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    Posted: 5 years 34 weeks ago
    Enough sleep's essential wasting time lamentable-- the joy is waking up to the soul's purpose. Against today's material culture I go to bed early having tasted the joy of rising hours before dawn. Alarm clock rousts me rising up from ignorance folding my bedding a duty calls me downstairs. Cool air greets my skin-- O, our wood stove is bored while the wood is anxious those wood bugs cry! When the fire is blazing I cleanse the body showering clean clothes with tilak waking the Deities. Herb...
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    Posted: 5 years 34 weeks ago
    Here is a story from the Jewish scripture, the Talmud: "When Akiba was on his deathbed, he bemoaned to his rabbi that he felt he was a failure. His rabbi moved closer and asked why, and Akiba confessed that he had not lived a life like Moses. The poor man began to cry, admitting that he feared God's judgment. At this, his rabbi leaned into his ear and whispered gently, "God will not judge Akiba for not being Moses. God will judge Akiba for not being Akiba." Some may laugh at the logic here...
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    Posted: 5 years 35 weeks ago
    Gray winter skies frigid wet outside Archana sings prayers the fire blazes warmth. Beholding Radha Gopinatha uplifting spiritual beauties they kindly glance to bless everyone. Esthetically pleasing altar Deities galore and glorious lovely jeweled clothes the flowers smile. Like trumpets heralding sun amidst darkness each petal praising God arms pointing upward. The jewels of Kali simple yet profound a joy to behold marveling at the Creator. Our life a wonder such great opulence wondrous...
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    Posted: 5 years 35 weeks ago
    Do you do this? Occasionally or habitually? As a general rule I would say this is not a good practice. I have counseled couples where one of the partners said yes when they meant no, and their marriage didn't last a year. We can't please everyone or avoid difficulties by avoiding the truth of who we are--though we are not the body, we have to acknowledge its nature. This doesn't mean that we will have no unpleasant duties if we are honest about our feelings, yet we will live more authentically...
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    Posted: 5 years 35 weeks ago
    According to Krishnadas Kaviraja in Chaitanya Charitamrita “Essential truth spoken concisely is true eloquence.” Unfortunately brevity is not one my best qualities, though I love to write hear, and speak philosophy. Some people talk to hear their own voice, being full of themselves they aren’t effective. More important then mere words the spirit of bhakti they convey its purity, love, devotion and high purpose can attract others to Krishna. Lord Chaitanya playing the role of acharya wrote only...
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