I live by the beach. Whenever it's low tide, I chant my rounds up and down the shore. Our beach isn't popular for swimming — no soft sand, only endless dunes of broken seashells, which can easily puncture bare feet. It attracts only locals; dog walkers, shark tooth collectors, and a few fishermen.
Today I'm working on our 2013 Calendar.
When I started at Krishna.com, there was barely a calendar to be found. Which is not to say that no one there knew what day it was. But I thought our online calendar left a lot to be desired. What I desired, and what our calendar wasn't yet delivering, was MORE INFORMATION about holidays, festivals, and the observances of appearance/disappearance days of the Vaishnava Acharyas and Krishna in His many forms, with pictures, biographies, links, video, audio, etc. etc.
This week, one of my projects is talking about the Hare Krishna mantra.
There are unlimited ways to describe it, talk about it, and define it. I've been trying—for a long time—to figure out how to introduce it in our Intro section so those who don't know about it might begin to appreciate and want to try chanting it themselves.
Ekendra dasa here, to tell you about what life is like sitting in my chair at Krishna.com. Basically, lately I've been bringing our Calendar up to date (no pun intended), and that means making sure every event on the Vaishnava Calendar that we have something to say about 1) shows up on the Krishna.com Calendar and 2) includes some introductory information about the subject, including links to other articles on Krishna.com and to verses in Srimad-Bhagavatam or Chaitanya Charitamrita, where the subject is discussed in some detail.
"He [Sukadeva Gosvami] was accustomed to stay at the door of a householder only long enough for a cow to be milked. And he did this just to sanctify the residence." -Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.4.8
What was your first impression of the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?
Devamrita Swami says:
I had never encountered an author who spoke so comprehensively, authoritatively, and sincerely. I was swept off my feet by the scope of his literary endeavors – the purity of motivation and the dazzling information of the spiritual world.
Bhakti is the love supreme – love and devotion for the ultimate source – love of God. And that love of God is reflected throughout this world in terms of our affection for the things and persons of this world. Once we know the source of that love, then we can properly focus our loving energies and motivation.
You'll find references to love of God in so many religions and spiritual endeavors. That's what bhakti is – "love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart . . ." - totally focused, unconditional love of God. That is bhakti.