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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.

On Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s Disappearance, Reflections While Worshiping

Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta S Th
Though I am not a Kavi (poet), we follow and have faith in the path chalked out by the real Kavis and spiritual professors—like Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, who eloquently express the myriad beautiful truths of Radha and Krishna. Through spiritual faith we progress through every stage on our way to prema (love of Krishna). Thus we see faith as our deity and never trample on the faith of others in their guru. There is so much teaching just to inform and strengthen our faith. It gives us the chance to experience in our lives and heart what the teachings describe. And our mature experience is how the conclusions of the Vedic scriptures manifest. Experience is the last word in quelling all vestiges of doubt and delusions and is the highest confirmation. Patiently we go forward feeling assured of success.

Christmas Shopping or Krishna Shopping

Loosing Santa
In the West and parts of world, holiday shopping is in full throttle as shoppers try to blaze a trail to do all their shopping at the last minute. Unfortunately for all the procrastinators who finally hit the street, they are greeted by many others in the same harried mode, and find clogged roads, full parking lots, and impatient shoppers. It should be no surprise to anyone who has shopped before in the 10th or 11th hour before Christmas. One would think people would expect this and perhaps mentally prepare for the mayhem (or shop earlier). However, it seems most people never do, and many expressions communicate how they feel—something as welcome as shoes that are too small!

Creating a Culture of Care by Taking Care of the Whole Person

Mind, body, soul
I am bringing this up to you to emphasis the importance of having a balanced mental/emotional life as a component of your spiritual practices, whether or not you live in a temple community or near to devotees of Krishna. As we don’t hesitate to go to the doctor or dentist, we should know when mental health professionals are required. In the Chowpatty, India Temple near Mumbai, they have a spiritual counselor system. I would see this as a big part of devotee care and the first line of defense against spiritual and emotional/psychological problems, provided the counselors know when to refer out—or in other words, when more is needed than a purely spiritual solution. We must be able to see the unique whole person and their requirements, and think long term. (part 2 continued from my 2/14/10 blog)

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