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Is there satisfaction in this material world?

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, Nove Sady, Czech Republic, 14th March 2012) Lecture: SB 11.5.32

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, (one of our great spiritual masters) once said:

'Even if a man has all the women in the world he will still not be satisfied.'

And to the women he would say:

'The perfect dream man doesn't exist. He doesn't exist. Sorry, that prince, he will never come! I am very sorry.'

Maybe he'll come anyway. Let's be honest he didn't even look like a prince. So this is how it is in the world where we are never satisfied. When women are frustrated with the men, generally their mood is:

'Men are useless!'

And with the men, well what shall I say about the men? They are not faithful! So therefore we can see that there is so much glorification in the world, such as love, which is not as nice as it is in the movies!

Anything in this world, such as being rich, for instance someone like Bill Gates, the richest man in the world. Who has ever seen Bill Gates? Has anyone ever seen Bill Gates in public? Does Bill Gates even exist? How do we know? I have never seen a picture of Bill Gates. So like that when you are very rich then you cannot even go out in public, since there are always people who want to kidnap you. When you are very rich then you cannot trust anyone! Everyone is smiling at you, and is after your money. I mean it must be terrible to be rich. One can just imagine of being so isolated from other people. Not that we want to be poor, but we are not poor. Nobody is so skinny. Everyone looks like they are doing okay. We could use a bit more but there is never an end to it. When you have more of something, then you still want something more. So in this way we can't seem to find satisfaction in this material world.

It's like me and my secretary, have been travelling worldwide for a year and we travel all the time from place to place. And sometimes you get into a particular state of mind:

'Well only two more days and then it's time to go to the next place.'

Then you arrive at the next place and you say:

'Well only three more days before I go to the next place.'

And at each time you think:

'It's not so nice here, and it's not so nice there.'

It's too hot, too cold, it's too this and it's too that. Sometimes the bed is too hard and at other times the bed is too soft. Sometimes the blanket is too short, and the last time the blanket was enormous! In New York it was such a big blanket, that the through the entire night I was fighting with the blanket. So it's like that in the material world. Who has it perfect? Who can say:

'Oh my life is perfect!'

It's like we just have to accept it as it is. At a program I once asked the public:

'Is there anybody out there who has it all under control?'

And one man raised his hand and he had a band-aid on his finger! What can you say? You kind of have to accept things as they come, and try to make it a little bit better…

People have seen that no matter what you do, you really can't be satisfied in the material world! When they are fortunate and get some knowledge then they will be able to understand that real satisfaction comes from yoga! Yoga means to add Krishna to your life, to connect with the Supreme Lord

'yoginām api sarveṣāṁ
mad-gatenāntar-ātmanā
śraddhāvān bhajate yo māṁ
sa me yuktatamo mataḥ,' (Bg, 6.47)

Krishna says:

'The topmost yogi is he who connects with me!'

So this will make a difference!


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How to become peaceful

 
 

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via kksblog.com by hina on 3/24/12

(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, Nove Sady, Czech Republic, 14th March 2012) Lecture: SB 11.5.32

There's no need to go here and there. Just worship Krishna. Serve Krishna. Offer what we eat to Krishna. Whatever we do, then do it as an offering to Krishna, and the result is that you will become peaceful. Nothing else works!

My father tried the bottle it didn't work. He never became peaceful. My brother tried something else that also didn't work since he didn't become peaceful either. And I don't think that the guys in the casino are very peaceful. I don't think that erotic shops make you very peaceful , but it is the Bhagavad Gita that makes you peaceful!


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Do loving relationships work?

 
 

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via kksblog.com by hina on 3/26/12

(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, Nove Sady, Czech Republic, 14th March 2012) Lecture: SB 11.5.32
When you get involved with people in loving relationships, then it's not easy. If both are worshiping Krishna, then it may work. But if there is no Krishna and only relationships with people, well then forget it! I will tell you that you will have a hard time, because then everyone is thinking of himself, and then he is thinking:

'She is here for my enjoyment!'

She is thinking:

'And he's here for mine.'

And the whole relationship is about pulling at each other – who's going to work for who? Who's the boss? Krishna is the boss, He really is, so what can you d, since we are not, because we are not in control.

Therefore, we have to accept that Krishna is in control, He is the Supreme controller. So when the spiritual element is there within the relationship, then the relationships begins to work; then an aspect of selflessness enters into the relationship and that is the essence!


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A reflection of our consciousness

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, Prague, Czech Republic, 15th March 2012) Lecture: CC. Adi-lila 17.22


Make your house a holy place! I once visited someone who had painted all the walls black, and the door blood red! It was intense. If you live in a place like that then what will happen to you? I was wondering that:

'What would happen to you if you live in a room where everything is black and the doors are red?'

You feel like dressing up as Dracula! So a room has an influence on the consciousness. What goes on your wall goes in your head, and in your heart, since it affects your consciousness. Then you have all the hocus pocus, and you have to put the water pot in the north east corner of the room. But that also improves the atmosphere of the house. So living in a house is not just about:

'Well, okay I have got to put my shoes somewhere. We need a bed and a table.'

No, the house is a reflection of our consciousness and it also affects our consciousness…If we put all transcendental things in the house then we start to feel transcendental! And not just in our house but also in our life. So in this way we build a spiritual life.


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Rainbow Darshan from Sri Vrindavan Dhaam - 28.03.2012

 
 

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Srila Prabhupada said in Geneva, June 1st, 1974:
"So, you create such a situation within your heart: Now Krsna has seated Himself. Let me wash His feet with Ganga water and Yamuna water, etc. Now I change His dress to a first-class costly garment. Then I decorate Him with ornaments. Then I give Him something for eating. You can simply think of this. This is mediation. Svantah-sthena gadabhrta, it is such a nice thing. Anywhere you can sit down and think that Krsna is sitting in your heart and you are receiving Him in such a nice way. These thoughts are not false, they are also a fact. It is so easy."
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Ornament of a Woman - Shyness

 
 

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Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.16
prasada-sikhararudhah
kuru-naryo didrksaya
vavrsuh kusumaih krsnam
prema-vrida-smiteksanah

SYNONYMS
prasada—palace; sikhara—the roof; arudhah—ascending; kuru-naryah—the ladies of the Kuru royalty; didrksaya—seeing; vavrsuh—showered; kusumaih—by flowers; krsnam—upon Lord Krsna; prema—out of affection and love; vrida-smita-iksanah—glancing with shy smiles.

TRANSLATION
Out of a loving desire to see the Lord, the royal ladies of the Kurus got up on top of the palace, and smiling with affection and shyness, they showered flowers upon the Lord.

PURPORT
Shyness is a particular extra-natural beauty of the fair sex, and it commands respect from the opposite sex. This custom was observed even during the days of the Mahabharata, i.e., more than five thousand years ago. It is only the less intelligent persons not well versed in the history of the world who say that observance of separation of female from male is an introduction of the Mohammedan period in India. This incident from the Mahabharata period proves definitely that the ladies of the palace observed strict parda (restricted association with men), and instead of coming down in the open air where Lord Krsna and others were assembled, the ladies of the palace went up on the top of the palace and from there paid their respects to Lord Krsna by showers of flowers. It is definitely stated here that the ladies were smiling there on the top of the palace, checked by shyness. This shyness is a gift of nature to the fair sex, and it enhances their beauty and prestige, even if they are of a less important family or even if they are less attractive.

We have practical experience of this fact. A sweeper woman commanded the respect of many respectable gentlemen simply by manifesting a lady's shyness. Half-naked ladies in the street do not command any respect, but a shy sweeper's wife commands respect from all. Human civilization, as conceived of by the sages of India, is to help one free himself from the clutches of illusion. The material beauty of a woman is an illusion because actually the body is made of earth, water, fire, air, etc. But because there is the association of the living spark with matter, it appears to be beautiful. No one is attracted by an earthen doll, even if it is most perfectly prepared to attract the attention of others. The dead body has no beauty because no one will accept the dead body of a so-called beautiful woman. Therefore, the conclusion is that the spirit spark is beautiful, and because of the soul's beauty one is attracted by the beauty of the outward body. The Vedic wisdom, therefore, forbids us to be attracted by false beauty. But because we are now in the darkness of ignorance, the Vedic civilization allows very restricted mixing of woman and man. They say that the woman is considered to be the fire, and the man is considered to be the butter. The butter must melt in association with fire, and therefore they may be brought together only when it is necessary. And shyness is a check to the unrestricted mixing.

It is nature's gift, and it must be utilized.
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GLORIOUS KRISHNA: Continuous Devotional Service; Importance of Preac...

GLORIOUS KRISHNA: Continuous Devotional Service; Importance of Preac...: Ince ssant devotional service keeps one happy - 24 hours of hearing and chanting about the name, fame, pastimes of the Supreme Personality ...
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Developing a Relationship with Krishna


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The Ideal Prayer

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 07:20 AM PDT


" Simply our prayer should be, My dear Krishna, please remind me to always chant Your Holy Name, please do not put me into forgetfulness. You are sitting within me as Supersoul, so you can put me into forgetfulness or into remembering You. So please do not put me into forgetfulness. Please always remind me to chant, even You send me into the hell, it doesn't matter, just so long as I can always chant Hare Krishna..."


- Srila Prabhupada

Chanting means being with Krishna!

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 07:19 AM PDT

(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12th March 2012, New York) Lecture: SB 3.31.45-46

You may know the story about the pope who came to Vrindavan. He was meeting the devotees and at one point the phone rang and the pope said:
'I have to take this. This call is very important.'
He took the call. He spoke, and it became quite clear that he was speaking to God! There's a whole discussion going on the line, and a devotee said:
'Oh, can I also for a moment just speak to Him for a second?'
'Yes, no problem,' said the pope. ' But don't speak for too long as it's a long distance call.'
Later on the devotee's phone rang and then he spoke to God and the pope said:
'Hey, you have one too!'
'Yeah.'
'Can I?'
'Sure, sure no problem. Speak as long as you want since it's a local call!'
It's a whole story but there is some truth in that. We have closeness, very close, by serving Him constantly. Therefore living in a temple is so nice because you are living with Krishna! Or chanting the holy name is so nice because the name is Krishna! So He is here. He is completely here! It's not like, 'It's a prayer.'
'What is this chanting?'
'It's a prayer.'
'Oh, is it a prayer?'
'Yes, it's prayer where we can communicate with God!'
I mean, that is a poor explanation! Well, excuse me, a prayer? It's like we have just reduced the chanting into a prayer. We are right there with Krishna! He is with us. Just chant, He is here. His presence is here. You can feel it; you can experience it; you can sense it! Something is there. So just like that we are associating with Krishna and in this way it is not difficult or artificial to develop a relationship with Krishna.

Developing a Relationship with Krishna

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 04:33 AM PDT

(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12th March 2012, New York) Lecture: SB 3.31.45-46


In the beginning our relationship is about what we are getting from Krishna, but later it becomes what we are giving to Krishna! Even in the beginning if we act it out:
'Yes. Yes, I understand that He is not our order supplier. We should not pray to Him for our daily bread – no. We should only serve Him.'
But even while we are only serving Him, we are thinking all of the time:
'What am I getting? Am I getting any ecstasy? Oh, Krishna please lift me above my misery. Oh, pull me out of this horrible material conditioned state of consciousness that I'm faced with everyday. Krishna please give me a drop of Your mercy!'

So we are very much thinking about what we are getting, even when we are trying to be selfless, but gradually that changes. That comes from making a sacrifice in service. If one wants to make that breakthrough to a point where we begin to become more focused on the pleasure of Krishna, then one has to put in substantial time, and make substantial sacrifice in the service of Krishna, which is important! Devotional service may start very casually but gradually it has to capture us and we have to really put in:
'prāṇair arthair dhiyā vācā,' (SB.10.22.35)

We have to put in all our energy. We have to put in all that we have – like our possessions, our intelligence, and totally think of how e are we going to do it? It has to totally absorb us, and we have to chant to glorify Krishna. So in this way through:
'prāṇair arthair dhiyā vācā,' (SB.10.22.35), then we can get to this other level where we are drawn to Krishna. Where we are eager to please Krishna!

Darshan from Sri Vrindavan Dhaam - 24.03.2012

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 04:03 AM PDT







Dhruva Mahārāja: O unlimited Lord, kindly bless me so that I may associate with great devotees who engage in Your transcendental loving service constantly, as the waves of a river constantly flow. Such transcendental devotees are completely situated in an uncontaminated state of life. By the process of devotional service I shall surely be able to cross the nescient ocean of material existence, which is filled with the waves of blazing, firelike dangers. It will be very easy for me, for I am becoming mad to hear about Your transcendental qualities and pastimes, which are eternally existent. [SB 4.9.11]

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Dinesh
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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com
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Pictures of the week!

jaya! thank you.


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Pictures of the week, Part-2

Dear friend,

Please find Radha Madhava, Gauranga, Radha Krsna in the attachment.

--
Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com


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Pictures of the week - Part 1

Dear friend,

Please find Radha Madhava, Gauranga, Radha Krsna in the attachment.

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Yours
Dinesh
Blog:http://dinesh-krsna.blogspot.com


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