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While we aspire to serve Sri Sri Radha and Krishna eternally in Vrindavan, where familiarity and sweetness predominate, we will not develop the strength of Love needed to live in that realm before we develop the fortitude and character exemplified by Sri Rama.
The famous 24 Hour Kirtan of ISKCON’s Krishna Balarama temple in Vrindavan began today, 33 years ago. Today also marks the celebration of Dussehra, the anniversary of when Sri Rama defeated Ravana in battle. As congregational chanting is the most powerful spiritual process we can take up to counteract the otherwise overwhelmingly negative effects of our present age, it’s no coincidence the worlds most famous Kirtan began the same day history’s most reviled villain was brought down by the greatest hero anyone has ever known.
In the list below I’ve shared the dark qualities of Ravana. On this special occasion, please say a prayer that Sri Rama will help you see how all the bad can be driven out of our being by dedicated chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Take time to consider how the bad qualities of Ravana still rear their ugly heads in your life, and what your connection to the Holy Name has done so far to invite the light of Sri Rama in. Happy Dussehra
Kama (lust), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (attachment), Madha (arrogance), Matsarya (hatred and jealousy), Manas (perverted mind), Buddhi (selfish intellect), Chitta (exploitative will) and Ahamkara (false-ego).
Deva Madhava das