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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

we are alone here - who am I kidding?

We come into this world alone and leave alone. In the middle, we accumulate layers of stuff in the name of family, friends, entertainment, career, hobby, sports, science etc.

All these so called layers are built by man to forget our lonely condition. Loneliness brings depression which is all-miserable. Just to deny this singular truth of loneliness, we have created a complex society with many rules. Unfortunately, death brings an end to the society we have built. Death is seen as the end. If we think about it, everyone knows we will die but then why do we lament over death? But it is not death per se which is sad but the void the person leaves behind is what is depressing. This feeling of void and eventually loneliness is a symptom of temporary nature.

So, let us get real for a minute. If everything and everyone will fade away with time, then is there a way out of this temporary lonely nature? Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that He is the true and real friend for all living beings. He stands the test of time and accompanies the individual in all ups and downs of life and in life and in death. Those who do not know or understand Krishna, from the Bhagavad Gita, we understand that Krishna is the Supreme Being and that He is the eternal well wisher for us. So it is in our best interest to try to know and understand Him.

The saints who follow the Vedic paradigm understand the very nature of this world. Therefore they vehemently dissuade us from cultivating an attitude of attachment to the material world. So we may have our family, friends, money, house etc but if we are deeply attached to them and when it fades away with time, we will feel the void and loneliness leading to depression. Therefore it is in our best interest to understand Krishna who does not fade away with time and who actually will stand beside us when everything fades away.

So who are we kidding, everything and everyone here is temporary and at one point or the other there will be a void that cannot be filled and this void will make us lonely and depressed. The only way according to the Bhagavad Gita is to spend our human life (apart from maintaining a worldly life) trying to understand and know Krishna. Knowing Krishna will help us fight this temporary lonely world. Seek and find Krishna!

Hare Krishna.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

about the things we love

we always meditate and talk about the things we love.

I love my job, I constantly work on my job and try to make it better.
I love money, I constantly meditate and talk about how to make money.
I love my car, I constantly discuss about cars and the quality of my car.
I love my wife and family, I constantly meditate and serve my family.

Therefore, this is a natural process.

Similarly, if we love Krishna, then constantly we will meditate, serve and talk about Krishna thus fulfilling Mahaprabhu's prayer of "yare deko tare kaho Krishna upadesh".

This is preaching. Therefore preaching is but a natural output of one's love for Krishna.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How to directly relate with Krishna?

Satisfying the senses or enjoying material life without Krishna is a non-devotee.

Satisfying the senses or enjoying material life ONLY by satisfying the senses of the Supreme Lord is a devotee (yajnarthat karma) - SB 4.18.6; BG 3.9

Krishna is not an object or concept or phenomenon. Krishna is a person. Therefore, satisfying Krishna means one has to have a relationship with Him.

Because we cannot see and relate with Krishna like Arjuna did, we have to engage in a relationship with His pure representative (guru) in a mood of awe and reverance.

This relationship and mood with his representative (guru) is similar to relating directly with Krishna in that mood.

Thus when Krishna is actually satisfied by our submissive relationship with guru, we will also be able to relate directly with Krishna like Arjuna did.