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Shri Baladeva Purnima

Krishna and BalaramaWednesday, August 5th, 2009, was the auspicious appearance of Lord Balarama or Baladeva. As Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Balarama is similarly understood. He is the first expansion of Krishna from which many other expansions emanate, such as the 3 Vishnus and Lord Ananta-sesha. The "tattva" or truth of Balarama is very deep and I will only touch on a little of the ocean of who he is philosophically to give you a taste. In a spontaneous blog such as this I just write about what comes up for me as I think on the subject. In the spirit of "he who hesitates is lost" or "if it is auspicious do it immediately", I wanted to offer something for you now, because if I don't it won't happen, as I am just getting ready to go to the Temple to cook for his feast.

Texas Faith 10: What do your spiritual paths say about the role of play?

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.

A Table of the Modes: The Remedy for Cluelessness

Clueless? Indeed. As the bard of my generation once lamented: You’ve been with the professors And they’ve all liked your looks With great lawyers you have Discussed lepers and crooks You’ve been through all of F.

Texas Faith 9: Is health care a moral imperative?

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.

Making the Holy Name Something We Can't Live Without

Krishna close up
As we know
life depends
externally
on eating
breathing
sleeping and
work to
earn so
we can maintain
our body--
in the same way
let's be determined
first by hearing
establishing a habit
of chanting and serving,
then conviction
coming to the point
of urgent necessity
to chant and sing
the holy names
serving the Lord
with his bhaktas

Review of Bada Haridas's new CD, Sri Nama

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To me this is kirtana music at its finest. Why? In my opinion, the primary reason is its transformative affect. One experiences spiritual emotion and one truly “feels” the music coming through what must a very spiritual intention, and the purity and emotional singing of the devotees. It is certainly good music, yet it is much more then just that. I have heard plenty of good devotee music that didn’t move me like this. I am not giving this glowing review lightly.

Texas Faith 8: Should a judge's religious tradition and faith inform their rulings?

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.

Change Your Life Through Gratitude, Giving and Intention

GratitudeOn our journey toward Krishna it would be so very helpful if, while we live, study, work and interact with others, we bring more of who we really are spiritually into our human life. It is possible if we practice and really believe this is who we truly are. I will share some simple practices which I have found helpful.

A Short Letter to Śrīla Prabhupāda

My dear Śrīla Prabhupāda, Please accept my most fallen dandavats at your feet. For twelve extraordinary years you crossed and re-crossed the world, sowing the seeds of love of Krishna. Who can actually know the extent of your work? Wherever … Continue reading

TEXAS FAITH 7: How do changing demographics shape the pew, pulpit and theology schools?

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.

Demographics are destiny.

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