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  1. Just saw a TV flick that was so uproarious from a philosophical new wave new age pipe dream twisted point of view. You'll love it. "I Heart Huckabees" is playing on TV now and it is absolutely outrageous.
  2. It has to stop. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/11/fallon.resigns/index.html
  3. Has your crisis passed? Can we help?
  4. gHari

    High School Reunion

    After forty years. Should I blow their minds?
  5. gHari

    President Kerry

    I saw him. At last Americans will become civilized and offer everyone medical support. A nation without compassion at this basic level is simply backwards. He will be President. I liked the way he and his wife often offered folded hands to various people and the audience in general.
  6. JIM CARREY TELLS '60 MINUTES': MORE GOD, LESS PROZAC Thu Nov 18 2004 16:29:15 ET Jim Carrey says the anti-depressant Prozac that he took may have helped him at one time, but he's better off without it now. In fact, says the actor, a no-drugs-or-alcohol policy and a spiritual life are the things that make him feel good. Carrey speaks frankly in a rare one-on-one interview with Steve Kroft to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 21 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. "I was on Prozac for a long time," he tells Kroft. "It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever." Then he describes being on the medication as not taking away the illness's peaks and valleys, only softening them. "There are peaks, there are valleys, but they're all kind of carved and smoothed out...It feels like a low level of despair you live in where you're not getting any answers but you're living okay and you can smile at the office," he says. "You know, I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that ...everything is okay." Carrey takes nothing now. "I rarely drink coffee. I am very serious about no alcohol, no drugs," he says, "Life is too beautiful." During the interview at his home, he invited 60 MINUTES cameras to one of his most beautiful and private spots, his "center of the universe," where he goes to escape the world and where he tells Kroft his feelings about God. "This is where I hang out with Buddha, Krishna...all those guys," says Carrey about a lean-to adorned with candles and a bed built high on his hillside property in Brentwood, Calif. "I'm a Buddhist, I'm a Muslim, I'm a Christian. I'm whatever you want me to be...it all comes down to the same thing," he tells Kroft. Carrey says he believes they are all the same God and it is this conviction and spirituality that make him happy.
  7. This is the second chapter of a compilation of the literary works of Srila Prabhupada, known as "The Laws of Nature: An Infallible Justice":<blockquote><center><h2>BAD KARMA</h2></center>The SrImad-BhAgavatam is an ancient Sanskrit scripture that contains the essence of all Vedic wisdom, recording the teachings of the Lord's devotees, as well as those of the Lord in many of His incarnations. In this Thirtieth Chapter of the Third Canto, an incarnation of KRSNa's named Kapiladeva graphically describes the results of sin. TEXT 1: The Personality of Godhead said, "As a mass of clouds does not know the powerful influence of the wind, a person engaged in material consciousness does not know the powerful strength of the time factor, by which he is being carried." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: The great politician-paNDita named CANakya said that even one moment of time cannot be returned, even if one is prepared to pay millions of dollars. One cannot calculate the amount of loss there is in wasting valuable time. Whether materially or spiritually, one should be very alert in utilizing the time which he has at his disposal. A conditioned soul lives in a particular body for a fixed measurement of time, and it is recommended in the scriptures that within that small measurement of time one has to finish KRSNa consciousness and thus gain release from the influence of the time factor. But, unfortunately, those who are not in KRSNa consciousness are carried away by the strong power of time without their knowledge, as clouds are carried by the wind. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 2: "Whatever is produced by the materialist with great pain and labor for so-called happiness, the Supreme Personality, as the time factor, destroys, and for this reason the conditioned soul laments." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: The main function of the time factor, which is a representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is to destroy everything. The materialists, in material consciousness, are engaged in producing so many things in the name of economic development. They think that by advancing in satisfying the material needs of man they will be happy, but they forget that everything they have produced will be destroyed in due course of time. From history we can see that there were many powerful empires on the surface of the globe that were constructed with great pain and great perseverance, but in due course of time they have all been destroyed. Still the foolish materialists cannot understand that they are simply wasting time in producing so-called material necessities, which are destined to be vanquished in due course of time. This waste of energy is due to the ignorance of the mass of people, who do not know that they are eternal and that they have an eternal engagement also. They do not know that this span of life in a particular type of body is but a flash in the eternal journey. Not knowing this fact, they take the small flash of their present life to be everything, and they waste time in improving economic conditions. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 3: "The misguided materialist does not know that his very body is impermanent and that the attractions of home, land, and wealth, which are in relationship to that body, are also temporary. Out of ignorance only, he thinks that everything is permanent." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: The materialist thinks that persons engaged in KRSNa consciousness are crazy fellows wasting time by chanting Hare KRSNa, but actually he does not know that he himself is in the darkest region of craziness because of accepting his body as permanent. And in relation to his body he accepts his home, his country, his society, and all other paraphernalia as permanent. This materialistic acceptance of the permanence of home, land, etc. is called the illusion of mAyA. This is clearly mentioned here. MohAd gRha-kSetra-vasUni: out of illusion only does the materialist accept his home, his land, and his money as permanent. Out of this illusion have grown family life, national life, and economic development, which are very important factors in modern civilization. A KRSNa conscious person knows that this economic development of human society is but temporary illusion. In another part of the SrImad-BhAgavatam, the acceptance of the body as oneself, the acceptance of others as kinsmen in relationship to one's body, and the acceptance of the land of one's birth as worshipable are declared to be the products of an animal civilization. When, however, one is enlightened in KRSNa consciousness, one can use these for the service of the Lord. That is a very suitable proposition. Everything has a relationship with KRSNa. When all economic development and material advancement are utilized to advance the cause of KRSNa consciousness, a new phase of progressive life arises. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 4: "In whatever species of life the living entity appears, he finds a particular type of satisfaction in that species, and he is never averse to being situated in such a condition." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: The satisfaction of the living entity in a particular type of body, even if it is most abominable, is called illusion. A man in a higher position may feel dissatisfaction with the standard of life of a lower-grade man, but the lower-grade man is satisfied in that position because of the spell of mAyA, the external energy. MAyA has two phases of activity. One is called prakSepAtmikA, and the other is called AvaraNAtmikA. AvaraNAtmikA means "covering," and prakSepAtmikA means "pulling down." In any condition of life, the materialistic person or animal will be satisfied because his knowledge is covered by the influence of mAyA. In the lower grade or lower species of life, the development of consciousness is so poor that one cannot understand whether one is happy or distressed. This is called AvaraNAtmikA. Even a hog, who lives by eating stool, thinks himself happy, although a person in a higher mode of life sees how abominable that life is. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 5: "While deluded by the covering influence of the illusory energy, the living entity feels little inclined to cast off his body, even when in hell, for he takes delight in hellish enjoyment." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: It is said that once Indra, the king of heaven, was cursed by his spiritual master, BRhaspati, on account of his misbehavior, and he became a hog on this planet. After many days, when BrahmA wanted to recall him to his heavenly kingdom, Indra, in the form of a hog, forgot everything of his royal position in the heavenly kingdom, and he refused to go back. This is the spell of mAyA. Even Indra forgets his heavenly standard of life and is satisfied with the standard of a hog's life. By the influence of mAyA the conditioned soul becomes so affectionate toward his particular type of body that even if someone says to him, "Give up this body, and immediately you will have a king's body," he will not agree. This attachment strongly affects all conditioned living entities. Lord KRSNa personally canvasses, "Give up everything in this material world. Come to Me, and I shall give you all protection," but we are not agreeable. We think, "We are quite all right. Why should we surrender unto KRSNa and go back to His kingdom?" This is called illusion, or mAyA. Everyone is satisfied with his standard of living, however abominable it may be. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 6: "Such satisfaction with one's standard of living is due to deep-rooted attraction for body, wife, home, children, animals, wealth, and friends. In such association, the conditioned soul thinks himself quite perfect." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: This so-called perfection of human life is a concoction. Therefore it is said that however materially qualified a person may be, if he is not a devotee of the Lord he has no good qualities because he is hovering on the mental plane, which will drag him again to the material existence of temporary life. One who acts on the mental plane cannot get promotion to the spiritual plane. Such a person is always sure to glide down again to material life. Still, in the association of so-called society, friendship, and love, the conditioned soul feels completely satisfied. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 7: "Although he is always burning with anxiety, such a fool always performs all kinds of mischievous activities with the unfulfillable hope of maintaining his so-called family and society." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: It is said that it is easier to maintain a great empire than a small family, especially in these days, when the influence of Kali-yuga is so strong that everyone is harassed and full of anxieties because of accepting the false presentation of mAyA's family. The family we maintain is created by mAyA; it is the perverted reflection of the family in KRSNaloka. In KRSNaloka there are also family, friends, society, father, and mother; everything is there, but they are eternal. Here, as we change bodies our family relationships also change. Sometimes we are in a family of human beings, sometimes in a family of demigods, sometimes a family of cats or dogs. Family, society, and friendship are flickering, and so they are called asat. It is said that as long as we are attached to this asat--this temporary, nonexistent society and family--we are always full of anxieties. The materialists do not know that the family, society, and friendship here in this material world are only shadows, and thus they become attached. Naturally their hearts are always burning, but in spite of all inconvenience, they still work to maintain such false families because they have no information of the real family association with KRSNa. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 8: "He gives heart and senses to a woman, who falsely charms him with mAyA. He enjoys solitary embraces and talking with her, and he is enchanted by the sweet words of the small children." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: Family life within the kingdom of the illusory energy, mAyA, is just like a prison for the eternal living entity. In prison a prisoner is shackled by iron chains and iron bars. Similarly, a conditioned soul is shackled by the charming beauty of a woman, by her solitary embraces and talks of so-called love, and by the sweet words of his small children. Thus he forgets his real identity. In this verse the words strINAm asatInAm indicate that womanly love exists just to agitate the mind of man. Actually, in the material world there is no love. Both the woman and the man are interested in their sense gratification. For sense gratification a woman creates an illusory love, and the man becomes enchanted by such false love and forgets his real duty. When there are children as the result of such a combination, the next attraction is to the sweet words of the children. The love of the woman at home and the talk of the children make one a secure prisoner, and thus he cannot leave his home. Such a person is termed, in Vedic language, a gRhamedhI, which means "one whose center of attraction is home." The word gRhastha refers to one who lives with family, wife, and children but whose real purpose of living is to develop KRSNa consciousness. One is therefore advised to become a gRhastha, not a gRhamedhI. The gRhastha's concern is to get out of the family life created by illusion and enter into real family life with KRSNa, whereas the gRhamedhI's business is to repeatedly chain himself to so-called family life, in one life after another, and perpetually remain in the darkness of mAyA. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 9: "The attached householder remains in his family life, which is full of diplomacy and politics. Always spreading miseries and controlled by acts of sense gratification, he acts just to counteract the reactions of all his miseries, and if he can successfully counteract such miseries, he thinks he is happy." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: In the Bhagavad-gItA the Personality of Godhead Himself certifies the material world as an impermanent place that is full of miseries. There is no question of happiness in this material world, either individually or in terms of family, society, or country. If something is going on in the name of happiness, that is illusion. Here in this material world, happiness means successful counteraction of distress. The material world is so made that unless one becomes a clever diplomat, his life will be a failure. What to speak of human society, even in the society of lower animals, the birds and beasts cleverly manage their bodily demands of eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. Human society competes nationally or individually, and in the attempt to be successful the entire human society becomes full of diplomacy. We should always remember that in spite of all diplomacy and all intelligence in the struggle for existence, everything will end in a second by the supreme will. Therefore, all our attempts to become happy in this material world are simply a delusion offered by mAyA. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 10: "He secures money by committing violence here and there, and although he employs it in the service of his family, he himself eats only a little portion of the food thus purchased, and he goes to hell for those for whom he earned the money in such an irregular way." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: There is a Bengali proverb: "The person for whom I have stolen accuses me of being a thief." The family members for whom an attached person acts in so many criminal ways are never satisfied. In illusion an attached person serves such family members, and by serving them he is destined to enter into a hellish condition of life. For example, a thief steals something to maintain his family, and he is caught and imprisoned. This is the sum and substance of material existence and attachment to material society, friendship, and love. Although an attached family man is always engaged in getting money by hook or by crook for the maintenance of his family, he cannot enjoy more than what he could consume even without such criminal activities. A man who eats eight ounces of food may have to maintain a big family and earn money by any means to support that family, but he himself is not offered more than what he can eat, and sometimes he eats the remnants that are left after his family members are fed. Even by earning money by unfair means, he cannot enjoy life for himself. That is called the covering illusion of mAyA. The process of illusory service to society, country, and community is exactly the same everywhere; the same principle is applicable even to big national leaders. A national leader who is very great in serving his country is sometimes killed by his countrymen because of irregular service. In other words, one cannot satisfy his dependents by this illusory service, although one cannot get out of the service because being a servant is his constitutional position. A living entity is constitutionally part and parcel of the Supreme Being, but he forgets that he has to render service to the Supreme Being and diverts his attention to serving others; this is called mAyA. By serving others he falsely thinks that he is master. The head of a family thinks of himself as the master of the family, or the leader of a nation thinks of himself as the master of the nation, whereas actually he is serving, and by serving mAyA he is gradually going to hell. Therefore a sane man should come to the point of KRSNa consciousness and engage in the service of the Supreme Lord, applying his whole life, all of his wealth, his entire intelligence, and his full power of speaking. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXTS 11–13: "When he suffers reverses in his occupation, he tries again and again to improve himself, but when he is baffled in all attempts and is ruined, he accepts money from others because of excessive greed. Thus the unfortunate man, unsuccessful in maintaining his family members, is bereft of all beauty. He always thinks of his failure, grieving very deeply. Seeing him unable to support them, his wife and others do not treat him with the same respect as before, even as miserly farmers do not accord the same treatment to their old and worn-out oxen." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: Not only in the present age but from time immemorial no one has liked an old man who is unable to earn in the family. Even in the modern age, in some communities or states, the old men are given poison so that they will die as soon as possible. In some cannibalistic communities, the old grandfather is sportingly killed, and a feast is held in which his body is eaten. Here the example is given that a farmer does not like an old ox who has ceased to work. Similarly, when an attached person in family life becomes old and is unable to earn, he is no longer liked by his wife, sons, daughters, and other kinsmen, and he is consequently neglected, what to speak of not being given respect. It is judicious, therefore, to give up family attachment before one attains old age and take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A person should employ himself in the Lord's service so that the Supreme Lord can take charge of him and he will not be neglected by his so-called kinsmen. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 14: "The foolish family man does not become averse to family life although he is maintained by those whom he once maintained. Deformed by the influence of old age, he prepares himself to meet ultimate death." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: Family attraction is so strong that even if a person is neglected by family members in his old age, he cannot give up family affection, and he remains at home just like a dog. In the Vedic way of life, it is advised that before getting too weak and being baffled in material activities, and before becoming diseased, one should give up family life and engage oneself completely in the service of the Lord for the remaining days of his life. Therefore the Vedic scriptures enjoin that as soon as one passes fifty years of age, he must give up family life and live alone in the forest. After preparing himself fully, he should become a sannyAsI, travel widely, and distribute the knowledge of spiritual life to each and every home. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 15: "Thus he remains at home just like a pet dog and eats whatever is so negligently given to him. Afflicted with many illnesses, such as dyspepsia and loss of appetite, he eats only very small morsels of food, and he becomes an invalid, who cannot work any more." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: Before meeting death a man is sure to become a diseased invalid, and when he is neglected by his family members, his life becomes less than a dog's because he is put into so many miserable conditions. Vedic literatures enjoin, therefore, that before the arrival of such miserable conditions, a man should leave home and die without the knowledge of his family members. If a man leaves home and dies without his family's knowing, that is considered a glorious death. But an attached family man wants his family members to carry him in a great procession even after his death, and although he will not be able to see how the procession goes, he still desires that his body be taken gorgeously in procession. Thus he is happy without even knowing where he has to go when he leaves his body for the next life. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXTS 16–17: "In that diseased condition, a man's eyes bulge due to the pressure of air from within, and his glands become congested with mucus. He has difficulty breathing, and upon exhaling and inhaling he produces a sound like ghura-ghura, a rattling within the throat. In this way he comes under the clutches of death and lies down, surrounded by lamenting friends and relatives, and although he wants to speak with them, he no longer can because he is under the control of time." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: For formality's sake, when a man is lying on his deathbed, his relatives come to him, and sometimes they cry very loudly, addressing the dying man: "O my father!O my friend!" or "O my husband!" In that pitiable condition the dying man wants to speak with them and instruct them of his desires, but because he is fully under the control of the time factor, death, he cannot express himself, and that causes him in-conceivable pain. He is already in a painful condition because of disease, and his glands and throat are choked up with mucus. He is already in a very difficult position, and when he is addressed by his relatives in that way, his grief increases. </BLOCKQUOTE>TEXT 18: "Thus the man who engaged with uncontrolled senses in maintaining his family dies in great grief, seeing his relatives crying. He dies most pathetically, in great pain and without consciousness." <BLOCKQUOTE>PURPORT: In the Bhagavad-gItA it is said that at the time of death one will be absorbed in the thoughts he cultivated during his lifetime. A person who had no idea other than to properly maintain his family members must have family affairs in his last thoughts. That is the natural sequence for a common man. The common man does not know the destiny of his life; he is simply busy in this present flash of life, maintaining his family. At the last stage, no one is satisfied with how he has improved the family economic condition; everyone thinks that he could not provide sufficiently. Because of his deep family affection, he forgets his main duty of controlling his senses and improving his spiritual consciousness. Sometimes a dying man entrusts the family affairs to either his son or some relative, saying, "I am going. Please look after the family." He does not know where he is going, but even at the time of death he is anxious about how his family will be maintained. Sometimes it is seen that a dying man requests the physician to increase his life at least for a few years so that the family maintenance plan which he has begun can be completed. These are the material diseases of the conditioned soul. He completely forgets his real engagement--to become KRSNa conscious--and is always serious about planning to maintain his family, although he changes families one after another.</BLOCKQUOTE> [Continued .... part 2]
  8. gHari

    Kali-Yuga is Here

    From an early essay from Srila A.C Bhaktivedanta: The symptoms of Kali-yuga are vividly described in another chapter of BhAgavatam (Canto 12 Chapter 2) [s.B. 12.2.1]. It is said there that money will be the pivot of all activities in the Kali-yuga. It is money only which shall always and alone classify the different orders of society without any reference to the quality of birth or work and it is money only which will decide the propriety of one's claim in the matter of justice, freedom and equality. Personal attractiveness will decide the question of conjugal life between husband and wife and the process of cheating each other will be the crux of business transactions. Sexuality will be considered as the standard of men's or women's superiority and a mere piece of thread on the body will mark the sign of one's belonging in higher three orders of society. Simply by a change of garb i.e. from a white garment to the red and holding a rod as a mark of renunciation, will transfer anybody to the renounced order of life. One's inability to pay sufficiently will deprive one of receiving justice in the court and anyone who shall have the audacity to be an egoist, shall be considered as the most learned fellow. To become stricken with poverty will be considered as one's being dishonest and pride and vanity will be the standard of honesty. Marriage will be validated by mere acceptance of an agreement and the simple act of washing one's body will serve all purposes of dressing. Holy places of sacred water situated far off from one's home, will be considered as the place of pilgrimage; keeping long hairs on the head will be misunderstood as increasing the lustre of one's personal beauty. Self-realization will be identified with the mere filling of one's belly with foodstuff; truth will be realised by impertinence of behavior; ability will be measured by the process of maintaining one's family well, and religiosity will be practised for the sake of reputation. When the whole atmosphere will be surcharged with the abovementioned symptoms of Kali-yuga--whoever amongst the brAhmaNas, kSatriyas, vaizyas or zUdras will be powerful, shall capture the reins of government. Such governmental administrators will naturally be unkind, selfish, covetous and expert in exploiting poor citizens by plundering their money and women. In such conditions of life the citizens will fly from one place to another as displaced refugees and being overpowered by constant visits of famine, epidemic diseases and overburdened by state taxes, will begin to eat grass, roots, meats, seeds, honey and unknown fruits to the risk of life. Due to scarcity of rains in the field they will gradually disappear from the surface of the earth. The population in the Kali-yuga will be overtroubled by communal strife, hunger, thirst, diseases, winter, summer, rains and unparalleled anxiety for everything. The living bodies will gradually diminish in stature, the spiritual division of social orders such as four castes or four Azramas will be overcrowded only by the faithless unbelievers and they will lose all faith in the Vedic way of spiritual advancement. The infidel ruler will turn to one to become plunderer and the people in general will be infected unnecessarily with the habit of stealing, dishonesty, violence and similar rabid acts. There will remain no other caste except the zUdras, the cow being reduced to the stature of goat, the hermitages and monasteries being coverted into ordinary house, friendship being maintained only in relation with sexuality, medicinal herbs being impotent in efficacy like grass, big trees being shortened like the saplings, monsoon being devoid of rains and full of lightning and the general population being forced to labour like the ass, SrI KRSNa the Personality of Godhead will appear to reclaim the faithful and vanquish the faithless. The life of Kali-yuga is estimated to the extent of four lakhs and thirty-two thousands of years beginning from the time of King ParIkSit i.e. after the battle of KurukSetra. As such it will take long long years before the advent of Kalki AvatAra at the end of the Kali-yuga. But the symptoms of Kali-yuga are already in vogue and the state of affairs will gradually deteriorate from bad to worse as it is stated in the BhAgavata PurANa in the most unambiguous term. The affairs will degrade to such an extent that the people in general will look like the Satan of the first magnitude being perturbed by anxieties in respect of state taxes, want of sufficient fooding, clothing, drinking, sleeping, bathing and sexuality. Addicted to unrestricted sexual pleasures only and act of filling the belly with foodstuff not fit for human consumption, low minded debauches will not scruple even to refuse maintaining old father helpless children and wife married from respectable family. The people of Kali-yuga will not worship the Almighty Godhead who is worshiped even by BrahmA and Siva. Sukadeva GosvAmI the enlightened professor of BhAgavatam said to King ParIkSit that in spite of all the abovementioned deformities of the Kali-yuga, there is one most valuable source of transcendental realization in this age. The asset is that in the Kali-yuga one can transcend all the above troubles and reach to the supreme goal of life simply by chanting process of the transcendental holy name of KRSNa. That is a special prerogative chance for this age.
  9. gHari

    W A R

    Click on the audio slideshow here for an eye-opener: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/primetime/DailyNews/junger_index_011025.html?partner=
  10. <center>You wanna die for Allah? Then die now. <h3>BANG!</h3> I have no problem with suicidal terrorists being dead. Pump them for info, then lop off their heads. God has convinced even them that this is what He wants. Sure, I guess they are legally insane and we would normally pack them up on drugs in a padded cell forever, but man, how can we control a few thousand such sicko psychos and somehow feel safe?</center>
  11. gHari

    Gita Favorites

    I was wondering how many unique verses we might get if everyone writes their fave verse here. Mine has always been:<blockquote>"To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me".</blockquote>
  12. You mean like Pakistan? http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/04/24/iran.nuclear/index.html
  13. gHari

    IQ Test

    There are 13 items hidden in this room required to let you get out of this room. If you found: <blockquote>0-6 items, your IQ is very low, total idiot 6-8 items, Low IQ, u r an idiot 9-10 items, u r normal 11-12 items, your IQ is high, above the average. 13 items found and get out of the room, there are less than 4000 people in the world can do it. </blockquote> Remember the Clue : 1994 http://flash.qbol.net/pl;p/youxi/images/04042203.swf I didn't try it. I don't have time for such nonsense. Maybe tomorrow.
  14. I was happy to see CNN using the word "Deity" instead of "idol" (as the innocent Indian people had been taught by the British). It's a good sign: http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/21/shrine.destroyed.ap/index.html
  15. gHari

    Hindus Against God ??

    I can't believe this nonsense: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1042502.cms <blockquote> WASHINGTON: With the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) being part of an amicus curiae (friend of the court), oral arguments have begun in the Supreme Court on whether displays of the Ten Commandments on government property are an unconstitutional endorsement of a particular religion. At heart of the case is a six-foot tall granite monument with the Ten Commandments inscribed on it and which stands between the State Capitol and State Supreme Court in Texas. "We are not opposing any specific teachings or religious faith. This is about separation of state and church," Suhag Shukla, HAF's legal counsel, said after the first day of arguments last week. Being an amicus curiae Shukla is not scheduled to make any arguments herself but is involved in so much as it lends support to the petition challenging the location of the Texas monument. "The brief makes it clear that the co-signatories regard the Ten Commandments with utmost respect, but the overtly religious monument is a blow to pluralism, and its prominent presence on Texas Capitol grounds implies political and social exclusion of Hindus, Jains and Buddhists alike. "The district and appellate courts failed to consider the effect of the monument on those adhering to non-Judeo-Christian faiths," Shukla said. HAF, which filed the brief Dec 13, 2004 in one of the most widely anticipated cases being heard by the Supreme Court this year, "supports the position that the monument violates the separation of church and state guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US constitution". There are nine co-signatories to the brief representing Hindus, Buddhists and Jains in the United States. The foundation claims to be the first to provide a non-Judeo-Christian perspective to this issue. The case originally brought by Thomas Van Orden against Rick Perry, the governor of Texas in 2003, asks for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from Texas State Capitol grounds. The Supreme Court decided to hear the case after the Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the monument could remain in place. The 34-page brief was signed by HAF, Arsha Vidya Pitham, Arya Samaj of Michigan, Hindu International Council Against Defamation, Hindu University of America, Navya Shastra, Saiva Siddhanta Church, Federation of Jain Associations in North America, Interfaith Freedom Foundation and prominent Buddhist scholar and director of Tibet House, Robert Thurman. Asked if the issue HAF was raising was not too esoteric, Shukla said, "It is about principle. As long as the US constitution is the way it is now, it does not endorse any particular religion. "The presence of the statue on government property amounts to endorsement." "The supreme court's decision in the Van Orden case will directly impact Hindus and others," Nikhil Joshi, a member of the HAF board of directors was quoted as saying by its official backgrounder. "A permanent display of the Ten Commandments on the State Capitol grounds implies an unconstitutional preference for those precepts etched on the monument." The brief argues that the Ten Commandments are a corner stone of Judeo-Christian theology. </blockquote>
  16. <center>VyAsa-pUjA Offering to His Divine Grace SrIla BhaktisiddhAnta SarasvatI GosvAmI MahArAja, 1961 by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami PrabhupAda. </center> VAISISTYASTAKAM First Vaisistya 1. On that day, in pain of separation., oh Lord, I was grief stricken, Unable to tolerate being apart from my spiritual master. 2. On today's auspicious occasion, to offer you worship, I have come With this offering, remembering your lotus feet. 3. MahAprabhu's principal conclusion is that renunciation is prime; Not only that, but it is to be distributed to everyone. 4. The neophytes have no ability to make any solution, But you are a mahA-bhAgavata and you have given us direction. 5. Bewildered by ignorance, what kind of renouncers can they be? They are simply false renouncers, giving up externally. 6. Real renunciation comes from transcendental feelings. Without such feelings, a renouncer is known simply as ‘show-bottle'. 7. But there is another show-bottle, with preaching as its purpose: The Lord's sannyAsa, which is the defeat of the impersonalists. 8. Lord Caitanya's teachings are beyond varNAzrama-dharma. They are BhAgavata-dharma and destroy all cheating processes of religion. 9. Performing dry renunciation, preaching will not be successful; ‘Yukta-vairagya' is the essence of all Caitanya philosophy. 10. "The sannyAsa I have given you" is for preaching in devotion. The atheistic sense enjoyers are bewildered in understanding. Second Vaisistya 11. The sannyAsIs go and stay in the mountain caves, But you, master, keep your sannyAsIs in marble mansions. 12. To see a sense enjoyer's face is just like drinking poison, But you, master, are giving your darzana here and far away in foreign lands. 13. Mlecchas and yavanas are not allowed to enter Hindu temples, But you, master, make them the chairman and sit them in the assembly. 14. To cross the ocean is not allowed for Hindus, But you send your devotees across the ocean. 15. In Kali-yuga's cities the guru's instructions are "forbidden". But you remain there anyway with your special purpose in mind. 16. The devotees want to go to some lonely place to perform their bhajan alone, But you don't accept this in your judgement. 17. Where there is an increase in the measurement of people, There your preaching work is to be seen. 18. You want to make a student hostel in London, and You explain it must be nicely arranged. 19. In the land of barbarians, a student hostel for preaching ‘Hari Katha'! Who can understand all these things? 20. To mitigate all these contradictory ideas is not the trifling Act of an inexpert and inexperienced person. Third Vaisistya 21. If everyone sat down together and carefully considered, Then what nice preaching there could be. 22. After all, that is Prabhupada's command--for all to join together To do this preaching work, merged in your instructions. 23. If you simply imitate, there will be the opposite result, For as long as you try like that, there will be failure. 24. Now all of you are returning here on his order to worship him on his VyAsa-pUjA day-- All together you are engaged in His worship. 25. But a festival of flowers and fruits is not the real worship: One who serves the guru's message really worships him. 26. The service of the message is the real transcendental vibration. Don't be falsely proud, brother; come back to that. 27. KalidAsa Nag, that Master Masay, One day said in the public assembly, 28. That Kali-yuga's mission was killing the whole world And Lord Caitanya's message is locked in a cage. 29. Oh shame! Brother, aren't you at all embarrassed Behaving like businessmen to increase your followers? 30. Our master has said to preach; Let the neophytes go in the temples to do nothing but ring bells. Fourth Vaisistya 31. All these are not our master's preaching methods; These are the things done by the caste goswamis. 32. But just take a look at the miserable condition that's arisen: Everyone has become a sense enjoyer and has abandoned preaching. 33. Now the temple doors also are starting to be locked. Go and preach this BhAgavata-dharma; don't delay any longer. 34. Within this Earth there is another Earth Whose sound is the unequalled penetrating force. 35. (There is a Bengali proverb) "The mullah runs just as far as the mosque" (and no further), But an end to this false preaching today! 36. Up to the borders of the seas, all over the earth., pierce the walls of the universe; All assembled together preach the transcendental vibration. 37. Then our master's worship will be in proper order. Today make your firm promise; give up your political play. 38. On this very day, coming together, make your comment; The five of you together, and decide what must be done. 39. You have become renouncers, my brothers, so renounce everything. But if you renounce the instruction of the spiritual master, what kind of renunciation is that? 40. One who renounces the bona-fide spiritual master, or one who tries to enjoy at the expense of his spiritual master, are both useless. First become the servant of your spiritual master, then you will be able to understand these conclusions. Fifth Vaisistya 41. Because there is only one God, if his wealth increases, A saintly person renounces all such material desires for profit, adoration and prestige. 42. Your gold, my brother, is the source of sense enjoyment. Prabhupada has made this meaningful statement. 43. Give up your riches for preaching: Sit down together and make some special consideration. 44. The Supreme Lord says Himself that, "Everything is Mine alone". 45. Prabhupada gave this final instruction. Take care: do this in all respects, completely. 46. Otherwise all your efforts will simply go to waste. Oh saintly ones, beware: afterwards you will repent. 47. Is it really such a difficult task to come together like this? And why does so much have to be said to you? 48. Give up your stubbornness, act for the welfare of others: There is no time to waste! All my brothers, come: this is the most auspicious time to unite. Sixth Vaisistya 49. When will it come to pass that in every room a temple will be established, In every corner of the world. 50. That the high court judge will be a GauDIya VaiSNava, tilaka displayed on his forehead, the glory of all; 51. That a VaiSNava winning votes will be the president of the land, And everywhere this preaching will be extended? 52. The demons loot and plunder the Lord's wealth, While the hapless populace cries, "Alas, alas!" 53. The demons make their plans to cheat the common people, Selling whole-wheat flower at 32 rupees a mound. 54. Opening so many factories, will they fill the people's bellies? Out of hunger, the people will be forced to eat grass and mango pits. 55. A two-paisa thread tied around his neck and a man says he is a brAhmaNa. Just wearing saffron cloth, and a man calls himself a sannyAsI. 56. The householders beg from the sannyAsIs, and the sannyAsIs Have crores of rupees in the bank. 57. Every day the influence of Kali-yuga increases, And the poor souls, being oppressed by the age of Kali, cry in agony. 58. Every day ten thousand cows are slaughtered, And the expert leaders eat untouchable foodstuffs. 59. Men of mudlike intelligence increase day by day, And a husband and wife can dissolve their relationship simply by a word. 60. Everyone has become a witch by the influence of the age. Everyone is unhappy due to the absence of the devotees' mercy. Seventh Vaisistya 61. The VaiSNavas are famous for being sympathetic towards others' suffering, And that fame will be increased by mature preaching. 62. If eternally pure devotional service to Krishna is awakened in every one, Kali will flee of his own accord, crying "Ha! Ha!" 63. MahAprabhu's message is praninam upakaraya Act for the welfare of others. This is the storehouse of happiness both now and after death. 64. So much work has fallen into your hands: Everyone should join together and do something about it. 65. VAsudeva-vipra paid his obeisances to the Lord and said, "Please deliver all the living beings." 66. "Give all their sins to me, who am most fallen, And relinquish all the suffering of the unhappy souls." 67. He was the best VaiSNava, para-duhkha-dukhi, He found no happiness in gratifying his senses. 68. What kind of compassion can the non-devotee show? He simply commits offences with his daridra-nArAyaNa philosophy. 69. The VaiSNava's mercy is scientific. Without the mercy of the Vaisnava, The world is simply insurmountable Maya. 70. If there were a kingdom of ViSNu and VaiSNavas on earth, Then everyone would be happy, say the saintly persons and sages. Eighth Vaisistya 71. Why do people cry for rAma-rAjya? The only cause of such a rAma-rAjya would be a God-centered kingdom. 72. KRSNa sat YudhiSThira on the King's throne And the whole world became full of wealth and fortune as a result of the good qualities of the VaiSNavas. 73. The rivers, streams, trees, fields and hills were all producing abundantly: And the cows were so full of milk that they floated in the abundance. 74. The birds, bcasts and animals were all free of envy: In the VaiSNava kingdom there is perfect saMsAra. 75. The whole world in ecstasy would sing the glories of Hari. Seeing this, the VaiSNavas' heart danced in ecstasy. 76. The use of things without a touch of kRSNa-bhakti Has filled the world with saMsAra. 77. What is more, everyone is searching for peace, Fulfill that desire by your preaching. 78. On this very day, VyAsa-pUjA, get down to business: By your preaching deliver the fallen jIvas. 79. Oh, SrIla PrabhupAda! Show compassion today: This time show real mercy, for you are beyond the illusion of this material world. 80. Whatever independence we have, let it be discarded. The most fallen "Abhay" makes this humble offering today.
  17. This is my new meditation thought, my reminder moment to moment. It is a very powerful way to live. The temporary becomes truly meaningless and the eternal, Krsna become all important. And I do live forever! It's not just a thought, it's reality. No wonder it's so powerful and enjoyable. The truth shall set you free ..... gHari
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  19. Hopefully the people are sharp enough to see this double standard.
  20. gHari

    For those with kids

    I have seen repeatedly the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite. What do your get for your $160,140? Naming rights? First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God every day. Giggles under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered with jam. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain. Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day. For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to keep: reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day. For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless. You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time behind the wheel. You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.
  21. gHari

    The Coalition

    As I pointed out in an e-mail to the US State Department, the American official whining about Canada's apparent non-commitment to the war in Iraq will be silenced forever once we remind them that it took three years for the US to join Canada in ousting another vicious monstrous dictator seventy years ago.
  22. <h1>Hare Krishna comes of age: the movement has matured into a mainstream religion after years of tumult and scandal—but escaping the past never is easy</h1> "Coming back, he found ISKCON a vastly changed place. "When the movement had great wealth, it attracted a number of people who did not have fully spiritual motivations," he contends. "Now that the movement is poor--surviving, but poor. Those who have remained have remained because they truly believe; they truly practice; and they truly care." The nine page article starts here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1272/is_2722_134/ai_n14814238
  23. <center> BLESSED BE THE NAME by Mississippi John Hurt</center>
  24. When you're not too busy, come and see Me.
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