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How could Lord Krsna let this happen

In second chapter of Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna explains the qualities of sthi-prgyah or the devotee. Devotees is equanimous to external world of dualities and is not disturbed by them. That is due to internal advancement of devotee. Krishna who resides in everyone’s heart make devotee equanimous towards external events by making him realize the happiness within. That is true protection i.e. Krishna eliminates all the miseries of the devotees as those experience don’t cause him to suffer and he always maintains his happiness. Even though Pandavas externally had difficult circumstances, but internally they were happy, contended and enjoying the happiness from within and with Krishna.

Even though 100% equanimity is attained by exalted devotees, the aspiring devotees can still get glimpse of equanimity. That is true for every devotee. As he advances or comes closer to Krishna, he becomes more equanimous. As he becomes more equanimous, less experiences of life make him unhappy. So, automatically his suffering is reduced. That is greatest protection from misery i.e. to make us transcend the modes of nature.

In order to go to Vaikuntha, we need to transcend duality and become equanimous in our current life. When this happen, even current life on earth is like Vaikuntha i.e without anxiety and full of happiness. This state of without kuntha or suffering can easily be attained by practicing bhakti in proper way. We should aspire to become more advanced in this bhakti which results in more equanimity. If advancement comes, then we can automatically handle seemingly external situations of dukh.

Devotee does not ask “why this external event happened” as equanimous devotee is internally unaffected by such event. If one gets disturbed by duality, then one should focus more on bhakti so that one can advance and become more equanimous.

Death is a different issue. We need to look at death with proper perspective i.e. soul does not die. Therefore, the protection after death means that Krishna keeps bringing us closer to Him in our next life. As we continue to advance in next life, we become more equanimous and in next life, we are more blissful. As long as Krishna keeps giving us opportunities to advance in bhakti, we are protected from miseries. If in our current life we are experiencing advancement in bhakti, then we can be confident that we will continue to advance in next lives also.

Essence is that Krishna is always protecting us. He is giving us air to breathe, food, water etc. He even protects animals. He is always with us in our heart. He is ready to guide us, reciprocate to us, hear from us and so on. Unfortunately, we take all that protection for granted. If we focus our mind towards Him, then Krishna is ready to give us best gift i.e. bliss in current life and bliss after death. It is us who see miseries in external event and then, blame Krishna. Otherwise, external events cannot cause any misery and cannot disturb us if we accept Krishna in our life and in our mind.

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 24, 2006 @ 3:39 am

Worried about the end of the world?

“those who are free from the illusory energy, those who are confident that they are not the material body, that they are spiritual parts of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and are therefore engaged in the transcendental service of the Supreme Godhead, have nothing to fear.”

True abhaya (fearless) state come when:

– One is free from the illusory energy – That means that one can factually see the spiritual domain which is beyond illusory enery.

– those who are confident that they are not the material body. Here it means that those who factually realize (not just blind faith) that they are not the body.

– that they are spiritual parts of the Supreme Personality of Godhead – Here it means that we should not only realize that we are spiritual but we also realize Krishna. Realizing Krishna starts with realizing Krishna in our heart (paramatma).

– therefore engaged in the transcendental service of the Supreme Godhead; be situated always in Krsna consciousness; This means that our senses, mind, intelligence and then soul should be engaged in bhakti.

In other to reach true fearless state, we should achieve above goals. I hope this helps to understand what SP states.

“Just surrender at the lotus feet of Lord Krishna ” – This is a very deep statement. True surrender is attained when we realize above aspects of bhakti.

-Gaurav MIttal

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 21, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

A Vyasa puja offering to Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada had already rescued himself before he crossed the ocean. Do you mean to say that SP was not advanced before he crossed the ocean?

It is basic philosophy of BG that we don’t become advanced by conversion or creating followers. Advancement is not dependent on how many followers one has.

na dhanam na janam ……

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 21, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

“your eternal efforts to rescue the world with this pure chanting of the Holy Names of Lord Sri Krsna” – One should rescue oneself first. That is true that one can convert others. Conversions does not help much.

Real service one can do is to make words of SB and BG true. That means to show that BG and SB are not imaginary gossip but true science.

* BG states that a yogi or devotee is atma-ratah & atma-trptah. We should be ourselves deriving happiness from within and contended from within.

* BG states that devotee is not affected by external material world of duality ie. raga-dvesa, sukh-dukh, wealth or no money etc and controls his mind i.e. anger, attachment etc. Try to show that from your own example.

* BG states that we are not the body but soul. Try to show that you can factually realize this concept.

* BG states that Krishna resides in our heart as paramatma. Try to realize this simple fact in your life.

and so on. It is very easy to convert others. Christians have converted million of Hindus to Christianity in India.

But more difficult is to make oneself realize the truths of Gita. In in non-sectarian terms, it is very difficult to make people realize their inner happiness, their true identity as soul, make them realize God who resides in our heart and make oneself free from dualities, anger etc.

I hope Iskcon devotees can realize this simple fact. They need to advance in above respects if they are advancing in bhakti. They need to rescue themselves first.

Your servant,
Gaurav Mittal

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 18, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

Out of sight out of mind?

Q. Perhaps I may ask one question: we know Vaisnavas are oceans of mercy and compassion for the suffering jivas, so how can a devotee really be happy in the spiritual world knowing that there are countless living entities suffering horrendously in the stress planets? Spiritual amnesia, out of sight out of mind?

A similar question that can be asked is that why Krishna let us suffer in this world. Why Krishna’s heart does not melt when He sees others suffering.

Suffering is result of our false identification with body. Sometimes, it is compared to dream. So, there is no substantiality to it. Also, soul is spiritual and is unaffected by material domain. So from the perspective of soul, there is no suffering just as there is no death for soul.

This questions arises because currently we cannot go beyond material domain. To truly understand the answer for this question, we need to understand and realize the spiritual domain. I hope this helps.

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 13, 2006 @ 8:23 am

A response to Hari-kirtana prabhu regarding my article

Can you refute this based on sastra? I don’t see even any need for this comparison.

Krishna says – “Unfortunately–for them–there are statements where Krishna says ‘stri, sudra and dvija-bandhu’–these classes are all less-intelligent.”

Sudra, dvija-bandhus are less intelligent.
Stri are less intelligent.

In Kali-yuga, most of us are sudra. So, men are less intelligent in Kali-yuga.

Therefore, men and stri both are less intelligent.

Therefore, it is difficult to compare man and woman as both are less intelligent.

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 8, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

The Golden Rule of Bhakti

Always remember Krishna and never forget Him. I have found very few people emphasizing this most important aspect of bhakti. I would be interested to know how author is implementing this principle in his own life.

I have found that taking small steps towards Krishna can bring us closer to Krishna much more faster than those who try to take big steps.

I have found following very helpful to always remember Krishna:

* Remember Krishna when one lays down on bed until one sleeps. If one remembers Krishna continuously during this time, then one can do good amount of remembrance.
This is not as easy as it sounds. One needs to practice it and learn this art. At the beginning, it may even keep one wakeful for a time. Some people may experience losing sleep. I don’t think that constitutes a crisis. Good news for such people is that they are getting extra time for chanting and remembrance.

* Start remembering Krishna as soon as one gets up. Do the same while brushing, showering etc. That is also significant amount of time.

* Remember Krishna before one start driving the car and keep the remembrance while driving.

List is big. But the essence is to take small and simple steps towards Krishna.

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 8, 2006 @ 6:08 am

Kali yuga Japa Counter!

I have seen many devotees falling asleep while chanting during morning program. I keep on wondering what kind of chanting these devotees might be doing. If one falls asleep while chanting, then whatever rounds one has chanted before falling sleep would most probably be inattentive due to sleepy and tired mind. It is better for such people to sleep and recharge mind and then, do japa with fresh and attentive mind.

I agree with author that chanting should be focussed on the naam and Krishna. The effectiveness of unfocussed chanting or inattentive chanting is questionable. Obviously, inattentive chanting is better than no chanting.

I disagree with author when he says, “shouldn’t we maybe sleep less”. It is important to sleep sufficient hours so that we don’t feel sleepy rest of the days and we can do our duties with mind focussed on Krishna. How much a sleep a person needs will vary person to person?

Hare Krishna,
Gaurav Mittal

» Posted By gmittal On Aug 8, 2006 @ 5:41 am

Srila Prabhupada said that women are less-intelligent than men. Can we support this?

Krishna says – “Unfortunately–for them–there are statements where Krishna says ‘stri, sudra and dvija-bandhu’–these classes are all less-intelligent.”

Sudra, dvija-bandhus are less intelligent.
Stri are less intelligent.

In Kali-yuga, every one is sudra. So, men are less intelligent in Kali-yuga.

Therefore, men and stri both are less intelligent.

Therefore, it is difficult to compare man and woman as both are less intelligent.

We may find many men claiming that they are great. But honestly speaking, in Kali-yuga men are at the level of sudra of dvapara, treta and sata-yuga. Therefore, not only women but also men are less intelligent.

» Posted By gmittal On Jul 28, 2006 @ 11:55 pm

Treating Vaisnavas with Care–in Appreciation of Satyaraja Prabhu’s Points

Godhuli: You said the same point which I have said. Actually, you made an even more stronger definition.

You said, “a madhyama chants the name of Krishna constantly”. Where is the mind of a person when he chants the holy name? Is it constantly on Krishna?

If yes, then we agree. I Don’t know why you addressed me if you agree with me.

» Posted By gmittal On Jul 25, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

Catch the wave of the future!

This is step in right direction. Dealing with human (leadership) is a very delicate issue. One needs to be properly trained. Srila Prabhupada was very dynamic in his instructions. Those people who make his instructions static do a great disservice to him. Kubrick is doing same in name of Srila Prabhupada. Instead of addressing issue, this person is addressing those who do not agree with him as “lucid brain”. Not a good way to argue. Maybe such people need training to respect others who disagree with them?

» Posted By gmittal On Jul 25, 2006 @ 1:00 am

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