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Title: Another Weekend

User: neilsf    Date: 2006-10-18 12:23:21


Nityanada! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


All Glories to Shrila Gaurangapada and the Parampara!

All Glories to all Vaishnavas!


I had a very quiet weekend this week. Friday evening I left my bead bag at work, so I wasn't able to finish my daily vow. I felt bad about it, but I told myself that these things happen.


Saturday morning, I went to my office and got my bead bag back. As I was chanting that days rounds, I remembered how Swami Gaurangapada says that if you miss a day chanting, you should make it up the next day. I've never done that before, if I missed a day or a part of a day, I just usually write it off...As I was chanting Saturday, I decided that I would make up for Friday. That would involve chanting a total of 13 rounds of Nityananda and Gauranga and 8 rounds of Hare Krishna. I was determined to do it. When I finished I felt happy that I was able to make up for Friday. Now if I miss rounds, I want to do my best to make up for them the next day...


The rest of Saturday was uneventful and so was Sunday.


My diet has been very bad recently, I've been eating a lot of pizza and Chinese food. Even though it has been vegetarian, I feel somewhat uncomfortable offering pizza to their Lordships. I'm determined that I will try day by day to make healthier offerings to Nityananda and Gauranga.


I'm just trying to take things one day at a time.


I've been finding it helpful to say the "Serenity Prayer" throughout the day. Even though its not "Vaishnava" per se, I find it helpful to keep focused on what's important. For those of you who are not familliar with it, it was originally used in 12 Step recovery groups, but it is good for everyone.


Here it is:


Serenity Prayer


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.


I've also been meditating on the first verse of the Sisastaka.


I like the way that it says that chanting the Holy Names "cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditioned life, of repeated birth and death." I also really like that it also says that chanting of the Holy Names "is the life of transcendental knowedge." And that "it increases the ocean of transcendental bliss and enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious."


I am so amazed and grateful to Shrila Praphupada and Shrila Gaurangapada for giving me the gift of the Holy Names. It is so wonderful that both aspects of cleansing the heart and also providing me with that nectar that I am always anxious for happen simultaniously why I chant the names. When I've been chanting, I've been trying to keep these things in mind and I try to always be grateful for the gift of the Holy Names. My heart needs cleaning and it also needs filling up. Our Lords Nityananda and Gauranga are so merciful that they give us the means to take care of ourselves in that way. What more could I possibly desire?


The Lotus Feet of Lord Nityananda and of Shri Gurudeva Swami Gaurangapada are my life and soul. I humbly submit myself to their feet and ask them to kindly show me how I may best serve them.


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