“Awaiting that Disaster” Srila Prabhupada Predicts Doomsday

April 29, 2012 in Articles, Narasimha Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Like death itself, no one likes to talk about nuclear war. We prefer to avoid such talk. But although we tend to ignore the possibility of nuclear holocaust, that doesn’t make the problem go away. As death is certain, war is also certain. It is a direct result of wholesale animal slaughter and other vicious karmic reactions. In a nuclear-armed world, nuclear war is certain.

“You are maintaining so many slaughterhouses, and when it will be mature [karmic reactions], there will be war, the wholesale murder. Finished. One atom bomb—finished…  Wait for accumulation of your sinful activities, and there will be war. And America will drop the atom bomb, and Russia will be finished. Both will be finished.” (Lecture, SB. 6.1.32, Honolulu, May 31, 1976)

“Well, anyway, they [nuclear weapons] must be used. There is no doubt about it. Therefore we can say there will be war. It is no astrology; it is natural conclusion.” (Morning Walk, July 18, 1975, San Francisco)

“The whole world is awaiting that disaster. America has got atom bomb and Russia has got atom bomb. As soon as there is another war [world war], the whole world will be finished.” (Lecture, BG. 13.14, Bombay, October 7, 1973)

In his last years on Earth, Srila Prabhupada repeatedly warned of the certain doom of blind, materialistic civilizations. He explained that according to the laws of nature, mass destruction is unavoidable due to the heavy weight of accumulated sins in human society, particularly wholesale cow slaughter. Srila Prabhupada repeatedly predicted the nuclear destruction of nations and social systems based on unbridled sinful activities. Speaking to two disciples whose main service was book publication and distribution, he asked, “What you will do when the cities are closed?”

“So, it is very difficult to preach Krishna consciousness. The whole world is overburdened by these rascals and demons. So, atom bomb is waiting for them. Yes. It will be finished. All the demons will be finished.” (Lecture, SB.1.8.34, Los Angeles, April 26, 1973)

We find numerous graphic references to nuclear devastation in Srila Prabhupada’s conversations, morning walks, lectures, purports, and BTG articles. He repeatedly advised devotees to start farming communities and live self-sufficiently, without depending on outside resources for basic necessities, but very few devotees have seriously attempted to follow this advice.

One misleading argument we often hear against making any preparations for WW3 or living on Vedic farms is that devotees just need to depend on Krishna and chant Hare Krishna. Yet when it comes to other practical work, the same devotees offering this advice are seen to depend on a doomed way of life in cities or at country retreats that depend not on “Krishna’s mercy  and the beauty of nature” but on modern technology and urban finances. Such devotees are often heavily invested in city real estate, artificial enterprises or high living and plain thinking. Contrary to this attitude of expecting Lord Krishna to do our practical work for us in the matter of protecting the devotees, cows, and Deities, we find in Krsna Book that Nanda Maharaja and Sunanda, during a meeting with other cowherd men of Sri Gokula, decided their residence was no longer safe; therefore they decided to move immediately to a safer location in Vrindaban. In other words, as responsible leaders, they made practical plans to avoid a dangerous circumstance.

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Getting Krsna to smile- just once upon you

April 24, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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So similarly, Krsna also becomes very… Krsna and Kapiladeva, no difference.  So Krsna also becomes very beautiful. He’s already beautiful. But when a  devotee serves Him, a devotee comes to Him, He also becomes very beautiful. A devotee, when with his heart and soul, serves Krsna in dressing Him, in feeding Him, in giving Him flower, He becomes smiling. And if you can  get Krsna, once smiling upon you, your life is fulfilled.     Thank you very much. (end)

 

How to solve all ones economic problems-SP

April 23, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna
Pranams to all
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below are some excerpts from various conversations wherein Srila Prabhupada explains
very nicely how anyone can live easily without much anxiety  in this world, grow his or her
own food for his family, and have more than ample time for spiritual life.
This lifestyle is contrasted with modern city living where one has to work  most of the day, drive for hours back and forth to work, be in total anxiety all  the while, and in the end get ulcers, headaches, or some
other serious disease for your reward for all this work.
Krsna does not want His part and parcels to suffer like this. He gives us  the recommendations
for how to live in this or any age.
Every once in a while I get some negative feedback where a devotee will say  to me-so I am in ignorance if I dont grow my own food? How can I possibly live  in the country if I have so many obligations here in the city?
Who is going to afford this place?
All these questions are answered below by Srila Prabhupada.
One who thinks a little soberly about these things will ask  himself-what does it mean to live simply with high thinking? Isnt this  supposed to be the motto of all Hare Krsna devotees? If so, then why do the  majority of them not do it? Do we just read these words from our Acarya and  think they are meant for someone else?
They will say-I am not a farmer, I am an engineer, or a Doctor, or a  technologist, or whatever. I have so many responsibilities in this city. How can  I possibly leave all this? And furthermore, why should I ? I can hear them  all now.
One point Prabhupada is trying to make in all these talks is this- we, as  spirit souls really dont belong here, and the work we do to sustain  ourselves for the most part does not further the betterment of human society  towards the goal of liberation. Present day society is a nuts and bolts  conglomeration of humanity which produces unfit humans for any kind of  progressive path towards ultimate liberation of the soul from the material  tabernacle. Nobody knows the actual goal of human life, except for the devotees  of the Lord. And what do the devotees do as work which practices what we  preach? We work right along side of the karmis whom we will criticize in our SB  classes.
And yet we have all the answers to all the problems. Prabhupada many times  has said, that any question you may encounter in preaching about Krsna  Consciousness can be answered from Bhagavad Gita.
OK, do we accept that?
Yes?
Then what does Krsna tell us about how  to solve all our economic  problems? Annad bhavanti bhutani
750524BG.FIJ                    Lectures                      Nowadays they are facing a scarcity of food. The solution is there in the  Bhagavad-gita. Krsna says, annad bhavanti bhutani: “Bhutani, all living  entities, both animal and man, they can live very nicely without any  anxiety provided they have got sufficient food grains.” Now what  is your objection to this? This is the solution. Krsna says, annad bhavanti  bhutani. So it is not utopian; it is practical. You must have  sufficient food grain to feed the human being and the animal, and everything  will be peaceful immediately. Because people, if one become hungry, he is  disturbed. So give him food first of all. That is Krsna’s injunction. Is  that very impossible, impractical? No. You grow food more and distribute.  So much land is there, but we are not growing food. We are growing or  busy in manufacturing tools and motor tires. Then now eat motor  tires. But Krsna says that “You grow anna.” Then there is no  question of scarcity. Annad bhavanti bhutani
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So to sum up what you will read  below–
Srila Prabhupada  tells us  —
….how to make the transition from city to  rural life.
….tells us    that everybody should grow  food
…shows us how important and sacred are  grains
…self preservation is the first law of nature  and the fear of not having food, or being unable to afford it for daily  sustenance is eliminated by growing owns own
…having owns own food source means you become  independent of the karmis rat race
..growing owns own food is “our  mission”
…how to start this? he  started his movement under a tree!
..everyone should live on farms, not just  householders
..Indian farmers are clever-they move to city,  get a job and send
most of the money back to the family, Then when  they have enough money-quit their
job, buy land and start to grow their own  food and become independent !!
…and  more….
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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1)  740418mw.bom                 Conversations
Prabhupada: (Sanskrit) From our childhood, if there was a rice  grain on the floor, my father, er, my mother would ask me, “Take it  and touch it on your head.” Dr. Patel: We were advised not to tread on the  grains. (break) Prabhupada: Because by chance, if the grain is struck with  the leg, she asked, “Take it and you touch it on the head.” Dr. Patel:  That is the culture. That is real culture. Prabhupada: Means from the  very beginning he understands anna-brahma. Dr. Patel: Even it is not  spoken, you practice it. Prabhupada: Yes, practice it. According to Vedic  culture, the higher class, in every home there is narayana-sila for worship,  especially of the brahmanas.

Removing the steel from our hearts by chanting Hare Krsna-SP

April 17, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

 

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Prabhupada: So here is one word, “steel-framed.” Nowadays, the medical

science is changing the heart, steel-framed. So this modern science is

making steel-framed hearts, but we can understand that formerly, also,

there were steel-framed hearts. Otherwise how this word comes? Tad

asma-saram hrdayam batedam. So just like stone or steel does not melt

very easily, similarly, anyone’s heart which does not change after

chanting Hare Krsna mantra regularly, then it is to be understood that

it is steel-framed, made of stone or iron. Actually, harinama… Harer

nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam. It is especially meant for

cleansing the heart. That every… All misconception is within our

heart, beginning from the wrong identification, that “I am this body.”

That is the beginning of all misconception. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu

says, ceto-darpana-marjanam. So as you go on chanting, gradually the

heart will be cleansed, and you’ll be able to understand that you are

not this body.

… So this verse suggests that if a person is chanting Hare Krsna

mantra, but his eyes are not tearful or there is no ecstatic shivering

of the body, then that means he’s not coming to the perfectional

point.

So if we chant this Hare Krsna mantra without offense, according

to, and observing the regulative principles and numerical strength …

Sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih. The Gosvamis, in Vrndavana, they

used to chant keeping in numerical strength. They were all liberated

persons; still, for teaching us an example, they also used to chant

keeping a numerical strength. Haridasa Thakura, he used to chant Hare

Krsna mantra keeping a numerical strength–300,000 times. 300,000

times. So our prescription is only 25,000. Not 100,000. So it is not

very difficult; it takes utmost 2 hours. We can find out, out of 24

hours, 2 hours. We can find out time. So if we actually follow the

rules and regulations and chant Hare Krsna mantra, then these symptoms

will come. Netre jalam gatra-ruhesu harsah. When this comes then you

know that “I am coming to perfection.” And if it is not coming, then

it is to be understood the heart is steel-framed. Steel-framed. So it

is steel only. Stone. Stone, if we keep our heart stone or

steel-framed, then it cannot be melted. This… These symptoms mean

heart is melting or changing…

…disturbance. So such things are happening. Now anyone is manufacturing

his own way of self realization, and there are rascals who are

supporting, that “Everyone, we are independent. We can find out our

own way of worship.” But Rupa Gosvami says, “This is simply creating

disturbance.” That is very natural to understand. Suppose here, in our

temple, we have got some regulative principles. But if everyone says

that “I can manufacture my own way of worshiping the Deity,” then what

will be the condition?

It will be simply pandemonium. You see? So that is going on.

…(not)authorized by the disciplic succession. We reject immediately. There

is example that in India there is a tree, sagu, sagu(?) tree. I do not

know whether it is in your country. That, that tree has a very, I mean

to say, thick trunk. But a little jerking, it will break. A little

jerking. Sagu. And there is another tree which is called tamarind

tree. So even a fingerlike stem, you cannot break. It is so strong. So

our policy should be that when we are falling down, we must take

shelter of this tamarind tree, not that sagu tree. The tamarind tree

is Vedic instruction, infallible, without any mistake. As I have given

you several times the example that Vedas says that stool of animal is

impure, and in another place it says that stool of cow is pure….

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Today I desire….

April 2, 2012 in Articles, Kanhaiya Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

Today I desire

 

(Dedicated To My Beloved Spiritual Father Srila Prabhupada)

 

Today I desire to live in Vrindavan, where there is The Lotus Dust of my beloved Lord Shri Krishna,

Today I desire to smear myself with that Dust, with which the most sinful become purified as the milky ocean…

Today I desire to chant and glorify the names of Shri Radha and Krishna, and want to know nothing else more than this…

Today I desire to become mad with ecstasy, when I chant their names…

Today I desire to be in the mad people, who have even forgotten their own names and only remember Madhava’s ..

If being mad is the criteria, I desire to be mad, knowing no obligations, nothing else but remember Keshva’s names…

How long do I need to pretend to be one of these materialistic people, who only want to satisfy their own senses…

Today I desire to forget my own senses forever and satisfy the senses of my most dear Friend Krishna…

Today I desire to abandon everything, today I desire to give up all the opulences I have,

Today I desire to even give up my remaining breaths, if they don’t recite the names of Krishna…

The world has taken the shelter of that Madhusudan, and I am left here alone tied up my unnecessary worldly desires…

Today I desire to break up all unnecessary relations and reestablish my forgotten relationship with my Friend…

Tell me where can I find Him… I am looking everywhere, having no sign of Him –

but when I am in the association of His pure devotees, who simply want nothing else but to hear/chant His names..

I find Him – I find HIM right in the center – enjoying the ecstasies that His devotees relish…

Today I desire to sing His glories out loud – as loud as I can so the everyone can hear and revive their lost relationship with that Govardhan lifter….

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