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B.T. Swami's Words of Wisdom & Updates...

Monday
Feb062012

Real Preaching

Real preaching is through example. Speaking the philosophy without honestly being an example of the message falls into the category of karma-kanda according to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta. A proper devotee’s vacana (speech) should be in line with his pracara (behavior), and his sadacara (good behavior) ultimately is his real preaching. Transcendental knowledge cannot be taught or accepted mechanically. By engaging one’s senses in devotional activities, one begins to acquire causeless knowledge.

..from Reflections on Sacred Teachings - Volume Five: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's  Sixty-four Principles for Community, Principle 23

Friday
Jan272012

Accepting Glorification

It is very materialistic when we have people in the devotee community who so eagerly want to get credit for their activities, and who so eagerly want to claim responsibility. Whenever Srila Prabhupada received glorification, he would react in the opposite way by giving all the credit to his spiritual master. He would explain how any successes he had achieved simply resulted from his loyal adherence to the instructions of his spiritual master. On the other hand, materialistic people and neophytes are so quick to let everyone know that they are the ones. Some people are so much into glorification that they get disturbed when they do not get enough praise. Therefore, when a little praise does come, they wonder why it took so long. When people get their Nobel prizes, their Oscars, their degrees, they say, “It’s about time. They should have given it to me last year. Even though I had the best performance last year, at least they
gave it to me this year.”

...from Reflections on Sacred Teachings - Volume Five: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's  Sixty-four Principles for Community, Principle 5

Wednesday
Jan252012

Sins and Offenses

When someone accidentally deviates due to overwhelming circumstances, the deviation is considered to be a sin. However, if the person continues acting defiantly even after recognizing
their improper behavior, it then turns into an offense. On the other hand, if the devotee feels regret and has sufficient sincerity, he or she will not fall prey again. In some cases, a devotee may have sufficient knowledge to recognize an improper action but may still act improperly due to their desires. If the devotee then tries to counteract their sinful action by chanting extra rounds or engaging in some other type of prayascitta, he commits the seventh offense which is to sin on the strength of chanting the holy name. We cannot receive forgiveness from an offense simply by chanting ten extra rounds or undergoing some general type of austerity. There must be a sufficient change in consciousness. Furthermore, if we offended a specific person, we must humble ourselves and beg for forgiveness along with the change of consciousness. Otherwise we will still carry the effect of the offense with us.

...from Reflections on Sacred Teachings - Volume Three: Harinama Cintamani Chapter 9

Monday
Jan232012

The Dreaded "Isms"

Lord Caitanya, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, and Srila Prabhupada himself were all against excessive body consciousness, which manifests as racism, castism, brahmanism, and sahajiyaism. Castism is a belief in social hierarchy based on birth in a particular family. Brahmanism is the idea that only those born in families of brahmanas are actually qualified to serve as priests. Sahajiyaism refers to people who are presumptuous and artificial in their spiritual expressions. These distortions of Vedic culture can cause spousal abuse and improper care of women. It can cause the men to dominate in an unhealthy way, which produces depression, dysfunctional patterns, and distress. Too much stress also has ways of affecting the physical body, leading to disease. Many women on the planet are experiencing cancer, heart disease, or diabetes due to problems within the family that create stress in the mind and affect the physical body. This often results from the exploitation and abuse of women justified by an improper understanding of ancient cultures and religions.

..from Spiritual Warrior IV: Conquering the Enemies of the Mind, Chapter 5