SP explains 2 ways of living-the easy way and the hard way

September 25, 2017 in Article, Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

May 14 1975 Australia–
 
Prabhupāda: But therefore, there are two ways of living. One way of living is called material enjoyment, or sense enjoyment. This is one way of life. In Sanskrit it is called pravṛtti-mārga, “How to enjoy more, more, more, more, more.” This is called pravṛtti-mārga. That is going on. The whole… At the present moment the whole civilization, throughout the whole world—everyone is trying to get more money. More money means more sense enjoyment. More money means more sense enjoyment. This is called pravṛtti-mārga.
Justin Murphy: Well, maybe less enjoyment but more possessions.
Prabhupāda: No, enjoyment in this way of life more sense enjoyment, you will never be able to enjoy or happiness. That is not possible. That is the nature’s way. (Aside:) You can close the door. If you simply want to enjoy, you can enjoy. But you will create more miseries. So this is one way of life, that you enjoy your senses and create more miseries. This is one way of life. And if you want to decrease your miseries, then there is another life, which is called simple life. Simple life means you produce your food and you produce your cloth so you dress yourself nicely, you eat, yourself, nicely, keep yourself fit and glorify the Lord. This is one way of life. And the other way of life, that “We don’t care for the Lord. Let us enjoy the senses to the topmost capacity and be happy…” So this way of life will never make you happy. You will simply go on struggling. This is one way of life. Another way of life, that the human life is meant for God realization…
Hare Krsna-below we have some pictures of the harvest now coming in this year.
canning tomato sauce and elderberry syrup    patty pan squash, and some peppers for dinner
Akane apples-sweet and tart same time

Srila Prabhupada Quote

January 25, 2017 in Article by Laksman dasa

Anyone who has a natural tendency for rejecting sense-gratification 
is considered to be advanced or liberated in spiritual life. 
Your appreciation of Maya as false and Krishna as the only reality is a great asset. Nobody has ever gained anything by becoming a tool in the hands of Maya, but everyone has become eternally happy by serving Krishna.
– Srila Prabhupada letter, August 27, 1967



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January 17, 2017 in Article by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada Quote

January 12, 2017 in Article by Laksman dasa

Even if one distributes ten million cows in charity during an eclipse of the sun, lives at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna for millions of years, 
or gives a mountain of gold in sacrifice to the brahmanas, he does not earn one hundredth part of the merit derived from chanting Hare Krishna.
– Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, adi 3.79, purport

Today’s offerings

August 23, 2016 in Article by Laksman dasa

Hare Krishna!

Today we have two offerings for your transcendental inspiration — our regular “Prabhupada Meditation” and this week’s “Sunday lecture.”  Please enjoy!

1)  Instruction Alone is not Enough:

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Instruction-Alone-is-not-Enough.html

2)  Freedom from all Calamities (Sunday lecture):

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Freedom-from-all-Calamities.html

Best wishes.

Pd

Evidence on Gurvastaka and who it is for

September 15, 2015 in Article, Articles, Jitarati Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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SP re praise and insult

Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 4: “The Creation of the Fourth Order” : SB 4.15: King Prthu’s Appearance and Coronation : SB 4.15.23 : PURPORT :
Gentle devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead know perfectly well who is God and who is not. Nondevotee impersonalists, however, who have no idea what God is and who never offer prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, are always interested in accepting a human being as God and offering such prayers to him. This is the difference between a devotee and a demon. Demons manufacture their own gods, or a demon himself claims to be God, following in the footsteps of Rāvaṇa and Hiraṇyakaśipu. Although Pṛthu Mahārāja was factually an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he rejected those praises because the qualities of the Supreme Person were not yet manifest in him. He wanted to stress that one who does not actually possess these qualities should not try to engage his followers and devotees in offering him glory for them, even though these qualities might be manifest in the future. If a man who does not factually possess the attributes of a great personality engages his followers in praising him with the expectation that such attributes will develop in the future, that sort of praise is actually an insult.
Dear _______ Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
The following will establish the truth based on what Prabhupada said.
Letters : 1969 Correspondence : September : Letter to: Jayapataka — London 26 September, 1969 : 69-09-26 :
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated September 11th, and I have noted the contents. Enclosed please find one photograph of the Radha-Krishna throne, so you may begin constructing it as soon as possible. When the Radha-Krishna Deities are installed, you may turn your main attention to Them, rather than to the Lord Jagannatha Deities. You continue to keep Jagannatha nicely though, and sometimes change His dress. So far as your having already ordered instruments from India, that is all right. Regarding your question about the verse in the prayers to the Spiritual Master, the Spiritual Master is one of the associates of Krishna. The prayers offered by VisvanathaCakravarti to his Spiritual Master have a special significance. His Spiritual Master was one of the assistant gopis, so the prayer was offered like that. On the whole, the Spiritual Master is an agent of Krishna. But either He is assistant to the gopis or assistant to the cowherds boys, He is on the level of Krishna. That is the verdict of all scriptures. Krishna is worshipable God and the Spiritual Master is worshipper God. The exact words are sebya (worshipable) and sebak (worshipper)
And who is his spiritual master?
Bombay, April 17, 1976 : 760417SB.BOM :
Dakṣa śraddadhānaḥ: faithful. Faithful to whom? To the spiritual master. Whatever he says, the brahmacārī should take it: “Yes, it is my life and soul.” That is the explanation given by Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. He is explaining with reference to the verse vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana [Bg. 2.41]. He very nicely explains. You have perhaps read it, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura’s… Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura has taught very, very nicely about guru. Therefore he has written in Gurvaṣṭaka, yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ **. He is example, practical example of guru-bhakti,Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. He accepted his guru, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. So he said that “I am not interested for my salvation or going back to Godhead. I am not interested.” Interested means it may come; it may not come. “That I don’t mind. But I am interested only with the words of my guru.” Viśvanātha Cakravartī said. “That is my life. Whether I will be successful or not successful, it doesn’t matter. I must take the words of my Guru Mahārāja as my life and soul.”

VEDIC VILLAGE REVIEW # 45

August 19, 2015 in Article, Nityananda Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Navadvipa dasa

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VEDIC VILLAGE REVIEW #45

August 16, 2015. Adventures in New Jaipur, Prabhupadanuga Farm in Fiji

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On the way to the New Jaipur farm in Fiji, Govindapriya, SriGovinda, Radharani stop to pet a horse…

 

NEW ARRIVALS

After ten months of preparation, and a long time waiting on the not-so-fast wheels of the Fiji

bureaucracy, Braja Prabhu, with wife Govindapriya and daughter Radharani, finally landed in Fiji. They

had flown out of Budapest, Hungary, transiting Europe and Asia, coming non-stop from Hong Kong on

their last leg of the trip. Catching a domestic flight in Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu, they flew 45

minutes to Labasa on our island of Vanua Levu. Sridevi and I greeted them at the airport and

immediately we went… shopping! Of course, only for basic necessities suitable for simple country living.

We showed them a bit of the dusty main street of Labasa, a sugar town of Indians and local

natives which reminds one of a small Indian city. Then we drove two hours across the mountains and

backbone of the island to the wet, green side which receives the prevailing southeast tradewinds.

Stopping twice for stretching our legs, at the spring on the mountain top and at a waterfall called

Nasavu, we drove into the New Jaipur entrance. Passing the water cress, the dalo and kava fields,

crossing the river, through the orchards, along the cliffs and up to the cottages. The bright Jaipur

saffron-orange cottage was for Braja and family- an emotional entrance to their new residence, and

soon the ideas for decorations, modifications, and enhancements began to appear. The views over the

pastures and ocean were partly dimmed by a cloudy, dull first dayin Fiji. After all, it is not always

beautifully sunny here…

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The Book Of Hope

August 16, 2015 in Article, Hasti Gopala Dasa, Srila Prabhupada's quotes & purports by Laksman dasa

Submitted by:  Yasoda nandana dasa

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Please accept my humble obeisances all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The Bhagavad Gita As It Is ( original ) is surely the only real Book Of Hope for the world.

Re read this last verse of Chapter Seven Knowledge of The Absolute. Glorious!

Ys Hasti

“Well heh, maybe there’s a chance for me!” 🙂

Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute

TEXT 30
sadhibhutadhidaivam mam
sadhiyajnam ca ye viduh
prayana-kale ‘pi ca mam
te vidur yukta-cetasah
SYNONYMS

sa-adhibhūta—the governing principle of the material manifestation; adhidaivam—underlying all the demigods; mām—Me; sa-adhiyajñam—sustaining all sacrifices; ca—and; ye—those; viduḥ—know; prayāṇa—of death; kāle—at the time; api—even; ca—and; mām—Me; te—they; viduḥ—know; yukta-cetasaḥ—with steadfast mind.

TRANSLATION

Those who know Me as the Supreme Lord, as the governing principle of the material manifestation, who know Me as the one underlying all the demigods and as the one sustaining all sacrifices, can, with steadfast mind, understand and know Me even at the time of death.

PURPORT

Persons acting in Kṛṣṇa consciousness are never entirely deviated from the path of understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the transcendental association of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, one can understand how the Supreme Lord is the governing principle of the material manifestation and even of the demigods. Gradually, by such transcendental association, one becomes convinced of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, and at the time of death such a Kṛṣṇa conscious person can never forget Kṛṣṇa. Naturally he is thus promoted to the planet of the Supreme Lord, Goloka Vṛndāvana.
This Seventh Chapter particularly explains how one can become a fully Kṛṣṇa conscious person. The beginning of Kṛṣṇa consciousness is association of persons who are Kṛṣṇa conscious. Such association is spiritual and puts one directly in touch with the Supreme Lord, and, by His grace, one can understand Kṛṣṇa to be the Supreme God. At the same time one can really understand the constitutional position of the living entity and how the living entity forgets Kṛṣṇa and becomes entangled in material activities. By gradual development of Kṛṣṇa consciousness in good association, the living entity can understand that due to forgetfulness of Kṛṣṇa he has become conditioned by the laws of material nature. He can also understand that this human form of life is an opportunity to regain Kṛṣṇa consciousness and that it should be fully utilized to attain the causeless mercy of the Supreme Lord.
Many subjects have been discussed in this chapter: the man in distress, the inquisitive man, the man in want of material necessities, knowledge of Brahman, knowledge of Paramātmā, liberation from birth, death and diseases, and worship of the Supreme Lord. However, he who is actually elevated in Kṛṣṇa consciousness does not care for the different processes. He simply directly engages himself in activities of Kṛṣṇa consciousness and thereby factually attains his constitutional position as eternal servitor of Lord Kṛṣṇa. In such a situation he takes pleasure in hearing and glorifying the Supreme Lord in pure devotional service. He is convinced that by doing so, all his objectives will be fulfilled. This determined faith is called dṛḍha-vrata, and it is the beginning of bhakti-yoga or transcendental loving service. That is the verdict of all scriptures. This Seventh Chapter of the Gītā is the substance of that conviction.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta Purports to the Seventh Chapter of the Śrīmad-Bhagavad-gītā in the matter of Knowledge of the Absolute.

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India Pictures

August 13, 2015 in Article, Narasimha Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Hanuman being embraced by Lord Rama.
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Our good friend, Rama Pujana Das Babaji, at age 95 (in 2012). He has fasted from all grains for 45 years and chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra constantly.
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A huge languor monkey pretending to be a street chef at the Hampi Bazar.
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Apsara Kunda, where Arjuna rescued the Apsaras who had be cursed to become crocodiles.
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Me chanting japa in a cave on the bank of the holy Tungabhadra at the ashram of a Kishkindhya sadhu baba.
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Srila Prabhupada re real Initiation

August 13, 2015 in Article, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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August 19, 1968 Montreal, Quebec Letter to Tamala Krishna

About my coming to San Francisco, I have already written to Jayananda. I am always hankering after going there, but because there are some other program, immediately, so please ask all the devotees on my behalf to wait and in the meantime, enjoy chanting Hare Krishna. The chanting Hare Krishna is our main business, that is real initiation. And as you are all following my instruction, in that matter, the initiator is already there. Now the next initiation will be performed as a ceremony officially, of course that ceremony has value because the name, Holy Name, will be delivered to the student from the disciplic succession, it has got value, but in spite of that, as you are going on chanting, please go on with this business sincerely and Krishna willing, I may be coming to you very soon. I have already written to Jayananda about this, so don’t be impatient. Pray to Krishna that I may meet you very soon

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by Riya

Fearfulness-how to stop it–SP

April 15, 2015 in Article, Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna
Below is a very nice summary of Krsna Consciousness given early on by Srila Prabhupada.
He explains:
1. Why we all suffer and fear things in this material world
2. How to fix that problem
3. How to get all our material necessities without huge endeavor 
4. One should be developing the 26 saintly qualities
5. One must accept the “rope” given by guru to one fallen in a material hole-by     initiation.
 
damaghosa das

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Prabhupada explains Maya and how we are captured & entangle ourselves

June 2, 2014 in Article, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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1.) 751112mw.bom Conversations 402550/530501
Prabhupada: So anyone who is under the bodily conception of life, either
human beings or dogs, they are the same. But that upadhi (material designations)
amongst human being is stronger than the cats and dogs. The human being, being
advanced in consciousness, they are making this nationalism. But it is
nothing but dogism. Is it not? That’s all. The so-called national
people are sacrificing so many lives, so many politicians, Napoleon
and these big, big leaders. But what is their business? Business is
that doggish mentality: “I am this body.” So it is very difficult to
give up this doggish mentality that “I am this body.” Very, very
difficult.
Dr. Patel: That is ahankara.
Prabhupada: False ahankara. Because he is not body, it is false
ahankara. So sastra therefore says, bhagavad-bhakti vihinasya jati
japas tapah kriya. A person who has not developed Krsna consciousness,
for him this advancement of nationality, big work, industry, so on, so
on, so on, jati japas tapah kriya… Kriya, these act…
Dr. Patel: Activities.
Prabhupada: :What are these? Apranasya hi dehasya mandanam loka-
ranjanam. It has no value. But people are enamored by these things, “I
belong to great nation. I am American. We have got so many industries.
We have got so many cars.” Attachment. So it is very difficult.
Sarvo-padhi-vinirmuktam. One, after becoming completely freed from all
these false designations, to become a devotee is very, very difficult.
There is no education.
Dr. Patel: Sarva-bhavena, from all sides and from all degrees.
Prabhupada: It is very difficult. So we are dealing with very, very
difficult task. It is not very easy, the Krsna consciousness movement
.
Naturally we have got attraction for God. That is spiritual kingdom.
Just like Vrndavana. Vrndavana means center is Krsna. The elderly
person like Nanda Maharaja, Yasoda, their friends, their…, they are
also attracted to Krsna. The gopis are attracted to Krsna, the
cowherds boys, they are attracted to Krsna. The cows, calves, animals
and peacock–everyone is attracted to Krsna. The water is attracted to
Krsna. That is Vrndavana. And here in the material world nobody is
attracted by Krsna.
Dr. Patel: Who prevents them, sir? maya.
Prabhupada: :No. He wanted this; therefore maya is there.
Dr. Patel: :So that their position may go on.
Prabhupada: Police is not first. First you become a thief; then police
is there, not that police comes and arrest you unnecessar
y. No. As
soon as you become criminal, then police comes and arrest you. maya
comes next. If you give up your natural attraction for Krsna, if you
are attracted by this material enjoyment, then maya is there
. Again if
you try to…
Dr. Patel: But material, all material, is made up of maya.
Prabhupada: No, no. Nothing is made by maya. maya is made by God.
Dr. Patel: And material is, nothing but the transformation of maya, is
it not?
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