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So Krsna's blessing to Arjuna was to point out the cause of his grief. This knowledge relieved Arjuna but also annointed him with a duty. Once the Lord shines His light of divya-jnana upon ignorance and attachment, the duty of the soul so instructed is to fight and overcome this same ignorance and attachment under the Lord's guidance. That is the next step.

Srila Prabhupada once explained that a devotee who receives in sincerity this knowledge of Krsna consciousness is fortunate, even if he is weak and falls down. Prabhupada explained that he is weakened due to misusing the instruction of his spiritual master. I think this means that, for whatever personal motives, this devotee does not take the next step.

Knowledge of where ignorance and attachment lies in the heart gives relief and answers for philosophical and psychological problems. But if it does not quicken into action that proves beyond all doubt that ignorance and attachment are defeated, then this knowledge is theoretical. And theory that does not go beyond the mental plane is certainly weak. Anyway, Srila Prabhupada assured that even this stage is fortunate because sooner or later the knowledge will act.

So there's hope.

The Dark behind the dark behind the dark. In the material world, death is the ultimate Dark that swallows our ignorant attachments. Death is Krsna, as He declares in Gita. It isn't morbid or somehow distasteful to meditate upon Krsna in this way. We hurtle closer to death at every moment. It's Krsna consciousness to face the fact that this ultimate meeting with Him is getting closer and closer as we breath.

I think of Dronacarya as a man of knowledge who forgot this truth. He was learned enough to be Arjuna's teacher, but he remained in the employ of the forces of ignorance and attachment--the Kurus. It was a comfortable material situation. So comfortable that Drona chose to fight against Krsna and Arjuna. Thus he became an obstacle for Arjuna to overcome by surrendering to the uncorruptable knowledge spoken by Sri Krsna.

Arjuna did it because he loves Krsna. That is important. Success is gained by something more than just knowing about the darkness that covers the heart. Success is had in pure bhakti. It is the higher taste that insures that those strong attachments, like Arjuna's fealty to Drona, are renounced for good.

Yes, is is not magic. It is transcendental knowledge, practical action, and pure devotion.

Being far away from this, yet at the same time so near, I am depressed. Well, enough of that. There's always hope. Srila Prabhupada assured it. Krsna! KRSNA! K R S N A !!!!

Groningen, the Netherlands
16 December 2004

The main disease in material life is the bodily conception. Being baffled again and again in material activity, the conditioned soul temporarily thinks of the futility of material enjoyment, but he again tries the same thing. By the association of devotees, a person may become convinced of the material futility, but he cannot give up his engagement, although he is very eager to return home, back to Godhead. Under these circumstances, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in everyone's heart, compassionately takes away all the material possessions of such a devotee. As stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10. 88. 8): yasyaham anugrhnami harisye tad-dhanam sanaih. Lord Krsna says that He takes everything away from the devotee whom He especially favors when that devotee is overly attached to material possessions. When everything is taken away, the devotee feels helpless and frustrated in society, friendship and love. He feels that his family does not care for him any longer, and he therefore completely surrenders unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord. This is a special favor granted by the Lord to a devotee who cannot fully surrender to the Lord due to a strong bodily conception. As explained in Caitanya-caritamrta (Madhya 22. 39): ami-vijna, ei murkhe 'vijnaya' kene diba. The Lord understands the devotee who hesitates to engage in the Lord's service, not knowing whether he should again try to revive his material life. After repeated attempts and failures, he fully surrenders to the lotus feet of the Lord. The Lord then gives him directions, and, attaining happiness, he forgets all material engagement.

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 5. 14. 10p)

Timisoara, Romania
20 December 2004

I was called to Romania by Murari Krsna Prabhu. It’s no exaggeration to say that he ordered me here. And here he wants me to stay until my health – physical, mental, and spiritual – is completely in order.

Murari Krsna Prabhu is a university professor of computing and cognitive science. He also teaches a course in psychology. I never thought of turning myself over to him, because was considering a guru ought not do that in relationship to a disciple. But he says, “then you saved us, now let us save you. ”

I won’t be writing nearly as much as before in this journal as I will be very engaged by the program he is devising for me. Anyway, there is so much already at this site to read, see, and do.

But from time to time I’ll put an entry in to bring you up to date. If you like this website, then please pray for me. Hare Krsna! Jaya Prabhupada!

Timisoara, Romania
4 January 2005

A short note to let you know things are fine. My situation here is very simple and regulated, with nice association at all times. I have not much opportunity for Internet access, so please understand and not expect to see big texts here in the future. I shall be going to the Mayapur Festival in February-March. HARE KRSNA!

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