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    Posted: 3 weeks 2 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    (this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed) [Originally published on Sat, December 22, 2012 and republished here for new readers] Each person is a walking story—or many stories walking, or blending together. We could think of our combined story like a painting built of layers, upon layers of mixed colors, creating something totally new, and yet the result of what has gone before. Our current life’s narrative is informed and in response to past stories, both our...
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    Posted: 4 weeks 3 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    (this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed) [This blog was originally written on Saturday May 5, 2012. This year this appearannce/disappearance day is also on Saturday, but on May 2, 2015] I am only half kidding with today’s blog title, yet I am trying to make a point, as you will see. Specifically, this is the day we celebrate the devotion of Prahlad, his constant remembrance of Krishna, and Krishna’s assuming the fearsome, though ecstatic, form of Lord Nrisimhadeva to...
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    Posted: 5 weeks 1 day ago
    [One of my earliest blogs and contained in my book Give to Live originally published on Fri September 14, 2007] No it is not a new dance step, but a process. I first heard the term from a devotee scholar who used the term to indicate the process of taking the best from any situation--in his case his educational pursuits. Prabhupada gives the example of the swan that can draw out the milk from a mixture of milk and water. We have to look for the nectar or the essence which can be used for...
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    Posted: 5 weeks 6 days ago
    (this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed) [One of my favorite free verse poem attempts--another meditation on what's really important in our lives. Originally published on 09-23-2011] Today, the sun didn’t rise I kept waiting, perplexed the wind howled rain came in sheets electric power failed no machines worked not even computers I lit candles the ancient technology altar Deities again illuminated “O Lord, what is going on?” Going upstairs, my wife vanished “Such...
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    Posted: 7 weeks 14 hours ago
    [Originally posted on January 22, 2011] Krishna’s final and concluding instruction in the Gita is that we should give up all materially motivated religions and just surrender unto him. Since surrender could be considered a filled out application for the keys to the Kingdom, so to speak, we need to really understand what “surrender” means. Admittedly the word surrender has a lot of baggage for most people. When the average person thinks of surrender, what do they envision? Something like the...
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