Moon Madness

August 29, 2017 in Narasimha Dasa by Laksman dasa

Moon Madness

By Narasimha das

Recently I heard an odd accusation from a so-called senior devotee. He suggested that those who teach what Srila Prabhupada taught or repeat what he said about various controversial facts are trying to embarrass Srila Prabhupada because they hate Srila Prabhupada and His mission. This came up recently because some devotees in the Hare Krishna Society sent out excerpts from Bhagavatam regarding eclipses. They did this apparently in response to the recent eclipse-event mania, wherein hundreds of thousands of people drove hundreds of miles, both north and south, to bask in the darkness of a total solar eclipse.

Apparently this above-mentioned devotee is himself embarrassed by some of Srila Prabhupada’s statements and teachings, which he believes are obviously mistaken and should therefore be hidden, ignored, or totally forgotten. Those who aspire to create their own congregations worry that talk of certain subjects will scare away potential converts and thus impede their own sense gratification in the name of preaching. Read the rest of this entry →

FINAL, REVISED EDITION NEW VIDEO ON SRILA PRABHUPADA’S POISONING

August 29, 2017 in Videos by Laksman dasa

How do I get Srimati Radharanis mercy??

August 29, 2017 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

How do I get the mercy of Srimati Radharani? What does this “mercy” mean?
Srimati Radharani is the compassionate side of God -or mercy, softness, kindness. She is the sum of devotion to the Supreme Lord and the reservoir of this devotion. So as a devotee how can I get her attention? She has Krsna in the palm of her hand and even though God controls everything that be, Radharani controls even Him.
Hare Krsna-below we have some very conclusive statements by Srila Prabhupada proving that unless one has a bona fide guru then there is NO devotion it is simply all false, a show only. Some devotees like to think they are making “advancement” by  having a bogus guru, but here (again) Srila Prabhupada clearly tells us that the first order of business is find a bona fide representative of the Lord, surrender to him, render some service to him and then we can inquire. This, he tells us is–“THE PROCESS”
damaghosa das
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This is the process how to understand Krsna and get Srimati Radharani’s mercy
Bhubanesvar jan 23 1977
Prabhupāda: There is no devotion unless you go to a guru. Forget it. Ādau gurvāśrayam. First thing is, first business, is to accept a bona fide guru. Otherwise there is no devotion. It is simply false imitation. This is the injunction of Rūpa Gosvāmī in Bhakti-rasāmṛta sindhu. Ādau gurvāśrayam: Your first business is to approach bona fide guru and take his āśraya.” Otherwise there is no devotion. That has been the defect in the modern society. They imagine. This business should be given up. He must follow. Sādhu-mārgānugāmanam, which is prescribed by the sādhu, guru, you have to accept that. You cannot manufacture your own way.
Guest (3): The world is so vast, and people who are living in this world and also wishing to attain God or remember God or say about the God…
Prabhupāda: This question has been answered by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu while He was teaching Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.
ei rūpe brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva
guru-kṛṣṇa-kṛpayā pāya bhakti-latā-bīja[Cc. Madhya 19.151]
The guru word is there. Guru Kṛṣṇa. If you are actually hankering after Kṛṣṇa—Kṛṣṇa is within yourself—He will give you a guru. He will give you a guru. Guru-kṛṣṇa-kṛpāya. But we must be fortunate to get real guru. If I am unfortunate, I’ll not get a guru.

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Srimati Radharani’s appearance day – Tuesday, August 29, 2017 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]

August 29, 2017 in Padmapani Dasa by Laksman dasa

compiled by Padmapani dasa

The following are just a few of the many quotes from Srila Prabhupada which encourage us to approach Krishna through the mercy of Srimati Radharani, Krishna’s eternal consort. For those of us who feel that there is no hope of making spiritual progress in this lifetime, Srimati Radharani, Who is compassion personified, kindly comes to our rescue if we can humbly invoke Her divine blessings.
 
tapta-kancana-gaurangi radhe vrndavanesvari
vrsabhanu-sute devi pranamami hari-priye
 
“I offer my respects to Radharani whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen of Vrndavana. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krishna.”
 
(Sri Radha Pranama)
 
“Actually, because Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is very difficult to approach Him. But the devotees, taking advantage of His compassionate nature, which is represented by Radharani, always pray to Radharani for Krishna’s compassion.”
 
(Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 22)

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“Where is the Outrage”

August 29, 2017 in Anuttama devi dasi, Articles by Laksman dasa

Where is the Outrage?!
Yesterday I spoke with a dear godsister whom I’ve known for over four decades. She is a sincere, dedicated devotee who performs valuable service to the Deities and assists the ISKCON management in putting on festivals. In many ways, her personal life is exemplary: she has good sadhana, admirable morals and works hard. I happened to ask her if she was aware that it had proven conclusively that Srila Prabhupada had been poisoned with cadmium. She replied that yes, she was aware, but didn’t feel that the information had any relevance to her: it happened 40 years ago and there is nothing that can be done about it now.
The attitude that the murder of Srila Prabhupada is an unfortunate historical fact that has no bearing on the present situation is not only inaccurate, but it is also a symptom of a crime that is even greater than the poisoning of Srila Prabhuupada’s physical body; the greater crime is the poisoning of Srila Prabhupada’s institution, ISKCON. What better way to destroy the most important institution in the world than to gradually add just enough poison that it is almost undetectable, just as they did to Srila Prabhupada’s physical body?
Following such conclusions, the demoniac, who are lost to themselves and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the world.” –BG16-9 Read the rest of this entry →

It is a great responsibility-at least maintain what I have given you–SP

August 27, 2017 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

1.) Jan 15 1976 mayapur
So you have come from all parts of the world and living together in this temple. So train these small boys. I am very glad, especially to see that the small children from all other countries and Indian, Bengalis, all together, forgetting their bodily consciousness. That is the greatest achievement in this movement, that everyone forgets the bodily conception of life. Nobody thinks here as “European,” “American,” “Indian,” “Hindu,” “Muslim,” “Christian.” They forget all these designation, and simply they are ecstatic in chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. So kindly what you have begun, do not break it. Continue it very jubilantly. And Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the master of Māyāpur, He will be very much pleased upon you and ultimately you will go back to home, back to Godhead.
Thank you very much. (end)
2.) Dont pollute the mantra
So don’t spoil the movement by manufacturing ideas. Don’t do that. Go
on in the standard way, keep yourself pure; then movement is sure to
be successful. But if you want to spoil it by whimsical, then what can
be done? It will be spoiled. If you manufacture whims and disagree and
fight amongst yourself, then it will be another edition of these
so-called movements. It will lose the spiritual strength. Always
remember it. You cannot…. Now, actually, people are surprised: “What
this Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra has got power that it is changing so quickly?”
And on the other hand, it is to be admitted, unless it has got power,
how it is changing? So we have to keep that power. Don’t make it an
ordinary musical vibration. It is a different thing, spiritual.
Although it seems like musical vibration, but it is spiritual,
completely. Mantrauśadhi-vaśa. Even, by mantra, the snakes can be
charmed. So mantra is not ordinary sound vibration. So we have to keep
the mantra in potency, potent, by offenseless chanting, by remaining
pure. If you pollute the mantra, then it will lose its effect.”
Srila Prabhupada’s Room Conversation — April 27, 1976, Auckland, New Zealand

3.) It is a great responsibility you now have.” Maintain at least what I have given you…...So it is up to you to learn it and be able to present it nicely. Now you have everything, respect, philosophy, money, temples, books, all these things I have given, but I am an old man and my notice is already there. Now it is up to you all how to manage it. If you cannot increase it, you should at least maintain what I have given you. You cannot accuse me that I have not given you anything. So it is a great responsibility you now have.” Letter to Jagannatha Suta – August 26, 1975

 

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“You should always think-that you are nothing” !–SP

August 27, 2017 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

April 16 1969
Prabhupāda: Yes. You never think that you have become very stalwart, you do not need any spiritual master’s instruction. Don’t think that way. Then you are spoiled. You should always think that you are nothingEven you are very much advanced. Just like Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that “My spiritual master saw Me a great fool [Cc. Adi 7.71].” You see? So we should remain always a fool. We should never think that we have advanced. Then we can advance. Then we can advance. And as soon as we think, “Oh, I have advanced now. Nobody has to instruct me. Now I shall…” That’s not good.
Devotee: Wasn’t that the case with Arjuna?

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Some Random quotes by Srila Prabhupada

August 27, 2017 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Some random quotes
Nov 30 1975 conversations
Harikeśa: Everybody cheats as much as possible, on income tax and everything.
Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: Even President Nixon had cheated on his income tax return, but they caught him later on.
Prabhupāda: No, it is not cheating. It is… The income tax department is a cheating department, so everyone tries to avoid this cheating department. That’s it.
Suppose you are a rich man’s son and you have left your home, forgetting your father’s property, home and happiness. And if somebody gives you information about your paternal property of immense value which you can inherit by your birthright claim, will you neglect that friend? I am sure you will not. I am able to give you such important information. Srila Prabhupada letter to Brother, November 1958

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Dont be lazy-to discuss siddhanta (vedic conclusions)

August 27, 2017 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

This is why Srila Prabhupada insisted on holding classes (besides kirtan) on the Vaisnava philosophy-so that we can understand WHO is this Person called—- Krsna 
So anybody who is lazy in the matter of  daily reading/hearing the books, is going to have a harder time understanding properly the Supreme Lord. And consequently, he or she will have many things to divert his attention to besides serving the Lord. “Mano dharma” (asat dharma)- means I think this or that is more important, than associating regularly with the Lords devotees,and reading daily the books !
 
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Dont be lazy to discuss siddhanta
Allahabad jan 15 1977–
And to pin our staunch faith in Viṣṇu, we should discuss about Viṣṇu-tattva and not Viṣṇu-tattva (?). That is called siddhānta. Siddhānta boliyā citte nā kara alasa: “Don’t be lazy to discuss about siddhānta.” Ihā haite kṛṣṇe lāge sudṛḍha mānasa: “The more you discuss the thesis—not thesis; the factual presentation of Viṣṇu-tattva, māyā, and jīva-tattva, śakti-tattva—then it will be clear what is Kṛṣṇa.” Kṛṣṇa is the origin of everything. Ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate [Bg. 10.8]. We should try to understand this fact, that Kṛṣṇa is the origin of everything, and if we take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness… Kṛṣṇe bhakti kaile sarva-karma kṛta haya. If you become Kṛṣṇa conscious, then your all other duties automatically… The same example, as we have given: If you pour water on the root of the tree, then all other duties are automatically done. There is no question of separate attempt-philanthropy, philosophy and nationalism, this “ism,” that “ism.” We have discovered so many things and diversion of the real duty. That we shall have to concentrate. That is siddhānta.
siddhānta boliyā citte nā kara alasa
iha haite kṛṣṇe lāge sudṛḍha mānasa
We become more and more faithful to Kṛṣṇa by understanding the siddhānta.
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Blessings

August 24, 2017 in Haripada dasa by Laksman dasa

Blessings, by Javier Figuerola or Haripada dasa
In relation to the blessings, Srila Prabhupada always told a very interesting story, once a Spiritual Master walked with his disciples, and in the course of the walk gave different blessings to several people, first they met with a King, and the Master Spiritual told him that I bless you to live, but do not die …. later on they met a butcher, and the Spiritual Master told him that I bless you not to live and not to die …. Then they met with a Pure devotee of God or Krishna and the Spiritual Master told you that you are the same as living and dying, hearing these blessings the disciples did not understand them and told the Spiritual Master to please explain the blessings and the Spiritual Master said That the King lives but does not die means that now that he is King, the opulence that God has given him instead of using it to serve God and His devotees, is using it for his gratification of his For that reason, live, but do not die because when you die you will have to spend a lot of time in hell, then the butcher you do not live or die, it means that this person his life is a hell, always cutting meat, his Hands full of blood, and when I die more hell, and the pure devotee of God or Krishna I said that you are the same as living and that you die, because living you are living with God or Krishna always, and when you die you will continue to live with God or Krishna And His devotees in the spirit world. A great Spiritual Master always said that he wrongly says that the devotees of God or Krishna die, they die to live, and living are always expanding the glories of God or Krishna and His devotees.
Nowadays there is no interest in knowing God and loving Him, people have very few reserves of pious activities from their past lives, from the time they get up until they go to bed they only do sinful activities, so their brain is full of cow droppings, Do not understand the simplest truths of life, there is only gratification of the senses, a demonic principle, the symptom that one has an interest in spiritual life is that he asks spiritual questions, for example what and who am I, why I do not want Suffer and suffer, what and who is God, how can I purify my existence, what awaits me after death, etc., when a person asks himself these questions he is said to be conscious of God, the problem is pride, one thinks I know everything, nobody is above me, I am the maximum, because of his pride that person will never learn from anyone, only the humble person learns from everyone.

Exposing Gaudiya Math Twister

August 22, 2017 in Articles, Mahesh Raja by Laksman dasa

BY: MAHESH RAJA

My detailed rebuttal follows below the nonsense article penned by Sankarshana dasa who is also known as Bhakta Suria of Singapore. (He was hiding as Anonymous). He is exposed as Hypocrite Twister. In ALL his articles, you have to check what he has avoided to present or HOW he has TWISTED Srila Prabhupada’s quotes to back-up his Anti-Ritvik propaganda/Gaudiya matha following.

Just to give the reader a glimpse of exposing this twister’s cunningness please read:

We hear Suria was initially following bogus GBC voted ISKCON conditioned soul “guru”  Indradyumna Swami then the Twister changed game and instead joined Gaudiya Matha conditioned soul “guru” who gave him the name Sankarshana dasa.

The cheaters are always cheated from accepting Srila Prabhupada the BONAFIDE Diksha Guru.  This is just the fitting punishment. Instead of accepting the Ritvik system authorized by Srila Prabhupada they go for positions, power, money, prestige and are cheated. WHAT A COLOSSAL LOSS they do NOT get Srila Prabhupada as Diksha guru!!!!!! Therefore, they rot in the material world in the OCEAN of CONTINUOUS CYCLE of birth and death BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of YEARS imprisonment in 8,400,000 species of life forms. What a waste of human life form!

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Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2012-04-16 10:06.

Firstly, Mahesh Raja is a fool. Srila Prabhupada wrote a letter dated 1967 (early days), to his western disciple, so he uses the word “birthday”. “We shall observe his birthday ceremony tomorrow and the brahmacharis shall learn how to celebrate spiritual master’s birthday.” From the statement Prabhupada indicated; “spiritual master’s birthday” which means Vyasa puja.  How can Mahesh Raja miss this? He is affected by envy and prejudiced which covered his consciousness.

Secondly Prabhupada did mention that Srila Sridhara Maharaj is a pure devotee and even a Siksa Guru for Prabhupada.

“This is B. R. Sridhara Maharaja, whom I consider to be even my siksaguru .

Letter to Hrishikesha, January 1, 1969

What Sripada Sridhara Maharaja has directed, I take it on my head. It is appropriate that I should accept his direction.

Letter to Govinda, September 12, 1969

I took his [Sridhara Maharaja] advises [sic], instructions, very seriously because from the very beginning I know he is a pure Vaishnava, a pure devotee, and I wanted to associate with him and I tried to help him also. Our relationship is very intimate. After the breakdown of the Gaudiya Matha, I wanted to organize another organization, making Sridhara Maharaja the head.

Srila Prabhupada was very clear, Srila Sridhara Maharaj is a pure devotee. This Mahesh Raja is envious, here is a scriptural quote to support my claims; “One should not be envious considering one preacher to be very great and another to be very lowly. This is a material distinction and has no place on the platform of spiritual activities.”

(Chaitanya-caritamrta Adi 10-7 purport)

Because he is overly sentimentally attached to one personality and his practices, he has developed hatred or lesser reverence to other Gurus and Vaishnava acharyas of other institutions. Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur confirms this; “A rule that is followed by one society is not necessarily accepted in another society. That is why one community is different from another. As a community gradually develops more respect for its own standards, it develops hatred towards other communities and considers their standards inferior.” (Intro to Sri Krishna Samhita, Thakur Bhaktivinode)

We should not be fooled or misled by such neophytes. We must go to a highly realized soul for guidance on scriptural conclusions. When neophytes mis-interpret such statements, he creates disturbance in society. Thank you.

Sankarshana dasa

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Breakdown analysis of core points of Sankarshana das’s above argument:

“I took his [Sridhara Maharaja] advises [sic], instructions, very seriously because from the very beginning I know he is a pure Vaishnava, a pure devotee, and I wanted to associate with him and I tried to help him also. Our relationship is very intimate. After the breakdown of the Gaudiya Matha, I wanted to organize another organization, making Sridhara Maharaja the head.”
Conversations, March 17, 1973, Mayapur

1) He has CONVENIENTLY chosen IGNORE COMPELETELY the letter by Srila Prabhupada to Rupanuga against his God brothers which is DATED MUCH LATER April 28, 1974  than dates of the above statements. If the earlier dates were taken into account they can ONLY be used as DIPLOMACY – this was mentioned in my article –

http://iskcontimes.com/conditioned-soul-sridhara-maharaja-vs-srila-prabhupada-mahabhagavata
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Srila Prabhupada presents the Vedic explanation of eclipses

August 22, 2017 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Subject: Srila Prabhupada presents the Vedic explanation of eclipses
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

sattvaika-niṣṭhe manasi

bhagavat-pārśva-vartini
tamaś candramasīvedam
uparajyāvabhāsate
SYNONYMS

sattva-eka-niṣṭhe—in full Kṛṣṇa consciousness; manasi—in a mind; bhagavat—with the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pārśva-vartini—being constantly associated; tamaḥ—the dark planet; candramasi—in the moon; iva—like; idam—this cosmic manifestation; uparajya—being connected; avabhāsate—becomes manifest.
TRANSLATION
Kṛṣṇa consciousness means constantly associating with the Supreme Personality of Godhead in such a mental state that the devotee can observe the cosmic manifestation exactly as the Supreme Personality of Godhead does. Such observation is not always possible, but it becomes manifest exactly like the dark planet known as Rāhu, which is observed in the presence of the full moon.
PURPORT
It has been explained in the previous verse that all desires on the mental platform become visible one after another. Sometimes, however, by the supreme will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the whole stockpile can be visible all at one time. In Brahma-saṁhitā (5.54) it is said, karmāṇi nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhājām. When a person is fully absorbed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, his stockpile of material desires is minimized. Indeed, the desires no longer fructify in the form of gross bodies. Instead, the stockpile of desires becomes visible on the mental platform by the grace of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
In this connection, the darkness occurring before the full moon, the lunar eclipse, can be explained as being another planet, known as Rāhu.
According to Vedic astronomy, the Rāhu planet, which is not visible, is accepted. Sometimes the Rāhu planet is visible in the presence of full moonlight. It then appears that this Rāhu planet exists somewhere near the orbit of the moon. The failure of modern moon excursionists may be due to the Rāhu planet. In other words, those who are supposed to be going to the moon may actually be going to this invisible planet Rāhu. Actually, they are not going to the moon but to the planet Rāhu, and after reaching this planet, they come back. Apart from this discussion, the point is that a living entity has immense and unlimited desires for material enjoyment, and he has to transmigrate from one gross body to another until these desires are exhausted.
No living entity is free from the cycle of birth and death unless he takes to Kṛṣṇa consciousness; therefore in this verse it is clearly stated (sattvaika-niṣṭhe) that when one is fully absorbed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, in one stroke he is freed of past and future mental desires. Then, by the grace of the Supreme Lord, everything becomes simultaneously manifest within the mind. In this regard, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura cites the example of mother Yaśodā’s seeing the whole cosmic manifestation within the mouth of Lord Kṛṣṇa. By the grace of Lord Kṛṣṇa, mother Yaśodā saw all the universes and planets within the mouth of Kṛṣṇa. Similarly, by the grace of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, a Kṛṣṇa conscious person can see all his dormant desires at one time and finish all his future transmigrations. This facility is especially given to the devotee to make his path clear for returning home, back to Godhead.
Why we see things not experienced in this life is explained herein. That which we see is the future expression of a gross body or is already stocked in our mental stockpile. Because a Kṛṣṇa conscious person does not have to accept a future gross body, his recorded desires are fulfilled in a dream. We therefore sometimes find things in a dream never experienced in our present life.
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uttarottareṇelāvṛtaṁ nīlaḥ śvetaḥ śṛṅgavān iti trayo ramyaka-hiraṇmaya-kurūṇāṁ varṣāṇāṁ maryādā-girayaḥ prāg-āyatā ubhayataḥ kṣārodāvadhayo dvi-sahasra-pṛthava ekaikaśaḥ pūrvasmāt pūrvasmād uttara uttaro daśāṁśādhikāṁśena dairghya eva hrasanti. Read the rest of this entry →

Srila Prabhupada and Prahlada Maharaja

August 21, 2017 in Narasimha Dasa by Laksman dasa

Dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept millions of my prostrated obeisances at your most divine lotus feet. Please forgive my millions of offenses at your feet. My mind remains attached to matter in spite of all your good instructions.

You once wrote me and said, “Please study all of my books very thoroughly.” I have tried to do that, although insufficiently to fully control my turbulent mind, which is harder to control than the wind. The only hope for me is full engagement in your transcendental service. Your mercy is the only hope for all conditioned souls. You are the real acharya for this age. You once wrote to leading preachers in ISKCON and asked, “What is the use of so many devotees if none of them are knowledgeable?” I hope to one day become your useful disciple. Read the rest of this entry →

Beautiful Lord Krishna

August 20, 2017 in Padmagarbha Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Padmagarbha Das

Your service is your son

August 18, 2017 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Bonds of Love: Lavangalatika Devi Dasi

In ’68, Lavangalatika, 28, was living in a teepee in the hills near Sante Fe when she read Bhagavad-gita As It Is and found it was simple and straightforward and made more sense than all the other books she’d been reading – Zen, Sufism, the Mother. At the Santa Fe temple Harinama Prabhu said to her, “Come – we’re meeting Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles.”

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