Vancouver Krishna Balaram Temple – Janmastami Photos

August 30, 2016 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Dear Yasoda nandana Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Please click the link below to view some photos of our simple Janmastami celebration at Vancouver Krishna Balaram Temple.
Your Servant,
navadvipa dasa

Happy Janmastami!

August 25, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Jaya Sri Krishna!
We have four offerings for you today on the auspicious occasion of Lord Krishna’s Appearance.
1)  You Simply try to Understand Krishna (some relevant quotes from Srila Prabhupada’s lectures):
2)  Lord Krishna’s Appearance Day Lecture (recorded at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, 1973):
3)  Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 4.9 and purport:
4)  Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 18.55 and purport:
Or you can go directly to our What’s New page for August 25, 2016:
May Lord Krishna please bless you with His unlimited mercy and kindness.
Hope you have a wonderful celebration.
Pd

Sri Krishna Janma Astami

August 25, 2016 in Articles, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada explains Lord Krishna’s  birth

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mumucur munayo devāḥ

sumanāṁsi mudānvitāḥ

mandaṁ mandaṁ jaladharā

jagarjur anusāgaram

niśīthe tama-udbhūte

jāyamāne janārdane

devakyāṁ deva-rūpiṇyāṁ

viṣṇuḥ sarva-guhā-śayaḥ

āvirāsīd yathā prācyāṁ

diśīndur iva puṣkalaḥ

SYNONYMS

mumucuḥ—showered; munayaḥ—all the great sages and saintly persons; devāḥ—and the demigods; sumanāṁsi—very beautiful and fragrant flowers; mudā anvitāḥ—being joyous in their attitude; mandam mandam—very mildly; jaladharāḥ—the clouds; jagarjuḥ—vibrated; anusāgaram—following the vibrations of the sea waves; niśīthe—late at night; tamaḥudbhūte—when it was densely dark; jāyamāne—on the appearance of; janārdane—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu; devakyām—in the womb of Devakī; devarūpiṇyām—who was in the same category as the Supreme Personality of Godhead (ānanda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhāvitābhiḥ); viṣṇuḥ—Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Lord; sarvaguhāśayaḥ—who is situated in the core of everyone’s heart; āvirāsīt—appeared; yathā—as; prācyām diśi—in the east; induḥ iva—like the full moon; puṣkalaḥ—complete in every respect.

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Srila Prabhupada reveals the transcendental birth of Lord Krishna

August 25, 2016 in Articles, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Sri Krsna Janma Astami, Thursday, August 25, 2016 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Ihndia time]

Srila Prabhupada explains the appearance of Lord Krishna
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As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The Lord’s appearance or birth is not like that of an ordinary man who is forced to accept a material body according to his past deeds. The Lord’s appearance is explained in the Second Chapter: He appears out of His own sweet pleasure. When the time was mature for the appearance of the Lord, the constellations became very auspicious. The astrological influence of the star known as Rohiṇī was also predominant because this star is considered to be very auspicious. Rohiṇī is under the direct supervision of Brahmā. According to the astrological conclusion, besides the proper situation of the stars, there are auspicious and inauspicious moments due to the different situations of the different planetary systems. At the time of Kṛṣṇa’s birth, the planetary systems were automatically adjusted so that everything became auspicious.

At that time, in all directions, east, west, south, north, everywhere, there was an atmosphere of peace and prosperity. There were auspicious stars visible in the sky, and on the surface in all towns and villages or pasturing grounds and within the minds of everyone there were signs of good fortune. The rivers were flowing full of waters, and lakes were beautifully decorated with lotus flowers. The forests were full with beautiful birds and peacocks. All the birds within the forests began to sing with sweet voices, and the peacocks began to dance along with their consorts. The wind blew very pleasantly, carrying the aroma of different flowers, and the sensation of bodily touch was very pleasing. At home, the brāhmaṇas, who were accustomed to offer sacrifices in the fire, found their homes very pleasant for offerings. Due to disturbances created by the demoniac kings, the sacrificial fire alter had been almost stopped in the houses of brāhmaṇas, but now they could find the opportunity to start the fire peacefully. Being forbidden to offer sacrifices, the brāhmaṇas were very distressed in mind, intelligence and activities, but just on the point of Kṛṣṇa’s appearance, automatically their minds became full of joy because they could hear loud vibrations in the sky of transcendental sounds proclaiming the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

The denizens of the Gandharva and Kinnara planets began to sing, and the denizens of Siddhaloka and the planets of the Cāraṇas began to offer prayers in the service of the Personality of Godhead. In the heavenly planets, the angels along with their wives, accompanied by the Apsaras, began to dance.

The great sages and the demigods, being pleased, began to shower flowers. At the seashore, there was the sound of mild waves, and above the sea there were clouds in the sky which began to thunder very pleasingly.

When things were adjusted like this, Lord Viṣṇu, who is residing within the heart of every living entity, appeared in the darkness of night as the Supreme Personality of Godhead before Devakī, who also appeared as one of the demigoddesses. The appearance of Lord Viṣṇu at that time could be compared with the full moon in the sky as it rises on the eastern horizon. The objection may be raised that, since Lord Kṛṣṇa appeared on the eighth day of the waning moon, there could be no rising of the full moon. In answer to this it may be said that Lord Kṛṣṇa appeared in the dynasty which is in the hierarchy of the moon; therefore, although the moon was incomplete on that night, because of the Lord’s appearance in the dynasty wherein the moon is himself the original person, the moon was in an overjoyous condition, so by the grace of Kṛṣṇa he could appear just as a full moon.
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In an astronomical treatise by the name Khamāṇikya, the constellations at the time of the appearance of Lord Kṛṣṇa are very nicely described. It is confirmed that the child born at that auspicious moment was the Supreme Brahman or the Absolute Truth.

Vasudeva saw that wonderful child born as a baby with four hands, holding conchshell, club, disc, and lotus flower, decorated with the mark of Śrīvatsa, wearing the jeweled necklace of kaustubha stone, dressed in yellow silk, appearing dazzling like a bright blackish cloud, wearing a helmet bedecked with the vaidūrya stone, valuable bracelets, earrings and similar other ornaments all over His body and an abundance of hair on His head. Due to the extraordinary features of the child, Vasudeva was struck with wonder. How could a newly born child be so decorated? He could therefore understand that Lord Kṛṣṇa had now appeared, and he became overpowered by the occasion. Vasudeva very humbly wondered that although he was an ordinary living entity conditioned by material nature and was externally imprisoned by Kaṁsa, the all-pervading Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa, was appearing as a child in his home, exactly in His original position. No earthly child is born with four hands decorated with ornaments and nice clothing, fully equipped with all the signs of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Over and over again, Vasudeva glanced at his child, and he considered how to celebrate this auspicious moment: “Generally, when a male child is born,” he thought, “people observe the occasion with jubilant celebrations, and in my home, although I am imprisoned, the Supreme Personality of Godhead has taken birth. How many millions of millions of times should I be prepared to observe this auspicious ceremony!”

ISKCON Devotees Forbidden To Understand Srila Prabhupada?

August 23, 2016 in Articles, Madhudvisa Dasa by Laksman dasa

ISKCON Devotees Forbidden
To Understand Srila Prabhupada?

BY MADHUDVISA DASA January 23, 1999 VNN2901

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TORIAL, Jan 23, 1999 (VNN) — “Here is the remedy for eliminating all inauspicious things within the heart which are considered to be obstacles in the path of self-realization.

The remedy is the association of the Bhagavatas. There are two types of Bhagavatas, namely the book Bhagavata and the devotee Bhagavata. Both the Bhagavatas are competent remedies, and both of them or either of them can be good enough to eliminate the obstacles. A devotee Bhagavata is as good as the book Bhagavata because the devotee Bhagavata leads his life in terms of the book Bhagavata and the book Bhagavata is full of information about the Personality of Godhead and His pure devotees, who are also Bhagavatas.

Bhagavata book and person are identical.” (SB 1.2.18 P)

Note: The “Ministry for the Protection of ISKCON” have presented a paper to counteract Krishna Kanta’s “Final Order” called “Prabhupada’s Order”. They have given many quotes from Srila Prabhupada to show he wants his disciples to become qualified gurus, however, in the process of doing this they also attempt to establish Srila Prabhupada is no longer available, he is not a living guru and ISKCON devotees must not try to understand Srila Prabhupada or his books directly. They must see everything through their GBC approved “living guru.”

Unfortunately ISKCON have not given us a very representative selection of quotes from Srila Prabhupada on the guru issue and in many cases they have trimmed the quotes to remove sections which don’t agree with their philosophy. It’s not a very honest presentation at all. The most shocking aspect of the paper is this statement:

“Here Srila Prabhupada specifically mentions the issue of surrendering to the current link in the chain of disciplic succession. He instructs his disciples that, ‘even if you read some books, you cannot understand unless you understand it from me. This is called parampara’. He clearly explains the principal of parampara, and even explicitly states that simply to read books is not enough (a corner stone of ritvik-theory), but rather THE DISCIPLE MUST UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THROUGH HIS OWN SPIRITUAL MASTER, AND NOT ATTEMPT TO INDEPENDENTLY UNDERSTAND THE PREVIOUS ACHARYAS.”

Note: It’s important to note the author considers Srila Prabhupada a “previous acharya” and the “bona fide” ISKCON gurus the “current acharyas”. So it’s a very heavy statement indeed–An ISKCON devotee must not attempt to independently understand Srila Prabhupada or his books!

It’s already general ISKCON policy to preach that hearing Srila Prabhupada’s classes is not very useful, they say it’s far better to hear classes from a “living guru.” ISKCON don’t consider Srila Prabhupada is a “living guru,” however, Srila Prabhupada had no intention of dying.

Reporter (2): What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die?

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Srila Prabhupada: Basic convictions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement:

August 23, 2016 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada listed the following convictions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement:

Srila Prabhupada listed the following eight basic convictions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement: SP00a59m imaafges
1. The Absolute Truth is contained in all the great scriptures of the world. However, the oldest known revealed scriptures in existence are the Vedic literatures, most notably Bhagavad-gita, which is the literal record of God’s words.
2. God, or Krishna, is eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-attractive, the seed-giving father of man and all living entities. He is the sustaining energy of all life, nature, and the cosmic situation.
3. Man is actually not his body but spirit soul, part and parcel of God, and therefore eternal.
4. That all men are brothers can be practiced only when we realize God as our common father.
5. All our actions should be performed as a sacrifice to the Supreme Lord: “All that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.” (Bhagavad-gita 9.27)
6. The food that sustains us should always be offered to the Lord before eating. In this way He becomes the offering, and such eating purifies us.
7. We can, by sincere cultivation of bona fide spiritual science, attain to the stage of pure, unendingly blissful consciousness, free from anxiety, in this very lifetime.
8. The recommended means to attain the mature stage of love of God in the present age of Kali, or quarrel, is to chant the holy name of the Lord. The easiest method for most people is to chant the Hare Krishna mantra:

                                                          Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Is the GBC Representative of Srila Prabhupada?

August 23, 2016 in Articles, Krsnachandra Prabhu by Laksman dasa

Is the GBC Representative of Srila Prabhupada?
BY: KRSNACANDRA DASA
May 08, 2010 — SRI VRNDAVAN DHAM When we consider what ISKCON has become under the direction of the GBC over the last 33 years many of us do not like what we find. Historically ISKCON has been fraught with schisms, controversies, GBC, guru and Sannyasi ‘falldowns’ brought about by sexual, criminal, moral, ethical and philosophical deviance. We have also been faced with a GBC that has stalwartly pushed ahead with its plans to fully corporatize and centralize the ISKCON Institution with modern business stratagem and secular academicians against the best advice of many of the senior devotees of the devotional community.
Many senior and scholarly devotees have challenged the GBC on the validity of their management structure, methodology and their lack of consultation with devotional community members. The obstinacy of the ISKCON management to heed their advice/admonitions/needs has led to suspicion and eventually confrontation by many of the senior ISKCON members who feel alienated and disenfranchised from what they know is their spiritual father’s mission. Many are also beginning to doubt the ingenuousness of the ISKCON leadership’s true intention and subsequently their loyalty to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and his mission.
This contravention has inevitably led to polarity within the ISKCON Society which has resulted in the ISKCON leadership expending an extraordinary amount of time, effort and money on designing new laws, policies and programs whose main aim it is to; control the devotee resource base, prosecute them under the new ISKCON laws if necessary and ultimately to protect themselves and their interests.
Many feel that the GBC no longer feels obligated to the older devotional community members and has instead implemented a strategy that is primarily focused on the development of a volunteer workforce that has no knowledge of ISKCON’s fallacious past, and is loyal to the GBC and ISKCON gurus before Srila Prabhupada.
The failure of the GBC to respond appropriately to the needs of the older devotional community has also played a large role in the estrangement of many thousands of senior men and women of our community and has resulted in the mass exodus to other camps such as the Narayana Maharaja Camp and even to the point of filling the ranks and coffers of the Sahajiya Babas of Radhakunda, Varsana and Govardhana etc.
In order to properly understand and address the issues that face modern day ISKCON we must defer to the words and instructions of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. It is only then that we can construct an unbiased comparison between the present management of ISKCON’s aims and objectives and that of Srila Prabhupada and fully address the issues being brought to light by disenfranchised members of the devotional community.
As per the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Introduction: “There are other documents entitled to similar authority, in a different sort of way. These are legal documents in which Srila Prabhupada gives explicit directions. Examples are trust deeds, incorporation papers, and his last will. Such documents were deliberate, purposeful, and clearly intended to be upheld by the full force of law.”
Here the ISKCON leadership refers us to the levels of importance that we should place on the various literatures that we have available to us in ISKCON. Books are the highest instruction and they deal primarily in the philosophy of Krsna Consciousness. Legal documents are considered ‘similar’ in authority to Srila Prabhupada’s books. It is when we review these legal documents that we can easily differentiate if there are any differences between the GBC based management structure of ISKCON and the one that Srila Prabhupada established.

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Srila Prabhupada’s Statements on the “Higher Thing”

August 23, 2016 in Articles, Mahesh Raja by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada’s Statements on the “Higher Thing”
compiled by Mahesh Raja (UK)

Excerpts taken from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Nectar of Devotion, Chaitanya-charitamrita, Conversations & Letters, compiled by Mahesh das
The Gopi Bhava Club is as we know a group of senior leaders of ISKCON who took shelter of Narayana Maharaja and sought to infiltrate ISKCON with key members who secretly took siksa and disksa from Narayana Maharaja in the eighties and early nineties. Such as Bhurijan Dasa; who was the president of the Narayana Maharaja organization, and still held a position as an ISKCON guru and GBC member.
Initially they attempted to merge into ISKCON and influence it to accept Narayana Maharaja as the next Acharya and then when that failed they attempted to spilt with ISKCON. This was headed by Tamal Krsna Goswami who failed due to having his plan revealed by devotees and so lost impetus.
Presently the Gopi Bhava Club is working behind the scenes to merge the existing members of the Narayana Maharaja Camp into ISKCON when Narayana Maharaja finally leaves his body.
The history of this deviation needs to be carefully detailed so please provide your testimonies and any evidence in your possession so that this very serious deviation can be recorded for the sake of future posterity.

Today’s offerings

August 23, 2016 in Article by Laksman dasa

Hare Krishna!

Today we have two offerings for your transcendental inspiration — our regular “Prabhupada Meditation” and this week’s “Sunday lecture.”  Please enjoy!

1)  Instruction Alone is not Enough:

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Instruction-Alone-is-not-Enough.html

2)  Freedom from all Calamities (Sunday lecture):

http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Freedom-from-all-Calamities.html

Best wishes.

Pd

Balarama Purnima

August 18, 2016 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Hare Krishna!

Since devotees on the west coast of North America celebrated Balarama Jayanti/ Balarama Purnima yesterday (August 17th), and devotees on the east coast are celebrating today (August 18th), we’ve posted two more entries honoring Lord Balarama for your transcendental viewing pleasure:
                                                              1)  Even Baladeva is a Servant of Krishna:
                                                              http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Even-Baladeva-is-a-Servant-of-Krishna.html
                                                             2)  Lord Balarama Visits Vrindavana (a favorite pastime):
                                                             http://www.prabhupadaconnect.com/Lord-Balarama-Visits-Vrindavana.html
                                                             With best wishes for a blissful day of remembering Sri Balaramaji.
                                                             Pd

MINI RATHA-YATRA 2016 Montreal

August 8, 2016 in Aprakrita dasa, Festivals by Laksman dasa

Source: http://www.vedaveda.com/prabhupadaroom/nouvelles-du-jour/58-ressources/dossiers/festivals-et-celebrations/1635-mini-ratha-yatra-2016

300 Million Years old Bell with Garuda found in Buckhannon, West Virginia

August 8, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Yasoda nandana Dasa

This bell was found in 1944 by a ten year old boy called Newton Richard Anderson who dropped a lump of coal and found it inside.
Mr Anderson kept the bell until 2007 when passed it to Genesis Park.
At this time he underwent polygraph tests to determine if he was telling the truth about the discovery of the bell and the result of this was that “no deception was detected”.

The bell is made of brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) with traces of tin, arsenic, iodine and selenium.
It is about 7 inches tall and is mounted with a crudely described figure appearing to have one visible leg, two arms and a head.
This figure is of Garuda (the gigantic bird which carries Lord Vishnu), with its eagle wings spread and a sharp beak.

This bell was made from a method not used today.
When an analysis was carried out it was discovered that the bell was made from an unusual mix of metals, different from any known modern alloy production (including copper, zinc, tin, arsenic, iodine, and selenium).

The seam from whence this lump of coal was mined is estimated to be 300,000,000 years old!

It is customary for Indians to use such bells with either Hanuman or Garuda idol with hands folded in shape of ‘namasthe‘ on top of them, in festivals, religious celebrations and marriages.

It is currently accepted by science and geology that coal is a by-product of decaying vegetation. The vegetation becomes buried over time and is covered with sediment. That sediment eventually fossilises and becomes rock. This natural process of coal formation takes up to 400 million years to accomplish.

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Srila Prabhupada re: To feel separation from the Spiritual Master or Krishna is very good position

August 5, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Yasoda nandana DasaSrila_Prabhupada_and_Kartamashi_SF

“To feel separation from the Spiritual Master or Krishna is very good position. That means one who is in pure love with Krishna and His Representative, Spiritual Master, he thinks always of Them. And this thinking process is Krishna consciousness. If we can think always of Krishna even in separation, that is Krishna Consciousness. And in the absolute platform, there is no difference of separation and meeting.”

(Srila Prabhupada letter, October 21, 1968)

Srila Prabhupada re: The purifying potency of a pure devotee

August 5, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Yasoda nandana Dasa

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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The devotee can purify every place and every thing
because he is carrying the Supreme Lord within his heart.
Teachings of  Lord Chaitanya

Some qualifications needed to become pure devotee

August 5, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

Hare Krsna
Below are some of the qualifications necessary  to become a Pure Devotee of the Lord. We should never think that now I have tilak, dhoti, sari, japa mala,I regularly go to a temple, church, etc that- now I am a devotee, a religious person. That is only the beginning of Dharma or bhakti yoga. One must acquire the qualifications of Vaisnava.

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Hamburg Aug 27 1969
By our present senses, we cannot understand what is Kṛṣṇa, or what is God, what is His name, what is His form, what is His quality. Therefore immediately, if we try to understand Kṛṣṇa by His picture, “Oh, Kṛṣṇa is embracing Rādhārāṇī or the gopīs,” we shall mistake. Because unless our senses are purified, we shall accept Kṛṣṇa and Rādhārāṇī as ordinary young boy or girl and their dealings. But actually it is not. It is pure.
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When your, the dust on the mirror of your heart will be cleansed, and it will cleanse by simply chanting, ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇam, and there will be no more any material condition…
That is the next stage. If you chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra without any offense, then immediately the stage will be that you are freed from all material anxieties. That is the test. How I am advancing in chanting will be tested how far you are free from material anxieties. That’s all. Ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-māha-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Then real life begins. So long you are perturbed by material disturbances, you should know that your spiritual life has not begun. This is confirmed in everywhere. Brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāṅkṣati [Bg. 18.54]. Prasannātmā. Bhagavad-gītā says, “When one is Brahman realized…” Brahman realized means one who understands that “I am not this body. I am pure spirit soul, eternal servitor of Kṛṣṇa.” Simply understanding that “I am not this body. I am spirit soul,” is not enough. That is not sufficient knowledge. Of course, that is good. That is just on the marginal step between matter and spirit. But you have to transcend completely this material existence and come to the platform of spiritual understanding. So for that purpose you have to go further after Brahman realization. Brahman, brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā [Bg. 18.54]. If you are actually Brahman realized, the symptom will be that you are always joyful, no anxiety. Anxiety, why…? Everything is very nicely discussed in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Bhayaṁ dvitīyābhiniveśataḥ syād. When you forget Kṛṣṇa, or God, and if we think there is something else than Kṛṣṇa, then we are afraid. And those who are convinced and realized souls that there is nothing but Kṛṣṇa, where is the cause of fearfulness?