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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 14

This page contains Bhagavad-gita lectures, given by me (Ramiya dasa) during my past live shows.

Chapter 14

Below is a compilation of audio from my live shows on the Bhagavad-gita, chapter 14.

Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 15

This page contains Bhagavad-gita lectures, given by me (Ramiya dasa) during my past live shows.

Chapter 15

Below is a compilation of audio from my live shows on the Bhagavad-gita, chapter 15.

Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 16

This page contains Bhagavad-gita lectures, given by me (Ramiya dasa) during my past live shows.

Chapter 16

Below is a compilation of audio from my live shows on the Bhagavad-gita, chapter 16.

Where was God in Japan?

Whenever tragedy strikes and innocents and children are harmed the natural question arises.  Where was God?  If there is is a God how can there be tragedy?  Is God capable but unaware?  Is God unaware but capable?  Or is God compassionate at all?  Such questions should be addressed rather than pushed aside in an effort to protect blind faith.

Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 17

This page contains Bhagavad-gita lectures, given by me (Ramiya dasa) during my past live shows.

Chapter 17

Below is a compilation of audio from my live shows on the Bhagavad-gita, chapter 17.

Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 18

This page contains Bhagavad-gita lectures, given by me (Ramiya dasa) during my past live shows.

Chapter 18

Below is a compilation of audio from my live shows on the Bhagavad-gita, chapter 18.

Lord Chaitanya: The Great Teacher of the Holy Name, or Kirtan Avatar

Saturday the 19th of March is the appearance day of “Lord” or “Shri” (most beautiful and auspicious) Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The disciples of Shri Chaitanya have found ample Vedic scriptural references indicating that Shri Chaitanya is God, and more confidentially, is the aspect of God known as Krishna, the original, all-attractive Source. Shri Gaura (fair or golden complexioned) or Gauranga, as Shri Chaitanya is also called, is considered by his followers to be the incarnation for the present time we live in. This period in history is referred to in the Vedas as the Iron Age of Kali since it is the least fortunate period in the cyclical view of Vedic cosmology consisting of four ages. We might also consider it the winter of human civilization. So-called technological advancement notwithstanding, the time we live in is full of quarrel, hypocrisy, strife, anxiety, disturbance, environmental degradation, and lack of spiritual inclination. Looking at the world situation I think many would agree to this as a valid observation about the world situation, and even in many places in our own country. However, within this difficult age comes the special blessings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!

Shri Chaitanya and the Holy Name

Austerity—Forced or Voluntary?

bed of nails

The topic of austerity became something of a web sensation, and was named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster online dictionary in 2010 because of the number of web searches this word generated that year. News articles on the Net and elsewhere have brought the idea of forced austerity into the mainstream causing many people to wonder what austerity is, which is likely because they haven’t experienced directly applying it themselves, or even heard about it being practiced by others—and certainly not in a religious sense of the word.

In fact, as one might expect in a capitalist dominated world, in popular usage, the word is defined primarily, even solely, in terms of economic policy. According to Wikipedia, “In economics, austerity is a policy of deficit-cutting, lower spending, and a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided. Austerity policies are often used by governments to reduce their deficit spending while sometimes coupled with increases in taxes to pay back creditors to reduce debt.” In light of this one sided use of the word, I thought it would be interesting to look at a more spiritual perspective, since it is an important word in Eastern spiritual circles, and found throughout Prabhupada’s writings.

Madhava: Heart and Soul Kirtan tour Australia 2011

Based in Switzerland, Madhava travels extensively throughout every continent with his wife Radhika and his band Gaura Prema, enlivening audiences with the power of devotional kirtan. He fuses his Mauritian roots with the influences of India to produce a unique style of kirtan, but one in which the main ingredient is the heartfelt bhakti.

External, Internal Seasons

The wood shed
Winter overcomes our pleasant memories
by the chilling, damp, windy, gray mood,
time stands still, as the leafless trees cry—
even though we know spring will come
we still wonder how we’ll survive.

Now that the winter is fading
the luscious bulbs bursting forth,
I am reminded how my previous life
without a spiritual quest leading to Krishna
seemed purposeless, ominous, dark.

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