A Monthly e-Magazine by 

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

                Issue: 35

                December 2019
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दु:खेष्वनुद्विग्नमना: सुखेषु विगतस्पृह: |
वीतरागभयक्रोध: स्थितधीर्मुनिरुच्यते ||

sukheṣhu vigata-spṛihaḥ |
sthita-dhīr munir uchyate ||
(Bhagavad Gita 2.56)

"One whose mind remains undisturbed amidst misery, who does not crave for pleasure, and who is free from attachment, fear, and anger, is called a sage of steady wisdom."
From the Editor's Desk
Dear Devotees, 

Life is full of adversities and struggles.  However, adversity can either break us or make us if we let it; the choice is ours.  The great saints, by virtue of their example, have taught us how to perceive adverse circumstances and face those with poise and courage.  It's through difficult times that we learn the most important lessons in life and build resilience. So, let's understand how we need to perceive all circumstances as grace of God, and take each and every adversity as a means for progress. 
Bhakti Ras 
It Is in Facing Adversity That We Progress & Prosper
With our incomplete understanding, we find faults with the situations we are in - we complain and grumble about them, wish to run away from them, and hold them responsible for our misery. When we encounter difficult circumstances, we tend to hold the outer world responsible for our woes. But the enlightened souls inform us that the world created by God is perfect in every way. The world is governed not by chaos, but by eternal principles, and even though it may not seem so to us, God has made this world perfectly for our purification. Therefore, circumstances do not come in life by the throw of a dice; both good and bad situations come to us for a divine purpose. "They are all arranged for our spiritual evolution, to push us upward in our journey toward perfection," explains H. H. Swami Mukundananda ji. Those who understand this secret are never disturbed in difficult circumstances; instead, face them with serenity and tranquility.

Grandsire Bheeshma is a perfect example. He was a sage who had fathomed the mysteries of life and death, and risen above the dualities of circumstances. Serene in any eventuality, he had even consented to taking the side of the wicked, if it served the Lord.
He thus demonstrated that those who are surrendered to God simply do their duty in all situations, without being affected by the outcome. Such persons never lament because they accept all circumstances as God's grace.

The Chhāndogya Upaniṣhad explains why earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, floods, and typhoons are created in the world by God, as a part of the grand scheme of things. It states that God deliberately creates difficult situations to prevent people from slowing down in their journey of spiritual 
progress. When people become complacent, a natural calamity comes along, forcing the souls to strain their abilities to cope with it, which ensures their progress. However, note that the progress is not the external increase of material luxuries, but the internal unfoldment of the glorious divinity of the soul over a continuum of lifetime.
Just like the snowflakes fall slowly to the ground, with each flake in its proper place, there is an inherent perfection in the design of the world and the macro events taking place in it. Since this world is a veritable form of God, it is perfect and complete like him. Apart from this external world, there exists a subtle inner world that each of us create within our mind - the world of our desires, attachments, and aversions. If we learn to vanquish these afflictions of the inner world, then the external objects do not sway us. 

Life is like a book that constantly teaches us lessons. It incessantly pushes us to grow and evolve. Having come into this world, improve we must, as the entire creation is geared towards it. Thus, trials are adverse circumstances that God allows in our lives to identify where we are spiritually and to prepare us for where He wants us to go. Hence, those who focus on inner refinement do not waste their energy in cursing the circumstances. 
Wellness for Life
Managing Meal Times with Discipline

God has created a perfect human body where all the functions occur according to His divine plan. The physical body works in a systematic rhythm where the digestive process works in sync with the sun's presence. Our digestive capacity is highest when the sun is at its peak and lowest before sunrise and after sunset.

With this basic understanding, it is critical that we have breakfast after morning exercise to activate the digestive system. Similarly, lunch should not be skipped when the digestive fire (i.e., jatharagini) is at its peak. Avoid drinking water with your meals, especially cold water or beverages, because these douse the digestive fire and obstruct the digestive process. Finally, dinner should be light, approximately half the quantity of lunch, especially after 7.00 or 8:00 pm.

After sunset and dinner, the body starts to extract nutrients from the food resulting in elimination activity in the early morning. A glass of warm water after waking up in the morning will stimulate the gastrocolic reflex, which initiates bowel movement and relieves constipation. If we follow the pattern as nature intended it to be, we will be healthy. For more information about healthy habits, please visit Nature Cure website (SCIENCE OF HEALTHY DIET | JKYog).
Upcoming Events
Bhakti Retreat
Dec 27 - 31, 2019

JKYog brings a FREE BHAKTI RETREAT this winter at Radha Krishna Temple from Dec 27 - 31, 2019. A great opportunity for all spiritual aspirants to end the year on a perfect note and begin another year fully recharged.

  • Sweet Kirtans
  • Absorb yourself in Devotion
  • Interactive Group activities
  • Children's Programs
  • Quality Time for Family
Meal Pass - $10/day (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Family Musical Night
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019; 4:30 pm onward at Seva Kunj Hall in temple
Weekly Temple Events
For free weekly community offerings, please click here

Hanuman Chalisa                   - Tuesdays 7:15 pm
Lalita Sahasranamam             - Fridays 6:45 pm
BG Study Circle                       - Saturdays 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Vishnu Sahasranamam           - Sundays 9:30 am
Weekly Satsang                      - Sundays 10:30 am
Radha Krishna Abhishek        - 2nd Thursday 6:30 pm
Akhand Kirtan                         - 2nd Friday 7 pm to midnight        
Yoga Classes                          - Mondays 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 9:15 am


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