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  1. Blessings to you Frodo and all who read this.
  2. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (18.66): "Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear." We are originally all pure and without sin and one does not need to do anything to purify one's self except surrender unto Krishna.
  3. My Gurudev only told me to chant the Hare Krishna mantra the rest of my life. That is all I need to hear that is all he said. I'm not initiated yet, but I know he is my Guru.
  4. I agree with you Prabhu. Times are changing very quickly. Things in our lives will be disrupted and changed forever. All of this is within Krishna's plan to usher in a golden age of harinama. Haribol! In love, sinimat
  5. I have a strong feeling that major events will happen very soon. Babylon the great is falling and people will be forced to deal with spirituality. A mass elevation of consciousness will soon occur, as these asuras will no longer have power over things. Their reign is coming to an end. Many people will have to die, but this is all Krishna's great plan. The earth has been disrespected for so long and it is due to be cleansed. We are supposed to be taking care of the earth, but instead we are exploiting it and hurting it and each other. Krishna senses the deep suffering within all of the jivas hearts on planet earth and is planning on relieving this suffering soon. Big changes are going to happen. Many more tragic events like 9/11 will happen, it's just a matter of when. Like Queen Kunti, such tragic events will prompt people to turn back to God. 9/11 did this for me, that is how I found Krishna Consciousness. I pray that the suffering of every jiva is relieved and a new age of chanting the holy names of Lord Sri Krishna will be ushered in. That is the only peace and sanity that we will ever have in this material world. We do not belong here. We belong back with Krishna in his eternal abode. In love, sinimat
  6. Coyotes are amazing animals and they are our friends. As far as mice go, I bought these awesome live traps where you can catch mice and release them into the woods. You can buy them at: http://www.abundantearth.com/store/mousetrap1.html
  7. I think the tea is chai and I'm interested in learning how to make it too!
  8. TRANSLATION After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare. PURPORT The living entity, while executing devotional service or transcendental rituals after many, many births, may actually become situated in transcendental pure knowledge that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the ultimate goal of spiritual realization. In the beginning of spiritual realization, while one is trying to give up one's attachment to materialism, there is some leaning towards impersonalism, but when one is further advanced he can understand that there are activities in the spiritual life and that these activities constitute devotional service. Realizing this, he becomes attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and surrenders to Him. At such a time one can understand that Lord Sri Krishna’s mercy is everything, that He is the cause of all causes and that this material manifestation is not independent from Him. He realizes the material world to be a perverted reflection of spiritual variegatedness and realizes that in everything there is a relationship with the Supreme Lord Krishna. Thus he thinks of everything in relation to Vasudeva, or Sri Krishna. Such a universal vision of Vasudeva precipitates one's full surrender to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna as the highest goal. Such surrendered great souls are very rare. This verse is very nicely explained in the Third Chapter (verses 14 and 15) of the Svetasvatara Upanisad: sahasra-sirsa purusah sahasraksah sahasra-pat sa bhumim visvato vrtva- tyatisthad dasangulam purusa evedam sarvam yad bhutam yac ca bhavyam utamrtatvasyesano yad annenatirohati In the Chandogya Upanisad (5.1.15) it is said, na vai vaco na caksumsi na srotrani na manamsity acaksate prana iti evacaksate prano hy evaitani sarvani bhavanti: "In the body of a living being neither the power to speak, nor the power to see, nor the power to hear, nor the power to think is the prime factor; it is life which is the center of all activities." Similarly Lord Vasudeva, or the Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, is the prime entity in everything. In this body there are powers of speaking, of seeing, of hearing, of mental activities, etc. But these are not important if not related to the Supreme Lord. And because Vasudeva is all-pervading and everything is Vasudeva, the devotee surrenders in full knowledge (cf. Bhagavad-gita 7.17 and 11.40).
  9. TRANSLATION But those who fully worship the unmanifested, that which lies beyond the perception of the senses, the all-pervading, inconceivable, unchanging, fixed and immovable — the impersonal conception of the Absolute Truth — by controlling the various senses and being equally disposed to everyone, such persons, engaged in the welfare of all, at last achieve Me. PURPORT Those who do not directly worship the Supreme Godhead, Krishna, but who attempt to achieve the same goal by an indirect process, also ultimately achieve the same goal, Sri Krishna. "After many births the man of wisdom seeks refuge in Me, knowing that Vasudeva is all." When a person comes to full knowledge after many births, he surrenders unto Lord Krishna. If one approaches the Godhead by the method mentioned in this verse, he has to control the senses, render service to everyone and engage in the welfare of all beings. It is inferred that one has to approach Lord Krishna, otherwise there is no perfect realization. Often there is much penance involved before one fully surrenders unto Him. In order to perceive the Supersoul within the individual soul, one has to cease the sensual activities of seeing, hearing, tasting, working, etc. Then one comes to understand that the Supreme Soul is present everywhere. Realizing this, one envies no living entity — he sees no difference between man and animal because he sees soul only, not the outer covering. But for the common man, this method of impersonal realization is very difficult.
  10. Dear Guest, I understand your concerns. From what I understand, the Bhagavad Gita is God's instruction for us to get to know Him. If you follow what it says, then you will receive your proof. Like gHari said and what George Harrison said, which pretty much got me to start chanting the Maha Mantra, is "The proof of the pudding is in the eating". You have to chant in order to purify your heart so that you can perceive the proof you desire. For me, the proof is in the fact that I can't stop chanting Hare Krishna. If you try to chant some other word, over and over, you will get bored. However, since the Maha Mantra is completely spiritual and transcendental, you never get tired of chanting it. In fact, the more you do it, the more you want to chant. Therefore, my suggestion is to just chant, and you will recieve proof. Just like Arjuna, the choice is up to you. Haribol! M
  11. This is sad and reminds me about reading that in the future of Kali yuga, one will be punished even for uttering the name of God, or something along these lines. Yeah, these people think they are so liberal, but they are just ignorant. Haribol!
  12. Can we start a discussion about surrendering unto Krishna? Please post anything related to surrendering here. I have been meditating on verse 18.66 from the Bhagavad Gita which says: "Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear." I would like to read more about surrendering unto Krishna. Haribol! M
  13. This is a great opportunity to teach your children about Krishna Consciousness. You should have kirtan with them and cook prasadam for them. Ys, M
  14. Excerpt from Srila Prabhupada's lecture ("Blockhead To Bhakta" 72/12/12 Ahmedabad, Bhagavad-gita 6.47) http://www.prabhupadavani.org/web/text/173.html "So this human form of life is meant for purifying this existential position. No more birth, no more death. As soon as there is birth, there is death. If there is no birth, there is no death. So this can be done simply by Krsna consciousness. Simply by developing Krsna consciousness. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita: janma karma me divyam yo janati tattvatah. Divyam, this word is used, divyam. So we are to undergo austerities, penances for this divyam, for transcendental life, divyam. Tapo divyam, little tapasya. In the Kali Yuga we cannot perform very severe... Krsna is very kind. He has given us different opportunity for elevating to our transcendental life in different ages. In this age, because we are so fallen and so limited, and so badly associated, that it is very difficult to undergo severe austerities and penances. We cannot go into the forest. We cannot perform yoga systems very nicely. We cannot perform yajnas. We cannot worship the Lord in temple very nicely. So many difficulties. Therefore sastra has given us concession: kalau tad dhari-kirtanat. In this age, simply by chanting this Hare Krsna maha-mantra one can be elevated. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has blessed: iha haite sarva-siddhi haya tomara. If you chant this Hare Krsna mantra you'll get all perfection, all perfection. So everything is there."
  15. Haribol Prabhu. Thank you for sharing this wonderful purport. This is exacly what I need to focus on in my life right now- service. Thank you again and Hare Krishna! Your servant, Bhakta Matt
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