"Pada Seva means to serve the lotus feet of Guru and Krishna.You cannot serve Krishna without Guru, or serve just Guru without serving Krishna. They must be served or offered pada seva simultaneously." - Srila Prabhupada

Did you take your pills today???



We have a pet dog, named Leo. Sometimes when it gets sick, we need to give him pills (medicine). But it is challenging to make him take the medicine, as he doesn't seem to like the taste. So my mother hides the pills in between a piece of bread and he happily eats it. Slowly he gets cured.

But if Leo starts to think that he is getting cured just by eating the bread and not the pills,  then he is not a dog but a donkey.

Ironically many times we, the intelligent human beings, behave like Leo. We tend to take out God (the Pill which cures us) and follow the externals only.


Like,
Scriptures say Kirtaniya Sada Hari, always glorify the Lord
But we remove God from the statement and sing songs of glorification for everyone, our parents,  children,  spouse,  country, corrupt leaders, celebrities, sportsmen, aliens, everyone but not God!!!


Scriptures say Yoga means to connect with God. Purpose of Yoga is to Attain God Realization and Yoga asana is to pacify the mind to attain the goal of yoga.
But we remove God and hit the gym or yoga classes to keep ourselves strong, fit and young. Goal? To be another slim, trim, handsome (and temporary) showpiece in the museum of Maya.


Scriptures say meditation means to meditate on the Name, Form, Qualities and Pastimes of Lord. (Naam - Roop - Guna - Leela)
But we remove God and meditate on something as lifeless as light, candle, imaginary white light and what not. How is it possible to seek The Truth by ignoring The Truth???


Scriptures say Serve everyone, keeping God in the center and spread universal brotherhood.
But we remove God from the statement and try to serve others. Result? Exploitation and frustration. But we can see in institutions like ISKCON built around Krishna is living example of having universal brotherhood which transcends Nationality or Birth Status.


True spirituality means to include God or Krishna in everything we do or think. Practicing in such a way our consciousness gets embraced by Him. This state of constant remembrance of God is called Samadhi. Thus the highest goal of spiritual life is to attain God / Krishna Consciousness.

The living entities who dwell this planet, trying to enjoy everything,  ignoring or rejecting or forgetting God are called animals, as mentioned in Vedic Literature.

Eating, Sleeping, Defending and Mating, these acts of humans are similar to animals. Of them (humans), God Consciousness is the only special thing, without this humans are also animals.

Not all animals are 4 legged, some are 2 legged too and some amongst these 2 legged animals take the role of preaching spirituality. Let us not fool ourselves by following the footsteps of such animals, who are teaching us animal life in the name of spirituality.


Let us remember these 2 slokas always in our life and lead a life of a devotee 24×7, it won't matter if we are at home, temple, school or corporate jungle with sophisticated animals around.  

Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform – do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me.

In this way, you will be freed from bondage to work and its auspicious and inauspicious results. With your mind fixed on Me in this principle of renunciation, you will be liberated and come to Me.
Bhagavad Gita 9.27 - 9.28


Starting from 2019, whatever we do, let us pause and think for a moment, are we taking the pill or dropping the pill, for let us remember it is the pill that will cure us.

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