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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Life is easy till we complicate it

Western culture means complicated superficial culture. Western culture believes in industrialization and today all of the world is following this culture thinking it to be the most civilized culture. But if we look at data objectively, you will find all the diseases, depression, wars, natural resources depletion takes place in urban populated centers, not in places where there is no industrialization. In other words, the true cost of industrialization is our own physical and mental health.

On the other hand, people from the east are supposed to be more spiritual in tune with nature more. Unfortunately, more and more this is not the case any more. The art of simple living and high thinking is completely lost. Srila Prabhupada constantly preached the concept of a simple life on what he called "getting away from unnecessary necessities". People today are more connected with facebook than they are with their next door neighbors.

Anyways...here is a man who is showing us how to live a simple yet a very happy life - example is better than precept. From watching this video, I concluded, he may not be a university graduate but surely a very intelligent, sensitive and common sense individual - things you don't learn in universities.

Hare Krishna

Monday, March 16, 2015

Prayer of a pure devotee

An Acharya is teaching by example. If this is humility in Krishna consciousness, then I consider myself less than a neophyte.

Personally, I have no hope for any direct service for the coming crores of births of the sojourn of my life, but I am confident that some day or other I shall be delivered from this mire of delusion in which I am at present so deeply sunk. Therefore let me with all my earnestness pray at the lotus feet of my divine master to allow me to suffer the lot for which I am destined due to my past misdoings, but to let me have this power of recollection: that I am nothing but a tiny servant of the Almighty Absolute Godhead, realized through the unflinching mercy of my divine master. Let me therefore bow down at his lotus feet with all the humility at my command.

- Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja Offering, 1936

Hare Krishna

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Satyam Bruyat Priyam Bruyat

Satyam bruyat priyam bruyat ma bruyat satyam abruyat. It is social convention that if you want to speak truth, you speak truth very palatable, flattering. Don't speak unpalatable truth. But we are not meant for that purpose, social convention. We are preacher, we are servant of God. We must speak the real truth. You may like it or may not like it, that a godless civilization cannot be happy in any stage. That is a fact. Therefore we have started this Krsna consciousness movement to awaken this godless civilization, that you try to love God.

-Srila Prabhupada lecture to College Students -Seattle, October 20, 1968

The scriptures advise satyam bruyat priyam bruyat, "in the material world only palatable truths should be spoken. Unpalatable truths should be carefully avoided." Devotees always humbly offer respect to everyone, but when there is a discussion on a point of sastra, they do not observe the usual etiquette, satyam bruyat priyam bruyat. They speak only the satyam although it may not be necessarily be priyam

- Srila Prabhupada Letter to Sumati Murarji, 1976

Hare Krishna

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Symptoms of one who will take to Krishna Consciousness

There are symptoms for us to know if someone will take to the science of Bhagavad Gita or Krishna Consciousness or not. 

One symptom is if someone understands and accepts that this world is temporary will take to the message of Krishna in earnest. What I mean is when we internally accept the message of temporariness, then all so called problems of this world will come into focus more clearly. It will also help us to gradually give up our attachments of this world.

Another symptom of someone who will take to the message of the Gita is the fact that we are spiritual beings encased within a physical body. This also will help put things into focus as far as this world is concerned. This also will impact the way we live our daily lives as parents, student, employees, friends etc

If we study the Gita, we will find that Krishna also begins His message by speaking about these two crucial points. (1) we are spiritual beings (2) this world is temporary and that we should simply perform our duty without being disturbed.

These two points can be used as a way to assess if someone will take to Krishna Consciousness or not!

Hare Krishna

Monday, March 2, 2015

Why Krishna is not mentioned in the scriptures of the World?

A general criticism you will hear among people of all religions Christian, Jews, Muslims (including Hindus) etc is that if Krishna is indeed Supreme God, why He or His name is not specifically mentioned in the Bible or Torah or Quran or the four Vedas (Rg Sama Yajur and Atharva). Even in the four primary Vedas, the name Krishna is not explicitly mentioned as Swayam Bhagavan. Only I think in one place the name "Devaki nandan" is mentioned in the Upanishads. Otherwise, in the vast body of the four Vedas or Sruti, Krishna is not mentioned at all as Swayam Bhagavan, why?

For us to understand this contradiction requires one to understand the nature of God. Below are some points to consider;

  1. God is so great that He chooses not to reveal Himself to anyone BUT only to His pure devotees who love Him without any conditions.
  2. The scriptures such as Bible, Quran Vedas etc DO NOT teach pure devotional service. They only teach religious and moral values, elevation to heaven and moksha (this is not pure devotion) 
  3. Pure devotion is accepted by only highly elevated souls and not the common man.
  4. So because the above popular scriptures are mainly targeted to a larger audience who have all sorts of material desires, God chooses NOT TO reveal His name or form in these scriptures.
  5. Therefore continuing that line of thought, Srimad Bhagavatam is considered Supreme Scripture as it was spoken and heard ONLY for the sake of PURE DEVOTION to BHAGAVAN - hence the title of the book Bhagavatam - that which is related to Bhagavan.
  6. Bhagavad Gita is the prerequisite study to understand Bhagavatam.

There are many types of services to God - only the one with an "x" in the table below will give us understanding into the "true' nature of God. if you tick yourself in other boxes, we cannot understand God (what to speak of scientists and atheists). The grey box indicates null&void.

Type of service
for pleasing one's self only (impure)

for pleasing God and one's self (mixed)

for pleasing God only (pure)


Hare Krishna