What can be done about strong material desires? Are we going to have to take birth again if they remain unfulfilled? Do we just pray to Krishna to be able to tolerate the pain of our unfulfilled desires?
These questions are asked a lot. Recently, two devotees here on connect requested that I answer these questions for them.
Everyone has to do something about material desires, we would not be in the material world if we did not have material desires. As far as "unfulfilled" material desires,...
"Become the change you wish to see in the world"
I talk about change a lot, change this, change that, how to change, what to change.
Why do we need change? What's wrong with the way things are?
In any life, in any situation, there is usually some kind of striving. Most of us strive, and do have aspirations, endeavors.
Some people are very dull. They have no dreams, no goals, no aspirations. They are satisfied with things as they are. The "status quo" as it were. No striving. No...
Should I wear purple? Or would it be better to wear red? What about pink, that's more subtle, not such a strong statement, people would probably find me more acceptable in pink..........
I wonder if I should add some jewelry? If I wear a gold bracelet, then some people might respect me more, since gold is a symbol of money. If I wear a gold bracelet, then some people might respect me less, since gold is a symbol of money.
Maybe it would be a good idea to first consider who I'm going to be...
This is Thanksgiving weekend, and a lot of people are celebrating this popular American holiday by gathering with their families for large, elaborate meals.
Gathering with families almost always involves children. Sometimes lots of them, sometimes only a few.
One of the biggest problems at these types of gatherings is:
Feeding The Children.
Why is this such a problem? There is usually plenty of food at Thanksgiving meals, tons of it, all different types of food. At a vegetarian Thanksgiving...
The Power Of Krishna's Name
āpannaḥ saḿsṛtiḿ ghorāḿ
yan-nāma vivaśo gṛṇan
tataḥ sadyo vimucyeta
yad bibheti svayaḿ bhayam
āpannaḥ — being entangled; saḿsṛtim — in the hurdle of birth and death; ghorām — too complicated; yat — what; nāma — the absolute name; vivaśaḥ — unconsciously; gṛṇan — chanting; tataḥ — from that; sadyaḥ — at once; vimucyeta — gets freedom; yat — that which; bibheti — fears; svayam — personally; bhayam — fear itself.
Living beings who...
I've been really disturbed lately by all the "grey areas" that I see in the movement these days.
Therefore, I've been working really hard on clearing out grey areas from my life and my consciousness.
The problem I'm having is that grey areas are so insidious. Just when I think I've removed them all, I find more to remove. I guess they are like Maya is, insidious and ever-more sublte. In fact, I think it would be quite realistic to say that grey areas are Maya.
It's exhausting work, and the...
I noticed Hari Priya mentioning this the other day in the forums. It's something I wrote a year ago there. It's an essential point in Krishna consciousness and applies to every aspect of it. Therefore, I am re-posting it here.
This post is about loving other devotees. Please understand how many "other devotees" there are in relation to Krishna. Devotees in the scripture, devotees that we know, the entire planet of devotees who don't know they are devotees yet.
Now, it also is even more...
This topic came to me when I was on hold on the phone. Dealing with customer service representatives or those who deal with people on behalf of companies can be very instructive. It is a testimony about how challenging it can be to deal with the stress of working with the public, or doing a difficult job. Although some manage to be reasonably kind, considerate and thoughtful, many seem like they don’t really care about you or their work.
There is some amazing statistic that 70 % of people don...
In Honor of the auspicious passing of His Grace Aindra Prabhu
Yesterday around 7:45 pm central time His Grace Aindra Prabhu passed away. He left this world in presence of his Deities offering them obeisances. Last night we had a kirtan program from 11 to 3 am and from 9 am today we are performing a 24 hour kirtan yajna till 4:30 the next morning. We also have special guest, the Surya boys bus tour from Alachua who will be accompanying all the programs of...
I spent few days visiting him up in his room. So much nectar, I can share some later. He wanted the harmonium to be sold only if it was going to be used for harinam sankirtan and not home use.
Fri, 08/20/2010 - 19:13 — Neophyte
Please Forgive my Ignorance
Please forgive my ignorance, but can you tell me the significance of the dark colored, polished stones and fossil-looking objects?
Thank you, kindly....