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Vamana Dvadasi, and Bhaktivinode's appearance day

Yesterday was appearance day of the dwarf incarnation of God, recounted in the 8th Canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam. In Prabhupada Village in North Carolina where I live, we also celebrated a grain ceremony, and one for indicating the tenancies of a child for Devavrata, the son of Mathura das and Citralekha.

Small decisions make all the difference

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Layers of relative truth
one may apply today
others at different times
in our changing lives.

In principle I want
the Absolute and highest Truth,
yet my desires and conditioning
prevent my following that completely.

Who in the world do you think you are?

Who in the world do you think you are?

Great question for all of us.

To a large extent we are who we believe we are (we believe we are this body). If I think I am the president of the US, or I own the Bank of Whatever, or that I am good at math, that doesn’t make it true, yet there will be consequences for such a belief. If we feel we are stupid, or ugly or useless, that governs our life.

Country Das travels to the big City

Krishna RoadThere are certainly more "countrified" places than we live in......I mean there is a "convenience/gas station/general/pay too much store" only 5 minutes away. However, if we want to get any "serious" supplies, it is a minimum of 30 minutes.

Shrimati Radharani's holy appearance day

In this tiny blog I can't do justice to the topic of Shri Radha , and I feel a bit naked without having all my Vedabases to quotes, my library of pictures, and the fact that I am using a Mac since my cheap PC crashed. I will try to point the way to your taking notice of this auspicious day, and reading up in our Gaudiya literature about Krishna's greatest devotee.

The nectar of having guests

We just had 3 guests stay with us, and I always love to offer our home to our dear devotee friends, acquaintances, and sometimes couples who we counsel. My wife likes it 'cus the house gets cleaned nicely :->>, yet more importantly we get to spend some quality time with devotees, and offer our best hospitality. Since we live in a rural area, the atmosphere is very peaceful and conducive for spiritual practice, and we have very beautiful Deities (authorized forms of God described in the scriptures) who offer their blessings.

A discussion of why Gaudiya Vaishnavas consider the form of God greater then just his all-pervading energy is for another time. Suffice it is to say here, that according to one the Gaudiyas' primary scriptures, the Shrimad Bhagavatam, the Lord has three features, Brahman, or his all-pervading aspect, Paramatma, or the localized form of God within everyone's heart and w/i every atom, and the Source of both, Bhagavan, or the Supreme from of God, from whom everything and everyone emanates.....this is a big fact it is THE topic necessary to understand in order to engage in bhakti and surrender to Krishna.

Janmastami in Dallas, Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji Dhama

Mon, 09/17/2007 - 04:56 — NityānandaChandra

Blogging as spiritual practice, as service, as personal exploration.

The ReaderBlogging on is new, and is now in the experimental stage. For me it is a real privilege for so many reasons. I truly love the process of writing, and to have an audience (especially one of spiritual seekers and devotees), is a real dream come true. I have many ideas of topics and also for format.

"Time I am"

hourglassThe meaning of love and time are topics often pondered by the world's philosophers, religionists, and poets. Everyone is searching for love and trying to understand what it really is, and time is something people want more of, yet seem to be struggling against.

Life is what happens to us when we are busy making plans

So busy making plansI believe John Lennon said that, though I think Prabhupada would approve of that sentiment. He often spoke of the folly of the materialist plan makers. Of course I also subscribe that to the saying that "those who fail to plan, are planning to fail".

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