A happy boy, unknown to the miseries of the world. So being a bonus-mom is both a challenge and a gift. In one way I get good practice for when we get our own children, but on the other side I am raising a child that will never be "mine". I care for him as he was my own, but I know he will never be.
The challenge is, that the way I would raise a child is different from how he gets raised with his mother, so then my rules has not so much value with the kid. The mothers words is always what is most important for a small child. So that's one challenge in Kali yuga - the age where everything is quarrel and hypocrisy - the age where everything is upside down.
|A well-known picture of Kali Yuga|
Other than being a bonus-mom this weekend, we did a family trip to Moss to see a devotee couple of us that also has a child. It was really nice for all of us...nice for me to connect with the Mataji and for my husband to play mrdanga with the Prabhuji. And the children played together in peace. We took wonderful prasadam which the Prabhuji had prepared. He's really into sprouting grains and seeds, and knows so much about gardening.
We were also gifted a homemade sambar spice, and I can't wait to try it!
For a long time we've known that there is a Srila Prabhupada disciple in Norway, but we have never met him, luckily he is a good friend of our friends in Moss, so with their blessings we got an invitation to go and see him. Wow, what a charismatic person. He is very compassionate and one could see and feel that this is a person with many realizations. We had a long talk with him, it was almost like a Bhagavatam class >:-)
|A creative way of showing the 6th |
and 7th chapter of Bhagavad Gita
A beautiful and creative way of showing the Bhagavad Gita in a blue frame.
We were invited to come back, and we will definitely do that very soon >:-)
"God has no name, but by His qualities we give Him names. If a man is very beautiful, we call him 'beautiful.' If a man is very intelligent, we call him 'wise.' So the name is given according to the quality. Because God is all-attractive, the name Krishna can be applied only to Him. Krishna means 'all-attractive.' It includes everything" (Srila Prabhupada)
So where do we find Krishna? Krishna Krishna.... it's so easy. God is everywhere. He is in the heart of all living entities. The dog, the cow, the ant, the fish and the human. He is present in all living creatures.
But how can we talk with God, how can we relate to Krishna?
Prayer is more powerful than we can ever imagine, and we can do it anywhere.
Personally I like sitting down and look at Krishna on our altar. I chant my japa and I pray to Krishna, "please make me your servant", "please engage me in your service".
Connecting our japa with prayer is very empowering and we get more focused japa. Krishna is His words, so when you say Hare Krishna, you are directly associating with Him. He is here.
|Krsna - the all attractive|
Gopala - the protector of the cows.
Govinda - the one who give the nectar of satisfaction to the senses and pleasure to the cows.
Gopinath - Master of the gopis.
Gaura Hari - the golden Lord.
Keshav - killer of the Keshav demon.
The name Krishna means 'all-attractive.' God attracts everyone; that is the definition of 'God.' We have seen many pictures of Krishna, and we see that He attracts the cows, calves, birds, beasts, trees, plants, and even the water in Vrindavana. He is attractive to the cowherd boys, to the gopis, to Nanda Maharaja, to the Pandavas, and to all human society. Therefore if any particular name can be given to God, that name is 'Krishna. (www.krishna.com)
So we can find Krishna everywhere we look. And we might travel the world around to find God, but the best place to look is in the temple where none else goes. Look deep into your heart.