Springtime–a time for hope

March 30, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
For those of you who read that dire report sent yesterday from the  Indian writer about the degraded conditions present now in India, this  report will cheer you up !
Most people can understand and see that the governments of the world are  corrupt and getting worse as we speak. But most people don’t see any  solution to these complex problems thinking, “what can I do?”
(that answer at the end of this report)
Fortunate for those who are fortunate and listen to the perfect words of  advice given by the Lords pure representatives, such as Srila Prabhupada His  Senapati Bhakta, for those of us who do listen to his instructions, we will get  the material and spiritual benefits-right now in this lifetime and the  next one for sure.
I was reading over some past articles this morning and saw two that caught  my eye because it totally related to the one sent yesterday. Doom and gloom  yesterday and today- how to solve it. There is only one sure way to  solve material problems. We have to go to the only One who can alleviate  these problems which we create.
Isvara parama Krsna-that supreme controller, Lord Brahma says is Krsna,  Govinda, Shyamasundara, our only real friend in times of need. So please  consider these words of advice from Srila Prabhupada and the photos I have  included at the end are one major way we can solve these problems.  Practical, simple and a lot of fun doing it.
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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Prabhupada on importance of SB and reading SB

March 28, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
For those of you who receive these nectar emails-they will be seen  as poison if
one has little or no taste for hearing the words received from  the Lord’s pure devotee.
But for one who has gotten a little mercy, these words from the lotus
mouth of a pure devotee are pure nectar for they relieve the burning  of the heart.
See below what Prabhupada says about Srila Vyasadeva and how he got  chastised by
his guru Narada Muni for writing so many “nonsense books”-called the Vedas  !!
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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 That is advised by Narada Muni to his disciple Vyasadeva: “What you are  writing, all these nonsense books? You…” What is called? Jugupsitam.  Jugupsitam. He instructed Vyasadeva that “Whatever literatures you  have produced…” Means up to that time he produced Vedanta-sutra. He wrote  up to Vedanta-sutra, which is considered to be the topmost philosophical  thesis in the world, Vedanta-sutra, all over the world, the Vedanta  philosophy. So he finished that Vedanta-sutra. Still, he was not happy. And  his spiritual master Narada chastised him, “What nonsense books you have  written?” First of all he was not happy, so Narada came, and he  asked him that “Why you are not happy? You know everything, but why you are  not happy?” So he submitted, “Yes, my master, I know everything, and I think  I have done everything, writing all these books. But still, I am not  happy. So why I am not happy, that you can tell because you are my  master.”    So, “Yes, I can tell you.” And then he said that “You have labored so much for writing all these nonsense books, but  you have not said anything of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore  you are unhappy. Therefore I advise you that now you write one book which  is simply the transaction of the Supreme Personality, nothing  else, nothing of this material world, sacrificing, this religious,  and this unreligious, ‘this is good, this is bad,’ nothing of the sort. Simply write about the pastimes of the Supreme Lord. Then you will  be happy.” Then he wrote Srimad-Bhagavatam. And when he wrote,  began writing Srimad-Bhagavatam, he writes in the beginning,  dharmah projjhita-kaitavo ‘tra: “All these cheating type of religious  system, I kick it out, this ism, that ism. I kick out all them.It is this book, especially meant for paramo nirmatsaranam satam,  those who are simply paramahamsas. It is meant for them. It is not for the  ordinary men. I have kicked out all the  so-called religious system, dharma artha kama.” People are very much Nowadays  they are not even for dharma or artha. They are simply kama, sense  gratification. Sense gratification because every one of us, we come  here for sense gratification.

Srila Prabhupada’s SB classes-summary file–VOLUME 5 P: IV

March 26, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All

Pranams

All glories to Srila  Prabhupada

 

Below you will find the final  part of Vol 5, SB class nectar summary.

 

Some points summarized-

 

*If you love Krsna you can love  all humanity

*A naughty child now means  very intelligent later

*A photo of Krsna is same as  Krsna Himself

*Too lusty to serve Krsna? then  serve Indra

*Dont put salt in the  caranamrta

*Money given in charity comes  back in this way..

*How to defeat the Sun

*Real education means  Independence

*General mass of people are  animals-why? dog is best friend

*Ravana built a subway from S  America to Lanka

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The Story of the Syamantaka Jewel

March 24, 2012 in Articles, Narasimha Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

(A Summary Study)

This story from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, which Srila Prabhupada presents in two chapters in Krsna Book, is very interesting and instructive. (Krsna Book, Chapters 55 and 56.) What follows is a brief summary and explanation from these chapters of Krsna Book, including some of my own comments. (Direct quotes from Srila Prabhupada are in bold.)

The Sun God gave the Syamantaka jewel to King Satrajit, the father of Princess Satyabhama, who later became Lord Krishna’s third wife due to the influence of this jewel. This jewel was so powerful that it produced 170 pounds of gold daily. Although Krishna advised Satrajit to deliver the jewel to Him so He could give the jewel to King Urgasena, the emperor of the Yadu Dynasty, Satrajit did not comply with this request. Instead he installed the jewel in a private temple to be worshipped by brahmins he employed. Although Satrajit was a devotee and later came to his senses, he was bewildered by the material opulence and prestige this jewel provided him and his family.

One day Satrajit’s brother, Prasena, took the jewel and wore it around his neck to show off the wealth of his family. At one point, while riding his horse through a forest, he was attacked by a huge lion that killed him and his horse. When Jambuvan, the gorilla king, heard about this event he immediately went to the scene, killed the lion with his bare hands and took the jewel, which he gave to his son for a toy. Because Jambavan was a liberated pure devotee, he was not much attracted to the material opulence of this jewel.

Later on, when Prasena did not return with the jewel, Satrajit was very upset. He guessed that Krishna had killed Prasena and taken the jewel because Satrajit had previously denied Lord Krishna’s request to deliver the jewel to Him. What started out as a mere speculation on the part of one mentally-disturbed man, Srila Prabhupada explains, turned into a rumor that was spread like wildfire.”

This story illustrates that even Krishna is sometimes defamed by false rumors originating from mentally disturbed or materially attached devotees. All this happened in Dvaraka Dhama, even before the advent of the internet. In this day and age, any foolish person can spread malicious rumors about devotees via the internet, and by repeating such rumors over and over again, foolish offenders try to establish facts without solid proof, and thus become candidates for severe misfortune.

Krishna did not like be defamed in this way, therefore He decided that He would go to the forest and find the Syamantaka jewel, taking with Him some of the inhabitants of Dvaraka. Along with important men of Dvaraka, Krishna, went to search out Prasena, the brother of Satrajit, and He found him dead, killed by the lion.”

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Why it’s important to meet regularly with devotees for kirtan

March 21, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
I was reading over some past articles I have sent out the past two  years from one notebook I have at my
prasadam table and below is what came from it today.
Here are 4 very good reasons (from Prabhupadas books) why the sincere  and intelligent devotees meet regularly for  sadhu sanga, arotik,  kirtan, class, discussion and prasadam. We may say we know and understand the  “philosophy” of Krsna Consciousness, but if we do not apply it regularly, then  it is exactly like not knowing it at all. It remains theory only and the  material and spiritual benefits of the chanting will not be  forthcoming.
Hari bol
Damaghosa das
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 Maya  is already there, side by side, Krsna and maya. Just like this light. This  side is light; this side is darkness. Take this example. This light, the  one side is very bright; another side is dark. So this darkness and this  light is always side by side. Similarly, Krsna and maya…  So as soon as you become little slack in Krsna  consciousness, immediately maya is ready to capture you.  Maya is always going side by side. As Krsna is all-pervading, the maya is  also all-pervading. As soon as there is lack of Krsna consciousness, there is  immediately maya.

No Contradictions

March 20, 2012 in Articles, Mahesh Raja by Nityananda Rama dasa

In Buddhimanta das prabhu’s article:
he is confused by apparent contradictions he points out:
“I have always understood that the two Pandava twins, Nakula and Sahadeva were conceived in the womb of Madri, wife of Maharaj Pandu, from the Asvini-Kumara twins as a result of her using the mantra(s) given to Kunti devi from Durvasa Muni, and that King Pandu could not impregnate either of his wives due to a curse he received while hunting (see translation to Srimad Bhagavatam 9.22.27-28 is below).
However, I read this morning in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.3-4 what seems like a contradiction to this. In the purport, Srila Prabhupada clearly indicates that Nakula and Sahadeva were fathered by King Pandu in the womb of Madri. There is no mention of the Asvini- Kumara twins. Could anyone please shed some light on this seemingly differing account by Srila Prabhupada on the subject of the impregnating of Madri?
Following are the references, the seemingly contradictory statements are in bold italics. “
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.3-4 Purport:
“Mahārāja Pāṇḍu later wanted to retire from family life and adopt the renounced order of life. Kuntī refused to allow her husband to adopt such life, but at last Mahārāja Pāṇḍu gave her permission to become a mother of sons by calling some other suitable personalities. Kuntī did not accept this proposal at first, but when vivid examples were set by Pāṇḍu she agreed. Thus by dint of the mantra awarded by Durvāsā Muni she called for Dharmarāja, and thus Yudhiṣṭhira was born. She called for the demigod Vāyu (air), and thus Bhīma was born. She called for Indra, the King of heaven, and thus Arjuna was born. The other two sons, namely Nakula and Sahadeva, were begotten by Pāṇḍu himself in the womb of Mādrī. Later on, Mahārāja Pāṇḍu died at an early age, for which Kuntī was so aggrieved that she fainted. Two co-wives, namely Kuntī and Mādrī, decided that Kuntī should live for the maintenance of the five minor children, the Pāṇḍavas, and Mādrī should accept the satī rituals by meeting voluntary death along with her husband. This agreement was endorsed by great sages like Śataśṛṅga and others present on the occasion.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 9.22.27-28, Translation:
“Pāṇḍu was restrained from sexual life because of having been cursed by a sage, and therefore his three sons Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma and Arjuna were begotten through the womb of his wife, Kuntī, by Dharmarāja, by the demigod controlling the wind, and by the demigod controlling the rain. ṇḍu’s second wife, Mādrī, gave birth to Nakula and Sahadeva, who were begotten by the two Aśvinī-kumāras. The five brothers, headed by Yudhiṣṭhira, begot five sons through the womb of Draupadī. These five sons were your uncles.”

God is non different than His photograph

March 18, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

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You can get the same benefit from  the

photograph picture of Krsna as you get benefit  by directly meeting

Him. Therefore, meeting this photograph  Deity of Krsna is as good as

Krsna. Advaya-jnana, nonduality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the parampara system?-SP No one has the right to change it !

March 14, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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The parampara system means… Just like we claim parampara system from  Krsna. So whatever Krsna says or He said 5,000 years ago, we are repeating  the same thing. That is called parampara system. Not that “The world has changed. Scientific advancement is very great. Now we can interpret  in this way and that way.” This is all nonsense. All nonsense. You cannot  change a single alphabet. They are all unmistakable. They cannot be  changed. So that is niscayam atmanah.     If  you want to know positively, what is God, then we should take lesson from a  self-realized soul who has understood, who has seen. Jnaninas  tattva-darsinah. Just like here it is tattva-niscayam atmanah. So  tattvam, the truth, so one must have seen the truth, realized the  truth. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet. That is guru. Means  one who has seen the truth. How he has seen the truth? Through the  parampara system. Krsna said this, and then Brahma said the same thing,  then Narada said the same thing, Vyasadeva said the same thing, and then  disciplic succession, Madhvacarya, Madhavendra Puri, Isvara Puri, Lord  Caitanya, Sad-gosvami, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, Srinivasa Acarya,  Narottama dasa Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. In this way.  Jagannatha dasa Babaji, Gaura Kisora
dasa Babaji, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. Then we are speaking. The same thing. Not that “Because we are modernized… Your modern  science has changed.” Nothing has changed.  It is all  foolishness.

Vaisnava can do any kind of work for Krsna- and is expert at it–SP

March 13, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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 So the conclusion is the expert manager, the bank manager, so, if some  man in the establishment, is absent, he can do the work immediately  because he has learned all the things. Bank manager becomes from the lower  clerk. When I was manager in Bose’s laboratory there was a strike. So  there was no packer. So I asked all the clerks to, “Come on. Let us  pack.” As soon as we begin packing, the strike was broken. So a  man claiming to be in the high position, he must be expert in everything. He  must be expert in everything. So therefore a Vaisnava is called daksa,  expert. Expert. So our, this Krsna consciousness movement being the  highest, topmost quality, so in case we require to do the work, some lower quality, we cannot say that “I do not know.” We must do  it.

Why deity worship is essential and not optional-SP

March 12, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Devotee (1): Srila Prabhupada, if Krsna is   everywhere, why do we

stress the importance of living a very strict life   in the temple

atmosphere?

Prabhupada: But have you got the eyes to see Krsna   everywhere?

Devotee (1): No, Srila   Prabhupada.

Prabhupada: Then you must attention give to   temple. When you have got

the eyes to see Krsna everywhere, you may   not require temple worship.

But why do you try to imitate that? You have no eyes to   see that. Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Srila Prabhupada’s SB classes-summary file–VOLUME 5 P:III

March 11, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

Hare Krsna to All

Pranams

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

 

Below we have part 3/4 from Vol 5 of the Srimad  Bhagavatam lectures series by Srila

Prabhupada. I just love reading these lectures every day  and want to share the nectar

I get from him to all who also want to listen to the  illuminating words of a pure devotee

of  Lord Krsna. These are only short snipets of  lectures where I have taken out only part

of a part of what is contained within them. I do hope all  who receive this series enjoys them

as much as I do.

If you want off this list, please let me know.

thanks

Hare Krsna

Damaghosa das

 

Some topics covered below:

* Process of going back to Home means the 26 pure  qualities manifest

* Go to mangal arotik- or sell one Krsna book that day if  you miss..

* Guru means simply repeating

* understanding SB-1 verse takes 7 months or 1,500 years  for whole thing

* Street kirtan is all auspicious for all

* How he began in NY with a tom tom drum-no prasadam at  all

* Benefit of selling one book

* How to see God everywhere

* When we see God everywhere then we dont need a  temple

* Having this body is like piling up garbage

 

Go ahead and dive in…..

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Why we choose to remain in this material world, life after life-SP

March 10, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below is one of my favorite lectures delivered by Srila Prabhupada.
Why is that ?
Because he explains so clearly, so nicely, in such a way that  practically
anyone can understand-WHY we remain in this material world-even as  devotees.
Spend a little “quality time” here with the Lord’s empowered representative  and
see what I mean..
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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Karandhara:  Translation:  (SB 2.9.1) Sri Sukadeva  Gosvami said: O King, unless one is influenced by the energy of the  Supreme Personality of Godhead, there is no meaning to the relationship of  the pure soul in pure consciousness with the material body. It is  just like the dreamer seeing his own body working.” Prabhupada:  So, purport? Karandhara: “Purport. The question of Maharaja Pariksit is  perfectly answered as to how a living entity began his material life,  although he is apart from the material body and the mind.” Prabhupada: It is a very important question. Pariksit Maharaja inquired… Many  people inquired that “How the living entity was with Krsna, he became  fallen in this material world?” Is not done? This question is raised? So  this question is answered here, that “How the living entity who was with  Krsna became fallen down in contact with this material qualities?” So this is  the answer. Read the translation. Karandhara: “Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said:  O king, unless one is influenced by the energy of the Supreme Personality of  Godhead…” Prabhupada: It is simply the influence of the material  energy, nothing. Actually he has not fallen. Another example given is  given. Just like the moon is covered with scattered cloud, the passing  cloud.

Wednesday March 7th -The appearance day of Lord Gaurahari

March 6, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Adi 4.40   Thus He spread kirtana even among the  untouchables. He wove a wreath of the holy name and prema with which He  garlanded the entire material world.
Adi 4.41  In this way, assuming the sentiment of a devotee, He  preached devotional service while practicing it Himself.
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   When Rupa Gosvami met Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at  Prayaga (Allahabad), he offered his respectful obeisances by submitting  that Lord Caitanya was more magnanimous than any other avatara of  Krsna because He was distributing love of Krsna. His mission was  to enhance love of Godhead. In the human form of life the highest  achievement is to attain the platform of love of Godhead. Lord Caitanya  did not invent a system of religion, as people sometimes assume.  Religious systems are meant to show the existence of God, who is then  generally approached as the cosmic order-supplier. But Lord Sri  Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s transcendental mission is to distribute love of  Godhead to everyone. Anyone who accepts God as the Supreme can take to  the process of chanting Hare Krsna and become a lover of God.  Therefore Lord Caitanya is the most magnanimous. This munificent broadcasting  of devotional service is possible only for Krsna Himself. Therefore  Lord Caitanya is Krsna. Read the rest of this entry →

8 different forms of Lord Gauras Names

March 5, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
As Most of you know this Wednesday is the appearance day of Lord  Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Below is some more nectar that can be realized from His  inexhaustible glories.
damaghosa das
Eight Forms of Gaura’s Name by Sri Raghunandan  Goswami
The following verse gives Gaura’s name in the eight cases of  Sanskrit Grammar:

gauraù sac-caritämåtämåta-nidhir gauraà sadaiva stuve gaureëa  prathitaà rahasya-bhajanaà gauräya sarvaà dade gauräd asti kåpälur atra na  paro gaurasya bhåtyo ’bhavam gaure gauravam äcarämi bhagavan gaura  prabho rakña mäm

(1) Gauraù — Gaura’s ecstatic transcendental pastimes are  like an ocean of nectar. (Gaura as the subject)
(2) Gauram — It is Lord  Gaura who is eternally worshipable. (Gaura as the object)
(3) Gaureëa — It  is through Gaura that the confidential secrets of krsna-bhajana  were revealed. (Gaura as the instrument of action)
(4) Gauräya — Unto  Gaura everything should be given. (Gaura as the recipient of action)
(5)  Gaurät — No one is more merciful than Gaura. (Gaura in a comparative  sense) Read the rest of this entry →