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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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Contributing to the Family of the Earth

PhotobucketWhat can I contribute to the family of the Earth, divided by gender,mentality, nationality, religion, or ethnic tradition?

By spiritual constitution we are all one--individuals of the same nature and family of God. We come into the material world and accept a false ego that tells us we are the material body, mind, intelligence and emotions, and that we should act for this selfish self interest. We believe we must compete with others for what we perceive as scare resources and facilities for survival and enjoyment.

At times we may feel like this: "How pitiful that although I believe in my and everyone's spiritual identity and also have experience of myself beyond the perishable body, I am still affected by the same selfishness."

What does Krishna look like?

A funny thing about Andra Pradesh and other states in South India, they have this saying. "We do not know what Krishna looks like. If someone thinks of Krishna the face that they see is that of NTR, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao."

Clues in the World Pointing Behind The Veil

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Seeing Krishna is the perfection of the eyes
the soul is never satiated drinking that beauty
eyelids blinking seem like a calamity hiding him
as each moment is ever fresh, like our first, best love.

Learning from History

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As aspiring devotees of Krishna it is essential that we have a philosophical attitude toward life, rather then only religious sentiments. Prabhupada's (my guru's) sannyas name--Bhaktivedanta Swami--teaches us that we have to have a philosophical understanding--Vedanta--as well as devotion--Bhakti. He taught us an important idea originally coined by Rabindranath Tagore: "Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation."

28 hours, 3 minutes and 40 seconds!

Is the time that I takes to read the entire Bhagavad-gītā As It Is

with Sanskrit verses, English verses and Srila Prabhupada's Purports.

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