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  1. I've bought vegetarian steel-toe work boots from this site, as well as a variety of other things (belts, etc.) http://www.veganstore.com/index-store.html They've got a lot of nice stuff, including office shoes. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  2. A few weeks ago I was listening to a Srila Prabhupada morning walk, and His Divine Grace commented that he never voted. He said something about not wanting to vote for a rascal. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  3. We serve Maya devi by becoming pure devotees of Krishna and going back to Godhead. That's what she wants. As long as we continue to serve our senses, Maya does the needful, a service that she'd rather not have to do. When we misuse our independence, Maya devi has to give us all kinds of trouble. Don't you think she'd rather be chanting Hare Krishna and dancing in kirtan with us? Hare Krishna Pandu das
  4. I've heard this argument before. The person was saying that it doesn't matter that meat eating kills so many more animals because meat eaters don't care about killing animals. Since vegetarians supposedly care about animals, but they can't avoid killing them, then they are stupid. It's the kind of argument that makes me just want to go berzerk. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  5. When I was in college I got really depressed for a few months. I had also been studying yoga at the time. I decided to attempt to kill myself by holding my breath. I figured at least that way I would know it was what I really wanted to do. I held my breath for quite a while a few times, but I didn't die. Eventually I cheered up. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  6. Sometimes I take a quick lunch at work and then go to my car for the remainder of my break. I'll set the alarm on my phone, and sleep for 20 minutes. Afterwards I feel somewhat dazed for about 15 minutes, but then I'm refreshed and ready for the rest of the day. Otherwise I would be sleepy and unproductive the whole afternoon. Also I find it nearly impossible to get any work done unless I'm listening to Srila Prabhupada's lecturs or other devotee's talking about Krishna. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  7. I do agree that it is best when we can avoid any intoxicants, even aside from vows, but sometimes adjustments should be made. A few years ago I had mostly lost my patience for Krishna consciousness. I remember it had been a few months since I'd used my japa beads. I was staying in a hotel for a work-related indoctrination (I mean training), and a co-worker gave me some of an herb that I'd heard of but didn't know much about, _Salvia divinorum_. It's categorized as an entheogen, as in it makes it possible for an ordinary person to see God. After smoking a little of that, I chanted the rest of the night, and did some 30 rounds the next day. It helped me get back on track. By the way, it's a legal herb which I now grow, out of respect, but don't otherwise use. What it did that night was actually help me to see (through the real eyes of my soul) how the chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare actually lifts material nature away from me, an insignificant spirit soul, and renews my desire to find Krishna. The last time I used it was shortly before deciding I wanted to accept a diksa guru. Having taken a vow against intoxication, I can no longer use this herb, but I do believe if ever (God forbid) I lose faith in God and guru, this herb has the potency to set me straight. When I started this message I didn't know I was going to say that. Please forgive me if I've caused any offense. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  8. There's no TV here either, though we sometimes watch movies on the computer. When we visit my parents or in-laws (a few days each year), they've almost always got a TV on, and that's more than enough TV for us to handle. I feel like I lose an IQ point for every hour of watching TV. I wonder who funded that TV research; probably someone who makes money from commercials or something. The best language development is conversing with devotees about Krishna. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  9. This topic brings up a related question: What is a bean? The thing vanilla comes from is called a bean, but it's the fruit of an orchid. Chocolate comes from a tree. Dictionary.com has its definitions, but it doesn't say which applies to ekadasi. 1a) Any of various New World twining herbs of the genus Phaseolus in the pea family, having leaves with three leaflets, variously colored flowers, and edible pods and seeds. 1b) A seed or pod of any of these plants. 2) Any of several related plants or their seeds or pods, such as the adzuki bean, broad bean, or soybean. 3) Any of various other plants or their seeds or fruits, especially those suggestive of beans, such as the coffee bean or the vanilla bean. 4) Slang. A person's head. 5) beans Slang. A small amount: I don't know beans about investing. 6) Chiefly British. A fellow; a chap. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  10. Hare Krishna. I don't have time right now to read this long thread, and I look forward to doing that, but I can't resist voicing my opinion about this... I saw this book in the local library about 6 months ago. I was somewhat shocked by a few things. 1) What sane person would want his translation of Bhagavad-gita beside Srila Prabhupada's on a bookshelf? Did he think his would be an improvement? 2) Where is the mangalacaranam? 3) He discussed that Srila Prabhupada said to write books, but didn't he consider that Srila Prabhupada probably wanted additional books written, rather than alternative translations/commentaries for books he had produced? 4) One of my favorite things about _Bhagavad-gita As It Is_ is that Srila Prabhupada instructs the readers to chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare on almost every page. As I thumbed through this "new Bhagavad-gita," I didn't see the maha-mantra even once. I assume it must be in there somewhere, as I only thumbed through the book and read a few pages in their entirety, but the maha-mantra certainly wasn't jumping out at me like in _Bhagavad-gita As It Is_. I remember other disturbing thoughts back then, but I must go to sleep now. I was glad to see Danavir Swami's article. Hare Krishna Pandu das
  11. I can answer that one. I for one, although I sometimes try to engage in devotional service to Krishna and His devotees, am a fool because despite having heard so much instruction about material attachment and attachment to the Lord's holy name, I remain mostly attached to sense gratification. Having heard so many instructions and having been smashed by maya and suffered so much, I still offend the holy name of the Lord by my strong desire for sense gratification and also commit other offenses. Isn't this foolish? Hare Krishna Pandu das
  12. My understanding of intoxicants are that they are not only a matter of substance but also quantity. For instance, there is a little alcohol in ripe fruit, but we would not consider it an intoxicant. I have often had "nectar" served at various Hare Krishna temples that obviously had some alcohol from the ripe fruit. But I didn't get drunk on it. I also make and use herbal medicines that contain alsohol as a solvent and preservative; however I don't have any concern about intoxication because I use them in such small quantities. Another example is that a person can get intoxicated on a large quantity of water by diluting blood electrolytes. I sometimes have a little chocolate, such as in chocolate chip mint ice cream, but I don't feel any caffeine effects from it, and I don't feel guilty. Hare Krishna Paul
  13. What kind of string should be used for making japa mala? Hare Krishna - Paul
  14. Hare Krishna The trick I use is to pay attention to my mind, and make sure my intelligence is in control. Your intelligence should be rooted in the transcendental instructions descending from Krishna. Desires manifest by first 1) thinking, then 2) feeling, and 3) willing. Once you're willing, it's just a matter of time before doing. The sooner you catch yourself in the process of manifesting some mundane desire, the easier it is to stop it. If you notice yourself thinking about some activity that is against the regulative principles, stop it, and think about something nice and spiritual. Gradually or quickly, the thinking, if allowed to continue, becomes feeling. That's basically imagining or anticipating some enjoyment from the activity. Once this starts, it is more difficult to stop. It has to be confronted strongly with intelligence. Remember that acting for sense gratification prevents Krishna consciousness. This is a good time to remember the glories of Krishna consciousness. If you allow the the desire to manifest to the willing stage, that is, if you decide you want to do something contrary to the four regulative principles, all I can say is to pray for Krishna's mercy. Once you decide you want something, it is hard to turn around. If you're lucky, Krishna will do something to set you back on the right path. Pray hard for His mercy as if your spiritual life depended on it, because it does. Hare Krishna - Paul
  15. http://www.msnbc.com/news/907199.asp It obviously took some real genuises to figure this out. /images/graemlins/laugh.gif There is a video on the page (link below the picture of the fish), and it's great to watch. Hare Krishna
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