My Lord My Saviour

I’ve never been much a fan of rap, but THIS is awesome!

“Beautiful rap by some devotees who is trying to use their talent through music for preaching and inspiring for taking spiritual path.”

My Lord My saviour.
Jay Srila Prabhupada!!!
My lord my savior, Here i am, my creator
i surrender. i give my all, take me lord
do what you wish im forever yours
(heres my soul, im forever yours)

Oh my Lord this world is a living … i’ve seen i’ve been i got a story to tell
about the struggle of my life as well
tryna enjoy without Krishna but i always fell
pity me i’ve waisted my time,
thinking that i be rich and own mine
but i asked myself,
“was the use o’ Gold of I dont know God
who creates, who maintains who annihilates?’
Oh Supreme Govinda unto You I surrender
be, mercyful unto me, i humbly pray for shelter
i been here for long even ages before
all i want is krsna love,
but i know its tough, to attain
and i cant complain, coz its said where theres God
there is always success
oh my lord please take me im forever yours.

Since time immemorial, body to body
been traversing out the universe and this aint funny
different places different house different people to see
i cant lie, earth and all this aint non but misery
look around your whole life and people that surround you
open your third eye and see whats up against you
birth, drith, disease and old age
you can ignore but at the end of the life
you go die like them
but here’s a brighter side to this, im not this body
to live or die is a curse, that comes with the body
being eternal as a soul my position is to serve
i surrender to the lord, i continue to serve
(you dont understand)
if you walk in my shoe once, you know how much i
need my lord in my life,
i aspire for His presence, I aspire for his touch
and his hands (why), his my lord”

will i ever see You, hear You, feel you (why)
coz I need You…”

 

Devotion

Srila Prabhupada  says:

Rama and Krishna are names of God, and Hare is the energy of God. So when we chant the maha-mantra, we address God together with His energy. This energy is of two kinds, the spiritual and the material. At present we are in the clutches of the material energy. Therefore we pray to Krishna that He may kindly deliver us from the service of the material energy and accept us into the service of the spiritual energy. That is our whole philosophy. Hare Krishna means, “O energy of God, O God [Krishna], please engage me in Your service.” It is our nature to render service. Somehow or other we have come to the service of material things, but when this service is transformed into the service of the spiritual energy, then our life is perfect.

 

HARE KRISHNA MAHAMANTRA

Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna
Hare Hare
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare

Reunited

Via Golden Light Reiki School:

inner kingdom

people who appreciate

Via Lessons Learned in Life:

speaking and hearing

Via A Peaceful Warrior: 

tell the truth

big and small

some people


I recently received a phone call from a dear sister-friend, who had been missing from my life for several years. We met when I was pregnant with my now 13-year old daughter, and I was shopping for maternity clothes at my friend’s mother’s consignment store. My friend and I have both experienced first-hand the power of the government to destroy lives and tear families apart, and we have both grown stronger and wiser through our similar experiences. Many times we have been separated, sometimes for years, but we always find each other again and somehow pick up where we left off, as if never apart – this time was no different.

I also recently received a rather nasty comment on this blog – another in a series of bitter, hateful, accusatory and derogatory attacks which continue despite my repeated attempts to make peace. There is no making peace with this person, and as if the verbal vomit directed at me wasn’t bad enough, this person has taken to dragging my younger children into the fray. I have stated before, and I will state it again – this must stop.

The most recent spate of hate took issue not only with what I have written about parents and their children’s happiness, but with my assertion that if the personal attacks don’t stop I will have attorney take up the battle on my behalf. It is only a technicality at this point that I gave birth to this commenter, and blood ties do not require me to accept any type of abuse. If I cannot convince someone to stop harassing me, and to stop harassing my children, then I see no other option but to have an attorney do the convincing.

I have told no lies about my life or my past, and there is nothing in my life I have done that I harbor such guilt or shame over that I feel I must hide it. This does not give anyone permission to attempt to publicly mar my reputation, and especially does not give anyone permission to fabricate events – most especially to my younger children – that I must spend time setting the record straight about. I hope this commenter really has “unfollowed” me – but I doubt it – it’s apparently a great source of happiness (satisfaction?) for her to stir up trouble and this blog seems to be a favorite source for contention.

At any rate, as a parent with many years’ experience, I continue to abide by the hard-won understanding that parents cannot be responsible for their children’s happiness. This doesn’t mean a parent should have no interest in their children’s happiness, it simply means that children must learn their happiness does not come from others, or things. It comes from within. My younger children have learned this, but obviously my older children haven’t. And since they were taken from me (no, I did not give them away) and I was not allowed any contact with them – I did not raise them – I really cannot claim responsibility for the fact that they were not taught to simply be happy and not fall into the trap of claiming victimhood.

As for my dear sister-friend, I am most grateful for her return to my life. Dear friends like her are priceless, and I am blessed with many wonderful friends. These are the people I choose to surround myself with, who choose also to be with me.

We all deserve to be among people who understand us and love us for who we are, and who hear us when we speak.

I Can Therefore I Do

“It is very easy to focus on what you’ve lost….Instead, I focus on what I’ve gained. This ordeal has completely realigned my priorities in life.”

These words ring so true for me…this post is an amazing testimony to the power of the human spirit – and the human mind, and ultimately serves as a reminder that it’s often not just our priorities which need reordering, but our entire thought process.

“I have made solid progress. Because I believed in myself. Oh, and countless hours of hard work. I’m actually thankful for everything that’s happened …”.

Ditto 😀

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Nick Art Tattoo

Today, as I watched my son walk a few steps unsupported down the hallway of the home in which he lives independently, preparing to walk his bride to be down the aisle in a few months’ time, I was struck by an inspiration… not difficult when you are watching a miracle walking.

I asked him to write something for the blog. He agreed. I merely cut and paste.

Some who follow this blog will already know that on July 4th 2009 my son was left for dead in an alley, a screwdriver rammed through his skull and deep into his brain. He was not expected to survive, and when, remarkably, he did not die, the prognosis held no hope for his future given the extent of the brain damage.

His decision making capacity, intellect, behaviour, language centres and memory were the areas that took the direct damage. Secondary damage hit…

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Naughty or Nice?

It seems as if my dear blogger friend (Santa) Ralph has been in a bit of hot water lately, first for not letting on until after the fact that the party he recently arranged was his birthday party, and then for being – as he put it – a Natural Flirt.

http://bluefishway.com/2012/12/13/its-official-i-am-a-flirt/

The only reason I thought Santa was naughty (and I told him so) was because of the birthday party, and just yesterday I had been wondering about the nature of LOVE when I received notification of a new post on Ralph’s blog inspired by a “young Lady whose husband told her that our conversations were over the top and that we had to tone it down”. Now, this was not my husband, and I am not that young Lady, but Ralph’s post inspired me to write the following comment:

Oh, Ralph – I am so sorry to hear that your natural sweetness has gotten you into any trouble at all.

I was thinking about just this sort of thing this morning, when I came across a couple of posts on other blogs about LOVE, and what that word means – what that emotion is.

http://sprinklinthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/sprinkle-saying-i-love-you/

http://thoughlifebeaday.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/love-quantifying-the-unquantifiable/

Why is it acceptable for me to tell my Sis (who is not my biological sister, but is a very, very dear classmate of mine), or tell my mother-in-law or my children that “You mean the world to me”, “I love you to the moon and back”, “I love you from the depths of my heart”, or to send them e-hugs….BUT it is NOT acceptable for me to say or write those exact same things to my dearest friends who happen to be men?

Now, I know from experience there IS a (fine) line between dear friendships that may appear to be flirtatious, and relationships that have gone beyond flirtation to something more. I know from experience how painful the latter can be to a spouse, and I also know that simply not keeping secrets can keep relationships limited to the former. However, when even not-keeping-secrets causes alarm or jealousy, I believe it is due either to a deep insecurity in the relationship, or to the fact that one member of the relationship has at some point crossed that fine line between dear friendship and “something more.”

Love is very complicated, and friendships can be, but I have learned it is much better to tell someone how much you love them rather than wish you had. If you can’t do that without hurting your “significant other” then I believe something is wrong with one relationship or the other.

I love you dearly, Ralph, from the depths of my heart, to the moon and back…and that is no lie and no secret 🙂

Hugs,

Lyann

See my post on The Social Impact of the Internet at https://mylatterhalf.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/the-social-impact-of-the-internet/

Of course, I happen to follow my own advice on this matter, and I keep no secrets from my husband. The difficulties in my marriage extend far beyond the complexities of flirtation vs. cheating, and I will admit that I am a spouse who remains suspicious of my husband’s e-life…however, I do not meddle in his “affairs” and I will state emphatically that my friendship with Ralph has actually inspired my husband to try to be a better man in many ways. That is a good thing!

Beyond that, my friendships both on- and off-line have led me to understand that it is not necessary to view every relationship my husband has with a woman as a potential threat to my own relationship with him. My friendships have led me to a better understanding of the world and my place in it. All my relationships have led me to a greater understanding of LOVE, if not to a constant contemplation of what “love” is (or is not).

Above all, I do know that my children are of utmost importance to me, and if it weren’t for my friendship with Santa Ralph, they would not be having much of a Christmas this year. And regardless of my “issues” with my husband, our children deserve to have us work through our differences in order for them to grown up in an unbroken home. It’s not easy, but day by day we keep it together and only time will tell whether the marriage will survive once the children have grown and flown the nest.

I’m grateful to Ralph, the Starfish Man (that’s another story) for many things, not the least of which is bringing to the forefront a discussion on what the boundaries of certain relationships ought or ought not to be. I hope that readers will check out his blog and my own post about Santa Ralph, as well as the blogs I mentioned in my comment to his post about being a Natural Flirt.

https://mylatterhalf.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/up-on-the-rooftop/

http://bluefishway.com/

Hugs all around!

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Healing

“Every one of my scars both inside and out, tell my stories.
Of how, though wounded, I fought. I conquered… And I eventually healed.

My scars make up who I am. Who I was.
They remind me of how life can deal nasty blows.
But eventually I will heal.”

~J. Manning

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You have healed when it doesn’t hurt as much as it used to.
When a day goes by without it stabbing you in the heart.
When you let it go without having to tell yourself to let it go.
When you know you’ve moved forward and made progress.
When you can hear that song and not fall apart.
When you know how stronger you are for all of it. …

When you make different decisions because you’re wiser.
When you know you are not broken.
When forgiveness comes easier. When you shine brighter than before.
When you’ve faced what needed to be faced.
You have healed.
~ Allison Nazarian