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Digest #4807
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Sringeri by p_gopi_krishna
3.1
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna

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Fri Nov 9, 2018 4:09 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

As long as we revolve around sense objects, we can't evolve towards Krishna




We all want to be happy. Happiness is best found by evolving to a higher level of consciousness, from our present material consciousness to spiritual consciousness. At the spiritual level, we can connect with the supreme spiritual reality, the all-attractive supreme person, Krishna, thereby accessing a steadier, deeper, richer happiness.




Unfortunately, if we are attached to material sense objects, then our consciousness keeps revolving around those objects, looking for some opportunity to enjoy them. For example, alcoholics think of alcohol compulsively. Even if they travel to a distant country, their mind will still keep going back to a bar, in search for alcohol.




Similarly, as long as we are attached to worldly objects, we can't go towards Krishna. We may practice bhakti, and that bhakti practice will be beneficial, but it won't take us much towards Krishna Why not? Because he exists at the spiritual level of reality. To evolve towards him means that our consciousness needs to be free to rise to the spiritual level.. Thankfully, even if we are attached to worldly things, we can still practice bhakti-yoga. Krishna is so merciful that he makes himself accessible to us even while we are still within the orbit of worldly objects. We can connect with him by cultivating a mood of devotional surrender.




The Bhagavad-gita (07.14) indicates that the formidable force of illusion can be surmounted by those who surrender to Krishna. By such surrender, we place ourselves in the gravity pull of Krishna. That is, our contact with Krishna through surrender increases our attraction to him, for he reveals his all-attractiveness.




The more we become absorbed in Krishna, the more that absorption raises us towards him, thereby pulling us out of the orbit of the sense object to spiritual consciousness.




Think it over:




How do sense objects keep us trapped in their orbit?

While still being in the orbit of sense objects, how can we access Krishna?

How does Krishna pull us towards him?





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Fri Nov 9, 2018 4:34 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Mumbai Darshan Post 23- Swami Shuddhabodhananda ji




Two weeks prior I had given Swamiji a difficult to procure publication from Sringeri (The Multifaceted Jivanmukta, which Prasad Krishnan ji i and his wife Sharada ji had kindly gifted us) that Swamiji wished to read. I had also borrowed Swamiji's copy of his commentary on the Brahma Sutra Bhashya (Chatussutri) with notes on which topics are addressed where, which I in turn had to return. Since his residence was a few blocks away from where we were, I checked to see if Swamiji was available for me to pick up TMJ and drop off BSB. He was.




My father and I went to meet Swamiji and he shared with us beautiful snippets from the life of Sri Abhinava Vidyateertha Mahaswamiji, whom he hold in the highest regard.




Everytime I think of Jyeshtha Sannidhanam I cannot help but be inspired by his peerless jnana, vidvattam, karuna, siddhi and vinayam. How can a person of such accomplishment and learning even exist among us? It boggles the mind and fills the heart with Bhakti. I daresay looking at the Jagadguru inspires as much (if not more) awe than when I see an image of Adi Shankaracharya. Perhaps it is the temporal closeness that makes me feel that way. But one thing is certain, the existence of such individuals validate for us the kind offerings of Veda mata, since the essence of ShAstra culminates and finds the highest expression in their being. To me the Jagadgurus are bhagavAn. Bhava shankara deshika me sharanam!




Prashant Parikh <prashantparikh@gmail.com>


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Fri Nov 9, 2018 8:26 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

There are two kinds of Bhajans - one is Khanda Bhajan and the other, Akhanda Bhajan. The former is for a specific time, like the bhajans held for a limited period either in the morning or evening. On the other hand, Akhanda Bhajan involves constant contemplation on God in the morning, evening or even during the night. It is constant contemplation on God during all the three states - the waking, dream and deep sleep. It is sarvada sarvakaleshu sarvatra Harichintanam - thinking of God constantly, at all times and at all places. The divine name is highly potent. Each one of the several names of God has one type of power specific to it. If you wish to make good use of this power and derive lasting benefit out of it, you have to participate in Akhanda bhajan. In order to attain purity, it is not enough if chanting of the divine name is confined to a limited period. It has to be a continuous spiritual exercise throughout one's life. Then only the divine name gets imprinted on one's heart.

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