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somethings in life are useful.
December 31, 2007, 3:57 am
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In one dirgha breath I say…….
Today, in two different confirmations, I realized that anything that happened to me in life will be referenced in service. Specifically as a “teacher” any attempts for purification or any struggles I travel through will be referenced to assist others who go through he same difficulties. I am now more eager to conquer those most formidable enemies, push my edges, break through barriers, and to compassionately self observe myself so I can have the realizations to share with others on the same path. You know, like that Gandhi story about the sugar, the boy, and the weeks worth of time before Mahatma said, “boy, stop eating sugar.”

Today, Naren Prabhu, Chase Prabhu and I went to Sri Venkateshvara temple in Pittsburgh and had special darshan of the Lord’s flower outfit. I spent alot of time with Sri Andal devi. She was easily approachable. This is a photo which I illegally took to show all of you. This is the month where she is culturally honored.

http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/alvars/andal/


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Pretend I just called you….
December 28, 2007, 11:17 pm
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Pretend I just called you and you ask how I’m doing and I blurt out with an uncontrolled tongue….

Ive been in New Vrindaban for a week. Seven days in New Vrindaban makes one weak. I have not eaten one fresh vegetable or fruit since Ive been here. No salads nothing alive(if you are what you eat does that make me dead or fried). Ive eaten more wonderfully fried and sugary delectables than I ever could imagine. Not because I am a glutton but because those are my options. Fasting seems like a wonderful alternative. Water is the freshest thing I get here. Its bottled and shipped in from another state. I did get the inside scoop though, Jaya Prabhupada our resident cowboy has an amazing spring on his land. He is going to start refilling my bottles. I don’t mean to sound negative but its true. I feel sleep deprived and physically tired. Waking up at 4, dressing the deities, morning program, yoga, cooking rajbhoga, and eating lunch. By 1 pm I’m a dead guy. Then I have to try to chant my rounds, work on various projects which need to get done asap, reading and preparing lectures, and talking to every friend devotee which I haven’t seen in a month or longer and each asks, “how are you doing? you look tired.” Then somehow or another if there is any energy left in this little body I put my ipod in my ears and start to sweep and mop the hallways. Then between 10:30pm and midnight I lay my head on my yoga mat and try to sleep. Today I woke up for mangal aarti but didn’t go down stairs. I just hid in my room and chanted not feeling up to playing mridanga and singing any songs. I didn’t leave the ashram until 12:30 when I went to see the cows and wash my clothes. I took pictures of potential spots for the desired Yoga studio and analyzed the possibilities of converting the Santee House into a sustainable eco house and cafe. Then I ate really spicy pasta, hung my clothes on the line, spoke with Gauranga Kishore Prabhu who had great news for me from Mumbai, taught Kamalavati how to edit movies(she did a great job!), ate some mahaprasad brownies and cashews with Soma Prabhu, mopped and swept the hallways(hope no one slips and dies), now I’m speaking to you. The conch shell is about to blow and I should go since I havent attended any temple functions today. Im not the best example wearing my dickies and hoodie, but it is a sure way to get out of having to give class to our guests when you are not in the mood of being a sadhu(or pretending to be).

by the way, Sri Sri Radha Vridaban Chandra are so beautiful they are waiting for you to come and see them.



An Expert Presentation about Your Life!
December 27, 2007, 10:40 pm
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Gita Jayanti!
December 19, 2007, 2:06 pm
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I hope all of you have a great Gita Jayanti. Im taking the “Chinese Bus” tomorrow after early morning Bikrams from Philly to NYC. I’ll visit Eddie Sterns Ashtanga Yoga Studio to assist with their Gita Jayanti celebration.

http://www.ayny.org/puja.php

The studio cares for two altars. Sri Ganesha is cared for by Eddie Stern and Sri Sri Radha Damodar is cared for by HG Kaustubha Prabhu. Since both the Transcriber and the Speaker of Bhagavad Gita reside in the studio they are holding a nice celebration in honor of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. There is word that both HG Vaishesika Prabhu and HG Dravida Prabhu will be there. If anyone is in the NYC area please stop in!

Recently I have been in great appreciation for the New Translation of Bhagavad Gita by Garuda Prabhu(ACBSP). I highly recommend it for personal reading and gift giving. The essays in the back are very enlightening. Purchase it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Bhagavad-Gita-Beloved-Lords-Secret/dp/0060754257/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198074245&sr=1-1

If you are looking for music to inspire you or someone else to read Bhagavad Gita purchase the song “Sojourn of Arjuna” from Bela Fleck via the Itunes Store.

http://www.apple.com/search/ipoditunes/?q=bela+fleck+sojourn+of+arjuna



a slideshow
December 18, 2007, 12:23 am
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I guess every three months I will post something.
December 17, 2007, 2:10 pm
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This is a picture of a picture of HH Radhanath Swami. Soon I hope to post pictures and stories of my recent travels and study of Yoga(asana) on the East coast over the past month. The picture has its origin in my life on the very day that I left New Vrindaban for my December travels. A close friend sent me a gift package with a yoga bag, a bead bag, some organic candy and this picture of Maharaja which was nicely framed. As I left the mail man came and he had the package! It was a nice blessing while I hit the road alone and nervous as to what laid in store. Maharaja so lovingly(tolerating my quick turns and singing out loud) accompanied me for the last thousand miles of travel. Im in Philly now sweating to Bikrams Yoga and chilling with my brother. Ill head back to New V on Saturday after a short trip to see the family in DC area. I now have a laptop computer so I have little to no excuse for not writingwithin from now on. Keep a look out!