The Power of Spirit Soul by Narasimha das

July 16, 2021 in Articles

The Power of Spirit Soul

By Narasimha das

“Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of him as amazing, while others, even after hearing about him, cannot understand him at all.”

 When having a nightmare, it is generally easy to awaken from the dream. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to end the nightmare of material existence, although, in theory, this can be done as easily as awakening from a bad dream. Our dreams of false material existence is no more substantial than a fleeting nightmare or hallucination. But this enduring illusion is difficult to overcome due to our longstanding habit of working hard for sense enjoyment in this material world.

 “This divine energy of Mine, consisting of three modes of material nature, is very difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 7.14)

 Yogis and sages struggle to control their minds and senses to free themselves from illusion. As Srila Prabhupada, however, it is not possible even for great sages and demigods to transcend illusion unless they first surrender to Lord Krishna and engage in His devotional service under the direction of a liberated devotee. The core problem of the conditioned soul is his unwillingness to surrender to Krishna. This may be due to aversion, fear, distrust, delusion, or doubts. Doubts stem from our false idea of self, and our ignorance of the soul, Supersoul, and Kingdom of God. In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna teaches us that an individual spirit soul exists in every living being. We may theoretically believe in God and spirit, but simple believing may not be enough. We need full understanding or realization. (Srila Prabhupada said that “realization” means our understanding is complete.)

 Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, “As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.13)

 Lord Krishna further explains: “For the soul, there is never birth nor death. Nor having once been does he ever cease to be. He is unborn eternal, ever-existing, undying, and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.20)

 Death is the final change for the body, but the soul is changeless and immortal and thus continues to superficially accept and change bodies perpetually, until he is finally liberated from samsara–the cycle of birth and death—through self-realization.

 Persons liberated from mundane conceptions of “self” realize the eternality of the soul. According to the great scriptures like Srimad-Bhagavatam and Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, such persons may then enter the all-pervading effulgence of God, the “Great White Light” (brahmajyoti), which is pure consciousness. In the “white light”, one’s eternal self-identity “merges” into the Absolute Totality, and the soul (jivatma) attains equilibrium in boundless tranquility, yet without awareness of his eternal loving relationship with Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna. Self-realized Vedic teachers (acharyas) and scripture warn that one may fall from this position of partial liberation. Great saints never accept this kind of impersonal liberation because in this state one may not revive his innate pure love of God (prema-bhakti). Liberated souls confirm that a far better option for a purified person is to fully engage is devotional service to Krishna and in this way revive his eternal identity as a servant of Krishna. Such a fully liberated soul enters the Kingdom of God (Goloka) for eternal blissful life in full freedom and full knowledge. All this is described by pure devotees and avatars of God. All details of this path are recorded in the Vedas, particularly Srimad-Bhagavatam. (Translations and purports by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

Unfortunately, most people are too dull to take advantage of this science. This is a sad thing about material existence: it makes people dull–and ignorant of God and the meaning of human life. As Srila Prabhupada noted, “People have forgotten what a powerful soul they have.”

“Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of him as amazing, while others, even after hearing about him, cannot understand him at all.” (Bg. 2.29)

According to all Vedic scriptures, an individual soul (jivatma) resides within the heart of every living being. In his natural state, the soul is full in mystic powers and limitless opulence in terms of eternality, knowledge, freedom, and bliss. The liberated soul lives without fear or anxiety and is free to travel anywhere in the material or spiritual worlds. He needs no assistance of any machine, yogi, or demigod.

 “…The great saint Narada is so liberated that he can go to the Vaikuṇṭha planets to see Narayaṇa and then immediately come to this planet in the material world and go to Prayaga to bathe in the confluence of three rivers…. A liberated person who has no material body can go anywhere and everywhere; therefore a living entity is called sarvaga, which indicates that he can go anywhere and everywhere…” (Cc. Madhya 24.230, Purport)

“From authoritative scripture it is learned that Prahlada Maharaja still lives in Vaikuṇṭhaloka as well as within this material world on the planet Sutala. This transcendental quality of existing simultaneously in different places is another qualification of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhutaḥ [Bs5.37]: the Lord appears in the core of everyone’s heart, yet He exists on His own planet, Goloka Vṛndavana. A devotee acquires qualities almost the same as those of the Lord because of unalloyed devotional service. Ordinary living beings cannot be so qualified, but a devotee can be qualified like the Supreme Personality of Godhead, not in full but partially.” (SB.7.4.34, Purport)

“…But although Arjuna is with Krishna in innumerable different material universes at one time, still there is only one spirit soul who is Arjuna. This spirit soul expands into many different bodies and thus you can understand that there are also incarnations of devotees as well as incarnations of Krishna. This is the power of the spirit soul, that it is unlimited. Such conception cannot be understood while one is still in the conditioned state.” (SP-Letter)

“The bestial civilization of eating, sleeping, fearing, and sense-gratifying has misled modern man into forgetting how powerful a soul he has. As we have already described, the soul is a spiritual spark many, many times more illuminating, dazzling and powerful than the sun, moon or electricity. Human life is spoiled when man does not realize his real identity with his soul. Lord Chaitanya appeared with Lord Nityananda to save man from this type of misleading civilization.”

 “The Brahma-saṁhita also confirms that the spiritual body of the Supreme Lord is so powerful that any part of that body can perform the functions of any other part. We can only touch with our hands or skin, but Kṛishṇa can touch just by glancing. We can only see with our eyes; we cannot touch or smell with them. Kṛishna, however, can smell and also eat with His eyes. When foodstuffs are offered to Krishna, we don’t see Him eating, but He eats simply by glancing at the food. We cannot imagine how things work in the spiritual world where everything is spiritual. It is not that Kṛishna does not eat or that we imagine that He eats; He actually eats, but His eating is different from ours. Our eating process will be similar to His when we are completely on the spiritual platform. On that platform every part of the body can act on behalf of any other part.” (Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, Introduction)

 “… Some devotee wants to serve Kṛishna as flower; they become flower there. If I want that ‘As a flower I shall lie down at the lotus feet of Krishṇa,’ he becomes flower, voluntarily. And he can change his…, from flower to human body. That is spiritual life. There is no restriction. If some devotee wants to serve Kṛishna as cow, he serves Kṛiṣhṇa as cow, as calf, as flower, as plant, as water, as ground, field, or as father, as mother, as friend, as beloved, anything. ye yatha mam prapadyante aāṁs tathaiva bhajamy aham [Bg. 4.11]. That is Kṛishṇa’s all-powerfulness, spiritual life.”  

 Great devotees are always joyful, yet they feel compassion for unfortunate conditioned souls, who chase illusory political, economic, and social objectives only for the hope of achieving flash-in-the-pan mundane sense gratification. The whole rat race is based on illusory ideas of bodily, familial, national, and cultural identities. Materialists work hard for material progress due to their ignorance of the soul and the nature and identity of Lord Krishna and His Pure Devotees. Such ignorance makes it hard for people to appreciate Srila Prabhupada’s books and teachings.

 “A nitya-siddha is one who was never contaminated by material nature. Nitya-siddha never came in contact with material nature…  All the associates of Lord Chaitanya are nitya-siddha, or eternally perfect. We should understand that as Lord Chaitanya, Krishna Himself, is transcendental, similarly His personal associates are also nitya-siddha, or eternally transcendental. Simply by accepting that the associates of Lord Chaitanya are eternally free, one is immediately promoted to the transcendental abode of Lord Krishna.” (Narottama das Thakura’s Savarana-sri-gaura-mahima, Purport)

 “Gaurangera bhakta-gane jane jane shakti dhare. The purport of this song is that the devotees of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are very powerful, and each and every one of them can deliver the whole world…” (Cc. Madhya 24.255, Purport)

 Srila Prabhupada is the bona fide spiritual master and teacher for this age. He has shown the world the easiest path of liberation by revealing in the glories of Lord Chaitanya, Lord Nityananda, and Their eternally perfect associates. He is the jagat-guru for the Golden Ageof Lord Chaitanya and the empowered representative of Lord Nityananda. Bona fide preachers recruit and train new devotees on behalf of Srila Prabhupada, who imparts genuine diksha and the transcendental knowledge that defeats our illusion and bondage forever.

Srila Sac Cid Ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]

July 16, 2021 in Articles

Srila Sac Cid Ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura tirobhava tithi  [disappearance day]
Mayapura, West Bengal time . Saturday, July 10, 2021 [Amavasya dark moon]

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A few gems from Srila Prabhupada about Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

   After fulfilling his responsibility to produce a nice child, one should take sannyāsa and engage in the perfectional paramahaṁsa stage. paramahaṁsa refers to the most highly elevated perfectional stage of life. There are four stages within sannyāsa life, and paramahaṁsa is the highest order. The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is called the paramahaṁsa-saṁhitā, the treatise for the highest class of human beings. The paramahaṁsa is free from envy. In other stages, even in the householder stage of life, there is competition and envy, but since the activities of the human being in the paramahaṁsa stage are completely engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or devotional service, there is no scope for envy. In the same order as Kardama Muni, about one hundred years ago, Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda also wanted to beget a child who could preach the philosophy and teachings of Lord Caitanya to the fullest extent. By his prayers to the Lord he had as his child Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who at the present moment is preaching the philosophy of Lord Caitanya throughout the entire world through his bona fide disciples.Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 3: “The Status Quo” : SB 3.22: The Marriage of Kardama Muni and Devahuti : SB 3.22.19 : PURPORT

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Not completely original scripts found on prabhupadabooks.com’s Caitanya Caritamrta

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Not completely original scripts found on prabhupadabooks.com‘s Caitanya Caritamrta
All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.Till now, it was known that there is no website which contains 100% Srila Prabhupada’s original books.
The well known prabhupadabooks.com site is used by many devotees for referencing original books, but some of their scripts have the second edition copies like the Srimad Bhagavatam (1976+), Isopanisad (1974), Teachings of Lord Caitanya (1974) etc.
Many devotees still refer to the site for other books, which should be as per the first edition ones.
But here in its Caitanya Caritamrta we find that it is not completely original.
For example, the purport in this verse (9.261, Madhya Lila) below contains a translation of 1976 Canto 1(1.1.2) whereas the original 1975 edition contains a translation of the 1972 edition. 
It is unknown when this revision in the Caitanya Caritamrta took place and also why the original books websites display only partially original books. 
It is therefore a matter of concern now to find a perfect source for complete original works. 
Below is just a small example out of many that can be found on that site written to it containing some revised translations in between. 
To read all original books as they are, please click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1nHm72gVwAeei95WDkSLf2aw5x-jRXDoF
Content of original first print scan of the purport:(Read the book in pdf here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yXvTD5Xvk2EkayazT48SUI4bVZnIAnIo/view?usp=sharing)

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Changed version on prabhupadabooks.com:
Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/9/261

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Discussion on the Vani incarnation of our spiritual master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by Disciple Visvakarma Dasa.

July 16, 2021 in Articles

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There are two manifestations of our spiritual master one is vapu and the other Vani.

Vapu means personal association and Vani means through his words and instructions.

 “He reasons ill that tells that Vaisnava die, when thou are living still live in sound. The Vaisnava dies to live and living tries to spread the holy name around.”

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The Importance of Holy Days

July 16, 2021 in Articles

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The Importance of Holy Days

Compiled by Narasimha dasIn Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, by Vrindaban das Thakura, [1507-1589 CE] the importance of observing holy days is described. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta confirms and elaborates in his purports to the verses below (from Adi-khanda, Chapter Three).

Text 45: Lord Nityananda appeared on the thirteenth day of the waxing moon in the month of Magha, and Gaurachandra appeared on the full moon evening in the month of Palguna.

Test 46: These two days are most auspicious because all favorable planetary conjunctions are present on these days.

Text 47: Therefore, whoever observes these two days attains devotion to Lord Krishna and freedom from the bondage of ignorance.

Text 48: Just as the appearance day of the Lord is sanctified, the appearance days of the Vaishnavas are also. (Chaitanya Bhagavat, Adi-khanda, Chapter Three)

Purport by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura:

“In the Brahma Purana it is stated: ‘Fortunate are those persons of Kali-yuga who observe the appearance days of Vishnu by staying awake at night and fasting. They are not subject to the great fear of rebirth in the material world. Wherever they reside, Kali cannot affect them. Observing vows on the appearance days of the eternal Supreme Lord gives liberation. These observances of vows for the pleasure of Vishnu are the greatest good in this life and the next, the greatest dharma.’

“By observing these two auspicious days—the thirteenth day of the waxing moon of Magha and the full moon day in the month of Palguna—a conditioned soul’s nescience is destroyed and his propensity for serving Krishna is awakened. One may observe the appearance day of the Lord by fasting and holding a festival.

“Just as the appearance day of the Lord is pure, the appearance days of the Lord’s devotees are also pure. One must certainly hold festivals on these days.”  (Chaitanya Bhagavata, Adi, 3.48, Purport)

Text 49: Whoever hears about the appearance of Lord Gaurachandra will never feel distress, either during this life or at the time of death.

Psilanthropism(Prakrta Sahajiyavada) by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

July 16, 2021 in Articles

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All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Interesting article by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur here.

——————-Psilanthropism (Prakrta Sahajiyavada) by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

SREE SAJJANA-TOSHANI OR THE HARMONIST
DECEMBER 1927, 441 Chailanya-Era. VOL. XXV ,NO. 7.

All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda. and His Divine Grace Om Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Parivrājakācārya 108 Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja Prabhupāda.
Please find the attachment below that contains a very interesting article by Srila Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Thakur on Sahajiyas. 

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SRILA PRABHUPADA SPEAKS – “IF YOU ADULTERATE NONSENSICALLY LIKE A RASCAL, THEN YOU CANNOT BECOME A SPIRITUAL MASTER. IF YOU SIMPLY FOLLOW WHAT KRSNA HAS SPOKEN, THEN YOU BECOME SPIRITUAL MASTER. VERY SIMPLE THING.””

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SRILA PRABHUPADA SPEAKS –
“IF YOU ADULTERATE NONSENSICALLY LIKE A RASCAL,THEN YOU CANNOT BECOME A SPIRITUAL MASTER.
IF YOU SIMPLY FOLLOW WHAT KRSNA HAS SPOKEN,
THEN YOU BECOME SPIRITUAL MASTER. VERY SIMPLE THING.”All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Srila Prabhupada:
So in whatever position you are, you try to understand the science of Kṛṣṇa. Then you become guru. That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mission.
yāre dekha, tāre kaha ‘kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa
āmāra ājñāya guru hañā tāra’ ei deśa

[Cc. Madhya 7.128]

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Two predictions of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

July 16, 2021 in Articles

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Two predictions of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Thakur Bhaktivinode
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati,SREE SAJJANA-TOSHANI OR THE HARMONIST
VOL. XXV. [ SEPTEMBER, 1927, 441 Chaitanya-Era. ] NO.4 .”Within the Gaudiya Sampradaya an abundant crop of evils have sprung up during the last four hundred years. The first and foremost duty of an Acharyya is to uproot those evils completely. He alone is an Acharya who teaches the Dharma that he himself practices.” 
Thakur’s two predictions :— 
(1) Some person imbued with the power of God will again establish the true Varnasram Dharma in accordance with the Divine Dispensation. 
(2) Within a short time there will exist only one Sampradaya (School) in the realm of devotion ‘bhakti’. Its name will be “Sri Brahma Sampradaya.” All other Sampradayas will merge in this Brahma Sampradaya.

All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Interesting article by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur here.

Two predictions of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Thakur Bhaktivinode
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati,SREE SAJJANA-TOSHANI OR THE HARMONIST
VOL. XXV. [ SEPTEMBER, 1927, 441 Chaitanya-Era. ] NO.4 .”Within the Gaudiya Sampradaya an abundant crop of evils have sprung up during the last four hundred years. The first and foremost duty of an Acharyya is to uproot those evils completely. He alone is an Acharyya who teaches the Dharma that he himself practices.” 
Thakur’s two predictions :— 
(1) Some person imbued with the power of God will again establish the true Varn isram Dharma in accordance with the Divine Dispensation. 
(2) Within a short time there will exist only one Sampradaya (School) in the realm of devotion ‘bhakti’. Its name will be “Sri Brahma Sampradaya.” All other Samprwdayas will merge in this Brahma Sampradaya.

Sri Syamananda Goswami tirobhava tithi [disappearance day] – Friday, June 25, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

July 16, 2021 in Articles

Srila Prabhupada explains the exalted position of Sri Shyamananda Goswamicompiled by Narasimha dasa and Yasoda nandana dasa

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Srila Prabhupada writes – “A bona fide spiritual master is in the disciplic succession from time eternal, and he does not deviate at all from the instructions of the Supreme Lord as they were imparted millions of years ago to the sun-god, from whom the instructions of Bhagavad-gītā have come down to the earthly kingdom. “

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Srila Prabhupada writes – “A bona fide spiritual master is in the disciplic succession from time eternal,
and he does not deviate at all from the instructions of the Supreme Lord
as they were imparted millions of years ago to the sun-god,
from whom the instructions of Bhagavad-gītā have come down to the earthly kingdom.
 All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Taken from: Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Unrevised, Unadulterated 1972 Original Macmillan Edition, Chapter 4, Transcendental Knowledge, Text 42: 
TEXT 42tasmād ajñāna-sambhūtaṁhṛt-sthaṁ jñānāsinātmanaḥchittvainaṁ saṁśayaṁ yogamātiṣṭhottiṣṭha bhārata
SYNONYMStasmāt—therefore; ajñāna-sambhūtam—outcome of ignorance; hṛt-stham—situated in the heart; jñāna—knowledge; asinā—by the weapon of; ātmanaḥ—of the self; chittvā—cutting off; enam—this; saṁśayam—doubt; yogam—in yoga; ātiṣṭha—be situated; uttiṣṭha—stand up to fight; bhārata—O descendant of Bharata.
TRANSLATIONTherefore the doubts which have arisen in your heart out of ignorance should be slashed by the weapon of knowledge. Armed with yoga, O Bhārata, stand and fight.
PURPORT
The yoga system instructed in this chapter is called sanātana-yoga, or eternal activities performed by the living entity. This yoga has two divisions of sacrificial actions: one is called sacrifice of one’s material possessions, and the other is called knowledge of self, which is pure spiritual activity. If sacrifice of one’s material possessions is not dovetailed for spiritual realization, then such sacrifice becomes material. But one who performs such sacrifices with a spiritual objective, or in devotional service, makes a perfect sacrifice. When we come to spiritual activities, we find that these are also divided into two: namely, understanding of one’s own self (or one’s constitutional position), and the truth regarding the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One who follows the path of the Gītā as it is can very easily understand these two important divisions of spiritual knowledge. For him there is no difficulty in obtaining perfect knowledge of the self as part and parcel of the Lord. And such understanding is beneficial for such a person who easily understands the transcendental activities of the Lord. In the beginning of this chapter, the transcendental activities of the Lord were discussed by the Supreme Lord Himself. One who does not understand the instructions of the Gītā is faithless, and is to be considered to be misusing the fragmental independence awarded to him by the Lord. In spite of such instructions, one who does not understand the real nature of the Lord as the eternal, blissful, all-knowing Personality of Godhead, is certainly fool number one. Ignorance can be removed by gradual acceptance of the principles of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is awakened by different types of sacrifices to the demigods, sacrifice to Brahman, sacrifice in celibacy, in household life, in controlling the senses, in practicing mystic yoga, in penance, in foregoing material possessions, in studying the Vedas, and in partaking of the social institution called varṇāśrama-dharma. All of these are known as sacrifice, and all of them are based on regulated action. But within all these activities, the important factor is self-realization. One who seeks that objective is the real student of Bhagavad-gītā, but one who doubts the authority of Kṛṣṇa falls back. One is therefore advised to study Bhagavad-gītā, or any other scripture, under a bona fide spiritual master, with service and surrender. A bona fide spiritual master is in the disciplic succession from time eternal, and he does not deviate at all from the instructions of the Supreme Lord as they were imparted millions of years ago to the sun-god, from whom the instructions of Bhagavad-gītā have come down to the earthly kingdom. One should, therefore, follow the path of Bhagavad-gītā as it is expressed in the Gītā itself and beware of self-interested people after personal aggrandizement who deviate others from the actual path. The Lord is definitely the supreme person, and His activities are transcendental. One who understands this is a liberated person from the very beginning of his study of the Gītā.Thus end the Bhaktivedanta Purports to the Fourth Chapter of the Śrīmad-Bhagavad-gītā in the matter of Transcendental Knowledge.

The Jaladuta Diary PDF

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Important proof regarding Srila Prabhupada’s approval of Hayagriva Prabhu’s editing the Bhagavad Gita As It Is

July 16, 2021 in Articles

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Important proof regarding Srila Prabhupada’s approval of Hayagriva Prabhu’s editing the Bhagavad Gita As It Is“So what you are now doing on the Bhagavad Gita manuscript is alright, do it nicely. “
Letter to: Hayagriva, 18 April, 1970 Sriman Hayagriva Das Adhikary ISKCON Temple 318 East 20th Avenue Columbus, OH 43201 3764 Watseka Avenue
Los Angeles, Cal. 90034
My Dear Hayagriva, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 10th instant, and the contents are very much encouraging. So what you are now doing on the Bhagavad Gita manuscript is alright, do it nicely. I have got the second part of Krsna also. I want to send it to you, so when you are free letme know and I will send it.
Regarding the editing process, I am glad to know that they are improving and doing nicely, but finally you should see each manuscript before printing. That should be the arrangement.
Regarding large Deities, I am arranging for them to be sent from India already. They will be just to the standard of our London Deities, and if you can arrange for a contribution to my book fund of not less than $400, I will have one pair sent to be delivered to New Vrindaban. They will be carefully packed in first-class crates and insured, so do not worry about that. I amcarrying on the complete negotiations from here.
So Kirtanananda Maharaj is planning to come here for some days and you may also come with him, and then we can go together to New Vrindaban.
Hope this will meet you in good health. Your ever well-wisher, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

How to defeat the enemies of the Lord? – Explained by Śrīla Prabhupāda

June 20, 2021 in Articles

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How to defeat the enemies of the Lord? – Explained by Śrīla PrabhupādaCaitanya Caritāmṛta,1973 Edition, Ādi lila, Volume 2, Chapter 7,Lord Caitanya in Five Features, Text 99:prabhura miṣṭa-vākya śuni’ sannyāsīra gaṇacitta phiri’ gela, kahe madhura vacana
prabhura—of the Lord; miṣṭa-vākya—sweet words; śuni’—after hearing; sannyāsīra gaṇa—all the groups of sannyāsīs; citta—consciousness; phiri’—moved; gela—went; kahe—said; madhura—pleasing; vacana—words. TranslationAfter hearing Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, all the Māyāvādī sannyāsīs were moved. Their minds changed, and thus they spoke with pleasing words. Purport
The Māyāvādī sannyāsīs met Caitanya Mahāprabhu at Vārāṇasī to criticize the Lord regarding His participation in the saṅkīrtana movement, which they did not like. This demonic nature of opposition to the saṅkīrtana movement perpetually exists. As it existed in the time of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, similarly it existed long before that, even in the time of Prahlāda Mahārāja. He used to chant in saṅkīrtana although his father did not like it, and that was the reason for the misunderstanding between the father and son. In the Bhagavad-gītā (Bg. 7.15) the Lord says: na māṁ duṣkṛtino mūḍhāhprapadyante narādhamāḥmāyayāpahṛta-jñānāāsuraṁ bhāvam āśritāḥ“Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons do not surrender unto Me.” The Māyāvādī sannyāsīs are āsuraṁ bhāvam āśritāḥ, which means that they have taken the path of the asuras (demons), who do not believe in the existence of the form of the Lord. The Māyāvādīs say that the ultimate source of everything is impersonal, and in this way they deny the existence of God. Saying that there is no God is direct denial of God, and saying that God exists but has no head, legs or hands and cannot speak, hear or eat is a negative way of denying His existence. A person who cannot see is called blind, one who cannot walk can be called lame, one who has no hands can be called helpless, one who cannot speak can be called dumb, and one who cannot hear can be called deaf. The Māyāvādīs’ proposition that God has no legs, no eyes, no ears and no hands is an indirect way of insulting Him by defining Him as blind, deaf, dumb, lame, helpless, etc. Therefore although they present themselves as great Vedāntists, they are factually māyayāpahṛta-jñāna; in other words, they seem to be very learned scholars, but the essence of their knowledge has been taken away. Impersonalist Māyāvādīs always try to defy Vaiṣṇavas because Vaiṣṇavas accept the Supreme Personality as the supreme cause and want to serve Him, talk with Him and see Him, just as the Lord is also eager to see His devotees and talk, eat and dance with them. These personal exchanges of love do not appeal to the Māyāvādī sannyāsīs. Therefore the original purpose of the Māyāvādī sannyāsīs of Benares in meeting Caitanya Mahāprabhu was to defeat His personal conception of God. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, however, as a preacher, turned the minds of the Māyāvādī sannyāsīs. They were melted by the sweet words of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and thus became friendly and spoke to Him also in sweet words. Similarly, all preachers will have to meet opponents, but they should not make them more inimical. They are already enemies, and if we talk with them harshly or impolitely their enmity will merely increase. We should therefore follow in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu as far as possible and try to convince the opposition by quoting from the śāstras and presenting the conclusion of the ācāryas. It is in this way that we should try to defeat all the enemies of the Lord.

Immortal Charity: Srila Prabhupada’s Gift to the World

June 20, 2021 in Articles

Immortal Charity:

Srila Prabhupada’s Gift to the World

By Narasimha das

O spotless one, your answers to all these questions will grant immunity from all material miseries. Such charity is greater than all Vedic charities, sacrifices, penances and so on.  (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 3.7.41)

“The highest perfectional work of charity is to give people in general immunity from the anxieties of material existence. This can be done only by performing activities in devotional service to the Lord. Such knowledge is incomparable. Cultivation of knowledge in the Vedas, performance of sacrifice, and distribution of munificent charities all together cannot form even a part of the immunity from the pangs of material existence that is gained from devotional service. The charity of Maitreya not only will help Vidura, but, due to its universal nature, will deliver all others in all times. Thus, Maitreya is immortal.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.7.41, Purport)

In this section of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the great saint Vidura raises many questions to Maitreya Rishi. His aim was to point out the principles of transcendental loving service to the Lord. He knew that by this understanding anyone, past, present or future, will be liberated from the miseries of material existence and return to the spiritual world via the methods of pure devotion.

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Sripada Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu Tirobhava Tithi – Sunday, June 20, 2021 [Mayapur, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

June 20, 2021 in Articles

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Sripada Baladeva Vidyabhusana Tirobhava Tithi [disappearance day]Sunday, June 20, 2021  [Mayapur, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

Compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains how Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana wrote the Gaudiya-Bhasya on the Vedanta-sutras.

But sometimes back, in Jaipur, there was a challenge that “The Gauḍīya Sampradāya has no commentary on the Vedānta-sūtra.” So, at that time Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura was requested… Because he was grand scholar, grand old man scholar, at that time living in Vṛndāvana… So, he was very old at that time; so he authorized Baladeva Vidyābhūṣana, that “You do it.” There was no need, but people are demanding, “Where is your commentary on the Vedānta-sūtra?” So Baladeva Vidyābhūṣana, with the order of Govindaji at Jaipur, he wrote the commentary on Brahma-sūtra. That name is Govinda-bhāṣya. So, the Gauḍīya-Brahmā Sampradāya, they have got also commentary on Brahma-sūtra. That is required. Lectures : Bhagavad-gita Lectures : Bg 13: Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 13.8-12 — Bombay, September 30, 1973 : 730930BG.BOM

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