Month: November 2012

What Are Friends For

“Now in confusion, no words are coming to the queen. Seeing her worried and in thought, her friends are trying to make her understand.” (Janaki Mangala, 75) You’re too invested in the outcome to think straight. Desire strengthens to the… Read More ›

The Wrong Outcome

“Staring at Rama’s divine beauty made Sita’s mother so happy in the heart. She says, ‘This bow is heavy and this youth is tender, so the Creator desires the wrong outcome.’” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 9.2) siya mātu haraṣī nirakhi suṣamā… Read More ›

Shining Like Lightning

“From their window perch, the wives of the royal court are peeking out. While talking, their shiny teeth look like lightning.” (Janaki Mangala, 72) lāgi jharokhanha jhānkahiṃ bhūpati bhāmini | kahata bacana rada lasahiṃ damaka janu dāmini || In this… Read More ›

The Best Fortune

“He who reads this beautiful ashtakam of the sweet pastimes of Kunja-vihari receives the best fortune of attachment to the worship of the lotus feet of the Lord.” (Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Kunja-vihary-astakam, 9) aṣṭakaḿ madhura-kuñja-vihāri krīḍayā paṭhati yaḥ kila… Read More ›

Without Envy

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, who makes all the gopis cast aside their household duties with the playful dancing of the corner of His eyes, and who is the lover of Vrishabhanu’s daughter, who is intoxicated with love for Him.” (Shrila… Read More ›

Household Chores

“All glories to Kunja-vihari, who makes all the gopis cast aside their household duties with the playful dancing of the corner of His eyes, and who is the lover of Vrishabhanu’s daughter, who is intoxicated with love for Him.” (Shrila… Read More ›

Thanksgiving 2012

“Being self-sufficient, Krishna does not require the service of any living entity, although He has many devotees. It is because Krishna is so kind and merciful that He gives the opportunity to everyone to serve Him, as though He required… Read More ›