Picture of the day.

January 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Bhakti Yoga | 1 Comment
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I have been doing a lot of cooking lately, but of stuff that I cook all the time so you have already seen pictures of these things in the past or I have posted the recipe. So today I am just going to post some pictures and an excerpt from a lecture by Srila Prabupada.

Excerpt from a lecture in LA February 10th, 1969.

Prabhupada: After each and every verse we chant, govindam ädi-purusha tam aham bhajami **. Similarly, we repeat Krishna—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare. Why we repeat? The more we repeat means we learn to love. That is required. Anything which you do not love, you cannot repeat. It will be disgusting. Anything, any word you take, if you simply repeat, you’ll feel disgusted. Sometimes those who are not in Krishna conscious life, they also feel this repetition as disgusting, hackneyed, because they have not developed love. Rüpa Gosvami says that “What shall I chant with one tongue and what shall I hear with two ears? If millions of tongue I would have possessed, then I could chant little.” And they’re tasting… Because they have got love for Krishna, they are tasting the nectarean of chanting. They cannot give up. In the material world also, there are many slogans. We repeat because we love.

So real thing is to develop love for Krishna. That is the Våndävana standard. In Vrindavana, Nanda Mahäräja and Yasodä-mayi, Radharani, gopis, the cowherdsmen, boys, cows, calves, trees, they do know that Krishna is God. You have read in Krishna book, sometimes when Krishna does something wonderful, they take Him as a wonderful child, boy, that’s all, or child. They do not know that Krishna is God. But they love Krishna more than anything. They do not know except Krishna. That is wanted. Not very much philosophy. Whether Krishna is God or not, whether the symptoms of God are there or not, the Vrindavana nhabitants, they do not care for it. Krishna may be God or a man, but they love Him. That’s all. That is wanted. We have to increase our love for Krishna; therefore this worship, temple worship. If you always be engaged in Krishna’s service, naturally you develop love for Krishna. That is wanted. Premä pumartho mahan. Caitanya Mahäprabhu says that prema, love for Krishna, love for God, that is the highest achievement in human life. Prema pumartho mahan. It is not religiosity. Religiosity is different thing. Everyone goes to church or temple with some material purpose generally, to get… Just like in church they go: “God, give us our daily bread.” That is material purpose. Not only church, everywhere, that is the system. Arto artharthi. Of course, that is good. Four classes of men whose background is pious life, they go to God, church or temple, when they’re distressed. Others, those whose background is not piety, simply mischief, they cannot go. Therefore even one goes to God for praying something material, they’re better than those who do not go to God. Just like in Communist country, they do not believe in God: “Why we shall go to God? We shall create things. We shall create bread.” In the Communist country the propaganda was that these Communists would go to villages, ask the villagers to come to church and pray to God, “Give us our daily bread,” and they would ask, “Whether you have got bread?” Of course, in the church where is the bread? They will say, “No, we haven’t got bread.” “All right, you ask us.” And they ask the Communist leader, “Give us our daily bread,” and they give sumptuously. “Why should you go to church?” They preached godlessness in this way, that “You are not getting bread from the church. You are getting bread from us. Why not worship Lenin and his followers? He gave sufficient bread.” In this way they tried to make people godless, that “Don’t go to church.” Still their propaganda.
But our relationship with God is so permanent that artificially we may try to banish God some way or other—it cannot go on. To become atheist, not to believe in God, they’re simply artificial. These godless persons, when they’re actually in danger, they think of God. I have seen it. Automatically they think of God. So this godlessness is not our natural life. To love God, that is our natural life. (end)


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  1. ooooh, i love these pictures, so colorful and cool!

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