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No man can run a family the way a commander runs an army

Not wanting to get too far “off topic” but this last post by Puskaraksa strikes a note with me. It does appear this humble form of communication, this skill of Vaisnava communication is “thin on the ground.” I’m not pointing fingers I am as guilty as anyone, and possibly more, in regard to tossing barbs in conversations. However it would be so nice to see this skill of humble communication modeled more often so that I might learn it myself.

It is not surprising to see it here, the politics of cynicism and attack are rampant in the mundane communities. I think amongst many it is sense as a skill rather than the impediment it is.

Hare Krishna

» Posted By abrennan On Nov 17, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

It’s Kartika, Damn It!

Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Hare Krishna

I did a search in Vedabase and found that Srila Prabhupad uses the term “damn” on a number of occaisons. “Damn cheap,” “Damn Hare Krishna’s,” and more. He uses the word mainly in two senes. One being the sense in which it was used in this story, and the other in the sense of damnation. “Damn rascals” for example.

Srila Prabhupad, as many will know better than I, maximised his use of the English language to get his point across. He knew the word Damn was not an expletive and he used it in exactly the way is is used in this story.

“Any damn place, you cleanse it, it becomes home.”

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Prabhupada Visits Palace and Garden — June 22, 1976, New Vrindaban

I don’t say this to offend you,but to clarify, so please don’t try and find something in what I write to be offended by.

I never use the word damn myself, I prefer other ‘emhatics.’ Suffice to say this is a damn good story Tulasi-Priya dasi has presented for us. She’s a damn good writer, we don’t hear enough from her damn it.

» Posted By abrennan On Oct 27, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

The Kirtan Book — Part Two?

I hope there is a Kirtan Book volume two. The Yoga of Kirtan is a fascinating, highly readable, multidimensional treasure trove.

The introductory section highlights the spiritual tradition that is kirtan, stretching out beyond human record.

In the main body ofthe book It is fascinating to learn about the breadth of people, devotees and non-devotees, who are singing the names of the Lord all over the world. They way in which many are drawn by surrounding events, friends, relatives and teachers onto the path leading to kirtan is inspiring.

From the title on the cover to the last page this book never loses sight of kirtan as devotional service, as a spiritual practice. The majority of those interviewed in the book head straight into this subject, some explaining it in detail.

The Yoga of Kirtan is not just a biography. I would expect that many who read this book will find themselves drawn to kirtan, and will seek the association of those who sing the Holy Names.

As if that is not enough there is also a CD. It’s not enough to read about kirtan you have to hear it and feel it, you have to participate in it. The CD contains kirtans in a variety of forms and styles. I don’t know if you can wear out a CD but if you can I’ll need another one soon.

Will there be a part two? I have all my fingers crossed which made it really hard to type this out!

Hare Krishna

» Posted By abrennan On Oct 3, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

Digging deep in the Dandavats data mine

Have a look around and let me know what you find, there is so much to read. Can you think of any good searches the rest of us can try?

» Posted By abrennan On Sep 14, 2008 @ 7:52 am

Happy Dolls

Unfortunately these happy dolls don’t look very happy. Never the less I am somehow attracted to them. I saw a devotee selling them recently now after seeing them again I wish I had obtained them. I’ll bet my mum would love to put them on their mantlepiece and offer them incense, or fruit. I think I’ll get them for her.

» Posted By abrennan On May 16, 2008 @ 11:54 am

Face to face with death

Dear Partha-sarathi, always great to hear from you. I hope you are preparing to write a book of you experiences. It is heart rending but also somehow empowering to read of your experiences. I hope this new year improves you circumstances.

My prayers are with you and those in your community.

» Posted By abrennan On Jan 6, 2008 @ 8:43 am

Pure and impure what is to be offered!

Very intersting.

White sugar has previously been given the name ‘white death’ and its addictive value has been widely discussed.

White sugar is not natural, it is the residue of a long refining process that removes all the nurtition and calories from the initial product.

In his book “The Sugar Blues” Richard Duffy says: “Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as “empty” calories. In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination make upon one’s entire system.”

I try to eat as little sugar and possible of any type. Sugar is known to cause acidosis, the ever acidity of the body which many believe is the root condition that produces a variety of diseases.

Actually when you take a deep look at your food you find that this source of our bodily sustenance has become a market commodity, and all decisions about it are made in regard to the market. The market has truly taken our food to a dark place.

» Posted By abrennan On Dec 7, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

Indian Ghee Contaminated with Animal Fat

Good on you mate, I was hoping to hear more from YOU at that event : )

» Posted By abrennan On Dec 3, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

Dear Omdas. The laboratory did not detail the names of the producers. They tested only Indian produced ghee however. They said the only way to guarantee purity within India was to make your own.

So making your own or obtaining it from other devotees as Cidanadas may be the only answer. American European or Australian may prove to be a more reliable source of commercially produced ghee. There could be a pragmatic devotee business in importing these products into India.

One would hope that after the TV coverage there would be some change within India.

» Posted By abrennan On Nov 30, 2007 @ 10:30 am

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