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    Posted: 17 weeks 5 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    All of the material existence, the universes, outer space, galaxies, stars, planetary systems, planets, continents, countries, cities, and everyone’s body, are all on fire. In worldly consciousness, our illusory task is to deny this fire at every turn, or recognizing the fire partially, to create structures to protect us from being burned, keeping that fire “over there,” overseas, or in another neighborhood, and not in our view. However, as much as our societies, elders, and parents are trying...
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    Posted: 18 weeks 1 day ago
    SELF-ABSORPTION isn’t thought of favorably and generally means to be excessively concerned with one’s own life and interests without taking into consideration other people. Some synonyms are egoism, self-centeredness, narcissism, self-importance, self-preoccupation, etc. However, in my thinking this morning while chanting, which is the attempt to “hear” God in his holy names, or become absorbed in the Supreme Self, we need to be self-absorbed in the sense of becoming aware of those parts of...
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  • Jan@VEDA's picture
    Posted: 18 weeks 1 day ago
    svAyambhuvo dhurjatayaz ca sarve prAdurbhave suSThu jaTA-ghaTAyAm succhAyakAH sUrya-samAz ca vRkSA AbAla-zobhAH sanakAdi-vac ca From the branches and roots of the trees of Vraja all BrahmAs and Zivas emanate. Although the trees of Vraja are as splendid as the sun, they still are wonderful parasols to shade one from the sun's rays. They shine with the luster of youth, just as the four KumAras. (VizvanAtha CakravartI ThAkura - VrajarIticintAmaNi 2.21, trans. Kuzakratha dAsa) gopI-svarUpApti-para-...
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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 19 weeks 1 day ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    I am entering the mood of preparing for my talk a week from Friday, on the 20th. This means for me, hours of chanting, prayer, deep contemplation and writing, in order to be as prepared as possible to say what is most essential for the audience who might attend. I always keep high ideals! The presence of my listeners is a gift for me since they bring me to higher levels of being, knowing and loving in devotion. Though I am responsible for what I bring to any discussion, the audience is...
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    Posted: 19 weeks 6 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    Examining my life and studying the endeavors of the young and old, I find this energy or push to find one’s calling, one’s “authentic” or real self, one of primary motivators in life. If we are thoughtful and blessed this should tell us something, as does the fact that our life goes through stages, is of short duration, and seems to be always threatened by non-existence. Behind everything is a message and lesson to learn. We can learn to listen or dull this urge through the endless...
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