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

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Machines are king
I
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.

Our jaded view
of “olden” days
before technology
considers it backwards
primitive, uncivilized,
since today we
must be better,
smarter, more sophisticated.

We don’t consider that
when the power is off
we have no clue
what to do or
how to live;
in some days/weeks
humans minus advanced
technology become
worse than wild beasts.

Most modern problems
come from misuse
of technology
trying to “improve”
or overcome
the natural order,
making so-called
short-cuts.

In the name
of “easier living”
creating a complicated life,
dependent on artificial
scare resources
bringing wars and strife
we value man-made systems
having no gratitude to God.

Man’s ego wants
to think he is
making life “better”
inflating his false pride
arrogance, violence
thinking he can
outsmart Natural Laws
while bragging about it.
Age of Kali
II

There is something
within our soul
which is never satisfied
by the material status quo;
a fire burns inside
to not conform to
laws of limitation
desiring unconditional freedom.

Our perverted spiritual hankering
fuels our pushing the envelop
to have no restrictions
to write our own rules;
imagining transcending gravity
soaring like a bird
diving into the ocean
entering the Earth.

Traveling in space
at light’s speed
reveling in our brain’s
capacity to understand;
though w/o knowing life’s purpose
we aspire to conquer the Elements
going beyond disease
never dying (or our family).

kirtana
III

We CAN “conquer” Nature
--not by force in physicality
trying to control/exploit her,
only by taking God’s full shelter;
as our soul can never
be fulfilled in illusion
forgetting the eternal
pretending we are king or bug.

In matter our existence
seems to be threatened
so we strive to achieve
to “become” somebody(!);
again and again
assuming different roles
incurring karma
paying back debts.

By blessings we become convinced
that matter’s not our home
as the heart can’t be satisfied
to achieve lasting love, & wisdom;
then, motivated for a solution
we search out a guru
who inspires us, removes doubts
giving us “sukriti” for Bhakti.

Bhakti, our natural condition
brings us beyond misconception,
misery, death and doubt
to the world of Krishna’s service;
[Shri Vrindavana Dhama]
a land of faith, the heart’s homeland
of touchstone, wish-fulfilling trees,
the water, nectar, speech, a song
every step a dance, and bliss our nature.
Vrindavana

Combined comments from old site

Wed, 06/24/2009 - 11:03 — shikha
fantastic

HARE KRISHNA
thanx for sharing i always love ur blogs so inspirational and soothing .thanx alot


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Wed, 06/24/2009 - 11:30 — Karnamrita.das
Blessings

May we all be inspired by hearing and speaking topics in relationship to Krishna, and be soothed by the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda and Gaurachandra, who have appeared in the Age of Kali to save us from ignorance and miseries by the chanting of the Holy Names!

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Wed, 06/17/2009 - 23:56 — bhaktincarol
hare krsna

This is amazing! Intense and powerful. It shares truth. I hope you plan to read this aloud as spoken poetry. This could be shared with many people.

(I like the sequence of the images!)

bhaktincarol


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Thu, 06/18/2009 - 10:43 — Karnamrita.das
I will endeavor

Truly--read prose is a different world then spoken prose or poetry. I am glad devotees like it, and I will endeavor to create both a writen book and spoken CD--though it would be helpful to have someone to record and mix.....all things in time. At present, a devotee in India is publishing a book of some of my blogs, and my wife and I are collecting stories for a book on finding one's gems in adversity. All things are possible by the combined mercy of Shri Guru and Gauranga, the blessings of devotees, and our sincere effort. Stay tuned (on Krishna!)

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Wed, 06/17/2009 - 18:30 — NityānandaChandra
I always love your use of

I always love your use of imagery. and course the message as well.
Bhakti is Organic;
Natural
Free from impurities
Wholesome
Tasty
and satisfying for the heart


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Thu, 06/18/2009 - 10:38 — Karnamrita.das
Spirituallly Organic

In Shri Ishopanishad, Shrila Prabhupada referred to the soul, as the "organic living entity" which has stuck with me and I have churned the idea within. In other words the soul or "spirit" along with God or Krishna [in New Age terms: "Source Energy".] is the only truly organic thing. Although spiritually everything part of Krishna and thus alive with his consciousness, from another angle matter is "dead" without the soul. I do believe in permaculture and organic foods, yet only in the service of the Supreme organic Being, and reviving our relationship to him. Not for its own sake. Everything for Krishna's sake, which means our sake, as we are one with him as we are different....we are one in purpose....serving him, our real "self interest".

In the strange world of my material consciousness is the jingle, "Goodness for goodness sake"--Perhaps we should change it to, "Goodness for Godliness sake." Whatever we do, do it for Krishna, ideally with love--or as much feeling as we have-- though by offering our, work, family, house, everything we will become purified to the stage when there is only Guru and Krishna's work, or devotional service.

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita


Wed, 06/17/2009 - 16:15 — KrishnasMercyOrg
Very nice. I especially

Very nice. I especially liked the ending.


Thu, 06/18/2009 - 10:47 — Karnamrita.das
The ending

The goal of our life is all important. The end of this life is another beginning.....the end of this poem is our aspiration and makes the beginning of the poem part of the road to Krishna. Jnana yoga only tells us how bad karma is, and that we should refrain from activity. It is like putting a naughty child in the corner....no positive engagement. Bhakti however teaches us to make the best use of a bad bargain by using our life for Krishna's service. Then there is no more material world. There are no problems, only service opportunities. For a devotee the Universe is friendly and full of joy!!

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita