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User: Neil LA Date: 2007-04-02 17:37:48
All Glories to the Supreme Lord!
All Glories to All Gurus and Knowers of Truth!
All Glories to All Sincere Sadhakas and Spiritual Aspirants!
May All Beings Achieve Their Highest Ideal and May the Earth be at Peace!
Thank you to Swami Gaurangapada and Nava Gauranga dasa for their kind words to my last posting.
I've had a bit of a breakthrough recently that I think resolves the dilema I have been dealing with.
I think what I am going to do is do a combined practice that embraces the best of all the practices that I have had the blessed opportunity to encounter.
While it might mean a departure from "Orthodox" teaching, I never really fit in with orthodoxies anyway.
I set up a shrine in my meditation corner that has my deities of Sri Sri Gauranga and Nityananda. Whatever practice I do must include their Lordships, because I love them very much. On the shrine, I've also included images associated with other practices that I have done and I have pictures of other teachers in my life, as well as my picture of Srila Swami Gaurangapadaji. Its like looking at a beautiful family gallery where all my spiritual family is gathered, sending blessing out into the world.
In the past, one of my previous teachers taught me how to perform a simple puja to Lord Vishnu, so in the morning I've started doing that, with also saying the mantras for Lords Gauranga and Nityananda. Since the past teacher told me to say the Vishnu gayatri mantra during this puja, I say that. I wish I knew a Nitayanada Gauranga gayatri, but I will hang onto the Vishnu Gayatri until the Lord reveals the other to me.
I really enjoy puja and am very happy that I am able to do it myself. There is no temple close to where I am and so it is nice to be able to turn my home into a temple.
In the evening, I am doing my japa practice. I will chant the Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna mantras, as well as other mantras associated my previous practices. I have started out chanting a fewer number of rounds of the Three Mantrarajas than I have previously been chanting, but I look at that as something ok because at least I am chanting a bit and if I chant fewer rounds to start, I might be able to stick with it over the long run.
I look at myself as a new type of "cpsmic" sadhu. Although I haven't been "ordained" into a specifc tradition, I feel extremely blessed that I can practice sadhana and recieve teachings from so many wonderful teachers from so many wonderful traditions. I really feel that the Lord is telling me not to sacrifice any of my traditions and to learn to be at home in all of them.
Begging the dust of the lotus feet of Swami Gaurangapada and all the devotees,
Yours in service,
Title: Re: Greetings!
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-03 16:58:24
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams and Blessings ! Thanks Neil for the description. As long as you are meditating and vibrating on the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna, all spiritual activities and actions prove meaningful. So please make Them an integral part of your daily life. I appreciate your updates and your endeavors.