Srila Prabhupada; I Have Come Here to Give – compiled by Padmapani dasa

October 28, 2016 in Articles by Laksman dasa

THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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Srila Prabhupada; I Have Come Here to Give
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Sri Radha Kunda avirbhava – Appearance of Sri Radha Kunda

October 23, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

October 22, 2016 Saturday [Los Angeles, California, USA time]
October 23, 2016 Sunday [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]

Sri Radha Kunda avirbhava – Appearance of Sri Radha Kunda


Subject: Sri Radha Kunda avirbhava – Appearance of Sri Radha Kunda and Beauty of Radhakunda in 1945
compiled by Yasoda Nandana dasa
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Srila Prabhupada reveals the glory of Radha Kunda.

vaikuṇṭhāj janito varā madhu-purī tatrāpi rāsotsavād

vṛndāraṇyam udāra-pāṇi-ramaṇāt tatrāpi govardhanaḥ

rādhā-kuṇḍam ihāpi gokula-pateḥ premāmṛtāplāvanāt

kuryād asya virājato giri-taṭe sevāṁ vivekī na kaḥ

SYNONYMS

vaikuṇṭhāt—than Vaikuṇṭha, the spiritual world; janitaḥ—because of birth; varā—better; madhu-purī—the transcendental city known as Mathurā; tatra api—superior to that; rāsa-utsavāt—because of the performance of the rāsa-līlā; vṛndā-araṇyam—the forest of Vṛndāvana; udāra-pāṇi—of Lord Kṛṣṇa; ramaṇāt—because of various kinds of loving pastimes; tatra api—superior to that; govardhanaḥ—Govardhana Hill; rādhā-kuṇḍam—a place called Rādhā-kuṇḍa; iha api—superior to this; gokula-pateḥ—of Kṛṣṇa, the master of Gokula; prema-amṛta—with the nectar of divine love; āplāvanāt—because of being overflooded; kuryāt—would do; asya—of this (Rādhā-kuṇḍa); virājataḥ—situated; giri-taṭe—at the foot of Govardhana Hill; sevām—service; vivekī—who is intelligent; na—not; kaḥ—who.

Sri Narottama dasa Thakura tirobhava tithi (Divine disappearance)

October 20, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Thursday, October 2016  [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time and Los Angeles, California time]

Srila Narottama dasa Thakura tirobhava tithi [appearance day]’
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the unique position of Narottama dasa Thakura in the Gaudiya sampradaya.
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Srila Narottama dasa Thakura and Sri Srinivasa acarya

Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 7: Lectures : SB 7.12: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.12.6 — Bombay, April 17, 1976 : 760417SB.BOM :

Dakṣa śraddadhānaḥ: faithful. Faithful to whom? To the spiritual master. Whatever he says, the brahmacārī should take it: “Yes, it is my life and soul.” That is the explanation given by Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. He is explaining with reference to the verse vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana [Bg. 2.41]. He very nicely explains. You have perhaps read it, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura’s… Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura has taught very, very nicely about guru. Therefore he has written in Gurvaṣṭaka, yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ **. He is example, practical example of guru-bhakti, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. He accepted his guru, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. So he said that “I am not interested for my salvation or going back to Godhead. I am not interested.” Interested means it may come; it may not come. “That I don’t mind. But I am interested only with the words of my guru.” Viśvanātha Cakravartī said. “That is my life. Whether I will be successful or not successful, it doesn’t matter. I must take the words of my Guru Mahārāja as my life and soul.”\
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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

October 19, 2016 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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When a disciple very perfectly makes progress in spiritual life, this gladdens the spiritual master who then also smiles in ecstasy thinking, ” How successful my disciple has become!” He feels so glad that he smiles as he enjoys the progress of the disciple, just as a smiling parent enjoys the activities of a child who is trying to stand up or crawl perfectly.
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Excellent Response to Someone Rejecting the “Ritvik” Order !

October 19, 2016 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Paramatma Das: How can you receive Diksa mantras from s departed Guru. When did the Guru chant on your beads and give you the Diksa Mantras in your ear to hear? Why not take Harinama and Diksa from Mahaprabhu as well. We are not Christians but the main society looks more and more like the Catholic Church with all its problems then the traditional Gaudiya Vaishnava society,
October 16 at 5:58pm

Jai Simman: My dear Prabhu, Srila Prabhupada has already explained what essential diksha is and has deputized his leaders to carry out the formalities of the process while he remains the essential link. Who are we to say that he cannot continue to empower the process? What is our right to limit him? Has he limited himself? There is not a single pramana in any scripture to say that this cannot be done. And the physical living process is also still there. It’s only a matter of what the role of officiator is. He does not usurp the initiator’s role which does not require physical presence. Srila Prabhupada has instructed his leaders to supervise the procedure and do the needful even without his physical presence. This was going on even prior to 1977. And cemented the same for thereafter. In fact, even acharyas in other vaishnava lines have endorsed this process. One follows what the current empowered acharya tells us to do. That’s the culture of parampara. And currency is not mere bodily baton passing. It’s the transmission of divya jnana by adherence to the acharya’s directives. It’s based on empowerment and authorization by one’s own guru to take that position. And that can cut across time and time gaps. Each acharya devises a system as per time, place and circumstances to continue the parampara and the method of one acharya may differ from another. Srila Prabhupada has said this clearly. And in so many places, he has said that whether he is physically present or otherwise, the essential empowerment is there if the disciple agrees to follow the process as he has given to his followers through the delegation he has given to his leaders. And that is the essential initiation or diksha. I can give quotes but these have been given ad nauseum and yet people are so rooted in some regimented idea and formality rather than the essence of the matter. What can be done? Read the rest of this entry →

Srila Prabhupada; Guru is not a fashion-First serve him-then you have right to ask questions – compiled by Damaghosa dasa

October 17, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Subject: Guru is not a fashion-First serve him-then you have right to ask questions
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To accept guru means the disciple should be very very eager to
know. Sad-dharma prcchat. Adau gurvasrayam. Why you accept a guru? “It
is a fashion.” Fashion. Nowadays they accept a guru fashion. “Everyone
has guru. Everyone has a dog. Well, let me keep a dog.” Like that. A
pet dog. So similarly, to keep a pet guru, that is not One should be
very inquisitive: sad-dharma prcchat. And everywhere the same thing.
Pariprasna. Tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya. But don’t make
inquiries cheap: “Here is my guru, and he’s meant for answering all my
questions. Let me go on questioning, questioning, questioning.” No.
Sevaya. You must serve. You must be ready to serve him. Then you have
got right to make question. Otherwise not. Two things. First of all,
you must find out a person where you can fully surrender, pranipatena.
And then you can inquire, and the inquiry should be compensated by
seva. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasada. Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam
eva sphuraty adah. The more you are inclined to render seva, the more
the truth becomes revealed.

Sri Murari Gupta tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]

October 17, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Murari Gupta’s deities of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
Sri Murari Gupta Tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]
Sunday, October 16, 2016 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]

Srila Prabhupada explains the glories of Sri Murari Gupta
advaita ācārya, nityānanda, śrīnivāsa
gadādhara, dāmodara, murāri, haridāsa
āra yata caitanya-kṛṣṇera bhakta-gaṇa
bhakti-bhāve śire dhari sabāra caraṇa
SYNONYMS

advaita ācārya—Advaita Ācārya; nityānanda—Lord Nityānanda; śrīnivāsa—Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita; gadādhara—Gadādhara Paṇḍita; dāmodara—Svarūpa Dāmodara; murāri—Murāri Gupta; haridāsa—Haridāsa Ṭhākura; āra—other; yata—all; caitanya-kṛṣṇera—of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya; bhakta-gaṇa—devotees; bhakti-bhāve—with a devotional attitude; śire—on my head; dhari—I take; sabāra—of all of them; caraṇa—the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION

Bowing down with devotion, I hold on my head the lotus feet of Advaita Ācārya, Nityānanda, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, Gadādhara, Svarūpa Dāmodara, Murāri Gupta, Haridāsa and all the other devotees of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya..

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Sri Prabhupada glorifies Sripada Madhvacarya

October 15, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada glorifies Sri Madhva

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Who is the Real Authority- you can Always Trust??

October 6, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Below is a very nice conversation by Srila Prabhupada with some  students at Boston .
He explains to the intelligent questions first about How is the Name of Krsna selected for God, and then what is the actual process to find God? And how to find that person who can give you God. Very nice explanation and easy to follow his logic.
Hare Krsna
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Boston Dec 23, 1969
Who is the Real Authority that will give me answers without error or fault?

Young woman: How do you know that a name is approved?
Prabhupāda: How do you know even your name? How do you know?
Young woman: It’s given by a human being.
Prabhupāda: Huh?
Young woman: It was told to me by a person.
Prabhupāda: So who? Who told you?
Young woman: I suppose my mother.
Prabhupāda: Why do you believe her? That is your name?
Young woman: Why do I believe her?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Why do you believe her? I say that it is not your name. Why do you believe that this is your name?
Young woman: I can choose my name if I don’t like the name I have.
Prabhupāda: That is all right. But why do you believe? When I say, “What is your name?” you put your name which is given by your parents? And why not by your friend?
Young woman: It’s arbitrary.
Prabhupāda: Eh?
Young woman: It’s arbitrary.
Prabhupāda: But you accept it.
Young woman: Yes.
Prabhupāda: So you have to accept because your mother is authority.
Young woman: Yes. But who is the authority for telling me…
Prabhupāda: That’s all right. This is the principle. So you have to accept the name of God from God. You cannot manufacture.
Young woman: How do you know that “Kṛṣṇa” is a name of God?
Prabhupāda: That, it will take some time. How do you know he’s your father? Some gentleman comes. Your mother says, “He’s your father.” How do you know it?
Young woman: I have no proof?
Prabhupāda: Can you have any proof, that he’s your father?
Young woman: I suppose there will be biological…

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Fanaticisim is religion-without philosophy-revisited with a humorus story

October 6, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Vrndavana Dec 7 1975
Devotee: I heard that if you pass stool more than once a day you become a bhogī? You are called a  bhogī?
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Devotee: Does that mean a serious devotee should only pass stool once a day?
Prabhupāda: Don’t artificially do that. (laughter) First of all become yogi. Then do it.
Devotee: Yes. Of course, it can only be done by Kṛṣṇa’s mercy, but one should at least try for that.
Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. Jaya. Don’t try for passing stool once. (laughter) That does not make you a yogi.
Devotee: Yoginām api sarveṣāṁ mad-gatenāntarātmanā [Bg. 6.47].
Prabhupāda: Antara… Yes. That makes you yogi, not by passing stool. (laughter) Hare Kṛṣṇa. [break] Huh?
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Here we have yet another potential “Prabhupada says” story where sometimes you will hear something out of context and which will produce yet another “fanatic” in spiritual life. Most everybody always wants the “quick fix” solution to all our problems, and that is OK as long as it really fixes the problem. However, passing stool once a day is hardly a qualification for entering the Spiritual Dhama of Gokula. As Srila Prabhupada mentions above and quotes  the Bhagavad Gita verse where if one is always thinking of Krsna, he is the best or topmost yogi, not one who passes stool only once a day.
For more information on how fanaticism ruins actual spiritual life check this article out…
http://krishnaconsciousnessmovement.com/?p=13355

Hare Krsna
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Srila Prabhupada explains the correct way to worship “Radha Krsna”–otherwise we are sahajiya

October 6, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Hare Krsna-
Below we have a short look at what constitutes viddhi bhakti and raganuga bhakti. It is a common thing to find some devotees who, after some time of chanting and doing some deity worship  aspire to be included in the inner circle of Lord Krsna’s intimate friends and confidantes. This is a nice thing, but has to be done with intelligence and sincerely following the spiritual masters instructions. Otherwise if one is immature in understanding and behavior, his or her “seva” will only be a disturbance to the devotees and world in general.

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Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to: Madhusudana — Los Angeles 24 January, 1969

Srila Prabhupada…”Regarding your question about why we dress the Deities in very opulent fashion and not as simple cowherds boy and girl, this is an intelligent question and the answer is that according to the regulative principles we cannot worship Radha-Krishna now. Radha-Krishna worship is meant for persons who have already developed spontaneous love of God. In the training period we are only worshiping Laksmi-Narayana. We worship Radha-Krishna because Laksmi-Narayana is there also, but actually we do not worship Radha-Krishna with our present Deity ceremonies; we are worshiping Laksmi-Narayana.
Narayana is there when Krishna is there, but actually we do not worship Radha-Krishna in Their Original Form. This is why we should worship Radha-Krishna in Their Laksmi-Narayana feature with all respect and reverence. If we deviate from this standard then we shall be prakrta sahajiya, or a person who takes things very cheap. We worship Laksmi-Narayana, and because Radha-Krishna includes Laksmi-Narayana, there is no necessity of installing a Laksmi-Narayana Deity. It is just like a king who is engaged in administering justice. Actually that business belongs to the justice department. But what is that justice department? It is all part of the kings energy, and the king also has the power to execute this function.”

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PRACTICAL PROOF— HOW KRSNA PROTECTS HIS DEVOTEES

October 6, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Here is one very good reason to chant Hare Krsna maha mantra–Real Time Protection

Security companies are always trying to sell us their so called security sytems, which may or may        not work. But their systems are very limited, whereas Krsna’s All Encompassing Protection Plan          covers   ALL nastry things which can happen in this world to His Devotees. And besides that,     whose  promise to deliver- are you more inclined to trust and believe?           
Dec 11 1970 Indore India
Prabhupāda: There was a famine in India in 1942, big famine. I particularly inquired among the disciples of my Guru Mahārāja, and even the remote village, they said that “We have no difficulty.” No. And another, there was a havoc, earthquake, in sometime in 1933 or that… And one of our Godbrother, Mr. Munshi Chatterjee, when he heard that quarter is completely demolished, so he was in the office. He was thinking, “What shall I do by going home? There is no more home. Everything is…” Then he said, “Let me go and see.” And when he came there, only his house was left. Only his house. All house dismantled. The Only. Kaunteya pratijānīhi name bhaktaḥ praṇaśyati [Bg. 9.31]. That we have seen in many instances. Kṛṣṇabhakta is never vanquished.

Devotee: Yes. We were thinking that he was getting special protection from the Lord.

Prabhupāda: That is a fact. So be sincere, do your duty. You will never be in trouble. Never.

BG 18.78-Wherever there is Kṛṣṇa, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulencevictory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion.

BG 9.31–O son of Kuntī, declare it boldly that My devotee will never perish.”
And for yet another “layer” of protection, then  install Salagram Silas in one’s home along with Tulsi devi.  ..

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Srila Prabhupada re One Should Take Shelter of a Great Soul

October 6, 2016 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
Compiled by Padmapani dasa
 
One Should Take Shelter of a Great Soul
(Click on photo to see a larger image of Srila Prabhupada and devotees)
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“Because the common man is unable to control the senses and the mind, it is his duty to seek the shelter of a great soul or a great devotee of the Lord and just try to please him. That will make his life perfect. A common man cannot rise to the topmost stage of spiritual perfection simply by following the rituals and religious principles. He has to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and work under his direction faithfully and sincerely; then he becomes perfect, without a doubt.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.22.6, Purport)
 
 
“The summary is that one has to, first of all, seek the association of pure devotees who not only are learned in the Vedanta but are self-realized souls and unalloyed devotees of Lord Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead. In that association, the neophyte devotees must render loving service physically and mentally without reservation. This service attitude will induce the great souls to be more favorable in bestowing their mercy, which injects the neophyte with all the transcendental qualities of the pure devotees.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.34, Purport)
 
“The parampara system of disciplic succession is very important as a means of spiritual success. One becomes a mahat by the grace of his mahat spiritual master. If one takes shelter of the lotus feet of a great soul, there is every possibility of one’s also becoming a great soul.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.22.6, Purport)
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