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Last Sunday, I and my husband had a simple celebration in honor of my spiritual master’s appearance day. It’s been a while since I’ve had my guru’s personal association, but just like what Srila Prabhupada said, “Vani is more important than Vapu”. I miss my spiritual master so much, and I pray to Krishna that hopefully I’ll see him again soon…….

Srila Giridhari Swami Vyasa Puja, Ki Jaya!!!

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Our mini offerings:

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Jaya Jagannatha, Jaya Baladeva, Jaya Subhadra!

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Sri Sri Gaura Nitai!

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Simple butter cake with sweet purple yam filling, vanilla butter cream frosting with toasted coconut flakes, top with fresh cherries 🙂

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sushi rice, red beans wtih tomato sauce,cheese and fried panir, subdji (mixed fried vegetables with cream and fresh tomato and olives)

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Everyone get ready for this amazing animated film of Little Krishna and Arjuna coming this 2009.

The 13 episodes of animated Little Krishna just started streaming in Nick TV India last May 11 on Monday-Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The series has been written by Emmy award winning international writer Jeffrey Scott. On the other hand, I don’t have any information yet about Arjuna, but I’ll update you guys as soon as I get it. I’m a big anime fan, and I can’t wait to see these awesome animated world class film about Krishna and Arjuna.

For more info about Little Krishna, please click here.

Little Krishna

Arjuna

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Last week, I posted this article “Caring for Every Devotees By: HH Radhanatha Swami. As I was trying to submit this article to another domain, the devotee in charged of that site asked me for any authenticity proof regarding the article in order to avoid any conflict. It could either be a permission from the author itself, or a URL from which where the article was first posted. Since it’s impossible for me to get the first one, I settle for the later. I managed to find the URL, and I feel relieved. I would like to thank the kind mataji who informed me about this authenticity matter. What a lesson learned!

The article posted below is only an excerpt from the whole original article. To read its entirety , please click here.

I recieved this article from my aunt in New Zealand, and I couldn’t help but share it. While I was reading it, I remember a phrase I’ve heard from one of Ravindra Svarup prabhu’s lectures. It  may not be the exact words, but the meaning and contents are the same:

“When we become a devotee, we work hard to become a perfect devotee. But, what’s next after we become a perfect devotee? That is we should work hard to become a human being.”

Remembering this, made me realize that most of the time we forgot that we’re also human beings who are working on the path of self-realization. Along that path, we’ll make mistakes and make progress, and along that path we forgot compassion because we’re too focused with our “philosophical” pursuits.

Caring for Every Devotees

By: HH Radhanatha Swami

How to apply these principles today, in our society of devotees, is a great challenge. But it is essential, because without it so many problems will play havoc in our society. For a society to be strong, all members must know their duties, and everyone should care for each other. Care means personal attention in serving each devotee. This is the one of the greatest needs of our society. We are preaching the most personal theology in the world: Krishna is a person and every living being is also a person. Everyone has an eternal relationship with God; every one has an eternal relationship with His part and parcels. As Krishna says: “You cannot show love for Me unless you show love for My devotees, and even show love to those who forgot that they are My devotees.” Sometimes in our society we become so highly philosophical that we forget that we are people.
Devotees need encouragement and basic facilities to be happy and serve
Krishna throughout their life.
A devotee has given his whole life to serve this mission, and then he becomes very sick. He needs help. He lays sick on the floor “I can’t do my service.” And we say, “You are in maya. You are not the body.” “Thank you. Philosophically it’s true: I am not this body and I am in maya, but I need your help to get out of maya and transcend this body. I need the love, support and care of a Vaisnava to take me through this.”
Srila Prabhupada was so caring to his devotees. On the first Gaura Purnima festival the only existing building was not yet finished. The first night that the devotees were there Srila Prabhupada got up in the middle of the night to look in each room to see if each devotee was properly taken care of, to see if everyone had a mosquito net. He would also ensure that there was prasadam for all of them and when they were getting sick he was very concerned about their health.
In Vrindavana, during his last months on the planet, Srila Prabhupada was so sick that he couldn’t even walk. When he had to go upstairs two British devotees would pick him up and would carry him in his chair. One of these devotees had a boil in his foot, and once, while he was carrying Srila Prabhupada, something hit the boil. The devotee said “Oh!” and tried to hide it, but Srila Prabhupada understood. Srila Prabhupada could not eat for months and had lost so much weight. His body was only bones. In these state most people would think about themselves. What was a little boil for a big, strong, young devotee, in comparison with Srila Prabhupada’s condition? Still, Srila Prabhupada asked: “What is your problem?” “No problem, Srila Prabhupada, no problem” said the disciple. But Srila Prabhupada insisted: “No, no, please, tell me”, and then he saw the boil and told him exactly what medicine to put. He told him to take the leaf of a certain tree, put it in mustard oil, boil it, and apply this at least three times a day. The next day, when that devotee was carrying Srila Prabhupada upstairs, Srila Prabhupada asked: “How is your foot? Let me see.” And for the next several days, until the boil was completely cured, Srila Prabhupada would inquire with attention and concern. How much do you think this increased the love of that devotee for Srila Prabhupada? He felt: “Srila Prabhupada is so concerned with such an insignificant disciple like myself. I am not a big preacher or anything like that.” This is bhakti. When devotees have physical or mental difficulties it’s an opportunity for us to express our love for them. It’s an opportunity to express our love for Krishna through serving a Vaisnava.

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The week before Gaura Purnima, I was praying to Krishna to please let me do some service, for I’d been completely absorbed with work and school. Five days before the event, I got a call from Mother Nataka. She was asking me if I can do some cake for Radharani’s club fund raising for the temple. The moment I heard her request, I just said yes right away. I didn’t even asked her for the details because I was just overwhelmed with joy that Krishna fulfilled my desire for doing devotional service. I may sounds exaggerated here, but having the chance to do some service (in any possible little ways) is something that I really value, for it rarely comes to me. With my crazy busy life of going to school and working at same time, doing my part as a wife, as a friend, and as a daughter, now you know why I’m thankful. I don’t even mind not having time for myself. I arrive a little late at the temple because I was having some last minute fixture for the cake (I also fallen asleep  a bit while fasting, LOL), but when I got there, it was all worth it because the devotees were happy with the cake. Matajis from the Radharani club told me that they don’t want to cut the cake because it’s too cute to be eaten :). Anyway, they decided to auctioned the cake (as a whole piece) in order to raised more funds, and luckily an Indian couple bought it for a $100. I wasn’t there during the auction, so I missed the chance to asked the couple if I could have a tiny slice of the cake just to have a taste of it, LOL!

I don’t have money to donate for the temple, since I’m just a poor student. But, doing this somehow made me feel useful, and not just eating for free on Sundays. Thank you dear blue boy.

NOTE: I know my Lord Caitanya cartoon character doesn’t look at his best, but I promise to make him better next time.

Radhe Syam with their ever magnanimous presence.

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Sri Sri Gaura Nitai! The cutest ever.

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Jaya Nrsimhadeva! I just love His loving eyes.

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He build a house in which the whole world can leave. Jaya Prabhupada!

More Radhe Shyam pictures:

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Temple and devotee pictures:

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More pictures of the cake I made:

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Chapter 16 Text 8

asatyam apratistham te

jagad ahur anisvaram

aparaspara-sambhhutam

kim anyat kama-haitukam

Translation

They say that this world is unreal, with no foundation, no God in control. They say it is produced of sex and has no cause other than lust.

Purport

The demonic conclude that the world is phantasmagoria. There is no cause and effect, no purpose: everything is unreal. They say that this cosmic manifestation arises due to chance material actions and reactions. They do not think that the world is created by God for a certain purpose. They have their own theory: that the world has come about on its own way and that there is no reason to believe that there is a God behind it. For them there is no difference between spirit and matter, and they do not accept the Supreme Spirit. Everything is matter only, and the whole cosmos is supposed to be a mass of ignorance. According to them, everything is void, and whatever manifestation exists is due to our ignorance in perception. They take it off for granted that all manifestation of diversity is a display of ignorance. Just as in a dream, we may create so many things which actually have no existence, so when we are awake, we shall see that everything is simply a dream. But factually, although the demon say that life is a dream, they are very expert in enjoying this dream. And so, instead of aquiring knowledge, they become more and more implicated in their dreamland. They conclude that as s child is simply the result of sexual intercourse between man and woman, this world is born without any soul. For them, it is only a combination of matter that has produced the living entities, and there is no question of the existence of the soul. As many living creatures come out from  perspiration and from a dead body without any cause, the whole living world has come out of the material combinations of the cosmec manifestation.Therefore, material nature is the cause of this manifestation, and there is no other cause. They do not  believe in the words of Krishna (Supreme Spirit) in Bhagavad-Gita: mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sa-caracaram. “Under My direction the whole material world is moving.” In other words, among the demons, there is no perfect knowledge of the creation of the world; to them, one interpretation of the scripture is as good as another, for they do not believe in a standard understanding of the scriptural injunctions.

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Chapter 5 Text 4

Karma-Yoga-Action in Krishna Consciousness

säìkhya-yogau påthag bäläù
pravadanti na paëòitäù
ekam apy ästhitaù samyag
ubhayor vindate phalam

Translation

Only the ignorant speak of devotional service [karma-yoga] as being different from the analytical study of the material world [Säìkhya]. Those who are actually learned say that he who applies himself well to one of these paths achieves the results of both.

Purport

The aim of the analytical study of the material world is to find the soul of existence. The soul of the material world is Vishnu, or the Supersoul. Devotional service to the Lord entails service to the Supersoul. One process is to find the root of the tree, and the other is to water the root. The real student of Sankhya philosophy finds the root of the material world, Vishnu, and then, in perfect knowledge, engages himself in the service of the Lord. Therefore, in essence, there is no difference between the two because the aim of both is Vishnu. Those who do not know the ultimate end say that the purposes of Sankhya and karma-yoga are not the same, but one who is learned knows the unifying aim in these different processes.

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In order to keep myself updated with my so outdated Krishna (God) Consciousness life, I decided to make a new page dedicated to the Bhagavad-Gita. In this way, I’ll be able to read, or I may say, force myself to read (I’d been lazy lately), and associate more my mind with Krishna conscious thoughts. If somehow, I won’t be able to post a new verse each day, prabhus and matajis, please don’t hesitate to bash me. The first verse I posted is one of my favorite verse because it truely shows a firm conviction on how mercifull Krishna is to the fully conditioned hedonistic soul. Hare Krishna!

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Chapter 4 Text 36

Transcendental Knowledge

api ced asi päpebhyaù
sarvebhyaù päpa-kåt-tamaù
sarvaà jïäna-plavenaiva
våjinaà santariñyasi

Translation

Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able yo cross over the ocean of miseries.

Purport

Proper understanding of one’s constitutional position in relationship to Krishna is so nice that it can at once lift one from the struggle for existence which goes on in the ocean of nescience. This material world is sometimes regarded as the ocean of nescience and sometimes as a blazing forest. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe. If someone comes forward and lifts the struggling swimmer from the ocean, he is the greatest savior. Perfect knowledge received form the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the path of liberation. The boat of Krishna Consciousness is very simple, but at the same time the most sublime.

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I would like to share this beautiful vyasa puja offering of my guru maharaja for his beloved guru, Srila Prabhupada. This is such a heart warming offering that is full of love and inspirations, and I hope and pray that one day I’ll be able to do something like this for my guru as well. I hope that that this will give happiness to everybody, Hare Krishna!

Precious Moments

My dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my most humble obeisances in the dust of your lotus feet.
All glories to Your Divine Grace.

As I meditate upon Your Divine Grace, I recall seven precious moments that led to my taking shelter of your lotus feet. Each of these precious moments connected to the next in clear succession, arranged by you and the Divine Couple.

The first precious moment was when I cried out to the Lord for guidance. I knew that God existed, but I wasn’t sure who He was. I prayed with as much sincerity as I could gather, and asked for God to reveal Himself to me. At the same time, I doubted my qualification to ask such a question of the Supreme Lord. Why should God reveal Himself to such an insignificant soul as me? But considering that God must have a compassionate nature, I pondered He could reveal Himself to anyone He wished.

The second precious moment was when the Lord answered my prayers. That day, I purchased an old, weather-beaten, copy of your Bhagavad-gita As It Is from a second hand book store. The shelves were filled with hundreds of books on spirituality, but I had magnet like attraction to the cover painting of Parthasarathi. I read the book cover to cover, without hardly putting it down, and realized beyond a shadow of a doubt that Krishna was the Supreme Personality of Godhead and you were His pure devotee.

The third precious moment was when I started corresponding with Svarupa Dasa in Los Angeles. He was the corresponding secretary for interested readers at the time. In our exchanges, he preached to me and sent a catalog of spiritual items that could be purchased. I purchased more of your books, your recorded lectures, kirtans and bhajans, and japa beads. It was then that I started to chant sixteen rounds a day.

The fourth precious moment was when I started to listen to your recorded lectures, kirtans and bhajans for hours each day. That spiritual sound vibration was so powerful that it pierced my heart. I felt that you were speaking directly to me and freeing me from millions of lifetimes of sinful reactions. It was a very purifying experience.

The fifth precious moment was when I first saw film footage of you. Seeing you speak and act for Krishna and His devotees was overwhelming. It brought tears to my eyes. This was the first time I saw you and it kindled a blazing fire within me to become your disciple.

The sixth precious moment was when I greeted you during one of your Los Angeles airport arrivals. When you walked out from the arrival gate, you appeared goldenly effulgent. Hundreds of devotees were loudly chanting and running to keep up on either side of the moving walkway on which you stood. It appeared as though you were floating through the airport. Your presence commanded respect and even non-devotees stood transfixed by your gaze.

The seventh precious moment was when you were leaving for your walk the next morning. You had just gotten into the car and it was backing up onto Watseka Avenue. I was standing some distance behind the car, looking into the rear window. All of a sudden, you turned around and looked out the window at the devotees. As you were scanning the crowd, our eyes met and locked for a brief moment. There was great compassion in your eyes, and you seemed to be saying,”where have you been all these lifetimes? Now you have the shelter of guru and Krishna.”

These seven precious moments brought me in touch with you. I still can’t call myself a disciple of your’s. But I am trying to learn from my senior godbothers and godsisters what it means to become a genuine disciple. By their mercy, perhaps one day I will actually become your true disciple and take advantage of what your eyes said to me 35 years ago. “Now you have the shelter of guru and Krishna.”

Aspiring to become your true disciple,
Giridhari Swami

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Hare Krishna! Here are some wonderful pictures of the Gaura Purnima celebration here in New Ramana Reti courtesy of my wonderful friend Tulasi Priya. Enjoy!

For more photos, visit Tulasi Priya’s flickr account.

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Hare Krishna Prabhus!

Once again I welcome myself back to the blog world. I’m sorry for not updating and sharing any Krishna Conscious activities for a while. Things got so hectic with work (3 jobs before, now just 2), school (starting my Masteral program), and the very classic side trip for “maya”, which of course a lame excuse. Ok, so as a peaceful offering to everybody, I would like to share these pictures of “my” Jagannatha home deity during our New Year’s celebration, so prabhus, please accept my humble offering 🙂

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