Bhakti Yoga-Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna

Bhakti Yoga-Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna
Gopis performing Devotional Service to the Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna

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Spirit/Matter - What are you made of?

Everything you see in this world is a combination of spirit(our real self) and matter. In other words it's a mixture of the field of activity and the knower of the field of activity(soul). When the knower comes in contact with the field of activity it is called Birth and when the knower separates from it, it's called Death.
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Varnashrama notes

Varna and ashrama should not be mixed. If we do so it will Make our life miserable. Modern society has this biggest flaw that people identify mostly themselves with the profession they are into even in their personal lives. Varna is something that helps to facilitate the ashrama. And all activities or the results should be directed towards the Supreme Lord.

The way a person responds to his wife or children will be the same whether he is Kshatriya or Brahmana or Vaisya or Sudra. If the Kshatriya brings his power into the family life then it becomes miserable.

For instance one may be a prime 
Minister but for his mother he is a son. When the mother calls him he should answer like a son, yes I am eating properly mother, taking medicines properly, I am good and sleeping well no health issues, like that. But in the office he is prime minister and people respect him as prime minister but to his mother it doesn't matter what he is at the office.

The brahmacari should practice studying the scriptures and then become qualified in the society. If he feels there's a need to understand the interaction of senses and sense objects he can enter the grihastha ashrama and then offer and engage the sense objects into the fire of senses. Once the next generation is capable of supporting the family, the man should restrain the senses from the sense objects and when during sannyasa he should completely restrain the senses from sense objects. Whatever that comes his way he should directly use only for the service of the lord.

Best Regards
Dinesh

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Fear of material existence is required

Akñayänanda: I think most of the devotees became by fear. I think most of the devotees have become devotees because of fear.
Prabhupäda: Fear must be. If he's a gentleman he must be afraid of this material world. That is very good qualification. If one is afraid of this material existence, it is very good symptom.
Akñayänanda: Just about every devotee, before coming to you, has thought about suicide.
Prabhupäda: Suicide? Oh.
Akñayänanda: So many, I know I have spoken with them. And myself included.
Prabhupäda: Yes, there was no hope. What is the use.
Akñayänanda: Yes. Just about every devotee, they have thought of suicide.
Prabhupäda: Yes, they commit suicide. I have seen. Fall from the...
Hari-çauri: Skyscraper.
Prabhupäda: Yes. Tower. From the bridge.
Hari-çauri: They have to put big wire screens up to stop people from jumping off.
Prabhupäda: Yes, I have seen.
Harikeça: Berkeley.
Prabhupäda: Berkeley, yes.
Hari-çauri: Everywhere. Sydney has bridges like that. These big towers like Eiffel Tower in Paris, they have big fences along the top so that no one can...
Prabhupäda: This practice is there in Vedic system. Not Vedic system, (indistinct), fall down. There is technical name. Fall down from the mountain. This is easier than other type of suicide. Because you simply once jump, but as soon as you fall, you forget everything. Suicide itself is very bad. This fall down, serotan (?) it is called.
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Today's prayer and meditations


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Salt mine

Salt mine

This material world is a place like salt mine, wherever you turn it's salt only.  In this material world wherever you turn it's just miseries in one way or the other.

- Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur


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Krishna and cow


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Householder life is a big responsibility

A householder has to make sure he cares for elderly people as well as young children nicely. In Mahabharata, Yudhistra maharaja would everyday goto Dhritarashtra in the morning after he wakes up to check how he is doing and talks to him for sometime to make him feel good&ensured he got enough care personally.

Being a householder means being very responsible. Not that because I am chanting I have no duties to perform. We heard enough of these from even some senior devotees. Madhavendra Puri's state of consciousness was completely different and he was not even begging as that's one of the duties of renounced order of life to maintain the self. He was totally dependent on Krishna and he ate only when someone came forward to give something as directed by Supersoul. We are not on that level to be irresponsible or without care for ourself or our family members. Of course the Lord is the ultimate maintainer but he is not our servant.

Your Servant,
Dinesh
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Inviting Writers For Krishna - Smaranam

Looking for article writers who can write their own realization or something that they relish after hearing classes from other devotees or something that strikes the mind to correlate with other relevant points in your mind heard from a blend of other devotees. 

"Realization means you should write, every one of you, what is your realization. What for this Back to Godhead is? You write your realization, what you have realized about Krishna. That is required. It is not passive. Always you should be active. Whenever you find time, you write. Never mind, two lines, four lines, but you write your realization. Sravanam kirtanam, writing or offering prayers, glories. This is one of the function of the Vaisnava. You are hearing, but you have to write also. Then write means smaranam, remembering what you have heard from your spiritual master, from the scripture." 

(Srila Prabhupada lecture, 72-14-8)

Here's my blog- simply publishing here will help people roaming in the internet to get to it. Someone lucky might get Krishna this way. I would partner with any of you to discuss and publish as many articles as possible. 


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Dinesh

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The Ocean & the Sun are functioning properly due to fear of God

The ocean is acting according to the will of the Lord. We are certain that the Ocean doesnt extend beyond the shore. Otherwise we wont be walking alongside the beach peacefully. If it's not controlled by any power it may even swallow the whole city. It is by the will of the Lord, that the ocean is not crossing the shore. 

Similarly the sun is also perfectly moving in its orbit. Even if there is any slight change in the normal functioning it will freeze the whole world. If it comes too closer it will cause fire. So neither fire nor snow is possible only because of the sun's obedience to the will of God.

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Yours
Dinesh

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