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Govardhana Puja

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Govardhan Puja being just around the corner I thought that I might share some photos of previous years.

Every year with the help of all devotees my wife and I are able to set up a huge 8ft Govardhana hill made entirely of carob cake..

Coming to Krishna and Finding a Way to Stay the Course

Soul taking off body close up

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Those on the path of bhakti remember
when they first heard about Krishna(!)
when events unfolded before and after
they tried to make this path theirs—
and even if you are new to Krishna,
someday you may gain insight as
to the significance of these days.

For me, looking back
repaints the vision
of an amazing, magical time
in my then turbulent, unhappy life—
in the thick of it, questions,
lacking perspective and answers
I was compelled
to search for life’s purpose,
it seemed the most natural path
unfolding with direction
as I only looked forward,
never to go back.

Teaching Krishna in High School

Texas Faith 17: $ex in the office

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 Land of Faith

Evolution of Consciousness
In the material ocean
of ignorance and suffering
all souls float helplessly
unless they receive
help from above--
Plants and animals
can only follow
the narrow confines
of instincts for survival
while human life
is like parole from prison
offering a way out
the chance to rise above
mere existence,
to understand our
soul and God--
if we can overcome
the animality of sensuality.

Texas Faith 16: Why are fewer Americans identifying with a religion?

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 Fall Wind's Message

Falling leaves
Sitting in my chair
in the forest
chanting "japa",
O Radhe, O Krishna!
please capture my mind
and heart,
end my material existence
pulling my attention and desires
to you alone--no other interests,
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare.

Texas Faith 15: Glenn Beck and the culture of fear

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.

Amidst the Rush of life, Remembering to be Grateful

The mad dashLife is often a rush from one activity to another, and there is a tendency to not be in the present moment, but to be thinking of the next activity, or lamenting some past mistake. To counteract this habit, I do my best to begin my day by thinking of what I am grateful for. If I do this right, I observe my life with as much appreciation as I can. I look for those things I am thankful for, which are disguised as the regular details of my life. Becoming a devotee of Krishna means--among other things--to become conscious of what is really important, and gradually making our life a meaningful, joyous occasion which we offer to the Lord. My "ordinary" life is actually extraordinary, though I sometimes forget this fact. This is why being grateful needs to be a daily affair--or at least practiced frequently--so we can make gratitude and appreciation a habit, not a "should" that isn't practiced.

Commemorating and Celebrating Prabhupada's arrival in America

Prabhupad'a arrival in the WestShrila Prabhupada's coming to the West is pregnant with deep with meaning and symbolism. It demonstrates the glory of Krishna's pure devotees, and shows the primary way divinity manifests in our lives. Ordinarily, or materially, the Lord is neutral as the indwelling Paramatma or Supersoul. He is awarding every soul's good and bad karma, allowing them to go up to the higher planets [heaven] or down to the hellish ones. However, this is not the Lord's desire. He desires that all souls awaken their eternal love for him, and join together to taste the bliss of their relationship. Although Krishna is not lacking in anything, is self-sufficient, and full in himself, still, at the same time, he wants our love. We are part of him, and although tiny, he loves us, and pines for our welfare and company. Imagine that!

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