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A morning walk with many things to learn–SP

January 25, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
 
Below Srila Prabhupada explains on one morning, walk a few things important to understand.
1.) How to start a temple–first get the devotees, then the Lord will come
2.) Faith means understanding that by worshipping Krsna, everything needed will come.
3.)Chanting without offense is the drying process, if we commit offenses we are pouring water on the drying process of devotional service-so our choice–it could take 3 minutes or 3 million  years.
4.) Suicide for Chota Hari das was for him , not us, because his falldown was for example  to us.        This is the famous Visnujana swami episode.

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How to chant without offense-5 tips from 3 Acaryas

January 22, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna-below we have arranged two topics The first one is some tips given by Srila
Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaj and Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur on how to chant the Holy Names of God without offense.
 
The second section is the results one gains by chanting the Lords Holy Names without offense.
 
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das 
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How to chant Hare Krsna Maha Mantra without offense-some tips from 3 Acaryas
 
1.) NOD-Chapter13 Caitanya Mahāprabhu has recommended that everyone chant theHare Kṛṣṇa mantra just to cleanse the dust from the heart. If the dust of the heart is cleansed away, then one can actually understand the importance of the holy name. For persons who are not inclined to clean the dust from their heart and want to keep things as they are, it is not possible to derive the transcendental result of chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇamantra. One should, therefore, be encouraged to develop his service attitude toward the Lord, because this will help him to chant without any offense. And so, under the guidance of a spiritual master, the disciple is trained simultaneously to render service and at the same time to chant the Hare Kṛṣṇmantra. As soon as one develops his spontaneous service attitude, he can immediately understand the transcendental nature of the holy names of the mahāmantra.

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Cultivate Bhakti in Mood of Separation

January 22, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

For the remaining twelve years He stayed in JagannāthaPurī, He taught everyone how to taste the transcendental mellow ecstasy of love of Kṛṣṇa by tasting it Himself.

PURPORT

A person who is advanced in Kṛṣṇa consciousness always feels separation from Kṛṣṇa because such a feeling of separation excels the feeling of meeting Kṛṣṇa.Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, in His last twelve years of
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Srila Prabhupada memories

January 22, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna to all
 
below we have different memories of Srila Prabhupada-one from Yamuna devi  one from Praghosh the book distributor and one from Ramesvara about book changes
 
Each are good in their own unique way-
 
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Praghosh memories of book distribution-this is fired up !!

 
 
Yamuna memories
 
Ramesvaras memories about book changes with Prabhupada
 
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Science means observation, then production by experiment–SP

January 14, 2015 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Svarupa Damodara: That is called acintya. Inconceivable.

Prabhupada: Yes. Yes, everything is acintya. No scientist can explain anything. Even a straw. What is the constitution of the straw. They cannot do.

Svarupa Damodara: Cellulose, they’ll say. They’ll say this is cellulose.

Prabhupada: But they cannot produce. That is the difficulty. They’ll speak all nonsense, but cannot produce. No experiment. Simply theoretical observation. That’s all. So observation is not perfection of science. You must produce it by experiment. Then it is perfect. Two departments.

Hrdayananda: So if you can produce something, that means you actually understand it.

Prabhupada: Yes. You say that it is a combination of such and such chemicals… Just like these rascals say, “Life…” Now he said that “You take the chemicals. Can you produce?” He said, “That I cannot say.” You see? Avoiding the issue. This was discussed in the meeting. What is that gentleman

Svarupa Damodara: Professor Stanley Miller. He’s from San Diego, physicist.

Prabhupada: Miller. Yes, he has got Nobel Prize. And his theory is that from chemicals, life has begun.So he (Svarupa Damodara) said in the meeting that “If I give you the chemicals, can you produce life?” He said, “That I cannot say.” Just see. And he has got Nobel Prize. He has no pure idea, still he has received the Nobel Prize.

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If we think the Acarya makes mistakes-then we are a mistake–SP

January 9, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: What… Śrīla Prabhupāda, what are the qualifications of a perfect leader?

Prabhupāda: No mistake, no illusion, no cheating, no imperfection. Anyone who commits mistake, he’s illusioned, he’s a cheater and imperfect—he cannot lead. So bring any leader of these rascal groups and test with these four principles; he is misleader.

Trivikrama: They’re all servants of their senses.

Madhudviṣa: They will also say that within our movement the so-called leaders also have imperfections.

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Madhudviṣa: They will say, within our movement, that the leaders also have imperfection.

Prabhupāda: No imperfection.

Trivikrama: No imperfection.

Madhudviṣa: They will say, “Yes, we can give you examples.”

Prabhupāda: No. No, no. Why? Why you shall accept? They will say. Because therefore they are saying, we shall accept?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Here’s Prabhupāda. Here’s Prabhupāda

Trivikrama: The so-called leaders, maybe they are imperfect, but the real leader, He is perfect.

Prabhupāda: Yes, this is test of.

Madhudviṣa: They will say, “He is also makes mistakes.”

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Where is that mistake?

Prabhupāda: No, there is no mistake.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: We have not seen any mistakes.

Gurudāsa: Where is the mistake?

Prabhupāda: There is no mistake.

Gurudāsa: Jaya.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Hm.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: What would you define…

Prabhupāda: If you think your leader is mistaken, then you are mistaken. (laughter)

Mahendra: Like a mirror. You see a mistake but it’s yourself.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: The leader of mistake-therefore immediately gives evidence from śāstraWhat is the use of quoting from the śāstra? “Just to prove that I am not mistaken, here is the proof.”

Madhudviṣa: They would say that there is a way of life which is perfect, but all men are imperfect. There is a way of life.

Prabhupāda: Yes, therefore they… Because you are imperfect, therefore you have to accept the leadership of a perfect person.

Madhudviṣa: They will say no one is perfect.

Prabhupāda: No, that is the… That is your ignorance.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: You have never seen…

Prabhupāda: Now, just like blind man says, “Nobody is with eyes. Because I am blind, so everyone is blind.” Ātmavat manyate jagat. That is the way.

Devotee: Śrīla Prabhupāda, the whole thing is actually nonsense because Marx himself in his old age became senile and died in a crazy condition.

Prabhupāda: Yes, he must be. He was crazy always. Many, many leaders die like that.

Trivikrama: Every leader.

Madhudviṣa: They will point out that our ācāryas also died. You say that Marx died, so they will say, “Your ācāryas also died.”

Prabhupāda: Dying, that… There is difference of dying. But nobody, he died… They did not die a crazy. That is the superexcellence.(of our acaryas)

Tamāla KṛṣṇaSo now you’ve defined a perfect leader. What is a perfect system? What are the criterion for a perfect system?

Prabhupāda: Perfect system means from which we do not suffer. That’s all.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: No suffering.

Prabhupāda: No suffering.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: That is the main criterion.

Prabhupāda: Yes. We are always hankering after happiness. So we do not like suffering.So if there is no suffering, that is perfect system.

Tamāla KṛṣṇaCan you point out any time in history when there existed such a perfect system?

Prabhupāda: It is always existing.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Even now?

Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Otherwise why you are sticking to this? This is the proof. You are all young men, you have given up everything. Why you are sticking to Kṛṣṇa consciousness?

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Conclusions–
This is a very nice conversation in which Srila Prabhupada explains that the real
leaders, the real acaryas, not the fake ones we see everywhere today, these real leaders make no mistakes, are not in illusions, dont have imperfect senses and do not cheat others in any way. Otherwise if they dont possess these qualifications, how can they be real leaders? If somebody is blind, how can he lead others? To lead under these conditions means only cheating others. Srila Prabhupada is not such a cheater. If one thinks the real acarya is mistaken, then he is a mistake, not the acarya ! This platform of super excellence cannot even by conceived by a conditioned soul, nor recognized even when seen. Here is the proof-

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A big difference between material and spiritual activities

January 9, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Riya

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16 rounds finished-now I can do anything I want !!!

January 7, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

As Brahmā, the first created being, had to undergo tapasya to get information from the Supreme… The Supreme Lord is within you. He’s there. But He will advise. When you are fixed up by tapasya,determined with vow, then He will talk to you. He’s ready to talk, but you require to acquire the qualification to hear Him. And what is that qualification? This Kṛṣṇa consciousness, devotional service. As it is said in the Bhagavad-gītāteṣāṁ satatayuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prītipūrvakam [Bg. 10.10]. Such persons… (aside:) Don’t do it. TeṣāṁsatatayuktānāmSatata means always, twenty-four hours, not that five minutes I meditate and rest of the time I live like cats and dogs. No. This kind of meditation will not help you. Kṛṣṇa says, satataSatatameans twenty-four hours. You have to mold your life in such a way that twenty-four hours you’ll think of Kṛṣṇa. This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. If you think, “Now I have chanted my sixteen roundsNow I‘ve finished my business. Now I can do whatever nonsense I like,” noKṛṣṇa says no. Satata. Therefore we have to plan our life in such a way that we haven’t got any other engagement than service of Kṛṣṇa. This is requiredTeṣāṁ satatayuktānāmSatata means twenty-four hours.Yukta means engaged. What for? What is that engagement? Bhajatām.Bhajatām, bhaja sevayam: to serve KṛṣṇaBhajatām. How? Prītipūrvakam. Not that “Oh, Kṛṣṇa has said. All right, let me do.” No. With love and affection. Then you’ll get attachment. Unless you develop love for Kṛṣṇa, you cannot be engaged twenty-four hours. That is not possible. Therefore it is said, prītipūrvakam: not officially, but with love. If you acquire this qualification, then you will talk with Kṛṣṇa who is within your heart. Then you’ll talk. He is ready to talk, but He does not talk with rascals and fools. One must acquire the qualification to talk with Kṛṣṇa. Then you’ll be able to talk with Deity. Within your heart Kṛṣṇa is situated there. Anywhere you go, Kṛṣṇa is within you, and He’ll give you intelligence. Talking with Kṛṣṇa means buddhiyogaṁ dadāmi tamTeṣāṁ satatayuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prītipūrvakam:[Bg. 10.10] “Those who are engaged, those who are qualified like this, then I  give him intelligence.” 

 Adi 1.10 Mayapur April 4 1974
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One story about the greatness of Jiva Goswami–SP

January 5, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Room conversation March 11, 1972 Vrndavana

So this boy, Jīva Gosvāmī, when he saw that his father and uncles all left home, why he should remain at home? So he also left, and he first of all went to Benares, which is called Vārāṇasī. It is a great center for learning Sanskrit. So he finished his education in Sanskrit grammar, specifically, he was a great scholar in Sanskrit grammar. According to Vedic system, the students are first of all taught the Sanskrit grammar, because it is very difficult subject. Usually one has to study grammar for 12 years, and when one is very much conversant with grammatical rules, he can read any literature. That means after studying grammar, the door is open for any other subject matter, just like philosophy, medicine, then military art, there are so many Vedic knowledges. Generally they read literature, the Purāṇas, the Vedāntas andśaipa(?), śaipa(?) means general literature. So Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī became a great scholar in grammar and then he studied all Vedic literatures, and after that he approached his uncle Rūpa Gosvāmī in Vṛndāvana. He became a disciple of his uncle by proper initiation and remained with him. He was assisting his uncle and after hearing from him he composed very scholarly books know as Ṣaṭ-Sandarbha. TheseṢaṭ-Sandarbha are recognized as the most scholarly work in the world. There is no comparison of his philosophical approach to the Vaiṣṇava school. Generally, the impersonal Brahman is discussed there, then Kṛṣṇa is discussed there, Bhāgavata is discussed there, love of Kṛṣṇa is discussed there. In this way, all subject matter, very elaborately discussed in Ṣaṭ-Sandarbha. That is his, the greatest gift (of) Śrī JīvaGosvāmī. And one of the Sandarbha thesis is Karma(?) Sandarbhahis comment onŚrīmad-Bhāgavatam. So Jīva Gosvāmī was so big scholar but sometimes one ordinary scholar, he approached Rūpa Gosvāmī that “I want to discuss with you about śāstra“.Rūpa Gosvāmī could understand that this man is not a devotee, he will simply waste my time. He inquired from him, “What is your purpose of discussing with me about śāstras? He said that “I have discussed śāstras with many (aside: you sit down) big scholars and I have come victorious, so if I come victorious by discussing with you, then I will have very good fame and name.” So Rūpa Gosvāmī could understand his view or his ambition, that “this man is a materialistic man, he wants some name and fame,” so he told him, “All right, without discussing, if I give you certificate that I am defeated, will that do?” So, he said, “Yes, that will do.” So he gave him in writing that “I had śāstric discussion with this man, and I found myself very much inferior and defeated.” So he was very glad to take that certificate, but when he was going, JīvaGosvāmī saw, “My dear sir, what is that paper you have taken?” “No your uncle has agreed that he was defeated, so I have got this certificate, I am going.” So he said, “All right, let me see what he has written.” So he gave him, and he kept that paper, and then he invited that “you have defeated my uncle, but you can discuss with me also.” So he agreed. So he was defeated. He was defeated and the matter was informed toRūpa Gosvāmī, that “Your nephew and your discipleJīva Gosvāmī has defeated that learned scholar. So Rūpa Gosvāmī became a little angry superficially, that “Why did you bother? He was taking…” So some people say that Jīva Gosvāmī was rejected on this ground by Rūpa Gosvāmī, but that is not a fact. He was very glad that JīvaGosvāmī defeated him, but he superficially said, “Why should you take so much trouble and bother? He might have gone with that certificate.” But it is the duty of the disciple that even the spiritual master, or senior ācārya, they agree to be defeated, it is the duty of the disciple to see that his spiritual master and superior is not defeated. That is the instruction we get from Jīva Gosvāmī’s behavior. This is one of the important, and later on when Jīva Gosvāmī established the RādhāDamodara temple in Vṛndāvana, but he had no sons because he was brahmacārī, so some of his gṛhasthadevotee was entrusted with the management of the RādhāDamodara temple, and they are still going on by their descendants.

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How NOT to question your guru Srila Prabhupada

January 5, 2015 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa, Damahosa Dasa by Riya

How NOT to question Srila Prabhupada-
 
Below is one conversation some “disciples” had once with Srila Prabhupada-and the jist of this was that they just couldnt wrap their limited minds around inconceivable things in spiritual life. They had what is called, the basic fault finding mentality.
The entire attempt to “quantify” the Unlimited is in itself absurd, yet some will do this and for them access to that realm is never available. A better way to approach that unlimited realm of transcendence is to just put things on the mental “back burner”, wait for further purification, and go on chanting and serving guru.But in all cases, never think that the  bona fide guru is wrong and I am right !! This is a sure way to eventually destroy your spiritual life.
 
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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Prabhupāda: If a king has four billion servants, so it is not very astonishing. Why do you think that a king shall have only four servants?
Devotee (2): Well, there’s only two billion people on the planet right now.
Prabhupāda: That’s all right.
Devotee (2): So where did they all go?
Prabhupāda: I say you don’t believe, you don’t take it. Why you are insisting on that point? If you don’t believe, you don’t take it. If you don’t believe the whole book or the whole society, then who forbids you?
Devotee (2): We were hoping that there are some things which can be improved, because they have not been set up by you.
Prabhupāda: No. You cannot improve. Whatever we are, we are.
Devotee (2): Why can we not improve it?
Prabhupāda: No. There is no possibility.
Devotee (2): Then what is the use of action?
Prabhupāda: Action, whatever action we can do by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, that’s all.
Devotee (2): But we also have to make varṇāśrama society or farms or businesses.
Prabhupāda: That, when we shall do, we shall see to it.
Devotee (2): But we are doing it. We are.
Devotee (1): We are doing it now, and that’s the question…
Prabhupāda:: So do it in your own way.
Devotee (2): We don’t want to. We want to do everything Kṛṣṇa’s way.
Prabhupāda: Stop it. Stop it. I say stop it. You have come to me for my advice. I say you stop it.
Devotee (2): Then, we say, what should we do?
Prabhupāda: You should do your business. That’s all. Earn money and enjoy.
Devotee (2): No, I mean what should we do Kṛṣṇa consciously?
Prabhupāda: You give up Kṛṣṇa consciousness, I say. That is my advice.
Devotee (2): Why should we do that?
Prabhupāda: Then that I cannot say.
Devotee (1): Isn’t there a middle of the road?
Prabhupāda: If you are finding so many faults, you give it up.
Devotee (1): No. We’re not finding fault.

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the ultimate bondage is sex life-but constantly getting a higher taste it can be conquered–SP

January 2, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

NY BG April 27 1976
So here it is said, rasavarjaṁ raso ‘py asya paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate[Bg. 9.59]. One who is forcibly refrained from material enjoyment, oh, that sort of forcibly material enjoyment cannot last. Cannot last. There are many examples. There was a great muni, great sage, whose name was Viśvāmitra MuniViśvāmitra. He was formerly a very powerful king. Now, in his later life he gave up everything and he wanted to be a transcendentalist and great meditator, great meditator in the yogaprinciple of life. He was a yogi, great yogi. Now, this Viśvāmitra was performing meditation in the forest very supremely. So the… Now,Indra, the King of heaven, he became frightened: “So, this man is performing so much penance. So he might come. He might ask from God and claim my seat. So just wake him, wake him. Just detach him from this purpose.” So he had many beautiful women at his control, one of whose name was Menakā. So Menakā was ordered that “You go there and try to induce him to have your association.” Because in this world our real bondage is this… Either for man or woman, this is the real bondage, the sex life. So the Menakā was sent to Viśvāmitra, and Viśvāmitra was meditating, but his eyes were closed.
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kill the cow and protect the dog-What kind of civilization is this?–SP

January 2, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

1.) In your country the dog is protected, and the cow is killed. The dog is passing stool and urine in the street, he is considered the best friend of man, and the cow is all pure,stool, urine, and milk, but they are taken to the slaughter house and killed for food. What kind of civilization is this? 
Rupanuga letter Dec 7 1975
 
2.)Now, there are so many scientists. They are discovering vitamin value from foodstuff. Now, what is the vitamin value in the dry grass? Can any scientist say that this is the vitamin value in dry grass? If there is no vitamin value in dry grass, how the cow is producing so much milk, who is full of vitamins A and D? How, from dry grass, vitamins coming out? Nowadays the physician prescribes some artificial vitamins for maintaining your body. Now, what is the vitamin there in the dry grass so that the cow is eating dry grass and giving you nice milk full of vitamins A and D, essential for your life? So these are all wrong theories, that “This contains this vitamin. This contains this.” Let them go on. Butnatural foodstuff which is meant for human being, they are full of vitamins already there by nature’s law, by God’s wish. So annād bhavanti bhūtāni [Bg. 3.14].

You will be surprised. When I was family man, I had a servant who was only twenty-two years old. Oh, he was too stout and strong. You see? So one day I asked him that… His name was Buddhu. So I asked him, “Buddhu, what do you take that you are very stout and strong?” He said, “My dear sir, I take only these corns.” Corns. You know corns? A corns and it is powdered. The powdered portions used to make bread, and the grain portion he used to cook as rice, and he was taking that. That’s all.

Green: Cornmeal?

Prabhupāda: Corn.

Devotees: Meal. Cornmeal.

Prabhupāda: Cornmeal, yes. And he was very stout and strong. He was deriving all the vitamins. Because he was poor man, he could not eat any butter or milk or any other things, meat also no, nothing of the sort. He was simply eating… He was drawing, at that time, only twenty-two rupees from me. Twenty-two rupees means… According to your American exchange, it comes to five dollars, five dollars a month, his income. And what he could spend? So he was taking the cheap food. But he was very strong and stout. So whole idea is that these grains, these grains are meant for human being. Coarse grain or fine grain, there are so many varieties of grain, varieties of rice, varieties ofdāl, according… Now, the fine rice, the basmati rice… The laborer class… In India, of course, we have got this distinction. They are not satisfied for, with this white rice. They want coarse grain for satisfaction. While gentleman class, they cannot eat coarse grain. They want finer grain. So all these varieties of grains and vegetables and everything is there by nature’s arrangement, by God’s arrangement.

Here it is said annād bhavanti bhūtāni [Bg. 3.14]. Now, your body depends on the foodstuff supplied by nature. Annād bhavanti bhūtāniparjanyād annasambhavaḥ. And these grains are produced by rains,parjanyaParjanya means regular rainfall from the sky by the arrangement of God. It is not your arrangement. Rainfall is not your arrangement. It is supernatural arrangement. If there is regular rainfall, then it can produce all the necessities of our life.

I think, Carl, you were reading from the Bhagavad-gītā aboutMahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira’s reign, during his kingdom how rainfall was regular, and the necessities of human being were being produced. So here is the same thing. AnnātAnna, the grains. Grains are our life’s subsistence, human being. Annād bhavanti bhūtāni. And grains are produced by regular rainfall. Parjanyād annasambhavaḥParjanyameans rainfall.And yajñād bhavati parjanyaḥ: [Bg. 3.14] “And rainfall is produced when you offer yajña, sacrifice, to the Lord.” Regular rainfall will be possible when people are engaged in the yajña.Otherwise, nature will control rainfall. For want of rain, all your arrangement—mechanical arrangement, tractors, and all these things—will all fail if there is rainfall, there is no rainfall. So control of the rainfall is not in your hand. It is in supernatural power. So here it is said that rainfall is made possible byoffering yajña, by sacrifice.Parjanyāt Or yajñād bhavati parjanyo yajñaḥ karmasamudbhavaḥ:[Bg. 3.14] “And yajña is prescribed according to the Vedic rituals.”

Now, just see the link. Living entities, they can develop by eating grains. Grains are produced by rainfall. Rainfall is made possible by offering sacrifice. And the process of sacrifice is given in authoritative scriptures like Bhagavad-gītāBhāgavata, and Vedic literature, what is the process. So because the beginning is from the Brahman—Brahman means Veda, transcendental sound—therefore, if we work according to the direction of this Bhagavad-gītā or Vedas, then the whole thing becomes, I mean to say, spiritualized. Whole thing becomes spiritualized. Because… Karmayajña… Yajñaḥ karmasamudbhavaḥKarma

And if your karma is regulated by the direction of Kṛṣṇa, just likeArjuna regulated his karma, his warfare, by the direction of Kṛṣṇa, then by regulation of karma, you perform yajña, sacrifice, and from, for your performance of yajña, sacrifice, there is regulated rainfall, andfrom regulated rainfall there is sufficient production of grains andfoodstuff, and from your sufficient foodstuff, you can grow yourself, body, maintain your body very nicely. The whole program is like that.Annād bhavanti….
below we have some examples of barley grains we grew-
 grown, cut, threshed and winnowed-ready to eat
THIS is civilization !!
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