Making the Body a Temple for Service

Lord Chaitnya with Sri Jagannath
There are many practices and analogies which are given to help us see the body in perspective. First, we mark our body with sacred clay or tilak on the forehead and eleven other places to designate it as a Temple, meant for spiritual practice. Therefore, we must respect the body and take care of it as part of our service to Guru and Krishna. This is very important to acknowledge due to the tendency to artificially deny the body without realization of the soul. In the name of spirituality we may do things that may be counter productive for us in the long run. Although we are “not the body” we must take care of our physical necessities and be compassionate to ourselves and others for our shortcomings. We do want to "stretch" spiritually, but not break by taking on more than we can handle.

Gaura Purnima Morning

Gaura Purnima Afternoon

The afternoon the beautiful kirtans continued. I had the pleasure of interviewing members of the the Rock/Metal band Karma from San Antonio. They came up to Dallas on a excursion with the brahmacaris from San Antonio headed by Advaita Acyarya Prabhu.

Lord Chaitanya's moon of the Holy Names still rises

Panca tattva kirtana
Over 500 years ago
in Navadwipa,
West Bengal
the lunar eclipse
brought the Hindus
to Mother Ganga
to chant the
Holy Names
unknowingly heralding
the appearance of the
Yuga Avatar
whose mission
was to induce
everyone to chant

Krishna's Other Thoughts for Appearing as Shri Chaitanya and the Desires of his Devotees for his Advent

Transcendental kirtana
Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu are one yet different by their different functions, and the appearance of Lord Chaitanya and Krishna illustrate their difference purposes. Shri Krishna and Lord Chaitanya are considered the original Personalities of Godhead, and their lives center on enjoying loving relationships with their devotees—they have no specific function in relationship to the material world. When they do come to the world their Vishnu parts are also within them and perform his duties. I realize that this may sound rather confusing. Yes, God is one, yet he has a variety of aspects to serve different purposes and desires, according to the love of his devotees.

Krishna’s inner reason for appearing as Shri Chaitanya

Lord Chaitanya as Radha Krishna
We have a number of accounts of the curious reasons for Krishna’s appearance as Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu—particularly in the Chaitanya Charitamrita and in the Chaitanya Mangala. Why curious? It is curious from the usual religious perspective that God is all powerful, self-sufficient, all-knowing and not in any need. We hear in these scriptures that Krishna couldn’t fathom the love his devotees felt for him—specifically Radha’s incomparable selfless love. It is important to understand this in the right context so we don’t become confused about Krishna’s supreme position. Otherwise, how could it be possible that God doesn't know something?

As I Sit by the Spring, the Half Moon Reminds me of Lord Chaitanya's Appearance Day

half moon through the trees
Looking straight up through the tall bare trees I notice the half moon, reminding me that in exactly one week on the full moon day is the important and auspicious appearance anniversary day of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is a special day to observe because there would be no Krishna consciousness movement or without him and those who represent him. In comparison to more pious ages people of modern times are not considered particularly qualified to understand God, and what to speak of what Shri Chaitanya comes to teach.

Lessons from Temple Service, Writing and Snow

Wondering writer
This poem has been
waiting for weeks
O help me Lord
will it ever be complete?
or adequately convey
what I truly want to say
as a kind of snapshot
of my life’s experience
or a particular perception?

Managing Time, or Being Managed By Time?

Rain cloudsAs I sit here darkness grows and the temperature drops. When the wind blows my face feels the brisk sharpness of the cold. As the trees bend I look straight up to see them moving back and forth far above my head. It’s an amazing feeling—like being one with the trees.

Why Write?

The blogger
I write because I must, something like an addict must have drink, or a smoke. It is more gentle, not as often or as externally demanding, but more an inner prompting to contribute, to create.

It began over 30 years ago with a gift I received of a journal. After I began writing I discovered that when I wrote, uncovered, buried or forgotten parts of me emerged. Not trivial things, but important aspects of myself that needed to see the light of consciousness to be either acted upon, purified, or purged. Writing became like a love affair with my hidden self, the self I had missed and was looking for externally. It was the self I had to repress in childhood to try to avoid the disapproval and anger of an emotionally wounded father—and instrument of my karma to give me much to write about.

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