3 simple, yet profound statments–by SP

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

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1. Adi  6.85                 Some accept Him ( Lord Caitanya ) whereas others  do not, yet everyone is His servant. One who does not accept Him, however,  will be ruined by his sinful activities.
2.  Conversations                reporter (2): What will happen to the movement in the United States when  you die? Prabhupada: I will never die. devotees: Jaya! Hari bol!  (laughter) Prabhupada: I shall live for my books, and you will  utilize.
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Pressman: Do you know how many followers there are in the  United States now? Prabhupada: Unlimited. (devotees roar) Some of  them admit and some of them do not admit. That’s all. (laughter) Everyone  is eternally servant of God, but some of them admit and some of them do not  admit. That is the difficulty. But anyone who does not admit, he is  servant of somebody. That is a fact. He cannot be master. Everyone is servant. But one who knows that “I am servant of Krsna,” his life is  perfect. That’s all. Please try to understand this point that everyone  is servant. Even your president is servant of the nation. So nobody  can say that “I am no one’s servant.” He is servant, but he does not  know that actually he is the servant of the Supreme Lord. That is  his ignorance. We are just eradicating this ignorance, that “You  are servant, but you admit that you are servant of God. That will  make your life successful.” That’s all. Therefore I say that there  are unlimited followers. Some of them admit and some of them do  not admit. That is the difficulty. But if anyone comes to me, I shall  make him to admit.
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We can see from the above statement in  Caitanya Caritamrta that Krsna  das Kaviraj
explicitly states that Lord  Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the  Supreme Personality of Godhead.
And those who accept Him will be saved and those who do not, will be  ruined.
This same principle can be applied to Caitanya Mahaprabhus  predicted Senapati Bhakta, or Field Commander– A C Bhaktivedanta  Swami Srila Prabhupada.  Srila Prabhupada has been chosen by Lord Gauranga  to represent Him in the coming years of Kali yuga.  As Srila  Prabhupada once said, after him, only Lord Caitanya can save one.
Therefore the conclusion is this- Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada are  the ones whom we must surrender to , because without  both of them, we are  ruined.
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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“Why are we sent to this material world?”–SP

November 20, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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Why  we are sent to this material world? Iccha-dvesa sammutthena, sarge yanti  parantapa, because we wanted to enjoy life independent of God, or Krsna. This  is the disease. We are not independent. If there is no rain and there is no  food grain, what your independence will do? No. Therefore Krsna says in the  Bhagavad-gita, annad bhavanti bhutani, very practical.
That if you want to be happy,either animal or man, bhutani, then  you
produce anna, food grains sumptuously.
Annad bhavanti bhutani parjanyad anna-sambhavah. And there must be  sufficient rain for producing sufficient food grains. Yajnad bhavanti  parjanyah, and you perform yajna, there will be regular rainfall.  Yajnah-karma samudbhavam.
Who is following thisprinciple? Yajnah-karma  samudbhavam.
Krsna never says that factories,by factories  bhavanti bhutani. Annad bhavanti bhutani, He says this  is practical.We are not interested how to produce anna.  We are now interested how to produce tire tubes. So eat tire  tube…..
 
Or, you can eat this—
    So this is going on. Take Krsna’s instruction as it is. You’ll be happy. This  is Krsna consciousness movement. It is not a bogus thing, it is very  scientific, authorized. Take it very seriously, especially those who are  born Indians. They’ve got the advantage. Don’t be misled. Thank you very  much. So any questions?….
741220SB.BOM                    Lectures                     That means because we have come to this material nature… How we have  come to material nature? That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita, that  iccha-dvesa samutthena sarge yanti parantapa. Iccha-dvesa. There are two  things: hatred and desire. Something we desire and something we hate,  iccha-dvesa. Two kinds of propensities there are. So when we want to enjoy  this material world, that is called iccha, and when we want to disobey God,  that is called dvesa. So that iccha and dvesa, there can be. That is two  opposing elements. There are. So iccha-dvesa samutthena. When we think…  That is not very difficult to understand. Everyone is thinking, “Why shall  I worship God? These are all bogus things, they are going to the temple.  No.” That propensity is there, dvesa. Tan aham dvisatah kruran ksipamy  ajasram asubhan yonisu, Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita. Tan aham dvisatah  kruran. These persons who are envious of God and kruran… Krura means, krura  also, envious, very, very atheistic. Duskrtino mudhah asuram bhavam asritah.  This is asuri-bhava. When we become envious, atheist, godless, without any  God consciousness, that is called atheism. That is dvesa.

750304mw.dal                Conversations              

So they have increased the working  capability. That is

civilization. Just like in the prisonhouse you have to  work. Eh? So

they think this working is civilization. This is avidya.  So therefore

they have created more work. From early morning, five  o’clock, till

ten o’clock, simply working. They do not know that  “This working is

our punishment.” But because ignorant, they think that  “Working is

life.” This is called ignorance. He does not  know, “This working is my

punishment. How to get out of this  work?” No. To increase the work

more, complicate, that is civilization. This is called  avidya.

Avidya-karma-samjnanya. Our tendency is not to work  but get things.

Therefore he has asked that question. Because he has to  get cloth by

working, therefore he asking, “Why God has not created?” That means

tendency is not to work. That is spiritual  tendency. Everything,

necessities, automatically available. That is our…  Therefore as soon

as one man becomes rich, he does not work. He gets his  thing by

working others. The tendency is there, to retire from  work. They go to

a solitary place. They retire. They do not go out.  Weekly, at least,

they want to stop worker, working. So why this  tendency? He does not

want to die. He does not want to work. This is spiritual.  Why man

should work like… Therefore real civilization is that  minimize work.

Minimize work, save time, and go back to your spiritual  life. That is

civilization.

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Govardhana Puja Festival Sedro Woolley Wa USA 2012

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

 

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Girihari Manohar
We celebrated the lifting of Govardhana Hill pastime with great fun and of  course very opulent prasadam.
The older I get, the less I am able to “honor” so many sweets at one time  without going into some kind
of sugar shock, but I try anyway.
Many devotees attended and most of them stayed for quite some time after  the whole thing was over.
Seems these devotees like each other and have absolutely no inclination  to squabble with each other and this is all due to Srila Prabhupadas mercy  upon us all. When there is no fighting and only chanting, then it is not  kali yuga anymore– but Vaikuntha and I think all who attended would heartily  agree.
Our grateful thanks to all who came, brought offerings for the Lord  and devotees, and helped out in various ways.
Oh, and Kanhaiya prabhu-thanks for leaving your jimbay drum for me to  practice on—!!
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
 
Look–Its  a cow devotee in a punjabi outfit  !!

Disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada-Nov 16

November 15, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami  Prabhupada
Just as a devoted wife becomes afflicted at the passing away  of her husband, when a spiritual master passes away, the disciple becomes  similarly bereaved. (Purport to Bhäg. 4.28.49)
 
The spiritual master, äcärya, is always situated in the  spiritual status of life. Birth, death, old age and disease do not affect  him. According to the Haribhakti- viläsa, therefore, after the disappearance  of an äcärya, his body is never burnt to ashes, for it is a spiritual  body. The spiritual body is always unaffected by material conditions.  (Purport to Bhäg. 10.4.20)
SB 7.7.30-31       What Prahlada  Learned in the Womb     The words guru-susrusaya  mean that one should personally serve the spiritual master by giving him  bodily comforts, helping him in bathing, dressing, sleeping, eating and so  on. This is called guru-susrusanam. A disciple should serve the spiritual  master as a menial servant, and whatever he has in his possession should  be dedicated to the spiritual master. pranair arthair dhiya vaca. Everyone  has his life, his wealth, his intelligence and his words, and all of them  should be offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead through the via  medium of the spiritual master. Everything should be offered to the spiritual  master as a matter of duty, but the offering should be made to the spiritual  master with heart and soul, not artificially to gain material prestige. This  offering is called arpana. Moreover, one should live among devotees, saintly  persons, to learn the etiquette and proper behavior of devotional service.  Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura remarks in this connection that  whatever is offered to the spiritual master should be offered with love  and affection, not for material adoration.
Whenever an äcärya comes, following the superior orders of the  Supreme Personality of Godhead or his representative, he establishes the  principles of religion. Unfortunately, when the äcärya disappears, rogues and  non-devotees take advantage and immediately begin to introduce  unauthorized principles in the name of so-called svämés, yogés,  philanthropists, welfare workers, and so on. The äcärya, the  authorized representative of the Supreme Lord, establishes these  principles, but when he disappears, things once again become disordered. The  perfect disciples of the äcärya try to relieve the situation by sincerely  following the instructions of the spiritual master. (Purport to Bhäg.  4.28.48) ·

Grhamedi vs Grhastha Mahatma–SP

November 1, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
Glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below you will find some interesting points in this abbreviated lecture  about:
1) how to turn a kali yuga debauch- into a mahatma
2) Human life should be for very easy living and not be for hard  working
3) Symptoms of a Mahatma
4) Prabhupada is creating ideal grhastha mahatmas
5) Difference between a grhamedi and grhastha and how to deal with  grhamedis
6) Grhastha has one aim-how to develop love for God
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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690917SB.LON                    Lectures                 They  are simply engaged in sense gratification: eating, sleeping, mating, and  defending. That’s all. Their business finished. They do not know anything  else. If I call some animals… Why people are not taking part in this  Krsna consciousness? Because they are animals. They are appearing with  four hands and legs, but they have been trained to become animals. So  they cannot take. But we are trying to train them from animalism  to humanism by associating with this Krsna consciousness movement. This Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement is to give chance to this  animalistic civilization to associate with devotees and mahatmas so that they  can also become devotee and mahatma. You associate with mahatma,  you become mahatma. You associate with debauch, you become  debauch. Practical. We have taken from the debauchery condition  all our disciples. But they are now mahatmas. It is possible. By this Krsna consciousness movement we can turn debauch into  mahatma. That is possible. Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement is so  nice.
Sat-sanga chadi’ kainu asate vilas. If people give up the association of  this Krsna consciousness society and they simply indulge in the sense  gratificatory process, then more and more they’ll be entangled. Sat-sanga  chadi’ kainu asate vilas, te-karane lagila ye karma-bandha-phans. People  are now entangled in hard working. Actually, human life should be  very easy, very easy. No hard work. Living very  simple life and eating very healthy food, living in open space, no quarrel,  no antagonism, everyone is happy, everyone is free. That is human  civilization. Not to become entangled. But at the present moment we have  become entangled. So Rsabhadeva says that mahat-sevam dvaram ahur  vimukteh. If we actually want liberation from this entanglement, then we  should associate with mahatmas, great souls. And who is a great soul? That  is being described.
  
 We have discussed some of the symptoms  of great soul. The great soul is sama-citta, equal to everyone. Great  soul is never angry; they are friend to everyone. And sadhava.  Sadhava means sadacara, clean habits. A mahatma cannot be implicated  with those four principles of sinful life. That is the first test. No illicit  sex life, no gambling, no meat-eating, and no intoxication. This is called  sadacara, clean habit. Anything beyond this: unclean habit. Here it is  stated,
sadhava. Sadhava means sadacara, clean habit. Then it is said, ye  va mayise krta-sauhrdarthah. Now this mahatma is specifically  indicated for a sannyasa, a perfect sannyasi, renounced order.  Their characteristics is that. And another mahatma… Suppose one is  in household life. Question may be whether a mahatma can be in  the household life or not. That is being described: Yes. In household  life also there can be mahatma. Just like Advaita Mahaprabhu.  Caitanya Mahaprabhu even, Nityananda Mahaprabhu. They were all  householders. Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He was a householder. He married twice.  His first wife died–He married for the second time. Regular  householder, although He left household life very early. He was only  twenty-four years old; therefore He had no children. But Nityananda Prabhu  had one child, Virabhadra, and Advaita Prabhu had two, three children,  of which buddhi was very highly elevated. Similarly, Srivasa Thakura,  he had children. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu does not say that one has  to become in the renounced order or sannyasi, then he becomes a  mahatma. No. We also do not propagate such idea. At least, I am not doing  that. I am creating householder, ideal householder. And my ideas are  being fruitful. Here in London I sent six householders, and they are  doing nice, sincerely they are working. Therefore I am very much proud  of
them.
 
   So here is also the statement that  even… It’s not required that sannyasi is only mahatma, but a grhastha can  be, is also mahatma. So grhastha-mahatma, his symptoms are described: ye  va mayise krta-sauhrdarthah. Their only business is to please Krsna. That is  the first qualification. They have no other business. Ye va  mayise krta-sauhrdarthah. Then how they deal with others? A  grhastha has to live… A sannyasi may live alone in forest or in Himalaya or  in a secluded place in Vrndavana or somewhere, but a grhastha, he has  to deal with ordinary persons, so many others, businessmen or  ordinary people. So that is stated here, that a grhastha-mahatma, his  first symptom is that he has no other business than to please Krsna. That  is his first business. And so far dealing with others, that is  janesu dehambhara-vartikesu grhesu jayatmaja-ratimatsu na  priti-yukta yavad-arthas ca loke. Very nice. What does he say? That people  who are simply interested in maintaining this body and sense  gratification, dehambhara-vartikesu. Deha means this body, and bhara  means maintaining, and vartika means occupation.
    Now you analyze everyone in this world. What is their business? Their  business is how to maintain this body. That’s all. If you ask
somebody, “My dear sir, what you are doing?” “Oh, I am doing  this business.” “Why you are doing this business?” “Oh, I must get  money. Otherwise how can I maintain myself?” This is  called dehambhara-vartikesu. Their only engagement is how to maintain  this body. This is their business. So janesu dehambhara-vartikesu.  And grhesu, a householder has got home. And jaya, jaya means wife.  Atmaja, atmaja means children. Rati, some money, bank balance or some  wealth, rati. Or persons who are engaged simply for the business  of maintaining this body, their only business is how to maintain a  home, how to maintain a wife, how to maintain children, how to have  good bank balance. In this way their life is like that. But a  householder who is mahatma, whose only business is to satisfy Krsna, for  him, these things are not priti-yuktah, not very pleasing. Not  very pleasing. Na priti-yuktah.
   Then what is their  dealing? Yavad-arthas ca loke. They deal as much as required  only. That’s all. I have to deal with some gentleman who is  completely out of our, this Krsna consciousness movement, but I have to deal  with him. Then how I have to deal? As much as possible to avoid him, but  so far the business is concerned, all right. This is all. Just like a  businessman talks with another businessman so far
profit is concerned. That’s all. No more talk. A businessman, a lawyer,  talks with his client so much… Especially in America, they cannot waste  their time. Any businessman will not waste their time. They will talk.  Similarly, a householder devotee whose only business is to satisfy Krsna,  they will deal with other persons… Other person means those who are simply  interested for maintaining this body, wife, children, in this way. They have  no other ideas. We should not have any very intimate relationship, but we  shall have to deal with them only as far necessary. No more. That’s all. We  shall try to avoid them as far as possible. But because we are living with  the human society we have to deal with such persons. So our dealings should  be so far as required. Not more than that. Then, if one lives a  householder life in this way, keeping his viewpoint only in Krsna, in the  lotus feet of Krsna, and other dealings superfluous, he is also mahatma. He’s  also mahatma. Na priti-yukta yavad-arthas ca loke. Mayi  ise krta-sauhrdarthah purusartha yesam.
   A householder mahatma has only one aim: how to attain  the perfectional stage of love of God. That is the aim. Generally, a householder in the modern civilization, they are simply  trying to accumulate money, increase the bank balance and make the  society,
friendship and love as the aim and object of life, and they have  no other business. But a person who is mahatma, his aim is different.  His aim is “How to make my life perfect in Krsna consciousness. How  to please Krsna, how to make friendship with Krsna.” Everyone is  seeking some friend. That is a fact. The businessmen or lawyers  or politicians, everyone is seeking some friend. Without  friend… Society, friendship and love, these things are required. But a  mahatma householder, he is seeking actual friendship with Krsna.  Ise sauhrdarthah. Because he knows, “If Krsna is my friend…” Just  like Arjuna sought friendship with Krsna; Duryodhana sought friendship  with Krsna’s power. Krsna divided Himself. Because it was a family  warfare between two cousin brothers, and Krsna was also related with both  of them by family relationship, so He said, “How can I take part with  one and not with the other? Then that will be partiality. So anyway,  I divide Myself into two. I am alone, one side, and in which side I shall  go, I shall not fight. I shall not touch even a weapon. And the other side,  all My soldiers.” Krsna had many soldiers. So Duryodhana thought that “I  shall take Krsna’s soldiers,” and Arjuna thought, “I shall take Krsna only,  even He does not fight.”   So this is the  determination of mahatmas, that they want simply Krsna’s friendship.  Mayi sauhrdarthah.
                     ye va mayise krta-sauhrdartha
                      janesu  dehambhara-vartikesu                        grhesu  jayatmaja-ratimatsu                   na priti-yukta yavad-arthas ca loke
Yavad-arthas ca loke, just to deal with other persons as much  as necessary, not more than that. But to keep friendship with  devotees, that is necessary. Not that I shall not intimately mix,  intermingle with the devotees. That is required. A devotee has got four  business: isvare priti, love for God, Krsna; friendship with devotees;  and kindness to the neophyte; and rejection to the nondevotees. These  four principles. A devotee’s only lovable object is Krsna. His only  friend is devotee, another devotee.
                          isvare  tad-adhinesu                           balisesu dvisatsu  ca                          prema-maitri-krpopeksa                         yah karoti sa madhyamah
Isvare means krsna-prema, love, to love Krsna. Maitri  means friendship. Maitri with whom? Tad-adhinesu, those who are under  the
control of Krsna. Everyone is under the control of Krsna by this way or  that way, but those who are given to Krsna voluntarily, surrendered souls,  I am speaking of them. Tad-adhinesu.
 

Deity worship and simultaneously one and different-SP

November 1, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

740612mw.par                 Conversations                 366516/53050 Satsvarupa: But by that argument, then, this body is also Krsna,  made of earth and water. Prabhupada: Yes, it is Krsna’s. But you are  thinking you are. That is Krsna’s. Therefore this body should be engaged  for Krsna’s service. That is Krsna consciousness. You, as soon as  you accept this body is Krsna’s, then you cannot employ it for other  purposes. But that realization you have  no. Why do you say it is Krsna’s? You are thinking your body. Or  you are body. Where is that consciousness?…..
Paramahamsa: They argue that Krsna’s in the heart of every  living entity. Prabhupada: Yes. Paramahamsa: Therefore, every living  entity is Krsna. Prabhupada: Why? If I am in the room, I am room? Is that  very good argument? Because I am in this room, I have become room? Is  that argument very sound? Krsna is within this body. I am also within  this body. But does it mean I am body, or Krsna is this body? Devotees:  No. Prabhupada: Krsna is everything; again Krsna is… That is… What  is the verse? maya tatam idam sarvam jagad avyakta-murtina: “I am  spread all over the universe in My impersonal feature.”  Jagad avyakta-murti…, mat-sthani sarva-bhutani. “Everything is in  Me.” Naham te…, “But I am not there.” This is called simultaneously  one and different. Acintya-bheda, that one has to understand. Where there is no Krsna consciousness, that is different from  Krsna. Otherwise, everything is Krsna. Bhagavan: The other  religions do not give any… Prabhupada: We are not talking of religions. We  are talking of science.
Bhagavan: Yeah. Prabhupada: So don’t bring in any religion. A type of  religion is made, “Believe something blindly.” So that is not our concern. We  are talking of the science. If I say that stone is also Krsna, is not  that the science? Bhagavan: It’s the science of how God’s energies are  working. Prabhupada: Yes. Just like if I say heat is also fire. Is there  any wrong? Bhagavan: No. Prabhupada: Is there any wrong? Devotees:  No. Prabhupada: Heat is also fire. But at the same time, heat is not  fire. What is the difficulty to understand? If I say heat is also  fire, but it is not fire, where is the wrong? Devotee: Heat comes from  the fire. Prabhupada: Yes. Therefore the fire quality is there. Heat is  the quality of the fire. Just like I taste sugar. The sweetness is  also sugar. And the form is also sugar. Yogesvara: Well, they would  say, “If stone is also Krsna, then why aren’t we worshiping all  stone?”
Prabhupada: Eh? Yogesvara: Then why don’t we worship all… Here is also  some stone. Why don’t we worship this? Prabhupada: You worship. Because  you are rascal, you worship. Yogesvara: No, they… Prabhupada: We, we  worship Krsna in His form, but you are formless.(the  impersonalists)
You worship that stone. When we make the form of Krsna in stone,  then we worship, not that any stone. Because Krsna  is everything, that does not mean I have to worship the dog. That  you worship. Because you are impersonalist, you worship dog.  And you are doing that. In the morning, you take a dog and worship it. That  is your business. Our business is to worship the form of Krsna. That  is the, required. (pause)
Bhagavan: Could we say that anyone who is engaged in glorifying the body  is actually engaged in idol worship? Prabhupada: Hmm? Bhagavan: Anyone  who’s engaged in… Prabhupada: That is already answered. Krsna says, “The  body is Myself, but still, I am not there.” So you cannot say by worshiping  your body, you’re worshiping Krsna. At that time, he’s not there, although  the body’s also Krsna. Paramahamsa: Sometimes, they argue, “How do  you know this Deity is Krsna, and this one isn’t? Because each Deity looks a  little different to the material eyes.” Prabhupada: So we  have to pluck out the material eyes. Then you’ll see that it is  all right. First of all, let me pluck out your material eyes. Then you’ll  see. Therefore it is said,  premanjana-cchurita: “Eyes with love of Godhead.”  Just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He saw Jagannatha Deity, Jagannatha Deity’s  not very beautiful. But immediately He saw Krsna and fainted. You have to  make that eyes, then you’ll see. So your present eye have to be plucked out.  Then you’ll see. Hare Krsna. …..