11 September 2013

Squirrels at Edinburgh

Squirrels at Edinburgh do not have the three lines on their back like the ones in India. I guess they didn't help Lord Rama build the bridge across the ocean.

Animal Kingdom in your platter


Do we really love our dogs? Why is a rabbit not lovable? I wonder!

Four Divisions of Human Society- The Varnashrama System

In Bagavad Gita 4.13 Krishna says

catur-varnyam maya srstam 
tasya kartaram api mam 
viddhy akartaram avyayam


According to the three modes of material nature and the work ascribed to them, the four divisions of human society were created by Me. And, although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the non-doer, being unchangeable.

There is a general opinion that if everyone gets good modern day education, economic and social disparity will no longer exist.

Even in a developed country we come across people who lay roads, clean others homes, take up menial jobs to make their living. In any part of the world there are a set of people whose work is to assist others.

In the developed countries, school education is free and there are plenty of scholarships for those who want to pursue university education. Some take up these opportunities and become professionals, some pursue business, some join the defense or police forces and some take up jobs that would assist the other professions. The Lords says according to ones nature the individual chooses his work. Hence based on guna and karma the Lord made four divisions of society namely brahmana, kshatriya, vaishya and shudra.  

India's caste system is the ugly watered down version of the varnashrama darma. However, the varna division is there all over the world. It is a natural phenomenon. 

05 September 2013

Logic behind surrendering ourselves to Krishna

Everyone is loving Kṛṣṇa ultimately, but realization is according to the advancement of his knowledge. One comes to understand that his self is the spirit soul, and the spirit soul is nothing but a part and parcel of the Supreme Lord; therefore the Supreme Lord is the ultimate goal of love, and thus one should surrender unto Him. This surrender is considered auspicious for the conditioned soul.

 KRSNA, The Supreme Personality > Volume 1 > Delivering the Wives of the Brahmanas who Performed Sacrifices.

04 September 2013

Janmastami at Edinburgh

The nearest temple is in a farm community called 'Karuna Bhavan' which takes close a couple of hours to reach by bus. This Janmastami was an in-house festival for us.

On my visit to St James mall, here at Princes street which is the city center, I could buy good cloth and some good sequins. Within two days I could hand stitch a beautiful dress for Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subadra Mayi and Sri Gopala.

I was surprised the dress came out better than the ones I use to machine stitch. We offered nice abhisheka with milk, curd, ghee, honey and gur water, offered new garments and sweets to Sri Gopala. We sang bhajans and kirtan and read Krishna book. Though we were only three including my little son, the festival was very joyful. Where the Lord is glorified, that place become Vaikunta. We could distribute some prasadam to a kind Scottish lady who lives next door.

Super Nanny shows are a great help

I watched a few episodes of Super Nanny in the You Tube. Its quite helpful to manage your child better. For all those who are finding it hard to manage toddlers, some suggestions given by Super Nanny can be useful. Here is a link to one of the episode.