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Title: Keep on Going!

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


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

All Glories to Swami Gaurangapada and the Guru Parampara!

All Glories to all the Vaishnavas!


I just wanted to post a short note to counterbalance my last posting. I was rather depressed and frustrated with myself and although I do have many days like that, I really want to stress how grateful I am to Swami Gaurangapada and the Community of Devotees for spreading the names of Nityananda and Gauranga.


I am so happy that I've been able to come accross Swami Gaurangapada's website. Ever since I first became involved with Gaudiya Vaishnavism, I always felt a particular attraction for Lords Gaura Nitai. I really wanted to find someone who focused on them as the main forms of God. I was very happy to find Swami Gaurangapada and learn about the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas.


Anyway I would like to share a verse and Purport from Bhagavad Gita As It Is that I found inspiring. It talk about the determination one must have when practicing bhakti-yoga. It has given me a new energy to keep up my chanting.


Bhagavad Gita As It Is Chapter 6  Text 24, Translation:


One should engage oneself in the practice of yoga with determination and faith and not be deviated from the path. One should abandon, without exception, all material desires born of mental speculation and thus control all the senses on all sides by the mind.




"The yoga practitioner should be determined and should patiently prosecute the practice without deviation. One should be sure of success at the end and pursue this course with great perserverance, not becoming discouraged if there is any delay in the attainment of success. Success is sure for the rigid practitioner. Regarding bhakti-yoga, Rupa Gosvami says:


utsahan niscayad dhairyat

    tat tat karma-pravartanat

sanga-tyagat sato vrtteh

   sadbhir bhaktih prasidhyati


"One can execute the process of bhakti-yoga successfully with full-hearted enthusiasm, perseverance, and determination, by following the prescribed duties in the association of devotees and by engaging completely in activities of goodness." (Upadesamrta 3)


"As for determination, one should follow the example of the sparrow who lost her eggs in the waves of the ocean. A sparrow laid her eggs on the shore of the ocean, but the big ocean carried away the eggs on its waves. The sparrpw became very upset and asked the ocean to return her eggs. The ocean did not even consider her appeal. So the sparrow decided to dry up the ocean. She began to pick out the water in her small beak, and everyone laughed at her for her impossible determination. The news of her activity spread, and at last Garuda, the gigantic bird carrier of Lord Vishnu, heard it. He became compassionate toward his small sister bird, and so he came to see the sparrow. Garuda was very pleased by the determination of the small sparrow, and he promised to help. Thus Garuda at once asked the ocean to retur her eggs lest he himself take up the work of the sparrow. The ocean was frightened at this, and returned the eggs. Thus the sparrow became happy by the grace of Garuda.


"Similarly the parctice of yoga, especially bhakti-yoga in Krishna consciousness, may appear to be a very difficult job. But if anyone follows the principiles with great determination, the Lord will surely help, for God helps those who help themselves."


I pray to Lord Nityananda for the grace to keep perservering on the path of Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna Naam Yoga. I know that the final outcome of the path is probably more wonderful than I can imagine. The peace and happiness that I sometimes feel when I'm chanting is so much better than the confusion and delusion and unhappiness that I feel when I don't chant. I ask Swami Gaurangapada for his blessing to keep on going, and ask for the prayers and good wishes from the sangha family as well.


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