Posted: 8 weeks 4 days ago
This last Memorial Day weekend my wife and I attended the 2014 Sadhu Sanga Retreat, located near Boone, NC. Conveniently located only 2 hours plus 15 minutes or so from our house in North Carolina, the retreat center, situated on a high ridge, featured a panoramic view of the surrounding area in a stunning secluded setting. The Vedic style architecture of the facility felt very friendly and appropriate. All the events were held in a spectacularly spacious hall that could comfortably...
Posted: 10 weeks 2 days ago
May 20th was my mom's death anniversary. Every year I do my best to post something meaningful to honor her, with the intent to prompt you to think about your relationship with your mother and parents so you can ponder its meaning. How has it affected you, your relationship to others, and your spiritual life? I was a bitter young man for many years until I came to realize that my mom did the best she could, and was struggling in a very abusive relationship. Thus with maturity and knowledge I...
Posted: 11 weeks 6 days ago
I just listened to a wonderful lecture of Śrīla Prabhupāda wherein he explains how our present body is decided. It is our own creation, our own painting. Done with the colors of the three modes that we associated with in our previous lives. By associating with the nature of ignorance one is granted birth among the animal species. By association with the nature of passion, material progress, one is granted birth in among humans, and by associated with the nature of...
Posted: 12 weeks 5 days ago
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While the experience that prompted this free verse poem wasn’t planned, it was welcome, and seen as an occasion for reflection. Association with saints is desirable for developing good qualities, and yet being with people in general can also foster our personal and spiritual...
Posted: 12 weeks 6 days ago
"He who thinks that the living entity is the slayer or that he is slain does not understand. One who is in knowledge knows that the self slays not nor is slain." [Bg. 2.19]
“For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.” [Bg. 2.20]
So, in different ways, Krsna is trying to convince us...