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Prabhupada katha lecture by His Excellency P.B Acharya (the governor of Assam, Tripura and Nagaland)‏

March 29, 2015 in B. Radha Govinda Swami by Riya

On 26th March, we had a Prabhupada katha lecture in Mayapur Temple by His Excellency P.B Acharya (the governor of Assam, Tripura and Nagaland). He’s a Vaisnava born in Udupi, Karnataka and had the fortune of serving Srila Prabhupada at his house in Bombay for 40 days.
During that time he had many memorable experiences with Srila Prabhupada and he narrated some of them. We can’t replicate the nectarine experience of hearing this katha  in Temple but we attempt to share some of the pastimes told by him.
  •  Even before he met Srila Prabhupada, he was surprised to see His western disciples clean a bushy land even without caring for their meals. One day he asked Brahmananda prabhu for tea/coffee but he refused to have that. Then he invited him for a meal at his home. Brahmananda prabhu accepted food after knowing that it was prasad. Few other devotees also honored prasad at his home during next few days. When he first met Srila Prabhupada, He asked if he was a Vaisnava. He said yes and to his surprise Srila Prabhupada asked if He could stay at his home. He agreed and devotees cleaned His room very nicely. One day devotees objected to use of grinder as that may disturb His rest. He appreciated the attention His disciples had in serving Him.
  • During the Hare Krsna festival, he was amazed to see devotees from Western countries in Bombay dressed in Indian attire, chanting Hare Krsna while he was in shirt pant. He felt that Srila Prabhupada’s remarkable contribution is to spread the Holy Names and teachings of Lord Krsna throughout the world in a short time.

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Srila Prabhupada relates the story of of Sri Mula rama

March 29, 2015 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

MulaRam

MOOLA RAMA

MulaRam2
Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Madhya-lila : Madhya 9: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Travels to the Holy Places : Madhya 9.11 : PURPORT : yas tu narayanam devam brahma-rudradi-daivataih samatvenaiva vikseta sa pasandi bhaved dhruvam :
In the book known as Adhyātma-rāmāyaṇa, there are statements in Chapters Twelve to Fifteen about the worship of the Deities Śrī Rāmacandra and Sītā. There it is stated that during Lord Rāmacandra’s time there was a brāhmaṇa who took a vow to fast until he saw Lord Rāmacandra. Sometimes, due to business, Lord Rāmacandra was absent from His capital for a full week and could not be seen by citizens during that time. Because of his vow, the brāhmaṇa could not take even a drop of water during that week. Later, after eight or nine days, when the brāhmaṇa could see Lord Rāmacandra personally, he would break his fast. Upon observing the brāhmaṇa’s rigid vow, Lord Śrī Rāmacandra ordered His younger brother Lakṣmaṇa to deliver a pair of Sītā-Rāma Deities to the brāhmaṇa. The brāhmaṇa received the Deities from Śrī Lakṣmaṇajī and worshiped Them faithfully as long as he lived. At the time of his death, he delivered the Deities to Śrī Hanumānjī, who, for many years, hung Them around his neck and served Them with all devotion. After many years, when Hanumānjī departed on the hill known as Gandha-mādana, he delivered the Deities to Bhīmasena, one of the Pāṇḍavas, and Bhīmasena brought Them to his palace, where he kept Them very carefully. The last king of the Pāṇḍavas, Kṣemakānta, worshiped the Deities in that palace. Later, the same Deities were kept in the custody of the kings of Orissa known as Gajapatis. One of the ācāryas, known as Narahari Tīrtha, who was in the disciplic succession of Madhvācārya, received these Deities from the King of Orissa

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The Holy Places of Lord Rama, by Stephen Knapp

March 29, 2015 in Stephen Knapp by Riya

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Pleasing Krsna‏

March 29, 2015 in B. Radha Govinda Swami by Riya

srila-rupa-goswami prabhupada-mrdanga
CC Adi 3.21
apane na kaile dharma sikhana na yaya
ei ta siddhanta gita bhagavate gaya
“Unless one practices devotional service himself, he cannot teach it to others. This conclusion is indeed confirmed throughout the Gita and Bhagavatam.”
 
Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu 1.1.11
anyabhilasita sunyam jnana karmadi anavrtam
anukulyena krsnanusilanam bhakti uttama
One should render [uninterrupted] transcendental loving devotional service exclusively for the pleasure of Lord Sri Krsna without any desire for material profit or gain through philosophical speculation or fruitive activities.

Any other desires or activities executed – such as looking to obtain money for our own materialistic purposes,looking for position, name/fame – which are outside of the realm of pure devotional service rendered exclusively for the pleasure of Krsna constitutes (compromised) devotional service mixed with other motive.
BG 11.54; 18.55

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everything is ultimately spiritual

March 26, 2015 in Articles by Riya

ULTIMATELY, EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL
Hare Krsna
Below we have a lot of statements by Srila Prabhupada regarding how everthing is spiritual-as long it is connected with Krsna that is. When the marginal energy (us) decides we want to utilize anything for our selves or our sense gratification, then that thing or person becomes part of the material energy. But as soon as that same thing is utilized for the purposes of Krsna, it regains its original spiritual energy. This is called acintya abedabeda tattva-how everthing is inconceivably one and different from the Lord.
Hari bol
damaghosa das
Points covered below
1.Lord Brahmas body and soul come from the sanskrit alphabet
2.For self realized souls, nothing exists but spirit.
3.Husband and wife can turn home into Vaikuntha by giving up sense gratification and “forget” they are living in the material world.
4.One filled with material desires creates distinction-this is matter, this is spirit.
5.Maha Bhagavat doesnt renounce anything but sees how to utilize everything for Krsna seva.
6.When we forget Krsna, that is materialism, when we constantly remember Krsna, that is spiritualism.
7.Because we forget Krsna, therefore it appears as “material”.
8. And more…
SB 3.12.47 Brahmā’s soul was manifested as the touch alphabets, his body as the vowels, his senses as the sibilant alphabets, his strength as the intermediate alphabets and his sensual activities as the seven notes of music.
PURPORT
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“the beginning of spiritual life-I am not this body”–SP

March 26, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

July 10 1976 NY CC Madhya 20.104
The beginning of spiritual life is to understand that “I am not this body.” That is the beginning. So if I am properly trained up to understand that “I am not this body,” then where is my tāpatraya, miserable condition? Because miserable condition is due to this body.
So when one understands that “I am not this body,” he is not very much affected.Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, dehasmṛti nāhi yāra,saṁsārabandhana kāhāṅ tāraDehasmṛti: it is simply to understand. Just like I have given several times this example: you are in a very nice car, Cadillac, and you are very proud of it, and if by chance the car is by accident broken then your heart breaks. Why? You are not the car. But because your thoughts are absorbed in the car, that “This is my car,” therefore your heart becomes broken. Actually you have nothing to do with the car. Even the car is broken into pieces, you are not affected. But because I have got affection for the car, therefore I am… So this affection can be withdrawn by cultivation of knowledge. That I am not this car, it is a fact, but on account of my ignorance and attachment I am thinking, “Now I am finished because my car is broken.” It is simple truth. Similarly those who are too much absorbed in the thought that “I am this body,” their sufferings are more on account of this misconception that “I am this body.

 Here in this material world we are advanced in so-called civilization, but we are very much attached to this body. This is misconception. This is called illusion. This is, the dog is also thinking like that: “I am this body.” So where is the difference? If the dog thinks, “I am this body,” “I am Indian…” I think, “I am Indian”; Americans thinks he is… So where is the difference between the dog and me? There is no difference. Simply by dressing nicely… If you dress a dog very nicely, does it mean that he becomes a human being? A dressed dog, that’s all. Dog dancing. So śāstra says that if one is still in the bodily concepts of life, then he’s no better than animal.Yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātuke [SB 10.84.13]Tri-dhātuke.
 
 
Conclusion-Chant the Holy Names of Krsna and Rama without
offenses and transcend this bodily consciousness-then no more  suffering
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Brahma muhurta-for those who want to awaken to self realization

March 20, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Srila Prabhupada  quotes on rising during brahma muhurta
 
Chanting japa should be done early in the morning with full concentration preferably during the BrahmMuhurta time. Concentrate fully on the sound vibration of the mantra, pronouncing each name distinctly and gradually your speed in chanting will increase naturally. Do not worry so much about chanting fast, most important is the hearing. A devotee should always be grave and silent which means that he only discusses topics relating to Krishna Consciousness. Yes, spend your time chanting and reading and taking Krishna Prasadam and automatically your tongue will come under control. If you sincerely engage 24 hours daily in devotional service according to the instructions of the Spiritual Master, chant daily 16 rounds, attend the arati ceremony of Lord Krishna, associate with the devotees and adhere strictly to the regulative principles then Krishna will reveal Himself personally to you.
 Letter to: Radhavallabha — Bombay 6 January, 1972 
 
The time early in the morning, one and a half hours before sunrise, is called brāhma-muhūrta. During this brāhma-muhūrta, spiritual activities are recommended. Spiritual activities performed early in the morning have a greater effect than in any other part of the day.  SB 3.20.46
 
 
In the early morning hours (known as brāhma-muhūrta) one should get up and immediately chant the Hare Kṛṣṇmantra, or, at least, “Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa.” In this way, one should remember Kṛṣṇa. Some ślokas or prayers should also be chanted. By chanting, one immediately becomes auspicious and transcendental to the infection of material qualities. Actually one has to chant and remember Lord Kṛṣṇa twenty-four hours daily, or as much as possible   Madhya 24.331 
 
The brāhma-muhūrta takes place about one and a half hours before sunrise. It is recommended that one should rise from bed at that time and, after finishing daily ablutions, take to spiritual activities by performing Magala-ārātrika and chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇamantra. This period is very convenient for the execution of spiritual activities.  KB 1-32 / Description of the Rasa Dance
 
Lord Kṛṣṇa used to lie down with His sixteen thousand wives, but also He would rise up from bed very early in the morning, three hours before sunrise. By nature’s arrangement the crowing of the cocks warns of the brāhma-muhūrta hourThere is no need of alarm clocks; as soon as the cocks crow early in the morning, it is to be understood that it is time to rise from bed. Hearing that sound, Kṛṣṇa would get up from bed, but His rising early was not very much to the liking of His wives. The wives of Kṛṣṇa were so much attached to Him that they would lie in bed embracing Him, but as soon as the cocks crowed, Kṛṣṇa’s wives would be very sorry and would immediately condemn the crowing.
 KB 2-15 / Lord Krsna’s Daily Activities :
Although Śrīmatī Rukmiīdevī, the first queen of Lord Kṛṣṇa, knew that brāhma-muhūrta is the most auspicious time in the entire day, she would feel disgusted at the appearance of brāhma-muhūrta because she was not very happy to have Kṛṣṇa leave her side in bed. Despite Śrīmatī Rukmiīdevī’s disgust, Lord Kṛṣṇa would immediately get up from bed exactly on the appearance of brāhma-muhūrta. An ideal householder should learn from the behavior of Lord Kṛṣṇa how to rise early in the morning, however comfortably he may be lying in bed embraced by his wife,
KB 2-15 / Lord Krsna’s Daily Activities
 
After rising from bed, Lord Kṛṣṇa would wash His mouth, hands and feet and would immediately sit down and meditate on Himself. This does not mean, however, that we should also sit down and meditate on ourselves. We have to meditate upon Kṛṣṇa, Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. That is real meditation, Kṛṣṇa is Krṣṇa Himself; therefore He was teaching us that   brāhma-muhūrta should be utilized for meditation on Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. By doing so, Kṛṣṇa would feel very much satisfied, and similarly we will also feel transcendentally pleased and satisfied if we utilize the brāhma-muhūrta period to meditate on Rādhā and Kṛṣṇand if we think of how Śrī Rukmiīdevī and Kṛṣṇa acted as ideal householders to teach the whole human society to rise early in the morning and immediately engage in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. There is no difference between meditating on the eternal forms of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and chanting the     mahāmantra,     Hare Kṛṣṇa. As for Kṛṣna’s meditation, He had no alternative but to meditate on Himself. The object of meditation is Brahman, Paramātmā or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but Kṛṣṇa Himself is all three: He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavān; the localized Paramātmā is His plenary partial expansion; and the all-pervading Brahman effulgence is the personal rays of His transcendental body.  KB 2-15 / Lord Krsna’s Daily Activities
 
So the other devotees, (laughs) they cannot rise…, come at five o’clock. That is the test. Yes. One who cannot rise early in the morning, he is not spiritually serious. That is test.Brāhma-muhūrta, this hour, one hour before sunrise, is very auspicious moment. Conversation – December 13, 1970, Indore
Chanting japa should be done early in the morning with full concentration preferably during the Brahma Muhurta time. Concentrate fully on the sound vibration of the mantra, pronouncing each name distinctly and gradually your speed in chanting will increase naturally.  Letter to: Radhavallabha — Bombay 
 
these bhaktas below attended mongol arotik therefore they are sprouting with love of Krsna-all the others who didnt attend mongol arotik remained asleep-and in seed form only……
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some “ritvik” common sense

March 14, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna
 
Some “ritvik” common sense-
 

The people in iskcon say Prabhupada is not physically present therefore he cannot initiate anybody today. They say you need a physically present person to connect one to the param para.

 
The followers of the”ritvik order” say no, Srila Prabhupada can and does initiate anybody today who will follow his rules and regulations.
 
Consider this common sense–
 
Ask them (these blind followers) if they realiize that Krsna is “physically” present in the name they daily chant ?
 
Everybody who reads Prabhupadas books has read over a thousand times that Krsna IS
present in His Holy Names. Now ask these people if they have realized this yet? 
 
If they say No, then ask them how is it, if you cannot understand the spiritual aspect of these Holy Names, but that you can conclude that Srila Prabhupada cannot accept karma and disciples ? Both are spiritual things, if you cannot understand Krsna is present in His holy names, then how can you say such nonsense about what Prabhupada, as a spiritual master can or cannot do?
 
If they say yes, then we should see them constantly chanting these Holy Names due to extreme attraction for them, since They are Krsna Himself. If they have a hard time, as do most, even finishing 16 rounds a day, that means they have not yet realized Krsna is present in those names.
 
But if they say they have realized that Krsna is present in His Holy Names, then do a simple test.
Put in front of them two similiar bowls of food-one is offered food-Krsna Prasadam, the other bowl is the same thing but not offered.
 If they can tell which one is offered, that means they can see spirit and tell which is material (unoffered) .
If they cannot tell which is offered or un offered-then do as Prabhupada would do-kick them in their face with “boot”. There will be no offense incurred , but on the contrary, you will receive the blessings of Srila Prabhupada and the entire param para !!!
Hare Krsna
damaghosa das
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Every Indians duty–SP

March 14, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Wash DC July 6 1976 lecture
 
This is Indian mission. Paraupakāra. Not exploit others—to give something. That is Indian mission, that he has to give something. He has nothing to take. He has to give something. And what is that? ThatCaitanya Mahāprabhu teaches, that āmāra ājñāya guru hañā tāra’ eideśa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. Even if you cannot deliver the whole world or very expansive area, at least, wherever you are, you just deliver them.Āmāra ājñāya guru hañā ra ei deśa. “You become a guru by My order.” So one may say that “I have no qualification. How can I become a guru or how can I deliver these fallen persons?” So KṛṣṇaCaitanyaMahāprabhu says, “Don’t be disappointed.”

Bas. Simply as messenger, as peon, you simply carry the messages ofBhagavad-gītākṛṣṇaupadeśa. Then you become guru. Then you become guru. It is not difficult.

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Gaura Purnima Festival Sedro Woolley Wa 2015

March 13, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
 
Yesterday (and Thursday) we observed as a group the annual Gaura Purnima Mahotsava.
Beginning with an arotik, and kirtan,then some bhajans, next followed by listening to an ecstatic lecture given by Srila Prabhupada in Mayapura 1976 ,some discussion of this lecture, then bhajans and abhisek  of some Salagram Silas, a poem recited by Anubhavananda, in which he made us all follow and say each line along with him, then the last item on the agenda was the puppet show given by our Kanhaiya dasa, who also loves to entertain the devotees with his antics and shows.
All this was followed by a very sumptuous  vegetarian feast (much of which came from our gardens out back) and of course topped off with sweet rice (the old fashioned kind we grew to
expect and relish) gulab jamuns (same thing here), and some spice cake . Makhancora prabhu brought a subji, and Noble mataji also brought a chickpea subji and spicey samosas also very delicious. And our new bhaktas Andy and Anna supplied the ingredients for organic corn tortilla casadiyas.(sp?)
Everybody had fun, and left blissfully thinking of the special mercy of the Yuga Avatara-Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu thru the grace of A C Bhaktiviedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada !!!
Hare Krsna-Sri Gaura Purnima Ki Jaya !!
damaghosa das
the puppet show below on youtube

http://youtu.be/xZOXobUOBck

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Gaura Purnima- Divine Appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

March 4, 2015 in Articles by Riya

Srila Prabhupada re: the rarity of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s avatara on this planet.
 
Devotee (8): Śrīla Prabhupāda, does Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu also appear every day of Brahma.
Srila Prabhupāda: Yes, following Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa comes in the Dvāpara-yuga. There are four periods of each yuga: Sattva, Tretā, Dvāpara, Kali. So Kṛṣṇa comes at the end of Dvāpara-yuga, and Caitanya Mahāprabhu comes in the Kali-yuga. So almost about the same year, same circulation. Just like the sun appears after so many hours. It is like that. And the sun does not disappear. Sun is already there in the sky. It may not be in Australia’s vision, but it may be in other country’s vision. The sun is not dead. Similarly, Kṛṣṇa appears by rotation in this universe after so many years, eight billionand billion years. So next He goes to another universe. Just like the sun, after disappearance from Australia, it goes to another country. Similarly, Kṛṣṇa, after finishing His business in this universe, He goes to another universe. In this way the rotation takes eight million, nine billion years. Just imagine how many universes are there. He stays in one universe for 125 years. Everything is there, calculation, in the śāstra. Now we can imagine how many universes are there. That is, altogether, material world…
 
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 6: Lectures : SB 6.1: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.3 — Melbourne, May 22, 1975 ….
 
 
 
Srila Prabhupada explains the real nature of the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

 
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is none other than the combined form of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He is the life of those devotees who strictly follow in the footsteps of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī are the two principal followers of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, who acted as the most confidential servitor of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, known as Viśvambhara in His early life. A direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī was Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, stands as the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī.Adi lila.Sri Kavi Karnapura glorifies the divine appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
 
Sri Kavi Karnapura explains the esoteric reason for the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
 
Sri Vrindavana bhuvi pura sac cid ananda sandro
gaurangibhih sadrsa rucibhih syama dhama nanarta
tasam sasvad drdhatara parirambha sambhedatah kim
gaurangah san jayati sa navadvipam alambamanah
 
The dark complexioned Sri Krsna, whose form is eternal, blissful and full of knowledge (sac-cid-ananda), formerly danced with the golden-compexioned Gopis
in the land of Vrindavana. By intently embracing them, He attained a golden complexion like theirs. In this golden form He has now appeared in the town of Navadvipa.
 
Sri Kavi Karnapura in Sri Gaura-Ganoddesa-Dipika Text 1 (Translation by Sriman Kusakratha dasa)
 
 
Sri Prabhodhanda Sarasvati explains why Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in this world.
 
 
stumas tam caitanyakrtim ati-vimaryada-paramad
bhutaudaryam varyam vraja-pati-kumaram rasayitum
visuddha-sva-premonmada-madhura piyusa-laharim
pradatum canebhyah para-pada-nabadvipa-prakatam
 
” Let us glorify the boundless merciful Suipreme Personality of Godhead, the prince of Vraja.  To taste the intoxicating sweet waves of the nectar of transcendental
love for Krsna as well as to give that nectar to others, He has now appeared in the transcendental abode of Navadvipa as Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”
 
Sri Caitanya-Candramrta, Chapter One, Text One (Translation by Sriman Kusakratha dasa)
 
Citing Sri Prabhodhananda Saravati, Srila Prabhupada explains the power of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy upon His devotees.
 
kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tri-daśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate
durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate
viśvaṁ pūrṇa-sukhāyate vidhi-mahendrādiś ca kīṭāyate
yat-kāruṇya-kaṭākṣa-vaibhavavatāṁ taṁ gauram eva stumah
 
Lectures : Bhagavad-gita Lectures : Bg 4: Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 4.26 — Bombay, April 15, 1974 : 740415BG.BOM :
 
There is another verse written by Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī. He said, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tridaśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Just like dentist, when there some pain in the teeth, they extract. That is calledprotkhāta, extracted. So the indriyas have been compared with kāla-sarpa, kāla-sarpa, means a venomous snake. As soon as the kāla-sarpa or snake touches in any part of your body, because the venomous teeth is there, death is there immediately. Therefore they’re called kāla-sarpa. Kālameans death. Kāla-sarpa. Therefore we are so much afraid of a snake. So but if the kāla-sarpa’s poison teeth is taken away, then it is no more, I mean, fearful. It is no more dangerous. Therefore Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī says that “By the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, our indriyas, the senses, which are compared with the kāla-sarpa, may be kāla-sarpa, but the poison teeth is extracted.” Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate

Lectures : Bhagavad-gita Lectures : Bg 4: Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 4.26 — Bombay, April 15, 1974 : 740415BG.
 
 
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.8: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.18-19 — Bombay, April 9, 1971 : 710409SB.BOM :
So yoga-siddhi, jugglery, yoga-siddhi magic, captivates foolish persons. So they want yoga-siddhi. If some foolish persons gather, then he gets sense enjoyment. That is another type of sense enjoyment. So therefore in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is said that bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī sakali aśānta. They are not paramahaṁsas. Paramahaṁsa… Here it is stated that bhakti-yoga-vidhānārtham. Tathā paramahaṁsānāṁ munīnām amalātmanām [SB 1.8.20]. Amalātmanām means when there is no more dirty things. The karmīs, they have got dirty things, sense enjoyment. Thejñānīs, they have got also dirty things. One may say that “Mukti is dirty thing?” Yes. According to Vaiṣṇava calculation it is dirty thing, because Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, he said, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Kaivalyam means to become one with the Supreme, mukti. He said, “It is exactly like hell.” Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tri-daśa-pūrākāśa-puṣpāyate. “And these heavenly planets,” the domain or the objective of the karmīs,“that is like flower in the sky.” And durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī. The yogis, their first business is… They get so much yoga-siddhi because first business is indriya-saṁyama. Yoga-siddhi is not obtained easily. One has to practice it. And the first practice is controlling the senses. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate
 
 Srila Prabhupada elaborates and describes the benefit of surrendering to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
 
Sakalam eva vihāya dūrād caitanya-candra-caraṇe kurutānurāgam. You just try to submit yourself on the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya. By His mercy you’ll find that, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate, you’ll find that to become one with the Supreme, it will appear to you just like hell. To merge into the Supreme, that is the highest ambition of the impersonalists. But if you submit yourself to the lotus feet of Caitanyacandra, then you’ll find that this conception is just like hell. Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Naraka means hell. You’ll find kaivalyam, to become one. And tridaśa-pūrākāśa-puṣpāyate. Tri-daśa-pūra means the planets, higher planets where demigods live. Thirty-three million demigods, there are at least thirty-three million planets. Tri-daśa-pūrākāśa-puspayateLectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.5: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.8-9 — New Vrindaban, May 24, 1969

 
 
 
 
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.5: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.8-9 — New Vrindaban, May 24, 1969 : 690524SB.NV
dentist, when there some pain in the teeth, they extract. That is called protkhāta, extracted. So the indriyas have been compared with kāla-sarpa, kāla-sarpa, means a venomous snake. As soon as the kāla-sarpa or snake touches in any part of your body, because the venomous teeth is there, death is there immediately. Therefore they’re called kāla-sarpa. Kāla means death. Kāla-sarpa. Therefore we are so much afraid of a snake. So but if the kāla-sarpa’s poison teeth is taken away, then it is no more, I mean, fearful. It is no more dangerous. Therefore Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī says that “By the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, our indriyas, the senses, which are compared with the kāla-sarpa, may be kāla-sarpa, but the poison teeth is extracted.” Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate

Lectures : Bhagavad-gita Lectures : Bg 4: Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 4.26 — Bombay, April 15, 1974 : 740415BG.

 
Lectures : Sri Isopanisad Lectures : Sri Isopanisad, Mantra 13-15 — Los Angeles, May 18, 1970 : 700518IP.LA :
The idea is that Kṛṣṇa planet or the Vaikuṇṭha planets, they are beyond this Brahman effulgence, and those who are devotees, they are permitted to enter into these spiritual planets. Those who are not devotees, simply jñānīs or demons… The jñānīs and demons, they are offered the same place. The jñānīs… Āruhya kṛcchreṇa paraṁ padaṁ tataḥ [SB 10.2.32]. They practice severe austerities, penances, to enter into the Brahman effulgence. But the demons, simply by becoming enemy of Kṛṣṇa, they immediately get that place. The demons who are killed by Kṛṣṇa, they are immediately transferred to this Brahman effulgence. So just imagine, the place which is given to the enemies of Kṛṣṇa, is that very covetable thing? Suppose if somebody comes who is my enemy, I give him some place, and somebody, my intimate friend, I give him some other place. Similarly, this Brahman effulgence is not at all covetable. Therefore Prabodhānanda Sarasvatīpāda, he has composed a verse, that Brahman…Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Kaivalya means the Brahman effulgence, simply spiritual light. So kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. He says that this Brahman effulgence is just like hell. For a devotee, this Brahman… The jñānīs who are trying to merge into the Brahman effulgence, for devotee it is stated as hell. Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Tri-daśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate (Caitanya-candrāmṛta 5). And tri-daśa-pūr means the planets of the demigods within this material world. People are very much anxious to go into the heavenly planet. That is called tri-daśa-pūr or tri-daśa-pūr, the residential quarters of the demigods. And for a devotee it is understood as will-o’-the-wisp, ākāśa-puṣpāyate. And durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. And the yogis, they are trying to control the senses, which are considered as venomous serpents, the senses. That’s a fact. So the bhakta says that “We are not afraid of the senses.” Why? Protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Because we have extracted the poison teeth. The senses has got a poison teeth. As soon as you indulge in sense gratification, immediately you become degraded. Immediately. So it is just like a venomous serpent. As soon as touches you, little biting, finished your life. So it is like that. Durdānta-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī, indriya. But these venomous snakes, if their poison teeth is taken away, then it may be fearful for the boys and children. But if an elderly person knows that his poison teeth has been taken away, nobody’s afraid of it. So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness means that we take away the poison teeth of the senses. So that even Kṛṣṇa conscious persons are allowed for sense gratification, the poison teeth is broken. So therefore they are not gliding down to the hellish condition of life. So in this way, either the karmīs or the jñānīs or the yogis, they are always… They are, every one of them, trying to elevate. And above them is the devotees
 
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.8: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.18-19 — Bombay, April 9, 1971 : 710409SB.BOM :
So yoga-siddhi, jugglery, yoga-siddhi magic, captivates foolish persons. So they want yoga-siddhi. If some foolish persons gather, then he gets sense enjoyment. That is another type of sense enjoyment. So therefore in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is said that bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī sakali aśānta. They are not paramahaṁsas. Paramahaṁsa… Here it is stated that bhakti-yoga-vidhānārtham. Tathā paramahaṁsānāṁ munīnām amalātmanām [SB 1.8.20]. Amalātmanām means when there is no more dirty things. The karmīs, they have got dirty things, sense enjoyment. Thejñānīs, they have got also dirty things. One may say that “Mukti is dirty thing?” Yes. According to Vaiṣṇava calculation it is dirty thing, because Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, he said, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Kaivalyam means to become one with the Supreme, mukti. He said, “It is exactly like hell.” Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tri-daśa-pūrākāśa-puṣpāyate. “And these heavenly planets,” the domain or the objective of the karmīs,“that is like flower in the sky.” And durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī. The yogis, their first business is… They get so much yoga-siddhi because first business is indriya-saṁyama. Yoga-siddhi is not obtained easily. One has to practice it. And the first practice is controlling the senses. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate
 
 
Srila Prabhupada cites Sri Prabhodhananda Sarasvati explaining the glorious appearance and golden form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
 
ananda lilamaya vigrahaya
hemabha-divya-cchavi-sundaraya
tasmai maha-prema-rasa-pradayaIn the year 1407 of the Śaka Era (A.D. 1486), Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared, and in the year 1455 (A.D. 1534) He disappeared from this world
caitanyacandraya namo namaste
 
O Lord Caitanyacandra, O Lord whose form is full of blissful pastimes, O Lord whose complexion is as splendid gold, O Lord who gives in
charity the nectar of pure love for Krsna, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.
 
Sri Caitanya-Candramrta 2.11. (translation by Sriman Kusakratha dasa)
 
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.8: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.21 — New York, April 13, 1973 : 730413SB.NY :
So ānanda-līlāmaya-vigraha. Ānanda-līlā, Kṛṣṇa’s līlā, pastimes are all jubilant. Ānanda-līlāmaya. Ānandamayo ‘bhyāsāt (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12). He is by nature ānandamaya. Kṛṣṇa, you’ll never find Kṛṣṇa is very unhappy. Kṛṣṇa is never unhappy. Kṛṣṇa is always happy. Therefore nanda-gopa-kumārāya govindāya [SB 1.8.21]. He is happy, and whoever, whoever associates with Him, he’s also happy. Govindāya. We are after sense gratification. Go means senses. So if you associate with Kṛṣṇa, you enjoy your senses affluently. Just like the gopīs are dancing with Kṛṣṇa. So there is no scarcity of sense gratification also. But that is not this sense gra…, gross sense gratification. That is spiritual sense. That is spiritual sense. Ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya [Bs. 5.32]. We chant every day. That sense, you get, sense gratification is ānanda-cinmaya, cinmaya, in the spiritual world. Not this third-class ānanda with these bodily senses. This is not ānanda. This is an illusion. This is illusion. We are thinking that “I’m enjoying,” but that is not ānanda. This ānanda is not fact, because we cannot enjoy this material sense pleasure for long. Everyone has got experience. It is finished. It is finished. But spiritual enjoyment does not finish. It increases. That is the difference. Ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya govindam ādi-puruṣam [Bs. 5.32
 
 
Srila Prabhupada cites Krsna dasa Kaviraja Goswami in His Caitanya-Caritamrta description of the details of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s avirbhava (appearance)
 

śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya navadvīpe avatari

āṭa-calliśa vatsara prakaṭa vihari
 
Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, adventing Himself in Navadvīpa, was visible for forty-eight years, enjoying His pastimes.
 
CC adi Lila 13.8,9,10,
 
 
In the year 1407 of the Śaka Era (A.D. 1486), Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared, and in the year 1455 (A.D. 1534) He disappeared from this world.
 
CCai-Lila 13In the year 1407 of the Śaka Era (A.D. 1486), Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared, and in the year 1455 (A.D. 1534) He disappeared from this world.9
  
I offer my respectful obeisances unto the full-moon evening in the month of Phālguna, an auspicious time full of auspicious symptoms, when Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advented Himself with the chanting of the holy name, Hare Kṛṣṇa.
 
I offer my respectful obeisances unto the full-moon evening in the month of Phālguna, an auspicious time full of auspicious symptoms, when Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advented Himself with the chanting of the holy name, Hare Kṛṣṇa CC Adi-Lila 13.19
 
On the full-moon evening of the month of Phālguna when the Lord took birth, coincidentally there was also a lunar eclipseCC Adi-Lila 13.20
 
In jubilation everyone was chanting the holy name of the Lord-“Hari! Hari!”-and Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then appeared, after first causing the appearance of the holy nameCC Adi-Lila 13.21
 
 
 
 

 
 
“…Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is none other than the combined form of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He is the life of those devotees who strictly follow in the footsteps of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī are the two principal followers of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, who acted as the most confidential servitor of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, known as Viśvambhara in His early life. A direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī was Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, stands as the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī.Adi lila.
 
So we are spreading the mission of Sri caitanya mahaprabhu, this mission. Radha-Krishna mission it is practically. Sri Krsna Caitanya radha krsna nahe anya. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is combination of Radha -Krsna. Radha-Krsna pranya-vikrtitir hladini saktir asmad. Krsna and Radharani, the same absolute truth. Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krsna.and when Krsna wants to enjoy, He expands His pleasure potency in the form of Radharani. And when He wants to spread he lovig affairs of Radha and Krsna, He takes the form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and very kindlyHe gives the love of Krsna.
 
Srila Prabhupada talk at Radha Govinda-Mandita, Calcutta, West Bengal, India. March 24, 1976
 
 
 
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I am doing nothing–SP

March 1, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Therefore the common saying is that “Man proposes; God disposes.” Therefore a devotee, he never depends in himself. He never considers himself, “I am independent.” He simply depends on the supreme will of the Lord. That is devotion. “If God desires… If Kṛṣṇa desires…”Whenever we used to ask our Guru Mahārāja something, “Is it going to be happened like that?” some work, he never said, “Yes, it is going to happen. Yes, we are going to do it.” No. “Yes, if Kṛṣṇa desires, it may be.” He never said like that, positively. “If Kṛṣṇa desires.” Actually this is the fact. If Kṛṣṇa desires, God desires, anything wonderful can be done. If He does not desire, however you may try, it will never be done. 

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conclusion–we are not the controllers, as there are 5 factors for every action, and the Supersoul is the ultimate one who sanctions every and any activity.
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Why the demi gods want to come here–SP

March 1, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Rāmeśvara: Śrīla Prabhupāda, we were painting one painting for the last volume of Seventh Canto which shows that Kṛṣṇa is in the heart of all living entities. Now, the question came up whether Kṛṣṇa…. Since Kṛṣṇa is inside every atom, are there living entities in every atom? So I said that you had already answered that, that Kṛṣṇa is never alone, so there must be some living entity within the atom. So then the question was: Is this atom one of the bodies, just like human body, and then gradually that living entity gets a higher body, higher body, or does he always remain inside the atom?

Prabhupāda: Body does not develop. He changes body. Why don’t you understand this?

Rāmeśvara: He changes body.

Prabhupāda: The motorcar does not develop. I change this motorcar to another.

Rāmeśvara: But that’s the question.

Prabhupāda: That is Darwin’s theory. Motorcar is not developing to big motorcar. That is nonsense. Motorcar is motorcar, but I can change from this car to that car.

Hariśauri: Yes, that’s what he was wondering, whether the spirit soul leaves the atom to take another higher body.

Prabhupāda: Yes, it is always…. Transmigration means going on, simply changing.

RāmeśvaraIs that counted as one of the 8,400,000 species? Is the atom counted among the different species?

Prabhupāda: Atom is not manifested. May be one of the species, but the total is 8,400,000. What is the difference between the small atom and this body? The same thing, material. It’s very small; it is a little bigger. That’s all. And similarly, the universe is still bigger. After all, it is matter. [break] …prakṛti. Aṇḍāntara-sthaparamāṇucayāntara-stham [Bs. 5.35].What is this? He’s standing on election? [break]

Rāmeśvara: It is written in the Caitanyacaritāmṛta that when LordCaitanya entered this universe, the entire universe was blessed, or benefited. So I’m wondering how Lord Caitanya’s movement is going on on other planets other than this planet. Is there some organizedsaṅkīrtana?

Prabhupāda: Yes. How other planetary system is going on, you do not know, but we can guess it is going on like this. Anumāna. Pratyakṣaanumāna. One thing is direct perception, another by guessing. Pratyakṣaanumāna and śabda and śruti, aitihya. There are so many evidences.Harer nāma harer nāma [Cc. Ādi 17.21]. Śrī kṛṣṇa caitanya prabhu

RāmeśvaraDevotees once told me you said that the demigods like this movement very much so that they’re standing in line to take their birth in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement.

Prabhupāda: Yes. They like to come here on this planet. Just like you Kṛṣṇa conscious men, you are very much enthusiastic to go to India. India has no material attraction, but why our men wanted to go to India in spite of so many difficulties? Similarly, in the higher planet, heavenly planet, they are so much engrossed with material happiness that there is no facility. But here there is facility, in this earth, Bhūrloka.Bhogaiśvarya-prasaktānāṁ tayāpahṛta-cetasām [Bg. 2.44]. One who is too much attached to material convenience and everything, they have no opportunity for Kṛṣṇa consciousness. LA June 9 1976
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CIA discover Hare Krsna Mantra coming from North (pole) Star

March 1, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna–
Below we have a short note about the CIA investigating sounds coming from the North Star, or the universal pole star. They said they heard the Hare Krsna Maha mantra coming in beams from there …..
If these people had any real intelligence they could just go to a bona fide Hare Krsna temple and hear the mantra for free, without all their sophisticated machinery. This mantra is being “imported” from the Spiritual World, and the Pole Star, according to the sastra, is the only spiritual planet in this universe. As we all know, everything revolves around this pole star planet. I wonder why that is???
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Jayādvaita: Some scientists have started a project. They are beaming radio messages into space because they think perhaps there is someone intelligent there, and they will beam back something.

Prabhupāda: Their knowledge is “perhaps.” It is nonsense. They have no definite knowledge. “Perhaps.” Perhaps is not knowledge.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: We had one CIA agent. Previously, he was a CIA agent. I was told this story, I don’t know. Anyway, might as well relate it. So they were doing an experiment in the Bahama Islands off Florida. They were all very high intellects. They were developing a certain radio beam to measure the beams which are given off from other planets, thinking that maybe these intelligent beings, they are sending some message out. So they developed this way ofsensoring the beams which were coming from the North Star. Anyway, he said—and he was serious, I was told this; he’s in India now, one of our devotees there—he said that when they focused on the North Star and they got the beam back, when they translated it, it came out to be the mahāmantra.

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Yes. And so they went to the Department of Intelligence, (laughter) and they went to the United States Army, because this was an army project, and when the Army got hold of it they said, “Oh, you people are all nonsense. Disband this project.”
Prabhupāda: That is…. Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura has sung: golokerapremadhana harināmasaṅkīrtanaHarināmasaṅkīrtana is not the mundane sound. It is coming from there. Golokera premadhana harināmasaṅkīrtana. It is not material. Had it been material, then how it is so effective? That’s a fact. The sound is, beam is coming from there.  Conv Detroit June 15 1976
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Root cause of material life

March 1, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

SB 10.7.1-2 Thus one’s attachment for hearing about material things, which is the root cause of material existence, vanishes, and one gradually develops devotional service to the Supreme Lord, attachment for Him, and friendship with devotees who give us the contribution of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. If you think it fit, kindly speak about those activities of the Lord.

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Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramātmā [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted. SB 1.2.17
…..So the ear is open. So therefore the Vedic mantras are called śruti. We have to hear the mantra, Vedicmantra. Just like if a man is bitten by snake,[goes into a coma] he is caused to hear the snake charmer’s mantrastill there are—so that he can become awakened. And it is said in the Cāṇakya Paṇḍita śloka, mantrauṣadhi-vaśaḥ sarpaḥMantra is powerful still—by mantra, a snake-bittenperson can be brought into life. There are still some snake charmers in the villages. In our Māyāpura there is a Muhammadan, he can cure the snake-bitten case by mantra still. Bombay  12/74
So this snake charmers mantra is a material mantra, unlike the Maha Mantra which is the greatest of all Mantras because not only does it release us from  material bondage, liberates us, but more importantly, re awakens our original dormant God-Krsna Consciousness !!!
HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE