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Therefore a Vaiṣṇava is always busy preaching Kṛṣṇa consciousness throughout the world.

July 26, 2015 in B. Radha Govinda Swami by Riya

SB 6.10.9
If one is unhappy to see the distress of other living beings and happy to see their happiness, his religious principles are appreciated as imperishable by exalted persons who are considered pious and benevolent.
PURPORT
One generally follows different types of religious principles or performs various occupational duties according to the body given to him by the modes of material nature. In this verse, however, real religious principles are explained. Everyone should be unhappy to see others in distress and happy to see others happy. Ātmavat sarvabhūteṣu: one should feel the happiness and distress of others as his own. It is on this basis that the Buddhist religious principle of nonviolence — ahiḿsaḥ paramadharmaḥ — is established. We feel pain when someone disturbs us, and therefore we should not inflict pain upon other living beings. Lord Buddha‘s mission was to stop unnecessary animal killing, and therefore he preached that the greatest religious principle is nonviolence.
One cannot continue killing animals and at the same time be a religious man. That is the greatest hypocrisy. Jesus Christ said, “Do not kill,” Read the rest of this entry →
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Important insigthts from Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura, our great purva acarya‏

July 26, 2015 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

Srila Prabhupada:  You should not imitate great personalities like Bhaktivinode Thakura, but you must follow His footprints. But it is not always possible to have the same success as great personalities like Bhaktivinode Thakura achieved. So in all circumstances you should try to follow the footprints of authorities but never to imitate them.
Srila Prabhupada letter 20 September, 1968 :
 
What is the most harmful association in the world?

– A dharmadhvaji is a person who has no actual devotion or renunciation in his heart but makes a show of it externally. He wears the clothes of a devotee to accomplish materialistic ends in a duplicitous manner. There is no worse association in the whole world than that of a dharmadhvaji. One should rather associate with sense enjoyers.

Being deceitful, the dharmadhvajis take on the appearance of devotees with a desire to cheat everyone, and to fulfill their crooked desires, they cheat the foolish by helping them in their rascaldom. Some of the dharmadhvajisbecome gurus and others become disciples, and by trickery, they accumulate wealth, women, false prestige, and material assets.

If one gives up the association of crooked hypocrites, one can honestly engage in devotional service. (Sajjana-toshani 10/11)
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Refutation of Tradition Argument by Mahesvara dasa (Mahesh Raja – Uk)‏

July 26, 2015 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

Tradition Argument by Mahesvara dasa (Mahesh Raja – Uk)
 
The Anti Ritvik “Tradition” argument is just a SMOKE SCREEN  to  SCREW MONEY and  EXPLOIT innocent devotees into SLAVERY (FREE SUBSERVIENT SERVANTS) for the MANIPULATIVE GOONS (so called diksa gurus rubber stamped in ISKCON) to REPLACE Srila Prabhupada the BONAFIDE Diksa Guru:
 
Bhaktivedanta Manor Accounts SALARIES
 
 
 
 
 
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The “Tradition” argument does NOT hold. Srila Prabhupada did many things against the so called Tradition:
1) Traditionally – no Westerners were given Initiation.
2) Traditionally – no Westerners were given Sannyasa.
3) Traditionally – no Acaryas went out of India to Preach.
4) Traditionally – no Tape of Gayatri mantra was used.
5) Traditionally – Ramanvami fast in India is  observed till 12.00pm AFTERNOON.
 
Formalities
 
 
TRADITION

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A Brief Expose of the Rubber-stamped Spiritual Master by Citraketu dasa‏

July 26, 2015 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

Sounds like he is promoting the Gaudiya Matha gurus, whom we need to make sure we are not offending. At the same time he forgets, its the Gaudiya Matha folks that have promoted immature gurus. ys pd

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 4:19 PM, ‘B. Radha-Govinda Swami (ACBSP)’ via Prabhupadanuga <istagosthi@googlegroups.com> wrote:

If devotees were mature enough to understand guru tattva, there would not be such “my guru”/”your guru” consciousness, ISKCON-wise or not.

Because certain devotees haven’t been mature enough to understand, there are the guru CULT clubs, the multiple cults within the ISKCON society based on this OFF consciousness.

From: ‘Rakesh K Sharma’ via Prabhupadanuga <istagosthi@googlegroups.com>
To: Joseph Langevin <yasoda1008@yahoo.com>; Abridged Recipients <istagosthi@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 1:26 AM
Subject: RE: A Brief Expose of the Rubber-stamped Spiritual Master by Citraketu dasa

Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I read the article by Chitraketu which has a lot of valid points. However, the one statement below makes me somewhat alarmed. It almost sounds like he is saying there are some personalities present who can function as spiritual masters in ISKCON. Then there will be some people who will present some individual as a guru , another group someone else, and before you know it you’ve got the same mess again.

YS,
Rama Raghava Dasa

Sincerely,
Rakesh
Sent from my mobile phone/yahoo.com

——– Original message ——–
From: Joseph Langevin <yasoda1008@yahoo.com>
Date: 06/13/2015 1:26 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Abridged Recipients <istagosthi@googlegroups.com>
Cc: Joseph Langevin <yasoda1008@yahoo.com>
Subject: A Brief Expose of the Rubber-stamped Spiritual Master by Citraketu dasa

A Brief Expose of the Rubber-stamped Spiritual Master
BY: CHITRAKETU DAS (ACBSP)

First, however, one must check to make fully sure that there aren’t senior devotees who are actually qualified to be spiritual masters.

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Srila Prabhupada stotram by Ananta Ram Sastri – March 1976‏

July 26, 2015 in Articles, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

Dear Bhakta Robin

Please accept my pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Within the next few months a proper recording will be done based upon the original tune chanted by Ananta Ram Sastri and approved by Srila Prabhupada in late 1976 in Vrindavana.
With regards
Yours In the service of Srila Prabhupada
Yasoda nandana dasa
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Important articles by Mahesvara dasa [Mahesh Raja – UK]‏

July 26, 2015 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

Dear Prabhus and matajis
Please accept my obeisances
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada
Please find a few in articles for your reading.
With regards,
Yours in Srila Prabhupada and in the service of His bona fide disciples.
Yasoda nandana dasa
 
Srila Prabhupada IS Diksa Guru
 
 
 
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Only Maha-Bhagavata is Diksa Guru
 
 
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Physically Present  Diksa Guru
 
 
 
 
 
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Interesting articles on Guru Issue‏

July 26, 2015 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

“A devotee should have intelligence to know who is deviating. SURRENDER BY YOUR INTELLIGENCE BUT DON’T SURRENDER YOUR INTELLIGENCE.” (SP to Bali Mardana, 1974) 
 
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WHEN I order
 
 
 
 
 
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Become Guru by Order, That’s All
 
 
 
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What We Have Heard from the Spiritual Master, That is Living
 
 
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Montreal, Canada – Mini Ratha Yatra July 2015‏

July 26, 2015 in Aprakrita dasa by Riya

Dear Prahus and matajis
Please accept my obeisances
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada
“He lives forever by His divine instructions and the follower lives with Him”
Srila Prabhupada’s dedication to the Srimad-Bhagavatam  1962- New Delhi, India.
Please find below the link to the Ratha yatra in Montreal with kirtanas led by Nandikesvara Prabhu and Aprakrta Prabhu.   Please post and distribute.
Yours in Srila Prabhupada’s service
Yasoda nandana dasa
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From: Aprakrita <vedaveda@vedaveda.com>
To: Yasodanandana Dasa <yasoda1008@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 4, 2015 11:43 PM
Subject: Mini RY

Hare Krishna
PAMHO AGTSP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fw7dtnSiLM

Aprakrita Dasa

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Book Changes even with 1948 Srila Prabhupada’s translations‏

July 26, 2015 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Riya

Revisions – A Very Serious Situation
BY: PALAKA DAS (ACBSP)
Dec 20, 2010 — USA (SUN) — As I read “Interpretations of Bhagavad-gita”, recently published by Sun Staff, I noticed that the English translations of the Sanskrit Gita verses quoted by Srila Prabhupada just did not seem to fit, especially for a paper that was written by him all the way back in 1948. The style and arrangement of words appeared to have been taken from a much later date than the way I felt Srila Prabhupada would have written in India in the 1940’s. It dawned on me, perhaps these English translations were not the original English translations after all. Could it be they may have been changed or edited and not actually from the 1948 versions used in the original paper as presented by Srila Prabhupada?

So I took it upon myself to compare all the verses in this article with an original 1972 Gita along with the revised 1983 Gita. Not surprisingly, the result was this: each and every verse quoted from this 1948 paper came from the 1983 revised and enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gita. How can that be, since in 1948, this revised and enlarged version of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita never even existed in the first place?
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KRSNA’S SMILE AND LAUGH‏

July 26, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

SB 3.28.33With devotion steeped in love and affection, the yogī should meditate within the core of his heart upon the laughter of Lord Viṣṇu. The laughter of Viṣṇu is so captivating that it can be easily meditated upon. When the Supreme Lord is laughing, one can see His small teeth, which resemble jasmine buds rendered rosy by the splendor of His lips. Once devoting his mind to this, theyogī should no longer desire to see anything else.


PURPORT

It is recommended that the yogī visualize the laughter of theLord after studying His smile very carefully. These particular descriptions of meditation on the smile, laughter, face, lips and teeth all indicate conclusively that God is not impersonal. It is described herein that one should meditate on the laughter or smiling of Viṣṇu. There is no other activity that can completely cleanse the heart of the devotee. The exceptional beauty of the laughter of Lord Viṣṇuis that when He smiles His small teeth, which resemble the buds of jasmine flowers, at once become reddish, reflecting His rosy lips. If the yogī is able to place the beautiful face of the Lord in the core of his heart, he will be completely satisfied. In other words, when one is absorbed in seeing the beauty of the Lord within himself, the material attraction can no longer disturb him.
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Vrn SB 1.7.23 Sept 20 1976

But we are so rascal that we do not take advice of Kṛṣṇa, we manufacture our own ways, the suffering goes on.Mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti. This is māyā.He’s thinking that he’ll make his own plan and be happy. That will never be possible. The only plan you have to accept—what is that? Sarvadharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇam[Bg. 18.66]. That is the only plan. You have to get yourself relieved from all other engagements. Simply engage yourself…Not immediately. First of all, you must ready: “Kṛṣṇa, from this day, I am now ready. Whatever You’ll say, I’ll do.” That’s… Immediately you become liberated. Liberated. How liberated? Read the rest of this entry →

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this is a great story of a confrontation with Gaura Govinda Swami about ritvik-he admits defeat‏

July 26, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

For those of you who dont know the history very well-this is but one interesting bit of it regarding how illusion
or Maya comes into iskcon (or our own lives) and contaminates the devotees with deception.

Long story short-Gaura Govinda swami (GGS) was a GBC supporter, and told the “story” that Prabhupada personally whispered in his ear that he should be acarya and later GGS was reported to have said, or at least his disciples were saying that he had a letter (which was always kept secret and nobody ever saw it) from Prabhupada saying that he GGS was to become acarya of iskcon.  So the below story takes place in one temple where GGS in front of a whole crowd of devotees when asked if there was an order to be guru–he replied over and over again with head held down–“NO ORDER”… NO ORDER….. NO ORDER…
A week later he wad dead.

damaghosa das

—–Original Message—–
From: Joseph Langevin <yasoda1008@yahoo.com>
To: ISLAND <srigovinda@gmail.com>; Damaghosa Dasa <dasdasdas@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 5:31 pm
Subject: Fw: Fw: Old Stuff …

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From:DasDasDas@aol.com” <DasDasDas@aol.com>
To: rjsimman@yahoo.com; yasoda1008@yahoo.com;vaikunta83@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, April 7, 2014 7:34 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Old Stuff …

Thank you Jagannivasa prabhu for this letter from Bhima–it should go into a record book of what happened in those crazy days.
damaghosa
In a message dated 4/7/2014 10:24:25 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, rjsimman@yahoo.com writes:
Bhima das’ reply.
das
jagannivasa das
I don’t keep up with facebook, and this Madhavananda has certainly never tried to contact me personally. It’s not like I have to answer him anything. I’m the one who has put up the Reward offer of $108,000 to anyone who can show proof that Srila Prabhupada appointed him as guru. That was what ticked Gour Govinda’s followers off. And to date they haven’t collected the money.
I don’t know if Madhavananda is the person I’m thinking of – maybe it’s another. But Madhavananda’s version of what happened is somewhat different from what I recall. It has been many years since, but I do remember clearly that meeting with Gour Govinda Swami.
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Unless humble, one cannot accept a spiritual master‏

July 26, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

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Hare Krsna
Below-5 short statements–

1. Unless one is humble, he or she cannot accept and follow a spiritual master
2. The value of accepting a Spiritual Master- cannot be calculated
3. If one does not find a bona-fide Spiritual Master then either Krsna is not pleased or you are not serious
4. Once one does accept a SM, his business is not finished with 16 rounds Hare Krsna mantra /day
5. The requirements necessary for going to the spiritual world.

1.) “You have inquired why Caitanya Mahaprabhu has not mentioned anything about accepting a Spiritual Master in His Siksastaka. But perhaps you have missed the point that He says amanina manadena kirtaniya sada hari. This means one has to chant the Holy Names of Krishna, becoming humbler than the straw, and more tolerant than the tree. So who can become humbler than the straw unless he accepts a Spiritual Master? The whole world is puffed up. Everyone wants to become the Lord of everything. Ultimately, the Mayavadi philosopher wants to become one with the Supreme Lord. This means that when one fails to become Lord of everything, he wants to mix up with the Supreme Lord and tries in that way to automatically become Lord of everything. What he can’t perform by his own capacity he wants to have done by being merged into the Supreme Lord. That is the mentality of the general people. But if anyone becomes humbler than the grass and more tolerant than the tree, it is understood that he has accepted a Spiritual Master. Besides that, if we accept Sikshastak as authority given by Lord Caitanya, this means we accept Lord Caitanya as Spiritual Master. In the Bhagavad-gita it is openly mentioned that Arjuna accepted Krishna as the Spiritual Master. There is another mention in the Sikshastak, Lord Caitanya says ‘I do not want any wealth of this world, I do not want any following, neither do I want a beautiful wife. Simply I want to become a servant of the Lord.’ To become the servant of the Lord means to accept a Spiritual Master. Without accepting somebody as master, how can one become an expert servant? It is not that in every literature you will find the words that everyone has to accept a Spiritual Master, but we have to study things scrutinizingly. In the Caitanya Caritamrta there is mention guru krsna krpaya paya bhakti lata bija. By the mercy of the Spiritual Master and Krishna one can get the seeds of bhakti lata, the plant of devotional service..”
(Srila Prabhupada letter, July 4, 1969)
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4 chapatis and 6 feet of floor-thats all we need !!–SP‏

July 26, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna
Below Srila Prabhupada mentions three things-
1.) Foolish work(Ugra Karma) makes one toil too hard-and without that-we still can  daily eat only a few chapatis
2.) We work so hard (for that big/expensive house) but we all need is only 6 feet to lay down in at night.
3.) The tendency NOT to work so hard (for maya) is– a spiritual tendency.
damaghosa das
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1.) Brahma Samhita lecture- NY july 31 1971

So Prahlāda Mahārāja was very much sympathetic that “I am simply anxious for these rascals who have created a humbug civilization for temporary happiness,” māyāsukhāya. Māyāsukhāya bharam udvahato vimūḍhān [SB7.9.43]. They have created ugra karma. This is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, ugra karma.

Huge

factory, day and night melting iron, and they are working, working. The special technologies, getting some money, they’re happy. They do not know how they’re wasting their valuable life. This is called māyā. Why so much work? Why you are working so hard? Do you think if you’ll get hundred dollars per day you can eat more capātīs than myself? (laughter). Rascal does not know that he will eat the same number of capātīs, four or five or six, but he’ll work so hard. So we are the best intelligent class. We don’t work, but we get our capātīs. (laughter) Let the rascal work, but we get our capātīs. Māyāsukhāya bharam udvahatovimūḍhan [SB 7.9.43].

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updated garden video-see how much things have grown in 6 weeks-corn/beans went up 6-7 feet !!‏

July 26, 2015 in Damahosa Dasa by Riya

Updated garden video-last one was done 6 weeks ago(see facebook under Sri Sri Gaura Nitai mandir or Damaghosa das) and just see how high everything has gotten-the beans and corn were only a foot high-now they are over 8 feet !!

..”Sarva kama dughi mahi…” BG—Soon there will be corn on the cob at the dinner table every day for 2 months !
Yes thats right-2 months- every day. I remember when I was a just a kid, we had a large family and we each would get just one ear of corn per meal,maybe two if somebody else wasn’t hungry–but now I can have, as Srila Prabhupada says, “to my full satisfaction”, as many as I can digest !! And believe me, when you work outside in gardens or on a farm, you CAN digest a lot of food !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X82sMks3CQY&feature=youtu.be

Hare Krsna….

damaghosa das

750514mw.per                Conversations
Amogha:
He was saying that your solution was too simple. He said that
people will not accept it because it is too simple
.
Prabhupada:
That is his ignorance. They will say it is primitive.
That is the only solution. According to the Vedic system, you cannot use
anything which you cannot produce. Suppose this we are using, but
according the Vedic system we should not use it because I cannot
produce it.
Then the whole solution is there. Nobody will manufacture
this because there will be no customer. If I refuse this use of this
machine, thinking that “I cannot produce it; I should not use it,”
then where is the customer? The so-called industry will automatically
stop, and he has to go to the village outlying.
[and become more self sufficient]
 

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Prabhupada wanted us to write our realizations‏

July 26, 2015 in Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

“Just read from my books and try and explain the meaning in your own words.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada letter, 73-01-26)
 
“You must all study all of the books so that when the need arises you can repeat in your own words their purport.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada letter, 72-01-06)
 
“The process is that you should memorize the purports of my books and then speak them in your own words.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada letter, 75-11-15)
 
“By writing according to our realization we become more and more convinced and all doubts are destroyed.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada letter, 75-11-15)
 
“Chant Hare Krsna Mantra day and night, read books and expressing the philosophy in your own words write articles for publishing.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada letter, 75-11-15)
 
“You ask one question about the nature of books. I want you to write as my disciples; on this point, Krsna Consciousness is not limited. Persons like all of the Gosvamis wrote so many books, Visvanatha Cakravarti, and all the acaryas wrote books, and still I am writing books. Similarly, also my disciples will write.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada letter, 72-2-15)
 

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