Posted: 36 weeks 6 days ago
This material world is a dangerous place. In fact, if it had a Yelp review you would be quite surprised. Every ancient saint of every tradition had the same thing to say. Whether it was the Buddha, Jesus, or Śrī Krishna, all stated that this material world is a place of crises. What is the crisis? Everything is temporary. Which means it is virtually non-existent and we are searching for truth and existence in the wrong place.
A person with an unsatisfied...
Posted: 37 weeks 6 hours ago
THE IMPORTANCE OF OPPOSITION AND LIFE REVERSES: In the lives of great persons there is always opposition and apparent road blocks in accomplishing their goals or mission in life. Whether through another person, an accident, their own body or mind, or some natural disturbance, what appears on the surface to be an impediment is passed through and the glory of the person is revealed.
Practically we can see that great success in any undertaking or field is not accomplished without passing through...
Posted: 37 weeks 1 day ago
We’ve finished renovating the smaller of our two buildings – it was the easiest one, and also the most urgent to move into because the Krishna.com web department needed the much-better internet connection offered at the site. The space also is home to several of our local Bhaktivedanta Book Trust staff.
We had to completely redo some very unsafe wiring and upgrade the plumbing (energy conserving water heater, new fixtures, etc.). We refinished the old wood floors rather than replace them, and...
Posted: 37 weeks 2 days ago
PRAYING FOR BETTER RELATIONSHIPS AND HEALING OUR HEART: Yesterday we celebrated the disappearance of Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and Gadadhara Pandita and honored our relationship with them, and as we contemplated our independence (July 4th) from the material modes of nature, we contemplated the subject of relationships in general, since life is about relationships. There is nothing like relationships to severely test our ideals and demonstrate the spiritual work we have to do with ourselves...
Posted: 38 weeks 45 min ago
Yesterday I had another PET or full body scan. I rose around my usual time but had to be especially focused on finishing my morning duties before I had to leave at 7: 15 AM. Thus I chanted my japa, or my morning meditation on the names of God, first thing, read for a few minutes, and jumped into the shower. Donning devotional attire and tilak I went downstairs to wake the Deities with official prayers, and then offering my prayers for the day and my life—to offer it for the best service...