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    Posted: 6 years 9 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: 6 years 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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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