Bitter sweet realizations.
For the last month I have been living in the temple here in Quito.
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As I near the last months of my stay here, I really wanted to spend the time with devotees that I have gotten to know over the course of 10 months.
What can I say about the past year in South America? First, this has been a desire of mine for awhile and it has now been fulfilled. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try to live abroad by myself. I have learned so much these months. But I really think this last month has been the most educational. Being around devotees, waking up for mangla artik, etc. just makes you see things more clearly. Also, it makes your anarthas (dirty things within the heart) come up even more.
There is no where to hide with devotees. If you have some karma that needs to be cleared, this is where it will be cleared. Coming in contact with so many different types of personalities makes it really hard to not see your own faults. I have found my self in some interesting situations where I have really seen how far I need to go.
“The people who are meant to be in your life will always gravitate back towards you, no matter how far they wander.”
– Unknown (via bl-ossomed)
This is a little farm that a sweet devotee couple are taking care of. I am in the midst of translating a book for the Vrinda Mission into English and this was my refuge for a few days last week and the week before to focus. Love it! :)
“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step back into safety.”
– Abraham Maslow (via nathanielstuart)
Gauranga- Radhika Gopinatha
Quito Mandir, Ecuador
“Why should you worry about the future? You don’t even know the present properly. Take care of the present and the future will take care of itself.”
– Ramana Maharshi (via larmoyante)
“Men rush towards complexity; but they yearn towards simplicity. They try to be kings; but they dream of being shepherds.”
– G. K. Chesterton (via chestertonian)
Balarama Purnima Harinam, playing the kartalas and trying to soak up his mercy!!
“I am determined to practice deep listening. I am determined to practice loving speech.”
– Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)
✨ NITAI GAURANGA ✨
Artist: Vasudeva Krishna das
"The dancing of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, like the dancing of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, cannot be compared to anything within these three worlds. No one can properly describe the sweetness of Lord Nityananda’s dancing. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu personally comes to see it."~Chaitanya Charitamrita 3.6.104-105
“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.”
– Eckhart Tolle (via fuckyeahyoga)