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  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 5 years 41 weeks ago
    My dear Hari Nam Prabhu: By the grace of Shrila Prabhupada and my shiska gurus who represent Lord Chaitanya and Nitai, (who have brought you in Kali-yuga) I have been introduced to you in the process of japa and kirtana. With whatever humility and gratitude I can embody, I thank you for remaining with me over the years, many of which were quite poor spiritually-- yet you somehow enabled me to keep chanting. I have reasoned that due to my chanting I was able to remain at least some type of...
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    Posted: 5 years 42 weeks ago
    Friendships are about giving and receiving, like a dance where first one person leads, then the other, and sometimes it seems like an invisible partner is directing us. Other than a saint who makes no distinctions between people, seeing everyone as a soul, there is some calculation in who we choose for a friend. We see or feel something in them, some quality, attractiveness, that causes us to want to be with them. We are charmed, fascinated, or at least interested to know more, and have their...
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    Posted: 5 years 43 weeks ago
    Like a baby learning to walk by repeatedly falling, though relentless to keep trying; undaunted by failure, determined to succeed, knowing we will stand, we must humbly, yet confidently approach Krishna. _______________________________________ Not completely sure what it is that brings the urge to write and express–what? the intensity I feel in the heart of being so much more than I could possibly express–though I keep trying. In some ways I’m at peace in my body, awakening Krishna's gifts of...
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    Posted: 5 years 43 weeks ago
    After reading Navasi's blog on Pain, I thought of my own psychology, which would appear to be the opposite. I don't do well in suffering and pain. Having grown up in an emotionally and physically abusive environment, I was bent on avoiding upsetting anyone, which to me equaled pain. My psychology helped me become a devotee (which it was meant to do!). I thought after looking at the misery and pain of "normal" material life, that there must be something more to life than this. And indeed there...
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    Posted: 5 years 43 weeks ago
    Here are a few important terms we can keep remembering as we think about our chanting: One is that we don't want to have "courtesy japa" which means only officially chanting like some external religious ritual, and not endeavoring to improve beyond going through the motions. This idea is explained by a statement by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatis Thakur that chanting must not be lip deep, but heart deep. We have to study all about the holy name, and to begin to see the holy name as a person...
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