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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 1 year 17 hours ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    THE CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE! TURNING OUR SHADOW SIDE INTO AN INSTRUMENT FOR GRACE AND EMPOWERMENT: I should mention as a prelude to this blog that while I am a follower of the basic processes given by Shrila Prabhupada and our Gaudiya Vaishnava acharyas regarding the practice of sadhana bhakti--and am in that sense traditional or conservative--in regards to the stage of "anartha-nivritti," or retiring our unwanted habits of thinking and acting, I am rather eclectic, and to some...
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    Posted: 1 year 5 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    I have written so much about writing because it has helped me greatly in my development as a person and devotee. The process of writing forces me to think and reflect, an activity that doesn’t come easily for me. I rarely took time to think or ponder the deeper questions of life—or my life—growing up, and didn’t begin in earnest till my existential crisis between 18 and 19. Then, after taking up the life of bhakti at 19 ½ I went back to my old pattern of not thinking or reflecting about myself...
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    Posted: 1 year 1 week ago
    Author: Inmate Bhakta Janardana Dasa
    Hare Kṛṣṇa, Mataji. Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! In prison my Kṛṣṇa consciousness has been truly "hands on" (isn’t it always? ). Sri Kṛṣṇa knows best and is always testing and strengthening His bhaktas. I truly feel that He has been especially and specifically helping me for the past twenty-six months I have spent in prison. I am a Naturopathic Physician and Ayurvedic Medical Consultant in my professional life and was brought here because of immigration issues with some...
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  • Karnamrita's picture
    Posted: 1 year 2 weeks ago
    (this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed) [reprinted from 11-28-11, revised 8-2-18] We continue our discussion of love and hate and their interrelationship, with the idea of sowing love where we find hate. When we feel unloved, and by extension, that life is unloving, we tend to deny the existence of love all together, and thus decry the reality of God. In such pain, it is easier to deny God and think that the Universe has no Source or ultimate purpose than to think...
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    Posted: 1 year 3 weeks ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    (this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed) [Originally published 11-22-11 and revised 8-1-18, though not reflected in the recording] With the inspiration of Saint Francis, a great mystic in the Christian tradition, I am exploring his famous prayer since it seems very much in the mood of our great Vaishnava saints and bhakti yogis. I spoke of sowing peace in a recent blog which began my thinking of his prayer. Whereas peace may be a kind of passive,...
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