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    Posted: 7 years 5 weeks ago
    I wake the Deities 5 days a week in "the Village" as we sometimes call Prabhupada village . I have been doing this for a year and half. On occasion, like this morning, I don't make it for some reason. Usually (this makes 3 times I have missed my service) I forget to pull the plug for the alarm, and sleep in blissful ignorance that I have missed my service. I like doing this service, yet it is an austerity. I have to be very conscious of getting to bed by 8:30 PM, so I can get enough sleep to...
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    Posted: 7 years 5 weeks ago
    A small idea or concept when practiced can truly change our life. A human being is wired to run on habits. That is good and bad. We have to reflect on our habitual ways of doing things, even or especially our spiritual practices or sadhana, and see if they are really serving us. Are we keeping the original intention in mind, or have our habits become dry rituals, ends in themselves? We shouldn't be so busy that we don't make time on occasion to really evaluate our sadhana---chanting,...
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    Posted: 7 years 5 weeks ago
    How could I explain to someone in a moment about my path of Bhakti-yoga or Krishna consciousness?? Sometimes people casually ask what I believe in, looking for a nutshell understanding, so perhaps they will know how to categorize me. I really wish people would understand that there is only one Divine system in the Universe known by infinite names, and represented by many religions. Still I try my best to look for ways to share the similarities, while celebrating the differences. Besides all...
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    Posted: 7 years 6 weeks ago
    Due to his spiritual empowerment and his purity Shrila Prabhupada was able to explain the deeply esoteric philosophy of Krishna consciousness in a way that could be grasped by people with no external background in Vedanta (philosophical conclusions of the Vedic scriptures) or Bhakti. Certainly in essence our philosophy is very simple, as stated in many verses in the Gita, such as 9.34 where Krishna tells us how to be Krishna conscious: "Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My...
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    Posted: 7 years 6 weeks ago
    One of our great predecessor gurus or acharyas, Shrila Bhaktivinode Thakur who lived during the second half of the 19th till the beginning of the 20th century, analyzes religions as having both form and substance. The form is the outer manifestation of the teaching in terms of it's appearance, special dress of practitioners, rules and regulations etc. The value or purpose of the "form" of the teaching is to deliver the substance or really the inner or esoteric purpose.One of our great...
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