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  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 6 years 4 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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    Posted: 6 years 4 weeks ago
    Would you care to know what I am thinking?, as I sit in the dentist chair for a cleaning, wondering if the hygienist sees any meaning, in an ugly form of existence--teeth rotting! I realize this form of writing is not for everyone, as it may seem frivolous, unimportant, compared to other discussions, though for me it gives a voice to the great intensity I often feel, though can't speak. So often I'm confronted with my inability to express my deepest feelings and understandings, which indicates...
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    Posted: 6 years 4 weeks ago
    The japa retreat also demonstrates the power of intention. When people join together with a shared purpose there is tremendous power created. Many religions and spiritual paths employ this technique with uplifting and helpful effects. Thus when devotees come together with the shared sacred purpose to improve their chanting, service to their gurus, the Vaishnavas and Krishna, a community is gradually created. ________________________________________________ So what is the Japa retreat? In the...
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    Posted: 6 years 4 weeks ago
    These fortunate souls trying to wake up from their forgetful dream of being the center of life and the universe, by taking up the chisel of the holy name, to the shapeless, ever-changing, plastic stone slab they thought defined them. _________________________________________________ Reflections at the Japa Retreat 2 Offering respects to Prabhupada, Sacinandana Swami, Giriraja Swami (who are teaching) and all the Vaishavas who have taken up the holy name as their life, joining together for a...
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    Posted: 6 years 5 weeks ago
    How can I describe the beauty of the day? It was warm, though not too hot or muggy, with a gentle to strong breeze. We sat outside on the guestroom deck, shaded by a large oak tree. As we look around we are surrounded by the beauty of the forest--the nourishing green of the trees and plants, plus the intense, pleasing variety of blooming flowers. Straight ahead is a long distance view of a number of ridges clothed in trees. Krishna's artistry....
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