Jahnavi explains how yoga teaches the practitioner to see the body as a temple dedicated to the glory of God; how pilgrimage, by engaging the body in repetitive movement, makes an internal journey of prayer and sacrifice easier instead of just sitting in an armchair thinking about it; and how physical work can become a spiritual blessing.
How to Get Through Tests.
All of us will encounter tests on our way. Once Indradyumna Maharaja told me a pertinent story: many years ago Maharaja was on sankirtana with a group of brahmacaris. They were planning to sing in the streets of Paris. It was a particularly difficult day: first the petrol in the car ran out in the middle of the highway. After they solved this problem by walking to the nearest gas station to bring more fuel, they continued to drive until one of the tires punctured. Finally, after a mechanic repaired the tire, they arrived in Paris – much later than planned – and it started raining! They found a sheltered area and started to sing, but immediately a lady came by, stopped, walked right up to Indradyumna Maharaja and put her fingers into her ears and stuck her tongue out at him. Indradyumna Maharaja tried to step away from her but she followed him! It was quite discouraging – because how could others be inspired with such a person present? When they came back to the temple in the evening, Srila Prabhupada called Indradyumna Maharaja into his room, as if he knew. Prabhupada said, “So, how was sankirtana?”
Indradyumna Maharaja first hesitated to narrate the details but Prabhupada wanted to know – you must know Prabhupada was extremely personal and looked into the smallest details of things. So Indradyumna Maharaja told him his story of frustration. When he came to the part about the lady and wanted to explain what she did, Prabhupada knocked on the table with his fist, making his glasses jump and said “When did I ever say preaching is easy?” So my dear devotees, when you face a test, don’t despair! As you go through it, you will feel Krishna’s presence; you will feel him helping you and when you emerge on the other side you will notice that you have advanced significantly in your Krishna consciousness. Tests are meant to make you strong; furthermore, Krishna will never give you a test that is overwhelming in its difficulty. He will give you tests that are specifically tailored to your level of determination and steadiness.
From a lecture by Sacinandana Swami in Almviks Gard, Sweden.
“Front Stage and Back Stage” (4 min.video)
Mahatma das: Our front stage is what we show the world, what we want the world to believe about us. Our backstage is who we really are. Ideally, there should be no difference between the two. But if there is a difference, this is not Krishna consciousness.
Saranagati- Six-fold path of Surrender to Krishna (video)
Bhagavad Gita Discourse by HG Vaisesika Dasa, 01.30.19.
We are our greatest hope – and our greatest horror (Based on Gita 06.05)
Chaitanya Charan Das: Traditions across the world have stories similar to the Western classic about Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde. In such stories, the same person acts sometimes like a principled, selfless benefactor and sometimes like an opportunistic, self-centered malefactor.
“Don’t take me to the hospital”
Srila Prabhupada did not like to be experimented on by drug giving doctors and in one story it was Gargamuni and Brahmananda that he got to take him out of the hospital, prematurely, in the eyes of the doctors.
I consider myself to be in good hands—God’s—when trekking a trail. Despite the mild weather of today and the willingness to experience the +3°C, destiny had it that I was to be temple-bound all day long. For me the high point of the day entailed the morning discussions at the Bhagavatam class led by Hara Kumar on yogis who took to spontaneous combustion.