungry for the full meal—
the shadow, imitation world, gives only future, well-dressed promises.

Wisdom, truth, light, and grace are required
to wake us up form the repeated dream
we undergo though countless births and deaths
trying to be what we aren’t—the Center and Enjoyer,
then we realize that no material happiness attempt
can satisfy the souls’ spiritual appetite and nature
to return to the World of Light, with our true Beloved.

Fortunate souls take up the path of Light and Love
by service to the true Master, and Dear Most Friend
hearing the Naked Truth of illusory material pursuits
and the activities of the Supreme Beloved, and his lovers,
we gradually rise up from the Never Ending Bad Story
seeing the world with new eyes and insights
gaining a higher spiritual taste and standing in the Light.

While blessed to travel the royal path of Pure Love
the journey requires much preparation and stamina
as the road has both roses with hidden thorns and poison ivy—
nor is the road always smooth, or flat and easy going,
in one’s way come boulders, fallen trees, mud slides,
rivers to be forded, mountains climbed, tiredness overcome
temptations passed in alluring beautiful lush valleys.

As one takes the Road Less Traveled, forgoing the
freeways to walk at times in doubt and uncertainty
the path may appear to disappear all together
or many forks appear, forcing one to make uneasy choices
and one may find oneself in a seemingly endless plateau
or descending into a desert which challenges one to stop,
yet we have to continue in faith, knowledge and determination.

For the sincere devotee, though stumbling, is never lost
if companions are prayer, faith, gratitude, positive expectancy
that despite reverses, any situation can help us grow in strength
and in taking shelter of Guru and Krishna, and experiencing the power
of devotion—hearing, chanting and Krishna’s service in saintly association;
since pain, depression, dissatisfaction in Bhakti are feedback that we need
to search out offenses/anarthas, changing course within or without.

Following the rules of behavior are meant to foster virtue in us
creating favorable conditions for our inner life of contemplation,
requiring knowledge to keep on with our “sadhana” practices by which we
develop realized steady faith, bringing us the love beyond reason
yet pure love has its own reasoning---“when we love, we know what to do!”
creating lemonade from lemons, or opportunities from challenges—
crossing the highest peak, w/o looking back, Krishna’s valley of love.

Combined comments from old site

Thu, 11/20/2008 - 05:03 — bhaktincarol
Beautiful

Wow!

Oh!! this is incredible!
Do you publish your work?


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Thu, 11/20/2008 - 11:26 — Karnamrita.das
Thanks

Thanks for sharing your appreciation. I accept such feelings as a gift from Krishna through his devotee, and I honor that. I publish them here for all my devotee friends, and those who are aspiring devotees. Perhaps some day I will put them all in a book, though I don't really think I'm all that eloquent---though I do love to write and try to help others. Sincere devotees like you can find inspiration and support from Krishna in all circumstances. The Lord works in mysterious ways!

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Wed, 11/12/2008 - 20:13 — Snehal
Difficult path

Hare Krishna!
Thank you for this wonderful poem.

"While blessed to travel the royal path of Pure Love
the journey requires much preparation and stamina"

This is a take away message for me.

Although the path of love and devotion is royal it is difficult. I always dream of living a devotional life smoothly without much difficulties and so have to always keep myself reminding of this fact (that this way cannot be smooth)

Snehal


Fri, 11/07/2008 - 23:39 — Navasi
Any Situation

Dear Karnamrita,

I really like your poem, very deep.

Thank you for sharing it.

"Any situation can help us grow in strength and in taking shelter of Guru and Krishna"

Love that. It's easy to just "avoid" things, or try to change them, but I've found that sometimes it's better to just embrace the difficulty.

It's not easy to make lemonade and it's not easy to turn challenges into opportunities, but that is where the greatest rewards come, in taking the things that are the most difficult and turning them around, making them into opportunities.

An opportunity to learn, grow, make advancement. So, embrace the challenge, and make it into lemonade, and offer it to Krishna, that's really fun in the end : )

As long as we keep taking shelter of Guru and Krishna, there is no challenge that cannot be turned into some form of service, some way to advance, some kind of "lemonade".

I love making lemonade. The more sour the lemons, the better the lemonade is. lol

: )

Hare Krishna,
Navasi


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Sat, 11/08/2008 - 00:51 — Karnamrita.das
As long as there is sugar

You are always very kind and generous with your comments. Seeing the good in others and their service is a wonderful (a devotee favorite word) quality.

"It is a qualification of the great thinkers to pick up the best even from the worst. It is said that the intelligent man should pick up nectar from a stock of poison, should accept gold even from a filthy place, should accept a good and qualified wife even from an obscure family and should accept a good lesson even from a man or from a teacher who comes from the untouchables. These are some of the ethical instructions for everyone in every place without exception." SB pp to 1.5.11

As long as we can find water and something sweet we will endeavor to make lemonade. Where there is a will there is a way, or when you have a spiritually positive attitude you see accordingly. At least we aspire to remember that. Association of devotees is to remind us.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


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Sat, 11/08/2008 - 04:13 — Navasi
:)

Since you do not engage in false humility, I of course assume that those are two separate things you're saying.

One about feeling that my comments were nice.

The other, about how to see challenges or difficulty. [the lemonade topic] and the quote was about that.

I certainly don't have to try to find good things to comment to.

I believe you know that, just making it more clear, since this is the internet after all...

Navasi


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Sat, 11/08/2008 - 04:27 — Karnamrita.das
Actually I was

I don't think it is false humility to think that my words have deficiency, and could also be improved. Of course as Prabhupada says in his Shrimad Bhagavatam preface, even improperly composed words are still praise worthy if they are made in glorification of the Lord. I aspire for that level of sincerity and spirituality.

"I must admit my frailties in presenting Srimad-Bhagavatam, but still I am hopeful of its good reception by the thinkers and leaders of society on the strength of the following statement of Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.5.11):"

tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo
yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api
namany anantasya yaso 'nkitani yac
chrnvanti gayanti grnanti sadhavah

"On the other hand, that literature which is full with descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, form and pastimes of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a transcendental creation meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though irregularly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest."

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Sat, 11/08/2008 - 01:42 — Navasi
Lots Of Sugar

Thank you so much, Karnamrita,

That is such a nice thing for you to say, I appreciate that very much.

You are so right about the need for sugar and water to make lemonade.

The best way is:

Take the lemons and squeeze the juice out (meaning get the essence)

Then, add tons of sugar, tons. Dissolve the sugar into the lemon juice (see, it's no longer bitter ;)

Then, add lots of water, otherwise you can't use it at all.....

And don't forget to offer what you make to Krishna : )

Thank you again for your kind and encouraging words, they really mean a lot to me.

Your friend in Krishna,
Navasi