Bhakti Thought of The Day
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A child can spend all his life believing that his parents are material bodies. It means the child never really sees the persons whom he loves. What the child actually loves, is a different thing; It is the soul, not the body we can see. But Maya, material illusion, is so powerful that a child accepts a mere body, the outward dress, for his parent, not considering the spiritual self. In this way, we have never really seen any person, only various different dresses and that includes our own self
THE NATURE OF THE SELF
Although the mighty wind blows clouds and storms across the sky, the sky is never implicated or affected by these activities. Similarly, the spirit soul is not actually changed or affected by contact with the material nature. Although the living entity enters within a body made of earth, water and fire, and although he is impelled by the three modes of nature created by eternal time, his eternal spiritual nature is never actually affected.
If we find Krishna meditation a boredom, it is likely that we chant without seeking Krishna’s presence. We may also repeat the Holy Names like a parrot without properly hearing the sound and so it becomes like a ritual without substance. In this way we will soon get bored with our facade of meditation. Invoking Krishna’s presence by chanting and close listening, causes an enriching awareness to seep into our consciousness like basking in the gentle morning sun causes healing sunlight to enter into our body. Then our chanting has become successful.
WE LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE
Never see anything as a failure. See everything as a learning experience and as a result of past lifes decisions and actions. Love, hurt, pain & sorrow, this whole experience has arrived from there! You are a treasure house of wisdom in this regard and can realise that the right actions now, ( bhakti ) have so much value for your next life. Devotees purify their existence, by chanting The Holy Names of The Lord.
NO ONE IS GOD EXEPT GOD
The proper understanding of the 33 million Gods in Hinduism, is that non of them is God. There is Krishna and He is called the Supreme Personality Of Godhead. He is God, like the word Krishna is also the origin of the word Christ. The 33 million demigods are like employes with different degrees of powers and functions. Like in Christianity there are the Angles eg. The demigods are worshipped by many persons for some material benefit, which has nothing to do with Bhakti. Therefore the highest worship is the one of God only, not demigods, angles or other entities, because only Pure Bhakti brings us back home to Him and the worship of anyone else, ends up in different destinations
THE OLDEST OF THE OLD
The antimaterial particle, which is the vital force, is never born or created. It exists eternally. It has neither birth dates nor death dates. It is neither repeatedly created nor repeatedly destroyed. It is eternally existing, and therefore it is the oldest of the old, and yet it is always fresh and new. Although the material physical covering is annihilated, the antimaterial particle is never affected
NOT THE BODY
The difference between matter and spirit is, that matter has no consciousness like the living entity, the spirit soul; therefore our experience of consciousness is above matter and eternal. Consciousness cannot be produced by a combination of matter, because the body is temporary, it is not the self
HANDLE THE MIND, DONT ALLOW THE MIND TO HANDLE YOU
The mind can be the best friend or the worst enemy, but for one who has learned to control or dictate the mind it is the best of friends and for one who has failed to do so, it is the worst enemy
THERE IS SPIRITUAL POTENCY
Unless it is spiritual, no one can maintain chanting Hare Krishna. After half hour they would be fed up. It is called anandambudhi-vardhanam. The more you chant the more you become spiritually advanced. Otherwise no one could be satisfied just by chanting Hare Krishna. They are not mad, they are not foolish. They discovered something very special.
We start seeing through that what has previously deceived us and instead see the benevolent plan of Krishna underlying the random seeming events that happen in our lifes. Then Krishna reciprocates by awakening divine emotions in our heart, we become enlivened expansively ecstatically, blissful and fully satisfied
Dormant affection for God is within everyone; spiritual existence is manifested through the gross body and mind in the form of perverted affection for gross and subtle matter. The body and the mind are but superfluous outer coverings of the spirit soul. The spirit soul's needs must be fulfilled.
Material scientists cannot give a thorough analysis of the material structure of the body, because they can not explain that what animates the body. The analysis of the material scientists concerns itself only with inanimate matter, but this is inadequate because the living entity (you) is completely separate from the material bodily structure.
A BLISSFUL LIFE
The whole purporse of Vedic literature is to give pure knowledge of Krishna, the individual soul, the universal situation and the relation between everything. As soon as this is known, pure loving meditation on Him and blissful activity (Bhakti) begins. Then Beautifully, like the morning sun rising, this transcendental path reveals itself and the ultimate goal of life or going back home to Krishnas eternal Abode takes place.
THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING
He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is un manifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone's heart. Nature is the source of all material causes and effects and the living entity is the cause of all suffering & enjoyment in this world.
NO MORE REBIRTH
Chanting His holy names removes all that what its troublesome to the heart, flooding it instead with illuminations of divine wisdom and joy.
Above the mental and intellectual planes, beyond the beginning stage of faith, where the atmosphere is effulgent and blissfully spiritualised, we fully and directly realise "I am not this mind, intellect, or body. Ahaṁ brahmāsmi-I am spirit, eternal part and parcel of the Supreme Lord." That is the platform of real understanding.
ALL LIGHT EMANATES FROM HIM
Sunlight is due to the spiritual effulgence in the spiritual sky of the Supreme Lord. Therefore sunrise, fire and moonlight are so pleasing to the living entities. So if one can understand that the light and splendor of the sun, moon and fire are emanating from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, then one's Kṛṣṇa consciousness will begin. From Bhagavad Gita 15.12 purport
WHY STAY HERE IN THIS WORLD?
The material world is the place of karma, and our gross and subtle designations are its basis. Karmic reaction, is as long or short, painful or pleasurable, as its original cause. Karma is the suffering we undergo on account of the three forms of misery, From mind and body, from others including animals and from nature. But on the absolute spiritual plane, there is only unadulterated pure love and bliss, karma does not operate there.
SPIRITUAL REALIZATION vs. NESCIENCE "When one abandons all material doubts and mundane logic, and in deep meditation applies himself to śrī-nāma, (the Hare Krishna mantra) spiritual realization will quickly arise within him of its own accord. The more he resorts to mundane logic, the more he will subjugate his mind to material bondage in which spiritual realisation is impossible."
THE LOVER AND THE BELOVED
The lover, the individual soul, is eternal; the beloved, the Supreme Soul, is eternal; and the loving relationship, bhakti, is also eternal, it is the original function of the soul. Thus, this Bhakti yoga re-establishes consciously, the original loving relationship between the Supreme Soul and the individual soul. It is our unfortunate predicament, that we have forgotten this wonderful truth, because we are falsely thinking ourselves to be products of this material plane.
AWAKENING OF THE HEART
As the sun begins to rise, even before it is visible it dissipates the darkness of night. With the first glimpse of sunlight, fear of thieves, ghosts, and demons immediately disappears, and when the sun is actually visible, everything is manifest and everyone begins performing his religious activities and regulative duties. Similarly, the first hint that offenseless chanting of the Lord’s holy name has awakened dissipates the reactions of sinful life immediately.
A GRADUAL PROCESS
The gradual process of elevation for self-realization is meant for those who have realised, that there must be an Absolute Truth. After repeated birth and deaths on this path, which is known as deva-yāna, one attains these consecutive stages. Finally one becomes completely situated in ones blissful self, and need not traverse the path of repeated birth and death anymore
MY LORD IS A PERSON
Although He is non-dual, infallible, beginningless, possessed of unlimited forms and the oldest of all, nevertheless, He is a beautiful person with everlasting, fresh youthfulness. Although He is incomprehensible through study of the Vedas, He is easily attained by spontaneous devotion of the soul (shuddha-prema) I worship that original personality, Shri Govinda, Krishna
OUR INNERMOST HANKERING
The innermost hankering of every soul is for Beauty, Love, Affection and Harmony; Not for knowledge, power belongings or anything else. Please chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This maha mantra cleanses the dust from the mirror of the mind and awakens us to a pure life of loving devotion to the Lord free from all anxieties.
ONENESS AND DIFFERENCE
Though we come in various forms and though we are all individual personalities, we all come from the same source and we are of the same spiritual substance as Krishna. "Tattva" means reality, principle, and truth. He is beginning less and we are all also eternal entities, one with Krishna in quality, and different in quantity, we are simultaneously one with and different from Him, we are eternal parts and parcels of God.
REALISING OUR SPIRITUAL IDENTITY
Human life is awarded to the living entity the soul, to realise his spiritual identity and his permanent source of happiness. The human beings seek happiness because happiness is our original situation. But he is vainly seeking happiness in the material atmosphere. We are constitutionally spiritual by nature and therefore our happiness can be perfectly perceived in Bhakti Yoga
In the stage of perfection called trance, or samādhi, one's mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of bhakti yoga. This perfection is characterized by one's ability to see the Self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the Self.
QUALITIES TO STRIVE FOR
Peacefulness austerity purity tolerance honesty knowledge wisdom and religious ness.These are the natural qualities by which the Brahmans work.
FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET
The name Christ comes from the Greek word "Kristo" The words Christ, Kristo, Christos or Krsna" are variations of the word KRISHNA, one of the countless names for God in Sanskrit. Jesus said "Hollowed be thy name" He even advised, from sunrise onwards…So please chant “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare” and become happy.