Re: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

February 28, 2016 in Gauri Dasa Pandit by Laksman dasa

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Dear Prabhu’s,
Dandavats! AGTSP!
Thanks for the nectar! I gave class in Berkeley today and all this nectar is helpful.
Here’s more:
Srila Prabhupada in Atlanta
One of the best things about being on the Sri Sri Radha Damodar Traveling Sankirtan Party was that when Srila Prabhupada was in America we could go see him and get very enlivened. 
Srila Prabhupada arrived in Atlanta on February 28th 1975. When he first took Darshan of Sri Sri Goura Nitai he was very ecstatic and pleased. He told us he was pleased that the devotees were doing such nice Deity worship. He said he started most of the worship in most of the temples, but the devotees started it in Atlanta. He started talking about how Lord Krsna asked us to surrender; but Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda are so merciful they didn’t even ask us to surrender. When he said that his voice choked up.
We got to meet Srila Prabhupada in his room. We all wore matching vests and Prabhupada hats that were made by Minaketana Ramdas. He also made one for Srila Prabhupada and he offered it to him personally. The hat was too small so it sat high on Srila Prabhupada’s head. It looked funny and we all laughed heartily except for Minaketana Ramdas. He was devastated! But since Srila Prabhupada was smiling nicely and chuckling it eased his pain and we were in bliss.
In the room Srila Prabhupada told us that if we remained brahmachari’s we would go back to Godhead; but if we got married it would be a 50% chance.
Srila Prabhupada told us if we studied the 7th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita we would be good preachers because everything is in that chapter.

Re: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

February 28, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada explains about the glories of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Books : Bhagavad-gita As It Is – Macmillan 1972 Edition : Bg: introduction :

1) Kṛṣṇa, 2) Brahmā, 3) Nārada; 4) Vyāsa, 5) Madhva, 6) Padmanābha, 7) Nṛhari, 8) Mādhava, 9) Akṣobhya, 10) Jayatīrtha, 11) Jñānasindhu, 12) Dayānidhi, 13) Vidyānidhi, 14) Rājendra, 15) Jayadharma, 16) Puruṣottama, 17) Brahmaṇyatīrtha, 18) Vyāsatīrtha, 19) Lakṣmīpati, 20) Mādhavendra Purī, 21) Īśvara Purī, (Nityānanda, Advaita), 22) Lord Caitanya, 23) Rūpa (Svarūpa, Sanātana), 24) Raghunātha, Jīva, 25) Kṛṣṇadāsa, 26) Narottama, 27) Viśvanātha, 28) (Baladeva) Jagannātha, 29) Bhaktivinode, 30) Gaurakiśora, 31) Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, 32) His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Srila Prabhupada gives all credit to his Guru Maharaja

“…In Los Angeles many fathers and mothers used to come to see me to express their feelings of gratitude for my leading the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement throughout the entire world. Some of them said that it is greatly fortunate for the Americans that I have started the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement in America. But actually the original father of this movement is Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself, since it was started a very long time ago but is coming down to human society by disciplic succession. If I have any credit in this connection, it does not belong to me personally, but it is due to my eternal spiritual master, His Divine Grace Om Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Parivrājakācārya 108 Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja Prabhupāda..”
Books : Bhagavad-gita As It Is – Macmillan 1972 Edition : Bg: Preface :

Srila Prabhupada explains his birth in a family of transcendentalists and his meeting His Guru Maharaja

Books : Bhagavad-gita As It Is – Macmillan 1972 Edition : Bg 6: Sankhya-yoga : Bg 6.42 : PURPORT :

Birth in a family of yogīs or transcendentalists-those with great wisdom-is praised herein because the child born in such a family receives spiritual impetus from the very beginning of his life. It is especially the case in the ācārya or gosvāmī families. Such families are very learned and devoted by tradition and training, and thus they become spiritual masters. In India there are many such ācārya families, but they have now degenerated due to insufficient education and training. By the grace of the Lord, there are still families that foster transcendentalists generation after generation. It is certainly very fortunate to take birth in such families. Fortunately, both our spiritual master, Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, and our humble self, had the opportunity to take birth in such families, by the grace of the Lord, and both of us were trained in the devotional service of the Lord from the very beginning of our lives. Later on we met by the order of the transcendental system
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How important is it to always wear neck beads-and tilak??

February 28, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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(Either initiated or not ) Devotee Forehead should always be adorned with tilak and neck should always be laddened with neckbead.

Sometimes it is not practical to put tilak due to restriction in workplace but neckbead there should not be any restriction as it is neither weird nor odd.

In this 21st century every odd is a style and every style is odd . Just like a torn jeans can be upmarket or latest trend.

How imporatant neckbead is we can read from below incident

When I was Srila Prabhupada’s servant in Los Angeles in 1970, my neckbeads broke one day and I set them aside to restring later in the day. I went into Srila Prabhupada’s room and He immediately said, “Where are your neckbeads?”

I told Him they had broken and I was going to fix them later in the day. He said very strongly “You must go now and fix them. If you knew how dangerous it is to be in this material world without neckbeads on, you would be shaking in your boots!”

A big reason is that the Yamadutas, the monster-like servants of Lord Yamaraj, who come at the time of a person’s death to escort them in their subtle body to a place where they can suffer the results of negative karma, have orders from their master that they cannot touch a person with tilak or neckbeads on.

Instead, the Visnudutas come to protect that person and assure their safe progress into their next physical body, or ideally, back to their original spiritual body. It is so important to have kunti mala around our neck at all times, you never know when the time will come to leave the body.

(Nanda Kumar Das, as told by Palaka Dasa)

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Srila Prabhupada re: Solution for real happiness

February 25, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Maya will attack the body always, because the body itself is the source of all troubles.
We try to make a solution of our misfortunes, but at the same time we want to keep this body.
People do not understand the simple truth that if anyone wants real happiness,
he has to get out of the entanglements of this material body,
which is only possible by practice of Krishna Consciousness.
– Srila Prabhupada letter to Brahmananda dasa,  March 1, 1968
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Sri Nityananda Prabhu Appearance day, Saturday Feb 20, 2016

February 20, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada explains the exalted position or Sri Nityananda Prabhu

TEXT 61

rāḍhadeśe janmilā ṭhākura nityānanda

gaṅgādāsa paṇḍita, gupta murāri, mukunda

SYNONYMS

rāḍha-deśe—the place where there is no Ganges; janmilā—took birth; ṭhākura nityānanda—Nityānanda Prabhu; gaṅgādāsa paṇḍita—of the name Gaṅgādāsa Paṇḍita; gupta murāri—of the name Murāri Gupta; mukunda—of the name Mukunda.

TRANSLATION


In Rāḍhadeśa, the part of Bengal where the Ganges is not visible, Nityānanda Prabhu, Gaṅgādāsa Paṇḍita, Murāri Gupta and Mukunda took birth.

PURPORT

Here rāḍha-deśe refers to the village of the name Ekacakrā in the district of Birbhum, next to Burdwan. After the Burdwan railway station there is another branch line, which is called the Loop Line of the eastern railway, and there is a railway station of the name Mallārapura. Eight miles east of this railway station Ekacakrā Village is still situated. Ekacakrā Village extends north and south for an area of about eight miles. Other villages, namely Vīracandra-pura and Vīrabhadra-pura, are situated within the area of the village of Ekacakrā. In honor of the holy name of Vīrabhadra Gosvāmī, these places are renowned as Vīracandra-pura and Vīrabhadra-pura.

In the Bengali year 1331 (A.D. 1924) a thunderbolt struck the temple of Ekacakrā-grāma. Therefore the temple is now in a broken state. Before this, there were no such accidents in that quarter. Within the temple there is a Deity of Śrī Kṛṣṇa established by Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu. The name of the Deity is Baṅkima Rāya or Bāṅkā Rāya.

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Again become a mouse- What happens when a disciple disobeys his gurus instructions???

February 20, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Hare Krsna–

Below is a very instructive youtube video with Hrdayananda and Balavanta back in the early 1970’s on national TV where they were debating with one of the main cult deprogramers (Ted Patrick) of the time. There were many devotees kidnapped by these fanatic deprogramers. Both Hrdayananda and Balavanta were  leaders in the Hare Krsna Movement and  as far as anyone could tell, were following all the principles laid out by our spiritual master Srila Prabhupada. These two devotees solidly and with some humor I might add, completely defeated this demoniac man and his accomplice Sandra Sacks.

Now please view this video (below) and then come back to this article. This is a wonderful video of how devotees who are following Srila Prabhupada properly CAN defeat any kinds of demoniac people and get put on national TV while doing so.

https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrTceHMPcFWLOAApwonnIlQ;_ylc=X1MDMTM1MTE5NTY4NwRfcgMyBGZyA3locy1tb3ppbGxhLTAwNARncHJpZANIZE8xalNTX1FqbWpPT244dzF1ZlJBBG5fcnNsdAMwBG5fc3VnZwMwBG9yaWdpbgNzZWFyY2gueWFob28uY29tBHBvcwMwBHBxc3RyAwRwcXN0cmwDBHFzdHJsAzQ1BHF1ZXJ5A3RlZCBwYXRyaWNrIGRlIHByb2dyYW1taW5nIGhhUkUgS1JTTkEgWU9VVFVCRQR0X3N0bXADMTQ1NTUwNDkwNQ–?p=ted+patrick+de+programming+haRE+KRSNA+YOUTUBE&fr2=sb-top-search&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-004

So what happened to Hrdayananda das from that time- to the present?

Below, we see a present day picture of him with one of his female “friends”-and he still claims he is a sannyasi, and goes by the name-Sri Acaryadev.
If you want to know more detail than you can look at a few articles,listed below, one by his own personal servant and another by a Godbrother.

One of the main things to learn here , for all of us, is that we may have a glorious present position given to us by the spiritual master and Krsna, but that is not permanent, it can be lost due to offenses to the  Spiritual Master, the Holy Names,the devotees, and other living entities in general.

One good thing, if you can call it that, is that everybody should learn from the lessons and fall downs provided by some of the original leaders of the Hare Krsna Movement-and try not to do them ourselves.

Better to follow the genuine spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, who wont fall down into gross or subtle materialism, and who CAN take us back to home back to Godhead !

Hare Krsna
damaghosa das
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Just do kirtan and give them prasadam–SP

February 16, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Room conversation Bombay Jan 8 1977

Prabhupāda: Let them do whatever nonsense they are doing. Let them chant and take prasāda. We don’t mind what they are doing. That is later on. When I was chanting in Tompkinson Park I never asked them that “Don’t come here. You are drinking.” Everyone was drinking. (laughs) I know that. Everyone had illicit sex. They were coming with their boyfriend, girlfriend. I didn’t know that? Was I going to restrict them from? Let them come, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. Caitanya Mahāprabhu stressed on this, mass kīrtana every night. He was not speaking philosophy. Philosophy with Sarvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī, not with the mass of people. Mass of people—”Come on! Chant!” Give prasāda. This was Caitan… What they will understand, philosophy?

Devotee: They won’t understand.

Prabhupāda: Mass of people, let them chant and dance and take prasāda. So these centers are being opened for mass movement as well as class movement. In the village there is… Hardly you’ll get good, educated men. So there is no question of philosophy. Given them chance of chanting and take prasāda. It is useless to talk before them our philosophy. They’ll never understand. But they will understand prasādam. Prasādam is so nice. If there are few grains of prasāda, even the crows will come, the condemned bird. (laughs) He will also come. You do like this. So if this has been settled, do that.

Jai Srila Prabhupada re The simple process Krishna Consciousness

February 16, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Books : The Science of Self Realization : SSR 5: Practicing Yoga in the Modern Age :

Therefore, in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam it is said that this is the incarnation of God in this age. And who worships Him? The process is very simple. Just keep a picture of Lord Caitanya with His associates. Lord Caitanya is in the middle, accompanied by His principal associates—Nityānanda, Advaita, Gadādhara, and Śrīvāsa. One simply has to keep this picture. One can keep it anywhere. It is not that one has to come to us to see this picture. Anyone can have this picture in his home, chant this Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, and thus worship Lord Caitanya. That is the simple method. But who will capture this simple method? Those who have good brains. Without much bother, if one simply keeps a picture of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu at home and chants Hare Kṛṣṇa, then one will realize God. Anyone can adopt this simple method. There is no expenditure, there is no tax, nor is there any need to build a very big church or temple. Anyone, anywhere, can sit down on the road or beneath a tree and chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra and worship God. Therefore it is a great opportunity.

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Srila Prabhupada re The only qualification for Krishna Consciousness

February 16, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Sincerity of purpose is the only qualification for Krishna Consciousness.
Sri Narottama das Thakura says that he hankers after the company of any person,
never mind whether he is in the renounced order of life or in householder life,
just as long as he is merged into the ocean of Krishna Consciousness.
Srila Prabhupada letter, February 13, 1969
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Sri Prabhupada glorifies Sripada Madhvacarya

February 16, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupeda glorifies Sri Madhva

Srila Prabhupada: “Srila Madhvacarya is the original acarya for those who belong to the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 6.1.40.purport

“… This Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya is also known as the Brahma-sampradaya because the disciplic succession originally began from Brahma. Brahma instructed the sage Narada, Narada instructed Vyasadeva, and Vyasadeva instructed Madhva Muni, or Madhvacarya…” (Krsna Book, Introduction)

CC Adi 1.19 pp. — The devotees of Orissa are called Udiyas, the devotees of Bengal are called Gaudiyas, and the devotees of southern India are known as Dravida devotees. As there are five provinces in Aryavarta, so Daksinatya, southern India, is also divided into five provinces, which are called Panca-dravida. The four Vaisnava acaryas who are the great authorities of the four Vaisnava disciplic successions, as well as Sripada Sankaracarya of the Mayavada school, appeared in the Panca-dravida provinces. Among the four Vaisnava acaryas, who are all accepted by the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, Sri Ramanuja Acarya appeared in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh at Mahabhutapuri, Sri Madhva Acarya appeared at Pajakam (near Vimanagiri) in the district of Mangalore, Sri Visnusvami appeared at Pandya, and Sri Nimbarka appeared at Mungera-patana in the extreme south.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the chain of disciplic succession from Madhva Acarya, but the Vaisnavas in His line do not accept the tattva-vadis, who also claim to belong to the Madhva-sampradaya. To distinguish themselves clearly from the tattva-vadi branch of Madhva’s descendants, the Vaisnavas of Bengal prefer to call themselves Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Sri Madhva Acarya is also known as Sri Gauda-purnananda, and therefore the name Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya is quite suitable for the disciplic succession of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Our spiritual master, Om Visnupada Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, accepted initiation in the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya.

CC Adi 1.19 pp

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Jai Srila Prabhupada re The simple process Krishna Consciousness

February 16, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Wherever you live, at home or outside home, just keep a picture of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and chant Hare Krishna mantra before Him. Then your life will be successful.
Srila Prabhupada lecture, Nairobi, Oct 28 1975
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Srila Prabhupada re: These books are our best advertising

February 6, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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These books are the best advertising, they are better than advertising.
If we simply present Krishna Consciousness in a serious and attractive way,
without need to resort to fashionable slogans or tricks, that is sufficient.
Our unique asset is our purity. No one anywhere can match it.
That will be noticed eventually and appreciated, as long as we do not diminish or neglect
the highest standard of purity in performing our routine work,
not that we require to display or announce ourselves in very clever ways to get attention.
No, our pure standard is enough. Let us stand on that basis.
Srila Prabhupada letter December  28. 1971
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Srila Prabhupada re: My books are “recorded chanting.”

February 6, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Regarding Sankirtana and book distribution, book distribution is also chanting.
Anyone who reads the books that is also chanting and hearing.
Why distinguish between chanting and book distribution?
These books I have recorded and chanted and they are transcribed.
It is spoken kirtanas. These are not ordinary books.
It is recorded chanting. Anyone who reads, he is hearing.

–      Srila Prabhupada correspondence, October 19, 1974

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Prabhupadas order to read all his books

February 6, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Madhya 25.278 : PURPORT :

All the devotees connected with this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement must read all the books that have been translated (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Bhagavad-gītā and others); otherwise, after some time, they will simply eat, sleep and fall down from their position. Thus they will miss the opportunity to attain an eternal, blissful life of transcendental pleasure.

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Srila Prabhupada re Mindset of a Krishna Conscious person

February 3, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Humbleness is the sign of progress in Krishna Consciousness.
A Krishna Consciousness person thinks always about himself as the lowest creature in the world,
and the more one thinks like that he becomes elevated more and more.
A Krishna Conscious person is never falsely puffed-up;
he is satisfied with his humble position

as the servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna.
        Srila Prabhupada letter to:  Krishna dasa,  June 1, 1968
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