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You've Got Personality Part 1


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Understanding how Krishna has blessed us with unique personalities.

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You've Got Personality Part 1

  1. 1. You've Got Personality
  2. 2. <ul><li>Most of us give lip service to the fact everybody's unique. But we really don't understand how unique each of us are. </li></ul><ul><li>DNA ten to power of 2 billion zeros! </li></ul><ul><li>To write it out, paper 37,000 miles long! </li></ul><ul><li>Universe particles 10 with 76 zeros </li></ul>One of a Kind
  3. 3. Based on the teachings of International Society for Krishna Consciousness Founder Acharya: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada His Divine Grace
  4. 4. When I say you're unique, that's not a theological statement. That's a scientific fact of life. When Krishna made you, He broke the mold. No copies. No duplicates. There never has been, there never will be anybody just like you .
  5. 6. Some babies are born cooing and loving and complacent. They're so much fun! Other babies come chomping on a cigar saying, &quot;I dare you to make me smile!... I'm going to take on the world!&quot; Any of you who are parents of multiple children and have watched the dynamics at the dinner table you think how out of my loins could this diversity come? Personality: Nature or Nurture 18,000 Personality Traits
  6. 7. Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison-house begin to close Upon the growing Boy, But He beholds the light, and whence it flows, He sees it in his joy; The Youth, who daily farther from the east Must travel, still is Nature's Priest, And by the vision splendid Is on his way attended; At length the Man perceives it die away, And fade into the light of common day. Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
  7. 9. Personality Influences <ul><li>Every decision you make </li></ul><ul><li>How you deal with change or don't deal with it, how you solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>What makes you happy/sad, what you think is funny and what you don't think is funny at all, says a lot about the kind of work you should be in, the kind of person you should marry . </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>How you relate to God. Some people relate to Krishna in a quiet, meditative, contemplative kind of </li></ul><ul><li>way. Some </li></ul><ul><li>people relate to God </li></ul><ul><li>in a very emotional, </li></ul><ul><li>loud kind of way. </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Because we're all so different we have great possibility of conflict with other people. I can't assume you think the way I do. I can't assume you feel the way I do. We're all different. As a result there is conflict. Most of your problems in life are people problems and most of your people problems are because you don't understand that Krishna made us all differently . </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Three factors on how to increase your personal skills with people. Eighty percent of the people who fail in a job do so not because of a lack of ability but because they </li></ul><ul><li> don't know </li></ul><ul><li> how to get </li></ul><ul><li>along with other people. The number one thing employers value in an employee is the ability to get along with others. </li></ul>
  11. 13. 1. Be aware of personality differences . <ul><li>The more you understand how people act the more PATIENT you are with them. If you're not aware of this, you'll misjudge them, you'll misunderstand them, you'll become impatient with them and you'll be living in constant conflict with the people around you because they are different. </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>You probably married your opposite. God's sense of humor. If one of you are extroverted, the other is introverted. If one of you likes variety, the other likes routine. If one of you are structured the other is unstructured. If one of you reveals their emotion, the other tends to conceal their emotion. &quot;Why aren't you more normal like me?&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 15. Bhima & Droupadi
  14. 16. <ul><li>Be careful not to destroy your child by trying to mold him into some preconceived pattern . </li></ul>Yudhisthir & Bhima: Brothers, who viewed exile differently Caution to Parents
  15. 17. 2. Accept personality differences. <ul><li>Devotees wouldn't </li></ul><ul><li>have gotten along in </li></ul><ul><li>any social setting. </li></ul><ul><li>Some thoughtful, </li></ul><ul><li>some impulsive, </li></ul><ul><li>some zealots, some </li></ul><ul><li>have hard time believing, </li></ul><ul><li>some ultra conservative, some liberal. </li></ul><ul><li>KRISHNA USES ALL. </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>&quot;Accept others just as Krishna accepts you.&quot; I have discovered that people who look up to God, rarely look down on people. If you look up to Krishna, </li></ul><ul><li>you don't look </li></ul><ul><li>down on people </li></ul><ul><li>because you </li></ul><ul><li>realize that He </li></ul><ul><li>made them all. </li></ul><ul><li>Differences are </li></ul><ul><li>not a matter of right or wrong, good or bad. They're just different. Krishna loves differences. </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>“ I learn this truth; as we grow smaller, love of God grows greater. As love of the Lord discovers no upper limit, humility finds no lower.” </li></ul>Great souls yearn to become less and less.” Ravindra Svarup
  18. 20. <ul><li>When you criticize someone else, you are using yourself as a reference point. You're setting yourself up as the standard for all personality. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Generously make allowances for each other because you love each other.&quot; That can save your marriage. Stop trying to change your mate to be like you. Not only be AWARE of differences but ACCEPT those differences . </li></ul>
  19. 21. 3. Appreciate personality differences <ul><li>Boring world without differences. </li></ul><ul><li>Differences provide balance. </li></ul><ul><li>We're all necessary parts of the </li></ul><ul><li>same body. </li></ul><ul><li>To be Krishna Conscious means to </li></ul><ul><li>see the value in each of the differences He's given to people. </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>&quot;Have a profound respect for each other.&quot; How do I appreciate somebody with negative characteristics? Look behind and see a negative character trait is often a positive being misused. </li></ul><ul><li>Hyper critical all the </li></ul><ul><li>time - is just misusing </li></ul><ul><li>the positive characteristic </li></ul><ul><li>of discernment. XXX </li></ul><ul><li>Bossy all the time, is </li></ul><ul><li>misusing responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Impulsive all the time is misusing flexibility. </li></ul>
  21. 23. <ul><li>Look behind the negative and see what is being misused. It just needs to be channeled. Many of your children, rather than trying to change their negative points, help them to realize that properly disciplined and brought under control and directed, can be the source of their very success. </li></ul><ul><li>Next slide is your homework. </li></ul>
  22. 25. <ul><li>In our world, the number of dysfunctional people is increasing. Why? Few have understood or appreciated what Krishna made them to be. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I don't think anybody understands me. I don't think anybody accepts me. I don't think anybody appreciates me.&quot; Krishna does. X </li></ul><ul><li>If you'll commit to Him, He will help you develop the personality He gave you to its greatest potential . </li></ul>
  23. 26. <ul><li>These three words are words we value here at the Krishna temple. We want to have an atmosphere that is AWARE of people's differences, that ACCEPTS people's differences, and that APPRECIATES them and values the diversity. You can have unity in a church without uniformity. You can have differences without division . </li></ul>UNITY IN DIVERSITY
  24. 27. Two Water Pots
  25. 28. Righteous Anger <ul><li>Liberated personalities often apply so-called vices in </li></ul><ul><li>devotional service. </li></ul><ul><li>Hanum an vented his </li></ul><ul><li>anger upon Ravana , the </li></ul><ul><li>enemy of Lord R ama . </li></ul>
  26. 29. <ul><li>Lord K rishna instigated Arjuna to become angry so he would fight the Battle of Kuruk shetra . </li></ul>Lord Chaitanya became angry at Jagai & Madhai
  27. 30. <ul><li>Even anger directed at K rishna be part of devotional service. Once Srimati R adharani was displeased with K rishna  and ordered Her assistants to stop Him from seeing Her at all costs. </li></ul>Radharani
  28. 31. <ul><li>Chanting is a link with God, and we're eternally individual parts of God—whole, complete parts. When you chant, your completeness, your individuality, becomes more manifest. BTG 1977 ! </li></ul>
  29. 32. <ul><li>The Lord explains that all individual persons, including Himself, are eternal individuals. We keep our individuality even after liberation from the bondage of material dress . </li></ul><ul><li>Gita 2/39 </li></ul>Green Bird Green Tree
  30. 33. Personality is Permanent <ul><li>At night we see everything as one in the darkness, but in day, when the sun is up, we see everything in its real identity. Identity with individuality in spiritual life is real knowledge . </li></ul>
  31. 34. “ Liberation involves getting free from the concept of material life; in spiritual life the same distinction is there, the same individuality is there, but in pure Krishna consciousness.” Gita 18/55
  32. 35. <ul><li>We are parts & parcels </li></ul>The Supreme Personality
  33. 37. <ul><li>“ In the Padma Purana there is a statement: &quot;For any person who is chanting the holy names either softly or loudly, the paths to liberation and even heavenly happiness are at once open.&quot; </li></ul>Japa & Kirtan
  34. 38. Krishna Loves Variety Works thru different people in different ways
  35. 39. Complex <ul><li>18,000 character traits </li></ul><ul><li>Mysteries to ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>We misunderstand others </li></ul><ul><li>& they misunderstand us </li></ul>
  36. 40. I’m a mystery to myself What was I thinking? Why do I feel this way? What’s happening to me? You're just you
  37. 41. Personality Classifications <ul><li>MMPI -- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. </li></ul><ul><li>Myers-Briggs Survey. </li></ul><ul><li>Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Hippocrates, 2000 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, Melancholy </li></ul>
  38. 42. Sally Sanguine <ul><li>Have fun, life of the party, story tellers, won’t wear a watch, don’t like rejection </li></ul>Strong personality, likes to be in control, Type A, workaholic, task oriented, mental planner, can be bossy and demanding, make work out of leisure Connie Choleric
  39. 43. Phyllis Phlegmatic <ul><li>Easy going, mellow, indecisive, easily distracted, like easiest & quickest way </li></ul>Melony Melancholy Perfectionist, organized, keep a journal, place for everything,lists & coupons, something goes wrong, it’s my fault, set impossible goals and then feel quilty when they’re not reached, only bargain shop, never go without reservations
  40. 45. Hey, I ordered a veggie burger !
  41. 48. Vedic Personality Index <ul><li>“ According to the three modes </li></ul><ul><li>of material nature and the work </li></ul><ul><li>associated with them, the four </li></ul><ul><li>divisions of human society are </li></ul><ul><li>created by Me. And although I </li></ul><ul><li>am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable.” </li></ul><ul><li>Gita 4/13 </li></ul>
  42. 49. ürdhvam gacchanti sattva-sth madhye tishanti räj jaghanya-guno-våtti-sthä adho gacchanti tämasä <ul><li>“ Those situated in the mode of goodness go upward to the higher planets; those in passion live on the earthly planets; and others go down to the hellish worlds.” </li></ul><ul><li>Gita 14/18 </li></ul>Modes of Nature
  43. 50. <ul><li>“ The laws of karma inform us that negative personality traits such as hostility, cruelty, depression, arrogance, apathy, insensitivity, anxiety, and envy are the psychological harvest of those who directly or indirectly make killing a regular feature in their life. When someone adopts a vegetarian diet, it is much easier for him to remain peaceful, happy, productive, and concerned for the welfare of others.” </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Taste </li></ul>
  44. 51. <ul><li>“ Even a man of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>acts according to his own </li></ul><ul><li>nature, for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>follows the nature he has </li></ul><ul><li>acquired from the three </li></ul><ul><li>modes. What can repression accomplish?” </li></ul><ul><li>Gita 3/33 </li></ul>
  45. 52. <ul><li>trai-gunya-visayä vedä </li></ul><ul><li>nistrai-guno bhavärjuna </li></ul><ul><li>nirdvandvo nitya-sattva-stho </li></ul><ul><li>niryoga-ksema ätmavän </li></ul>The Vedas deal mainly with the subject of the three modes of material nature. O Arjuna, become transcendental to these three modes. Be free from all dualities and from all anxieties for gain and safety, and be established in the self . Gita 18/46
  46. 53. “ By worship of the Lord, who is the source of all beings and who is all-pervading, a man can attain perfection through performing his own work.” Gita 4/13
  47. 54. Krishna in the center
  48. 55. Krishna the Center
  49. 56. <ul><li>The spirit soul’s own eternal personality yearns to express itself, seeks relief from layers of hereditary, cultural, and social conditioning. That eternal spark of divine consciousness, the living soul, is ultimately beyond the body and its genes and conditionings . </li></ul>
  50. 57. Each of us is essentially an eternal spiritual being, and within lies the freedom to kick the habit of material life and its inherent suffering once and for all. Nagaraj BTG Pure Soul
  51. 58. <ul><li>Water in its natural state, before coming in contact with earth, is clear, sweet and unruffled. The characteristic traits of pure consciousness are serenity, clarity, and freedom from distraction. </li></ul><ul><li>SB 2/26/22 </li></ul>Rain Drop - Mud
  52. 59. <ul><li>Krishna wants us back in our relationship with Him. So, when we want to uncover our real selves, He helps. </li></ul>
  53. 60. <ul><li>There are services to the Lord such as hearing about the Lord, chanting His name and His glories, & remembering Him, which are purely on the spiritual platform and are equally available to everyone, regardless of personality. However, when it comes to whether one should manage a temple or a temple garden, be a renunciate or get married, we should look not at what is considered 'best' in theoretical terms, but rather what is best for the individual according to his or her personality. ISKCON Communications 1988 </li></ul>
  54. 61. <ul><li>In its mission to spread pure dharma, service to God, around the globe, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is faced with the challenge of establishing unity in diversity : One absolute spiritual principle must be adapted to the various social and cultural conditions of this relative world. </li></ul>
  55. 62. <ul><li>The one absolute spiritual principle, the transcendental teaching of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, is hari-nama sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. </li></ul>
  56. 63. <ul><li>“ By chanting Krishna ' s holy name, one gets relief from all the miseries of material life. But extinguishing the fire of material existence is only a preliminary consequence. Gradually, love of Godhead becomes the absolute necessity of life, the dark veil of ignorance is lifted, and one gets a glimpse of absolute knowledge. As the devotee advances, he feels ever-increasing spiritual ecstasy overwhelming his heart. This spiritual joy expands at every moment, and eventually inundates him in a tidal wave of Love of Godhead.” </li></ul><ul><li>Renunciation Thru Wisdom </li></ul>
  57. 65. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare