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Life, Death and Dying from the Soul Perspective

The Grim ReaperOur conception of death determines in a very real way how we view life.

How so?

For instance, if we see death as the end of our existence we will tend to be selfish, greedy, and self-absorbed. After all, with this world view, the only thing we have is today, so morality is only utilitarian—to get what I want and to look good, since if we don’t get caught doing something against morality or the law, we have succeeded. From this perspective there is no accountability other then the here and now! So go for it. As the saying goes, “Live for today, for tomorrow you die”. What an unfortunate illusion this is, with no spiritual understanding!

Die to Live

New life
This is a quote from Georg Wilhelm Hagel, a German philosopher of the 19th century which has been used by some Gaudiya acharya’s to emphasize the necessary attitude in which to embrace our spiritual practices. Christians have a similar perspective with their idea of being “born again”—which is what our sense of spiritual initiation is (second birth--first by the parents and then by the guru into a life of spiritual practice).The words of Saint Francis give us a similar message that “it is in the dying that we are born to eternal life”.

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Radhika’s second talk, Head, Heart & Hands: what the Gita calls Jnana (knowledge) Karma (action) and Bhakti (devotion)http://bit.ly/b0wvGT[18:38:59]

TEXAS FAITH 25: What's the role of religion in public education?

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.

TEXAS FAITH 24: Why are millennials dropping out?

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.

In Adversity, finding Spiritual Shelter!

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After those last major winter storms, and with all the devastating earthquakes I thought about the topic of shelter (which for different reasons is on the mind of many people in dire economic conditions)--though I will be talking about the eternal spiritual shelter. Being indoors we appear protected from the “elements” or the extremes in the environment. Although it appears on the surface that most people in the world have adequate shelter, out of 2.2 billion children in the world, 1 billion are in poverty. There is also a large population who although technically having shelter, can be easily uprooted by severe weather.

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http://bit.ly/coio0K People don't care to know how much you know, they want to know how much you care. - @Advaitacarya Das [15:02:55]

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.

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