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You Can Make a Difference!

December 30, 2016

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You Can Make a Difference!

Perhaps you’ve noticed these days, that there is a huge trend toward criticism, pretty much everywhere. From daytime and nighttime talk shows, to news broadcast panels, the television offers up daily commentaries on people, places and things. Everyone has an opinion and they love to see only the negative.

And then there is social media. From twitter rants, by everyone from the average guy to a future U.S. President, to Facebook bullying by school kids, everyone wants their opinion heard and agreed with. And heaven help you if you don’t agree, the language and comments keep coming. I’m rather amazed at how nasty people get when they have an opinion and someone doesn’t agree with it. It also surprises me that many Facebook users don’t realize if you post something and a comment comes in on your post that is horrible, or you don’t like, you can simply delete that comment off your post. I do it all the time. No swearing, no pro-Fascism, no bullying, no rants. They get deleted.

What has our society come to where everyone thinks it’s acceptable to speak like this?

I think the media plays a huge part to begin with. If you look at the television, the shows available these days are mostly about violence and killing. So many of them have death and destruction in them. Most of it seems gratuitous. They are horrific.

And then there are the video games. Wow! War zones, killing, zombies. Everything imaginable and full of darkness.

If this is what is feeding our lives on a daily basis, this would explain the darkness of mouth and mind that surrounds us. If all you hear is swearing, then that is all you will speak. If all you see is violence, then that is how you will behave.

Unless you have an alternative.

God consciousness offers an alternative. It doesn’t matter what religion you are part of, being conscious of God as a part of your life, on a daily basis, can set you apart from the crowd and lift you out of the darkness.

Those devotees of God who call the Godhead Krishna, chant the Maha Mantra, a Mantra which uses the names of God to link them with the Godhead Itself. The mantra goes like this: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
The Mantra basically not only says the names of God, but also asks God to allow the speaker to be useful to God. It’s kind of like calling God up on the telephone and asking what the Divinity would like you to do for Them today. You don’t have to be a Hare Krishna to chant this Mantra. Anyone can do it.

Other religions use mantras, or repetitive prayer, to assist them in their daily life as well. The Catholics pray the Rosary, which includes the prayer Jesus taught his followers to pray: “Our Father Who art in heaven etc. The Rosary also includes the Apostles Creed, which is a statement of belief, the Gloria, which is a praise prayer, the prayer of Fatima, a prayer to Christ, the Hail Mary, a statement of praise dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and a number of other prayers which can be said before and after. All of this aims to keep the Catholic Christian’s mind squarely on Jesus and His family, especially his mother, who just like Radharani in the world of the Krishna devotee, can intercede with God on behalf of the believer.

I do not know the prayers to Allah, but I know that the Muslims also pray on beads and do repetitive prayers. So do the Buddhists. I am sure there are others, but I apologize as my knowledge is limited.

So, believers in God have options to keep their minds out of the gutter and out of the world of criticism and scorn and ridicule. But does that mean they always will? Not necessarily.

Just like everyone else, believers in God can get right in there criticizing and tearing their neighbour apart just like everyone else. Actually some religions make it a habit to pull down their fellow believers just because they don’t call God by the name they do. This needs to stop.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s a war zone out there. The dark side seems to be winning and one of the ways it’s succeeding is by keeping the good guys warring amongst themselves. If you keep your opposition preoccupied with their own troubles or under constant attack for their perceived crimes, you can do whatever you want with the rest of the world. And so the dark side is keeping religions under attack from the secular world and each other.

If we hope to ever see this darkness end, we first have to choose our allies, and then stop attacking them. Christian, whether Catholic or Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Gaudiya Vaisnava, Baha’I, tribal faiths, and pagan groups, and the many I have missed, need to unite as spiritual brothers and sisters, and fight the good fight together. If we don’t start linking hands and stop criticizing everyone we know and don’t know, we will never see the light of God again on this planet. Because it’s looking pretty bad out there, people.

So stop criticizing everyone you know and don’t know. Stop picking on people because they are different. Start gratitude journals. Start seeing the good in things around you. Refuse to talk about crime and killing and destruction. Don’t give it any energy! Recognize the best in people and leave the worst to sort itself out. Stop gossiping about your neighbour. Keep your opinion to yourself. Be a friend by exerting yourself. Stop waiting for the other guy and expecting everyone to come to you. Take care of your neighbour as yourself. Basically, be the person you know you are capable of being, but have been too lazy to be.

It’s time to rise up and act like God would like us to act. Be Godly in mind, speech and behaviour. Walk the walk of God and talk the talk of God. Do whatever it takes to change your little part of the world. You can do it!
You can make a difference!
Hare Krishna!
Abhidheya dd

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