Vaisnava etiquette and/or the lack of it–SP

May 2, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-Below we have some statements by Srila Prabhupada regarding past acaryas and also Bhaktivinode Thakurs son Lalita Prasada who was brother to Srila Bhaktisiddhant maharaja. These interactions show us the delicate nature of relationships between Lord Caitanya and Vallabha Bhatta as well as between Srila Prabhupada and his own guru’s brother, Lalita Prasad.
Antya 4.129--“My dear Sanātana, although you are the deliverer of the entire universe and although even the demigods and great saints are purified by touching you, it is the characteristic of a devotee to observe and protect the Vaiṣṇava etiquette. Maintenance of the Vaiṣṇava etiquette is the ornament of a devotee.
Madhya 19.61–At that time, Śrī Vallabha Bhaṭṭa was staying at Āḍāila-grāma, and when he heard that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu had arrived, he went to His place to see Him.
PURPORT-Vallabha Bhaṭṭa was a great learned scholar of Vaiṣṇavism. In the beginning he was very much devoted to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, but since he thought that he could not receive proper respect from Him, he later joined the Viṣṇusvāmī sect and became ācārya of that sect. His sect is celebrated as the Vallabhācārya-sampradāya. This sampradāya has had great influence in Vṛndāvana near Gokula and in Bombay. Vallabha Bhaṭṭa wrote many books, including a commentary on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam called Subodhinī-ṭīkā, and notes on the Vedānta-sūtra, in the form of an Anubhāṣya. He also wrote a combination of sixteen short works called Ṣoḍaśa-grantha. …. His book known as Ṣoḍaśa-grantha and his commentaries on Vedānta-sūtra (Anubhāṣya) and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Subodhinī) are very famous. He has written many other books besides.
Aug 7 1976 letter
Madame Sumati Morarji,
…I am sorry to learn that you have become a little agitated regarding the publication of an article in our Back to Godhead magazine. It is certainly unpleasant, but the officers who publish the magazine do not know satyam bruyat priyam bruyat, in this material world only palatable truth should be spoken. Unpalatable truth should be carefully avoided. The cause of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s agitation was much the same as your own. As you are irritated by the criticism of Sri Vallabhacarya, similarly Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was also agitated when Vallabhacarya criticized Sridhara Svami.
Sridhara Svami is accepted as the original commentator on the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Perhaps you know that there is an edition of the Srimad-Bhagavatam by Krsna Sankara Sastri “abhinavah sukah” Vedantacarya, Sahitya-tirtha, sribhagavatasudhanidhi, from Ahmedabad. In his book he has given almost all the important commentaries on the Bhagavatam, as follows: 1. Sridhara Svami 2. Sri Vamsidhara 3. Sri Gangasahaya 4. Srimad Viraraghavacarya 5. Srimad Vijayadhvaja Tirtha 6. Srimad Jiva Gosvami 7. Srimad Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura 8. Srimad sukadeva 9. Gosvami Sri-giridharalal (Vallabhacarya Sampradaya) 10. Sri Bhagavat-prasadacarya, etc..
Among all commentaries, Sridhara Svami’s is given the first position. This parampara has existed for a very long time. It was also accepted during Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s time, but Sri Vallabhacarya violated the system. Instead of acknowledging Sridhara Svami’s pre-eminent position, he wanted to take it himself. … I would like to draw your attention to verse 113 on page 55 where Vallabha Bhatta says:
“In my commentary on Srimad-Bhagavatam,” he said, “I have refuted the explanations of Sridhara Svami. I cannot accept his explanations.”
Moreover, verse 114 states:
“Whatever Sridhara Svami reads he explains according the circumstances. Therefore he is inconsistent in his explanations and cannot be accepted as an authority.”
Vallabha Bhatta’s declaration certainly agitated Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Consequently, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu remarked sarcastically that He considered that anyone who did not accept the svami (or Sridhara Svami) as an authority was a prostitute. Prabhu hasi kahe; but he smiled and said this jokingly, because they were friends.
Although this point is very controversial, it is not based on hearsay, as you have stated, but it is authoritatively documented by the Caitanya Caritamrta. As you have written in a friendly spirit, I do not wish to discuss this point further. If you will kindly take a little trouble to read this chapter “Lord Caitanya meets Vallabha Bhatta” you will understand the whole situation. Actually Vallabha Bhatta should not have criticized Sridhara Svami, because even now Sridhara Svami is very respected. Even authorities like Sri Jiva Goswami and Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura mention in their commentaries, svami caranat, as we have learned it from the lotus feet of Sridhara Svami. So when Vallabha Bhatta criticized Sridhara Svami, Caitanya Mahaprabhu criticized Vallabha Bhatta strongly. This is a fact, but this does not mean that Vallabha Bhatta and Caitanya Mahaprabhu were inimical. Vallabha Bhatta honored Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as a superior. Sometimes Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would chastise Vallabha Bhatta and sometimes He would favor him, because this was their relationship. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would never refuse the occasional invitations of Vallabha Bhatta.
Now we turn to Lalita Prasad the brother of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta maharaja
Note-In the following letter Srila Prabhupada explains the etiquette to be followed when visiting an older Godbrother or special person of spiritual status. So this was early on in dealing with Lalita Prasad…
Sept 2 1971 letter to jayapataka
P.S. Whenever our men go to visit Lalita Prasad Thakura they must take some presentation, cash or kind, worth not less than Rs. 50/- at least. Some nice presentation should be always given. Not that you go empty handed. It is customary to make a presentation to the Deity and Spiritual Master. Lalita Prasad Thakura is son of Bhaktivinode Thakura and younger brother of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati so he is considered my spiritual master.
ACBS/adb

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A comparison between the Burmese “nectar drink” and modern vaccines

April 29, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

What you will read below may be shocking to some. And it is meant to be shocking for especially those who have already had a vaccine shot or are thinking of getting one or two or more…..

And over and above all this information is the main proof that the Lords pure devotee Srila Prabhupada himself said– NO to vaccines. 
 
https://krishnaconsciousnessmovement.com/?s=vaccinations+injections

 
March 6 1974 Mayapur conversations

Prabhupāda: And in Burma, my GuruMahārāja opened a branch. So when they were frying puri, the, nice ghee, all the tenants, “Oh! What you are…!?” (laughter)They cannot tolerate.But in Burma, there is a preparation which is called nafi. The nafi means that a, a big jar will be kept on the door, and whatever animals, insect, cockroaches will die, they’ll put in that.And during rainy season, it will be filled with water.And it will be kept for years. Then… And the bad smell was so terrible that if somebody would open the lid, it will immediately create very bad smell.So after some years, they will strain the water and keep in bottle.And when there is festival, they’ll supply it in small… That is called nafi. And they’ll take it very pleasantly.And when they were frying ghee, “Oh! What you are doing, this?!” 

 
 
Want to take one of the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson Vaccines or Astra zeneka  vaccines???

Here is what is in them
 
 
So if you think this Nafi “drink” is disgusting (which you should) then take a look at what actually goes into these vaccinations that are injected into your body.
To list a few-
*tissue from  aborted fetuses,
*genetically engineered human albumin,
*The measles and mumps viruses are cultivated in cultures of chick embryonic cells while the growth medium for all three viruses contains fetal bovine serum.

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Passing of Makhancora prabhu cremation video and service

April 28, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna
Pranams to all
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Yesterday April  27, 2021 at 10 AM a number of devotees attended the cremation and funeral service for our departed and dear Godbrother Makhancora das prabhu. We will miss him dearly as he was a very kind hearted, soft natured, gentle soul that served his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada for his entire  adult life.

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 If I can go and serve Kṛṣṇa within a minute, why shall I wait for one hour?-SP

April 22, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

April 20 1976 Melbourne conversations
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: They take that spiritual life is negation of anything that they’re doing now, no more money, no more anything.
Prabhupāda: For our personal comfort, we, our students are lying on the floor. They are not using the money for purchasing nice furniture. No personal comfort. But if you say that “You are purchasing big, big car,” yes, for going quickly to serve Kṛṣṇa. Our service is main point. If I can go and serve Kṛṣṇa within a minute, why shall I wait for one hour? So we take all advantages. After all, it belongs to Kṛṣṇa. They say that “We have manufactured.” That’s all…. But we say that Kṛṣṇa has manufactured. So they…. This philosophy, it is little difficult to understand by the dull men, that nothing is without Kṛṣṇa. Everything…. Īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam [Īśo mantra 1]. Sarvam, when we say sarvam, how we can exclude this and that? Everything is in relationship with Kṛṣṇa, sarvam. Sarvam means everything. So how can you discriminate, “This is material; this is spiritual”? The discrimination is that when it is not used for Kṛṣṇa, that is material, and when it is used for Kṛṣṇa, that is spiritual. That is the explanation of sarvam. Just like a thief has stolen my money. The money will be utilized. He’ll spend it. I am spending, and he is…. Then why he’s criminal. If you plea…. If you present this plea that “Money’s for spending, so either you spend or I spend…,” but that is not the idea, that the money…. My money means the money should be spent for my purpose, and because you have taken the money and spending for your purpose, therefore you are criminal. That is the distinction between material and spiritual. Money, or everything, belongs to Kṛṣṇa. When it is utilized for Kṛṣṇa, this is spiritual, and when it is not utilized for Kṛṣṇa, that is material. Where is the difficulty to understand? You cannot say that “Yes, I have taken your money, so you are also spending. I am also spending. So why do you call me a criminal?” The answer will be: “Yes, you are not spending for me. You are spending for you. Therefore you are criminal.” Is it very difficult to understand?

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Vedic statements dont change unlike modern scientists

April 22, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

June 4 1976 reporter interview LA
Reporter: I think I covered most questions that I wanted to in the interview. Did you say that somebody would be transcribing?
Rāmeśvara: Yes, I’m going to arrange to have it transcribed.
Reporter: Because there are a lot of things that I couldn’t catch, just because I’m not atuned to hearing you, so a lot of words I did not understand. But…
Rāmeśvara: I’ll arrange for that.
Reporter: OK.
Rāmeśvara: You’ll get it tomorrow.
Reporter: Oh, I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.
Prabhupāda: Thank you. [break]
Rāmeśvara: Just like there is this one point that the scientists say something which everyone in the world believes, but you are saying something different. So he was very interested…
Prabhupāda: No. Ahh…. I…
Reporter: Well the Vedic scriptures say that.
Rāmeśvara: Yes, the Vedic scriptures…
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Rāmeśvara: …something different.
Prabhupāda: The thing is, that is practical. That scientifics statement given today, and after few days it is changed.
Reporter: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Then if I say “What is the value of such statement if you change it?” That is my point. And so far Vedic injunctions are there, you don’t change. What was given millions of years ago, that we carry.
Reporter: Thank you very much.
Rāmeśvara: Thank you, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. (end)

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Rama Navami special – Srila Prabhupada Amrtam Updated

April 21, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa


Rama Navami special –
Srila Prabhupada Amrtam UpdatedHare Krsna. All glories and Ananta Koti Dandavats to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and to all Vaisnavas.On the auspicious festival Sri Rama Navami, the following links to Srila Prabhupada’s Original works are compiled. It is hoped that all devotees will be benefited. 

1. ORIGINAL BOOKS DRIVE:

Please find a link to a Google drive with Srila Prabhupada’s first edition unrevised, non adulterated, original books.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nHm72gVwAeei95WDkSLf2aw5x-jRXDoF?usp=sharingAnother folder for Srimad Bhagavatam 1972 on-wards first edition original books:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1am9rKGII3wMrmkyxHp85hfjMjgnWGzT9?export?format=pdf

2. ORIGINAL TAPES DRIVE:

In 2019 the Bhaktivedanta Archives released last installments of the original unedited recordings of Srila Prabhupada’s classes, room conversations, morning walks, etc.
For those used to listening to Srila Prabhupada on a daily basis, now the entire archive – a total of 4,120 mp3-files (except musical recordings,recitals and book dictations since they did not have a date) – is also available sorted by the day of the year that Srila Prabhupada spoke them on. In other words, each of 366 days of a year now has a corresponding folder with Srila Prabhupada’s audios that were recorded on that day of the year.

You can download the complete SP Daily or its individual folders at this link:
https://yadi.sk/d/-fFAOT44_FE9jg?ncrnd=312
(Please keep in mind that the entire collection is over 100 GB.)

3. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S DOWNLOADABLE ALBUM FILES:

1. ISKCON Media Original Size 
https://causelessmercy.com/?P=_PrabhupadasPictureLinks
2. 6301 ISKCON Media Images Renamed 1920 Max (click “Download Folder”)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tCq5d4k7MZgYid0zIapurs8sHzGNnSTq/view?usp=sharing

3. asitis.com

https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AMBhf5X4XJ2QhNU&id=8AB51FADD8FC82E9%2115530&cid=8AB51FADD8FC82E9

4. krsna-art.com Images
https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AJ9YcdD1crmNMS4&id=8AB51FADD8FC82E9%2115287&cid=8AB51FADD8FC82E9

5. srila_prabhupada_110_hd_photos_cropped_to_1920x1080_jpg_quality_90.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzR876u4ZuxEZDdiYTZjNGUtMzMzZC00NGZm
LTgxNzctYjRlYWM5M2U0OWM5&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

6.srila_prabhupada_30_hd_grainy_book_scans_srimad_bhagavatam_600_dpi.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Bz3ouS6L_-N3NmM1YzJmZDctOWNlM
C00NGI3LTgyNzEtYmZhMDBlYmJhNWYw&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

7. srila_prabhupada_32_hd_photos_easy_share_com.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Bz3ouS6L_-N3MDRhMDljZTktNWY2Yy00ZjllLTg5ODAtMjRjMmJlYjliMmU1&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

8. srila_prabhupada_56_et_hd_photos.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Bz3ouS6L_-N3Y2VlNTA0YmItYjU1NS00ZWU2LWIyNzYtYmI1ODI0NjMxZGU4&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

9. srila_prabhupada_9568_of_19494_svga_photos_folders_SP-BN001_SP-CT043.rar
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6YaxaeNCn40ZWExZjU5MzQtMmJiZC00NjE5LTk3M2EtOTcwMjA3NTQwNWQ4

10. srila_prabhupada_9926_of_19494_svga_photos_folders_SP-CT044_SP-CT091.rar
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3q_WrDluDbHYWU3ZWFjOGItZGYwOS00MzRmLWI5OTAtMGVhZTlmNGU2Zjk1

11. srila_prabhupada_9816_svga_photos_touched_up.rar
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B97rjMfuuyRBZGU1M2FlZDktNjYwZS00YzA5LTgwZGMtZWE0NGE3M2Y2MjMz

4. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BHAJANS, KIRTANS, PURPORTS ETC:
Please find this link below for Bhaktivedanta Archives’ Music & Purports as given by Srila Prabhupada.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VafOb2najh3Lmfu_efdxhQjJerf6erSX

5. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S TRANSCRIPTS, LECTURES, JAPA, CONVERSATIONS, ETC BY BHAKTIVEDANTA ARCHIVES:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1naAUKV1sIFLDkWpGGeV21rgaoko_anzN

6. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S 103 VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL5517889893DB671A

7. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S AUDIO COLLECTION:
Prabhupada Audio Collection – Google Drive

8. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S ORIGINAL BOOKS SITES LINKS:For more first edition original books to download please visit any of the following sites:1. https://sites.google.com/view/prabhupadasoriginalbooks/srila-prabhupadas-original-books-without-bogus-editing-by-iskcon?authuser=0
2. https://sites.google.com/view/firsteditionoriginals/download-first-edition-originals?authuser=0

3. https://www.krishnapath.org/ebooks/
4. https://krishna.org/category/free-pdf-downloads/

9. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S 6854 LETTERS:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/134JgfSPx6E5A4TOkXDs1EQad4yO-5HAS/view

10. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S PRE-1967 LETTER SCANS:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzR876u4ZuxEbF9XTlJsMVB1elE/view?usp=sharing

11. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BACK TO GODHEAD MAGAZINE COLLECTION( ALL SCANS FROM 1944-77):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzR876u4ZuxEbF9XTlJsMVB1elE/view?usp=sharing

12. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S EARLY BACK TO GODHEAD ARTICLES (ALL IN ONE):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q9l2pqt3xub7z3l/BTG%20COMPILATION%20(1944-1960).pdf?dl=0

13. DOWNLOADABLE PDF SCRIPTS FOR ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM,1969 ISOPANISHAD AND 1960 EASY JOURNEY TO OTHER PLANETS, 1968 TEACHINGS OF LORD CHAITANYAThe following links direct to the first edition books, so the devotees are requested to use these links only for reading,preaching,quoting etc. 
Srimad Bhagavatam (Original first prints):
Canto 1: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n03kji8r59zg1lh/Canto%201%20-%20Creation.pdf?dl=0Canto 2:https://www.dropbox.com/s/lnslfpzerj4sfyc/Canto%202%20-%20The%20Cosmic%20Manifestation.pdf?dl=0Canto 3:https://www.dropbox.com/s/j9d40k4ytykeznu/Canto%203%20-%20The%20Status%20Quo.pdf?dl=0Canto 4https://www.dropbox.com/s/2f57ojuymc4n2sz/Canto%204%20-%20The%20Creation%20of%20The%20Fourth%20Order.pdf?dl=0Canto 5:https://www.dropbox.com/s/3llvntdzwr7l84q/Canto%205%20-%20The%20Creative%20Impetus.pdf?dl=0Canto 6: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wzg6b6wbst8bilm/Canto%206%20-%20Prescribed%20Duties%20for%20Mankind.pdf?dl=0Canto 7:https://www.dropbox.com/s/0se7so9zjtss8an/Canto%207%20-%20The%20Science%20of%20God.pdf?dl=0Canto 8:https://www.dropbox.com/s/kzn1uq20il2491t/Canto%208%20-%20Withdrawal%20of%20the%20Cosmic%20Manifestation.pdf?dl=0Canto 9https://www.dropbox.com/s/mqmeb6fr0fs9nun/Canto%209%20-%20Liberation.pdf?dl=0Canto 10:https://www.dropbox.com/s/2spmell3s4wo61e/Canto%2010%20-%20The%20Summum%20Bonum.pdf?dl=0

Sri Isopanisad 1969 edition: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ppcm8cfhqtrqad/Sri-Isopanisad-original-1969-edition.pdf?dl=0
Easy Journey to Other Planets 1960 India Edition:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ttoyvo89hhpj4ro/Easy-Journey-to-Other-Planets-original-India-edition.pdf?dl=0
Teachings of Lord Chaitanya 1968 Edition:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zw0pghy0fbk555v/TLC%201968%20ORIGINAL.pdf?dl=0

14. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S ORIGINAL SCANS OF DELHI SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SpTYeByncIaGi_j1xbjP2vuh8Lefie9h?usp=sharing

15. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S KRSNA BOOK DICTATIONS AND TAPES:

16. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S IMPORTANT NECTAR DROPS:

https://causelessmercy.com/a/

17. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S LECTURES AND CONVERSATIONS EPUB DOWNLOAD LINKS:

Lectures: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K9RaV7o0y5S2BRKn6pOm_5Rwo8U2wW6N/view?usp=sharing

Conversations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11vxA4Fac4BjRiWU6RsKHfGuHjm9of0xk/view?usp=sharing

Sri Rama Navami, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

April 21, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Sri Rama Navami, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]








Sri Rama Navami lecture by His Divine Grace 

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Hawaii, March 27, 1969

ramadi murtishu kala-niyamena tishthan
nanavataram akarod bhuvaneshu kintu
krishnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo
govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami
[Bs. 5.39

This is a verse from Brahma-samhita in which the incarnation of Lord Ramacandra is described. Ramadi. Not only Rama, but there are many other, innumerable incarnations. They are compared with the waves of a river. As the waves of the river or the waves of the ocean cannot be counted, similarly, how many incarnations are there of the Supreme Lord it is not possible to count. But out of them, the principal names are mentioned in the sastras. Therefore, it is said ramadi. Ramadi means Rama and also other, many incarnations. And they are existing. Not that one incarnation appeared and it is finished. No. Not like that. Just like Lord Ramacandra appeared on this planet, say millions of years before. He appeared in the Treta-yuga. Treta-yuga means… We have passed only five thousand years of this age, Kali-yuga. Before that, there was Dvapara-yuga. Dvapara-yuga means 800,000 years. And before that, there was Treta-yuga, which continued for twelve hundred thousands of years. That means at least two million years before Lord Ramacandra appeared on this planet.

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ASURAS IN THE DRESS OF SANNYASIS EVEN EXPLAIN BHAGAVAD- GITA AND SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM IN DIFFERENT WAYS

April 21, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

SRILA PRABHUPADA SPEAKS OUT-

 “ASURAS IN THE DRESS OF SANNYASIS EVEN EXPLAIN BHAGAVAD- GITA

AND SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM IN DIFFERENT WAYS

ACCORDING TO THEIR IMAGINATIONS.

THUS, THEY CONTINUE TO REMAIN ASURAS BIRTH AFTER BIRTH.”

mauṣala-līlā, āra kṛṣṇa-antardhāna

keśāvatāra, āra yata viruddha vyākhyāna

mahiṣī-haraṇa ādi, saba—māyāmaya

vyākhyā śikhāila yaiche susiddhānta haya

mauṣala-līlā—the pastimes of destroying the Yadu dynasty; āra—also; kṛṣṇa-antardhāna—the disappearance of Kṛṣṇa; keśa-avatāra—the incarnation of the hairs; āra—also; yata—all; viruddhavyākhyāna—statements against the Kṛṣṇa conscious conclusions; mahiṣī-haraṇa—kidnapping of the queens; ādi—and so on; saba—all; māyā-maya—made of the external energy; vyākhyā—explanations (countering the attack of the asuras); śikhāila—instructed; yaiche—which; su-siddhānta—proper conclusions; haya—are.

Translation

Illusory stories opposed to the conclusions of Kṛṣṇa consciousness concern the destruction of the Yadu dynasty, Kṛṣṇa’s disappearance, the story that Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma arise from a black hair and a white hair of Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, and the story about the kidnapping of the queens. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu explained to Sanātana Gosvāmī the proper conclusions of these stories.

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Srila Prabhupada cites and glorifies Ramanujacarya

April 21, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Sri Ramanuja
Vaishnava guru Ramanuja's original body mummified & preserved inside Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam since 1137 CE with Sandalwood & Camphor coatings
Alwars-Ramanuja agreed to argue single handed.the king  arranged a huge dias and open ground for 12000 jains.Ramanuja centrally seated over the dias should answer all queries.Ramanuja manifested as ADISESHA with 1000 hoods and successfully addressed all jain acharyas and satisfied their questions.

(above).  the body of Ramanuja in Sri Rangam .
(right) Ramanuja agreed to argue single handed.the king arranged a huge dias and open ground for 12000 jains.Ramanuja centrally seated over the dias should answer all queries. Ramanuja manifested as Adi Sesha with 1000 hoods and successfully addressed all jain acharyas and satisfied their questions.
Srila Prabhupada cites and glorifies Ramanujacarya.compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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1969 Isopanisad translation from BTG 1969 Magazine

April 21, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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1969 Isopanisad translation from BTG 1969 Magazine

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Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1972 Macmillan Edition is the only “REVISED AND ENLARGED” edition

April 21, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1972 Macmillan Edition

is the only “REVISED AND ENLARGED” edition

“You know how much I am anxious to see this enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is printed and also we are being requested for this book from all parts of the world, so everybody is also anxious.” [Letter to: Advaita—Bombay,17 April, 1971]

I was very happy to receive the new edition of Bhagavad gita the make-up is very nice. Every time I see a new publication of my books it gives me so much enthusiasm that my life is increased by 100 years. Thank you for helping me so much. [Letter to: Ramesvara Prabhu—New Delhi, 27 November, 1975]

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POTENCY OF MACMILLAN EDITION: ŚRĪLA PRABHUPĀDA PROVES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO SPREAD KṚṢṆA CONSCIOUSNESS ALL OVER THE WORLD BASED ON THE BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ AS IT IS (ONLY 1972 EDITION)

There is a great need for spreading Krishna Consciousness all over the world based on the Bhagavad gita As It Is. We have been successful in this attempt. I am very well known to Dixitji Goswami of Bombay. He likes very much my movement and my books. I am very much grateful for your contribution of so many books on Vallabh Sampradaya and also the framed pictures. They are being kept in Delhi, and when I return to Vrindaban via Delhi, I shall see them. [Letter to: Srinathji Temple—Mayapur, 11 October, 1974]

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THE AUTHORIZED EDITION OF BHAGAVAD-GITA WILL HELP TO STOP THE TERRIBLE CHEATING OF ‘GURUS’ AND ‘YOGIS’ WHO ARE FALSE AND UNAUTHORIZED.

Letter to: Svarupa, Ranadhira

Mayapur-3 February, 1976

Los Angeles

The reviews have very much encouraged me. Especially those of Prof. Bhatt and Prof. Vajpeye. I have personally written a letter of thanks to Dr. Bhatt, that he has so much encouraged me. Dr. Vajpeye’s review we are going to print and widely distribute, especially in Bombay and Madras, where there is so much propaganda from these bogus gurus and yogis. He has got practical experience of how they are cheating the innocent people in foreign countries and he has written; “The authorized edition of Bhagavad-gita will help to stop the terrible cheating of ‘gurus’ and ‘yogis’ who are false and unauthorized.

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PROOF THAT ŚRĪLA PRABHUPĀDA WAS SATISFIED WITH THE LAYOUT AND PAINTINGS OF THE BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ AS IT IS AND THAT THERE WAS NO NEED TO CHANGE THE PAINTINGS

My Dear Jadurani, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letters dated 30th May and 1st June and have noted the contents carefully. I have received all the photographs of the paintings for the enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, and they are so very beautiful. Everyone here is so much appreciative of all you artists. All of you have my full blessings and your godbrothers’ congratulations. Krishna will surely bless you all. Thank you very much.

[Letter to: Jadurani—Bombay,8 June, 1971]

I have seen the layout proposal for the first pages of our new edition of
Bhagavad-gétä As It Is and it is fully approved by me. I shall immediately write one preface to the enlarged edition as you have requested and send it as soon as possible.

[Letter to: Satsvarupa—Surat,19 December, 1970]

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DESIRE OF ŚRĪLA PRABHUPĀDA TO PRINT A “REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION” OF BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ AS IT IS TO RESTORE THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT

Regarding Bhagavad-gitä manuscript: If you have got two copies then you can send one to Janārdana. Otherwise you have to send him a copy only, and keeping one copy with you. Because in future I am thinking of publishing a revised and enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. You know that we have to cut short the book because the MacMillan Company wanted within 400pages. So, you know that the majority of the verses in the back portion of the book were not given purports. Therefore, in our next publication we shall give purport for all the verses. * So, you should keep one copy with you before you send the manuscript to Janardhan. [Letter to: Rāyarāma—Hawaii ,6 March, 1969]

The first volume of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam can be printed if it is composed. From second Canto they are printing chapter-wise. That is alright. So otherwise whatever is already composed KṚṢṆA, volume 2; Bhagavad-gītā AS IT IS, revised and enlarged edition; Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, first Canto; etc., anyone of them may be printed. [Letter to: Brahmānanda—Los Angeles,19 June, 1970]

Regarding the printing of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, I have already advised you in my last letter dated 19th June, 1970, not to make contract. We shall continue to print Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam chapter wise on ISKCON Press and when all the chapters are there we shall bind them together. The next book we shall print in Japan will be KṚṢṆA volume II and maybe Bhagavad-gītā AS IT IS—Revised and Enlarged Edition if composition is finished. KṚṢṆA volume II is almost ready now. [Letter to: Brahmānanda—Los Angeles, 25 June, 1970]

You may immediately resume your former activities and work the press according to your best ability because I am very eager to see our own press printing the majority of our publications. The first thing now should be the printing of the new, enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. That will be a great boon to our Movement. Letter to Advaita—Surat, 19 December, 1970]

Please let me know the right information by return post. You know how much I am anxious to see this enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is printed and also, we are being requested for this book from all parts of the world, so everybody is also anxious. [Letter to: Advaita—Bombay,17 April, 1971]

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Faithful means he knows that “Everything belongs to master, and everything should be utilized for master’s pleasure, not for my pleasure.” Then he’s a thief, he’s a bad servant.

April 21, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

May 3 1976 fiji conversations
 
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: It’s become the fashion of world…
Prabhupāda: Fashion? Your fashion, kick on the face! No fashion! (devotees laugh) It is a science. It is not the question of fashion, a false faith, belief. These are all rascals. Science is science. Two plus two equal to four. That’s all. There is no question of “I have no faith in this. I say five!” That will not be accepted. Two plus two equal to four. It is neither five nor three. If that truth is there, then there is faith. “God is this, and sometimes God is this”—that is no understanding of God. You must have clear understanding of God.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: What is the quality of a person who is actually faithful?
Prabhupāda: He’s accepting eagerly Bhagavad-gītā if he’s really follower of God. Because there is nothing extraordinary in the Bhagavad-gītā. It is the words actually for God to speak. You may call Kṛṣṇa or otherwise, but…. Just like sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam [Bg. 18.66]. This can be said by God only. Otherwise who can say that “You give up everything; surrender unto Me”? It can be said by God onlyEither you talk of Hindu or Muslim, but ask one that “If God says, ‘You surrender unto…,’ will you refuse?” Let him become Muslim or Christian. So nobody can refuse the order of God. That is faithfulness.
Guru-kṛpā: Śrīla Prabhupāda, why are there so many pseudo religions then?
Prabhupāda: There is no religion! This is the only religion.
Guru-kṛpā: Then why do they mingle at all? Why do they even get involved?
Prabhupāda: Therefore we say that one who has no faith in God, he’s a rascal, miscreant.
Guru-kṛpā: But they pretend.
Prabhupāda: Pretend? Kick them! Why you should accept pretension? Then you are a fool also. You say “pretend,” and still, you have to talk about them. That means you are also faithless. Why should you talk about the pretension? Pretension is pretension. That is faithlessness. Sometimes they pretend honest, but he’s a thief. What is this philosophy? Thief is thief. That’s all. [break] …thoroughly the science of God. That is Bhagavad-gītā. The words which is spoken in the Bhagavad-gītā, that can be spoken only by God. Nobody else can speak like that. Who can say? Who has the right to say that “You surrender unto Me”? Nobody has right. Only God can say. That is God. [break]
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Enviousness is caused by sense gratification.
Prabhupāda: Hmm?
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Enviousness is caused by sense gratification.
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: And in the Fifteenth Chapter of the Seventh Canto, in one verse you mention that enviousness can be given up if one gives up the tendency to sense gratification.
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: So we see sometimes that the Māyāvādīs, they have perhaps given up the affairs of this world, but still, they remain envious, inimical towards Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: Then?
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: So, how…
Prabhupāda: What he has given up? (laughter) What he has given up? You say he has given up; what he has given up? “I have given up everything, but I remain proprietor.” What is this, given up? There is not, no “given up.” The contradiction’s there. One who has given up, what he has given up? He has not given up his personality. Then what he has given up? In Bengali it says that rasamba sataya chaibe tyāga,(?) (indistinct) that “In the room, whatever is there, it is yours. But I lock it, I keep the key.” (laughter) (Bengali) “I have given up.” What you have given up? You have kept the keys. So we have to accept that he’s given up? This is another foolishness. [break] So the first question will be, “You rascal, what you have got in your possession that you are giving up? If you have something, then you can give up. What you have got, first of all tell me. You haven’t got anything. Even this body is not yours. As soon as God will kick you, you have to go out. Then what is yours? You say ‘I have given up.’ What you can give up? Nothing is yours.” That is rascaldom: “I have given up everything; I kept the key.” From here, for a few days we are walking. And while going, if I say, “Now this land I give you,” where your land? Where you possess this land? This is like that. What you can give up? What is yours? You have nothing. This is nonsense. “I have given up.” First of all, prove what you have got. If you haven’t got anything, then what is to give up? This is all nonsense.

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vaccinations, injections and hospitals according to SP

April 20, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

 

Hare Krsna -Below we have compiled a long series of quotes by Srila Prabhupada in relations to vaccinations, injections and general hospital treatments.

 

 

  1. Feb 14 1971-Prabhupāda: …my Guru Mahārāja was in his last days, these rascal doctors injected… Our, this Kuñjabihārī, Tīrtha Mahārāja brought so many big, big doctors. And he protested, “Why are you giving me injection?” He protested. He personally said, “Why are you giving me injection?” And if you bring a doctor, the rascals will not stop. “Oh, that is our treatment. We must try our best.” They will plead like that. “To give more trouble to the patient, that is our business.”Inventing new medicines means inventing new means of giving trouble. That’s all. As soon as you ask them whether by injection the life is guaranteed, they will say, “No. There is no guarantee. Let us try, make experiment.” Yes. In hospital, as soon as you get (microphone moving)… Whatever nonsense knowledge they have got, they make experiment, at the risk of other’s life.
Haṁsadūta: When Himāvatī broke her leg they wanted to operate. I said, “Oh, no, no chance. No operation.” Then they immediately said, “Then maybe she’ll never walk again.”
Prabhupāda: Just see.
Haṁsadūta: So I said, “Well, how can we tell?” They said, “Well, there’s no way to tell.” I said, “Suppose we operate. Then it’s guaranteed that everything will be all right?” They said, “No.” But they thought they should do that.
Prabhupāda: Yes. They canvass, they convince like that and make experiment. That is their business. They have no, I mean to say, assured idea. Simply experiment. All these hospitals, they are meant for making experiment. I think I have told you one story of my servant. Did I? Huh?
Haṁsadūta: No. Please tell us the story. (laughter)
Prabhupāda: (laughs) The servant was crying, “Oh! I am dying, I am dying, I am dying.” So I immediately called ambulance and took her to the hospital. Then, when I went there, there were so many neophyte doctors. They experimented, and they said, “Immediate operation is required.” “Why?” They gave us some technical terms. Then their leader doctor came. He said, “All right. Let us see this night. Then, next morning, we shall operate.” So I asked him, “I can go? He may remain in your charge?” “Yes.” So I went, came back. And when I was absent, another servant of the neighbor, he told to my wife, that “Babuji…” Babuji means master. “…it is unnecessarily he has taken to hospital. He was drunk, and he was crying like that. (laughter) He drank.” So my wife told that he was drunk, and he was therefore crying like that. “No, no. Doctor says that it is a serious case (laughter) and it is to be operated.” And the next morning the servant came back. “And why you come back? You were to be operated?” “Oh, thik hai. It is now all right.” Just see. The rascals were going to operate. He was drunk. In drunken state he was crying, and they took it a case of operation. That is my practical experienceEverything you take there: “Operation.”
Devotee (1): That’s a symptom of the modern civilization, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: Operation. That is… Demons are to be cheated like that. Simply operation. Simply operation. Bas.
Devotee (2): Also they’re trying to get money.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Injection and operation. That is in their hands.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Should we try to avoid getting injections as much as possible?
Prabhupāda: That is my opinion. But as soon as you go to a medical man, especially in your country, first of all, you have to give blood, immediately. (laughter) One ounce of blood immediately. First business. And then other injection. Because I underwent so many medical examination, I have got experience. For my immigration. I think, three or four times I was under health examination, and blood-taking, and injection. Of course, it is not very painful. That arrangement is there. But the business is like that, “First of all give your blood; then talk of other things.” Better to die without a doctor. (laughter) That’s the best principle. Don’t call any doctor. Simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and die peacefully.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: But what about when you’re not going to die… What about when you have some problems that’s not fatal. Then who would we call?
Prabhupāda: Then go take injection. What can be done? (laughter) There is no alternative.
Devotee (1): How long will you be feeling bad from the injection?
Prabhupāda: If it remains simply for a while that is sufficient to kill you. There is no question of how long.
Devotee (1): It’s just that you don’t look very… You don’t look like your normal self. There’s no…
Prabhupāda: Sometimes they do business, simply water they inject. Yes. Simply water and take fee.They know there is no necessity of medicine; still, they will inject some water, distilled water, and take the fees. I have seen the doctors and some, I mean to say, ordinary man, illiterate. “What kind of treatment you want? Injection or medicine?” So naturally, he will say, “The best one. I want to…” “Then you have to take injection.”
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Or both. You might get both.
Prabhupāda: Yes. I have seen, they have spoken like that. Because the patient will think, “Oh, I take injection, I’ll be very quickly cured.” He will canvass like that. Because if he gives a bottle of medicine, that will not be very costly. But injection in his hand, he’ll (have) at least five rupees, that much. So he’ll canvass like that, “What kind of treatment you want, injection or ordinary medicine.” So he’ll say, “Sir, best medicine I want.” “Then you take injection.” That’s all. It is a fact that the whole human civilization is a society of cheaters and cheated. That’s all. Any field. mayaiva vyavaharite. The whole world in this Kali-yuga: mayaiva vyavaharite. Vyavaharite means ordinary dealings, there will be cheating. Ordinarily, there will be cheating. Daily affairs. Not to speak of very great things. Ordinary dealings, there will be cheating. That is stated in the Bhāgavata, mayaiva vyavahari. The sooner you get out of this scene is better. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So long you live, you simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and preach Kṛṣṇa’s glories, and that’s all. Otherwise, you should know that this is a dangerous place. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ [SB 10.14.58]. In every step there is danger.
Mālatī: This lecture was recorded in Gorakhpur, U.P., India,

 

 

2.Jan 26 1977—
Satsvarūpa: Now these psychiatrists are doing that with our Hare Kṛṣṇa. They say, “When these people… They take to Hare Kṛṣṇa because of this, because of that, and when they chant this happens in their brain, and this is happening.” They don’t believe that it is anything transcendental.
Prabhupāda: Yes. They say that “There is a brain. There is a tissue. There is cerebrum. On account of, they are thinking spiritually. Otherwise if it is cut off, there will be no more opportunity.” They’ll do that, brain operation. And whatever nonsense they will do, we’ll accept.
Gurukṛpā: They have electric.
Satsvarūpa: Electric shock
Prabhupāda: Dangerous community. These scientists, the so-called, they are dangerous community.
Now, if five ounce(?) sight(?) is there, “No, it should be operated. Then he will be cured.” And actually it is happening. In the hospitals they make all kinds of experiment, and if you say, “No, why you are doing that? A patient is suffering,” “We must execute our science. So long the life is there we shall try to save him.” They say like that. They will go on with all nonsense activity, and if you want to stop them, they will say, “No, our science has got so…” They take in writing that “Whatever we shall do, you cannot object,” hospital. It is a place of demons. And as soon as they get a patient who will not protest, they’ll make it, they’ll make it and operation. No medicine, simply operate.
Gurukṛpā: What they do now is… What they’ve been doing is they have all these pills, and they give them to people to experiment, to see what the reaction is.
Prabhupāda: Hm. That is going on. Big, big patent medicine, they will explain scientifically and give to the doctor and make experiment, and they will go on making experiment. I know this. This is their business. They’ll write, they will call for the medical students—they have learned new, new words—and they’ll pay to make a literature with bombastic scientific word, and they’ll prepare literature. This literature will be distributed and give their medicine, and they may pay them for false propaganda. This is going on to introduce new patent medicine. I know that. Simply water they will inject to get money. The patients have come, innocent, illiterate—”How want to be…? Do you want to be cured very quickly or little less?” He’s a laborer. He says, “Yes, sir, if you cure me.” “So then injection will be required.” He has no disease, and they’ll give some water injection, yes, and take fee. Because as soon as there is question injection, he’ll charge at least four rupees, five rupees. He has no disease. They will inject water and take four, five rupees. In India I have seen.
Gurukṛpā: If you need… If you have one infection in America, you know what you need—some penicillin, something to kill the infection. But the doctor will have to make all sorts of experiments to tell you what you already know.
Prabhupāda: “You first of all give so much blood. So much give me, and then…”
Gurukṛpā: Yes. And charge you fifty dollars.
Prabhupāda: Regular business. It is very difficult to consult with a doctor.
Gurukṛpā: And I saw the dentist. He tried to ruin one of my tooth so he could do work on that also and make more money. He tried to damage the teeth.
Prabhupāda: Money is the only aim. And they will talk all nonsense and make experiment, especially in the Western countries. Here also they have got now money-making sight.

3.Dec 17 1973

Svarūpa Dāmodara: Even I wanted to become a doctor. When I started…
Prabhupāda: Oh, whatever you want to become, the basic principle is sense gratification. Either you become scientist or doctor or engineer, the main thing is “Bring money.” That’s all.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: Some doctors think that they are doing humanitarian work.
Prabhupāda: Yes, so long he will pay. That’s all. “Hospital.” In your country especially. “Hospital” means “to receive.” But there also you pay, then it is hospital. Otherwise “Get out.” It is no longer hospital.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: I find doctors are most rascals here. They are greatest demons.
Prabhupāda: Why not the scientists?
Svarūpa Dāmodara: I think scientists are better than doctors.
Prabhupāda: Better rascals. (laughter) Scientists are better rascals. (laughing)
Karandhara: Well, doctors are simply out for money.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: Oh, it is terrible. They don’t think about anything else. They just think about money.
Prabhupāda: They have been taught like that.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: If the patient doesn’t bring money, he won’t give injection.
Prabhupāda: So the lawyers and everyone. Especially in your country, this country, because they require money, so they must have money some way or other. That is the prime principle. They require money. That’s all.
Karandhara: They charge outrageous fees, $60 an hour, $70 an hour, $5,000 for a little operation. Some doctors, they simply try to make operations so they can get rich. Whenever you come to see them, they say, “You need an operation.”
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Locana: And they keep their telephone numbers secret so that on Sunday their patients may not disturb their sense gratification with their medical difficulties.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: It is a very big business here, Śrīla Prabhupāda, medical profession. They have this American Medical Association. They control the whole business. Even government cannot interfere. So they choose students, and they keep the supply so low that the demand is always high. That is why the price always increases. It’s terrible.
Karandhara: To stay in a hospital now costs about $150 a day.
Prabhupāda: That is a sort of punishment of sinful activities. When you fall sick, it is due to sinful activity. So you are punished.
Karandhara: It’s a very high price.
Rūpānuga: Pay fine.
Prabhupāda: Yes. The more dangerous is the disease, you have to pay more. [break]
Karandhara: …very mercenary, hospitals…
Prabhupāda: Everywhere mercenary. Lawyers…
Karandhara: The hospital across the street from our temple, if you go there with an emergency, they say, “First give us money. No money, go away.” No matter how serious the injury. “First give us money.”
Svarūpa Dāmodara: They have no human quality, these doctors.
Karandhara: We have brought devotees there sometimes with serious wounds or injuries, and they just say, “First you give us money or else go away. We don’t care.”

4.Oct 25 1975

Brahmānanda: The man who owns this house, his wife died recently from cancer. He sent her to London for special treatment, very costly, and they could not do anything.
Prabhupāda: Oh. Just see. Where is this? That is their science? Take money and do nothing.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: At least in the past when there was disease people would depend on God more. Now they depend on the doctors.
Prabhupāda: No, still they have to depend on God. Otherwise this man spent so much money. God denied, “No, your wife will not stay,” and she had to die.
Brahmānanda: [break] …when she went to London for treatment she became worse.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Just like vitamin pill—no hand.
Cyavana: Yes. No arms.
Prabhupāda: Simply they are cheating. There was one gentleman, English gentleman, Sir William Temple. He used to say, “I wish to die without a doctor. Don’t bring doctor.”
Cyavana: Without a doctor.
Prabhupāda: Yes. “Let me die peacefully. Don’t bring doctor.” I say also. Don’t bring doctor when I am diseased.

5. Jan 19 1977

Rāmeśvara: We know you have a very low opinion of doctors. (laughter)
Prabhupāda: I wish to die without a doctor. Don’t… When I am… It may be. I may be seriously, but don’t call doctor. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. Don’t be disturbed. Everyone has to die. Let us die peacefully, without doctor. All this medicine, injections, and prohibitions, this, that.
Hari-śauri: Tīrtha Mahārāja had all kinds of machines. Still didn’t save him.
Prabhupāda: Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and depend on Kṛṣṇa. Actually… Nārtasya cāgadam udanvati majjato nauḥ. That is the Prahlāda Mahārāja’s verse. Find out this. Bālasya neha śaraṇaṁ pitarau nṛsiṁha. Seventh Canto.
6.April 1969 letter Krsna das
Regarding your other points, I am pleased that you are trying for legalization of our society. This has been already done both in London and the United States. As for your eye trouble, you need not take to an operation for your sickness. Doctors are not the Ultimate Healer. This is Krishna’s position. In your Western countries, the doctors are very much fond of surgical operations. When there is no other alternative, of course we have to take shelter of such demonic treatment, but as far as possible try to avoid that, and depend on Krishna.
I hope this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
7.Feb 14 1971
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Should we try to avoid getting injections as much as possible?
Prabhupāda: That is my opinion. But as soon as you go to a medical man, especially in your country, first of all, you have to give blood, immediately. (laughter) One ounce of blood immediately. First business. And then other injection. Because I underwent so many medical examination, I have got experience. For my immigration. I think, three or four times I was under health examination, and blood-taking, and injection. Of course, it is not very painful. That arrangement is there. But the business is like that, “First of all give your blood; then talk of other things.” Better to die without a doctor. (laughter) That’s the best principle. Don’t call any doctor. Simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and die peacefully.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: But what about when you’re not going to die… What about when you have some problems that’s not fatal. Then who would we call?
Prabhupāda: Then go take injection. What can be done? (laughter) There is no alternative.

8.May 7 1975 letter

My dear Bhakta dasa,
Please accept my blessings. I am due receipt of your letter dated April 15th, 1975 and have noted the contents. I am very glad to hear all of the good news in your letter. This is very encouraging. Continue to preach vigorously, following all of the rules and regulations very carefully and Krishna will give you every facility. It sounds like the Rathayatra festival will be bigger than ever this year. I am hoping to come there again.
Regarding your physical malady, you should do whatever is required to treat it properly. Whatever is most practical. The names for the new child are approved by me. Circumcision is not important.

9.Discussion with Shyamasundara about Soren Kierkargaard.

Prabhupāda: There are two sides. There are two kinds of people are going. The same man, he is giving charity for feeding poor man or giving relief to the distressed man, but at the same time he’s encouraging animal-killing. So what is the ethics? What is the ethical law in these two contradictory activities? One side… Just like our Vivekananda. He is advocating daridra-nārāyaṇa sevā, “Feed the poor,” but feed the poor with mother Kālī’s prasāda, where poor goats are killed. Just like, another, one side feeding the poor, another side killing the poor goat. So what is the ethic? What is the ethical law in this connection? Just like people open hospitals, and the doctor prescribes, “Give this man,” what it is called,” (Hindi), ox blood, or chicken juice.” So what is this ethic? And they’re supporting that “Here is chicken juice.” Just because animal has no soul, so they can be killed. This is another theory. So why the animal has no soul? So imperfect knowledge. So on the basis of imperfect knowledge this ethic or this humanitarian, what is the value? We do not give any value to all this understanding. Where is the ethics? If you protect the human life by giving him something by killing—there are so many medicines, but the killing is very prominent—then next point should be that if you say that the human life is important, so nonimportant animal-killing can be supported to save the important. Then the question will be, “Why it is important? Why consider the human life is important and the animal life is not important?” These are the questions of ethical law. Where are these discussions on the ethical laws?
[Note-In these vaccinations the companies themselves admit the substances come from fetal tissue cows blood and other abominable things]

10.Feb 26 1976 mayapur

Dayānanda: “…which cannot give relief to the suffering patient, and the boat on the ocean which cannot give protection to the drowning man.” [SB 7.9.19]
Prabhupāda: This is very instructive verse. The whole world is planning to give relief to the suffering humanity, but the foolish people, they do not know that you may do your best, but if it is not sanctioned by the Supreme Lord, all these measures will not be of any use. “Why? We have got science, medicine, and relief arrangement. They are all useless?” Yes. They are useful so long, as long as Kṛṣṇa says “Yes.” If Kṛṣṇa says “No,” then in spite of all this relief, nothing will be done. This is the answer. You can open many hospitals, but if Kṛṣṇa says that “This patient must die,” you cannot give any protection. That is not possible. In spite of your hospital, good medicine, good physician, the patient must die.
So they do not see to this, that in spite of our so much advancement of civilization, hospitals and other relief measures, why still people are suffering? You are increasing hospital or beds of hospital. You are very much proud that “We have opened hospitals.” That… What does it mean? That means people have become diseased. You have opened hospitals, you are very much proud, but what is the other side? Other side: that people have increased their diseased condition. That they do not see. They are simply proud of increasing hospital. Why there should be hospital? Why not stop disease? That is scientific advancement. Stop disease, and there will be no need of opening hospital. Kṛṣṇa therefore presents in the Bhagavad-gītā that “You rascal, you see. Real problem is janma-mṛtyu-jarā-vyādhi [Bg. 13.9].” You can invent very nice, up-to-date, modernized medicine, but why don’t you stop disease? That you cannot do. That is not possible. Janma-mṛtyu-jarā-vyādhi. You are taking so many measures to stop untimely death. Just like in your country there are beaches and so many warning, “Don’t come here.” And there is guard seeing if anyone is dying, so… But you cannot stop death. That is not possible. You may take measure, so many. You cannot stop death. Children, somebody says, the parents do not take care, but even the parents take care, is it guaranteed that the children will not die? There are many rich men, they are taking care of their children. Rich men, they are taking care of the diseased person, good physician, good medicine. Why the diseased person is dying? Why the children suffering? So, these are to be observed. Why these things happen? That means the ultimate control is in the hand of Kṛṣṇa. If Kṛṣṇa sanctions, then everything will be possible. So why not take shelter of Kṛṣṇa? This is the idea. You take shelter of Kṛṣṇa, and if Kṛṣṇa likes, He will give you all protection. And He promises that “I’ll give protection.”

11.July 9 1974

Guru-kṛpa: You said before that the more hospitals they open that means the more people have to become sick.
Prabhupāda: That, more… Yes.
Guru-kṛpa: To get in the hospital.
Prabhupāda: They are very much proud, “We have opened fifty hospitals.” That means fifty thousand people have become sick. “We have increased so many beds.” That means so many people have more increased their disease. But they’re proud of doing this. Our poor-feeding and their poor-feeding is different. We give prasādam—by eating he’ll become Kṛṣṇaized. He’ll become a devotee. And ordinary eating means he will eat and go to hell. Hare Kṛṣṇa (japa)
12.Jan 21 1977
Rāmeśvara: Material science as well as spiritual science?
Prabhupāda: No. No, no. There is no need of so-called material science—how to kill children in the womb. These things will be kicked out. Nonsense.
Rāmeśvara: Do you think that they will adopt Indian medicine over Western medicine, things like that? Because there has to be some varṇāśrama.
Prabhupāda: No, medicine, if it is actually medicine, it will be accepted. It doesn’t matter whether it is Indian or Western. If it is medicine it will be accepted.
Rāmeśvara: So that kind of research is in the mode of goodness.
Prabhupāda: That is already there. We have to make little research. It, already there. There are books, Āyurvedic books. They are very nice. Everything can be done. Dhanvantari. It is given by Dhanvantari avatāra, incarnation of Kṛṣṇa.
Some Conclusios of my personal experiences
As Srila Prabhupada tells us of his experiencs with doctors over his lifetime, I also have had similar ones. When I was in high school my eyes were getting a little blurred during friday night footbal games. My father took me to an eye “specialist” who said I needed glasses. I asked him what happens if I start wearing glasses. He said your eyes will get weaker and become more dependent upon glasses and you will need stronger lenses the older you get. So following my instincts, I didnt listen to him and to this day I dont need glasses .
By Krsnas grace,I have had no medical problems my whole life until about 10 years ago when I had what they called a myocardial infarcation-otherwise known as a heart attack. I thought it was an ulcer as my stomach was a little upset so I went to the emergency room nearby. Before I knew what was happening there were about 10 doctors and nurses in my room doing all sorts of things including sticking me with needles and then had me whisked away in an ambulance. I told them I was perfectly capable of driving to the other nearby hospital but they would hear nothing of that.
Long story short the cardiologist there told me I needed treatment and drugs and he wanted to to put a stint of something like that into my artery to which I said forget it. I told them I am going home and will contact you—later when I figure out what I will do.
They called me a hostile patient, because I would not listen to their so called advice. I got as far as the drug counter at Costco, where the clerk pushed towards me 4 different bottles of their drugs. I just looked at those pills and pushed them right back to her telling her-this is not me, I dont want them.And walked out.
Then I went to see a local naturopathic doctor (there are no ayurvedic doctors around here) and together we figured out what I could do. So 6 months later after following MY regimen for “recovery”, I went back to the same cardiologist, and passed his heart stress test. He told me I was his only patient to never follow his directions. I told him-Doc the bottom line is I got better-without your drugs. He just shook his head in disbelief.
Then there was the two botched hernia operations which resulted in two more “corrective” hernia operations.
And lastly, and this was the worst case. Three years ago I fell 4 feet from a ladder and broke a very tiny chip on the top of my left foot They did 3 Xrays and a cat scan which I did not want. The orthopedic Doctor filled my head with all sorts of fears and even wanted to do surgery on a chip of bone no larger than 1/8th of an inch in my foot. I just looked at him like he was insane for even suggesting such a thing.
What he did do was have me wear an orthopedic boot which placed my body about 2 inches higher on one side which ultimately threw my entire body out of balance and still to this day I am struggling to fix this imbalance-all because I listened to this fool instead of my own intuition. This guy was the first and last Doctor I will ever listen to again.
So I accept 100% in total what Srila Prabhupada says about most doctors today.
There are some here and there who actually care and wont cheat you-but they are rare.
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They cannot help us in our movement, but they are very competent to harm our natural progress. So we must be very careful about them.–SP

April 20, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-Below is a two verse sequence in Caitanya Caritamrta about Mahajanas, who  they are and how to recognize them. If one does not want to be victimized by the hypocrisy of this degraded age of Kali, he or she would be well put to read and understand what the actual Senapati Bhakta incarnation (Srila Prabhupada) has to say.
 
Madhya 17.184–Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu replied, “The Vedas, Purāṇas and great learned sages are not always in agreement with one another. Consequently there are different religious principles.
PURPORT-Unless one comes to the Absolute Truth, there is no possibility of agreement. Nāsav ṛṣir yasya mataṁ na bhinnam: it is said that a great learned scholar or sage cannot be exalted unless he disagrees. On the material platform, there is no possibility of agreement; therefore there are different kinds of religious systems.

Madhya 17.185-“A devotee’s behavior establishes the true purpose of religious principles. The behavior of Mādhavendra Purī Gosvāmī is the essence of such religious principles.”
PURPORT
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura gives the following commentary on this passage. A sādhu or an honest man is called a mahājana or a mahātmā. The mahātmā is thus described in Bhagavad-gītā:
“O son of Pṛthā, those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible.” (Bg. 9.13)
In the material world, the word mahātmā is understood in different ways by different religionists. Mundaners also come up with their different angles of vision. For the conditioned soul busy in sense gratification, a mahājana is recognized according to the proportion of sense gratification he offers. For instance, a businessman may consider a certain banker to be a mahājana, and karmīs desiring material enjoyment may consider philosophers like Jaimini to be mahājanas. There are many yogīs who want to control the senses, and for them Patañjali Rṣi is a mahā-jana. For the jñānīs, the atheist Kapila, Vaśiṣṭha, Durvāsā, Dattātreya and other impersonalist philosophers are mahājanas. For the demons, Hiraṇyākṣa, Hiraṇyakaśipu, Rāvaṇa, Rāvaṇa’s son Meghanāda, Jarāsandha and others are accepted as mahājanas. For materialistic anthropologists speculating on the evolution of the body, a person like Darwin is a mahājana. The scientists who are bewildered by Kṛṣṇa’s external energy have no relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, yet they are accepted by some as mahājanas. Similarly, philosophers, historians, literary men, public speakers and social and political leaders are sometimes accepted as mahājanas. Such mahājanas are respected by certain men who have been described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (2.3.19): “Men who are like dogs, hogs, camels and asses praise those men who never listen to the transcendental pastimes of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the deliverer from evils.”
Thus on the material platform animalistic leaders are worshiped by animals. Sometimes physicians, psychiatrists and social workers try to mitigate bodily pain, distress and fear, but they have no knowledge of spiritual identity and are bereft of a relationship with God. Yet they are considered mahājanas by the illusioned. Self-deceived persons sometimes accept leaders or spiritual masters from a priestly order that has been officially appointed by the codes of material life. In this way, they are deceived by official priests. Sometimes people accept as mahā-janas those who have been designated by Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura as ḍhaṅga-vipras (imposter brāhmaṇas). Such imposters imitate the characteristics of Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura, and they envy Haridāsa Ṭhākura, who was certainly a mahājana. They make great artificial endeavors, advertising themselves as great devotees of the Lord or as mystic hypnotists knowledgeable in witchcraft, hypnotism and miracles. Sometimes people accept demons like Pūtanā, Tṛṇāvarta, Vatsa, Baka, Aghāsura and Dhenuka, Kālīya and Pralamba. Some people accept imitators and adversaries of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, such as Pauṇḍraka, Śṛgāla Vāsudeva, the spiritual master of the demons (Śukrācārya), or atheists like Cārvāka, King Vena, Sugata and Arhat. Such people have no faith in Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Rather, they accept godless cheaters who present themselves as incarnations of God and cheat foolish people within the material world by word jugglery. Thus many rascals are accepted as mahājanas.
In this material world a person may be famous as a karma-vīra, a successful fruitive worker, or one may be very successful in performing religious duties, or he may be known as a hero in mental speculation (jñāna-vīra), or he may be a very famous renunciant. In any case, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (3.23.56) gives the following opinion in this matter.
“Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to religious life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not lead him to devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead must be considered dead, although he is breathing.”
The conclusion is that all pious activity, fruitive activity, religious principles and renunciation must ultimately lead to devotional service. There are different types of processes for rendering service. One may serve his country, people, society, the varṇāśrama-dharma, the sick, the poor, the rich, women, demigods and so on. All this comes under the heading of sense gratification, or enjoyment in the material world. It is most unfortunate that people are more or less attracted by such material activity and that the leaders of these activities are accepted as mahājanas, great ideal leaders. Actually they are only misleaders, but an ordinary man cannot understand how he is being misled.
Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says: sādhu-śāstra-guru-vākya, cittete kariyā aikya. A sādhu is a great personality like Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. The śāstras are the injunctions of revealed scriptures. Those who are devoid of devotional service sometimes mistake those who have mundane motives for mahājanas. The only motive must be kṛṣṇa-bhakti, devotional service to the Lord. Sometimes fruitive workers, dry philosophers, nondevotees, mystic yogīs and persons attached to material opulence, women and money are considered mahājanas. However, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (6.3.25) gives the following statements about such unauthorized mahājanas:
In this material world, karmīs (fruitive actors) are accepted as mahājanas by foolish people who do not know the value of devotional service. Their mundane intelligence and mental speculative methods are under the control of the three modes of material nature. Consequently they cannot understand unalloyed devotional service. They are attracted by material activities, and they become worshipers of material nature. Thus they are known as fruitive actors. They even become entangled in material activities disguised as spiritual activities. In Bhagavad-gītā, such people are described as veda-vāda-ratā. They do not understand the real purpose of the Vedas, yet they think of themselves as Vedic authorities. People versed in Vedic knowledge must know Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyaḥ. (Bg. 15.15)
A man covered by illusion cannot understand the proper way; therefore Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu says: dharma-sthāpana-hetu sādhura vyavahāra. The behavior of a devotee is the criterion for all other behavior. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Himself followed the devotional principles and taught others to follow them. Purī-gosāñira ye ācaraṇa, sei dharma sāra. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu personally followed the behavior of Mādhavendra Purī and advised others to follow his principles. Unfortunately, people have been attracted to the material body since time immemorial.
A human being who identifies this body made of three elements with his self, who considers the by-products of the body to be his kinsmen, who considers the land of birth worshipable, and who goes to the place of pilgrimage simply to take a bath rather than meet men of transcendental knowledge there is to be considered like an ass or a cow.” (Bhāg. 10.84.13) Those who accept the logic of gaḍ-ḍalikā-pravāha and follow in the footsteps of pseudo-mahājanas are carried away by the waves of māyā. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura therefore warns:

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The renunciation of Raghunatha goswami-as a young man

April 18, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

The Renunciation of Raghunatha das Goswami -as a young family man
Madhya 16.237–“Be patient and return home. Don’t be a crazy fellow. By and by you will be able to cross the ocean of material existence.
PURPORT-As stated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.14.58): samāśritā ye pada-pallava-plavaṁ mahat-padaṁ puṇya-yaśo-murāreḥ bhavāmbudhir vatsa-padaṁ paraṁ padaṁ padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ na teṣām..This material world is just like a big ocean. It begins with Brahmaloka and extends to Pātālaloka, and there are many planets, or islands, in this ocean.Not knowing about devotional service, the living entity wanders about this ocean, just as a man tries to swim to reach the shore.Our struggle for existence is similar to this.Everyone is trying to get out of the ocean of material existence.One cannot immediately reach the coast, but if one endeavors, he can cross the ocean by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mercy.One may be very eager to cross this ocean, but he cannot attain success by acting like a madman. He must swim over the ocean very patiently and intelligently under the instructions of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu or His representative. Then, one day, he will reach the shore and return home, back to Godhead.
Madhya 16.238-“You should not make yourself a showbottle devotee and become a false renunciant. For the time being, enjoy the material world in a befitting way and do not become attached to it.”
PURPORT-The word markaṭa-vairāgya, indicating false renunciation, is very important in this verse. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, in commenting on this word, points out that monkeys make an external show of renunciation by not accepting clothing and by living naked in the forest.In this way they consider themselves renunciants, but actually they are very busy enjoying sense gratification with dozens of female monkeys. Such renunciation is called markaṭa-vairāgye-the renunciation of a monkey. One cannot be really renounced until one actually becomes disgusted with material activityand sees it as a stumbling block to spiritual advancement.Renunciation should not be phalgu, temporary, but should exist throughout one’s life.Temporary renunciation, or monkey renunciation, is like the renunciation one feels at a cremation ground. When a man takes a dead body to the crematorium, he sometimes thinks, “This is the final end of the body. Why am I working so hard day and night?” Such sentiments naturally arise in the mind of any man who goes to a crematorial ghāṭa.However, as soon as he returns from the cremation grounds, he again engages in material activity for sense enjoyment. This is called śmaśāna-vairāgya, or markaṭa-vairāgya.In order to render service to the Lord, one may accept necessary things. If one lives in this way, he may actually become renounced. In the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.2.108), it is said: “The bare necessities of life must be accepted, but one should not superfluously increase his necessities. Nor should they be unnecessarily decreased. One should simply accept what is necessary to help one advance spiritually.”
In his Durgama-saṅgamanī, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī comments that the word sva-nirvāhaḥ actually means sva-sva-bhakti-nirvāhaḥ.The experienced devotee will accept only those material things that will help him render service to the Lord. In the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.2.256), markaṭa-vairāgya, or phalgu-vairāgya, is explained as follows: “Whatever is favorable for the rendering of service to the Lord should be accepted and should not be rejected as a material thing.” Yukta-vairāgya, or befitting renunciation, is thus explained: “Things should be accepted for the Lord’s service and not for one’s personal sense gratification. If one accepts something without attachment and accepts it because it is related to Kṛṣṇa, one’s renunciation is called yukta-vairāgya.” Since Kṛṣṇa is the Absolute Truth, whatever is accepted for His service is also the Absolute Truth. The word markaṭa-vairāgya is used by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to indicate so-called Vaiṣṇavas who dress themselves in loincloths trying to imitate Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.Such people carry a beadbag and chant, but at heart they are always thinking about getting women and money.Unknown to others, these markaṭa-vairāgīs maintain women but externally present themselves as renunciants.Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was very much opposed to these markaṭa-vairāgīs, or pseudo-Vaiṣṇavas.
Madhya 16.239-Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu continued: “Within your heart, you should keep yourself very faithful, but externally you may behave like an ordinary man. Thus Kṛṣṇa will soon be very pleased and deliver you from the clutches of māyā.
Madhya 16 241-“What kind of means you will have to use at that time will be revealed by Kṛṣṇa. If one has Kṛṣṇa’s mercy, no one can check him.”

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