Appearance Day of Shri Advaita Acharya

Advaita Acharya Mayapur DeityAs the life of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is very confidential and full of meaning so is the appearance and life of Shri Advaita Acharya whose appearance day is Friday, January 22. He is considered to be the principle reason for Shri Chaitanya’s advent. Whenever Krishna incarnates, so do his expansions, energies and confidential devotees. Since Lord Chaitanya is considered to be Krishna himself (in the mood of the greatest devotee, Shri Radha) we find that preceding him, as well as during and after his manifest “lila” or divine pastimes, his whole entourage of eternal associates came to facilitate his mission of spreading the “yuga-dharma” or the process of self-realization for this age--the congregational chanting of the holy names in joyous celebration.

The Science of Consciousness and Intention: Shrimad Bhagavatam class Part 2

Soul taking off body close up
We are continuing our discussion of Shrimad Bhagavatam Third Canto, Chapter 14, “Pregnancy of Diti in the Evening”, verse 13. At the end of part one of this discussion I was speaking of how the consciousness of the parents determines the type of child they will attract, and also how our own consciousness/desires/attachments will determine the type of parents we receive in order to facilitate our desires and hopefully growth. It is fascinating and of crucial importance to think how these two major events are related. From this perspective we really can’t complain too much about our parents, since they are instruments of our karma. We have to learn to love, forgive and be generous with a spiritual vision.

Texas Faith 22: Do religions oppress women?

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.

The Importance of Proper Matching of Marital Partners: Applying Shrimad Bhagavatam Today/ Part 1

Kasyapa seduced by Diti
In the Temple here in Prabhupada Village we have been studying Shrimad Bhagavatam 3rd Canto, part 2 and are now reading chapter 14, “Pregnancy of Diti in the Evening”. This volume of the Bhagavat began with Brahma’s prayers for creative energy, then his creation of living beings, the division of time from the atom, creation of different gods and sages like the four Kumaras, and then the appearance of the Lord’s incarnation as Varaha.

Baby Names???

March is right around the corner and we still have not decided on baby boy names.  Can any of you devotees help?  We are looking for a Krishna Conscious name that is not too hard to pronounce. 

Prayers to the Holy Name at the South African Japa Retreat

Child praying
Falling down at your feet with a straw in my mouth, with whatever humility I may be blessed with, offering my respectful obeisances to Shrila Prabhupada, my shiksha gurus, the previous acharyas, six Goswamis, my exalted Godbrothers and Godsisters, and the most merciful Lords, Shri Shri Gaura Chandra and Nitaisundara, I present my hopeful prayers and beseech you dear Harinam Prabhu to bless me to always have your pure association in love and Vaishnava humility.

Praise & Humble Pie

Gauranga Kishore Prabhu wrote a short blog about humility and this made me remember a realization of mind. I was thinking, why is it that I do not like glorification, and public praise?  The though lingered, is it because I am humble? But then the truth arouse. The proper method of dealing with praise is to deflect it to those who actually deserve praise. One may often turning the praise back on the pious and pure praiser.

Thoughts during the 64 Round Day, South Africa, Drakensburg Mountains, December 2009

Mayapur sankirtana 1974 or so
Reminded by my present pain
of a powerful uplifting experience
Mayapura, India, February 1974
Shri Chaitanya’s appearance day,
full moon celebration where
the vision of the great saint
Thakur Bhaktivinode fulfilled
by the coming together
of worldwide devotees
chanting, “Jaya Sacinandana,
my contribution: dysentery

Meditations on Prayer

Power of Prayer
Prayer is talking to Guru and Krishna, and all their expansions.
Chanting the holy name contains all prayers, though all our personal prayers help us take shelter of him, and chant with more feeling. To chant and serve with love is our goal.
Prayer is surrendering to God’s will.
Prayer is also remembering Krishna, because you can’t pray without remembering who you are praying to—the Lord of our heart!

Krishna and Sankirtana: The Supreme Purifying Energy Transformer--Prayer Part II

Sankirtana old daysContinuing on our theme of how everything is energy, particularly in regard to our thoughts, attitudes, and prayers. They are sort of like magnets that attract similar energy and people. We are our faith, attachments, and attitudes. They create our desires and determine what we attract into our life, and how we interpret and use them. We also become like those we associate with. This is why the importance of saintly association is stressed--it spiritually affects our consciousness, and our consciousness determines our future life. Consciousness, faith, attachment, and attitude, are all related and really inseparable. They give a picture of our identity--either a resident of the material or spiritual worlds.

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