Monday, November 30, 2015

The Tao of Krsna

There is nothing not of God,
Infinite energies of God,
An entire spectrum of energies,
Higher and lower,
But all of God.

Think of the Earth,
And everything upon it.
Everything that we see is nothing but earth -
The trees, the rivers, the mountains,
And even the cars and buildings and the pollution
All of it is the Earth.
As all of it was produced from the Earth,
None of it was borrowed from somewhere else.
It is simply all various energies of the Earth.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happiness and DIstress - Again and Again and Again

As human beings, we are ever striving to be happy. We believe it our birthright. We structure our life in such a way that, at every moment, we can have the greatest happiness, and concomitantly, the least possible unhappiness or distress. 

And yet, we generally fail miserably!  We work desperately to make ourselves happy, and sometimes, it appears to work - while at other times, despite our best efforts, happiness completely eludes us.  Sometimes, happiness just hits us, out of the blue, regardless of other circumstances.  But mostly, we think we made it happen. 

And then there are the darker times. Not necessarily total desperation, but simply blasé, apathetic, lackluster - simply missing something.  And of course, there are those horrid times - the worst of times, everything is wrong, bad, dark, miserable.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Phrase - "HUMAN FORM OF LIFE IS MEANT FOR" In Prabhupada's Books

According to the Vedic perspective, there are said to be 8,400,000 species of life, and of those 400,000 are human. The human form is considered to be a rare opportunity, as we have greater intelligence than other forms, and the free will to utilize that life either for sense gratification or for spiritual advancement.

Utilizing the Gitabase android app (Gitabase.com), I searched through the works of my spiritual master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada for the specific phrase "Human form of life is meant for".  In other words, those exact words had to come up.  They actually came up a total of 99 times, but many of those were in lectures, classes, and room conversations.  Copying only those that were in his actual printed books, I came up with these 14. (I think I got them all.)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sweet Reciprocation with Krishna

As I age, the reality of janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi -- birth, death, old age and disease become very obvious, especially the old age and disease, and sometimes its nice to find something that makes it sweeter.  I've been reading The Heart of Transcendental Book Distribution by Aindra Dasa (available as a free PDF download from Krishnapath.org), and found this particular section very sweet and comforting.

"God is always behind every major and minor happening of the world. Sometimes Krishna gives trouble to the youthful gopis by pinching them or harassing them along the way, toppling their head- or hip-held pots of milk, yogurt, and ghee. At other times He sends them gunja-malas or love messages tremulously inscribed with the juice of red roses by His own hand. Whatever He does, He simply wants to increase their affection for Him, to somehow draw their attention toward Him. Similarly, all tribulation as well as all jubilation experienced in the course of life’s sojourn is but Krishna’s attempt to get our attention, to elicit our reciprocation in various ways. In His childhood, Krishna would often break the motherly gopis’ carefully kept pots of yogurt, butter, and ghee, pinch their babies to make them cry, or mischievously urinate on their freshly cleansed floors before escaping; and the gopis, though not catching Him in the act, would easily surmise that it was all His handiwork.