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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Material Problems Are Like Tidal Waves

Sometimes or more accurately put, problems just comes. We have so many problems in our life. Yet, we think if we were to solve one particular problem then it will all go away.Our life will be happy. But then after spending so much energy on one problem, another comes like a tidal wave. By then we would have forgotten the previous problems. Now we concentrate on the problem at hand. Again, we use all our energy in trying to get rid of this one problem in front of us.
When I was growing up, I had so much of skin problem. I tried all sorts of solutions to get rid of it. After some time, it did go away. Then I became very sick. And again another type of skin problem starts. All this just left me totally exasperated. That is how this material world is. Problems are there to bring us closer to Sri Guru and Krsna. How? We will start to pray harder and perhaps even realise somewhat that this life is so insignificant to be drowning in problems.

The only real problem is whether we have total faith and surrender in Sri Guru and Krsna? Whether we have done some service to Vaishnavas or not? Whether we want to get out of this material rut we are in once and for all?

The trappings of the mind and body keeps us entangled in material solutions when in fact there is always another solution. And what is that? Spiritual aspirations. Hopefully I may be able to carry the orders of my Sri Guru upon my head and make that my real problem. Which is in fact not a problem but service.
Therefore, this material world is simply made of problems. You solve one and another will come sooner or later like a tidal wave crashing upon you.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Wolf and The Lamb

(a nice story related by Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja)

A wolf was drinking water from a river at the same time as an innocent lamb.

The wolf thought, "Somehow or other I must devour that lamb."

The wolf said, "Hey! Don't you know? Can't you see I am drinking water here? Why are you making the water muddy for me? I shall kill you."

The lamb said, "O sir, you are drinking water upstream and I am drinking water downstream. How is that I am making the water muddy for you?"

The wolf said, "Why did you call me bad names one year ago?"

The lamb said, "O sir, I am only three months old. How is it that I could call you bad names one year ago?"

The wolf said, "Your mother must have done so. Anyway, I will still kill you!"

This is how all concocted stories are going around. This story illustrates how hatred, speaking ill, and concocting stories arise from intolerance or enviousness.

In the same way we find all kinds of fault in others. But are you perfect yourself? Are there no defects in you? As the saying goes, "A sieve has many holes and a needle has one hole. But the sieve criticizes the needle. So, one who criticizes should understand whether he himself is perfect or not.


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