Dhanaraj, Balaraj and Ananda

Once upon a time there lived a king in Benaras with 3 sons named Dhanaraj, Balaraj and Ananda.

Suddenly one day the king left his body and the kingdom was seized by the minister.

The minister took charge of the kingdom and cheated the 3 prince by giving them a small house to live in a village which was located outside the kingdom.

Now these three began to contemplate on the situation.

The eldest one asked, “What is the finest thing in the world?”

The youngest one said,  “I dont know?”

The middle one Balaraj said, “Power is the finest thing, the minister would not have snatched our kingdom without power.”

The elder prince disagreed saying, “The finest thing in the world is money. With money we can have power also. I will go to China and return with lots of money.”

Prince Balaraj said,  “I will go to Turkey and raise a big army.”

The brothers decided to meet at the same place after 10 yrs .

Years passed by and one fine day a huge army came from one side and a huge caravan full of gold and jewels came from the other.

They were led by Dhanaraj and Balaraj, both the brothers embraced each other.

Dhanaraj told Balaraj, “I am the richest man in the world. I can bribe your soldiers.”

Balaraj proudly said “My soldiers can loot your money.”

They looked out for their younger brother Ananda. He came out from the small house with a young woman and 2 children.

Dhanaraj and Balaraj asked “Did you find the finest thing in the world?”

Ananda said, “Yes. I have found that contentment is the finest thing in the world, without it power and wealth are all useless.”

The brothers suddenly realized that its true, still they wanted to fight the Minister.

Ananda laughed and told that the Minister died years ago and people wanted to make him the king. But he was too contented to leave. So, all their efforts had been in vain.

Here we see that the youngest prince Ananda was happy with whatever he had and thus was living peacefully.

Moral of the story.

If you are happy with whatever you have, i.e. you are content with what you have there is no regrets. Then there is no desire and if there is no desire, you will be peaceful.

Here is the verse from the shastras which says:

santosha trishu kartavyah svadhaare bhojane dhane
santosha trishu na kartavyah svaadhyaah japa dhaanayoh

“One should be always satisfied with these three things:
1) their spouse
2) the food
3) the amount of wealth they obtained.

One should never be satisfied with these three things:

1) the amount of scriptural study
2) the amount of chanting
3) amount of charity they perform

We always want to accumulate wealth for future, want to build a house, take up life insurance policies and what not.

Every one tries to possess more and more. How much ever we endeavor we shall get only that which is in our prarabdha.

Lord is taking care of our needs right from the time we are in our mothers womb. As soon as the child comes out mothers body is filled with milk. Still we try to make all arrangements. This is because we don’t have faith in him.

Hare Krishna

And so Britain’s slow exit begins…

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Today is the day Britain begins its two year period of exiting from the European Union, the official beginning of what has been termed ‘Brexit.’ The country is surprisingly divided over our immanent departure from what started out as a trading partnership in 1973, and then gradually became ever more a state of monetary, legal and political union.

Perhaps its because of that creeping amalgamation of Britain into a European super-state, a situation that our forbears didn’t sign up for, that a majority of British people felt uncomfortable and wanted out. It was a slim majority, but a majority nonetheless.

To my American friends: Brexit is nothing like Texit, the idea of Texas leaving the union of the states of America. When your forbears signed documents to create the USA, they knew they were creating a political union – one nation with no national borders between the states. When Britain signed up there was no such agreement.

So today the exit begins.

 

Keep the fire going…

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 July 2010, Japa Talks)

The current temple of Lord Jagannatha in Puri is 800 years old and during that time, the fire in the kitchen of the Lord has never gone out. In the same way, we must keep the fire of our bhajan going and make sure it never goes out. Every day we must throw big logs of: worshipping the deities, serving and hearing from the vaisnavas, and chanting the Hare Krsna mahamantra. Then that fire will burn forever and increase and increase – let us just add more fuel as much as we can to the fire of pure devotional service!

 

The Walking Monk 2017-03-28 23:14:00

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Toronto, Ontario
Mitch’s Class
Mitch is a high school teacher from Etobicoke, and he brings his Grade 12 class every year to our ashram.  They came with their curiosity while visiting various spiritual institutions on a field trip for the day.
I sensed they liked their hour or so in the temple portion of our facility.  Mitch told me that one of the girls in the group could walk on her hands.  She, born of Delaware-Cree parents, succeeded in doing just that, at my request, during our exercise in kirtan.  Tony, and two other male students—I didn’t catch everyone’s names—got into their own freelance dance inside our formed circle.  Mitch also took a turn, dancing in that circle.
The class had lots of questions on a philosophical note.  I try to keep everything rather interactive during these sessions.  The students were handed flower petals, and, after chanting mantras together, strew them at the feet of Srila Prabhupada’s murti(statue), a daily traditional practice found in Vaishnava temples around the world.
I noticed the group was diverse in ethnic background, and intelligent and attractive, physically.  They looked like models, a good percentage of them.  Ultimately what’s in the heart is important and to that end, we need to reorganize its beauty.
One chap asked about dealing with the sex urge and briefly I expressed that we have to learn to resist, and that every time there’s some excitement, we must consider time, place and circumstance.  A word of advice was, “Before you are intimate with someone be good and ready—psychologically, economically, etc.  Be ready to take care of the person for a lifetime.”
May the Source be with you!
7 km


The Walking Monk 2017-03-28 23:14:00

Friday, March 24th, 2017
Toronto, Ontario
From the Phone
I did a bit of telephone reception today.  People call in for darshan times.  “What time is the temple open?” is a rather standard question.  They wish to know when they can see God.
The callers are mostly members of the East Indian community.  Engrained in the culture of India is the desire to have a viewing of the icons of Krishna, Shiva, Ganesh and so on.  These images serve as focal points for people.  Let’s call them deities.  Those deities are tangible images in which to channel thoughts desires and wishes.  They have a power invested within that emanates from their very presence when approached in the proper mood and spirit.
The mood we are talking about is the mood of humility.  Humility is often the most difficult emotion to invoke in ourselves.  To feel humble is to feel moments of truth.  In reality, we are small in comparison to the universe and the entire creation itself.
I explained to some students the other day that I like walking because whether its trees, mountains, the vast prairie or even buildings, I am, in their midst, relatively tiny.  I sometimes view these creations, whether compiled by man or nature, as deities.  I feel comfortable in either environments and that, of course, includes being before the deities of Krishna.
It is an important and compelling part of the day when I stand or dance and sing before the deity.  I am moved to be humble and free.

May the Source be with you!

God is Great, and God is Good

Today God is great, good, and beautifulI had a simple but profound realization: God is great, and God is good. If he were good but not great, He could not help us fully. And if He were great but not good, He could harm us. But He is great, and He is good, and He is always mindful of all the infinite living entities. These thoughts brought to mind a verse Srila Prabhupada often quoted from the Katha Upanishad (2.2.13):

nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam
eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman

“He is the prime eternal among all eternals. He is the supreme conscious being among all conscious beings. And He alone is supplying all the desired necessities of life for the many other living beings.”

I had heard these words before, but today they came to life. Now I pray to always remember the good, great Supreme Godhead and serve Him with gratitude and appreciation. As the same verse in the Katha Upanishad continues,

tam pitha-gam ye ’nupasyanti dhiras
tesam santih sasvati netaresam

“The wise souls who worship Him in His abode attain everlasting peace. Others cannot.”

Hare Krishna.

—Giriraj Swami

Who were we in our past life?

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2010, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture)

Who were we in our past life? Ever thought about that. Maybe we were already devotees in our last life and blew it up so we have come back again; it’s possible. On the other hand, it might also have been that we were a worm and some vaisnava spat and it landed on our head and by that we attained human birth now and our devotional service has begun. It could also have been that we were a rat in our last life and somehow or other ate some prasadam and that is why we still have a rat like mentality!