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The Importance of Proper Matching of Marital Partners: Applying Shrimad Bhagavatam Today/ Part 1

Kasyapa seduced by Diti
In the Temple here in Prabhupada Village we have been studying Shrimad Bhagavatam 3rd Canto, part 2 and are now reading chapter 14, “Pregnancy of Diti in the Evening”. This volume of the Bhagavat began with Brahma’s prayers for creative energy, then his creation of living beings, the division of time from the atom, creation of different gods and sages like the four Kumaras, and then the appearance of the Lord’s incarnation as Varaha.

Baby Names???

March is right around the corner and we still have not decided on baby boy names.  Can any of you devotees help?  We are looking for a Krishna Conscious name that is not too hard to pronounce. 

Prayers to the Holy Name at the South African Japa Retreat

Child praying
Falling down at your feet with a straw in my mouth, with whatever humility I may be blessed with, offering my respectful obeisances to Shrila Prabhupada, my shiksha gurus, the previous acharyas, six Goswamis, my exalted Godbrothers and Godsisters, and the most merciful Lords, Shri Shri Gaura Chandra and Nitaisundara, I present my hopeful prayers and beseech you dear Harinam Prabhu to bless me to always have your pure association in love and Vaishnava humility.

Praise & Humble Pie

Gauranga Kishore Prabhu wrote a short blog about humility and this made me remember a realization of mind. I was thinking, why is it that I do not like glorification, and public praise?  The though lingered, is it because I am humble? But then the truth arouse. The proper method of dealing with praise is to deflect it to those who actually deserve praise. One may often turning the praise back on the pious and pure praiser.

Thoughts during the 64 Round Day, South Africa, Drakensburg Mountains, December 2009

Mayapur sankirtana 1974 or so
Reminded by my present pain
of a powerful uplifting experience
Mayapura, India, February 1974
Shri Chaitanya’s appearance day,
full moon celebration where
the vision of the great saint
Thakur Bhaktivinode fulfilled
by the coming together
of worldwide devotees
chanting, “Jaya Sacinandana,
Gaurahari"—
my contribution: dysentery

Meditations on Prayer

Power of Prayer
Prayer is talking to Guru and Krishna, and all their expansions.
Chanting the holy name contains all prayers, though all our personal prayers help us take shelter of him, and chant with more feeling. To chant and serve with love is our goal.
Prayer is surrendering to God’s will.
Prayer is also remembering Krishna, because you can’t pray without remembering who you are praying to—the Lord of our heart!

Krishna and Sankirtana: The Supreme Purifying Energy Transformer--Prayer Part II

Sankirtana old daysContinuing on our theme of how everything is energy, particularly in regard to our thoughts, attitudes, and prayers. They are sort of like magnets that attract similar energy and people. We are our faith, attachments, and attitudes. They create our desires and determine what we attract into our life, and how we interpret and use them. We also become like those we associate with. This is why the importance of saintly association is stressed--it spiritually affects our consciousness, and our consciousness determines our future life. Consciousness, faith, attachment, and attitude, are all related and really inseparable. They give a picture of our identity--either a resident of the material or spiritual worlds.

Texas Faith 21: Does materialism compromise the holiday season?

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.

The Power of a Family Prayer Group

Couple praying together
At last weekends couple's retreat in South Africa my wife and I gave couples different tools to help their marriages, and also different ways of thinking about themselves and their problems. One of my topics was family or couple's prayer. The subject of prayers groups I feel "passionately" about—i.e, strongly, intensely--since I have first hand experience of its power. Here is one way to think about prayer which might help you see it differently.

Relationships are Everything

The Importance of EQ
Some complain
about getting along
with others
who cause them
many problems—
ah, if they
could only be alone
they could experience
some peace and quite—
but really we are all
relational creatures
as is all existence,
conscious or inert
if we really study
the universe:

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