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September 2009 Blog Posts (40)

HUMILITY

"HUMILITY MEANS THAT ONE SHOULD NOT BE ANXIOUS TO HAVE SATISFACTION OF BEING HONOURED BY OTHERS".

Added by chathurdevi on September 30, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

नेऊन मला पाड विठ्ठला...तुझ्या पुण्य-पायांशी! O take me away and cast me, Vitthala…at Thy holy, auspicious Feet!





क्वचितच इच्छा का होते, तुझ्या दर्शनाची,

प्रपंचात अडकलो आहे...आहे बंधलो वासनांशी!

ह्या पापी माणसाची मागणी विठ्ठला, एकच तुझ्या पाशी,

नेऊन मला पाड विठ्ठला...तुझ्या पुण्य-पायांशी!



तुकाची अमृत-वाणीला, नेहमी दुर्लक्ष केले मी,

नामः-स्मरण तुझे अरे विठ्ठला, का विसरतो मी?!

माया-विषकन्याच्या गोड सहवासात धुंद राहतो मी,

नेऊन मला पाड विठ्ठला...तुझ्या पुण्य-पायांशी!



आषाढ महिन्यात निघती,…
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Added by Eternal Muser on September 29, 2009 at 7:47pm — 1 Comment

The Complete Social Service



Suppose you are the friend of a billionaire. One day you see your friend's estranged son wandering like a vagabond on the streets, drunk, disheveled, diseased, distressed and starving. Somebody comes and offers him food. He hungrily gulps down the food and continues his aimless wandering. Then someone else…

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Added by Chaitanya Charan Das on September 28, 2009 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

Possibility Thinking

by Mahatma das and Akrura das



Please visit the following link to download to hear the conversation between

HG Mahatma das and HG Akrura Das



http://www.tstrain.com/illuminations/Possibility_Thinking.mp3





Possibility thinking means there is always more than one way of

approaching a situation. Generally we have patterns of thinking which lock

us into seeing situations in a narrow way or the same way over and over

again. But there is always… Continue

Added by kanaiyyadesh on September 28, 2009 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Sacrifice

Sacrifice.....



Oh Lord, please hear my plea,

from material desires, make me free,

fallen and degraded as i, you agree

no hope other than your mercy



Drowning in this mateiral ocean,

suffering without reason,

tossing andturning in the waves

of attachment and maya's craze.





Ego and Pride are my shelter,

I worship anger and lust on the altar,

of my heart and soul, which always falter.

from the path of pleasing the… Continue

Added by Sita devi dasi on September 28, 2009 at 7:28am — 3 Comments

Asta Sakhis...Param-Prestha Sakhis...

Asta Sakhis



The sakhis are of five kinds: they are known as sakhis, nitya-sakhis, prana-sakhis priya-sakhis and parama-prestha-sakhis. Among them, some are equally affectionate towards Radha and Krsna, while some are crookedly affectionate towards Them. Kusumita, Vindhya, Kunda lata, and Dhanistha are known as sakhis. They are more affectionate towards Sri Krsna. Kasturi, Mani-manjari, etc., are nitya-sakhis, and they are more… Continue

Added by Vinayak Yadav on September 27, 2009 at 10:26pm — 2 Comments

Dont get in Krsna's way

Dear devotees



Me and my godbrother Yasodeva prabhu, the perfection of vaisnava dealings, were distributing in Parramata, Sydney ( Srila Prabhupada called this place pramada, because its full of crazies ).

I was off like a rocket. There was a lot of charity workers on the street so I was walking from one end of Church street to the other trying so hard to be the doer. Even with all my expertise nothing was happening. On my own Icould hardly distribute even one book.



So… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on September 25, 2009 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

SIX FAULTS THAT DESTROY BHAKTI

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur



1. Atyahara



Overeating or too much collecting



In his Sri Upadesamrta, Srila Rupa Gosvami has written the following :



atyaharah prayasas ca



prajalpo niyamagrahah



jana-sangas ca laulyam ca



sadbhir bhaktir vinasyati



TRANSLATION Ones devotional service is spoiled when he becomes too entangled in the following six activities: (1) atyahara, eating more than necessary or collecting more… Continue

Added by kanaiyyadesh on September 24, 2009 at 8:28pm — 2 Comments

Another George Harrison

Russell Brand, a stand-up comedian and television presenter likes to say

"Hare Krishna" upon his exit from a show or venue.



Stand-up comedian and television presenter Russell Brand is often heard

saying "Hare Krishna" upon his exit from a show or venue. For example, on

the UK Big Brother show "Big Brother's Big Mouth", Brand ends every show

with the phrase "Hare Krishna." Brand has been a vegetarian since the age of

14[12], and his abandonment of drugs and… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on September 23, 2009 at 8:10am — No Comments

Funeral Realizations



The other day I had gone to attend the funeral of a friend’s father.



As usual, I observed that except for really close friends and relatives, most of the visitors were interested in anything but the passing away of the concerned person. The majority had come there simply to observe social etiquette…and nothing else. The conversation though hushed, ranged from the current political situation to the…
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Added by Eternal Muser on September 20, 2009 at 8:37pm — 3 Comments

Onion Free Upma

I had been avoiding consumption of onions and garlic long ago, since 1984 (onions , as I myself also found, tend to excite the mind, some substance in onions penetrates the blood-brain barrier, causing some "excitement" in the brain, which maybe liked by some, may not be liked by some, depending on their disposition). As a practicing Vaishnava, it is best to avoid Onions and Garlic.



I love to eat Upma for breakfast, but after I gave up onions, I was at a loss to understand how to get… Continue

Added by Sanjeev Kumar Punj on September 20, 2009 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Grab that moment and use it…it may make all the difference!

It was Sir Isaac Newton who observed that in Nature, every action causes an immediate and opposite reaction in response to the former. This became famously known as his Third Law of Motion.

Little did he realize that this Law also applies to day-to-day situations in our lives!



Our Prarabdh or Fate puts us in situations depending upon our past Karma. Once exposed to a particular situation or environmental stimulus, we react to it…
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Added by Eternal Muser on September 19, 2009 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

LIBERATION

What is this Liberation?

Is it just freedom from pain?

Freedom from the cycle of birth and death

sought after by holy men



Since time immemorial we pass

through lifetiimes of misery,

84 lakhs species without respite,

going around in a giant wheel moving fast...



The human birth is very rare,

The topmost rung of the ladder,

One step down goes to the lower species,

And one step up leads to liberation.



But for one who…
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Added by Sita devi dasi on September 18, 2009 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

My Experience with CBD Belapur Wing of the ISKCON Radha Gopinath Mandir Congregation

Jai Jai sri guru gauranga gandharvika giridhari ki jai



Simply out of the world ...on the lap of the divine.I could see the spirit of Srila AC Prabhupada string the whole congregation just as the thread strings flowers offered to the Lord.The Devotees are simply intoxicated with the divine Ambrosia of Hari Nam.Contrary to other spiritual institutional congregations I could see that the devotees here were only in awe and reverence of Srila Prabhupada and absolutely passionate about the… Continue

Added by Sairajesh Parameswaran on September 16, 2009 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Change of Heart

As long as we are in the material world our mind will be showing alternatives for us to have sense gratification. To engage in un-deviated and un-motivated devotional service, we should be capable of saying no to these material impulses.



At the initial stages of devotional service, we may say no to these impulses externally. But to say no these impulses whole heartedly, our desires has to be nullified or changed or in other words change of heart is required.



By regular… Continue

Added by Giridhara Gopala Das on September 16, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Value of Vaishnava Association (a short story from the Puranas)

Hare Krishna,

I just thought I should share one of my favourite stories from the Puranas with you...






Once the great sage Narada was intrigued by a doubt. He was sure that Lord Vishnu would clear it for him. He proceeded to the Ocean of Milk and found his Lord reclining on the giant hooded serpent-bed Shankarshana, His beautiful… Continue

Added by Eternal Muser on September 15, 2009 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Dust of thy Lotus Feet is all I seek - O Vaishnava!

It is not an easy path, association makes it easier.In the days of the past, saints meditated for years to arrive at the conclusion that Lord Krishna is indeed the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Today we have the possibility to learn from those conclusions, and all we need to do is clean our heart, let in the light emanating from Krishna. We are always looking at bright objects (computer screens, mobile phone screens,headlights of cars, etc etc) but the soothing light of Krishna cannot be seen… Continue

Added by Sanjeev Kumar Punj on September 13, 2009 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment

Work…towards a Supreme Goal :)



I watched my client leave my shop after thanking me for a job well done. Then as usual I got puffed up and felt proud of what I had done. Then also as usual, Krishna put me in the right place by sending me the next client, a dissatisfied one, who went on complaining about something or the other. That put me off for a while.

But it also set me thinking…



Why do we work at all? (By work here, I mean occupation; the answer to the… Continue

Added by Eternal Muser on September 12, 2009 at 9:33pm — 3 Comments

New Album Release - ILLUMINIZE (Damodar Month 2009)

New Album Release - ILLUMINIZE



Hare Krishna Prabhus/Matajis

Please accept our respectful obeisances.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. All Glories to Guru & Gauranga!



Just wanted to let you know that, by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, ISKCON Gurus and Vaisnavas, my wife Bhaktin Vanita and I have officially pre-launched our first album under the banner… Continue

Added by Shabda Hari Das on September 12, 2009 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

How to overcome the greatest enemy - Lust

This blog is more of a question, than an answer.



There is danger of a pitfall even after one starts chanting regularly. This danger is from the enemy called LUST. It will use all sorts of tricks to pull you back into maya. Repeating the same mistake and then chanting to nullify that mistake is an offensive form of chanting, and should be avoided. Chanting the name of the Lord is as good as associating directly with the Lord, and after such association, if we fall back to old habits,… Continue

Added by Sanjeev Kumar Punj on September 11, 2009 at 8:58am — 9 Comments

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