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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Against Bridge Building Across Holy Yamunaji

In order to pursue money which is like honey for almost everyone, certain individuals and political bodies do not care for the destruction of historical or religious sites. Thus the building of a bridge across Yamuna takes place. Many devotees and well-wishers are protesting. This will bring about an ecological destruction of the Kesi Ghat area.
Here we are trying to preserve what is ours, yet there are those who are bent on seeing it go forever.
The heart bleeds. The eyes cries. The body quiver with uncontrollable rage. Yet never to give up, we shall rise.
It may bring in the big tourists' money. But at what cost???
Firstly, the residents of Vrindavan, especially the sadhus should be consulted in this matter. Instead, the construction is simply going on.
I suppose at the end of the day, only the Lord knows His own big plan. Still we protest and we try and we pray.
Let us all join our hearts and hands, and with Srila Gurudeva's blessings. protest against such destruction.
Please read the following sites below for further clarification.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Getting Rid the Ghost of Envy

This world is not only full of miseries but envy also. We are plagued by envy like a poisonous snake hissing its venom. Such envious thoughts and deeds will eventually consume our well-being and bring our own downfall.
What should our actions be when we see someone more qualified than ourselves. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 4, Chapter 8, verse 34 it is stated:
gunadhikan mudam lipsed
anukrosam gunadhamat
maitrim samanad anvicchen
na tapair abhibhuyate
"Every man should act like this: when he sees a person more qualified than himself, he should be very pleased; when he meets someone less qualified than himself, he should be compassionate toward him; and when he meets someone equal to himself, he should make friendship with him. In this way one is never affected by the threefold miseries of this material world."
Unfortunately, when we meet someone who is more qualified, we become envious of him. When we find someone who is less qualified, we deride him. And when we find someone equal, we become proud of our activities.
These are the causes for our material miseries. And it will drive us further and further into the darkest dungeons of envy. By constantly and sincerely serving a bona fide spiritual master is the only way to rid ourselves the ghost of envy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Always Chant And Be Happy

Srimati Uma didi gave a one day class on 15 November 2009. Srimati Uma didi is a disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja. She has served her Guru Maharaja for many years including Srila Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama Maharaja and Srila Gurudeva, whom she has taken siksa from.
Below is the excerpt of the class from my own notes:
"In the scriptures, it is mentioned that when Hari-katha, topics related to Lord Krsna and His devotees, is going on, sun cannot enter. Sun-god is stealing our time. Upon sun set, our lifes become minus. One day passes and our life is diminishing.
When Hari-katha is going on, sun-god has no power to steal our time. Hari-katha means direct, no difference of nama, the holy names of the Lord and nami, the Lord Himself. Time becomes eternal.
When Hari-katha is going on, then Krsna must be present. Krsna will be present by the grace of Sri Guru. Krsna enters through our ears and enters our heart. With attentive listening, some mood will come. Krsna will clean our hearts. By speaking Hari-katha, it will make our heart and mind purified. Hari-katha is so powerful.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave instruction to everyone, including grhastha, householders, to first do Vaishnava seva, service to the devotees, Hari-seva, service to the Lord and Nagar-sankirtan, congregational chanting of the holy names.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said to distribute harinama, holy names, to everyone. What is the benefit? If Hari-Sankirtan, congregtional chanting, is done by loudly singing, somehow the holy names is benefitting the trees, animals etc as sabda brahman, transcendental sound.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Srila Haridas Thakur and Sri Nityananda Prabhu to give harinama to everyone. He said, "Beg them to chant."

People used to give Srila Haridas Thakur and Sri Nityananda Prabu rice, etc, but Sri Nityananda Prabhu said He does not want any of these things. He only wants them to chant. Sri Nityananda Prabhu is guru-tattva, fundemental truths regarding Sri Guru.
Our Srila Gurudeva is going everywhere and preaching in his old age. Why? So that everyone will chant and become happy. Even if one person can be turned towards Krsna consciousness, then it is so great.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that we can be happy by chanting. Human life is full of miseries. Because of our past life sukriti, spiritual pious activities, we have come to Krsna consciousness. Then by more and more sukriti, taste for Hari-katha will come.
What does bhakti, devotion to the Lord, means? Bhakti means no desire for oneself. Gopi's , the cowherd girls in Vrindavan, speciality is only how to love and serve Sri Krsna. They have pranaya, thick love, for Krsna. Gopis never expect anything from Krsna. They only think how to serve Krsna. That is their aim and object.
One who does Krsna bhajan, devotion to Krsna, is always pleased and happy. Our aim and object should be to attain radha-dasyam, the service of Srimati Radhika.
But first practice:
vaco vegam manasah krodha vegam
jihva vegam udaropastha vegam
etan vegan yo visaheta dhirah
sarvam apimam prithivim sa sisyat
"A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind's demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world."
We must have strong faith in Sri Guru. Sincerely follow Sri Guru's instruction. Then realisation will come.
Once someone asked Srila Gurudeva whether mercy is the same for everyone? Srila Gurudeva said no. It is according to our surrender. If we want to be cheated, then we will be cheated by Sri Guru. We cannot do anything by our own effort.
So whatever instruction Sri Guru gives, follow it. First become guru-dasa, servant of Sri Guru, then Krsna-dasa, servant of Krsna, and then Radha-dasyam.


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