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The Blessing or Curse of the Writer: Sharing Experience

Surprize reaction
The desire to share experience is equally true of photographers, artists and the like—people who try to share their perceptions, feelings and thoughts with others through some type of different medium of one or two dimensions. Yet sometimes thinking of an experience (or extracting the creative angle) as it is happening makes one less present in the moment. I have taken photos and videos at some Temple functions, and felt like I missed the whole thing!

Who is Shri Nityananda Rama--and Should You Be Interested?

Shri NitaiWe just celebrated Shri Nityananda Rama’s holy appearance day, and I thought of the question, “Who is Sri Nityananda Rama, and why should you be interested?” This is a great question for a devotee of Lord Krishna or Shri Chaitanya, and one would hope to share this knowledge with others. But which persons might want to know the answer? If we went up to someone on the street and told them that today was the appearance of Shri Nityananda Rama we might get ignored, or told they didn’t care. Perhaps a few might actually ask ok, who is he and so on, but not with much real interest. And without interest, what will a person really hear, and how much will they be benefited? Pure souls can actually attract others to bhakti. However, though we may not be such an advanced devotee, if we are personally very attracted and excited our words will have power.

TEXAS FAITH 23: Why is the political pendulum swinging so much?

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.

Acceptance of the Day

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Reality Check
Any day will be
only what it is
whether we have a plan
or not;
a practice is learning to work
with what we’re given,
as try as we might
we can’t force results—
not complacency here
but confident endeavor
with spiritual acceptance,

Appearance Day of Shri Advaita Acharya

Advaita Acharya Mayapur DeityAs the life of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is very confidential and full of meaning so is the appearance and life of Shri Advaita Acharya whose appearance day is Friday, January 22. He is considered to be the principle reason for Shri Chaitanya’s advent. Whenever Krishna incarnates, so do his expansions, energies and confidential devotees. Since Lord Chaitanya is considered to be Krishna himself (in the mood of the greatest devotee, Shri Radha) we find that preceding him, as well as during and after his manifest “lila” or divine pastimes, his whole entourage of eternal associates came to facilitate his mission of spreading the “yuga-dharma” or the process of self-realization for this age--the congregational chanting of the holy names in joyous celebration.

The Science of Consciousness and Intention: Shrimad Bhagavatam class Part 2

Soul taking off body close up
We are continuing our discussion of Shrimad Bhagavatam Third Canto, Chapter 14, “Pregnancy of Diti in the Evening”, verse 13. At the end of part one of this discussion I was speaking of how the consciousness of the parents determines the type of child they will attract, and also how our own consciousness/desires/attachments will determine the type of parents we receive in order to facilitate our desires and hopefully growth. It is fascinating and of crucial importance to think how these two major events are related. From this perspective we really can’t complain too much about our parents, since they are instruments of our karma. We have to learn to love, forgive and be generous with a spiritual vision.

Texas Faith 22: Do religions oppress women?

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 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.

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