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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Montreal June 15 1968

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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March 30, 2016

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