Blogs

  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 6 years 40 weeks ago
    The Bhagavad-gita in Chapter 13 verses 8-12 describe various qualities which constitute the real process of knowledge. This real knowledge is the process of getting out of the material world. Ordinary so-called knowledge may be useful for living in the material world and exploiting its' various resources, yet it has no value for understanding what is beyond matter. Real intelligence from a spiritual perspective is knowing the distinction between matter and spirit and the controller of both, as...
    1 Comment(s)
    531 Reads
  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 6 years 41 weeks ago
    This is the name of a clever title to a Buddhist book, turning the old saying, "Don't just sit there, do something", on its' head. The implication of "don't just do something" is don't just run around in worldly pursuits with no idea of who you really are and no connection to God. The next part placed at the end, "sit there", means for us, sit there to chant Hare Krishna, and/or remember and meditate on Krishna. We should be "busy" for Krishna, yet we have to be in the right consciousness,...
    0 Comment(s)
    712 Reads
  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 6 years 41 weeks ago
    I was told this was a Yiddish saying. It expresses to me, one of the frustrations of the material world, namely that by the time most people figure out how the world works, they are too old to really apply it. Of course they are meaning how the world works for material enjoyment, so even if you had all that knowledge, it would still be imperfect and temporary. In the next life you have to figure it out all over again. Sometimes we hear people say if only I could be young again with my current...
    0 Comment(s)
    928 Reads
  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 6 years 41 weeks ago
    The ways of the modern world can make it seem difficult do dedicate some quality time in the morning for some type of spiritual practice, like chanting "japa" or the soft repetition of the Hare Krishna mantra on beads, or other types of meditation. For those of us who lived in a Temple ashram as a single person for a number of years, we developed the habit of rising early for morning worship, devotional singing, japa, engaging in Temple service, and hearing scripture. Never the less, when we...
    0 Comment(s)
    945 Reads
  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 6 years 41 weeks ago
    One of my favorite activities is offering the Lord my prayers for perfection, and reciting notable prayers. Offering prayers is one of the nine main classifications of devotional service (these 9 methods of devotional service are also part of a larger number of 64 practices favorable for developing love for Krishna, listed in the Nectar of Devotion, chapter six). The nine main kinds of devotional service are hearing about Krishna, chanting about him, remembering him, serving him, worshiping him...
    1 Comment(s)
    1,272 Reads