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14 June 2005 @ 08:51 am
many religions have that certain thing that they share in common.

hare krishna chants on beads saying the Hare Krishna mahamantra 108 times, catholics have rosaries and say the Hail Mary 54 times..

most, if not all, religions have a book they consider to be the everything of their faith. we have the bhagavad-gita, christians and their denominations have the bible and other supplements, muslims have the koran, judaism has the torah...

and many of these books teach goodness, simple rules to live by, and other morals that are more common sense than spiritual.

however...

there are die-hards in every faith. the ones who take things to extremes....who stand on corners telling you that you're going to hell, those who show up at our festivals and tell my children that their mother is taking them to hell...the ones who judge you based on how you look, what you do, and your own personal moral code.

these people make their religion have a bad name.

and my question is, how do we even know what religion is anymore, when everyone takes what they want from it and twists it to benefit their OWN beliefs and principles?

catholisism says "thou shall not kill" yet they eat meat...

christians talk about being like christ, but then they turn their backs on people who don't measure up to their christ-like standards.

hare krishna's preach about simplicity yet temple presidents are driving BMWs...

muslims say their faith is about love and peace...yet...well, we know about that...

i could go on, but i really should be working.

i just wonder, how does god feel knowing how much his people have bastardized his teachings...

just a thought...
 
 
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14 June 2005 @ 09:14 am
wow, it seems i have created another community.

note to cat is so good, i thought i would make another one...

http://www.livejournal.com/community/note_to_lover

i did this because sometimes i just want to say something to my honey without having to say it to him...

and besides, being in love IS funny...relationships are comedy, you must admit.

so if you want to join, come on in!!





x posted to all my fav journals. ;-)
 
 
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14 June 2005 @ 07:56 am
i was raised xian. so i still hold a strong affection for christ.

but the image in my head often merges with the image of krishna. and many of their passtimes are the same...

my daughter always draws krishna and christ playing together.

i do think that god is just one and every culture put its spin on it and gave it a name...so it would be easier to relate to...

i adore krishna...but christ is also dear to my heart.

so i wonder...are they the same??

incarnation is possible...

anyone have a clearer reasoning?
 
 
it's ok to be::: complacenthmmmm.....
 
 
14 June 2005 @ 09:37 am
How does your religion, whatever it may be, feel about eating meat? Do you follow what it suggests? Been thinking about vegetarianism lately and how different religions view animals and meat eating. So what do you do/think?
 
 
it's ok to be::: curiouscurious
 
 
 
13 June 2005 @ 01:08 pm
...  
For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2
(250 BC - 250 AD)


this makes me feel so at ease about everything.

On action alone be thy interest,
Never on its fruits.
Let not the fruits of action be thy motive,
Nor be thy attachment to inaction.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2
(250 BC - 250 AD)


this makes me realize howi should be...only doing something for the good of it...not the benefits to myself.

Fear Not.
What is not real, never was and never will be.
What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed.
To the illumined man or woman,
a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.

Bhagavad-gita


this makes me realize how much everything is an illusion and so much that we focus on are really not that important.

this next quote i absolutely took to heart 2 years ago...

"Never will there be a time when You or I do not exist.
Nor will there ever come a day where we shall cease to be."

Krishna to Arjun in the BG


what are YOUR favorite quotes from a spiritual outlook?
 
 
it's ok to be::: thoughtfulthoughtful
 
 
 
13 June 2005 @ 10:11 am
My dream:

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i think subconciously i search for that feeling in everything i do and have yet to come close to it. but ever since that dream i have not been afraid of death, only the pain that might come with it...but i believe the pain doesn't last long...i felt nothing as my car hit bottom ( i did actually hit bottom...i woke up when i died).

i think that's what pulled me to hare krishna..it's the only faith with a good afterlife explanation (that i found) and there is no guilt in the religion...no fear of god like others try to instill in you.

i dunno, just wanted to share...sorry i am posting so much!
you may slap me now ;-)
 
 
it's ok to be::: nerdysuch a dork
 
 
 
13 June 2005 @ 11:26 am
Hi there! 8_daze_a_week suggested I check out your new community, and I must say, I'm intrigued. I know a little bit about a lot of religions, and I'm always eager to learn more.

Some of my background:
My LJ name is Wardellen, my given name is Jennifer.
My spiritual name is Morien.
I was raised by a Moravian mom, atheist dad, and attended a Baptist church from ages 5-18.
I am now studying British Traditional Witchcraft (similar to Wicca), and feel that I have truly found my spiritual path.

It seems this community is already taking off well, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. :)

Peace & Blessings.
 
 
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13 June 2005 @ 08:58 am
i think it's important to know where everyone is coming from...that way we know where they have been and where they are headed...

not everyone has the same background culturally, religiously, socially...so it would be wise to allow ourselves to be honest and open in introducing ourselves. please respect all entries, as we cannot help who we once were...we also cannot help our own slant on things that once were...

1. name: Tracie

2. spiritual name: Tulsi Priya devi dasi

3. place and date of birth: Huntington Beach, CA; June 20, 1976

4. place of childhood: Dana Point, CA

5. where you live now: Los Angeles, CA

6. story of your path of faith My parents had no religion for the first 7 years of my life. then my mother became a born again christian and everything changed. i was forced to attend church until i moved out of her house after college (age 21). i didn't go back into a church unless i was with my mother. i think i knew i wasn't a christian at about the age of 11. i just didnt buy into it. i didn't want to but into it and i was always embarassed to talk about god and christ. it was the kind of embarrassment that happens when you know you are telling a lie. my mom would force me to go to retreats and classes and i would ditch and hang out back smoking. i always believed in god, but i didn't believe in heaven or hell. and i was SURE that people came back when they died...that the soul was what animated the body and without it we were nothing...

my grandpa died june 2, 2003. i didn't know beforehand that it was an open casket...and i saw my grandad in that box. and it didn't look like him at all! all i could recognize were his hands. and that's when my life changed. that was the first dead body i had ever seen, and i said, there IS a soul and it IS seperate from the body. i also decided that i would never be put in a box...like a dead hampster...on June 21, 2003, after a few months of entertaning the idea, i finally got the courage to walk into the hare krishna temple in laguna beach. in the 5 seconds it took to walk up the stairs i had never felt so much at home. i've been going ever since. i can't explain the joy and love that Krishna has brought into my life, because i am not a perfect devotee. i still have my vices (i love red wine and i occationally enjoy a smoke) but it's a process...in my opinion, cleansing your soul is a process that doesn't happen overnight or in one lifetime for that matter. my good friend Susan (who has been a devotee for 10 years) helped me see that. everyone is on a different path depending on their own karma...so we can't judge who is the better person...the fact that one is searching for god and the truth in THIS lifetime is pretty damn special...some people never get there.

i must admit i have a lot of anger towards born again christians. the ones i've met have been cose minded and hypocritical, including my mother...they talk about love and acceptance but then want to 'save my soul' because i have fallen to the 'evil one'.

it took me a good year to get over the guilt i felt for leaving my mother's faith. it seemed within 2 months i crushed all my mothers dreams of me being a good xian woman. but i was miserable. i was in a deadend and i knew it. and i think way down deep, even she knew it. i do allow her to take my daughter to church school...i don't see the harm in it. but when dylan is older i hope she can make up her mind on what she believes and i will respect her choice...even if she says it's ALL bogus. i don't know where her soul is coming from...and i don't know where it's going...but it has a path, like all of ours have paths.

i don't see myself as a pure hare krishna devotee...i see beauty in all walks of faith and life...i see truth in many religions...and i can't say that one way is the best way because i don't know.

i took george harrison as my guru because it was his music that led me to Krishna. many people laugh at that, or get very offended but they are not in my skin. they do not feel what i feel when i am surrounded by his music and when i think of him. to me, he is a very spiritual person and i have learned SO MUCH from him. and guru means teacher...to take another guru would leave me feeling guilty for betraying him.

i am putting myself out on a ledge right now. many people call me crazy or look like me like "ooookay...lady but he's dead"...and perhaps i am a little crazy...but i know what i feel. i've seen him in my dreams, to the point where i can smell him...and when my faith is waning a bit with everything, his music just puts back the passion.

i'm just beginning my walk with my own faith...i'm no expert on anything, only my own experiences...

but i'm enjoying the road...

if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there
 
 
it's ok to be::: peacefulpeaceful
 
 
 
13 June 2005 @ 08:38 am
sometimes when i'm out in town...Santa monica...and i see the homeless sitting there, dirty, diseased, broken....watching people ignore them...trying to get money for booze to numb the shame and pain, but settling for food...i often wonder 2 things:

1. don't these people have family who love them or at least give a shit about them?

2. are these people messengers from God testing our compassion and ability to look beyond the cover?

i try to have compassion for these people, i try to see the best in them and think of them as being spirit souls like the rest of us, but i can't help also thinking what their soul did in past lives to accrue this karma! (i believe in reincarnation and karma).

i hope when i die, i have lived a life that allows me to be reborn into something better than this life....i know i'll not make it back to godhead in this death, but it is a strive non the less...

however, just as Krishna Himself incarnated into his own devotee (lord Caitanya), could these people be something like that?

in other countries, many homeless people are great brahmacaris or religious spirits...who CHOOSE to be homeless...

in my heart i pray that is the case...i make eye contact and smile...

but i still hold my purse a little tighter, and my daughter's hand a little firmer.
 
 
it's ok to be::: intimidatedsometimes a little scared
 
 
12 June 2005 @ 08:06 pm
i have a question for you all:

is it possible for love to be the ultimate measure of spirituality? not platonic love, but romantic love. could that be a form of reaching god itself? i think so .. what are your opinions? take hindu theology. krishna himself was a musician, a lover. could not loving someone else be a way to reach him, if not the brahman in general?
 
 
it's ok to be::: depressedlugubrious