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From Hating the Material World, to Seeing it As An Abode of Joy

PhotobucketI gleaned a deeper understanding from a feeling I sometimes think about: “I hate the material world”. I said this as I observed a trail of ants coming into the kitchen, knowing that I would have to spray and kill them to avoid being infested with a huge army of their hungry brethren. I really don’t like killing anything—not even gardening because I have to pull weeds and fight off the bugs to prevent them from eating the flowers and veggies.

Psychotherapy and the Practice of Krishna Consciousness

I have been speaking to a friend about how personal and spiritual growth can be related, or how our being balanced human beings in the mode of goodness is a good foundation for Krishna consciousness. Thus I thought of posting this article by my wife and I: Chanting the holy name and engaging in Bhakti-yoga (Krishna consciousness or devotional service) is the ultimate process of purification and healing in our tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. The process of counseling should be seen as an adjunct to the process of Krishna consciousness, and although it can be helpful for some devotees, it is not in itself the panacea for all our problems. The reason for bringing this up is that sometimes the question arises: “Why do we need anything other than our spiritual practices to be successful in our spiritual life?”


Feature 1: Modes of Combat Feature 2: Passion to Misery to Goodness—A Drama

Living and Dying for Krishna: Emperor Parikshit's example

Sukadeva Gosvami instructs King Parisit Pictures, Images and Photos

For our benefit
Krishna arranged the curse
so Shukadeva could speak
Parikshit would inquire
all could hear Krishna katha
which destroys materialistic life
giving a higher taste
maturing into Krishna Prema.

Part II—Contented, Tormented, Demented: The Economy in Three Modes

Knowledge of the three modes (guṇa-traya) proves to be fruitful on a variety of levels. The principles that offer insight into the working of individuals also illuminate the characteristics of entire cultures or civilizations.

"Uselessly Opinionated, Professional debators"

Just the Monday we honored the great Vaishnava Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura. A week earlier I was gifted with one of his amazing works, the "Sri Caitanya Siksamrta".

I thought that I should just browse through the book. As I was in the middle of some other books. However book itself told me not to read it. As checked the index index I found this interesting topic, 'Studying Many Scriptures'

this is what is said,

Texas Faith 6: What thinker most influenced you?

Dallas Morning News,

Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.

Story about "What is Important?" and a Prayer for Balance

Teacher makes point


A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty widemouthed gallon jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.[This is a story which is used in the Japa Retreat for setting our priorities of what is really important. I also found in on the Internet taken here with a little modification (i.e., "swanning")]

Evening with The Veronica's II

Over a thousand rockers danced as the sounds of electro rock fused with the building. Shouting out each and every word, the fans were absorbed in the catchy riffs and tunes that jumped from the stage. Some noticed an unfamiliar scene adjacent the stage. An excellently dressed Krishna girl dressed in a wonderful red sari with full regalia. An equally well dressed little Krishna girl and along with the dad. The dad's white tilak and white dhoti glowed under the black light.

Vrindavana:The Land Beyond Death and Doubt--the Homeland of the Heart

Machines are king
The Iron Age of Quarrel
or the machine/garbage age,
glorifies technology
along with those
who can run it,
considering them most interesting,
important—even supreme
things and persons.

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