I just switched to the new Edge browser. Being able to add Chrome extensions is really cool but the feature I really like is connecting to Office 365 sites is super fast. You are logged into your accounts in the browser. It also works on all your mobile devices and shares history etc, among them as well.
Everything’s cooking down under at the moment. This initiative using biogas by Maṇigrīva at Hare Krsna Valley is a big step forward. This burnt for an hour and a ¼ before he had to shut it down to do something else. He’s also working on electricity generation using bullock power. It takes effort but self sufficiency is doable. In the next video he’s going to show me how he compressed the gas into the bottle.
“Bhakti teaches us that joy comes from the awakened heart, not from a controlled and stilled mind. Happiness lies in loving, not in knowing or mindfulness or any sort of mental peace that is the goal of most meditation and all of psychoanalysis. By the practice of bhakti, the heart expands with love and the mind with awareness of the self, and gradually we move from simple human love to an all-encompassing, otherworldly wise-love. d”
There was a lot happening at the temple this morning in preparation for Jhulana Yatra which starts tomorrow, Balarāma Purnima which is on Thursday, and is the end of Jhulana Yatra, and Janmāṣṭamī which is Saturday week.
Chandeliers getting their annual clean-up and a sweet preparation in the kitchen.
Here’s a very enthusiastic appreciation of the Ratha Yatra recently celebrated in Los Angeles. The gentleman who created this video is unknown to the devotees apparently. You’d hardly pick it! Well, apart from the fact that he jumbles the mahā-mantra at the end. What he lacks in technique he makes up for with enthusiasm.
kāmair ahata-dhīr kāmaiḥ — by material desires; ahata — undisturbed; dhīḥ — whose intelligence
his intelligence is never bewildered by material desires
a devotee never sacrifices his auspicious position of steady intelligence, even in the face of so-called material opportunity