Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Devala Dasa won the Puerto Rico Soccer League championship vs Athletico San Juan in a hard fought game played in San Juan. Devala began his professional career signing with the Bayamon team in May of this year.
Bayamon won 1-0 giving Devala another victory to his club.
In the tradition of the Brazilian soccer greats, Devala took his jersey off at the game's end. As can be seen in the image below, he used the opportunity to glorify Lord Krishna.
Monday, September 29, 2008
tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah
etadrsi tava krpa bhagavan mamapi
durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah
O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names like Krishna and Govinda. In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness You enable us to easily approach You by chanting Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.
A small but amazing incident I want to share with you all. This happened on, 4th September 2008.
It was 8 pm and my husband had not arrived from office yet. He had to make question papers for students' final exam so I thought of going to him and helping him. When I reached the office I found my husband not making questions but talking to an American teacher. He was talking about his life and his belief in god.
My husband used to talk about this teacher as he was quite distressed and used to share his feelings with him. He was expressing how good and bad things happen in life and he has gone through a lot of things. Yesterday I also got chance to hear from him. We started talking about law of karma and whatever we get is the result of our activities.
Then the teacher said with tears in his eyes" Well I have not been so bad to be treated like this. Life is treating me like hell, So much of distress and calamities on my life now."
Antaranga Prabhu said " May be not this life but past life"
He said" hum...Could be"
Then Antaranga Prabhu started explaining about the cycle of birth and death, law of karma, the three types of karma(karma , vikarma and akarma). Then he started saying that his wife is terribly sick and he loves his wife so much. He has some healing power but he cannot heal her. He then said now he has realised that he has some power but he's not all powerful. God is all powerful, and he is supreme controller. Since our friend agreed on this point we thought of giving him the all powerful mantra :-). We gave him Hare krishna mahamantra and asked him to chant everyday. He said he does not know how to do it. Then we all chanted together once.
Trying to give him importance of Mahamantra, I said "This Mantra is very powerful. Just once you chant, you may not feel but...."
He cut me in between and said convinced " It already did, I can feel it, I felt something just once I chanted, its something amazing, Yes I could feel it."
We were speechless.
We thought of chanting 5 more times to let him experience krishna 5 more times ;-). But he went on and on, for more than 25 times... and there we were 9:30 pm inside Q Building 5th floor chanting hare krishna maha mantra intensely with a physics teacher.
Then he smiled and said "Can I sing this mantra" We were more than happy to see smile on his face after chanting so powerfully. He sang hare krishna in his own tune swaying his hands as if he was playing a Guitar. We talking about George Harrsion and his song "My sweet lord", he jumped with excitement saying he has heard him singing hare krishna in the song. Seeing so much love on his face, while he sang "My sweet lord" ,I was completely satisfied and was thanking Lord Chaitanya to be so merciful, thanking Srila Prabhupada for distributing this supreme happiness to everyone.
Now he has promised to chant Hare krishna Mahamantra everyday.
And after getting this highest taste how can anyone forget the all attractive lord, krishna, our sweet lord krishna. When we have all the material comforts we are so puffed up that we dont have the sincerety to surrender to krishna. We think whatever comforts we have is because of us, our hardwork. So to make us understand that its not us its him, the distress we have is actually a kind blessing from the lord. What is the use of all the material degrees and qualities if it is not used for his service? How long can we last happy without him?
So lets try to be sincere and humbly serve our lord, chanting sincerely and attentively, not just to finish off our rounds but to actually CHANT, and develop love of god for our sweet lord. Let us strive everyday to develop little more attachment to our dear lord than the day before, lets thank him for engaging us in his glorious movement, Sankirtan movement. And lets try our best to let everyone get love of our dear, sweet lord.
LEts try to serve Srila Prabhupada by giving Hare krishna maha mantra to whoever we meet.
PRAYERS OF QUEEN KUNTI to lord Sri Krishna
SB 1.8.24: My dear Kṛṣṇa, Your Lordship has protected us from a poisoned cake, from a great fire, from cannibals, from the vicious assembly, from sufferings during our exile in the forest and from the battle where great generals fought. And now You have saved us from the weapon of Aśvatthāmā.
SB 1.8.25: I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths.
SB 1.8.26: My Lord, Your Lordship can easily be approached, but only by those who are materially exhausted. One who is on the path of [material] progress, trying to improve himself with respectable parentage, great opulence, high education and bodily beauty, cannot approach You with sincere feeling.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Ever since we have started going out for book distribution on Sundays (for two and half years) after Lumphini park programs, we have experienced so much of bliss. There are moments that we want to actually go in the middle of the crowd at the street, jump and shout at our top most voice " Please take these books and be happy". Now since devotees have started going out on harinam once a month along with book distribution. People on the streets are more receptive and familiar with the "Hare Krishnas' " in Thailand, Bangkok.
Last Sunday,August the second, After lumphini park program we all went for Harinam and book distribution near Thammasat University. The harinam party were heading quite fast so I was just trying to give people on the street some books. Mostly were the footpath sellers but they were very generous. Some of them were joining their palms when I passed by and called me to give them books and gave donations. One man said "Hare Krishna right?" Then he called his friend to buy books with smiling face. I always get very surprised to see how people actually are ready to serve lord so willingly and they are very happy doing so. When I joined harinam party after an hour they were so much in ecstasy. One Thai man joined them and started playing flute with the devotees. Devotees even more encouraged started dancing around that area. He took a book very happily. Then one African man came and started taking our video. He started dancing in kirtana. After getting the maha mantra card he started chanting also. I was busy taking photos he came to me and gave me his video camera to shoot his ecstatic moments in Bangkok.
Then we all went to one park nearby, as it was about 5 pm. The devotees were so ecstatic that they all started dancing in the middile of the park. Everyone started looking at us and smile. Then one japnese man of about 30 came and said "HARE KRISHNA, I like playing guitar so can i record you sing? You sing with me." We all happily agreed. Chim Mataji asked " Where are you from?" He said "Japan". Then he sat on the grass folding his leg and started singing to our surprise ..
" Govinda bolo hari gopal bolo, radha raman hari govinda bolo..
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare,
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare"
We all looked at each other with delight in our face. Then he went on and on with the maha mantra. For about an hour we chanted with him. Then told us that he stayed in India and chanted hare Krishna maha mantra on the street for 6 months. One guitarist taught him to chant maha mantra. When he went to japan he could not find any temple in Osaka now he's happy to meet devotees in Bangkok. He also promised to come to the Lumphini park program with his guitar when he's in Bangkok.
All the devotees were discussing how transcendental the day was. Each of us could see Lord Nityananda's mercy flowing to everyone, with no discrimination. For he is "Patita Pawana", he's still allowing sinful souls like us to take part in this glorious sankirtana movement. Our humble request to everyone is to please bless us and pray to the lord to allow us to take part in this movement forever, for his pleasure.
"The word kriyäsu, meaning "by manual labor" or "by work," is important in this verse. One should engage in practical service to the Lord. In our Krishna consciousness movement all our activities are concentrated upon distributing Krishna literature. This is very important. One may approach any person and induce him to read Krishna literature so that in the future he may also become a devotee. Such activities are recommended in this verse.... Such activities will always remind the devotees of the Lord's lotus feet. By fully concentrating on distributing books for Krishna, one is fully absorbed in Krishna. This is samädhi."Srimad-Bhägavatam 10.2.37
Thank you very much