Monday, July 15, 2013
First of all, I wanted to apologize (once again!) for the whiny tone of my last post (which I deleted). I won't obsess over the past in this case, but I still need to learn how not to repeat my mistakes.
All this being said, one conclusion I've arrived at is that when it comes to having a healthy self-image - one that respects the self as well as others in balance - duality, or dualistic thinking, isn't conducive for it. I was gravitated to Hinduism in part because it did not promote dualistic thinking. I know sometimes there are things which only can be seen in black and white, or right and wrong; I do not deny that there are times when wrongness shouldn't be tolerated.
But when it comes to the self and paths to one's salvation, one needs to realize that there are at once many paths...and just one. I was reminded of this in a forum post where a fellow forum user said that the Bhagavad Gita teaches that in order to reach the One, one must abandon the concept of two.
I'll have to look into that, but for right now, know that I'm feeling better, and can hopefully resume my path, readers. :-)
Saturday, July 13, 2013
*wipes away the dust from the blog* Yeah, I know it's been a while since I've posted with any sort of regularity here. Truth be told, I've been a little discouraged about this blog...it just doesn't seem to be having the reach I want it to have. However, I'm definitely not giving up! I've written over a hundred posts to this blog so far, why stop now?
With that in mind, as you probably have guessed this blog post is about Lord Krishna. Thing is, though, this isn't an informational post on Him...rather, I'm requesting information. He's somehow been on my mind lately, even going so far as entering one of my dreams! Still, though, I know next to nothing about Him. I know the basics: He's an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, He is a central character of the Hindu epic the Mahabharata...and that's about it. I've seen His depiction in art, and I do have to say one thing that moves me about Him is the fact that he's depicted as having blue skin. That says a lot to me - it says to me, personally, that skin color shouldn't matter when it comes to divinity. That says volumes to me.
So, I am hoping for some good sources on Lord Krishna, so I can figure out why I've been so fascinated by Him lately. The internet is there for a reason, I know, but there's a lot of misinformation and inaccuracy out there...therefore if I can be pointed in the right direction, that'd be great!
Saturday, July 6, 2013
I am posting to my blog today to make a special request. This request hopefully won't come off as presumptuous or too demanding, but I figured the only way to know if my readers would be interested in this is to ask them. :-)
So, the request: as you readers know (if you follow my blog long enough), I am a devotee of the guru H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is better known as the spiritual leader of the Art of Living organization. More info on the Art of Living can be found here.
The Art of Living regularly hosts courses and retreats throughout the world, a few of which are hosted by H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar himself. A course/retreat being held in the Art of Living's new ashram in Boone, North Carolina is one of these courses hosted by Sri Sri.
The problem is...it's expensive. And I'm not going to lie to you - it's a bit out of my financial reach at the moment.
I know it seems to ask a lot of my readers, asking for support of something like this. But...well, if you read this blog, you probably have at least some interest as to my spiritual well-being. Otherwise, why read it? :-)
If you're interested in supporting me in this endeavor, please consider giving to the online fundraiser at the link above. Please note that at the moment, you need a PayPal account to give.
If you care about this, then please give. Or don't if you don't think it's worth it. It's up to you.