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Friday, July 31, 2015

all animals deserve to live - not just cecil!

I am surprised at how people are reacting to one dentist killing one lion. Yet, every year, in the US alone more than 150 million cows and pigs are slaughtered. Apparently, these people who cry wolf don't care about Rosy the cow and Honky the pig (I made those names up).

I understand that lion's are endangered species (at least this is my thought), still people's reaction on social media is that lion's deserve to live and not killed. Why they do not extend this idea to a cow, pig, chicken etc. This is yet another symptom of kali where hypocrisy rules.

People think while a lion deserves to live, a cow or pig can be slaughtered for selfish reasons. This sort of mentality is the reason why we engage in constant quarrel and fight (another symptom of kali). Cecil deserves to live and so do all other cows, pigs, chickens, aquatics etc.

Why is there such discrimination and hypocrisy!

Hare Krishna

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

He is no more...

When someone dies, for example I was reading APJ Abdul Kalam's recent death, the author of the article writes “he is no more”. Well…actually he is very much more. He is just no more in the form he took as brown skinned Indian looking male form etc. No more he will continue in that form. Based on his past karma, he will be given another form to continue his life journey. So when someone dies, we should not think he is no more rather think he does not exist in the same form but has taken a new form.

Hare Krishna

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Four Horsemen

Often times, we hear Prabhupada criticize the modern system of instant gratification and how its pervasive nature has and will spoil this world - indeed - we are living in a world of the cheater and cheated.

This documentary is a tell tale of the phenomenon of the cheater and cheated. I think every thinking individual should watch, understand, and realize this documentary and its impact on modern day living. If we are not part of the solution, we are...part of the problem!

The solution is simple living high thinking in God consciousness!

Enjoy the watch, it is 98 mins long.

Hare Krishna

Thursday, July 9, 2015

culture of vilification

We live in a culture of vilification where if someone commits a mistake or even a crime, even a bad one, by publicizing and putting that person to shame and throwing harsh words at that person kills any chance of that person to repent and change. No one is immune to mistakes. We all can succumb to temptations and make poor choices in life. No one is out of it. Therefore till we become perfect, it is improper for us to judge others no matter how bad the mistake may be. We should let the authorities and experts deal with the criminal or misdemeanor. But today we live in such a fault finding culture that the media feeds on this tendency like vultures. That is why all we see in the news is negative news, such negativity is everywhere and the media is cashing on it.

We live in a culture of cynicism, fault finding and intense doubt. How can anyone be happy in this negative culture? A bad person or criminal is never given a chance to repent and change due to media character assassination (vilification). Whatever happened to cast the sin and not the sinner! Therefore we have to be careful to not fall into the trap of finding fault with these people. Rather we should pray to Krishna (or at least stay neutral). My basic point is we should let the experts deal with misdemeanor or bad behavior and not allow such negative stories hamper our consciousness.

Hare Krishna

Monday, July 6, 2015

All that I know...

Before accepting the Bhagavad Gita, I wasn't very inclined to understand God or anything like that. So today after few years, honestly, nothing has changed except all that I know is...

  1. I am not this body, 
  2. Krishna is God
  3. Chant Hare Krishna and
  4. Prabhupada rocks! 
So somehow, with these four things, I share, speak and write. Some like it, many don't and call me out on my shallow understanding of the truth. It hurts for sometime but I convince myself to continue and do the show all over again. No one listens, no one cares but still I repeat the four things I know.

With only these four things not sure when the show will end though!

Hare Krishna

The ranking of Puranas

Suta Goswami spoke all eighteen major Puranas at Naimisharanya, and the sages present accepted them as authentic. Nonetheless, three groups of six Puranas each are meant for three different audiences, depending on which of the three modes of nature predominates each audience. But for each individual Purana the situation is more complex because most Puranas display some mixture of the modes. For example, the pastimes of Lord Krishna and those of Lord Ramachandra, which are in the mode of pure goodness (suddha satva), are described to some extent in most of the Puranas.

Despite vedic references, sometimes people criticize ISKCON saying that ISKCON ignores other Gods and other Puranic literature beyond Srimad Bhagavatam. I think ISKCON maintains vedic integrity (thus authentic in my opinion) than any so-called new-age advaita vadis.

The way to reconcile all the contradictory nature of the scriptures is by following in the footsteps of Mahajans (Mahajano yena gata sapamta). This is the criterion to understand Godhead or anything spiritual. On our own, reading scriptures is not permitted in the Vedas. It should be studied under a bonafide spiritual master following the parampara system.

Lord Shiva is one of the Mahajans and we follow His instructions. Below are His words to His wife Mother Parvati. It is taken from Padma Purana Uttara Khanda 236.18 - 20.

vaishnavam naradiyam cha
tatha bhagavatam shubham
garudam cha tatha padmam
varaham shubha-darshane
sattvikani puranani
vijneyani shubhani vai

"O beautiful one, the Vishnu Purana, the Narada Purana, the auspicious Bhagavata Purana, and the Garuda, Padma, and Varaha Puranas all belong to the mode of goodness. They are all considered auspicious.

brahmandam brahma-vaivartam
markandeyam tathaiva cha
bhavishyam vamanam brahmam
rajasani nibodhata

"Know that the Brahmanda, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Bhavishya, Vamana, and Brahma Puranas belong to the mode of passion.

matsyam kaurmam tatha laingam
shaivam skandam tathaiva cha
agneyam cha shad etani
tamasani nibodhata

"And know that these six Puranas belong to the mode of ignorance: the Matsya, Kurma, Linga, Shiva, Skanda, and Agni Puranas.

Reading these puranas come with its consequences. The whole point is to elevate one to higher consciousness and not degrade. However, one who is against God will degrade. Below Lord Shiva mentions the result of reading such scriptures.

satvika moksadah prokta 
rajasah sarvadashubhah 
tathaiva tamasa devi niraya prapti hetavah
tathaiva smrtayah prokta trsibhis trigunanvitah

Sattvika Puranas are said to give liberation, rajasika Puranas is everything inauspicious and tamasika Puranas cause one to go to hell, oh Devi!. Thus they should be remembered as endowed by three gunas. - Padma Purana Uttara Khanda 236.21-22

In these puranas stories are narrated in such a way to incite devotion to a particular god. Satvik puranas invoke devotion to Vishnu, rajasic to Brahma and tamasic to Shiva. As a result, one will find contradictions in Supremacy. Below is a criterion given by Lord Shiva to reconcile such contradiction.

ata uktam skande shanmukham prati sri-sivena
siva-sastresu tad grahyam
bhagavac-chastra-yogi yat
paramo visnur evaikas
taj jnanam moksa-sadhanam
sastranam nirnayas tv
esas tad anyan mohanaya hi. iti.

The statements of the Siva scriptures should be accepted only when they agree with the Visnu scriptures. Lord Visnu is the only Supreme Lord, and knowledge of Him is the path to liberation. That is the conclusion of all the scriptures. Any other conclusions are meant only to bewilder the people."  - Lord Siva to Karttikeya - Skanda Purana

In conclusion, if one is serious to ascertain the identity of the Supreme Personality of Godhead without doubt, then one must approach a bonadide tattva darshi (not self proclaimed so-called sadhus).

Vaisampayana rishi who is a great sage has this to say;

ankhyam yogas ca sanatane dve
vedas ca sarve nikhile 'pi rajan
sarvaih samastair risibhir nirukto
narayanam visvam idam puranam. iti.

Sankhya and yoga are both eternal. All the Vedas are also eternal. All the sages declare that Lord Narayana is the ancient Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all the worlds - Moksa-dharma, Narayaniyopakhyana

Hare Krishna