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  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 5 years 34 weeks ago
    The first Canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam is one of my favorites. Why? Perhaps it is because it was the Canto which Prabhupada brought to America and the first book that was available for us to study. Or it could be the attractive, spiritually uplifting, historical stories used to teach the philosophy, or maybe because Prabhupada put everything he could into it, thinking he might not live to finish the whole scripture. Indeed he didn’t finish. Although he finished only a few chapters of the 10th...
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    Posted: 5 years 35 weeks ago
    I am greatly fortunate to work at the Kindred Spirits store where so many interesting and/or spiritually searching people come. Two days ago a Mother and her adult son came to the store. They are are practitioners of Islam who immigrated from Pakistan. They were both quite broadminded, educated and thinking people. They were a pleasure to speak with. If only everyone understood some basic spiritual philosophy rather then knee jerk reactionary religious sentiment, what a different world we...
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    Posted: 5 years 35 weeks ago
    By the mercy of a pure devotee even persons who are not even very religious can go beyond material dharma to ask higher questions about the soul. This is expressed in Vedic statement in the Brahma-sutra often quoted by Prabhupada: "athato brahma jijnasa" or now is the time to inquire about Brahman or the Absolute Truth. This inquiry is generally the fruit of religious life. Without coming to this point religious life is practically a waste--it is better than ordinary life, but still keeps one...
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    Posted: 5 years 36 weeks ago
    For some people it is easier to be religious when times are good, and often a test when they suffer (although from another angle it is natural for many to call on God in distress, though only officially acknowledging him in happiness). Sometimes even knowledgeable devotees may blame God for their problems in their intense grief and sorrowful emotions, yet in more thoughtful moments they can remember that souls are here in the material world to try to enjoy apart from Krishna. In addition they...
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    Posted: 5 years 36 weeks ago
    A friend of mine who used to be a famous book distributor told me one of his stories about someone he met. He offered the person a book, and the person said, "I don't need it". "Why not?" "Because in my religion we know about the personal life of God!" "O really? What is that?" "God sent his son to earth to deliver the people of the earth, and he died for their sins." "That is interesting, though I still think you would find this book useful and uplifting." "Why is that?" "In this book the...
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