Saturday, January 17, 2009

Byasa, Cottage Cheese & Krishna

Namskar Friends,

I hope you enjoy this little story. I first heard it some years ago while listening to a recording of a talk given in 1948 by Paramahamsa Yogananda on the occasion of his birthday celebration. It was a wonderful talk that he gave and I always have remembered this story as one of the most lovely parts of the talk.


Once Beda Byasa--the writer of the Bhagavad Gita--was with some other disciples of Krishna. Krishna loved cottage cheese and so these disciple were trying to bring him some cheese. Only the Jamuna river was in flood and they could not think of how to get across it. So they said to Byasa, "Can you help us?" And Byasa said, "Do you think it is only Krishna who is hungry?" Then Byasa took the cheese and ate as much of it as he could. The other disciples were quite shocked and could not believe that Byasa would eat before the Master did.

Then Byasa stood facing the river and said, "Oh, Jamuna, if I have not eaten anything part your waters so that we can cross and be with Krishna." And to the amazement of everyone...the river parted. No one could understand. Nonetheless they began to make their way across the river.

When they at last made it to where Krishna was staying, he looked sleepy and his belly seemed quite full. But they took what cheese was left and offered it to him. He waved his hand to politely decline. So they asked, "Master, don't you want any cheese today?" And Krishna said, "Oh, no. I'm too full. The other disciple on the other side of the river already feed me too much." The rest of the disciples then understood that when Byasa was eating, he was only eating for Krishna.

om tat sat

Monday, January 5, 2009

Chaitanya, Chaitanya

Everyone has heard
the story
of the time
beautiful Chaitanya
discovered a man


the Bhagavad Gita
and weeping.

When Chaitanya asked,
"Do you understand
these words?"

the weeping man


as I read I see
Arjuna on the battlefield
and I see and hear
beautiful Krishna
such beautiful teachings."

Chaitanya, Chaitanya--
as you see and hear this mystery
your Face shines

so softly


Lover's Song

We are all lovers

Even the few of us
to know

despite having long ago buried
the faithful seeds of our

in the dark ground
of the heart's
Inner Chamber.

If you meet any clouds
tell them tenderly
you have heard
about us.

If you see the Sun
pray for it to
shine, shine.

We are all lovers--
waiting on

the Sun.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Devotion, Dust & Vedanta

See the devotion
from Shankara's heart
when he


the fingernails

of the Goddess.

See the dust
gathering on his


as he walks
and walks to
share the santana dharma
in the form of his



See his Vedanta
as our Vedanta--

as illuminating

our hearts,
our minds.

My soul is your temple, O Lord

My soul is your temple, O Lord,
My actions are your handmaids,
My body is your home,
My senses witness only you,
My sleep is pure meditation on you,
These walking feet are your journey,
Whatever falls from my mouth is prayer to you,
Oh Lord, everything I say and do are worship.

by Adi Shankara from Shiva Manasa Pooja

Two Jokes

Pranams to Bill for sharing this joke at one of the Starbucks meetings!

A monk is accepted into a monastery that has an extreme vow of silence. Upon entry he is told, "You can say two words every five years."

After the first five years he says, "Bed hard."

Then after another five years he says, "Food sucks."

And finally after five more years he says, "I quit." To which the abbot replies, "I thought you might. Since you've been here you've done nothing but complain!"


Did you hear about the snail that died?

While he was between incarnations he said to another snail, "I hope this time I am reincarnated as a red race car covered with yellow S's." "Why?" the other snail asked. Said the snail: "So as I zoom around the race track everyone can say, 'Look at that S car go! Look at that S car go!'"