Posted: 43 weeks 2 days ago
Yesterday I had another PET or full body scan. I rose around my usual time but had to be especially focused on finishing my morning duties before I had to leave at 7: 15 AM. Thus I chanted my japa, or my morning meditation on the names of God, first thing, read for a few minutes, and jumped into the shower. Donning devotional attire and tilak I went downstairs to wake the Deities with official prayers, and then offering my prayers for the day and my life—to offer it for the best service...
Posted: 43 weeks 4 days ago
Part 1 FINDING OUR MATERIAL SELVES TO HELP US FIND OUR SPIRITUAL SELF: I have thought and written much about what it takes to stay the course in bhakti for our whole life, as well as to how not to settle into a comfortable religious life not intensely focused on making spiritual advancement. They are related subjects though usually spoken of separately. I am thinking mostly about what kind of unique guidance should be provided devotees of different ages, needs, and personality types.
Posted: 43 weeks 5 days ago
1-6. O brahmana, you have fully told (me) about all the practices, and about the general and particular nature of the highest (lord) and the individual soul. O best brahmana, through curiosity I am asking you one other (question). Due to your great love (for me) properly tell (i.e. answer) that also. Rudra, the destroyer of Tripura, is the best among the great devotees of Visnu. Due to what did he, along with his wife, have a condemned form of yoni and lingam? O best brahmana, how...
Posted: 44 weeks 2 days ago
THE SEARCH FOR POWER AND DISCOVERING ITS REAL SOURCE: In addition to the ultimate life lesson that we are incompatible with matter and need to be in a spiritual environment to realize our true fulfillment and source of power, we also have to deal with our relative life issues. They need to be sorted out so we won’t be distracted and drained by them. From my perspective and experience, this work is favorable for bhakti, and is part of being a balanced human being with the ability to give our...
Posted: 44 weeks 5 days ago
gatir gauDIyAnAm api sakala-varNAzrama-juSAM
tathA cauDIyAnAm ati-sarala-dainyAzrita-hRdam
punaH pAzcAtyAnAM sadaya-manasAM tattva-sudhiyAM
zacIsUnuH zazvat smaraNa-padavIM gacchatu sa me
Lord Caitanya is the supreme shelter of the Bengali followers of the varnasrama system, those Orissans who are sincere, honest, and humble at heart, and the people in the western countries who are compassionate and eager to learn the truth. May that Lord Caitanya, the transcendental son of Srimati Saci-devi,...