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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!

Katha at Kalachandji's 2: A,B,C,D, & E's of a Krishna Conscious program

8/30/09 Sunday Class by Nityananda Prabhu

The A,B,C,D, & E's of a Krishna Conscious Program

A- Assocation with devotees

B- Books, Srila Prabhupada came from the spiritual world to make these books available. Reading and distributing

C- Chanting, heart of the operation. 8th chapter 7 times writes out the whole mantra, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare . Please pledge for Japathon,

Developing Firm Faith in Krishna and Bhakti

PhotobucketHaving faith in anything comes from the mood or quality of goodness (sattva-guna), which aspiring devotees of Krishna are encouraged to cultivate. Though not spiritual in itself, living and seeing through the guna or quality of goodness, is illuminating and favorable for spiritual cultivation. So part of cultivating Bhakti or the serving and remembering of Krishna in love is being situated in goodness (simplicity, peacefulness, discernment). This will be very helpful, as opposed to being in passion (intense endeavor and material attachment) or ignorance (laziness, sleep, intoxication).

Saṁsāra in California

As I write, California burns. Multiple wildfires continue to afflict the land. California! For so long the migratory terminus of American dreams, her own Hollywood gave those dreams back to the world crafted in dazzling pageants of lights and shadows … Continue reading

Anniversary of Shrila Prabhupada's Acceptance of Sannyas

PhotobucketThe events leading up to my spiritual master Shila Prabhupada's acceptance of sannyas are very instructive and inspiring for his followers. [The Vedic calendar anniversary day was Sept 4th.] Although not everyone should adopt this renounced order, his acceptance of it teaches us many things. For instance, we should be dutiful in all our responsibilities, whether as a married person or single student. At the same time our main responsibility is to our spiritual master in his service to the previous acharyas [holy teachers] who are serving the movement of Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda and Radha Krishna--and sometimes, as in Prabhupada's case, we have to choose between our material and spiritual responsibilities.

Why Do We Criticize Others?

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While faultfinding may be an outcome of several mental states, it is often the mind's attempt to gain a superior position over others. Duyodhana was expert at finding faults in others regardless of their purity, and he had a knack for disregarding his own shortcomings. Lacking empathy for the suffering of others, he would use any means to achieve his goals. This is a common personality profile of demonic persons. And the root of their problem is their lack of proclivity for developing their relationship with the Supreme Lord.

Texas Faith 14: Is wickedness soluble in good deeds?

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.

Why not Krishna?

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While I was chanting my Hare Krishna mantra japa [on beads] early this morning before our beautiful Deities, this topic came to me. I am having a number of online conversations about Krishna and whether he is really God, or if there even is a God, or if there is really anything beyond this life. I have to admit to not being very expert in “proving” the existence of Krishna, or at least giving good arguments why God exists. Perhaps it is because I have rarely had a problem with this.

Texas Faith 13: Do we put too great a premium on our biological lives?

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.

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