How did this happen? Two weeks in Montgomery, Texas, alleged “birthplace of the Texas flag!” In June! How did I end up here! Yet not untypical, somehow, of the crowd of unexpected events that render the adventure of spiritual life … Continue reading
I gleaned a deeper understanding from a feeling I sometimes think about: “I hate the material world”. I said this as I observed a trail of ants coming into the kitchen, knowing that I would have to spray and kill them to avoid being infested with a huge army of their hungry brethren. I really don’t like killing anything—not even gardening because I have to pull weeds and fight off the bugs to prevent them from eating the flowers and veggies.
I have been speaking to a friend about how personal and spiritual growth can be related, or how our being balanced human beings in the mode of goodness is a good foundation for Krishna consciousness. Thus I thought of posting this article by my wife and I: Chanting the holy name and engaging in Bhakti-yoga (Krishna consciousness or devotional service) is the ultimate process of purification and healing in our tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. The process of counseling should be seen as an adjunct to the process of Krishna consciousness, and although it can be helpful for some devotees, it is not in itself the panacea for all our problems. The reason for bringing this up is that sometimes the question arises: “Why do we need anything other than our spiritual practices to be successful in our spiritual life?”
Feature 1: Modes of Combat Feature 2: Passion to Misery to Goodness—A Drama
Knowledge of the three modes (guṇa-traya) proves to be fruitful on a variety of levels. The principles that offer insight into the working of individuals also illuminate the characteristics of entire cultures or civilizations.
Just the Monday we honored the great Vaishnava Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura. A week earlier I was gifted with one of his amazing works, the "Sri Caitanya Siksamrta".
I thought that I should just browse through the book. As I was in the middle of some other books. However book itself told me not to read it. As checked the index index I found this interesting topic, 'Studying Many Scriptures'
this is what is said,
Dallas Morning News,
Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.
IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE
A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty widemouthed gallon jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.[This is a story which is used in the Japa Retreat for setting our priorities of what is really important. I also found in on the Internet taken here with a little modification (i.e., "swanning")]