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# [Understanding the Lessons of September 11]
Gurudeva
"Great Union," today at age 74 at his ashram home on the tropical island of
the passing of a great saint. The yajna was performed across the USA,
return to the great inner heaven worlds whence he was sent by God and the
whom Subramuniyaswami, the successor of Lanka's great guru Yogaswami, is
ashram heard the same message, and by the time of the Great Departure, a
influential Hindu writers and thinkers, wrote, "He has done great work for
Himself -- has watered the roots of Hinduism with great zeal, faith,
helped make Hinduism an even greater gift to humanity." Swami Agnivesh of
great spiritual asset for humankind. I still carry with me the warmth of his
building raining tons of flowers on the great guru below who had given
India's greatest Bharata Natyam dancer, Kumari Swarnamukhi, to dance in the
scriptures, books, pamphlets, art, lessons and later through CDs and the
the aura, the fourteen chakras or psychic force centers of the body,
book also has greatly assisted with intermarriage of Hindus with those
of Hinduism with great zeal, faith, enthusiasm and whole-heartedness." Sri
the Aadheenam land in 1975. To permanently capture the power of this great
raised, and India's greatest living architect, V. Ganapathi Sthapati, was
great carvers like Michelangelo and Rubin did their masterpieces, with a
with Dr. Jane Nelsen, one of the great voices of enlightened discipline for
other experts, all of whom enthusiastically assisted this great spiritual
By far his greatest efforts and most focused energy went toward the 2.5
story of our soul, our great God and Gods, the pillars of Hinduism, karma,
the greatness of Hinduism and the oneness of mankind. He removed
Jokes
[Four Great Lessons]
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We went to [Salzburg] for the weekend. We will go again in Spring, Summer or Autumn and we have learnt some valuable lessons about Winter, Snow etc. !
[Patrick David Harrigan] seems to be the lead maintainer of [Murugan Bhakti] - Great Work
[Bruce Eckel] has made available many [books|http://www.mindview.net/Books/TICPP] online ! - Great !
Attained his Mahasamadhi, Great Union,
Fast Company's [Who's Fast 2002|http://www.fastcompany.com/online/52/wf_intro.html] : ...Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Our fourth-annual Who's Fast issue arrives at a time when our feelings about work, life, business, and purpose need thoughtful recalibration...
Gokulashtami
THIS IS THE birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation. It falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals. Lord Krishna was born at midnight. A twenty-four hour fast is observed on this day, which is broken at midnight.
Study the Bhagavatam and the Pancharatras, which are equal to the Upanishads. You will know all about the glory of Lord Krishna, His Lilas and superhuman deeds. The eighth Avatara, Krishna, who has become the Beloved of India and the world at large, had a threefold objective: to destroy the wicked demons, to play the leading role in the great war fought on the battlefield of Kurukshetra (where he delivered His wonderful message of the Gita) and to become the centre of a marvellous development of the Bhakti schools of India.
Lord Krishna was great in knowledge, great in emotion, great in action, all at once. The scriptures have not recorded any life more full, more intense, more sublime and grander than the life of Sri Krishna.
Krishna has played various roles during His stay in the world. He was Arjuna’s charioteer. He was an excellent statesman. He was a master musician; he gave lessons even to Narada in the art of playing the veena. The music of His flute thrilled the hearts of the Gopis and everyone else. He was a cowherd in Brindavan and Gokul. He exhibited miraculous powers even as a child. He killed many demons. He revealed His Comic Form to His mother, Yasoda. He performed the Rasa Lila, the secret of which can only be understood by devotees like Narada, Gauranga, Radha and the Gopis. He taught the supreme Truth of Yoga, Bhakti and Vedanta to Arjuna and Uddhava. He had mastered every one of the sixty-four fine arts. For all these reasons He is regarded as a full and complete manifestation of God.
Incarnations of God appear for special reasons under special circumstances. Whenever there is much unrighteousness, whenever confusion and disorder set in on account of unrighteousness and baffle the well-ordered progress of mankind, whenever the balance of human society is upset by selfish, ruthless and cruel beings, whenever irreligion and unrighteousness prevail, whenever the foundations of social organisations are undermined, the great Incarnation of God appears in order to re-establish righteousness and to restore peace.
The greatest manifestations are called Incarnations proper. Rishis, Munis, prophets, sons of God and messengers of God are minor manifestations.
On the holy Krishna Janmashtami, the ladies in South India decorate their houses beautifully, ready to welcome the Lord. They prepare various sweetmeats and offer them to the Lord. Butter was Krishna’s favourite, and this is also offered. From the doorway to the inner meditation room of the house the floor is marked with a child’s footprints, using some flour mixed with water. This creates the feeling in them that the Lord’s own Feet have made the mark. They treat the day as one of very great rejoicing. There is recitation of the Bhagavatam, singing and praying everywhere.
If you cannot read the whole of the Srimad Bhagavatam during these days, at least you should recite the following four most important verses from the book. The leading two verses and the closing verse are the prologue and the epilogue respectively:
Four Great Lessons
[Jokes] > Four Great Lessons
4 - Fourth Important Lesson
"Small deeds done with great love will change the
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[Great Virtues of the Dhamma] : "...Amongst the many virtues of the Dhamma, there are six salient characteristics mentioned in the most authoritative texts. Svakkhato Bhagavata Dhammo, Sanditthiko, Akaliko, Ehipassiko, Opanayiko and Paccattam Veditabbo Vinnuhi..."
In [Wendell Berry]'s [Community|http://www.catholic.net/rcc/Periodicals/Crisis/Jan2000/Community.html] : "...[Gary Snyder] said the right thing: Stop somewhere, just stop. Finally, this thing we are calling mobility keeps people from learning their lessons. They keep moving away from the problems they’ve caused. Their idea is that you can completely mess up somewhere and then go somewhere else, or you can completely succeed somewhere and go somewhere else. In either case you don’t know what the effects are. Sometimes people cause worse effects by their success than they do by their failure. To go back to the metaphor of marriage. What marriage does is say to you to stay and find out. It doesn’t say what you are going to find out. When you think this is it, we are at a complete dead end here, the marriage says to you: Wait, stay, and find out. Always you find out more..."
In Germany, [Fourth phase of ecological tax reform started on January 1, 2002 |http://eng.bundesregierung.de/top/dokumente/Artikel/ix_66146.htm?template=single&id=66146_4317&script=1&ixepf=_66146_4317]
The University of Hard Knocks
V. GOING UP--How we become great--We must get inside greatness--
There is no top--We make ourselves great by service--the
first step at hand--All can be greatest--Where to find great
keeps on going south and growing greater--We generally start well,
greatest stream. With no bucket you can get nothing at Niagara.
That often explains why one person says a lecture is great, while
Here is a great mass of words and sentences and pictures to express
THE greatest school is the University of Hard Knocks. Its books are
When I was thirteen I knew a great deal more than I do now. There
happy that I have begun to learn the lessons from the bumps. I am
happy that I am learning the sweet tho painful lessons of the
Children, I fear you will not be greatly interested in what is to follow.
and two always makes four, and "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall
of goodness into the mystery of the great unknown world beyond and
Down the great white way of the world go the million prodigals,
are lessons in The College of Needful Knocks. They point upward to
humanity need the same preparation for greater usefulness.
most of these knocks--who have faced the great crises of life and
You got your lessons, combed your hair, went to Sunday school and
of this same red mud. It had been moved over the Great Lakes and
I watched this red mud matriculate into a great hopper with
school began. They roasted it. It is a great thing to be roasted.
precious lessons of patience, sympathy, love, faith and courage.
A great conflagration, a cyclone, a railroad wreck, an epidemic or
Out of the trenches of the Great War come nations chastened by
NOW as we learn the lessons of the Needless and the Needful Knocks,
greatness. We go up in life. We become educated. Let me bring you
In other words, all the people of the world are in the great barrel
barrel of life. It is sending small people down and great people
If we are small we shall have a small destiny. If we are great we
shall have a great destiny. We cannot dodge our destiny.
We shake down if we become small; we shake up if we become great.
If we wish to go up, we must grow greater, and we shall shake up.
If you want a greater place, you simply grow greater and they
promotion. You grow greater, enlarge your dimensions, develop new
and you shake up to a greater place.
raised. As you grow greater you won't need to ask to be promoted.
lucky people grow great and the unlucky people shrivel and rattle.
superintendent. Jennie had been here four years."
growing into a greater, wiser merchant to hold his place among his
The greater and wiser the man, the more anxious he is to be told.
We young people come up into life wanting great places. I would not
want a great place. I would not give much for anybody who does not
look forward to greater and better things tomorrow.
We often think the way to get a great place is just to go after it
We think if we could only get into a great place we would be great.
But unless we have grown as great as the place we would be a great
joke, for we would rattle. And when we have grown as great as the
We do not become great by getting into a great place, any more than
great boots, but he rattles. He must grow greater feet before he
gets greater boots. But he must get the feet before he gets the
All life is preparation for greater things.
many of us expect to get ready in "four easy lessons by mail."
The world is not greatly impressed by testimonials. The man who has
I am the greatest ever, and should he return, no hall would be able
unreadiness? As we grow greater we have greater things. We have
How We Become Great
WE go up as we grow great. That is, we go up as we grow up. But so
many are trying to grow great on the outside without growing great
There is only one greatness--inside greatness. All outside
greatness is merely an incidental reflection of the inside.
Greatness is not measured in any material terms. It is not measured
Greatness is measured in spiritual terms. It is education. It is
We go up from little vision to greater vision.
We may become very great, very educated, rise very high, and yet
blacksmith shop right up with us! We make it a great kitchen or
great blacksmith shop. It becomes our throne-room!
Come, let us grow greater. There is a throne for each of us.
The world says that to get greatness means to get great things. So
the world is in the business of getting--getting great fortunes,
great lands, great titles, great applause, great fame, and
The Secret of Greatness
Christ Jesus was a great Teacher. His mission was to educate
top." Those two sons of Zebedee wanted to have the greatest places
They got very busy pursuing greatness, but I do not read that they
were half so busy preparing for greatness. They even had their
of greatness that can ever stand: "Whosoever will be great among
That is we cannot be "born great," nor "have greatness thrust upon"
us. We must "achieve greatness" by developing it on the
We cannot buy a great arm. Our arm must become a great servant, and
thus it becomes great.
We cannot buy a great mind. Our mind must become a great servant,
and thus it becomes great.
We cannot buy a great character. It is earned in great moral
getting greatness on the inside. Getting greatness on the outside
Everybody's privilege and duty is to become great. And the joy of
become great. It is a great stairway that leads from where our feet
As we grow greater our troubles grow smaller, for we see them thru
greater eyes. We rise above them.
As we grow greater our opportunities grow greater. That is, we
greater eyes to see them.
greater our vision, the more we see what is yet to be accomplished.
have been only a boy playing on the seashore * * * while the great
ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." That great ocean is
The great Teacher pointed to the widow who cast her two mites into
treasury. That is not why we give. We give to become great. The
Becoming great is overcoming our selfishness and fear. He that
great and glorified.
Our greatness therefore does not depend upon how much we give or
Finding the Great People
do not know all the great people who may come and stand upon this
who sweeps it--is just as great as anybody in the world who may
to make a roster of the great people of a community. You will find
The great people of the community serve and sacrifice for a better
effort in the town--the greatest man there, because the most
The great people are so busy serving that they have little time to
I found a great man lecturing at the chautauquas. He preaches in
life in loving service finds it returning to him great and
glorious. This man's preaching did not make him great. His college
did not make him great. His books did not make him great. These are
great--makes his preaching, his college and his books great.
yourself that afterwhile you are going to give great things and do
great things. Give it now! Give your dollar now, rather than your
great, dirty mill and a lot of little dirty houses around the mill.
export, he sent the boy to one of the greatest universities in the
The fault was with the little old man, who was so wise and great
great--of going up--of getting educated.
Poor little peanut! He rattled. He had never grown great enough to
fill so great a place. In two years and seven months the mill was
greatness, physically, mentally and morally. I believe I know some
they have served and overcome and developed great lives with the
acquired these elements of greatness in their lives.
just one series of greater commencements.
These fathers and mothers who toil and save, who get great farms,
greatness to their children--they can make great places for them in
to grow great enough for the places. The child gets the blame for
court and detention expenses was one of the greatest business
generals of the Keystone state. He could plat great coal empires
to rattle. Father and mother can be great and you can be a peanut.
that is the work that brings the joy and the greatness.
I am pleading for you to get a great arm, a great mind, a great
The happiness is in going up--in developing a greater arm, a
greater mind, a greater character.
been a great surprise to my friends and a great disappointment to
The man who will not make the effort to think is the great menace
bright lights,--hopers, suckers and straphangers! Down the great
office, go to the great pulpit, to the college chair--go to any
place of great responsibility in a city and ask the one who fills
struggle and service that makes for strength and greatness. And as
thinking ever since that about three-fourths of the small towns of
America is to be great, not in the greatness of a few crowded
cities, but in the greatness of innumerable home towns.
Ada, Ohio, one of Ohio's greatest educators, used to say with
He pitted class against class. He organized great literary and
not believe there is a school in America with a greater alumni roll
of men and women of uniformly greater achievement.
with a few great centralized state normal schools and state
men--great men. I am anxious that the modern school have the modern
that each student come in vital touch with great men. We get life
as our lives touch greater lives.
spirit of its teachers are its greatest endowment. And sometimes
HOW long it takes to learn things! I think I was thirty-four years
the violin must go into the great tuning school of life. Here the
little feeling, "Yes, that is so." We hear the great truths of life
Yes, I was thirty-four years learning that one sentence. "You can't
I was also greatly interested in companies where I put in one
By the time I was thirty-four I was a rich man in worthless paper.
I have always regarded Tom as one of my great school teachers. I
I often think if it takes me thirty-four years to begin to learn
To me that is one of the great arguments for eternal life--how slowly
We are laughing the happy laugh at how we have learned these great
fourteen, where I had made a little mark in the margin which meant
according to the blueprint. I cried on page fourteen! I never knew
No sermon ever had greater truth, but I had not lived it. The old
Isn't it great to have friends and a fine home and money?" she
Many of the most brilliant theorists have been the greatest
I used to have respect amounting to reverence for great readers and
Indeed, in my childhood I thought he was the greatest man in the
He was a remarkable man--a great reader and with a memory that
The greatest book is the textbook of the University of Hard Knocks,
soul tighter and tighter, nearer and nearer to God's great concert
great baskets of provender and we had a feast. We covered the
mouth, it was a great opening, but nothing came out. It came out of
that school picture and the twenty-one years. There were fifty-four
Out of that fifty-four, one had gone to a pulpit, one had gone to
struck by the one school of fifty-four.
heart warmed at the sight of another great success--a sweet-faced
a loving father, plenty of money, opportunity and a great career
trial at the hands of this world. That is why the great Judge has
of what it seems to me our lives should be. I hear a great many
1. He keeps on going on south and growing greater.
Go On South and Grow Greater
is going on south and growing greater. You never meet him but what
The Mississippi gets to St. Paul and Minneapolis. He is a great
retire upon his laurels. He goes on south and grows greater. He
does not stop. He goes on south and grows greater.
Everywhere you meet him he is going on south and growing greater.
GROW GREATER! I hope I can make you remember that and say it over
GROW GREATER. For this is life, and there is no other. This is
Strickland Gillilan, America's great poet-humorist, say, "Egotism
We are only children in God's great kindergarten, playing with our
great fundamental of our life. I hope the oldest in years sees that
O, I want to forget all the past, save its lessons. I am just
other day, and she wrote me that the great inventor showed her one
Moses, the great Hebrew law-giver, was eighty years old before he
fifty-four," he would have become the seventeenth mummy on the
the great prophet says, "Boys, what is it? Cut it short, I'm busy."
us, Go on south to the greater things, and get so enthused and
I can only remember about four big meals in a year. That was
They have built a great concrete obstacle clear across the path of
Over the great power dam at Keokuk sweeps the Mississippi. And then
the light and power from the struggle. The great city of St. Louis,
unfortunate. I could do these great things, but alas! I have so
made it a part of himself. And he is greater and farther south!
was riding stopped in Louisiana. We had come to a river so great
you get in the right channel, saw you learn the lessons of your
getting the lessons of the bumps, the strength from the struggle
and thus making it a part of ourselves, and thus growing greater.
into the great Gulf of the Beyond, to go on south unfolding thru eternity.
great bump that struck me one morning in Los Angeles. It seemed as
It spreads out below in one great mosaic of turquoise and amber
A great light seemed to break over my stormswept soul. I am under
that seem so great down in the valley, seem so small as I look down
know it was one of the greatest blessings of my life. It closed one
"It is a great big boost for everybody who will read it. People
one of the great stories of the day."

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