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  1. gHari

    The play of creation

    Amnesia ........ There was once a Prince who developed amnesia. He wandered about not knowing who he was. Eventually he sat in the gutter in tears. A kind lady came by and gave him some food. Then a man came by and gave him some wine. But later a priest came by and recognizing the boy, said "My dear son, I know your father. He has a great Kingdom, which is yours. Let me take you there". We can see who best took care of the lost boy's welfare.
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    Environmentalism and Krsna Consciousness?

    It isn't numbers. Consider all the people in India and China. It is the passionate out-of-control Western frenzy that has ruined the planet without a care. It's the big machine that's eating the planet. The mantra "More more now now" has to be replaced. We need to work 20 hour weeks, create half as much, consume half as much .... get sane.
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    The play of creation

    See first post in thread. also Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
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    The play of creation

    No .... simply: I AM.
  5. Not only dumb, but not in relation to Supersoul ..... Islam apparently has nothing to do with God. Or is it just him?
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    The Hidden Story of Jesus

    The five cent philosophers will translate "Those who believeth in me will have eternal life" as "if I believe Jesus is the Son of God, I will go to heaven". Unfortunately there are many five cent Christians out there with not much time to devote to this God thing. So they buy the five cent version ... and get their money's worth .... complete with the "only way, we're number one, go USA" cheer.
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    Details of Rathayatra

    I'm reading, wondering where we kill the goat. Then in the last paragraph, there it is.
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    The Hidden Story of Jesus

    "The Way" is the only path, as Krsna says in the Gita: "All follow Me in all respects".
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    The God Who Wasn't There?

    I've encountered these theories before that cause the youth to swoon in their desire to abandon conscience for revelry. Some involve claims of old Egyptian stories that match and predate the gospel, that the Christ is an analogy for the Sun, etc. Only direct religious experience can defeat these organized plots against the religious fabric of the West. Soon, India will be the next target. The depth of evil in this world is unimaginable.
  10. Our temporary life may be nonsense, but our eternal life is always perfect. Identify with that part of you that is eternal, and all nonsense will disappear.
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    Iskcon

    I would stay in the house Prabhupada made for the world. Your heart is right. We are nothing but heart. I would never listen to ritvik rascalry. May Krsna be pleased with your decisions. gHari
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    Mantra to Create a Business ???

    Location location location.
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    Cultivation of Detachment

    Bhagavad-gita As It Is 2.58: yadA saMharate cAyaM kUrmo 'GgAnIva sarvazaH indriyANIndriyArthebhyas tasya prajJA pratiSThitA yadA--when; saMharate--winds up; ca--also; ayam--he; kUrmaH--tortoise; aGgAni--limbs; iva--like; sarvazaH--altogether; indriyANi--senses; indriya-arthebhyaH--from the sense objects; tasya--his; prajJA--consciousness; pratiSThitA--fixed. One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws its limbs within the shell, is firmly fixed in perfect consciousness. PURPORT The test of a yogI, devotee, or self-realized soul is that he is able to control the senses according to his plan. Most people, however, are servants of the senses and are thus directed by the dictation of the senses. That is the answer to the question as to how the yogI is situated. The senses are compared to venomous serpents. They want to act very loosely and without restriction. The yogI, or the devotee, must be very strong to control the serpents--like a snake charmer. He never allows them to act independently. There are many injunctions in the revealed scriptures; some of them are do-not's, and some of them are do's. Unless one is able to follow the do's and the do-not's, restricting oneself from sense enjoyment, it is not possible to be firmly fixed in KRSNa consciousness. The best example, set herein, is the tortoise. The tortoise can at any moment wind up his senses and exhibit them again at any time for particular purposes. Similarly, the senses of the KRSNa conscious persons are used only for some particular purpose in the service of the Lord and are withdrawn otherwise. Arjuna is being taught here to use his senses for the service of the Lord, instead of for his own satisfaction. Keeping the senses always in the service of the Lord is the example set by the analogy of the tortoise, who keeps the senses within.
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    Is 2012 the end of Kali?

    Is 2012 the end of Kali? No, it's the end of 2011.
  15. When I read the Bhagavad-gita, I ask myself how God created the universe. Everything else is superfluous. I had the quote on my wall at work in the seventies. A co-worker bought a Gita from me because of the quote. So all is forgiven.
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    Happiness And Bliss

    What we call happiness is simply less unhappiness. There is always underlying anxiety everywhere along that dualistic spectrum. Pleasure is simply less pain. Bliss, there is no anxiety. It is absolute.
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    Who Wrote Bhagwadgita ?

    Bhagavad-gita 4.1: The Personality of Godhead, Lord SrI KRSNa, said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, VivasvAn, and VivasvAn instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to IkSvAku. Of course, one who has read and accepted the revelations in the Srimad Bhagavatam of Vyasadeva will know that Vedavyasa is none other than Sri Krsna. Further, we must remember that the "Nitya-lila" of Sri Krsna has Him performing the speech at the Battle of Kuruksetra in every one of the practically innumerable universes in the material cosmos, one after another.
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    Surviving 2012 and Planet X

    Various characters have picked up on this humorous spoof. Unfortunately they haven't coordinated their creativity in expanding the yarn.
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    karma

    This is an important question a sincere person asks. Cultivating genuine devotion to God eventually softens the harshness of the lessons required to correct our faults - faults which have manifest in the past as sinful deeds. Perhaps this analogy of the bit in the horse's mouth can illustrate a parallel. In the analogy the bit can be equated to karmic reaction, the horse is the living being, and the rider is God. When a horse is moving in the wrong direction, the rider pulls the reins which causes the bit in the horse's mouth to guide the horse toward the correct path. If the horse is very stubborn or out of control, the rider will have to yank harder on the reins causing more pain in the horse's mouth to get it back on track. However, if the horse is submissive and responds to the rider's commands, then a gentle pressure on the reins will set the horse on the proper path. So it is said that the karma experienced by an obstinate out of control materialistic person will need to be far more crushing than will be the karma experienced by someone who is more surrendered to God's interest. It takes less to get their attention, and the whole process becomes a loving embrace from Sri Krsna, our eternal friend.
  20. As accurately referenced earlier by the old seaman ...portion of Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.28p: The summum bonum KRSNa is one without a second. He Himself has expanded Himself in various parts, portions and particles as svayaM-rUpa, svayam-prakAza, tad-ekAtmA, prAbhava, vaibhava, vilAsa, avatAra, Aveza, and jIvas, all provided with innumerable energies just suitable to the respective persons and personalities. Learned scholars in transcendental subjects have carefully analyzed the summum bonum KRSNa to have sixty-four principal attributes. All the expansions or categories of the Lord possess only some percentages of these attributes. But SrI KRSNa is the possessor of the attributes cent percent. And His personal expansions such as svayam-prakAza, tad-ekAtmA up to the categories of the avatAras who are all viSNu-tattva, possess up to ninety-three percent of these transcendental attributes. Lord Siva, who is neither avatAra nor Aveza nor in between them, possesses almost eighty-four percent of the attributes. But the jIvas, or the individual living beings in different statuses of life, possess up to the limit of seventy-eight percent of the attributes. In the conditioned state of material existence, the living being possesses these attributes in very minute quantity, varying in terms of the pious life of the living being. The most perfect of living beings is BrahmA, the supreme administrator of one universe. He possesses seventy-eight percent of the attributes in full. All other demigods have the same attributes in less quantity, whereas human beings possess the attributes in very minute quantity. The standard of perfection for a human being is to develop the attributes up to seventy-eight percent in full. The living being can never possess attributes like Siva, ViSNu or Lord KRSNa. A living being can become godly by developing the seventy-eight-percent transcendental attributes in fullness, but he can never become a God like Siva, ViSNu or KRSNa. He can become a BrahmA in due course. The godly living beings who are all residents of the planets in the spiritual sky are eternal associates of God in different spiritual planets called Hari-dhAma and Maheza-dhAma. The abode of Lord KRSNa above all spiritual planets is called KRSNaloka or Goloka VRndAvana, and the perfected living being, by developing seventy-eight percent of the above attributes in fullness, can enter the planet of KRSNaloka after leaving the present material body. <table></table>Numbers also quoted here: http://vedabase.net/sb/4/1/15/en <table></table>
  21. So the difference between Siva and jIva is that the all-auspicious Personality of Godhead is never affected by the material qualities, whereas the minute portions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are prone to be affected by the qualities of material nature. [Kb 87] Lord Siva is not jIva-tattva. But BrahmA is jIva-tattva. [Lecture] So the three guNas, sattva-guNa, rajo-guNa, tamo-guNa, that is going on since the creation. So here it is said, sthity-Adaye hari-viriJci-hareti saMjJAH. This, the same Lord, Supreme Personality of Godhead, ViSNu, has expanded Himself as Lord Siva and Lord BrahmA. We are also expansions. BrahmA is also jIva-tattva. He's also like us, jIva-tattva. Lord Siva is between viSNu-tattva and jIva-tattva. And Lord ViSNu is viSNu-tattva. ViSNu-tattva, via media, and jIva-tattva. [Lecture] And that is the difference between ourself and God. God does not forget. We forget. We are claiming, some of us, foolishly claiming, that "I am God, but I forget." God does not forget. Therefore I am not God. Is that clear? That is the difference between living jIva and Siva, God. He does not forget. In the Bhagavad-gItA He says, vedAhaM samatItAni: "I know everything of this present, past, future, everything." But we do not know. We have forgotten. [Conversation]
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