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Say ‘No’ to TV

In Bhagavad Gita verse 5.22, Lord Krishna says ye hi samsparsha jaa bhogaa / duhkha yonaya eva te aady antavantah kaunteya / na teshu ramate budhah An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kunti, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them. The word “samsparsha” meaning “in contact with”, in the above verse is worth meditating. If our senses are in contact with temporary material pleasures, we are bound to be miserable whereas when we use the senses for the eternal Supreme Lord, we get eternal bliss. So knowing the temporary nature of these material pleasures, we should intelligently save ourselves from such miseries. By associating with good people, we become good. By associated with demoniac people, we also start behaving like demons. So, we should associate ... Read More »

Weeping For Krishna

By Keshava Krishna Das for ISKCON News on 19 Feb 2011 If crying is the preserve of advanced devotees steeped in devotional mellows and deep feelings of separation from Lord Krishna, should it bother us to display a show of apparent weakness, by crying for Krishna? Shedding tears in lamentation, as a plea for sympathy, as ostentatious syrupy hype or as a tantrum disguised as frustration, can all be good enough reasons not to appear less than masculine. Yet tears are required while treading the path of devotion. For the ‘average’ practitioner who plods along, pacing himself as if running a super life-long marathon, conserving his serious energy for a later time, the need for earnestness can be a zealous overstated subject matter. We may feel bombarded hearing sermons given by serious preachers who tell the rest of us to get serious. But sometimes the truth hurts. With this in mind, ... Read More »

Natural prosperity and Obedience – 2

Natural prosperity and Obedience 2/2 Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. This mail is in continuation of the topic – “Natural Prosperity and Obedience” based on verse 1.8.40 of Srimd Bhagavatam wherein Srimati Kunti Maharani is earnestly requesting Krishna to continue to be with them. In the purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada brings us the most important lesson we need to learn from this verse. He says – “But all these natural gifts are dependent on the mercy of the Lord. What we need, therefore, is to be obedient to the laws of the Lord and achieve the perfection of human life by devotional service.“ Obedience to the laws of Lord directly relates to obeying our elders and obeying our spiritual master.- This is the greatest test for us. Lord Krishna is so pleased if we obey ... Read More »

Natural prosperity and Obedience – 1

Natural prosperity and Obedience 1/2 Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.8.40, Kunti Maharani prays to Krishna as follows ime jana-padaah svrddhaah / supakvaushadhi- veerudhah vanaadri-nady- udanvanto / hy edhante tava veekshitaih “All these cities and villages are flourishing in all respects because the herbs and grains are in abundance, the trees are full of fruits, the rivers are flowing, the hills are full of minerals and the oceans full of wealth. And this is all due to Your glancing over them.“ In this verse the words “tava ikshitaih” – “Your glancing over them“, is worth meditating. The whole cosmic maifestation was created simply by the glance of the Lord. It is mentioned in Vedic scriptures that sun and moon are Lord’s eyes. So through the agency of sun and moon Lord Krishna is ... Read More »