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The body may be beautiful and also the consort,
the glory may be spread far and wide,
the wealth comparable to Mount Meru.

But if there is no devotion to the lotus-feet of the Guru,
then of what use is all this ,
of what use,
what use?

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Every year at the end of the summer season, the cowherds of Vrindavana would offer a great sacrifice to Indra, the king of the gods and the god of rain. This was to propitiate him so that he would send enough rain to make the grass grow for their cattle to feed and not send too much, which would make the Yamuna flood its banks and destroy their settlement. Krishna noticed the preparations and questioned his father about it.

"Every year we make a sacrifice to Indra to show our gratitude," said Nanda.

"What has he done for us for which we should be grateful?" questioned the Lord.

"Hush, child, do not speak like that. You have no respect for the gods. Don't you know that it's Indra who gives us rains? We are cowherds. Our wealth is derived from our cattle. How will our cows thrive without grass and how will grass grow if there is no rain? If Indra is not propitiated, he will not give us rain or he will give too much of it, and where will we be? Without rain, all human efforts are of no use."

Hearing this Krishna replied, "Living beings are born according to their karma and they die according to it also. Karma regulates their attainment of enjoyments and their suffering, fears, and welfare. To creatures who are thus subject to their karma, of what use is an Indra who cannot undo the effects of those karmas? Therefore, it is best to do one's duty as born of one's nature and thus honor karma. That is worship. The three gunas(modes) of Prakriti - sattva, rajas, and tamas - are the basis of the origin, preservation, and dissolution of the universe. By the power of rajas, all places get rain, from which all creatures get food. What has Indra got to do with this? Being a forest tribe, we are always staying in the woods and on hills like the Govardhana. Because of the hill, the rain clouds are stopped and rain falls in Vrindavana, and it's on the grassy slopes of this hill that our cattle graze and grow sleek and fat and yield plenty of milk. So let a variety of edibles be made and let food and gifts be given to all, including the outcasts. Worship the cows with grass and the hill with sacrificial offerings. This is my view, O Father! This will make everyone happy - the cows, the holy men, and myself. If it is acceptable to you, you may follow it."

Nanda had been brought up in the tradition of paying respects to all the ancient gods, such as Indra, Varuna, and others, but he had great faith in the words of his son, who possessed extraordinary powers, as he well knew, so he carried out all Krishna's instructions. On the appointed day, under the Lord's supervision, plenty of butter, milk, and sweets, all his favorite dishes, in fact, were prepared in vast quantities.

"Do not stint on anything, Father," Krishna said teasingly. "When you make an offering to God, it should be the very best that you can afford." In and through the prank he was playing, He was also a teaching them a valuable lesson - to give honor where honor is due and also to give lavishly when giving.

Carrying loads of food, the entire community trudged up the hillside. There they lit the sacrificial fire and worshiped the holy men, the cows, and the mountain itself. To generate faith in their minds, Krishna appeared in a gigantic form, as the spirit of the mountain, and consumed large quantities of the food offerings! No wonder he had asked them to prepare the things he liked best. Then, in his own form as gopala, he prostrated before himself, and turning to others he asked them, "In all the years that you have been giving offerings to Indra, has he ever come personally to accept them?" They shook their heads sadly.

"Now see," said the Lord playfully, "How Govardhana has accepted your offerings in person!"

After this, they circumambulated the hill and then returned to Vraja in a happy mood, after having partaken of the delicious feast.

But Indra was not to be dismissed so easily. He was not going to resign his position and relinquish his accustomed offerings without a struggle. He had listened to Krishna's audacious words to his father and was determined to teach him a lesson and punish the cowherds for their presumption in withholding the sacrifice, which was his due. Thus, he assembled all his weightiest rain clouds and hurled them down with such a force that it rained in Vrindavana as it had never rained before in their memory. Drops as large as buckets came pelting down, hour after hour, day after day, without a moment of intermission. The river began to overflow and the trees to be washed away. It looked as if the little settlement with all the people and the cattle would be swept away in a mighty flood if something was not done immediately. When they found that the onslaught refused to abate despite their tardy prayers to an irate Indra, the terrified cowherds ran to Krishna for help. He calmed their fears and spoke reassuringly to them. "Fear not, I will protect those who trust in me and have no recourse but me."

Telling them to bring their cattle and all their worldly possessions with them, he took them to the Govardhana hill, and then, with the greatest of east, he uprooted the mighty mountain with his tender, boyish hand and held it aloft with one finger as easily as a child would sport with a mushroom! Snugly ensconced beneath this mighty hill, with their cattle and their belongings, the cowherds stayed safely for seven days and seven nights, while the rains lashed down in fury. Thunder crashed and lightening flashed, the winds howled, and the waters poured down in an unending deluge. It resembled the floodwaters at the end of time, for Indra was determined to make them come out of their improvised shelter and beg for mercy. Not even a giant could hold out for so long, thought he, and certainly not a small child like Krishna. Very soon, he will get tired and put down the hill, or it may even come down on him and crush the whole tribe to pulp!

But nothing of the sort seemed to be happening. The gopas, with their usual childlike capacity for living in the present, were having a wonderful time in their improvised shelter. They built a fire to keep themselves warm and brought out their usual games and entertainments, holding wrestling bouts and bullfights, while the gopis danced and sang and gazed adoringly at the Lord. He stood there holding the hill aloft with one hand, sometimes playing the flute with the other, sometimes tickling the necks of the calves who came nuzzling up to him, sometimes joking and laughing with the boys, and never for a moment showing the least sign of fatigue. It was a great holiday for the whole community. They did not have to worry about their usual routine chores and could enjoy the divine presence unhampered by the pressing needs of their daily routine.

At last Indra's stock of water seemed to have been exhausted. The drops seemed to be losing their intensity and soon came to a full stop. Even the wind and thunder seemed to have lost their volume and soon the last howl and rumble died away in the distance. Seeing the sky clear of clouds, Krishna led his entourage out into the open. The land had been ravaged by the rain, but the sun was already coming out, and soon the waters would dry up. The river had began to subside, and the animals came creeping out of their lairs. In the presence of all, the Lord reinstalled the mountain in its original place. The inhabitants of Vraja could not contain their excitement and joy, and all of them threw themselves at the Lord's feet and hailed him to the skies. Indra looked down from his heaven and knew to his fury that a new star had appeared on the firmament that would eclipse him in the years to come.

With pride thoroughly humbled, he decided to go to Krishna and beg his pardon for not having recognized who he was, but he was ashamed to go by himself. He requested the celestial cow, Surabhi, to accompany him. Together, they approached Krishna and prostrated before him, while he stood on the sodden sides of the Govardhana.

Indra said, "Salutations to you, O Krishna! You are the indweller in all beings and the master of all devotees. I seek shelter at your feet, for you are the Lord, teacher, and soul of all beings. Please forgive me!"

Next Shurabhi approached him. "You are the Lord of all that exists. May you deign to be our Indra(king) in the future so that the holy and the innocent may be protected. Allow me to perform the abhisheka(ceremonial bath) for installing you as our king. Verily, you are born to lighten the burden of Mother Earth."

After having extolled him thus, Shurabhi performed the abhisheka to him with her milk. She was followed by Indra, who, with the assistance of the sages, performed the ceremonial installation of the Lord as king of kings by pouring over him the waters of the heavenly Ganga, brought in golden pots by Indra's royal white elephant, Airavata.

To the cries of "Hail Govinda! Hail Govinda!" they installed him as the overlord of all jivas(embodied souls). This incarnation of the Lord had the express purpose of saving all jivas from the wheel of existence, and thus it was fitting that he never again submitted to another coronation ceremony. When Krishna was thus acclaimed as Lord of cows and jivas, it is said that milk started to flow from the udders of all cows and Earth was bathed with their offerings. The rivers began to flow with waters of various delicious tastes, trees began to shed honey, and cereals to grow and mature without any cultivation.

After this fantastic event, the gopas, who had not yet understood the divinity of Krishna, were anxious to know more of the details of his birth. They could not understand how Nanda and Yashoda, who were ordinary cowherds like themselves, could produce such a prodigy. So they went to Nanda and demanded an explanation. Nanda himself did not know much except what sage Gargacharya had told him, and this he divulged to the others.

"Hearken to me, O gopas!" he said. "I will tell you what Gargacharya has told me about the birth and achievements of my son. 'Your son,' he said, 'Will help you to attain higher spiritual evolution. He will enable you to surmount all difficulties and contribute to the happiness of your people and your cattle. Those who love him will have no cause to fear enemies, for he is equal to the Lord Narayana in respect of auspiciousness, fame, prowess, and other great qualities.' Therefore, O gopas, do not be surprised by these exploits, revealing his divinity and majesty."

The gopas who had personally witnessed these feats were delighted to hear of Gargacharya's predictions and started worshiping Krishna as Narayana.

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Don’t hold back your love, your joy, and your exuberance. Only what you give becomes your quality, not what you hold back.

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Strong determination and unwavering faith are the two factors needed for success in everything. Have complete faith in the Almighty. Faith can create miracles.

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If one has faith and obedience to the Guru coupled with knowledge of spiritual principles, vasanas (habitual tendencies) will be quickly destroyed.

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Children, all of spirituality can be put into one word, and that word is shraddha. Shraddha is the unconditional faith that the disciple has in the words of the Master and the scriptures.

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Faith is not an intellectual process. The Master cannot be understood through the mind or intellect. Faith alone is the way.

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Love will swallow you. It will eat you up completely until there is no 'you', and there is only Love. Your whole being will be transformed into love. Spiritual Love culminates in Unity, in Oneness

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When we see Mother Nature as the embodiment of God, we will automatically serve and protect her. If we approach nature with love, it will serve us as our best friend, a friend that won't let us down.

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Mother Earth is serving us; the sun, the moon and the stars all serve us. What can we do in return for their selfless service?

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Meditation increases you vitality
and strengthens your intelligence;
your beauty is enhanced; your
mental clarity and health improve.
You acquire the patience and
fortitude to face any problem in
life. So, meditate! Only through
meditation will you find the treasure
you are seeking.

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There is a child
within everyone.
The desire to search
for this child is felt
by all living beings...

This child like innocence
deep within you is God.

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Consciousness is samsara:
By effort one should purify it.
As is ones consciousness, so one becomes:
That is the eternal secret.

- Maitri Upanishad,

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MAINTAINING THE PRACTICE

The practice of Dharma should bring you to the point where you can maintain the same constant awareness whether in or out of practice sessions.

This is the quintessential point of all spiritual instruction; without it, however many mantras and prayers you recite, however many thousands of prostrations and circumambulations you do, as long as your mind remains distracted none of it will help to get rid of your obscuring emotions. Never forget this most crucial point.

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When an individual dreams, it is called a fantasy. When a group of people dream, it becomes a society. When the universal dreams, it generally passes off as reality. A dream is a certain reality, and reality is a certain dream. The best thing about a dream is, when you wake up, it’s over. So it is with the so-called reality – when you wake up, it’s over. Medically, if we check the parameters of your body in sleep, it is just in a slightly lower state – you could be meditating. So sleep is just a more relaxed state of wakefulness, or wakefulness is a more agitated state of sleep.

Is this some kind of play of words, some kind of entertainment that we can think, “Okay, dream and wakefulness are the same, reality and dream are the same?” It is not so. You know reality only the way your senses interpret it for you. You do not know it the way it is. So what you call “reality” is an interpretation of your mind, what you call “dream” is also an interpretation of your mind. Whatever happens in your mind is another kind of reality. We can call it “psychological reality.” For most people, their dream is far more powerful than their thought process. Unfortunately, they don’t remember most of it.

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What you consider as divine, what you consider as God is essentially that which is the source of creation, isn’t it? If you pay little attention to the creation, whether to a flower or a leaf or an ant, if you just pay enough attention to the ant – I am sure you have not, because they have no orthopedic issues – but if you pay enough attention to a simple ant, it is such a phenomenal mechanism. You can’t find another machine like that. The efficiency with which it moves with those eight legs is an incredible thing.

So if you look at any piece of creation one thing that it smacks of is intelligence of the highest kind, isn’t it? Why is it nobody said ‘God is intelligence’? – people are saying ‘god is love, god is this, god is that’ all these things we are capable of. An intelligence beyond ourselves is what our problem is, isn’t it? Yes or no? Even a dog is very loving. Not just God; we don’t know about God but dogs are very loving, aren’t they? Yes or no? We are giving all the wrong qualities. If you pay attention to the creation you will see whatever is the source of creation – its intelligence is unbeatable, isn’t it? Why is it that nobody ever said ‘God is intelligence?’ Unfortunate, isn’t it?

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O son of Pavan, King of Gods, and
embodiment of auspiciousness,
along with Sri Rama, Laxman and
Sita stay in my heart.


THUS HANUMAN CHALISA ENDS

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Those who recite these 40 verses
will be free from all problems.

Tulsidas will be forever a faithful devotee to Lord Hari.
O Hanuman, do stay in my heart
always,

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Praises and glory to you
O mighty Lord, and be like my
Guru, compassionate and kind.

Whoever chants this prayer
a 100 times will attain freedom
from worldly sorrows and his
happiness sublimes.

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Those who serve you will rejoice
and enjoy all pleasures and won't
need to seek any other Gods in
their hearts.

Cast away all difficulties and pains
of those who revere you, Lord.

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Anyone can become free from the
sorrows of many lives and reach
Lord Rama by praying to you.

By your grace one will enter the
immortal abode of Lord Ram after
death and remain devoted to him.

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You have the power to grant anyone
one of the eight siddhis or of the nine
nidhis by the blessings of Mother
Sita.

You are always ready to serve Lord
Raghupati.

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Your radiance is wide spread all
over the cosmos and acclamation
of your glory is done in all the four ages.

O Mahaveer, the slayer of evil spirits
and protector of saints and sages,
Lord Rama has great affection for you.

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You accomplished all the missions
of Lord Rama, the ruler of all.

All wishes and desires will be
granted to those who come to you
and they will be fruitful in life.

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All diseases and illnesses can be
cured if one chants your name in prayer.

Those who keep Hanuman in their
hearts, in their deeds, in their words,
in their meditation will be kept safe
from all distress and troubles.

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