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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 47 weeks 5 hours ago
    SELF-ABSORPTION isn’t thought of favorably and generally means to be excessively concerned with one’s own life and interests without taking into consideration other people. Some synonyms are egoism, self-centeredness, narcissism, self-importance, self-preoccupation, etc. However, in my thinking this morning while chanting, which is the attempt to “hear” God in his holy names, or become absorbed in the Supreme Self, we need to be self-absorbed in the sense of becoming aware of those parts of...
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  • Jan@VEDA's picture
    Posted: 47 weeks 7 hours ago
    svAyambhuvo dhurjatayaz ca sarve prAdurbhave suSThu jaTA-ghaTAyAm succhAyakAH sUrya-samAz ca vRkSA AbAla-zobhAH sanakAdi-vac ca From the branches and roots of the trees of Vraja all BrahmAs and Zivas emanate. Although the trees of Vraja are as splendid as the sun, they still are wonderful parasols to shade one from the sun's rays. They shine with the luster of youth, just as the four KumAras. (VizvanAtha CakravartI ThAkura - VrajarIticintAmaNi 2.21, trans. Kuzakratha dAsa) gopI-svarUpApti-para-...
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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 47 weeks 6 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    I am entering the mood of preparing for my talk a week from Friday, on the 20th. This means for me, hours of chanting, prayer, deep contemplation and writing, in order to be as prepared as possible to say what is most essential for the audience who might attend. I always keep high ideals! The presence of my listeners is a gift for me since they bring me to higher levels of being, knowing and loving in devotion. Though I am responsible for what I bring to any discussion, the audience is...
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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 48 weeks 5 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    Examining my life and studying the endeavors of the young and old, I find this energy or push to find one’s calling, one’s “authentic” or real self, one of primary motivators in life. If we are thoughtful and blessed this should tell us something, as does the fact that our life goes through stages, is of short duration, and seems to be always threatened by non-existence. Behind everything is a message and lesson to learn. We can learn to listen or dull this urge through the endless...
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  • Jan@VEDA's picture
    Posted: 49 weeks 10 hours ago
    yamadibhir yoga-pathaih kama-lobha-hato muhuh mukunda-sevaya yadvat tathatmaddha na samyati It is true that by practicing restraint of the senses by the yoga system one can get relief from the disturbances of desire and lust, but this is not sufficient to give satisfaction to the soul, for this [satisfaction] is derived from devotional service to the Personality of Godhead. (SB 1.6.35) yogam nishevato nityam kayas cet kalpatam iyat tac chraddadhyan na matiman yogam utsrijya mat-parah Although...
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