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One of the mothers?

The Sister (nun) who raised me is frequently critical of choices I make in my life. For many years she referred to me with a nick-name which meant I was a drug-user, which she came up with after an event when other girls were arguing and I separated myself from them and laid back in the grass and looked up at the sky. She said my laying back in the grass meant I was using drugs. I told her it did not mean that, it only meant I didn't want to be part of the argument. However, no matter how much I protested the name, she continued to call me that name for many years. During those years I did not use drugs, I sought out dentists who would would work on me without medication, later I went through two major surgeries and related hospitalizations without pain medication. My actual choices in this matter are lost to her. She still continues to call me her drugie-related nickname.
She once struck me with the back of her hand, splitting my lip open. She said this was because I had smiled at her in way she felt was insincere. I did learn a lesson from this, not to smile too quickly at others.
She repeatedly berates me, shows anger about my life choices.
Recently my husband left his body. Although I had not told her about him, when I shared the news of his passing, she yelled some things about him (I can't imagine there is any truth to what she said) that were disturbing to hear, then directed her attack at me saying many things about her opinion of the poor state of my brain.
I struggled for years, when I was younger it disturbed me very much the names she called me. I can't follow her instructions for my life. She has strong disapproval of vegetarian diet. She doesn't like my choice of religion. Yet she is the woman who raised me for part of my youth. Also she is a woman who has devoted her life to serving the Lord. Wouldn't she be considered one of my 'mothers'? I feel I am supposed to respect her.
I am grateful for the many good things she taught me.
What is a KC way to understand this woman and my relationship with her?
What is the KC way to relate to her?

Question

It seems like I can post a forum topic but I cannot see what I wrote. Am I banned or quarantined from the forums for some reason?

Ekatepnha

Las Vegas Nevada Temple

Good Afternoon All,
Might anyone have any info as to if there is a temple in Las Vegas, Nevada?
I've searched online and on the Krishna.com temple list and have found a couple of addresses but nothing seems concrete. Might there be a website for this temple?

Thank you for your time,
Kind Regards,
Catherine Siegel

Just Landed.........

Hello!!!

Just arrived here and I am looking forward to my time here! I am a novice in terms of Krishna, and so have much learning to do! I would love to hear from anyone in the Merseyside area, and if there are any Krishna groups in Liverpool.
I have previously read books by Rudolf Steiner, Alan Watts and Adyashanti, I have believed in reincarnation since twelve years of age, it just "felt" right! I know Life is Eternal, and have no fear of leaving my body!
I enjoy helping people whenever I can, I love vegetarian food, comedy and rock music. My wife and I enjoy chanting Hare Krishna and feel uplifted when doing the chanting.

Namaste,

Lenny

Inscrutable law of karma

Euthanasia and law of karma

Much interesting and intelligent debate has been going on in the press and the media on the justification or otherwise, of passive euthanasia which the Supreme Court has recently held as allowable in extreme situations involving terminally ill patients, even as it rejected a plea for its use in the case of a woman who has been in a vegetative state for nearly four decades.

The medical and para medical staff of KEM hospital who have maintained this woman in coma, for over 37 years and well-nigh adopted her as one of their own, celebrated the Supreme Court judgement with glee and distributing sweets.

Even if some urban Indians, not only strongly favour euthanasia, but go a step further and plead that it is in the interest and welfare of the person suffering, the western world – specially Europeans, fully understand the widely held Indian perceptions against it. Because, in almost all of Europe too, there is an ongoing debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Assisted suicide laws in Europe are lucid and clear in some States but vague, imprecise, ambiguous – if they exist at all – in others. Nevertheless, it is considered contrary to medical ethics for a doctor to assist a suicide.

German court ruling
It was only in June 2010, Germany's highest criminal court ruled that passive assisted suicide is legal if the patient has explicitly decreed his or her wish that treatment used to keep the patient alive should be terminated.

Turning off a ventilator or cutting a feeding tube fall under the category of permissible forms of terminating treatment. The Indian Supreme Court may have used this as a reference in its recent judgment.

Passive assisted suicide is also legal if the process of dying has irreversibly begun. Active assisted suicide remains illegal in Germany.

Liberal Swiss Laws
Switzerland has non-interventionist laws on assisted suicide in comparison with many other countries, although the practice is also legal in Belgium and the Netherlands. In recent years, hundreds of people have trudged to Switzerland to use the services of Dignitas, a leading assisted suicide organisation in the Alpine nation, founded by a Swiss human rights lawyer.

Many go on this gory journey with a ‘one-way-ticket', from Germany and Britain, where assisted suicide remains illegal.

In Switzerland, all that is needed is for a doctor to authenticate that the person in question wishes to depart this life and then write down a prescription for a fatal dose of the barbiturate sodium pentobarbital.

People wishing to die are accompanied by a ‘suicide aide,' ut patients administer the dose themselves.

Dutch rights
The Netherlands is yet another European nation where very under the weather people have the right to medical assistance to slay themselves, if they choose to do so.

About 2,000 people die through assistance from the doctor each year. Belgium too, allows physician-assisted death in various incarnations.

Sweden has no law specifically proscribing assisted suicide. Neighbouring Norway has criminal sanctions against assisted suicide by using the charge “accessory to murder”. Denmark, France and Finland have nothing in their criminal code about assisted suicide.

In Italy the action is legally outlawed, although pro-euthanasia activists in Rome and Turin are pressing hard for law reform. Luxembourg does not outlaw assistance in suicide because suicide itself is not a crime.

In Scotland, England and Wales there is a likelihood of up to 14 years imprisonment for anybody supporting suicide. Oddly, suicide itself is not a crime, having been decriminalised in 1961. Thus, it is a crime to assist in a non-crime. Assisted suicide is a crime in the Republic of Ireland.

In my view there is a world of difference between a non-Indian faith that does not believe in another life and the Indian that is founded on the beginningless-endless continuum of life. Sankaracharya's Bhaja Govindam says:

“Punarapi jananam punarapi maranam,

Punarapi janani jatare sayanam”.

Meaning: “Birth leads to death, to birth again, from the mother's womb”.

The endless cycle itself is woven around the theory of karma which conveys very plainly, that all thoughts, words, actions of a person, produce an equivalent reaction or result, for himself — here itself or, hereinafter in a future life or lives. One will enjoy or suffer the results of one's deeds. Even the good great lord is not exempted. As Vamana, he interned the great Bali, unjustly. And when he incarnated as Krishna, he was tied down with ropes, by his own mother!

The Indian faith, therefore, reconciles to everyone's pleasures and pains as a means to work out the individual's baggage of past Karmas.

Let me emphasise that I am not canvassing this faith. It just happens to be there in the depths of the Indian faith, for millennia and cannot be wished away.

In this situation, while the ongoing debate would look perfectly logical, the abiding faith of a large community needs to be factored in.

There seems to be no logic in faith, whether in India or elsewhere. But, there it is — a baggage of sorts, most cannot do without. If you terminate a suffering prematurely, another life would be needed to finish up and disband.

As the scriptures say: “Sukritam dushkritam chaiva gachantam anugachathi”. Meaning: “What goes along as baggage of the departed are the good and bad deeds, only”. That enigmatic, unfathomable, inscrutable law of karma cannot be swiped away or escaped, by euthanasia.

MOHAN MURTI

(The author is former Europe Director, CII)
Hindu Business Line - März 21, 2011:
blfeedback@thehindu.co.in)

iskcon camps??

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i wud lyk 2 be a part of it!
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Why a pentagram?

At the Radha Krsna temple in Miami FL they have a beautiful temple with a marble floor, but there's a pentagram built into the floor? I'm intrested in learning about krsna and all things related to him but as a reformed christian i only know this to be a sign of the devil.... I know hinduism was around much much before christianity and the christains could have taken this symbol and put their own spin on it, if so what does this symbol mean in relation to Lord Sri Krsna?

PS: I didn't feel comfortable asking this question at the temple so i thought i'd try it here,Thankyou.

Tulasi plant

Hello, I just moved to FL and want to take advantage of this warm weather by growing a Tulsi plant and using it for worship. But, which type of tulsi should i get or do they all serve the same purpose? + Any info on the subject of how to grow or worship her would be much appreciated. Hare Krsna!

Krishna's Army

In the Mahabharata war, Krishna gives himself to one side, the Pandavas and gives his army
to the opposing side, the Kauravas.

Krishna has stated clearly that the war had to occur
to protect dharma and its associated principles of truth, justice, etc. This is a war of Good against Evil.
Krishna has clearly stated that the Pandavas are on the side of dharma and Kauravas on the side of adharma. So, Krishna's message in the Bhagavad-Gita to Arjuna is that he must fight.

Krishna gives his army to the Kaurvas, who are on the side of evil. I don't understand why He didn't give both Himself and His army to the Pandavas. I understand that Duryodhana was distantly related to Krishna and so he asked Krishna for his help. So, an argument could be made that Krishna was following social protocols. This argument doesn't make sense. In any case, Krishna has shown He was more than willing to break social protocols if needed.

I have heard people of many different religions including Hindus in India describe these actions of Krishna as "wicked, sinister, ungodly," etc. I would greatly appreciate an intelligent response to this.

Hare Krishna<

Jay