Month: June 2012

Sharada Purnima

“In that royal meeting, the two jewels of the Raghu family were looking so beautiful, like the brightest moons of the fall season amongst the stars that brighten the earth.” (Janaki Mangala, 49) rājata rāja samāja jugala raghukula mani |… Read More ›

What To Do Today

“The functions of the mind are thinking, feeling and willing. When the mind is materialistic, or absorbed in material contact, it acts for material advancement of knowledge, destructively ending in discovery of nuclear weapons. But when the mind acts under… Read More ›

A Moonlike Face

“If that devi, who has a face that resembles the lord of stars, the moon, still lives, then certainly she will come to this river of auspicious water.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.51) yadi jivati sā devī tārā adhipa… Read More ›

The Royal Treatment

“Hearing Vishvamitra compliment the beautiful arrangements, the king became happy. Then, he offered beautiful thrones for Rama, Lakshmana and the muni to sit on.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 6.2) kausika sarāhī rūcira racanā janaka suni haraṣita bhae | taba rāma lakhana… Read More ›

Befitting Rama’s Wife

“This beautiful Ashoka grove is certainly befitting the beautiful and cherished wife of Rama, the king of kings.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.50) tasyāḥ ca api anurūpeyam aśoka vanikā śubhā | śubhā yā pārthiva indrasya patnī rāmasya sammitā ||… Read More ›

Don’t Just Leave Me Alone

“Mother Yashoda was agitated by Krishna’s restless misbehavior. Her house was full of sweetmeats. Why then should the restless boy eat dirt in a solitary place?” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 10.8.34 Purport) To help in concentration, the studious worker prefers… Read More ›

Shrugging It Off

“Feeling bad over his vow after understanding what it meant, the king started to lament. Yet he kept himself very patient and went and showed his guests the svayamvara grounds, offering them all kinds of respect.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 6.1)… Read More ›