Think of the Darker Side

Then Duryodhana, first of all he pointed out the military strength of the opposite side. This is intelligence. One should take calculation of the opposing elements or the enemy's side. In fighting the first thing is to take estimation of the enemy's side, how much they are strong, how they have arranged. Then one should calculate how to counteract, how to fight with them, this is intelligence. Without taking any calculation of the other side, if you are not prepared, then how you can become victorious?

This is sane proposal, that is, upayan cintayet prajno apayan ca cintayet.. A prajna, an intelligent man, not only think of the bright side on this business, or this fight, or this any..., so many things we have to deal with. Simply we should not calculate the brighter side. There is darker side also. We should always think, "If there is some thief, if there is some rogue, they cheat us, then what precaution I am going to take?" This is intelligence. If I simply calculate that "In this business I will make so much profit." In the meantime, somebody comes and cheats me and go away, then... Therefore upayan cintayet prajna apayan ca cintayet. Darker side also should be thought of. That is intelligence. Just like they are doing.

After calculating the darker side—enemy means darker side—they can defeat me at any moment. That is darker side.

- Bhagavad-gita 1.6-7 — London, July 11, 1973

Happiness is less than $100,000

LUCKILY the annual Australian Unity wellbeing index – the statistical smile tracker – was released this week, which helped shed some light on this consumerist conundrum.

The what-makes-us-happy report discovered that happiness starts to stall as household income passes $100,000.

According to the authors, once you crack six figures "money loses its ability to reliably raise wellbeing and does not increase in line with increasing income".

Which makes perfect sense. It's a fancy way of describing what I call the economics of enough.

This is when we reach a point where we have enough money to comfortably keep a roof over our heads, food on the table and clothes on our backs.

After achieving this, much of our economic stress and angst is eliminated.

Each dollar thereafter is a sliding scale of diminishing returns, which no amount of stuff can fill.

Read the full article here.

Everything Best

These Krsna conscious boys and girls--in sixty centers--they are living in the best houses. They are eating the best food. They are in the best consciousness. They have got the best hope. Everything best. Their feature of body is best. What material happiness do you want more than this? They have got wife, children, happiness, home--everything full. So material happiness is nothing to a Krsna conscious person. Material happiness will roll at his feet, saying, "Please take me, please take me.' There is no need of asking for it. Simply be steady and ask Krsna, "Please engage me in Your service.' Then your satisfaction will automatically come. Don't bother for material happiness.

(from Srila Prabhupada lilamrta)

"You Forced Krsna..."

Bhagavad-gita 3.27 — Melbourne, June 27, 1974

Devotee (1): In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, it says that Krsna did not want us to come to this material world. If Krsna did not want us to come, why are we here?

Prabhupada: Yes. You forced Krsna to allow you to come. Just like sometimes a child forces his father. Father says, "My dear son, do not do this. Do not go there." But he insists, "Oh, I must go. I must go." "All right, you go at your risk. That's all. And you suffer. What can be done?" Because you are son of God—God has got independence, full independence, almighty—therefore you have acquired the quality of your father. You have got little independence. So God does not interfere with your little independence. If you persist that "I must go and enjoy independently," so God says, "All right, you can go." This is the position. You have to take sanction. That is a fact. But when you persist, God sanctions. And you come and enjoy.

Cool Jayananda Story

From Tapan Misra Dasa (ACBSP)

The San Francisco temple in the late '60s early '70s was situated at 455 Valencia Street in the "Mission district." The area then was a seedy district of flophouse hotels and commercial businesses, now it is an upscale renovated neighborhood. But then it was home to all sorts of miscreants, many of whom frequented the temple. Next door was a giant garage where vehicles were kept and Rathayatra gear was stored between festivals---giant fiberglass Gour Nitai, disassembled Rath carts, and related tools and accessories.

Jayananda worked the garage like a master painter works in oil paint---he was a master. An industrial engineering major at Ohio State, he was very organized and methodical. In the erly 1970s I was his assistant because of my similar mechanical penchant. There were always projects to be doen, one project of his was to build a large wooden tool locker---Jayandanda commented he "really liked just organizing the tools and locker," that was his samadhi. We built it and placed the locker all the way at the back of the garage so it was out of the way.

One day, some work needed to be done and a man showed up at the locked garage door and we let him because he appeared inclined to help with some of the innumerable projects that were always going on. We escorted him to the back of the garage to get some tools. As we got to the back of the garage he began talking some nonsense and threatening us as he became more agitated. So Jayananda and I began to escort him back to the front of the garage and out the door.

Remember, Jayananda was about 6' 2" and I was all of 5' 9" and 120 pounds dripping wet. Things quickly went downhill and Jayananda grabbed the guy's arm to "help him" to the door as he became increasingly uncooperative. In an instant, the guy became violent and in the melee he and Jaynanda tumbled to the motor oil-stained wooden floor into a pile of assorted junk. After a few seconds the guy had turned the tables on Jayananda and was on top of him pummeling him with fists as Jayananda was overcome.

What do you do when the strongest member of your team is overcome? Well, for that instant I was not "Tapan" as Jayananda referred me as, I was someone else as I became enraged that someone was doing this to my"brother" and my friend, what to speak of fellow Vaisnava? I did what I saw----I jumped on top of the guy who had jumped on top of Jayananda and got him in a headlock with my forearm firmly around his throat and began squeezing and pulling as I "held on for dear life."

For what seemed line an eternity nothing changed---Jayandanda was pinned and helpless, I was latched on like a barnacle. But then, the guy weaked just a miniscule amount and Jayananda wriggled free. In a hearbeat Jayananda had subdued the "demon" and had him firmly under his control. We escorted him out of the garage and gave him the boot. We never saw him again.

As we both were recounting the experience and I was telling Jayananda how scared I was and could not do anything but try to free him to take care of the problem, Jayananda said in a jolly tone "Tapan, you saved my life." I didn't think it was that serious until he said that, but if it's true, then it's only fair for how many times Jayananda saved others.

Bhavana CD Cover

Today I did a cd cover for Hari Bhakti's new recording:

Front:

Back:

Richard 'Dork'ins Backlash Video

Interesting how the backlash is developing to the anti-God campaign cooked up by the Dawkin's cult:

Not Ordinary Food

Hrdayananda: ... This food relief program that you started in India could also be used in other countries where there are also economic problems.

Prabhupada: Why not? But prasadam, not ordinary food. From all our centers you can distribute food, prasadam, because that prasadam means they will gradually become Krsna conscious. Otherwise if you give them ordinary food, they will get strength, and they will increase their sex desire, that's all, problems.

- Morning Walk — February 21, 1975, Caracas

Difference Between Smoking Wood and Burning Wood

Prabhupada: ... [I]f you ignite wood for fire, if the wood is dry, the fire takes place immediately, and if it is moist, then it takes time. Only smoke will come. So smoke is not required. The blazing fire required. Then if from the wood, if simply smoke comes you cannot (chuckles) take any work out of it. There is traces of fire. As soon as there is smoke, there is fire, but it is not useful. It is useful for troubling your eyes only. What is smoke?

Smoke means also fire. But you require blazing fire, not smoke fire. So blazing fire takes place if the wood is dry, immediately takes place.

Otherwise, you go on enjoying the smoke. Be satisfied. "When there is smoke, there is fire." But it will not be useful. (chuckling) It will be useful, gradually the wood will dry. It takes long time. Just try to understand this example. You require the flame, not the smoke. But if you are satisfied with the smoke, that is your business. If you simply be satisfied—"The smoke is also fire. Unless there is fire, why the smoke comes?"—that's a good argument, but smoke will not help you. You require the flame. That flame cannot be produced if the wood is wet. Wet means materially contaminated.

... So pure devotional service is flame. All other things are smoke. You must get the flame. Otherwise, your business will not get done.

Room Conversation with Bhurijana Dasa and Disciples — — July 1, 1974, Melbourne

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