Pure Krishna Bhakti is the Way
If we want to be fully happy, the way to achieve this is pure Krishna bhakti. To whatever extent we mix sense gratificatory desires into bhakti, to that extent we will experience anxiety. Therefore those who are fully intelligence desire pure bhakti and nothing else. The Vedic wisdom promotes pure bhakti. And all the great acharyas, the great spiritual masters who have guided the Vedic civilization for thousands of years, have all promoted pure bhakti. So it is very clear from many different angles of vision that pure bhakti is the way to go for getting out of the cycle of birth and death, for achieving the perfectional stage of perfect spiritual enlightenment.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
I just read this neat little artcle entitled "How I met Krishna" and thought I'd share it.
"Coming face-to-face with the much-venerated Govardhan Hill for the first time can be an awesome experience. It is a fairly widespread hill made up of large stones. The first thought that comes to mind is - is this the same hill that the seven-year-old Krishna lifted so effortlessly on his little finger? The logical mind refuses to accept it, but then, who is to argue with religious mythology?"
Now that your interest is peaked, you may want to follow this link to read the rest:
I wanted to discuss the beautifull Siva-Gita which is part of the Padma Purana,and it is a conversation between Lord Rama and Lord Siva.In it,Lord Shiva describes Himself as `The Supreme Lord` and `the faultless Lord of the Veda`s and of Brahma.` Lord Shiva also states that `I am alone the One who revealed by all the Veda`s.I am the author of Vedanta,and I am alone the knower of the Veda`s.`I was the first of all! I am so even at the present,and I will be so in the future too.There is nothing other than I in this world.O leaders of Gods!There is nothing other than I in this world.There is nothing whatever other than Myself,either impermanent or permanent."
I often find that devotees of Krishna often seem to demean the role of Lord Shiva or decribe Him as a `demigod` but here we can see that He can also be described as `The Supreme Lord`,as is also `The One`.
. Thursday, August 16, 2007
Chapter VII – Vision of the Cosmic Form
What was asked by me, O all-pervasive Lord, that stands as such. Here, an answer was not received from You by me at all, O great Lord! 1
Your body, O Lord – being of limited measure – how is it the origination of all beings, their maintenance and dissolution? 2
How are the Deities bound to their respective duties stationed in You? How is it that all of them are one with You? How is it that the fourteen worlds (are one with You)? 3
O Lord! Even after hearing it from You, there is a great doubt in me. You must deign to dispel the doubt in my mind which suffers from incomprehension. 4
The Lord said:
Though the seed of the banyan tree is very tiny, the huge banyan tree always existed in it. Otherwise, how can that tree come out of that seed? 5
Similarly, O Rāma, the origination and dissolution of the beings take place in My body. Even a large mass of salt easily dissolves in water and is no more visible, but when (that water is) boiled that salt appears as before. 6
Just as light emanates every dawn from the solar sphere, similarly all the universe originates from Me, exists and then merges in Me. Everything is in Me. O Rāma of noble resolves! Know it thus. 7
O great Lord! Just as for a person confused regarding directions, the confusion is not removed even when correctly informed, similar is my delusion. What shall I do? 8
The Lord said:
O Rāma! I will show you how all this, the moving and the unmoving beings of the world subsist in Me. But you will not be able to see this. O son of Daśaratha, I will endow you with divine vision. Through that, shedding all fears, behold the expanse of everlasting luminosity of Mine. 9-10
My majesty cannot be perceived through physical eyes either by human beings or by celestial beings without My grace. 11
Having said thus, the Lord blessed him (Rāma) with divine vision. Then he (Rāma) saw the form of the Lord resembling subterranean fire. 12
Seeing that (form) luminous like millions of lightening flashes and striking intense terror even among the brave, Rāma in sheer fright, collapsed on his knees to the ground. Rāma, the dauntless hero, fell prostrate on the ground and again and again praising (the Lord) then rising, looked as far as he could. Rāma saw the form of the Lord, the Destroyer of Tripura, with sidereal universes inside it looking like she-sparrows, in constellations of luminous blaze. 13-15
He saw (within the form of the Lord) the mountains like Meru, Mandara and Vindhyā, the seven seas, the sun and the moon, the Gods and the five elements. 16
The son of Daśaratha beheld the forests, the holy mountains, the fourteen worlds and the entire cosmic expanse. He saw the battles between the Devas and the Asuras; those born and yet to be born; the ten incarnations of Viṣṇu and the His sports in those incarnations. 17
O dvijas, He saw the defeat of the Devas, the burning of Tripura and the extinction of all that is born and yet to be born. Beholding all this, Rāma filled with fear, prostrated again and again. (At this point) true wisdom dawned on Raghunandana (Rāma), and he extolled Śankara with meaningful hymns that contain the very essence of the Upanishads18-21
O Lord! The Destroyer of distress of those who take refuge in You! Be gracious! Be gracious! O Lord of the universe! O, Thou worshipped by the Universe! Be gracious! Thou the Bearer of the Ganges, with moon adorning Your crest! Protect me, helpless as I am, from the fear of births and deaths. 22
O Lord! This world, indeed, is born only from You, in You alone the created beings live always, O Śambhu! Into You alone they undergo merger, just like trees and creepers into the earth. 23
O Wielder of the trident! Brahmā, Indra and Rudra, the Maruts, the Gandharvas, the Yakṣas, Asuras, the community of Siddhas, rivers like the Ganges, the oceans, all of them live in the midst of Your person. O Moon-crested One! Everything is illusorily projected by Your māyā. In You alone, the universe attains perceptibility. All this is perceived by the common people mistakenly (as real), just as silver is seen in a seashell or a rope is mistaken for a snake. 24-25
Filling the entire universe with Your splendour, manifesting things by Your own resplendence, O God of Gods, without Your light, this universe cannot be perceived even for a moment. 26
Great things do not rest on flimsy support. One single atom cannot support the Vindhyā mountains. This universe rests on Your person through Your māyā alone. I am convinced now about this. 27
Just as a fear-causing snake appearing in the rope has not really come into being, nor exists, nor undergoes destruction, similarly is the universe too taking shape in You, through that sheer māyā of Yours, O Nilakaṇṭha. 28
When it is enquired as to Your body assuming the nature of being, the very basis for the world of manifestation, that itself is seen to be certainly due to my ignorance. Thou art wholly the nature of Consciousness and Bliss. 29
O Destroyer of Tripura, Thou alone, being praised, bestow upon the enjoyers the fruits of the eminently meritorious acts, performance of Vedic sacrifices and charitable acts. But even this statement is not fully true because there is nothing different from You at all. 30
The Sages declare those as deluded by ignorance who mistakenly think that Śiva, Lord of the Himālayas, is pleased by external acts of worship and services. How can there be any desire for pleasure for one who is formless? 31
O Supreme Lord! Even the sovereignty of all the three worlds, You bestow as a reward on those people who offer You a leaf or a little water. I deem it all as the work of ignorance. 32
You pervade all the quarters and the intermediate directions. Thou art the universe, secondless, the infinite and the eternal. Even when this universe become extinct, there is no loss to You, just as there is no detriment to space (within a pot), when the pot is broken. 33
Just as the one, single Sun in the sky gets its many reflections in various vessels of water, so Thou, O Lord, art (variously) reflected in different minds. 34
There is nothing to be done by You even when the world is created, protected and dissolved. Even then, You bestow heaven etc. on the souls beginninglessly embodied according to their mortal fruits. It all happens as in a dream. 35
O Śambhu! For the two inert bodies, the subtle (sūkṣma) and the gross (sthūla) there could be no consciousness without the Self. Therefore, the scriptures, O enemy of Tripura, speak of pleasure and pain experienced through Your reflection in them. 36
Prostrations to Thee, O Swan in the ocean of Existence and Consciousness; prostrations to Thee, O Blue-Throated One, the very form of Time; prostrations to Thee, the Destroyer of all sins; prostrations to Thee, the one (witness) experiencer of the functions of the mind, which after all is illusory. 37
Prostrating thus before the Lord of the universe, standing with folded hands before Him, the over-awed Rāma praised the supreme Lord in so many words. 38
O Self of the universe! Withdraw this cosmic form of Yours. By Thy grace, O Śambhu, the ocean of the world (of existence) has been seen (by me). 39
The Lord said:
O Rāma, the mighty-armed! There is nothing other than I.
Saying thus, the Lord withdrew the Gods and the other (forms) into His own form. 40
Closing his eyes in sheer delight, Rāma again opened his eyes and saw the Lord standing over the tiger-skin on the crest of the (Himālaya) mountain. Rāma saw Lord Nilakaṇṭha with three eyes and five faces, donning the tiger skin, His person adorned with sacred ash, wearing the serpents as His bracelets and sacred thread, wearing matted locks, blazing like lightening. (He saw) the One, the Lord of the universe, with moon on His crest, the supremely adorable, assuring freedom from fear, with four arms, holding a battle-axe, with a deer in one hand. 41-44
Then prostrating, Rāma, at the Lord’s command, sat in front of Him. Then, the God of Gods told Rāma, “Whatever you want to ask, O Rāma, you can ask of Me. There is no preceptor for you other than I.” 45
Thus ends the seventh chapter called the Vision of the Cosmic Form in the form of a dialogue between Śiva and Rāma in the Śiva-Gītā an upaniṣad delivering Brahma-vidyā, and a yoga śāstra occurring in the Padma Purāṇa.
Source: Śiva-Gītā. Trans. P.K. Sundaram. Chennai: The Centernarian Trust, 1997.
|| ॐ नमः शिवाय ||
Also see: Siva-Gita Intro and Chapter VI.
Posted by Agnideva at 13:22
Labels: Philosophy, Prayers, Scriptural Excerpts, Shaivite Tradition, Vedant
jaya om visnu-pada paramahamsa parivarjakacarya astottara-sata sri srimad a. c. bhaktivedanta svami maharaja –ki jaya!
My Dearly Beloved Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada – eternal father of my eternal soul …
I prostrate this broken, nearly useless body at your lotus feet. My body, my mind, my heart –these are temporary things –but they belong to you, as long as breathing remains … fit for nothing, but ever-ready to serve you.
The only lasting thing of me is my soul. Take it please, and make it right, good, pure and useful: fashion it somehow into a proper thing so that I may be of some usefulness in your eternally-perfect, heavenly mission.
You somehow deigned to enter this terrible and dangerous material world for a little time, in order to bring us news of your friend, Krishna.
Without you, the world would be an even lesser place than it is, without any hope at all.
It is so difficult to imagine how you eagerly chose to leave that eternally-ecstatic Goloka world named for the Supreme Person of persons, Sri Krishna … where every “thing” is actually a living personality, whose only thought is of Krishna … just to guide the lost souls of this insignificant planet back home – Back to Godhead.
How odd, how strange, how confining this place must have been for you!…
You, who have known unlimited sporting pastimes in the forest bowers of Goloka Vrindavan with Sri Sri Radha-Krishna for a whole eternity of endless time!
Yet by your unimaginable mercy you chose to come – to save all of us imprisoned here – helplessly caught up in the never-ending cycle-web of Samsara. Caught up by our own sins! We so ignorantly spend-out our lives trying to avoid accepting the truth: everything here in this material world dies … time-after-time; life-after-life; birth-after-death after death-after-birth.
You so generously spent-out a whole entire lifetime, tirelessly serving Lord Krishna, by serving His lost and bewildered prodigal children.
Telling us who we really are, and where we really belong, day-after-day; year-after-year; book-by-book. Ten thousand years’ worth of Truth!
So simple a Truth!
And so simple and easy are your Instructions of how to get (the literal HELL) out of this miserable place –how to go back home: Back to Godhead!
Oh! The ecstatic transcendental love in every Krishna-filled word you have spoken, each book you have so carefully written … in your simple, grace-filled instructions!
Even just a little thing: the picking up of a pen – such an ordinary act – yet filled with the grace and dignity of an intimate associate of God Himself!
Is that how one picks up a pen in heaven? It certainly appears so!
I have loved to hear your voice, filled with such confidence, power and authority, from the moment I first heard you in that little storefront temple of heavenly bliss, in San Francisco!
Your words are always perfectly chosen according to time, place and circumstance: easy to understand, sweet nectar to even these dirty ears.
Each note of every one of your Bhajanas is filled with the potential hearing of the transcendental sound of Lord Krishna’s flute!
That old, dirty-golden curtain cord rope-belt that inspired you to bind my heart to Krishna with the transcendentally-golden Lila–Name of His rope-binding by Mother Yasoda is gone now.
Yet the dasa-name remains … as does my spoiled-child rebelliously-prodigal nature.
But by your unfathomable, merciful grace, there is hope … even for one as fallen as me.
My dear Srila Prabhupada, this offering will remain just what it is –an incomplete, half-offering, until I finally actually grow up, becoming a little genuine, and am able to get Back Home, and give it to you in person.
Until that day, please stick to me, don’t give up on me: somehow keep me enthused and on-course.
Your love is the only lifeline I’ve got.
I love you, Srila Prabhupada, beyond anything any words can tell.
Your always-fallen, ever-hopeful prodigal son,
Where to stay in Vrindavana? Can somebody suggest a good place near ISKCON temple which is also cheap?
I was looking for some suggestion on where to stay on my trip to Vrindavana. I have been there before and I stayed at a dharamshalla but I was not happy there particularly because they didn't had a hand shower attached with the toilet(I think it is called hand shower bidet in Europe). I had to use hand to wash off after attending the call of nature and was not very happy with it.
Can somebody suggest a place which has a handshower/bidet attached to the toilet? May be ISKCON guest house might have them but they are always full in festival times.
All replies will be appreciated. Thanks.
As such there is no direct solution to what I am asking, I still just felt like blowing out some whistles.
I don't know why so many people are against ISKCON. ISKCON is contributing so much in vrindavan area, distributing food and so many things.
I occasionally go to vrindavana and it is always a trouble with my parents who do not want me to go there even though I just go occasionally.
I don't chant at my home because it might make my parents unhappy. so i chant at local temple nearby.
Today, the priest at local temple starting asking 100 questions like why i am chanting while walking, why i am chanting at all, where did i learn this. I first wanted to avoid him but when he was asking many then i said okay i go to iskcon temple .
then he said you should go to banke bihari temple in vrindavana. That is the "real" temple. ISKCON is "just like that" built by the english. Many of these local priests are like that - racist .
Devotees in white bodies (those dancing white elephants) especially living in vrindavana, India should be very careful of people like these. Many of these local priests are just like that even though they might outwardly appear favourable - racist people.
Matajis, please cover your self very nicely . I have heard local people complaining about mothers in white bodies especially and especially those who are young. I suggest matajis can cover their face with a ghoonghat as described here ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoonghat ). It is very painful to hear those local people talk about women in our movement like this but so many people talk like that so it is hard to hard to fight with all.
I guess ghoonghat is a very good idea to save oneself from lust of other people. It is contaminating.
I am a neophyte devotee expressing my views. Sorry, if i said something wrong or something too much.
Best wishes to all devotees on journey back home.
Jai Shri Krishna!