Being Present in the Moment—Rather than Thinking of the Future Part 1

maddening crowds

So many themes repeat themselves in my awareness. We have theory (jnana) and realized wisdom (vijnana) and we need to continually revisit philosophical points till they are assimilated and become part of our identity. Since I live in partial seclusion in the country, away from the busy-ness of urban areas, when I do go to the “big city” with its thronging crowds, I notice things that I might otherwise be desensitized by. Human beings tend to become used to their surroundings, and hardly notice them—especially in our harried, overachiever society, in which we often have ten thoughts going on while we walk to our car, or carry out the duties of our household.

Texas Faith 29: What religion stories should the media focus on?

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.

Even a Bad Road is Capable of Improvement and Conversion into a Good One

Bad Road

Time flies when you are having fun is the saying. Or we could say that times flies when we are happy doing what we love; the hours and days seem to fly by. From another angle just being busy for whatever reason can make the time go faster, as does a variety of activities. I am saying this because I never finished part two from last week’s blog on success. Not that anyone noticed—but I did. My excuse—if I need one—is that I am going through the last touches on a book of my blogs. I have an editor doing the final editing, and a graphics artist designing the front and back covers, who will then do the page layout.

ISKCON Member Opens Council Briefing With Sanskrit Verse

Subway Japa

Currently in New York with my wife and kids visiting family. Riding

not so latest twitter updates – The Veronicas, Little Krishna, Ch 15, Keshi, SB install, babies and more

I uploaded a YouTube video -- Viśakha & Puppy 12/09/2009 [17:12:05]
I uploaded a YouTube video -- Vaishnavi Baby program kirtan 12/09/2009[16:28:45]

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!

(this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed)
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—
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.

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