Srila Prabhupada explains the 4 defects, what authority is perfect, and how to become joyful

March 31, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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If you think yourself, if you meditate on yourself, if you see your hand, “Am I this hand?” you will say, “No, it is my hand.” “Am I this leg?” You will say, “No, it is my leg.” “Am I this head?” “No, it is my head.” Then where you are? So that person who is thinking within that “It is my hand, it is my head, it is my leg, it is my pant, it is my coat,” that you are. So have you seen that thing? You have seen your father, you have seen your mother or you have seen your son. But have you seen the real father who is within the body of the father? Have you seen the real son which is in the body of the son? No. Then your whole conception of education, your whole conception of living condition and problems—in the false world. Therefore this movement is required at the present moment in the world. Ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. This will cleanse the status of your mental condition. Ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇam. And as soon as you understand yourself, then the whole problem—social, political, economical—everything will be solved. Bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇam. And gradually you shall realize your transcendental life. Your transcendental life is joyful. Ānanda-mayo ‘bhyāsāt. Transcendental life means always full of joy, joyful. That is our nature. We are hankering after joyful life, but we do not know where to hanker, how to get it. By nature we are joyful. It is said in the Vedānta-sūtra, ānandamayo ‘bhyāsāt: (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12) “By nature a living entity is joyful.” But my joyfulness is covered by this material understanding. So I have to remove this material understanding; then again I shall become joyful.
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March 20 2016 initiation ceremony Srila Prabhupada Hladini-sakti

March 31, 2016 in Dhira Govinda dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Dhira Govinda Dasa

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Dear Damaghosa Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krsna. Below is an article about the initiation ceremony that happened on March 20, 2016.

Here are photos taken by Bhakta Devon-

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Greatest Danger to our movement

March 31, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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I have gathered the following which are very potent quotes from Srila Prabhupada which should act as warnings to us all. When something goes wrong with your car and the red lights start flashing, you know it is time to stop and carefully check things out. Similarly, Srila Prabhupada has given us all warning signs for the sincere and serious devotees to watch out for in our devotional lives. These instructions by Srila Prabhupada act as beacons for us to check out individually and as a whole whether our movement is on the right track or not.
  1. Do not create your own process for worshipping Deities
“The greatest danger to our movement will come when we manufacture and create our own process for worshiping the Deities. So don’t ask any more new questions, whatever is going on, follow it just to the exact standard as I have given you, that’s all…”
Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Dhruvananda, Bombay 4 January, 1973
  1. Do not bring personal motivation
“In my books I have tried to explain clearly this simultaneously one and different philosophy acinta beda beda tattva propounded by Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. But sometimes it happens that this philosophy is given a self-interested interpretation. As soon as personal motivation comes in it is not possible for one to understand our Krishna Consciousness philosophy.”
Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Isana and Vibhavati 21 September, 1970,   Calcutta
  1. Bhoga offering order
“Yes, it is nice that you are worshipping Lord Chaitanya along with Radha Krishna. That is alright. Lord Chaitanya should be placed to the right side of Krishna. There is nothing special for His worship, but you may continue as you are doing now. The order of worshipping is first Spiritual Master, and then Lord Chaitanya, then Radha Krishna (as in the mantras or vande aham prayer).Your confidence to do whatever you are instructed by the Spiritual Master is very encouraging. Yes, this is the method of the Vedic injunction, staunch faith in Spiritual Master and Krishna makes one perfect in spiritual understanding.
Srila Prabhupada in letter to Himavati April 1, 1970  Los Angeles

Govindaji temple Vrndavana

March 29, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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Govindaji Temple, Old and New

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Beautiful Krsna

March 29, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa-
lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhīr abhipālayantam
lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi
veṇuṁ kvaṇantam aravinda-dalāyatākṣaṁ
barhāvataṁsam asitāmbuda-sundarāṅgam
kandarpa-koṭi-kamanīya-viśeṣa-śobhaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

Dont go to find Krsna in some bush in Vrndavana-hear from bona fide guru- then success

March 29, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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VANI VS VAPUH
Physical presence is immaterial. Presence of the transcendental
sound received from the Spiritual Master should be the guidance of
life.
That will make our spiritual life successful. If you feel very
strongly about my absence you may place my pictures on my sitting
places and this will be source of inspiration for you. (Letter to
Brahmananda and other students, 19/1/67)
But always remember that I am always with you. As you are always
thinking of me, I am always thinking of you also. Although
physically we are not together, we are not separated spiritually. So
we should be concerned only with this spiritual connection.

(Letter to Gaurasundara, 13/11/69)

So we should associate by vibration, and not by the physical
presence. That is real association.

(Lectures SB, 68/08/18)

There are two conceptions, the physical conception and the
vibrational conception. The physical conception is temporary. The
vibrational conception is eternal.[…] When we feel separation from
Krsna or the Spirirual Master, we should just try to remember their
words or instructions, and we will no longer feel that separation.
Such association with Krsna and the Spiritual Master should be
association by vibration not physical presence. That is real
association
. (Elevation to Krsna Consciousness,(BBT 1973), Page 57)

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Hladini-sakti initiation event Pictures March 20 2016

March 24, 2016 in Harinama, Initiation by Laksman dasa

Gaura Purnima Celebration @ Vancouver Krishna Balaram Mandir

March 23, 2016 in Navadvipa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Navadvipa Dasa

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Hare Krishna,


Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Below are some photos and a video clip of our Gaura Purnima Celebration here at Vancouver Krishna Balaram Mandir. 


Your Servant,

navadvipa dasa
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Gaura Purnima festival 2016

March 23, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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Hare Krsna
We celebrated Gaura Purnima 2016 at Radha Krsna kunja  by first going for Hari nama Sankirtan for about an hour and half.
Then we went to the nearby ashram of Kanhaiya and Noble prabhus for our full program of arotik, kirtan, class from Teachings of Lord Caitanya,  then a lively discussion followed by abhisek, then prasadam.

And did I forget to mention Srila Prabhupada in his full size murti also showed up?   And new Radha Krsna murtis
also showed up. Srila Prabhupada went with me and Radha Krsna stayed with Kanhaiya. Everybody was happy.
The devotees couldn’t stop looking at Srila Prabhupada and Radha Krsna…They are so beautiful..

Hari nama sankirtan ki Jaya !!!

damaghosa das

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Biogenesis and the Birth of Modern Science

March 23, 2016 in Narasimha Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Narasimha Dasa

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Biogenesis and the Birth of Modern Science
By Narasimha das
The ancient Greeks, specifically the renowned philosopher Aristotle (384 B.C – 322 B.C.), believed that living things were spontaneously generated from non-living matter. Aristotle was a naturalist who loved to observe animals and nature while taking long walks through the country.  He noticed that ponds were full of various species, such as fish, frogs and tiny swimming insects. Later, in the summer months, many of these ponds would dry up and appear to become lifeless mud sinks or totally dry beds. But when the rains came, the same dry beds would fill up again with aquatic life. He wondered how all this life became regenerated. After pondering this puzzle for a long while, he finally concluded that earth itself had the power to generate life spontaneously with water and air under certain conditions. Observing the life cycles of insects on land, he came to similar conclusions: that rotting meat, animal fur and other non-living matter had the potency to generate various forms life under certain conditions. Read the rest of this entry →

Hladini-sakti initiation event audio recording March 20 2016

March 23, 2016 in Dhira Govinda dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Dhira Govinda Dasa

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re: Srila Prabhupada re: Effective defense against the attack of Maya

March 15, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Yasoda nandana Dasa

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The Maya is very strong and as soon as there is opportunity the Maya will come and attack.
Therefore everyone should be very careful against the attack of Maya.
And the only effective defense is to remain Krishna consciousness always.
  Srila Prabhupada letter May 13, 1967
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“We should not be attracted by the modern city life”–SP

March 15, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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Hare Krsna-
Below we have a short conversation with Srila Prabhupada about  the farm projects. He wants to know why, if it is so wonderful and attractive the devotees don’t go to live there? If they get nice fruits, grains, open air,
milk, why they should not be attracted?
Then he says, we should not be attracted to this modern city life, but instead live simply, live off the land, become independent,  chant Hare Krsna,and be happy in this way.
Hari bol
damahgosa das
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Srila Prabhupada states that he is the representative of God

March 15, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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Srila Prabhupada states that HE is the representative of God.
Jan 28 1977–
Pṛthu-putra: …to show me. They were telling me that “You are going to see the representative of God.” And when I came to that vision, I saw the person. At that time I didn’t know who (it) was. But I had some doubts in my mind, and I was thinking, “Oh, that’s probably another kind of propaganda.” This was all in the dream. But when I came to that person sitting on the elevated seat in that forest, surrounded by many, many devotees, that person looked at me and proved to me that he was the representative of God. But after, I forgot. Maybe one year or something like this. One or two years after…
Prabhupāda: So there is no doubt about it that I am the representative of God.
Pṛthu-putra: Yes. But when I was…
Prabhupāda: Either you dream or not dream, I claim.
Pṛthu-putra: Yes. But this thing was just confirming. When I saw you the first time in Amsterdam, you were the same person that I saw in my dream one or two years previously.
Prabhupāda: That… You have read Caitanya-caritāmṛta? Guru-tattva. Guru-tattva. So there it is clearly said that guru is the manifestation of God. So it is confirmed in the śāstra. And all the ācāryas accept it. Yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ **.
Satsvarūpa: But is it possible to also learn spiritual truths from this…, from representatives on the subtle plane?
Prabhupāda: There is no question of subtle plane. You are on the gross plane. You first of all study gross things, and subtle, we shall see later on.

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SP tells a nice story of his first meeting with Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja

March 11, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

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1) Sept 8 1966 NY
So by this process, the transcendental name, the sound incarnation of the Supreme Lord, becomes manifest, manifest so that we can realize God simply by chanting and hearing. Simply by chanting and hearing that will be realized. Of course, there are some rules and regulations for chanting, but in the beginning we haven’t got to observe those rules and regulation at the present. First of all let us have the taste for chanting; then we shall be little careful that the rules and regulations are followed. In the beginning, if we stick up to the… Rules and regulations are subordinate, subordinate thing. Just like you enter into an office. You are appointed in some office to work. So on the very day, you do not know all the rules and regulations. But because you do not know all the rules and regulation, that does not mean that you cannot be appointed. First of all let yourself be appointed. Now, working, working, yourself you will know that rules and regulations: “This is the rules, and this is the regulation.”

Just like in my life, I will say one instance. When I met my spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, so as a gentleman meets as a gentleman, so he was sitting in a couch like that. So, and I also sat down on that very couch. So I did not know that what are the rules and regulations. Now, when I saw that his other disciples are coming, and they are sitting down, (laughs) so I thought myself, “Oh, I have done this wrong. I should not have sat with His Divine Grace.” So of course, I did not get down immediately, but I took it, and from next day I did not sit. So rules and regulations automatically was taught. So that rules and regulations is not very important. The important is… The thing is that we must take up. The first rules and regulation is that we must have some attachment for this. Attachment for this. Then, automatically, rules and regulation we shall learn. There will be no difficulty.

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