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Pulling Weeds in our Secret Garden part 1

weedlokaI’m finally back in the garden working to repair it from months of my neglect from my 2 month adventure with my Mom. If only the weeds I pulled out were usable plants for cooking I would have enough for the whole neighborhood.

How Much is Enough? Simple spiritual living in the face of consumerism

Spend or else
Though I have spoken about this often, it is important enough to devote a whole blog to it.

Why?

The reason this is important is because we live in a time when the way many companies make money is to get the population obsessed with their technological or unique gadgets—supposedly to make life better, but actually they make life more complicated and people less satisfied. This is outlined in a book I have titled, “When More is Less—the paradox of choice” in which having more choices, although valued, actually makes life more confusing, complex, and just plain convoluted.

What is Lfe About--Where is Happiness?

Maha Vishnu with creation
What is life about?
From one perspective
life is what
you make it,
depending on
what you want
and are able to get.

Another way of saying this
is there are your inclinations,
effort, and your success
at your effort—
which some may
call your destiny.

How Not to Speak with Your Mom

Muth and son
In visiting with my mom in her last days I revisited my very poor original dealings with her when I first took up the path of Bhakti or Krishna consciousness. In those days the devotees were almost all very young and inexperienced. We had no balanced elders to show us the way through their wisdom of having gone through many stages of life and various mistakes and blunders. Therefore our application of the philosophy was often very fanatical and short sighted. At least for many of us including myself, “tact” was not in our vocabulary, and we had no ability to think long term or to really understand that we can’t give people everything at once. We have to be sensitive to the receptivity of our audience, and not speak “at” them but to them based on our relationship and their nature. People will be more inclined to hear from a friend than an adversary.

Giving Everything we have to Whatever We Do

Hello, God?
This topic came to me when I was on hold on the phone. Dealing with customer service representatives or those who deal with people on behalf of companies can be very instructive. It is a testimony about how challenging it can be to deal with the stress of working with the public, or doing a difficult job. Although some manage to be reasonably kind, considerate and thoughtful, many seem like they don’t really care about you or their work.

The Adventures of a Traveling Monk: When Adversity becomes Blissful Opportunity

IS bliss in kirtanaThe life of a dedicated monk engaged in outreach may seem very austere to people or even devotees when it is understood that there is often no “personal time” or little opportunity to savior the beauty of Krishna’s creation, or even take proper rest.

On his Deathbed of Arrows Bhishmadeva Consoles Emperor Yudhisthira with Spiritual Insight

Bhishma instructs Yudhisthira
Although Bhagavad-gita is one of our essential texts and is glorified as having what is necessary for us to make spiritual progress, it is also considered the ABC’s. Our founder/acharya or principle teacher’s— Shrila Prabhupada’s—purports add references from many relevant Gaudiya Vaishnava and Vedic texts which greatly increase its depth and accessibility. However, objectively, in our tradition, the Shrimad Bhagavatam would be considered a more developed scripture, since it begins where the Gita leaves off—with giving up all works or material dharmas except pure devotional service to Krishna.

Counteracting The Power of Negative Thinking with Prayer and Appreciation

(this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed)
Negative Energy Fields

A big part of life is learning to be curious about what its purpose is and how it works. Now scientists might agree with this statement, but they generally only accept a mechanistic, non-spiritual perspective. Those with a spiritual orientation to life study about and try to act on the fact that we are souls having a human experience. This view changes everything, as does our understanding about the dual purpose of the laws of the Universe. These two main purposes illustrate that we are given freedom from our Source (Shri Krishna for us Gaudiya Vaishnavas) to choose what is in our best spiritual interest, or to strive for temporary happiness based on the illusion that we are only physical bodies meant to struggle for existence.

On Father’s Day, thinking of The Mystery of Relationships, Life

Father's example and service

In the U.S.A. we just observed “Father’s Day” and it’s celebrated in 55 other countries on various days. Although not a Vedic holiday per se, the day meshes well with the Vedic idea of honoring elders including our mother and father. (Austerity of the body consists in worship of the Supreme Lord, the brahmanas, the spiritual master, and superiors like the father and mother, and in cleanliness, simplicity, celibacy and nonviolence. Bhagavad-gita 17.14). Although the West is a very youth oriented and “has to be new” culture there is still an appreciation of the importance of both one’s father and mother. Thank God or Thank Krishna!

Returning Home! Really?

Surrounded with pictures
Our spiritual master Shrila Prabhupada often spoke of going back to home, back to Godhead. It is one of the mottos of the Krishna consciousness movement. I have thought often over the last 2 months about the concept we generally have of our “home” in this world and the idea that the soul has an origin, a place or real home where he belongs eternally, which never has to be—or is wanted to be—left. Although people like change and seek fulfillment through variety, we also seek permanence, and lasting, loving relationships.

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