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I uploaded a YouTube video -- Viśakha & Puppy 12/09/2009 http://youtu.be/91n3XkODjhE?a [17:12:05]
I uploaded a YouTube video -- Vaishnavi Baby program kirtan 12/09/2009 http://youtu.be/GdOCcaKs14Q?a[16:28:45]

Success—What it is, and How to get it! Part 1

Things and stuff
To make the claim of today’s title, which might be promised by motivational speakers or writers, I would have to give a universal definition of success. Though I honestly don’t think this is possible, I could do my best to say that in general, success means to be happy—though even here at different times, people would disagree for various good and bad reasons. In any case, if we can agree for the sake of this blog, that in general people want to experience happiness and avoid distress, we might still argue over the best way to reach this sometimes illusive state.

The Conclusion of the Bhagavad Gita

Arjuna prays to Lord Krishna

In Krishna’s final chapter of the Bhagavad Gita there are a number of places where Vaishnava commentators consider the book could have ended. After the first of his possible endings, Krishna wants to make sure Arjuna—and we readers—have understood his hope for all souls. Thus he summarizes his ultimate instruction, as the powerful conclusion. The idea that his book—it is “his” book after all!—of perennial wisdom has a conclusion is often surprising to the casual reader looking for generic spiritual wisdom to add to their lives or personal agenda. We conditioned souls have a very ego-centric view of the world and any information or knowledge we come into contact with. Sometimes people like the Gita because they think it recommends many paths and one can choose one that appeals to them according to their personal criterion.

With More Strength than a Million Suns

A New Year's Message of Hope

Night is falling quickly this winter evening, and it is snowing again. I am sitting in our little Gaura Bhavan Ashram, on the shore of Lake Wannensee, and thinking about each of you whom I met during the past year. I want to send you a message of hope - realistic hope.

Throughout my pilgrimage to Vrindavan, India, a sweet realization entered my awareness again and again. That is, Krishna is unlimitedly merciful. We simply need to be willing to accept His mercy and turn to Him.

If You Could Have Everything You Wanted!

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Path to Krishna

My dear friendly readers: I am speaking to you as a fellow traveler on the road of life. I chose long ago to define my walk on this road as meant for spiritual attainment, or the road to waking up to my soul and its relationship to God. If you think this might be plausible, please read on. Our ultimate goal or our constant intention creates a powerful influence in our life, like tinted glasses, or a constant scent. If you strongly believe in something, or have strong feelings not to believe in something this will influence your perceptions.

Failure is the Pillar of Success--Getting Over Temptation

Cosmic Krishna

As I was about to embrace illusion
yet again, the kind Lord revealed a vision:

On the Road to Me ( Krishna)
failure is the Pillar of Success—
Why?
Because you on are on the Path!
You have once seen
the error/terror of your ways
calling out to Me
for help while drowning.

The Holy Grail of Relationships

Our ideal relationships--so-called
The soul identifies with a body
having physical needs/expansive desires
feeling alone, lacking, unhappy
seeking completion through relationships.

Disney shows us our prince or princess
the oneness of loving forgetfulness
covering our foolish perceived deficiencies
identifying our self through projection.

The Creative Process is a Gracious Gift

Lord Brahma Changes his thinking
The great Brahma instructs us
celebrated in the Vedas as “the Creator”
this is only secondarily so
being supplied material ingredients
he assembles planets and all bodies
according to internal inspiration
existing within as subtle seed
he gives credit to his Source and Deity.

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