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Sun May 12, 2019 8:13 am (PDT) . Posted by:

"Jnani" om_jnani

Om Sri Gurubhyonamaha,

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Sun May 12, 2019 8:35 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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The gold from which an anklet was made can become the gold for a crown on the head of a deity in the temple, but it has to be melted in the crucible and beaten into shape. All of you have heard that Krishna is Murali-Madhava (the God with the flute). And what exactly is the flute? You must be the flute. Let the breath of Krishna pass through you, making delightful music that melts hearts. Surrender yourself to Him; become hollow, inclination-less, egoless and desireless. Then, He Himself will come and pick you up caressingly and place you, the flute, to His lips and blow His sweet breath through you. Allow Him to play whatever song He likes. Let your mind dwell ever on Krishna. Sanctify every word and deed by filling it with love of Krishna or whatever name and form you give to the Lord you love.

Sun May 12, 2019 8:36 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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You must be humble, but yet strong to resist temptation. Do not yield like cowards to the sly insinuations of the senses. Your time in school has to be used not only in the task of collecting information and earning certain skills that will give you an income on which you can live; it must also be used to acquire the art of being content and calm, collected and courageous. You must also cultivate at school an ardent thirst for knowing the truth of the world and of your own self. Your words must be like honey, your hearts must be as soft as butter, your outlook must be like the lamp, illumining and not confusing. Be like the umpire on the football field, watching the game, judging the play according to the rules laid down, unaffected by success or reverse of this team or that.

Sun May 12, 2019 8:38 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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When Krishna danced on the head of snake Kaliya, all the poison was vomited and the serpent was subdued. Incidentally I might add, you should make your hearts as smooth and soft as the hood of the snake. When God is revered, the world and all its poisonous fumes recede and you are restored to original health. Make the name and form of your chosen Lord dance upon the hood of your heart. Krishna had no attachment to sense objects (vishayavasana), so He could plunge into the pool, jump onto the hood of snake Kaliya, trample on it and squeeze the poison out. When you are deep in the mire, how can you pull out another who has fallen into it? Do not get caught. Save yourself only by calling on God, who is free from sense objects and is on the bank. Hold His hand, and He will pull you safe and keep you steady on the hard ground.

Sun May 12, 2019 8:40 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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You should have single-minded devotion towards God. Your faith should be total and unconditional. If your faith is unsteady with 'bumps and jumps', you will be confused and will become restless. Keep your desires under control. Limitless desires will take you away from Divinity. Annihilation of desires will lead you to the principle of unity. You should continuously develop virtues and lead a good life. Understand the purpose of education and act accordingly. Only then will your birth as a human being be meaningful. One electric bulb can provide illumination to many. Likewise, a heart filled with love can illumine many lives. The educated should not look down upon the uneducated. If they are truly educated, they will treat everyone equally and develop unity. Where there is unity, there is purity. When unity and purity are present, you are bound to experience Divinity. Love is the basis for unity. Know that if differences crop-up, pure love is absent.

Sun May 12, 2019 8:40 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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From today onwards, develop noble feelings. Follow the sacred path. Then your future will certainly be safe and secure. When I see all of you, My heart overflows with bliss (ananda). Happiness lies in union with God. Hence contemplate on God incessantly. Never give scope for anxiety or worry. Do not think, "Will I pass in the examinations?" Under any circumstances, do not give chance for despair and despondency. Do not have weak thoughts or negative attitude. Have faith in God. Sincere prayers to God will help you achieve anything in life. Pray earnestly every day. Take efforts to instil strong faith and devotion within you and share it with your fellow human beings. Do your duty and face any situation with courage. Then, the result is bound to be good. That will make God very happy. Love is God. Live in love. I am always with you, in you, above you and around you.

Sun May 12, 2019 8:37 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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Good actions can achieve the aims of this and all future lives.. Bad actions, on the other hand can induce tremendous suffering.(Dalai Lama)

Sun May 12, 2019 8:41 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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Death is meant to point to enlightenment, not be a plot point in entertainment Death is one of life's most sobering realities, being the irreversible closing of curtains on our present lifetime.

Before that terminal encounter, we frequently encounter death nowadays in entertainment media. Novels and movies often depict death vividly, to evoke our emotions and to engage us with the storyline. However, though we experience vicariously the agony of death as it befalls those in the story, the overall setting of entertainment puts a comfort blanket around us. Hardly ever do we contemplate that death will befall us too, at any moment. We see death largely as a plot point in entertainment.
However, trivializing death thus deprives us of a powerful pointer to enlightenment. The Bhagavad-gita (13.09) recommends that we unsentimentally contemplate life's universal distresses including death. Such contemplation forcefully highlights the glaring incompatibility between our core longing and our current living.
We all long to live forever and to love forever. Yet all things in the world, we included, are bound to die. We deny this frustrating incompatibility during life's routine course by busying ourselves in mundane concerns, including entertainment. But our ostrich-like obliviousness to death's imminence is jolted when we encounter death at close quarters, as when it misses us narrowly or befalls someone close to us.
Such encounters impel us to think: when death is so unavoidably natural in this world, why do we feel it so shockingly unnatural? Wisdom-texts such as Bhagavad-gita provide an answer: Because we don't belong to this world. We are souls who belong to the spiritual world, where we are meant to delight forever in loving harmony with the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna. Indeed, to realize and relish that life of immoral love is to be enlightened.
And we are prompted toward such enlightenment by contemplating death, guided by Gita wisdom.
Think it over:
How do entertainment media distort our vision of death? How can death point us to enlightenment? When did you encounter death at close quarters? What did that encounter teach you?
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Sun May 12, 2019 8:43 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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Stop resenting your struggles, start habituating yourselves to them – and they will start hurting less Whenever we have to do something difficult, be it physical such as push-ups or intellectual such as complicated assignments or spiritual such as mantra meditation, we often resent the struggle involved.

However, resentment wastes our emotional energy and makes that difficult thing more difficult. Highlighting that worthwhile joys require prior payment, the Bhagavad-gita (18.37) states that such joys taste like poison initially and like nectar eventually. Using our intelligence, if we just consciously accept that worthwhile things come at a price, such acceptance decreases the inner struggle.
How? First, through the power of habit. Whatever we do repeatedly, we become habituated to it – and once something becomes a habit, the mental impressions within us that comprise the habit start prompting us to do that thing again, thereby making the inner struggle lesser. Second, once we penetrate through the initial poison to the eventual nectar and taste that nectar, the memory of that nectar inspires us to keep persevering.
Additionally, if we take up struggles to practice bhakti-yoga, that practice purifies us too. Purification essentially means that our material consciousness with its associated attraction for worldly pleasures decreases and our spiritual consciousness with its associated attraction for Krishna increases, thereby decreasing the initial poison and increasing our access to the eventual nectar. Why does the initial poison decrease? Because we feel that poison primarily due to our mind and senses clamoring for sensual pleasure, and their clamor decreases as our material attachments decrease. And why does the eventual nectar become more accessible? Because we feel that nectar when our consciousness connects with Krishna, and that connection becomes easier as we become more attached to him.
By thus habituating ourselves to inner struggle, we can go through the poison to the nectar with less drama and trauma.
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Sun May 12, 2019 8:44 am (PDT) . Posted by:

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Even if we can't understand Krishna, we can still stand under Krishna Life sometimes assaults us with devastating adversities that cripple us materially and spiritually. Bewildered about why God is letting such things happen to us, we may feel disheartened and overwhelmed. Still, rather than giving in to those disempowering feelings, we can choose a more empowering option: standing under Krishna.

"Standing under" has two connotations: protection and guidance. Let's see how both these connotations apply to standing under Krishna.
Protection: When we stand under someone, we seek their protection, as does a person standing under a tree during heavy rains. We can stand under Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga centered on remembering him. Such remembrance may not immediately remove our problems, but it will calm our mind, ensuring that we don't unwittingly aggravate those problems. Amidst adversities, our mind often goes crazy, impelling us to kneejerk reactions that only make things worse. If we stand under Krishna, our mind will calm, as happened to Arjuna on hearing the Bhagavad-gita (18.73).
Guidance: When we stand under someone, we seek and await their guidance, as does a child holding tight to their parents' leg in a crowded mall. We can stand under Krishna by praying to him with service attitude: "You are my eternal Lord, and I am your eternal servant. How can I serve you now?" Responding to our earnest request, Krishna, from within our heart, will light one step ahead for us, even if the whole path still remains dark. And if we take that step, doing our best in that situation, then the next step will be lit. As we keep taking one step after another, eventually, we will come to light: we will realize how Krishna, through that adversity, furthered our spiritual evolution.
By thus standing under Krishna, we will be protected amidst darkness and guided toward light.
Think it over:
How can standing under Krishna protect us? How can standing under Krishna guide us? Has standing under Krishna helped you during difficulties? Plan how you can stand under him amidst present or future challenges.
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Even if we can't understand Krishna, we can still stand under Krishna Life sometimes assaults us with devastating adversities that cripple us materially and spiritually. Bewildered about why God is letting such things happen to us, we may feel disheartened and overwhelmed. Still, rather than giving in to those disempowering feelings, we can choose a more empowering option: standing under Krishna.

"Standing under" has two connotations: protection and guidance. Let's see how both these connotations apply to standing under Krishna.
Protection: When we stand under someone, we seek their protection, as does a person standing under a tree during heavy rains. We can stand under Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga centered on remembering him. Such remembrance may not immediately remove our problems, but it will calm our mind, ensuring that we don't unwittingly aggravate those problems. Amidst adversities, our mind often goes crazy, impelling us to kneejerk reactions that only make things worse. If we stand under Krishna, our mind will calm, as happened to Arjuna on hearing the Bhagavad-gita (18.73).
Guidance: When we stand under someone, we seek and await their guidance, as does a child holding tight to their parents' leg in a crowded mall. We can stand under Krishna by praying to him with service attitude: "You are my eternal Lord, and I am your eternal servant. How can I serve you now?" Responding to our earnest request, Krishna, from within our heart, will light one step ahead for us, even if the whole path still remains dark. And if we take that step, doing our best in that situation, then the next step will be lit. As we keep taking one step after another, eventually, we will come to light: we will realize how Krishna, through that adversity, furthered our spiritual evolution.
By thus standing under Krishna, we will be protected amidst darkness and guided toward light.
Think it over:
How can standing under Krishna protect us? How can standing under Krishna guide us? Has standing under Krishna helped you during difficulties? Plan how you can stand under him amidst present or future challenges.
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Our urges aren't like endlessly rising lines, they are like endlessly recurring waves – surf them patiently We all are sometimes attacked by some self-destructive urge. Though we may try to resist that urge, it often goads us even more. As that torment increases, we may feel like giving up: "This urge is becoming stronger and stronger. Soon, it will become irresistible. When I will have to give in eventually, what is the use of struggling in vain to resist it?"

Such thinking presumes that our urges are like endlessly rising lines; so, resisting them is a lost cause. Actually however, our urges are like endlessly recurring waves that keep going through crests and troughs.
Even though an urge may be rising now, it will eventually crest and then decline. The struggle to resist it will worsen while it is rising, but will ease once it flattens and then decreases. To resist that urge, we don't need infinite strength; we just need adequate patience.
How can we develop such patience? By learning to surf our urges. Sea surfers go up and down with the water waves without getting carried away by them.. Similarly, we too can situate ourselves above our urges, observing their crests and troughs.
Equipping us for such inner surfing, Gita wisdom explains that we are souls, who are different from our mind with its many urges. The Bhagavad-gita (14.22-23) exhorts us to use this knowledge of our spiritual identity to dispassionately observe the arrival and departure of our urges.
We can best situate ourselves spiritually by determinedly practicing bhakti-yoga, which connects us with the highest spiritual reality, Krishna (14.26). No matter how high an urge rises, holding on to Krishna can keep us above it, surfing safely.
When we practice bhakti consistently, even if our urges keep recurring, we will gradually become sufficiently competent to surf them resiliently.
Think it over:
When resisting our urges, what misconception makes us quit? How can we surf our urges? How does bhakti practice make us expert surfers? Which urge overwhelms you the most? How can you surf it?
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