This is a good question for any of us to ask regularly. It means that there are layers of meaning in anything we or anyone does. We have to be introspective to understand our conditioning, and how it negatively impacts our life and our relationships. This is what I understand to be part of the process of "anartha nivritti" or retiring unwanted thinking patterns which manifest as unwanted actions, and sometimes offenses to devotees and Krishna.
Some Ideas and Words to live by:
See your self as more than the body.
You are an eternal soul or the animating consciousness of the body---yet learn to be as present here as possible while you keep your ultimate objective to revive your spirituality.
The ultimate cause of all causes is God (Krishna), and then comes the soul, and then our karma (previous actions), which are facilitated by our genes and our body and life circumstances.
Always remember Krishna and never forget him.
Today will bring a full moon. It was quite beautiful this morning, so please take some time to see it tonight or tomorrow morning. And with the full moon comes the first day of another Vedic month. Now wouldn't that be great to have that as the standard for the world? It just seems so natural to begin a month with the moon, and acknowledging it's influence and our dependence on the cycles of nature.
Today is the appearance day of Haridas Thakur, who is called the "namacharya" or the teacher of the holy name. He appeared at the time of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (the special mercy incarnation for the times we live). On these special appearance or disappearance days of great saints, it is a good practice to read about them, and appreciate their contribution to the path of Bhakti (devotion). In addition we can pray to them to help us make spiritual progress.
Yesterday was appearance day of the dwarf incarnation of God, recounted in the 8th Canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam. In Prabhupada Village in North Carolina where I live, we also celebrated a grain ceremony, and one for indicating the tenancies of a child for Devavrata, the son of Mathura das and Citralekha.
Who in the world do you think you are?
Great question for all of us.
To a large extent we are who we believe we are (we believe we are this body). If I think I am the president of the US, or I own the Bank of Whatever, or that I am good at math, that doesn’t make it true, yet there will be consequences for such a belief. If we feel we are stupid, or ugly or useless, that governs our life.
In this tiny blog I can't do justice to the topic of Shri Radha , and I feel a bit naked without having all my Vedabases to quotes, my library of pictures, and the fact that I am using a Mac since my cheap PC crashed. I will try to point the way to your taking notice of this auspicious day, and reading up in our Gaudiya literature about Krishna's greatest devotee.
We just had 3 guests stay with us, and I always love to offer our home to our dear devotee friends, acquaintances, and sometimes couples who we counsel. My wife likes it 'cus the house gets cleaned nicely :->>, yet more importantly we get to spend some quality time with devotees, and offer our best hospitality. Since we live in a rural area, the atmosphere is very peaceful and conducive for spiritual practice, and we have very beautiful Deities (authorized forms of God described in the scriptures) who offer their blessings.
A discussion of why Gaudiya Vaishnavas consider the form of God greater then just his all-pervading energy is for another time. Suffice it is to say here, that according to one the Gaudiyas' primary scriptures, the Shrimad Bhagavatam, the Lord has three features, Brahman, or his all-pervading aspect, Paramatma, or the localized form of God within everyone's heart and w/i every atom, and the Source of both, Bhagavan, or the Supreme from of God, from whom everything and everyone emanates.....this is a big topic....in fact it is THE topic necessary to understand in order to engage in bhakti and surrender to Krishna.