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Memories for HG Brahmananda Prabhu by his Brother KB Mandir Vrindavana‏

June 12, 2015 in Articles by Riya

Hari Bol,
please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
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Anyone can be purified if …

June 12, 2015 in Articles by Riya

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Anyone can be purified if he takes shelter of a pure devotee and molds his character according to the pure devotee’s direction.
SB 6.12.20
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Important insigths from Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura, our great purva acarya‏

June 12, 2015 in Hasti Gopala Dasa by Riya

This is the real paradigm shift, the one that everyone is talking about but have no idea ( as of yet ) how it is unfolding. They are now benefiting and will soak up more of the nectar as time moves forward.

Great compilation here, many thanks.

Ys  Hasti Gopala Dasa

Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

“Gradually, when the offensive portions of the established religions are destroyed, there will be no more differences in the bhajana performed by the various Sampradayas nor any quarrel between them. Then as brothers, the people of all castes and countries will spontaneously chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord together. At that time, no one will hate anyone or consider others dogeaters; nor will anyone be overwhelmed by the pride of high birth. The living entities will not forget the principle of natural brotherhood.”
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Departure of Brahmananda prabhu‏

June 12, 2015 in Aprakrita dasa by Riya

Brram1_largeHare Krishna
PAMHO AGTSP

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
It is with great saddness that I wish to inform you all that our dear god-brother Brahmananda Prabhu passed away this afternoon at 3:31 pm IST in his room in Vrindavan Dham.
Gargamuni Prabhu, Mahadevi Mataji along with Dr. Ashu, Saranga Thakur Das, Dharmatma Das and few other devotees were present when he passed away.
Dharmatma Das, a devotee of the ISKCON Vrindavan temple, has been taking care of Brahmananda Prabhu for the past few years. Dharmatma called me yesterday to inform that Brahmanada Prabhu’s condition was serious and a local doctor was attending to him.
I then spoke to Brahmanada Prabhu on the phone and told him that I would be sending a doctor from Delhi to examine him. Dr. Ashu, who was sent from Delhi, conducted the initial examination and felt his condition was very serious and was of the opinion that he should be moved to the Apollo hospital in New Delhi. Meanwhile, Dr. Krishna Priya from the Delhi temple had spoken to his friend who is a senior doctor in the Apollo hospital for making the necessary arrangements.
This afternoon the local devotees in Vrindavan had called the ambulance and were getting ready to bring Brahmananda Prabhu to Delhi. But he collasped before they could take him out of his room and into the ambulance.
Last night when I was on the phone with Brahmananda Prabhu, I suggested that he come to Delhi to undergo medical tests. But he was very reluctant to the idea of leavining Vrindavan.
And Krishna fulfilled his desire to leave his body in Vrindavan Dham and that to on the most auspicious day of Srila Vakresvara Pandit’s appearance day.
Saranga Thakur of the Vrindavan temple is now working on obtaning the permissions from the police and US Embassy for his last rites which would probably be performed tomorrow morning.
Your servant,
Gopal Krishna Goswami

Aprakrita Dasa

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Srila Prabhupada talking about Indians who come to the west‏

June 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

RSCN7090Below is a very telling conversation with Srila Prabhupada about the Indians who come to America and other western countries.  They have lost their own culture and instead, end up eating hot dogs and hamburgers . Srila Prabhupada once told us, the Indians are ten steps from Krsna going the wrong direction, and the westerners are a hundred steps from Krsna, going towards Him.

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NY July 11 1976

Indian man (2): Remember when we were building our altar? Remember last year when I talked to you? We were building altar, and actually I went to every Indian, and myself and the president of that temple, we begged everything we can do possible… And we wanted to collect almost ten thousand dollars, we couldn’t even collect five thousand dollars, and most of them were making between fifteen and thirty thousand dollars. Some of them in fact gave us pennies.

Prabhupāda: Just see.

Indian man (2): And they took from us one Bhagavad-gītā. We gave them Bhagavad-gītā and they gave us some pennies.

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Don’t change what I have given you–SP‏

June 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

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Today, some 38 years after Srila Prabhupada’s physical departure from our vision, we have seen countless changes by the leaders of Iskcon and others who say they are following Srila Prabhupada, their spiritual master.
 
Below we have one letter where Prabhupada explains there is nothing else we need to do – BUT we should just follow what he already has given to us and that alone is sufficient to change anybody’s character into a sane man or woman..
Seems the “American disease” he mentioned several times of always wanting to change something is not just located only in America.
 
Bombay 11 April, 1971
Toronto
My Dear Jagadisa,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letters dated 12th February, 5th and 25th March, 1971, respectively and have noted the contents carefully. So far as the “rehabilitation center” is concerned, such work can be taken up, but to have any separate institution apart from the temple is not possible. I have written Rupanuga in this regard as follows:
“Youth work can be taken up, but our process must be followed strictly. Anyone may come but our process must remain the same. The men are expected to shave their heads and wear robes; they must attend classes, read our books, chant 16 rounds, attend arati, go for street sankirtana, take prasadam only, etc. To have any institution apart from the temple, that we cannot do. Everything must be in the scope of our activities, then this ‘youth problem’ can be solved. Our process is proven as the only effective means. If the government or any other organization gives us a place, then we can train up such youth in our own way and surely they will come out sane. That place given will be a temple. So the process remains the same, except on a larger scale. Not that there is a separate division of ISKCON to handle youth problem, but that we have a bigger temple to accommodate them, is all. And then the people will see practically how we are doing the highest welfare work.”

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SB Classes Vol# 11 – part two

June 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

SB vol 11 part 2

mayapur feb 25 1976

Any literature, very nicely written, just like Shakespeare writing or some other, big, big mundane writers, their writing, it is very nicely written, grammatically very correct, and metaphorically very nicely meant… Natad vacaś citrapadam. Citrapadam means very artistically written. There are literatures very artistical. Natadvacaś citrapadaharer yaśo pragṛṇītakarhicit.But there is no glorification of the Lord; simply literary presentation. Such kind of literature is described, tadvāyasatīrtham:“This kind of literature is preferred by the class of men who are like crows.” Crows. But the Vedic literature, which is sung by Lord Brahmā or Lord Śiva or a devotee, even that is broken language presented, tadgṛṇantiśṛṇvantisādhavaḥ: ”They’ll be accepted by saintly person. They’ll sing it and they’ll accept it.” That is the secret of success. If your literature is exactlyfollowingthe mahājanoyenasagata,then it will be liked by highly advanced saintly person. And if it is a presentation of mundane literary career… Therefore that gentleman has rejected even Aurobindo and Dr… Others he has rejected: “They are useless.”   Read the rest of this entry →

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SB Classes Vol# 11 – part one

June 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

SB classes vol 10

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aksara-dvayam. If anyone simply chants these two alphabets, ha,

ri–hari–then baddha-parikaras tena moksaya gamanam pratiti:

“Although he is a conditioned soul, his path for liberation is open.”

Yasya smrtya ca namoktva tapa-yajna-kriyadisu, nunam tam purnakam yati

sadyah vande acyutam ity adi-vacanam.(?) There is another quotation,

that yasya smrtya ca moktva tapo-yajna-kriyadisu. These are pious

activities: austerity and sacrifice, tapas, yajna, and kriya, pious

activities. Everything is done simply by chanting this Hare Krsna

mantra. There is no need of doing anything. Simply by chanting, one

can achieve the result of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic

performances prescribed in the Vedas. And this is specially advised to

the karma-kandiyas, those who are very much fond of performing

ritualistic ceremony. For them this instruction is specially meant,

that if you chant simply Hare Krsna mantra without any offense, then

you’ll get all the results of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic

performances.

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SB Classes Vol#10

June 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

SB classes vol 10

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aksara-dvayam. If anyone simply chants these two alphabets, ha,

ri–hari–then baddha-parikaras tena moksaya gamanam pratiti:

“Although he is a conditioned soul, his path for liberation is open.”

Yasya smrtya ca namoktva tapa-yajna-kriyadisu, nunam tam purnakam yati

sadyah vande acyutam ity adi-vacanam.(?) There is another quotation,

that yasya smrtya ca moktva tapo-yajna-kriyadisu. These are pious

activities: austerity and sacrifice, tapas, yajna, and kriya, pious

activities. Everything is done simply by chanting this Hare Krsna

mantra. There is no need of doing anything. Simply by chanting, one

can achieve the result of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic

performances prescribed in the Vedas. And this is specially advised to

the karma-kandiyas, those who are very much fond of performing

ritualistic ceremony. For them this instruction is specially meant,

that if you chant simply Hare Krsna mantra without any offense, then

you’ll get all the results of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic

performances.

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SB Classes Vol#9

June 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

SB classes vol 9

NoD 7     Hearing and speaking Srimad-Bhagavatam is the

religious process which elevates one to the platform of serving and

loving the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

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atah sri-krsna-namadi

na bhaved grahyam indriyaih

sevonmukhe hi jihvadau

svayam eva sphuraty adah

Krsna, His name, His fame, His attributes, His activities…

Sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved… Namadi means “beginning from the holy

name.” So not possible… So if we keep ourself on the material

platform, then for thousand years we may chant, it will be difficult.

That is called namaparadha. Of course, holy name is so powerful that

even by chanting with offense, gradually he becomes pure. Therefore we

should not give up chanting. Any circumstances, we should go on

chanting Hare Krsna. But the warning is that if we keep us on the

material platform, then it will be not possible to understand Krsna,

His holy name, His attribute, His form, His activities. It will not be

possible.

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SB classes Vol #8– part two

June 12, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Sb class vol 8 part 2

Hare Krnsa to all

Pranams

All glories to Prabhupada

Below we give a few tidbits of the nectar contained with in this file of

SB classes given by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhudpada

  1. Before leaving your body, you must be self realized to go back home.
  1. Without vairagya or renunciation there is no happiness in this world
  1. One brahmana blessed Mahaprabhu-you will never be happy in household life
  1. Real guru must be in Krsnas confidence and be able to draw from the ocean of Mercy
  1. Bhakti and Karma looks the same-here is the difference
  1. Explanation of difference in time between earth and heavenly planets
  1. Inter- planetary Eagles that eat elephants
  1. A devotee in Goloka can become a flower and then change into human form
  1. And much more……

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SB classes Vol #8– part one

June 12, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Riya

SB class Vol 8 

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… Before the child is born, you don’t find in 

the breast of the mother any drop of milk. See. In a young girl, there 

is no milk in the breast. But as soon as the child is born, 

immediately there is milk. Immediately, spontaneously. This is God’s 

arrangement. Because the child requires food. Just see how God’s 

arrangement is there. Still, we are trying for economic development. 

If a child is born and God’s economic program is so nice, nature’s 

economic program, that immediately the mother is ready with the 

milk… This is economic development. So the same milk is supplied by 

the cow. She’s actually mother, and this rascal civilization is 

killing mother. Mother-killing civilization. Just see. You suck the 

breast of your mother from the beginning of your life, and when she’s 

old if you think, \”Mother is useless burden. Cut its throat,\” is that 

civilization? 

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