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.
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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?

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…

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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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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

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)

“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)