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The Ramayana & Lord Chaitanya

Lord Caitanya discovered during his travels a special fact regarding the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra.  That Sita that was kidnapped by Ravana was not actually Sita but rather a Maya Sita.

From the World of Misconception to the World of Loving Celebration

Blessing Buddha
Lord Buddha decried the Vedas
being misused for animal slaughter
replaced the Vedas with his doctrine
of "ahimsa"--cause no harm to others
a religion that only matter exists
silent on God yet implying
no God, souls, or Spiritual Reality.

Followers learning peace
practicing compassion, kindness
withdrawing from the world
no positive activity beyond
like a child sent to their room
no eternal destination
no suffering by ceasing to exist.

Great Acharya Shankara
is Shiva under Krishna's order
multipurpose plan
deluding atheists
while bridge building
from Buddhism to Personalism.

The Fundamentals leading to the Ocean of Nectar: Continual Review and putting into Practice

Soul in the BodyIt is helpful--essential--to understand the K.C. philosophy or to be familiar with our Gaudiya Vaishnava conceptual orientation, yet there is both theory and realization. Realization means acting on the basis of the theory, and in the higher stages, there is no difference between the theory and our application--bhakti becomes who we are, not just what we do for perfection. In a sense we become love--but not impersonally, we become love in action. "Love is as love does." Or "love is not a noun but a verb or action word." Krishna consciousness is the "great art of doing work", but it is work or activity done for the satisfaction of Krishna, not for our selfish interest. The Gita teaches us that the soul is never inactive.

Spiritual Lamentation and Aspiration: When, O When will that day be mine?

Shrila Bhaktivinode Thakur
I read today about the spiritual lamentation of Krishna’s dear devotees, the cowherd girls or gopis who felt their misfortune at being apart from Krishna. This brought to mind the lives of other great devotees who act as teachers or gurus who lament their "fallen condition" and forgetfulness of Krishna, while also aspiring for spiritual perfection. Lord Chaitanya's own prayers also express this. We can follow their example by also lamenting our fallen condition—which means knowing what we don’t want in our lives, as well as praying for spiritual progress and the service of Radha Krishna(where we want to go).

Making The Most of Time

Dates seem irrelevant
words can be cliché
are old days good
or memory just selective?

Cleaning with a "Guest's eye"

Spiritual life is about change--and change for the better. Bhakti yoga in its nine main varieties headed by hearing and chanting about Krishna is meant to awaken our serving or dependent nature on the Lords of our hearts, Shri Radha Krishna. However, it takes time, effort and a whole lot of mercy. We have to keep on keeping on despite what appears to be a long time.

Is Life or am I, Complex or Simple?

So many opinions
so little time:
Are we or is life
very complex
or very simple?

Both! Depending on
our nature and perspective.

A person or life is simple or complex
according to one's conditioned nature
which could be a blessing or curse
in different circumstances.

Bhaktivinode's Vision of the Whole Universe Chanting

Photobucket The songs of our great teachers (acharyas) instruct us about the character of those absorbed in transcendence. Thus we get a glimpse of their spiritual, compassionate vision--we can thus imagine what it must be like, and try to enter into it according to our capacity. They desire that everyone be overcome with the bliss of chanting the holy name of Krishna. This is true enlightened welfare work. Seeing the Universe's inhabitants as illusioned by the false promise of material enjoyment, Shrila Bhaktivinode Thakur, from his spiritual perspective, prays for everyone to lose all worldly desires by tasting the sweetness of Krishna's name (harinam).

Feeling Incomplete and Unfulfilled

Changing Bodies
Understanding even in theory that our true identity is spiritual--eternal, blissful, consciousness--or said negatively, that we are "not the body", is the beginning of spirituality. Though considered basic or "elementary" in our progressive spiritual life, the fact that we are not the physical body or mind but consciousness, is a matter of deep realization to understand.

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