People are too hung up on this concept of "keeping everything relaxed" and "keeping everyone happy"
Sometimes people need a little dose of MEDICINE and it's not always pleasant.
No normal Doctor you go to will tell you "yes, I will cure your disease, and I will make certain you will feel very comfortable during the entire surgery and you will always feel and think I am really nice and friendly, and nothing will ever make you feel offended".
Well, if that person has a very bad disease that...
When my niece was 14 years old (she's a much more mature 15 now :) we got into an argument about something she was doing that was bothering me.
I told her so, and I really was not as nice about it as I usually am, since it involved something that was very important to me, and I wanted to be firm.
So, of course she was really upset, because she had never heard me talk that way to her (or anyone else).
So, she said to me:
"I sure hope you're alright cause you don't sound like you are!"
The other night I went to a meeting in the town where I live. It's a group of spiritually minded people who get together to talk about spiritual subjects.
I had never been before, and in fact, I didn't even know it existed in our little rural Southern town, until a friend of mine told me about it. He goes and thought I might find it interesting. So, I went.
Well, there were all kinds of spiritual subjects being discussed, that's for sure.... depending on your definition of "spiritual".
There is a famous story about a Taoist farmer that goes like this:
This farmer had only one horse, and one day the horse ran away. The neighbors came to console him over his terrible loss. The farmer said, "What makes you think it is so terrible?"
A month later, the horse came home--this time bringing with her two beautiful wild horses. The neighbors became excited at the farmer's good fortune. Such lovely strong horses! The farmer said, "What makes you think this is good fortune?"
So much of our devotional lives depend on our relationships with other devotees. We can't please Krishna if we can't get along nicely and have good relationships with His devotees.
Sometimes, it's easy to get caught up in the various struggles we face, and as a result we start thinking in terms of only what we need. Not just materially, but in relation to our spiritual needs. We think about who we need to spend time with, what things could be done by others for us that would help us in our...
"A lucid dream, also known as a conscious dream, is a dream in which the person is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. During lucid dreams, it is possible to exert conscious control over the dream characters and environment, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Lucid dreams can be extremely real and vivid depending on a person's level of self-awareness during the lucid dream."
Definition from Wikipedia
In this material world, we are all...
This is a something I wrote for my own personal blog, I'm just re-copying it here. So, where I say "I say here in my profile" I don't mean my profile here on Connect, I am referring to my profile there.
I say here in my profile that I am interested in serious Krsna consciousness. What that means to me is knowing where you're heading and doing everything possible to get there.
Seriousness to me has nothing whatsoever to do with fanaticism. Fanaticism is brittle, it breaks under pressure. It...
I love sayings like this, there is always so much truth in these old sayings, that's why they keep beings said for hundreds of years, by all different cultures, in various ways.
This particular saying is one of my favorites.
It refers to the concept of getting so involved in "winning" a particular argument, or being right in a particular situation, that even though we may accomplish "winning" that particular time, in essence, winning that time may be the very thing that causes us to "Lose The...
Hare Krishna. :)
This week I had an interesting comment from someone about being a Free Spirit.
I was told by this person, that them, a friend of ours, and I, all got along very well because we were all "free spirits"....
Now, this really was funny to me, because I don't have any idea what they mean when they say "free spirit".
So, I told them:
"Well, thank you. I'm so glad that we all get along so well" :)
"Now, will you please tell me, what is a free spirit" ???
"What do you mean when you say...
Familiarity Breeds Contempt
This is an old saying that means:
The more we know someone the more likely we are to find fault with them.
Srila Prabhupad used this saying and warned us about it.
Sometimes we are very fortunate and we get some very nice association with devotees.
We begin to feel comfortable with them, close to them, and we start to get to know them a little better.
At that point in time we have to begin to remind ourselves of this principle...
Familiarity Breeds Contempt.