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
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!
Continuing 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.
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.
At last weekends couple's retreat in South Africa my wife and I gave couples different tools to help their marriages, and also different ways of thinking about themselves and their problems. One of my topics was family or couple's prayer. The subject of prayers groups I feel "passionately" about—i.e, strongly, intensely--since I have first hand experience of its power. Here is one way to think about prayer which might help you see it differently.
Last Thursday I hosted about 10 students from TCU who were taking a course by the name of “The Many Faces of Krishna”
Attracted by the Mayapurian hospitality of the New Orleans devotees, hundreds of devotees of various towns today have taken their journey to the Bayou. Several months ago I was given an invitation to attend. The invite was as follows, “The first 100 devotees who register will be given a free hotel room.” However I think they have lifted that 100 family limit and now are making arrangements for whoever else may come to town.