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Understanding surrender meditation on prabhupada's prayer markine bhagavata dharma

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Understanding surrender meditation on prabhupada's prayer markine bhagavata dharma

  1. 1. Single-handed attack on an entire civilization Eg Arjuna at Virata
  2. 2. Flow from Bengali to Sanskrit as in CC From from personal expression to scriptural revelation
  3. 3. Dynamic dance between •Dependence on Krishna & •Diligence for Krishna
  4. 4. No followers, No money, No institutional support, No sound health.
  5. 5. Opportunity to serve is mercy When the mind counts problems, let the intelligence count blessings
  6. 6. We can’t be grateful for all situations, but we can be grateful in all situations
  7. 7. 1. Look at what is right 2. Look at the right that can set the wrong right 3. Look for the future when right will come out of the wrong
  8. 8. No uncertainty about perennial intention But uncertainty about practical action inevitable in this messy world
  9. 9. 1. Krishna is in control 2. Krishna has some purpose
  10. 10. Not just certainty but openness to possibility Devotee: Perplexed, but not discouraged
  11. 11. Shastra-chakshu Seeing not material prosperity, but spiritual poverty
  12. 12. Not language, not culture, not pronunciation But lower modes
  13. 13. Sees deeper symptoms and sees cure
  14. 14. Can be started in any mode But sustaining requires goodness
  15. 15. Miracles are not against nature, they are above nature Mercy can happen in natural ways too
  16. 16. We don’t just believe in miracles We depend on miracles
  17. 17. Focus not on what you can or can’t do – focus on what Krishna can do Eg Arjuna to Krishna
  18. 18. Rasika Eg seeing Bharatnatyam (SB 8.3.6)
  19. 19. Krishna’s mercy is reciprocal, but not necessarily proportional Eg Bible story
  20. 20. Focus not on what you can or can’t do – focus on what Krishna can do Eg Arjuna to Krishna
  21. 21. Mood: “I am not the doer or deliverer – you are.”
  22. 22. By his will, we have our will Krishna is responsive, we are responsible
  23. 23. We may trigger the inner bulb, but we don’t power it
  24. 24. Understanding means the intelligence gets it Realization means the mind gets it
  25. 25. Same as Vyasadeva’s vision (1.7.4-7) Bhagavatam cleanses the heart
  26. 26. Hear to realize the one who is always near Hear to perceive that sensual pleasure is never there
  27. 27. Ignorance – Past Passion – Future Goodness – Present Pure Goodness – Krishna
  28. 28. Live in the present, but don’t live for the present – live for Krishna (1.7.7)
  29. 29. As long as our reference point is the world, we can’t understand pure devotee’s humility When compared to Krishna’s purity and love, our ability and effort seems nothing
  30. 30. When we feel we can’t do it, but Krishna can, we stop coming in Krishna’s way of doing it through us
  31. 31. Despite our half-hearted, distracted practices, Krishna has got us so far. He will take us all the way too
  32. 32. If proud, look ahead to see how far we have to go If discouraged, look back to see how far we have come
  33. 33. What we are is Krishna’s gift to us What we become is our gift to Krishna
  34. 34. •Let talent take us to the source of the talent •Work as worship, not work is worship
  35. 35. While speaking, no agenda except to benefit others and to please Krishna
  36. 36. Why preach? Simply sharing the medicine that has helped us Bg 6.32
  37. 37. Jesus: Let thy will be done & Arjuna: I will do your will
  38. 38. Our bonds are not a prisoner’s shackles, but a puppeteer’s strings Dance for Krishna, not Maya
  39. 39. Political: More open immigration policy Religious: Second Vatican Council Cultural: Counterculture
  40. 40. • “It’s an astonishing story. If someone told you a story like this, you wouldn’t believe it. Here’s this person, he’s seventy years old, he’s going to a country where he’s never been before, he doesn’t know anybody there, he has no money, has no contacts. He has none of the things, you would say, that make for success.
  41. 41. • “He’s going to recruit people not on any systematic basis, but just picking up whomever he comes across and he’s going to give them responsibility for organizing a worldwide movement. You’d say, ‘What kind of program is that?’
  42. 42. • There are precedents perhaps. Jesus of Nazareth went around saying, ‘Come follow me. Drop your nets, or leave your tax collecting, and come with me and be my disciple.’ But in his case, he wasn’t an old man in a strange society dealing with people whose backgrounds were totally different from his own. He was dealing with his own community. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s achievement, then, must be seen as unique.” • Prof. Thomas Hopkins
  43. 43. Not mission impossible But mission unstoppable Gita 11.33 & 18.78