Health Scare

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Acintya Rūpa had a bit of a health scare yesterday, with severe chest pain adjacent to her heart. On the advice of her doctor she went to the Alfred Hospital Emergency Unit to have it checked. The service and facilities are first class. It’s changed very much for the better since I was there over a decade ago. She was very well received and looked after.
One of the friendly team delivered her evening meal. She mentioned she was a vegetarian. He told her that he also was vegetarian. He arranged a vegetarian option for her. As it turned out the orderly regularly eats at Crossways and Gopal’s when he can afford it. He’s visited the temple as well. Unfortunately he had his brand new $300 shoes stolen. Yet, when he saw me leaving the short stay unit, he chanted, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, loudly and enthusiastically enough so that everyone nearby looked up to see what was going on. There are devotees everywhere.

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Here’s something I found today.

Actually, every Indian is Kṛṣṇa conscious. Sometimes they ask me in foreign countries that “How many Kṛṣṇa conscious people are there in India?” And cent percent, all, even Muhammadans, what to speak of the Hindus. Bhagavad-gita Bombay March 30, 1974

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Bhakti in the blood!

I’ve always had the idea that Prabhupāda said, somewhere, that Indians have bhakti in their blood.

I found the reference today in a lecture.

bhārata-bhūmite manuṣya-janma haila yāra
janma sārthaka kari’ kara para-upakāra

[Cc. Ādi 9.41]

This is service. Especially it is ordered to the Indians, the inhabitants of the Bhārata-varṣa. Because in Bhārata-varṣa it is easier to become Kṛṣṇa conscious. Because by nature, because they have taken birth in this land of Bhārata-varṣa, in the blood there is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Bhagavad-gita Bombay March 30, 1974

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Journaling Software

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The world of journaling software has moved on since I last looked.

This app, Journey is a truly cross-platform offering not available a couple of years ago.

Compose, publish and synch from all your devices, which is something.

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Sound Proofing

We’re adding cladding to the temple room emergency exit to contain the early morning noise of the conch and kirtana which is being heard by a few of our neighbours, especially in the summer months. Next step is the painting and refitting of the handle and locks. If the door is used as an exit this work is good for nought. It is an emergency door so best kept closed unless absolutely necessary.

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It just occurred to me today, we don’t study any statements spoken directly by Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva. So what is to Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva as the Bhagavad-gītā is to Kṛṣṇa? It’s the activities, statements and especially the prayers made by Prahlāda Mahārāja that are studied in relation to Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva. Of course Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva’s actions speak louder than words. His appearance before Hiraṇyakaśipu is testimony itself to the Lord’s affection for His devotee. And his wrath towards those who persecute His pure devotees. Not only that, the behaviour and character of Prahlāda Mahārāja speaks volumes of the Lord’s character. What is the leader like, if His followers are such wonderful individuals in their own right?

It is interesting to note that in the pastimes of Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva we study the teachings of Prahlāda Mahārāja since in effect their is no specific treatise spoken by the Lord like that of the Bhagavad-gītā spoken by Kṛṣṇa. Why is that do you think?

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In the Padyāvalī there is a statement by some devotees: “We shall not care for any outsiders. If they should deride us, we shall still not care for them. We shall simply enjoy the transcendental mellow of chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, and thus we shall roll on the ground and dance ecstatically. In this way we shall eternally enjoy transcendental bliss.”

NoD 27: Symptoms of Ecstatic Love | Bhaktivedanta Vedabase Online http://bit.ly/2qOLL3A

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Expressing ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa

The bodily symptoms manifested by a devotee in expressing ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa are called anubhāva. Practical examples of anubhāva are as follows: dancing, rolling on the ground, singing very loudly, stretching the body, crying loudly, yawning, breathing very heavily, neglecting the presence of others, drooling, laughing like a madman, wheeling the head and belching. When there is an extraordinary excess of ecstatic love, with all of these bodily symptoms manifested, one feels relieved transcendentally.

NoD 27: Symptoms of Ecstatic Love | Bhaktivedanta Vedabase Online http://bit.ly/2qOLL3A

Prabhupāda dancing shortened

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Surrender! What is it?

Reporter: Does “surrender” mean that someone would have to leave his family?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: No.

Reporter: But suppose I were to become an initiate. Wouldn’t I have to come and live in the temple?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Not necessarily.

Reporter: I can stay at home?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Oh, yes.

Reporter: What about work? Would I have to give up my job?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, you’d simply have to give up your bad habits and chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra on these beads-that’s all.

Reporter: Would I have to give any financial support?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, that is your voluntary wish. If you give, that’s all right. And if you don’t, we don’t mind. We do not depend on anyone’s financial contribution. We depend on Kṛṣṇa.

Reporter: I wouldn’t have to give any money at all?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: No.

Reporter: Is this one of the main things that distinguishes the genuine guru from the fake guru?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, a genuine guru is not a businessman. He is a representative of God. Whatever God says, the guru repeats. He does not speak otherwise.

Reporter: But would you expect to find a real guru, say, traveling in a Rolls Royce and staying in a penthouse suite in a classy hotel?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Sometimes people provide us with a room in a first-class hotel, but we generally stay in our own temples. We have some one hundred temples around the world, so we don’t require to go to any hotels.

SSR 2: Choosing a Spiritual Master | Bhaktivedanta Vedabase Online http://bit.ly/1JaGJTy

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Superior training, not artificial renunciation.

No one should suddenly give up his prescribed duties and become a so-called yogi or transcendentalist artificially. It is better to be situated in one’s position and to try to attain Kṛṣṇa consciousness under superior training. Thus one may be freed from the clutches of Kṛṣṇa’s maya.

Bg 3.33

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