Time Place and Circumstances

April 23, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Missing Pieces in the Puzzle

April 23, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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The Lilamrta Review

April 23, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

The Lilamrta
A Review & Philosophical Analysis

By Sriman Yasodanandana dasa, 1996



Srila Prabhupada is a pure devotee always, being an eternally liberated associate of the Lord. He did not have a material past at any time. Being an associate of Lord Sri Krsna, he is properly understood to never have been contaminated by matter. As we knew him, his so called material body was not at all material. Heat, cold, happiness and distress, hunger and thirst, birth, disease, old age, and death never touched him. It is not correct that he felt or suffered these mundane influences and pains in a mood of tolerance. He never even felt them, according to the scriptures.


Srila Prabhupada is a pure devotee always, being an eternally liberated associate of the Lord.

He did not have a material past at any time. Being an associate of Lord Sri Krsna, he is properly understood to never have been contaminated by matter. As we knew him, his so called material body was not at all material. Heat, cold, happiness and distress, hunger and thirst, birth, disease, old age, and death never touched him.

It is not correct that he felt or suffered these mundane influences and pains in a mood of tolerance. He never even felt them, according to the scriptures.




SECTION 1

ATTACHED TO MATTER

There are two types of pure devotees: (1) the neophyte pure devotee (sadhaka), and (2) the perfect pure devotee (parishat).

“Such pure devotees are of two types: personal associates (parishats) and neophyte devotees (sadhakas). PURPORT: Perfect servitors are considered His personal associates, whereas devotees endeavoring to attain perfection are called neophytes.”C.C. Adi 1.64

“Generally, ever-liberated personalities live in the spiritual world as associates of Lord Krsna, and they are known as Krsna-parishada, associates of the Lord. Their only business is enjoying Lord Krsna’s company; even though such eternally liberated persons come within this material world to serve the Lord’s purpose, they enjoy Lord Krsna’s company without stoppage.”

C.C. Madhya 12.l5

This chapter will only be discussing a parishat pure devotee – His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. As the bonafide spiritual master, He is described as such in The Gurvastakam prayers:

“Nikunja-yana rati-keli siddhayi…The spiritual master is expert in assisting the gopies within the groves of Vrndavana.“Shakshad-hari tvena samasta-shastraih…He is directly as good as the Supreme Lord on account of being the most confidential servitor of the Lord.”

Gurvastka, #6, 7

The Lord’s associate is also described as a nitya-siddha.

“Nitya-siddha bhakta indicates the eternally liberated associate of the Lord. Such devotees enjoy the company of the Lord in four relationships.”C.C. Madhya 6.12

Even if Srila Prabhupada was sadhanasiddha, there would be no difference between himself and a nitya-siddha devotee:

“A nitya-siddha is one who is eternally Krsna’s associate (like Nanda and Mother Yasoda), an expansion of Krsna’s personal body, whereas a sadhanasiddha is an ordinary human being who, by executing pious activities and following regulative principles of devotional service, also comes to that stage.”S.B. 10.8.48

But Srila Prabhupada has written purports in His books, Wherein He compares himself with nitya-siddhas. In one letter to Tamal Krsna Gosvami, Srila Prabhupada spoke of the qualification of the nitya-siddha, and then stated that he possessed those qualifications:

“And another [spiritual master] is nitya-siddha, who is never forgetful of Krsna throughout his whole life…So far my present life is concerned, I do not remember any part of my life when I was forgetful of Krsna.”Letter to Tamal Krsna, June 1970, from Los Angeles

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Sri Balarama Rasa Yatra April 22, 2016 (Mayapur time)

April 22, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada glorifies Lord Balarama

Books : KRSNA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead – 1970 Edition : Volume 1 : KB 1-21 / The Gopis Attracted by the Flute :

Kṛṣṇa was very pleased with the atmosphere of the forest where flowers bloomed and bees and drones hummed very jubilantly. While the birds, trees and branches were all looking very happy, Kṛṣṇa, tending the cows, accompanied by Śrī Balarāma and the cowherd boys, began to vibrate His transcendental flute. After hearing the vibration of the flute of Kṛṣṇa, the gopīs in Vṛndāvana remembered Him and began to talk amongst themselves about how nicely Kṛṣṇa was playing His flute. When the gopīs were describing the sweet vibration of Kṛṣṇa’s flute, they also remembered their pastimes with Him; thus their minds became disturbed, and they were unable to describe completely the beautiful vibrations. While discussing the transcendental vibration, they remembered also how Kṛṣṇa dressed, decorated with a peacock feather on His head, just like a dancing actor, and with blue flowers pushed over His ear. His garment glowed yellow-gold, and He was garlanded with a vaijayantī necklace. Dressed in such an attractive way, Kṛṣṇa filled up the holes of His flute with the nectar emanating from His lips. So they remembered Him, entering the forest of Vṛndāvana, which is always glorified by the footprints of Kṛṣṇa and His companions.

Books : KRSNA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead – 1970 Edition : Volume 1 : KB 1-21 / The Gopis Attracted by the Flute
Kṛṣṇa was very expert in playing the flute, and the gopīs were captivated by the sound vibration, which was not only attractive to them, but to all living creatures who heard it. One of the gopīs told her friends, “The highest perfection of the eyes is to see Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma entering the forest and playing Their flutes and tending the cows with Their friends.”

Persons who are constantly engaged in the transcendental meditation of seeing Kṛṣṇa, internally and externally, by thinking of Him playing the flute and entering the Vṛndāvana forest, have really attained the perfection of samādhi. Samādhi (trance) means absorption of all the activities of the senses on a particular object, and the gopīs indicate that the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa are the perfection of all meditation and samādhi. It is also confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā that anyone who is always absorbed in the thought of Kṛṣṇa is the topmost of all yogīs.

Another gopī expressed her opinion that Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma, while tending the cows, appeared just like actors going to play on a dramatic stage. Kṛṣṇa was dressed in glowing garments of yellow, Balarāma in blue, and They held new twigs of mango tree, peacock feathers, and bunches of flowers in Their hands. Dressed with garlands of lotus flowers, They were sometimes singing very sweetly among Their friends. One gopī told her friend, “How is it Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma are looking so beautiful?” Another gopī said, “My dear friend, we cannot even think of His bamboo flute–what sort of pious activities did it execute so that it is now enjoying the nectar of the lips of Kṛṣṇa?” Kṛṣṇa sometimes kisses the gopīs; therefore the transcendental nectar of His lips is available only to them, and His lips are considered their property. Therefore the gopīs asked: “How is it possible that the flute, which is nothing but a bamboo rod, is always engaged in enjoying the nectar from Kṛṣṇa’s lips? Because the flute is engaged in the service of the Supreme Lord, the mother and the father of the flute must be happy.”
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Sri Syamananda Goswami Avirbhava tithi 04 22 2016

April 22, 2016 in Narasimha Dasa, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Sri Syamananda Goswami avirbhava tithi [appearance day]

Friday, April 22, 2016
compiled by Narasimha dasa and Yasoda nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the unique position of Sri Syamananda Goswami.

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 1: The Spiritual Masters : Adi 1.19 : PURPORT :

Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu explained this mode of devotional service in three stages, and therefore these worshipable Deities were installed in Vṛndāvana by different Gosvāmīs. They are very dear to the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas there, who visit the temples at least once a day. Besides the temples of these three Deities, many other temples have been established in Vṛndāvana, such as the temple of Rādhā-Dāmodara of Jīva Gosvāmī, the temple of Śyāmasundara of Śyāmānanda Gosvāmī, the temple of Gokulānanda of Lokanātha Gosvāmī, and the temple of Rādhā-ramaṇa of Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī. There are seven principal temples over four hundred years old that are the most important of the five thousand temples now existing in Vṛndāvana

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 7: Lord Caitanya in Five Features : Adi 7.45 : PURPORT :

There are many Vaiṣṇava families in Bengal whose members, although not actually born brāhmaṇas, act as ācāryas by initiating disciples and offering the sacred thread as enjoined in the Vaiṣṇava tantras. For example, in the families of Ṭhākura Raghunandana Ācārya, Ṭhākura Kṛṣṇadāsa, Navanī Hoḍa and Rasikānanda-deva (a disciple of Śyāmānanda Prabhu), the sacred thread ceremony is performed, as it is for the caste Gosvāmīs, and this system has continued for the past three to four hundred years. Accepting disciples born in brāhmaṇa families, they are bona fide spiritual masters who have the facility to worship the śālagrāma-śilā, which is worshiped with the Deity. As of this writing, śālagrāma-śilā worship has not yet been introduced in our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, but soon it will be introduced in all our temples as an essential function of arcana-mārga (Deity worship).
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Srila Prabhupada’ regarding “Nectarean milk of Bhagavad gita’

April 22, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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This Gitopanisad, Bhagavad-gita, the essence of all the Upanishads, is just like a cow,
and Lord Krishna, who is famous as a cowherd boy, is milking this cow.
Arjuna is just like a calf, and learned scholars and pure devotees
are to drink the nectarean milk of
Bhagavad-gita.
Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Srila Prabhupada explains the pure devotional philosophy

April 21, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Krishna is the ultimate Person. We are just trying to serve Him.
Your conviction that we have to supply the demands of Krishna and not to demand anything from Him is the pure devotional philosophy.
Srila Prabhupada letter, New York, April  13, 1967

Srila Prabhupada’ regarding “Let there be one scripture’

April 20, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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In this present day, people are very much eager to have one scripture, one God, one religion, and one occupation.
Therefore, ekam sastram devaki-putra-gitam: let there be one scripture only,
one common scripture for the whole world – Bhagavad-gita.
Eko devo devaki-putra eva: let there be one God for the whole world – Sri Krishna.
Eko mantras tasya namani: and one hymn, one mantra, one prayer — the chanting of His name:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Karmapy ekam tasya devasya seva: and let there be one work only —
the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Achieving perfection

April 18, 2016 in Kanhaiya Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Hare Krsna Prabhu 
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada
With your due permission I would like to submit an article.
“Achieving Perfection”
mām upetya punar janmaduḥkhālayam aśāśvatam
“The great souls who engage in My devotional service attain Me, the Supreme Lord, and do not come back to this miserable material life, for they have attained the highest perfection.” Both while in the material body and after giving it up, a devotee attains the highest perfection in service to the Lord. As long as a devotee is in his material body, his probational activities in devotional service prepare him for being transferred to the Lord’s supreme abode. Only those who are one hundred percent engaged in devotional service can achieve this perfection.

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Srila Prabhupada re When qualified God will speak to you-directly not figuratively

April 17, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Below is this conversation/Interview Srila Prabhupada explains that to the person who is qualified, who can speak directly, not figuratively with God-he is guru. There are two points for disciplic succession-be ordered and be qualified. Srila Prabhupada never gave any order for any of his disciples to take up the process of taking disciples in their own name, within his institution, but for us to initiate on his behalf only.
He also mentions several other points as well in this telling conversation. How much he sleeps,how far ahead he is of publishing his books than this disciples, how we the disciples cannot keep with our Spiritual Master,how he will choose a successor etc…

Hare Krsna
damaghosa das
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Touching Krishna by Aural Reception – Prabhupada 0055

April 17, 2016 in Hasti Gopala Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhuapda re: Pure devotees are always sound in body and mind by dint of spiritual enlightenment

April 13, 2016 in Vidura Mahatma Dasa by Laksman dasa

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“Bhīṣmadeva, speaking in that appealing tone, convinced Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira that he was very soon passing away. And Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira was inspired by Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa to ask him of the principles of religion. Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa inspired Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira to ask Bhīṣmadeva in the presence of many great sages, indicating thereby that the Lord’s devotee like Bhīṣmadeva, although apparently living as a worldly man, is far superior to many great sages, even Vyāsadeva. Another point is that Bhīṣmadeva at that time was not only lying on a deathbed of arrows, but was greatly aggrieved because of that state. One should not have asked him any question at that time, but Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa wanted to prove that His pure devotees are always sound in body and mind by dint of spiritual enlightenment, and thus in any circumstances a devotee of the Lord is in perfect order to speak of the right way of life. Yudhiṣṭhira also preferred to solve his problematic questions by asking Bhīṣmadeva rather than ask anyone else present there who was seemingly more learned than Bhīṣmadeva. This is all due to the arrangement of the great wheel-carrier Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who establishes the glories of His devotee. The father likes to see the son become more famous than himself. The Lord declares very emphatically that worship of His devotee is more valuable than the worship of the Lord Himself.”  Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.25 purport by Srila Prabhupada

Remove the material understanding then again I shall become Joyful !–SP

April 13, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa
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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Why wake up at brahma muhurta-one and half hour before sunrise?

April 13, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Subject: why wake up at brahma muhurta-one and half hour before sunrise??

Here is the scientific reasons explained by this kaviraj. (Ayurvedic doctor)

He explains (above) that if we rise at brahma muhurta time every day, then we get the full benefit of  certain cosmic planetary vibrations or rays which increases the ojas in our bodies, the pranic energy which sustains healthy life.

Ayurveda is the most scientific and complete body of information on this planet regarding health. And It is just one section of the Vedas. Veda means knowledge, and that knowledge of healthy living is necessary for happiness.

And then, one would ask–what to do during this time of day once we have risen from bed?

1) Books : KRSNA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead – 1970 Edition : Volume 2 : KB 2-15 / Lord Krsna’s Daily Activities :

By nature’s arrangement the crowing of the cocks warns of the brāhma-muhūrta hour. There is no need of alarm clocks; as soon as the cocks crow early in the morning, it is to be understood that it is time to rise from bed.

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Goraksa vs. Goshala

April 13, 2016 in Narasimha Dasa, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Goraksa vs. Goshala

A Practical Guide for Cow Protection

By Narasimha das

“Krishna said at that time that the cows are worshipped even by the demigods, and He practically demonstrated how to protect cows. At least people who are in Krishna consciousness should follow in His footsteps and give all protection to the cows. Cows are worshipped not only by demigods; Krishna Himself worshipped the cows on several occasions, especially on the days of Gopastami and Govardhana Puja.” (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 21, Item 9)

Goraksa, or cow protection, and goshalas dependent on charity are not one and the same. Actual goraksa can be practiced and preached only when cows and bulls are properly engaged for the purposes for which they were created. Srila Prabhupada once told the leader of NV, “Unless you make and program to use the bulls, you will make a program to kill them.” Sadly, this is what came to pass in NV and other iskcon farm projects due to the gross negligence of this man and others like him who misdirected so-called cow protection programs.

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