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Live your life as it comes, but alertly, watchfully, allowing everything to happen as it happens, doing the natural things the natural way, suffering, rejoicing - as life brings. This is a way.

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' Verses on the Faith Mind '

The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. When neither like nor dislike arises, all is clear and undisguised. Separate by the smallest amount, however, and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth.
If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.

When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized, the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail. The Way is perfect as vast space is perfect, where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.

Indeed, it is due to our grasping and rejecting that we do not know the true nature of things. Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in ideas or feelings of emptiness. Be serene and at one with things and erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

Don't waste your time in arguments and discussion attempting to grasp the ungraspable. Each thing reveals the One, the One manifests as all things.
To live in this Realization is not to worry about perfection or non-perfection. To put your trust in the Heart-Mind is to live without separation, and in this non-duality you are one with the Life-Source.

Words! Words! The Way is beyond language, for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today.

- Seng-Tsan, Third Zen Patriarch ~

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The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. When neither like nor dislike arises, all is clear and undisguised. Separate by the smallest amount, however, and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth.
If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized, the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail. The Way is perfect as vast space is perfect, where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our grasping and rejecting that we do not know the true nature of things. Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in ideas or feelings of emptiness. Be serene and at one with things and erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
Don't waste your time in arguments and discussion attempting to grasp the ungraspable. Each thing reveals the One, the One manifests as all things.
To live in this Realization is not to worry about perfection or non-perfection. To put your trust in the Heart-Mind is to live without separation, and in this non-duality you are one with the Life-Source.
Words! Words! The Way is beyond language, for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today.

- Seng-Tsan, Third Zen Patriarch ~

' Verses on the Faith Mind '

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'There is a Cosmic energy that fills this Universe, and there is
an energy that fills you. Spirituality is all about establishing a live connection between the Cosmic energy and the energy in you.
When your individual consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness, you become enlightened.'

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Living in resentment is as violent as planting a bomb. The difference is just that the violence happens within you.

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With the infinite universes as our home, everything is a single family. Everything is equal and everything is perfect and complete.

And our original buddha nature makes us replete with perfect wisdom and virtue. It would hardly do justice even if everything throughout the universes joined in a single voice to sing praise at the sight of this loftiness and magnificence.

The twinkling stars in the sky and the rolling waves on the clear blue sea are all our siblings. There isn't a soaring bird or crawling bug, ferocious beast or gentle creature that isn't family. Tiny mice and crafty cats, slithering snakes and frolicking frogs all live in the same home as single family, and it is a scene that is magnificent to behold.

One of the great historical heroes of the West, Napoleon wound up alone in a distant sea; and Chin Shi Huangdi, the builder of the first Great Wall of China who was determined
to rule forever, soon wound up as nothing more than a flickering candle.

To those of you who foolishly run about with dreams of great
riches and power, open the eye of the heart and take a look at your original buddha nature.

The Buddha is Confucius father, and Confucius is the Buddha’s father. You can find Jesus in Lao Tzu and Lao Tzu in Jesus. They are all a harmonious family in which there is no room for bickering and arguing.

Ven.Tong Songchol (1912~1993), also SeongCheol, one of the great Zen masters in the last century was also called the ‘Living Buddha of Korea’

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So, you want to be still, but you are alive and kicking! To bring this life to a certain state of stillness, one must completely dissociate with the activity of the mind. Physiological activity is not a problem — we can still that very easily — it is the psychological structure that is active. You need to understand this, the advantage that the body has over the mind is that even if you keep the body still, it exists. But if the mind becomes still, it does not exist. So, the mind will not let you become still, it will do many things unless you are entirely dissociated with the nature of your mind.

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"Listen! Listen! Measuring your life with exponential logic is what I call illusion’. Because I did not experience Shivoham yesterday, tomorrow also I may not, is ‘illusion’. Yesterday does not make tomorrow. Whoever believes yesterday makes tomorrow is not living. They are called ‘dumbos’! Whoever makes today, whoever understands today makes tomorrow, only they live. Blessed are those who believe, cognize, today makes tomorrow. Fools are those who believe yesterday makes tomorrow."

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Please understand, every tiredness is conflict in your beliefs. Every boredom is contradiction in your beliefs. Every dullness, dumbness, stupidity is “entertained dilemma” about life. Understand? Every boredom is “entertained dilemma”. Please understand, not “natural dilemma”, but “entertained dilemma”. The dilemma which you consciously entertain is the source of boredom. Whenever you feel bored, look in; you must be entertaining dilemma consciously. Complete with that; the boredom will die! Whenever you are tired, look in; you must be entertaining consciously the conflicting patterns. Complete with that; you will be free! Tiredness and boredom is nothing but “cherished stupidity”.

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Whether we live in a cave or in a palace, in the forest or on a mountaintop, in water or in fire, there is no difference. He who has entrusted himself into your keeping, O Lord, will ever be protected by you. As the akola seed returns to the tree at night, as the iron filings rush to the magnet, as the faithful wife never deserts her husband in good and bad times, as the creeper clings to the tree and the river rushes to the ocean, so let my mind run to thee, O Lord, and stay there Forever.

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On the day when libations with soma juice were made, Yudhishtira personally proceeded to honor the sacrificial priests. Vyasa made the announcement that thereafter Draupadi would be the emperors wife alone and that they would have no physical relationship in future. The other four brothers would have to revere them as parents. They bowed in assent. The coronation of the emperor and empress was now performed on a grand scale. At the end of the ceremony came the Arghya Puja, or worship of the noblest person present.

Yudhishtira had already decided in his own mind that Krishna alone was fit for that honor, but since there might be a difference of opinion among the rest, he asked his youngest brother, Sahadeva, who was noted for his wisdom, to speak up. Without hesitation, Sahadeva said, "The worshipful Lord Krishna, the protector of all devotees, alone is worthy of this honor. This entire cosmos is his manifestation. The whole universe is his form. By his grace alone, the goals of dharma, artha, kama, and moksha can be achieved. What is the doubt, therefore, that he alone should be worshiped as the foremost among the honored guests? By so doing, we shall be worshiping all beings, including ourselves. A tree may be very large, O King, with many branches, spreading in many directions, some filled with flowers, some with fruits, and some with leaves. In fact, the branches and leaves may be so numerous that our attention may be caught by them alone. But when the time comes to water the tree, does anyone doubt where the water should be poured? Therefore, if you wish the fruits of your sacrifice to be without end, offer the Arghya Puja to Krishna, the soul of all, the perfect, the supremely peaceful one, in whose eyes nothing is different from himself."

Yudhishtira was very pleased by this speech of his wise young brother. The Lord is the root from which the variegated tree of the world has sprouted and spread. What doubt, then, that his feet should be washed in the final puja(worship ceremony)?

Bhishma, the grandsire of the Kurus, now added,"In this great and glorious assembly, Krishna shines as the one sun in the midst of his multitudinous rays. Without him, the hall will lose its luster. He alone deserves the honor."

The sage Vyasa promptly endorsed this and declared Krishna to be God incarnate. So everything was prepared for the Arghya Puja. The Lord was seated on a jeweled throne, and Yudhishtira, accompanied by his brothers and Draupadi, came forward with gem-studded golden pots containing perfumed water. Placing the lotus feet of the Lord tenderly on a golden plate, Tudhishtira washed them lovingly with tears of joy and love overflowing from his eyes. His brothers and Draupadi followed suit. The water that was this consecrated was sprinkled reverently on their own heads and then over the entire assembly. Making rich offerings of silks and ornaments to all, Yudhishtira stood with tears welling up in his eyes, overcome with emotion and unable to speak, so great was the bliss that threatened to overwhelm him. Everybody saluted the Lord, sitting resplendent on the throne and looking so radiant that they felt themselves bathed in the golden glow emanating from him. Shouts of "Jai Krishna! (Victory to Krishna!) Jai Vaasudeva! Jai Govinda! Jai Madhava!" rent the air as they showered flowers on him.

At this auspicious time, Shishupala, prompted by death himself, jumped up and said scornfully, "A bastard (Yudhishtira) has asked the son of a river (Bhishma) for advice. And the person chosen for Arghya Puja is a poor cowherd who has eaten earth, stolen butter and gopis' clothes, dallied with them, killed his own uncle Kamsa, and schemed to have the powerful Jarasandha killed by a trick. In this noble gathering of illustrious kings and holy rishis, could you not find anyone superior to this base-born Yadava? He is not equal in the birth or position of any one of us here and should never been invited in the first place. To choose him in preference to all others is an insult to this august assembly. O Yudhishtira! Do not think that we have submitted to you through fear or dread of your powers; we came because we honor your nobility and wisdom. Now that you have shown yourself to be devoid of both, it is better not to stay to be further insulted. Come, O kings! Let us kill this upstart Yadava immediately and defeat the Pandavas, who have subjected us to these intolerable insults!"

So spoke Shishupala, after having bottled up this hatred for so many years. Immediately, the assembly broke up into factions, some siding with Yudhishtira and others, Shishupala. The Rajasuya seemed in danger of degenerating into a vulgar brawl. Krishna alone took no notice of Shishupala's speech, as a lion does not notice a jackal's howls. Bhima, Arjuna, and Sahadeva, however, could not tolerate these insults and would have flung themselves on Shishupala and made an end of him then and there, but Yudhishtira held them back and tried his best to pacify Shishupala. Many in the assembly, unable to bear these insults to the Lord, closed their ears and walked out, for one incurs sin by listening to the vilification of a holy personage.

Long ago, the Lord had made a promise to his aunt, Shishupala's mother, that he would calmly bear a hundred insults from her son, so he listened with a smile while Shishupala kept ranting. At last, Shishupala, having exhausted all the slurs he could hurl at both Krishna and Bhishma and enraged at having been met with no retaliation, sprang at Krishna like an angry cobra with hood upraised to strike and challenged him to a duel. Arjuna and the others immediately surrounded the Lord in order to protect him. Krishna got up in a leisurely manner from the jeweled throne and moved his friends gently aside. He walked forward to meet the angry Shishupala, who had more than exhausted the quote of a hundred insults allotted to him. As Shishupala charged toward him brandishing his sword, the Lord hurled his discus, the Sudarashana, at him with a look of infinite compassion on his face. In that split second before death overtook him, Shishupala remembred his previous lives and folded his palms above his head and paid homage to his master. The discus seered Shishupala's head from his body, and a glow of light emerged from him and melted into the aura surrounding the Lord. Shishupala, like Kamsa, had lived for so long thinking only of him that he had achieved identity with him.

This miracle following Shishupala's end made Yudhishtira wonder who he had been, so he asked Narada to explain how a man who from childhood had spent his time disparaging Krishna could achieve union with him.

The divine sage then explained how once the guards of Lord Vishnu's abode at Vaikunta, known as Jaya and Vijaya, had barred the entry of the boy sages, known as the Sanat Kumaras, into the presence of the Lord, and the sages had cursed them, stipulating that they must be born on Earth. They had appealed to Lord Vishnu, who had given them a choice. They could either take seven ordinary birth on Earth as his devotees or three extraordinary births as his enemies! Either way, they would have constant memory of him and attain him at the end of the stipulated period of time. They opted for the path of enmity, for it would enable them to return to Vaikunta faster, but they pleaded that at each of these three births as his enemies, they should meet their end at the hands of their master alone. To this he had agreed. In their first birth, they had been born as the fearful demons, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakshipu, who were killed by the Lord in his incarnations as Varaha (the boar) and Narasimha (the man-lion), respectively. In their second births, as Ravana and Kumbhakarna, they were killed by the Lord in his incarnation as Sri Rama. This was their final birth, in which they were born as Shishupala and Dantavakra. The sage Narada now concluded his tale. "Shishupala has now been given salvation, and Dantavakra will soon follow suit."

At the end of the Rajasuya, the emperor, together with his consort, was seated in the chariot decorated with golden chains drawn by excellent horses and taken around the city. After this, the priests made him take the ceremonial bath, together with Draupadi, in the holy river. This was known as 'avabrithasnana'. Drums blared and the people danced and showered flowers all down the path leading to the palace. Everyone who attended the Rajasuya took a ceremonial bath in the river, since it was considered to be most auspicious. This was the concluding ceremony, and the guests departed after having been honored by the emperor. The Pandavas persuaded Lord Krishna and the Kauravas to stay a while longer and enjoy their hospitality, as well as the sights of the city of wonders. Though the invitation was made in all good faith, yet it was to lay the foundation for the war between the cousins, as will be seen.

Seeing the splendor of the Pandavas' palace and the glory that Rajasuya had brought them, Duryodhana felt sick with envy. He longed to possess all this for himself but did not know how he could accomplish it. One day, Yudhishtira was sitting on a golden throne in the Maya Sabha, or Hall of Illusions, looking like Indra, the king of the gods, with Draupadi on one side and Krishna on the other and surrounded by his brothers. Just then, Duryodhana, wearing a diamond-studded diadem and many necklaces, approached the hall, followed by his brother. Holding a sword in his hand he came in, showering abuses at the guards to show off his importance. As has been said before, the Maya Sabha was filled with optical illusions. Duryodhana thought it demeaning to ask questions and air his ignorance. He had already been brought to grief once before when he had bumped his head against the wall as he had tried to pass through what he had thought to be a door. But that had not been so bad, for there had been no one with him, and as he gave a quick glance around, he had not seen anyone, though he did hear a suspicion of girlish laughter, which sounded vaguely familiar.

But on that particular day, surrounded by his brothers and in full view of the assembly, he came to what he thought was a lotus lake in the middle of the hall and carefully skirted it, only to be met with the mocking laughter of Panchali and Bhima and the titters of the others. Infuriated by this, he strode forward untill he came to another pool, which he imagined to be another illusion. With a careless smile and a knowing look, meant to convince the onlookers of his superior knowledge of such things, he plunged in, only to find himself sprawling in an undignified heap in the water, his diadem awry, his clothes drenched, and his necklaces knotted up. Draupadi, unable to control her mirth this time, was in stitches. Bhima's guffaws filled the hall, and almost all the other spectators were convulsed at the sight of the pompous Duryodhana in such a ludicrous predicament. Yudhishtira alone, who could never bear the sight of another person's distress, ran to comfort him and offered him rich and costly garments to replace the ones that had been ruined, but Duryodhana was not appeased by this and swore vengeance on Draupadi as well as the Pandavas. "In just such an open court as this," he swore to himself, "will I make her the laughingstock of the multitude!"

The Lord, in whose presence all this took place, remained silent. In fact, it is even suspected that it was his mischievous and encouraging look that emboldened Draupadi and Bhima to give way to their mirth! His ways are inscrutable, and who knows, but this might have been engineered by him to bring about the cause for the war.

After this debacle, Duryodhana refused to stay any longer and departed for Hastinapura in a hurry. He was determined to avenge these insults and held an emergency council meeting as soon as they reached Hastinapura. Shakuni taunted Duryodhana. "Did you see the prosperity of the Pandavas? I'm sure we were invited only so that they could flaunt their wealth before us. Unless we do something soon, we will be destroyed."

Duryodhana was still brooding over his ridiculous fall. "Did you see how Bhima and the princess of Panchala laughed at my discomfiture? When I think of it, my blood boils. I will never rest in peace until the whole world laughs at Panchali!"

Thus the Kauravas sat and plotted and thought of a hundred different schemes to get even with the Pandavas.

Lord Krishna and Balarama also left Indraprastha soon after, for they heard that Dwaraka was being besieged by King Salva of Saubha. He had been Shishupala's friend and during the time of the Rukmini 'swayamvara' had been witness to his embarrassment. He had taken a vow before all the other kings that he would rid this world of the entire race of Yadavas. In order to accomplish this, he had done sever tapasya to Lord Shiva, who had given him an aerial vehicle called the Saubha, which was as big as a palace and which could be made invisible.(The description of this aerial chariot actually resembles that of some extraterrestrial vehicle.) Salva had waited for his time, and when he heard of Shishupala's death, he felt that it was the opportune time for him to attack Dwaraka, especially since he knew that both Krishna and Balarama were away and only Pradyumna had been left to hold the fort.

He attacked Dwaraka from the Saubha and destroyed the outer woodlands and gardens. Then he directed the attack against the various bastions of the city so that his army. which was marching over land, could easily penetrate it. Flashes of lightening, hailstones, cyclonic storms, and clouds of dust were released from the Saubha, which was equipped with all types of unimaginable weapons. Pradyumna and other sons of Krishna ably defended the city for twenty-seven days. At last, Pradyumna was injured by a blow on the chest by Dyumna, Salva's minister, and he swooned. His charioteer took him away from the battlefield immediately. Pradyumna was very angry with his driver when he came to his senses, and he insisted on returning to the fray immediately.

Luckily, at this opportune moment, the Lord arrived on the scene and charged into combat with Salva. When the latter found himself outmached, he resorted to illusory tricks and made Vasudeva's form appear before the Lord and then cut off his head. For a moment it seemed as if Krishna himself trembled to see the fate of his dear father, but in a split second, he realized that it was but an illusion, and he rushed forward and killed Salva and destroyed the Saubha. Dantavakra, a close friend of Salva and Shishupala, now came forward, and Krishna made an end of him with his mace, the Kaumodaki, and just as in the case of Shishupala, a strange light was seen to pass from him and melt into the Lord's aura, for he had also been one of the twin guards of Lord Vishnu, as explained by Narada.

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All problems have to be personal. There are no impersonal problems.
Reflect. You can only suffer when you imagine yourself to be a person.
In the state of personhood, you feel you are or can become a unique entity with unique qualities:
that you can be loved or not loved, worthy or unworthy, a success or a failure.
'You are on my team,' or, 'I don't want you!'
Such words can only be uttered in duality and impact on the 'person'.
The state of ego identity is fundamentally insecure.
And it is good it is this way, because if it were not,
your chance to be free would be almost impossible.
In this life, you have the greatest opportunity to move beyond this limited identity of personhood.
Those who suffer from the ego's attacks are in some way fortunate, for they are nearer to discovering the distanceless Truth. Why?
Because at a certain point, their egos become so unbearable that they run out of moves and then everything has to collapse back into the Source.
If your ego was so wonderful and everything was going great and all your projections were fulfilled, there would be no attraction to the real Self.
The Self will not allow this.
It always gives you, the 'presence', the advantage.
Even if you were in hell, you would have the advantage,
because the seed of being in you is the eternal seed of the Real.

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There is no better insight into someone’s teaching than looking at the way he lives.

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Your experience of life does not depend on who or what is around you but on how you are.

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Kishenpur, 23rd April, 1960

Two blind men came. One asked: “How does one get the vi­sion of God? Tell me the easiest way to it?”

Ma: By seeking Him for His own sake.

Question: Which is better, devotion or the path of knowledge?

Ma: Adhere to God’s Name. Repeat His Name day and night and get engrossed in the sweetness of His Name.

The second blind man: Mataji, give me your blessing.

Ma: Pray to God and you will feel His blessing.

A lady: You said: “Seek God for His own sake”. But if one seeks Him with selfishness, will he also attain to Him?

Ma: Of course, if you seek God —with whatever motive— you will get something of Him, and if you pray for anything of this world you will also get it. But these things are not worth asking for. One should not seek God with any motive, but only for His own sake.

Seek God because it is your nature to do so, because you cannot remain without Him. Whether and when He reveals Himself to you is His affair. Yours is to call out to Him constantly, not to waste your energy on anything else.

It is not right to compare and reason saying: “Such and such a person has done sadhana for so many years and yet has not got anywhere”. How can you judge what is happening to anyone inwardly? Sometimes it seems that a person who does sadhana seems to have changed for the worse. But how do you know that this tendency has not always been in him and has now come out so that it may be dealt with and purified as a result of his endeavors? To say: “I have done so much sadhana but have not been transformed”, is also the wrong attitude. Yours is only to seek God and call out to Him unceasingly and not look to the result of what you are doing.

The Lady: Sometimes I feel desperate because I don’t seem to be able to progress.

Mataji: You get desperate when you have desires and they remain unfulfilled. But when you aspire to God for His own sake how can you be desperate.

- 'Death Must Die'

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We have to make people realize that God doesn’t need soldiers who fight for him.

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Of all Krishna's wives, there was none so sweet and docile as Rukmini. She was Lakshmi Devi incarnate, the consort of Lord Vishnu.

She was the ideal Aryan wife, asking for nothing, demanding nothing, finding her greatest happiness in the service of her husband, who was also her Lord and God. At no time in her life had she ever opposed his wishes or in any way expressed her opinions at variance with his, as the headstrong Satyabhama was wont to do. One day, the Lord decided to gauge the placidity of the calm lake of her mind by dropping a pebble of discontent into it. Was it as calm at the bottom as it appeared on the surface, or were the storms of passion lurking below?

One afternoon, he was resting on the swing bed with Rukmini gently fanning him and deriving immense pleasure from this small service. She presented a picture of rare beauty as she stood beside the Lord. Her jeweled anklets made a sweet, tinkling sound as she moved about, and her bangles kept time with the movement of the gently waving fan. Seeing her looking so lovely and serene, the Lord said, with a mischievous smile, "O princess, many a ruler who was equal in wealth to the divinities, who was as noble, as charming, and as endowed with looks, generosity, strength, and valor came to your 'swayamvara'(choosing husband ritual), including Shishupala, the prince of Chedi. Without caring for any of them, why did you choose me, who am inferior to them in all things, who has taken up shelter in the middle of the sea out of fear, who has abandoned all claims to the royal throne, and whose way of life is steeped in mystery and transcends the ways of the world? I am one without any possessions and am fond of those with nothing. Therefore, O beautiful one, wealthy people do not seek my favor. Marriage and friendship should only be between people who are compatible in respect to birth, wealth, and position. Therefore, O princess of Vidarbha, if it was without knowledge of these failings that you chose to marry me, then it is still not too late for you to seek some noble Kshatriya prince like Shishupala, who will be a real match for you an enable you to fulfill your aspirations in this world and the next. I took you by force, only to destroy the pride of those evil kings. We who are established in the equilibrium of wisdom have no need for women, offspring, or wealth. We are ever satisfied with the bliss of the 'atman', the true Self, and we act the role of the uninvolved witness in the affairs of the world."

At the beginning of this unprovoked attach, Rukmini had looked up startled, wondering what she had done to provoke this tirade. But as the harangue continued unabated, her lips started quivering, her eyes filled with tears, and a terrible sorrow clutched at her heart and threatened to tear it apart. Any minute now, she expected to heart the fateful words banishing her from his divine presence, forbidding her ever to return again. The final straw was the mention of the hateful word 'Shishupala'. If there was anyone whom the gentle princess detested, it was the prince of Chedi. Her tender heart could bear no more. Her bangles slipped off her limp arms, and without a sound, she crumpled to the ground. Seeing thins drastic reaction to his teasing, the Lord jumped up from the cot, lifted her tenderly, massaged her face with his lotus palms, did everything to bring her back to consciousness, and then proceed to soothe and pacify her. At last, her lovely eyes fluttered open.

"O beautiful one," he said' "do not be angry with me. I was only teasing you for the pleasure of hearing your reply. Differences of opinion happen in all marriages. In fact, that is the only gain to be had from marriage. What you should have done was to defend yourself against my unjust accusations, and then we could have spent a happy hour arguing and quarreling with each other, as all husbands and wives do. I never expected you to swoon." Thus he comforted her and tenderly kissed away her tears. At last, with heaving breasts and smothered sobs, Rukmini spoke.

"I find no pleasure in anything but your service, O Lord," she said with quivering lips. "Your smiles, your glances, your commands - these constitute my life breath, and if I cannot have these, I would rather die." Then, taking up each of the points that he had declared to be detrimental to him, she pointed out that these very points were a matter of pride to her.

"O lotus-eyed Lord! What you said about my not being a fitting match for you is indeed true. For where are you, the all-prevading being, the master of all powers and excellence, and where am I, a creature constituted of the three gunas? It is true that you have taken your residence in the deep sea, for you are the pure consciousness that is ever resident in the ocean of our hearts. Your ways are mysterious and no doubt none can conceive of them. You are indeed a pauper, for there is nothing outside you that you can possess. You are the embodiment of all values. Men abandon everything the world prizes to follow you. These are the noble ones with whom you have affinity. That is a true marriage, when a person attains union with you. This is only a relationship of the body. It was by hearing of your greatness from the ascetics who have no possession but you that I came to love you, rejecting all lesser mortals. Having driven away the assembled kings by a mere twang of your bow, you took me away, for I am your rightful property. Who is the woman with even a modicum of sense who would go after a man, who is nothing but a walking corpse, in preference to you, who are the abode of all excellence? Who is the woman who will care to leave you, after having once experienced the perfume of your lotus feet, the abode of Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune? I have sought shelter in you, the Lord of all the worlds, the Paramatma, and the one who fulfills all the aspirations of everyone, here and in the hereafter, for you are the only match for me. (The Paramatma is the only match for the jivatma). Revolving as I am in this cycle of birth and death, may your feet be my shelter, your feet that destroy the false identification of the body with the spirit and that remains ever, with the devotee as his sole support, in the ocean of samsara. Only those women who are steeped in ignorance and who have never known the fragrance of your lotus feet would go after human husbands, who are nothing but corpses clad in skin and bones and flesh."

The Lord said, "O noble one! It was only to hear these words of yours that I teased you. It would be difficult to find even one household with a wife like you. Your single-minded devotion and dedication to me shall go uncompensated, for they are too noble and pure to be rewarded by anything I can do for you."

Thus, he blessed and comforted her. This small episode in the life of the Lord shows how he played the role of the typical householder to perfection, as he played every other role.

- from 'The Complete Life of Krishna' by Vanamali

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An ancient king of Bharatavarsha called Muchukunda had procured a boon from Indra, the king of the gods, for having helped him defeat the demons. The boon asked by the king was that he should be allowed to sleep in peace for many years, until the advent of the Lord as Krishna, for he was anxious to behold this form of the Lord. Indra granted him this blessing and also promised him that if anyone woke him up before the appointed time, that person would be turned into ashes. This king, Muchukunda, was sleeping in the cave into which Krishna entered. Naturally, Kalayavana was ignorant of all this. He followed the Lord into the cave and saw the form of the sleeping king. In the dim light of the cave, he mistook it for Krishna. Not waiting to ascertain further details, he directed a well-aimed kick at the sleeper and said in a loud voice, "Get up, O Yadava! You cannot hope to escape my wrath by resorting to these childish tricks!"

Being thus rudely awakened from his sleep of eons, King Muchukunda turned a baleful eye on the miscreant. Kalayavana was immediately reduced into a heap of ashes. Krishna thereupon emerged from behind the rock, from which vantage point he had been watching the proceedings with interest. Muchukunda's second boon had been that he would be able to see Vishnu in his avatara as Krishna, and when he saw the divine form that he had been dreaming about for years, he immediately rose up and then prostrated. "Who is it that I am seeing before me? In this mountain cave filled with gloom, the brilliance emanating from you is dispelling the darkness with a glowing light. O great one, please tell me all particulars about yourself, for I consider you to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu."

To him the Lord replied smilingly, "O honored one, my births, deeds, and names are so numerous that even I cannot recount them all. It may be possible to count the particles of dust on this planet but not the number of my births. But know that in this birth I am incarnated in the line of the Yadus as the son of Vasudeva and am known as Vaasudeva. Because you have worshiped me in the past and have desired to have a vision of me in his form, I have presented myself in this cave. O royal sage, choose whatever boons you want, and I shall grant them accordingly."

The king said, "O Lord, my life until now has been wasted in vain pursuits centering on the feeling that the body is the self. Your mighty power called time reduces to mere dust even a kingly body, encased in silks. So now, having come to my senses, I do not seek any other blessing than service at your feet. Who is it that, having once known you, would ask for any other boon? All material goods are only a means for further bondage. O Spirit Supreme! O refuge of the helpless! I have been reduced to wretchedness by the enemies called passions, which are within me, and I have sought refuge in you, Protect me, O Lord, from the dangers within."

The Lord replied, "Know, O King, that I did not tempt you with boons to test your mastery over your desires but only to show how a devotee with unswerving love for me can never be attached to worldly attractions. I bless you with unshakable and unwavering devotion to me always and under all conditions. Go now and practice austerities to remove the effects of your past karmas. In your next birth, you will be born as a saint with universal love; after that, you will attain me."

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Soon after, the Lord, accompanied by Uddhava and Balarama, went to Akrura's house to fulfill the promise made to him.

Akrura worshiped him with all honor and addressed him thus, "O Lord, today my house has been rendered more holy than the hermitages of ascetics, for it has had the great good fortune to have as its guest the supreme parent and teacher of the world, who is the embodiment of all the divinities. Who is the man who will seek shelter in anyone other than you, the lover of his devotees, the universal well-wisher? Not only do you grant the desires of your devotees, however trifling, but you are the one who grants your very self, after attaining which there is no further fall (into the meshes of worldly delusion). You have embodied yourself in age after age, whenever the ancient path of right living and enlightenment, the Sanatana Dharma, which has been revealed by you, is in danger of being lost. O Janardana, it is the height of good fortune that you have condescended to come of your own accord to my humble abode. Grant me the ability to cut asunder the cord of attachment, your maya's creation, for son, wife, wealth, house, and body."

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...Krishna's messenger Uddhava tried to comfort them. "Listen, O gopis! You have attained the highest fulfillment of life, and the whole world must adore you, for you have succeeded in surrendering your minds completely to the Lord of all. Normally, people attain this state through the practice of many disciplines, vows, and austerities, but even without any of these, I find in you an extraordinary manifestation of love for the divine, which is rare even among sages. Now listen to the message he has sent for you:

"O beloved ones, I have never left you and will never leave you. You have never been separate from me, for I am manifest in the whole universe. If I have not come to see you, it is only because I have still to accomplish what I have come for. But do not grieve, for your grief is my grief and your joy is my joy. For love such as yours, there can be no end. I, who am boundless, have been bound by your love. Blessed are you among women, for your names will ever be remembered by the world to come. When I am far away physically, meditate on me, and thus you will be able to commune with me. Devoid of other thoughts, allow your minds to enter into me, and then you will attain me without delay."

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...It is only now that Nanda realized the bitter truth that the child he had adored and brought up for twelve years as his own son was not his bus Vasudeva's. How joyously had he set out for the capital a few days ago! How happily had he assured his wife that he would return with their beloved son! Now he found his son to be a king and he himself left to return home alone and empty-handed. With what words could he comfort his wife? In that whole town that had gone mad with joy, he alone grieved. But Krishna, sensing his deep unhappiness, went and comforted him.

"Dear Father!" he said. "We were nourished, fondled, and cared for by you with extreme affection. She is the real mother and he, the real father who takes care of another person's child as his own. You, O Father, have done this for us when our parents were unable to look after us. Even Devaki, who gave birth to me, has never had the pleasure of watching my childhood pranks, as you have. O Father, I do not belong to this person or that. I belong to those who love me. To him who looks on me as a son, I will go as a son, not only now , but in the ages to come."

His voice rang out as he said this, as if he were making a promise to posterity. Nanda felt immeasurably comforted and was able to return to Gokula in a happier state of mind.

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Satyabhama, the favourite wife of Lord Krishna and the daughter of Satrajit, asked the sons of Pandu who are endowed with great strength? How is it that they are never angry with you? They are all ever ready to carry out your wishes. Tell me the secret."

Draupadi replied: "O Satyabhama! Hear now of my conduct towards the high souled Pandavas. I always serve them with intense devotion, giving up vanity and controlling my desire and anger. I do not look or sit or talk with superiority. I do not utter what is false or evil. My heart is never attracted to any body, young or handsome, wealthy or adorned with ornaments.

"I never bathe or eat or sleep till my husbands have bathed or eaten or slept, till all the servants and our followers have bathed, eaten and slept. Whenever my husbands return from the fields, the forest or the town, I rise hastily and salute them, offering them seats and water. I always keep the house and all the household articles and food clean. I keep them in border also. I carefully preserve the rice and serve it at the proper time.

"I never utter harsh words. I never get angry. I never imitate wicked women. I always do what is pleasant and agreeable. I am never lazy or idle. I never laugh except, in jest. I never linger long at the gate of the house. I always refrain from laughing loudly or indulging in things that may give offence. I am ever engaged in serving my husbands.

"Separation from my husbands is never agreeable to me. When they go to other places to see my relations I do not use flowers or scented paste and observe rigid austerities I always abandon what ever my husbands do not enjoy, whether it be food or drink. I always devotedly seek the welfare of my husbands. I always engage in those duties which my mother-in-law taught me concerning relatives, almsgiving worship of the gods, oblations, to ancestors and entertainment of guests. I always perform my duty day and night without the least idleness.

"I behave towards my husbands with great humility and reverence. I never deviate even a bit from the approved rules of conduct while serving them. I serve them always regarding them as so many poisonous snakes capable of being enraged even at a trifle.

"I am of the opinion that to depend on one's husband is the eternal virtue of a women. The husband is God to her. He is her sole refuge. There is no other refuge for her. How can a wife then act in a way that is disagreeable to her husband?

"I am always guided by my husbands. I never speak ill of my mother-in-law. I never, in sleeping, eating or adorning my person, act against the wishes of my husbands. I am diligent, brisk and prompt in my actions. I serve my Gurus with extreme humility. Therefore my husbands are highly pleased with me. Every day I serve my revered mother in-law with love and humility. I wait on her personally with food, drink and clothes.

"I never show any preference to my self over my mother-in-law in matters of food, dress and ornaments. I never rebuke her."

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O dearest Lord(Krishna), by thy incarnation, the county of Vraja
has surpassed all other places. It has become abundantly charming for the goddess Lakshmi has made it her permanent residence. Graciously take notice of us, thy own people who live only for thy sake and who are searching for thee in all directions. Do grant us thy beatific vision.

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Victory to the Supreme Divinity
born as the delightful child of Devaki.
Victory to Sri Krishna who is the enlightener of the race
of the Vrishis.
Victory to Mukunda (Krishna), who removes the
burden of the earth, caused by the wicked.

from 'Mukundamala' by Kulashekhara Alvar

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In reality there is only Now,

If you can handle this moment,

You know how to handle the whole Eternity..

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The Luminous Brahman dwells in the cave of the heart
and is known to move there.
It is the great support of all;
for in It is centered everything that moves, breathes, and blinks.

~ Mundaka Upanishad, Second Mundaka 2:1

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