The mercy of Gaura and Nitai and Their murtis

January 2, 2017 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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(Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Ottawa, Canada)

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya and Lord Nityānanda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauḍa to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all.”

(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 1.2)

“Without the protection of Gaura-Nitāi — Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma — one cannot get out of the dark well of ignorance in material existence. This is indicated here by the word nocet, which means that one will always remain in the dark well of material existence. The living entity must get strength from Nitāi-Gaura, or Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma. Without the mercy of Nitāi-Gaura, there is no way to come out of this dark well of ignorance. As stated in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (CC Adi 1.2):

    vande śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya-
    nityānandau sahoditau
    gauḍodaye puṣpavantau
    citrau śandau tamo-nudau

‘I offer my respectful obeisances unto Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya and Lord Nityānanda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauḍa to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all.’ This material world is a dark well of ignorance. The fallen soul in this dark well must take shelter of the lotus feet of Gaura-Nitāi, for thus he can easily emerge from material existence. Without Their strength, simply attempting to get out of the clutches of matter by speculative knowledge will be insufficient.”

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s Disappearance

December 16, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

Saturday, December 17, 2016 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]
His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada Tirobhava Tithi [disappearance day]
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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s Disappearance
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
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(Delivered on December 9, 1968, Los Angeles)

So today is the Disappearance Day of my guru maharaj. As I told you, that sadhava jiva ma maro va. There was a nice story, the other day I told you that a sage is giving different kinds of blessings to different types of persons. So to a king’s son, a prince, he blesses: raja putra ciran jiva. You are a king’s son, a prince. You live forever. And muni putra. A son of a saintly person, he blesses him: ma jiva ma jiva. You don’t live. Raja putra ciran jiva muni putra ma jiva. And sadhu, devotee, he blessed him: jivo va maro va. Either you live or you die, as you like. And there was a butcher, he blessed him: ma jiva, ma mara. you don’t die, you don’t live.
 
These words are very significant. That I have already explained, and still I am explaining. The prince is enjoying sense, that is all. He has got enough facility for sense enjoyment. So his next life is hellish because if you indulge in sex life then Krsna will give you facility to have sex life three times in the hour. Just like the pigeons, the monkeys, the sparrows, they are very sexually strong. You have seen it, so that facility is given. So, the princely order are after sense enjoyment; so his blessing is that better you live forever because after your death you do not know what is going to happen to you — you are going to get a hellish life. Better you live for some time. Go on with your enjoyment.
 
And muni putra ma jivabrahmacari working under strict disciplinary guidance of his spiritual master, he is blessed: ma jiva. You better die because you are so trained to enter into the kingdom of God, so why should you take so much trouble? Better you die and go back to Godhead.

Srila Prabhupada; The True Acarya

December 13, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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The True Acarya
(Srila Prabhupada at the Family Dog auditorium, July 27, 1969)
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“The true acarya, the spiritual master of the entire world, must be considered an incarnation of Krishna’s mercy.”   (Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 7.12, Purport)

dont be depressed or feel alone–SP

November 14, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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“I understand that you are feeling my absence. Krishna will give you strength. Physical presence is immaterial; presence of the transcendental sound received from the spiritual master should be the guidance of life. That will make our spiritual life successful. If you feel very strongly about my absence you may place my pictures on my sitting places and this will be source of inspiration for you.”

January 19, 1967)

“But always remember that I am always with you. As you are always thinking of me I am always thinking of you also. Although physically we are not together, we are not separated spiritually. So we should be concerned only with this spiritual connection.”November 13, 1969)

“To feel separation from the Spiritual Master or Krishna is very good position. That means one who is in pure love with Krishna and His Representative, Spiritual Master, he thinks always of Them. And this thinking process is Krishna consciousness. If we can think always of Krishna even in separation, that is Krishna Consciousness. And in the absolute platform, there is no difference of separation and meeting. The separation is also meeting, rather in separation one relishes the loving relationship more tasty. So don’t be disappointed that you are separated from me, I am also always thinking of you how you are making progress there.” October 21, 1968)

“Spiritual Master is along with you by his words. Just like my Spiritual Master is not physically present, but I am associating with him by his words.” August 18, 1971)

“As far as my blessing is concerned, it does not require my physical presence. If you are chanting Hare Krishna there, and following my instructions, reading the books, taking only Krishna prasadam etc., then there is no question of your not receiving the blessings of Lord Chaitanya, whose mission I am humbly trying to push on.” June 30, 1974)

“So we should associate by vibration, and not by the physical presence. That is real association.”

June 18, 1968 )

“There are two words, vani and vapuhVani means words, andvapuh means this physical body. So vani is more important than the vapuhVapuh will be finished. This is material body. It will be finished. That is the nature. But if we keep to the vani, to the words of spiritual master, then we remain very fixed up. It doesn’t matter. Just like Bhagavad-gita. It was spoken five thousand years ago. But if you keep to the words of Krishna, then it is always fresh and guiding. Not that because Arjuna personally listened to Krishna about the instruction ofBhagavad-gita, therefore he knew it. That is not the fact. If you accept Bhagavad-gita as it is, then you should know that Krishna is present before you in His words in the Bhagavad-gita. This is called spiritual realization.” March 2, 1975)

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Srila Prabhupada; I Have Come Here to Give

November 1, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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“I have not come to earn money from your country, but I have come to your country to give you something sublime… not to take from you, not to exploit you, but to give you something sublime.” (Srila Prabhupada Interview, San Francisco, March 9, 1968)
 
 
“So far I am concerned, I have not come here to cheat you nor to gain. I’ve come to execute the order of my Guru Maharaja. I have no business to cheat you neither to get something from you.” (Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, New York, July 11, 1976)
 
 
“What is our movement? Why I have come to your country? Because to make you Krishna conscious. So, there is love of Krishna. Otherwise why… what is the business, I have come to you? I have no business. Because I love Krishna, I want to see all, everybody in the world, to become Krishna conscious. Otherwise why in this old age we are trying so much?”  (Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, January 11, 1974)
 
 
“When I was lecturing in Berkeley University, one Indian student asked me, ‘Swamiji, what this Hare Krishna movement will benefit? We require technology.’ So I replied that ‘You have come to beg technology; I have come to give them, not to beg from them.'” (Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Bombay, January 7, 1977)
 

No One Should Criticize a Pure Devotee

September 29, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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No One Should Criticize a Pure Devotee


“The servants of God come to propagate God consciousness, and intelligent people should cooperate with them in every respect. By serving the servant of God, one can please God more than by directly serving the Lord. The Lord is more pleased when He sees that His servants are properly respected because such servants risk everything for the service of the Lord and so are very dear to the Lord. The Lord declares in the Bhagavad-gita [18.69] that no one is dearer to Him than one who risks everything to preach His glory.”
 (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.16, Purport)
 

“It is said, therefore, by Vaisnava authorities that even the most intelligent person cannot understand the plans and activities of a pure devotee. The exact words are vaisnavera kriya mudra vijne na bujhaya. A person who is thus always engaged in the service of the Lord or is always thinking and planning how to serve the Lord is to be considered completely liberated at present and in the future. His going back home, back to Godhead, is guaranteed. He is above all materialistic criticism, just as Krishna is above all criticism.
(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 9.28, Purport)
 

Even the most learned or experienced person cannot understand the movements of a Vaisnava, a pure devotee. No one, therefore, should criticize a pure Vaisnava. A Vaisnava knows his own business; whatever he does is precisely right because he is always guided by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.4.68, Purport)
 

“Caitanya Mahaprabhu has very strongly recommended that one not commit any offense at the lotus feet of a devotee. Such offenses are compared to a mad elephant because when a mad elephant enters a garden it causes devastation. Therefore one should be extremely careful not to commit offenses at the lotus feet of a pure devotee.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.4.68, Purport)
 

“The Lord can tolerate insults upon Himself by any miscreant because the father tolerates even insults from the son. But He never tolerates insults upon His devotees. By insulting a great soul, one has to forego all the results of pious acts and benedictions also.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.10, Purport)
 

“The devotee of the Lord does not retaliate against the wrongdoer, but the Lord does not tolerate any mischief done to the devotee by the miscreants. The Lord can excuse a person on his own account, but He excuses no one who has done harm to His devotees.”
(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 1.35, Purport)

Srila Prabhupada’s Holy Pilgrimage to Port Said

September 3, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa


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Holy Pilgrimage to Port Said
(Docks on the Suez Canal, Port Said)
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Egypt was the first country in which Srila Prabhupada set foot outside of India. He stopped in Port Said on September 2, 1965 and visited the town with the captain of the Jaladuta steamship. Prabhupada said he liked it.
 
As I was based in Cairo from 1978 to 1983, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Port Said in 1979 as a pilgrimage to this historic city. Walking around the docks where the big freighters stopped to gather supplies en route to their worldly destinations provided me with a rare chance to solemnly meditate on Srila Prabhupada’s divine mission. Who could imagine the great spiritual significance of such a journey by one lone passenger on an Indian steamship bound for New York? It was the beginning of the worldwide Hare Krishna revolution.
 
While in Port Said I did some research to find out the exact place where Srila Prabhupada and Captain Pandiya would have disembarked in 1965. I took a photo of that place (see below). I’ve also included some relevant information regarding the spiritual significance of Port Said in Srila Prabhupada’s lila. Needless to say, visiting that important city was a milestone in my life and a trip I’ll never forget.
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Happy Janmastami!

August 25, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Jaya Sri Krishna!
We have four offerings for you today on the auspicious occasion of Lord Krishna’s Appearance.
1)  You Simply try to Understand Krishna (some relevant quotes from Srila Prabhupada’s lectures):
2)  Lord Krishna’s Appearance Day Lecture (recorded at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, 1973):
3)  Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 4.9 and purport:
4)  Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 18.55 and purport:
Or you can go directly to our What’s New page for August 25, 2016:
May Lord Krishna please bless you with His unlimited mercy and kindness.
Hope you have a wonderful celebration.
Pd

Srila Prabhupada’s Divine Lotus Feet

July 13, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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“The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krishna.”
 
(Sri Guru-vandana Verse 1, Srila Narottama dasa Thakura)

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“The dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee, and the remnants of food left by a devotee are three very powerful substances. By rendering service to these three, one attains the supreme goal of ecstatic love for Krishna. In all the revealed scriptures this is loudly declared again and again. Therefore, my dear devotees, please hear from me, for I insist again and again: please keep faith in these three and render service to them without hesitation. From these three one achieves the highest goal of life — ecstatic love of Krishna. This is the greatest mercy of Lord Krishna.”
 
(Caitanya-caritamrita, Antya-lila 16.60-63)

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What’s New, July 4th

July 5, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Hare Krishna!

We have three offerings for July 4th,  Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Disappearance Day.

1)  Saragrahi Vaisnava (Poem by Srila Bhaktivinoda):

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Saragrahi_Vaisnava.html

2)  Bowing Down to the Right Person (Photo):

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Bowing-Down-to-the-Right-Person.html

3)  Srila Prabhupada (Poem by an early disciple):

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Srila-Prabhupada.html

Or you can access all of the above by going directly to our “What’s New” page for July 4, 2016:

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/WhatsNew.html

Thank you kindly.

Pd

A sankirtana story

June 2, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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One time we were distributing Arabic Bhagavad-gitas in Beirut during the civil war (1978).  Bombs were blowing off everywhere and machine gun fire riddled the buildings around us.  We ended up in a very dangerous area of the city, so we ran from door to door like mad trying to distribute as many books as possible and get the hell out of the there.  The next day that entire neighborhood was bombed to smithereens.  By Krishna’s grace, many of those people purchased a book and saw the picture of Krishna on the front cover and the photo of Srila Prabhupada on the back cover before they left their bodies.
Srila Prabhupada’s causeless mercy ki jaya!

Srila Prabhupada and Krishna’s little warriors

May 28, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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One Big Loving Family

May 24, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Our Society Should Be One Big Loving Family (photo):

1)  http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Our-Society-Should-Be-One-Big-Loving-Family.html

(Please click on photo to see the happy faces of the devotees.)

The Exchange of Flowers (video):

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http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/The_Exchange_of_Flowers.html(Please spare ten minutes of your time to witness Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental loving mood.)

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.