Month: October 2011

Auspicious Invocation

“[obeisance to]Guru, Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati, Brihaspati, Sarasvati, Shesha, Shukadeva, Vedas, and the sincere and intelligent saints.” (Janaki Mangala, Mangalacharana, 1) gurū ganapati girijāpati gauri girāpati | sādara seṣa sukabi śruti santa sarala mati || Goswami Tulsidas herein begins his wonderful… Read More ›

Sum of Its Parts

“When love of Godhead is attained, love for all other beings automatically follows because the Lord is the sum total of all living beings.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, Introduction) The best way to adopt universal brotherhood, the harboring of good… Read More ›

Won Over

“Reaching that honored city, which was protected by the arms of the ten-headed Ravana, roaming about and not finding that highly respected daughter of King Janaka, who was won over by her husband’s divine qualities, that monkey then became highly… Read More ›

Sakshi-gopala

“The Lord heard the story of Sakshi-gopala with great pleasure because He wanted to impress upon the atheists that the worshipable Deities in the temples approved by the great acharyas are not idols, as alleged by men with a poor… Read More ›

Creating Gods

“After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.19) To divine… Read More ›

Dussehra 2011

“That Rama, the delight of the king of the Raghu dynasty, who had just slayed his enemy and was thus steady in His vow, possessing tremendous might, shone brightly while standing on the battlefield encircled by His army and friends,… Read More ›

Sharing Gold

“…a man’s pure consciousness is covered by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is never satisfied and which burns like fire.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.39) It’s sad to say, but no amount of distribution of material benedictions… Read More ›

Doubling Down

“The monkey became numb for a second, stricken as he was with sadness over not having found, after such a long time, Sita, the wife of Rama – the lord of men and the best among those who can speak.”… Read More ›