This is Kalu Yala:
Kalu Yala is a beautiful valley from downtown Panama City. The founders are planning to create an eco-valley with proper township. The place looks beautiful. I believe every town/city of the world needs to be built into beautiful forests and valleys without destroying the natural habitat. Humans should live amongst nature and not away from it.
Check out their website for more info.
Saw these birds sitting on high voltage power lines. They are fearless and comfortable on it. Had their feet been on two of the lines, they would be dead. Similarly, if we keep our focus solely on the lotus feet of Krishna, we can live comfortably in the material world. Having our thoughts on multiple lines of desires and solely for our own sense gratification, will completely kill our spiritual growth.
Please help our devotee friend, Jahnavi to complete her upcoming music album – an acoustic mix of devotional prayers and kirtan from the bhakti yoga tradition. Her indegogo page has full information on the project, donation amounts and what you will get in return.
Spent a good part of last Saturday decorating the yoga centre in a Christmas theme. There were bells, lights, snow flake wall stickers and even a looping video on the wall showing Santa Claus on his sledge flying across the blue full moon night.
I was so tired putting it all up along with another guest but when everyone claimed it was really beautiful, i was rejuvenated again.
Learning from the day – do what you can for Lord Krishna, His devotees (past, present and future) no matter what the situation or ocassion is.
Last weekend, i had the great privilege to meet His Holiness Bhaktivinoda Swami. The meet came as a complete surprise. It seemed he had expressed an interest to visit our yoga centre in the city and perhaps lead a short kirtan.
Running up the stairs, i was mentally preparing on what to say to prepare him for the evening. It would be a short meeting i was told as he had only recently arrived. But we spoke for an hour almost!!
Maharaj spoke at length about his activities in South India and his great ambition to learn about various outreach activities at various ISKCON temples. His mannerisms and enthusiasm was very youthful and energetic.
Anyways, he arrived at our venue in the evening and truly stole the show with a wonderful kirtan dedicating it to the life and values of Nelson Mandela who had passed away the day before.
After his kirtan, i mentioned on the microphone to him, “Thank you for turning the place upside down with your ecstatic kirtan!!”. He took the mic and enthusiastically said, “Spirituality means turning inside out!!”.
Looking forward to having him back in Melbourne next year.
Me just thinking….
As practicing devotees, i think there are 3 matters that we are attracted to/concerned with most of the times:
(1) Problems of the material world
(2) Issues with governance
(3) Atheistic mindset of the common people
But to grow further spiritually, nurture an even more softer heart and to fulfil the full mission of the human life, we must put extreme efforts in understanding a 4th subject matter:
- Krishna’s Pastimes
“The most intelligent devotees, therefore, do not take to any means of self-realization except devotional service and constant engagement in the nine different processes of devotional life, especially hearing and chanting. When hearing and chanting about Your transcendental pastimes, Your devotees do not care even for the transcendental bliss derived from liberation or from merging into the existence of the Supreme. Such devotees are not interested even in so-called liberation, and they certainly have no interest in material activities for elevation to the heavenly planets for sense gratification. Pure devotees seek only the association of paramahaṁsas, or great liberated devotees, so that they can continuously hear and chant about Your glories. For this purpose the pure devotees are prepared to sacrifice all comforts of life, even giving up the material comforts of family life and so-called society, friendship and love. Those who have tasted the nectar of devotion by relishing the transcendental vibration of chanting Your glories – Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare – do not care for any other spiritual bliss or for material comforts, which appear to the pure devotee as less important than the straw in the street”
Excerpt From: His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. “Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.