The other morning I was having trouble waking up. I had spent the night awake, mostly, thinking about a lot of things. Sometimes, I just can't turn my mind off at night. So, by the time it was time to get up and chant, I was really tired, and laying there in that kind of half-awake state. Strange and interesting things come into the mind in that state, and so this particular morning, for whatever reason, I was thinking about how children learn the alphabet.
A is for Apple, B is for Boy, C is for Cat....
This topic came to me when I was on hold on the phone. Dealing with customer service representatives or those who deal with people on behalf of companies can be very instructive. It is a testimony about how challenging it can be to deal with the stress of working with the public, or doing a difficult job. Although some manage to be reasonably kind, considerate and thoughtful, many seem like they don’t really care about you or their work.
This is the rest of the list of misconceptions posted by Tekisui in my blog. I've addressed all of them now. Well... I said I would. It's good to keep commitments, do what you say you will do, and finish what you start, if nothing else :)
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"Everyone already knows the truth, but many pretend they don't."
The few years just prior to my becoming a devotee were filled with all kinds of material enjoyments. My family had recently moved to Florida from the cold North, and we were living on Ft. Myers beach. Ft. Myers beach in those years was really what I would call a heavenly planet. Long stretches of pure white sand beaches, crystal clear blue gulf water. Dolphins jumping and swimming, coconut palms, mango's, fragrant flowers, island breezes. The first high-rise hotel had yet to be built, and even though there were tourists, there weren't many.
In my last post about Vedic Culture, Tekisui brought up a very good point about the various misconceptions and preconceived notions that sometimes keep people from becoming serious about Krishna consciousness. She also posted a long list detailing some of the many misconceptions that can affect us. I found that really interesting, because nearly all of these things I have either thought or know someone else to think, as some point in time, to at least some degree.
There's so much talk about vedic culture these days. Catch phrases like "our culture", "our tradition" etc.... get used a lot it seems.
We have so much vedic culture. It's inundating everything. We can put on the best ceremonies, wear all the right clothes, quote sanskrit like it's our birth language (even if it's not). We know all the festival days, all the holidays, and all the ways to celebrate them.
My son, Nila Madhava, got married recently. On the 27 of September to be exact.
I wasn't able to be there due to some unexpected circumstances, but fortunately, there are photos and videos.
I'm so thrilled that my son found such a wonderful person as Mandy is to marry. They make a perfect couple, and I'm so happy for them, and about their wedding, so I wanted to share it with all of you.
These videos go from 0-4 and they in order of events that way. They are all very short clips, but you can still get an idea of things.