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    Religion is what a person does in his solitariness.

    - Alfred North Whitehead. (via quotedojo) -

    April 22, 2014


    Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakura (a great Vaishnava Acarya in the disciplic succession) in his book Bhaktyaloka, a portion of which reads as follows.

    "Each and every gradual step has different prescriptions and prohibitions.
    Whenever a living entity steps to one level and stays there, he is obliged to follow the prescriptions and prohibitions of that step. By following those enjoined prescriptions and prohibitions, one becomes eligible to attain the next step. If one is unable to attain the next step, he falls down to a lower step. This is called degradation.”

    Universally, when one acts beyond one’s level of advancement (or adhikara) the result is degradation. This degradation commonly manifests as two formidable enemies — pride and envy.

    - Enquire about absolute truth -

    April 22, 2014


    Setiap orang yang lahir di dunia ini memiliki kesempatan yang berbeda, dalam banyak hal. Dan sungguh, sangat tidak bijaksana jika kita saling membandingkan dan mengukur kesempatan orang lain dengan kesempatan yang kita miliki.

    Kesempatan yang kita miliki saat ini, lihatlah dengan lebih teliti. Apakah kita mengambilnya dan berperan baik di sana atau justru hanya melihat atau menyesali dan sibuk membandingkan dengan kesempatan orang lain. Atau jika kita sedang memiliki kesempatan besar lalu begitu rendah memandang orang lain yang tidak memiliki kesempatan sebaik kita.

    - Bhajananandi-Tulaasi Sudama Das -

    April 20, 2014


    All the äcäryas, sästras and mahäjanas have
    said, saralatä ei vaisnavatä, “simplicity is
    vaisñavism.” One who is a real vaiñëava is as
    simple as a child.

    - Bindu 002 -

    April 20, 2014


    Janaka Maharaja’s Visit to Hell

    April 20, 2014

    Janaka Maharaja is the father of Sita and a great devotee of Lord Ramachandra. It is described in Srémad Bhägavatam (6.3.20) that he is one of the twelve great authorities on religious principles in this universe. The following story from Padma Puräëa (pätälakhaëòa 18.31-77) of how Janaka Maharaja once visited hell illustrates the supreme potency of the holy name and the association with saintly persons.

    Lord Ananta Sesa once narrated a wonderful account of how King Janaka visited the abode of Yamaraja. After a long life, Janaka Maharaja gave up his body through the process of yoga. A divine airplane decorated with many bells descended and Janaka Maharaja boarded it. On the way the airplane came near to the abode of Yamaraja, the lord of death. There, sinners were suffering punishment in millions of hells. When the wind that had touched the body of Janaka came to them they felt great joy and their misery disappeared. Then those persons, oppressed by sins, wanting to keep Janaka’s association, began to lament. They spoke piteously to Janaka Maharaja, “O blessed one. Please do not leave. We who are greatly tormented are feeling happy due to contact with the breezes that have touched your body. Hearing their words, the very righteous king became filled with pity and thought to himself, “If due to the touch of the breezes that have touched my body I am bringing some happiness to the residents here, then I will stay in this place. This is heaven for me.” Thinking like this, the king stayed there by the gateway to hell. After some time, Yamaraja himself, who inflicts severe torment upon sinners, came to that gateway. There he saw Maharaja Janaka, full of mercy and a doer of great meritorious deeds, standing by the doorway.

    Yamaraja smiled and said to Janaka, “O king! You are sarva-dharma-siromani — the crest jewel of piety. Why have you come here? This is a place for wicked sinners who cause harm to others. Men like you who perform meritorious deeds do not come to this place. Only those persons who deceive others, who are engaged in criticizing others, and who are intent on stealing others’ wealth come here. A man who abandons a religious wife who is serving him without fault comes here. One who, out of greed for wealth, deceives his friend, comes here and receives intense punishment from me.” Yamaraja then said, “Those persons who do not remember Lord Ramachandra with their mind, words, or deeds I throw into hell and have boiled.Those who have remembered the Lord of the Goddess of fortune leave the sufferings of hell and quickly go to Vaikuntha.

    “O very intelligent king, my servants, unable to even look at persons like you, bring those who are great sinners. Therefore you should leave this place and go enjoy many pleasures. Enter the excellent airplane and go reap the fruits of the religious merits you have earned.”

    Hearing the words of Yamaraja, with great compassion Janaka replied, “O Lord, out of pity on these beings I shall not go to Vaikuntha. Although situated in this place, they are feeling some comfort due to the breezes blowing past my body. If you release all of these persons living in hell then I shall be happy and will proceed to Vaikuntha.” Hearing the words of Janaka, Yamaraja pointed out to him each of those living in hell and said:

    “This one had sex with his friend’s wife that had confided in him, therefore I am having him roasted on an iron stake for thousands of years. Afterwards he will be born as a pig. Then when he again takes birth in a human body he will be a eunuch. This one repeatedly raped the wife of another man. Therefore he will be roasted in the hell known as raurava for a hundred years. This wicked one stole the wealth of others and enjoyed it. Therefore, having cut off his hands, I shall cook  him in puss and blood. This one did not honor or welcome, even with words, a guest who had come to him, oppressed by hunger. He will be dropped into the tämisra hell, which is full of fire. There, bees will torment him for a hundred years.

    ayaà tavaà parasyoccair nindäà kurvanna lajjitaù

    ayam apyaçåëot karnau prerayan bahuçasta täm

    “This shameless person loudly criticized another. This one here, with great interest, listened to that criticism many times. Therefore these two have fallen into a dark well.

    “This one, who deceived his friend, is being roasted in the hell known as raurava. After making all of these persons eat the fruit of their sins, I shall release them. O best among men who have accumulated vast amounts of religious merit, please leave this place.” Having pointed out the sinful persons, Yamaraja became quiet. With his eyes full of tears, Janaka, the great devotee of Lord Rama, said, “Tell me, how can these miserable beings quickly be set free from hell and attain happiness?” Yamaraja replied, “These persons have never worshiped Lord Vishnu. They have never listened to the transcendental accounts of the Lord’s activities. How then can they be free from hell? O great king, if you desire to release them, even though they are great sinners, then give them the following religious merit possessed by you: Once, upon getting up in the morning, you meditated with a pure heart upon Lord Raghunatha [Ramachandra], who is known as mahä-päpa-haräbhidhaù — the remover of great sins. Give them the religious merit which you obtained that morning when with a pure heart you uttered, “Rama, Rama.” Obtaining that merit, they will get freedom from hell.”

    Hearing these words of the intelligent Yamaraja, the great king Janaka gave those persons the religious merit obtained by him from his birth. Janaka said, “Let these persons be released from hell due to the religious merit earned by me from birth by the worship of Raghunath.” As soon as he said this, those persons dwelling in hell immediately were freed from their suffering condition and obtained divine bodies. They said to King Janaka, “O king, by your favor in one moment we have been freed from miserable hell and will now go to the highest position, paramaà padam.” Seeing those now-effulgent persons freed from hell, Janaka Maharaja, who desired the welfare of all living beings, was very pleased in his mind. All those persons praised the great king Janaka, the very treasure-house of compassion, and went to the spiritual world.

    — Translated from the Navabharat Publishers

    edition of Padma Puräëa , Calcutta, 1402 jyeñöha .


    Ya…… kekurangan saya adalah ketulusan hati, kerendahan hati, sabar, dan toleransi, tidak ada yang salah jika Krsna berkata “Orang yang selalu menyembah-Ku dengan bhakti tanpa tujuan yang lain dan bersemadi pada bentuk rohani-Ku. Aku bawakan apa yang dibutuhkanya, dan Aku memelihara apa yang dimilikinya. Bg 9.22. saya pantas mendapatkan semua yang disebut cobaan ini… Sadari…. ya… Tuhan hanya memberi… ….
    “wealth of vaisnava is their qualities”… ketika kita coba dalami cobaan yang kita alami selama ini. kita akan menemukan dalam hidup bahwa semua berperan membakar pribadi buruk kita, dan pukulan-pukulan yang manis yang disebut bencana maupun cobaan itu hanya berperan membentuk hati besi ini menjadi bentuk yang lebih baik.

    - Bhajananandi-Tulasi Sudama Das -

    April 19, 2014


    For ordinary religious persons, whatever contradicts the principles of religion is sin. For devotees of the Supreme Lord, however, everything which stands in the way of pure devotional service is sin.

    - Shrila Sanatana Goswami, Brihad-Bhagavatamrita 2.7.124 purport -

    April 19, 2014


    Rasa Marah.
    - Tertekan dengan otoritas yang tidak mengerti kesulitan yang kita alami.
    - Merasa sulit untuk mengubah diri dari keadaan yang dia dapatkan.
    - Merasa bosan dengan sikap berpura-pura yang selama ini tidak didapatkan, kebutuhan apresiasi yang tidak terwujud membuat seseorang marah dan kecewa. Setelah berapa lama melakukan kebaikan tak kunjung semua yang baik datang.
    - Lingkungan yang selalu mencibir dia.
    - Tidak dapat keluar dari tembok pengekangan yang dibuat dirinya sendiri.

    - Bhajananandi-Tulasi sudama Dasa -

    April 18, 2014


    Perselisihan, salah paham biasanya terjadi karena kebenaran yang berusaha ditutupi, atau yg lainnya mendengar untuk menjawab bukan menerima.

    - Bhajananandi-Tulasi Sudama Das -

    April 18, 2014


    According to the injunction of Yajnavalkya, an authority on religious principles, asuddheh sampratiksyo hi mahapataka-dusitah. One is considered contaminated by the reactions of great sinful activities when one has not been purified according to the methods of the dasa-vidha-samskara. In Bhagavad-gita, however, the Lord says, na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah: [Bg. 7.15] “Those miscreants who do not surrender unto Me are the lowest of mankind.” The word naradhama means “nondevotee.” Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also said, yei bhaje sei bada, abhakta-hina [Cc. Antya 4.67], chara. Anyone who is a devotee is sinless. One who is not a devotee, however, is the most fallen and condemned. It is recommended, therefore, that a chaste wife not associate with a fallen husband. A fallen husband is one who is addicted to the four principles of sinful activity — namely illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. Specifically, if one is not a soul surrendered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he is understood to be contaminated. Thus a chaste woman is advised not to agree to serve such a husband. It is not that a chaste woman should be like a slave while her husband is naradhama, the lowest of men. Although the duties of a woman are different from those of a man, a chaste woman is not meant to serve a fallen husband. If her husband is fallen, it is recommended that she give up his association. Giving up the association of her husband does not mean, however, that a woman should marry again and thus indulge in prostitution. If a chaste woman unfortunately marries a husband who is fallen, she should live separately from him. Similarly, a husband can separate himself from a woman who is not chaste according to the description of the sastra. The conclusion is that a husband should be a pure Vaisnava and that a woman should be a chaste wife with all the symptoms described in this regard. Then both of them will be happy and make spiritual progress in Krsna consciousness.

    - »> Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.11.28 -

    April 14, 2014


    Merasa diri jatuh, rendah, lemah, dan tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa dengan semua hal ini… sangat berserah diri kepadaNya… Catat !!! Ini sebenarnya hari yang paling jujur yang pernah kita lalui dalam hidup ini..

    - Bhajananandi-Tulasi Sudama Das -

    April 14, 2014


    Keseriusan anda hanya diukur dari seberapa teratur anda melakukan kegiatan tersebut. Apa kiat dan usaha yang kita tempatkan untuk meraihnya. Jika jatuh…. bangun kembali.. berusaha.. jatuh.. bangun.. kembali… Seseorang yang kuat bukan dia yang tidak pernah jatuh, tetapi seseorang yang tetap bangun kembali setelah kesekian kalinya dia terjatuh menggapai harapanya dalam sadhana, belajar, maupun pelayanan

    - Bhajananandi-Tulasi Sudama Das -

    April 14, 2014


    April 14, 2014


    Pada saat kepala terasa berat dengan semua urusan ini, cobaan, dan masalah ini..… jatuhkan… bersujud.. dandavat-lah… memohon, berserah diri dan berdoalah… semua akan berjalan lebih baik

    - Bhajananandi-Tulasi Sudama Das -

    April 13, 2014


    Jika tindakan anda menginspirasi org lain untuk berubah, belajar lebih, berlaku lebih dan menjadi lebih. Maka anda memimpin dan anda adalah sesungguhnya pemimpin itu.

    - Bhajananandi-Tulasi Sudama Das -

    April 13, 2014