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Title: Slow and Steady
User: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2006-07-13 17:58:01
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Dear Swami Gaurangapada and devotees please accept my obiesances.
Well here goes, entry number one in blogging; the journey begins.
Over time I am beginning to realize on deeper levels how spiritual life is a positive, progressive journey. So no doubt as I gradually put entries in this blog over the coming weeks, months and years, at some point hopefully; concepts, realizations, and many things will have developed and grown.
It is such a wonderful gift Gurudeva is offering in the form of this blog service, so I hope I can use it to its fullest.
It seems with any growth in life, we can maybe look back at some point, at ideas or concepts about ourselves that we held so firmly some time ago, and realise that they may not hold for today, in the present. So this journal in a way should be humorous and revealing in many ways. To be able to look back at some point and see the journey and how it has unfolded should be heaps of fun. To realise my humaness, to develop a sense of humility about that, and nurture my soul development with a developing sense of humour, is where it is for me at the present. Something I am trying to develop at least.
So nurturing a healthy spiritual life is what I wish to talk about briefly, before I wind this entry up. Several times I have been impressed in my heart by associating with Swami Gaurangapada, about being 'slow and steady' in spiritual life. Initially I realised if I run too quickly ahead of my self with spiritual practice, there would be high probability that I would not be able to maintain at that level. And by trying to situate myself falsely on a higher level
of practice would at some point give it up.
I can remember the second time I associated with devotees some years ago now, I stayed in a small ashrama with some brahmacaris. On the day I was due to go home, an enthusiastic and friendly devotee encouraged me to chant 16 rounds of the Mahamantra every day. I tried my hardest for a few days to do this but could not maintain it. I am sure some fortunate souls could develop this ability, but I could not.
Some years later, by good fortune I was advised to gradually develop my rounds, with the aid of a chanting levels table. So the beginning level, 10 rounds each of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas is where I began. Really, this advice was the greatest blessing for me. It was a level I could maintain, faithfully every day. I feel in my heart that Gurudeva's wisdom in this is perfect. This beginning level is surely the beginning of all auspiciousness for the jiva.
As the Bhagavad Gita says: Chapter 2 text 40.
"In this endeavour there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear."
Shrila Prabhupada goes on to say in the purport that any activity in Krishna consciousness is the highest transcendental activity. And at no time can that small beginning ever be lost, at any time. So even if the work in Krishna consciousness is not completed, the result remains eternally.
There is no loss .
So how much more so I feel, in the decision to at least begin chanting regularly 10 rounds of each of the most merciful transcendental names in existence. Nityananda! Gauranga!
I would like to wind up on a small note. Many times on my spiritual journey, due to my swaying material mind, I have been not so kind to myself. These days I try to be more kind to myself. To try and realise that Lord Gauranga is the personification of kindness and mercy. That he is fully loving and that it is he who I am trying to serve. So the small things on the journey are so special, and it is not healthy for my spiritual life to be overly self critical. Honest humility for sure, but slow and steady does it. Being overly self critical does not nurture my spiritual self. Gurudeva and Lords Nitai-Gauranga are kind and merciful. It is with these personalities I am attempting to enter relationship. Surely they are our ever well-wishers. Kindness, mercy and sweetness is where it is at for me presently. Mercy is higher than justice.
Original blog entries here...: http://www.gaurangapada.org/blogs/viewblog.php?entry=16