The “jungle” is returning,
time to “weedwack” to trim
and drive the lawn tractor
before it rains again.
I begin trimming under
gray skies and then it pours.
Putting on a Pancho to keep dry
I weed by hand, listening.
The roar of the rain in
the trees, the swish of wind,
raindrops on my covered head
I think the Hare Krishna mantra.
Pondering in my plastic Pancho
I think about my life as
a devotee, as I look at the beautiful
verdant forest, intensely green grass
and colorful flowers, with yellows...
Spiritually everyone must understand their identity as a soul beyond bodily designations—we are all brothers and sisters of a common Father, although he is called by many names. There is one spiritual system in the Universe, and regardless of one’s religious lens, we have to be convinced that the land does not belong to any people, religion, race or nation. The land belongs to God and the responsibility of every human being is to take care of the planet and all living beings as service to God...
Working at a New Age store means I get asked many spiritual, health related, and psychic type questions. People are searching for spirituality, healing, protection. I could have never worked here as a new devotee and youth. I have to draw on years of life experience and remain convinced of Krishna consciousness, yet open to present and hear truth in different ways.
Yesterday, a young couple came in with questions regarding protection from spirits who were causing them and others problems. They...
It is said in the Vaishnava scriptures of the Vedas (like Shrimad Bhagavatam and others) that Krishna is non different from his holy name. We can associate with Krishna personally by chanting purely. Yet it also said that there is one important difference between Krishna and his name.
What is that?
Krishna's holy name is more merciful than Krishna.
How can this be?
He comes in his Nam (name) incarnation even when we are not qualified to be with him personally in his abode, or we can't...
This blog was inspired by Dulal and Navasi’s last blogs which both brought up important points from different perspectives. On the path of knowing and loving Krishna ( Bhakti-yoga) there is great Light, love, knowledge, spiritual power, incredible beauty, wonder, sublimity and everything desirable and ideal. Then there is the opposite, which can be seen as the back or dark side brought about by material imperfections practitioners bring to the path. In effect this is a great covering or veil...
I try to have a smiling attitude in all circumstances remembering my great good fortune of taking up the path of Bhakti. I endeavor to ask myself, "how can I use this situation for my good, what can I learn from this, and how can I help others". Even though we are small devotees our well-wishing and prayers for others are good for them and for us. I pray to be a cause of benefit to others in all my interactions.
A month ago I was stopped at a checkpoint by a deputy who was looking to see if...
Evening with The Veronicas
Bhakta Richie, one of our resident brahmacaris, came into the office and told me that I should come meet some colorful youth who were in our temple room. The Veronicas, a popular eletropop band from Brisbane Australia had stopped in on one of their USAtours. Their band appears on MTV and other popular venues. So we were pleasantly surprised when they greeted us with a “Hare Krishna” and “Haribol” The party consisted of the identical twins, Jessica and Lisa, along...
May we all learn to see the hand of Krishna in whatever we encounter in our life---whether appearing as good, bad, or indifferent. The modern expression, "It's all good" is ultimately meant for sincere devotees. While we walk on the path of Bhakti, Krishna is helping us to see him as our only shelter, devotional service as the ultimate solution to all problems, our gurus and devotees our real friends and associates, the holy name as our constant companion.
My wife Archana-siddhi and I are...
I am dying---
are you sad?
Why is God doing this to me?—of all people
Come on, Really!!!
After all, I am a good person----not perfect mind you--but compared to those really bad people harming and killing others, and ruining the environment I am a good person.
I deserve a little credit, you know?
And why are so many bad people doing so well??....and I condemned
A Krishna.com friend asked me how to observe Lord Nrisimhadeva's appearance day at home. Although the day has come, here are some suggestions that can be applied for any of the Lord's appearance days.
For today you can read about his lila in the Srimad Bhagavatam, or other books about him if you have them. (There are articles on Krishna.com from BTG ).
You can chant prayers to him from Vaishnava song books (available on Krishna.com), and others in scripture, and sing Hare Krishna kirtana and...