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    Posted: 5 years 43 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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    Posted: 5 years 43 weeks ago
    When the British were ruling India most of them failed to appreciate Krishna’s activities or teachings in their cursory study of Vedas, through the colored lens of their limited religious, colonial, racist eyes. Even many Christians decry the attempt of secular scholars (or those of other religions) to expound on the life and teachings of Christ, and recommend understanding the culture that existed during his life. I think it is safe to say that in studying any religion, those unfamiliar with...
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    Posted: 5 years 44 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 45 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 45 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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